Old Dogs

by Joey Hines

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released January 28, 2017

Joey Hines - guitar and vocals.

Songs by Joey Hines, except "Other Animals" co-written with Chelsee Bergen and "Your Favorite" co-written with Grant Evan Nordine.
Tracks, 1, 2, 3, and 6 recorded by Marcus Peña at CSN.
Tracks 4, 5, 7, and 8 recorded by Mike F. Ziethlow at Blue Lily Studio.
Album art by Kelly.

Special thanks to Paige Opp, Claire Cummings, Pumpkin Cummings, Mac Geldmacher, all the Hineses, Zachary Honea, John Jacobson, Kenneth Johnston, Ari Nordine, and every pet I've ever cared for.

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Track Name: I Love You Right Now
I like the way you carry yourself
You've got it made and everyone can tell
You've got kingdoms under your spell
You've got experience under your belt

The blood and the skull so hard and soft
Raw red muscle holding me up
The shape of my face so hard to change
No matter what I cut and paste and rearrange
I love you right now
I love you right now
And I will always love you right now

Here we go again, another sentimental friend
Wants to spend the weekend on a decrescendo
Cheap beer
Bleak descent until we fade from earshot
Did you really expect me to believe
Your story of that evening
Do you think I'm naive
I know a joke when I see one
Kneeling before me
So pull down your skirt, pick up your dirty laundry
Keep your hands to yourself, I don't them on me
With your freeze frame chain, could it be more obvious
What you came here for
Turn around and walk out the door
I don't wanna see you anymore
I don't wanna fall into the same patterns as before
I want a new hairdo, I wanna stretch my range
I wanna prove to you and to myself that I can change

I bet you thought you had it made
You took it far, we got love in spades
But it takes more than that, I'm afraid
Better step up your game, lest you just get played

The blood and the skull so hard and soft
Raw red muscle holding me up
The shape of my face so hard to change
No matter what I cut and paste and rearrange
I love you right now
I love you right now
And I will always love you right now

The blood and the skull so hard and soft
Raw red muscle holding me up
The shape of my face so hard to change
No matter what I cut and paste and rearrange
I love you right now
I love you right now
And I will always love you right now
Track Name: The Strange Third Life of Gold the Cat
My family has left me, my family is gone
I am stuck on repeat, they are moving on
To the next song, to the next big thing
So excited for what the future brings
But they'll only see what they want to be true
They're fooling themselves, and all I ever wanted to do
Was sleep all day
And dream my life away
Is that okay with you

This house is overflowing with low priorities
And the dust that's started growing is meager company
And I am wondering what happened to your mix CD
And all the people I thought I was gonna be
And where will you turn when you remember you
With your hand on my chest, and all I ever wanted to do
Was sleep all day
And dream my life away
Is that okay with you
'Cause I've tried
And I can't change
I sleep to kill the pain
That I can't make it through awake
Awake, awake, awake

I like well-prepared food
It helps improve my attitude
I like the color blue
It makes me think of you
I like staring at the moon
Staying up late, watching cartoons
I like the color blue
It makes me think of you
It makes me think of you

So I suppose that's how it goes
When you dispose of your old clothes
You've gotta let yourself forget
You've gotta knit a better fit
You've gotta plan the way you stand
You've gotta tweak the way you speak
You've gotta mind time's ruthless grind
You've gotta learn the world's turn
I was a short and lonely quack
A tortoise shell upon my back
I don't know what you saw in me
That made you make me so happy
You were a senseless symbol of
Everything I admire and love
I never will forget those months
Felt like I belonged for once
But then my parents left the state
We met in secret at the gate
Thirteen years you said you'd wait
And I was ready, to the date
But you were someone new
And I could not for my life say who
But all I ever wanted to do

I like the color blue
It makes me think of you
I like the color blue
It makes me think of you
I like the color blue
It makes me think of you
I like the color blue
It makes me think of you
And I like the color gold
It makes me feel old
Track Name: All Those Years Ago
Well I dreamed she wasn't Mormon, she had just pretended to be
So that she would have a reason to break up with me
So she could fuck that other guy, the tall one with the deep voice
And she told me I could have her now, as if I had a choice

'Cause I was in town, and she was in town
And she said meet me at your house
And the way she smiled left no doubt
What we'd be meeting about

And I loved her just the same as I did all those years ago
And she called me by my name like she did all those years ago
And I felt like we became who we were all those years ago
And she said it was a shame what we left all those years ago

Well I thought she was a vision, so I said show me your hand
She replied with a confession that more than met my demand
But it all was made of sand, she had to crumble at my touch
She said, I'm so sorry babe, but I can only do so much

And I was with her, and she was with me
And she said I love you eternally
And the way she breathed was so good
Felt just like I knew she would

And I loved her just the same as I did all those years ago
And she called me by my name like she did all those years ago
And I felt like we became who we were all those years ago
And she said it was a shame what we left all those years ago

Well I know it was a dream, so it didn't really happen
But I'm worried, 'cause I think that's what I'd really do under those circumstances
And that hurts to know, it hurts to put that to the test
I dream of her enough when I am not trying to get some rest
Track Name: Rough
Is your language without words to speak
No translation to render expression weak
Is your anguish read by the look in your eyes
Blank pages without compromise

January, Saturday afternoon
Hesitation hanging in the room
You were shaking, you were crying too
I was hating myself for carrying you
All the way to Lone Mountain and Durango
That's the place where I had to let you go
And the radio was singing Scar Tissue
With the birds I'll share this lonely view
And my brain snapped back to that Halloween
You were waiting at the back gate for me
It was raining all over fallen leaves
It was amazing, amazing as can be
But now you're pacing, and I'm looking at the floor
And a lady is walking through the door
She's an angel, she wants to take you away
Away to some kind of better place

I hope you're happy where you are
I hope you can hear my guitar
In the sky or in the walls
Or perhaps nowhere at all
But surely always here with me
In memories and in dreams
Part of who I am and will always be

You were laid down across a counter top
And the angel gave you some kind of shot
And you were raging for a moment and then
You were fading, and you collapsed in my hand
And she was saying, you're gonna be alright
Don't worry baby, but you knew that she lied
Just the same way we always have to you
With our shameless planetary zoo
We've chained you, and we've caged you in
We've restrained you and laughed at your expense
I hope maybe it wasn't all so rough
I only pray you found something you loved
And I gave you a final glance as I
Walked away to the rest of my life
You were staring, but it was clear to me
That those eyes, your eyes, would no longer see

I hope you're happy where you are
I hope you can hear my guitar
In the sky or in the walls
Or perhaps nowhere at all
But surely always here with me
In memories and in dreams
Part of who I am and will always be
We'll always be
Track Name: (Sleeping with) Other Animals
I can feel your heart
There beneath my palm
Pounding on its cage
Demanding to be let out

Speak softly in the darkness
Don't wake the other animals
I couldn't stand to have their teeth
Biting at our skin

I can hear your heart
Calling out for something
But you speak in a language
That I don't understand

Move slowly in the darkness
The ground is gnarled and gaping
I couldn't stand to hear
The sound of your bones crack

Maybe other animals have better luck beside you
But maybe other animals can't hold you in their arms

I can feel your hands
The soft skin of your wrist
We are both so fragile
So easily torn apart

Light creeps in the window
A sunrise I can't welcome
I can only see your features
While we lie here in the dark

And I can't touch your heart
In the sun or in the darkness
And I can't speak your language
Only listen to the sounds

Light creeps in the window
Waking sleeping animals
And the beating of your heart
Is a sound so far away

Maybe other animals have better luck beside you
But maybe other animals can't hold you in their arms

Maybe other animals have better luck beside you
But maybe other animals can't hold you in their arms

Maybe other animals have better luck beside you
But maybe other animals can't hold you in their arms
Track Name: Jamie Couldn't Play Music
Jamie couldn't play music
But she had a face
And she knew how to use it
To get through the days
And she moved to Colorado
And she brought her cat
And she bought herself a condo
And she got a potted plant
And she called her mom and told her
How her life was turning out
The phone between her ear and shoulder
Cigarette inside her mouth

And I never was in love with her
Though I think I could've been
Then again I think could've been almost anything
And I'm sorry that I wasn't there for Jamie

Jamie never read the bible
She didn't get people who did
All she knew was survival
Ever since she was a kid
Her father didn't leave them money
Just some bruises and a curse
She learned to find it kind of funny
She learned to fucking hate it first
Jamie didn't like to wake up
Very early at all
So she stopped wearing makeup
It didn't change what people saw

And I never was in love with her
Though I think I could've been
Then again I think could've been almost anything
And I'm sorry that I wasn't there for Jamie

Jamie never got married
But she knew someone who did
That don't mean she didn't love me
Or that I was not stupid
Jamie couldn't play music
That don't mean she didn't deserve
To have her feelings communicated
With pretty chords and words
Jamie couldn't play music
That don't mean she never heard it in her head
And every word I said

And I never was in love with her
Though I think I could've been
Then again I think could've been almost anything
And I'm sorry that I wasn't there for Jamie
Track Name: Waiting in Line
Sitting here thinking about your life in its entirety
I hope you knew that you were loved, especially by me
I'll think about the times we shared and all the fun we had
I never got to say goodbye, and I will always regret that

Yeah, but someone's gotta balance the budget
Yeah, and someone's gotta pay for your time
So hurry up, get out of the way
There's a lot of people waiting in line

I'll try not to be sadder than what's appropriate
'Cause I'm sure you're happier wherever you are at
They say that death is a part of life, there's no reason to be scared
I'm not scared, I just wish you hadn't beat me there

Yeah, but someone's gotta balance the budget
Yeah, and someone's gotta pay for your time
So hurry up, get out of the way
There's a lot of people waiting in line

Lying in the bed the same as every other night
From across the hall I hear my parents start to fight
It's so insane the way the world just keeps turning on
Doesn't miss a beat, doesn't blink an eye when you're gone

Yeah, but someone's gotta balance the budget
Yeah, and someone's gotta pay for your time
So hurry up, get out of the way
There's a lot of people waiting in line
Hurry up, get out of the way
There's a lot of people waiting in line
Hurry up, get out of the way
There's a lot of people waiting in line