West 67th Street EP

by Kitchen Table, Illinois

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1. DON'T COME BACK (G. McElwain) We brought you in and gave you what we had. It wasn't much, and now it's even less. When you dug in you must have noticed that our knives are sharp enough to make a mess. God knows you had your chance while you were here. You made your choice, considered and profound. Don't spare a backward glance, just disappear. Don't make me have to put you in the ground. CHORUS Don't come back. Don't you dare show your face around here. If you set foot in this town, I promise I will put you down. VERSE I have (now that you gave me an excuse) trained bullets that will find you in a crowd. I'll load those suckers up and let 'em loose if I so much as hear your name aloud. CHORUS My bed was soft enough for you last night. If you leave now, you'd best keep out of sight. If I were you, I'd find someplace to hide. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. So, if i were to send you there, then I'd be doing you a favor. You've been warned. CHORUS
2. GET OVER HERE (AND GET SOME OF THAT LIPSTICK ON ME) (G. McElwain) Didn't want to smudge it Didn't want to smear it Wouldn't let me touch it Wouldn't let me near it CHORUS: But you only wear it Once or twice a year Get over here And get some of that lipstick on me Everyone was lookin' Everyone was starin' Smelled what you're cookin' Saw what you're wearin' CHORUS It's not the taste It's not the color or the mess it leaves behind It's I've been watching you all night and I can't get you off my mind I just shaved my stubble but you really aced it Went to all that trouble It'd be a shame to waste it CHORUS
STARK AND MACKEY INDUSTRIAL ARTS (G. McElwain/R. Stark) If your bathtub is leaking If your floorboards are squeaking If your bicycle chain's rusted through If you dented your fender If you chewed up your blender Bring it by we'll see what we can do If your drive belt is slipping If your faucet is dripping If your muffler's tied up with some string If your toilet is clogged up If your skylight is fogged up We can fix just about anything CHORUS: We've got the name We've got the know-how Stark and Mackey Industrial Arts We can loosen that nut We can weld that crack shut We fix everything but broken hearts If the bank took your house or the Lord took your spouse Cut her down in the flow'r of her youth That's a shame but we're sorry to say Feelings ain't our forte here to tell you the truth If your dog ran away If you can't face the day 'cause you weren't hugged enough as a kid If you're dealing with issues we got boxes of tissues but we don't want to quote you a bid CHORUS We can't stop up your tears and believe me, we would if we could We would solder and rivet and braze those ducts shut if we thought it would do any good CHORUS We stock seventy-five thousand parts
4. THE EIGHTS SONG (R. Stark) John, Georgette and Peter, Annabelle and Sue And Mack and me and you It was winter, but I can't recall the date At Sue and Peter's, back in 1948 You can tell the lights were low, the smoke was thick I turned to look at you, the camera clicked Our exile in the south was at an end And you were happy to return to Michigan CHORUS: But in that coming year We hoped that luck would find us Honor and beauty and blessing from above And that the sum of our love would be greater than the struggle The difference between us not greater than our love We shored our faith at the beginning of each day And we drank and danced as long as we could pay I would have never believed if I'd been told How quickly time would pass as I grew old CHORUS
COME BACK TO BED (G. McElwain) Since you left me i haven't been sleeping. I haven't slept a wink. I know i took it hard. Darn near tore me apart when you left, but this ain't what you think. Now, you did what you did. You don't have to apologize to me. I admit, I've been lonely. But i'm not the only one you left behind. Don't you see? I'm doing fine now, but the bed is broken-hearted. He can't believe you're never coming back. He keeps me up all night a-tossin' and a-turnin'. I tell you, I ain't never seen a sadder sack Don't you know he won't let me roll over out of respect for you. Says he's saving your place, so i don't get much space. He's got both pillows over there, too! Well, he figures you've got to sleep somewhere, and hates to think that you're resting your sugar beets between some strangers' sheets. He can't go on like this anymore. I'm doing fine now but the bed is broken-hearted. His dignity is hanging by a thread. If you can find it in your mercy to forgive me, it'd mean the world to him if you'd come back to bed.


These songs were recorded live* April 24-25, 2010 on West 67th Street in Cleveland, Ohio.

*We overdubbed Danny's organ and vocals on track 2.


released December 23, 2010

Kitchen Table, Illinois is:
Gabe McElwain & Becky Stark

Joined on this recording by:
Sam Gmetro: drums
John McElwain: bass
Danny O'Brien: banjo, accordion, organ, singing

Produced, Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by:
Michael Ubaldi


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Some of Kitchen Table, Illinois' favorite United States of America include Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, California, Oregon, and Idaho.

Some of our favorite geographical features include freshwater islands, brownlands, steep grades, ravines, tunnels, and horizons.

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