Everybody's Going Away

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Robi Polgar: guitar, vocals
Patrick Lopez: bass
Andy Macleod: drums
Shane Lewis: trumpet

Sacha Crosby: harmonies on Twisty System and Honestly
Words and music by Mr. P.
Read all about The Late Joys on the band’s official website: www.latejoys.com

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released June 12, 2009

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Alta Vista Recording, Austin, Texas with the help of Tom Johnson and Colin McDonald.
Artwork by Keith Peters
Sans qui: Shel, Ari, Kaitlin, Didi, Denise, Sandrine, Sophie, Lisa, Sacha, the AVR crew, Keith et …

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With influences that include The Beatles, The Kinks, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, The Jam, The Clash and a slew of '80s and '90s Brit-pop guitar-based trailblazers, The Late Joys put on a high-octane show that's groovy, melodic and infused with fun.

The Late Joys play infectious sonic confections with literate lyrics, catchy melodies and unabashedly progressive political sensibilities.
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Track Name: Everybody's Going Away
Everybody's going away
Though some of them say they'll be back some day
But I've seen people leave here before
And when they go they don't come back no more, oh

You drove the rental truck to get the settee the morning muggy
When you packed up all you could carry to move from Austin to Kentucky
And later on that night when Shel called up to say goodbye
You spoke a while, she dried her eyes as she imagined you'd meet up in time

Everybody's going away
Though some of them say they'll be back some day
But I've seen people leave here before
And when they go they don't come back no more, oh

I helped you stow some things you couldn't carry in the RV
When you packed up your little army to take a trip around the world
And in your wanderings will you forget the ones you left
The words unsaid the secrets kept that wait on foreign shelves 'til you return

Shezhad's for New York City, on to London, maybe Karachi
Tom and Robin to Colorado, Liz a Costa Rican farm
The Aernes live in Oregon, the Sewell-McCann's are in Vermont
And what of those who must embark on life's last journey, how we'll miss you, Don

Everybody's going away
Though some of them say they'll be back some day
But I know we won't see them again
So raise a glass to all our absent friends
Track Name: Twisty System
It's a twisty system
It's a twisty system
It's a twisty system

Will we sink or swim
When the tide comes rushing in
When we're up to our necks
In our greatest mistake
Will we swim or sink
We're beyond the brink
We can't put on the brakes
When it accelerates

It's a twisty system
It's a twisty system
It's a twisty system
It's a twisty system

Once we had no cares
Now it's all up in the air
When it comes back down
We won't be around
Yet it's obvious
At least to most of us
We'd better change now
If we don't want to drown

It's a twisty system
It's a twisty system

What was glacial is picking up pace
Will we skate on this thin ice
And while deniers are buying their science
We're running out of time

The imperceptible is spinning out of control
Right before our eyes
So don't pretend that you can't comprehend
When the writing's on the sky

And if we project
Even ten or twelve years hence
We'll be feeling the heat
If we keep dragging our feet
It's ours to protect
If we're negligent
We may catch our death
Before we catch our breath

It's a twisty system
It's a twisty system
It's a twisty system
It's a twisty system

But it's our only one
Track Name: Honestly
"Honestly, honestly
You never turn and wave when you walk away."
"Honestly, honestly
It's more a matter of not falling on my face."
"Do you do impressions?" I said, "Sober's my best one.
We could make it through the afternoon if we both get drunk."

Honestly, honestly
There's other pretty faces like your own
Honestly, honestly
They flicker and they fade but you still glow
Bumped into someone and I turned and it was you
Could we make it through a lifetime, girl?
Could we make it through a single afternoon?

Some saving grace pushes open the drapes
And they twist and dance on this tacky wallpaper
Out the window it's a fractured day
But two kids hold hands and plan their escape

"Honestly, honestly
You always turn and wave when you say goodbye."
"Honestly, honestly
Well, don't let on: I kind of like your style."
"I feel like Valentino."
She said, "Easy, Twinkle Toes;
I can show you three kinds of kisses."
"I know a fourth one, here I go."

Honestly, honestly
I think I know the next few steps by heart
Honestly, honestly
Like all the things that end before they start
"If I had to leave here now, would you follow me?"
She put her coffee down
Took my hand and answered, honestly
Honestly