Best In Boots Vol 1. (Live 2009​-​2012)

by David Ullman

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A compilation of the best "bootleg" recordings from 2009-2012.

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released July 11, 2012

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1-3 recorded by Doug Moog at The Kent Stage in Kent, OH on Mar. 14th, 2009

4,10 recorded by Brad Woods at The Elbo Room in Chicago, IL on Aug. 15th, 2010

5-8 recorded by Mark Rodriguez at Arts Collinwood in Cleveland, OH on Jan. 28th, 2011

9 recorded by Mark Rodriguez at The Beachland Tavern in Cleveland, OH on Mar. 4th, 2010

Tracks 11* and 12 recorded by Mark Rodriguez at The Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH on Jul. 11th, 2012

*Featuring Tara Hanish on cello

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Track Name: The Fall (Live from The Kent Stage)
The leaves are turning brown
They’ll soon be falling to the ground
It’s getting cold outside

You’re in your corner and I’m in mine
We’re both wishing we could find
A way to turn the tide

You can shout and you can scream
With silence louder than anything
But I’m not ready to risk it all
‘Cause when it comes to you
I’ve still got a long way to fall

We’re having one of those nights again
This is one of those times my friend
Where every sentence starts a fight

We’re singing two separate songs
Can’t seem to get along
Or find a way to harmonize

Just let the wind tow the line
As the moon controls the tide
Think I’m ready to risk it all
But when it comes to you
I’ve still got a long way to fall

We’re gonna have it out now and then
I’m not just trying to make amends
But I think this break is about bend
Cause I’m ready to risk it all
And when comes to you
I’ve still got a long way to fall

I’ve still gotta ways to fall
I’ve still got you to call
I’m ready to risk it all
And you’re not getting rid of me

I’ve still got room to grow
I’m not gonna let you go
I want all the world to know
That you’re not getting rid of me

I’ve still gotta ways to fall
I’ve still got you to call
I’m ready to risk it all…

I’ve still got room to grow
I’m not gonna let you go
Want the whole damn world to know…

When it comes to you and me
I’m not gonna let this be
I’ll keep singing ‘till you agree
That you’re not getting rid of me

I’ve still gotta a ways to fall
I’ve still got room to grow
I want all the world to know
That you’re not getting rid of me
I’ll keep singing ‘till you agree
This I guarantee
You’re not getting rid of me

The leaves are turning brown
They’ll soon be falling to the ground
It’s getting cold outside
Track Name: Secondhand (Live from The Kent Stage)
I’ve been searching, can’t seem to find my way
Seems the nights get darker each and every day
This time I’ve wandered too far from home
Friends all around me, but I feel alone

I feel lost and broken, bent out of place
Shall I stay, or do you need some space
Different means all lead to the same end
How can we even try to pretend

I need a secondhand heart
Only slightly ripped apart
I need someone who will always be around
Unrequited from the start
Feel I was born to play the part
Give me someone who will never let me down

Sure I don’t miss what was missing
But oh how I miss kissing you (of course I do)
I miss your lips, your hips, your thighs
Miss the sparkle of your eyes
I know it’s gone now but I don’t know why
How did this become of me
How was I too blind to see
That the one you loved was no longer me
Was my heart in your hands just a pawn
Feelings faded like the night at dawn
Where was it that we went wrong
How am I supposed to heal
When I don’t know what it is I feel
Was it really ever real
I know kindness is contagious
So come on be courageous
Give your love away

With a secondhand heart
Only slightly ripped apart
Gotta somehow get my feet back on the ground
Unrequited from the start
No one’s born to play that part
Just find someone who will never let you down
Don’t let me down
Track Name: Déjà Vu (Live from The Kent Stage)
I feel I’ve been here before
Staring calmly at the open door
I knew you’d be back this way
You spoke softly, said you couldn’t stay

You’d hoped to find me a changed man
I know I haven’t; please understand
It’s in the way you move me
Running in circles, and I can’t break free

I can feel it coming ‘round again
Love begins just to end again
Around and around, here we go again
Love begins just to end again

In every path there comes a time
When past and present meet and roads divide
Which way are you gonna go
Left or right, high or low

When did you know
That this was the end
And how can I go
When we were just beginning
To end …again

I can feel it comin’ down again
Love begins just to end again
Against the tide it’s sink or swim again
Love begins just to end again
Begins …to end …(here we go) again
Track Name: Light The Dark (Live from The Elbo Room)
There’s a violence inside of me
And a weakness on display
An anger burning quietly
That will not go away
Seems the more that I struggle
The harder it becomes
To believe in miracles
In anything or anyone

But I will not fall apart
I will not give in… or take part
I’ll set fire to the spark
And burn a hole in the night
To light the dark

And I know that you feel it to
The way the world weighs on you
The frustration of the fight
Still you manage to stand up
For what you know is right

You will not fall apart
You will not give in… or take part
You’ll set fire to the spark
And burn a hole in the night
To light the dark

We’re leaving these roads outgrown
For wide open skies
In your heart I’ve found my home
I’m better man when seen… through your eyes

We will not fall apart
We will not give in… or take part
We’ll set fire to the spark
And burn a hole in the night… to light the dark
Track Name: Mulletman (Live from Arts Collinwood)
Mulletman’s on the march again
Wearing designer shoes and a spray-on tan
Six-pack abs and frosted hair
Wears his pants low enough to see his underwear

Mulletman can pick a fight
He’ll slap you about just to prove his might
An all-star athlete, he’ll make the pass
Knock you flat, yeah he’ll kick your ass

He’s so handsome, sugar sweet
Sweeps the girls right off their feet
Mulletman, he’ll make you swoon
Unrefined, beautiful baboon

Mulletman, he’s got a plan
Gonna pick you up at a quarter-to-ten
He’s feelin’ frisky for romance
Knows a hundred ways to get in your pants
Gonna drive you to a secluded spot
He’ll give you every line he’s got
To get what he wants, he wants it all
In the morning promises he’ll give you a call

He’s so sexy, sugar sweet
Treats you like a piece of meat
How can other boys compete
He’s got it all, he’s such a creep

But this groovy gal, she’s on the prowl
Meets his pouty stare with lurid scowl
What he don’t know, he’ll soon find out
She’s the only one who knows what he’s about
She’s gonna drive him to the breakin’ point
Leave him all alone just to prove her point
That he’s not all that he thinks he is,
He’s just an unkind, dressed up, unchecked id.

He’s so sexy, sugar sweet
Sweeps the girls right off their feet
How can other boys compete
He’s got it all, but can’t you see

Mulletmen are everywhere
Seems the mold is broken beyond repair
Behind a plastic smile that’s two-feet wide,
The monkey-man-child is trying to hide
A two-faced façade, worn for all to see
It might fool her, man, but it don’t fool me
Track Name: Upward Down (Live from Arts Collinwood)
Want to start, but where to begin
I’ve spent such long time my friend
On the outside looking in

Working hard, and spending all my time
First on the bill but last in line
Trying to make the wrong words rhyme

Up here so high
Way up in the clouds
I've lost sight
I'm upward-down
I don't wanna fight
Just wanna kiss the ground tonight

Wanna be everywhere at once
Be everything to everyone
Falling short at all fronts

But I'm not lost
And I don't need found
I'm a long way off on this upward down
I don't wanna fight
Just wanna clear the air tonight
I've stolen time
I've drawn flies
I've sold the truth
I've bought lies
I'm off the mark
but i'll get it right in time

Weary now from always keeping score
Never content to be ignored
Giving less but expecting more

Wish I were a much better friend
Want to have done all I could
I’ll do more when I can

But I'm running in place
And I can't slow down
Should I take a break or take a bow
It's this upward down
That's got me turned around
Track Name: Wise Blood (Live From Arts Collinwood)
Dark clouds cut through the sky
And night starts to bleed into day
You’re off down a one-way road
And all the signs say “Jesus Saves”

Where you come from is gone
You can’t go back
The train is taking off,
It’s tearing up the track
You tried to move on
But it called you back
It cannot be denied
It’s the blood that’s wise

Running away from what you don’t believe
Rantin’, raving that you are not clean
With a sharp tongue and jagged teeth
Shoutin’ “you reckon that you’ve been redeemed?”

With a tear in his throat
And the devil in his eyes
He’s preaching the Church of Jesus Christ without Christ
Tried to move on
But the blood inside
It cannot be denied
It’s the blood that’s wise

A martyr lying for the truth
A soldier dying in a preacher’s suit
His barbed-wire heart breaking before your eyes
He’s paying the price
For having blood that’s wise

He’s haunted by a man
leaping from limb to limb
in the forest of his mind
he can no longer pretend
There’s no end in sight
No bottom to his eyes
He’s walking on rocks
toward a pin-prick of light
bleeding blood that’s wise
Track Name: Snakebit (Live from The Beachland Tavern)
Tiny toothpick mother of two says
‘Listen up boy, I got some morals for you’
Frumpy little feline starting cat-fights on the close line
Cul-de sac house-wife, fanny pack brat
Young people this, young people that
‘It’s ‘cause of your generation we’re where we’re at’

My feet are burning; I need to sit down
Gotta get up out of this town
But they need to give directions a little more clear
Plus, I hit every damned light on my fucking way here

Chorus:
Cause I’m snakebit
This is bullshit
Doesn’t matter what I do or say
The devil, he’s gonna have his way
Cause I’m snakebit

Friday fantasies, five-day sentence
Living for the weekend with no repentance (that’s what’s great about being Catholic)
If you’re happy and you know it, then clap your hands
Work is what happens while you’re making other plans
These days people don’t live they work
Don’t mean to complain, to sound like such a jerk, but…

Chorus

I hate to complain (but)
I know I got it good (but)
Gossip aint’ my thing (but)
I gotta, gotta say (what?!)

Ouija board won’t-cha
Gimme some more of that
Pseudo-intelectual, psycho-babble bullshit
It’s because of Satan and Santa Claus,
Satan and Santa Claus,
Satan and Santa Claus
Satan is Santa; Satan is

Chorus

He goes after the big ones
The bishops and the nuns
Cause they’re the tasty ones (everyone loves to hate the Catholics)
Blame it on the baptists and Hillary Clinton
Hollywood values and liberal politicians

Chorus
Track Name: If You Can (Live from The Elbo Room)
Failed by the foolproof
Trying to face the truth
Can’t cope or relate
Consumed by anger, hurt and hate
Shrouded in shame
In the wind I hear your name
Crouching coward
Crippled Christ
Meet me in paradise
Help me make it right

Dream with the dreamers
Bleed with the bleeders
Dry as stone
Hard as bone
Shattered and split
2x4 buy six
Get one free
To be who i am
Not who you want me to be
Can’t you see

I’m in and out of time
In and out of mind
The break must be made
The one who lost his way
Pity the password
Pain is the key
Change the lock love
Just don’t forget me
If you can
If you can
Be the woman and
I’ll be the man

Is it in your skirt
Is it in your shirt
Is in what you do for work
Is it in the eyes
Is it in the thighs
Or is in what between there lies

Is it in the hands
Is it in the feet
Is it in the space between your teeth
Is it in the arms
Is it in the stance
Is it the size of what’s in your pants

Is it in knowing nature
Is it in knowing cars
Spending hard-earned money at the bar
Is it being strong
Is it being tough
Is it never wanting to grow up

Is it in the glance
Is it in the stare
Is in the way you wear your hair
Is in fashion
Is it in style
Give you an inch and you take a mile

Is this about money
Is this about love
Is this the bottom line or above
Is this about guilt
Is this about sex
Don’t wanna be like all of the rest
So tell me if you can
If you can
Be a woman and
I’ll be a man
Track Name: Who You Say (Live from The Beachland Ballroom)
This is my cry in the dark
In the blackest of nights
As fire comes from a spark
Set my soul alight
In the beginning was the word
So much has gotten in the way
After everything I’ve learned
I can’t bring myself to pray

(REFRAIN)
Still here I kneel
My humble head bowed
Broken heart in your hands
Begging you aloud
Show mercy please
Hear me out
Come down from that tree
Lift my father up
Send my sister love
bring my brother hope
make sure my mother knows
that her son will be alright
there’s no need to cry
if you are who you say
then show me today

Prove you have a plan
To make everyone fall in line
Somehow make me understand
How love can be a crime
For every truth that’s been obscured
Surely something has survived
For the meek who have endured
You’ve promised to provide

REFRAIN

Take the condition out of love
A promise divine
Has been twisted and corrupt
Salvation for a price
Show mercy please
God Hear me out
Come down from that tree

Lift my father up
Send my sister love
bring my brother hope
make sure my mother knows
that her sons will be alright
there’s no need to cry
if you are who you say
then show me today

They say all roads lead back to you
And someday all will see
How I need this to be true
Won’t you make me believe

I’m determined here to stand
Whether you’ll deliver me or not
An awful roar in my head
And a song in my heart