Glory Days

by The Acousticals

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1.
I Dunno 03:41
Words and music by Richie Reinholdt I dunno if the blink of an eye Measures the time between hello and goodbye Opaque signs beckoning us on March in time closer to the dawn Where the sun always shines and happiness is mine I dunno And I dunno if collective fantasy Is enough too set the captives free Bound in chains shackled with remorse Fashion slaves riding the gift horse to Where the sun always shines and happiness is mine I dunno All these things that I can’t see unless I close my eyes tightly If I try I can see I can see a million miles Across the sea to a land of manic smiles Where caustic hands are grabbing for their share Two fisted minds clutching at the air Where the sun always shines and happiness is mine I dunno All these things that I can’t see unless I close my eyes tightly I dunno why salvation’s bought and sold Redemption in exchange for gold But payments of bribery alone Won’t guarantee a place closer to the throne Where the sun always shines and happiness is mine I dunno I dunno if I can count how many times I’m hypnotised by seductive rhymes Words of love whispered soft and low Torrid scenes in some Bali-wood show Where the sun always shines and happiness is mine I dunno Oh where the sun always shines and happiness is mine I dunno
2.
Betty Lou 04:47
Words and music by Richie Reinholdt. lyrics Hey now Betty Lou what’s come over you You don’t act the way you used to Come on Betty Lou what’s wrong with you You don’t love me like you’re ‘sposed to Quarter-back and the prom queen You were the cheerleader of my passion dreams But a careless night without a glove Led me down the aisle pledging eternal love Come on Betty Lou what’s come over you You don’t act the way that you used to Ahh Betty Lou what’s wrong with you You don’t love me like you’re ‘sposed to Mortgaged life in a single-wide Busted cars parked outside But when the local called a strike I saw them picket lines All around the life I thought was mine Come on Betty Lou what’s come over you You don’t act the way that you used to Come on Betty Lou what’s wrong with you You don’t love me like you’re ‘sposed to With your diaper breath and bloodshot eyes You wonder why I stay out all night But when the baby cries with hunger pangs I gotta get out here before I go insane Ahh Betty Lou what’s come over you You don’t act the way that you used to Come on Betty Lou what’s wrong with you You don’t love me like you’re ‘sposed to
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Sunset 04:26
Words and music by Richie Reinholdt. lyrics As day is done a crimson fiery sun Spreads a last farewell across the sky Drenching light rays of golden rose Scorching memories of lives gone by Smoldering with it’s need To reach back and touch yesterday Gambling time forsaken to the wind Always betting on a losing hand Guarded hearts a lovers game of chance The winners names are written in the sand With rippled fists clenched in rage The losers’ clutch at yesterday Selfish ones festooned with desire Forgetting everything in the mirror Games go on blinded by the chase A murky path that used to seem so clear Not looking back to far enough to see The lessons of yesterday And through the years the heart loses it’s way Eventually forgetting how to fly Distant cries of loves that used to be Echoes all across the evening sky But a shadow from goodbyes Has fallen across yesterday And now the past forever frozen in time Remains as distant as the twilight sun Parting words like salvos to the heart Malevolently fired on the run Linger on eternally Trying to remake yesterday
5.
High Life 03:36
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Stray Raven 03:10
Words and music by Richie Reinholdt lyrics Stray raven, stray raven out in the night Won’t see your shadow ‘til the morning light Trying your wings for the very first time Just to see how high you can climb Seventeen years of crossed-off days On calendar pages counting the ways They’ve kept you in cages with no room to grow Spread your wings and fly away Stray raven, stray raven out in the night Won’t see your shadow ‘til the morning light Trying your wings for the very first time Just to see how high you can climb Four walls in the prison of a shared bedroom Looking out the window, reaching for the moon A voice is calling, “Come away with me now” Spread your wings and fly away Stray raven, stray raven out in the night Won’t see your shadow ‘til the morning light Trying your wings for the very first time Just to see how high you can climb Now you’re out on the wire, which way will you go? Back home through the window, open below? Or out, beyond, into the unknown? Spread your wings and fly away Stray raven, stray raven out in the night Won’t see your shadow ‘til the morning light Trying your wings for the very first time Just to see how high you can climb Oh, how high can you climb?
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Insomnia 03:30
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words and music by Richie Reinholdt lyrics I heard voices in the rain clear as can be now Voices in the rain who could it be now who could it be Raining so hard lightning flashing Thought I heard something out in the dark Cats in the street or the pouring rain Maybe just the joint in my hand I heard voices in the rain clear as can be now Voices in the rain calling to me now calling to me What was that an argument Silent scream in the air Whispering voices calling my name There it is I heard it again Sounds like voices in the rain calling to me now Voices in the rain who could it be now who could it be now yeah The ever silent concrete porch Quivering in the storm Thundering showers like a banshee cry Pelting the streets with pain Sounds like voices in the rain who could it be now Voices in the rain calling to me now There’s something out there waiting for me now Who could it be But the drowning village sleeps right on through Echoing with the sound The ghost of the soldier And the roar of his gun Sounds like voices in the rain calling to me now Voices in the rain screaming at me now calling to me now There’s something out there waiting for me now calling to me now Was it her was it him was it him now Struck by lightning struck by lightning
9.
Life #2 04:50
Words and music by Richie Reinholdt lyrics Too many nights in the smokehouse station With the walking wounded crying out for more Filling their tanks with the same old favorites Beer-soaked requests stuck to the floor Too many miles on a one-way ticket Littered with plastic cups of foam Stone-cold hotties concerned with their hotness Only equal heat can take them home Will it all come clean in the wash, hung out on the line Is there enough soap in the machine to wash away the time? Compositional word restrictions outshining all other tales of woe Claiming all the spoils of valor bravehearts stacked up head to toe Too many street signs pointing at favors expected to fill the empty void Wrapped securely in layers of denial And buried deep so it won’t make noise Harmonic rumblings from the captains’ corner Saluting visions of glory days Weeknight warriors from the rank and file Melodic content drowned in the haze Steering the ship through bluesman waters But never quite reaching the port on time When you begin at the end just to start all over Chases off all the rest in line Because a square peg never fits in the round hole Retelling tales of wonderous deeds And there’s too much history shaping the image When the suspects come to the trough to feed When it comes to leaving or staying too long Will the wasted masses require goodbyes From a fading vision of wishful greatness All of your questions wiil be answered with lies Will it all come clean in the wash, hung out on the line Is there enough soap in the machine to wash away the slime?

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released April 1, 2007

guitar and vocals - Richie Reinholdt
upright bass and backing vocals - Ted Lowe
mandolin - Chad Fadely

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The Acousticals Missoula, montana

This fine-picking all-original duo features Missoula bluegrass legends Richie Reinholdt on guitar and Chad Fadely on mandolin.

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