The Only Good Thing About the Forties

by FORTIES

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released April 17, 2010

Produced by Stephen Turney, Michael Hardesty, and FORTIES
Co-Engineered by Stephen Turney and Michael Hardesty
Mixed by Michael Hardesty and Stephen Turney
Assistant Engineers: Mike Marcario and Chris Diebold
Mastering Engineer: Andrew Darby
Front/Back Cover: photos by Art Kleiner; design by Stephen Stallings
Liner Note Photo by Alex Crawford
Lyrics: Stephen Stallings
Music: FORTIES

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Track Name: Wake Up, Speak Up
Wake up, wake up.
We've lost too much time
from sleeping and dreaming of home.
Speak up, speak up
if you want to come along.
This car is headed for a crash

as we go north
and forget the past
'til all these dreams have come to pass.

Well there's a man in my mirror,
and you swear he isn't me.
I won't let him go without a fight.
'Cause it's this man that's be hiding
outside my window every day.
You say you love this man for staying away

As we go north
and forget the past
'til all these dreams have come to pass.

Tonight will be the first time.
You'll be on my side
Track Name: Fever Dream
Oh, I've been dyin' to see you,
'cause it's been too long.
It's been one day.
Oh, I've been trying to see you,
but you keep staying out of my way

I don't know what I want.
I don't even want to think about when I'm gone.
I don't know what you need.
So you gotta let me know.

This lie is not of my working.
It came to me
in a fever dream,
and now I can see clearly,
but I still can't quite make out
what's in front of me.
Now I am ridin'
all over this god-forsaken town,
and I'm cryin' out, I'm cryin' out.
I'm cryin' loud

that I don't know what I want.
I don't even want to think about when I'm gone.
I don't know what you need
So you gotta let me know.
Track Name: Gone For Years
I’ll write these words on paper,
but I’ve written them before,
and I’ll write them again and again
until they don’t mean a thing to me.

I want to whisper some words into your ear,
but you’ve heard them all before.
I haven’t spoken them in years
because they don’t mean a thing to me.

No, I’m not here.
You must have known, I’ve been gone for years.

I want to write some words in a letter
to my father back East.
We never spoke too much at home,
and things have only gotten worse with time.

Well I know I’ll never write that letter
My pen just won’t touch the paper,
and I don’t have the words to say.

That I’m not here.
You must have known, I’ve been gone for years.

I’m not trying hard enough
if you don’t believe every word that I say.
No, I must not be trying hard enough,
‘cause I don’t believe a single word that I say.

No, I’m not here.
You must have known I’ve been gone for years.
Track Name: Verses of Vice
Don’t tell me all of your secrets
‘cause I’ve heard them all before,
and I’ve already told them to everyone that I know.

I’ve written Verses of Vice,
and I’m sorry for the slander I’ve sown.
I wanted to tell you,
but I just couldn’t say it.

So come on say it,
say yes.

Don’t tell me all of your secrets.
You wrote them down and gave them to me
in an envelope
on the 5th of May.

I read them backwards and forwards
‘til I understood each word
of your confession
of clarity.

Well, this can’t be my mind playin’ the fool,
and this couldn’t be my body sayin’ play it cool.
‘Cause I’ve never been the one who had to lose.

So take it back,
‘cause I’m not gonna give it back.
Come on and take it back,
‘cause I’m not gonna give it back.
Track Name: Everybody's Got Somebody
Everybody’s got somebody to run to.
Why don’t you run to me?
Everyone says they’re almost always
running from something.

So I wait alone for the words of my father to come true,
and I hope that these words that I’m saying are all true.

Everybody’s got somebody.
Why don’t you have someone, too?
It can’t be so hard, just say,
“Hello, I’d love to be with you.”

Well, it’s not so easy.
You see, that never appealed to me.

Everybody’s got somebody.
There was a time when I had someone,
but Someone didn’t seem to think
that I was worth more than a phone call.

You looked so good in photographs,
but you didn’t live up to the film.
Track Name: Endless Talk, Sleepless Nights
I don’t want to know you’re cryin’
if I can’t dry your eyes.
You know, we’re not the only ones dyin’
to go back home.

You know I hate to know you’re going out
if I can’t drive you home,
‘Cause the only thing that waiting up for me
iss an empty bed where I sleep alone.

I can’t stay in one place
for too long,
or my mind will wander
where it doesn’t belong.

I wish you couldn’t reach me where I’m going.
You know I’m gonna drive so far
away from this city life
where endless talk leads to sleepless nights

I can’t stay in one place
for too long,
or my mind will wander
where it doesn’t belong.

Tonight this house is too cold to call a home.
Tonight this bed is too cold. I can’t sleep alone.
Tonight this house is too cold. I can’t call it my home.
Tonight this empty bed is far too cold. I can’t sleep alone.
Track Name: Leaving For Good Reason
I’m gonna leave this place tonight.
I’m gonna drive, drive south to the city lights
behind the trees where you’ve been hiding.
Oh God, I wish I could be hiding.

I'm gonna burn this house tonight.
I’m gonna drive away
‘til I can’t see the flames burning high
I’m gonna leave it all to the past tonight.

I’ve been climbing up this mountain.
I’m gonna climb my way to heaven.

You say all you really fear is dying.
Well, my darling you’re gonna die.
And I'll be here without you.
I will be so cold at night.

I’ve been climbing up this mountain.
I’m gonna climb my way to heaven.

I’ll live my life while I can live it.
I don’t need a second chance like you.
So let me in, or I’ll get out.
I can’t keep waiting around for you.
Track Name: Creeping Stan
Come on now, don’t you cry.
You know, I’ve never seen you cryin’
since you drove off that night.
When you came back,
you looked so frightened.

You said you were so sorry.
You were a stubborn man,
and you realized that all you really need is my hand
And that was enough.
Let that be enough.

Our plans won’t have time to be carried out.
Hopes of rest; Dreams of love uncontrolled.
So I’ll pray for peace.
I’ll petition for patience.
Oh God, still my trembling hands.

We’ve got ashes in the fireplace,
but we’re still cold.
We’ve got blankets over our shoulders,
but we’re still cold.