The Good Sponge Sampler Vol. 1

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The Good Sponge Sampler Vol. 1 features 15 new tracks from southeastern CT-affiliated artists, most of whom will be releasing albums or EPs in 2012.

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released January 31, 2012

Produced by Ben Parent

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Track Name: John Fries & The Heat - "U.S. 50"
"U.S. 50"
by John Fries

Got the wheel between your hands, drive till the sun is gone
Dreams to carry you from the night time to the morning
Somehow the open road doesn't feel so alone this time
This lonely stretch of US 50 starts to feel like hope

At a truck stop past St Louis I stopped to call you
Said sorry baby I know late, just need to hear your voice
With a broken-hearted tone she answered the phone
And the words she said to me stay with me to today

You know I miss you more than ever, but you dreams were never mine
You know it's just tp hard to handle
We were alone all this time

To leave the life we know, to somehow let it go
Before your dreams they fade away
To leave it all behind, for some piece of mind
Learn to love again someday

Got the wheel between your hands, drive till the sun is gone
Dreams to carry you from the night time till the morning
Somehow the open road doesn't feel so alone this time
This lonely stretch of US 50 starts to feel like hope

You know I miss you baby more than you'll ever know
You know you darling but know I had to go
You know I miss you baby more than you'll ever know
You know I miss you darling but know that I had to go
Track Name: The Rivergods - "Squeezin'"
Well, there's still juice in this lemon
There's still time on this clock
There's still air in these tires
Blood in this rock

Honey, keep squeezin'
Honey, keep squeezin'
Honey, keep squeezin' me

Well, there's still salt in this wound
There's still mud on these shoes
There's still sun in my eyes
Twelve bars in these blues

Honey, keep squeezin'
Honey, keep squeezin'
Honey, keep squeezin' me

Well, there's still chores to be done
There's still pets to be spayed
There's still wars to be won
Debts to be paid

Honey, keep squeezin'
Honey, keep squeezin'
Honey, keep squeezin' me

Well, there's still leaders to lose
There's still bullets to swear
There's still bras to be burned
Demands to be met

Honey, keep squeezin'
Honey, keep squeezin'
Honey, keep squeezin' me

Well, there's teeth in this smile
There's still drool on this chin
There's still cards in this deck
There's still shi*t in this grin

Honey, keep squeezin'
Honey, keep squeezin'
Honey, keep squeezin' me
Track Name: Lauren Agnelli - "Love Wears a Crown"
"Love Wears A Crown"
(Agnelli/Des Roches)

Love wears a crown (repeat)
It can be gladly worn,
It can be full of thorns
Love wears a crown

Love came to town (repeat)
Rode in on a horse
Came on with brute force
When Love came to town

You’ll discover that some love is
Heavy on your mind, my brothers
You will find that some love won’t give back
But those times beloveds lie
You can’t do nothing but to cry
But sometimes love will king you – that’s a fact!

Love wears a crown (repeat)
It can be such a joy,
It can wound & destroy--
Love wears a crown

You’ll discover that some love is
Yummy, like a box of chocolates
You will find that some love takes the cake
But sometimes it’s bad instead,
You won’t want to get near the bed
But sometimes true love reigns,
And it’s-a no fake!

Love wears a crown (repeat)
It can be gladly worn,
It can be full of thorns
Love wears a crown
Track Name: Chris Mackay & the Toneshifters - "Lena"
Lena

Well I got someone to lean on, and Lena is her name.
When she’s not my angel, she’s driving me insane.
Lena makes me happy, sometimes she makes me mad.
Know’s just how to make me laugh when everything’s gone bad.

CHORUS
Love that girl ‘til the day i die, she's the apple of my eye.
When she's not rotten to the core, she's the one that i adore.

Lena wears the pants now, what she says it goes.
Loves me like no other, and keeps me on my toes.
Lena makes me feisty, Lena makes me scream.
Likes to push my buttons now, and haunt me in my dreams.

CHORUS

Well I’m not the perfect person and she's not the perfect girl.
misery loves company,so were in a perfect world.
No matter if she's screeching or whispering in my ear.
When it comes down to it now, you know were quite the pair.

CHORUS
Track Name: Nancy Parent - "Memo"
"Memo"
(Nancy Parent)

Captive in this space, the light grows dim
In darkness I wait for you to come in
A flicker turned to smoke and ash
Begrudgingly you look then turn your back

When the walls are closing in
And it cuts to the bone
Will you go back on your word
Or will you give up control?

In silence we stir, no tears you show
The needles and pins you can count in a row
I wait in the wings for you to know
That the deeper you cut the further I go

When the walls are closing in
And it's fight or flight that rolls
Will you see gray or black or white
Will you give up the fight?

When the walls are closing in
And it breaks down the core
Will you look back on this road
Will you remember what it's for?
Will you remember what it's for?
Will you remember what it's for?
Track Name: Dogbite - "Nothin'"
"Nothin'"
(lyrics by Kevin Salley)

My life was just great ‘til a month ago
When I crossed a voodoo witch named Marie Lavoe
She put a hex on me and cursed my name
Then I watched my whole world go up in flames
My dog done left me and my woman done died
My truck broke down, just outside
No need to look, its already been towed
Taken by the man for the money I owed

Chorus:
I’ve got a whole lot of nothin’
Left to hold onto
Pour me a drink of somethin’
So I’ll forget what I’ve been through
I had a whole lot of somethin’
That I couldn’t hold ooooon to
Now I got more nothin’
Than the ocean’s got blue

I had a job with a senator, I thought, “This is it”
But when you walk behind a horse your gonna step in sh*t
So I worked for a while as a man for hire
Now my nether region itches and I’m pissin’ fire

My grill blew up and my house burned down
You could hear the explosion clear cross town
The insurance man says his hands are tied
So I’m livin’ in a bus with 4 other guys

(Chorus)

I was dating a model with a PHD
She had a sense of humor and a personality
What I didn’t know, is that she couldn’t swim
And our beach honeymoon done did her in

Now I can’t really date cuz I got no cash
And I don’t wanna spread this wicked rash
Slammed both my hands in the car door
So I can’t even please myself no more

(Chorus)
Track Name: Amalgamated Muck - "In Spite Of Me"
In Spite of Me
(R.A. Maxwell)

I’ve been running wild, running free,
Ain’t nobody chasin’ me
And if I’m caught, it’s only ‘cause I’ve seen

Movin’ ever since I was young --
Not sure what I’m runnin’ from --
Now it’s time to walk a while and see

Fast train always got me there,
And if it did, I might not care
I need to know, need to know what’s true

Love is right in front of me, love is what will set me free
I want to be your love in spite of me

CHORUS:
In spite of me, in spite of me
The heart that knows the truth will set you free
Body and soul will all agree,
Love is what will set you free
Wanna be your love in spite of me

(break & modulate)

I’ve been running wild, running free,
Ain’t nobody chasin’ me
But if I’m caught, it’s only ‘cause I’ve seen

Movin’ ever since I was young --
Not sure what I’m runnin’ from --
Now it’s time to walk a while and see

Fast train always got me there,
And if it did, I might not care
I need to know, need to know what’s true

Love is right in front of me, love is what will set you free
I want to be your love in spite of me

CHORUS:
In spite of me, in spite of me
The heart that shows the truth will set you free
Body and soul will all agree,
Love is what will set you free
Wanna be your love in spite of me
I wanna be your love in spite of me
I wanna be your love in spite of me
Track Name: The Sue Menhart Band - "18 Again"
18 Again
Sue Menhart

I am 18
When I look in your eyes
On a plane to California
Nothing to disguise
Take me there
 
I am 25
When I look in your eyes
All the world is mine
Nothing to disguise
Take me there
 
An old gypsy biker mama said to her ole man
I wanna keep on ridin’ till I can hardly stand
Cuz when that wind is whippin’ every last gray strand
I’m 18 again
 
18 again
Look me in the eye
18 again
These green eyes don’t lie
 
An old handsome troubadour drinkin’ black and tan
Said to the waitress his number one fan
I don’t know if you’re Diane or Suzanne
But I’m 25 again
 
25 again
Look me in the eye
25 again
These brown eyes don’t lie
 
Take me, don’t ask me, take me, don’t ask me
Kiss me, don’t ask me, kiss me, don’t ask me
Love me, don’t ask me, love me, don’t ask me
Love me
 
I am 18
When I look in your eyes
On a plane to California
Nothing to disguise
Take me there
 
They looked each other in the eye one bright and sunny day
Couldn’t care less what the people had to say
Took her by the hand and simply said today
I’m gonna take you away
Take you away
Track Name: Dirt Road Radio - "The House"
The House
(Scott, Walley, and Asciolla)

There’s a house on a hill where a woman lay still
It’s the house they called their home
Her husband built it for her with hands that adored her
And now he’s taking her home

They had two sons and a daughter
Who came a long way to say their final goodbyes
The people from town all gathered around
To say that they were sorry

They met back in school. She was too young. He was cool.
The girl became his wife
He took to the field and built that house in a year
The dreams became their life

They had two sons and a daughter
Who came a long way to say their final goodbyes
Now they tend to the matter
And lay her beside their father

He passed away twenty years to the day
They heard their first baby cry
She chose to stay to get the kids on their way
That house kept his spirit alive

There’s a house on a hill where a woman lay still
It’s the house they called their home
Her husband built it for her with hands that adored her
And now he’s taking her home
And now he’s taking her home
Track Name: Monkey 68 - "Side by Side"
"Side by Side"
by Vincent Tuckwood

There's a place between the fire and the sky
where you and I can stand side by side
Head to head and toe to toe
Tomorrow just ain't no place to go
when you're living for today

There's a thing between your ears and your eyes
If you use it then you soon realize
These things that you've been worrying for
won't come knocking upon your door
They're nothing at all

You look to me
like you're running to keep up
You look to me
like you're dying to get off

There's a thing you do whenever you smile
that you don't realize half the time
It hits your lips but misses your eyes
Why's that such a
surprise?

You look at me
like I crawled out from some rock
You look at me
like I'm falling off a log

But there's a place between the fire and the sky
where you and I can stand side by side
Head to head and toe to toe
Tomorrow just ain't no place to go
when you're living for today

There's a thing between your ears and your eyes
If you use it then you soon realize
These things that you've been worrying for
won't come knocking upon your door
They're nothing at all
Track Name: Anne Castellano & Hugh Birdsall - "Every Time You Cry"
“Every Time You Cry”
(lyrics by Anne Castellano/Hugh Birdsall)

Every time you cry
A star falls from the sky
And crashes through the atmosphere
And everybody dies
They drift away through fire and flame
And not a trace remains
The universe forgets them all
And you're the one to blame

Every time you scream
I don't know what you mean
I wish that you would shut your mouth
And close your eyes and dream
Of dinosaurs and butterflies
And ice cream, cakes and pies
And if you don't the bogeyman
Will blacken both your eyes

There's a quiet place inside
That maybe you can find
Won't you go to sleep my dear
And I won't lose my mind

Every time you cry
A star falls from the sky
And crashes through the atmosphere
And everybody dies
They drift away through fire and flame
And not a trace remains
The universe forgets them all
And you're the one to blame
Track Name: Dave Rave - "Looking Out My Front Door"
LOOKING OUT MY FRONT DOOR
(Agnelli/Des Roches) 
 
Everybody ought to roll up their sleeves and get to work
Every pot should have a chicken in it, every home a car
That’s what they always say, meanwhile the children play
Things being what they are: can’t complain
 
Lookin’ out my front door / Pieces of an old dream
Lookin’ out my front door / Around me
  
Everybody’s got to pull up their socks and stop messin’ up
Every child has got to learn how to read and tow the line
That’s what we always hear, Success is always near
And just a step away from disaster
 
Lookin’ out my front door / Lookin’ out my front door
Pieces of an old dream / Around me