The High Hat Club EP

by Mike Maimone

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1.
Roll Big River, rolling all night and day Roll big river and everything gonna be OK They shook Billy down on his first night in town And Dan got jumped behind Jewel They took all that Joe owned, but they left his trombone Now he's right back playing the blues Well Gen and Marc, they had to park Their trailer on the side of the street Someone busted off the lock and drove it off the block But they're right back - ain't missed a beat Roll Big River, rolling all night and day Roll big river and everything gonna be OK My band broke up, and damn I was stuck beat down without no choice But to pack up and move, get a new point of view I got right down finding my voice I dropped in on some friends back in South Bend A bangin' rhythm section of pros Instead of laying down tracks, broken glass I lost everything even my clothes But I just roll big river, rolling all night and day Roll big river and everything gonna be OK Just 'cause I ain't mentioned fighting I ain't inviting You to pull one over on me We carry bats and chains now, we'll beat out your brains now Had enough turning the other cheek It's happened so many times, can't get it off my mind What exactly I'm gonna do Just a little bit of torture before I report you Send you off with the boys in blue Now you can roll Big River, rolling all night and day Roll big river and everything gonna be OK Roll Big River, rolling all night and day Roll big river and everything gonna be OK
2.
Get it all out, get it all out, baby come on Get it all out, get it all out, baby come on Gotta set me straight, it can't wait, gotcha up all night Gotta get it right - write it down if ya gotta Get it all out, get it all out, baby come on Betcha feelin' pretty high and mighty now It's a long, long, long - a long way down Gimme more lies, gimme more lies, baby come on Gimme more lies, gimme more lies, baby come on Dress it up, spit it out, start a new fuss all about Something old, something new - gimme some fake news Gimme more lies, gimme more lies, baby come on Betcha feelin' pretty high and mighty now It's a long, long, long - a long way down Dead tree with some purty fake leaves stuck on it Set free but the lease we bleed upon it Red deed hand shake behind your back fingers crossed, turn and cough, doctor the facts, boss Let green lift you up and put me down I'll see you in hell before I bow feeling pretty high and mighty now I guess I'm feeling pretty high and mighty now Everyone's feeling pretty high and mighty now But it's a long, long, long - a long way down Get it all out, get it all out, baby come on Get it all out, get it all out, baby come on Gotta set me straight, it can't wait, gotcha up all night Gotta get it right - write it down if ya gotta Get it all out, get it all out, baby come on Betcha feelin' pretty high and mighty now It's a long, long, long - a long way down Now I'm feelin' pretty high and mighty now It's a long, long, long - a long way down Everyone's feelin' pretty high and mighty now It's a long, long, long - a long way down
3.
Bought my last last pack of smokes with quarters now I can't afford the train, so I'm walking to the High Hat Club to make some change. He always sits at the back, his favorite place to settle, he never looks up once while I'm up checking levels. He ain't Mr. Universe, more like Mr. Ashtabula, and yeah it turns me on, but he's straight as a ruler. It's been raining all day, but it's a clear black night. Don't need your blue skies, just your clear black night, your clear black night. A look of recognition and it's back to his magazine, it's all I wanted now I'm back to my fantasy. But now I'm moving closer, he smells of mesquite, he's a real man's man - but not the kind that would be into me. Of all the words I had, well I finally had to settle, "has anyone ever told you you look like Burt Reynolds?" It's been raining all day, but it's a clear black night. Don't need your blue skies, just your clear black night, your clear black night. I been looking all around and I ain't seen a thing that'll take him off my mind and I just can't tell him. I been sniffing all around but I ain't smelt a thing that'll take him off my mind, no, I can still smell him. It's been raining all day, but it's a clear black night. Don't need your blue skies, just your clear black night, your clear black night, your clear black night. your clear black night.
4.
03:42
You got a lot of bravado, Mr. "I lead, you follow" Look back tomorrow you'll be so full of sorrow When you see I don't miss you, I bet you gon' wish you Had a whole box of tissue, but that's not my issue no more Man, I gave up I told you I had enough Hey now, hey now, world ain't gonna stop Just 'cause you ain't 'round I hear you're down in Miami, got yourself a young man he Probably cannot stand me 'cause you're still my fan, see I can see you been clickin' while you fixin' to love him But your texts I been duckin' 'cause I sure ain't fuckin' around With a man who gone out of bounds Another man, another town, oh no Hey now, hey now, world ain't gonna stop Just 'cause you ain't 'round No it doesn't impress me when you puff out your chest see I been keepin it sexy and you're full of regrets we Said we were no mo' now I hear you in Soho Telling everyone you know that I'm still you're homo - oh no! Scandalous man, give it up Hey now, hey now, world ain't gonna stop Just 'cause you ain't 'round
5.
I found my voice, They said it wasn't mine. I had a choice, But choices are always blind. So far from home And my home just keeps on changing. If I was alone I'd worry and worry for ages. But you stay with me, baby, Keep me safe through the changes. Honestly, no sages could've seen You settling for me. There's too many exits, I've been staying inside. It's like fear of death, It'll keep you from living your life. If I went out I know I'm too poor to choose. You came around And you showed me I've nothing to lose. When you stayed with me, baby Kept me safe through the changes, Honestly, no sages could've seen You falling for me. Stay with me, baby, Keep me safe through the changes. Honestly, no sages could've seen You dancing with me. Stay with me, baby, I'll keep you safe through the changes. Honestly, no sages could've seen You and me.

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released September 14, 2018

Bob Buckstaff - Bass (2, 5), Electric Guitar (1,2,4,5)
Joe Goltz - Trombone (2, 4, 5)
Tim Koelling - Sax
Alex Leong - Trombone (1, 3)
Mike Maimone - Piano, Vocals, Guitar (3), Keys Bass (4)
Ian Tsan - Drums

Produced by Mike Maimone

Recorded by Dan Smart, Nick Broste, & Mike Maimone
Mixed by Rick Fritz & Mike Maimone
Mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering
Cover photos by Mike Grimes

Words & Music by Maimone (ASCAP) with musical arrangements from Buckstaff (ASCAP), Goltz (SESAC) (2,4,5), LEONG (BMI) (1,3), Koelling (ASCAP), and Tsan (ASCAP)
All songs (C) 2018 8eat8 Records, All rights reserved
All songs (P) 2018 Mile Too Far Music (ASCAP)

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Mike Maimone is the singer/songwriter & keyboardist in Mutts. He has also played keys for Company of Thieves, Bailiff, Hemmingbirds and Jon Walker.

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