5 Best Songs

by Greg McLeod

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This is Greg's third full length album and his first as a solo musician.

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released January 21, 2013

This album was written, recorded, and produced in Greg's bedroom in Delta, BC, from September to December 2012.

Thanks to my family.

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Track Name: 5 Best Songs
I took the five best songs
When I quit the band
Didn't hear them on radio
But you know them if you're a fan

They're gonna keep the name
I'll keep my tattoo
Hurt to get it done anyway
Why hurt to get it removed?

I took the five best songs
And I'm gonna play them
You bring your cello and I'll
See if I can replicate

The way we used to sing together
I am sick of being a bellwether

In the eye of the storm
It all seems overblown, yeah
I'm gonna perform
And sing both parts alone, then

I will write five new songs
And I will be honest
I'm glad not to have the sneaking
Feeling I don't want this

The way we used to sing together
I am sick of being a bellwether
You can't help but grieve, I get it
I'd much rather be untethered

I took the five best songs
And I'm gonna play them
You bring your cello and I'll
See if I can take it
Track Name: Parlour
The girl I like is tight with indie rockers
Every show, the front row, "isn't it awesome?"
Knows their songs before they're on a record
No doubt what they're about, unless they correct her

Saw their video, one shot in slow motion
Concept EP's gonna be about the ocean
With lyrics so deep, repeated nine times over
You know they look nineteen, apparently they're much older

At their day jobs, they are heartthrobs
In the dive bars, they are superstars
You can sing along, feel like you belong
You can buy a shirt and wear it to work
And if you get their CD won't you lend it to me?

The girl I like spent a night with the singer
The high sign was the tan line on his finger
Pen to the paper, he wrote her a song
Took some time, took some time, made it rhyme
And played along

On toy keyboards, broken chords, no bass
The parts in his K-mart guitar are all replaced
And like their video, living in slow motion
Smoking weed, saying they need the right promotion

At their day jobs, they are heartthrobs
In the dive bars, they are superstars
You can sing along, pretend you belong
You can buy a shirt and wear it to work
But if you get their CD won't you lend it to me?
Track Name: New Money
Remember when I gave you new money?
I worked the till, you found it so funny
Held it up into the light
To decide it was alright
Back then you would play the dummy

Remember when you brought me to your house?
You were rich and that's how I found out
Your dad would work from home
You said you felt alone
I didn't get what that was all about

'Cause you had enough

Remember when your dad got broken in?
He was upstairs, they didn't take a thing
Doubt they would enjoy the spoils
All the sculpture and the oils
The wooden mask you got him in Beijing

Remember then he got a new alarm?
It was impossible to make disarm
So you'd smoke in the basement
I said it was displacement
You said he didn't mean any harm

But you had enough

Remember when I finally had enough?
We moved away, hardly had any stuff
You made a tent out of your sheets
I threw away receipts
We both pretended we were tough

Remember then I made my own CDs?
You helped me mail them but looked ill at ease
I kept an envelope of cash
You had written on the back
"No one's retired yet from selling these"

Why did you hold on to that old bill?
The one I gave you when I worked the till
That feeling of elation
Stays in circulation
And we could spend it still
Track Name: Monuments
I'm spending time in your sculpture garden
Men you knew before they hardened
I know you leave it unlocked

Every one of them made of marble
Oh so authentic I can but marvel
I know you come here a lot

Every night, they come to life
You visit them
Every night they come to life
Again

I should leave but I'm fascinated
Is there a pedestal where I'm slated?
I know I'll prob'ly get caught

How am I supposed to ask you
Oh, I found your park of statues
I know you saved me a spot

Every night, they come to life
You visit them
Every night they come to life
Again
Every night, they come to life
You visit them
Every night they come to life
Again

Monuments are all that will last
Monuments, forget we lest
Monuments too numerous to list
Monuments to what you have lost
Monuments of long forgotten lust
Track Name: Left Hand Smear
Put it down as it comes
Shape the ink as it runs
Let the page disappear
Make it frighteningly clear

Put the feeling to rest
Watch it all coalesce
Lose it under your hand
Never read it again

I'm the left hand smear
Chasing you across the page
I will be right here
Erasing everything you make

I'm the left hand smear
And no matter how you slave
I will be right here
You will take me to your grave

Keep it all in your head
Take an Advil instead
Let the page remain white
Watch it fade with the light

Hold the feeling inside
Give it someplace to hide
Think of it time to time
In between every line

I'm the left hand smear
Chasing you across the page
I will be right here
Erasing everything you make

I'm the left hand smear
And no matter how you slave
I will be right here
You will take me to your grave

Put it down as it comes
Shape the ink as it runs
Lose it under your hand
Never read it again
Track Name: Can't Talk Dirty
I can't talk dirty though I know it turned you on
You said I better start or you'd be gone
I got too shy and didn't know what I should say
Can't help thinking that there was another way

I should have done it like a politician
Criticize your policy
Not mention my position
Brought a mike, announced it play-by-play
There's the pass, deep in the zone
But is it in? Let's see the replay
What if I had tried reading aloud
With a book behind the pillow
I need light, is that allowed?
I should have done it like an auctioneer
'Cause I need one, do I see two?
Do I see three? Okay, that's weird

Imagine all the things I could have tried
Instead of giving up and saying that I
Can't talk dirty, I can't talk dirty, yeah
I can't talk dirty, I can't talk dirty, no
I can't talk dirty, I can't talk dirty, yeah
I can't talk dirty

I should have done it like a movie pitch
'Cause it has action! It has romance!
It's just dialogue with tits
I should have studied for it like an oral exam
Crib notes on my palm to questions
I don't understand
I should have done it like I was the police
Brought a flashlight, got confessions
Better than I was a priest
I should have done it as if I were condemned
My final words were blasphemies
About you and your friend

Imagine all the things I could have tried
Instead of giving up and saying that I
Can't talk dirty, I can't talk dirty, yeah
I can't talk dirty, I can't talk dirty, no
I can't talk dirty, I can't talk dirty, yeah
I can't talk dirty

I should have done it like I had tourette's
That way if I went too far, you couldn't
Really get upset
I should have done it like I was a mime
'Cause I can't talk inside this box
But here's a rope to climb
I should have made it more like a debate
'Cause my point's pretty good but your
Rebuttal sure is great
I should have done it in a limerick
'Cause I'm a poet, didn't know it
Til I tried to rhyme with prick

Imagine all the things I could have tried
Instead of giving up and saying that I
Can't talk dirty, I can't talk dirty, yeah
I can't talk dirty, I can't talk dirty, no
I can't talk dirty, I can't talk dirty, yeah
I can't talk dirty
Track Name: Recommended
Swear I heard this song before
Now I know I didn't get it
You only gave me one headphone
I already like it better
When I see you nodding on that beat
In the back of the darkened bus
How'd I ever miss this before us

Thought I played this one for you
Come on, I think you must have heard it
Oh no, my power's low
I think I know some of the words, it goes:
Dah dah dah, dah dah dah
Dah dah dah... well, maybe I don't
I'd sing you more but it hurts my throat

And all the people are staring
Thinking that I'm rude
But I'll keep this one blaring
Long as you've got it blaring too
If you've never tried this I recommend it
If you've never tried this I recommend it
If you've never tried this I recommend it
If you've never tried this, I recommend it

Ringing in my ears began
Oh, my body's trying to fight it
Sounds I'll never hear again
Oh my god, tonight is
The last I'll ever hear it sound
Exactly like I remember
Batteries are wearing down
Well they used to last forever

I've learned it well enough by now
Every single word and note
I can leave my headphones at home

And all the people are staring
Thinking that I'm crazy
But I'll keep this one blaring
Long as you've got it blaring maybe

And all the people are staring
Thinking that I'm rude
But I'll keep this one blaring
As long as you've got it blaring too
If you've never tried this I recommend it
If you've never tried this I recommend it
If you've never tried this I recommend it
If you've never tried this, I recommend it
It's recommended
Track Name: Awful Fun
I started burning bridges
It's awful fun
I started really living
So I wouldn't kill someone

I started leaving parties
With little warning
I started drinking fifths
Instead of forties

You're following my eyes
My averted eyes
Who's on my side?
Well, who's on your side?

It's just lately
I can't keep track
So I'll make everyone hurt
Like no one deserves
And they won't want me back

It's just lately
I lost count
Two thousand and ten
Injuries are my friends
An open account
And I'm closing it down

I started burning bridges
Now what have I done?
My dreams are nightly prisons
Feel like I killed someone

This is where I admit
I'm wrong and really sorry, huh?
No, this is where I buy a fifth
Go to a party

You're following my eyes
My averted eyes
Who's on my side?
Well, who's on your side?

It's just lately
I can't keep track
So I'll make everyone hurt
Like no one deserves
And they won't want me back

It's just lately
I lost count
Two thousand and ten injuries
Are my friends an open account?
And I'm closing them down
Track Name: Soft Shoulder
It's dark, soft shoulder
One car, they're older
My head hunched over
It stops, it opens

My shoulders tighten
They yell, I'm frightened
My knuckles whiten
I stop, I fight them

You know they're just passing it on
Someone pays for all their wrongs
You know they're just passing it on
From the basement of their mom's
You know they're just passing it on
Someone pays for other wrongs
You know they're just passing it on
And you're gonna pay them

Slow down, third person
Hometown diversion
They want to hurt him
It starts to worsen

No cause, no quarter
No real disorder
It feels like torture
It starts with boredom

You know they're just passing it on
Someone pays for all their wrongs
You know they're just passing it on
From the basement of their mom's
You know they're just passing it on
Someone pays for other wrongs
You know they're just passing it on
And you're gonna pay them

The stars, the silence
The bars, the violence
It's all behind us
They will deny it

It's dark, soft shoulder
No cars, I'm older
Track Name: Wonderful Life
I am an angel awaiting descent
I stand like a letter I never sent
The way that Abel last looked at Cain
I picture myself catch up with the rain

And end this wonderful life
Wonderful life
Wonderful life
Wonderful life

Before I die a quick calculation
My kinematics in one dimension
And it turns out I'm falling too far
I shouldn't need more than five or six yards
And that wouldn't kill me, pretty sure not
Hope that you see me, I hope I get caught
And it scares me away

To a wonderful life
Wonderful life
Wonderful life
Wonderful life

Turns out my death wish was passing at best
So I take a shower then eat and get dressed
I'm shaking the dust of this crummy little town
Off my feet and I'm gonna see the world
I'm shaking the dust of this crummy little town
Off my feet and I'm gonna see the world

It's a wonderful life
Wonderful life
Wonderful life
Wonderful life
Wonderful life
Wonderful life