Some Guys

by Jonathan Coulton

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1.
Well I tried to make it sunday, but I got so damn depressed That I set my sights on monday and I got myself undressed I ain't ready for the altar but I do agree there's times When a woman sure can be a friend of mine Well, I keep on thinkin' 'bout you, sister golden hair surprise And I just can't live without you, can't you see it in my eyes? I been one poor correspondent, and I been too, too hard to find But it doesn't mean you ain't been on my mind Will you meet me in the middle, will you meet me in the air? Will you love me just a little, just enough to show you care? Well I tried to fake it, I don't mind sayin', I just can't make it Well, I keep on thinkin' 'bout you, sister golden hair surprise And I just can't live without you, can't you see it in my eyes? Now I been one poor correspondent, and I been too, too hard to find But it doesn't mean you ain't been on my mind Will you meet me in the middle, will you meet me in the air? Will you love me just a little, just enough to show you care? Well I tried to fake it, I don't mind sayin', I just can't make it
2.
On and On 03:03
Down in Jamaica They go lots of pretty women Steal your money Then they break your heart Lonesome sue, she's in love with ol'Sam Take him from the fire into the frying pan On and on She just keeps on trying And she smiles when she feels like crying On and on, On and on, On and on Poor ol'Jimmy Sits alone in the moonlight Saw his woman kiss another man So he takes a ladder Steals the stars from the sky Puts on sinatra and starts to cry On and on He just keeps on trying And he smiles when he feels like crying On and on, On and on, On and on when the first time is the last time It can make you feel so bad But if you know it, show it Hold on tight Don't let her say: Goodnight Got the sun on my shoulders And my toes in the sand My woman's left me for the some other man Aw, but I don't care I'll just dream and stay tan Toos up my heart to see where it lands On and on I just keep on trying And I smile when I feel like dying On and on, On and on, On and on
3.
In a little while from now If I'm not feeling any less sour I promise myself to treat myself And visit a nearby tower And climbing to the top Will throw myself off In an effort to Make it clear to whoever Wants to know what it's like When you're shattered Left standing in the lurch at a church Were people saying, My God, that's tough She stood him up No point in us remaining We may as well go home As I did on my own Alone again, naturally To think that only yesterday I was cheerful, bright and gay Looking forward to who wouldn't do The role I was about to play But as if to knock me down Reality came around And without so much as a mere touch Cut me into little pieces Leaving me to doubt Talk about, God in His mercy Oh, if he really does exist Why did he desert me In my hour of need I truly am indeed Alone again, naturally It seems to me that There are more hearts broken in the world That can't be mended Left unattended What do we do What do we do Looking back over the years And whatever else that appears I remember I cried when my father died Never wishing to hide the tears And at sixty-five years old My mother, God rest her soul Couldn't understand why the only man She had ever loved had been taken Leaving her to start With a heart so badly broken Despite encouragement from me No words were ever And when she passed away I cried and cried all day Alone again, naturally Alone again, naturally
4.
Too many broken hearts have fallen in the river Too many lonely souls have drifted out to sea You lay your bets and then you pay the price The things we do for love, the things we do for love Communication is the problem to the answer You've got her number and your hand is on the phone The weather's turned and all the lines are down The things we do for love, the things we do for love Like walking in the rain and the snow When there's nowhere to go And you're feelin' like a part of you is dying And you're looking for the answer in her eyes You think you're gonna break up Then she says she wants to make up Ooh you made me love you Ooh you've got a way Ooh you had me crawling up the wall Like walking in the rain and the snow When there's nowhere to go And you're feelin' like a part of you is dying And you're looking for the answer in her eyes You think you're gonna break up Then she says she wants to make up Ooh you made me love you Ooh you've got a way Ooh you had me crawling up the wall A compromise would surely help the situation Agree to disagree but disagree to part When after all it's just a compromise of The things we do for love, the things we do for love
5.
Hey have you ever tried Really reaching out for the other side? I may be climbing on rainbows But baby, here goes Dreams are for those who sleep Life is for us to keep And if you're wondering what this song is leading to, I want to make it with you I really think that we could make it, girl Though you don't know me well And every little thing only time will tell If you believe the things that I do, And we'll see it through Life can be short or long Love can be right or wrong And if I chose the one I'd like to help me through I'd like to make it with you I really think that we could make it, girl Baby you know that dreams there for those who sleep Life is for us to keep And if I chose the one I'd like to help me through I'd like to make it with you I really think that we could make it, girl
6.
There's talk on the street; it sounds so familiar. Great expectations, everybody's watching you. People you meet, they all seem to know you. Even your old friends treat you like you're something new. Johnny come lately, the new kid in town. Everybody loves you, so don't let them down. You look in her eyes; the music begins to play. Hopeless romantics, here we go again. But after a while you're looking the other way. It's those restless hearts that never mend. Johnny come lately, the new kid in town. Will she still love you when you're not around? There's so many things you should have told her, But night after night you're willing to hold her, just hold her. Tears on your shoulder. There's talk on the street; it's there to remind you It doesn't really matter which side you're on. You're walking away and they're talking behind you. They will never forget you till somebody new comes along. Where you been lately? There's a new kid in town. Everybody loves him, don't they? And he's holding her, and you're still around. Oh, my, my. There's a new kid in town, just another new kid in town. Ooh, hoo. Everybody's talking 'bout the new kid in town. Ooh, hoo. Everybody's walking like the new kid in town. There's a new kid in town. I don't want to hear it. There's a new kid in town. I don't want to hear it. There's a new kid in town. There's a new kid in town. There's a new kid in town. Everybody's talking There's a new kid in town. People started walking
7.
Baker Street 06:05
Winding your way down on Baker Street Light in your head and dead on your feet Well, another crazy day You'll drink the night away And forget about everything This city desert makes you feel so cold It's got so many people, but it's got no soul And it's taken you so long To find out you were wrong When you thought it held everything You used to think that it was so easy You used to say that it was so easy But you're trying, you're trying now Another year and then you'd be happy Just one more year and then you'd be happy But you're crying, you're crying now Way down the street there's a light in his place He opens the door, he's got that look on his face And he asks you where you've been You tell him who you've seen And you talk about anything He's got this dream about buying some land He's gonna give up the booze and the one-night stands And then he'll settle down In some quiet little town And forget about everything But you know he'll always keep moving You know he's never gonna stop moving 'Cause he's rolling, he's the rolling stone And when you wake up, it's a new morning The sun is shining, it's a new morning And you're going, you're going home
8.
I know your eyes in the morning sun I feel you touch me in the pouring rain And the moment that you wander far from me I want to feel you in my arms again And you come to me on a summer breeze Keep me warm in your love, then you softly leave And it's me you need to show How deep is your love, how deep is your love How deep is your love? I really mean to learn 'Cause we're living in a world of fools Breaking us down when they all should let us be We belong to you and me I believe in you You know the door to my very soul You're the light in my deepest, darkest hour You're my savior when I fall And you may not think I care for you When you know down inside that I really do And it's me you need to show How deep is your love, how deep is your love How deep is your love? I really mean to learn 'Cause we're living in a world of fools Breaking us down when they all should let us be We belong to you and me And you come to me on a summer breeze Keep me warm in your love, then you softly leave And it's me you need to show How deep is your love, how deep is your love How deep is your love? I really mean to learn 'Cause we're living in a world of fools Breaking us down when they all should let us be We belong to you and me
9.
Easy 04:16
Know it sounds funny But, I just can't stand the pain Girl, I'm leaving you tomorrow Seems to me girl You know I've done all I can You see I begged, stole, and I borrowed! (yeah) Ooh that's why I'm easy I'm easy like Sunday morning That's why I'm easy I'm easy like Sunday morning Why in the world would anybody put chains on me? I've paid my dues to make it Everybody wants me to be What they want me to be I'm not happy when I try to fake it, no Ooh that's why I'm easy I'm easy like Sunday morning That's why I'm easy I'm easy like Sunday morning I wanna be high, so high I wanna be free to know The things I do are right I wanna be free Just me, whoa, oh babe That's why I'm easy I'm easy like Sunday morning, yeah That's why I'm easy I'm easy like Sunday morning, whoa 'Cause I'm easy Easy like Sunday morning, yeah 'Cause I'm easy Easy like Sunday morning
10.
Wildfire 04:49
She comes down from Yellow Mountain On a dark, flat land she rides On a pony she named Wildfire With a whirlwind by her side On a cold Nebraska night Oh, they say she died one winter When there came a killing frost And the pony she named Wildfire Busted down its stall In a blizzard he was lost She ran calling Wildfire She ran calling Wildfire She ran calling Wildfire By the dark of the moon I planted But there came an early snow There's been a hoot-owl howling by my window now For six nights in a row She's coming for me, I know And on Wildfire we're both gonna go We'll be riding Wildfire Riding Wildfire Riding Wildfire On Wildfire we're gonna ride Gonna leave sodbustin' behind Get these hard times right on out of our minds Riding Wildfire
11.
Everybody's talking at me I don't hear a word they're saying Only the echoes of my mind People stopping, staring I can't see their faces Only the shadows of their eyes I'm going where the sun keeps shining Through the pouring rain Going where the weather suits my clothes Banking off of the northeast winds Sailing on a summer breeze And skipping over the ocean like a stone I'm going where the sun keeps shining Through the pouring rain Going where the weather suits my clothes Banking off of the northeast winds Sailing on a summer breeze And skipping over the ocean like a stone Everybody's talking at me Can't hear a word they're saying Only the echoes of my mind I won't let you leave my love behind No, I won't let you leave I won't let you leave my love behind
12.
If you could read my mind love What a tale my thoughts could tell Just like an old time movie About a ghost from a wishing well In a castle dark or a fortress strong With chains upon my feet You know that ghost is me And I will never be set free As long as I'm a ghost you can see If I could read your mind love What a tale your thoughts could tell Just like a paperback novel The kind the drugstore sells When you reach the part where the heartaches come Come the hero would be me Heroes often fail And you won't read that book again Because the ending's just to hard to take I walk away like a movie star Who gets burned in a three way script Enter number two, a movie queen To play the scene of bringing all the good things out in me But for now love let's be real I never knew I feel this way And I've got to say that I just don't get it I don't know where we went wrong But the feeling's gone and I just can't get it back If you could read my mind love What a tale my thoughts could tell Just like an old time movie about a ghost from a wishing well In a castle dark or a fortress strong With chains upon my feet The story always ends And if you read between the lines You'll know that I'm just trying to understand The feelings that you lack I never knew I could feel this way And I've got to say that I just don't get it I don't know where we went wrong But the feeling's gone And I just can't get it back
13.
Crazy Love 02:59
Tonight I'm gonna break away Just you wait and see I've never been imprisoned by A faded memory Just when I think I'm over her This broken heart will mend I hear her name and I have to cry The tears come down again It happens all the time This crazy love of mine Wrapped around my heart Refusing to unwind Ooh-ooh, crazy love, ah Count the stars in the southern sky That fall without a sound And then pretend that you can't hear These teardrops coming down It happens all the time This crazy love of mine Wrapped around my heart Refusing to unwind Ooh-ooh, crazy love, ah Tonight I'm gonna break away Just you wait and see I've never been imprisoned by A faded memory It happens all the time This crazy love of mine Wrapped around my heart Refusing to unwind Ooh-ooh, crazy love, ah Tonight I'm gonna break away
14.
Met my old lover in the grocery store The snow was falling Christmas Eve I stood behind her in the frozen foods And I touched her on the sleeve She didn't recognize the face at first But then her eyes flew open wide She went to hug me and she spilled her purse And we laughed until we cried We took her groceries to the check out stand The food was totaled up and bagged We stood there lost in our embarrassment As the conversation lagged We went to have ourselves a drink or two But couldn't find an open bar We bought a six-pack at the liquor store And we drank it in her car We drank a toast to innocence We drank a toast to now We tried to reach beyond the emptiness But neither one knew how She said she's married her an architect Who kept her warm and safe and dry She would have liked to say she loved the man But she didn't like to lie I said the years had been a friend to her And that her eyes were still as blue But in those eyes I wasn't sure if I saw Doubt or gratitude She said she saw me in the record stores And that I must be doing well I said the audience was heavenly But the traveling was Hell We drank a toast to innocence We drank a toast to now We tried to reach beyond the emptiness But neither one knew how We drank a toast to innocence We drank a toast to time Reliving, in our eloquence Another "Auld Lang Syne" The beer was empty and our tongues were tired And running out of things to say She gave a kiss to me as I got out And I watched her drive away Just for a moment I was back at school And felt that old familiar pain And, as I turned to make my way back home The snow turned into rain

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An album of 70s soft rock covers that sound exactly like the originals

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released March 26, 2019

All vocals by Jonathan Coulton

All instruments by Jonathan Coulton and Christian Cassan except:

Katie Kresek: violin and viola tracks 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14

Rachel Golub: violin and viola tracks 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14

Jonathan Dinklage: violin and viola tracks 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14

Noah Hoffeld: cello tracks 3, 5, 7, 8, 12 and 14

Jim Boggia: acoustic guitars tracks 3 and 12

Bennett Paster: keyboards tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14

Jon Spurney: guitar solo tack 7 and piano track 4

Smith Curry: pedal steel track 2

Andrew Gutauskas: sax tracks 7, 9 and 14

John Lake: trumpet track 9

Robert Edwards: trombone track 9

Jasmine Francescon: hand claps track 4

Strings transcriptions by Katie Kresek

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Christian Cassan at The Secret Garden

Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters

Christian and Jonathan would like to thank John Peluso at Peluso Microphone Lab and Joe Waltz at Eventide

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Jonathan Coulton Brooklyn, New York

Jonathan Coulton is from the Internet. While a struggling music industry fell to pieces, he independently amassed a small army of techies, nerds, and dedicated superfans. He's known for his songs in the “Portal” games, plus an eclectic catalog of masterful songwriting on subjects from zombies and mad scientists to sad parents and dissatisfied software engineers. ... more

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