Catholic School

by Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease

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1.
On Monday 03:56
ON MONDAY On Monday the bougies give the city back the bartenders all take the day off and relax and Oh, how they laugh At the daywalkers fielding new job offers living out the awfulness of the creative class Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh but the city is a covenant this much, at least, the gangsters understood when they were runnin’ it now we try not to regret our days close our eyes, and drink our drinks and wait On Monday gonna ride all over town the wind in my hair turning my black eyes brown I’ve still got what it takes Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh They’re tearing the old church down When I was young I wanted to watch it burn but you see it’s different now Now I’m trying not to be some kind of way But in the midst of all this sameness, you know I just don’t feel the same On Monday gonna ride off to another town in hope of wonder, in hope of joy to be found Tell them I’m on my way. Tell them I’m on my way.
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POLAROIDS ON THE FLOOR Hey Greasy Rider you’re making the grade you really got yourself some respect you got yourself laid Oh but the years go by and you don’t feel the same then God appeared to you in a dream last night and this is what he said: Well, yes, things have gone badly surely in this season of living poorly as I move about the chorus where the notes are high there’s garbage in my dreams encore, un Coeur If livin’s for life, What is this life for? It’s for polaroids polaroids on the floor Whoa no I’ve got to my bit God I’ve gotta make my amends He said oh no you don’t, my son: Go be with your friends But that’s the problem you see, they’re the ones who sent me to you He just laughed, and coughed and said, Piss off — I just told you the truth Well, yes, things have gone badly surely in this season of living poorly as I move about the chorus where the notes are high there’s garbage in my dreams encore, un Coeur If livin’s for life, What is this life for? It’s for polaroids polaroids on the floor things have gone badly surely I never found no one to adore me so I just stayed inside on the couch and I got high I dreamt my garbage dreams ‘til my hands were sore I never got off I got something more I got these polaroids polaroids on the floor
4.
Black Ice 02:58
BLACK ICE Dark little roads Leading down To empty homes Warmed by nothing but the glow Of old television shows I waited outside your house I never saw you come in or go out Darling, you must know These roads Can’t be travelled alone. So beware of the black ice, darling It could burn your heart Beware of the black ice, darling Tonight it’s got me falling apart I treated you like kin A kind soul to a vagabond I’d taken in charity never forgets what tragedy gives But beware of the black ice, darling It’s in your eyes and your skin Beware of the black ice, darling I knew I’d never see you again Last night I had a dream Well, I had to testify At the trial Of your life Someone said you must like him You’re his wife What was he like? I paused and I prayed I begged forgiveness and yeah Forgiveness was made I only see him certain times of the night I loved him, and his touch was like His touch was black ice I told them you were black ice, baby Yeah fuckin’ A right But they misunderstood me, baby ‘ cos black ice is what I like I told them you were black ice, baby It’s absolutely true You were my black ice, baby I hope I was black ice to you.
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IT AIN’T IMPORTANT NOW Hey rock 'n' roll DJ in the middle of the day I rolled a spliff during my coffee break and then I got paid Now I'm cleaning out my desk By mid-afternoon I'll be painting the town What was important to me then? It ain't important now Well I'm used to it now but it wasn't always this way I had a wife, I had a home, I was oh-so-steady But you get older, you know and some things, they tend to break down What was important to me then? It ain't important now It ain't important now It ain't important now Man I got other things to worry about It ain't important now Tick-tock can't you drown out that beautiful girl I have vacated the graces of the good people of the world And I'm afraid if I stop now They'd find it was just the chemicals keepin' me alive Oh don't you talk to me about addicted Everybody's just addicted to getting by It ain't important now It ain't important now Man I got other things to worry about It ain't important now Hey rock 'n' roll DJ it's still me here on the line Don't let nothing get in the way of a pretty good time I had a mantra once, you see But now I push this gospel plow What was important to me then? It ain't important now.
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DIGITAL LIGHT I’ve been waiting for so long I lost track of the time and I found myself in an empty room with closed blinds Doomed to repeat everything that’s not sweet Go out and tell me what you find I can suppose you love me still but I don’t trust these times In the digital light I gave up the physical fight When my luck ran out My little light turned blue In the digital light Nobody knows what they’re like So imagine the luck Of me knowing you When I was a boy I slept by the radio lullabies from the north how they slayed me-oh Oh, oh, oh In the digital light I gave up the physical fight In the digital light In the digital light In the digital light In the digital light In the digital light In the digital light
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SON OF A LOSER There’s parties in the penthouses tonight and diamonds on the street there’s folks who throw away half of everything they eat and when I get to feelin’ down like I can’t compete I think about my old man and what he said to me: You’re the son of a loser no place to go but up nothing to prove, son so go on and get that loving cup Now the game is fixed but don’t you twist ‘cos it’s a gift to be alive don’t you ever think your shit don’t stink don’t commit a sin of pride but you can be proud of one thing don’t ever apologize I’m your pa and I’ll tell you straight: This ain’t no Cats In The Cradle jive You’re the son of a loser no place to go but up nothing to prove, son so go on and get that loving cup Now I’ve stood on so many stages and pulled off every type of dress I’ve pissed ‘em all off and showed ‘em my scoff there’s no one left to impress but late at night in my hotel room as I lay me down to rest I think about that old no-count, and how he said it best: You’re the son of a loser no place to go but up nothing to prove, son so go on and get that loving cup Go on Go on Go on and get that loving cup
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AT THE MOUTH OF PASSYUNK AVENUE Now at the mouth of Passyunk Avenue where the city takes its breath I’ll follow you and announce it to the world When all the broken hearted people jump into their neon to collect their death I’ll come and pick you up we’ll go get high in the park I can’t help but telling you every thought I have like I’ll make a really good dad yes and you’ll take me back In the dirty river with all my dirty phobias checking the mail every five for my check oh relief would be sweet just a clasp of my arm a kiss on my neck Me and you meeting you oh it’s such a big mistake oh but I really feel great ten feet tall and feeling my age Now at the mouth of Passyunk Avenue where the city takes its breath I’ll follow you and announce it I’ll follow you and announce it to the world.
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PG Tips 03:27
PG TIPS Yeah I get by on PG Tips Warm whispers burnin’ down the lane You can’t say I Love You with a lisp You can’t foul your way out of the game I know you cheat and lie I know you put the horns on me There’s other guys Do you think it never dawned on me? It’s not the first time in the course of a lifetime aw but honey what you don’t get is that no one’s replaced me yet Yeah I get by on PG Tips Warm whispers burnin’ down the lane You can’t say I Love You with a lisp You can’t foul your way out of the game We’ll argue in parked cars we’ll argue in malls boys say he lost his nerve girls say she really gave it her all What a farce is time among us valentines but they don’t know what we’re about they would have taken the easy way out Yeah I get by on PG Tips Warm whispers burnin’ down the lane You can’t say I Love You with a lisp You can’t foul your way out of the game Aw yeah but they don’t know what we’re about they would have taken the easy way out
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And Soon 04:59
AND SOON I know you’re grieving and you can’t relax we’ve all been blue now there’s some people that can’t respect facts but that’s not you The facts are we all belly up to the same bar right now I know you can’t relate aw but fate will supply the change yeah yeah yeah There’s some trees that ain’t blooming yet oh but they will and soon You forgive still you can’t forget oh but you will And soon and soon and soon and soon and soon I know that face yeah that’s a friend of mine Somebody’s thinking of you all the time all the time You’ll see them all again soon and soon and soon and soon I can hear you breathing in between the tracks in the other room crestfallen ghosts escaping from the wax man, they’re in these grooves Let the weird wind blow Oh who knows where the time goes? right now I know you can’t relate aw but fate but fate but fate yeah yeah yeah There’s some trees that ain’t blooming yet oh but they will and soon You forgive still you can’t forget oh but you will And soon and soon and soon and soon and soon

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Thanks to our partnership with The Giving Groove, 50% of all proceeds from vinyl and downloads go to Rock To The Future.

Rock to the Future is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2010 that provides music education for Philadelphia’s underserved youth at no cost to them or their families. Using music, our programs ignite passion and creativity, support academic achievement, and improve self-esteem, empowering individuals and strengthening communities.

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released September 7, 2018

Produced by Ray Ketchem and Joey Sweeney
at Magic Door Montclair NJ

Joey Sweeney — guitars, vocals
Jared Styles — bass
Alec Meltzer — drums
Kevin Bohannon — saxophone
Alan Carroll — keys
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Renée LoBue — vocals

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Joey Sweeney Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Joey Sweeney has recorded and performed as a solo artist, with The Barnabys and The Trouble With Sweeney, receiving widespread critical acclaim; of his last record with The Trouble With Sweeney, Pitchfork said “[Sweeney] mixes autobiography and fiction against the group’s 70s-inflected indie pop, resourceful— and unabashed— enough to digress into an E Street interlude or an AM-rock guitar coda.” ... more

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