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released October 22, 2010

Tracks 1 and 3 written by Dale Wicks
Recording Engineer Adam Chandler
Mastered by Matt Ten Clay
Layout and Design by Lynsey Marcellus

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Snake Oil Charlatans Grand Rapids, Michigan

We're a Rock 'n Roll band based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Snake Oil Charlatans was formed in August of 2009. Each member of Snake Oil Charlatans brings very different styles of music into the band, creating a cohesive unit that generates music of all kinds. We don't like putting creative barriers on ourselves by sticking to one style or sound. ... more

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Track Name: Dead Man Running
You can’t believe I can’t believe you’re gone
You lost me to the music, I lost you when you moved along
Different people want different things out of their lives
And you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be drunk when you see me next time

All I really want is everything I want and for this suffering to stop
But I can’t stuff you in my pocket and take you places you won’t go
But I need the things I need, whatever they might be
I’ve got no handle on my life
I’m like a dead man running lost and I can’t slow down

I wake up soaking wet from being out in the rain
All this drinking and forgetting going poorly together again
‘Cause the morning light reminds me of your eyes
All I got’s this headache for my heartache and a sick and empty feeling inside

All I really want is everything I want and for this suffering to stop
But I can’t stuff you in my pocket and take you places you won’t go
But I need the things I need, whatever they might be
I’ve got no handle on my life
I’m like a dead man running scared and I can’t slow down

Please…I’m a dead man running lost
Please…I can’t turn it off

All I really want is everything I want and for this suffering to stop
But I can’t stuff you in my pocket and take you places you won’t go
But I need the things I need, whatever they might be
I’ve got no handle on my life
I’m just a dead man running ’round and I can’t slow down
Track Name: Bright When It Shines
Your comfort leaves me cold
It’s much too quiet
I see what I’ve been shown, but looking with my own eyes
I think, but I don’t know
This is uncertain
There’s nowhere left to go but everywhere at once

It’s bright when it shines, a life you live dancing like a star
But right when it’s mine, I realize just how false your reasons are

My eyes along the sky
On the horizon
A sea of blue and white, but bolder than the dirt
Some people give their lives to chase illusions
To taste the sweetest lies and not the bitter truth

Paint a picture with your hands
Exhibit it across the land
Dig your toes into the sand
But it won’t hold you up
Sing a song in falsest voice
Sing it like you had no choice
Sing and let your hands rejoice
But I won’t hold mine up

I won’t hold you up
Track Name: Die Quickly
You work all day for your hard-earned pay
And you never give a further thought
Pay income tax with the sweat of your backs
For the freedom that your labor bought
But what if one day you heard the doctor say the “C” word
Had spread through your daughter’s body
And the treatment plan costs a five-year span
Of the food you would feed your family?

And the men at the top say it’s never going to stop
Here’s advice to the poor and sickly
If you can’t pay the bills for the cuttin’ and the pills
Then the least you can do is die quickly

So you wait on the phone with an HMO
It’s a business like any other
Feed their bottom line, and they’re doin’ just fine
By the healthy that they cover
But when you get ill, the way folks will
They don’t return the feeling
‘Cause a business makes money, so they’re tellin’ you, honey
These doctors ain’t for healing

And the men with the clout all would love to help you out
But they make more green playin’ tricksy
If you can’t pay the bills for the cuttin’ and the pills
Then the least you can do is die quickly

A celebrated musician’s preexisting condition
Has him laid up in the house all day
He’s not feeling well, so his records won’t sell
And his record company won’t pay
With no end in sight, he ended his life
For pain is a tireless worker
Accidental Misadventure or a desperate bender?
But me, I’d call it murder

All those who vote, don’t cut your own throat
Pick a man with a plan to fix the
Land of the free for likes of you and me
So we will not die quickly
Track Name: Dress For The Weather
Can’t you hear the sounds above?
The gods are shaking the bones
A bad moon is covered in dishonest storms
You learn as you grow old
Some people delight in the slaughter of your purity of heart
It makes no sense to me
And why on earth do they prize themselves so highly?

Look to the sky and see the way the world is
Makes you want to cry

So dress for the weather
Keep your head and your body together
Know these things don’t last forever, whatever the greatest hopes of fools
Who see the devil clouds cover the land
They feel the pressure, but don’t understand
Just be sure you dress for the weather
‘Cause nothing lasts forever

There was such a flood in here
It rained for forty days
All the lies and the burdens you thought I should bear
The song remains the same
Some people can’t tell me their reasons without tripping over their feet
It makes no sense to me
And why on earth do they repeat themselves so loudly?

Look to the sky and see what is comin’ down
Makes you want to cry
Track Name: Stargazer
At one, shut me out
Couldn’t stand another meltdown
My eyes upon the stars as you disintegrate alone
It’s trick or treat, but you won’t want what you receive
You always end up on your knees a little wiser

I know where I want to be, but I can’t get there
Two hearts
Too far too go
I can point my telescope to the farthest reaches of my galaxies
But it can’t show me where I’m hurting you

Show me where I’ve hurt you

At two, try again
Look across the voice and try to touch
A cross-eyed fool who cannot chart the stars of his own life
I’d tell you why if I knew the inner workings of my mind
So do not seek and do not find, and you’ll be better off

Procyon to Tao Ceti to Eta Cassiopiae
I gaze and gaze and gaze and fade away
Sirius to Barnard’s Star, Alpha Centauri to Sun
I gaze and gaze and gaze until I cannot see the point

When all is said and done, don’t mistake me
When all is said and done, don’t get me wrong
I had nothing but the best intentions