Sell My Heart to the Junkman

by Matt Hutchison

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released April 1, 2012

Recorded at The Orphanage and
the Recording Studio of the Towson
University Department of Music

Mixed by Rich Isaac except
* mixed by Frank Ruple

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Track Name: Sweet Emotions I Feel Tonight
Sweet emotions I feel tonight about so many things
It’s out of body and I’m out of mine
Well I like the peace it brings

Cast my fortunes and I packed my bags to start another day
Drove down a highway I had never been on
Yes I gave it all away

While it seems like I’m giving up
All my dreams bled through a paper cup
This is real and yeah I think I’ve really had enough
I’m feeling I’m like a candle in the wind

Evidently I have no home. It’s right wherever I’ll be
It’s elementary this road I’m on
I go wherever it leads

And I feel I’m in a traveling show
Of a man who knows exactly where he wanted to go
Well I don’t but I’ll be damned to let somebody know
I’m feeling I’m like a candle in the wind
I disappear and no one sees me go
Now where it takes me I’m not sure I know

Sweet emotions I feel tonight about so many things
It’s out of body and I’m out of my mind
But I like the peace it brings
Track Name: I Am
Fool I was to say out loud what I want to be
Play it straight and don't work that hard
Ain't your life a dream?

Like a fool who says too much
Or a wise man who says too little
Here I stand so out of touch
Like a monkey in the middle

Who is here to see me?
And who would dare believe that I am?

When it's cold I want it hot
Never in control
Always wishing what is not
Now knowing what I know
When it rains it pours a lot
Leaves me standing in the puddle
Never happy with what I've got
I remain in a world of trouble

Who is here to see me?
And who is here to be what I am?
Well I am.
Track Name: The Lights Will Go Down
The lights are going down over Baltimore street
Did you notice?
The sun is going down over Charm City towers
Did you notice?
Did you notice that we cried?

The song that we were singing now will fall out of tune
Did you know this?
The Battle-cat choir's going out with the fire
Did you know this?
Did you know this?
The music has died

And did you notice that the Lights Will Go Down
Now that you're leaving town?
The Lights Will Go Down
Not that you're leaving town

I'll never fight the feeling I will see you again
I will hold this as near to my heart as about any old thing.
I will hold this
Did you notice?
Did you know this?
The memory is mine
And did you notice?
Did you notice that the Lights Will Go Down
Now that you're leaving town?
The Lights Will Go Down
Now that you're leaving town

Oh say can you see?

That it's as real to me as it seems to be, now you're gone.
Track Name: Knoxville City (Lazarus)
Won't you be
Will you be my friend tonight
I'm a stranger to these parts
Within these dark and dusty walls
There is danger

Will I see her later?
I am no faker
It looked good on paper
How can I make her ease my mind?

I traveled far
Eleven hours from my home
And I feel lonely
But her voice is sweet
And tells me I won't be so cold
Now that she won't forget me

And though she just met me
She could be the one that saves me
Driving me crazy
I want her only for myself

Ain't she pretty, Knoxville City?
Track Name: We'll Go Down Together
I am a voice of only one
And I don’t speak for anyone but me
Nobody but me

But sometimes when I think about
How I am so much older now it seems
That I’m the best I’ll ever be

I don’t have a lot to give
But what I got you’re welcome to it
We might make it out of this rain alive
But without your love you know I won’t survive
If we don’t ride it out together

No matter how the plans unfold
Mine will be your hand to hold tonight and for the rest of your life
Now all our rights and all our wrongs
Will be plain to see before very long
That’s right
So hold on tight

I may not know everything
But I know now that don’t mean a thing
‘Cause we’ll go up and we’ll go down
If that’s the way that the world goes ‘round
You know what?
We’ll go up or we’ll go down together.

We could make apologies to our deep and darkest dreams
We could be happy just to be
If we wanted to

But we’ll go down together
Yes, we’ll go down together
We’ll go down together
Through any kind of weather
Yes, we’ll go down together
Track Name: Ramona
I’m thanking God she’s asleep now
I gave her up for dead
I think I’ll cook us some breakfast
And drink away my throbbing head
She wants to wait for the phone call
Someone to drive her home
I told her no one would be coming
She will wake up alone

Ramona
You know I’m talking to you
Ramona
There isn’t much I can do

I try to listen to problems
But I find it hard to define
A simple truth I can cling to
I think it’s all in her mind

Ramona
Look at the mess that you made!
Ramona
I’m trying hard to be brave

But I will not paint your picture
I will not turn the stone
I will not count your blessings
These are the things you own!

Ramona
You know I’m talking to you
Ramona
There isn’t much I can do
Ramona
Look at the mess that you made!
Ramona
I’m trying hard to be brave
Track Name: How Do You Like Me Now?
I couldn’t imagine years ago
That I would be standing in this snow
While the winter of life may come and go
I couldn’t imagine now

I say to myself at 17
That everything’s harder than it seems
So forget all your plans, your hopes and dreams
And how do you like me now?

For what it is worth it’s not so bad
I can tell you about the love you have
Now I don’t suppose or expect you can
But how do you like me now?

What did you think could be done with this face?
Everything real and no note out of place
Time never slows and no past can erase
But I’m getting close to it now
Track Name: Girl Getting Gas
Girl getting gas
Where are you going that you’ve got to run so fast?
Follow me into the station store
I got to know just who your heart burns for
I know that it’s not me but let’s pretend
Your long and lonely road is at its end

Girl getting gas
Do you really feel that the two of you will last?
If you make it home in time
Are you prepared to see what you might find?
Cause you might find the man who really cares
Just passed you by and caught you unawares

Girl getting gas
Hold me now or forever hold your past
Follow me into the wild unknown
Trust your heart and there you’ll find your home
So fill her up and put this car in drive
It’s the only time you’ll really feel alive
Track Name: Epiphany
I’ve learned my lessons in the hardest way it seems
I’ve painted pictures, synthesizing all my dreams
If I was used to knowing
Then I know nothing now
And I’m proud

We’re on the highway leaving memories far behind
Now when we’ll get there
We weren’t meant to know, but that’s fine
I know where I’m going
But I must enjoy the ride
Every time

And every time I laugh a little louder I can feel
And every time I love a little longer you are near
Track Name: The Arrow
They came to take you away without even saying goodbye
I let you out of my life
Let you wither and die
How you rode me for miles but never got us anywhere
I was cold and too empty inside for you ever to warm to me

The arrow went straight to my heart
And no one is to blame for the mess you are in
But you never belonged to me

They came to take you away without even saying goodbye
I let you out of my life
Let you wither and die
How you rode me for miles but never got us anywhere
I was cold and too empty inside and you never belonged to me

The arrow went straight to my heart!
The arrow went straight to my heart!
The arrow went straight to my heart!
And you never belonged to me
Track Name: Junkman Blues
See that train coming down the track
Now it’ll be a while before he comes back
I’m out in the junkyard making things look fine
I’m two hours in and I’m double overtime
Take an old refrigerator down a broken elevator
Clearing out the crack house tell you what it’s all about
You know we started our morning down the Old Town Mall
With a needle and a crack pipe and a poem on the wall of four letters

Take me far away from here
Put me on your lines of steel
Take me where the skies are clear and the beer is cold
No there ain’t no mile of track
That I would ride to take me back
Put her on the front page news
I got the Junkman Blues!

You know they got me in a truck with no air conditioning
And I holler at the boss, but he ain’t listening
So when he buys you Gatorade and a 7-Eleven snack
It’s like a kicking in the balls when he pats you on the back

Come on take me for a ride
Lord knows that I have done my time
Now I’m not one to fuss and whine but I’m feeling used
I’m hot and tired as hell
And all my friends who know me well
Say I’m an old timer in a young man’s shoes
I got the Junkman Blues!