Ride the Dinosaur

by The Bad Slugs

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6-6-SEVEN 03:42
Got a cold black shadow Sliding underneath my skin Hear me rubbing on your back door Why don’t you let me in Couldn’t make it on Tuesday Wednesday down with the flu When I came here on Friday night Tell me where were you Somebody giving me the side-eye Might want to see me destroyed If I didn’t know better Might think I was getting paranoid Help me make it to the weekend Maybe just for another year Let me dwell in the House of the Landlord At least till my road is clear It’s been so long since I felt like feeling like myself Went back to where I used to come from Nobody recognized my face Old man said you must understand son Nothing for you in this place He said the best thing I can tell you Is hurry up and turn around Nothing anyone can sell you To keep this all from coming down Get my affairs in order Try my best to try my best Don’t get caught up in the small stuff Don’t get dragged down by the rest Might be something that a few hundred dollars And a tankful of gas wouldn’t improve Wait till nobody’s watching Find some room to move That might be all I need is just a little room to move
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For hundreds of years we brought you the news Printed the info, gave you the clues Owners’ profits were always sky high Changing markets now threaten our lives Post-literation, critical reading Dumbed-down national, signs of inbreeding TV sucking ideas from our heads Public discourse just about dead Ride the dinosaur Ride the dinosaur Our readers are in the obits each day Online click bait, a prurient way Is free information here to stay? Not even hookers give it away Advertising, metastasizing Newsrooms shrinking, constant attrition Ride the dinosaur Ride the dinosaur Deadlines, bylines, pictures too Editorial comment for a buck or two Fire down the block the murder next door Now we wonder what it’s all for. Social media, coming free to yah Funny pages, the mayor’s wages Criminal scenes corruption schemes Ink-stained wretches asking tough questions Ride the dinosaur Ride the dinosaur Our presses are running all through the night We’re printing the truth with all of our might We’re platform agnostics, got the Interweb too Buy an ad, see what we can do We still have subscribers, still have our fans We’re here every day so give us a chance And we’re making our stand Just hold us in your hand Ride the dinosaur Ride the dinosaur
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released May 5, 2017

Mike DeSalvo, lead guitar
Ken Dixon, electric mandolin, guitar, vocals
Ralph Hohman, vocals, guitar
Pat Quinn, drums
John Alcott, bass
Mike Daly, keyboards

Recorded March 26, 2017 at Bonehead Studios, Cheshire, CT 
Engineered and Mixed by Tom Boudreau
Logo by Lee Steele
Back cover photo by Martha Alcott

“6-6-SEVEN” © 2016 Ralph Hohman (BMI)
“Ride the Dinosaur” © 2015 Kenneth T. Dixon (Little Wren/BMI)
“I Feel Alright” © Steve Earle (BMG Gold Songs obo Primary Wave Earle / WB Music Corp. / Wixen Music Publishing obo South Nashville Music)
“The Last Time” © Mick Jagger / Keith Richards (ABKCO Music Inc.)
Recording © (p) 2017 The Bad Slugs

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