You're Not Doing it Right

by Ton-Taun

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Ton-Taun's fourth album, 'You're Not Doing it Right.'

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released 25 August 2015

Recorded at Right Coast Recording in Columbia, PA by Bobby Gentilo
Produced and mixed by Bobby Gentilo and Ton-Taun

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Track Name: Crazy Horse (Party's Over)
For a minute I saw the future
It looked just like today
We tried to carry each other
But I got carried away
I wanted to meet you
In a quieter place
But I could conquer the world
Before I convince you to stay

Now that the party's over
Was it worth coming to?
"This was one for the ages,
you can believe me, I've seen a few"
And you wonder what that means
And you wonder what's good on TV
And you wonder if your parents still fuck each other
And you kind of hope they do

For a minute I saw the future
It looked just like today
Are you running in circles,
Or are you running in place?
And, if there's a difference,
I don't think I could say
You'll end up in the same spot
Either way

Now that the party's over
Was it worth what you gave away?
To wake up on the floor again
With dirty worlds on your face
Now you're covered in streamers
And in papier mache
Can you honestly say that
This is where you want to stay?
Track Name: Silver Linings
If I have to lose my shit I'd rather not do it in front of you
But I guess I'm going to
Come to terms with a lack of individuality
I'm a product of the Western world
I don't know why, but you and I never sounded right

There are things I have to live with
Like the piss on my pants and the way
That I wear them anyway
It's a circular motion that keeps me going out like a champion
And leaving like a lowlife
Silver linings never shine so bright

It should come as no surprise that from time to time
We all get caught with our hands in the honey pot
And what at first doesn't seem like much
Can add up to quite a lot
Silver linings never shine so bright
Track Name: Jeff Tweedy
I pictured you bigger
Like on the cover of a magazine
That came out last summer
It was a Rolling Stone from Germany
He wore a jean jacket
When we met him in the parking lot
He signed both our tickets
I called all my friends, I called my mom

I pictured you bigger

In the gas station bathroom
And in line at the convenience store
Playing in the isles
Over the speakers at the mini-mart
I remember the first time
In the backseat of her brothers car
Now I never go for a long drive
Without a copy of A Ghost is Born

I pictured you bigger

Three times in North Adams
And once in Philadelphia
In Camden and Scranton
In Mont Claire and Delaware
Two nights in Brooklyn
At the bandshell at Prospect Park
And once in Manhattan
In DC and Baltimore

All the places I've seen you

I pictured you bigger
Track Name: Christ Consciousness
The next time I act like I'm too smart to be happy
I hope you get up and run
The next time I act like I'm too proud to act like a lowlife, I'll think twice
Lowlives have more fun
Grab ahold of this stoned wisdom

I get out of the car and I lay myself down on the front yard
I'd like not to get quite as upset
When people leave, it's just what they do,
And I'll try hard not to blame you
When I get caught with my cock in my hand
Take a swig of this sweet stupidity
It'll take off the edge
'Cause now you're here
And you're not leaving

"I think we're alone now," is the song that you sing
When the stereo's playing louder than it's ever been
I go out and I sit and I count all the barstools that wait
For the barflies to come around
And I have my doubts about who I put my trust in
Getting crushed under this Christ consciousness
Wasn't part of my plan
But now I'm here, and it's happening
Track Name: Porcupine Friends
Southwest context coming in
For an East Coast spring
Tell you new stories to an old
dial tone I'll sing
To boys in the basements who are
Bottling boredom, I'm sure
Beneath the floors

It all depends are we porcupine friends
'Cause we prick and we stick with this

My kittens 'came cats
All they do is sleep by windows
They still get excited to greet me
Each time I come home
They don't know my name
But they know that they're where they belong
Just not where they're from

It all depends are we porcine friends
'Cause we prick and we stick with this
Track Name: Dana Scully
It's hard to keep a balance between
Having love and having your way
I guess I'm tired, but I can't be sure anymore
Of what feels good, and what just feels okay

Smart people weigh their options, but I don't have time for that
Smart people weigh their options, but I'm not concerned with any of them

The silver lining to being lonely is
You never have to be good company
I keep myself upright, keep to myself, alright
I keep myself in good company
I keep myself in good company

Smart people weigh their options, but I don't have time for that
Smart people weigh their options, but I'm not concerned with any of them
Track Name: Birthday
Oh, said something just about time
And where it goes, said something 'bout my birthday
It was months ago
And I'll try to remember when it's yours
I might need reminding
Just before it comes

So what, if it's all on your tongue
If no one wants to hear it at all
Lonely now, so lonely now
You and I

Oh, maybe in a month or so
We'll try to go for another whisky
Shitshow
And I'll try to remember what was said
I hope you keep in contact
We'll do it again

So what, if it's all on your tongue
If no one whats to hear it at all
And, if there's a question, I'm told
I can't explain myself at all
Lonely now, so lonely now
You and I
Track Name: You're Not Doing it Right
I'll write home when I find Paradise,
But, if I know me, it'll only be to tell you that I told you so
And I went completely soft and lame
When I noticed how the picture frame made you hover like a ghost
When you ran your fingers through your hair, I could see your roots
And I wondered how you stayed so small, but, fuck it all,
If you didn't find a way to fill the room
I looked up at the moon, and I swore I saw it move

I'll write home when I find Paradise,
But, if I know me, it'll only be to bitch about the weather
I'll say, "Heaven sure is nice, and all,
But to tell the truth, from what I've been told,
I expected better,"
And if that's how you'll remember me,
I kind of hope you won't
I'll write home that I found Paradise,
Even if I don't
I looked up at the moon, and I swore I saw it move
I looked up at the moon, and I swore you saw it too

I'll write home when I find Paradise,
But, if I know me, it'll only be to pine
For what I left behind
Because nothing's ever beautiful
Until I see it in the rearview
Until it stops being mine
And, every time I question the way I live my life
The loudest voice I've ever heard says,
"You're not doing it right."
Track Name: Reasons
It's a tough pill to swallow
To know that nothing's free
Especially across the line
From you to me
You've lived in Alabama
You'll live in infamy
I live in constant fear
That someone's got it in for me

I want to know the reasons why

I need some real solutions
Or just another hit
I couldn't say which of the two right now
Would do me best
I've got some friends that live inside
The television set
Well, when you ask for nothing
Nothing's what you get

I want to know the reasons why

The disenfranchised massed
Plight of the working man
I get worked up,
Then get distracted by the Internet
It's a tough pill to swallow
The knowledge that you lack
When all you have is nothing
What can you give back?

I want to know the reasons why?

You must think you're so clever
That feeling never lasts
Real men can change the weather
By shaking hands
You float in like a feather
You're dodging every jab
You cam for nothing? Then you're in luck
'Cause we've got nothing left

I want to know the reasons why
Track Name: Hajimamashte
Hajimemashte, hajimemashte
Jordan des dozo yoroshiku
Paying attention, you're not paying attention
I get the message, you're not impressed with
What I do

When all the pacers stop pacing
They all just walk home

Do you ever feel fine? Do you ever feel fine?
Once in awhile, fron time to time
Just fine
300 miles, 3,000 miles
From the edge of the globe
For sea salt and gold
Sometimes

When all the pacers start pacing
They all just walk home
Track Name: Perfect
Oh, I don't think you are as perfect as you think you are
But I couldn't mind anymore
Track Name: Small Victories
Celebrate your small victories
They're all that's left of your local celebrity status
Except for a host of bad habits
The first one's gratis,
The next one's gonna' cost you big

This might sting for a second or two,
But when it's all over you won't feel a thing
That much I'll promise you
I can't control myself,
And if I can't take what I want
I'll take everything else

Given the choice between a meaningless live
And a meaningful death
There's just no contest
Meaningfulness is overrated anyway

I have the same dream all the time
Where I drive through the city at night
To see all the twinkling lights
And watch every scene from every B movie go by
In the iris of your eyes

Take your time, and I'll do mine
Take your time like I do mine

Celebrate your small victories
They're all that's left of you local celebrity status
Except for a host of bad habits
The first one's gratis,
And the next one's on me
Track Name: Maybe
Take some time once awhile
First, tell me what you'll do this time
A, "maybe yes," is a, "maybe no,"
Depending on how it's said to me
There's no worries, just tell me what you'll do

Will you save me, if I'm lazy?
'Cause you know I am

Strangers, strange, sound the same
When they don't have much to say
Well, my left brain and I don't have
Shit to say
It's good that way, just tell me what you'll do

Will you save, if I'm lazy?
'Cause you know I am

I caught a glimpse of the sky, but I won't do that again
I'm fine, there's just something in my eyes
Oh, you know I'll tell the truth
With bourbon and vermouth
Just tell me what to do
It's understood, it's understood
You'll tell me what to do now

Will you save me, if I'm lazy?
'Cause you know I am
Track Name: Neil
Neil was a masterpiece last night
When he stumbled off the side of the stage
You laughed when I asked you to meet me in the bathroom
But I guess I didn't think it was a funny thing to say
And, I hope that keeping your options open
Turns out to be as good an idea as you thought it would be
Don't come to me when freedom turns its back on you
The way that freedom turned its back on me

Neil was a masterpiece last night
When he shattered glass all over the floor
You and I were standing in the street, watching cars go by
When I started to wonder what I really came to the city for
And I guess I could apologize for being lazy and listless
But who I choose to get in bed with isn't anybody's business
Don't come to me when freedom turns its back on you
The way that freedom often tends to do

You were right about the weather, I guess I'll just be cold forever
Even if it hits 100 degrees
I guess I'll just settling in to sleep
And dream
You were right about the weather, I guess I'll just be cold forever

Neil was a masterpiece last night
When we pissed his name perfectly into the snow
And, as impressed as I was, I was cold and I was buzzed
So I walked inside and I made myself at home
I couldn't care about the consequences of anybody's actions
Least of all my own
Every time that freedom rears its ugly head
I know that I'm about to spend a lot of time alone

Neil was a masterpiece last night
When he threw his arms up over his head
And said, "Tonight's a night for making plans and promises,
And shaking hands."
At least I think that's what he said
I was trying to find a word to describe our situation
When a friends said, "We're all optionless"
I came to you when freedom turned its back on me,
And now it looks as though I might've made a mess

You were right about the weather,I guess I'll just be cold forever
Even if it hits 100 degrees
I guess I'll just settle in to sleep,
And dream
You were right about me, Heather, I guess I'll just be stoned forever
And settle in to brace myself for the big freeze
Track Name: Lucky Guy
Well, ain't I just a lucky guy
All of my time's been worth my while
I'm a shitshow if you don't know
Cut from old stones
From the bottom of silver linings
Stole the garden from the forrest
Cut the honest from the bullshit again

Well, alright
Don't you think that I'm a lucky guy?

Now the Earth is just a swimming pool
For fish and tadpoles, crabs and scoundrels the same
I've been living in dirty water
Why the bother? We'll tip the bottle again
Gentlemen, so start your engines
Did I mention my bad intentions again?

Well, alright
Don't you think that I'm a lucky guy?
Track Name: Here's to Hoping
How little sleep can one person live on?
I don't know, but I plan on finding out
'Cause I've been awake for days, and it still hasn't taken me out
And, when it dons, oh well
I saw the sunrise, yeah, I thought that it was fine
I'll polish myself like a trophy and I'll take pride in the shine
'Cause it took a lot of work to get this far,
And, when I end up with nothing,
At least I can say that nothing's mine

How many cocks do I have to suck to secure a seat in the lap of luxury?
I'll probably draw the line at two, or three,
But that's just me
We've all done things we'd rather not repeat
For a bitter cup of coffee and a soft kiss on the cheek, alright
Green, green grass grows in a front yard
A white fence surrounds a garden and protects it from the neighbor's dog
It's not easy to describe a place I've only seen in dreams
A place that doesn't exist outside of television screens

How many steps do I have to take to achieve sobriety?
If it's more than one, then it's probably not for me
There are some things that we knew all along
Like everybody's going, or everybody's gone, gone, gone
So, here's to hoping that we find a better way to live our lives next
'Cause this time I don't think either one of us got it right
Here's to hoping that we find a better way to say
"Goodbye"
Track Name: Right Place
I have what it takes
Water and carbohydrates, just fine
From my toes to my cranium,
I'm all filled with calcium inside
Something just tells me that I just might be in the right place
From time to time

Crossed the United States
And all those out of state plates, just fine
Where ever it takes place
Highways or seascapes, in time
Something just tells me that I just might be in the right place,
No, someone just tells me that I just might be in the right place
From time to time

I'll ship some sunshine
I'm sea salt from shoreline, sometime
All this foot movement, we're all dancing stupid
It's fine

Something just tells me that I just might be in the right place
No, someone just tells me that I just might be in the right place
From time to time
Track Name: Mercury in Retrograde
Playing on carnival games it's easy to get hurt
Well, I might be in a lot of pain,
But at least I won a t-shirt
I'm as soft and pink as the day I was born
And, if you think about the way we live
It should come as no surprise
That each and every one of us
Coughs up some blood from time to time
I'm convinced my body was built to break down

I don't need a watch to tell me how much time I've wasted
I don't need a doctor to tell me that someday I will die

Sometime you laugh, and sometime you don't
At all these things I say that sound like jokes,
But, no, they're not jokes
And I'll say that I don't see a reason
To question the age old wisdom
Of advice that's freely given on walls in men's room stalls

The planets have nothing to do with the mess I made
So don't waste your time talking about how Mercury's in retrograde

I don't hear you knocking; did you think that might be by design?
You expecting something better? Then I think you'd better get in line