The Ballad of Shorty Long

by Dachshund

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Angular but straightforward, simple but complex, lyrical but heavy: The Ballad of Shorty Long is a technicolor showcase of our brand of left-of-center songwriting. This is music that goes down smooth, even as it defies easy categorization.

From the odd-meter “Fleetwood Mac meets Radiohead” lope of Hills To Climb, to the manic satirical jazz-pop of Sleep Tight, to the eerie “post-punk malt-shop” sweep of Nothing To Say, the album packs a surprisingly diverse sound. And yet, as one song proceeds to the next, a sense of flow develops, giving this collection a real “whole album” kind of feel.

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released November 10, 2011

Ryan Dannar: Guitar/Vox
Eric Hartley: Guitar/Vox
Andy Jenson: Bass Guitar
Matt Taylor Chuckles: Drums
Bee Meddler: Drums on "Nothing to Say"

Recorded by Dachshund.
Engineered by Eric Hartley.
Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Ryan Dannar.
Album Artwork and Layout by Chandra Hall and Ryan Dannar.

Lyrics posted online at www.dachshundband.com.

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Dachshund Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dachshund is an adventurous garage-rock band from Tulsa, OK. Like a misguided musical version of Han Solo, we smuggle art-rock ideas into pop-songs.

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Track Name: Hills To Climb
Bang bang go the drum
marking a heart’s time
beneath the morning sun
climbing a bare sky
step to the beat I’m moving
feet got to get me somewhere

Beyond the Eastern rise
upstreet and shimmering
my destination lies
I know it’s got to be
cuz I wear the miles I take while
it lingers farther away

And I’m tired of breakin’ down on the road less taken
How many hills to climb now?
And if I stop, I fall, carve seven words on my stone:
I always thought I’d find my way

Restless I pace around
her patience wearing thin
tie me to solid ground,
turn round I’m gone again
It’s every time I come home,
can’t keep from pushing away

From reaches just beyond
strange music speaks to me
sweet as a siren-song,
cruel as a jagged reef
Always so close ’til I find
it’s ever-farther away

And I’m tired of breakin’ down on the road less taken
How many hills to climb now?
And if I stop, I fall, carve seven words on my stone:
I always thought I’d find my way
Track Name: Illegitimate One
No other could seem such a part of myself
I guess the wind never stops changin’
Lay claim to the line of somebody else,
Illegitimate one…

Your mother was not good enough for me
I needed the right to roam
I gave her the hand of history
I left you to curse your home

I got no comfort to give
and the truth is harder than stone
made of the grit of damage done
and the will to carry on.

I dreamed of the beauty built with my hands
but I had no money or meaning
I carved out a town like a scar on the land
Illegitimate one…

I was part of a Manifest Destiny
I laid the red-man to rest
I wrote what you folks call history
I settled your wild west

And written all over my skin
is the dust and the ashes and blood
of who stood their ground when fortune told
that the world was moving on.

There ain’t no lesson to learn
just a world that’s wicked and cruel
Men with a motive to turn
and fathers of fathers of fools
Learn to forgive and forget, child
and the world will find a new son
And in the ways that you will love,
You will find your heart a home.
Track Name: Divisionary
Say grace to the Great Divisionary
who made us from half of half of a seed
‘Til kingdom come…
thine will be done…

Cut loose from your mother, set on your feet
to long for another gonna make you complete
It’s not enough…
It’s not enough…

I don’t mind
I don’t really wanna know
I got mine
Not about to let it go
It’s all part of the planning
It’s so divisionary!

Allegiance to country, culture and norm
A cry for compassion / A declaration of war
Whose side you on?
Whose side you on?

Lay faith in the soothing shadow of doubt
I’m sure that somebody gonna figure it out
And if they don’t…
And if they don’t…

I don’t mind
I don’t really wanna know
I got mine
Not about to let it go
It’s all part of the planning
It’s so divisionary!
Track Name: The Ballad of Shorty Long
When I am old, please help me see
how all these complicated knots were the
essence of
simplicity.
Track Name: Sleep Tight
When wine is flowing down
a cup full of cheer
they’ll hand you the keys to town
and shake your hand

So why you still running, why you still running now?
Why you still running, why you still running?
Why you still, why you still, ah —

Good night, sleep tight, dreaming
moments golden gleaming
more than day’s been bringing
so good night, sleep tight, yeah…

With flowers in your crown
you’ll drive a parade, yeah
their voices will resound
singing your name

So why you still running, etc…?

Good night, sleep tight, dreaming
moments golden gleaming
more than day’s been bringing
so good night, sleep tight, yeah…

Let’s meet the “real you”
What’s your fantasy?
Let all your secrets out.
You’ve got the nation’s ear!

So why you still running, etc…?

Good night, sleep tight, dreaming
moments golden gleaming
morning bells are ringing
morning bells are ringing
oh yeah…
Track Name: I Know
Hold your tongue
don’t let those words come out
your mouth

Hold on to
those thoughts that lay in your head
my child

And I know
how hard it is
I know
how hard it is

I know
that you wanna run
but you’re bound here
I know
that it’s hard
but you can’t say a thing

Stand by
steady your arm
you must take aim

Focus on
the task at hand
you must pull the trigger

And I know
how hard it is
I know
how hard it is

I know
that you wanna run
but you’re bound here
I know
that it’s hard
but you can’t say a thing
Track Name: Felix Under the Stairs
Everything I seem to touch
ends up dead and I’ll have the corpse
Why don’t they just stop following me?
I told them all I knew — well, mostly…

Don’t turn the light on ‘cuz I don’t want you to die
It’s been so long since I’ve heard someone else’s side
Won’t you keep talking and tell me what’s going on?
It’s been so long since I’ve been out from under the
stairs…

I’m sure that they are all watching me
I’ve put some things together you see
the trash-man he comes daily
I think he’s the one they should be following…

Don’t turn the light on ‘cuz I don’t want you to die
It’s been so long since I’ve heard someone else’s side
Won’t you keep talking and tell me what’s going on?
It’s been so long since I’ve been out from under the
stairs…

(ooh) the stairs
(ah) the stairs

Every time that I wake up
I find a new cadaver at my feet
I’m running out of spaces to hide them
I don’t think the trash-man knows about them yet…

Don’t turn the light on ‘cuz I don’t want you to die
It’s been so long since I’ve heard someone else’s side
Won’t you keep talking and tell me what’s going on?
It’s been so long since I’ve been out from under the
stairs…
Track Name: Nothing To Say
I let my words go
don’t let my silence offend you
burned all of my cliches
all of my hi’s, how-do-you-do’s
It’s not that I won’t listen now;
I just won’t explain your world to you
I’ll try and find the words…

(Oooh…)
It’s not easy
It’s not easy
It’s not easy
When there’s nothing to say, to say, to say…

I thought I told you
all of my words escape me
it’s not my problem
not my solution to seek
all that’s left for me now
is moronic redundancy
so turn off your radio…

(Oooh…)
And turn off your T.V.
It’s not easy
It’s not easy
When there’s nothing to say, to say, to say…

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