Sham Romantic

by The Jilters

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1.
Sunset 04:34
I think we both know, You and I are nothing special. You like me around, But you don't think that I've got potential. And I think you are fine, But I don't find that we're connecting. We're each a memory, The other of us is out collecting. Come with me, On a trip, And we'll pretend to be, Deep in love, As we sip, One rum drink after another. Watching the sun slip, Into the Caribbean Sea, And acting as if neither is aware, That neither of us actually cares, For the other. Let’s delay the end, Continue this aimless diversion. A long weekend of pretend, A sham romantic beach excursion. Come with me, On a trip, And we'll pretend to be, Deep in love, As we sip, One rum drink after another. Watching the sun slip, Into the Caribbean Sea, And acting as if neither is aware, That neither of us actually cares, For the other. Clear blue waters, palm trees and white sands We'll sail among the islands with no plans Small umbrellas lodged in exotic fruit High-end dining in our bathing suits All while we try to be unaware, That you and I, we aren't going anywhere. Come with me, On a trip, And we'll pretend to be, Deep in love, As we sip, One rum drink after another. Watching the sun slip, Into the Caribbean Sea, And acting as if neither is aware, That neither of us actually cares, For the other.
2.
Go Home Joe 04:51
Well it was Monday night, And I was getting my drink on, Tossing back some Bourbon, Told the man to keep them coming. Pretty soon, Everything was golden, A fifth in my belly, Plus the one that I was holding, I was just warming up, Thought I’d barely started, 'Till I stood up and saw the world spinning. There were fine looking ladies at the end of the bar, In the state I was in, they seemed so far. I stumbled on over thinking I was all fly. Next thing I know, I’ve got mace in my eyes. I wasn’t hurt, I could feel no pain. All that cheap booze had shut down my brain But in the background, cutting through the haze, The bartender’s voice was calling out my name. Chorus He said “Go home Joe. I can’t serve you no more.” “Pick yourself up off the floor” He said “I’m begging you please.” “Don’t want to call the police.” “But pretty soon I won’t have a choice” He said “Go home Joe. I can’t serve you no more.” “I’m showing your ass to the door.” He said “My heart’s really bleeding” “But it’s no use pleading.” “One more and you might not be breathing.” Well it was Tuesday morning, And I was feeling rough. I should have got the license plate off that Mac truck. Not a problem, a little “hair of the dog”, I pull on my hat and hit the local pub. It was half past 10, and I was pitchers to the wind, Starting my day all over again. I wasn’t looking for trouble but I found myself a fight. The dude was 6’ 4” I thought 4’ 5”. I rolled up my sleeves and punched him in the eye Several seconds later, I’m staring at tile. I wasn’t hurt, I could feel no pain. All that cheap booze had shut down my brain But in the background, cutting through the haze, The bartender’s voice was calling out my name. [Chorus] Well I’ve been thinking If I keep drinking I guess I’m ‘bout to lose my mind.
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Send It Back 04:12
4.
Either Way 04:32
Could it be this is the end now Could it be Suddenly I don’t know what to say But maybe if I’m honest I’d admit that I don’t want this Or that I’ll be just fine either way I don’t know what to do now I don’t know Where to go, it’s so hard to say My thoughts all seem so scattered When it really doesn’t matter I think I’ll be just fine either way Don’t know how I’ll feel if it’s really behind But there’s a certain appeal to having made up my mind And I know that either way I could later say that I made a mistake today But probably either way is just fine Is it right that I’m not worried Is it right There’s no fight it seems in me today I’m not feeling any sorrow Maybe that’ll come tomorrow Or maybe I’ll be just fine either way Don’t know how I’ll feel if it’s really behind But there’s a certain appeal to having made up my mind And I know that either way I could later say that I made a mistake today But probably either way is just fine
5.
At All 04:03
What did you just say I don’t believe it Is there any other way That you could mean it No, you don’t seem to mind What you just said implied I don’t think that I’m the type To overreact To an inconsequential snipe But I (have to) see that You don’t seem to mind What you just said implied You know it makes me feel particularly small And I wonder if you care at all You seem (to be) happier after I fall And I wonder if you care at all I wonder if you care at all [drop vocal] It was clearly you intent As you were shouting To be spiteful, not just to vent Seems there’s no doubting You had it in mind To convey what you implied I struggle as I seek Another meaning as you speak With allusions so obscene But you’ve left me little room For anything but to assume I understand what you mean I heard what you said You can’t defend it You’re not at all upset So don’t pretend it Wasn’t on your mind You meant what you implied
6.
Sorry Anyway 04:10
Well it happens now and then; I guess it's time for it again. How could I forget? She wants to air out her frustrations And tell me expectations Haven't been met. So I’ve got to form a plan To show her I'm the man She needs me to be. So I'll tell her that she’s wrong And convince her she belongs Here with me. I'm gonna show her how She's failed to think things through. And then I'll forgive her and We'll start out like new. I'll tell her it's not too late; I still think she should stay. (And if that doesn't work) I'll tell her it's not my fault but I'm sorry anyway. Before she spends another night, I need to face another fight That I need to win. So I've got to anticipate All the arguments that she'll make Before they begin. Once she hears my stance I'm certain there's no chance That she won't relent. I'll tell her that I love her, Make sure every angle's covered, She'll be content. I'm gonna point out all the good things that I do. And then I'll make her realize her claims just aren't true. I'll tell her it's not too late; I still think she should stay. (And if that doesn't work) I'll tell her it's not my fault, but I'm sorry anyway. She says this isn't like the other times; She’s not listening to my excuses or lies. But I know it’s just like before; I'll persuade her, I am sure. And if that doesn’t work, I'll apologize. So I think it's going well; She has fallen for my spell; I'm in control. I don't think that I have heard Her say a single angry word; I'm on a roll. Where she's going? What did I just do? Didn't she hear me tell her I love you? Didn’t she hear me explain everything away? (Well I guess that didn’t work) She can't hear it now, But I'm sorry anyway.
7.
Stranded 04:06
Everyone watches my grim situation I’m gawked at with pity and fascination And I understand the motivation Assess the damage caused Assist and then take pause To be happy they’re not lost, like me Everyone acts like it’s a disaster I’m helpless because I can’t get past her I just wish they’d move along faster Instead of saying they understand Offering to lend a hand While they thank god they’re not stranded, like me [Chorus] I hate to throw a wrench into good intentions But please don’t interfere All the sympathy Does not help me No matter how sincere Please stop your stares Keep moving [cause] there’s Nothing to see here Everyone wants to help me through with what I am dealing Help me to stand up as I am reeling But I know there’s something else they are feeling I’m sure that it makes them feel good, Because it’s understood, It could be worse, they could, be like me [Chorus] It’s not that I'm not grateful For all the attempts to be Helpful and empathetic But why can't you all see I just want to be alone With my misery [Chorus]
8.
I see her there, sitting way across the room Guess I'll try a casual glance or maybe two She catches me, but I smoothly look around Like she was just in my general view Pretending I am reading my book I wait it out for a little while Then I peek and see her look, at me, then away Could that have been a smirk or a smile I replay that scene in my mind Until the point of aggravation Did she seem to be inclined Toward repulsion or flirtation It's time [I’m starting] to over-analyze As I grow more impatient What was that I saw her in her eyes Repulsion or flirtation One more time, I'll sneak another look at her But if she notices again, I think she'll know Scan to her left, and from the corner of my eye I see her head is tilted down, I'm good to go I gaze straight ahead at her face and then I linger as I think for a while Suddenly she looks up at me again Did she give me a smirk or a smile? [Chorus] There she goes, she gets up and walks away And I'm stuck here wondering what did I see Then she stops, just before she leaves the room Turns her heard, just a little, toward me I'm clearly staring at her, but I’m not moving I’m mesmerized, by her profile She's far away, so I can't say what she is doing Is that face a smirk or a smile? [Chorus]
9.
He always treats you well, he’s such a nice guy He already fell for you, you’re his life He has got a lot of money, and a nice car He thinks that you’re funnier than you are Chorus He seems to be the perfect man You’ll stay with him while you can But it won’t be long before you'll see That even though it’s clearly true, he’d do anything for you What he can’t do for you is be me He has travelled many places and he’s well read He has got a pretty face, just like you said He listens well and writes love letters But he can go to hell, you know I’m better [Chorus] Make a list of characteristics that you desire And I'm sure if you keep score, he would rate higher You can try to tell yourself that he is the right man But you know that’s not the case, ‘cause only I am He always treats you well, he’s such a swell guy But we both know when you tell him you love him, you lie [Chorus]
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released December 19, 2017

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The Jilters Alameda, California

The Jilters originate from a college pit band. 20 years ago, drummer, Chuck Kapelke, and pianist, Chris Dubois, played for a Harvard theater company called The Hasty Pudding. Reunited years later in California, the two started developing new material in basements and spare rooms, eventually adding Travis Hanna on bass, Jeff Worrall on trumpet, Ethan Levitt on sax, and Matt McLean on guitar. ... more

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