Rules to Live By

by Just Dave Band

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Well I wash my hands in Jack to kill the bugs And I drink my turpentine to kill the drugs And I call my señorita, From a payphone in Reseda So she will never know where I’m comin’ from. And I keep an extra bottle in my trunk ‘Cause some clubs have a rule ‘bout gettin’ drunk But the drinks aren’t any cheaper And the cost of living’s steeper So I do what I can to keep my buzz. I got rules to live by, they do me alright I lie low but I get by Maybe I’ll take time, and start to live right But till then, I got rules that I live by This motel room has room enough for two But fittin’ 5 or 6 will have to do There’s barely time to shower And we’re onstage in an hour So let’s just do a shot and trash this room I got rules to live by, they do me alright I lie low but I get by Maybe I’ll take time, and start to live right But till then, I got rules that I live by Well I woke up with an achin’ in my soul Cryin’ Lord, how did I lose control? And an overwhelming fear I’ve lost control Hear the cops around the corner And I’m three miles from the border If I’m needed back in town, just let me know. I got rules to live by, they do me alright I lie low but I get by Maybe I’ll take time, and start to live right But till then, I got rules that I live by
2.
The letter that you left me this morning Said you’re through with my late nights in town Now I’ll be drinkin’ at the reason you left me alone And I don’t feel so lonely now I’ve done two shots of Jager And three Jack and Cokes And I’m laughing, even though you’re not here And I’ll be feelin’ OK Long as a drink’s on the way I got a smile from beer to beer What started as a round turned to shots Then other friends called and joined in I know you wouldn’t approve But I’m in a much better mood And I’m smiling and laughing again With my two margaritas And three pints of Coors And one jar that looks “everclear” And I’ll be feelin’ OK Long as a drink’s on the way I got a smile from beer to beer With my two shots of whiskey And three vodka crans And I'll be singin' for the whole world to hear Keep feeding me Shine Cause there's a girl on my mind I got a smile from beer to beer
3.
Sent (him) home on some probation Said that he could use a little time (They) didn’t give an explanation Only that something wasn’t right He gets up early, buries himself Never leaves until the work is done But there must be something showing on his face That he simply can’t outrun Seems a lonely lifetime, just dealin with the pain And you can’t see the sunshine, when you’re standing in the rain And I can see the bright horizon, but it’s cold and dark where I am right this minute And I know it’ll get better, it’s just hard when you’re in it. A child of innocence and wonder The world was bright and promising and such But a trusted man with wandering hands Took that light away with just a touch And years of keeping it inside him All come out when he’s against the wall And the memories come rushing back And he regrets that he can’t save them all
4.
I’ve seen it a thousand times Love’s rollercoaster ups and downs Red hot and then up in smoke Back and forth and Round and round I never thought it’d be the same with you and I Your gentle touch calls out to me, for another night The sea of flames is rising, there’s no way I can fight. Like a California wildfire Fueled by a warm desert wind You bring a climate for disaster Each time I let you back in Time after time I see the warnings The rains dry up and you return And like a California wildfire… … you breeze in and I get burned. Like the light of a thousand suns Your body burns inside my mind And who’s to say if I’ve found the one But had to leave her behind Just the thought of you and that you’re coming back Warms me up and I forget about our troubled past The firestorm is raging, but maybe this time it’ll last. Like a California wildfire Fueled by a warm desert wind You bring a climate for disaster Each time I let you back in Time after time I see the warnings The rains dry up and you return And like a California wildfire… … you breeze in and I get burned. A wall of flamin’ ash is fallin’ from the sky The scars I carry are my fire danger sign But I’ll sit and burn for you, and never question why.
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Vinyl Record 04:22
Every childhood memory I can think of Had its way of fading over time That old tree fort, that book report on Abe Lincoln That I stayed up all night to read and write Maybe there’s a lot I tried forgetting Or every time I told the tale, it grew Last to get picked, the first real kiss with Jenah’s cousin Who made out with Dan King next week or two And the picture will fade To a grey or yellow shade Just like every photograph in the box But one memory I have That will never fade to black Is that 12-inch vinyl record that I lost Somethin' 'bout the crackle of the needle Lookin at the pictures on the sleeve The words I heard, or thought I did when it played backwards Forever printed in my memory And the picture will fade To a grey or yellow shade Just like every photograph in the box But one memory I have That will never fade to black Is that 12-inch vinyl record that I... Linin' up the flashlights round the bedside Close my eyes, and hear the people roar Do you want some more? (Yeah, we want some more!) And the picture will fade To a grey or yellow shade Just like every photograph in the box But one memory I have That will never fade to black Is that 12-inch vinyl record that I lost If there's a heaven, when this life is over If there's a mansion, waiting just for me I hope to God, it's analog and made of vinyl And I can spin it for eternity... And all the angels come to my party
6.
I can see that you’re looking for something, my friend Here you won’t have to scavenge or scour Take this one, and you’ll miss a full day of work This one only buys you an hour. This one might just ruin your morning And this one might just ruin your life You can browse our selection for something high-class But you’ll hit the cheap stuff in time. ‘Cause, We got it all (we got it all) You won’t ask for more (we got it all) It may be now and then But you’ll come back again…To the Hangover Store. This one makes you wake up all angry This one takes away all your fight This one makes you tremble, and scared of the dark And this one makes you run from the light. 
This one brings back all your past heartaches This one makes you forget her name This one makes you rethink all your bad decisions As you curse the Gods of porcelain. ‘Cause, We got it all (we got it all) We got all that you need (we got it all) You won’t want for nothin’, but a pill, to erase memories Yeah, We got it all (we got it all) You won’t ask for more (we got it all) You don’t have to say when But you’ll come back again To the Hangover Store.

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released August 22, 2016

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Just Dave Band Los Angeles, California

Hi, Just Dave here. OK, here's the deal, here at Just Dave Band we don't have 'fans', only friends who like to hear our music. I work hard on stage, I crack jokes, I put my life stories into my tunes, and try to support a family playing and selling my original music. (and I try to keep the guys in my band busy, too!)
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