Rules to Live By

by Just Dave Band

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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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Track Name: Rules to Live By
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
Track Name: (I Got A) Smile From Beer to Beer
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
Track Name: (It's Just Hard) When You're in It
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
Track Name: California Wildfire (California Country Version, Featuring Cary Park, Ted Russell Kamp, Ry Bradley, John Schreffler Jr, Rob Staley, Jesse Olema, Xavier Gonzales, Mark Christian, Johnny Stachela)
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.
Track Name: Vinyl Record
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
Track Name: The Hangover Store
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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