Studio Van

by Sugar Still

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I like my meat aged And my fish fresh Sun tan oil slathered on my chest I admit I'm more Than just a little obsessed With how you look in your little black dress I like my wine white and my liquor brown And I need to be seen all over this town With you baby, hanging on my arm My governess I'm upside down I'm hanging on I need you round in a circle Round in a circle round You turn me on You shut me down And I need you Round in a circle Round in a circle round White sand beaches long and lean From Punta Gorda to Tarpon Springs Where the sun burns into your skin Like a cattle iron And the whiskey pours down fast and cold By the big sugar and the lemon groves I'm old fashioned and I'm a little slow But I'm expensive I'm upside down I'm hanging on I need you round in a circle Round in a circle round You turn me on You shut me down And I need you Round in a circle Round in a circle round Sun tanned leather savoir faire And an aging banker's bleached white hair I'm upside down I'm hanging on I need you round in a circle Round in a circle round You turn me on You shut me down And I need you Round in a circle Round in a circle round
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Radioactive 04:23
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Bug 04:41
Sweet, sweet ethanol cleans the veins Loosens the reins, lets the horses run Keep, keep the glasses full The freedom flowing So we'll keep going Til the bottle's done There's a bug in the bottle (a bug in the bottle) A bug in the bottle (a bug in the bottle) There's a bug in the bottle that tells me when To shut my mouth and swallow Rye, rye, redemption slapped my face Put me back in place when I went dry Tried, tried, to keep my mind clear Now I have no fear, no kids, no wife There's a bug in the bottle (a bug in the bottle) A bug in the bottle (a bug in the bottle) There's a bug in the bottle that tells me when To shut my mouth and swallow So much easier to be free Of care and and responsibility So the bottle's mine Til god decides to cut me off Sleep, sleep comes to hard to me Cold sweats keep me awake til five Read, read the manuscript I wrote you When I broke you and embalmed my pride There's a bug in the bottle (a bug in the bottle) A bug in the bottle (a bug in the bottle) There's a bug in the bottle that tells me when To shut my mouth and swallow There's a bug in the bottle...
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There's a 2-ton trailer in the yard in the driveway Two goliaths hauling all my gear They got wide leather belts on Tools of the trade They've got bulging muscles and facial hair Well I tip my cap to the amply trained Paid professionals who ease my pain I got a broke down heart From from dead woman's body I got a broke down soul From some dead woman's life I got a broke down heart I took down off the shelf I got a broke down heart for myself 200 years doesn't make a nation 200 years doesn't make a town I been sweatin' bolts watching from the stairwell Creaking joints from the neck brace down A ten ton scale's taking all my toll money Uncontrolled currency just flying around I got a broke down heart From from dead woman's body I got a broke down soul From some dead woman's life I got a broke down heart I took down off the shelf I got a broke down heart for myself All I've got left from this torn up tire fire All I got left from this broke down house All I got left from this ramshackle tent circle All I got left from this burned down palace Is a broke down heart From from dead woman's body I got a broke down soul From some dead woman's life I got a broke down heart I took down off the shelf I got a broke down heart for myself
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Eleanor 03:33
V1 Though you've heard it all before I'll drop the top down to the floor And make the rake seem even more Like vertigo in indigo Call for penance call for pain Make the jeers sound quiet again Face the pace of each refrain As if you know it's time to go CHORUS Eleanor I wished you'd called this morning Every choice made in your voice Is like heaven is calling Eleanor I wished you'd called this morning Every time the toll bell chimes I hear the angels falling Eleanor, (Eleanor), Eleanor, (Eleanor) V2 I wish you'd heard the moaning choir Wrapped in muslin for their sores Praying for the suffering poor To rise and sing of newborn kings Call for penance call for pain Make the jeers sound quiet again Face the pace of each refrain As if you know it's time to go BRIDGE In the darkest rain The clouds will break The sun will shine The new found joy Will dull the pain That haunts you CHORUS Eleanor I wished you'd called this morning Every choice made in your voice Is like heaven is calling Eleanor I wished you'd called this morning Every time the toll bell chimes I hear the angels falling Eleanor, (Eleanor), Eleanor, (Eleanor)
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V1 You can make an alligator sing Set a man on fire on a swing Make a lover yell your middle name And I love you madly V2 You can get a quiet girl to moan A young mom to leave her kids at home Get a boy to lock his bedroom door And I love you madly PRE CHORUS You asked if I would run beside you Change and morph through space while you Worked on your fears And I worked on mine... Together... Oh baby will I ever CHORUS I love you madly I love you madly I love you madly I'll hold down the bottom end You soar through the sky and Come back to land by me again Let's run and run and run I love you Madly You can make a granite canyon sway Make a geyser blow the world away Set a crater on its ear by saying Hey, I love you madly What's a girl like me to do I'm a quivering wreck next to you Can't wait to see tomorrow too Cuz I love you madly PRE CHORUS You asked if I would run beside you Change and morph through space while you Worked on your fears And I worked on mine... Together... Oh baby will I ever I believe in laughter, joy, and bliss I believe in you and me and this I believe in sex and pain and lust I believe in love I watched the blue sky drown in rain How could it start from love and grow into pain Rain takes life and gives anew But fuck the rain, I just want you You you you I love you madly I love you madly I love you madly
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One Tiny Lie 04:00
Why have you gone away? I'd preferred you'd stay With me Oh, no one leaves that way This is a mistake Please Why would you cry over one tiny lie? How would this all be through? Why have you left me here With my deepest fear Alone Why have you gone away? I assumed you'd stay With me
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V1 By the seventeenth of February record snows had come
 But a warm southern front brought the rain 
It didn't take us long to see if we were gonna save our homes We'd have to pile up the sandbags by the creek on 5th and Main 
Jimmy drove the snowplow truck down loaded up with sand Bobby brought the co-op's burlap bags 
If we had to take a break to rest or warm our hands 
We sang the Margie Stebbins Waltz while the others laid the sand CHORUS The Margie Stebbins Waltz 
The Margie Stebbins Waltz 
It was the soundtrack of the flood Of the flood for us that year
 The Margie Stebbins Waltz
 The Margie Stebbins Waltz
 It was the soundtrack of the flood That echoed in our ears V2 We stacked piles of sandbags high upon the bank
 But the water kept on rising towards the top
 And though we all worked tirelessly we could see the game was up The water kept on coming there was just too much to stop The hungry rapids took out Bill and Ginny’s house The water ate it up and spit it out From the hill we could feel our knees fo weak Cuz the rapids cut that house in half and dragged in the creek V3 Once the water washed away we gathered by the church And thanked the lord that nobody was hurt Bill and Ginny came to live with us while they’d rebuild There wasn’t any question it’s just something that we did I suppose that others might’ve tried To back away from friends in need standing by their side But I knew we had stood by them and sung That lilting Margie Stebbins Waltz when the rains had come
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Monuments 02:42
V1 My mother taught me how to write Documenting my whole life When she left I told my father to throw away her archives CHORUS Cut the bindings, cut the cables Sit, there's dinner at the table Talk together, clean your plate The clock has changed but it can wait V2 That week I awoke alone By the ocean where my bones Saw the mountains in her eyes, reflecting her ambition BRIDGE Now I drive and stare A hundred variations A thousand miles to go today I have no destination Oooooh V3 The monuments are left behind Anchors gone that shaped my mind Drifting in a weightless state no penance I can find
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Water on paper, oil on a broadcloth shirt Hair on the collar, a bandaged tattoo Love, love bleeds through New silver locks in a twisted copper key Day-old open bottle, coffee cup rings Love, love bleeds through Little reminders everywhere I go Attachment's a weed that grows and grows and grows Bleach spot on a pant leg, shopping list on my arm Night light under the door, in my nightmares too Love, love bleeds through Love, love bleeds through
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Ophelia 03:18
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V1 Call me when you've got that showroom shine Looks like a dollar but costs a dime Sleek new paint I won't hesitate To take you on the road V2 Last time I saw you you were looking rough After six years thought you'd had enough Tired of waiting for that long shot pay out That never came through PRE-CHORUS I'll be up dear come on over No need to call ahead I'll be up at any hour I won't make the bed CHORUS Sexual tension, another dimension Not to mention my intention To undress you when you get here And we'll drink beer and whiskey hurry up V3 It's good to see that you still clean up nice Baby I know you just took bad advice You didn't mean to hurt me You were young and scared BRIDGE Babe it's been so long since you last turned me on The back door will be open when you come
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V1 The highway stretches on forever Past the cows and tumbleweeds And that Tucumcari skyline Just won't let me be CHORUS Out in the middle of the desert So far away from my home It's been forever since you left me All alone V2 I miss my dogs and my children But I fought to make it work And that Tucumcari skyline Pulls my hands into the dirt BRIDGE I can't find my cup of coffee And my phone can't make a call And that Tucumcari skyline took it all To be truthful, I've been broken Lying on the ground since the fall V3 The highway stretches on forever Past the cows and tumbleweeds And that Tucumcari skyline Is still hanging over me
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Rosalee 04:22
V1 Rosalee, honey why're you running to me? Rosalee, baby why're you running to me? I bet you left another lying in the street, Rosalee I'll bet she's bowed and broken just like you left me, Rosalee V2 Rosalee, honey who you going to see? Rosalee, baby who you going to see? If you're leaving now show some decency, Rosalee You can close the shades so I can cry in peace, Rosalee BRIDGE Rosalee, won't you stay with me I'll love you forever this I guarantee Rosalee, won't you stay with me, Rosalee V3 Rosalee, honey whatcha doing to me? Rosalee, baby whatcha doing to me? I'm an easy mark, a low-slung piece of meat, Rosalee And if you ever need me, baby call me please, Rosalee
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Blue Skies 03:45

about

In Hollywood they have a saying about getting a "studio tan" from so many hours under the lights... Sarah and I got our tans from the road. Hundreds of thousands of miles on the road actually.

On October 4th, 2017 I blew out my voice in a bar in Tallahassee. In the summer of 2018 we were still out on tour anyway, with dramatically different vocal arrangements because of it, Sarah now taking on all the lead vocal duties. This is how we sounded then. Honestly, it's my favorite Sugar Still recording of any we've ever done, for so many reasons. I just love this record.

On a mid-week layover in Madison in-between gigs in Canada, New York, Wyoming, and the UK I called Luke to come by for a couple nights of wine, dinner, and recording. These songs are from those sessions. Live. No overdubs. Sugar Still as we sounded in your kitchen or living room. Our favorite place to play. Grinning excitedly as we walked in your door with our instruments. Waving madly as we pulled out of your driveway to head to the next gig.

This album is a love letter to all of you. For all the adventure. For all the love. For all the kitchen sessions of music and meals and wonderful conversation. This is our love letter to the people we met on the road, the friends who sustained us and fulfilled all our hopes and dreams. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. For everything. We love you madly. -Charlie & Sarah

credits

released May 1, 2020

Sarah Blick - Lead vocals and violin
Charlie Cheney - Vocals and acoustic guitar

Recorded live by Luke Pacholski on July 23rd & 26th 2018 in my dad's condo in Madison, WI, both before and after dinner.

Mixed by Luke Pacholski
Mastered by Greg D'Alessio
Graphics by Tory Cheney

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