Inclement Weather

by Eric McCoy

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1.
The Christmas lights are up and it's April The Jack-o-latern's still there too Her face sags more than it used to And I don't call much anymore She never finished all of her beer She always left a bit at the bottom That light bulb burned out months ago Just never cared to change it And I want her to know That I just can't seem to care About anyone but myself About what coat I'll wear when it's cold Not what her kids have learned at school Not what her boss has said at work And I want her to know That it is such a shame That I really miss her so The car doesn't start in the morning And it's hard to make it to work The grocery store seems very lonely When you're always buying for one Sometimes I go to the restaurant Where I know she works I hope that she'll wait on my table But it never works out that way
2.
If this is still your number I've still got your number If you are still in Austin I am still in Austin And if this is still your number Let's go... Down to the place That sits down by the lake You can order the fish And say that you won't Drink too much wine And we'll both know that is a lie If this is still your number I've still got your number If you are still in Austin I am still in Austin And if this is still your number Let's go... And we can talk Talk about old times The friends we used to have But haven't kept up with Oh how they're better Than the company we keep now If this is still your number I've still got your number If you are still in Austin I am still in Austin And if this is still your number Let's go... And I can bore you With stories about my job I can pretend it's great And you can pretend to listen And we'll both think How much better it was If this is still your number I've still got your number If you are still in Austin I am still in Austin And if this is still your number Let's go...
3.
The stares really start to affect me When they don't look kindly When they're not too friendly When they think I'm goofy But I used to look just them Now I've got this shirt And I've got this tie I don't think the same Even though I want to Even though I try to It's just not the same as it used to be Another shirt and tie The days are really all the same At least I've got my shirt And I've got my tie It's the way to look It's the way to be No time to complain Got to be on time These kids they have no worries Nothing to do I've got things to do In my shirt and tie Another shirt and tie
4.
His heart stutters like a car That don't wanna start In the winter when it's cold And he don't like the light to shine Too bright in his eyes But the florescent in this hospital Can really bring him down And I try to cheer him up Old stories about baseball The players in the fifties were his favorite Then the nurse will ask me to leave So he can get some rest And so he looks to God But I just can't believe with him now My grandpa was never a religious man when I was growing up And the family followed suit Sundays were for sports and friends There's no time for church when the big game's on But now with the tubes all connected And the hours moving slow He's found the time for faith A faith I've never had And never knew I wanted And so he looks to God But I just can't believe with him now I'd like to share in his faith To hold his hand and pray with him But I just sit in silence No thoughts in my mind As his lips say words I've never heard him say before My head bowed down and my eyes closed But no thoughts in my mind And so he looks to God But I just can't believe with him now
5.
Being Bored 03:48
You said it was a nice time The DJ played all the old hits You said you felt young again To sing songs you knew the words to I don't wanna know I can't help being bored I can't help looking at the floor And so we stop at Walgreens To get your favorite mint ice cream The cashier knows I'll want a pack of smokes He has them ready as we walk up I don't wanna know I can't help being bored I can't help looking at the floor I said it was a nice time After 7:00 it's two for one And we were home by 9:30 Which is nice since we work early I don't wanna know I can't help being bored I can't help looking at the floor
6.
Sad Day 02:50
I saw you standing at the turnstiles Hair falling down your shoulders You tried to brush it back When our eyes locked together But it just fell down again It was okay, I didn't mind It's just another sad day And the phone ain't ringing again It's just another sad day And I just want it to end We were young and sneaking in to movies That we didn't even want to see Then our hands would brush together When we would share popcorn I didn't care if they kicked us out We had other places to see It's just another sad day And the phone ain't ringing again It's just another sad day And I just want it to end Now all I've got is your memory And my memory isn't very good Other girls they brush their hair And it always stays right in place It's just another sad day And the phone ain't ringing again It's just another sad day And I just want it to end
7.
She looked up And happened to see Her face in a mirror She didn't like what she saw All the makeup she bought Hasn't done a thing She sat down Inched closer to him He just looked away He didn't like what he saw That's what she thought They never do Thirty looms near There's no fancy house No fancy car Just a microwave clock That's two minutes off And a bed that's only Used for sleep She pulls out her phone And glances down When people are near The phone's ringing And it's her mom calling Best to let it go to voicemail Everyone's saying to go out more But it's never worth the hassle The lights go up at the 7-11 Bright enough that you shield your eyes A slice of pizza Eight buck wine Get in the car and go back home
8.
Passed out in my parent's guest room Laying on the floor Red plastic solo cups Spill out of the trash can I step over you To go get some water It's cold on my dry lips And I think My parents will kill me But man it was worth it And we'll hangout soon I promise It's just been so busy lately The needle says we hit one hundred miles an hour No cops in sight The sun's high in the sky Girlfriends and baseball Make for great conversation Two hours on the road Have never gone by so fast I barely even notice We're about to run out of gas And we'll hangout soon I promise It's just been so busy lately Missed phone calls and forgotten texts Clutter up our phones Happy hour with friends from work Because it's more convenient Talking too much Drinking for the first time You laugh at how much I like the taste of High Life My girlfriend's ex decided to show up But it was okay You said you'd kick his ass You always had my back In situations like that
9.
Exit Sign 02:09
The car door slams The ice rattles In my Diet Coke I look up In the rearview mirror And off you walk Your arms are folded Your head is down Your dress sways And I turn the key I put the car in drive and off I go My foot presses down on the peddle And I catch myself smiling in the mirror Thinking back To boring nights The TV's glow The blinds are like Prison bars On our apartment window A Redbox movie From the grocery store Every Friday night And I don't ever wanna go back Stare at the same old walls, the same old pictures The one with me, you and our families At some bar-b-que I couldn't wait to end But the traffic's heavy On 35 This time of night I can't help But sigh and think What am I doing? The exit sign Is big and green And it's coming up And I'm just too old to give a damn Being bored is better than being alone I turn the car around and drive on home Pull out my phone and type in your name

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released August 26, 2015

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