Might Could

by Amigo

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Recorded at Baucom Road Studio, Monroe, NC, with no air conditioning on the hottest week of the year in July 2012. Additional recording in Durham, NC, December 2012 & February 2013.


released February 18, 2014

Adam Phillips - drums & vocals
Slade Baird - guitar & vocals
Mark Baran - bass guitar

Committed to tape and mixed by Scott Solter

Jay Shirley - Hammond organ, wurlitzer, piano
Whit Wright - pedal steel guitar
Greg Ellis - guitar
Aaron Phillips - tenor sax
Courtney Watkins - alto sax
Ashley Proctor - handclaps and vocals

All songs by Amigo, except "Murder of Crows" (written by Matt Cosper).



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Amigo jams econo in the footsteps of their punk rock heroes. Their music comes from their imaginations, where shit-kickin' east Texas honky tonks are infiltrated by weird and flamboyant art school kids and, somehow, everybody gets along famously! Oh, yeah, and it's fun, too – because it's ROCK & ROLL music, y'all! ... more


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Track Name: Where Have All the Bad Times Gone (To)?
Maybe time fucked up 'cause you got lost growin' up
still ain't got sense enough to fill your coffee cup
But if you got the acumen to lock horns and shake
hands good/it's the sweet by and by
or else you eat more shit before you drink that wine
I'm not a sucker but I play one in real life
I got pockets full of magical beans
I'm probably dying from cirrhosis of the liver
Great God almighty, let me drown in whiskey river
Where have all the bad times gone/not to tempt fate
or to be an ingrate but where have all the bad times gone?
I used to feel like I invented disappointment...
It's always love, love, love if you can wait long enough
then it's that old junkie two-step and cheap
domestic stuff/I've got these newfound positive vibrations
in my psyche and this strange little smile/and people
really seem to like me/and I'm profoundly tired
Bewusstseinslage obscured my mental outlook
Then Johnny took his gun and went home
Still, sometimes I miss the comfort of the shadows
How am I to hide this little light without my bushel
Where have all the bad times gone?
Track Name: (Miss You) Every Day That You Are Gone
Last year we were happy/Tho' I lacked the wherewithal
You got paid I knew the way to blow it
That old decrepit bedroom/Got a fresh new coat of paint
If we'd found true love we were too far gone to know it
But the last six months were by far the worst
We barely spoke at all/We'd just embrace to stop that face
from cryin'/Wake up screamin', cuss and brawl
You were right to leave but damn it all/I'll miss you
every day that you are gone
Had the peace that passes understanding in our hearts
Occasional screaming freakouts not withstanding
We'd have an altercation in some angry parking lot
Patch things up, run off in search of refreshments
Last year we were happy and you're the best I'll ever have
These things firmly I believe and truly
But we were both too crazy/And although we're better now
Still sad to know it all went down so ugly
Track Name: This Old Girl
This old girl keeps haunting me from where I left
her in the past/she keeps threatening she's coming
back and this time it will last/and I hope these
memories of her and her strawberry curls won't
deceive as I romanticize and long for this old girl
This old girl keeps haunting me when I wallow
in regret/she might be hours away from here
but what did I expect/and it hurts me to remember
when she used to be my fan/and I know I need that
old girl but does she need this old man/gratuitous
guitar wanking ensues/This old girl won't let me be
she gets a kick out of my pain/I can't take back what
I did to her and she won't leave my brain/whoa-oh-oh
if I try my damnedest I might win/my life won't come
unfurled/I'm deceived as I romanticize and long for
this old girl
Track Name: Best Laid Plans
We've got the totems of long-dead cultures
And the latest shiny thing/So they'll never find us
a cure for cancer/But they can sure as hell whiten your teeth
Life's so full of surprises/it's always shocking to me
It seems like everybody else got the handbook
While I was left to glean/And it makes me so suspicious
When I think how far I've come/'cause the man upstairs
just laughs at my best laid plans/If you can raise the dead
like nothing, turn the water into wine/Well then, why not
help this boy become a man?
You've got your collected letters of dead town fathers
And the pamphlets from some local creep
This world's enough to drive you crazy/If you're not already
That big old Carolina moon shines like a spotlight
in a prison yard/sometimes I feel like I'll never escape
but I guess I never tried too hard
Track Name: A Murder of Crows Outside
There is a murder of crows outside
They are stalking the trees and talking
Wish I were in the city saying wicked things
There is a murder of crows inside
Haunting my dreams and taunting
Wish I were in the city doing dreadful things
Wish I was the empress of all the magicians
I’d steal your soul right out from
From out the palms of your hands
I’d crush you/I’d defeat you
Cease to be your man
Then I’d beg/Yes I’d plead
And say such noble words on my knees
And if you took me back
I could never forgive you cause now I’d know you’re weak.
There is a murder of crows outside
They are circling the trees and working
Wish I could tear out your eyes/start your limbs to jerking
Cause then you’d see how it ain’t right
How it keeps me up at night
There is a murder of crows/a murder of crows inside.
Track Name: Old Testaments & Nail Bombs
Don't blow that trumpet/we need time to mend what's broken
While you've been sleeping/we've been working out these plans
Wise blood pumps through the hearts of good Christian
country people/these modern times make mine run cold
Old testaments and nail bombs ensure they kill no babies
The laws of man have no control
I'll take no sign as a sign to fight the good fight
Out past the silence there's a judge who knows what's right
Track Name: Gospel Ship (Just In Case)
I'm building a gospel ship just in case/there's an end
to this old world one of these days/I don't claim to
have all the answers so I'm just going to play it safe
And I'm building a gospel ship just in case
I know all about ol' Marquis de Sade/You know he had
his problems, too/Say what you will but he dreamed up
some things we'd probably all like to do
Yeah, I'm shy, but I can be persuasive/still, I've stopped
short a time or two/gotta find me a girl more receptive
to something new/'Cause my conscience gets to acting up
When I've done nothing wrong/and if you'd help me get
this off my chest I'd let you have it for a song/They say a man
can't change his nature/but I might could if I tried
'Cause I know I've turned a corner/but if I run out of time
I'm building a gospel ship just in case
Track Name: Oh, Easy Rider
Alarm clock says, “Good Morning!!!!”
A pounding in my head/need to find that dog that
bit me/I gotta go to work instead/sleepwalkin'
through the day shift/dreaming about tonight
Gonna see my easy rider/she'll make me feel alright
Bust ass to earn a dollar/adulthood was a trap
Time to make the doughnuts/comb-over, heart attack
Something sweet to chase the Kool-Aid ™
Some time with you alone/Oh, easy rider, let me ride
you home/mediocre corporate restaurant/light
domestic beer/we gravitate toward what we hate
And live like slaves in fear/but if you do me right
I'd do you no wrong/Oh, easy rider, ride me all night long
Track Name: I Love You
Sometimes you make love, sometimes you get fucked
I tend toward the latter which, largely, has sucked
But wounds heal and scars disfigure your heart
Then one day you're fixed and it's back to the start
You're the only girl who's had that effect on me
We work through the awkwardness/talk baby talk
Hold hands, laugh a lot, go for long walks
There's times when we question it/times it's no fun
I've got my baggage/real men don't run/look out
'Cause here's the way I feel about you
I love you, you're beautiful/I'll be true to you
You're beautiful, I love you/I do
Sometimes love just ain't strong enough/we fight like
monsters, say wicked stuff/But airing our grievances
makes us less mean/and then we make up, our
consciences clean/look out 'cause here's the way
I feel about you
Track Name: Good Luck
Good luck, so long, God bless you/don't let's argue/force a smile
Don't show feelins/it ain't your style/I'm done bearing the cross
of your discontent and stress/so good luck, so long, God bless
I can't say I won't be miserable without you/but I can't say
that I'll be miserable without you/don't start cryin'/not tonight
It might be easy but that don't make it right/'cause the things
you say about me are as hateful as exist/so good luck, so long,
God bless/ain't been cheatin'/ain't been rough/it ain't no matter
if there ain't no love/so tell all your high class friends I'm no good
But I wish you all my best/Good luck, so long, God bless