One More For The Road

by Rob Szabo

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This is a live album recorded at various locations. Most of the tracks are Rob Solo and there are a few tracks with guests and/or a band. Check individual tracks for more info.

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released May 1, 2008

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Rob Szabo Toronto, Ontario

Rob Szabo is a Songwriter/Producer/Musician. He has collaborated on dozens of albums for other artists, recorded 6 solo albums & 4 albums with former bands Plasticine & Groove Daddys. (Buy Groove Daddys here: groovedaddys.bandcamp.com)

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Track Name: Watchin' A Movie (Live)
Watchin' A Movie
(Szabo)

my eyes are floatin’ high above me
I’m just lookin’ down
on some guy impersonating me on the ground
I try to tell him: “don’t you do that, don’t you go there ‘cause you’ll regret it”
even though I’m wrong, I’m wrong, I’m wrong

I’m fighting infection - what you got?
oh, did I mention what I caught?
I’m diggin’ up leads to find a plot
just like I’m watchin’ a movie

I’m floatin’ high above the scene
like a spy
a cold and calculated me
I’m holdin’ my beliefs so very close to me
even though I’m wrong, I might be wrong

I’m fighting infection - what you got?
oh, did I mention what I caught?
I’m diggin’ up leads to find a plot
it’s just like I’m watchin’ a movie

connect
complain
direct
remain

complain
complain
coma-plain

I’m fighting infection - what you got?
oh did I mention what I caught?
I’m diggin’ up leads to find a plot
just like I’m watchin’ a movie

just like I’m watchin’ a movie

just like I’m watchin’ a movie
Track Name: One More For The Road (Live)
One More For The Road

everybody needs
everyone knows
everybody sees what everyone shows
everybody picks through everyone’s bones
everyone needs one more for the road

everybody has
everyone had
everybody here is everyone’s fan
everybody jokes, everyone laughs
everyone needs a pat on the back

so why don’t you bail while you’ve still got time?
don’t look to me ‘cause I’ve stopped tryin’
I’ve cut down the trees, burned all the leaves
just to feel the sun again

everybody here has go the disease
everybody choke
everyone wheeze
everybody cough, everyone sneeze
everyone's just a cog in the machine

so why don’t you bail while you’ve still got time?
don’t look to me ‘cause I’ve stopped tryin’
I’ve cut down the trees, burned all the leaves
just to feel the sun again
Track Name: Family & Friends (Live)
Family & Friends
(Szabo)

I keep looking at that picture from the letter that you sent
I keep thinking but right now I’m not convinced
That you and Johnny told our father that you’re gonna have a kid
I can’t look now in case it hasn’t hit me yet

Good for you
Good for you
Good for you
You know I wish you all the best

He felt sorry for his brother ‘cause I really took it bad
While you lied and you made each other’s beds
I just keep thinking of that promise about in health and in sickness
I can’t talk now in case it hasn’t hit me yet

Good for you
Good for you
Good for you
You know I wish you all the best

How many times can we go over this you ask?
How many years of penitence?
How many years ‘til it’s just water under a bridge?
How many days ‘til my revenge?
‘cause if we can be family … then we can be friends


It’d be good for you
Good for you
Good for you
You know I wish you all the best

Good for you
Good for you
Good for you
You know I wish you all the best
Track Name: Beautiful (Live)
Beautiful
(Szabo)

you never tell me that i’m beautiful anymore
you only treat me like a medical condition
you understand me like a metaphor
you’re a student in a class
will i get better in a year or two?
forgive me if i ask

automatic
you vote for conversation
you ask me how i am
but keep to twenty words or less
why ask?

new and improved
another product you consume
it’s true
and it happens every day
it does

you never tell me that i’m beautiful anymore
you only treat me like a medical condition
you understand me like a metaphor
you’re a student in a class
will i get better in a year or two?
forgive me if i ask

in a panic
that smells like competition
on your mark, get set, depend
line me up with other brands
on the shelf

new and improved
another product you consume
it’s true
and it happens every day
it does

you never tell me that i’m beautiful anymore
you only treat me like a medical condition
you understand me like a metaphor
you’re a student in a class
will I get better in a year or two?
forgive me if I ask
Track Name: Good Son (Live)
Good Son
(Szabo/Strongman)

i’ll do anything that you want
ask my mother i’m a good son
just had some trouble when i was young
i swear to god i’m gonna grow up

things are goin’ good at my job
i’m workin’ hard, i pulled my socks up
i’m comin’ home right after I get off
i swear to god i’m gonna keep it up

but then sometimes it feels like a compromise
and then sometimes i’m afraid you’ll leave me

what about that winter weekend?
no i shouldn’t have been driving it
i didn’t know the ice was that thin
man he’s lucky we got out to him

don’t remind me about last night
no i really shouldn’t have hit that guy
but he was lookin’ at you with those eyes
man he’s lucky he got out alive

but then sometimes it feels like a compromise
and then sometimes i wish you’d just leave me

alone
then baby i’d go
but maybe i’m wrong
i hope so
‘cause i’ll do anything at all

i’ll do anything that you want
ask my mother i’m a good son
just had some trouble when I was young
swear to god i’m gonna grow up
Track Name: The Life Of The Party (Live)
The Life Of The Party

i’m the life of the party
the one you wanna meet
i was there when it started
i’ll be there when you leave
‘cause I’m the life of the party

why are you so demanding?
what d’you want from me?
why don’t you try and be friendly
just take one of these
you’ll be the life of the party

things were goin’ so well …

it could be so romantic
like stars on silver screen
we’ll ride off in the sunset
i’ll watch while you o.d.
you’ll never have to leave

things were goin’ so well ….
Track Name: Trampoline (Live)
Trampoline
(Szabo)

the blue flame burns the bottle when it falls too far
I’m left thinking out loud in the dark
“am I good for you, are you good for me?”
well, the truth is …
on a trampoline, on a trampoline, when you fall off
it sucks to walk again
just like the candle, I could fall into bottles
far away from anyone who can hurt me
are we even now? are you even now that you know me?
are you leavin’ now without payin’ me what you owe me?
shut up and
dance you little creep
tomorrow, I will be there
shootin’ at your feet, you’ll follow
yeah, I’ll be careful
dance you little creep
you’re not a lot like me
I’ll make you dance you little freak
I’ll show you what I mean
for once, I’ll get a chance maybe to explain
but don’t talk
it’s over when I say
well the truth is I could buy all the candles in the world
and melt them into so many bottles
will they ever learn? no they’ll never learn what the truth is
like you’ll never know, will you ever know what you’re doin’?
shut up and
dance you little creep
tomorrow, I will be there
shootin’ at your feet, you’ll follow
yeah, I’ll be careful
dance you little creep
you’re not a lot like me
I’ll make you dance you little freak
I’ll show you what I mean
for once, I’ll get a chance maybe to explain
but don’t talk
it’s over when I say
Track Name: The Johnsown Kids (Live)
The Johnstown Kids
(Szabo)

The Johnstown kids really play it like they feel it
They sing it like they say it and they say it like they mean it
The Johnstown kids really play it like it hurts they can’t afford their health insurance
It’s not a government service

Well Endless Mike sent me a note he said he liked what I was sayin’
He thought my songs were really special and they “really bring the pain”
I didn’t really know him so I took it with a grain
I didn’t get what he was sayin’ ‘til I went down there to play

The Johnstown kids really play it like they feel it
They sing it like they say it and they say it like they mean it

Well the bassist in the Club he had to quit to get a job
But it’s not like he’s givin’ up it’s just he’s got a bad case of …
The kids in other bands they all pitched in to lend a hand
Too bad they couldn’t meet end to end and pay for all his medicine

The Johnstown kids really play it like they feel it
They sing it like they say it and they say it like they mean it
The Johnstown kids really play it like it hurts they can’t afford their health insurance
It’s not a government service

It’s not some kind of act
They really feel like that
They didn’t sit around a boardroom table trying to come up with the right angle
Some of them are really feeling bad
Sure could use some medecine
Meanwhile city council went and blew their cash on an enormous flag when they could really use a bandage

The kids in this here little town they play what could be called punk rock
But it don’t matter what you call it I just know it doesn’t suck
It don’t sound much like punk you might hear on the radio
It doesn’t sound all that grown up because they’re having too much fun

The Johnstown kids really play it like they feel it
They sing it like they say it and they say it like they mean it
The Johnstown kids really play it like it hurts they can’t afford their health insurance
It’s not a government service
Track Name: The Others (Live)
The Others
(Szabo)

since the others won the war - i can’t come ‘round here no more
stay away from everyone - i’m on the run
all the things that i’ve done wrong - used to count them on my thumbs
now they push down on my head - i’m under arrest
they’re making me ride in the back
interrogating me about what happened:

“did you forget where you came from?”
“did you forget where you belong?”

when we met that one last stand - a pane of glass between our hands
we were out of metaphors – we were out of doors
oh, the water was too strong - and the wind was at our front
all the birds flew overhead - the earth turned its back
eroding how we understand each other’s lives

did we forget where we came from?
did we forget where we belonged?
did we forget all we stood for?
could we forget all that?
I understand why, but couldn’t we just try and be friends?

valentine we crossed the line
we both know we cannot go back
a flash of light just ash is left
we both know we were not like that
we both know we were better than that

while the world goes on outside - all the numbers get compiled
you don’t fit the rank and file and neither do i
like the call girls on my street – we’re just trying to make ends meet
one day we’ll be obsolete - like an old tv
gathering dust on the screen
but don’t tell me that that means

we should forget where we came from
we should forget where we belonged
we should forget all we stood for
could we forget all that?
I understand why, but couldn’t we just try and be friends?
Track Name: Breaking Even (Live)
Breaking Even
(Szabo/Brunker/Prilesnik)

You should be there by now
You talk about it all the time
Sayin’ things like “if I’d only, then I might be …”

But it’s more a matter of how
You never seem to get a break
You’re better than everyone else
You’ve just made a few mistakes

You’re breakin’ even
You’re breakin’ even
You’re breakin’ even
But now I’m here
Tryin’ to get you to …

Tune in to this
Wanna fall in love like high school kids

You should’ve quite by now
You think about it every night
Saying things like “maybe tomorrow, or the next day …”

But it’s more a matter of doubt
Cut off your nose in spite of your face
If there’s something you’re waiting for, you’re kinda late
Too bad you don’t believe in fate

You’re breakin’ even
You’re breakin’ even
You’re breakin’ even
But now I’m here
Tryin’ to get you to …

Tune in to this
Wanna fall in love like high school kids
Makin’ fun of songs like this
In case you’re wonderin’

Thought you had it all worked out
But then you had to change
It’s always the times you think it’s all wrapped up
it blows up in your face
Thought you had it all worked out
But then you had to change
Thought you had it all worked out

You’re breakin’ even
You’re breakin’ even
You’re breakin’ even
But now I’m here
Tryin’ to get you to …

Tune in to this
Wanna fall in love like high school kids
Makin’ fun of songs like this
In case you’re wonderin’
Track Name: Incandescent (Live)
Incandescent
(Szabo)

Would you burn me a candle?
Will you sing on your way back home?
Will you save me a mouthful?
If not could you leave me a note?
Will you comb my hair when my head is full of knots?
Will you tell me you’re scared when you’re ready?

There’s no way
I would take
The replacement on the way
There’s no one to replace
I’m ok

I’ll do just fine alone
I’ll do just fine I hope
You’ll do just fine out there
I’ll do just fine
I’m scared

I just wrote you a page full
On both sides of the foolscap note
Just a week in the mail
If not, I’ll just wait ‘til you call
I could make us a meal and then eat half all alone
Save the rest for a week
You could re-heat it

There’s no way
I would take
The replacement on the way
There’s no one to replace
I’m ok

I’ll do just fine alone
I’ll do just fine I hope
You’ll do just fine out there
I’ll do just fine
I’m scared

I can’t remember what you look like anyway
I can’t remember what we felt like anyway
I can’t remember what you look like anyway
I can’t remember what I feel like anyway

There’s no way
I would take
The replacement on the way
There’s no one to replace
I’m ok

I’ll do just fine alone
I’ll do just fine I hope
You’ll do just fine out there
I’ll do just fine
I’m scared
Track Name: I Live For The Summer (Live)
I Live For The Summer

i’m lovin’ this, but i hope we don’t last the summer
‘cause i can’t forget the chill i got last December
so i put on my mitts, and dig my trench--hunker down ‘til the snow hits

it don’t make much sense, there’s so much more to discover
but there always is: could we be mean to each other?
it gets so complex, yet we forge ahead without knowing what’s at risk

you ask “why?”
“well what is the difference?”
“d'you need something you can measure?”
“can’t we try?”
“or do you need an audience?”
“well where’s your sense of adventure?”

the wind it whips
it splits our lips
i feel like I’m gonna quit

now don’t be upset, it only grows here from may to october
way up north like this, there‘s no time for the ground to recover
so we all forget, we couldn’t live like this if we had to be honest

you ask “why?”
“well what is the difference?”
“do you need something you can measure?”
“can’t we try?”
“or do you need an audience?”
“well where’s your sense of adventure?”

“well you know what?…"
you remind me of that time
when I got drunk and walked all through the night
i opened wide
i slept outside, they said I coulda died …
but all I know is when I woke up, I felt so alive

i always dreamt that i’d live way south of the border
the months come and went without any leaves changing colour
we didn’t have to forget
we could live like kids
we'd live for the summer

we'd live for the summer

i live for the summer

i live for the summer