Lefty Loose Righty Tight

by Rob Fetters

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1.
Try 04:12
try. (music: belew/fetters. words: fetters) has been wanna be never was never gonna be that’s the way she looks at me like everyone else in town i walked in and she walked out. i guess i don’t have the clout but i’ve learned what i can live without like everyone else in town and i’m not gonna try to make that woman love me and i ain’t gonna cry if the world don’t know my name and i won’t waste my time proving i’m somebody i’m not gonna lie. i’m not gonna try i thought she’d stay but i was wrong. she left a note. it wasn’t long the radio won’t play your song like everyone else in town and i prayed for help on my knees. how come god won’t answer me? i’m my own worst enemy like everyone else in town i’m not gonna try to make that woman love me and i ain’t gonna die if the world don’t know my name and i won’t waste my time proving i’m somebody and i’m not gonna lie. i’m not gonna try has been wanna be never was never gonna be that’s the way that she sees me like everyone else in town
2.
I Don't Fit 03:22
i don’t fit. (fetters) i don’t fit in anywhere. it’s not superficial - not my clothes and not my hair and i act like it don’t matter and pretend that i don’t care but i don’t fit in anywhere i remember back at school. melting into the walls. staring out the window an invisible boy runnin’ down the hall helpless as a minnow trying to swim upstream bumping into angry strangers and an impossible american dream i don’t fit in anywhere. i don’t fit in anywhere. i pretend that it don’t matter and i act like i don’t care but... can’t hide inside a bottle. can’t hide behind a guitar can’t buy into the myth that what you do is who you are
3.
History 04:20
history. (fetters) i didn’t dig what the messenger said. i shot the son of a bitch in the foot then i tore the lid off hell again and i took another little look i didn’t see anything new. i’d heard it all before. people cry ‘til the well runs dry but there’s always room for more everybody needs some help and i admit i need a crutch maybe i should close my eyes before i see too much history repeats itself. the once and future kingdom melts if you don’t know you’re sick how can you ever get well? history repeats itself all right all right all right all right some day i’m gonna take the general down and rub his face in the dirt when i get sick and tired of being the clown - the one who always gets hurt and he can act like he’s above it all - a credit to his church he got me trapped here under the ice. he’s gonna call off the search everybody needs some help and i admit i need a crutch maybe i’ll lay down and die before i live too much. too much history repeats itself. the once and future kingdom melts if you don’t know you’re sick how can you ever get well? history repeats. the mystery’s not deep. history just reeks of itself
4.
Retrofit 01:34
retrofit. (fetters) all i want to do for you is retrofit your infrastructure
5.
your favorite guitar player. (fetters) excuse me your highness and help me overcome my shyness i like you so much that i feel pain and i’m worried you don’t feel the same you’re not an actress. this isn’t a movie but reality feels so strange when you play your little power game i wanna be your favorite guitar player pardon me o holy one my prayer for you has just begun so if it’s true that god is love you’ll shine on me from up above and though the angels may protest when i put my lips to your breast the deaf will hear the blind will see when you finally fall in love with me i wanna be your favorite guitar player remember perfect master that i can get to heaven faster if you reciprocate my love for thee then i’ll be your slave and still be free the ghost of leo fender told me i’ll win if i surrender that’s why i bare my soul and wear my heart so i’ll be number one on your chart i wanna be your favorite guitar player
6.
Every Day 03:39
every day. (fetters) every day i fall in love again. every day a new relationship begins i change and you change. new rules same game. every day i fall in love again resilient. love is a trampoline. take your boots off baby before you rip my seams no pain. no blame. i might even be sane. every day i fall in love again last night i had a dream my time had come to die it didn’t really worry me - the future still looked bright i caught a glimpse of eternity. it opened up my mind and you woke up in my arms. don’t cry baby don’t cry baby don’t cry every day i fall in love again. i give up the ghost to the host with the most to wash away my sins. and life ain’t fair but god knows i don’t care if every day i fall in love. every day i fall in love. every day i fall in love again
7.
Salamander 01:26
salamander. (fetters) where do salamanders go when the world’s all ice and snow? wherefore art thou tiny newt? you ain’t got no furry boot once i was so small and cute mom said i looked just like you tucked inside her belly so round i kicked and i squirmed but i made no sound well god made you and god made me. i pray we’re never lonely when springtime comes and we wake up i hope we both find true love so please don’t crawl beneath that wheel lest your fate be truly sealed then you’ll know just how i feel. i can’t buy a record deal
8.
Career Move 04:53
career move. (fetters) a couple of my friends are feeling sorry for me ‘cause i fell a little short on my hollywood dream little do they know i’m happy as a clam washed up on the shore of a promised land i couldn’t get at the truth ‘til i admitted my lies so i could fly with the angels and politely ask them why i spent my life addicted to pleasure and pain ‘til i got so much of both that it almost felt the same at the website i just babble on but i already know what they’ll say when i am gone... when i worry too much ‘bout your opinion of me my ego is a trap - a lock without a key it’s been complicated since the day i was born. i was momma’s little angel - an angel with horns at the website i just babble on but i already know what they’ll say when i am gone death was my best career move i wouldn’t hold still while they cooked my goose. i couldn’t hang around ‘til they tightened up the noose but when i let ‘em put a price tag on me - well i lost the only thing that i could’ve had for free death was my best career move
9.
mylifeinadvertising. (fetters) ah
10.
the blame game. (fetters/belew) it’s not my fault. it never was you say it is but that’s because you’ve been forgiven by all your saints you swear i’m guilty. i swear i ain’t i understand. that’s why we’re friends and maybe you screwed up again why not admit it and don’t pretend? to say you’re sorry would make it end the blame game the tables turn around and round i build you up. you put me down you state your case but it’s unjust it’s not my fault. it never was the blame game it’s like a film from hollywood nobody likes it. it ain’t no good a bad director a fading star can’t see themselves for what they are the blame game
11.
age of miracles. (fetters) he was an accident waiting to happen on a harley headed straight for the wall a hand losing grip on a tightrope over niagara falls she was waiting for her ship to come in. sick and tired of fighting a war with a boyfriend addicted to cocaine. she just couldn’t take it no more beneath the face of god the hand of fate turned blue ‘cause in an age of miracles promises come true there’s a baby in an incubator in a hospital up on the hill a handful of love and energy the cruel world ain’t gonna kill beneath the face of god the hand of fate turns blue ‘cause in an age of miracles promises come true daddy’s trippin’ off in his dream world. mama’s found heaven on earth the baby can’t remember the nightmare when it just couldn’t get any worse beneath the face of god the hand of fate turned blue ‘cause in an age of miracles promises come true
12.
Where's Dad? 04:05
where’s dad? (fetters) daddy’s in the basement. that’s where he belongs dad’s down in the dungeon singing daddy songs time to change the baby. time to clean the pot time to make some dinner. daddy whatchu got? daddy whatchu got? we can’t tell if he’s joking when he talks to hisself he’s laughing ‘til he’s crying. we’re worried about his health daddy’s lost his mind again. we think he’s got a gun mother grab the children. how fast can you run? how fast can you run? daddy’s in the basement. he’s coming up the stairs he’s shaking and he’s sweating. he’s tearing out his hair we’ve lost our dear old daddy. tonight he’s gonna pop once we were so happy. now it’s all turned to rot. it’s all turned to rot
13.
everything’s gonna be alright. (fetters) she carries her faith like a crystal ball everything’s gonna be alright when the river rises and the mountains fall everything’s gonna be alright and the school of hard knocks tries to teach you a lesson you’re living in a pit of suicidal depression the doctor called you up and he’s all out of answers the tickle in your throat turned out to be cancer... well everything’s gonna be alright everything’s gonna be alright if you’re freezing to death ‘cause you can’t find a candle everything’s gonna be alright and god won’t give you more than you can handle. everything’s gonna be alright your family starves ‘cause you can’t sell your art your friends disappear ‘cause you’re breaking their hearts you lose all your stuff but you still owe the tax and one day she walks out and she never comes back well everything’s gonna be alright. everything’s gonna be alright if i had what she had i’d never let go. if i had what she had i’d never let go but my faith slips through my hands like melting snow she carries her faith like a crystal ball ha ha ha the bullet’s in your brain and it’s the end of your life they’re burning your hut. they’re violating your wife... but she always said when you die it’s not over we’ll be drinkin’ wine with jesus in a field of clover everybody’s goin’ to heaven ‘cause there ain’t no hell and even if there is it’s just as well ‘cause everything’s gonna be alright everything’s gonna be alright she carries her faith like a crystal ball and everything’s gonna be alright. all right everything’s gonna be alright

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xoxo Rob F. 12/07/20

Winner of City Beat "Album of the Year - 1998"

Rob is a member of The Bears and psychodots, as well as a commercial music composer. This is his first solo effort, and includes the members of those two bands on the sessions. Adrian Belew co-wrote two of the songs with Rob, and plays drums on several tracks.

"At his best here...a master at combining sharply drawn, incisive lyrics with irresistible pop melodies - plus the welcome addition of real heart. It's a winning combination."
- Larry Nager, Cincinnati Enquirer

"The CD still maintains the impertinence that makes for good rock 'n roll, punctuated by Fetters' cunning guitar. It is the most genuine, heartfelt rock album released by a local artist in years."
-Rick Bird, Cincinnati Post

"The accomplished guitarist's best work ever, ranking right alongside his top performances and songs from all his previous bands...dazzling, innovative guitar work"
- Mike Breen, City Beat

credits

released November 15, 1997

(Player credits follow lyrics)

all songs published by corporation fear (ASCAP)
except “try” and “the blame game” published by
corporation fear/robert stevens music, inc. (ASCAP) w1998


thank you:
adrian belew: launch pad. jack streitmarter: tool chest
jeff bruner: brain drain. smitty: ruthless faith
stan hertzman: reality check

gratitude list:
dad, nan, wendy, debbie, gladys and mark, elaine diehl,
martha belew, cassandra stepp, c.j. arduser, r.s. nyswonger,
albina anneken, jim bosken, cindy johnston, fender, godin, icb audio,
alesis, sweetwater, gary phillips, roger klug, marc magee.
instruction: fred marlo, jim krause, gary platt,
gary king, shawn marsh, noah evens, ken latchney,
rich denhart, dan harjung, ric hordinski, dave davis, gary shell,
ric probst riding porpy notched at 8khz. rick anton, glenda hertzman,
paula haller, god, etc. at sound images: charlie martin,
jay petach, grant kattmann, will kimble, matt hueneman,
karen rueckert, amy wethington, joe petrocy, cutler armstrong,
doug weartz. joe ross, the cantwells, michael wilson,
ashley morris, raisin/dot/bear fans.
swany, sam, grace, noah, robert.

photography:
michael wilson

design and cover image composite:
daryl kalmus/the lost river image forge

recorded at
the baby ranch and sound images, cincinnati, ohio
adrian belew’s home studio, mt. juliet, tennessee

engineers:
rob fetters, dale “smitty” smith, noah evens

edited and mastered by
smitty at sound images

in memory of
patricia annis fetters

produced by rob fetters

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