Ways To End The Night

by Po Lazarus

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1.
I’ve been sittin' here all alone Helpless stranded babe by that old telephone And if I try hard not to think of your face I go mad my babe I’ma go and tear up the place But you know Hell I’ve gotta go I’ve been sitting here, all on my own Slightly stumbling babe I’m a little drunk, a little stoned And if I try hard not to think of your voice You told me to be a man my babe not a little boy But you know I’ve gotta go You know you hurt me babe You made me feel wrong But after all this time babe Hell I’m moving Im moving along Well my love you know that goes deep You don't want it sprouting babe All upon your feet So if I pack my suitcase I comb my hair I check my face I’m gonna get out real quick babe I'm gonna get out the place But you know I’ve gotta go
2.
Well the boys are breaking bottles underneath the bridge Tradition has always run deep so don’t ask me about it My baby and I have fun just dancing in the rain Is it my baby or Saint Academia that’s driving me insane? Still there are no scores to settle So at least get out of my way See I’ve got a date with the devil And I don’t wanna waste her time So you can have all of my other days In spite of my desires Just don’t touch on today Cause this one is mine When we were young we had burning ashes underneath our skin You couldn’t hold us down for nothin’ so don’t go looking for a reason When my baby is gone I find love in what burning coals remain But the heat that rises from death still leaves me freezing just the same Although my shield of diamonds is brittle At least it hides my shame See I keep my friends just for their company And the many thrills they find So you can have all of my memories And read the story of my life Just don’t touch on today Cause this one is mine And if you gave me a second chance to do it all again Would you still be my friend?
3.
In the night When all the boys are stepping in stride Well I just take a short ride Down to the plains Lost in the rain All about where you reside And everything I wanna say Was stricken down by the backhand of your wave That’s just from where I stand and that’s when I heard “Will you be my baby?” You’re everything I wanted and more Standing at my front door Everything I’m thinking tonight Well they play over 'til the B-side On the porch light you stood all up in your hood You had me shake and flail upon the ground Yes and everything I wanna know Was put down on the low But that’s just from where I stand and that’s when I heard “Will you be my baby?” “Will you be my baby?" Yes and everything I wanted to say Like “I love you” I read it in the black and white newspaper that day Will you be my baby? Picture this, Im with the homies in the summer's bliss I was just tryna take the piss yeah It was well understood you were up to no good I don’t wanna talk about this Yeah well everything I want know Was put down on the low low low low That’s just from where I stand and that’s when I heard “Will you be my baby?” Will you be my baby?
4.
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You asked me how it would be And where would you go? And I said I love you but Getting back on the track, I said "probably to the floor, That way I'll still be above you" and I don't mind killin' time With the justice and the hamburger man Just as long as maybe Give me back my honey, my sugar, and my baby Now all of your books have slowly become your autograph And oh that phonograph seems so pornographic And now everybody everywhere makes you sick So get in line my darlin' You always been my pick You said please follow me Out among the trees See what I found there She was hidden, her blood was drippin' off the mansions eaves, and I think you once knew her I don't mind killing time All alone In my home Reasons why have all begun to beat and batter my bones Now oh butler go and tell the men to comb and part their hair And tell 'em to buy the finest suits That blood can make Everybody everywhere acting so fake And all at the parties they were serving up blood cake Now all of your scripture is your autograph And oh that phonograph seems so pornographic to me It's getting so dark I can hardly see And all at the parties they were serving up blood cake
5.
If you are alone Well I'll be the one to take you home If you are scared Well don't be, I won't touch one of your hairs Are you a fool? Well pack up your bags we're leaving this school What have you learned From the ashes that fly from the books that you've burned I know we can make it Why you want to go and break it? It's been you, always been you all my life I don't really wanna fake it I think we can make it, if we make love tonight They set a tone, for all of the nasty stuff that you did Oh well I know, they've been harping on that since I was just a kid Why you want and go and shake it Sticks and stones, they want to break it It's been you all my life I think we can make it, if we go and shake it And we make love tonight If you are alone Well I'll be the one to take you home If you are alone Well I'll be the one to take you home They said "get home" somebody out there must be missin' the kid Through cities I roam, I've been learning from all the stuff that i did Like playing the part of the jealous scar on a lonely heart Just playing the fool, when all of my friends said "keep it cool" Why you want to go and fake it, sticks and stones wanna break it It's been you, always been you all my life I know we can make it, if we go on and shake it And we make love tonight If you are alone Well I'll be the one to take you home If you are alone Well I'll be the one to take you home
6.
A man loves his whiskey, babe More than his woman And it hurt her so bad Hurt her so bad In the morning light First time I came down here my baby I knew how it worked First you pay the man Then you sleep in The dirt Now that I’m older my baby And a little more wise I drink turpentine And a bottle of Red wine Well a man loves his whiskey baby More than his woman And it hurt her so bad In the morning time Well a man loves his whiskey baby A little more than he should Or he ever could Every morning of his life Well there once was this angel my baby Up in heaven’s holy choir But he could not resist The temptation of Human desire He went down to the water’s edge To wash off his sin But the weight of his habit Could not keep him from Breathing again First time I came down here my baby I thought I was wise But I was taken advantage of By all of the people I thought were so very kind Well a man loves his whiskey babe More than his woman And it hurt her so bad In the morning light Well a man loves his whiskey babe A little more than he should Or he ever could Every morning of his life
7.
I woke up one morning with my head on spit And I don’t know what to do in spite of all of it I’ve got a headache and a rotgut too And I don’t know where my eyes are to look and what my hands are to do I hear Kathleen on the church bells I hear her name from the bowels of hell I said no I won’t take you home I said no I won’t take you home I’m walking the streets tonight and I’ve had a few I’m kneeling down in the dirt, a lost man without a pew I hear Kathleen on the butcher’s voice I hear name from all of the boys I said no I won’t take you home I said no I won’t take you home I said no I won’t take you home again Kathleen I said no I won’t take you home I said no I won’t take you home I said no I won’t take you home again Kathleen There’s blood in my eyes and I can’t see There’s blood in my eyes and I can’t see There’s blood in my eyes and I can’t see Not in your dreams
8.
Well I went out there to the valley of the dead Thats where those demons said 'go get me God’s fat head' I had to weigh the options Am I better off alive or dead? Could I do my thing, or should I live my old life instead? I got so down that I got to the top of the hill That’s when I wept with joy, I got my first fresh kill If I could make it out in the wild I wouldn’t feel like a little child I could do my thing at least for a little while I took the long way around, I took a walkabout The only thing I ever learned was how hard the kids twist and shout And of the weather patterns most popular It's only thunder when it comes to her She taught me to be kind and I taught her something else... But you know, well I’m just a man with a shaking in his bones I'm just a man with an aching in his bones I’m just a man I don't ever want to be alone But that’s okay as long as you keep my casket closed I’m just a man with a shaking in his bones I'm just a man with and I never want to be alone I'm just a man with an aching in his bones But that's okay
9.
You said quit hanging around You're always barking in my backyard Just like the ghost of shadow hound Do you think of me? When you're floating through a town In a twenty first century Cause I thought of you (Quite often too) And in my dreams when I walk I walk with you Does that sound lame? Maybe I should just retire into the mire of folkloric fame And not have to change My name To Dylan or Pop Or Mr Jim James What can I say? Hope you can change your heart Come at me like any day Cause I'd pick you up (Right where we left off) Tell you I loved you Tell you I got hard not soft Just like your lips Or your porcelain cheeks Which ones? Take your pick Cause I loved all of you (You said you did too) But people change I guess I got some changing to do Do you think of me? When you hear a good song? When you go watch your TV? Do you think of me? When you hear a good song? When you go and watch your TV?
10.
The day the singer of the band died The band did not know what to do They found themselves a tuba player And a boy who could play the kazoo Agreed they would not find another Until his voice had cleared the room Right on cue the rolling thunder review His transmission was coming through The day the singer of the band died Everyone came around All the boys with the long hairdos All the girls hurried in their night gowns The guitarist had himself a baby The drummer made a solemn vow He’d be playing with that same old bassist Once a year at the military gala ball The band did not know what to do Put out their hands for shakes down the altar pew The band did not know what to say But “Oh what a mess you have made!” But the band did not know where to run They realized they were the only ones having some fun The band did not know how to smile They said “He is Lazarus babe, always been Rise now in all black style” The day the singer of the band died Nobody knew what to say If you are alone I’ll be the one to take you home And the clouds they all rolled away Autoerotic asphyxiation That was the only known cause What can I say man he was a lover But every man has his flaws

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The debut album by the fearsome Montreal quartet! Ten tracks to serenade your lovers and enemies with.

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released September 23, 2016

Music and lyrics:
Joshua Carey & Paul Mascarenhas

Joshua Carey:
Guitars, Ukelele, Vocals

Luc Delisle:
Guitars

Paul Mascarenhas:
Bass, Guitars, Vocals, Piano, Harmonica

MO Novak:
Drums, Percussion

Additional musicians:
Antoine Ferron
The Frisky Kids
Johnny Griffin

Recording & Mixing:
Simon Petraki
Seratone Studio

Mastering:
Philip Gosselin
Le Lab

Visuals:
MO Novak

Album Produced By Johnny Griffin, with Po Lazarus

Po Lazarus managed by:
Paul Mascarenhas & Joshua Carey

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Po Lazarus Montreal, Québec

Lazarus had to live twice. This was a raw deal. In accordance with the grandiose acts of divine men, we’re now playing for our lives. Devout music boys, just trying to keep things civil while the guitar sweats.

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