Bang Bang

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released September 1, 1997

All Music by Dispatch
Talk Stretch Publishing/BMI
Produced by Dispatch and John Paul Gaulthier

Engineered and mixed by John Paul Gaulthier
Mastered by John Mailloux
Remastered August, 2004 by Seth Foster at Universal Mastering

All tracks recorded at LakeWest Recording Studio West Greenwich, Rhode Island June-July 1997
Out Loud and The Way It Goes recorded 5/96, live at Middlebury College
Engineered by Mark Christensen
Lyrics reprinted with kind permission

DISPATCH - formerly One Fell Swoop

Management: Steve Bursky for Foundations Artist Management,
info@foundationsmusic.com, www.foundationsmusic.com
Booking: Frank Riley for Highroad Touring, www.highroadtouring.com
www.dispatchmusic.com www.universalrecords.com

Dispatch thanks:
The Heimbold, Urmston and Corrigan families for all their love, patience, and support, with extra props to Sheila (a.k.a. Mama Swoop) for keeping us organized and well fed! Extra-mayo thanks to the man Jack "bang bang" Gauthier, for the endless hours of engineering, the energy and laughter, and for helping us find 'the vibe'. Leif and Charlotte Heimbold for the incredible layout and art direction, Geoff "the cook" Burke for many amazing jam sessions, Benny and his trumpet, Colby Clan, Weej steel-toe, Brad Wheelright, Taylor Mahony, Bobby Lusher, Andrew Levasseur and the Emma Gibb's Band, Andrew and Steve at Reality Check, Greg and Carol, Dags and the Longwell boys, Margie, Cullen and Corie, Toddy and Eric, Mark Felton, Su Lian Tan and all at Middlebury, the Sedgewicks for the third floor and the open fridge, Amanda Breziner & crew, Matt Shattuck, Eric Monty at the Guitar and Bass Place, Mark Christensen for the live recording, the Brisby families for their Southern hospitality, the Moore family and the RiverBend festival, the Cosmic Cantina, Nick Silvers, Marcel, Jay, Tyson the Pendergasts, Camp Jabberwocky, Amy and Liza, Coombe and Overhardt, Lee Sloz, Jeff Cohen and team BMI, Kenny Gorka at the Bitter End, Bouker Pool, Field Price, Greg and Gina, Still, Sue and Pam, the Niblocks, Mike Mahoney, Brit and Becca, the Cochran family, Lol and Tots, Bess and Lav, Jo and Titus, Rick and Kelly, Far, the Willis family and Electric Mayhem, the Burly Bear crew, Gamelan Productions, Oakley Brooks, Stu Salyer, Rose's Automotive, Joan at the Sherborn PO, Kate and Erin, Lindsay Zir, Rachel & 87 Crosby, Sutton, the UMass Boys, Brett Stephens, Sweet & Meaty, Takamine, Washburn, and Fender Guitas, Pearl drums, Zyldgian cymbals, DR Handmade strings, Vox & Mesa Boogie, and WImpy for taking care of us on the road. Also we'd like to thank Eric Heimbold and all at Citizen Film, Hayley and her house of style, and Benjamin Franklin McAdoo IV, for the awesome video production. Additional thanks to Anthony, Dignan and Bob.

P & © 1997 Bomber Records, LLC

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Track Name: Here We Go (Bang Bang Version)
here we go
leave it on the back burner
take it to the dry town

I got the mean time slippin' down
the slide some uptight right wing,
political homicide, do what you
want, take what you will, take it in
like a south paw, flip it on the grill
bourgeoisie, protocol
bottoms up boys this is the last call
happy hour doesn't last too long
you know it never does
so I sit here on a bar stool looking at
the sky got a buck and a quarter
and a bucket full of rye
don't step out of line you'll get time
in the brig don't yield to the mighty
you got your own dirt to dig

chorus

me and my fleabag friends we ran
to have our own feast of Crispian.
Murphy was there with number 22
they were caught in the middle
of a coup, you will
lose me if I don't lose you

we haven't chosen
anyone of you to condemn
so make your decision and chose your
side or let us begin

steeped in knowledge
I'll step from the board
down to the speak easy
with my double-edge sword
you know the deal
you got to spin the wheel
I heard the heavens are full of sevens
but as a matter of face
you know that cat suicide jack
he don't play like that
truth is he don't really play at all
Track Name: Bats In The Belfry
old man river said
you can go your own way
if you just leave him alone
do not deliver all your things today
we are going home
oh mama we now so hungry

I got bats in the belfry
I'm in the kitchen, boiling society
I'm in the open catching all the leaves
we all see what we want

old man river…
oh mama we now so hungry

chorus

I have a crazy idiosyncrasy
it's affinity to serendipity
and in this eternal epiphany
no hypocrisy or duplicity

oh mama we now so hungry
Track Name: The General
there was a decorated general with
a heart of gold, that likened him to
all the stories he told
of past battles, won and lost, and
legends of old a seasoned veteran in
his own time

on the battlefield, he gained
respectful fame with many metals
of bravery and stripes to his name
he grew a beard as soon as he could
to cover the scars on his face
and always urged his men on

but on the eve of a great battle
with the infantry in dream
the old general tossed in his sleep
and wrestled with its meaning
he awoke from the night
just to tell what he had seen
and walked slowly out of his tent

all the men held tall with their
chests in the air, with courage in
their blood and a fire in their stare
it was a gray morning and they all
wondered how they would fare
till the old gerenal told them to go
home

I have seen the others
and I have discovered
that this fight is not worth fighting
I have seen their mothers
and I will no other
to follow me where I'm going

take a shower, shine your shoes
you got no time to lose
you are young men you must be living
go now you are forgiven

but the men stood fast with their
guns on their shoulders not knowing
what to do with the contradicting orders
the general said he would do his own
duty but he would extend it no further
the men could go as they pleased

not a man moved, their eyes gazed
straight ahead till one by one they
stepped back and not a word was said
and the old general was left with his
own words echoing in his head
he then prepared to fight

chorus

go now you are forgiven
Track Name: Bang Bang
she woke me up with a bang, bang
looking over cross eyed had a big
hunch that the world was a big lie
when I got up all the blood to my head
I got so dizzy fell back into my bed
I went over to the way side
looking for the high tide
what will I find will I find will I find
all I saw was a man that had a hat
that had a pom-pom he's been there for
years can someone tell me how long

wake up to tell me
wake up to show me
what I could not find

you see this woman woke me up
at a quarter to three and I didn't
know it then but she put a spell on
me said I had to go down to where
the cliffs meet the sea and meet an
old man to present my plea
so I headed way down to the big pier
to await and confront my big fear
I wheeled around behind to my
blindside to find and old man with a
lime and a kind eye
mister, mister with your beard so long
won't you be a saint and tell me
just where I'm going
he pointed to a conk shell and then
to the lime and said this is all
I really need to get by

chorus

hey mister man
I know you don't know
who you think I think I am
but I can safely say, that I
should've been sleeping the day
away I said scuse me, if you've got the
time he shrugged his shoulders
said get a spine
coconut hit me on the head
jonesin' for a fig
I booked last night
I need another fix
just then I see a twinkle twinkle
in the old man's eye and a wave
tossed bottle in thrown to the sky

I caught it on the rebound
it landed with a soft sound
I took out the message and put the
bottle down
inside was the antidote to the spell
I read it to the man 'cause he
couldn't read so well
said don't worry about a
thing you know your
path is true just ease your
mind have a banana
or two

goodness, goodness, woe is me
the man nearly flipped to learn
that he was free but just before we
left and started kicking it
I picked up the bottle and star sixed it

if that woman comes to you with
her song so sweet, say damn
let the poor sucker sleep
Track Name: Mission (Bang Bang Version)
let it be known, to all your misbelievin'
what you've been seein'
that we will not stand
will not be mistaken
we'll go there leave this weakness
don't take take this from me
we'll go there leave this weakness
cause I have been waiting

Lo we are not so we're on a mission
Lo we are not so we're on a mission

damn this, damn that
there'll be no talk of turnin' back
damn this, damn that
there'll be no talk
that we might fly sometimes
we will find our own way
that we might fly sometimes
we will find our own way

chorus

we are not so
we are not given
we are not sold on what we've seen

we're gone we're gone
the list is long we are many strong
the ceilings are coming down
Track Name: Drive
Daddy I want to drive today
I wanna get up and go
wanna find some time
Mama I hear what you're sayin'
I wanna feel alive and get inside

Hey I wanna drive
I'm alright if you're alright

tell me what to think
it's been years since we've been
flyin'
show me what you're seein'
I wanna feel alive wanna take this drive
Track Name: Two Coins
I stick loneliness, your lips
and the two coins of your eyes
into my pockets

Well the train skates into
Port Henry late sunday
sometimes when I’m riding high
feeling fine you know there's something
troubling my mind

so I reach into my pocket for some
small change
I reach into my pocket for some
small change

I want bones like iron blood like mercury
so I can tell you when I’m rising
and when I'm sinking in

chorus

we're gonna take it to the people
hey let's drink from the cup
share some luck
go ahead and laugh cause it don't
cost much

I stick loneliness, your lips
and the two coins of your eyes
into my pockets
Track Name: Railway Station
so all of a sudden I'm facing a
raging river that passed me by
do I turn around, do I turn my eye
to the sun in the apex of the high noon
I'm on a flatbed yellow pick up
underneath a half moon

so cut me some slack jack and jump in
the back if you can't handle the candle
then you can't handle the wax
you're just going to get sacked
it's as simple as that

but before I know it
I'm going down this itty bitty river in
a boat a litle bigger
than a bath tub
my bones begin to shiver
cause I'm aching to deliver
this water that I must give her
can I get some

down by the railway station
people moving a new direction
take a ticket from who you can
drive that train

she was a black-tie bob shell
out of Bombay
she was easy on the eyes
so I had nothing to say
she said take the water to the
leprechaun man you got till the bell
rings three, do you understand
a little piece of me wants to go
I don't know
turn around what do I do
I don't know

ding dong ding that's the bell
and I know you know I know
I don't know you very well
but if I did I would groove
and hit the ground running
but I don't and I won't
so you got another thing coming

chorus

he kicked up the river
with a flick of his wrist
I popped him in the kisser
cause I couldn't resist
I said to my side kick
I'm up to the high wick
and now I’m getting a little homesick
but before I know it
I'm going down this itty bitty river
In a boat a little bigger
than my bath tub
my bones begin to shiver
cause I'm aching to deliver
this water that I must give her
can I get some

chorus
ride your train
Track Name: Whirlwind
a whirlwind came into my life
and it tried to rescue me
will you come, will you go
will you tell me seriously
twistin' burnin', my thoughts turnin'
back to you again
sweet thing take me to the end

You better dig
and take a look inside yourself

so the story goes or so I've heard it said
that you left your land to trade for a place
so far away, so out of date
that only you could understand
and at the ceiling of my feeling
backed up against the wall
sweet thing you know I'd fall in line

You better dig
and take a look inside yourself

she wants to be free
and I want to know
that she wants to be free
and I want to know
Track Name: Out Loud (Live)
would you be the wind to blow me home
would you be a dream
on the wing of a poem
and if you were walking through a crowd
you know I'd be proud

if you call my name out loud
do you suppose that I would come running
do you suppose I'd come at all
I suppose I would

and if we were walking
down a dead end street
would you be the one to let our eyes meet
or would you just keep on walking
down to the turn around
cause you know I'd be proud

chorus

and if I was one form the land we
know
would you be the dawn
and let your beauty still show

and if you were walking
and head the cold night coming
would you call my name
cause you know I'd come running
Track Name: The Way It Goes (Live)
A forgotten whisper screams at me now
So that I don't forget how
To sit like a child on my mother's knee
How dare that child be me

And it's trot trot to Boston
And trot trot to Lynn
And trot all the way home again
But don't let me fall in

Cause I'm slipping through your legs
I'm slipping through your legs
I'm slipping through your legs
I'm slipping through your legs

So race me up the loft
Up the ladder until I get lost
And let you be an arms length away
So you can wake me and tell me of the day

And its trot trot to Boston
And trot trot to Lynn
And trot all the way home again
But don't let me fall in

Cause I'm slipping through your legs
I'm slipping through your legs
I'm slipping through your legs
I'm slipping through your legs

So where are you going did you follow me?
And how could you see so well? So well
You were helpless like a dove at bay
But what did you say
When he pulled it out
Did you shout, did you shout
O did you shout

Cause I'm slipping through your legs
I'm slipping through your legs
I'm slipping through your legs
I'm slipping through your legs

So where are you going?
Did you follow me?
And how could you see so well? So well
You were helpless like a dove at bay
But what did you say when he pulled it out
Did you shout, did you shout, did you shout

And the way it goes, and I can't remember
And the way it goes, and I can't remember
And the way it goes, and I can't remember
And the way it goes, and I can't remember
And the way it goes, and I can't remember
And the way it goes, and I can't remember
Track Name: Bats In The Belfry (Acoustic Version)
old man river said
you can go your own way
if you just leave him alone
do not deliver all your things today
we are going home
oh mama we now so hungry

I got bats in the belfry
I'm in the kitchen, boiling society
I'm in the open catching all the leaves
we all see what we want

old man river…
oh mama we now so hungry

chorus

I have a crazy idiosyncrasy
it's affinity to serendipity
and in this eternal epiphany
no hypocrisy or duplicity

oh mama we now so hungry