You Can't Go Back

by Tim Blane

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Ira Miller Tim is so talented. Magnetic was one of my favorite songs from 2011 and "Take 2 or 3" wasn't far behind. Favorite track: Magnetic.
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released June 1, 2011

All songs written by Tim Blane (SBKB Publishing, ASCAP)
Except “Take 2 or 3”- written by Tim Blane, James Williams, Adam Tressler, Reuben Cainer, James Casey and Matt Owens

Produced by Chris Keup and Stewart Myers
Recorded By Stewart Myers at White Star Sound and Haunted Hollow Studios
Mixed by Stewart Myers at Dixie Five
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian

Tim Blane: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Piano on track 1 and 10, additional programming on tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 9
James “Downtown” Williams: Drums, Percussion
Reuben Cainer: Bass
James Casey: Saxophone, Backing Vocals on tracks 5, 6, 7, 8
Adam Tressler: Electric Guitar, Mandolin
Matt Owens: Trumpet
Ben Zecker: Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B-3, Clavinet, Chamberlain, Vibraphone, additional programming (recorded at RPG Studios) on track 5.
Lori Trespicio: Backing Vocals on tracks 1 and 11

James "Downtown" Williams exclusively plays Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, and Fat Congas cajons.

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Track Name: Magnetic
It might be no secret that I blindly
Replace my “nothing to say” with a play of the eager card

Wait for it, wait for it
Sooner or later you’ll describe me…
Saying ‘he’s nice, but tries too hard.’

Wish I could be magnetic
Rely on my own force to pull you in
I wanna be magnetic
All of my troubles evolve as the lines begin

I’ve seen it a couple, three times
People so cool everybody single files it up to them, and don’t know why

And then there’s me- the tip of my tongue
Pushing you away before I’ve begun to impress you, then a quick goodbye

Wish I could be magnetic
Rely on my own force to pull you in
I wanna be magnetic
All of my troubles evolve as the lines begin

There’s always something deeper down to analyze
And over thinking what it might be is a repellent by design

Wish I could be magnetic
Rely on my own force to pull you in
I wanna be magnetic
All of my troubles evolve as the lines begin
Seeing as my troubles evolve as the lines begin
Track Name: No Vacation
You just climb in, one knee after another
Then tell me to gun it, and we go
It’s just winding passageways we unclutter
And maybe we’re running, and maybe we’re just stoned

It feels good to get away
From the day to day grind
But you still should keep in mind

Take all your breaks when you need em
Roll out and go forth to freedom
When you don’t know where to turn
But don’t mistake sand and sun
For an erase or a cure
To the way life can burn
I’ve been there and back when the mood attacks
And on return I found the fact:
There’s no vacation for the soul

It fits so well into the mind of a cynic
That the curse is the sitting, so we should take off
I know it’s great to roll out of the city
And pretend there’s a finish somewhere we can cross

It feels good to get away
From the day to day grind
But you still should keep in mind

I’d imagine, it’s an appeal to your romantic side
To think your navigating to your new life
Track Name: Lay It All On Me
You’re throwing sweaters in a duffel bag
Thinking that you’d rather be somewhere else
You’re throwing fits inside that head of yours
Ready to scream
They give the litany of “you should really…this and that…”
When you’re just getting things off your chest
And I think I know exactly what you need

When you’re feeling let down- Lay it all on me
And you’ve got troubles to get out- Lay it all on me
If you’ve had enough advice from those who think they run your life
You can call and lay it all on me

There’s something great about a friend who never has a doubt
Of how to fix the failures you face
They don’t hesitate and are really only trying to help
There’s simple sanity in hearing back from family
Insisting steps they think you should take
But sometimes the only thing you need is an ear

When you’re feeling let down- Lay it all on me
And you’ve got troubles to get out- Lay it all on me
If you’ve had enough advice from those who think they run your life
You can call and lay it all on me
When life is weighing on your soul- Lay it all on me
I’ll be waiting near my phone- lay it all on me
If your people all presume to know you better than you do
You can call and lay it all on me

Make me a promise to always use your common sense and sing it out
I’m here to listen to all your superstitions and soak it all in
And when you’re ready for answers, calm and steady I can do that for you too
Track Name: Love You Now
I could spend three days soaking in the waters of your baby blues
You seem to remain forever looking onward like there’s no time to lose

And lately, time keeps getting in the way of the good stuff
Maybe we could stop the planning and just take the morning off

I wanna love you now
Whether or not I ought to know better
I wanna love you now
It’s a simple, simple thing
I wanna love you now
How could I wait for us to get settled
In this wreck we call life?

I could spend three years working up the blueprints for the perfect us
But we’d still be right here, looking kinda foolish...frankly out of touch

And lately- time keeps getting in the way of the wineglass
Maybe we could grab today and let the future be just that

You stay away
From all the thoughts that keep you from your forward motion
You play it safe
And keep me at a distance for the sake of something different
Track Name: Take 2 or 3
I can’t believe it won’t occur to you to have at least the courtesy to say what you mean
My kind of crime ain’t worth the lines of a drama queen whose only skill is flat out denial
You get a rush from the thought of us kicking up a temper-flaring throw down scene
I know the signs- right before you cry, you always try the:
“I need a minute, I need a minute…” well

Take 2 or 3- call me in the morning
Even if you don’t feel alright
Take 2 or 3- call me in the morning
Even if you don’t feel alright

You seem upset enough to camouflage inside a club
Looking for the numb of a fix
And not ashamed that you have figured out, that when in doubt
To swallow all your problems away
You won’t address that your drunken mess leads you to the people who will just make you sick
I think it’s strange…you embrace the pain then you say
“Oh…A pill will kill a pill will kill it…" well

Take 2 or 3- call me in the morning
Even if you don’t feel alright
Take 2 or 3- call me in the morning
Even if you don’t feel alright

We’re moving aimlessly
Why can’t I cut you off
You’re like a drug to me
Until you start to talk

Why would think you were absurd when it’s easier
Reaching out for someone to blame
And I’m the closest one to grab I bet you think it’s fun
To show me all your crazy unwind
You look surprised when you realize that I’m seeing through your petty little girl games
Sometimes I might pretend I’ve never seen your kind before but
This is not my first rodeo, no, no it’s

Take 2 or 3- call me in the morning
Even if you don’t feel alright
Take 2 or 3- call me in the morning
Even if you don’t feel alright
Track Name: Advice
I’m lost, I’m in a haze
There’s only three things that scare me:
Yesterday, tomorrow, and today

I’m tired and out of shape
The only reason you hear me
Is that I talk like I’ve got something real to say

Careful what you wish for taking advice from me again
Cause I am just as wise as any of your dashboard holy men
Ain’t that sobering

You’re desperate for a cure
To all the people that fail you
Cast off like a rod without a line

That you try to make sure
To keep the few things I tell you
Projected on a reel up in your mind

But now and then
I trip across a truth and I smile
Cause I won’t pretend
At least for a little while
Track Name: Mischief
Two years out- shuffle in his step
He figures time spent drunk ain’t the same as time wasted
So Willie is a bottle thief

Two kids now, wishing Willie dead
And if the measure of a man’s how he stands up to face it
I guess that’s just a little too deep

Lies when he wants, tries what he wants
If you told him it was right, he’d run the other way
Takes what he needs, smiles when he bleeds
If you asked him why, he would probably say

What good’s the world if I can’t have obsessions?
Demons get bored when you hide them inside
I promise that one day I’ll kneel for confession
But until I get renewed,
Tell me what I’ve gotta do- to find a little bit of mischief

Not his style, living in a state
Where there’s a line in the sand and he can’t ever cross it
So Willie knows its fair to cheat

And meanwhile figures that it’s fate
To be defined by aversion to rules and exhaust it
Before he hits the bigger sleep

Life moves slowly when you’re good all the time
The price is only that your soul gets misaligned
The right way to go is having a good time
Track Name: Goldmine
You sat me down and
Deconstructed everything I do
But never realized that I do

And then a sound like
A three in a row slot machine went off inside my head
But pouring out instead

Were all thoughts that I’d hidden underneath
And hearing out loud my faults and falsehoods
was a weird relief

And you may not know,
but the whole conversation was a goldmine last night
And you may not know,
but you’re slowly replacing all my favorite pastimes
But I think- nothing’s gonna change til I get around to rearranging everything I had imagined life to be
I’ve got a new funny feeling that I’m not yet me

Where’s the phonebook
It’s time to call the people I know best
And half listen, half confess

And it’s its own hook
Taking the time out so you can be a worthy man
And if needed to rebrand

Clearly you are wise beyond your years
And I’m still emotionally wet behind the ears

And if you have a minute
You should dive right in and
Try to turn the topic to yourself
I think you’d find you’re quite the help
Track Name: Fine Print
My best guess is usually a ballpark
And lies hurt less, when you tell em to yourself
Up up up, and away…timid was behind me
Why delay- running’s better for your health

And it’s so fun looking back
With a 20/20, clear, prescription glass

Looking at it now- I should have known
(I should have known, I should, I should have known)
Didn’t plot it out, but I should have known
(I should have known, I should, I should have known)
Love’s just another of life’s contracts
And people don’t come without strings attached
So if it feels this good, you should really read the fine print

Seemed so slight- simple stipulations
I skimmed right by- humming to myself
What, what what did I sign without a hesitation?
Color me surprised with a story fit to tell

And it’s so fun looking back
With a 20/20, clear, prescription glass

Time’s a funny thing
It shows you how to think
But only after you decide

And here’s the other thing
If I could turn it back
I probably do it all again
Track Name: Beg of You
Ring out all the silent alarms
I’m raising my arms
I cede, I give up
Wishing won’t push you any closer
to staying here

So much pain…as promised
It’s cold and strangely honest

Please- please don’t go I beg of you
Please- please don’t go I beg of you
I vaguely knew all along this time of ours
Would always feel a couple hours too few

Days pile up and blend into one
Then blink and they’re done
While you’re not looking
But oh, Good God I’m paying attention now

So things change…as promised
Alone as fate would want us

Maybe life explained
Would be just too much to handle
And the time we spend
Is not the real thing yet, but a sample
Track Name: You Can't Go Back
Call off the “Coast is Clear!”
Just got a message we ain’t going nowhere
But maybe I could like it here
If I can keep from tearing out all my hair

Tracing all my twisted moves
I must have made a couple dubious turns
But every one has been of use
Cause with no mistakes they say you never learn

Though I would love another chance
To know decisions in advance

You can try every kind of trick in the book
But you can’t go back,
No you can’t go back
You can stress, second-guess the road that you took
But you can’t you back
No you can’t go back

Way out of my element
Haven’t been on the radar for a while
And stuck in time and sentiment
But those are the things that always make me smile

Even when things turn for the worse
And the best way out is to throw it in reverse
It might be more blessing than curse that you can’t go back