Take The Fall

by Elliot Randall

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released May 1, 2007

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Elliot Randall & The Deadmen San Francisco, California

"Brilliant Americana featuring soulful, angsty singing over music that straddles country and rock with style and flair." --San Francisco Examiner

Caffeine & Gasoline - #33 on the Americana Music Association's Top 100 of 2010

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Track Name: Elliot Randall - How To Get Old
Greyhound station on Christmas Eve, I was carrying a present for you,
Wrapped up in the classifieds, sitting between my shoes.
Two whole years, two whole years, of wondering how you have changed,
You were always good at getting old.

Highway dreamers, they run dry.
Small town sleepers, they give up.
Neon lights turn into fog, I know I belong,
Won’t somebody tell me how to get old.

Got my heart, I got my songs and I’ve got a girl I can trust,
The TV set and my guitar turn me off.
But as I get older the fire smolders, till I light it up again,
I know its just a matter of time until it rains.

Highway dreamers, they run dry.
Small town sleepers, they give up.
Neon lights turn into fog, I know I belong,
Won’t somebody tell me how to get old.

Carolina don’t you want to bide your time, California is flying by.
Through a cold, cold April, then a lukewarm summer,
I guess I never the left the state you left me in.

Highway dreamers, they run dry.
Small town sleepers, they give up.
Neon lights turn into fog, I know I belong,
Won’t somebody tell me how to get old.

Greyhound station on Christmas Eve, I was carrying a letter for you,
Wrapped up in my confidence, but I’m shaking in these shoes.
Rolling years and worn out fears, and everybody gets by,
Everybody’s got a story to tell, I wonder what will be mine.
Track Name: Elephant
I bet you threw a party,
I bet you let the streamers hang down,
The night I left town.

I hope you like the apartment,
I’m sure you're loving your space,
You’re probably loving your space.

So put your dress on,
And fix yourself up.
Blow a horn from the window,
To let everyone know,
The elephant is gone.

I bet it was a big one,
I bet you didn’t care who showed up,
Its who is not there that counts.
Did you hang the Christmas lights?
Did they search out my rum?
Do they know whose cups they’re drinking it from?

So put your dress on,
And fix yourself up.
Blow a horn from the window,
To let everyone know,
The elephant is gone.

I bet you threw a party,
I bet you let the streamers hang down,
The night I left town.

I hope you like the apartment,
I’m sure you're loving your space,
You’re probably loving your space.

So put your dress on,
And fix yourself up.
Blow a horn from the window,
To let everyone know,
The elephant is gone
Track Name: Elliot Randall - Second Time Around
Standing in line beneath the neon lights,
Doing my best with everything in sight,
Trying hard to get closer to you.
You look pretty in your green dress,
Sitting at the bar, I must confess,
I used to love a girl who looked like you.

That was long ago,
I did not know.
I was lost but now I’ve found,
I can love you better,
The second time around.

I’ve seen you walking with your new best friend,
I’ve seen you standing at the Rivers End,
I must have broken your heart a thousand times.
But you head for the door with that smile on your face,
And I know this time I lost my place,
Its back in line for another chance.

That was long ago,
I did not know.
I was lost but now I’ve found,
I can love you better,
The second time around.

Standing in line beneath the neon lights,
Doing my best with everything in sight,
Trying hard to get closer to you.
You look pretty in your green dress,
Sitting at the bar, I must confess,
I used to love a girl who looked like you.

That was long ago,
I did not know.
I was lost but now I’ve found,
I can love you better,
The second time around.
Track Name: Take The Fall
Your diamonds didn’t cut too deep,
Your big old laugh never took to me.
I sit at home just wasting time,
Or maybe its time wasting me.

Set me up darling, set me up,
You know I’ll take the fall for you.
Wake me up darling, wake me up,
You know I’ll take the fall for you.

All of our jeans have been torn up,
All of our hearts have been worn by someone else.
Strapped to their sleeves, they’re just tempting the thieves,
Till the right heartbreaker makes you believe.

Set me up darling, set me up,
You know I’ll take the fall for you.
Wake me up darling, wake me up,
You know I’ll take the fall for you.

I will take the fall for you.
I will take the fall for you.
Track Name: Everything Reminds Me Of You
Put on my clothes and tie up my shoes for the night,
Call up my friends and tell them I am feeling all right.
I turn on the porch light and prop the back door,
Just in case you drop by.
They tell me you’re gone but baby I know that’s a lie.

I keep all your letters and newspaper articles over the fireplace,
I keep all the flowers they sent to me in your favorite vase.
And I am holding you closer than ever when you were around,
I can make my feet walk but this heart of mine won’t make a sound.

When everything reminds me of you,
Everything, reminds me of you.
When everything reminds me of you,
I just can’t find something new,
When everything reminds me of you.

There are boxes and crates, stacked by the door to our room,
And the landlord is needing my rent a little too soon.
Still I lay every night right next to my biggest fear,
Because the hardest part of you leaving is that you’re still here.

When everything reminds me of you,
Everything, reminds me of you.
When everything reminds me of you,
I just can’t find something new,
When everything reminds me of you.
Track Name: Don't Give Up On Me
You say you want a man to love you,
Say you want a man to be true,
You also say that I’m not him.
Say you like them slim and tall,
Say that you would never fall,
For someone who drinks,
Who thinks like me.

Well I guess you got me pegged,
But this bourbon in my head,
Is trying to wash you down.
And it is just like you to fight it,
It’s just like me to ride it out,
I’m still waiting for your call.

Baby I am changing, I am changing
Don’t give up on me.
Baby I am changing, I am changing
Don’t give up on me.

Remember in the park that day,
Thought that you might stay the night,
The way things were going.
But I am just your ground for walking,
I am just your friend for talking,
Looks like fall came early this year.

Baby I am changing, I am changing
Don’t give up on me.
Baby I am changing, I am changing
Don’t give up on me.

Tell me who made you the queen of this land,
And who put you in charge of this man,
I’ve been loving you for so long,
Baby I know that change is gonna come.

Baby I am changing, I am changing
Don’t give up on me.
Baby I am changing, I am changing
Don’t give up on me.
Track Name: Hold The Candle
West Virginia darkness covers my skin,
Loneliness and cold are breaking me.
Sit down to write you a letter,
Coal stick and piece of my sweater,
Don’t I know, it will never get to you.

Hold the candle for me,
Melancholy baby,
Don’t believe a word they say.

Day to remember and a day to forget,
Day to move on and a day to regret.
Take the money in the mason jar, over the microwave,
Buy yourself a ticket,
And don’t ever look back.

Hold the candle for me,
Melancholy baby,
Don’t believe a word they say.

West Virginia darkness covers my skin,
Loneliness and cold are breaking me.
Sit down to write you a letter,
Coal stick and piece of my sweater,
Don’t I know, it’ll never get to you.

Hold the candle for me,
Melancholy baby,
Don’t believe a word they say.
Track Name: Elliot Randall - Kansas City Breakdown
Watching the trucks go by,
This beautiful city is wasted on these eyes.
Somewhere between Missouri,
And the place where we met,
I ran out of gas and the Chevy died.

Kansas City breakdown for me,
The river town lights are all I see.
Honey put on your nightgown,
Take a glass of red wine to bed,
And watch Kansas City breakdown over me.

Honey hold on to your end,
Of the bargain we made,
You’ve got to move on and move up.
Lay your bible down,
There ain’t no need to pray for me.
Heaven knows I am right where I belong.

Kansas City breakdown for me,
The river town lights are all I see.
Honey put on your nightgown,
Take a glass of red wine to bed,
And watch Kansas City breakdown over me.
Track Name: Elliot Randall - We Don't Talk Like We Used To
Night falls,
The TV is on,
I am cooking in the kitchen.
You don’t say a word to me.

Books line,
The walls here,
Pictures of us, covered in dust.
We waste our time being kind.

We don’t talk like we used to,
But baby, I’m still in love with you.

It’s in the way your walking,
It’s in the way your talking,
It’s in the way the way you crawl out of bed early,
On a Sunday morning.

It is in the snow-covered hills,
It’s written on the window but still,
Winter has come again and we ain’t changed a thing.

We don’t talk like we used to,
But baby, I’m still in love with you.

Night falls,
The TV is on,
I am cooking in the kitchen.
You don’t say a word to me.

We don’t talk like we used to,
But baby, I’m still in love with you.
Track Name: Elliot Randall - Leaving This Town
These feet were walking,
When you started sweet-talking me.
The door was closing when you,
Stopped me frozen in my tracks,
I already stayed too long.

I came in on a Friday,
Monday came and went.
Got one foot on the gas,
The other is slipping in my past.
Slipping in my past.

I’m leaving this town,
I’m leaving this town,
I’m leaving this town this time around,
I am not coming back.

Take, take, take your hands from me,
Your sweet perfume is smothering.
Make, make, make like your loving me,
I know that you are struggling to believe.
Struggling to believe.

I’m leaving this town,
I’m leaving this town,
I’m leaving this town this time around,
I am not coming back.

And you know I,
Take any excuse.
To get in my car,
And face the abuse.

I’m leaving this town.