Car Broke Down EP

by Sidewalk Driver

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This was a short-run acoustic EP, recorded specifically to be released as a pre-sale ticket promotion. It's not available for download, but you can stream it all the livelong day!

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released July 29, 2011

Recorded in 2011 by Joe Egan at Tight Squeeze Studio in Hyde Park, MA, except for "Marianne (Campfire Version)," which was recorded in 2008 by Tad McKitterick at Tisbury Grove, Martha's Vineyard, MA

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Sidewalk Driver Boston

The music of Sidewalk Driver is high energy, highly-infectious, hook-driven, Rock with a capital 'R.' The sound is modern but the heart of the band seems to be more in line with 1970s rock culture - the Bowies & the Belushis of the world. The songs always come with some odd bent but not one that repels; rather, they welcome you to join in the celebration like a carnival barker hyping a freak show. ... more

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Track Name: Car Broke Down
Car broke down on the side of the road
Well, I'm pretty young, yeah, but I'm gettin' old
In my pocket was my girlfriend's phone
A tow truck's comin', gonna take me home
It's kinda funny, but it's the same old story
(Same old story, yeah)
Nobody 'round here like me
(Same old story, yeah)
And I wonder how it came that I am
Just another man stuck in the middle of this great, great land
I sit down underneath a shady tree
I balance the pack of Camels on my knee
I thought about my friend, he phoned last night
Well, his gig went well, yeah, his show went all right
The women were crazy and the music was loud
(Same old story, yeah)
My friend got wild, jumped into the crowd
(Same old story, yeah)
He laughed and asked me to help him understand
How he's just another man stuck in the middle of this great, great land
It's the same old story, yeah
Tow truck's comin', smoke pouring out from the hood
Well, I'm no mechanic, but I know that ain't good
The tow truck man come and sit around
Both of us wonderin' who comes
When the tow truck breaks down
It's kinda funny, but it's the same old story
(Same old story, yeah)
Nobody 'round here like me
(Same old story, yeah)
And I wonder how it came that I am
Just another man, stuck in the middle of this great, great land
(Same old story, yeah)
It's the same old story, yeah
It's the same old story, yeah
It's the same old story, yeah
Track Name: Ya Know
And if you wanna get drunk, then get drunk
I ain't gonna stop you, I ain't gonna stop you
Ya know
And if you wanna go out, then go out
I can go out with you, I can go out with you
Ya know
Like the forest through the trees
I'm so close, but you can't see
So I hold you patiently
I would lie and I would steal
For just one word of how you feel
And if you wanna set sail, then set sail
I will be here waiting, waiting without fail
Ya know
And if you run aground, run aground
I'll be coming 'round, till you're safe & sound
Ya know
Like the forest through the trees
I'm so close, but you can't see
So I hold you patiently
I would lie and I would steal
For just one word of how you feel
And if you're gonna get old, then get old
I will always love you, I will always love you
Ya know...
Track Name: Wake Up, John! (with Friends)
Forget about your mother and get on the boat now
We’ve got a brother to resurrect now
It’s been too long and I’m feelin’ weak
So shut your mouth and take a seat
I mixed the juice and found the solution
The missing piece of our revolution
I sold the crystal and I sold the gold
To buy a blanket in case he’s cold
And just forget about the plans you’ve made
I brought the shovels and spades
Let’s go to the grave
Well, he’s a straight-shootin’ mother, yeah
Wake up
And he knows which songs to cover, yeah
Wake up
Everybody’s gonna be there
Wake up
He’s an answer to our prayer, yeah
Wake up, wake up
Wake up, John! It’s gonna be a riot
A broken rocket with a wired pilot
Chocolate donuts and some Cadillacs
We’ll yell at demons and they’ll yell right back
We’ll drink the honey that the queen bee sent and
We’ll shoot the horse to piss of the sergeant
We’ll bring the lights and we’ll bring the sound
We’ll shake the island till it’s goin’ down
And don’t you worry about getting bored
I brought your Samurai sword
And a song to record
Well, you’re a straight-shootin’ mother, yeah
Wake up
And you know which songs to cover, yeah
Wake up
Everybody’s gonna be there
Wake up
The whole island’s goin’ under
Wake up, wake up, wake up
Well, you may be gone
But rock ‘n’ roll lives on
Well, you’re a straight-shootin’ mother, yeah
Wake up
And you know which songs to cover, yeah
Wake up
Everybody’s gonna be there
Wake up
The whole island’s going under
Well, he’s a straight-shootin’ mother, yeah
Wake up
And he knows which songs to cover, yeah
Wake up
Everybody’s gonna be there
Wake up
The whole island’s goin' under
Track Name: Dancing with Her Friends (Acoustic)
I got a girl
You know what I mean
It’s alright if you don’t, ‘cause ABBA did when they were writing “Dancing Queen”
Sometimes she calls in sick
Takes the day off
Clears off the bedroom floor, locks the door, dances all day like Baryshnikov
And then she goes out dancing
She goes out dancing
She goes out dancing with her friends
She goes out dancing
She goes out dancing
She goes out dancing with her friends
And I stay at home
I leave the door unlocked
I think back to summer camp, the little vamp scared all the boys with the dirty talk
But out in the tents
Among the trees
I was so nervous then, but I knew when I saw her dance, she was what I need
And now she goes out dancing
She goes out dancing
She goes out dancing with her friends
She goes out dancing
She goes out dancing with her friends
And it makes you cry
You’re going out, it’s a Friday night
With my photograph, you clutch so tight
You know that it’s alright
I see you dance in the moonlight
And the way you move, it looks like flying, flying
I got a rock ‘n’ roll band
We never quit
Sometimes when I’m on stage, in a haze
I have been known to shake my sh*t
But when we both get home
She turns out the lights
Clears off the bedroom floor, locks the door, dances for me alone all night
That’s why I don’t mind
When she goes out dancing
She goes out dancing
She goes out dancing with her friends