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released 05 February 2013

Music & Lyrics by Phil Yates (Sonic Charger Songs, ASCAP)

Jake Blodgett - drums, trumpet, backing vocals
Kevin Stevens - electric guitar
Raph Worrick - bass, organ, Nashville guitar, B-bender guitar, slide guitar, rhodes piano, backing vocals
Phil Yates - lead vocals, electric & acoustic guitar, bullhorn, megaphone

Additional musicians:
Linda Bassick - trombone on "Might As Well Settle" & "Pretty Girls"
Tony DiFonzo - drums & tambourine on "Could You Be The One?"
Karen Laundon - piano on "Burn Burn Burn"
Christine Mathias - saxophone on "Might As Well Settle" & "Pretty Girls"

Recorded at The Tank Studio, Burlington, VT - May 2012, December 2012, January 2013

Mixed by Ben Collette and Mastered by Rob O'Dea at The Tank Studio, Burlington, VT
www.tankstudio.org/tankstudio/Home.html

"Could You Be The One?" Mixed and Mastered by Matt Rogalsky at Memory Device, Kingston, Ontario
www.memory-device.com

Artwork by Jason Adams - www.comicstriptease.com
Photo courtesy of www.nasa.gov

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Phil Yates & The Affiliates Burlington, Vermont

Phil Yates & The Affiliates are a rock band based out of Burlington, Vermont. With his hooky sound that's "too folky for the rockers and too rocky for the folkers," Phil has played with The Mountain Goats, The Babies,The Dead Milkmen's Joe Jack Talcum, Franklin Bruno, Wckr Spgt, and Mary Prankster. He also shared a basket of chips and salsa with The Apples in Stereo’s Robert Schneider ... more

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Track Name: Might As Well Settle
One, two, three, what a mess
Our happy home I must stress
Will never be anything more than a myth

Back and forth it will suffice
Some I love you's to be nice
Do we mean it? We're pleading the fifth

Truth be told no one can stand you
And no one could ever put up with me
If living alone is too much for our mettle
Then we might as well settle
Come on, we might as well settle

Que sera, c'est la vie
A life together in misery
Is the best that you and I can expect

Pick me ups, forget me nots
Target the altar, hit our spots
You're under my thumb and I'll be henpecked

Truth be told no one can stand you
And no one could ever put up with me
If I'm your black pot, you are my kettle
Then we might as well settle
Come on, we might as well settle

I'd be remiss if I did not pledge to thee
Love forever, dear, your bastard to be
Hand in hand with my blushing old bride
Straight to hell, dear, eternally fried
Track Name: She Has Your Name
At the bar the band is bashing out another drinking tune
From a far she motions me over, a siren in a saloon
All due to some heavy spirits
Down, down go my defenses
Pushed us way past our limits
Not recalling the sequences
Before we point fingers, before we assign blame
You can't call it cheating when she has your name
You can't call it cheating when she has your name

After hours love and trust slip through my shaky and trembling hands
Oh so sour, cruel mornings, hangovers and one-night stands
Is it due to my negligence?
Have I used all my excuses?
What's the price of a penance?
Will begging turn to bruises?
Before we point fingers, before we assign blame
You can't call it cheating when she has your name
You can't call it cheating when she has your

Before we point fingers, before we assign blame
You can't call it cheating when she has your name
You can't call it cheating when she has your name
Track Name: Pretty Girls
Beauty fades, dulls like a blade
You'll reminisce about way back when
Like a bruise fades black to blue
Or the ink that dries out in a pen

Words of warning about to think
We're treading water soon to sink
One more grievance for the list
So you better run, little miss
Pretty girls they do fall down, love
Pretty girls they do fall down

You'll probably be happier when I'm gone
You can't say that about your looks
Might be as meaningless as this song
With no direction and no hooks

So you see when you do flee
It won't be a scene that's unseen
The big news once you're let loose
You're a princess that will never be queen

Word of warning to your highness
Walls constructed construed as shyness
Some people they just can't be kissed
So you better run, little miss
Pretty girls they do fall down, love
Pretty girls they do fall down
Track Name: What Must Be
As my plane and snow flurries touch down on O'Hare
The blue line to the Loop and you remind me of Being There
"We could kiss and ride on the CTA
If only you weren't so far, far away"

If I'm your prince no matter how well kept
Will I end up breaking my crown?
And will these words no matter how well meant
End up letting somebody down?

I have no idea what a future for us may bring
But I'll ignore all crystal balls and decoder rings
As I sit down here trying to find a way
To let you know those three words that I want to say

If you're my princess no matter how heaven sent
Will I keep you from hitting the ground?
And will these words no matter how well meant
End up letting somebody down?
Don't let me down
Track Name: Three Cheers
I'm in love, let's hear it from the choir
Thought it'd pass, I thought it would expire
I'm a blaze, baby, I'm on fire

Even though I get the feeling I'll get burned
Somebody tell me what's the lesson I should learn

My friends say I'm better than this
But all the other girls are no hits just misses
I've dug a hole and now I'll dig an abyss

Don't want to follow but I'm easily led
And everything you do just fucks with my head
Don't want to follow but I'm easily led
And everything you do just fucks with my head

Three cheers for broken hearts
You're on a pedestal, a work of an art
Are you Waterloo, am I Bonaparte?
Three cheers for broken hearts

I can tell you one thing your boy has that I have not got
He's got you, my darling, and that's a lot
He's got you, my darling, and that's a lot
Track Name: Teeth Or Pedal
Teeth or pedal, pedal or teeth
These options hang above my head while I'm underneath
Should I run? Should I hide? Or take the sword from the sheath?
Teeth or pedal, pedal or teeth

Chain or tooth, tooth or chain
There are solutions yet the problem still remains
When a Decider's two loves are Christ and cocaine
Chain or tooth, tooth or chain

Well I need to keep the strength up to fight
Part of me believes things will never be alright
'Cause you see

To my school I can't be true when education is a miss
To the right I won't be true, hell yeah, I'm a socialist
To my God, I can't be true because He's taking the piss
That leaves just one thing for me to do
It's to be true and ever loving to you
That leaves just one thing for me to do
It's to be true and ever loving to you
My aim is true, so true
Track Name: Loaded
I got loaded like a pair of dice
Seemed like a good idea at the time
Now I'm paying the price, now I'm paying the price

I got loaded like a .45
Wishing that you were here right now
Buzzing around my hive, buzzing around my hive

Last night was all about consuming
Anything too thin to eat
Until you come back to me
As the drinks kept on coming
It was more trick than treat
Can't wait for you to come back to me

Oh my darling, can't you see I love you so?
Next time you go out of town
Hide the liquor when you go, hide the liquor when you go

Last night was all about consuming
Anything too thin to eat
Until you come back to me
As the drinks kept on coming
It was more trick than treat
Can't wait for you to come back to me
Track Name: Honeycomb
This ain't the Circle K but there's strange things afoot
Traces of ink that can't be erased
Be sure to flee with enough bags of loot
Salvation could not save this place

Pin drops, pin pricks, needles and pins
Eerie, weird that they're calling this gin

Stuck in a box the pavement meeting the road
The sunshine eroding the day, hey hey
Accidents will happen while carrying the load
And disappointment when everyone's OK

Woodgrain, beachball, grab the sword
Devil's playtime, look who's bored

Brake pad worn through on a midnight drive
Ends this drone, don't return to the hive

Pin drops, pin pricks, needles and pins
Eerie, weird that they're calling this gin
They're calling this gin
Track Name: Burn Burn Burn
She's a harpy, she's a shrew
Is it funny when the joke is on you?
Dying each time that you hear the sound
Here he comes now there goes Cathy's clown
The sign up ahead says no U-turns
Holding back the tears your eyes are going to
Burn burn burn
Burn burn burn

There's no peace in loves throes
Wanting Geneva you got Sarajevo
Rock on her finger weighing you down
Head under water hoping you don't drown
I wonder when she's going to get her turn
Head under water, your lungs are going to
Burn burn burn
Burn burn burn

Holding back the tears, head under water
Burn burn burn
Burn burn burn
Track Name: Could You Be The One?
I'm now two sheets to the wind
On the seas hoping to find
It's a wave, a rush, a flood
Now I'm caught up in a bind

Could you be the one? Once I hit port
Could you be the one? My last resort
Could you be the one? No questions asked
Could you be the one? To take to task
Could you be the one?

Bloodlust may still be lust
Still you're my favorite thrill
Wait too long bones turn to dust
No more feelings left to kill

Could you be the one? I'm not one to flatter
Could you be the one? Chit chat or tit for tatter
Could you be the one? And if that just won't do
Could you be the one? I'll make a monster out of you
Could you be the one?

Could you be the one? Send you running for the hills
Could you be the one? I just can't wait until
Could you be the one? To twist your neck with glee
Could you be the one? You'll make a monster out of me
Could you be the one?