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the Taters' fifth album, and our most ambitious project in terms of arrangements and songs. A decade since our first release, and a lot of miles under the old Tater van have taught us lots about writing, recording and performing, and we hope it shows in this project.

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released October 31, 2009

Recording, mixing & mastering by the master: Bill McElroy, Slipped Disc Audio
Production & arrangements: The Taters
Cover Art: Mr Molio

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The Taters Richmond, Virginia

Roots-pop: an eclectic mix of roots-rock, power-pop, country, and Americana, a sound that's been described as "Country roots- pop with the genius songwriting of 60's & 70's power-pop, …a curious mix of Mavericks, Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and Beatles" Billboard magazine calls it "American roots-rock with thoroughly modern, totally hip sensibilities" ... more

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Track Name: Such a Good Day
Such a Good Day
©2008, Craig Evans & Gary Walker, BMI. All Rights Reserved
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Running faster than lightning, Kicking cans at my feet
Sun is out, I'm ready to play
Skippin' over the sidewalk, Not a cloud in the sky
Better move, I'm on my way

Several hundred people telling me
“You're outta your mind"
Sorry, but it seemed like such a good day
Am I really out of line?
Seemed like such a good day, oh
Such a good day, oh, Such a good day, oh
Such a good day...

Sailing high on the ocean, With my face in the wind
Moving down the waterway
Blowing waves at the world now, Swimmers caught in the wake
Body surfers, bombs away!
Track Name: No I Don't
No I Don't
©2008, Craig Evans & Gary Walker, BMI. All Rights Reserved
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In this world a change is coming every day
You gotta move and walk along the narrow way
But in this world when I think about you
Do I plan on changing without you?
No I, no I, no I, no I don't

Around the world, there's people who are just like U
They see a light, so afraid it might be true
But as I walk this road winding home
Do I want to go all alone?
No I, no I, no I, no I don't

No I, no I, No I, no I, No I, No I don't
No I, no I, No I, no I don't

So take a look and see just what you've got to lose
But if it's a choice you want,
Remember that you've got to choose
And if you think I plan on escaping
And missing the chance that we're taking
No I, no I, no I, no I don't
Track Name: Spend a Little Time With Me
Spend a Little Time With Me
©2008, Craig Evans, BMI. All Rights Reserved
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You can't see the future, you can't forget your past
You can't believe that anything this good could ever last
Well I don't have an answer to everything you ask
But meanwhile, baby
Spend a little time with me

Well you think that you'll find sorrow wherever this will lead
And you're sure whatever road you take is trouble guaranteed
But the path you never follow might just be the one you need
So while you're walking
Spend a little time with me

I was here before you saw me
I was looking out for you
I was waiting to adore you
Even if you never knew

You didn't plan for this and neither, girl, did I
But if you need an answer to all those years of "Why"
Don't give up before we start, give love some room to breathe
Take a chance
Spend a little time with me
What's your hurry? Spend a little time with me
Slip your shoes off Spend a little time with me
Track Name: Oceans Apart
Oceans Apart
©2008, Craig Evans & Gary Walker, BMI. All Rights Reserved
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I believe that we've got lines that bind us
Though we are oceans apart
When you're calling with your heart
I hear it and I start
Calling to you

Though I know how hard and slow the time is
While we are oceans apart
I can hold you in my heart
We won't be pulled apart
I'll hold on to you

Someday you and I will find each other
Don't know how long it will be
When you call across the sea
Then we'll no longer be
Oceans apart
Track Name: Lonely Like That
Lonely Like That
©2008, Craig Evans, BMI. All Rights Reserved
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His friends told him try to enjoy the time off
Do the things you never could do
Don't crawl into the arms of the first one
Who comes chasing after you
And he knew they were right, he needed time to think
Time just to be on his own
But you might as well deny a dying man drink
As to tell him to be alone

Not when you're lonely like that
Not when you're lonely like that
It's not what you want
But you're not letting go
Not when you're lonely like that

Maybe he'll find him a girl with a heart
Who's not just along for the ride
But I doubt it would matter, at least not to him
He couldn't back out if he tried
So don't look for reasons, they won't change a thing
You can't talk him out of his pain
The corner he's in's painted black as a cloud
And he'll just do it over and over again...

Not when you're lonely like that
Not when you're lonely like that
He would if he could
but it's really no good
Not when you're lonely like that

There was a time in his life
When he got things done
when his passion would carry him through
But he taught himself somewhere to wait for the girl
And now he believes for all of the world
That without her there's nothing he can do

So please try to help him and don't be too hard
He might come around in the end
Just try to be patient, he would if he could
But he doesn't know where to begin...

Not when you're lonely like that
Not when you're lonely like that
It's hard to believe
but you're not gonna leave
Not when you're lonely like that
Track Name: I Forgot
I Forgot
©2008, Craig Evans, BMI. All Rights Reserved
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I was coming home from work when I saw you in the window
I forgot that was where you lived
I didn't want to stand there
I couldn't let you see me

In the bushes right away, in my head I felt a burning
I forgot he was there with you
The years they started closing
The time had left my mind

I forgot all those times I tried to call you
I forgot that you ever left at all
I forgot all those things that time can change
I forgot that you ever changed your name
Track Name: That's Me
That's Me
©2008, Craig Evans & Gary Walker, BMI. All Rights Reserved
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When you're down and alone
And you need someone to call your own
That's me
That's me
That's me

If you're lost, out of time,
And you need someone to walk that line
That's me
That's me
That's me

When you look on the ground
And you worry there's no one around
You'll see
That's me
That's me

When you start to find
The first one on your line
Is still the last one on your mind
That's me
That's me
That's me

When you wake up late night & find
The lights all gone
Then suddenly you'll see
That's me
That's me
That's me
Track Name: Wolfman Told Me Tonight
Wolfman Told Me Tonight
©2008, Craig Evans & Gary Walker, BMI. All Rights Reserved
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Late at night I saw him He was running from the edge of the town, (oh no!)
Never turning back He was running really close to the ground, (oh no!)
Looking kinda different He was holding something under his arm, (oh no!)
Then he saw me watching and screamed, A heart alive with alarm, (oh no!)

Wolfman told me tonight, please stay close to the light
I was laughing, but he was shaking out loud (so loud!)
Wolfman told me tonight, please don’t beg for a bite
Wolfman told me, wolfman told me, Wolfman told me tonight

Standing in a playground, I saw a little boy in a scuff, (so rough!)
All the kids around him He was looking terrifyingly tough, (so rough!)
When I went to ask him How he got to be a terror so you, (so young!)
Felt a little scary I was staring at the blood on his tongue, (so young!)

Wolfman told me tonight, please stay close to the light
I was laughing, but he was shaking out loud (so loud!)
Wolfman told me tonight, please don’t beg for a bite
Wolfman told me, wolfman told me, Wolfman told me tonight

I can still remember when he was just a little cub
His parents used to worry But they really didn’t know the rub
They don’t know how it happened Exactly when th change took place
But the doctors all agreed It certainly was a special case

Better get a’ going ‘cause I thought I heard him out on the prowl (oh no!)
Standing in a footstep, I was shaken by the sound of a howl (oh no!)
Heading for a house on the hill, I saw a light on inside (oh no!)
Thought I’d try and make it but he’s gaining With an eye on my hide (oh no!)
Track Name: Cat in the Window
Cat In the Window
©2008, Craig Evans & Gary Walker, BMI. All Rights Reserved
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Up early every morning & out the door by 8
With a future in the making, there are things that cannot wait
She's worked so hard & made it on her own
But she wants so bad to settle down & find herself a home

With a cat in the window & a light at the door
And a past full of pictures in a book on the floor
And a shelf in the hallway she shows to her friends
Of the things that she's made & the places she's been

Taxi to the airport & a plane to sandy shores
With a hundred people waiting, not a man could ask for more
She's untouchable, out lying in the sun
But the things she's really reaching for are never in demand

Now the drinks have all been finished & the dinner's getting cold
With the guest of honor late and not a ticket left unsold
But the paperboys will know the truth today
It was found in some old notebook, a movie on the way
Track Name: Fun at Home
Fun At Home
©2008, Craig Evans, BMI. All Rights Reserved
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I'll leave my chums out on the run, I'd rather stay with you
Don't trust the cake to John & Jake
Just run straight home from school
I'll be alone
There's so much we can do at home

Don't want to go out dancing slow, I want you home with me
Please let's not stay to watch the play
We'll see it on TV
Can't you see?
There's so much we can do at home

No need to be out on the sleeve
We're wasting time, I want to leave

That time alone
No telephone
We're planning prone
Our day at home
Like turning tones
Or banded zones
We'll balance bones
Oh boy, there's so much we can do at home

Let's turn to six, the monster flicks, Our fill of creature kicks
We're free tonight, turn out the light
I'm bracing for a fright
We'll get a chill
A double shot of hometown thrills

Then when it's done and Monday comes, We'll take it on the run
We'll have to wait, another date
Let's hope they make it late
Another round
There's so much we can do at home
Track Name: Wax Paper
Wax Paper
©2008, Craig Evans & Gary Walker, BMI. All Rights Reserved
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You wouldn't believe all the things that I've seen
40 girls on the floor, making fun of the queen
Wax paper, Wax paper

You wouldn't believe all the people I know
But they're never around when I'm wanting to go
Wax paper, Wax paper

Wax paper, much later, Wax paper, Wax paper, oh...

You wouldn't believe all the places I've been
All the troubles that I never thought I'd be in
Wax paper, Wax paper

You wouldn't believe where I'm going tonight
Or the stories I'll tell when I'm back in the light
Wax paper, Wax paper

Wax paper, much later, Wax paper, Wax paper, oh...

I can feel the people hold me to the light
With their fingers poking through
Seeing what they want, details never bright
What am I supposed to do?

You wouldn't believe all the money I've spent
Or the places it went as I made my descent
Wax paper, Wax paper

You didn't believe what I told you before
And you're wasting my time always asking for more
Wax paper, Wax paper

Wax paper, much later, Wax paper, Wax paper, oh...