Pomp and Circumstance

by Casey Ruff

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released April 1, 2014

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Casey Ruff Seattle, Washington

A singer/songwriter/author/bartender living in Seattle, WA. He's originally from Custer, MT. Known by migrant beet laborers as "El Dragón de las Altas Llanuras". Former high school mascot. Future nihilist. Current acting president of the Fairer Sex Fan Club. May be seen solo and introspective or fronting a 9 piece band broadcasting Bierstadtian epics within a Charles Marion Russell frame. ... more

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Track Name: "Born in a Bar"
I was conceived between Centipede and Ms. Pac Man arcade machines
Mama had me on a green pool table
She said I sank the 8 ball on the break before I could crawl
I was born in a bar

I'd say Mother please could you spare me some dollars
for some quarters and a Roy Rogers
and a Shirley Temple for the farmers daughter
I've gotten older, man, but I haven't got too far
from being born in a bar

I was born in a bar
I live in a bar
I'll die in a bar
but I tip pretty well so you know I won't go to hell
I was born in a bar

I started bar tending when I was 18
my buddy's passed around my older brothers ID
I said I know you're only seventeen, you don't look 23
but we can't afford to ignore a revenue stream
we gotta make a living in this bar

you'll say where is the propriety in this society
to have kids in environments like bars
but the alcoholics with their empty wallets
got all the knowledge you can't buy from college
just by living in a bar

so, when I'm dead, tell the ferry man
I gotta come back and pay my tab
say Amen
May He Be Reborn In A Bar

I was born in a bar
I live in a bar
I'll die in a bar
but I tip pretty well so you know I won't go to hell
I was born in a bar
Track Name: "Stop Me From Loving You"
We agreed when we began that love wasn't what we wanted, and I believed it
Well, I signed on the dotted line and I thought this would fit just right. How wrong was I

Stop me, stop me from loving you

It was fun, a little too much. I grew accustomed to us...just a little too much
And I broke my only rule, I feel in love with you, like them fools been known to do

Stop me, stop me from loving you
And I don't know what I'm gonna do
So Stop me, stop me from loving you
Track Name: "Walk Behind Me"
My sweet adversary, I don't wait for anniversaries, to celebrate my hate
Walk behind me
My dearest enemy, architect of my destiny, do your worst- you'll get the best from me
Walk behind me

And I don't care what they say...
I love my hate. I love my hate of you. You know I do, as I say
I love my hate. I love my hate of you. You know I do.

Because you burned down my fort. You threw my toys on the floor.
I can't abide you anymore
Walk behind me
You're just a succubus. you raised some sonsabitches.
You're just an itch I'll never scratch.
Walk behind me.

I love my hate. I love my hate of you. You know I do, as I say
I love my hate. I love my hate of you. You know I do.

Walk behind me.
Track Name: "Wrong Tree"
Why do I try so hard, to fill your love with me?
Why do you keep your arms so hard to reach?
I'm barking up the wrong tree.
Claws broke to my toes
I'm supposed to go back home but I don't.

I've been losing my voice

Now the summers over.
The nights have gotten colder.
The leaves have turned and they burn upon the breeze.
As I've been barking up the wrong tree.
Been howling, growling, sighing, crying,
with a grief that will not ever sleep.

I've been losing my voice
Track Name: "Goodbye, Good Luck"
Well I said good bye and she said good luck
good luck don't hurt much, but good bye surely does
good luck doesn't take much, but good bye takes it all
...it takes it all
I said good bye and she said good luck

When he said good bye, I couldn't think of much
He was gonna have a time giving us up
Good luck's what I said, but good bye is what I meant
He said good bye and I said good luck

Lie to me, Try to be strong
Love should not have to be hard
But it is

When she said goodbye, disguised as good luck
I nearly lost my mind, what the heck did she mean by that anyway?
I'm not green in love, I'm black and blue...darling because of you
I said good bye and she said good luck

When he said good bye, I knew it was for good
Now I was gonna have the time to do the things I should
Good luck didn't take much but good bye broke my heart
he said good bye and I said good luck

Lie to me, Try to be strong
Love should not have to be hard
But it is