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You Can't Go Back If There's Nothing To Go Back To

by Richmond Fontaine

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released March 18, 2016

Richmond Fontaine:

Dan Eccles: electric guitar, piano
Sean Oldham: percussion, vocals
Freddy Trujillo: bass, vocals
Willy Vlautin: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
John Askew: baritone guitar, electric guitar
Paul Brainard: pedal steel, trumpet
Jenny Conlee-Drizos: keyboards
Dave Harding: acoustic guitar

Recorded and mixed by John Morgan Askew
Assistant engineer: Tim Shrout
Recorded at Flora Recording and Playback, and Scenic Burrows
Mixed at Scenic Burrows
Produced by John Morgan Askew

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Richmond Fontaine was formed in 1994 at Portland Meadows racetrack in Portland, Oregon as songwriter/vocalist Willy Vlautin and bassist Dave Harding pored over the racing form and talked music between races. The two took their mutual love of Husker Du, Willie Nelson, X, The Blasters, and The Replacements and started playing music together. ... more

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Track Name: Wake Up Ray
Wake up, Ray

It ain’t no use, ain’t no use
Maybe some guys just ain’t meant to
I was living in Montana once and I was married
For a while it rolled so easy
But she got to where she couldn’t stand our place
She got to where she cringed at the way I slept and ate
I bought her a bird, a finch she called little Joe
And then one night she blew into a rage
In a snowstorm she ran outside and opened up the cage

Wake up Ray let’s get out of here
This town’s done nothing it’s clear but try to do us in

Wake up Ray, the sun’s coming up and still I can’t stop thinking
How can someone you love so much grow against you so?
All I did, all I did was try to toe that line
The same line you see everyone else toe
Now all I remember is running through the snow
Looking for Little Joe as the wind blowed

Wake up Ray, I need a cup of coffee in a bad way
Let’s get out of here this town ain’t done nothing
It’s clear but try to do us in
Track Name: I Got Off The Bus
I Got Off the Bus

I got off the bus, a friend of mine said he’d pick me up
But he never showed up so I made my own way

A little Mexico came into sight
Where once were just dying streets
Where once were just small town streets
And now the sprawl seemed never ending

I called a girl I used to know, a nurse from Saint Mary’s
We had a place on 7th street but I left her in a rough way
Her dad said she got married was living in Stockton with a baby
He said he couldn’t remember me but I knew he was lying
The night seemed never ending

I woke up to see a policeman standing over me
I told him I grew up down the street that had to mean something
He said he didn’t care as long as I didn’t block the stairs

I sat in the movies, drank off a pint until I fell asleep
until a nervous sixteen year old kid was telling me I had to leave
I know what you abandon dies, what you leave leaves you too
I know you can’t go back if there’s nothing to go back to

I sat by the river. The sky was full of stars and the water was rustling
There were men camped across from me and the night seemed never ending
The night was never ending

I woke up to see a policeman standing over me
I told him I didn’t mean to run out on everything
He said he didn’t care as long I got out of there
Track Name: Whitey And Me
Whitey and Me (Don’t Ride Him Down)

He sold off the horses to some guy in Arizona
Whitey and me couldn’t get them back ‘cause we were flat broke
I hated him for what he’d done to us but I knew he was in a bad way
I heard he ended in Douglas holed up in the Gadsden Hotel
And shot all that money away
He fell apart in his underwear, in the lobby
Crying for his sister who hadn’t been alive for years

Don’t ride him down, don’t ride him down
Never seen the reason why to kick someone who’s so torn up inside

Whitey and me got on with a ranch but the place folded and we never got paid
We ran into him outside of Winnemucca when we were all down to moving hay
He broke down crying about what he’d done to us
Said he carried it around like a growing weight
He had a tattoo on his hand that read “I stole more than I ever gave”
He was drunk in the morning, left us his watch, some drink-tokes, and then walked off the job and drifted away

Don’t ride him down, don’t ride him down
Never seen the reason why to kick someone who’s so torn up inside
Don’t ride him down, His name don’t mean nothing now
Never seen the reason why to kick someone who’s so torn up inside
Track Name: Let's Hit One More Place
Let’s Hit One More Place

Let’s hit one more place before we go home
Let’s go in when it’s dark and come out with the sun
I know we’ll be wrecked all day we’ll be broke and undone
But let’s hit one more place

Remember when we’d disappear
We’d go on drunks for days and we’d never fight
Never too tired, or too loud, or you weren’t feeling right
All our old friends are done in or just trying to stay clear
But let’s hit one more place

We’ll hide in the back until we’re us again
Maybe there ain’t nothing left but two strangers that used to be friends
Who couldn’t keep their hands off each other and nothing between them that was sad

Let’s hit one more place before we go home
Let’s go in when it’s dark and come out with the sun
I know we’ll be wrecked all day we’ll be broke and undone
But let’s hit one more place
Track Name: I Can't Black It Out If I Wake Up And Remember
I Can’t Black It Out If I Wake Up and Remember

That house we’re passing is bad luck to me, the whole block is too
And that field across that street used to be one big building
It burned down when some bums broke in, they were lost in the flames
And there’s that alley where I saw that fight where the guy was just left to die
And see I told you they closed down the Fitz
I once saw Brian in handcuffs outside of it
When he saw me he started laughing and yelling my name

I used to know a girl who lived down that street
She had two sisters who were in low end nudie magazines
She’d lived on her own since she was 16
She was always a good friend to me
So please don’t go down her street
I heard she got killed in a car wreck in Wyoming
So please don’t go down her street

See that apartment building my uncle lived there ‘til I was thirteen
All summer he’d take me to the river swimming
We’d sneak into the movies without paying
Everyone said he went bad but I don’t care about that
I just don’t understand why he’d run out and leave my mom and me

And my mom worked in an office down that street
You could always see her on break on the back steps smoking
Dressed up and worried, she was always broke and worried about everything

I can’t black it out if I wake up and remember
I miss them all so much
Track Name: Don't Skip Out On Me
Don’t Skip Out on Me

Don’t skip out without taking me
Don’t skip out on me

I know you think I’m just a liability
But I can carry my own weight
Please just don’t skip out on me

The bus from Tonopah can take my money too
I got an aunt in California, she’s always promised me a room
Just don’t run out on me while I’m sleeping
My guts ain’t right and my health’s been failing

It was your fault as much as mine and we both know that’s true
We’ve traveled some hard miles that has to mean something too
I can’t keep my eyes open, it’s getting harder and harder
Don’t skip out on me
Track Name: Two Friends Lost At Sea
Two Friends Lost at Sea

I can’t believe it’s true
You’re fucking that guy you used to
Laying on your back with your eyes half closed
The lamp I bought you is probably watching
My blood pours doom and my eyes see it too
Why do I always think of things I don’t want to?

I don’t care if she plays my old Armstrong records to him
Or makes pancakes in her underwear for him in the morning
But does she wake him up in the middle of the night just to start talking?

We were two friends lost at Sea
I ain’t drifting that bad anymore, can’t you see it’s true?

I had dream last night we were driving on vacation
You told me a story of a woman who was dying
So she pulled out her heart to give to her husband
But her husband had another woman waiting
Dressed up with their bags at a train station

You were in a swimsuit all brunette and laughing
Trying to make it with me while the woman was dying
And the car started spinning and I started sinking

My blood still bleeds doom and my eyes see it too
Why would it hurt worse than it used to?
Track Name: Three Brothers Roll Into Town
Three Brothers Roll into Town

Three brothers roll into town
One’s just out of lock-up
One’s a drunk and a clown
The other don’t say much of anything
They’re worried he’s slow but he
Don’t mind ‘cause then they don’t expect anything

They drive to the biggest city they’ve ever been
They stay in a basement room with their cousin
In a part of town called Felony Flats
The cousin’s out of work
They sleep on the floor in sleeping bags

Time, time don’t mean anything when your 16, 19, and 20

They cooked their meals on a Coleman stove
The oldest got a job washing dishes in an old folks home
The middle got on with a construction crew and the
Youngest helped his cousin collecting scrap metal for a
Guy who never paid what he was supposed to

At night they’d sit in the basement room
Intimidated by the city and not sure what else to do
They drank by the case Rainier in cans
The middle would make everyone laugh
The oldest would start talking about how he should have killed their dad

But he stole a watch and a wallet from an old ladies’ drawer
They found them in his coat and he was caught cold
He called his brothers before they took him away
He said time, time don’t mean anything
I’ll be out before you know it and then together we’ll leave

Then the cousin got kicked out of his basement room
For having too many people and cooking when he wasn’t supposed to
So he went back to their hometown but the brothers wouldn’t leave
They just moved into their van waiting for the oldest to be released

He was sentenced to just three months
But in a holding cell he got into a fight and for a year was sent up
They held on through the winter living in their van
Listening to the radio at night from their sleeping bags
Time, time don’t mean anything when you’re 16, 19, 20
Time, time don’t mean anything when you’re already sinking at 16, 19, 20
Track Name: Tapped Out In Tulsa
Tapped Out In Tulsa

I tapped out in Tulsa
I was laid flat this time
I always knew it would catch me
I’ve always had an edge
Cut right down the center of me

I tapped out in Tulsa
I ain’t been here long
I ain’t been here before
Blew my job at Fair Meadows
To go on a drunk with a girl I didn’t know
She went crazy with a knife in a barroom
Man, she was 19

I tapped out in Tulsa
I ain’t got it in me anymore
To play around with living so low
Track Name: A Night In The City
A Night in the City

For once I didn’t go home after shift
I called my wife and said I’d be late
Every day it gets harder to go home
I rode with a guy from work named Ronnie
I’d never been to his house before
His wife was high, on the couch watching TV
Their kids were fighting in the yard so we got out of there
We drove to a strip bar called Mary’s but the girls there were so young
And who am I? Just a middle aged man, I’m who they hate
Ronnie went to the front and sat at the line so I left him there
I bought a bottle and I didn’t call home, I didn’t go home

A night in the city
The city at night

I got sick behind a car, slept against a bank wall
Ate at Annie’s Donuts and made it to work on time
Is this all there is? Is this what life is?
A job that means nothing
A woman who sleeps right next you but she ain’t yours at all
A one night rebellion that ends up just being a drag
Like a weight around your feet that ain’t heavy enough to send you down
I remember in the back of a bar called the Blue Sea
My wife sitting on my lap whispering, “You and me, only you and me”

A night in the city
The city at night
Track Name: Easy Run
Easy Run

Do you think an easy run could find us?
And Flannigan and Cassie will be there and old Leon and his wife
Annie will be sitting in the corner playing records
She’ll play them all night

Do you think someday that might happen for me?

My uncle will be sitting in his recliner and Hong Kong movies he’ll be watching
When we’re all together eating I’ll sit next to Annie
Under the table she’ll hold my hand and no longer will I ever mess up anything
Do you think someday that could happen for me?
Do you think an easy run will find me?