Forever My Sparring Partner

by BUNCH

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05:48

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This album is dedicated to the wonderful memory of Eulene Steele Engle.

Thank you to Nathan Picard for lending the Gibson J-45, Evan Seiling for lending his 70’s Fender P Bass, Alex Scharr for coming up with “The Ground” piano lead, and Blake and Lesley Smith for opening their home to me during all of this and letting me walk Marty.

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released November 18, 2016

Heath Underwood - All Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Lead and Backing Vocals, Pedals & Effects, Vibe-bells

Paul “Woody the Wiz” Kimsal - Electric Bass, Backing Vocals, Tambourine, Shakers, Pads and Pad Choir, Tape Hiss

Joe “Bass Is The Place” Dickey - Upright Bass and Good Vibes on tracks 5, 6, 7, 10

Allan “The Feels” Castleberry” - Yamaha Grand Piano, Lesley & B3 Organ, Wurlitzer, Rhodes Electric Piano, Mellotron, Pedals & Effects

Simon “The Brave” Roper - Drums and Leg Percussion on tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9

Matt “The Animal” Prince - Drums on tracks 4 and 10

Maria “Make You Weep” Kowalski: Violin and Viola

Bruce “BB Strings” Bouton: Pedal Steel Guitar on tracks 5 and 6

Additional vocals by:
Lesley Jones-Smith on tracks 4, 6, 9
Amanda Smolinski on track 4 and 6
Victoria Noll on track 5
Samantha Harlow on track 7

Produced by Heath Underwood and Paul Kimsal

Recorded, Engineered and Mixed at Playground Recording Studio between October and November 2015 in Nashville, TN by Paul Kimsal

Mastered by Alex McCollough at True East Mastering

Additional guitar tracking on track 10 done by Heath Underwood in September 2015 and Victoria’s vocals in December 2015.

All songs written and arranged by Heath Underwood
℗ Can’tFeelMyLegsMusic 2016

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BUNCH Mobile, Alabama

Bunch of coconuts, bunch of noise, bunch of hippies, bunch of people, bunch of balloons,
bunch of noize,
bunch of daises, bunch of junk,
bunch of animals,
bunch of notes,
bunch of hooey, bunch of fun,
bunch of hair,
bunch of guitars,
bunch of brunch,
bunch of losers,
bunch of malarkey,
bunch of questions,
bunch of nuts,
bunch of turkeys,
bunch of roses,
bunch of nothing,
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Track Name: Almost Light
With so many books on the shelf
Rearrange thine eyes in the almost light
Can you hear the parade?
That soft explosion
Was that you learning?
To know who we are
To know who we’re not
Kick start hard while the day is breaking
It’s burning on
But the dog bark breaks the spell
The answer is___
Dog bark breaks the spell
The answer is___
The dog bark breaks the spell
The answer is gone
The answer is gone
Track Name: Cheri&Brian
Cheri got off her job a little early
Came home and she cried
Make-up stains the pillow from the tears
But the wondering dries the eyes
Nothing left in the freezer but t.v dinners
In the fridge just a bottle of uncapped wine

She feels bad
A little like carpet
Always bene trampled on
For someone else’s fun
You look sad
A little like Mars
Always been left alone
Somewhere behind the sun

Church bells ring over the water
Taste the salt in the air
The door is always open
Windows never closed
The door is always open
Windows never closed
And there goes Brian
He starts his car and he drives and he rides
To find the one who tried to save him
Could he be the one his father made him

And he feels bad
A little like carpet
Always been trampled on
For someone else’s fun
Now you look sad
A little like Mars
Always been left alone
Somewhere behind the sun
Track Name: Fiend
It melts the sun clean from the curtains
It finds a home in your loving smile
It’s off again
It’s on and then
It makes it’s way back to our lives
It passes off in a cold persuasion where it lingers on with the smell of a rose
Dip it in honey
Take it down to the bone
But you won’t find what your looking for

(B’cause) you spend your money like the way I spend my time
Trouble, he’s a fiend, a good kisser, a lover
But he ain’t no friend of mine
You can count the reasons why I’m never good at throwing things out

It was written in stone
The story is told from the old
Bartered for silver
Traded for gold
Stolen on Sunday
Broken on Monday
It’s looking like a storm might break real soon
It called me back home
No louder than a pin drop
Where it stood on my head and I couldn’t let it go
Sneaks under the pillow where the secrets stay warm
It’s the voice I wish I’d never known

You spend your money like the way I spend my time
Trouble, he’s a fiend, good kisser, a lover
But he ain’t no friend of mine
You could count the reasons why I’m never good at throwing things out
Track Name: Forever My Sparring Partner
I got attached to a useless track
You get so hurried sometimes that you can never look back for the facts
My misdeeds were out for me
So, I hush and hurried them into the weeds
And then I thought that that was that

When you get along you start singing that song
The one where everything’s right and nothing is wrong until it’s gone
But when it’s gone for good
Nothing takes its place when it should
And the thought that it’s forever is gonna get you back

Keeps me coming back
Yeah, it keeps me coming back
Like a train on time and on
Or the fighter with his one-two-one
Then collapse

You got a call in your faithless fall
It was your mother all night
She said, “I think it’s your fault”
When you fall for good
There’s only one way up and it’s doing what you should
And the thought that it’s forever is gonna hit you back

Keeps me coming back
Yeah, it keeps me coming back
Like a train on time and on
Or the fighter with his one-two-one
Like a train on time and on
Or the fighter with his one-two-one
Then collapse
Track Name: Allie Mae
Allie Mae, the black-eyed girl
Everybody knows from the side of the road
Make your money selling newspapers on Sundays
You always spend your most on cheap wine

Allie Mae went to school
Everybody’s girl who told the jokes and broke the rules
She had a princess smile but some are gone now
Curtsy for the boys that you can’t marry now

When you’re two steps closer to death
And you’re one step closer to my door
Stars they shine all day
But, at midnight they won’t turn to Allie Mae
Oh, Allie Mae

Allie Mae sleeps in water paints
This girl is too deep to be out on the streets
Wait, I remember the card you wrote to me in second grade
It was Valentine’s Day
A heart for two on a lifeline
Was that me?
Or was it you?

Allie Mae in her laced up boots
A John is on the phone
Cigarettes and mascara blues
In a motel room with the undercover blinds
Porno on the t.v.
Mama’s little girl make up your mind

When you’re two steps closer to death
And you’re one step closer to my door
Stars they shine all day
But at midnight they won’t turn to
Allie Mae
Allie Mae
Oh, Al
Oh, Al
Track Name: All We Can Do
Look at this man
He’s got love in his eyes
And he sings of the things that he’ll never have
He writes all of the names of his friends on his arm
And he crosses them out one by one

Katie is downtown in her basement apartment
Where the static on the t.v reflects her mind
She struggles in the darkness with her car keys and the liquor
And the radio sends her out in her favorite song
It goes: “La-da-la-da. La-da-la-da”

The rain falling down reminds him of all the winners
The ships that had sailed out in the night
Each one full-loaded heavy with the kingdoms of now
And all he can do is just stare and drown
Stare and drown
It’s all we can do
It’s all we can do

He’s up on that roof staring at the ceiling
Where the sky has fallen down and cracked it’s head
And she’s got a smile
It reminds him of that summer
In a field where we all could just lay it down
There’s a field where we all can just lay it down..

Lay it down
It’s all we can do
Track Name: The Ground
Let’s not talk about it babe
We may scream and shout it babe
Let’s get lost in things undone
But there’s no time to fix this alone
We can break it all into pieces
Shrug it off our shoulders
Make pretend it don’t hurt
And another will grow from the ground
Another will grow from the ground
The ground

I used to walk it all off babe
But walking don’t solve everything
Then I turned around and love it was gone
When it took two hearts to make it a home
We can break it all into pieces
Shrug it off our shoulders
Make pretend it don’t hurt
And another will grow from the ground
Another will grow from the ground
The ground

Picking up what we said
You throw it away
It’s not what we meant but it’s too late

To break it all to pieces
Shrug it off our shoulders
Make pretend it don’t hurt
And another will grow from the ground
Yes, another will grow from the ground
Yes, another will grow from the ground
Yes, another will grow from the ground
Track Name: For The One
Looking back, against the world
Try to find a little space enough for the one
That you love
Love to hate
If it kills the bad dreams
Either way

There’s a million miles beneath your feet
Every star has an end
Always some fool on repeat
And I want to show you love
Because I never gave enough

I’m looking forward to the world
I try to find a little space enough
For the one
Track Name: Day is Gold
I cannot wait to grow old and talk on things
Of how we made it work and how we did get thru it
When it was harder and we were smarter
And we could wait a little longer
We could wait a little longer

And I cannot wait to grow young again
And make new friends
Conquer the cities we have never been to
Make our minds on who we want to live with
As it gets harder and it seems farther
We should not wait any longer
Should not wait any longer

Did you forget about the laws that reinforce this world?
Did you forget about them all when you wrote those words?
And it gets harder as you get softer
You need a little thunder to help scare your daughter
Just a little thunder then I won’t bother
And I can’t wait any longer
What we should have done then
Well, there’s always tomorrow
The day is gold
The day is good
Just a little thunder then I won’t bother
And I can’t wait any longer
What we should have done then
There’s always tomorrow
The day is gold
The day is good

{Alexander it’s getting better..}

I cannot wait to grow old and talk on things
Of how we made it work and how we did get thru it
When it was harder and we were smarter
And we could wait a little longer
We could wait a little longer
Track Name: Out of Reach
When you’re so far out of reach
I dissolve my plans to nothing
With this jar of stuff that I’ve made
And the hope that it turns to potion
To take me away

O’ I can’t do this alone
How I long for this planned discomfort
With this jar of stuff that I’ve made
Like a curse upon my forehead
It takes me away

No more that I can give
There’s nothing left to say
I’m more than I can see but I’ve gone away
Away and somewhere far from this
Enough
I’ve had enough
I’ve had enough of this