The Long Con

by Mike Surber

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These 13 tracks make up the debut solo album by Mike Surber, co-frontman of Sons of Guns. Produced by Tyler Fortier, mixed by Matt Greco, and featuring several of Eugene, Oregon's finest musicians. Album art by Nick Beery.

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released June 12, 2012

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Track Name: Early May
EARLY MAY
She was born in early May
I was born yesterday
She never tried to hold me down
I hit the bottom anyway

I'm drinking til I make her proud
Even in this sober town
The wind is like a razer blade
Every since early May

(She went away)

Something that I said before
She heard it like a lion's roar
She was born in early May
I was born yesterday

(She went away)

Maybe if I sing a song
She'll appear and song along
Maybe this time she'll stay
But I was born yesterday
I was born yesterday
I was born yesterday
Track Name: Beloved '37
I'm my Beloved's and she is mine
We're sure in for one hell of a time
I drink a glass of water, and she turns it into wine
I'm my Beloved's and she is mine

When she's gone, the wind blows cold
The ice don't melt cuz the sun don't show her shiny face
It sure becomes one lonesome place
Yeah, crisp and cool, but no one to tell it to
Who listens for the sound of this (my brand new tune)

I'm casting stones, she's catching stones
It's getting pretty heavy, Beloved #37
A mighty bed of roses from a patch of dandelions
I'm casting stones, she's catching stones

When she's gone, the wind blows cold
The ice don't melt cuz the sun don't show her shiny face
It sure becomes one lonesome place
Yeah, crisp and cool, but no one to tell it to
Who listens for the sound of this (my brand new tune)

HIM: Good afternoon to you
HER: Much obliged
HIM: Where are you running off to?
HER: Revival is starting soon
HIM: Lucky I made reservations for two

HER: Good afternoon to you
HIM: Much obliged
HER: Where are you running off to?
HIM: Revival is starting soon
HER: Lucky I made reservations for two

And she is mine
We're sure in for one hell of a time
Track Name: A Way With Words
She's got a way with words, a heart-stopping verbal curse
When her volume's up I want to turn the lights down
She's got a way with words - when she talks in prose I dream in verse
The trouble is, she don't know how she sounds

Wade across the ocean like a kiddy pool, I've got the inside track on the local fools
If you'd like an introduction I could show you around this town
But the clock's ticking like a dirty bomb, you're gonna have to get moving, gonna have to put your shows on
I tried to stop it, but that's where we went wrong

There's more to the music than lyrics and strings
There's more to a wedding than dresses and rings
There's more to a bird than a couple of wings
There's more to you and there's more to me

There's more to I'm sorry than getting on your knees
There's more to a forrest than climbing some trees
There's more to a lover than good company
There's more to you and there's more to me

She's got a way with words, her lips are the doctor and her tongue is the nurse
They'll fix you up and send you on your way
She's got a way with words - It don't get better but it don't get worse
And I have never been one to complain
Track Name: Give Me Five Minutes
Little Miss Suzy-Q with the big white smile
I been lookin' at you now for quite a while
In the morning I'll tell you what I saw
And we'll reach the moon in a quarter mile

Been to Louisiana, been to Jackson Hole
But I never came across such a darling soul
Though the wind will take us where it may
Give me five minutes and I'll give you til I'm old
Track Name: Once In A Million
Stay. I've got just one more thing I wanna say.
Today marks the end of a 1001-day-long wait.
Well, turns out our love is a tale you can bottle up and sell.

Once in a million or maybe more
Baby's asleep on the hood of your car,
Her flowers have bloomed and her property soared
Once in a million (or maybe more)

Long overdue for a liberty call,
You took her for drinks, and you both had a ball.
But the chase soon became but a rickety crawl
Once in a million, or maybe more

Hey, I've got just one more thing I wanna say.
Been saved from the bed that I made by the plans that you laid.
Hell, salvation itself is a tale you can bottle up and sell.

Alone in the crowded philosophy store
Between all the afters and after the befores
She shattered your windows and unlocked your doors
Once in a million or maybe more

You crashed in the kitchen, awoke on the porch
The dust you created created a roar
She called you a hero, you called her a whore
Once in a million or maybe more

Wait, I've got just one more thing I want to say
Fell in love with a girl that I wish they could bottle up and sell
Track Name: Tanker
She's so wasted, side to side
Carrying on as if the devil died
She talks of Jesus and getting high
But she swears to me she's good to drive
And in the morning she says "Who are you?
Wait - I meant how are you? And um... are those new shoes?
I'll make you breakfast in exchange for the blues"
How could I refuse?

And there's an honest man with a liar's plan
He's got blood on his lips but clean, clean hands
He says "Baby, don't you understand?"
But you don't

This one's been dancing from noon to nine
She heard some stories in the car that made it all seem fine
She ask permission to demand her rights from another guy
And he sure don't mind
But I'm on a mission to make her my girl
And she's on a mission to discover just how big this world is
"One is good, two must be better" she's been told
This land's for rent; It has yet to be sold

And so he finally came across this lovely dame
Trouble is, she keeps on beating him at his own game
She says "Boy, I'm sure you'll understand"
But you don't
Track Name: Father/Daughter Cocaine Barbecue
FATHER/DAUGHTER COCAINE BARBECUE

Mama left you home alone to get her fix of rock n roll
The kind of one-hit wonder that just might save a soul
So you filled your heart with wine
And fired up that charcoal mine
And released the Cracken back into the wild

Cocaine stories never get boring
Until that door rings, just tell me stories

Age was drippin off your face
You passed the time runnin in place
Until your favorite color changed from blue to white
Cashing in your charming smile
They pay a buck for every mile
But in the end that old inflation won the race

Cocaine stories never get boring
Until that door rings, just tell me stories
Track Name: The Good Folks
Sun's been down for a thousand miles
I just turned on the radio (we're gonna be on this here stretch a while)
You've been gone for a thousand days
Every time the lights go out, I pray the sun will bring you up my way

Don't you wanna know where the good folks go?
There's an end to this ol' road
Time to take it slow

We said goodnight for the thousandth time
And this time in my dreams I wondered what if people drown when angles cry

Good news babe! They like our style.
I just heard the messenger's been selling all our stories for a while

Don't you wanna know where the good folks go?
There's an end to this ol' road
Time to take it slow
Track Name: I.D.
I.D.

Wonder where you been sleeping
Wonder what you know
I bet someone's boots been stepping on your toes

Fell in love with a lady
She fell in love with hope
You see a lot of twine before you find a rope

Who are you?

Born to be a believer
Die as high as a kite
I'll build a fire, you turn out the lights

Kissing you in my daydreams
But who you kissing at night?
It don't matter, mama - let's just make it right

Who are you?
Track Name: Every Bloody Road
EVERY BLOODY ROAD

There's a girl with a smile that won't leave her face
There's a fountain that's sweeter than any you'll taste
I've been there for plenty and I've been there for none
I was there when I was twenty, I'll be there when I'm done

When there's really no other way to go
Take the bloody road

There's a book that'll answer any question you've had
There's a man who'll hold you, looks just like your dad
I've been there with plenty and I've been there with none
I was there when I was twenty, I'll be there when I'm done
Track Name: Not A Bad Way
Not a bad way to make a living
You steal away the bird from Thanksgiving
But you let her go, Romeo

Tuning into whistles and dixies
And one more you don't wanna miss these
Don't you know, Romeo?

Not a bad way to make a living
Everything is finer from sifting
But let her go, Romeo
Track Name: Western Endeavors
WESTERN ENDEAVORS

blessed by the burning, I'm always returning to drink up the cold autumn air.
Despite all the guilty and rightfully filthy, she showers me clean with her hair.
Western endeavors from always to never cause even the heartless to care.

Til someone says "Ok, I've been there before and I've put on that show
but it's ok." Less may be more when you're dealing with soul.

Down to my skivvies, I untie her ribbons. I'm praying there's more to that look.
Justified since even I am convinced that I'll leave her with more than I took.
Western endeavors from always to never let even the worm off the hook

Til someone says "Ok, I've been there before and I've put on that show
but it's ok." Less may be more when you're dealing with soul.

I'm spilling your secrets, I know. But danger is hotter than taking off clothes.
Just let me be gone before I go, let me be gone before I go.
The Puget Sound whispers her roars, and the economy will never sink Cannery Row.
Just let me be gone before I go, let me be gone before I go.
Track Name: Lullaby For Hurricane
There's this thing that I love, it's when you look at me
Like you know that we always will be
The timing is right on this cold winter night
And there's just enough moonlight to see

All I remember is you asking why
Why the grass is so green, why the moon is so high
If there's some kind of worry that's filling your head
Baby know that we said all that needs to be said

Sleep, sleep, my baby tonight
Tomorrow everything's gonna be alright
When you wake to the morning light
I'll still be by your side

Dancers will dance and singers will sing
Fighter will fight, Lovers will dream
And when the timing is right on some cold winter night
I know that you'll come back to me

Tonight is so clear there's no star in the sky
But I'll wish anyway on this cold winter night
That when I wake up tomorrow to the morning light
You'll be by my side

Sleep, sleep, my baby tonight
Tomorrow everything's gonna be alright
When you wake to the morning light
I'll still be by your side