Happy Charlie

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liner notes by Geoff Brady:

This is probably about Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. Or maybe Charlie Brown. Or Charles Bronson. Or Charles Bukowski. Maybe even Charlton Heston.

Why are men named Charles or Charlie or Charlton always so happy and full of song? Maybe something about being the stereotype beleaguered everyman just makes you want to sing.

So sing, damn you. Sing until they pull the song from your cold, dead vocal chords.

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gonna kill me half a dozen
then they’ll drag me arse away
don’t want a trial don’t need a jury
please let's just leave today!

[ i got a porsche engine in my dune buggy mother fuckers ]

spector has come to join us
gives new meaning to wall of sound
he’ll produce all our wailings
as his face we'd like to pound!

i wanna go live with charlie manson
i must go, do more wrong
i wanna go live with charlie manson
go and write this groovy song

i wanna go live with charlie manson
i must go, do more wrong
i wanna go live with charlie manson
go and write some far out song

don’t pretend that you're not thinkin'
you don’t want me offin' you
but i can't live without charlie
so that's what i'm gonna do!

i wanna go live with charlie manson
i must go, do more wrong
i wanna go live with charlie manson
go and write this fucked up song

[ got my dune buggy attack battalion coming down the wash. got a cheetah skin wrapped around the top of the roll bar. got a big ol' carving knife stuck there next to the handlebars. gonna fix me up with the biggest-ass machine gun you fucking ever seen... ]

credits

from The Singles - Season 4, track released October 4, 2011
Citizens
cover art: Happy Charlie by Kristie Lee
Conrad St. Clair: bass, keys, programming
Mike Stehr: keys
Lou Caldarola: drum kit
Tone Deaf: vocals
Andy Ewen: vocals
Chris Huntington: guitar, vocals
Beaker Parpovich: guitar
Johnny Sarris: ranting about dune buggies 'n stuff

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