There's No Basement at the Alamo

by Dov Torbin

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released September 26, 2015

Dov Torbin: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar (5)
Adam Hecht: Electric Guitar, Backup Vocals
David Farrell Melton: Piano, Organ, Backup Vocals
Tom Cryan: Drums
Thomas Bryan Eaton: Pedal Steel
Dave Kahn: Bass
Alex Hannibal: Backup Vocals
Clynt Yerkes: Trumpet
Paul Pontious: Tenor Sax

Recorded by Dan Knobler at Mason Jar Music
Mixed by Dan Bui
Mastered by Jett Galindo

Cover art by Eugenia Loli

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Track Name: Right Off That Cliff
On the subway car a million cocoons

All headed home on this dark day afternoon

Heads in their papers, headphones on their ears

Tryin' not to notice they been on the same train for years

I sympathize with the car's rattle and groan

Somehow surrounded by people's when I feel the most alone

Stare at their faces, try and guess their names

Are they guessing mine on this god forsaken train

All you gotta do is jump jump jump baby right off that cliff

Jump jump jump baby though I know you're scared stiff

Jump baby, have no fear

Cuz if you jump jump baby the net will appear

New York city winters they get colder every year

They'll numb your heart if you ain't careful I hear

Last night I took in cold wind deep inside my chest

Saw my soul leave my body with every breath

All you gotta do is jump jump jump baby right off that cliff

Jump jump jump baby though I know you're scared stiff

Jump baby, have no fear

Cuz if you jump jump baby the net will appear

All you gotta do is jump jump jump baby right off that cliff

Jump jump jump baby though I know you're scared stiff

Jump baby, have no fear

Cuz if you jump jump baby the net will appear

If you jump jump baby the net will appear
Track Name: A Moth
Realized the key to happiness

Desire nothing, love everything as it is

But it's harder than a brick wall

when you want it all

Sleep through the day so I can be alone at night

When people ask me I tell em everything's alright

One thing you should know when you hear that reply

Darlin' it's always a lie

I look back now at Kurt Cobain

How he lost himself when he shotgunned to fame

Like a moth into a flame

Sometimes we get caught chasing the wrong thing

This world is shrinking but we're further away

Got millions of friends but no empathy

This world is shrinking but we're torn apart

Everyone's painting but no one's making art

I know you haven't seen it in a while

Ever since singing songs that meant something went out of style

But it's still there, I swear, in the eyes of every child

Yeah it's still there, I swear, in the eyes of every child
Track Name: Disappear
If I burn out at this pace. Bury me in my guitar case

Pick up that case boy, carry it around

Take it with ya from town to town

Strum my corpse at the local dive cuz I wanna keep playing music

Even when I'm not alive

But if I burn to ash toss me in the air

Let the winds carry me everywhere

You'll all inhale my dust into your lungs

Leaving my taste all over your tongues

And whenever you people shout

It'll be me that you'll all be spitting out

But if I burn up in the sky

Let me explode like the 4th of July

Burst into color everywhere

While children gaze up and stare

Though I'll fizzle into the night

For one flash there'll be nothing as beautifully bright

Some nights I think about the stars

How we all see the same ones no matter where we are

Their light shines on long after they've died

Even in this city where they pretend to hide

I hope my light doesn't disappear
Track Name: Recession Blues
Bobby went off to grad school, left Mary behind

Compromises at the age of 25

Now he's got a degree but jobs are hard to get

Boy traded love to be in debt

Now Mary's starting over, but it's a hard road

What once was normal has become unbearable

And now they cut her hours down at the “Fire Pit”

Cut too many to live. Not enough to quit

But Mary it'll be over soon, it's just them recession blues

Now Bobby's livin with the rents cuz the rent is free

At 27 he thinks I'm too old to be me

And all his friends are settlin. Buyin baby clothes

They got their 5 year plans. He wished he had one of those

But Bobby it'll be over soon, it's just them recession blues

Tell me how will these poor kids place

In a world that's become one big race

A race for love and money, power and fame

Is all we are that which we attain.

But it'll be over soon. It'll be over soon. It'll be over soon.

It's just them recession blues
Track Name: The Way the Banjo Cries
What is it that makes us listen to the things that we hear

What makes some notes glisten when they crawl inside your ear

I gotta straighten out these feelings twisted up inside

Is it wrong to fall in love with a girl just cuz she loves the way the banjo rides

She tells me that music is her grace and Lord

She tells me that she goes to church when she steps out on that dance floor

Now she's got me prayin she ain't a devil in disguise

Is it wrong to fall in love with a girl just cuz she loves the way the banjo glides

Do we follow sounds

Do they lead us through the paths we go down

Well she cut me a mix tape and told me I should listen before we said our goodbyes

So I took it home that night, put it on, and closed my eyes

Each track was like a breath keeping me alive

Is it wrong to fall in love with a girl just cuz she loves the way the banjo cries
Track Name: Ursa Minor
Searching for Ursa Minor, but you were better at finding her

Darling you don't seem as far when I think wherever you are

You're looking for the same stars

Searching for Ursa Minor, but all I see is a damn plane

Remember how we'd laugh and wish upon those flying ships

Guess we wished in vain

Searching for Ursa Minor for a miracle in the sky

Something to fix me, something with mercy

Something to tell me lies

And even though I never find her. Like those stars, I burn of fire

So I search for Ursa Minor to lead me back home

Searching for Ursa Minor for a way to go back

I know she's out there. Why'd the sky tonight my dear

Have to be so black

Searching for Ursa Minor for the slightest sign of light

But nothing out here shines and I've slowly lost track of time

Searching every night

And even though I never find her. Like those stars, I burn of fire

So I search for Ursa Minor to lead me back home.
Track Name: There's No Basement at the Alamo
Seen some people run to become men

Seen others run to stay children

Now I left home once myself, so, boy, keep it in mind

No matter how far you run, you can't leave yourself behind

You'll chase your heart and go, but soon enough you'll know

There's no basement at the Alamo

Like a mule chasing a carrot on a stick

Like a mule smuggling one last brick

When this world shakes you to your knees

It's hard to see the wood for the trees

You'll chase your heart and go, but soon enough you'll know

There's no basement at the Alamo

Tell me, what'll happen when you find

Exactly what you're looking for

Then further on down the line

You realize that you need more

You'll chase your heart and go, but soon enough you'll know

There's no basement at the Alamo

No, there's no basement at the Alamo
Track Name: How Many Times
I knew a woman from Mississippi

She wanted to see the world

Her boyfriend told her she was bein' silly

To stay and be his girl

So at night she dreamt of Paris

And of glaciers white as pearl

How many times do you try before you say goodbye?

I knew a boy from West Virginia

Who wanted to be a star

Skipped school, went straight for New York City

Worked his nights at a bar

But too many years without a break

And your wounds begin to scar

How many times do you try before you say goodbye?

My friend never spoke to his father

Just didn't see eye to eye

Last month he got a call from his mother

To see him before he died

He stood by as he lay sleeping

And wondered where the years rolled by

How many times do you try before you say goodbye?

How many times do you try before you say goodbye?
Track Name: For My Sister
Well she's always been older than me so I never had the luxury

Of watching over her like she watches over me

So sir do me the favor of a thing I could never do

Won't you listen to me mister

Please watch over my sister

She gave up a life to be with you

Something she thought she'd never do

Put her trust in love

Put her trust in you

So sir do me the favor of a thing I could never do

Won't you listen to me mister and give your life to my sister

Though she left her family, she never left home

'Cause home is more than a house

It's more than just the place where you're born

It's a place deep inside you

Where you hold on to the ones you love

So won't you listen to me mister

'Cause you now share a home with my sister
Track Name: For My Father
Wake up at five in the morn' to start working on the day

Being up before the sun is born feels like you're slaving away

Get home just past eight and I take off my boots to relax

Put on those slow songs, the ones you listen to when life gets too fast

These days I think of my father

And what he gave up so we could get by

Work one job then another and how we never heard him sigh

Granddad who survived war and factories

Told my father way back when

Ain't no thing as dishonorable work, son

Only dishonorable men

As a first gen. American, who am I to complain

I had it easier than them

I'll never know their pains

And that dream that was promised, the one they changed our name for

I'm gonna find it

I owe 'em that much and more

Granddad who survived war and factories

Told my father way back when

Ain't no thing as dishonorable work, son

Only dishonorable men

So who am I to complain, I had it easier than them

Ain't no thing as dishonorable work

Only dishonorable men

Only dishonorable men
Track Name: Wavy Line
On my chest I carry my biggest fear

That fear's called self doubt, my dear

I can't believe that it's been two years

Since I looked at myself in the mirror

How do I know I didn't disappear?

Without a reflection, how do you know that you're still even there?

My baby's gone to Oregon

Gone forever maybe, gone too long

What is it that makes us run away? What was it that held me to stay?

Maybe it wasn't our destiny

Maybe cuz the only path I made was one step behind me

Thoughts of you convolute my mind

I can't think straight, baby, only in a wavy line

Thoughts of you convolute my mind

I can't think straight, baby, only in a wavy line

I can't think straight, baby, only in a wavy line

They say if sharks stop swimming they die

Guess for the same reasons you had to say goodbye

And just like a shark you didn't bat an eye

And sharks can't swim backwards though I wish they'd try

And on my worst days I hope you drown

But I'm the one in stagnant waters, I'm the one sinkin' down

Thoughts of you convolute my mind

I can't think straight, baby, only in a wavy line

Thoughts of you convolute my mind

I can't think straight, baby, only in a wavy line

I can't think straight, baby, only in a wavy line

There's a train a-comin' south bound

It's gonna take you over to the next town

Me, I'm standin' on the right track

Been standing here for years, just lookin' back

If I don't start pickin' up ground

That train's gonna run me over when it comes around

Thoughts of you convolute my mind

I can't think straight, baby, only in a wavy line

Thoughts of you convolute my mind

I can't think straight, baby, only in a wavy line

I can't think straight, baby, only in a wavy line
Track Name: A Choice You Make
Mamma says, "son, what you doing with your life?

Art don't feed your body. What girl will be your starving wife?"

Oh, but mamma, gotta do what makes you whole

Art don't feed your body, but it feeds your soul

Soon as you speak they ask you what you wanna be

Policeman, a ballplayer, an actor on TV

Pilot, a president, a captain's first mate

It all starts off as just a choice you make

From that point on you follow the path, avoid the cracks

They got you thinking it's a road when it's a track

Every adult twists your mind till it aches

Till you don't even realize it's them making all the choices you make

And someday you'll be sittin' alone, figuring what's at stake

Your whole life's been fixing someone else's mistakes

And all of a sudden from their dream you'll awake

And it'll be so clear now, it'll be so clear now, it'll be so clear now

It's all just a choice you make

Who you marry, your sex, peace, god, happiness

Wanna be decent or wanna be the best

If still wanna be that actor on TV well for Christ's sake

It's all just a choice you make

And someday you'll be sittin' alone, figuring what's at stake

Your whole life's been fixing someone else's mistakes

And all of a sudden from their dream you'll awake

And it'll be so clear now, it'll be so clear now, it'll be so clear now

It's all just a choice you make

Just a choice you make

Mamma says, "son, what you doing with your life?

Art don't feed your body. What girl will be your starving wife?"

Oh, but mamma, gotta do what makes you whole

Art don't feed your body, but it feeds your soul