Making Waves

by The Brass Action

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The debut album from Vancouver BC ska band, The Brass Action!

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released 25 June 2013

Recorded at Fader Mountain Sound and engineered by Paul Boechler at Fader Mountain Sound in Vancouver, BC.
Mastering by Brock McFarlane.

©2013 Copyright The Brass Action

All songs by The Brass Action

Lyrics and Melody for The Devil Down Below, Smooth Noir and Mona by Will Shand

Piano on The Devil Down Below, Kiss My Brass, Who Needs Them?, and Companion by Alan Keelan

Cover, insert art and logo by Combination 13

The Brass Action is:
Garrett - Bass
Tyson - Trombone
Richard - Trumpet
Mark - Drums and Vox
Ryan - Guitar and Lead Vox

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Track Name: Devil Down Below
woke up in the mornin feelin mighty fine
got two finger whisky and a bottle of rye
head swimmin silent workin to town
the job that pays is the one I found
kick the job jump to the bar
got tabs across town but I'm goin far
find a place they don't know me yet
leave no scrub with lost profit

forget your immortal soul
you gotta drink to the devil down below

got Derringer sitting right by my side
my eyes set straight on my liquid bride
people always come and people always go
the drink never left me out there alone
bartender says it's time to pay
Derringer speaks and I run away
scramblin through brambles in deep dark night
hidden from the haze of their flashlights

Forget your immortal soul
You gotta drink to the devil down below
To live and drink another day
you gotta run RUN

laying in cold wet mud n clay
their torches gone to wait for day
sip my flask and carry on
fuck the town that I came from!

forget your immortal soul
you gotta drink to the devil down below
Track Name: Jack Kerouac
Why the torment in nights of tears,
Flowing from the old machine answered with lust,
More nights while others slept to day,
You pounded your brain with the streams of distain.

Oh why Jack, oh why Jack?
Pen and paper you sang to us all.
Oh why Jack, oh why Jack?
You left us seamless in the depths of the fall.

When the stream ended, wound up in self,
No reasons except the surf and the sirs we all face,
Inside a book living forever,
The Jack we all miss, the one tough to love.

Oh why Jack, oh why Jack?
Pen and paper you sang to us all.
Oh why Jack, oh why Jack?
You left us seamless in the depths of the fall.

Oh why Jack, oh why Jack?
Pen and paper you sang to us all.
Oh why Jack, oh why Jack?
You left us seamless in the depths of the fall.
Track Name: Kiss My Brass
Instrumental.
Track Name: Mona
Then I saw your face,
And I knew it for sure,
In love with a girl so impossibly pure,
Stop, and turn back my way,
Then I'll spit out what I'm trying to say.

Mona, Mona, stroll through the night,
A quick fleeting sight of you,
Mona, Mona, a moment in time,
For a life time I'll pine.

Stayed awake for days,
Wandering the streets,
Hoping to hear the sweet steps of your feet.
Pain, slowly grew in my heart,
Another two souls lost forever apart.

Mona, Mona, stroll through the night,
A quick fleeting sight of you,
Mona, Mona, a moment in time,
For a life time I'll pine.

I searched the streets,
and foreign seas,
I thought of you,
religiously,
Lost track of years,
a desperate quest,
Find rest my dying day,
asleep upon your breast.

Then I read the news,
Said the night that we past,
You had left home but would never come back,
A ghost, I had chased all these years,
You'd always be mine I had nothing to fear.

Mona, Mona, you strolled through the night,
A quick fleeting sight of
Mona, Mona, a moment in time,
For a lifetime your mine.
Track Name: The Handyman
I fixed the odds and the human race,
Piss me off and I'll fix your face,
Fixed the internet and then I solved y2k,
If you're lonely I'll fix you up ok.

I can fix anything,
I can fix anything,
I can fix anything,
I'm that kinda handy guy.

Al Gore and I fixed the climate change,
Fixed the stove even fixed the range,
Fixed the Americans solved my rubix cube,
Fixed your dog and your attitude.

I can fix anything,
I can fix anything,
I can fix anything,
I'm that kinda handy guy.

Last week I had to fix my car,
Changed a tire, flew to Kandahar,
Fixed the Middle East, yeah that was me,
Even thought I'd solve teenage apathy.

I can fix anything,
I can fix anything,
I can fix anything,
I'm that kinda handy guy.
Track Name: Smooth Noir
Neon covered nights (neon covered nights)
Slipping out to sweeps of cigarettes and song (long gone)
Sing on (and on) to the bleary breach of dawn

(Sultry swinging voice) sultry swinging voice
crooning out to those long dead before their years (careers)
cold beer (swell beer) will always sweeten bitter tears

No nothing (but nothing) not nothing at all
Compares to hustling restless dreams in this old spot
(but nothing) not nothing at all
Compares to Marlow's suave veneer once at the top
(but nothing) not nothing at all
Stops the Viennese amateurs left out to rot

Brandy in the drawer (brandy in the drawer)
take a swig and think to hero's time in war (the corp)
Once more (no more) a gun I shall implore

(Light flooding in) Light flooding in
through shuttered blinds you tell your tale of wounded woe (so low)
and I know (he knows) troubled dames just can't let go

No nothing (but nothing) not nothing at all
Compares to hustling restless dreams in this old spot
(but nothing) not nothing at all
Compares to Marlow's suave veneer once at the top
(but nothing) not nothing at all
Stops the Viennese amateurs left out to rot

Nobody knows (nobody knows)
The insurance game has laid it's claim tonight (that`s right)
A fight (white light) will pay the widow twice

(Pour quoi Jef) pour quoi Jef.
No bullets left cept ones in my chest (no vest)
I rest (protest) forever cool as… ICE!
Track Name: Pick Me Up
Came into the street lights, no highlights.
Breathing the cold air, going nowhere.
Walk past the broad lines, this is my time.
Open the swinging doors, starting new wars.

Tell me what happened, can’t comprehend.
Did you do all you can? I’m my own man.
Sometimes you’re gonna fall, then I will crawl.
When will you give in? After I win.

I need a pick me up! OOo-ooo-ooo.
I need a pick me up! OOo-ooo-ooo.

And so it goes, and life flows.
Make room for change, time to rearrange.
No one writes a guide, eyes open wide.
It’s how you react, ready for attack.

Face it like a man, when know you can.
Don’t make a scene, kick and you scream.
Soon you’ll see the dawn, you’ve moved on.
See you another day, we’ll laugh it all away.

I need a pick me up! OOo-ooo-ooo.
I need a pick me up! OOo-ooo-ooo.

I need a pick me up! OOo-ooo-ooo.
I need a pick me up! OOo-ooo-ooo.
Track Name: Chicken House
If you put it on too strong, it dies under the stress,
If you take the tension off, it makes a fatal mess.

One mistake and you’ll lose all containment
One mistake and you’ll go down in its unnatural breath.

It takes all the pressure fine, but it can’t take the heat.
If you miss your mark this time, well it could mean defeat.

One mistake and you’ll lose all containment
One mistake and you’ll go down in its unnatural breath.

It’s my job to keep you there, that’s what it’s all about.
One breath might be all it takes, don’t ever let it out.
Track Name: 11:34 (Hell O'Clock)
When that little girl of yours,
Is sitting behind those closed doors,
Well you better watch her carefully,
What sort of evil could she be conjuring!

When you feel that fear inside,
Burning like the devil's pride,
Your mind plays tricks with every sound,
Better pray the dead stay in the ground.

`Cause its one on one with the devil's pawn,
Run, run, run! Til crack of dawn.
Don`t slow down or they`ll suck your soul,
`Cause it`s hell o`clock and the terror won`t stop.

Well your blood is boiling hot,
And all your flesh begins to rot,
You run away from the stench of death,
Don't ever stop or it'll be your last breath.

Blackness and screams have fill night,
You hope that there's an end in sight,
And from your eyes you start to bleed,
This madness is the devil's deed!

`Cause its one on one with the devil's pawn,
Run, run, run! Til crack of dawn.
Don`t slow down or they`ll suck your soul,
`Cause it`s hell o`clock and the terror won`t stop.
Track Name: Who Needs Them?
I think that there must be something wrong with me,
There must be something that I cannot see,
All my friends they say that "I'm something else,"
But they are messing with my mental health.

Well there`s one good thing I can take away,
No these feelings aren`t here, here to stay,
I`m left to deal with my thoughts alone,
I find comfort in those, sweet two tones!

Now I'm making only enemies,
No expectations, no more fantasies,
Judge me if you want, but I am fine,
I'll be a King with these thoughts of mine.

Some picked up, straight up left this town,
Others still are here to hang around,
A few of them liked her more than me,
Who can blame them for this philosophy?

I had lots friends, that was years ago,
I've been sinkin' like Dorian Grey you know,
In the flesh I am wondering who you are?
And Mr. you know I'm not going far.

Now I'm making only enemies,
No expectations, no more fantasies,
Judge me if you want, but I am fine,
I'll be a King with these thoughts of mine.
Track Name: Box Wine
Gotta get up, it`s so damn late,
Gotta get out of bed and face your fate,
Cause it`s true boy, all the things you did last,
Got a lot of mental bruises didn`t get in a fight.

You drank too fast, didn`t get home til dawn.
You went swimming with your clothes on.
Told your best friend`s sister she`s unbelievably hot,
But you and me know she`s definitely not!

Box wine, box wine, box wine, box wine, all the time.
Box wine, box wine, box wine, box wine, all the time.
Box wine, box wine, box wine, box wine, all the ti-i-i-ime.

Never happened quite as bad as this before,
You swear to God, you won`t drink anymore.
Shouldn`t, have taken, so many shots.
`Cause the room is spinning and your stomach`s in knots.

Sudden flash, a glimpse of memory,
Runnin` from the cops, and you got free,
Fell in a bush, you`re friends left you for dead,
Look in the mirror, why are my lips red?

Box wine, box wine, box wine, box wine, all the time.
Box wine, box wine, box wine, box wine, all the time.
Box wine, box wine, box wine, box wine, all the ti-i-i-ime.

Box, box wiiiine, goes to my heeead, makes my teeth reeeed.
Puking, ALL O-VER YOU!
Track Name: Companion
To my darling girl, well I miss you so bad,
You left me so quickly and didn't seem sad,
You walked out that door and you didn't look back,
Left me with nothing, my red heart turned black.

Now I'm singing in the night as I staggered from the bar,
Well this drunken communion to the way that you are,
My heart skipped for a minute and you left me to the end,
Oh why girl you left me I cannot comprehend.

I've given you my heart, and you've taken away my soul,
Will this dying relationship keep me from my goal?
I've worked way too hard and I've waited way too long,
To let you walk away now, without a sense of right or wrong.

Every night in the city streets, I'm up against the wall,
I'm wondering if you're out there girl, if you missing me at all,
You've got your heart in your pocket, I've got mine on my sleeve,
Your blasphemy and trickery, only the devil could conceive.

I've given you my heart, and you've taken away my soul,
Will this dying relationship keep me from my goal?
I've worked way too hard and I've waited way too long,
To let you walk away now, without a sense of right or wrong.

Living in the Church, and living with the sin,
I'm starting the healing and healing starts within,
I left you for a minute and you left me to the end,
Oh why girl you left me I cannot comprehend.

I've given you my heart, and you've taken away my soul,
Will this dying relationship keep me from my goal?
I've worked way too hard and I've waited way too long,
To let you walk away now, without a sense of right or wrong.