Live in Prague vol. 2

by Justin Lavash

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    15 track audio CD with hi quality recordings taken from two live shows in Prague's Studio Pamet in March 2018. Produced and mastered by Ian Kelosky. CD comes in a classic gatefold cover with artwork by by Barbora Liška Karpíšková.

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15 songs recorded live (no overdubs - no looping:) at Prague's Studio Pamet on March 14th and 15th 2018. Produced and mastered by Ian Kelosky. Artwork by Barbora Liška Karpíšková. Inset photos by Tomáš Jungvirt

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released October 17, 2018

Justin Lavash - guitar, vocals
Ian Kelosky - producer

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Track Name: Give up, give over
Give up, give over (Words/Music - Justin Lavash)

You’re getting all fired up, man it’s Saturday night
I wish you’d just give it a rest
Shouldn’t in the dark, come on, step into the light, now
Get it off your chest

Give it up, give over
Give up. give over

You got me sucking on a lemon, trying to see the point
Can anybody tell me why?
They’re trying to put the squeeze on every music joint
but the police sirens wail - into the night

Give it up, give over
Give up. give over

Ah, you’ve got one foot in the groove, the other’s in your mouth
It ain’t a pretty sight
Shooting from the hip and giving it the lip. but it’s all going on
on a Saturday night

Give it up, give over
Give up. give over
Track Name: The Swizz
The Swizz (words/music - Justin Lavash)

I'm a real high-flyer of some intelligence
I'm uncommonly gifted in common sense
At school they said I was a child prodigy
Ol' Al Einstein got nothing on me

I'm a man of letters
Got a genious mind
Girl, the sun shines out of my behind
Got a PHD, got a high IQ
But God knows girl, I've been a fool for you
God knows girl, I've been a fool for you
God knows girl, I've been a fool for you

Now I don't mess with the Hoi Poloi
I got too much style to be your whipping boy
You pass for class, but no cigar
To me you're just another petite fille a papa

I'm a man of letters (etc.)

Well, you reeled me in a like a fish on a hook
with your little girl smile
and your self-help book
and God knows girl, I towed the line
Walked broken glass just to make you mine
And all those long love letters I wrote
The only thing you read was my horrorscope
It seemed so long I was under your curse
but I was the prick who made the bubble burst

I'm a man of letters (etc.)
Track Name: Brick by Brick
Brick by Brick - (Words and Music - Justin Lavash)

Brick by brick those walls come tumbling down
Blow by blow this show rolls into town
Hour by hour it's getting closer
Can you feel it?
Yes sir?
No sir?
Brick by brick
Blow by blow
Hour by hour
It's coming home

Inch by inch can you feel it coming home?
It's such a cynch, you got to give your dog a bone
So stop your fighting and your lying and your cheating
Coz history just stopped repeating
Brick by brick
Blow by blow
Hour by hour
It's coming home

Man, how those horns did surely blow
Blew down those walls of Jericho
Now I don't hold with all that slaying
But this was the tune that they were playing
Brick by brick
Blow by blow
Week by week
Month by month
It's coming home
Day by day
Town by town
It's coming home
Week by week
Blow by blow
Day by day
Coming home
Hour by hour
It's coming home
Track Name: Hammerblow
Hammerblow (words/music- Justin Lavash)

I’m telling myself it’s gonna be slow
to really know you’re not around
I’m telling myself to forgive myself
but I know I probably let you down

You said I sometimes pushed too far
I know I probably broke your heart
I guess I tried to prove myself
but I proved myself a little much too hard

And I know that’s just the way it is
I know that’s just the way it goes
They say that’s just the way of things
but it hits me harder than a hammer blow

I gathered up the things you loved
And I held them to me like a child
I’ll keep them here; they’re safe with me
They make me think it’s not goodbye

And I shout it out on drunken nights
How dare you have the nerve to leave?
You come back here, coz I’m not done
I’m sick with all this mixed up grief

And I know that’s just the way it is
I know that’s just the way it goes
They say that’s just the way it is
but it hits me harder than a hammer blow

You showed me beauty in the darkest night
In the whistle of the London train
and I think of them when I think of you
but they won’t be the same again

Coz I heard you in the dead of night
reciting lines I did not know
And I wish I could have held your hand
I think you had some place to go
And I wish I could have held your hand
I hope you know you weren’t alone
And I wish I could have said goodbye
It hits me harder than a hammer blow
Track Name: The Sky is turning black
The sky is turning black (Words/Music - Justin Lavash)

Sweet Jesus, is it time to raise the flag?
Is it time to fight the enemy within?
Should I learn my national anthem,
salute a portrait of the Queen?
Should I offer up a prayer to God,
say, "Deliver us of our sins"?

Is it through fear they sound the horn, they bang the drum?
Is it through hate they plant a bomb and detonate?
Can freedom be a battle cry?
Can it be given to someone?
Can it dry a mother's tears
When they're burying her son?

Is there really heaven, and really hell?
Is there really good and bad?
Is your mind starting to ache through all the lies that you've been fed?
Are you reaching for the Aspirin; is it for the Mogadon?
Are you reaching for your bible?
Are you reaching for your gun?
Are you reaching for an answer?
Do you think that there is one?

(solo)

Can you hear the drum - it's beating out the time.
Can you see the train - it's rolling down the track.
I thought I saw the sun break through the clouds the other day.
But now it seems the sky is turning black.
Track Name: Long way up, short step down
Long way up, short step down (words/music - Justin Lavash)
I was born with nothing
I'll take nothing when I go
'twas the midwife's slap
put a howl into my throat
and I crawled on all fours
and I'll crawl into the grave
I'll crawl up the ladder to the pearly gates
It's been a long way up

It's been a free-for-all, a jamboree
jumping up and down on the necromancer's knee
pulling out the pins from a voodoo doll
staring at the ceiling while you're going up the wall
it's been a long way up
but it sure seems a short step down

It's been a hunt and gather, been a slash and burn
it's been don't pass go, it's been miss a turn
it's been back to front, back to back
staring out the cage with a monkey on your back

it's been a long way up
but it sure seems a short step down

Someone's got the dollars but no-one's got the sense
and we're all overcome with indifference
Hell for leather at snail's pace
running out of patience with the human race

it's been a long way up
but it sure seems a short step down


[opional]

Push and shove got my back to the wall
I've had enough, I'm sick of it all

Push and shove got my back to the wall
I've had enough, I'm sick of it all


it's been a long way up
but it sure seems a short step down
Track Name: EZ in CZ
EZ in CZ (words/music - Justin Lavash)

Ain't easy in CZ, well the forgotten heart of Europe has a very weird history - Hapsburgs and Prussians and Russians. Everybody wants a piece including yours truly. Ain't easy in CZ - 40 years of Stalinism, couldn't get a visa to leave, repression of expression, show trials, subjugation, collaboration and FEAR of the secret police. Ain't EZ in CZ, no. It ain't easy in A,B,CZ. It ain't easy in CZ - you just try saying "T¯i sta t¯icet t¯i st¯Ìbrn˝ch st¯ÌkaËek" Ain't easy in CZ, vÌm, vÌö, vÌ, vÌme, vÌte, rozumÌte? Ano my rozumÌme and yes is no, but you know. Don't you know - I love this country. Ain't easy, you know it ain't easy. It ain't easy but I'm holding on for you. It ain't easy, since when was it easy? It ain't easy but I'm holding on for you. Ain't easy in CZ, none of this did much as such for dignity or self esteem. Connivance and collusion and compliance with authority, The Nazis murdered millions. Bolsheviks just picked it clean. Forgetting was necessity, a hole in the memory. Ain't easy in CZ, well the cold war saw a thaw, a sort of momentary grip-release and Havel and the hopefuls had the country going west not east. He said"Pravda a l·ska zvÌtÏzÌ nad lûÌ a nen·vistÌ". Ain't easy in CZ - good people working hard trying to make ends meet, lucky with 3000 a week. trying to dodge the pokuty. NechcÌ nechcÌ exekucÌ! Gets sleazy in CZ, palms get greasy in CZ, we've got cartels, bordels, pÌko and monopolies, Zeman's brand of bigotry, ex-Commie bosses and police, but don't you know - I LOVE this country. I was trying to keep my head in CZ, got, wed, was trying to stay ahead, got misled, got bled, underfed, now I can't get out of bed. They put kmÌn in their bread, but I liked my chleba tekutÌ - in CZ. Feeling like a modern day John Dee in CZ, and Kafka crowed that this might happen. He said, "Prag l‰sst nicht los. Dieses M¸tterchen hat Krallen". Ain't easy in CZ. Just go and ask the Sinti. Try and find a refugee. Look at HlavnÌ N·draûÌ. What is it here with memory? Have we lost our sense of history? »echio! »echio! I repeat, I repeat: Pravda a l·ska zvÌtÏzÌ nad lûÌ a nen·vistÌ. There's a magic in CZ that runs deeper than a well, deeper than the water that courses underneath your feet. And there's a beauty in CZ - the pride of a culture that survived the worst of recent history, and this country's been good to me, but it ain't easy in CZ.
Track Name: When we came to Dover
When We Came to Dover (Words/Music - Justin Lavash)

Well they're coming down
You can feel it on the underground
On the edge of town
They're closing all the factories
closing all the factories down

I've got a girl back home
She said she's going to wait for me
And I've been saving hard
Enough to start a family
Enough to start a family

But she told my brother
She'd found someone new
Though she loves me still
And if that girl don't break my heart
I know that nothing will

Well, where I come from
It's just friends and family
But in this big old town
It's just money, man
Money and misery

And when we came to Dover it was raining hard
God knows, it's raining still
And if that girl don't go and break my heart
I know that nothing will

(break)

And they told me tomorrow
They're going to move me on
Well they can move me where they will
Coz if that girl don't and break my heart
I know that nothing will
Track Name: If you weren't my friend
If you weren't my friend (words/music - Justin Lavash)

If you weren't my friend
I'd wallow in self pity
and do a tour of bars
I'd tell a sorry tale

If you weren't my friend
I would howl in sorrow
Like all those dogs you see so sad
chained to supermarket walls

If you weren't my friend
there would be no compass
it would all wind down
there would be no point

If you weren't my friend
I would never see -
see you in your children
who are so dear to me

People come and go
history keeps changing
we've both seen highs and lows
we never tire of complaining

To the bitter end
that's where I would follow
I'll walk with you my friend
until the bitter end

until the bitter end
Track Name: That's how we write it
That's how we write it (words/music - Justin Lavash)

We squirm round like rats in a bag
busting for the bottleneck
sniffing out the cracks
that's how we write it
that's how we write it

Well, hey there, Jack, it's you or me
so here comes the blade
- don't take it personally
that's how we write it
that's how we write it

You get out and I'm gonna drag you back down
I get out - you think I'm gonna stay in this town?
No, I'll be hanging out with the country club boys
sipping pina coladas while you sweat it in the noise
coz that's how we write it
that's how we write it

Ain't there always one thing that gets in the way?
Here's another hurdle; here's another bill to pay

What you gonna do?
Roll over and die?
If I worry 'bout you
I gotta worry 'bout the next guy

You get out and I'm gonna drag you back down
I get out - you think I'm gonna stay in this town?
Well we aim a little high and then we stoop a little low
sometimes I wonder when this thing is gonna blow
but that's how we write it
that's how we write it

From the bottom to top that's all I see
as the poor paw through the trash so diligently
every clan's got it's own hierachy
coz that's how we write it
that's how we write it
Track Name: Love turns out alright
Love turns out alright (words/music - Justin Lavash)

Some they walk the dotted line
and they drag themselves to work on time
and they greet their fellows with a smile
and they drink from half-filled cups of wine
but not I - no, it's never really been my style

Others try to break your will
sneaking fingers in the till
cheat their way out of a deal
they'll try to wear you down until you cry
- you'll wanna blow 'em up with dynamite

And some will let you skim the cream
and some will help you build your dream
and some will change your social scene
and some can tell you when you tell a lie
But life - life turns out alright

And love, can play out much the same
Some will treat it like a game
But they will only bring you pain
while others will sweeten up your night
- which is usually alright

And there'll be those who you will hurt
whose love you never quite return
whose love you never quite deserved
you take it though you know that it ain't right
- but it doesn't keep you up at night

But one day love will stop you in your tracks
and right then you'll know there'll be no turning back
when love comes in she's got a terrible knack
of breaking in your heart from the inside
- but love...love turns out alright

Distance measures out in miles
"likes" in yellow smiley smiles
desire by where you rest your eye
but love and hate will not be quantified
- sometimes it's hard to choose a side

For love's a journey we must take
if not our lonely hearts would break
which anyway might be the case
you pays your money and you takes your ride
- it can leave you feeling petrified

And love can make you feel about ten feet tall
and love can make you go and bang your head against the wall
and love can make you feel that there's no sense in it all
but love can make you feel, and that's the deal
though love is blind
she'll be your guide
and love turns out alright
(and then you die)
Track Name: Slide
Slide (Words/music - Justin Lavash)

Hey you with the hollow eyes
Don't I know your name?
Do you remember mine?
Won't you slide with me?

I remember when we were kids
I still remember all the slides
we slid inside of me

Slide with me

Hey sweetheart take my hand
I think we got ourselves a brand new plan
Won't you slide with me?

Slide down streets of ice and snow
Somewhere there's a houseband playing low
Abide with me

Slide with me
Slide with me

Hey you in the Old Square Mile
Has the penny dropped?
Is it hard to smile?
Won't you slide with me?

Slide to the slums
There's a place for you
Coz everybody there is sliding too
Ride with me

Slide with me

Hey there you with your backs to the wall
If we slide together will the whole thing fall?
Won't you slide with me?

Coz I've been walking 'round with my head in a noose
but I'm an old-fashioned fool
What's your excuse?
Come on and slide with me

Slide with me
Track Name: This is a song
This is a song (words/music - Justin Lavash)

They chained me down and they forced me to stay
they took my home and my horses away
but they love to hear (all that they left me's)
this old beat-guitar
so this is a song from far far away

They gave me a shovel and said dig up the road
they took my voice and said do what you're told
and they call me a thief and it's probably true
so this is a song that I stole for you

Oooh I remember
moonlight in your eyes
my child bride
we danced till sunrise

and one day they tell me it all could change
if I mend my ways
if I play the game
have faith in the system
you don't have to be poor
but that's just a song we've all heard before

and though they may tell you I don't play the game
that my horses are wild and my children the same
Track Name: Fits and Starts
Fits 'n' starts (Words/Music - Justin Lavash)

I know I'm a son of a gun
and I keep on making waves when I should be having fun
but I think it's gonna be OK

I know that it's fits and starts
Keep hold of my hand
I think it's gonna be OK

We got a ticket to a sunny day
gonna be fireworks at night
Tell me don't it put a smile on your face
Well I think it's gonna be...
it's gonna be alright

I know it's been a bumpy ride
but I think we're gonna make it to the other side
I think it's gonna be OK

I know that it takes so long
when you're riding up the hill with the handbrake on
but I think it's gonna be OK

We got a long shot on a one-horse race
and I think I see it coming in clean
Tell me don't it put a smile on your face
Do you know what I mean?
Do you know what I mean?


Ain't got a penny for to scratch my ass
Ain't got nothing but buttons and beans
Man you either cry or laugh
Do you know what I mean?
Do you know what I mean?

I know that it's all fucked up
and the planet is dying
and the Government's corrupt
but I think it's gonna be OK

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