Based on a Story That's True

by Dog Without Warning

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released May 20, 2016


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Dog Without Warning

Dog Without Warning is a SF Bay Area Band consisting of Kevin Costa, Dustin Miller, Tom Fields, Jeremy Beck and Mike Tuciarone. They record and play original rock music that makes them happy.

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Track Name: Great Highway
Balanced between the sand and the sea
Trying to comprehend what has happened to me
I don't like the sun and I don't like the waves
I really hate the billboard where Pacifica Dodge saves me more
I thought only Jesus saves
And raises us up from our graves
And sets us free from being slaves to our pain
I'd best start again

I've run out of road and I've run out of land
I guess my only option is to swim to Japan
But if it's for sure that I've come to an end
I've got another choice because the bridge is just ten minutes north
And the water's dark and deep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
But I won't make my mama weep for her son
After all that I've done

Ooooh, Great Highway

A Frisbee floats by with a Golden in chase
There's shiny happy people all over the place
Adorable girl dips her toes in the foam
Everybody here is such a long way from home but I know
When they're done here they'll just go back
They all have something that I lack
Along the way I got off track

Ooooh, Great Highway...

Down in the dunes they're shooting a girl
And I can't look away
She arches her back and tosses her curls
And though it's such a perfect day
They've brought all kinds of lights and stuff
As if the sun weren't bright enough
Watching them is much too tough cos I see
There's nothing more there for me

It starts to get hazy what's all gone before
The end of the beginning's taken place on this shore
I'm feeling so light like I'm floating above
I'd prob'ly fly away if you gave me one good shove and I smile
I think I finally understand
I've cut my tether to this land
It strikes that there's no demand that I stay
And so I'm on my way
Track Name: André
12 years old already 6 foot 3
lunchbag won’t fit on his knee
can’t take the bus so he hitches a ride
here comes a 2 door with an absurdist inside

soon enough the giant drops out
no parsian countryside could ever be as stout
the whole world’s André’s once he learns to be the star
the villain, the drinker, the little boy over turning a car

IF All the world loves a babyface, then André’s one
IF All the world loves a heel, then André’s one, André’s the best

He knew he didn’t have the luxury of time
André’s living now and behind the sly smile
everyone’s story paints him so grand
but the sad underpinning’s get’s out of hand

2 bottles of vodka make him a hero to some
but what all the booze was masking may have never come
and he may be remembered as the giant, the best of both worlds they say
but lives even longer when a Shepard tells us to obey

I’m not gonna break kayfabe
let him sleep it off in the hall
Track Name: Old Soul
There’s an old soul,
Said a lady with light gray eyes,
Pointing to the one I call my own.

He is yours to know,
You will have to learn to compromise,
It’s not about you anymore.

I tried to back away,
But she held me with her bright gray eyes,
Telling me things I should have known.

She had a lot to say,
Looking back now I realize,
It’s not about me anymore.

If it’s so obvious – easy to see,
Was I so blind – not to believe.
If it’s so literal – easy to read,
Show me the wall – so I can see.

It could have been a dream,
About a lady with bright gray eyes,
Telling me I would have to grow.

The lesson taught to me,
There are those who must rely,
Like the one I call my own.
Track Name: Cardinal
Sometimes I even embarrass myself,
dragging ancient things down from that shelf
and I hardly remember who I used to be
so why would I care about what you think of me
the cardinal lands and drops a worm into the nest
Bright and beautiful shines his chest

I was a boy when you disappeared
despite the airs that you never cleared
little bird, won't let go, long after it's flown
assume I knew, the type of wings she'd grown
I never knew better than the costume you wore
while we traded hits on the shore
the cardinal lands and drops a worm into the nest
Bright and beautiful shines his chest

crooked pinkies, crooked smiles, crooked paths to walk
and now we've all circled back to a tiny nest to talk

letters come back, all addressed to you
a winter prophetic, to the desert she flew
What's stronger, what we want or what we expect each other to flaunt
The shadow we cast in youth will always haunt
song delayed, after so many years,
the cactus cried its frozen tears
the cardinal lands and drops a worm into the nest
Bright and beautiful shines his chest

After all this time I should have known
I can't be trusted to free this bird alone
Track Name: Based On A Story That's True
"Write when you get work" she said and my heart broke right there
600 miles away, I'm in a gas station getting cold stares
Baby it's not like I don't dream of you each night
We'll I technically day dream but I'm trying to get that right

K: Did you Lock the liquor up, it's after 2

And here I sweep thinking of you
While teens and transients are rolling through
And I'd call if I wasn't sure you're sleeping now
Dumping nacho cheese in a metal sink
Daylight takes so long to creep
this graveyard temp job’s gonna break me somehow

babe I know your out there living natural and PC
but come 3am it’s just left over hot dogs for me
gotta strip a wire and take this muzak by the throat
wanna hear the paper bag puppet script I wrote?

everynight I get this feeling
somewhere about 4:25
this chill that just maybe
I’m the only one alive

turns out I stayed, a lot longer than I thought
maybe I shouldn’t have ate that shrounder that I caught
time to count the draw hand it to the daytime crew
and even if I lie all night it’s based on a story that's true
Track Name: You Know I Know
Paint your pictures --- Frame a doorway into your mind
It underlies ---What’s in your eyes
Write your story --- All are happy – all are kind
Black and whites --- No compromise

You’re in there somewhere
You know I know
You know I know you’re in there somewhere
Come back to me

Never wonder ---- It doesn’t matter – leave it behind
No asking why ---And no goodbyes
Life in color --- Large and bright but nothing’s defined
No disguise – What’s in your eyes