The Middle Rats

by The Middle Rats

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released 13 April 2012

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The Middle Rats Columbus, Ohio

We locked ourselves in a cabin in the remote Hocking Hills in Southeastern Ohio for 3 days straight with no phone service and an master engineer in the dead of winter. Snowed in and toasty, We recorded everything we did and this is the result. Many say it turned out nicely, your thoughts?? ... more

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Track Name: We Are The Middle Rats
We are the Middle Rats
You let us in your homes
We are the Middle Rats
You keep throwin bones

Ah…..

Ah we are the middle rats
Uh huh we know where its at
We got the guitars on our backs, its alright

- Workin on the line, havin fun and feelin fine, oh yeah

Ah…..

Ah we are the middle rats
Uh Come on lets check the map
Plannin our attack ! – its alright

- Hunger on the mind, hoppin trains and scrapin by
- In the streets were born, underground were safe from storms
- Wearin no disguise, exaggerate and emphasize

Ah…..

We are the Middle Rats
You let us in your homes
We are the Middle Rats
You keep throwin bones
Track Name: Vacation Song
I need a vacation
I need a vacation

don't matter where I'm going just as long as I go
it don't matter which coast I'm hanging at as long as its a coast
and then I'm gone

Please, Please get me a ticket
I'll leave in the morning
burn up all that jet fuel in the sky
look down on my planet

don't matter where im going just as long as I go
dont need no suitcase no I don't need no cologne
and then im gone

don't matter where im going, just as long as I go
don't need no plans, no directions
just as long as i have my phone
make money when i get there, i'll get there
Track Name: She Saved Me
She saved me...just to kill me...
not to heal me...or bring me back...
on track, oh...

She made me...just to break me...
just to thrill me...and bring me back...
to this heart attack.

She bleeds me...that's why she needs me...
why she keeps me...Oh, how will I survive...
this fading rest of my life?


I'd hoped that somehow it would get better...
(it's not getting better...)
I know the only way is to forget her...
(you have to forget her)...
I don't know if I feel the same way...that I felt yesterday...
Oh, how could I have known...

That she would kiss me...when she missed me...
just to bring me...running back...
to this heart attack.

Oh, she kissed me...when she missed me...
now she hits me...no matter how hard I try...
here, in this fading rest of my life.
Track Name: Real Bad Case
We Got a real bad case
We live in a real small space
- talking out loud, nobody minds were close and confined

We Got a real bad case

-What did you expect, theres bound to be an accident
- The stones are aligned now, leather bound, packed tight
- Cant figure out why this town

Left a Real Bad Taste
Were probably gonna be late
- I hope they don’t care, that were not already there

We gotta real bad case
Track Name: Instead She Let Me Go
Midnight rolls around and finds me awake,
Still in disbelief of how I escaped
Tied to a chair with a wire run clean cross my chest
I fell for the girl who preferred carving her guests.

Special, she’s got movin fingers and toes
Pebbles, outsize her narrow pupils
Concession, I ain’t sold on love without her
Obsession, she’s my baby

Instead She Let Me Go

I dodged death from one great vagrant of god
Our eyes met and that’s when we became love,
Raising the knife she could not deny appetite,
We were meant to spend eternity side by side.
Track Name: Better Boy
Think about your teacher & your mamma & your papa
pointing their fingers at you
yellin' and scolding you
sayin i told you so
with every little thing that you do

Think about your girlfriend
The West Virginia Whirlwind
pointing her finger at you
yellin & screaming saying "why do you screen my calls
I would never do that to you"

I know I got a ways to go
I know you got a lot to show me
I promise I will be a better boy next time

Think about your coach and when you
caught him with that roach
he said, "I wouldn't do this if I were you.
I was young like you, and now I smoke and now I booze
{I guess} some games you win, and some you lose"

I know I got a ways to go
I know you got a lot to show me
I promise I will be a better boy next time

I know you got a lot to say
You sure do have a way about you
I promise I will be a better boy next time
Track Name: Morning
I want you...
to love you and to touch you...
but I know that you don't feel the same...
This morning doesn't smell the same.

I need you...
to know you and to be with you...
But it will never be the same...
This mourning isn't spelled the same.

Every night I watch the sun...
on it's lonesome trek goodbye...
I sit and hope to see your lovely silhouette again...when it arrives.

I want you...
to feel you and to see you...
reaching to the bluest skies...
This morning is your fading eyes.

I need you...
to hear you and to tell you...
that none will ever satisfy...
since this morning when you said goodbye.

Every night...I wish...oh, how I wish...
I could still see you shine.
See you shine so bright as all the stars...
all the endless stars of time.
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I love you...
always be thinking of you...
You're gone now, but my heart remains...
this morning doesn't smell the same.

I need you...
to kiss you and to touch you...
But it will never be the same...
this mourning isn't spelled the same.

Every night I wish a sickening little secret
to myself that I could die...
I have this need for me to want to need to love you...to touch you...
to be with you...
just one more time.
Track Name: Never Seen My Woman
- Cross her fingers right beneath her lower back while practicing a lie
-*--- You never seen her fake a heart attack, you never seen her cry

- Pick her teeth with rebar pins, you never seen her lose a leg
- Down a wild turkey pint in bed

- Stacking decks and cheat at Keno, The River boats all know her name
- Chasing off the lawmen with a cane.

- Slap a stranger hard across the chest, you never seen her wrapped in doubt.
- Turn a herd around w/ just a shout

Oh I, I know, How My Woman, Must Appear To You
Track Name: Love In Circles
Love has a way of moving in circles
Summers day, the sun was on your skin
and when you smiled at me, I believed it all
and when you just said please,
I gave you my love
and then the Autumn leaves turned you -- away

Winter's day, forces us to find each other
I found you, underneath the mistletoe
We laughed out loud at the unrelenting irony
We both calmed down with a drink

Seasons change, realign with Jupiter
But you remain the center of my universe
so smile for me and I'll forgive it all
and if you just say please,
I'll love you again and when you
come back then come all-the-way
Track Name: ...is the River
If my boat could withstand the river,
I bet my love would be satisfied.
Waiting on the sun to deliver,
I fail the wade every time I try
- I can’t hold on

How Long is the River
So Long oh tonite love
How High is River
Too High oh tonite love

Well I know, yes I know, its gonna overflow
But I’m taking my chances again
So come on lets go, before I lose control
Said I’ll dive in anywhere I can

The only bridge I ever have known
Has gone and left me alone
The rain did fall and the bridge did crack
Stuck along the east side of this track
- I can’t hold on

How Long is the River
So Long oh tonite love
How High is River
Too High oh tonite love
Track Name: A Love So Divine
She lives in the valley
high above the gallows
She tends to her orchards and animals there
she walks down below me
where white waters flowing
shes gentle and honest shes pure and shes fair

Oh! How will I win her
Over with my songs
How can I make her mine.
impress her and woo her
make sweet love to her
And find a love so divine.

The children in the school house
All bring her flowers
She wore them as bracelet’s and all in her hair
She taught them to sing
And swing from the rings
She taught them such beautiful, wonderful things....

A Love So Divine