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released July 14, 2016

Music: Josh Winfield / Bruno Mestriner / Amy Banger / Reuben Chandler
Lyrics: Josh Winfield

Vocals / Guitars: Josh Winfield
Keyboard / Backing Vocals: Amy Banger
Saxophone: Reuben Chandler
Bass: Bruno Mestriner
Drums (tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10): Igor Mestriner
Drums (tracks 1, 3, 7): Che Ferris

Producers: Josh Winfield / Reuben Chandler
Sound Engineer: Steve Jackson
Mastering Engineer: Gaëtan Golembiewski

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Track Name: Got To Move
I got to move
I got to get down
I got to stand up
To know that I'm the right way around
I got to let go
Of what I've been
I can't be sitting in the sun
Waiting for the next cool breeze
I got head out
I got to roam
I got to get lost
To check I've found the right way home
I got to dance
I got to groove
But most of all, honey
I got to move

I got to move
I got to do it alone
Gonna wash by soul in muddy water
Like a rolling stone
I got to get high
I got to get low
I’m gonna act silly when there's something in the face that I've been loving that let's me know
I got to get loud
I got to sing
I'm gonna get happy
I don't care if it's not the next big thing
And in the end
There ain't nothing to prove
There’s only one thing I need
I got to move

Something feels like it’s holding me down
I can't wait for the answer
So I'm leaving this town once again

Something feels like it’s holding me down
I can't wait here much longer
So I'm leaving this town
I"m going back down
And I say with a frown...

I got to move
Track Name: I Cannot Believe
Mustang Sally finds herself face down
No luck with drowning last night's frown
She still sees his eyes in the wet ground
Back home her friends are all switched on
Can't stand the wine that she sips on
Just holds the love she got hooked on

Why? Why do you want to hear
The same old story
Tell me why you wouldn't jump
Until the game got boring
Why? I think these kids are insane
They're doing it, doing it again

Oh no I cannot believe these kids are trying to do what I already did

Store-bought Sammy finds The Conductor
No need to say what he’s after
Just hands the key to his master
Runs back to keep his cog turning
No time to lose if you’re earning
Make sure you don’t waste it learning

Why? Why do you want to hear
The same old story
Tell me why you wouldn't jump
Until the game got boring
Why? I think these kids are insane
They're doing it, doing it again

Oh no I cannot believe these kids are trying to do what I already did

Now folks I’m gonna tell y’all a story ‘bout when I was just nine yers ol’. Now my papa, well he didn’t like what I was doin'. He said, "Son, I don’t like what you’re doin’!” And I turned right back around and I said, “well guess what pa? I’m gonna do it anyway."

Oh no I cannot believe these kids are trying to do what I already did
Track Name: What Would It Take
Take me into the outside
Show me what you know
Because I've been here for far too long
What would it take to just let go

There’s something happening
I’ve never felt this place before
And your wide eyes they
Whisper songs I can’t ignore
Something makes me linger
On the thought that I’m not here
You just appear to be so real

There’s something in this space
That won’t embrace my moulded mind
But you've got me digging
Never told me what to find
There’s something that you said
Keeps on repeating in my head
'What would it take to just let…’

Take me into the outside
Show me what you know
Because I've been here for far too long
What would it take to just let go
Track Name: At The Rhythm Bar
If you got the rhythm, I could put the record on
This is how we listen, jump until the jam is done
We could make it happen, oh, but baby only if
You got the rhythm


And now I'm standing, staring
At Bloody Mary's door
Oh there there she is, invites me in
Says sit down and pick your sin
Now I'm jumping, jacked up
Begging her for more
Just put the needle to my groove
It's what I need, won't you let me move
Play that swunk, get me drunk
One two!


If you got the rhythm, I could put the record on
This is how we listen, jump until the jam is done
We could make it happen, oh, but baby only if
You got the rhythm


When they found out, no doubt
That I was in disguise
Then Gypsy Girl, knocked down my door
Said don’t I know you from before?
I think that someone had caught on
That I was spinning lies
Oh no now babe you must be wrong
I'm just the Flying Hitchhiker's Son
Then I was gone and she got done
Watch out!
Track Name: Gypsy Girl
When I met her on the city block
She said pack up your life and follow me
We've got promenades to walk, we've got people to talk to
We've got places to go you've never been

I said, "look here girl I cannot come with you
"I've got my roots and boots here in this town"
She smiled at me and said, "boots are made for walking but
"Please stay if what you're looking for you've found"

At those words I got right up and followed
Left everything I used to have behind
Now I'm on the road, and everything I've got I borrowed
Gypsy God won't you show me a sign


Gypsy girl, don't hide your eyes
Gypsy girl, show me your eyes
I want to feel you, I want to find you
Gypsy girl, teach me how to fly
Track Name: Swunk Train
I went down the station all alone
I’m leaving, today I’m leaving home
With my head down and my eyes closed
I got no one to love, I got no place to go

My baby stabbed me in the back
She left me tied up on the tracks
Sometimes you win and sometimes to die trying
But sometimes you’re better off just pretending that you’re lying

Hey Mister, why you all alone?
I’m leaving, today I’m leaving home.
There ain’t no need to feel quite so down
You know the Swunk Train is coming, their gonna turn you around


You want it, you don’t have to wait
Get on it, jumping on the next Swunk Train
Believe it, you don’t have to stay
We’re leaving, Swunk Train!
Track Name: Charleston Hop
So let me tell you all a story about the Swunk Universe
And Dead Danny Dread who thought he was cursed
Well the doctor wouldn’t listen so he asked the nurse
She’s got just the kind of thing to make him feel worse
So she showed him inside and handed Danny the key
And said please don’t tell him that you got this from me
When he didn’t understand, she said don’t you see?
If you want to get happy you got to follow me and just

Stop, do the Charleston Hop

Hold up, what’s the Charleston Hop
Said Danny Dread as he frowned, took a look at the clock
You got the wrong guy, there’s no time to stop
You know I’m already late for tonight’s sleepwalk
So he threw down the key and started turning away
And the nurse just sighed, I got one thing to say
If you keep on walking your curse is gonna stay
So let’s try it again you’re gonna be okay

Stop, do the Charleston Hop

Can you feel it coming
Leave your troubles hanging
Everybody’s buzzing
Can you feel it

Don't stop!
Track Name: Dr No Swunk
Welcome Citizen
We’ve been expecting you
Do not panic
Please proceed

Everybody’s got the swunk till the doctor calls

Are you comfortable?
Please hold still
The operation is about to begin
Re-tuning initiated


When he looked me in the eyes
And I could see the light
He spoke and took me by surprise:
“Please come with me, I'm Doctor No Swunk"

And in his Hertz Dispensary
Is where he laid me down
Performed a test at once to see
If he could trust in me, it's Doctor No Swunk

So he handed me the pill
And drew himself a chair
“Come and join us on the hill"
As he took me there
I closed my eyes
Embraced the lie...
Track Name: The Phoenix Of Marsh Vegas
What’s your middle name?
Let’s play the mirror game
We’re gonna meet Suzanne in the alleyway

Find your feeling here at dawn

She’ll let you win again
Like all the other men
And drag it out to prove that she’s genuine


I can’t forget the day
I tried to make her stay
No looking back when she ran away

Find your feeling here at dawn

What’s that you’re saying babe?
This ain’t the time to fade
You can’t leave me here with the renegades


Drop dead, what do I care
We jamming to the swunk anthem
Can’t stop, hands in the air
But you were never gonna catch them
Jump up, don’t let me down
I’ll make a deal with your conscience
Don’t hide, hear the new sound
The swunk is coming with a vengeance

Rewind, do it again
I bet they’d let you if you asked them
Drop dead, what do I care
We jamming to the swunk anthem


It's never enough!
Track Name: Life Is What You Make It
It was a strange day, the one that Will removed himself from sight
The summer rain had drilled soft patterns into the roof all through last night
And he hadn’t slept cos it had kept him up and whispered in his ear
Saying you look just like the rest of them so tell me why are you here

In spite of everything he’d lived for till now
Will got the next train that came with the aim of leaving this town
Without notifying figures he figured would finally figure out
That nothing’s better than a cold hit of warm soft doubt

Now raise the bar and brake the cycle, burn the books and ban the idol chatter
Chase another high until it dies what does it matter
When you’re far away enough from all these people wanting stuff
That you can see the madness written on their brand new handcuffs

Take time between each scene you get sold
It doesn't matter what happens in a story that's beautifully told
Out of all the people he was leaving there was one he really knew
The last time she’d said a word to him he was only 22

And Will still tried to understand if it was him or her that changed
Heard her voice fall on his deaf ear “baby don’t be a stranger"
She had promised him a life but you gotta learn how to live
And the medicine man won't teach you no matter how much you give


Life is what you make it
And you, you don’t have to fall
Life is what you make it
If you make it at all


When he let the line go he felt the first smile
And held his new love to know she’s worthwhile
But then never again when it’s fate who calls shots
Pain who ties knots, sex who writes plots

And he knew after all that life it ain’t free
There are two kinds of minds and those that can’t see
Get swept up picked out tried on the stand
We won’t let that happen so raise your right hand, say


Life is what you make it
And you, you don’t have to fall
Life is what you make it
If you make it at all


If you ever feel like the room is getting smaller
The walls are getting taller, your mind is running over and over
To find freedom and fight the same demon just think about
Will, your friendly neighbourhood stranger

He plays the same game and he rides the same train
Feels the same pain and points the same blame
He wears the same name and drinks the same rain
But the next time it falls make a note of what it’s saying


Life is what you make it
And you, you don’t have to fall
Life is what you make it
If you make it at all