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To The Victor Go The Spoils

by Wayne & Rodney

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Welcome to the downwardly mobile I am the entrepreneur Careening through a slippery flume Another brother down a rabbit-less hole You and I have known each other somewhat Kinda sorta friends Parallel lives, we’ve taken our dives Let’s make some space for some great dividends! I will write your book, I will write your book I will write your book, I will write your book I will write your book, I will write your book I will write your book right now listen up! An overlooked hook that’s a-weavin’ and a-trollin Lands a random snag A shark showing off a marlin feelin’ soft Doesn’t matter just throw it in the bag Many lonely nights strung up in the darkness Manifesting a door With my perfect vision this real forced collision is.. A one-off shot at a lottery score! I will write your book, I will write your book I will write your book, I will write your book I will write your book, I will write your book I will write your book right now listen up! I will write your book, I will write your book I will write your book, I will write your book I will write your book, I will write your book Let’s just hear what the robot says.. Night after night I’m fighting the blight Yet I know I should bite the beautiful light But my might I hold tight and I know It ain’t right But the sight of the light delivers such a fright. Trust me I’m the only one that can do this Who gets you, who sees you, I’ll prioritize you I will write your book, I will write your book I will write your book, I will write your book I will write your book, I will write your book I will write your book right now listen up! I’m gonna write your number one story We’ll both share in all of the glory None can grab the trophy from us Two seats please in front of the bus! I’m gonna write your number one story We’ll both share in all of the glory None can grab the trophy from us Two seats please in front of the bus!
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There’s a moon over Atwater Village tonight And the clouds are so violent and violet and bright And the traffic sounds just like the ocean I’m so sad that I’m bursting with light With light! I’m bursting with light With light! I’m so sad that I’m bursting with light Ah yep, ah yep, ah yep, ah yep Ah yep! Ah yep, ah yep, ah yep And I dream of an audience I can impress And I’m wearing a suit and you’re wearing a dress And the people are smiling and nodding They’re so happy that I am depressed Depressed! Depressed, yes I am depressed (Depressed) They’re so happy that I am depressed Ah yep, ah yep, ah yep, ah yep Ah yep! Ah yep, ah yep, ah yep I don’t know if it’s even important to know If I’m thinking or feeling All I know is I’m sad and I’m happy at once My memories are reeling Can’t you see that I’m fire deep down in my bones I’m a bank and I’m giving out infinite loans And somehow I’m sad but I’m soaring Schizophrenics are manning the phones The phones! The phones, they’re manning the phones Schizophrenics are manning the phones Ah yep, ah yep, ah yep, ah yep Ah yep! Ah yep, ah yep, ah yep There’s a moon over Atwater Village tonight And the clouds are so violent and violet and bright The traffic sounds just like the ocean I’m so sad that I’m bursting with light With light! I’m bursting with light With light! I’m so sad that I’m bursting with light With light! With light! I’m bursting with light With light! I’m so sad that I’m bursting with light
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No sign of that young girl Underneath their eyes she squirmed away Then her mom’s face turns colors If she could make any sound she’d cry Hold on to that neck Hold on to that neck Hold on to that neck The ferry’s on its way On an inflatable unicorn. One second she’s here she’s gone away Dad’s legs are shaking And you can still hear his voice scream Hold on to that neck Hold on to that neck Hold on to that neck The ferry’s on its way Double takes from all on board Captain says “a unicorn? the hell you say?” The approach is fragile But the passengers all sing Hold on to that neck Hold on to that neck Hold on to that neck The ferry’s on its way I can say I’m four years old Never been this alone before She’s my one true friend now And if she could talk she’d say Hold on to my neck Hold on to my neck Hold on to my neck The ferry’s on its way Alone for the longest time My home has lost its rhyme in every way She floats in front of me now And with the passengers she sings Hold on to that neck Hold on to that neck Hold on to my neck The ferry’s on its way
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Fascination 02:37
I should call you I know you’re home Even though I’m not alone It’s true, I am subject to A fascination I don’t want the things I have Trade them all for a photograph Of you, I am subject to A fascination There isn’t room enough inside your house For all the madness that I bring I’ll find a store where I can buy new clothes So I can throw out everything I get tired of being warm I’d rather sail into a storm With you, let the clouds shine through It’s fascination I never read a book the way it’s bound I’m done with reason, sense and rhyme I’d rather throw the pages in the air And see upon the once in time Turn the normal into strange Let assumptions rearrange Into, a lie that’s true It’s fascination It's fascination It's fascination It's fascination
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She was perfect She was perfect in my head She could smile and sneer I was foggy Living up inside my head Staring down my fear We started driving round at night Playing music that we liked I knew she’d never kiss me But near her I felt free I siphoned her bravado Best friends for just a week She was angry She never trusted anyone Her eyes said “stay away.” I was restless I liked condemning everyone It was the safest way Maybe we were showing off Trading insults, friendly scoffs I knew she’d never kiss me But near her I felt free I siphoned her bravado Best friends for just a week I don’t know how it got started Some joke got overheard The sunrise at the fairgrounds What happened, what happened She was pretty And she went to prom alone I never knew her deal I was lonely I did my best work on the phone I never knew my deal I guess I noticed her too late Everyone gets seen too late I knew she’d never kiss me But near her I felt free I siphoned her bravado Best friends for just a week I left and won’t go back there She ventured near the sea I wonder what she thinks of Best friends for just a week
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I need new memories To push those old ones out of the way So my mind can finally go out and play I need new memories I need new memories Not those where there’s nothing left to say They’ve outwelcomed their presumptuous stay I need new memories Not strolling through a Charleston street Not syncing with your quiet heart beat I need new memories Oh the memories We need new memories New leaves on a dormant tree So our thoughts can finally dance free We need new memories Not aching through the shame all day Nor floating through the same old gray Books that have never been read And truths that have never been said. We need new memories Oh the memories All new love and all new pain And all new tears to wash my brain New sand and dirt on a brand new shirt An open face I’ve yet to hurt Good bits that start a really long run A fawn that feels her first sun To sing I’m a new flag unfurled To hear I’m a gift to the world I need new memories

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Pandemic album! Will and Joel were never in the same place while recording, that kinda thing.

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released March 25, 2021

Produced and Arranged by Joel Spence
Mixing and additional instrumentation by Jason Murgo
Drums on Book, Fascination and Best Friends: Jason Murgo
Piano on Fascination: Michael Cassady
Cover art by James Mullholland
Special thanks to: Mary Birdsong, Michelle Gilliam and everyone else who cheered us along.
Extra special thanks to Jason Murgo, for working with us to find the tracks we really wanted.

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Wayne & Rodney Los Angeles, California

Wayne & Rodney is, perhaps confusingly, Will Hines and Joel Spence. Will brought some songs to Joel, and asked him to produce them. Instead, they made a band.

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