Part Time

by Blue Ruin

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The band decided to name this album Part Time in honor of all of all the long hours we put into the labor of love that was making this record. Rock'n'roll is like a series of fun field trips from the reality of a day job for us. We're in debt to so many people for helping us achieve this, and the following names deserve as much credit for this as us:

Our Families, David McKenzie, Max Wirt, Neil Weir, Schoen Oslund, Ali Jaafar, Zoe Prinds-Flash, Jake Schemm, Kermit, Andrew Volna, Dan Forke, Eli Flasher, Sonia Grover, and Free Energy

credits

released 17 March 2013

Nick Meza: Drums and Vocals
Alex McCormick: Bass and Vocals
Zach McCormick: Lead Vocals and Guitar
Joe McKenzie: Lead Guitar and Vocals

Recorded at Old Blackberry Way Studios in Minneapolis

Produced by Blue Ruin and Neil Weir

Engineered by Neil Weir

Mastered by Ali Jaafar at Ecsattic Studios in Minneapolis

All Photos by Zoe Prinds-Flash

Design and Layout by Dan Forke


blueruinmpls@gmail.com
All Music by Blue Ruin
Released 2013 on Blue Ruin Records All Rights Reserved

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Blue Ruin Minneapolis, Minnesota

In early 2011, four kids from South Minneapolis formed a band. Drawing equal influence from their time in the trenches of the Twin Cities Punk scene and the dusty grooves of their favorite Soul and R&B records, Blue Ruin created a raw, guitar driven sound with an emphasis on the groove. ... more

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Track Name: Strung Up
You look pretty good in the moonlight
Shadows run across your face
I still see you like you don't see me
I'm drunk but you're just a little tipsy

You've been on my mind for more than tonight
Longer than I'd care to admit
I've been holding my tongue cuz you've been with someone
But there's a spark no doubt about it

Road signs flicker like fireflies
Can't help but notice the look in your eyes
Know that it's wrong to steal you away
But honey I wish you would stay

Snow's falling hard out the window
Getting pretty late to be on the road
We could spend the night or just go for a ride
And find some dirt for our wheels to hold

I'm riding shotty in your daddy's Camry
We come to your house and you ease on the brakes
I could get out or you could come in
But one of us here is gonna make a mistake

Road signs flicker like fireflies
Can't help but notice the look in your eyes
Know that it's wrong to steal you away
But girl I wish you would stay

You got me strung up
Track Name: Crossfire
Rain falls down on this dirt floor town
As I'm spitting into the wind
Another door closes and and another door closes
And I'm left wonderin'
Am I a man or just a cog in the machine
What do think they'll do when I can't pay rent next week

Lookin' at me in the same old ways
Pay my debts in cents on a broken wage

Leaving me caught in a crossfire
Everywhere I go
Is that what you wanted
I want to know

Can you hear the sound
I can hear the silence when you don't call
You still don't call
And I'm so sick of trying
Trying to be something that I'm not
Trying to earn just a little more than I got

Ten-story walk up to a one room life
You don't know me but you know what I'm like

Leaving me caught in a crossfire
Everywhere I go
Is that what you wanted
I want to know

If you're sayin' I'm wrong I'll sing along

Leaving me caught in a crossfire
Everywhere I go
Is that what you wanted
I want to know
Track Name: Warpaint
Every single morning she's up before the dawn
Smokes a cigarette and gets her warpaint on
Enemy's waiting weapon drawn
She gets ready to fight and puts her warpaint on

She's out the front door while the light's still stalkin the skyline
Bus stop's so cold when it ain't felt the touch of the sunshine
She waits there 20 long minutes
Frozen fingers stretchin to their limit
Until that cramped bus comes and takes her all the way to work

Boss' got bad news her hours are gettin cut back
But he ain't ever raised a child on half a paycheck
So this month say goodbye to heating
Cuz her baby's mouth'll need feeding
And that one room apartment ain't gonna pay for itself

Still every day's a battle but we stay strong
Put two boots down and get our warpaint on
Enemy's waiting weapon drawn
But we get ready to fight and put our warpaint on

Baby's got a daddy but daddy ain't been much of a father
She still makes that call but most times just wonders why she bothers
He can talk all he wants about parole
But them prison bars are thicker than he knows
And that revolving door'll put him right back in again

Still every day's a battle but we stay strong
Put two boots down and get our warpaint on
Enemy's waiting weapon drawn
But we get ready to fight and put our warpaint on

Oh that battle's long
But it's a war that can be won
Power in your lungs
To shout it out

Two boots down
Stand your ground
Weapon drawn
Warpaint on
Track Name: Shady All-Night
There's a girl that I meet most nights
And early mornings by the boxcar depot
Says she's out there for the fresh air
Promise of new exciting people

But she can't complain though she hardly tries
Looks past the nature of the train she rides
I gave up tryin' for a happy ending
She can be replaced and the work is demanding

Shady all-night bar and grill
with convertible parked out front
You can order what you will
but they'll deliver what you want

Caroline's not out tonight
Sometime's she's gone for a week or more
She'll be back when she's feelin' alright
Just a little paler than before

Up all night I see the light
Though my window as they pull away
There she stands alone in the night
She'll be gone before the light of day

Shady all-night bar and grill
with convertible parked out front
You can order what you will
but they'll deliver what you want

We smoke cigarettes and talk about sex
And think about the things we'd rather forget
Later on I'll return to my station
Pouring Drinks and gettin' tips for conversation

Shady all-night bar and grill
with convertible parked out front
You can order what you will
but they'll deliver what you want
Track Name: Medicine Woman
One of these days the rough spots on riverside
Are gonna be the death of you
Over there they're so hard where the corners get sharp
And the alleys are to dark to pass through

It's a world full of phonecalls with coded conversations
That's part of the life that you lead
Where supply meets demand and the money changes hands
For a product that the best of us need

Show me what you're holdin'
All I need is one taste
I'll be your satisfied customer
In your part time paper chase

One of these days maybe you'll answer your phone
When I call you on a saturday night
I'll spend all my cash watch you burn it into to ash
But I'll leave with my head feelin' right

Instead I'm dry as the bones that cast your fortunes
And ward off the demons from you
Wonderin' when I shall taste that sweet caress
Of your medicine that always gets me through

Show me what you're holdin'
All I need is one taste
I'll be your satisfied customer
In your part time paper chase

Cut out your market
Weigh it out do the math and pick your targets

Show me what you're holdin'
All I need is one taste
I'll be a satisfied customer
In your part time paper chase

Medicine Woman
Work some magic on me
I'll be your satisfied customer
Until the law takes us off of the streets