The Dash

by R. Mutt

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The Dash is R. Mutt's fifth full length. Preorders only available at band website for now.

visit www.rmutt.us/p/music.html to preorder.

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released February 3, 2017

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R. Mutt Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Born in a puddle of old tap beer in a Milwaukee basement in 1988 R. Mutt is:

Ron Thornton
Dave Smolarek
Jim Dier
Jamie Vanadia

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Track Name: In the Dash
In gated towns you find gated families
guarding truths lies and secrets evenly
In the dark of the night, their castout sons arise
to claim their rightful piece of the family tree

American dreams will fade in a haze of drink
and the pills that keep you up at night don't help you think
in the back of a car, a shotgun and the morning light
turn the page on the days of youthful fights

Do you remember, what happened on that night
why these sinking feelings last
five steps further from my final fate
life is what happens in the dash

I served my last last meal for the very last time today
While the radio tells how the good and bad are weighed
In the dark of the night, their castout sons arise
to claim the space in the place we call the dash

Do you remember, what happened on that night
why these sinking feelings last
five steps further from my final fate
life is what happens in the dash
Track Name: Pushing Tin
The whistle blows, the bell it rings, the whip is fast and firm
They’re stacking up before me, each one waits its turn
I’m losing control, but the birds are coming in in
The weekend is over before it begins

Early to bed and early to rise
Somehow each morning comes as a surprise
The last one up is the last one in again
when you’re pulling up and I’m pushing tin

Lights come up again, just like they have before
I’m searching for my bearings in the cracks of a barroom floor
I choke back my pride and the cold wind hits my face
walk down the road to your place
Track Name: Captain Sidewinder
If you had something to say, you could have said it to me
and if you had to run away, you could have run to me

Captain.

I think of you everyday and night.
I always thought you'd be by my side.
Oh Sidewinder, Sidewinder,
I heard it was you,
I heard it was you,
A bolt straight from the blue, headed right for me,
What else could it be?

Blindsided, Sidewinder,
There's nothing left to do,
Except give in to you,
I tried. There's nothing left to do,
Except give in to you.
Track Name: Hypocrite
Like a sad sack living in the daily grind,
I'm scratching for a living for what I find,
Gotta keep it going gotta toe the line
the joke's on me

I always had time for one more round
I’m driving around town with new friends i'd found
but it's 3am, and it’s going down
another joke's on me

When I close my eyes, I hear them whispering…
You’re telling lies, I know it’s so.

You've got a death wish grip on a canine hair
and a tired back story that i cannot bear
through a midday buzz and a broken stare
I can see you smile

When I close my eyes, I hear them whispering…
You’re telling lies, I know it’s so.

I'm a neer do well, you're a hypocrite
You're lying right now, I'm believing it
you want a lift home, and i'm completely lit
I guess the joke's on me

I got a cross to bear you got a broken back
you pack 10 pounds of lies in a five pound sack
You’re knocking me down when I was back on track.
Peace love and and understanding them is the things that you lack.
Track Name: Everyday
It's hard to really see, but I’m trying to slap your face
I'm blinded by light, come and lift me up from disgrace
Stop staring off in space, and thinking about the cake
Won't you wake up to the real truth, and not the grave you'll make

Look around with some real eyes
you and I are brothers soon you’ll realize

Who are you? Who do you answer to?
Won't you look me in the eyes - it's long past due
Don't be afraid, Or worry about whom you’ve laid
We're getting so much closer - everyday

Let go of the daily, Let go of that old Corvette
You got so much more than you know, You got more than money can ever get.
You give meaning to this life, You give meaning to beyond
You can bottle up that meaning to keep for when you're gone
Deep inside you’ll find an innocence
A deep forgiveness for all your sins

Who are you? Who do you answer to?
Won't you look me in the eyes - it's all past due
Don't be afraid, Or worry about whom you’ve laid
We're getting so much closer - everyday
Track Name: Never Look Back
Grabbing lots of cash selling no man's land,
Steady Handed Stan had a grand old plan, Oh no!
Always took his chances, in the places he'd landed,
Never looked back at what he'd abandoned, Oh no!

It all comes back to you, no matter what you do,
But it always seems that there's another fool.

Mama told him so,
She said don't get too low,
She said, “Don't do what i do, just do what I say and that's ‘never, never, never, never, never look back’"

Slipping Jimmy Jones had it all worked out,
Falling on his face as people looked and shouted, "Oh no!"
Sidwalks, curbs and streets, they were all in line,
All another way to make a crooked dime, Oh no!

It all comes back to you, no matter what you do,
But it always seems that there's another fool.

Mama told him so,
She said don't get too low,
She said, “Don't do what i do, just do what I say and that's ‘never, never, never, never, never look back’"
Track Name: Glass Citadel
When I slow down and think about it,
I realize that there’s a chance I was so unfair.
Swallowed by the deep big blue,
Floats, empty hooks, and despair

I was holed up in my glass citadel,
Waiting for my troubles to pass on through.
Marking time and staying low, wishing for all them to all go go go
Back to the shadows
Where we were born.

It doesn't matter to me,
If we were irresponsible,
We could make it work, you see,
And I could be your brother again.

Let’s stop all the bluffing,
It’s yielding next to nothing,
Let’s let it go and take it from here.
Track Name: Mystery
There's a ragged black cat and it's casting it's eyes around me.
While a one legged rabbit and shoeless mare cries silently.
Garlic scent, clovers, and ginger snaps they remind me
Of that portrait of you, and the lock of your hair

All tied up in a mystery.
I'm trying to find our way out.
The stars line up, and spell my fate tonight.
Do they say I'm with you? Please, say I'm with you. Please, say I'm with you.

The reflection of you, from our mirror in two, weighs hard on me,
Scattered salt across the floor, haphazardly.
But crickets, scarabs, turtles and dragonflies - they revive me
and show me it could still come true, that you might still care

All locked up in a mystery.
I'm trying to find a way out.
The stars line up, and spell my fate tonight.
Do they say I'm with you? Please, say I'm with you. Please, say I'm with you.
Track Name: It started as a story
This started as a story about a love to last for years
Sharing tattoos, bar tabs and bad jokes
Now it's shoulders wet with tears as we struggle to remember
How it ended up here
And how a sweet love can sours so quickly
Into jealousy and fear

It started as a story, it’s turned into a song
It was more than she could bear.
As I grew tired of making rhymes, telling lies
Trying to fool myself that I was a man
Now It's a string of strange apartments
And names I'll never know

What started as a story, is ending as a note
An empty soul long past it’s age
A heart like yours been beating down and broken
only harbors bitterness and rage
Now it’s time that I should leave you
I wrote it on this page
Track Name: Coal Black Heart
I woke up alone to my coal black heart,
Woke up alone to my coal black heart,
To an empty bottle and my coal black heart.

Another stillborn day another stillborn day another
Empty bottle and my coal black heart.

But it’s all mine, yeah, it’s all mine.
You can do what you want but it’s all mine.
I woke up alone.
Track Name: Queen of Speed
She was a beauty she had a need for speed.
had a glare that could buckle my knees
A coupe de ville that I’d never seen run
a Polka dot dress and her hair in a bun

Lights up, head down
Tried to put up a fight
She flashed a grin put her foot on the dash
and told me “Baby, your up tight tight tight tight”

Digging deep tried to turn up the heat
She knocked one back as she chewed off her leash
turned the radio up, it was her favorite song
Bee By Bickty-by… bo bo go

Little bottles, white pills
nothing seemed to help
Just as I was worried she would never slow down
i heard myself say, lets go, go, go

If we do wrong right, We’ll make it out of here
Pack your things, head for the door, let’s go
Cause when you do right wrong, people get stuck round here
Just leave your things, let's hit the road, and go

She’s the only one that gets me
She’s the only one that cares
Think what you want, just keep it to yourself
She’s by breakneck Betty, I’m her whiplash square

Little bottles, white pills
nothing seemed to help
Just as I was worried she would never slow down
with just five words turned it all around

If we do wrong right, We’ll make it out of here
Pack your things, head for the door, let’s go
Cause when you do right wrong, people get stuck my friend,
Just leave your things, let's hit the road, and go