Side Yard Barking

by Paul Blanchard

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Paul's 2008/2009 studio release. From the humorously poignant (if not esoteric) metaphor of the title track, to the weightiness of Worthless Tramp, the album was produced with a minimalist approach, free from over-production and not a lot of "studio trickery". The sound is purely organic as a result, which allows the songs to speak for themselves.

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released December 21, 2008

© Copyright 2009 - Paul Blanchard / ShapeTapes
written and produced by Paul Blanchard
mastered by Rick Fontaine and Paul Blanchard
vocals and instrumentation performed by Paul Blanchard
drum samples courtesy of Sony Records, compiled and programmed by Paul Blanchard

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Track Name: Pack It Up
Because you give me your time
Because you tell me you care
You think you comfort me
You like to think that it matters
All your meaningless chatter -
But you don't talk to me

I'd like to know why we waste time
With what's yours and what's mine
JUST PACK IT UP
I'm not a child anymore
I'm not crying for toys
So you can PACK IT UP

So don't you pity me
I'm not seeking your sympathy
And don't leave me anything
I'm not taking your charity

I've made a pact with myself
So now I don't need your help
Because my will is strong
Don't you try to defend
Don't try to tie my loose ends -
Stop dragging me along

Now I've opened my eyes
And I'm not going to subside
I'm made of concrete now
And what you think is a smile
Is simply confident guile
I'm made of concrete now

So don't you pity me
I'm not seeking your sympathy
And don't leave me anything
I'm not taking your charity
Track Name: Side Yard Barking
If you have no regard for the yard I guard
Beware of what may come your way
If you have no respect then you must expect
The effect of my vocal relay

Construction man, stop your digging at once!
I am about to go ballistic on you
I can see you through the slats in the fence
And I'll get you if I ever slip through

Side Yard Barking – When the birds fly over
Side Yard Barking – Making tracks in the clover
Always joining the chase
To keep you out of my space

The meter man doesn't stand a chance
When I am out on the perimeter
If he gets too close then I will nip at his pants
And I'll be all piss and vinegar

Now this is how I get my point across!
I'll make sure that you catch my drift
This is my turf and I'm the ultimate boss
And I'll get you – I'm extremely miffed

Side Yard Barking – When you walk by my gate
Side Yard Barking – Now I'm getting irate
In the sun and the rain
Protection of my domain means

Side Yard Barking. Barking in the side yard.

You may have never noticed me in my anonymity
Until I gave myself away
My life was never hard until I took upon myself to guard
And then I gave myself away
If I could just be quiet and stop inciting riots
I'd probably have an easier day
Track Name: The Vague Song
I’m trying to tell you what I mean to say, now.
I’m trying to tell you this.
I can’t remember what I’m trying to think of.
I’m trying to think of this.

I just told you…
Remind me to tell you what I’m going to tell you soon.
Can you remember what we were talking about
When we talked about this before –
When I was telling you?
I want to hear that song we were listening to.
You know that song? It’s my favorite song, I guess.
I want to hear that song that I like the best.

I’m trying to tell you what I mean to say, now.
I’m trying to tell you this.
I can’t remember what I’m trying to think of.
I’m trying to think of this.

Remember that time at that restaurant when we ate some food
And it tasted like a flavor that we tasted once before?
The time when we asked the way from someone who
Had already been to that place before we even headed out the door?

There was that time,
Yeah, that time.
Then there was that guy,
Yeah, that guy.
There was that thing,
Yeah, that thing that I meant to say.

I just told you…
I’m trying to find that thing that I’m looking for.
You know, that thing that reminded me of that other thing
When we were at the store –
I need to find that thing that I’m looking for.

I’m trying to tell you what I mean to say, now.
I’m trying to tell you this.
I can’t remember what I’m trying to think of.
I’m trying to think of this.
Track Name: So Dumb
Sitting next to you under the stairs
In a place where none could point or stare
We would make our hideout under there
We could take a chance and be a pair

Remember when we took that train to Houston?
You said that our romance was akin to nuisance
We were caught in each other’s illusion
We were bought and sold by our confusion

We were so young, and we were so dumb

Remember when you went off to your college?
You dated my best friend - with carnal knowledge
You said it only was a one time folly
Neither one of you apologized.

So I took you to a park to have a picnic
I thought that if we talked, that we could fix it
I took you to the zoo after our picnic
You said you’d rather watch the monkeys do it.

We were so young, and we were so dumb.
Track Name: Stranger Man
A captain's chair is much too high for me
And that's precisely where I want to be
To take control of all the things I see
To be the force behind my misery

This beauty fair and dog and pony show
I hate the plastic and the glitter glow
I wouldn't put you under mistletoe
I wouldn't make an angel in the snow

These débutantes, cotillions, "Beaumont Girls"
A promenade's a Southern Belle's whole world
A Southern man - you know, the courting kind
Will have his way with Belles who drink their wine

Not a stranger man she said to me
You're the strangest man I've ever seen
Not a stranger man there'd ever be
Not a stranger man

I never thought this stranger would be me
I'm the strangest man she's ever seen
Not a stranger man there'd ever be
Not a stranger man.
Track Name: $39.95
Don’t leave it for the morning,
Nothing’s ever going to fix itself.
Some buy it for the fashion,
Some buy it because it’s on the shelf.

If there has to be a reason
Don’t tell me that it’s not for me.
I’m going to watch until I fall
Into the trap that you have set for me.

You can bribe me with incentives,
You can gag me with your silver spoon.
It’s everything I never wanted.
It’s everything I wish I’d thought of sooner.

I’ll buy it because it’s what I live for,
A better life is one receipt away.
I’ll buy it because it’s what I’m asked of.
I’ll buy it because it makes me say…
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Don’t pass it by!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Don’t give it a chance to lie!

Don't leave it for the morning,
Listen close and you will soon believe
It's a package of improvements
You know it's good because it's on TV!
Don’t leave it for the morning,
If you stay we’re going to change your mind,
And you’ll only have to send us
Twenty payments of $39.95!!
Track Name: If I Could Have The Time
I won't put you out or let you in
I won't make you smile or drop your chin
I won't set you up or let you down
I won't tie you up or keep you around

But if I could have the time
You will find that I'm better than I was
That I've changed and that's because
I want you here

I won't be a loud obnoxious fool
I won't be pretentious or subdued
I won't make you give me everyday
I won't tell you everything's ok

I won't tell you truth or tell you lies
I won't make you look into my eyes
I won't make you say that I'm your man
I won't give you up or give a damn

But if I could have the time
You will find that I'm better than I was
That I've changed and that's because
I want you here
Track Name: Guilty
It’s a little too late to be free
I can’t wear my emotions on my sleeve
So I’ll gladly accept my penalty
And I’m not so sure that you’ll see me through
So before you reject me, I reject you
Now I’ve made up my mind, so you can’t change me

I’m guilty
Guilty of deceit
Guilty in the first degree
I’m in too deep

So this is my confession
To show you my deception
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always
Honored your affection,
But I require correction, you see.

I’m guilty
Guilty of deceit
Guilty in the first degree
I’m in too deep

My walls are as high as they come
And inside, all my demons have come undone
Now I’m tearing them down, so you can see
It’s a little too late to be free
I can’t wear my emotions on my sleeve
So I’ll gladly accept my penalty

I’m guilty
Guilty of deceit
Guilty in the first degree
I’m in too deep
Track Name: Worthless Tramp
He hangs his pride beneath the sign
He holds. He has no home
His legs were shattered in the war
He looks into the cars that line up
At the corner where he lives
And they drive away

He's hungry and he's cold
He's lost the feeling in his toes
He hasn't bathed in weeks
The clothes he wears are thin and weak
He found them lying in the street
And his cough has gotten worse

Before the war, he had a wife
And son, a life career
And things were looking up
But now the fighting's done
He lost his job and has no home
This was what he fought for

And now he spends his time
Asking strangers for their dimes
He wishes he could die
So he'll not have to look you in the eye

Another worthless tramp
Get off my street - you can't have my dime
Why should I give a damn?
Go get a job - I'm doing fine!
Track Name: Make A Change
I've been working so hard and it's not right
I've been thinking a fresh start is just what I need
It's so hard,
I've fallen to my knees

I'll be singing these words until I'm gone
They don't make much sense but they sometimes make a song
It's so hard
It's hard to write a tune

I've been told it’s never to late to make a change
It's been said your life is what you make, so make it good

So I've taken some personal time
I don't know how my boss is gonna take it
When I'm gone
I really don't give a shit

I've been lonely, but I have found some friends
I've been crazy,
I might decide to be that way again
That isn't hard at all