Dirty Habits

by Lou Kelly

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Goldicot Kelly consistently releases some of the most original albums in the entire genre, and has yet to suffer a misstep. The heavy metal Americana roadhouse swagger sounds like a fully developed genre rather than a new frontier, and is graced with an unparalleled vocal performance (in either Americana or metal.) Highly recommended. Favorite track: Gotta Leave This Town.
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"It cracked me up and scared the shit out of me at the same time."
-Uncle Tim

*** 3/18/17 - Currently in need of a LIVE band (bass, guitar(s), drummer, and keyboards). ***

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released December 18, 2016

Music, lyrics, vocals, and production by Luke "Lou" Kelly.

The instrumentals for the tracks 'Shuffle' and 'Smoke' were recorded by Andrew Miller at Russian River Studios (Ukiah, CA) in February 2016.

Most of the instrumentals were written/produced for the exclusive music library Production Music Online (PMOL). Those instrumentals can be licensed here:

www.productionmusiconline.com/public_jukebox_view.php?jukebox_id=1732

PMOL mastered and published the instrumental version of this album sometime in April, 2016 (if my faulty memory serves correctly).

For the album artwork, I just Googled "children smoking" and this was what I found:

www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1970.727.1/

Photographer: Lewis Hine (1874–1940)
"11:00 A.M. Monday, May 9th, 1910. Newsies at Skeeter's Branch, Jefferson near Franklin. They were all smoking. Location: St. Louis, Missouri."

I know you're probably thinking, "5 dollars?! He's actually CHARGING money now? This album isn't even that good". I know, I know. I got greedy and I'm sorry.

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Luke "Lou" Kelly is a composer and musician from Ukiah, CA.

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Track Name: Dirt On The Floor
I'm as tired as the Earth is old.
May my soul be put to rest.
I'm as bitter as brass is bold.
I'm as filthy as a pest.
---verse---

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I'm as hungry as a pack of wolves with
nothin' but an apple core.
I'm as ripped-torn as tattered clothes
scattered with the dirt on the floor.
---verse---
Track Name: Blue Collar Boogie
See you after work in that sweat stained shirt.
You'll find me in the bottom of this bottle.
I see your truck dragged through the muck
It needs some luck to go full throttle
---verse---

Out of luck
You need a buck
You're stuck in the mud.
Less than brave
You need a shave
& you're one ugly chud.
---pre-chorus---

You're desperate for somethin' good.
You need a miracle and Hollywood.
Need to get your life off the ground.

You need a loan
and a bottle of Patron.
Need to run out of town
---chorus---

...Workin' too hard.
...Ran up your cards
Well, that's too bad

You were promised a raise
But can't sleep in on Saturdays
I'm sorry but you've been had.
---verse---
Track Name: Let The Good Times Roll
You got a mouth that's dirtier than my mind (it's about time).
You're 'bout as clean as mud with a bit of spit shine.
I ain't lonely
When you're the only one with a grip on my soul.
Why run in place when we can let the good times roll?

You stick around like a stain on my good shirt.
But I don't mind. It's no fun 'til someone gets hurt.
After a few sips
You fall before you trip.
You got a grip on my soul.
Why run in place when we can let the good times roll?
---verses---

We got stories to fill up a novel.
Still got a third left to this bottle.
Everybody gonna meet somebody tonight.
It don't matter if you're ugly as me.
Everybody gonna get lucky.
---bridge---

Work took its toll so let the good times roll.
The glass is half full so let the good times roll.
I'm as handsome as a troll but I still
let the good times roll.
---last verse---
Track Name: Shuffle
I bet you ain't no bettin' man.
You better leave with your chump change while you still can.
Take your chips off the table.
Leave while you're still able.
Who are you kiddin', Mr. Twice-Shy-Once-Bitten?
You got nothin' in your hand.
---verses---

Got no money.
Got nobody
to call your honey (oh, my)
Lights are flashin'
Got no fashion
Nothin' to cash-in
Hey, man, if you've been dealt a bad hand.
Shuffle the deck
Shuffle the deck
---chorus---

Oh, you wanna take a chance?
So you wanna be a victim of circumstance?
Gamblin' your life away
Ramblin' all night and day
Go ahead, little man. Splash the pot.
We'll take everything that you got.
Oh, well. You got a terrible tell.
It's as obvious as a bell.
---verse---
---chorus---

It wasn't much
but you lost it all.
Funny how just havin' empty pockets
Makes a man feel two feet tall.
---bridge---
Track Name: Rough Edges
You're a woman but far from a lady.
Yeah, you're wild one. In fact, you're a little too crazy.
You got hands that are rougher than mine.
That poor thing you call a face got some wrinkles that are older than time
---verse---

...You got some edges, baby.
...Rougher than a smoker's cough.
...You got some edges, hon.
You give a Band-Aid just to rip it off
---first chorus---

Your lips don't taste so sweet.
Yeah, you're a wild one. You scared a man to death in the sheets.
The smell of your perfume is more than foul (and I'm putting it nicely)
And when your voice falls on my ears, it's enough to make a poor dog howl
---verse---

...You got some edges, baby.
...Rougher than a smoker's cough.
...You got some edges, Hon.
You give a Band-aid just to rip it off
...You got some edges, baby.
...Pretty as a rock is soft.
...You got some edges, hon.
You give a Band-Aid just to rip it off
---last chorus---
Track Name: Gotta Leave This Town
I got a bad feelin'
achin' in my bones
I got a bad, bad feelin'
and it follows me home

Ugly as a mutt and it drags you down.
Stuck in a rut. Packs a punch by the pound.
---verse---

Gotta leave this town.
I gotta leave this town.
Such a heavy toll on my doggone soul.
Gotta leave this town
(and never come back)
---chorus---

Tired and I'm sick. Doctor better come quick
I think I'd feel better once the needle takes its prick.
Black clouds overhead. It's the wrong side of the bed.
It's the man behind the mirror taking notes on what you said.

Ugly as a mutt and it drags you down.
Stuck in a rut. Packs a punch by the pound.
---verse---
Track Name: Running Wild
You're fueled by whiskey and fire.
You're gonna blaze through the muck and the mire.

It's as easy as you want it to be.
Just take a shot and leave the rest to me.

Don't sit and rot.
Give it all you got.
Set the world on fire whether it's ready or not.
---verse---

We're all runnin' wild, dear.
Don't need grace or style here.
There's no shame in chasin' around.

Don't you worry. Be free.
Try to sink us we won't drown.
---Chorus---

Grab the wheel and let's go too fast.
Drive it West until we're outta gas.

It's as easy as you want it to be.
Just take a shot and leave the rest to me.
---verse---
Track Name: Trouble
Boy, keep away
This is where trouble comes to stay.
It will sniff you out like a hound.
It will pull you down.
---verse---

It's the mud that taints the blood
and courses through your veins
It's trouble
with an unsightly stubble
it marks your soul with a stain
---chorus---

It takes you through the desert
to dry up and die
Junk food for the vultures
Make a grown man cry
Drag you through the water
but die from thirst
(oh, no) it's the big bad woman
that'll put you in a hearse

Burst your bubble
Smash you to rubble
It's the less than fine,
No peace of mind
kind of trouble
---verses---
---chorus---
Track Name: Mark's Mustache
There was a young boy named Mark with a mustache older than time.
A heavy set of whiskers, the color of whiskey and wine.
It had a mouth of its own and its voice, a grumbly baritone.

It said, “Mark, I was your daddy before your momma even knew me.
Now take that jug of moonshine and let it flow right through me
'Cuz I swear on the toes on your feet, I make the bitter taste sweet.”
---verse---

A legend among men.
---pre-chorus---

Mark's mustache
Has the strength of 12 men.
Mark's mustache
Make sinners say amen
Mark's mustache – the toughest whiskers around

Mark's mustache
Saved a baby's life
Mark's mustache
Stole your wife
Mark's mustache – the baddest mustache in town.
---chorus---

Mark went to the saloon and walked through the door.
A man hollered, “we don't want yer fuzzy kind 'round here no more!”
Mark shut his eyes, raised his hands, & his mustache knocked that man right to the floor.

Another man stumbled across with a gun in his hand.
He said, “I bet yer mustache can't do nothin' this here pistol can!”
Mark fired one, two shots from his mustache & off the man ran.
---verse---

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It's as tough as nails
It's as rough as rock
It's as smooth as silk
Hard as a life of hard knocks
---bridge---
---last chorus---
Track Name: Smoke
Smoke on your tongue
smoke by the ton
smoke in your hair
smoke if you dare
smoke by the pack
smoke 'til your lungs turn black

Smoke everyday
smoke your troubles away
smoke 'til your hands stink
smoke with your drink
smoke makes you strong
smoke rights your wrongs
---verses---

Smoke...
is your friend
I say smoke...
is a love that never ends
Smoke...
makes you well
I say smoke...
is the ring to your bell.
---bridge---
Track Name: Steady Stride
Why am I wearin' black
in this stinkin' heat?
I feel my sweat
pouring through my seat
I'm driving on 3 wheels.
Been a day since my last meal.
I've been hugged, kissed, then stabbed.
What's the deal?
---verse---

Gotta-gotta keep
Gotta keep a move on
Gotta-gotta move.
Don't you stop.
Gotta step. Gotta walk
Gotta keep a stride

Gotta-gotta keep
Gotta keep a move on
Gotta-gotta move.
Don't you stop.
Gotta...gotta step. Gotta walk.
Gotta-gotta keep
a steady stride
---chorus---

Kicked to the curb
with the clothes on my back.
I speak in cliches
and never look back.
My guitar's outta tune.
Need to find a good saloon.
Got a driver's license that
expires too soon
---verse---
Track Name: Devil In A Saint
Evil wears white
and evil sleeps at night
and evil wished me well
and evil don't live in Hell
---verse---

It follows you wherever you go.
It hides in the crop and flies with the crows.
It's as real as the rain is wet.
It's as real as the stink in the sweat.
---pre-chorus---

It's the devil in a saint
It's everything it says that it ain't
It's the evil in the good
It breaks my heart like it should
Yeah, it's the devil.
---chorus---

It hugs me like a snake
Drags me to the bottom of a lake
It's as kind as a cat is feral
It's as cruel as a bullet in a barrel
---verse---
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It's the devil in a saint
It's everything it says that it ain't
It's the evil in the good
It breaks my heart like it should
It's the living in the dirt
I feel so blessed when it hurts.
Yeah, it's the devil.
---last chorus---
Track Name: I Hear A Demon Cry
I hear a demon cry
Momma says goodbye to her
babe in the water

I hear an angel weep
Papa screams in his sleep for his
poor, long, lost daughter.
---verse---

Take the bones right out of her.
Left alone. Just skin and fur
to keep warm.
---pre-chorus---

I hear a demon cry
I see a baby lie with no
blood in its veins

Momma burns, Momma aches
Momma shivers, Momma shakes to the soothing pain
---chorus---

I hear a dog whine
Taste the blood on the twine
Clenched in my fist

I hear the wind moan
Feel the chill in my bones
Breathing out from my wrists
---verse---

The Lord left me all alone with
thorns wrapped 'round my throne
to keep warm.
---pre-chorus---
---chorus---

Momma please take me home
'Cuz I don't wanna be alone
No more
---last-pre-chorus---