Fruitcakes

by The B'Dinas

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The B'Dinas are proud to present their first full-length album, "Fruitcakes"!

Katy Guillen - guitar & vocals
Peter Lawless - bass, saxophone, & vocals
Katelyn Jamison - keyboard & vocals
Tess Jehle-Ray - drums & vocals

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released 02 August 2014

All songs written and arranged by The B'Dinas
Recorded by Jerod Rivers at Sangha Studio
Mastered by Bruce Barkelew at Mansion Studio
Cover photo by Brandon Forrest Frederick
Special thanks to The Nation of Love, Phylshawn Johnson, Dutch Flowers, and Anna Arnot

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Track Name: Fated
She’s got a way of keeping me around
I stay the night instead of standing my ground
I’m wound uptight, I can’t rest my mind
After a couple of rounds, she lays my head down
And keeps my here all night

Every time, the same place
You sprint like it is a race
Whoa I can’t keep the pace
So I drop out without a trace
The crossroads, hit hard
You want in and I want out
Dead stop, beat raw
Fated from the start to fall

She’s got a way of holding on
Day after day she lets me let her down
She’s steadfast, we’re not alone at last
Gently, one more time forgives me
And keeps me here all night

Every time, the same place
You sprint like it is a race
Whoa I can’t keep the pace
So I drop out without a trace
The crossroads, hit hard
You want in and I want out
Dead stop, beat raw
Fated from the start to fall
Track Name: Pretty Neat (Candy Store)
Once there was a home for me
Waiting in the darkness with a beacon always lit
Once there was a home, but now there’s nothing
But stone walls struggling to keep themselves from crumbling

And time was you were kind to me
Kept me draped in fineries and I was living high
But you had your designs for me
Demanding my obedience, commanding me so sweetly

Saying “That would be pretty neat”
Oh wouldn’t that be neat
If you would love me like I loved you darling then
Oh wouldn’t that be…

I walked down to the candy store
And bought my monthly supply and a little bit more
Took my surplus and I gave it to you
‘Cuz Mama would remind me not to test the chains that bind me

And you said “Baby, that is so sweet,
You work so hard for me that you must be beat
Beautiful sores blossoming on your feet
Wear them for my glory, I’ll remember you tomorrow”

I say “That would be pretty neat”
Oh wouldn’t that be neat
If you would love me like I loved you darling then
Oh wouldn’t that be…

And all your promises don’t mean shit
If I can’t hold their value in my hand
How can I know where I stand when your love,
Your love is a scam?

My heart is telling me it doesn’t feel right
But I’m too lazy now to put up a fight
Oh happy day when I can leave you behind
Alone and slowly rottin' til you find yourself forgotten

I say “That would be pretty neat”
Oh wouldn’t that be neat
If you would love me like I loved you darling then
Oh wouldn’t that be neat
If you would need me like I need you darling now
That would be pretty neat
Track Name: Nuts & Bolts
I feel like a hammer when things are good
Pounding the pavement like I know I should
And I feel like a nail when the shit gets rough
Screaming like a banshee ‘til I’ve had enough
What should I do?

Nuts and bolts and nails and screws
We all come together ‘round the same old blues
We work all day, we’re just like you
But nobody gives a damn about the work that we do
What should we do?

It is alright
It is alright
It is alright
It is alright
Track Name: Crystal Ball
Lying in the bedroom, two bodies in tune
I knew exactly what you were gonna do
Realizing what we fell into
You told me, “Babe, we gotta push on through”

When I turned over, the strangest thing
A light in through the window screen
A dark bird with bright red wings
Swirling around me, and she was singing

“I fly whenever I want to
And I’ve seen this entire world
And though I’ve slept so well with you
I only ever flown alone”

For months and months I’ve had this dream
I was standing in the kitchen and I heard this scream
It was you, and I knew
That I couldn’t get to you

Sitting side by side
Smoking cigarettes, getting high
Burning out as the years go by
I forgot to look into your eyes

If I had a crystal ball
I’d smash it ‘cuz I already know what it shows
If I still know you come this fall
I’ll never be so happy to say I was wrong

Seasons come and hearts may change
All lovers are strangers believing what no one can know
Flowers blossom in the rain
But love can drown before it can learn how to grow
Track Name: Watching
We’re watching, we’re watching
We’re watching, we’re watching
We’re watching, we’re watching
We’re watching, we’re watching

As it all goes blowing by
And the sun falls across the sky
One more day gone

We’re watching, we’re watching
We’re watching, we’re watching
I watch you stare into
That white light consumes you

It’s a sorry state of mind
Where behind those tired eyes
Is a flatline
Oh tell me, where did you heart go?
And I try, I try
Oh, to let it, let it all go
Trace back to when
The disconnect set in
And when we, when we started
Watching!
Track Name: Diamond Brain
Yesterday you slipped out from beneath the radiator
And I saw your diamond brain
Tomorrow you will sneeze an earthquake
Or cough a hurricane

Your ruby heart remains an oasis in which I cast my fate
But anyone can see that your eyes fake

Yesterday I fell down through a storm drain
And I came out next to dead
My hands turned into silver
And my feet turned into lead

Your ruby heart remains an oasis to which I plan my escape
But anyone can see that your eyes are fake
Track Name: Two Doves
I’ve got two doves in my mind
They talk to me from time to time
Yes, there are two doves in my mind, in my mind

Come on do it, bring your light
Warm me up, make it bright
Come on do it, do it right, do it all night

There are people I don’t know
They go places I don’t go
And there are two loves I have had, and that ain’t bad

Come on do it, bring your light
Warm me up, make it bright
Come on do it, do it right
Do it all night, do it all night

There are two doves in my mind
They talk to me from time to time
And there are two loves I have had, and that ain’t bad
Track Name: Bread & Butter
Today is my birthday
And I wanna see you
All wrapped up in tinsel and paper
With a bow on top

Bake me a cake that tastes like
Orange cream dream on a chocolate fountain
Your pineapple face and strawberry lips drip sugar
Tipped over, all the way down

You’re my bread and butter baby
You’re my bread and butter baby
You’re my bread and butter baby
Good enough to eat

Today is my birthday
And all I want is you
A la mode, butterscotch drizzle
With a cherry on top

Sugared and glazed
Amaze me with lemon cream scream
On on marzipan mountain
Blueberry stains on pink fingertips drip sugar
Tipped over, all the way

You’re my bread and butter baby
You’re my bread and butter baby
You’re my bread and butter baby

Down in the ground, where we grow our tomatoes so red
Plant my tree there, your twisted branches reaching for my apples
Sun-dappled and sweet

You’re my bread and butter baby
You’re my bread and butter baby
You’re my bread and butter baby
You’re my bread and butter, milk and cookies
You’re my cake and ice cream
You’re my cream and peaches
Lime and lemon, lox and bagel
Eggs and bacon, bread and butter
Track Name: Can't Shake It
I carry it like a brick around my neck
Unbearable weight upon my chest
Soon to fall, you know I’ve seen it all
All that it takes to truly break

Oh but I can’t
I can’t shake it, can’t shake it, can’t shake it
I can’t shake it, can’t shake it, can’t shake it
I can’t shake it, can’t shake it, can’t shake it
I can’t shake it, can’t shake it, can’t shake it

My color scheme has been one single theme
I’m wearing grey, it won’t wash away
Out in the rain, no sign that things will change

Oh but I can’t
I can’t shake it, can’t shake it, can’t shake it
I can’t shake it, can’t shake it, can’t shake it
I can’t shake it, can’t shake it, can’t shake it
I can’t shake it, can’t shake it, can’t shake it

In a bad way, I’ve been in a bad way
It won’t let me go, I can’t push it off

Oh but I can’t
I can’t shake it, can’t shake it, can’t shake it
I can’t shake it, can’t shake it, can’t shake it
I can’t shake it, can’t shake it, can’t shake it
I can’t shake it, can’t shake it, can’t shake it
Track Name: Goddamn
I got the rhythm of a stampede
I got the muscle of a full fleet
You get the message when you see me
I can’t be beaten, but I know you’re gonna try it
So I think I oughta warn you I’m a rip tide
I see you staring with your eyes wide
You better hold on to your hi-fi
‘Cuz I ain’t lying, now I’m summoning the spirit
Gonna make sure that you hear it

I’ll be goddamned if I let you show me up
I’ll be goddamned if my best ain’t good enough
I’ll be goddamned, and I will not tell you twice
Next time I won’t be so nice

But oh, my love, you are so sweet to me
When I treat you mean

Hero and villain in a thick plot
I’m loose and leery in a tight spot
I’m cocked and ready for the kill shot
Now buckle up and keep your hands inside the vehicle
You’re looking at a miracle, Whiplash!
I’m pushing forward while you fall back
I’m pulling tighter while you go slack
Under the weight of my tremendous power caught you
Don’t resist, you know I got you

I’ll be goddamned if I let you show me up
I’ll be goddamned if my best ain’t good enough
I’ll be goddamned, and I won’t be pushed aside
Oh, I won’t be denied

But oh, my love, you are so kind to me
When I kick and scream
Track Name: Answer Me
Oh sadness, no stranger to this life
We have to live like this, no order or reasons why
You pray for me, you’re talking to a dead man

The world is over, it’s the end of this life
And when I leave here, what will happen to my mind?
Will I make it, to see him on the other side?

Answer me

He came to me with skin made of silk
I could feel for him all the things he never felt
I had to tell him this life is full of sadness

Answer me