Stay Golden

by The Golden Seals

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3 new original songs, 4 new covers and 3 alternate mixes of songs from the 2001 release "Storybook Endings".


released August 26, 2014

Recorded by David James Merritt, Philip Shaw Bova, Brian George McFarlane and J. Andy Magoffin.
Mixed and Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova at Bova Lab
except 8, 9 & 10, mixed by J. Andy Magoffin.


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The Golden Seals Mississippi Mills, Ontario

Since 1999, Dave Merritt has performed under the moniker The Golden Seals, and has released four critically-acclaimed albums: 2000’s Storybook Endings, 2003’s No-Hitter, 2011’s Increase the Sweetness, & 2014’s Stay Golden. Merritt records with drummer/mastering engineer Philip Shaw Bova. Past members of The Seals include Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara & singer/songwriter Jim Bryson. ... more


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Track Name: The Summer of Tough Love
Born in The Summer of Tough Love
into a family fate thought little of
Fortune ignored us, luck said "nay"
only Emptiness would stay

In '71 it came to pass
we moved to the Valley of the Shattered Glass
lived in an abbatoir rent-free
the Dysfunctionals and me

Memory, I love you
you never seem to let me down
making me believe that we were safe and sound

Enter the 80s all goes wrong
lousy production and a little long
father was dead by '89
but the abbatoir was mine

Memory, I need you
why you leaving me so soon?
I haven't even had a chance to change my tune

Is anybody real anymore?
Fake conversations with fake friends
I think I'd go back to the abbatoir
and feel some real pain again

What do I tell my girl and son
about the place that their old man came from?
Was it any good?
Did we leave it like we should?

Memory, I hate you
now that I know what you are:
a lousy old B movie with a third rate star
Track Name: Summon All the Goodness in Your Heart
If you're feeling low down
summon all the goodness in your heart
pull somebody else up
don't tear them apart

If you are alone now
make somebody else feel less alone
help them through what they can't get through on their own

Try to make it right
don't just sit by and let it all slide
kindness takes the fight out of the fighter
an heals the harried heart

If you need to slow down
take some time and just slow it down
shut some of that noise out
and be here right now

If you're feeling low down
summon all the goodness in your heart
Track Name: Jazz Cigarettes
Jazz cigarettes--I don't believe it but they say it's true
There's nothing worse that you can do
than smoke one of the sobriquets
for jazz cigarettes

There's a war on the war on the war on drugs
being waged by some white collar criminal thugs
and they want to know each time you give one a light
(but paying off the Senate's alright)

Jazz cigarettes I can smell 'em from across the hall
but it doesn't bother me at all
nobody's died from the munchies yet

Jazz cigarettes--you should smoke 'em if you got 'em right now
or they're gonna throw you in the hoosgow
that's as progressive as conservatives get
jazz cigarettes

They're kicking science to the curb
ignoring everything that works
and making criminals of kids who smoke herb

Jazz cigarettes--the opposition know that they're okay
it's not a gateway drug it's just a J
but I wouldn't hedge any bets on

jazz cigarettes being legal from sea to sea
in the true north and drug free
because in spite of what the research says
and years of Scandinavian success
they want us all to think the biggest threat
is jazz cigarettes

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