Fine State Of Affairs

by The Gunboat Diplomats

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Songs for lonely hearts, obsessive lovers, and hopeless romantics.

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released March 2, 2017

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Track Name: Fine State Of Affairs
Fine State Of Affairs

Isabel and Jared, each on their own
Both of them carried on all alone
Searching the big, wide world
For one who cares
We got lonely boys and lonely girls
What a fine state of affairs

Isabel and Jared, young and in love
So they got married, never thinking of
Sweet smiles that turn to tears
Taking unawares
Two kids reeling in the years
What a fine state of affairs

From ashes to ashes and dust to dust
Love comes and goes away
And the broken hearts are the only parts
That are here to stay

At ninety-two old Jared peacefully died
Isabel was buried right by his side
Nothing could sever
True love they shared
Now they're together forever
What a fine state of affairs
Track Name: Standup Guy
Standup Guy

Pleased to meet ya
How 'bout if I treat ya
To a meal sometime, you lovely creature
I'm just a standup guy
I think that I can teach ya

I live alone the
In crowd doesn't phone me
I don't go for no phony baloney
I'm just a standup guy
Y'know, the man he, doesn't own me

Listen to what I'm telling you
Hear what I have to say
Let's get it straight, I'm a standup guy
There's no head games to play

Now, listen honey
I ain't got no money
For a rainy day or when it's sunny
I'm just a standup guy
Kind'a sad and kind'a funny

Listen to what I'm telling you
Hear what I have to say
Let's get it straight, I'm a standup guy
There's no head games to play

The wine is flowing
And I know you're knowing
What you have in mind, you should be showing
I'm just a standup guy
Wait a minute, where ya going?
I'm just a standup guy
Track Name: Obsessive Love
Obsessive Love

I'm loving you
But you don't even know that I exist, as if you'd care
I'm shoving to
One side a few conclusions that I might have missed, but I don't dare
And though it could spell the end of me
Some things were just meant to be

I'm watching you from deep within the shadows of my mind
And sloshing through a cruel morass of feelings that I never hoped to find

I'm needing you
My dear elusive beautiful obsession, and I'm afraid
I'm bleeding through
A vain milieu of painful true confession, but it's too late
For looking glass lies to erase
Reflections I can't bare to face

I'm walking through a twilight dream where lonely torches burn
And talking to strange voices who will whisper to me that there's no return

Sweet passion has taken its toll
Desire has poisoned my soul

As dying light surrenders to the darkness like a friend
The crying night will soon recite a sacred rite that binds us til the end
Track Name: Brittany
Brittany

Brittany's the kind that you untie from the railroad track
Then she doubts your motives and you're strapped to her torture rack
And that's a fact
With the skill of Pontius Pilate's antiseptic hands
She's practiced in the art of using sacrificial lambs
To play a small vital part in her ingenious master plans
She said to me, "Now can't you see, we're meant to be"
That's Brittany

Brittany's a project doomed to fail measured out in years
You think you want to quit and you're hit with the crocodile tears
Her hopes and fears
Suddenly, you're a savior, a fate you can't avoid
An element of danger, it's all so paranoid
Until this elegant young stranger pulls you into the void
And Heaven knows, I do suppose
I should disclose, here's how it goes

I stumbled on her quite by accident, or so it seems
Humbled that I might help her repent, I felt redeemed
One has to grant compassion to a battered soul in need
And as you can imagine, she flattered me, indeed
She was hot but kind of weird then things got really strange
But things were not as they appeared 'cause some things never change
Devotion's so important to her but she slowly turned
My emotional support into a bitter lesson learned
Insinuation, implications, silly nuance when you handle
Innuendo, accusations, really who wants all the scandal
Then I had an inspiration, a quest to leave her be
But feminine persuasion always got the best of me, you see that
Some pack for a journey of the heart then act surprised
To come back on a gurney, is it smart or ill-advised
To play the funky hero and pray just like a saint
When one and one is zero, well it all comes down to
No grounds for complaint

What delicious irony, what sweet, exquisite pain
She knows that you are able, leans on you like a cane
But then the truth becomes a fable beneath her awful reign
It's plain to see it's up to me, I can't break free
From Brittany
Track Name: She Said
She Said
She was like a summer day
She smiled so warmly, I wouldn't normally say
How I felt with her near
But I made it perfectly clear
Lately she'd been on my mind
Free to find where it led
Come with me was what she said

Saw each other every day
She smiled so sweetly and then, discreetly she'd say
Soft and low in my ear
What I needed to hear
Love was blind and so was I
A whispered sigh in my head
Stay with me was what she said

Live now, learn fast, love with no regret
I recall the things she said

Seems like only yesterday
She smiled so sadly, I loved her madly
Today she is gone, now it's clear
The one I held most dear
Couldn't stay, that's all she wrote
On the note that I read
Take good care was all she said

That's all she said
Track Name: Sweet Abiding Love
Sweet Abiding Love

I've had love depart, I've had my fill
Of love that breaks your heart and breaks your will
I've searched from the start, I'm searching still
For traces of
A sweet abiding love

I've known shattered dreams, I know their names
Pretty girls, it seems, play silly games
Down the line your schemes go up in flames
Like remnants of
A sweet abiding love

Better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all, they say
I've loved and lost a time or two
If that's the cost for love that's new, I'll pay
Come what may

Dark clouds bring the rain and fill the well
Dark skies still remain but will dispel
Time can heal the pain and time will tell
The story of
A sweet abiding love

Better to have loved and lost
Then never to have loved at all, they say
I love and bleed and start anew
But now I need a love that's true today
A girl who'll stay

When deep, deep hope inside has died and gone
And the long, long night goes on and on
True, true love will light a brand new dawn
The promise of
A sweet abiding love
Track Name: We'll Walk Away
We'll Walk Away
When you're feeling lost and all cried out
Wandering in sorrow, feeling out of place
When the world has left your path in doubt
I know there's a road that leads to better days

If you're all alone and in a bind
Open up your eyes and you will find
Baby, we can leave it all behind
My love is like a rock, so come what may
Tomorrow's gonna be a sunny day
Take my hand, we'll walk away

I'm not here to save you from yourself
I'm just another lonely heart who understands
Now the time is here, the clock strikes twelve
You could take my heart if you'll just take a chance

If your world's about to fall apart
And you need to mend broken heart
Baby, we could make a brand new start
My love is like a rock, so come what may
Tomorrow's gonna be a sunny day
Take my hand, we'll walk away

No matter where you are or where you've been
Open up your heart and let me in
I'll be the one who makes you feel again
My love is like a rock, so come what may
Tomorrow's gonna be a sunny day
Take my hand, we'll walk away
We'll walk away
Track Name: Something On My Mind
Something On My Mind

I've got something on my mind
It keeps running through my head
Never really get the kind
Of answers that I need, instead
I'm left to ponder who makes old feelings seem brand new
I've got something on my mind
And that something is you

I've got something on my mind
We might make a pretty pair
Maybe so, but love is blind
But am I really there?
I haven't got a clue, the truth can be deceptive, too
I've got something on my mind

I don't expect that you will wait for very long
I don't object to proving all my fears are wrong
But I've been burned before, guess it should have learned me more
I should think of something else before my heart completely melts away

I've got something on my mind
Should have looked before I fell
Into loving ties that bind
Or a match that's made in Hell
But what else can I do but get to where I'm going to?
I've got something on my mind
And that something is you
Track Name: She Made A Move On My Heart
She Made A Move On My Heart

Soon as I met her the match was made
(A game that love arranges, now)
And I resigned to tempt the hand of fate
(With passionate exchanges, now)
That I could not afford
Now she controls the board
Oh, my Lord

Cause she took me, shook me
She had me right from the start now baby
She made me, played me
You know that little girl
She made a move on my heart

Quickly I opened with a daring move
(To challenge her position, now)
But then she countered brilliantly to prove
(The Queen is on a mission, now)
My little heart is gone
A sacrificial pawn
All night long

When she fooled me, schooled me
Yeah, she was right off the chart now baby
She moved me, grooved me
You know that little girl
She made a move on my heart

I quit the game, now I'm not a player
(No more razzle dazzle, now)
Just a big bad bishop, without a prayer
(A king without a castle, now)
Knight fell and so did I
Checkmate and say goodbye
Oh my my
Track Name: Crazy About You
I'm crazy in love
When I'm with you it always seems like
I can"t get enough
You put the "wild" in my wildest dreams, I
Want some more of that stuff
Twenty-four hours a day, I'm crazy about you
Crazy about you

Well, I'm over my head
But when I think I'm in too deep I
Think about you, instead
When I'm awake or in my sleep my
Schedule"s set
Seven whole days a week, I'm crazy about you
Crazy about you

I'm so wild about you
They oughtta put me on a change
And if it's nuts to be a
Fool for love, I'd rather be insane

I'm out of my mind
I'm so far gone I might as well just
Fly like I'm blind
Straight to Lover's Lane Or Bust, I'll
See what I find
Forever and a year, I'm crazy about you
Crazy about you, crazy baby!

I'm so wild about you
They oughtta put me on a change
And if it's nuts to be a
Fool for love, I'd rather be insane

I'm out of my mind
I'm so far gone I might as well just
Fly like I'm blind
Straight to Lover's Lane Or Bust, I'll
See what I find
Forever and a year, I'm crazy about you
Crazy about you
Track Name: Dance With Me
Dance With Me

I come home to my baby at the end of the day
But when I look into her eyes, they're so far away
In a place where hearts were young and love was new
Where tomorrow was just a dream and dreams could all come true

And after all this time, I still can't see
What a girl like her is doing with a guy like me
I know the road is long and that she gets so tired
And if I could, I'd give her all that she desired

I met her on the beach at a place called First Street Grille
We talked all night and I fell so hard I couldn't get my fill
When I look back on how long she's been mine
I love her more each day, and she's still looking fine

But she gets lost in daydreams now and then
Silent and solemn as a prayer
For tattered promises that might have been
A faded ribbon in her hair

Baby, one day soon when that old sun goes down
I'll sweep you off your feet, yeah, honey, we'll hit the town
You'll wear that dress I like, we'll reminisce
First we will steal away and then I'll steal a kiss

We'll run off to a little rendezvous
A friendly crowd, a jukebox, me and you
We'll play some sweet Roberta Flack, and that's alright
Just like the good old days, we'll dance all night

But right now, baby, while we're all alone
Let down your hair and I'll unplug the phone
The house may be a mess, but it can wait
Forget that stack of bills till I get paid
We're gonna have a sweet scenario
So dim the lights, turn up the stereo
Baby, now here's the million dollar question in advance
Hey, pretty baby, can I have this dance?

Sip your Merlot, I'll drink my Maker's Mark
Nowhere to go, just us swaying in the dark
This moment everything's just how it's meant to be
So stay here by my side and dance with me
Dance with me
Track Name: A Lullaby
A Lullaby

Close your eyes, my child
Go to sleep, my dear
Pleasant dreams, sweet and mild
Will always be near
For the love that we share
Is timeless and true
Through the years, I'll be there
So sleep now, I'll watch over you