Old News

by Dan Rudmann

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Old News was recorded on a 4-track at Dan's home in Austin, TX.

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released 08 June 2011

All songs written and recorded by Dan Rudmann.
Cover photo by Max H. Rudmann many years ago in Cairo.

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Track Name: Hell You Know
Like a lion sprung too soon,
chasing the pray away,
she got the call and heard the news.
Never be seen again.

She said it's not like me
to live in such disbelief.
It's not like me,
it's hell you know.

Like a forest, like a tree,
keeping the sun at bay,
he held her heart in his hands,
keeping it from decay.

He said it's not like me
to live in such disbelief.
It's not like me,
it's hell, you know?

Like there was lightening at her shoes,
she ran until she fades.
Our god always seems to choose
the open road instead of fate.

She said it's not like me
to live in such disbelief.
It's not like me, it's hell you know.
Hell you know.
Track Name: Don't Tell Me
Well it hurts sometimes,
when you're getting it right.
But there's nothing like the searing pain
of losing the fight.
And you got me.
I already knew.
The moment you broke down my door
and let yourself through.

Don't tell me what you thought I should do.
That my life would be much better off
without me loving you.
Don't tell me it's all just a lie.
Just hold me close, don't break me down,
and keep it inside.

I'm tired of playing these games.
My choice is burning on the ocean floor,
or drowning in flames.
And if you need me
the way I need you
then don't say the only way to play
is by forgetting the truth.

Don't tell me what I already knew.
That my life of was a roll of dice
before I met you.
Don't tell me it's all just alie.
Just hold me close, don't break me down,
and keep it inside.
Track Name: Run Away
Katie was the queen
of that New York movie scene.
She had a loose tooth
from a fist fight
with a backed up limousine.
The way she wore her hair
made all them little boys scream.
But don't you let her in your bed,
she'll poison your dreams.

So run away, baby.
Don't you come back.
The walls are made of fire
and the grounds about to crack.
Run away, baby.
Don't you come home.
The snakes inside your heart,
they won't leave you alone.

She found a rag-and-bone man
outside of Union Square.
She took him to the Park
and laid his body down there.
If you saw her late at night,
her eyes, you'd swear,
are the stuff of ghosts and demons,
more than any man can bare.

So run away, baby.
Don't you come back.
The walls are made of fire
and the grounds about to crack.
Run away, baby.
Don't you come home.
The snakes inside your heart,
they won't leave you alone.

Tall Paul tried to tame her,
and he wound up in a ditch.
Just another sucker
trying to take on
that old witch.
And if you see her in the City,
you best not get the itch.
Unless you'd like to end up
in some twilight-dead-man's wish.

So run away, baby.
Don't you come back.
The walls are made of fire
and the grounds about to crack.
Run away, baby.
Don't you come home.
The snakes inside your heart,
they won't leave you alone.

Maybe the sunlight,
maybe the rain,
maybe the ocean,
maybe the pain,
you can hold it back
with your umbrella.
If you see her, man,
then why don't you tell her
to run away, baby.
Don't you come back.
The walls are made of fire
and the grounds about to crack.
Run away, baby.
Don't you come home.
The snakes inside your heart
won't leave you alone.
Track Name: Everything
I believe in everything these days.
Like ghosts and angels and a love that stays.
And that the devils and demons rock the night away.
I believe in everything these days.

I'm afraid of everything these days.
Like peanut butter and gamma rays.
And that I'll forget what it is you say.
I'm afraid of everything these days.

I believe in everything these days.
Like money, the sun, and hand grenades.
And that we're all made of something
that can't be named.
I believe in everything these days.

I'm just riding along on a blind man's bike.
I don't know where I am.
I don't know what I'm like.
I can't go low
and I can't get high.
We're all at war
and we don't know why.

I'm just riding along on a blind man's bike.
I don't know where I am.
I don't know what I'm like.
I can't go low
and I can't get high.
We're all in love
and we don't know why.
Track Name: Another Bad Take Down
All this life I've been a hurried man.
The only thing I know that's true
is once you get a touch of love
it'll never let go of you.
And I can hear the clock tick.
And I can feel the days fade.
But all comes back around
to a choice that I made.

It's just another bad take down
washed up on the rocks.
You might hold the key,
but you'll never find the lock.
Yeah it's just another bad take down.
Ain't nothing left but shame.
You can keep it all in heaven,
or settle for worldwide acclaim.

She said, "Meet me by the back door.
Take only what you can hold.
And this place will be a memory.
And we'll be a story, often told."
But when the courage finally came to me,
that door was swinging all alone.
And I'll never know the name of the girl
through whose eyes the light had shone.

It's just another bad take down,
hit you harder than you'd expect.
It'll climb your spine
and hang around your neck.
Yeah it's just another bad take down.
Ain't no chance at fame.
You could see it coming,
or you might never know its name.

Well I see her still in mirror view.
She's a spirit, but a woman too.
And my heart is sunk into the sea
with no hope of recovery.
I've run as far as my legs could take.
When I speak now, my voice it shakes.
I say, "Tell me what you want, my dear."
But no one's there. No one can hear.

It's just another bad take down,
hit you harder than you'd expect.
It'll climb your spine
and it'll hang around your neck.
Yeah it's just another bad take down.
There ain't no shame or fame.
You can keep it all in heaven
or settle for worldwide acclaim.
Track Name: Who Are You
Well my momma drove a tractor
in the spring of '62.
And my daddy was the king
of a city in Peru.
And I was born to be the bad guy.
I was born to be the saint.
And if you see me on then water,
you just might feel the strain
when I say
who are you?
And who do you love?

Well she ain't the type to find
all the right things to wrong.
But she'll fight you to the tooth
the whole night long.
And when they come to take my measure,
and carry me out.
And there ain't nothing left to do
but scream and shout
I'm gonna say
who are you?
And who do you love?

Well this house was built for dreamers,
that's what they always say.
The kind that shine so bright
they turn the night back into day.
And if you ever see me dancing
up on the seventh floor,
you best come right in
and all they'll ask you at the door is
who are you?
And who do you love?