Roy Ivy (draft)

by Roy Ivy

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released July 14, 2017



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Roy Ivy Chicago, Illinois

Before moving to Chicago, Roy Ivy was a choirboy for The Polyphonic Spree and the drunken oaf leader of the perpetually doomed The Tah-Dahs.

But after a move to Chicago and a heinous divorce, he began compulsively writing and sloppily recording the songs you're hearing on Bandcamp.

"Imagine Jonathan Richman going to the dark side and stealing your drink. That's Roy Ivy"

– David Fricke
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Track Name: You Don't Need Drugs to Get You High
you don't need heartache
to know that heart breaks
don't need to burn out
to fade away
don't need a last straw
to make you angry
don't need no stranger
to dig your grave

don't need excuses
to cry your eyes out
when you're trying not to die
you don't need clouds to cloud your judgment
you don't need drugs to get you high

don't need companions
to feel abandoned
you don't need sorrow
to feel the pain
you don't need tonsils
to hoop and hollar
don't need no marbles
to go insane

don't need a reason
to check out early
you earned your keep
you did your time
you don't need prayers
when you're hopeless
you don't need drugs to get you high

you don't need seasons
to know it's over
You don’t need closure
To resign
Don’t need a metal
When you’re a loser
You don’t need drugs to get you high
Track Name: When My Dog Dies, I Die Too
Got 8 years or more
If we're lucky
10 to 12 if there's some kind of fluke
and when that moment comes
I won't be ready
The thought of it just makes me cry and puke

You're the best reason to wake up
That I ever knew
And when my dog dies
I die too

I don't get along with anybody
Homo sapiens have outgrown their use
Loyalty's a trait most folks can't fathom
Love's a thing that people pick and choose

But I ain't got a choice
When it comes to loving you
And when my dog dies
I die too

Why even bother coming home
Without my buddy
Waiting there for me
Waiting there for me
Why even bother going on
Without my buddy
Walking by my side
And hogging the bed in the dead of the night

Closest thing I'll have
To having children
But so much better than
Having a kid
There's plenty other dogs who need a rescue
But when you're gone I'm goin' off the deep end

So Jesus, if ya hear me,
Won't you spare my little dude
Cause when my dog dies, I die too