Shoot Out The Lights

by Roy Ivy

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written and recorded in two nights. this is the "divorce record." it was good to knock it out.


released January 30, 2010



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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: Lollyloo
I don't give a damn if we sleep all day.
i don't care if you don't have a lot to say.
i'm happy just to be in the same room.

i never really cared for the kinda folks
who dish it out but can't take a joke
i'm happy that you get it too

i get a little sad when a good day ends
the lights go out and they take your friends
I'm happy that I found a friend in you


Sometimes it takes an effort just to be sweet
i want to break everything and hit the street
Glad I got to share one fleeting mood.
Track Name: Baby Names
What did I say/besides restate the obvious
You were falling in love with someone who wasn’t me
I understand that/and there’s nothing I can do about it
You really changed, your vows meant nothing

What started as a lousy summer just turned into a lousy life
I’m saving all the baby names for the next wife.

I want to try to undo the damage
You moved on so quick and so fast
The trust is gone the lust is gone
I only wish the hurt were gone
I don’t deserve you,
But I didn’t deserve this

What happens when the coolest woman turns on you and turns cold as ice
I’m saving all the baby names for my next wife.

Elenore/ Emily/Olive/Alice
Track Name: It's cold and it's raining and it's dreary and i miss you
phone ain't ringin, i don't feel like singin, and pregnant girls are hittin' on me
it's a gruesome ride through this long lonely life
i'm hitting the booze heavily
and i didn't know what i was getting myself into.
can't sleep can't work there's no off left to jerk.
i just used up all the porn in the world.
it's so great to be in the this great big city
i'll hit the bottom of the barrel soon.
but i didn't know what you were gonna put me through
and it's cold and it's raining and it's dreary and i miss you.
Track Name: Asshole Weeks
I was riding high
but i was shooting low
i'm an awful guy
i wanna do some blow

you gotta go where you wanna go
do who you wanna do
just don't ask me to approve
say what you wanna say
lay who you wanna lay
just don't let me get in your way

please help me through these asshole weeks
Track Name: Girl on the Rebound
don't get with the weird ones. you gotta check their medicine cabinet, check their arms for scars, check their bookshelves for books about codependency, look for an empty baby crib, check their internet history.
Track Name: Over Nothing
i'm gonna make a lousy move, i'm gonna make it really soon.
well ain't that somethin'
pull the rug outta the room and i'll turn on you
over nothin
and i'm gonna make a scene, i'm gonna make you scream
cuz i felt clever.
gonna make you rue the day you said that i do forever
then i'll wake up hazy and i'll cry
it's all a blank, i wonder why i wrecked the
prettiest girl, over nothin'
girl i dream of over nothin'
warm warm heart, all apart
i get mad, cuz i wanna get mad.
i get sad, cuz i wanna get sad.

best years of my life, over nothin
warm at night, over nothin
years of my life
warm at night
those big blues eyes
and that warm warm heart.
Track Name: butterflies are for babies
I should have settled for a stupid girl
but instead i fell for you
i shoulda settled for a stupid girl
nobody cares what dumb girls do
if you come back i swear i'll kiss your ass
i'll kiss that ass til it turns blue
i shoulda settled for a stupid girl
but instead i feel for you

why'd you go away and make me wait too long
you know my bad dreams all come true
and sugar and spice and butterflies are for babies
nothing can make me strong enough for you

don't want some overgrown girl in pig-tails
who'll never dress her age
she just got into bowie and she can't hold her drink
every picture tells a story
but her tattoos are so boring
you can't call it scoring
you aren't winning anything.
there's a shoulder there to cry on, but it's bony and it's cold
you put up cause they put out cause they're all just animals
and you put up cause they put out cause you're still an animal
it's easier than trying to take care of anyone.