What Were Flames Now Smolder

by The Crabs

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released July 11, 1997

The Crabs:
Lisa: drums
Jonn: guitar
Pat Maley: keyboards
Seamus Campbell: cello on "Private Eye"
Calvin Johnson: bass on "Temper Temper"
Al Larson: lead guitar on "The Slip"
Recorded at Dub Narcotic by Calvin Johnson.
Mixed at Moon Music by Scott Swayze.
Artwork by Adrian Tomine.
K Records, PO Box 7164, Olympia, WA 98507 USA
KLP 74

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The Crabs Anacortes, Washington

The duo of Lisa Jackson and Jonn Lunsford started out modestly as just a Christmas project. The nautical themes abound as they merge Anacortes style rockin' with classic pop. You also get lovesick musings and a cry for vengence against the neighborhood bully. Definitely the catch of the day. ... more

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Track Name: Confess
That's all there is to confess you've seen to it that our
love's been laid to rest. Don't know hoy many times I
called. Forgot your number so I dialed them all. That's
all I do, that's all we're through. Your crystal ball has
failed the test you said no but the signs said yes. We
held the same oar when we crossed the sea, now that we
made it you won't answer me. That's all I do, that's all
we're through. That's all I do, that's all we're through.
Track Name: Love & Hate
You can have love, love can have you. If you get the
message right now you can be true. You can have hate,
you can have gold. If you think the time has come you
can now be told about love, hate, hope...
Tear down the walls, open the gates, everything that you
build can disintegrate. You can have hate, you can have
gold. If you think the time has come, it can now be
sold. It's love, hate, hope.
If your love is antiseptic, with all your heart reject it,
there's time to change your mind before they buy the
ring. Take two parts cream and chocolate, pour nuts and
cherries on it, take a bit every time that you feel the
sting of love, hate, hope. Love, hate choke... la la la la
la.
Track Name: February 15th
I believed you when you said I was your valentine. I am
deceived because I believed you when you said you'd
be mine. Now I know it's over, you're always looking
over your shoulder. I knew it wouldn't last cause all we
had is now in the past.
My hands are empty just like all those letters that you
sent me. Before the ink was dry you were shopping
around for another prize. What were flames now
smolder, this love's getting colder and colder. I would
air my complaints but all your friends think you're a
saint. 2, 4, 6, 8 I don't appreciate it. 2, 4, 6, 8 the way you
always calculated. 2, 4, 6, 8 I don't appreciate it. Before
it's too late the way you always complicated it. I
believed you when you said I was your serpentine. I'm
deceived because I believed you when you said you'd
be mine.
Now I know it's over, you're only older and colder. I
should air my complaints because all your friends think
you're a saint.
Track Name: New Fool
You love a fool, you love a fool, you love a fool. It's all
for one, it's all for you, you love a fool.
Track Name: Mission Impossible
They say that it's impossible, I know it's undeniable
that you don't want me around. I know you're sweet as
sugar, my sweet tooth can't forget her. Every time I
seek she can't be found.
I know she loves another. Our love has gone asunder,
now she just wants me out of town. I cross the fifty
states, to make this pain disintegrate. Every time I call
she's not around. I tried to call a truce, but then what's
the use, every white flag I raise she shoots down. I
know she loves another, our love has gone asunder, now
she just wants me out of town.
They say that it's impossible, I know it's undeniable
that you don't want me around. I know you're sweet as
sugar, my sweet tooth can't forget her. Every time I call
she can't be found.
Track Name: Debutante
I want to be the debutante tonight. I'm gonna dress up
all in white. String my pearls around your neck. I know
what you like best. I want to be the debutante tonight.
Sugar, fall down cause I'm a believer. I fill your dance
card up tonight. I'll sign my name on every line. You
wear heels and I'll wear flats, we'll give your dad a heart
attack. I'll fill your dance card up tonight. Sugar, fall
down cause I'm a believer. Sugar, when you're around
there's nothing cheaper. Sugar, fall down cause I'm a
believer. On every dance floor there's a fight.
Somebody has to prove he's right. It doesn't matter
which side you choose, the cops show up and we all
lose. I want to be the debutante tonight. Sugar, fall
down cause I'm a believer. Sugar, when you're around
there's nothing sweeter. Sugar, fall down cause I'm a
believer.
Track Name: Temper Temper
Temper, temper. All I see are the embers because you
burned the bridge that led to me yesterday.
Prophylactics, they're too distracting so he'd say but he
sound a way to leave the things he made anyway.
She said, I make confetti out of what he sends to me.
Talk is cheap, so is he, but she can stay with friends
until next week because her parents changed the locks
today. Temper, temper. All I see are embers because
you burned the bridge that led to me everyday.
Track Name: Holiday
Today is like a holiday, build it up and it fades away.
Tie your hope to a stone, cut the line and it sinks below.
Today, everything just fades away, today and everyday
all your hopes just wash away. Take a box pour out the
mix, angels food never looked like this. As it is it's just
like love. He takes the cake and he leaves the crumbs
again. Some fences never mend. Today and everyday,
all your hopes just fade away. Today and everyday, all
your hopes just melt away.
Track Name: Private Eye
I know that you know Ashley. He is unabashedly
flirtatious and there's more. He's out to settle a score
and it's an old score from a very long time ago.
He wanted me to change my stance, but I decided not to
take that chance and so I left his house for the very last
time.
You can hire a private eye. She'll tell you the reasons
why, I won't defect to the enemy camp because there's
nothing there for me.
I always thought you were so much smarter than to end
up as a martyr, but you forgot what you were fighting
for. I know that you know Ashley. He is unabashedly
persuasive and it shows. But that's about as far as it
goes because I closed that book a very long time ago.
You can hire a private eye. She will tell you the reasons
why, I can't defect to the enemy camp because there's
nothing there for me.
Track Name: 1863
It was back in 1863. Emancipation was no guarantee.
All the crackers on the sidelines. They are all just
biding their time. At home they're cutting up their
sheets. It was back in 1963. A hundred years of
incivility. You can take down the signs, but that won't
change their minds. They built the nation on hypocrisy.
You can take down the signs, but that won't change their
minds. You call it culture I say it's disease.
Track Name: Time Has Come And Gone
Take all you brought her you said it's forever, and then
you forgot her. Fate it's the last word, don't send her
that letter if it spells disaster. Time has come and time
has gone and she waited too long. Time has come and
time has gone and he stayed too long. She waited, and
now she is gone.
Steal all you brought her you said love was free but no
it will cost her. Hate is no virtue, you sent her that letter
that's why she'd desert you. Time has come and time
has gone and she waited too long. Time has come and
time has gone and he stayed too long. And she waited
and now she is gone.