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Too Big To Fail

by Small Time Napoleon

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1.
Dear L 02:40
Dear L, I just don't know what to say Dear L, I bet you wouldn't even listen to me, anyway Dear L, I know I let you down Dear L... Dear L, you were always more grown up Dear L, I'd like to think I wasn't even good enough Dear L, it's such a hollow sound Dear L... Well, people do and people say But somehow I'm not sure How we ended up this way Yeah, I'm so immature Dear L, do you recognize this song? Dear L, I didn't mean to take so long Dear L, I know I let you down Dear L... Dear L, do you remember where we were? Dear L, well I only just now heard Dear L, you were such a lovely girl Dear L...
2.
The day is lost so I’ve been told, a hardware issue Let’s break it down and start again with bones, blood, and tissue With bones, blood, and tissue These silhouettes, they hold like stains of hindsight heroes It seems we’ve tried to read between the ones and the zeros Between the code and the co-host Put down the weight, please Let these strangled wires run the playfield Checkered maps and swollen doors, proud-eyed and blinded Little men drawn in ranks and torn into fragements Still in time, pulled by some magnet Put down the weight, please Let these strangled wires run the playfield What pulls me awake the most And runs the length of all my dreams Well it’s not so much the ghosts As it is the machine Put down the weight, please Let these strangled wires run the playfield
3.
I never met her Never put two words together But I reckon she's an easy climb I guess I'd let her underestimate the whether Baby'd let me color under her lines Upon my descent I would express a certain shuffle When her stockings ain't no struggle by the way We'd spend the evening with some good clean heavy breathing And not an awful lot to say Pillow battles until early in the morning Casting dirty silhouettes behind the blinds No sense pretending like you don't know how it happens Since this is how it happens every time Her majesty's a pretty nice girl But I reckon she's an easy climb Yes I reckon she's an easy climb I believe we'd have a very fine time Yes I reckon she's an easy climb
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High Wire 04:05
Held up by cold men and hard stares, nothing much to lose Carried in a clap of thunder Lessons learned from second hand shoes Hearts and clubs alike, living through the night Dealt in and dealt with by two hands, pistons cheating fire Circling only feigning weakness Tightening that gray high wire More than man are we, working toward disease I thought you outpaced it That cheap whiskey call Glory days held up in your high beams Casting your rise and fall Here now your players grow restless One by one they’ll take their cues Testing hands to see who flinches Bridging stories born of other tunes Spotlight on the scene, silence in the wings I thought you outpaced it That cheap whiskey call Glory days held up in your high beams Casting your rise and fall
5.
Lately, I've had enough of cake and circus And maybe the old diversion's really worthless So save me from all your heavy-handed talk If it's just the same, I'd rather walk I do admit that I have always been quite taken with it If you'll permit, I would suggest that you relate a minute When you were little, did you never have to share your toys? Such spoiled silly boys No one ever deserves what they've been given How come we can be punished just for living? Such fun -- if there's a switch just turn me off I would perish at the thought There's only so much you can blame on motivation No one is asking to be born at lower station Are you so certain your position has to do with your smarts Or did you get a better start? Where's your challenge? Where's this mountain that you're seeking? It's no secret you were born too big to fail Not quite doubting, but it sounds a bit too easy Honestly, do you see level scales?
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House Rules 05:05
It just seems rude, left to myself This box of rust and bits of you These spaces that are left, bowing to time and its theft It just seems rude, oh me and you Some simple odds, a tease and a quip But now the dealer shifts all the house rules And our wrists have all gone limp, and his card he refuses to flip It just seems rude, oh me and you Are there ears in the aether Can you hear this short refrain? A desperate scamble of words Much less than I know you deserve It just seems rude, oh me and you And so it goes, or so it’s gone This carousel won’t be bothered Though it sometimes feels it’s done, but in truth it goes on and on it just seems rude, oh me and you Are there ears in the aether Can you hear this short refrain? A desperate scamble of words Much less than I know you deserve It just seems rude, oh me and you

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released July 14, 2017

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Small Time Napoleon Louisville, Kentucky

Small Time Napoleon has been described as “a mad science blend of western swing, hot jazz, and folk” by Insider Louisville’s Kyle Ware. Their live shows are intimate and natural while remaining energetic. Their combination of swing-era influence with modern inclinations has driven them to a sound and style that is both new and old and wholly their own. ... more

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