Los Alamos (single)

by French Letters

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Side A: "Los Alamos", a pop tune about escape
Side B: "Annie, Queen" of Belltown", an acoustic waltz ballad

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released August 1, 2012

Recorded & mixed by Adam Prairie at Hoot House Recordings.
Mastered by John McCaig at panicStudios.

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Track Name: Los Alamos
Take me away,
take me far as my car will go,
hubcaps falling off in Los Alamos.
Just get me out, get me shaved, make me straight,
please wake me early I'm so sick of being late.

Give me one last chance at heaven
& I swear to hell I'll make Saint Peter smile,
just get me out of Ohio,
on the road for a little while.

Just start my car and drive it
til it runs flat out of gas,
just get me south of the railroad bridge,
just get these cops up off my ass.
Take me away, take me far as my car can go,
put "Born to Run" in the tape deck
and drive to Los Alamos.

Just get me washed, get me combed,
brush the gleam back in my teeth,
just get me past the county line,
I'll face whatever fate I might meet.

Make me laugh out on the highway,
get me high, get me drunk,
we can blow holes right through heaven
with the shotgun in my trunk.
Just start my car, take me away,
as far as it can go,
'cause we can have a wonderful time
hitchhiking from Los Alamos.

And when I get to heaven
to Saint Peter I will tell,
"Sir, I am from Ohio,
I've served my time in hell."
Track Name: Annie, Queen of Belltown
Oh Annie, Queen of Belltown, are you stable now?
Are your knots all figured out?
Do your pinball dreams from 2nd Street
ever meet the pall of your downtown doubt?

Boys look cool while they're flicking on the flippers,
they dream of the scene and they mean to miss her
but multiball scores from nights before
all sopped in shots and paramour start to demean her.

So you bought a new dress, you found a new address
but I ain't seen you smile once yet like you mean it.

Well, you're way too cute for Harborview,
their rubber walls couldn't contain you.

I'm gonna save my money,
I'm gonna buy a car and drive you
past all these downtown bars.
Oh, Annie, we could burn bright like stars.
Oh, Annie, I promise. Annie, I swear.

Just don't go out stepping off me so soon,
I get out late, I go to work at noon
and you just get so tipsy so damn quick,
I can't get out early enough this evening

Put on my Spanish hat and my Latin eyes
only to find you out walking with other guys.
Oh, my surprise is quickly, it's quickly receding.

Them fixed gear bikes, they can't drive you home,
here there be serpents, here there be Rome
bouncing around in the quarter notes of a pinball drone.

Well, you're way too cute for Harborview,
their rubber walls couldn't contain you.

Gonna save my money, gonna buy a car
drive you past all these downtown bars.
Oh Annie, we could burn bright like stars.
Oh Annie, I promise. Annie, I swear.

Annie, I've murdered, I've done worse,
I'm redeemd while you're still cursed.
Oh, girl, I wish I'd found you first.
In these pinball bars through
which you've carried me,
I wish you would marry me
and I swear I could make you okay.

Annie, I've fashioned me a noose,
with this rope I've tied it fast and loose
for you to king me.

Now this rope, it is our ring
and with this cheap and constrictive thing
I beg you to wed me.

Well, you're way too cute for Harborview,
their rubber walls couldn't even contain you.

I'm gonna save my money, gonna buy a car
and drive you past all these downtown bars,
Oh Annie, we could burn bright like stars.
Oh Annie, I promise. Oh, Annie. Annie, I swear.

The pinballs roll, the machines pulse and sway,
I'm saving up for this car someday.
Maybe, Annie, on our wedding day
we can drive together into Eliot Bay.