I Know Now Why You Cry

by Gregory Pepper & His Problems

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1.
Good Call 01:31
I swam the lake and it was good good call / good call I leaned my back against the wood pretty pretty / pretty good and then I woke up and it was cold my friends were gone and I was old I couldn't move / I couldn't breathe and darkness was upon the face of the deep I swam the lake and it was good good call / good call I leaned my back against the wood pretty pretty / pretty good
2.
I've got a bottle of ink I draw the things that I think are funny and sad when life is a drag I'm happy that I've got a bottle of ink I've got a bottle to drink I talk and talk about things that I think are funny and sad when life is a drag I'm happy that I've got a bottle to drink so I'd love to just hang out I'd love to just hang out before the dealer flips the top card face up on the felt and I'd love to get hungry and eat I would love to get hungry and eat and thank whatever brought the whole world falling at our feet I've got a bottle of ink I draw the things that I think are funny and sad when life is a drag I'm happy that I've got a bottle of ink
3.
think of a time when you were brand new now look at your Sublime sun tattoo the yellow ink has lost it's hue but it's still blue it's still blue / it's still blue / caribbean blue think of a time when you wondered who was singing Caribbean Blue bashfully you asked the shopkeep if she knew and she knew that it's track 2 on Enya's Shepherd Moons now stalkers stab themselves for you got a hundred milli and a castle too but there's nobody to share the view you must be so blue / so blue so blue / caribbean blue
4.
don't read the comments don't get in the van listen to your worrier spirit your worrier spirit's got a plan how long has that thing been here? does it look like it's grown? listen to your worrier spirit your worrier spirit ought to know worrier spirit / worrier spirit imagine the thing and then fear it worrier spirit / worrier spirit working the pedals while I steer it don't let the sun in and don't get out of bed listen to your worrier spirit the worrier spirit in your head
5.
I'm Dying 02:14
I'm dying done trying there's not much time I'm holding on for you until July I'm dying bad wiring defective parts lethargic and corrupt I can't restart shutting down won't respond power off force eject spinning wheel do not save 01100010 01111001 01100101
6.
I saw this dude who looked a lot like you he looked a lot like you I thought I knew the voice and the tattoos the shirt and hairdo but he turned around and I didn't have a clue I saw this bro who looked like somebody I know someone that I know the lights came on I looked around, bro was gone no duck, no swan something changed but I couldn't put my finger on so do what you want to and maybe I'll see you sometime do what you want to and maybe I'll see you sometime maybe I'll see you sometime
7.
is this really who you wanna be? is this really who you wanna be? is it an unsolved mystery? or is it really who you wanna be? your father's only son was a somber one is this really who you wanna be? is this really who you wanna be? are you out raging against the machine? and is that really who you wanna be? your father's only son was a somber one is this really who you wanna be? is this really who you wanna be? is your name David or is it Steve? and is that really who you wanna be? your father's only son was a somber one and with a coffin nail / descending minor scale
8.
everything will be okay even if it's not so if the sun won't rise today It's bad, bad luck guns and roses / bloody noses Bill and Ted's journey was bogus death plays upright bass but there's no escaping from the place inside the wall the place inside the wall
9.
art collector art collector the bullshit detector's going off nightclub heckler nightclub heckler if you think you can do it better then come on down if you think you can do it better then come on down I'm getting bored I'm getting bored I'm getting bored of the view I'm sick of myself I'm sick of myself but darling I'm not sick of you I'm waving goodbye I'm waving goodbye as my spirit becomes something new
10.
belligerent little dudes with shit in their pants are you trying to tell us something? we don't understand avoiding the accidentals on a plastic glockenspiel doing a hundred on the 401 now you know it's real yeah, you know it's real yeah, you know I'm a baby and I'm dumb but I'm the only one who doesn't know who doesn't know I am a private eye and I'm spying on some guy who doesn't know who doesn't know to wake up inside a nightmare where everything is wrong the cannibals are cooking up a stew so blame your older brother you should of known it all along the cannibals are looking straight at you It's me, I'm in disguise and I should probably tell my wife who doesn't know who doesn't know
11.
maybe when we're old if the money lasts we'll get in our pod and go back tribal warfare dirty water, dirty air no animals, no magic ark dystopian oligarch you maniacs you blew it up but before the crash before the rust it was heaven it was heaven on earth it was heaven it was heaven on earth
12.
Diaper Hill 03:36
before the sun hits diaper hill I'm gonna chill so small and mad I can't resist smiling at your little fist I can’t tell I can't tell if it’s funny as fuck or really fucking lame so I'm just gonna wait over there I can’t tell Is this a stone or a brick? I can't tell Is this the stones or the kinks? I can't tell did someone put something in my drink? it's not a tumor and it's not a zit I can't tell I can't tell if it's funny as hell or some type of revenge but I'm standing here dressed like The Crow I couldn't tell you where the apostrophe goes but you can slide it between the prison bars somewhere there's a finger that I lost in the spokes and what I'd be without you well, God only knows I can't tell I can't tell where I'd be or what I'd do without you
13.
I couldn't before now I can sort of whistle along I've got a circle of friends sort of hanging on followers and likes in some notion bigger than Christ bigger than Jesus gone father verging on the altar we're gonna live forever new daughter marching on the water we're gonna live forever probably bigger than Christ bigger than Jesus
14.
I don't want much just to hold a sacred charm or a burrito in the park I don't want much just to touch the candy stars or a can of PBR I don't want much just to hear the voice of God or whatever's on the iPod I don't want much

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released February 14, 2020

All songs written and played by Gregory Pepper
Recorded and mixed by David Partridge (HELM)
Additional overdubs recorded at Camp Pepper
Mastered by Andy Magoffin (House of Miracles)

Featuring: Tyler Belluz (arco bass), Colin Couch (tuba), Ben Grossman (hurdy gurdy), Matt Monoogian (pedal steel), Karen Ng (flute, clarinet, saxophone), Claire Whitehead (violin), Adam Zantinge (drums), and Ira Zingraff (trumpet). Gang vocals by the Peptones

Cover painting and label art by Harry Perets

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the government of Ontario.

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