Die Midwestern

by Arlo Mckinley

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1.
we hit road i said tell me where you’re wanting to be and that’s where we’re gonna go if it takes my life i looked over at you had a smile on my face and i noticed you were smiling too girl you were smiling too and for the first time in a long time we were alright turned the radio on and heard luckenbach texas and you said it was your favorite song girl you started singing along crossed state lines i couldn’t keep my eyes open so i stopped to see an old friend of mine to get some sleep for a while for the first time in a long time we were alright woke by the phone heard your voice say i should come get my things cause you were gonna be home and you wanted them gone like a brick it hit me everything i thought that happened that night well it was only a dream so i went back to sleep what else could i do tried to find my way back into that dream so i could be close to you so i could be close to you cause for the first time in a long time we were alright oh for the first time in a long time we were alright
2.
there’s nothing left to say and nothing to do this house is lonely now i’m here without you so i sit and i wait for the sun the streets are crowded and the lights are so bright another cincinatti saturday night and i hate what that has become and i’ve been thinking that i should go cause if i don’t leave now then i’m never gonna leave ohio lord and that’s a chance that i just can’t take now that i’m getting older i thought that we would set the city on fire but if we stick around we’ll surely expire as our dreams slip right through our hands lately i’ve been learning more about love from a precious heart that cares about us i think she belongs where i stand and i’ve been thinking that i should go cause if i don’t leave now then i’m never gonna leave ohio lord and that’s a chance that i just can’t take now that i’m getting older and i’ve been thinking that we should go cause if we don’t leave now then we’re never gonna leave ohio lord and that’s a chance that we just can’t take now we’re all getting older
3.
i can see she’s got a hold of me with no plans to put me down i’ve been awake for 5 days straight drove through 6 damn different towns i wish i had you to come home to i could lay my troubles down but she never believed that you really loved me so she patiently waited around she’s always around hanging out in those dark corners cause she knows the one i love won’t let me hold her she’s always around hanging out in the same places cause she knows that i’ll come crawling every time i’m breaking down this will surely be the death of me i’ve accepted that as truth but the death she brings holds more honesty than the love that i got from you it’s not the kind of love i need but i can’t walk away i’ve tried so i’ll take this love till i take too much and the life has left my eyes she’s always around hanging out in those dark corners cause she knows the one i love won’t let me hold her she’s always around hanging out in the same places cause she knows that i’ll come crawling every time i’m breaking down cause she knows that i’ll come crawling every time i’m breaking down
4.
Bag of Pills 04:07
you want it i can feel it got a bag of pills i’ve been dealing so i can take you drinking don’t tell me about a love thing we’ll get high and talk until morning then you can catch me sleeping and all i need now i don’t want and all i’ve loved now it’s all gone to my head hell jesus can you save me didn’t think so guess that you’re busy well i guess we’re all busy cause i remember when you told me if i believed i’d never be lonely now i know you were lying and all i need now i don’t want and all I’ve love now it’s all gone to my head and life i don’t want it if it’s so easy to die and life i don’t want it if it’s so easy to die and life i don’t want it if it’s so easy to die you want it i can feel it got a bag of pills i’ve been dealing so i can take you drinking
5.
everyone’s talking but no one is saying a thing it was all that i knew how to do to help comfort the pain with my drunken solutions at least for a moment they’re gone pretending that everything’s fine knowing damn well it’s wrong still i don’t want no one to tell me what’s right i’ll make up my own mind my own mind tonight the ghosts that still haunt me i’ll fight one by one till the hurtin is done i hide from anxiety i never stay hidden for long learned to self-medicate and how to wait until the panic is gone so i hide behind smiles and whatever else gets me through i’m not knowing what’s waiting for me or what i ought to do still i don’t want no one to tell me what’s right i’ll make up my own mind my own mind tonight the ghosts that still haunt me i’ll fight one by one till the hurtin is done no we don’t want no one to tell us what’s right we’ll make up our own minds our own minds tonight the ghosts that still haunt us we’ll fight one by one till the hurtin is done till the hurtin is done
6.
suicidal saturday night for everyone the things we did we knew weren’t right just for fun had us flying through kentucky and fleeing fast from tennessee yeah we made a lot of money made a lot more enemies no one said that this was gonna be easy we’ve been dying since the day we were way born i don’t know why i thought that it would be easy being criminals on the run we should take some time and find our way back home never thought that we’d see the day but boy did it come before they even knew we were missing brother we were long gone we were flying through kentucky and fleeing fast from tennessee yeah we made a lot of money made a lot more enemies no one said that this was gonna be easy we’ve been dying since the day we were born i don’t know i thought that it would be easy being criminals on the run we should take some time and find our way back home no one said that this was gonna be easy we’ve been dying since the day we were way born i don’t know why i thought that it would be easy being criminals on the run i’m glad we made some time and found our way back home
7.
Once Again 05:04
this could be the most beautiful thing that i’ve ever seen the way the moon creeps into this room and shines on your skin as you look down at me and my heart is rusted i’ve been broken and I’ve been busted but if you can tell me that i can trust it then maybe this heart could love once again you say your eyes put fear in mens’ lives well maybe that’s true but not for me cause its love that i see when your arms round my neck and i’m holding on to you my heart is rusted i’ve been broken and i’ve been busted but if you tell me that i can trust it maybe this heart can love once again will i be everything that you need i’d like to see where this road goes nobody knows i’ll be patient with you please be patient with me and my heart is rusted yeah i’ve been broken and i’ve been busted but if you tell me that i can trust it maybe this heart can love once again
8.
i’d gladly drown with you out in the sea whatever you want whatever you want i could get sober and try to stay clean whatever you want whatever you want whatever you want me to be then that’s what i’ll be wherever you want me to be then that’s where i’ll be waiting for you if you want me to cause i’ll be your lover or i’ll be your best friend whatever you want whatever you want i can leave in the morning or stay till the end whatever you want whatever you want whatever you want me to be then that’s what i’ll be wherever you want me to be then that’s where i’ll be waiting for you only if you want me to cause i’d gladly drown with you out in the sea whatever you want whatever you want
9.
the cracks out in the sidewalk hold the memories i keep your name is on my finger where a wedding band could be and these white lines they keep me moving until i’m forced to get some sleep i pray to god that i wake up with you lying next to me i know i’m gonna wake up in a puddle of my tears forced to realize you’re gone for good i’m sorry that i stole from you so many of those years i swear i’d give them back girl if i could i’ve been hidin’ out in these bar rooms where no one knows my name i find myself a corner and i drink away my shame with the want so bad to call you though i know it’s a mistake i hope that i am on your mind if you’re lying there awake i know i’m gonna wake up in a puddle of my tears forced to realize you’re gone for good i’m sorry that i stole from you so many of those years i swear i’d give them back girl if i could i’m forced to realize you’re gone for good
10.
i don’t wanna get high anymore i don’t wanna fight anymore i don’t wanna settle old scores i just wanna come home back to the ones i love where there’s still plenty of room to make it better without ever hurting anyone i could follow you down if you want me to but we both know that would be a mess so i’m putting on my walking shoes goodbye wish you the best grudges that i fell upon i’ve been holding for too long tomorrow they will all be gone once the morning comes i’m gonna lay them down in the dirt apologize to those i’ve hurt make peace with everybody including all my enemies i could follow you down if you want me to but we both know that would be a mess so i’m putting on my walking shoes goodbye wish you the best i could follow you down if you want me to but we both know that would be a mess so i’m putting on my walking shoes goodbye wish you the best goodbye wish you the best

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Coming out of the eclectic Cincinnati scene, Arlo McKinley has washed his songs in the blood of street soul, country, punk and gospel – and tattooed them onto the underground.
Filled with an honest weight and gritty-hope from rustbelt city life, McKinley rolled downriver to Memphis’ Sun Studio where Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Ross-Spang gathered a working man’s all-star band to record his Oh Boy Records debut, “Die Midwestern.”
McKinley’s 10 original songs bleed truth from a heart scarred by wild nights and redeemed by Sunday morning confessions. “She’s Always Around,” “Suicidal Saturday Night,” “Bag of Pills” and “Ghost” are all carved out in the key of life.

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released August 14, 2020

Recorded & Mixed at Sam Phillips Recording Service, Memphis, TN Engineered, Mixed & Produced by Matt Ross-Spang
Second Engineer : Wesley Graham
Studio Assistant: Matt Denham
Mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Mastering, Nashville TN
Drums & Percussion: Ken Coomer Bass Guitar: Dave Smith
Keys: Rick Steff
Electric Guitar: Will Sexton Acoustic Guitars: Matt Ross-Spang Fiddle: Jessie Munson
BGVS: Reba Russell
Acoustic Guitar/Vocals: Arlo McKinley

Photography: David McClister

Art Direction & Design: Fetzer Design

DEDICATION
This Album is dedicated to the lives and memories of my beautiful mother Sharon Diane Carr “my biggest fan,” my brother Kelley Patrick Cammack and a true hero of mine, Mr. John Prine.
I would like to thank the following for their continued showing of love and support on this journey:
My father Carlos and my brothers, Steven and Michael: “Mama we’re still your boys.”
Matt Ross Spang and everyone at Sam Phillips Recording Service
The Lonesome Sound, Dave Johnson, Micky Berwanger, Dave Rolland, Rob Montgomery, Wren and Ruby, Adam Barraclough, Ponytail, Charles Bruce, Josh and Jacob McComas, Phil Combs, Dave Lavender, Chris and Craig Rice, Charlie Hatcher, Keebie Gilkerson, Sean Kinder, Ian Thornton and the entire Whizzbang family. Jody and everyone at Oh Boy Records. Michael C and mtheory, Pat May and Crossover, Tyler Childers and The Food Stamps, Senora May, Kyle Crownover, Sam Sutton and The Umphreys Boys, Lost Dog Street Band, Byron Roberts and the entire Roberts family.

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Arlo Mckinley Cincinnati, Ohio

Arlo McKinley has washed his songs in the blood of street soul, country, punk and gospel – and tattooed them onto the underground.
Filled with an honest weight and gritty-hope from rustbelt city life, McKinley rolled downriver to Memphis’ Sun Studio where Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Ross-Spang gathered a working man’s all-star band to record his Oh Boy Records debut, “Die Midwestern.”
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