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This Mess We're In

by Arlo Mckinley

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James Kilpatrick
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James Kilpatrick This is an amazing album that definitely shows some big time growth artistically from his previous two. He is a very heart on the sleeve lyricist who you can’t help but be pulled into the emotional complexities of his songs. One of my favorite songwriters right now. Sad songs are real songs and I can’t get enough. Favorite track: This Mess We're In.
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RFIDtag The entire album is fantastic. 'I Wish I' speaks to me, though. My wife and I left the "big city" in 2015. Checked out of the rat race and started a slower, simpler, less stressful life in the rural wilderness of Alaska. I had to say goodbye to many friends and family members, but I needed this change. Thank you. Favorite track: I Wish I.
mr_bim
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mr_bim An album made for when life hits hard times. Thank you Arlo.
rickdunham
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rickdunham Just found your music on Bandcamp
Loved it Thanks for the Music
I am a supporter of KNON89.3 Dallas Tx public radio do you mind if I take your cd to the station and see if the the DJ,s would play it Thanks Rick
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1.
I Don't Mind 03:30
I don’t care where you are coming from I guarantee that I’m as high right now as you were once And I don't mind No, I don't mind No, I don’t mind anymore Goodbye never is the easy part I never thought that I would be someone that would break your heart But I don't mind No, I don’t mind No, I don’t mind anymore I always hoped that I would be the one But now I can admit that I got scared and began to run But I don't mind No, I don’t mind No, I don’t mind anymore No, I don’t mind No, I don’t mind No, I don’t mind, anymore No, I don’t mind No, I don’t mind No, I don’t mind, anymore
2.
City Lights 04:25
City lights they are blinding All these things I’ve been hiding And all those places I shouldn’t be Is where they still find me I have given you so many things That you have wanted and I no longer need But I can’t let you get a hold of these dreams Those still belong to me Boy you’re running out of chances I don’t have much more to give It’s up to you What you say and what you do How you’re gonna be How you’re gonna live City lights they are blinding Makes it harder to find me In all those places I shouldn’t be Is where they still find me I have given you so many things That you have wanted and I no longer need But I can’t let you get a hold of these dreams Those still belong to me Boy we’re running out of chances I don’t have much more to give It’s up to you What you say and what you do How we’re gonna be How we’re gonna live Now we’re running out of chances I don’t have much more to give It’s up to you What you say and what you do How we’re gonna be How we’re gonna live City lights they are blinding Makes it harder to find me In all those places I shouldn't be The city lights blind me
3.
Back Home 03:59
Road less traveled I’ll ride With this revolver by my side Sweet speed of cocaine Friends deep in the dope game Well momma I don’t think I’m gone Don’t think I’m ever gonna make it back home To you This city is a symphony That never seems to be in key I’ve tasted every sin Spit em out and I tried again Well momma I don’t think I’m gone Don’t think I’m ever gonna make it back home To you I hold myself accountable For everything that I have done Constant heat beneath my feet I guess a glimpse of what’s to come Well momma I don’t think I’m gone Don’t think I’m ever gonna make it back home Well momma I don’t think I’m gone Don’t think I’m ever gonna make it back home Well momma I don’t think I’m gone Don’t think I’m ever gonna make it back home To you
4.
I sleep to dream in this old house Only wake for the night The city’s queen and she holds me Till the first sight of daylight Trying to get through the breakdown Find a way out of this town Or in a lake of fire we’ll surely drown That’s alright if you’re with me And that’s why I’ll run From the shine of the sun That’s Stealing dark from the night sky My heart is yours for the taking If you want to take it I know you’re scared you might break it Girl, it's been breaking all my life I’ve been running on empty Like the ones here before me And all this hurt our hearts are hauling Hurts a little less each day And that’s why we’ll run From the shine of the sun That’s Stealing dark from the night sky And I held you close to me Showed you where my heart would be So when it came time again for me to leave You'd be carrying a part of me Let’s try to get through the breakdown Find a way out of this town Or in a lake of fire we’ll surely drown But that’s alright if you’re with me And that’s why we'll run From the shine of the sun Stealing dark from the night sky For our lives we’ll run From the shine of the sun……..Stealing dark from the night sky
5.
To Die For 03:23
We buried all our guns in the ground And destroyed all the evidence Knew that they’d be bringing hell down on us For us, bringing hell down on them We watched as they chose to ignore The changing of the guard and the sound We were few but we were ready for war A war, to burn this place to the ground And it breaks my heart to think about We will never be the same again Here I’ve been still trying to figure me out When I should have been worried about them We knew that we were going to fight A fight we knew that we wouldn’t win To stand with those who believe By my side by their side Was worth our death in the end From now until the end of time The streets forever stained with our blood In a town where dreams surely come to die Every time the lights shine Yeah they’ll be thinking of us And it breaks my heart to think about We will never be the same again Here I’ve been still trying to figure me out When I should have been worried about them I remember when you sat me down Held on to every word that you said to me You were spitting selfish lies from your mouth Now I’m older and grown and know they don’t mean a thing And it breaks my heart to think about We will never be the same again Here I’ve been still trying to figure me out When I should have been worried about them And it breaks my heart to think about We will never be the same again Here I’ve been still trying to figure me out When I should have been worried about them
6.
Dancing Days 04:22
If I can’t have this dance with you Then I think my dancing days are through Cause I have wasted so much time On hearts I knew that never would be mine I just want to need somebody I just want to leave my name Now I know that nothing is forever And no one leaves As perfect as they came They don’t know who I am now They only know the things that I have done But no one wants to talk it out Cause they’re scared to death Of what we might become I just want to need somebody I just want to leave my name Now I know that nothing is forever And no one leaves As perfect as they came I just want to need somebody I just want to leave my name Now I know that nothing is forever And no one leaves As perfect as they came And none of us leave As perfect as we came
7.
These are the days that I’ll remember This boy’s never held a smile so wide It’s proof that the bad days do get better It’s proof that love is still alive I will follow where this goes And in this mess we’ll rest And find ourselves a home Take what you are needing What’s mine is yours Girl lets set this world on fire This time it’s the real thing We both should know If you plan on leaving Then I’m right behind you Following wherever you go This time it’s the real thing We both should know We both should know This is the only thing I’m needing Open eyes to see your smile You picked up my heart and stopped the bleeding Knowing I can’t erase the miles I will follow where this goes And in this mess we’ll rest And find ourselves a home So take what you are needing What’s mine is yours Girl lets set this world on fire This time it’s the real thing We both should know If you plan on leaving Then I’m right behind you Following wherever you go This time it’s the real thing We both should know We both should know I will follow where this goes And in this mess we’ll rest And find ourselves a home So take what you are needing What’s mine is yours Girl lets set this world on fire This time it’s the real thing We both should know If you plan on leaving Then I’m right behind you Following wherever you go This time it’s the real thing We both should know We both should know
8.
Rushintherug 05:57
I’m scared to death I’ll always be What I’ve always been I thought by now That I’d be used to it I could use a late night call Or a letter from a friend But it’s only if you feel like sending it Cause I’ve heard this one before One too many times I know this story all too well I know how it ends The same as it began We're cold, we're scared, we’re shaking on the floor Tell me what's been on your mind What you trying to hide Well, I guess we’ve all got our own reasons I will trade you my last wish For one more goodnight kiss Then I swear to god that I’ll be leaving Cause we’ve seen this one before One too many times We both know this story all too well We know how it ends The same as it begins We’re cold, we’re scared, we’re shaking on the floor We’re cold, we’re scared, we’re shaking on the floor Maybe you can show me what I’ve missing for so long But it’s up to me to keep my eyes open I’ll let these words drip from my pen And then I’ll put em in my song But it’s hard to sing When no one's listening And I’ve seen this one before One too many times I know this story all too well I know how it ends The same as it began I’m cold and scared and shaking on the floor We’re cold, we’re scared, we’re shaking on the floor
9.
I Wish I 05:04
Thinking about settling up Kicking off the dust Removing all the rust That keeps me still I think it’s my time to go Say goodbye to everyone I know And I hope someday I’ll be forgiven For the bonds that I broke I wish I could take you with me But this road I must walk alone I gotta get out of the city Good god I gotta lose myself Just to find my way back home No, I never thought I’d have to choose Either way I know I’m gonna lose The hardest thing that I’ll ever have to do Is leave this place without you After everything had fell apart They said time would heal my broken heart So, why am I still here waiting for the healing to start Cause I wish I could take you with me But this road I must walk alone I gotta get back to the country Good god I gotta lose myself Just to find my way back home I wish I could take you with me But this road I must walk alone I’m trying to get back down to Memphis Good god Been trying to lose myself Just to find my way back home We gotta lose ourselves just to find our way back home
10.
My friends out west They call me out A girls down south I used to know My family’s north My boys back east They wonder which way I will go While darling you You got me where you want me now Where you want me Now darling you You got me where you want me now Where you want me Where you want me now My friends out west They call me out A girls down south I used to know My families north My boys back east They wonder which way I will go While darling you You got me where you want me now Where you want me Now darling you You got me where you want me now Where you want me Where you want me now
11.
Here’s to the dying Here’s to the hurt Here’s to the crying As we’re returned to dirt Trying to find Somewhere solid to stand Cause it’s getting so hard Without you holding my hand Here’s to our mothers Raised daughters and sons Your sister and my brothers That they taught how to love If you don’t mind Won't you reach down your hand Cause it’s getting so hard Without you to stand Here’s to our fathers Oh they’re trying to get by Without their best friend And the love of their life So if you don’t mind Could you reach down her hand Cause it's getting so hard Without her to stand Trying to find Somewhere solid to stand Cause it’s getting so hard Without you holding my hand Here’s to the dying Here’s to the hurt Here’s to the dying

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This album is dedicated to the life lived and the memories made with my mother Sharon Diane Carr……Rest Easy.

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released July 15, 2022

Recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in July 2021
Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Matt Ross-Spang
Second Engineer: Wesley Graham
Mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Mastering, Nashville
Vinyl Mastering and Cutting by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Mastering, Nashville

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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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