Mediocre Bad Guys

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    The debut album! Released in April 2014, these are our favorite MBG songs from our song-a-month series. 12 tracks of folk-rock goodness.

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1.
Never was no kind of answer to all my mama's prayers whatever it is that makes a man go and choose to make himself a better man well I guess I never got my fair share I was headed out for somewhere I had no reason to be when you came out of nowhere just in time to save me from my foolish sympathies Gonna get it right this time gonna get it right this time well, it's the last time, baby, and I've gotta get it right this time Never see things black and white don't really think about it much but I've never been so sure I'm in the right place at the right time every time I feel the strength of your touch it's so hard to keep a straight line but you're still waiting to see I'm hanging on to your sweet trust 'cause it's the only faith I have in me Gonna get it right this time gonna get it right this time well, it's the last time, baby, and I've gotta get it right this time got a little light left shining got a little light left shining well, maybe it's too late, I swear I'm gonna get it right this time Don't let me down don't let me down don't let me down yeah, don't let me down Gonna get it right this time gonna get it right this time well, it's the last time, baby, I've gotta get it right this time got a little light left shining got a little light left shining well, maybe it's too late, I swear I'm gonna get it right this time well, maybe it's too late, I swear I'm gonna get it right this time (Davis) Produced by Doug Davis and MBG Mixed and engineered by Doug Davis October 2011 Jerry Chapman: bass, vocals, harmonica Doug Davis: electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, tambourine Steve Lindsley: piano, Hammond M3, acoustic, vocals Les Slate: lead vocals, drums
2.
The Dance 05:53
She's high above the world flying US Air baby in her lap she knows more than she lets on of what awaits her when she finally touches down 'cause there's a man at Gate 3 with flowers and a hope that fills his heart it's been two long months since she left town and his world was ripped apart he's hoping there will be a chance to have a fresh new start this time, this time He remembers how it was back when everything seemed to go so well they danced the dance so long that when both tried to lead they never made it home you know her daddy told her that timing is the glue that makes it tight 'cause two roads have to merge as one for things to work out right and when she saw the road they were dancing down that's when she took to flight away, far away Life is what we live 'til our demise between the new hello's and old goodbye's and those we dance with they can never die 'cause everyone's a part of us everyone's a part of us everyone's a part of us she's high above the world she's down now on the ground she's walking through the gate he hands her the bouquet he reaches for his child he smiles to celebrate (Lindsley) Produced by Doug Davis and MBG Mixed and engineered by Doug Davis January 2012 Jerry Chapman: bass, vocals Doug Davis: guitars, percussion, vocals Steve Lindsley: Hammond M3, acoustic guitar, vocals Les Slate: lead vocals, drums
3.
Carolina Sky 04:53
she set herself on fire again she twists and turns herself around like a tire in the wind now she's gone, gone, gone my princess and the swan she was born for better things she was born for better things she gave me all her very best but we're as far from north and south as east is to the west they started shutting down the auction floors and any fool could see time was running out on me time was running out on me I will think of her when long night's moon is high she's been hiding in the wind I could have used a little Carolina sky a long time lost is just pretend a long time lost is just pretend they're asking me if I know anything how could I know where the wind blows when the south wind starts to sing? I can recall every sweet caress she gave me dark delights and I confess I don't know where she is tonight don't know where she is tonight I will think of her when long night's moon is high she's been hiding in the wind I could have used a little Carolina sky a long time lost is just pretend a long time lost is just pretend she, tatter-edged and rough-shod torn apart what she needed was the river's flow to smooth her jagged heart under long night's moon and shadow, a kiss upon her lips she was born for better things she was born for better things I will think of her when long night's moon is high she's been hiding in the wind I could have used a little Carolina sky a long time lost is just pretend a long time lost is just pretend (Chapman/Davis) Produced by Doug Davis and MBG Mixed and engineered by Doug Davis March 2012 Jerry Chapman: bass Doug Davis: acoustic guitars, shaker, vocals Steve Lindsley: accordion Les Slate: lead vocals, drums with: Ricky Lee Nathey: pedal steel
4.
I've got a pint glass of stout I'm hanging out on my front porch It's the middle of the day I'd like to say what's mine is yours As the sirens blare I'm tempted to care about the people that I don't know you can say what you will I'll sit up on my hill and watch the world present its show There's a crack on the wall think it might fall into the porch swing There's a crack on the wall think it might fall into the street I counted fourteen bikes and I'm tempted to like all those people that I don't know you can say what you want I can say that I don't mind the day moving so slow Gotta get it together, keep it together, get it together now gotta get it together, keep it together, get it together now We can't all sound like Emmylou and Gram we can't all be like Linda and Eagles singing at Disneyland I've got a hot cup of tea between you and me, I prefer the pint glass it was a pint glass of stout and I figured out that it would not last sometimes I've had enough but I'm tempted to love all you people that I don't know I say stupid things again and again but I'll try to do better tomorrow Gotta get it together, keep it together, get it together now gotta get it together, keep it together, get it together now (Chapman) Produced by Doug Davis and MBG Mixed and engineered by Doug Davis September 2011 Jerry Chapman: bass, harmony vocals Doug Davis: acoustic guitar, 12-string acoustic, electric guitar, harmony vocals Steve Lindsley: piano, organ Les Slate: lead vocals, drums, percussion, harmony vocals
5.
Diamonds 03:59
you've got everything you've ever wanted but your eyes are in the sky you've got everything you've ever needed but your eyes are in the sky the trees are changing, rearranging you've just got to look around you're running faster, nothing matters with your feet above the ground I'm disappearing, when I think of you and I might vanish, through and through I'm disbelieving when I think of leaving this place I've got all the diamonds in the world but they don't mean a thing to me the winds and waves, they will not save me but I'm trying to believe I'm disappearing, when I think of you and I might vanish, through and through I'm disbelieving when I think of leaving this place you've got everything you've ever wanted but your eyes are in the sky you've got everything you've ever needed but your eyes are in the sky I'm disappearing, when I think of you and I might vanish, through and through I'm disbelieving when I think of leaving this place (Chapman) Produced by Doug Davis and MBG Mixed and engineered by Doug Davis February 2012 Jerry Chapman: bass, acoustic guitars, suitcase, vocals Doug Davis: guitar, percussion Steve Lindsley: accordion Les Slate: lead vocals, drums with: Ricky Lee Nathey: pedal steel
6.
I didn't know she worked so hard to keep my feet upon the ground to keep my dreaming head from spinning 'round she worked so hard to make it seem like it was all about my dreams and not about her own she worked so hard losing my old friend, losing my old friend is like falling off the edge of the world falling off the edge of the world my own mirage, a trick of light she seemed so close in angels' cloaks but always was so far away but I was wrong when the song was sung she was the one still standing there and it was me who stood and stared she was the one losing my old friend, losing my old friend is like falling off the edge of the world falling off the edge of the world (Davis) Produced by Doug Davis and MBG Mixed and engineered by Doug Davis Jerry Chapman: mandolins Doug Davis: acoustic guitars, EBow guitar, keyboards, hi-hat Steve Lindsley: piano, vocals Les Slate: lead vocals
7.
Cold Comfort 06:47
When I was a child I spoke like an old man when I was older I lived like a child should my heart give praise I will spend my days making amends fifteen years in a heartbeat slips through my hands it's those dreams I remember and the diamond wedding band good Lord help me now can't be helped, anyhow I still see her face take these treasures in store all this ransom, and more I will give you my word but it's cold comfort now wish I'd never gotten lost in a shoebox full of letters all I see fades to black as the past comes into focus deep as words can weigh there are no words to say to make it up to you I have tried to make a home with you here but you can't make forget the dreams disappear should my heart give praise I will spend my days making amends take these treasures in store all this ransom, and more I will give you my word but it's cold comfort now credits from The B​-​Sides, track released 15 June 2012 (Davis/Lindsley) Produced by Doug Davis and MBG Mixed and engineered by Doug Davis Jerry Chapman: bass, vocals Doug Davis: guitars, vocals Steve Lindsley: organ, piano, vocals Les Slate: lead vocals, drums
8.
Come on back inside the fire's growing cold And i can't say i'm sorry all night My judgment is clouded I meant to be true But the truth is, i'm high as a kite You and me don't always Get what we want Sometimes we don't get Nothing at all And I'm well aware I ain't All you deserve And maybe we aren't built for the long haul But i thought we were building something good You'll have to forgive me If i don't open up and share Honey i'm just trying to Make it home on a spare When I was a young man I read about love Bout the thunder and lightning inside Daggers and poisons and ships lost at sea And kingdoms destroyed over pride But the love that I found never looked like those It was colder and meaner and harder to break Sometimes it warms you and fills you inside Sometimes it strikes like a snake But i'm holding on i'm holding on to you I'm sorry for the lean years And I'm sorry for the cold For all i couldn't put on the shelf Told myself you never needed those things But i was just fooling myself And maybe you had a few lovers before Hell, maybe you had a few since But come on back inside and i'll do what i can Try to be your brokedown prince Just don't ask so much of me (Davis) Produced by Doug Davis and MBG Mixed and engineered by Doug Davis March 2014 Jerry Chapman: bass Doug Davis: guitars, Hammond M3, vocals Corky McClellan: acoustic guitar Les Slate: lead vocals, drums
9.
she's running off at the mouth again I swear it's a miracle she gets away with treason she gets away with me she's walking out on the boardwalk she swears she'll disappear she's been looking for headlights they don't shine this time of year Virginia, Virginia the summertime's in you it's where I wanna be it's where I wanna belong she says that April brings her down it's the promise that keeps her sane February's a ghost town we just try to stay entertained Monday night, she wanders in she wears her wedding gown she's dancing up on the bar again so buy another round Virginia, Virginia got the summertime in you it's where I wanna be it's where I wanna belong trading in a normal life for a televised charade all the normal lies and a pole position in a fool's parade Monday night, she wanders in she wears her wedding gown she's dancing up on the bar again so buy another round Virginia, Virginia the summertime's in you it's where I wanna be it's where I wanna be it's where I wanna belong it's where I wanna be (Chapman/Davis) Produced by Doug Davis and MBG Mixed and engineered by Doug Davis Jerry Chapman: bass, vocals Doug Davis: guitars, tambourine, vocals Steve Lindsley: acoustic guitar, keyboards, vocals Les Slate: lead vocals, drums
10.
Turpentine 03:46
(Davis) Produced by Doug Davis and MBG Mixed and engineered by Doug Davis March 2014 Jerry Chapman: bass, vocals Doug Davis: guitars, vocals Corky McClellan: acoustic guitars, vocals Les Slate: lead vocals, drums, harmony vocals
11.
Coming Home 03:27
I had enough sometimes a man can only take a dose of truth about himself and you never bluffed so I turned myself to stone and dreamed my flesh to bone I had enough saints will preserve the lost and troubled souls in love, the mystified and merely lost or so I heard even saints would come to sin to find the fix I'm in ain't no coming back or so I believed in my fog of rancor chains of anger bound did you ever learn? I thought I saw you in my dreams wore your hospital greens and I start to burn I was feverin' out so mean and sipping kerosene and your laugh was like a match and when the flames died down and I looked around the wreck of what was left and all I saw was a broken crown no queen to bear the name no king, no fool to blame and I realized there was one thing in this world gold and pearl for any king still means a thing so if there's gas in the tank and a star in the sky and a single salted tear still swimming in your eye if this old heart can race me faster than the sun's pale morning light then raise the latch, I'm coming home tonight coming home tonight tonight polish up this steel and chrome, I'm coming home I ask you true: is there common ground enough to build a highway brings me running back to you? don't you think you can recall the days before the fall, how your heartbeat used to sound those gunpowder days and torch nights when I first was coming round so if there's gas in the tank and a star in the sky and a single salted tear still swimming in your eye if this old heart can race me faster than the sun's pale morning light then raise the latch, I'm coming home tonight coming home tonight tonight polish up this steel and chrome, I'm coming home (Davis) Produced by Doug Davis and MBG Mixed and engineered by Doug Davis Jerry Chapman: bass, mandolin, harmony vocals Doug Davis: acoustic guitar, harmony vocals Les Slate: lead vocals, drums, banjo, harmony vocals with: Ricky Lee Nathey: pedal steel
12.
couldn't sleep if I had to come a long way to see you I don't know what you're thinking but I'm staying this time some of us find the good things some of us ride the slipstream and some of us lose a fortune without spending a dime they can help themselves how did I get here before I came undone how did get here again how did I get here I thought that you might run how did I get here again I've waited so long don't know where you came from it's fine with me if you wanna play dumb thirsty man didn't ask when the well had run dry this is no high school prom dance should've said no when you had the chance been in trouble from time to time but my hopes are still high they can help themselves how did I get here before I came undone how did get here again how did I get here I thought that you might run how did I get here again I've waited so long (Chapman/Davis) Produced by Doug Davis and MBG Mixed and engineered by Doug Davis November 2011 Jerry Chapman: bass, vocals, tambourine Doug Davis: guitars, acoustic guitar, vocals Steve Lindsley: piano, Hammond M3, acoustic guitar, vocals Les Slate: lead vocals, drums

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The debut album! Released in April 2014, these are our favorite MBG songs from our song-a-month series. 12 tracks of folk-rock goodness.

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Mediocre Bad Guys Mt Airy, North Carolina

Mediocre Bad Guys are a group of veteran musicians from the Triad and Mt. Airy music scenes that originally got together for informal jams and small club gigs. Over the last few years, the band has focused their attention on songwriting and have recorded a growing number of singles, all of which are available to stream here. ... more

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