The B​-​Sides

by Mediocre Bad Guys

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The songs that didn't quite making it onto the debut album. We still think they're pretty swell and hope you'll give them a listen. And don't be surprised when you hear a few of these at an MBG show.

If anything, Mediocre Bad Guys is about the natural evolution of a band. We formed in 2006 as a pretty exclusive Jack Johnson-only cover trio. A few years later we branched out to include a much more diverse mix of tunes. So it was only a matter of time before we’d start writing our own songs. Three of the four of us have already released a wide catalog of original tunes, with the fourth (that’d be Les) a budding songwriter-in-waiting.

So in 2010 we got to work, and in no time the songs started flowing. At a band meeting at Mellow Mushroom last spring, our plan came to fruition: we would write, record, and release one song a month, making it available to you and the world for download. Exactly how many months, you ask? As many as the creative muse will take us! Our first one out the gate will be “I Will,” a bouncy little tune that’s guaranteed to get your foot tapping. It came out of a simple jam at band practice one night, demonstrating that inspiration can strike at any given moment.

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released September 1, 2011

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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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Track Name: Holding On
like clockwork, she dances
across the room as the band plays
she says, “it won’t last, it always
ends too soon these days”

And the band begins her song

she whispers “time cries” (and means it)
and “all I have is yours”
the lights die, she leans in and asks
“is there something more?”

and as the band begins her song
she begins to sing along

she sings, “I’m holding on, holding on to you.
holding on, holding on, it’s true.”

the noise breaks, she speaks out
but no one seems to hear
“whatever it takes, I’ll reach out”
begins to draw me near

but as the band begins her song
she begins to sing along

she sings, “I’m holding on, holding on to you.
holding on, holding on, it’s true.”

she keeps the pictures of the ones she left behind
and they look the same as yours & mine

like clockwork, she dances
across the room as the band plays

and sings, “I’m holding on, holding on to you.
holding on, holding on, it’s true.”
and sings, “I’m holding on, holding on to you.
holding on, holding on, it’s true.”

and as the band begins her song
she begins to sing along
Track Name: Reasons To Believe
I spent 29 years in a brown paper bag
if I get 29 more, I'm all tatters and rags
there's a hole in the roof and the rain's coming down
guess I'll pack up my bags for the wrong side of town

there's a bottle of dreams that I spilled on the floor
and a sad little tale that I told you before
I'm as run out of time as a New Year's Eve
looks like I've run right out of reasons to believe in you

four sheets gone and the motor done died
we've gone stalled out again on the honeymoon ride
cashiered and shot and we broke down good
gonna take another look right under the hood

there's a bottle of dreams that I spilled on the floor
and a sad little tale that I told you before
I'm as run out of time as a New Year's Eve
looks like I've run right out of reasons to believe in you

I'm not waiting, no, not waiting on you

there's a bottle of dreams that I spilled on the floor
and a sad little tale that I told you before
I'm as run out of time as a New Year's Eve
looks like I've run right out of reasons to believe in you
Track Name: Stained-Glass Heart
I was only messing 'round, didn't mean to change your mind
but you seemed lonely, yeah, you seemed lonely
didn't seem like a bad idea at the time
we were traveling in the same direction
caught out on the interstate in a blinding rain, yeah
you shared your story, all your battered glory

I never noticed while I was staring out at the road

you were staring right back at me

why do you gotta go with a stained-glass heart
why do you wanna know where the fault lines start
and I'm just hanging around
to see the damn thing run aground

All those miles and years gone missing in the flood

can’t say I remember anything

I’m sure the good times tucked away must be
worth a little more than nothing

maybe you were always just a drama queen
and I was the king of making things seem so damn small
maybe I had no idea how much I'd miss you, after all

why do you gotta go with a stained-glass heart
why do you wanna know where the fault lines start
and I'm just hanging around
to see the damn thing run aground

why do you take it so hard?
you play the sympathy card

when you feel the rain come down

I wish I felt like you do
it's just a turn of the screw
but time makes a fool of me again

why do you gotta go with a stained-glass heart
why do you wanna know where the fault lines start
and I'm just hanging around
to see the damn thing run aground

I was only messing around, didn’t mean 2 change yr mind …
Track Name: Let's Not Pretend That It's Easy
I've been driving round this town
don't know which way to turn
been looking for you night and day
don't know where to begin
I'm wondering if I'll ever find you
wondering if you still care

I've gotta hold this thing together
keep my eye on the road
the one that's gonna lead us home
lead us home

let's not pretend that it's easy
let's not pretend that it's hard
we all get lost in the moment
crossing the line
did we forget where we're going
did I forget how to try
let's not pretend that it's easy

we used to ride around together
we knew just where we would go
we knew every twist and turning away
but when you start to hear the silence
you take your eyes off the road
it's hard to find your way back where
you belong

let's not pretend that it's easy
let's not pretend that it's hard
we all get lost in the moment
crossing the line
did we forget where we're going
did I forget how to try
let's not pretend that it's easy

you know I'll try
anything to change your mind
so take the wheel
remember how you made me feel

let's not pretend that it's easy
let's not pretend that it's hard
we all get lost in the moment
crossing the line
did we forget where we're going
did I forget how to try
let's not pretend that it's easy
Track Name: Simple and True
it's true, too
I've grown a little fonder of you
at least I think so
so why, when
how will I know where you've been
is that your story?

caught me on my heels
baby, it's a real dilemma
'cause you listen all the time
never had someone sincerely
hire the gun that kills me
bitter-pill me, drop the dime

Simple and true
simple and true
used to be simpler to do
the car in the ditch
the bait and the switch
baby, were you ever so kind?

Phentermine and bottle queens
nothing but cameras tonight
under klieg lights
but you, too perfect for
eyeshade and rouge
you rise above it

you asking me why I keep looking for such
cheap solutions
absolution for the weak
but don't you see I've got a
complicated plot and maybe
it's a good one
it works for me

Simple and true
simple and true
used to be simpler to do
the car in the ditch
the bait and the switch
baby, were you ever so kind?

shadows can hide
a continent's divide
but you know I can't believe
what I see
the deadliest end is a
love I comprehend
and I don't know what to do
with you

Simple and true
simple and true
used to be simpler to do
the car in the ditch
the bait and the switch
baby, were you ever so kind?
Track Name: There It Went
I've been waiting
seems like all my life
and I've been waiting
for a better time
seems like every moment
could be better spent
and I've been searching
for what I could not find

Hey, wait
there it went
hey, wait
I missed my moment once again
hey, wait
there it goes
hey, wait
a little warning would be nice

and I've been waiting
seems like all my life
and I've been waiting
for the moment to be right
and I've seen it coming
but it looked too bright
this time, this time
and I've been looking
for what was always mine

Hey, wait
there it went
hey, wait
I missed my moment once again
hey, wait
there it goes
hey, wait
a little warning would be nice

I think I finally made it
I see what's in front of me
the future's overrated
I just gotta be

and I've been watching
why spend all my life?
and I've been watching
the moments slip into the night
now I found the answer
and I'm gonna get it right
this time, this time
and I'll be living
every moment of my life

Hey, wait
there it went
hey, wait
I missed my moment once again
hey, wait
there it goes
hey, wait
a little warning would be nice
Track Name: I Will
I will not say goodbye
It’s safe to say I don’t mean it – so why say goodbye
I will then I won’t
You’ll say what you want
Girl I try and I plead but I end up deceived
I don’t need this

You use to laugh with me just the other day
We’d walk hand in hand looking at the sky
Now you say those things just to get back at me
What you say

I will then I won’t
I care but you don’t
Want to try and break free from your own misery
I don’t need this
You will then you won’t
The truth is you don’t
Want to try and meet me somewhere in between
I don’t need this

Just the other day I thought we’d worked it all out
Thought we had it worked out baby yeah
It could be like we said it could be
Yeah we said it could be
Now I know what you’re trying
I ain’t buying – I ain’t buying

I will not say goodbye
It’s safe to say I don’t mean it
So why say goodbye
I will then I won’t
You’ll say what you want
Girl I try and I plead but I end up deceived
I don’t need this