Pretend Friend

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This album was recorded in March 2016 by Grant Boesen, Austin Groom, and Jason Snavely to capture the energy and style of Pretend Friend at that point in time.

This album was live-tracked using six microphones and a field recorder in an industrial warehouse in Wichita, Kansas. The final recordings were mixed and mastered by our friend, Brody Wellman.

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released January 31, 2018

Grant Boesen - songwriter, vocals, guitar
Austin Groom - bass guitar
Jason Snavely - drums

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Genre-bending string band from Wichita, KS. Original music.

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Track Name: Get Along All Right
I ain’t no seven eleven
I ain’t open all the time
I rather dislike situations when I can’t unwind
I love wine more than my lovers
But I don’t drink it every night
I still ain’t got no woman
So I get along all right

Go sacrifice your day
Forfeit tomorrow’s pay
Drink all of your money down
See how good you feel
There’s a time for heavy drinking
There’s a time for getting high
And when there’s work to be done
Baby I get to bed on time

I don’t wake up for roses
I don’t wake up for the news
I don’t wake up next to anyone
I don’t soberly choose
I’m up before the sunrise
I’ve got coffee on my breath
But if I could live without sleep
Then I would not ever rest

Go sacrifice your day
Forfeit tomorrow’s pay
Drink all of your money down
See how good you feel
There’s a time for heavy drinking
There’s a time for getting high
And when there’s work to be done
Baby I get to bed on time

Well all these working people tell you
That you’ve gotta choose
Between passion and a paycheck
Oh my friend you’re born to lose
I believe you can do anything
With time and elbow grease
Throw away your TVs
Moderate your drinks

Go sacrifice your day
Forfeit tomorrow’s pay
Drink all of your money down
See how good you feel
There’s a time for heavy drinkin
There’s a time for getting high
And when there’s work to be done
Baby I get to bed on time

There's a time for heavy drinking
There's a time for getting high
When there's work to be done
Baby I get to bed on time
Oh when there's work to be done
Baby I get to bed on time
Oh when there's work to be done
No I don't bitch or whine
When there's work to be done
Baby I get to bed on time
Track Name: Run in the Night
Noise out back
We run in the night
Chase all the deer
Through a field with a spotlight
Woah
I hear them running
And I’m out of breathe
Instinct keeps us
Running to death
Woah

But I want to feel the pain
Oh my god I want to make you laugh
Oh I want to feel the pain
Oh my god I want to make you laugh
Woah

Chicken pot pie
Run out of coffee
The fire in your eyes
Is enough to keep me warm
Woah
These are the kinds of stories
We’ll find ourselves telling our friends
When we’re old
When we’re old

I want to make you mine
Oh my god you look so fine tonight
I want to make you mine
Oh my god you look so fine tonight

I want to feel the pain
Oh my god I want to make you laugh
Forever you’ll be mine
Oh my god you look so fine tonight

I want to feel the pain
Oh my god I want to make you laugh
Forever you’ll be mine
Oh my god you look so fine tonight
Track Name: California
Tomorrow I’m going to California
I’ve got problems to sleep away
I’ve had one too many bad ideas
Now I’ve got no friends to make me stay

Tomorrow I’m going to California
I hear the valleys of wine smell sweet
Someday I’ll forget why I ever left
Until then I’ll stay there and drink

All your friends will disappear
When the darkness turns to light
Make your shadows dance
We’ll all die sometime
Don’t slip away into the night
If only love will keep us breathing
California keeps us dreaming

Tomorrow I’m going to California
Trying all along to quench my thirst
There’s never an excuse to leave the one you love
Unless of course she left you first

All your friends will disappear
When the darkness turns to light
Make your shadows dance
We’ll all die sometime
Don’t slip away into the night
If only love will keep us breathing
California keeps us dreaming

Please hold my hand for a moment
We’ve gone downhill all along and I’ve known it
But I can’t stop the earth from spinning
I won’t stop our hearts from feeling
I’ll remember every name
Of all the people that I’m meeting
I nickname all my companions
Like I’m ten years old again
I will remember this feeling
California is for dreaming

All your friends will disappear
When the darkness turns to light
Make your shadows dance
We’ll all die sometime
Don’t slip away into the night
If only love will keep us breathing
California keeps us dreaming
Track Name: Come with Me
Girl you got me in your pocket
Take my money if you want it
Take everything I own
Restless eyes don’t sleep for days
My thoughts all come back to your name
Don’t ever let me go

I’m running away
It’s never too late baby
I’m leaving today
What do you say
Come with me

I was a bird who’s flying backwards
I was caught up in a noisy world
You’re the wind that sets me straight
If you’re the water I’m the rocket
Calm me down when I don’t want it
Extinguish my flame

I’m running away
It’s never too late baby
I’m leaving today
What do you say
Come with me

I’ll never be a wealthy man
But you’ll always have my heart in your hands
Always love me face to face
Heart is beating at a faster pace

I’m running away
It’s never too late baby
I’m leaving today
What do you say
Come with me

Bottles of wine fix all our problems
And scratches always leave their marks
Scratch me up anyway
Well others wait to bring you flowers
But I’ll dance with you in the shower
Rain on me any day

I’m running away
It’s never too late baby
I’m leaving today
What do you say
Come with me
Track Name: Soft Serve
You look right away as our eyes meet
Need just another hand to hold all of your things
Tripping on the bricks like a thought out tease
In your hand a cone of soft serve ice cream

One more time I’ll act like I don’t know any better
But girl I see your footwork getting better all the time
You got used to keeping track of me
You say your sweet tooth brings good company

I think oh my god
I will lose my cool and start to nod
Good lord, she could never be
The sweetest flavor of all I need
I’d taste her sweet
From her hands to her feet
Yeah

I caught you running on your way out the door
I said I’d intercept you girl
Before you hit the floor
And I’m mess
That ain’t nothing new to me
I know you care
But you won’t dare to make a scene

I think oh my god
I will lose my cool and start to nod
Good lord, she could never be
The sweetest flavor of all I need
I’d taste her sweet
From her hands to her feet
Yeah

So turn around one more time
I will try to catch your eye
One more time
Darling mine
Please don’t
Don’t walk on by
Don’t walk on by

I think oh my god
I will lose my cool and start to nod
Good lord, she could never be
The sweetest flavor of all I need
I’d taste her sweet
From her hands to her feet
Yeah
Track Name: Feel so Fine
Clock’s run out and I'm ready for the weekend
I'm gonna pack up the cooler
Gonna call all my friends
Driving all night just to get where we're going
Oh lord
With you holding my hand in the front seat
I'm knowing

Hey hey baby I feel so fine
I dance around a fire that burns all night
I want a new direction
A new kind of rhyme
I want to close my eyes
And cross that line

Show me what you've got
I've never been surprised by you
And when you take off your jeans
Baby I'll go crazy too
Drinking all night
My how long has it been
Since you gave a life in the city
For a good country weekend

Get me alone I won't make you regret it
Let's go walk in the night
And lay out in the sticks
Lie on your back and you point at the stars
I got your body on mine
And your love in my heart

Hey hey baby I feel so fine
I dance around a fire that burns all night
I want a new direction
A new kind of rhyme
I want to close my eyes
And cross that line

Hey hey baby I feel so fine
I dance around a fire that burns all night
I want a new direction
A new kind of rhyme
I want to close my eyes
And cross that line

Please slow down
It's not like I'm smarter
Than I was a year ago
I still don't know anything that you don't
And I still remember finding our way home
In the dark
On a Saturday night
We were out of our minds
We were more than all right
Oh oh oh oh

Hey hey baby I feel so fine
I dance around a fire that burns all night
I want a new direction
A new kind of rhyme
I want to close my eyes
And cross that line

Hey hey baby I feel so fine
I dance around a fire that burns all night
I want a new direction
A new kind of rhyme
I want to close my eyes
And cross that line
Oh yeah
Track Name: Heartbreak
For two days
I lost the time that was placed on my wrist
Oh Sunday
Would heaven help a man who’s lost his way
If he tried oh he tried to keep those feelings going
If he tried oh he tried just to end up lost and lonely

Why wait
If everything you want is within your reach
Oh it's heartbreak
When all that was right becomes a slap in the face
Well you try oh you try to keep those feelings going
Oh you try oh you try not to end up lost and lonely

But sweet Jesus I can't control myself
Am I the dog or am I the game
I'm hooked on those candy cane video girls
Don't they know just what I need
Twice the work half the wage
Yes indeed
Don't you know what I mean

Need a little more heartbreak
Or the twisted pain of a knife in the chest
And all these mistakes
Were made long before our good intentions left
Well we tried oh we tried to keep those feelings going
Oh We tried oh we tried not to end up lost and lonely

But sweet Jesus I can't control myself
Am I the dog or am I the game
I'm hooked on those candy cane video girls
Don't they know just what I need
Twice the work half the wage
Yes indeed
Don't you know what I mean

Lately the wine is not as sweet as it used to be
Oh baby just tell me what I need
I know it sure ain't sleep
I have tried oh I’ve tried to keep those feelings going
I have tried oh I’ve tried but I end up lost and lonely

But sweet Jesus I can't control myself
Am I the dog or am I the game
I'm hooked on those candy cane video girls
Don't they know just what I need
Twice the work half the wage
Yes indeed
Don't you know what I mean
Oh
Track Name: Honest Man
Well I was born a bad man
I've been running since I was ten
I was caught once stealing candy
And I swore it would never happen again
I swore it would never happen again
I can run all around this town
The fruit of my labor is gold
Harvesting the coin from the pocket
So I won't have to work when I'm old
I won’t have to work when I’m old
I say oh

I tell them catch me once and you're good
You'll never do it again lord
Preacher said that Jesus Christ
Will rescue me from all my sin
I say catch me once and you're good
Oh you'll never do it again
Preacher said that Jesus Christ
Will rescue me from all my sin
So lord I’m gonna be an honest man
Oh yes I am

Gonna be
I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be an honest man
Lord I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be an honest man

I was caught on the bad end
Of a friendly trade gone wrong
With too many watches in my pockets
I got no time to get back home
No time to get back home
But I can escape from the best
Oh lord no jail holds me down
Even a young man can grow tired
Of always running around
Always running around
Oh

I tell them catch me once and you're good
You'll never do it again lord
Preacher said that Jesus Christ
Will rescue me from all my sin
I say catch me once and you're good
Oh you'll never do it again
Preacher said that Jesus Christ
Will rescue me from all my sin
So lord I’m gonna be an honest man
Oh yes I am

Gonna be
I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be an honest man
Lord I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be an honest man

Help me Lord I'm tired
I've got a woman who wants my name
Heaven knows I love her the most
So I'm going to be an honest man
Cause she thinks I'm an honest man
Finally they set me free
I'm running to get back home
Cause the woman I've got waiting on me
Is sweeter than silver and gold
Sweeter than silver and gold
Track Name: Take Me Home
Holding down the fortress
We’re waiting on a dream
Well it’s past 4 A.M. now
Lord I wish I could sleep
Lord I wish I could sleep

Sweet relief unlike any I have known
My darling’s promises are calling me back home
She had me pushed against the wall
I said can I get some more of that
And can I take you home

Not just my valentine
Makes me lie awake
No she’s a different kind
In my head but that’s my mistake
My head that’s my mistake

Well it’s hard to close the curtains
On all those smiling faces
No matter how they try nothing will contain us
They’ll push us hard against their walls
We don’t want no more of that
Come on let’s go home

Sweet relief unlike any I have known
My darling’s promises are calling me back home
I’m not strong enough to drink alone
I swear I’ll never leave again
Baby take me home
Track Name: Trouble
I can’t keep myself together
Stuck between the fight or flight
Don’t give a damn about the weather
Babe I caught a chill now my head’s on fire
Babe I caught a chill now my head’s on fire

Come on jump in the river
Drink whiskey out the bottle
Momma take me out to dinner
Show me how you monkey around
Show me how you monkey around

Well ah ah ah ah ah

Trouble’s in me like a parasite
I’m afraid of what will happen if it leads me to fight
I know what I’m doing ain’t right
I get lit up like a rocket on the fourth of July
It’s in me like a parasite
I’m afraid of what will happen if it leads me to fight
I know what I’m doing ain’t right
I get lit up like a rocket on the fourth of July

Oh yeah
Momma’s got me oh
Come on baby yeah
Show me how you monkey around
Show me how you monkey around

Well god I want to be a sinner
But sometimes I want to be found
Well I guess I just want to be a winner
Lord I want to dance when the sun goes down
I want to dance when the sun goes down
I want to dance when the sun goes down

Well ah ah ah ah ah

Trouble’s in me like a parasite
I’m afraid of what will happen if it leads me to fight
I know what I’m doing ain’t right
I get lit up like a rocket on the fourth of July
It’s in me like a parasite
I’m afraid of what will happen if it leads me to fight
I know what I’m doing ain’t right
I get lit up like a rocket on the fourth of July

Oh yeah
Momma’s got me oh
Come on baby yeah
Show me how you monkey around
Show me how you monkey around

Well ah ah ah ah ah

Just reach for those stars in the sky
Baby you could shine
Smoke a little this
Drink a little that
Dance it all away

Just reach for those stars in the sky
Baby you could shine
Smoke a little this
Drink a little that
Dance it all away

Well ah ah ah ah ah

Trouble’s in me like a parasite
I’m afraid of what will happen if it leads me to fight
I know what I’m doing ain’t right
I get lit up like a rocket on the fourth of July
It’s in me like a parasite
I’m afraid of what will happen if it leads me to fight
I know what I’m doing ain’t right
I get lit up like a rocket on the fourth of July

Oh yeah
Momma’s got me oh
Come on baby yeah
Show me how you monkey around
Show me how you monkey around

Well ah ah ah ah ah
Track Name: See You in the Stars
When you think of hills
Think of all the shining prairies
You could dream a bird’s eye view
You could swallow the sky whole

Climb on out your window
Run on out to the porch
I will catch you baby
I will never let you fall
When I sleep I dream of you
I see you in the stars

Don’t waive the debts of gamblers
Or for another’s sin you will pay
Don’t trust in someone
Who tells you that they won’t stay
Your life sure ain’t a straight line
But it brought you here today
See without you to lean on
We’ve been curving all the way

We don’t need to go far
Just enough to make a change
Fall asleep on the train
When you wake take a new name
Oh we sometimes lose our way
We forget what we went after

So don’t waive the debts of gamblers
Or for another’s sin you will pay
Don’t trust in someone
Who tells you that they won’t stay
Your life sure ain’t a straight line
But it brought you here today
See without you to lean on
We’ve been curving all the way

Don’t you see how this world will turn against you
Don’t you see the way it keeps you running
Don’t give up on a love that won’t give you away
If you feel like starting over
Today is your day
To go all the way
All the way
All the way
Oh
Track Name: Can't Let You Go
We sit here laying under the stars
You talk about where you are gonna be
When you leave this city
But where am I gonna be
When you leave me

You make me wonder about the possibilities
Do you still think of me oh

Your eyes shine so bright
All colors fade to gray
If you still see the stars you’re not that far away
When you see me, when l lay down
I’ll wait for you to come around
Please don’t make me beg you to stay

I can’t let you go
Talk to me like I should know how to feel
Tell me were we ever real
Did I ever have that hope

I tend to remember only good times
Romance and stealing candy
And drawing lines on your arm
We never got that far
But one day five lines turned into a star

You make me wonder about the possibilities
Do you still think of me oh

Your eyes shine so bright
All colors fade to gray
If you still see the stars you’re not that far away
When you see me, when I lay down
I’ll wait for you to come around
Please don’t make me beg you to stay

I can’t let you go
Just talk to me like I should know how to feel
Tell me were we ever real
Did I ever have that hope

You make me wonder about the possibilities
Do you still think of me oh

Your eyes shine so bright
All colors fade to gray
If you still see the stars you’re not that far away
When you see me, when I lay down
I’ll wait for you to come around
Please don’t make me beg you to stay

I can’t let you go
Talk to me like I should know how to feel
Tell me were we ever real
Did I ever have that hope

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