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    The Successful Failures - Saratoga - 12” Vinyl Track Listing

    Side A
    Because We’re Ghosts
    Love You So
    Knoxville Suite
    Oh Dear Mother
    Giving Back the Awards
    In This World
    No White Knight in Knoxville
    Ruby Ruby
    Oh Diane

    Side B
    Disgruntled Bankers
    The Ocean & The Stars
    Already in Two
    Everywhere She Goes It’s Raining
    Where Were You?

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NJ Indie-Rock/Roots band the Successful Failures 7th full length LP, "Saratoga", features 11 new Mick Chorba tunes all about ghosts, mothers, gold stars, and Knoxville. Songs about going back to learn you can never go back. Rock and roll.

if you Google "how to be a successful independent musician" you will likely find the answer is to invest your time into social media promotion. Hours per day. Posting. Posting. And more posting. This NJ band decided to eschew this advice and instead invested their time rehearsing. The 2nd step was to convene in a large studio in Red Bank, NJ with instruments such as guitars and drums. While in this room the band spent several days making some noise, making some music - this recording, titled "Saratoga" is the results. Enjoy.

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released August 30, 2019

Mick Chorba: lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards
Ron Bechamps: bass guitar, backing vocals
Rob Martin: drums
Pete Smith: electric guitar
Greg Potter: electric guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

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With a name borrowed from a Bob Dylan song, an indie rock work ethic, and a penchant for melody, harmony, and heart-in-your- mouth-foot-on-your-sleeve lyrics The Successful Failures burst onto the scene out of the NJ pinelands in 2006. TSF's 7th album "Saratoga" will drop on 8/30/19. ... more

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Track Name: Because We're Ghosts
Because we’re ghosts
Because we’re pilots
Because we’re lighter than the wind
No one will find us

Because we’re ghosts
Because we’re pirates
Because we sail into the wind
That blows behind us

Because we’re ghosts

Because we’re ghosts
Because we’re numbers
Because we gave all that we had
Unto each other

Because we’re ghosts
Because we’re Godless
Because we only have the truth
Wherefor to guide us

Because we’re ghosts
Track Name: Love You So
Why don’t we drink until we’ve had our fill?
Why don’t we sleep until we’re tired?
Why do we think we have this time to kill?
Why do we fall into the briar?

Why don’t we wake up when the day is new?
And keep our heads under the covers?
How do we break out of this portmanteau?
And keep our arms around each other?

I love you so, I love you so
I love you so, I want to know
Do you love me so?

Why don’t we stay in this garden grove?
Why don’t we sleep until December?
Why don’t we pray for these days to grow?
Into nights we spend together

I love you so, I love you so
I love you so, I want to know
Do you love me so?
Track Name: Ocean and the Stars
I fell right through the floor and onto the stage
Everything was different but it smelled the same
It’s been 13 years since I left this place alive
I took my dreams and I got out just in time

But I wonder where you got to
I wonder where you are
I came back to find you
Between the ocean and the stars

Blackjack Betty, craps, and Caribbean stud
I got to the bottom of it all and I never got up
I ran like hell I went anyway the wind blows
But you can’t outrun the ghosts that haunt you

On a deer path through the woods I lived my life
I didn’t think once, let alone think twice
But the thorns and the thistle and the briar and the thatch all grew
Up around my legs and I never got through

I dug a whole as deep as a mountain is wide
I closed my lips and I never opened my mind
I tumbled like the dice that roll across your table
The world goes by I just watch from the window
Track Name: Knoxville Suite
Oh dear Mother, here comes another
Oh dear Mother, another child of the sea
Oh dear Mother, here comes another
Oh dear Mother, another child for to feed

In the morning children napping
Mother lies awake and listens to the water lapping

Oh dear Mother, here comes another
Oh dear Mother, another child on your knee
Oh dear Mother, here comes another
Oh dear Mother, another wanton refugee

And the day turns into evening
Another ray of light fall through the broken ocean ceiling

There is no better time
There is no better time to tell you
What were we waiting for

THere is no better time
There is not better time to tell you
We’re giving back the awards

We’re giving back the gold stars
We’re giving back the congratulations
What did we want it for

We’re giving back the awards
We’re giving back the congratulations
What did we want it for?

I have no dice to take my chances
I have no light to guide my way

I could be right and still be senseless
Put up a fight and still be senseless
I can’t be here in this world
Without you here in this world
Track Name: No White Knight in Knoxville
Oh my my I’ve been living a lie
Don’t know what the truth is
Oh my my I spent so much time
Living in this state of mind

When just around the corner from me
Is a fresh food market
Just around the corner from me
Is a Taco Bell

But there’s no white knight in Knoxville
No white knight on my street
No white knight in Knoxville
Nobody here but me

Oh my my the Tennessee valley
On a Friday
Oh my my out on Riverside Drive
On a Saturday night

When just around the corner from me
Is a fresh food market
Just around the corner from me
Is a Taco Bell

But there’s no white knight in Knoxville
No white knight on my street
No white knight in Knoxville
Nobody here but me
Track Name: Disgruntled Bankers
I can’t keep myself from the anger
My employment place full of rancor
We sit here like disgruntled bankers
Pulled down like we got weighted anchors
Attached to our legs
Stuck like pegs
In pegboard partitions

I just passed my car inspection
Me new auspicious direction
No flu no viral inspection
The day is new and it feels like perfection
New moonshine, rock steady
All wracked up but never ready

I rely on you,
I never lied to you,
I rely on you,
You can rely on me too

I can’t keep myself from the feeling
Or keep the room from its reeling
I hold on to you for my balance
I’m like the kid who spent his allowance
On baseball cards and gum
I’m just as dumb, as I was
When I was young

I just buried my gut reaction
I married my dissatisfaction
No service no reception
Just me and my new deception
No honeymoon, no travel
The door slams shut just like a gavel

I rely on you,
I never lied to you,
I rely on you,
You can rely on me too

I dropped just like a Catholic
The envelope into the basket
I rise up like a spirit
Am I the only one here who feels it
And I don’t know what’s wrong
It’s just a song that went on for too long
Track Name: Ruby Ruby
Oh Ruby Ruby, please don’t dry
Make me a pillow on your palette tonight
Oh oh Ruby

Oh Ruby Ruby, I lost my way
I left my body on that cold sad day
Oh oh Ruby

Oh Ruby I, I’m coming home
To you tonight, I’m coming home

Oh Ruby Ruby, I’ll march no more
They’ll be no medal for me from this war
Oh oh Ruby

Oh Ruby Ruby, the Captain said
Tie him up until he’s good and dead
Oh oh Ruby

Oh Ruby I, I’m coming home
To you tonight, I’ll come marching home
Oh Ruby Ruby, listen for the sound
Of my footsteps coming into town
Oh oh Ruby

Oh Ruby Ruby, I hope to find
You waiting for me in the cold dark night
Oh oh Ruby
Track Name: Oh Diane
Oh Diane, we could build a fire with these pine cones
To keep us warm when it gets cold
Oh Diane, there was a lawyer down in Washington
Who found a way for me to go

Here I am, you don’t see
Here I am, you don’t see
You don’t see me, you don’t see me
Diane

Oh Diane, there was a mountain made of money
The ashes fell down just like snow
Oh Diane, I severed all relations
I burn a bridge everywhere I go

Here I am, you don’t see
Here I am, you don’t see
You don’t see me, you don’t see me
Diane

And from the ashes we’ll rise
So open your eyes
Try me one more time, Diane
Track Name: Already in Two
The tower is under the sun
Carry me up when you’re done
Giving a hundred and one
Nicotine patches
The celery salt
The foregone conclusions
The San Andreas fault

The planet’s already been spun
So get off your haunches and run
A hundred and one has begun
The snake through the lattice
The mulberry tree
The tidepool reflections
The swift and shaky knees

Already in tune, already to ruin
All ready, All ready
Already to prove, already to lose
Already, all ready in two

The actor is ready to spin
Into his bottle of gin
A hundred and one will begin
The Japanese flowers
Already in bloom
The convincing cases
The American typhoon

Already in tune, already to ruin
All ready, All ready
Already to prove, already to lose
Already, all ready in two
Track Name: Everywhere She Goes It's Raining
Everywhere she goes it’s raining
Everywhere she goes it’s coming down
Na na na na, na na na na na na
Somebody tell me how
Na na na na, na na na na na na
I can’t figure it out
Sometimes she pulls me up
Sometimes I pull her under

Everywhere she goes it’s raining
Everywhere she goes she’s waiting around
Na na na na, na na na na na na
Somebody tell me how
Na na na na, na na na na na na
I can’t figure it out
Sometimes she pulls me up
Sometimes I pull her under

Everywhere we go we bring our own parlour
Everywhere we go we bring our own pain
I love you like no other, so I can’t complain
Track Name: Where Were You
Where were you when they put me out with the garbage
Where were you when they put me out on the curb
Where were you when they kicked me out of the kitchen
For putting too much butter in my curds
Where were you when they married me to that doctor without a heart
In other words, in other words, where were you?

Where were you when they put me up in that backroom
Where were you when they hired those security guards
Where were you when they put me up in that tower
With noone there to talk to put the stars
Where were you when they told me not to remember who you are
I other words, in other words, where were you?

Where were you when they told me about contrition
Where were you when they put me in the back of that car
Where were you when told me not to stay here
And not to put my elbows on the bar
Where were you when they turned the lights off
And said it wasn’t dark
In other words, in other words, where were you?

Where were you when they burned up all my magazines
Where were you when they tied me to that rail
Where were you when they told me not to worry
And that the constitution was for sale
Where were you when they held me with no chance to post my bail
In other words, in other words, where were you?