Total Wrecks & Unemployment Checks

by The Hulls

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released December 12, 2015

Guitar & Vocals: Kevin MacKenzie
Guitar & Vocals: Jess Corbett
Bass & Vocals: John Meah
Drums: Bob Rock

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Jason Duguay at Project Sound Recording, Haverhill, MA.

Artwork by Jamie Slenker, Nick Healy, & Kevin MacKenzie

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The Hulls New Haven, Connecticut

From 1872 until 1977 The Hull Brewing Company brewed beer in New Haven, CT. Proud of their local heritage and avid beer consumption, the boys from the Hulls felt the name fit like a glove.

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Track Name: Forty Hours
You know I don’t have much
So I’m holding on to anything that I can touch
They can try to drag me down
So I’ll stay connected with my feet upon the ground
Every lie they say to me I can see right through
No they’re not controlling me
And the time I spend today
Compensated by a petty meager wage

Forty hours
I’ve got Forty hours
They’ve got me

I don’t have time to waste
‘Cause life is getting shorter with every passing day
I want to live my life
Can’t spend forever making someone else’s dime
I can’t afford to wait
Got to take my chances as they come my way
Who’s got an answer for me?
I’ll thank you kindly for the fortune that it brings
Track Name: The Sinking Ship
We’ve got endless war and a violence addiction
We’ve got broken homes and don’t know how to fix ‘em
There are no jobs, no money in our pockets
The ship is sinking and we don’t know how to stop it

Last call for the land of the free
Where is the American Dream?

Is there any hope for our daughters and our sons?
Instead of books, we buy more guns
The politicians are all on the take
Sold out the country and bailed out the banks

Last call for the land of the free
Where is the American Dream?

This is an SOS from a sinking ship
Track Name: Everything Changes (But Me)
Today was a day that I wouldn’t change
Except for when you walked away
I never saw it coming, baby, this time
Of all the things I could have said
Of all the thoughts there in my head
I reached back for the same old tired lines

I really should have learned by now
I really should be better somehow
I really think there’s something wrong with me
All these years and none the wiser
The future never looked much brighter
Everything always changes, but me

So many friends have moved away
Maybe I can visit someday
I’ve got to scratch and save up every dime
I wish I could get out of here
I really can’t take another year
I’ve got to sever all these ties that bind
Track Name: No Quarter
Ever feel like your back's against the wall?
There's no escape, so get ready for the fall
So confused, you can't tell wrong from right
All you can do is get ready for the fight

In for a penny, I'm in for a pound
No quarter taken 'til I'm dead in the ground
And I'm gone
In for a penny, I'm in for a pound
No quarter given 'til I'm dead in the ground
And I'm gone

Take some advice my friend
The light you see, it's not the end
It's a freight train, and it's bearing down
So steel yourself, and stand your ground

In for a penny, I'm in for a pound
No quarter taken 'til I'm dead in the ground
And I'm gone
In for a penny, I'm in for a pound
No quarter given 'til I'm dead in the ground
And I'm gone
Track Name: Lynn Says
Lynn says she’s over and done with me
Lynn says her love don’t come for free
She never had a problem with me buying every drink
Now I’m broke, and all she’s doing is adding to her ink

Lynn says she wishes she had some pot
Lynn says she’s looking for something I’m not
She walks around the house complaining all the time
She sends me out for pizza and bottle of red wine

Lynn says I’m the best she’s ever had
I don’t know why she treats me so bad
If she could stop talking shit for just a little bit
Maybe she can see it really isn’t me that put her out to sea

Lynn says she’s over and done with me
Lynn says her love don’t come for free
She never had a problem with me buying every drink
Now I’m broke, and all she’s doing is adding to her ink

Lynn says...
Track Name: Fall Apart
Walking down this dead end street
Where I belong?
Every time I take my time
I’m left here with this song
How many times have I said goodbye
Just to return again?
It’s another day in a drunken haze
I’ll see you later my friend

The corner cutter’s cutting out
While I’m holding up the bar
If I leave, it will fall apart

Drowsy and philosophical
In a far off drunken state
Punch my ticket, please
Show me to the gate
I’m never sure of the trouble I’m in
Until it’s far too late
The spotlight’s gotten too bright
I best be on my way

The corner cutter’s cutting out
While I’m holding up the bar
If I leave, it will fall apart

It will fall apart
Track Name: Hey Girl
Hey Girl, you don't know where I'm gonna go without you
Take my side, come along for the ride
Maybe we'll see what tomorrow might bring
You think you know, but you don't know what you mean to me
You walk by and don't say hi
I don't think the sun will come up

I'd love you if you'd let me in, but you won't
I'd leave you if you told me, but you don't
What the hell's a boy supposed to think?
I Guess that I'll just sit here and drink

Think of all the time I wasted standing in your line
Would have given anything
For just a chance to make you mine
All the time I wanted to be the first thing you saw when you woke
Now look at your hands, the red you see is from my heart
When it broke

I'd love you if you'd let me in, but you won't
I'd leave you if you told me, but you don't
What the hell's a boy supposed to think?
I Guess that I'll just sit here and drink
Track Name: Workers' Song
This is a song for the workers of the world
For the ones who are ever straining
To hold up the weight of a world that’s so inclined
And stacked against so high

When the bell tower rings and the time to quit is near
And you heart just won’t stop beating
You can smile for the sake of the product that you make
As your weekend days are here

You’ve had it up to here with fighting to get by
And you’ve had all the shit that you can take
Go in Monday morning
Unite and send a warning that the working man won’t break

The bosses and their lot in positions mighty high
Are nothing without you
Don’t think you’re unimportant
Don’t ever give up wanting
A better life for you

It’s easy to be fooled
When you’re not the one in control
Stand up and fight back before it’s too late
They’re going to take advantage of any weakness that we show
So tell them that our will and spirit won’t break!
Track Name: Never Been Better
Wish I could say that I've never been better, if I did that would be a lie
Everyday gets harder to see over the shit piled up so high
I've set my sights so low I think I'm just staring at the ground
I see my mistakes all over the place, I wonder why I stay around

I know someday things are gonna change
I know someday will be alright
I know the world is always this way
Day after night

I've made plans and tried to do the very best that I can
No matter what I try to do, it's just castles made of sand
Each time I've lost my halo, it' takes so long to find again
Pick it up from the gutter and continue spitting in the wind

I know someday things are gonna change
I know someday will be alright
I know the world is always this way
Day after night

I've never been better
And I'll never be alright
Track Name: Brand New Second Hand
The meaning gets lost when you give all you've got
And nothing turns out the way that you thought
The end was so clear and then it's taken away
In the blink of an eye, in the cold light of day

Keep your time card ready, it's a mystery punch-out
Keep your voices steady when you ask what it's all about

They're making it seem as if you've got a chance
Of winning this game, it's pure happenstance
They're keeping you poor under mountains of debt
A life full of struggle is all that you get

Keep your time card ready, it's a mystery punch-out
Keep your voices steady when you ask what it's all about
Make up your mind already, there's no time for fear and doubt

You're working all your life
You struggle to get by
You waste your precious time
You can only wonder why
You work as hard as you can
To give more to the man
And all you get is a brand new secondhand