Clean And Polished For You EP

by James R. Gray

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released August 25, 2008

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James R. Gray Dover, New Hampshire

Jimmy Gray's music takes inspiration from punk rock, 60's feel-good pop and psychedelia, bluegrass, and old folk and country. His songs are honest and direct. You'll find him alone with his acoustic guitar, strumming away and singing along.

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Track Name: Angel On The Run
There's an angel on the run with a cocked and loaded gun,
And the truth's that she's not trying to get to me,
But that bullet full of love felt so right, but hurt so much.
And the truth is that she really got to me.
And it's oh, so wrong, I know,
But each time she smiles the sun has shone,
And bid the parting clouds an innocent farewell.
It's no mystery that it's all gonna catch up to me,
And that angel's gonna send me straight to hell.

But I've never been one to hold these thoughts in my heart,
And the truth's not as bad as it seems.
So I'll tell you in confidence, and I'm asking and begging,
Won't you please keep this a secret for me.

Seeing her eyes lit by the stars sets fire to my heart,
A candle that has yet to be blown out.
She took my heart away, and to this day
I just can't figure what it's all about.

Cuz I've never been one to hold these thoughts in my heart,
And the truth's not as bad as it seems.
So I'll tell you in confidence, and I'm asking and begging,
Won't you please keep this a secret for me.
Track Name: The Ticking Clock
The ticking clock is fading out.
We're going nowhere, but maybe that's what life is all about.
Clinging too tightly to our pasts, til we find out
That we've wasted every chance we ever had.

I won't waste one more day.
I'll pull you out the door.
And I won't wait, cuz tomorrow it will be too late
And you'll be gone forever.

Feeling nervous, a little too scared,
And then worthless, thinking about how I wish you knew I cared.
Well, that's all gone after that night,
And now everything in life seems to fit just right.
A different town, a different state.
Days without you, but I'll see you soon,
And you're more than worth the wait.
Then I'll get lost in your eyes,
And we'll never stop to look back.
No, we'll never stop.

I won't waste one more day.
I'll pull you out the door.
And I won't wait, cuz tomorrow it will be too late
And you'll be gone forever.

The ticking clock is fading out.
I'm coming home to see you,
Cuz maybe that's what life is all about.
Track Name: Bedside Table
Bedside table, cup of tea.
Little girl coming over, won't she drink it with me.
Bedside table, cup of tea,
We'll stay in bed all night, and stay in bed all day.
Cutest little girl and she's dizzy for me.
Stopping traffic on the streets, but she's ready to go now.
Rockin and rollin on 1, 2, 3.
I'll keep her around just as long as I can.

But now she's leaving and she's heading home.
She always leaves, and then I'm left to sleep alone,
But dreaming of her. And I know she'll be back here

Tomorrow morning, looking to please.
She takes what she deserves, and gives it right back to me.
She's sweeter than honey, but she'll sting like a bee.
She got under my skin, it's getting harder to breathe.
Barroom table, glass of wine.
They play the right music so we'll dance all night.
Her hips start shaking, and she looks so fine.
Let's finish this dance then head home for the night.

We head back home, and we rock and roll.
And we bring this perfect night to a perfect close.


But now she's leaving and she's heading home.
She always leaves, and then I'm left to sleep alone,
But dreaming of her. And I hope she'll be back here
Track Name: From The Minute
I knew beauty from the minute I saw you
Glowing like an angel in that dim yellow light.
The more we talked just meant the
More that I wanted you by my side
Every day and every night.
Come for a visit, we can check out the city sights.
We’ll share a drink, but we could share so much more.
I was convinced by the look in your eyes
That you felt the same thing, but
I wasn’t quite sure.
But we took a chance, and it worked out for the best.

I’ll open up and let you in.
You’re my lover, and you’re my best friend.
And everything’s moving so fast.
Everything’s moving.

I knew you were for me from the minute I touched you.
You held my hand, and I knew I’d never let go.
I’m still holding on,
And with every little thing you do
I’m holding tighter, and I just want more.
I knew I loved you from the minute I kissed you.
It felt so right, and
I knew my whole life had changed.
And ever since I’ve just been smiling with you.
I’ve got no worries, regrets, or complaints.
So let’s share this dance,
And we’ll talk about all our plans.

I’ll open up and let you in.
You’re my lover, and you’re my best friend.
And everything’s moving so fast.
Everything’s moving so fast.

So open up and let me in.
I'm your lover, and I'm your best friend.
And everything's moving so fast.
But I know it'll last.

I knew I’d keep you from the minute I loved you,
because you’re perfect and I know that
you love me too.
Track Name: Wishing You
It’s me staring back at you through
the gloss on that old photograph.
And it’s me who can’t stop thinking about you,
cuz you know I got it for you bad.

It’s me taking shots at the bar with my
friends that I’ve known all these years.
And it’s me, walking home by myself,
and I really just wish you were here.
I wish you were here.

This hour and twelve minute drive isn’t too far,
even in this beat up old car.
So if it’s alright I’ll come see you tonight,
and I’ll kiss you. Yeah, I’ll kiss you.
Cuz you’re miles and miles from home, and
I miss you more than you know.
So while I’m sitting here by myself,
I’ll wish you were here.
Or that I was somewhere else with you.

Is it you wishing me back through the
phone when you call me at night?
And is it you, falling fast asleep
cuz you know everything’s just right?

It’s you, hanging out in your room
with your friends and I wish I was there.
But I can’t be, so I’ll see you in a couple days.
It’ll never be too long, I swear.

This hour and twelve minute drive isn’t too far,
even in this beat up old car.
So if it’s alright I’ll come see you tonight,
and I’ll kiss you. Yeah, I’ll kiss you.
Cuz you’re miles and miles from home, and
I miss you more than you know.
So while I’m sitting here by myself,
I’ll wish you were here.
Or that I was somewhere else with you.

I’ll pack up my car and go for a ride,
I hope that you like the surprise.
Track Name: Sour Mash And Cigarette Ash
My apartment’s full of strangers,
and I wish I was back home.
Cuz my girlfriend’s waiting for me,
and the beer is always cold.
My guitar’s got a busted string,
so I can’t even play tonight.
I’ll just go to bed. I’ll go turn out the lights.

And I’ll sleep until I just can’t sleep no more.
I’ll slip under the covers
and I’ll stay there til the end.
And I’ll sleep until I don’t wake up no more.

The whiskey’s tasting bitter,
and that’s just what I deserve.
The sour mash and the cigarette ash
paint the perfect verse.
A lonely night and a lonely day,
my girl’s too far away.
I wonder if she’s thinking about me,
cuz I thought of her all day.

And I’ll sleep until I just can’t sleep no more.
I’ll slip under the covers
and I’ll stay there til the end.
And I’ll sleep until I don’t wake up no more.

I need to go home and see my girl,
but my car’s all busted up.
I got no money left to fix it,
so it looks like I’ll stay stuck.
But somehow, some way, I’ll come back someday.
And it’ll be just like before.
And we’ll kiss until we just can’t kiss no more