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1.
What do you mean? What do you mean by that remark? Where do you come from? Are you from a trailer park? Why do you talk? Why do you talk so mean to me? Hey buddy haven't you heard? This is a free country! But what's the point What's the point of askin' how ya feel? Let's Make Steel! Let's Make Steel! What do you mean? When ya go so motor mouth? I don't care where you go But you'd better not go South Why do ya talk All about death and gloom? Hey buddy haven't you heard About a thing called elbow room? But what's the point What's the point of askin' how ya feel? Let's Make Steel! Let's Make Steel!
2.
I've been down the filthy highway And hangin' round a dead valley Open up a whiskey bottle At the edge of a pool of oil I see the slimy buildings Underneath the moonbeams And a place where no one lives Except for those that they forgot to kill There should be more to life Than havin' a lot of nerve But what else can their be But danger 'round every curve Danger 'round every curve I climb the dirty mountain Get closer to the sunlight Lonely on my search For your empty eyes Until I'm so tired Until I'm so wired I forgot what I came for Anyhow what's the use? There should be more to life Than havin' a lot of nerve But what else can their be But danger 'round every curve Danger 'round every curve Well I'm down in the street Where everything's guarded Love's chained up by more than a lock and key Until I fall for my dreams Until I fall for my schemes Lost in luxury On late night TV (so distant so blank so white) There should be more to life Than havin' a lot of nerve But what else can their be But danger 'round every curve Danger 'round every curve
3.
When your meat is someone else's poison And the rains are pouring in Your wasted time continues But all you ever do is win All you ever do is win Residual benefits are there As if in proof that you care You live your life in suspense As vegetation grows dense Vegetation grows dense It's the dawn of mechanized farming Tractors showing up in every yard It's the dawn of mechanized farming Why did life used to be so hard? When your poison is someone else's meat Please do take a seat You're nearly as untouched as a god Until you feel that cattle prod It's the dawn of mechanized farming Silos popping up on every street It's the dawn of mechanized farming Why does that put me off my feed? In a field where your seed has spilled Whole continents and countries populate No. Keep your head straight No. Keep your head straight. It's the dawn of mechanized farming A combine parked on every blade of grass It's the dawn of mechanized farming Why does that make me want to kick some ass?
4.
Get out and walk on the iron line Get out and walk on the iron line Iron time air line Slick and fine On the iron line On the iron line Get out and ride on the iron line Get out and ride on the iron line Your hot car is a rust bomb Your heart bursts but your face is calm On the iron line On the iron line So blasé, quite amused Yet indecisive and confused Yes you have the answers now but you don't care You relocate yourself everywhere On the iron line On the iron line Get out and walk on the iron line Get out and go for a ride on the iron line Iron time air line Slick and fine On the iron line On the iron line
5.
The red trucks are on the highway and I've got the blues Got to have it my way And I've got my walkin' shoes But I know, I know Things are gonna be all right Cause I-I, yeah I-I'm Gonna be home tonight Are ya with me? Are ya with me? When I call your name Oh I think so, I hope so Although I know that things change But I know, I know Things are gonna be all right Cause I-I, yeah I-I'm Gonna be home tonight Desperation might sting me Confusion cross my face My eyes are red and swollen As I head for the Interstate But I know, I know Things are gonna be all right Cause I-I, yeah I-I'm Gonna be home tonight Daytime looks positive I take a walk around the truck stop Yeah, it looks positive Despite my habitual state of shock But I know, I know Things are gonna be all right Cause I-I, yeah I-I'm Gonna be home tonight Well the red trucks are on the highway And I've got the blues Got to have it my way And I've got my walkin' shoes But I know, I know Things are gonna be all right Cause I-I, yeah I-I'm Gonna be home tonight
6.
Well I woke up on the floor I was somewhere in New Jersey I got up quick Took the bus back to New York I couldn't remember much But I felt so glad I could Remember how to get out of there And remember how I put the wood to her Remember how I put the wood A car, a girl, a party I had a drink or three or four An open invitation And then a whole lot more Then someone said, Hey Johnny sing Light My Fire And I sounded 'bout as good as a dog So I broke a couple guitar strings Then a girl in a Nazi uniform Accidentally spilled her drink on me Yeah she accidentally threw it right in my face I said Hey! Never Wake Up I'm always playin' dead Over and over now Things better happen quick Before another morning makes me sick I said, Never never never wake up, I knew it Never never never wake up, she said now Never never never wake up, let's do it We're in a dream but we're leaving now We've in a dream but we're leaving now Well talk about Sunday morning I felt about as good as dead Ended up on Forty-Second Street And I felt like nothing left Nothing at all I don't care Whatever happened there A car, a girl, a party Then I woke up on the floor Sunlight streaming in I took the bus back to New York, I said, Hey! Never Wake Up I'm always playin' dead Over and over now Things better happen quick Before another morning makes me sick I said, Never never never wake up, I knew it Never never never wake up, she said now Never never never wake up, let's do it We're in a dream but we're leaving now We've in a dream but we're leaving now We're in a dream but we're leaving now We've in a dream but we're leaving now
7.
I caught myself out dreaming Of a long night's journey to Greenland Where the highway ends And the ocean, well that depends Across the slate gray skies and the sea something beckons Half hid by chance Or else intentions And cannot be seen yet But it flickers in my mind's eye And you have to give them credit for settling there Why did they do it? I don't care But I'll be on an ice tractor soon Traversing their hinterlands And can you imagine their pleasant nights Stars shimmer in pure air Relax, you're back in the ice age And except for that there's nothing there I caught myself out dreaming Of a long night's journey to Greenland Where the highway ends And the ocean, well that depends. Across the slate gray skies and the sea something beckons Half hid by chance or else intention And I know it's something I could want in the end
8.
Well I'm killing myself just tryin' to survive here Dead end life in this hoppin' town Well time has gone so far by here Nothin' you put up is gonna slow me down Well I'm lookin' for a way outta trouble Place I work I'm gettin' busted for pornography They wear suits, use five dollar words Best I've ever heard But they can't see the forest for the sleaze Empire City Empire State Where else can ya find this way of life? I want it all and I want alcohol And I wanna stay out, real late Empire City, Empire State. Empire City, Empire State. So I'm tryin' to eat in some restaurant The girls all look so gaunt And all I want's another piece of steak You overhear them talkin' bout expenses paid romance Or moanin' 'bout their last psychotic break And if you can make it here Then buy me a beer It's an honor to be in the presence of your success Ya gotta hand it to this crowd They pump the volume loud And get worshipped for their god-like trendiness Empire City Empire State Where else can ya find this way of life? I want it all and I want alcohol And I wanna stay out, real late Empire City, Empire State. Empire City, Empire State.
9.
I can understand the beauty of it Things you acquire and how much you love it Then I find it hard, to even think of you Seen through the pain Of how much I love you Do corporations control what we think? I don’t have a clue, how the hell should I know Do corporations control what we think? You say, No. It’s not like you’re actually still talking to me Your life consists of new-found prosperity Desire mediated by financial wealth But heaven help you if you don’t help yourself Do corporations control what we think? I don’t have a clue, how the hell should I know Do corporations control what we think? You say, No. Way off track I confuse myself way off track I need to be with someone else no way back I need to be with someone else but you say, No. way off track I need to sleep with someone else but you say, No I can understand the beauty of it Things you acquire and how much you love it Desire mediated by financial wealth But heaven help you if you don’t help yourself Do corporations control what we think? I don’t have a clue, how the hell should I know Do corporations control what we think? You say, No.
10.
The North Star Bar is closin' down The look of hunger is on the town I'm lookin' for the stairway down I drag my ass around But maybe it's better for someone In the long run Yeah maybe it's better for someone In the long run You look up, you look at the sun I know you just wanna have some fun But when you fall into the wrong dream Things are not what they seem But maybe it's better for someone In the long run Yeah maybe it's better for someone In the long run The North Star Bar is closin' down The look of hunger is on the town I'm lookin' for the stairway down I drag my ass around But maybe it's better for someone In the long run Yeah maybe it's better for someone In the long run
11.
Well I broke down on the highway Tried to hitch a ride Some clowns in an ice-blue Nova said, Get inside One had a quart of O.T., in his shaky fist The other a jar of double-cross Mixed in with barbiturates Whatever I get my hands on I'll take Whatever I get my hands on I'll take Anything this dangerous, you know it can't be fake Whatever I get my hands on I'll take So we went to their apartment It looked like a funeral store But there was a party goin' on On the second floor They offered me a peace pipe So how could I resist The lure of gettin' on the pipe And all the fun I'd ever missed Whatever I get my hands on I'll take Whatever I get my hands on I'll take Anything this dangerous you know it can't be fake Whatever I get my hands on I'll take The hour was gettin' late We knew we'd need some more Otis had a bright idea Let's rob a TV store Seemed like a good idea At the time Henry handed me a gun and said, Let's commit that crime Whatever I get my hands on I'll take Whatever I get my hands on I'll take Anything this violent, you know it can't be fake Whatever I get my hands on I'll take
12.
Solid state of decay Way I feel today Lord knows it's hot And reality may rot There's nothin' left but the booze Which caused the birth of the blues And nothin' left to choose Except primeval ooze And I wish it would rain You know I wish it would Cancer causin' waste Is pourin' down from space The beaches are shut down So I'm gonna stay in town Gonna take some time To look for some things Things that I wished for That ain't around no more And I wish it would rain You know I wish it would They sold his treasure For their moment of pleasure Then his friend had that accident And she was also heaven-sent Gonna take some time to look for some things Down at the desert shore Ain't goin' noplace else And I wish it would rain You know I wish it would

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This project started in 2013 with John, Marc and Colin from the previous version of John Hovorka and the Dawn of Mechanized Farming in Marc's apartment in Brooklyn, NY. Then it was recorded at Suburban Elvis Studio by Joe Kelly way out in the suburbs, and mixed by him there, too. It was mastered by John at John Hovorka Studio in Brooklyn. The photos for the CD version were taken in rural New York State at the beginning of The 2008 Midwest Vacation, except for the back photo which was taken in rural Pennsylvania. The car on the front cover was for sale in Lodi, NY and might still be there. The songs are more of the usual slabs of granite and steel that emanate from John Hovorka's subconscious mind. I do not know why, but they had to get out, so they did.

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released June 10, 2020

John Hovorka - songs, vocals, guitar
Marc Bendian - guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals
Colin Devine - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Joe Kelly - engineer, Tambourine on Greenland
Monika Bolino - photos
Garo Yellin - tolerance

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John Hovorka played guitar and bass guitar in bands first in Geneva NY but mostly in Boston then in New York City. After he started writing songs he was the leader of The 2x4's (1978 - 1980), then Noise Pencil (1982), Turbines (1983 - 1987), Hovorka (1988 - 2002), John Hovorka And The Dawn Of Mechanized Farming (DOMF) (2003 to the present), and he also released some solo albums. ... more

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