Hogtown Meltdown

by Joel Dalton

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I wrote these six songs during the last six months of my twenties. They are inspired by life in Toronto.

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released August 5, 2011

Vocals - Joel Dalton, Michelle Righetti, Arron Gibson, Jen Hall, Derek Edwards
Acoustic Guitar - Joel Dalton, Derek Edwards
Electric Guitar - Austen Valentine, Jon Dalton
Cello - Jen Hall
Trumpet - Joel Dalton
Piano - Joel Dalton
Organ - Joel Dalton, Janine Carter, Mike Ford
Bass - Tom Altobelli, James McLean
Drums - Joel Dalton, Scott Gray, Mike Ford

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Track Name: Mississauga
He was a Mississauga man with a family sedanA 25 year financial plan
He had his shit together, son
Until it hit the fan

Automobiles lurch forward in staggered steps
Like the second hands of a thousand clocks with dying batteries
The 401 at 5:01 oh
God, bored out of his skull
Reruns and Sudoku, waiting for the end of an ice age
18 lanes goin' nowhere slow

He was a Mississauga man with a family sedan
A 25 year financial plan
He had his shit together, son
Until it hit the fan

In a parking lot fight over a parking spot
At a strip club in a strip mall, a pistol is drawn
With intent to scare, hie shoots straight up in the air

Little fish on the bumper of her car
As she's eyein' up the perfect spot by the front door
A black sedan puts an end to her plans
She don't turn no other cheek
You're an asshole, didn't see you there
Rainin' hellfire down
Stray bullet lands on our Mississauga man.

Glory to God in the highest
Sacrificed a Mississauga messiah
Heaven to the 427, a suicide mission
Jesus Christ would have rather been fishin'

Time be the death of us all, and death comes slow
Like rush hour on the 401 through Etobicoke
No second hands, no investment plans, no future, no hope
Glory to God, he must have been high

He was a Mississauga man with a family sedan
A 25 year financial plan
He had his shit together, son
Until it hit the fan
Track Name: Twenty-Eight
Lord Germano presides over his kingdom at 28
Junked out cars in the drive
Take up all the parking space
And they’re going nowhere
Like everyone here
Had a couple good years
But you ended up here
And you notice that everyone’s just a bit crazy ‘round here

Here comes Johnny he’s drunk and he’ll tell you the names of his fists
And the names of the boys they have hurt and the girls he has kissed
Nearly played for the Leafs
Back when they were a team
Had a lot of good years
But he ended up here
And he’ll fight to the death over nothing
And he’ll buy you a beer

In the next room over there lives a girl with her bird
She’s in love with a parasite
He breaks her down with his words
All the schoolyard fights
He just wants to be liked
And it’s been a few years
But she’s still here
Beautiful Beverly why won’t you ever see
He steals the good from your heart
Beautiful Beverly why won’t you ever leave
Beautiful Beverly why won’t you ever leave
Track Name: Etobicoke
Ice melts in a bus bay in the Etobicoke cold
Large chunks of salt make crunching sounds under toes
As we half ass try to form a line
If the 191 arrives on time I’ll be fine
But I’ve been standing here since 8:39

I’m just waiting sun, just waiting for the sun
Just waiting for the sun to shine down on me

Snow falls on the windshield at a suburbia donut shop
Who would’ve thought it would be so hard to find the cops
Whistle while they work, it’s the seven dwarfs
Laughing as they walk right by the locked door
Sittin’ on a chair bolted to the floor

I’m just waiting for the judge, just waiting for the judge
Just waiting for the judge to let me go free

White male drunk on a Florida road
It’s the king of Etobicoke
Get arrested, nobody cares
Park your SUV in the square
Man of the people, they’ll vote you mayor
Track Name: Blue Skies & Green Eyes
Pride for your country, pride for bein' gay
Climbin' up this one tree yeah it's just another day
I'm tryin' hard not to want you but it ain't easy
The good dreams never come true the way you tease me

You hold the door open but you won't let me in
So I sit on your front steps and count these happy little sins
And I try to forget you but it ain't easy
You tell me that I get you and you release me

It's all blue skies in your green eyes
Walking through the park so high
It's all blue skies in your green eyes
On this first day of July

First time and the last time are one and the same
Got to the next level but I'll never beat the game
I swear to God I'll never love you, not that way
But I'll be thinkin' of you on Canada Day

It's all blue skies in your green eyes
Walking through the park so high
It's all blue skies in your green eyes
On this first day of July

I see you with your dukes up and your game face on
I'm in your corner babe, I'm in your corner babe
I hope you break his little heart
I hope you break it real hard
Shoot me right in the face
Run around and push me outta the way
Spend the rest of my sunny summer days

Dodging bullets with you
Track Name: The Glory Days
It was a funeral, we didn't even know the guy
Or the old man smoking his pipe inside
High on each other, it was Death himself
Staring from the corner of the room

Best get movin' on homeward, it's up a ways
I'm young and I'm able but not today
North Park is secluded, so lay me down
Such a long way to the top of the hill

You'll make it home, drink another day
Barely alive, you live for yesterday
Oh, the glory days

Well blind luck and tough love will get you down
Roll the dice 'till you've used up this whole town
Mean old Death, such a buzz kill
You don't scare me now
I've been around

You'll make it home, drink another day
Barely alive, you live for yesterday
Oh, the glory days