Soapbox Heroes

by Enter The Haggis

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Tom Brennan While the hit here is One Last Drink, there's other good songs to be had, like The Barfly, No More Stones and Marti's Last Stand. Favorite track: One Last Drink.
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Soapbox Heroes is Enter The Haggis' fifth full-length album, and contains many staples of the band's live set including One Last Drink, Lancaster Gate, New Monthly Flavour and No More Stones.

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released January 1, 2006

Produced, engineered and mixed by Neil Dorfsman
Recorded at Clubhouse Studios, Rhinebeck, NY
Mixed at Saint Claire Recording Company, Lexington KY
Assistant engineer: Zach McNees
Additional production and engineering by Tim Abraham at The Hive, Toronto Ontatio
Digital editing by Pat Thrall
Mastered by Joao Carvalho at Joao Carvalo Mastering, Toronto, Ontario
Art Design and Layout by Enter the Haggis
Cover and studio photos by Mark Abraham
Back cover and pigeon/guitar photo by Peter Casperson

Guest musicians:
Anthony Giles: tablas, timbales, congas
Rob Turner: cello on The Barfly

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Track Name: One Last Drink
CHORUS:
I've had a life that's full
Everyone's been good to me
So fire up that fiddle, boy
And give me one last drink
When the sun comes up
I will leave without a fight
The world is mine tonight

Old John on his deathbed cried:
"I think I will wait
'til tomorrow to die
The sun is shining, birds do sing
This, sir, is no day to go"

Up and out the door

CHORUS:
I've had a life that's full
Everyone's been good to me
So fire up that fiddle, boy
And give me one last drink
When the sun comes up
I will leave without a fight
The world is mine tonight

Took young Molly by the hand
Spun her 'round and back again
Clicked his heels, bowed his head
Never a tear in his eye

Carried on 'til five

CHORUS:
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I've had a life that's full
Everyone's been good to me
So fire up that fiddle, boy
And give me one last drink
When the sun comes up
I will leave without a fight
The world is mine tonight

So raise a glass to the
dear departed ones

Room was full of all his friends
Never a funeral, this was the end
They drank to all who lent their hand
Everyone drank to John

CHORUS:
I've had a life that's full
Everyone's been good to me
So fire up that fiddle, boy
And give me one last drink
When the sun comes up
I will leave without a fight
The world is mine tonight

CHORUS:
I've had a life that's full
Everyone's been good to me
So fire up that fiddle, boy
And give me one last drink
When the sun comes up
I will leave without a trace
But the world was mine today
Track Name: New Monthly Flavour
Jerry's keeping up with the neighbours
Good for the man on the go
Rabbit's got a new monthly flavour
Helps to keep the dogs on the down-low
Anna's feeling less self-destructive
Feeling less in general too
Her kids have been a lot more productive
Anna's got a lot less to do

CHORUS:
Cause they can make you
Break you and better you
Don't ask don't tell you anything
If it's the same damn song
Why are you listening
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Jerry's got a familiar feeling
Heart is pumping and mind is full
Counting all the cracks in the ceiling
Fear is frozen in amber bottles
One a day to kill your resentment
Two a day if you're ill at ease
While Anna pays to pursue contentment
Her doctor's making new NME's

It's a kind of answer kind and fair
Nice and normal soft and flawless
If the doctor doesn't care
Who can say the question's even there?
Track Name: The Apothecary
Under the curtains the exit sign glows
Go now and no one will know
If you try later it may be too late
Don't read the lines and get
Lost in the light on the stage

CHORUS:
Two lovers standing hand in hand
Powerless to choose
I's are dotted, stars are crossed
Alone against the muse

It may look enticing
But don't walk that line
That's what they want you to try
If you go chasing her spark in the night
Don't call my name when they're
Laughing and you're in the fire

Isn't there anything that we can do
For a friend? (aren't you listening?)
Choking on pride, unable to think
With his head (can't you hear us?)
We see the big picture, we know the way
It will end (oh well I guess)
That sometimes we have to let go
There's but one way for water to flow
So just sit back and enjoy the show

The ashes have settled
Pawns have been played
What was your part in the game?
The house is now silent
What was your lot?
Did you rise up with the curtain or
Fall for the plot?
Track Name: Cynical
I'm an actor, a web-voyeur
I'm a fall-down, follow-through
Trying hard to find somebody
And be somebody
Like we're all supposed to do
Any day now the lights will change
And we'll all be forced to go
Running with our hands down
Hiding our eyes from people
We don't know

(Chorus)
Maybe I'm just cynical
I could care less than I do
It's a feeling I've grown tired of
Haven't you
When I finally leave it all behind
Maybe you'll be leavin too
But it's obvious you're cynical
You don't believe in miracles

It's amazing colour dreams of things
I can see in monochrome
I can buy a prime-time body
With part-time money
From the comfort of my home
We're so lazy
We're soap-box heroes
And we've got so much to say
But if I never cast my ballot
I wash my hands and walk away

(Chorus)

Maybe it's a dream it's a nightmare
Figure we've fallen asleep
We've fallen asleep
And if I close my eyes
I'm alone in the room
Can it go any deeper, go any deeper?

(Chorus)

If you can't believe your eyes
What can I do?
Track Name: The Barfly
I met an old man one night in a bar
He was sitting alone
The way men his age always are
His movements were slow
Didn't speak very well
But every old man has a story to tell

He lived by the book
Went to church every day
But his wife left him young
With two daughters and bills to pay
He worked himself hard
And the years flickered past
His girls kept him young
But they grew up so fast

Prodigal faith always felt second best
When she turned seventeen
She took her coat and her camera
And headed west
It broke her dad's heart
But as he likes to say
With enough time apart
Even faith fades away

Jenny met Ray in his last days ashore
They married in May
And that August he joined the war
He said Jenny don't cry
I'll be home in the fall
So she held her head high
And said nothing at all

Then he got in a plane
Took it up in the air
It never came down
For all she knows it's stlil
Flying around up there
Then Jenny went wrong
And the last that I heard
It's been seven years long
Since she uttered a word
Seven years gone
Since she uttered a word

Now her father just sits
All alone at the bar
He orders his drinks
And smokes cigarettes
He knows he can't afford
He's got no regrets
Says he's doing quite well
But every old man
Has a story to tell
Track Name: No More Stones
Thought we had a grudge against
Our friends who live beyond the fence
Victims of a circumstance or
Writers of our fate?
Proud enough to cast a stone
But not enough to lose our homes
Now it's done we have been shown
The things that were at stake
Should have stopped to think about it
Would have brought to mind our doubts
I wish the silent ones had shouted
At us to our face
Would we even listen then
Or could we only see the damage
When the dust had settled
And we finally saw the waste?

CHORUS:
Hey ho the wind has blown
Won the war
Now there's nothing to show
Seeds sown time to grow
No more stones to throw

Now it's time to reap the corn
But no one's left to grow it for
I'm knockin' on my neighbor's door
Alas, to no reply
Now I want to live in peace
But no one's here to live with me
I should have learned of harmony
Before I took a side
Situation took a hold of
Common sense and wouldn't go
Although I guess we should have known
The error of our ways
All alone at dinnertime
No one's left to drink my wine
As I propose a toast to
Every family that paid
Track Name: Perfect Song
Many years I've lived alone
A life of solitude
Since my love did leave this life
My joys have been but few
In my sleep she sang to me
Like summer's windy breath
No sooner had she warmed my heart
Than had she left my bed
Had she left my bed

CHORUS:
Won't you sing to me the perfect song
That I might smile again
Won't you sing to me the perfect song
That I might smile... smile again

The melody enchanted me
With words I can't describe
It moved around the room until
It vanished in the night
The lyrics spoke of beauty
Only gods and angels know
She touched me on the cheek
With gentle hands like flakes of snow

Some day soon we'll meet again
If it's in a dream I'll never wake
So it won't end
We'll live in my head
The echo of your song won't go
Quietly it holds me here
By my window I wait
How long will it take?
Track Name: Marti's Last Stand
Marti was a fightin' man
Whose story should be told
He was a son of circumstance
He couldn't quite control
His father gave him pellet guns
And plastic hand grenades
Had him marching up and down
Like he was on parade

Marti was a fightin' boy
His parents made it clear
Military college was his home
For seven years
They'd make a soldier out of him
No matter what the price
He said he was a pacifist
They called that cowardice

Chorus:
All I ever wanted to be was
Left alone to live in peace
But nobody would ever listen to me
They forced a gun into my hands and
Told me what to do with it
Nobody would ever listen to me

Marti was a fightin' man
On graduation day
Splendid in his uniform
He smartly marched away
And when the call to action came
In battle he did rise
Dodging blood and bullets and
Indoctrinated lies

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Marti was a fightin' man
The enemy was sure
Both had drawn their guns
And after that it was a blur
Marti was the faster draw
But purposely shot wide
Peace to you my friend
Was all he said before he died

Chorus

What is this world we've left our
Sons and daughters now
So full of hatred pain
Hypocrisy and power
We would not listen
When they told us how they felt
And so by God I hope we're happy now

Marti was a fightin' man
The eulogy was read
Served his country well
A brave young man is what they said

Chorus

What is this world we've left our
Sons and daughters now
So full of hatred pain
Hypocrisy and power
It's time we listen
To the things they have to say
By God I hope it's
Not too late to change
Track Name: Long Way Home
I feel like I've wandered
For most of my years
Taken some wrong turns
They brought me here
If the road is a body
Then a home is the soul
I think I can make it
But it's a long way to go

I've seen country and city
And I've made them both mine
Now the red lights are blurry
Between these white lines
Can't say I regret it
But it's taken it's toll

I think I can make it
But it's a long way to go
It's a long way to go
It's a long long long way home

Now I stand on your front porch
Staring back at the rain
Guess I should have called first
But it's just not my way
This suitcase of memories
Is all I have to show
I think I can make it
But it's a long way to go