Just A Modern Guy

by Smitt E Smitty

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1.
Subtle & Serious! (Repeat.)
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Saw you, in a shisha cafe A blood red fez, outrageous display You drew from the nargile, with a smoldering air Impetuous darling, so devil-may-care Fez-A-Licious, you’re so delicious Fez-A-Licious, you’re so suspicious Aw baby, don’t be capricious Fez-A-Licious, you’re so auspicious Istanbul baby, bejeweled attire You could bring down, the Ottoman empire 2 finger cymbals, one finger drum Constantinople baby, here i come Fez-A-Licious, you’re so delicious Fez-A-Licious, you’re so suspicious Aw baby, don’t be capricious Fez-A-Licious, you’re so auspicious Black tassle, resting on your face Belly rhinestone, perfectly placed Gifted tulips to the world Your the best gift baby, my fezzed girl Fez-A-Licious, you’re so delicious Fez-A-Licious, you’re so suspicious Aw baby, don’t be capricious Fez-A-Licious, you’re so auspicious
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Bought a mansion on a hill, got no furniture Get my financial advice from a raconteur Ask a simple question, question's “Do or die?" The devil's in the answer, I’m just a modern guy Good and evil, right for wrong I turn a blind eye All may change, but I remain Just a modern guy I’m just a modern guy I’m just a modern guy Trepidation, introspection, the truth I can't deny The time has come, to declare I’m just a modern guy (chorus) Oooh.... I’m just a modern guy Oooh.... I’m just a modern guy The truth be told, and I just may lie When everything is said and done I’m just a modern guy If it wasn't for my mobile device, and my wireless box My software packets, my cables coax Satellite and the cloud, on which I rely The error message flashing on my computer screen reads I’m just a modern guy Watched a movie on my laptop Starring Terrence Stamp Un piccolo film d'oscuro Called “Toby Dammit" He played a fading actor “Celebrity!" Medicated beyond existence, and reality He stole an argent sports car And came to an abandoned bridge Saw an angel/devil girl He's on the edge In the end, you just know, He's gonna die There's no moral to this story He's just a modern guy (chorus) Oooh.... I’m just a modern guy Oooh.... I’m just a modern guy The truth be told, and I just may lie When everything is said and done I’m just a modern guy. *(repeat chorus)
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Big Bad Boy 04:18
(chorus) I’m a Big Bad Boy, uh-huh Living large’s my reputation Big Bad Boy, uh-huh Everyone’s consternation Big Bad Boy, uh-huh I don’t need to be forgive’n Big Bad Boy, uh-huh Not gonna play it safe ‘Cause that ain’t live’n Bang the drum Walking proud and talk’n loudly Oh my son Laughing hard and sleep’n soundly Oh my my Killing me with your beauty I just might die Loving you’s my civic duty (chorus) I’m a Big Bad Boy, uh-huh Living large by definition Big Bad Boy, uh-huh There is no apposing position Big Bad Boy, uh-huh I don’t have any misgivings Big Bad Boy, uh-huh Not gonna play it safe ‘Cause that ain’t live’n I drink vintage seltzer I play vintage drums I live in a vintage house Just a total of all the sums Don't believe in jesus Don't believe in guns, “bang! bang!” Don't like to play it quiet Aw man, that ain’t have’n fun Hit the stage With all the force, of a nor’easter Full outrage For your love, I’m your jeepster Me oh my Strangest feeling of deja vu I may die Everytime, I see you (chorus) I’m a Big Bad Boy, uh-huh Living large by definition Big Bad Boy, uh-huh There is no apposing position Big bad boy, uh-huh I don’t have any misgivings Big Bad Boy, uh-huh Not gonna play it safe ‘Cause that ain’t live’n Who put the punk in punctuation? Who put the ann in anarchy? Got no time for half measures Who put the booj in bourgeoisie? Not a defeatist, a nihilist, or ill content Not a pillar of society Who put the ash in ashtabula?  Hey man! It wasn’t me! (chorus) I’m a Big Bad Boy, uh-huh Living large’s my reputation Big Bad Boy, uh-huh Everyone’s consternation Big Bad Boy, uh-huh I don’t need to be forgive’n Big Bad Boy, uh-huh Not gonna play it safe ‘Cause that ain’t live’n Big Bad Boy, uh-huh Living large by definition Big Bad Boy, uh-huh There is no apposing position Big Bad Boy, uh-huh I don’t have any misgivings Big Bad Boy, uh-huh Not gonna play it safe ‘Cause that ain’t live’n
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Betty Baby 04:52
Raised in a broken-down trailer park Hair dyed blue A teenage white trash Joan of Arc Punk rock ingenue Reading vintage pulp fiction paperbacks Abandon discarded Unless they want her innocence Her virtue, unguarded Betty Baby No longer a girl, not quite a lady You’re so crazy Making love in the backseat of a broken dream Boss is a letch, a real mean prick Step-dads’ no better Mom can’t be bothered, real dad’s long gone What’s one more suicide letter Betty Baby No longer a girl, not quite a lady You’re so crazy Making love in the backseat of a broken dream You gotta get out of this tread worn town No bliss, no passion All you have to offer is a broken smile Love’s not something you ration Living in this angry, loathsome mean town Will mean your end There just’s gotta be a better way Still… no godsend A desperate man, intent on ill will Betty, his object desire He grabbed Betty, by the throat Exhausted and tired Betty jammed a penknife, straight up to his neck But didn’t attack Instead she bought a one way ticket on bus And climbed in the back, now she’s singing La da-da da-da-da daaa Betty Baby, oh Betty Baby La da-da da-da-da daaa Betty Baby, oh Betty Baby (repeat) She’s singing…
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Beware The Beast Man Politician, banker or priest He may be the man with the most But his ethics are the very least. Beware The Beast Man And his slim sleight of hand He's a platinum business vip Eating sushi and dating Lindsay Lohan. Beware The Beast Man Drummer in a rock and roll band Wearing a silk ascot and wool fez Holding court in a dark corner of night club land Here comes the beast man He's really gonna make the scene Traveling across the time continuum In his very own wayback machine… take it Mr. Peabody Beware The Beast Man Harvenger of death Doomed right from the beginning A story straight out of Macbeth… dragon's breath Beware The Beast Man A lawyer on retainer plan He'll ruin your life just for fun He's the devil's very own personal hitman Look out for The Beast Man He's stealing it all from you In the final analysis, For every beast man there's a beast woman too!
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Sugar Blast 04:05
— ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow Harvard girl honey, walkin’ round the square Sinfully sweet in your white blonde hair — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow Sugar Blast baby, you’re just killin’ me Tu es ma cherie, mes sucres — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow You grabbed my arm at the rock and roll show You said, baby, is there somewhere we can go — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow Sugar, there’s no rush, we got all night You pushed me upstairs… I didn’t fight — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow Sugary sexy, sinfully good It’s gonna get messy, that’s understood — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow Got the whipped cream, you know what i mean Ambrosia and cherries, in the extreme — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow Dancing on my bed, watching “Betty Blue” Our very own decadent, pas de deux — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow Confection perfection, a real pop tart You’re like a dose of pure sugar, shot straight in my heart — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow On the living room floor, you drew a circle of fire Dancing in the middle, sans attire (just your cowboy boots) — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow Move to LA, became a rockstar Aww Sugar Blast baby, that’s just who you are — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow My Sugar Blast — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow My Sugar Blast — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow My Sugar Blast — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow My Sugar Blast baby! — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow — ditta maow-maow, ditta-ditta maow-maow (repeats) A syrupy kiss, sweetly delivered I want one more slice, one more sliver My Sugar Blast Tempt me then, tempt me forever, Tempt soul, but never say never Aww Sugar Blast Dessert in high-heels, a scrumptious delight Killin’ me, baby, with every single bite My Sugar Blast Long white boots, an oversized sweater Aww Sugar Blast baby, it just doesn’t get much better My Sugar Blast
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Think! Fight! Forge! Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Think! Fight! Forge! Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Rearrange the modern era Rearrange the status quo If you dislike your position Then you know it’s time to go! Gettin’ mad and gettin’ even Only works in tv shows If you wanna make some changes My friend, you must interpose! Think! And take action Fight! For your rights Forge! Ahead to victory Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Think! About your life Fight! Complacency Forge! A new alliance Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Simple questions, simple answers Simple tastes and simple minds Simple people without conviction Always getting left behind Bang the drum, hit the cymbals It’s time to roll the timpani Can you hear, the bell’s a-ring’n It rings for you, it rings for me Think! And be enlightened Fight! For righteousness Forge! The strength within Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Think! Your life has meaning Fight! Oppressive ways Forge! A new beginning Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Follow… your deepest passion Follow… what’s dear to you Follow… your heart’s desire You know what you need to do Come… for blinded justice Come… for lasting peace Come… for all your questions There’ll be dance’n in these streets “Yeaaaaah!” (cheering) Think, think, think, think Fight, fight, fight, fight Forge, forge, forge, forge Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Think, think, think, think Fight, fight, fight, fight Forge, forge, forge, forge Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Think, think, think, think — Oh my darlings Fight, fight, fight, fight — Your time has come Forge, forge, forge, forge — To make a difference Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Think, think, think, think — for your loved ones Fight, fight, fight, fight — for those held dear Forge, forge, forge, forge — for the ages Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Think! And take action Fight! For your rights Forge! Ahead to victory Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Think! About your life Fight! Complacency Forge! A new alliance Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Sing… your heart’s contentment Sing… your favorite cheer Sing… a song of longing For everything that you hold dear Love… the life you’re living Love… what’s tried and true Love… a special person Who means the very most to you Think! And be enlightened Fight! For righteousness Forge! The strength within Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Think! Your life has meaning Fight! Oppressive ways Forge! A new beginning Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Think, think, think, think Fight, fight, fight, fight Forge, forge, forge, forge Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!” Think, think, think, think Fight, fight, fight, fight Forge, forge, forge, forge Think - Fight - Forge! “YEAH!”
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Indian girls from out of space Indian girls from out of space Indian girls from out of space Their names are Pearl and Megan We're having a party On a spaceship You’re welcome to join us On our magical trip Shhhhhh! Shhhhhh! On a cart at Ikea On a cart at Ikea On a cart at Ikea On a cart at Ikea Indian girls from out of space Indian girls from out of space Indian girls from out of space Their names are Pearl and Megan Checking out the knickknacks Can't wait for the delicious snacks Doing 360’s with the cart Gonna buy some abstract art Swedish meatballs Fish toothpaste They've been on this voyage for seven hours Shopping for a 900 square foot space On a cart at Ikea On a cart at Ikea On a cart at Ikea On a cart at Ikea Indian girls from out of space Indian girls from out of space Indian girls from out of space Their names are Pearl and Megan Vardegen is a baking pan Ekby Jarpen is a shelf for the wall The  Lattjo Batcape Has been re-called On a cart at Ikea On a cart at Ikea On a cart at Ikea On a cart at Ikea Indian girls from out of space Indian girls from out of space Indian girls from out of space Their names are Pearl and Megan
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Walking downtown on Woodward Avenue Reminds me why I first bid adieu Bound in Detroit without you You’re living on the east coast my baby I’m stuck here in the rustbelt just lately Twisted around in Detroit without you Hunt’in down the neighborhood local methlab Hanging at the Leland, getting druck after rehab Confound in Detroit without you The guns on Belle Isle start a’ blaze’in I’m so scared my heart is race’in Drowned in Detroit without you I really need you here right next to me Got no money, gotta cop a plea I’m on the rails and feeling blue The time has past to commiserate Just another lowlife reprobate In a jam and don’t know what to do Gotta bounty in Wayne County Henry built the cars and tore up all the tracks GM killed the dream on misled broken backs Unsound in Detroit without you This was the town of Gordy’s famous hat trick Now the walk of shame is called Kilpatrick Run a ground in Detroit without you I wish you were with me, I wish you were near This place has got me down, gotta get out of here I’m in a rut don’t have a clue Cold broken hungry, I’m all askew Gotta get back on my feet and start anew Living on the skids and feeling like I’m through Car was stolen in the open I’m all tied up I had enough I’m gonna erupt 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 (yelp!) Awwwwwww Motor City town You’re still the same Unfazed, depraved and misbehaved The cops show up and start to play Gonna bash some heads either way Impound in Detroit without you When I come back to old town Detroit It feels like everyones been exploited Downed in Detroit without you Hey, hey, hey, hey! I think it’s time I abdicate One day this city might obliterate Unfound in Detroit without you This is the town where I first got my start Under my skin and always in my heart Bound in Detroit without you The Motor City
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Detroit and Boston. Motor oil and dirty water. Sweat and blood. Art and music. The duality of Smitt E. Smitty’s vision and passion is what has driven him to create this work called “Just A Modern Guy.” Born and raised in the Motor City, and moving to the Athens of America when he was still a young man, Smitty has relentlessly pursued his desire to create music and art from the very start. With a long history of collaboration with many of Detroit’s and Boston’s best musicians and artists, this is Smitty’s very first foray into fronting his own project. Ever the provocateur, this collection of eclectic songs represents the creative mind of a lifelong absurdist thinker. Literal and abstract. Precise and loose. Subtle and serious. After everything is said and done, Smitt E. Smitty is just a modern guy.

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released May 4, 2018

Smitt E. Smitty – lead vocals, drums, keyboard, harmonica, percussion, kazoo
Trick Wallace – guitar, bass
Tim Catz – guitar, bass
James Melanson – guitar
Eddie Nowick – guitar
Sam Avola – vocals
Amber Casares – vocals
Tim Carey – vocals, kazoo
Jonny Howes – stand up bass
Alec Rodriguez, vocals, trumpet, percussion

Produced and Arranged by Smitt E. Smitty and Alec Rodriguez
Recorded at New Alliance Audio in Cambridge, MA
Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East

www.smittesmitty.com

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Smitt E Smitty Detroit, Michigan

Born and raised in Detroit. Moved to Boston in 1985. Played in The Blind, Zero Ambience, L-seven and Figures on a Beach. FOAB got signed to Sire/Warner Records and released music until the early 90s. FOAB disbanded 1991. Smitty joined Chainsuck until 1999. Smitty played in Fireking until 2017. Smitt E. Smitty is all Smitty, all the time. ... more

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