Joe Crubaugh

by Joe Crubaugh

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The long-awaited debut album from Joe Crubaugh is finally here! Featuring 11 original songs, the album clocks in with over 40 minutes of tunes. The new album was meticulously recorded in Crubaugh's sprawling studio he has described as "an old laptop, several rooms, and a few quiet closets around the house."

For those who've been living beneath a rock in a dank cave, Joe Crubaugh (known simply as "Joe" to his legion of fans) was born in Tupelo, MS, but his songs might evoke Elvis Costello with a dash of Tom Petty before that other singer from Tupelo comes to mind.

Citing the Beatles--sorry, I mean: citing the Bay City Rollers as a major influence, Crubaugh's eponymous indie rock debut borrows from blues, country, mid-tempo calypso, as well as punk, funk, grunk, shlunk, black-and-white film music, 17th-century worldbeat and a pinch of early-80's Norwegian psuedo-progressive glam retro metal.

Crubaugh currently resides in Huntsville, AL, actively working on his next release, rumored to be heavily influenced by whichever NetFlix series he's binge watching.

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released June 3, 2018

Written, performed, recorded, and produced by Joe Crubaugh, with the exception of additional vocals from Jodi Crubaugh on "Don't Let Me Go."

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Track Name: Best at Being Me
Some days it's kind of tough
Living in this dream
Finding where you fit and climbing
All the walls between
And people love to tear you down
They'll stomp you like a trampoline
And there's always someone better at
Almost anything

But whatever
I came with a lifetime guarantee
God knows I'm the best at being me
I may not be clever
But I'm loaded with idiosyncracies
Heaven knows that I'm the best at being me

When you're young they tell you to be
Smart and go to school
That's where you learn that
Everybody breaks the rules
You try to change the world
And you try not to be cruel
Only to find now you're a
Tool or a fool

But whatever
I came with a lifetime guarantee
God knows I'm the best at being me
I may not be clever
But I'm loaded with idiosyncracies
Heaven knows that I'm the best at being me

Hey, yeah, it's all good and I'm okay
I'm watching wheels go round today

I know bankers in the city
With swimming pools and cars
Friends that moved to Hollywood
Hanging out with movie stars
And singers running around the world
Playing their guitars
And doctors in big mansions they got
Giving seminars

But whatever
I came with a lifetime guarantee
God knows I'm the best at being me
I may not be clever
But I'm loaded with idiosyncracies
Heaven knows that I'm the best at being me
Heaven knows that I'm the best at being me
Heaven knows that I'm the best at being me
Ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh
Track Name: Hate It When You're Mad
Well, I had a good night
Till you started acting rude
You gave me kisses at the front door
Before you got that attitude
You promised me some cherry pie
But I got barbecued

I listen to you groan
Hear your drama night and day
You ask for my advice but don't remember
A word I have to say
Last night I dreamed about the crossroads
I said Devil, just make it go away

I hate it when you're mad at me
I hate it when you're mad at me
I hate it when you're mad at me

Let me clean your dishes
Let me rub your back and feet
I'll mow your yard, wash your car
You just pick a day this week
But you better send that frown out of town
Or I'm gonna leave for Tennessee

I hate it when you're mad at me
I hate it when you're mad at me
I hate it when you're mad at me
No, no
I hate it when you're mad at me
I hate it when you're mad at me
I hate it when you're mad at me
Track Name: Don't Let Me Go (feat. Jodi Crubaugh)
All of my life I've been trying to turn the tables
I'm getting tired of getting left behind
You might think I'd sink with every lie and betrayal
Looking for someone I could never find

Somewhere in the back of my mind
I've seen your face a thousand times
Maybe you're the dream I can't let go
When the fates are so unkind
It's easy to be disinclined but
Take a chance and love me like you know
Baby don't let me go

Maybe I'm wrong
I can't tell you what I'm feeling
Like deja vu
Like I knew you from the start
I don't know what's real and your silly grin is winning
I've got a feeling we won't fall apart

Feels so right when we're together
No longer burning yesterday
It's so long till Monday
We can run if you don't want to stay
Just get away

Somewhere in the back of my mind
I've seen your face a thousand times
Maybe you're the dream I can't let go
When the fates are so unkind
It's easy to be disinclined but
Take a chance and love me like you know
Baby don't let me go
Baby don't let me go
Don't let me go
Track Name: Dog Sniffin' Blues
I hear the dog a sniffin'
Sniffin' at the door
My wife already fed him
But he still wants some more
He's got an angry stomach
I think that's plain to see
But I know after I feed him
He'll just go out and pee

When he was just a puppy
He peed upon the floor
He still pees on the carpet
And tinkles on the door
He hacks up phlegm and spittle
I know his time draws near
But that dog, he keeps on pissing
Lord, I want him out of here

There's probably rich folks petting on
Their thousand-dollar dogs
They probably teach their canines
Not to roll around in their own logs
My mutt, he keeps on rolling, rolling
Smells like a sewer breeze
If dogs find relief in heaven
His piss will surely rain down on me.
Track Name: Wishing My Life Away
Three more weeks till holiday
Three more weeks of getting paid
See my friends, not much to say
It's looking like more snow today
So I grab my phone and I read the news
So many people got nothing to lose
But they say the future's gonna be okay
And I find myself wishing my life away

Sitting at the traffic light
Thinking 'bout a dream last night
You and I were slipping away
Like Audrey in Roman Holiday
And I wish that I could go back to bed
And stay in the heaven that was in my head
Light turns green, it's another day
And I find myself wishing my life away

Don't you know someday feels like
It's never gonna come, never gonna come around.
One day soon, maybe we can get stuck
Together in the same town

I still have a picture of you and me
Last June sitting on the beach
Wish that I could go back in time
Live in the heaven that's in my mind
But I know the world don't work that way
I really don't have more to say
Just want you to know that I'm okay
While I'm sitting here wishing my life away
Wishing my life away
Track Name: Gitmo
I've been running from the CIA
I'm a high-level member of the worldwide evil, well
That's what they say
I've been flown around the planet on a secret plane
Had my tool put on display
Can't go home, they won't lend me a phone
I got tortured in the USA
And I'm not crazy 'bout Jihad
Just because I tried to make it
With a cute girl from Islamabad

I'm headed for Gitmo
I'll be there for my whole life
(Rockin' in Gitmo)
Gonna get beat up tonight
(Fun times in Gitmo)
You can't phone and you can't write
(Lockdown in Gitmo)
I'm never gonna see the light

Everything is one big lie
The Pentagon said I had knives and bombs and flew anthrax on a kite
Told my mom I was a terrorist, wouldn't let me say goodbye
They claim my Eagle Scout award no longer will apply
And I don't back the Taliban
I don't bleed pinko commie red, and I've never been to Iran

But I'm heading for Gitmo
Sucking air for my whole life
(Rockin' in Gitmo)
Gonna get rubber-hosed tonight
(Fun times in Gitmo)
Can't phone and you can't write
(Lockdown in Gitmo)
Never gonna see the light

I used to wave the flag in July
But now them German Shephard's bite

I'm headed for Gitmo
I'll be there for my whole life life
(Rockin' in Gitmo)
Gonna get beat up tonight
(Fun times in Gitmo)
You can't phone and you can't write
(Lockdown in Gitmo)
I'm never gonna see the light
Track Name: Too Late
I'll tell you something, please don't think I'm crazy
Don't try to help cos you won't change my mind
But when I saw her yesterday
She almost knocked my heartbeat out of line
She smiles like August in December
Likes to wear a jacket that she bought in Tokyo
Can't tell her that I think she's fine
But just the same, I want to let her know
I really want to let her know

Sitting in the back and throwing paper
Waiting for something to say
We could make it happen if she looks at me before she walks away
Shake my head cos it's already too late

They say the hardest part of being lonely
Is finding time so you can be a friend
Staring at the ceiling and
Knowing that you missed the show again
If I had her number I would call her
Just to let her know I've got a name
But I'm staring out the window and
I guess I only have myself to blame

I'm sitting in the back and throwing paper
Thinking of some other day
We could make it happen if I catch her eye before she walks away
Shake my head cos it's already too late

I don't know why some girl that I don't know is keeping me awake
One minute I was cruising right along
Now I feel like I made a huge mistake

She smiles like sunshine on the water
I heard she moved to Twin Falls, Idaho
Never told her that I think she's fine
But just the same, I want to let her know
I really want to let her know
I want to let her know
I want to let her know
It's too late to let her know
Track Name: Float Away
She don't have a broken heart
And she's not feeling down
But she just wants to lay around
She just wants to lay around all day
She used to visit all her friends
And travel out of town
Now she just wants to lay around
She just wants to lay around all day

Maybe she's having fun inside
Happy missing the world go by
Waiting for the perfect rainy day
To catch a dream and float away

One thing she used to say
Don't let plans get in the way
There's so much to see
So many things I know you're gonna do
And even younger still
She wasn't such a bitter pill
Now she just wants to lay around
She just wants to lay around all day

Maybe she's having fun inside
Happy missing the world go by
Waiting for the perfect summer day
To catch a dream and float away

She's floating away
Floating away
Floating away
Float away
Track Name: Find Another Way
Got a busted feeling in my soul
Been knocked down, crawling on the floor
It ain't looking good, not today
Gonna find another way
Knew change wouldn't happen overnight
But I thought by now the world would be alright
If troubles make you stronger that's okay
Gonna find another way

All I need is understanding
And a love to call my own
You can run or you can try to make
The place where you belong

What the hell happened to this place?
Everywhere I turn it's Pharisees up in my face
Rich still eat the poor everyday
Gonna find another way

All I need is understanding
And a love to call my own
You can run or you can try to make
The place where you belong
Either get it right or wrong
Face another day
Gonna find another way
Track Name: Peace with the World
I heard you got a brand new job
I saw you driving in your brand new car
And I suppose new friends too
Just want you to know I feel happy for you

Cos when you ditched me I could tell
You were one messed up little girl
Glad to see you recovered well
And you finally made peace with the world

It's been years since I got played
I still remember like yesterday
And I'm not too ashamed to say
It took a while for the pain to fade

But I grew up and quit your game
After all that drama unfurled
Now I can forget your name
Gonna try to make peace with the world

Sometimes I forget the little ways
That you almost wrecked my mind
Sometimes love is too blind

I heard you found a new romance
He's everything you want him to be
Well, I'm not placing any bets
I guess I'm glad that it won't be me

Cos when you ditched me I could tell
You were one messed up little girl
Glad to see you recovered well
And you finally made peace with the world
Track Name: Mississippi Moon
Tonight I'm going far away
To China or Birmingham
The road is calling and stars are falling
On the lakeside next to town

I've got that
Delta dirt under my feet
Crickets are playing their tune
Tonight I'm dreaming on a Mississippi moon

I'm gonna catch that southbound train
And ride the night away
Through small-town nights and railroad lights
And the muddy river haze

I've got that
Delta dirt under my feet
Crickets are playing their tune
Tonight I'm dreaming on a Mississippi moon

And I don't ever care if the sun comes up again
Let the boxcar wheels roll my blues away
Until my heartache mends

Foxfire's burning in the swamp
The lightning bugs, they glide
While I'm sleeping raincrow's weeping
Stars are in my eyes

I've got that
Delta dirt under my feet
Crickets are playing their tune
Tonight I'm dreaming on a Mississippi moon
Tonight I'm dreaming on a Mississippi moon

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