Dig Deeper, Peanut

by Tuff Sunshine

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1.
you would not believe there was a gist to a goddamn word that I ever wrote you could not conceive of the size of the fist I’m keeping down my throat the spin is not a game (it's taking over me) this chin took it in vain (it's taking over me) again again again again it split like the refrain: lets get this show on the road its taking over me cut coupons spew taglines but give the shop away for free sooner or later you cannot resist you see we seal every deal with a kiss
2.
barrel down the stairs to get your train and if its not your train well the pain that i feel is the same when you knock me over step on my 4-leaf clover you got a beef? well move over, rover because that rhymes and see i take what i can get like the other leaches i’m here to blood-let it’s getting tougher everyday that’s what they tell me it come in capsules or a spray that’s what they sell me it’s gonna take more than your pic-ax to fell me we could sit and talk all night i could go on and on but when you hire me to move a mountain i make sure that it’s gone breath i cannot find so one last shout to unwind i’m reading instant tea leaves so i can make up my mind just a little faster like watching drying plaster you think you’re sinking? well all eyes on the master because that’s good enough we’ll pray for a sleeper i'm here i'm rough but i'm digging deeper it’s getting tougher everyday, that’s what they tell me it come in capsules or a spray that’s what they sell me it’s gonna take more than your pic-ax to fell me
3.
i got the white noise 'tis the only rumble i can see it’s fight or flight boys and either way it flips i bleed or flee i stoke the blue flame so be it blister be it burn surely i'm in the frame? oh sugar will you never learn? and if that sounds heavy well son you just ain’t ready to believe that heady sweet smell of success is meant for thee i shake in real time just like a queen upon her throne i leak the punchline just like a tween upon her phone and if that sounds heavy well son you just ain’t ready to believe that heady that sweet smell of success was meant for thee face down and still in bed you read how you can make it sync but think that just another wink will stop the silver hammer drop... its not easy for two kids like me and you in the city it’s not like it used to be but it was never like it used to be its not like it used to be you see? and if that sounds heavy well son you just ain’t ready to believe that heady that sweet smell of success is meant for thee
4.
sunday means snakes and a pulse that won’t be slowed down while the whole flat shakes with each and every underground see i can’t let it rest i just don’t have what it takes sunday means snakes i need a bottle of wine or something a little stronger i need the rest of my life or maybe a little longer i cannot abide telegraphing my fakes sunday means snakes i been loving so hard my heart grew too big ducking at shadows powdering my wig breathing too shallow sweating it through toe in the deep end lips turning blue while i was biding my time the time it flexed and ran away i was punching in and out but it had already had its way both eyes peeled as the gold-leaf flakes sunday means snakes
5.
02:37
all the models look so tortured and all these bands they look so sad about it not me i’ve set a date to resonate and if your mad you’ll let me tell you all about it my heart it makes its wide turns you see i let me sideburns grow too long but for better or worse i'm carrying this verse to full-term until i learn to sing along sister/fader my concentration is only in relation to the pure analog forgive me if i said that out loud you see my head it only exists in a radiation fog and what i really meant has all been spent and see the verdict just came in guilty of wowing no-one with a slant rhyme and missing my chance to either sink or swim sister/fader and the bugs -- they’ll come and the leaves -- they’ll fall and the sheets -- they’ll soak and for now -- that’s all
6.
now here’s the way it’s gonna happen you gonna sail it straight and call me captain one shot is all you need you’ll see 'cause it’s an ancient trajectory oh the eyes! they roll back in the socket oh the ashes! they strung up in the locket i’m the silver-lined cloud just about to let go and you the bolt of lightning rising up from down below anticipating bliss shrugging it off like a first kiss wandering round like yer pissed dig deeper, peanut now here's the way we're gonna do it hip-check the turn-style roll right thru it congratulations sister on everything you lack congratulations son it’s so nice to have your back
7.
04:14
somebody stole my thunder and now i’m out here alone in the storm we were coldly tore asunder by a man who’s now the one who’s keeping you warm he’s holding you instead of me now that your heart has been set free he's feeling the touch that i used to know he's going to the places where we used to go my reflection in the mirror is terrifying me and living in the past ain't what it used to be there's no waking up from this fever dream and nothing in this world is ever how it seems i’m standing outside in the rain can’t you hear me knockin? like a ghost left draggin’ his chain i’m sleepwalkin’ it’s a bitter pill to swallow to treat a pain that can never ever be drowned you’re a hard act to follow for a truer love in this world i have not found that truth is now in the past only heartache has come to pass only long nights that never seem to end only broken vows that can never mend my reflection in the mirror is terrifying me and living in the past ain't what it used to be there's no waking up from this fever dream and nothing in this world is ever how it seems please wake me up, please wake me up, please... well i'm standing in the rain can't you hear me knocking? like a ghost left draggin’ his chain… and i’m left sleepwalkin'
8.
04:06
headphones play but the cord is unattached plans are laid but never fully hatched keep the town and country rollin’ we got our people out there pollin’ kissing babies high fives and firm back pats and just between us i would not trust those stats progression made but the chord is unresolved knuckles off the ground still so un-evolved too familiar with sinking feelings unsteady hands and spinning ceilings magic wands slight of hand and low resolution wrenching rhymes until they fit your sad revolution that’s ok you go go ahead you go black it out don’t think twice let it slide mask away promise fades but the memory’s intact shift to shade when the heat cause you to crack stretch the smile forever wider fake a feeling as sweet as cider grin and bear it and swallow and don’t spit back get a tattoo of the list of all you lack that’s ok you go go ahead you go black it out don’t think twice let it slide mask away
9.
03:59
i cant get much sweeter without falling off the vine so set me to repeater and gauge the distance line to where i started doing time it can’t get more lonely imagining the top and if this air be rarified when will this dizzy spinning stop? from petersham to stop and shop i’m the last good cop you’ll see and woe is me here’s to yet another reason for me to step it up as every petty treason it fortifies the cup a courage shot for my close up i’m swinging by a thread a laughing stock / a character break the pipes were full of lead and the sludge i could not shake my soul : a plumber’s snake always the aftershock never the quake and woe is me how dare you steal my mantra line?
10.
02:27
we're gonna make it don't you worry your pretty head about it it's just a bump along the road we're taking it ain't the end of the world we're gonna make it i promise one day you'll look back on this heartbreak and toast the doors that were opened that day and the wind that pushed us on our way and if you're feeling tired don't worry if you feel like laying down and giving up i'll scoop you up, buttercup we're gonna make it don't you worry your pretty head about it it's just a bump along the road we're taking it ain't the end of the world and if you're feeling tired don't worry if you feel like laying down and giving up i'll scoop you up, buttercup we're gonna make it don't you worry your pretty head about it it's just a bump along the road we're taking it ain't the end of the world...

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released November 15, 2019

Johnny Leitera: Guitar/Vocals/Synths/Etc
Turner Stough: Bass
Ani Cordero: Drums/Percussion/Backing Vocals/Lead Vocals on "Buttercup"
Dave Rubin: Guitars/Keyboards/Backing Vocals/Lead guitar "Buttercup" and "Sleepwalking"
Joe Burch: Backing Vocals on "Buttercup"
Cynthia Louvin: Backing Vocals "Dig Deeper, Peanut" and "Sister/Fader"
Stephanie Sleeper: Backing Vocals "Sister/Fader"

All songs Leitera/Stough/Cordero / 'Yinz Playin' Music BMI
Recorded at Amperon Recorder by Pete Drivere in Youngstown, OH
Mixed by Ethan Donaldson

This album is dedicated to Mama Hatchet...Keep the Town and Country Rollin'....

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"Play Loud!"--New York Times

"Cool NYC trio Tuff Sunshine does emotive indie fare that skillfully fuses funky soul with wiry postpunk." --Time Out NY

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