Condo Fucks City Rockers

by Karl Ward

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Seven songs about being a punk rock kid in Connecticut in the nineties.


released March 25, 2019

All sounds/instruments/vocals performed by Karl Ward and recorded at the Pink Ark. Mixed with Adam Chimera. Mastered at West West Side Music by Alan Douches. Lathe cut to vinyl by Jon Niess at Austin Signal. Cover watercolor and back cover photo by Jaclyn Ward.

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Track Name: Rock the Grotto
They say we can’t dance, can’t read
Don’t listen, can’t speak
Can’t hear, can’t sing
Yeah but what do they know about anything?

So if I wanna dance, fight
Sing, scream
Dance, scream
What if I wanna burn down everything?

I’m the sound not the echo (Rock the Grotto)
The song not the demo
The drugs not the limo
The fall not the tiptoe

I wanna dance, fight,
Sing, scream,
Dance, scream
I wanna burn down everything!

The sound not the echo (Rock the Grotto)
The song not the demo
The id not the ego
The fall not the tiptoe
The drugs and the limo
The fall and the tiptoe
The id and the ego
Yeah the very first demo
Track Name: New London Calling
The phone rings, another intrigue
You try to get to me go downtown
You can’t trick me into sleeping
With the gutter punks on the ground
So now why am I out here tonight on the sidewalk
Bumming a cigarette off your friends?
La la la la New London calling

You're a cheapskate in a cheap skirt
But Money Don’t Matter 2 Night
My White Sport Coat is dirty
But I’m Dancing in the Moonlight
Let’s find some place to be alone
I think your friends will be alright
La la la la New London calling

Blue and red lights
In the daylight
You got me running down State Street
You can’t trick me into leaving
You know you can’t talk that sweet
I’ll be by your side if you need me
To sweep you off your feet
La la la la New London calling
Track Name: (Where's the) Remote Control?
Sometimes it just stops
Sometimes it goes slow
But I need to know right now
How it ends

Then you come to me
It’s fast forward ‘til the minute you go
I need you to stick around
And stay with me

So where’s the remote control?
Track Name: Guns of Noank
I get high
I stop thinking about you
I get low
I stop thinking at all
No, don’t take me downtown
Oh I need to get all shook down

When I’m low
(and) I’m faded to the floor
Oh you know
I just need a little more
Here comes the shakedown

Fire the guns
(The guns of Noank)
Shake it down baby
Yeah you better shoot me down
I forgot you so don't come around

I get (so) high
I don't dream anymore
I get higher
So much higher than before
Track Name: Army Dreamers
We can’t wait
We can’t wait to escape
I’ll do whatever you say
Do whatever it takes


We won't wait
We won't wake from this dream
Our dreams an army
Our dreams a shield against everything

So far away
Track Name: Condo Fucks City Rockers
Everybody wants to be the controller
Well I’m sending this one out to all the stop drop and rollers
All you posers, you pogos, you pop lockers
I'm sending this one out to all the Condo Fucks City Rockers

Now you’re broke, out on the street
Twisted up inside, still dancing, dead on your feet
Yeah you used to go to work, now you don’t even bother
Now you’re doing the Condo Fucks City Rockers

Rude girls kicking down the Plymouth Rock
The kids on the corner can’t stop won’t stop
Feel no way by the chaos proper
I'm sending this one out to all the Condo Fucks City Rockers

Yeah everybody out on the street
Dancing so hard you disappear into the beat
We used to get up in morning, now we don't even bother
Everybody’s doing the Condo Fucks City Rockers
Track Name: Her Majesty (Rock the Grotto Reprise)
I don’t wanna be a drunk scared of the bottle
Or a dream about something awful
Yeah Her Majesty might be a pretty nice girl
But she doesn’t give a damn about me

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