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About this track:
My friend Tom Lucas and I were talking one night at a Rent Party show (another great NJ musical institution). He was telling me about going to Japan and visiting his family when he was in college, and how he didn't know anyone and didn't speak the language, but ended up buying an XTC video VHS tape that got him through that whole time. I love stories of musical obsession! Not long after, I merged some of a song he had started with my narration of his adventures.

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Lyrics:
Tom Tom, you were just a kid in Japan, they had brought you over from the States. So shy, you don’t know a soul in the land, but you can’t say it was a mistake. Alone in your room, in this strange place, someone took your hand. It was a video compilation by a certain band, oh Lordy, that’s when it began. Watching late into the night, senses working overtime. Goodbye, little broken heart!

Went for a walk in the Ginza and you’re lost, with your head spinning back into July. A bad scene in a parking lot, you had not forgotten how that kiddo made you cry. Then music store, three floors, bright fluorescent lights, and a tape by a band that you kinda knew and kinda didn’t, asking you to buy it. Took three buses and a train. You tore off the cellophane. Goodbye, little broken heart!

Oh, if those guys were a girl then the way that you feel would have been the crush to end ‘em all. There’s a fire and a judge, Andy’s standing on a desk, there goes Colin with a chain and ball. A language you can speak, something you can take apart. Oh, it’s tight and it’s cool and it’s fresh and it’s new, it’s not so much angry as it’s smart. It’s like voltage to your wire, like the Beatles but on fire. Goodbye, little broken heart!

All of those mindless ladies with their short skirts, fire engine red. Fun to look at but, here’s what you wanted instead: you saw the future, and your fruitful musical life, electric guitars and a smart and a beautiful wife.

Look, look Tommy, look at you in a month. Now you’re headed out into the sun. Cross-legged on the floor or back in the music store, you know you’re not the only one. Waiting out the summer, listening to Mummer, now that everything has changed. Your own chords, your own words, your own plans, your own world. Now you know you’ll never be the same. Count the days until you fly. You no longer have to cry! Goodbye, little broken heart!

credits

from The New Wrong Way, released November 6, 2019
Track credits:
Drums: Sim Cain
Bass: Scott Anthony
Electric guitars: Rich Feridun
Acoustic guitar, percussion: Tom Lucas
Backing vocals: Donna Upton, Sue Raffman

Written by:
Rebecca Turner & Tom Lucas

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Rebecca Turner is a country-folk-rock singer-songwriter formerly of NYC and LA, now residing in Maplewood, NJ. First influenced by 70s FM radio and 80s-era record stores, her musical allegiances have ranged over the years from Emmylou Harris to Liz Phair, from Doris Day to Tom Petty, from Goldfrapp to the Go-Gos. rebeccamo34@gmail.com ... more

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