Good Times, Good Times

by shwa losben

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This record was recorded at Fort Brooklyn Studios, primarily in the summer of 2009. It was made possible by the generous donations and support of our fans.

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released May 25, 2010

Produced by Jim Bentley and Shwa Losben
Recorded at Fort Brooklyn Studios
Mastered by Dave Roman at 4130 Mastering
Artwork by Dimitri Scheblanov

These songs were shaped in large part by the Good Times/Cuddlef*cks band featuring Bryan Dunn, Jay Rapoport, Phil Galitzine, and Matt Bogdanow. Thanks for all your hard work guys.

For my mom and dad—my best friends and biggest supporters

Thank you mom, dad, em, samie, grandmom, grandpop, Jim Beardow, Reiter, Justin Ramsdell, Chris Hacker, Amber Foster, Robyn Shepherd, Scott Gabriel, Casey Shea, Kendall Meade, Johnny Goudie, Taylor Davis, Shannon Shafer, Ken Rockwood, Tommy Merrill and everyone at Rockwood Music Hall, Stephen Negrey, Laura Wilson , Syd, Natasha Irani, Tad Dreis, Akiva, Patty Allen, Misty Boyce, Tony Maceli, Matt Basile, Nicole Polec, Jeremiah Birnbaum, Adam Christgau, Emily Rawlins, John Embree, Lisa Kingston

This album wouldn’t be possible without the generous help of these hardcore sponsors:
Larry LeBlanc, Bridget Burke, Michael Gronowski, Doug Hecox, Theresia Pistel, Larry and Sally Thompson, Caroline Mock, Christine Mastrangelo, Stephanie Watson, Andee & Steve Losben, Angela Hargrove, Natalie Ahn, Emily Losben, Lisa Kingston, Dan Finkelstein, Ellie Trigher, Elissa Pearl Kall, Stephen Kelly, Ron and Diane Shafer, Richard and Pamela Gottlieb, Melinda Parshall, Ryan Vasan, Mark S. Losben, Chris Abad, Gailanna Purdin, Robyn Simmons, Veronica Birga, Deb and John Bacon, Dave Strousberg & Alisa Volz, Marcia and Michael Kingston, David Fagelson, Reba, Jeff and Malissa Fry, Delia Seitz, Erica Hunsberger, Joel Cookson, and Robyn Shepherd

Thanks to everyone who’s believed in me, even when I’ve had my doubts

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Shwa Losben writes catchy, sophisticated rock songs. He's also really good at Connect Four.

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Track Name: Trainwreck
Oh lord she’s at it once again
Our favorite trainwreck
Six guys in seven days and I’m scared to see what’s next

It’s all over town
She’s been sleeping around
And it’s bringing me down now

Two days further up the road
She’s been up since Tuesday
She pissed her paycheck away on taxis and cocaine

And she’s coming down
But word gets around
And it’s bringing me down now

It’s like an accident and you want to look away
But you can’t so you hope and you pray
And you’re thankful that you have an ounce of self-restraint

She’s slowing down and don’t you know
She’s got a new boyfriend
She’s flying off to mexico
With some guy from craigslist

And we’re all very proud
She’s got her head in the clouds
And it’s bringing me down now
Track Name: Total Nightmare
It’s easy to forget the ones you used to adore
It’s easy if you don’t see their face anymore
But if in fact you find they’re around you all the time
It’s a total nightmare

It’s easy to pretend that you don’t really care
About all of the moments that you used to share
But if you catch your mind drifting at all times
It’s a total nightmare

And new loves don’t matter
They’ll just make you sadder

Shut you mouth and bite your tongue
Close yourself to everyone
And maybe you’ll forget

It’s easy to disguise the way you really feel
It’s easy to convince yourself your plans weren’t real
But if you come to be in the grips of clarity
It’s a total nightmare
Track Name: Worst is Over
Another early morning
And you can’t bring yourself out of bed
So you stare at the walls instead
In a sea of people
And you can’t find a way to break out
Oh but the worst is over now

Oh can’t you see that the worst is over
Oh can’t you see that the worst is over now
Lights will blind you, scenes remind you, days you just can’t put behind you
Oh, but the worst is over now

In the early evening
And the day is already a blur
Like the view from a train outta control
Old familiar faces
People keep coming in and out of view
And you wonder if you were gone would they even miss you

Oh can’t you see that the worst is over
Oh can’t you see that the worst is over now
Lights will blind you, scenes remind you, days you can’t put behind you
Oh, but the worst is over now
Track Name: Independence Day
Nothing crazy, something new
You get in trouble when there's nothing to do
Small explosions, in the sky
and little things to pass the time

Standing round nothing to say
17 your folks away
and no place to be
candlelight and rockets glare
wearing just your underwear
and down on your knees

So come on join the revolution
disregard your institutions
you never cared for anyway
A minor cause for celebration
pistol shots across the nation
it's your independence day

And now it’s over, just like that
You can’t believe that it all happened so fast
an awkward silence
but you can see
what a difference it makes
to be free

Standing round nothing to say
17 your folks away
and no place to be
candlelight and rockets glare
wearing just your underwear
and down on your knees

So come on join the revolution
disregard your institutions
you never cared for anyway
A minor calls for celebration
pistol shots and penetration
it's your independence day

Outside your friends are celebrating
County folk are all parading
And inside you’ve been liberated, yea
Track Name: Treat the Disease
there’s a greed in the air, there’s a boss in his lair and he’s scheming
plotting a coup, and there’s nothing to do but to wait
gathered around with their heads to the ground are the heroes
stuffing bills in their bags as they're waving their flags of defeat

And we’re fooling ourselves

You can do what you wanna
Believe what you wanna believe
If you wanna treat the symptoms
then you gotta treat the disease

it’s the same old site as we try as we might nothing changes
it’s a rerun show it's a plan that you know’s gonna fail
repeating the past as the operative cast rearranges
where money is king and everything is for sale

And we’re fooling ourselves…
You can do what you wanna…

there’s a greed in the air, and nobody dares to fight it
we’re just carrying on, ignoring the wrong that we see
there’s a greed all around it’s weighing us down and we know it
the problem’s the same and it’s no way to tame the disease

You can do what you wanna…
it’s a call to arms, it’s the longest con, when nobody’s looking you can do what you want
Track Name: Brooklyn Girls
Brooklyn girls know all the latest fashions
Brooklyn girls wear big sunglasses
Brooklyn girls with the attitude always acting rude
Gotta be out on the scene
Brooklyn girls, why you gotta be so mean

Brooklyn girls drink pabst blue ribbon
Brooklyn girls are sophisticated women
Brooklyn girls with the icy stares and the styled hair
Gotta be out on the scene
Brooklyn girls, why you gotta be so mean?

I been to Alaska where the frigid girls make their home
I been to Nebraska where the vicious farmers’ daughters roam
But it’s easy to see, yea take it from me
If you want a girl that’s really mean, look no further than the Brooklyn scene

Brooklyn girls are angry lookin’
Brooklyn girls are not from Brooklyn
Brooklyn girls with the attitude always acting rude
Gotta be out on the scene
Brooklyn girls, why you gotta be so mean
Track Name: Sandy Don't Worry
Sandy don’t worry about a thing
Everything will be all right

Well I met you back in 2nd grade
We’d sell overpriced lemonade
And sing our songs onto tapes
We had sleepovers and stayed up late
We’d go walking up at tyler state
But we don’t talk about that these days

Sandy don’t worry about a thing
Everything will be all right
Sandy don’t worry about a thing
I’ll be with you tonight
A few more years down the line
I went off to school you stayed behind
And I told you I told you I would write
It started out with drinking first
Then vodka turned to something worse
And I was nowhere, nowhere in sight

You called me up round half past 9
I could hear the tears coming through the line
You said you were tired, you were just so tired now
It’s like one day you woke up and you realized
You were good at nothing no matter how you tried
And you lost that spark that you used to feel inside
It’s like all a sudden at 23 we’re supposed to know
What we’re supposed to be
And no one tells you how to figure that out
And now all these choices are just a chore
Getting fucked up ain’t no fun no more
And you’d be better off
you’d be better off if you just end it all
Track Name: Annie in Luck
Annie finds herself in luck again
I don’t know how it keeps on happening
It just does
Looking for a night out on the town
Takes a whiskey shot and drinks it down
Oh yea

It looks like she found a friend
He’s talking with a French accent
And he plays in a rocking band or so he says

On Saturday he’ll be miles away
But she’s just having fun anyway

In the morning she wakes with a kiss goodbye
Grabs her clothes and wonders why they’re ripped in two
Takes the G to the J down to Bowery
Writes a note in her diary
Oh yea

And that night will be the same
Another note another name
But there’s nobody you can blame when it’s what you want

On Saturday he’ll be miles away
But she’s just having fun anyway

Guys and girls it all depends
Kissing contests with her friends
Oh look she’s dancing in a cage
Take a couple of pics for the facebook page
She just got a tattoo of a butterfly
But it’s on the ankle and you can’t see it unless you try
And she’s talking up some biker guy

On Saturday he’ll be miles away
But she’s just having fun anyway
Track Name: Penultimate Dance
This is a warning that the party is about to end
So come on and grab your friends and get up on the dance floor
Because you know there’s only one more song left to go
(Not counting this one)
so maybe it’s two, depending on your definition

penultimate dance, penultimate dance, penultimate dance
it’s your second to last chance to find some romance, penultimate dance

so ladies, come on and shake your hips
fellas, come on and shake your dicks
there’s one more song and then it’s time to call it quits

penultimate dance, penultimate dance, penultimate dance
it’s your second to last chance to find some romance, penultimate dance

If you need to get a drink now’s the time to do it
If you need to call a cab, you better get right to it
Cause depending on where that cab is coming from you might have to wait, oh yea

penultimate dance, penultimate dance, penultimate dance
it’s your second to last chance to find some romance, penultimate dance
Track Name: Everything Fell into Place
There were times when it felt like nothing ever would go my way,
Reliving my mistakes, and their bitter taste
I was lost I was lost I was an echo you couldn’t hear
A child that disappeared without a trace
But then everything fell into place

Like it belonged
Like it was meant all along
Everything fell into place

There were times when it felt like I was left on a battlefield,
wounded without a shield, slipping away
I saw you, I saw you then our eyes met on a winter day
The ice all melted away, when I saw your face
And then everything fell into place

Like it belonged
Like it was meant all along
Everything fell into place

There were times when it felt like I was traveling on my own
So helpless and so alone
Now I know I was wrong
And now I am where I belong