Ruiner

by Vincent Draper

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released June 3, 2016

Album artwork, “Big Sur” by Eden Buxton
Photography by Trevor Hadley
Album Layout by Eric Lund
Musicians:
Chase Terry
Genevieve Smith
Josaleigh Pollett
Kevin Schultz
Vincent Draper
Recorded and Mixed by Wes Johnson, Archive Recordings
Mastered by Tyler Steadman

This record would not have been possible without Mops and Pops, Garrett Wolfe, Jamon Wolfe, Mark Ricks, Hectic Hobo, Dan Fletcher, Charles Ellsworth, Michael Eccleston, Devon Schlotterbeck, Braley Bullard, Alex Ortega, Natalie Haws, Steven Villamor, Wolf Nunley, Jessica Shroeder, Lily P. Tuffin, Ashleigh Hamilton, and KC Olsen

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Vincent Draper Salt Lake City, Utah

When listening to his songs, Somehow, both the early morning gas station coffee is just as perfect as the finest imported roast. Somehow the rarest of scotch would be every bit as appropriate as a shot of well whiskey. Draper's songs will stir feelings of nostalgia and longing in the hearts of listeners from every walk of life. ... more

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Track Name: Miss
I boil a pot of water every morning for my coffee
The cool air from the mountains rolls down through the city
The Going-ons from the night before are slowly recollected
Memory is a funny thing like that
Yeah, Memory, she’s a funny thing like that

I got a job at the grocery, no thanks to this four-year-degree
Working my hands to the bone for a man I’ve never met
I’m under slept and I’m under paid, just like everyone else these days
“Poets die broke or drown in lakes”
Yeah, Poets, they die broke or drown in lakes

Miss, you don’t miss me
At all like I do
Like I miss you
When you’re gone, when you’re gone, my love
When you’re gone, when you’re gone, my love

I know you don’t want me, but you don’t want me to leave
Well, a life alone beats a lonely one, any day of the week
You’re the only think that has kept me here, in this town for so long
You’re the only thing driving me away
Yeah, you’re the only thing, that’s driving me away

Miss, you don’t miss me
At all like I do
No, Miss, you don’t miss me
At all like I do
Like I miss you
When you’re gone when you’re gone my love
When you’re gone when you’re gone my love
When you’re gone
Oh, when you’re gone
Track Name: Sleeping Alone
Sleeping Alone

I’ll bet you think you were good
I’ll bet you think you’ll be hard to get over
You must think that I’m hurt
You must think that I drink just to cope
You must feel pretty bad
Being so sure that I am…

Sleeping alone, I’m dying without you,
You’re on my mind at all

I’ll bet you think that it stings
Like cheap whisky or bees
While you’re out on my city
Batting your lashes and not paying for drinks
You must feel pretty bad
Being so sure that I am…
Track Name: 1920's Eyes
1920’s Eyes

Lord, where do I start? I haven’t heard your name in so long
I thought of you the other day, I heard that old Neil Young song
It brought me back to that one summer, we used to chase them girls around
We used to tear ass in your Nova, man, we thought we owned that town
Lord, where do I start? I haven’t heard your name in so long
HOO-
This new girl I’ve been seeing, has got them 1920’s eyes
Like a picture from a book they made us read when we were 16
She waits tables twice a week on top of barbering full time
You wouldn’t guess it looking at her, she’s the hard working type
This new girl I’ve been seeing has got them 1920’s eyes


Now I’ve got to go, it’s Friday night, and there’s this redhead at the door
Dressed in heels and tapping her toes (While)
There’s much more needing said, I’m sure you’ve got one of your own
But I’ve got twenty bucks calling she’s a blonde
So I’ll call you back, I’ll drop you a line
I’ll make it out west right as soon as I find the time
I’ve got to let you go, I’ve got to get to going out tonight
HOO-
She’s been all dolled for hours, watching me like I was traffic light
And I’m combing my hair back, we’re going to paint this city red tonight
See it’s my first one off in ages, and she’s spent that whole time waiting
Now here favorite band is playing at this bar that I’m known to frequent
This new girl I’ve been seeing has got them 1920’s eyes

(Chorus)
Track Name: Faded
Faded

Would you take me home
If I get too faded
Would you hold me close
If I get to shaking
Leave me a lone
And I don’t think I’ll make it
Would you take me home
If I get too faded

Would you take me home
If I get too faded
I won’t tell you lies
But I’ve been known to fake it
Don’t give me your heart
I’m likely to break it
Like everything Else
I’ve been trusted to hold onto

Would you take me home
If I get to faded
Don’t take it too slow
I don’t want to waste this
I’m not asking for love
But I think we should chase it
Would you take me home
If I get too faded
Track Name: Lunatic
Lunatic

I’m a lunatic, I’m a fool
I’m a mad man cussing at the moon
I’m a sterile thread, I’m a stitch
I’m that scab you itch, you know you shouldn’t pick
I’m terrible, I swear to god
I’m a desperate fiend and you’ve got what I want
I hear voices, inside my head
They talk like angels and you sound a lot like them

You caught my eye
When I thought I was dying
You caught my eye
And I thought I was dying

I’m a lunatic, I’m a clown
I’m that busted face sleeping on the ground
I’m a tangled mess, I’m a wreck
I’m scattered puzzle pieces you always seemed to fit In
I’m a twisted one, a real sick pup
If I were you I’d turn around and run
I see visions that cause me pain
I see light and god, your face in everything

You caught my eye
When I thought I was dying
You caught my eye
And I thought I was dying

You’re something else…
Track Name: Woman
Woman

Woman, you don’t know the meaning of the word gentle
I think I can show you
Sweetheart, you think that you’ve known honest men before, I’ll make them all liars, once I’ve told you my truths
Honey-child, they gave you the world and you asked for more, what you weren’t given I’ve got plenty of
Darling you know about churches, gods, and prayers, but you’ve not been worshiped
Until I have loved you

I used to go out with the devil when I felt so alone
Boy, his grip was cold, but better than no grip at all
Now, Woman, I am Man, I am yours

Woman, I don’t know the meaning of the word, compassion
No, not in your fashion
Sweetheart, I’ll tell you right now I have lost fights, still, I think you’re stronger than any man alive
Honey, I thought that I knew all about kindness, Hell, I knew blindness
Til you taught me to see
Babe, when I was young, a man, he offered me salvation, he was no angel
And now I don’t need him
Track Name: Lie to Me
Lie to Me

Hold my hand, take my arm, baby, stake your claim
Call me over, with some drinks, play some Pedro the Lion
Move in close, take it slow, baby, take your time
Cast your spells, breathe your smoke, let me think you’re mine (Just)

Lie to me, tell me anything
I’ll believe it all
Hold on to me, like you’re afraid I’m leaving
I’ll believe it all

Take my heart, I don’t need it, I think it’s broken anyway
Hang it up, on your wall, in some old pretty frame
Show it off, to all your friends, or, maybe hide it away
Forget about it, forget it’s there, I think it’s broken anyway (Just)
Lie to me, tell me anything
I’ll believe it all
Hold on to me, like you’re afraid I’m leaving
I’ll believe it all
Track Name: Maggie
Maggie

Maggie has go a man that she loves
I mean, I think she really thinks that she does
She wears her love on her arm
But you’d swear it looks just like a palm

She don’t like talking a lot
She mostly keeps to herself
He don’t want to hear what she’s got to say
You’d think they’d get along pretty well

She knows she could do better
She knows she’s better to leave
So raise up your glasses
It’s not like she’s packing
Here’s to another summer in sleaves

I know you’ve seen her around
Prettiest girl in your town
While everyone complains of the heat
There’s Maggie, pulling down her sleeves

They all pretend not to see
Smile and turn their cheek
Don’t ask, you’d rather not know
About the love she keeps waiting at home
Track Name: Tickets
Tickets
I’ll bet you’re still getting tickets for speeding
You always seemed to drive your car way too fast
I’ll bet you’re with another man you should be leaving
You always seemed to like the ones that liked treating you badly
I’ll bet I’m right, and I’ll bet it breaks your heart, babe, I’ll bet it drives you nuts
Just the way I’ve got you pinned

So buckle up tight, keep both hands on the wheel
Keep off of your phone and keep your eyes up on the road
It’ll lead you back to that man you should be leaving
You’ll hold him and you’ll squeeze him, and he’ll make you feel alone
I’ll be I’m right, I’ll bet it breaks your heart, babe,
I’ll bet it drives you nuts just the way I’ve you pinned

Please hear me out
This wasn’t meant to hurt
I’ve got more than a doubt
That you know what you deserve

You’ve probably guessed, by the songs that I’ve been singing
I haven’t put down drinking, and I’m still acting like an ass
You’ll hear my name and I’m sure you get to thinking
How my poor old heart has been sinking ever since the day you left
And I’ll bet I’m right, I’ll bet it breaks your heart, babe
I’ll bet it drives you nuts, just the way I’ve got you pinned

So here I am, I’ve been stripped of all my clothes
I’ve been left out in the cold for all the devils and the ghosts
I was lost and damned if I was found
By an angel on the ground that said she likes me the best
And that’s the truth all right, you know, it breaks my heart, babe
You know it drives me nuts just the way she’s got me pinned
Track Name: Margot
Margot

When you play Margot, does he know why it is you weep
Does he resent me, does he loathe me, does he dare speak my name
And do you love him, when he’s angry, do you tell yourself he’s brave
Do you make excuses, that you practice, and recite so easily

How about you leave your man, How about you give a damn
There is plenty of boys in this town who can take off your clothes
He’s got you figured out, he knows what makes you tic
He’s mending your heart with medicine that just makes you sick

You know him so well, You know just what he needs
You’re the only one who can see the man you know he can be
He lets you get so cold, he knows you won’t let go
He builds up your love with lies and little ransom notes
Track Name: Angler
Angler

I was an angler, I was a fisherman
I had it all worked out, I had all required tools
I had the patience, I had the know-how
I had time to kill, I had all required tools
‘Til I, myself
Was Caught, hook line and sinker
You should have seen her, the way she moved
And I fought, against the line
“Til I was worthless
When I was an angler

I was an angler, I was a gentler man
I had my wits about me, I believed in catch and release
I never kept one, I thought myself in the right
I had it wrong, when I believed in catch and release
‘Til I, myself
Was Caught, hook line and sinker
You should have seen her, the way she moved
And I fought, against the line
“Til I was worthless
When I was an angler

I was an angler, I was a fisherman
I have retired since, just another fish in her sea
I was landed, broken and bandaged
Wounded and weary, just another fish in her sea
‘Til I, myself
Was Caught, hook line and sinker
You should have seen her, the way she moved
And I fought, against the line
“Til I was worthless
When I was an angler
Track Name: Love is Death
Love is Death

I met a girl at the bar, she said she knew me well
The green in my eyes it hides, but she could see it there
The name of the love of my life was carved in my arm
As she read from the cracks and the lines worn into my palm
I said it’s all over now
Yeah, It’s all over now

She could tell I was born in the west, but I’d die in the south
It’s a wonder you made it this far, you must never get out
I said you’re telling me, sometimes, it seems, I’ve already checked out
Between the places I’ve seen and the men that I’ve been, you know It’s hard to be proud
She said it’s all over now
Yeah, it’s all over now (beacause)

Love is death