L.A. Was Our Alamo



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"One of the album's best songs is 'Love Is Such a Hard Way.' It's a thought-provoking, honest musing on the subject of love with the band's laid back, rootsy mid-tempo rock sound at its very best. If you need further proof that Pushstart Wagon can craft a good song, look no further than the acoustic "Los Angeles," a poignant look at big city loneliness."

- www.loconotion.net

"'L.A. Was Our Alamo' is a nice blend of pop (still with some power behind it), a bit of blues, a smattering of country and plenty of folk rock."


Album Tracks & Lyrics

  • Paul

  • 30 seconds looking away
    30 years of saying some other day
    And you never thought
    you'd be the replacement
    You said Jesus wouldn't
    buy you no smokes
    He wouldn't laugh at all
    your off color jokes
    But you keep coming back
    like a hearse Cadillac
    To the funeral home
    that you took out on loan

    No hearts too hard
    You can't break it in two
    And when it breaks
    You come all unglued…

    You replaced all the
    lights in your van
    Then you replaced the guys
    who played in your band
    And you never thought
    you'd be the replacement

    You said Jesus wouldn't
    buy you no smokes
    He wouldn't laugh at all
    your off color jokes
    But you keep coming back
    like a hearse Cadillac
    To the funeral home
    that you took out on loan

    No hearts too hard
    You can't break it in two
    And when it breaks
    And you come all unglued

    Where do you think you're going?
    Where are you coming from?
    Who will you be tomorrow?
    Who were you last night?
    Where do you think you'll get off?
    So you might as well just give in
    so you might as well just give in
    Cause you're never gonna get away
    Away, away…

    No hearts too hard
    You can't break it in two
    And when it breaks
    And you come all unglued…
    No hearts too hard
    You can't try and stop it
    Like a rolling stone
    No hearts too hard
  • Radiation

  • I had a vision of the future from L.A.
    I finally found out why the people overpay
    The resurrection of Hollywood life is on the way
    I had a vision of the future from L.A.

    It's the Radiation
    Radiation...

    I was sittin' playin' cards at Pink's Cafe
    Jesus, James Dean, and John asked to play
    The cards were dealt, the die was cast what could I say?
    In my vision of the future from L.A.

    It's the Radiation
    Radiation...
    It's the Radiation
    Come on, sing it loud
    Radiation...

    Took a tanker of holy water and some lemonade
    Sprinkled hookers, bums, and hipsters in the street crusade
    Billy Graham and Elton John sang songs to save
    Bono was the first to change his wicked ways

    Radiation, It's the Radiation
    Radiation, It's the Radiation
    Radiation, It's the Radiation
    Not the way you draw a crowd
    It's the Radiation

    In my dreams we all held hands
    We all sang songs of forgetfulness
    In my dreams we left the stands
    Everybody join the band!

    Radiation, It's the Radiation
    Radiation, It's the Radiation
    Radiation, It's the Radiation
    Not the way you draw a crowd
    Not the way you speak out loud
    Not the way you stand up proud
    Not the way you stand up proud

    I got a vision of the future from L.A.
  • Country Star

  • May these words I speak to you never be a lie
    And the things I say I'll do never pass you by
    May I never sell these songs that I wrote for you
    To a country star who sings 'em out of tune

    Yippy yi yay, yippy yi yay

    May I never leave this house with anger in my heart
    May I never take my time when that time is yours
    May I never try to be something I can't be
    I'm no country star and I could never sing

    Yippy yi yay, yippy yi yay

    May these hands that play guitar never make a fist
    May I never strike a chord that's striking out to hit
    May the music that I play never make it in the hands
    Of a country star and a country band

    Yippy yi yay, yippy yi yay

    Did you really think I'd go that far?
    Leave this place and play some country bar?
    Pack my bags my amp and my guitar
    Did you really think I'd go that far?

    May the voices at my back never be allowed
    To keep you bottled up, to drown your voices sound
    And the hope we have in store never saddle up

    Like a country star…
  • Mary

  • I tried to make sense of a senseless act of will
    There were only questions in my house
    Why they had to kill
    Someone tell me why this happened
    Someone tell me why we're all crying
    Someone tell me this will never happen
    Someone tell me this will never happen again, again

    Someone's gonna get back to you Mary
    Someone's gonna get back to you soon
    I'm sorry if you are feeling badly
    Sitting in your room, crying in your room

    Look into my eyes again
    Tell me it's alright
    Look into the TV set
    Will Mary get a call tonight?
    Someone tell me why this happened
    Someone tell me why we're all crying
    Someone tell me this will never happen
    Someone tell me this will never happen again, again

    Someone's gonna get back to you Mary
    Someone's gonna get back to you soon
    I'm sorry if you are feeling badly
    Sitting in your room… crying in your room
  • Love is Such a Hard Way

  • I could drift away and I could blame it on
    the clock that clicks away and the unfaithful
    I had to go and lay it on your chest with all the rest
    I had to go I had to

    I could get a life and I could trade you one
    with a lifetime guarantee until you're twenty-one
    I had to go and lay it at your feet and bear the heat
    I had to go I had to

    love is such a hard way
    love is such a hard way to go

    I could shove you out or I could take you in
    to my hidden places where we could begin again
    To lay it out, to lay it on the line, this time
    I had to, yes, I had to

    And I could run away and I could curse the sun
    and point my bony finger like a skeleton
    I had to go I had to go away…away
    I had to go I had to

    Where have you been tonight?
    I'll let you back in the garden, back into Eden
    Cursing the moment, cursing the moment
    Cursing the moment of your birth
    You can curse day and night
    You can do anything you want
    Except take the easy way out

    Love is such a hard way
    Love is such a hard way
    Love is such a hard way to go
    Love is such a hard way
    to go, to go, to go
    Do not go away, don't go away
    Do not go away, away, away, away, away
    way to go
  • Breathing Room

  • I need a little space
    A place to call my own
    I can't breathe efficiently
    When I've got no room to roam
    First you sat down in my car
    Changed the presets on my radio
    And just when I got used to you
    You said you had to go

    You could put me off because I am too demanding
    Or leave me at the altar crying empty handed, empty handed, empty handed…

    I'm pursued by you, then let loose by you
    You saw me hanging and then you cut the noose in two

    You cut me in your flesh
    And carved me in your hands
    You thought of me constantly
    While I ran and ran and ran
    I took you everywhere I went
    Or was it you that was taking me
    Now I can't discern if when you caught me up
    You really set me free

    You could put me off because I am too demanding
    Or leave me at the altar crying empty handed, empty handed, empty handed…

    I'm pursued by you, then let loose by you
    You saw me hanging and then you cut the noose in two
    If I'm turning blue, I can count on you
    To give me air to breathe, and give me breathing room…
    breathing room

  • Would I Be So True

  • I'm stepping down the aisle again
    I've made mistakes before
    but now I mean it

    I've seen my friends go down before me
    I'm hoping that this will restore me in their graces…
    I look into your eyes again, and you're ok with it
    Run into your arms again, without explaining it

    I promised that I would be true
    But I broke that promise and now I'm feeling awkward
    When I took the vow I was in real deep
    And I prayed the Lord my soul to keep and he kept me…He kept me
    I look into your eyes again, and you're ok with it
    Run into your arms again, without explaining it

    Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah... I'm faking it, for all to see
    Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah... I'm mistaking it for what I believe

    See clearer with my glasses off
    So I closed my eyes and tried real hard to listen
    No heart is pure, now that's for sure
    But the odds are more and more piled up against me

    Swear that you said something
    But you just say that you were mumbling nothing... nothing at all
    Look into my eyes again

    Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah

    Got a piece of the sun and yeah I can go there, runnin' to the heat
    Got a piece of the sun and yeah I can go there, try and melt my wings
    Got a piece of the sun, and yes, I can go there, but I'll try not to melt my wings
    Got a piece of the sun, and yes, I can go there , but I'll try not to melt my wings
  • Aisle Walker

  • When you left me for the last time
    left me I was slowly goin' under, "runnin' back to you"
    If you think that I am goin' think that I'll be leavin' well you're wrong, "I'll be there for you"
    One more ticket for where I go,
    ticket and I'm runnin' out of town
    ridin' on the rail It's time I left for good, but
    One more ticket for where you've gone
    if you think I won't be comin' through, well, "I'll be there for you"

    If you never gave up on me, would I be so
    If you never walked out on me, would I be so
    If you never let me be, would I be so true…

    Jump back, sittin' in the front seat
    Rollin' down the windows I can't think that, you'd be there for me
    Drive on, headin' down the highway
    Listen to the music comin' out, gettin' even louder baby, come on baby
    Don't you think that I could understand
    Think that I could understand
    Taking me around in circles, around in circles
    Somewhere, love, I'll be waiting
    I'll be waiting there for you…if you come around

    If you never gave up on me, would I be so
    If you never walked out on me, would I be so
    If you never let me be, would I be so true…

    I feel you in my song…
  • Defend You

  • I tried to defend you but I ain't got a friend who will listen…
    I tried to protect you while they tried to dissect you with logic, with logic

    Ba-ba-ba-ba where have you gone right now when I need you?
    Ba-ba-ba-ba where have you gone when I tried to defend you?

    I tried to defend you but I act and pretend to listen…
    When you tried to explain things I made my complaint ring much louder…much louder

    Ba-ba-ba-ba where have you gone right now when I need you?
    Ba-ba-ba-ba where have you gone?
    when I tried to defend you
    Bah-ba-ba-ba where have you gone right now when I need you?
    Ba-ba-ba-ba where have you gone
    when I tried to defend you, defend you, defend you

    I can't wait to tell you why
    I can't wait to say I'm sorry
    And I can see you've drawn the line… yeah the line
    You don't need me to defend you, and that's why I…

    I try to defend you but I ain't got a friend who will listen…
    I try to alarm you, disregard, then disarm you with with logic…
    Ba-ba-ba-ba where have you gone right now when I need you?
    Ba-ba-ba-ba where have you gone? Right now
    Ba-ba-ba-ba where have you gone when I tried to defend you?
    Ba-ba-ba-ba where have you gone?
  • Teenage Bible

  • I'm so depressed 'cause I'm underdressed
    I just found the truth in the teenage bible
    On page 63, I found the teenage creed
    Lose weight, look great, look out for number one

    The beauty magazines make me feel so ugly
    The beauty magazines make me feel so…

    I'm so obsessed with the perfect breasts
    Will I ever get to be with anybody?
    On page 63, I found the teenage creed
    Lose weight, look great, look out for number one

    The beauty magazines make me feel so ugly
    The beauty magazines make me feel so bad
    If I had a dime for every line they've sold me,
    "You need to do something more to make you civilized"

    And I sang, "Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do"
    What do you want from me teenage bible?
    "Do, do, do, do, do, do, do"
    What do you want from me teenage bible?

    And I've been hanging on to what I've got
    And I've been losing it, 'cause I can't do,
    what you want me to do… do, do, do, do, do, do

    I buy tighter jeans, read teen magazines
    I'll do anything to be anybody
    'cause on page 63, I found the teenage creed
    I lost weight, I look great, I'm lookin' out for number one

    And I sang, do, do, do, do…
    What do you want from me teenage bible?
    Do, do, do, do… What do you want from me teenage bible?
    Do, do, do, do… What do you want from me teenage bible?
  • Los Angeles

  • Los Angeles, she's a lady all dressed up for a riot
    With her hand on the remote control
    She's flippin' stations, watching car chases
    Watching car chases

    Seattle, she is lonely
    Waiting in the northern woods
    Soaking wet and green
    Drinking caffeine

    New York, New York
    She's resilient and rough
    Hanging out under streetlights and laughing
    And laughing, laughing
    Laughing at the days to come
    She's laughing at the days to come

    San Francisco, she wears fishnets
    And high, high heels
    With her lips open wide as she breathes out a sigh
    Movin' slowly down the street with her back to the east
    With her heart on her sleeve and her face to the sea
    With her heart on her sleeve and her face to the sea

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