Chasing the Ghost

by Ducky Boys

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about

Rock ‘n’ roll mainstays the Ducky Boys are back with their first album in six years, Chasing the Ghost.

The fan-favorite lineup that wrote and performed on the band’s seminal Three Chords and the Truth and its follow up, The War Back Home, returns for this record. Written chiefly by singer/bassist Mark Lind, these songs deal with trials, heartache, pain and redemption with his usual nerve and honesty.

However, the album does bring some new elements to the band’s sound: The last four Ducky Boys studio albums were produced with Jim Siegel at the Outpost, whose sound was in many ways the signature of the 90’s Boston Street Punk scene. Looking to infuse the album with some fresh energy, Chasing the Ghost was recorded in several studios around Boston, utilizing some of the city’s most talented engineers. Most notably, the album was recorded in part was mixed and mixed by Benny Grotto (The Dresden Dolls, Ben Folds) at Mad Oak Studios in Allston.

This record pushes the boundaries and raises the stakes for the Ducky Boys - and not just musically. The band has cast aside the shelter of an outside label, releasing and distributing Chasing the Ghost through their own State Line Records. The goal of this imprint is to create a model which will allow the band to record what they want to, when they want to; to release music from other bands which they enjoy and support; and to support the fanbases and independent music outlets that are critical for real music to be heard and spread.

In many ways, Chasing the Ghost is the definitive Ducky Boys album. The band’s growing in new directions, as always - but they’re still doing what they do best: knocking you over and picking you up, one song at a time.

credits

released 17 January 2012
Mark Lind: Vocals, Bass, Guitars
Jason Messina: Drums
Douglas Sullivan: Guitars, Vocals

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Track Name: New Chapter
I’m clearing the shelf. I’m wiping the slate
Cuz I don’t know how much more hurting I can take
I’ve spent all my life behind walls and these masks
And all of the pain keeps on circling back
Now is the time. The road forward is clear
Now is the time. There’s no room to fear
Someday we might find all the things that we’re after
But this is a new chapter

What good is a lesson if there’s nothing you can take from it?
What good is a broken heart if you’re never gonna tend to it?
Now is the time. The road forward is clear
Now is the time. There’s no room to fear
I put down the bottle and I threw down the crutch
And I now I gotta figure out how to get back up
Someday we might find all the things that we’re after
But this is a new chapter
Track Name: Nobody's Home
Fuck you and the world because I am through
Fuck you and the world because I am through

Have you ever lived under a cloudy sky?
Have you ever woken up and wondered why?
Have you ever wanted to lie down and die?

Fuck you and the world because I am through
Fuck you and the world because I am through
You’ve reached out but there ain’t nobody home
So leave your message at the sound of the tone
I’m in the kitchen with a razor to my wrist

Chemically altered not to see on down the road
Against the wall and I’ve got no place to go
A side effect but, tell me, how was I to know?

Fuck you and the world because I am through
Fuck you and the world because I am through
And there ain’t nothing that anyone can do
You’ve reached out but there ain’t nobody home
So leave your message at the sound of the tone
I’m in the kitchen with a razor to my wrist
Seconds away from bringing it to an end

If you’ve been there then you probably know what I mean
If you’re there right now then step back please
You’ve got tomorrow and a reason. Can’t you see?

You’ve reached out but there ain’t nobody home
So leave your message at the sound of the tone
You’ve reached out but there ain’t nobody home
So leave your message at the sound of the tone
We’ll see each other somewhere further down the road
Don’t worry for me cuz I’ve got no plans to go
Track Name: Won't You Come Home
When I first met you you were just a little too young for me
But you stuck it out through my darkest time and you gave me a reason to believe
Things just haven’t been the same since you had enough of me
I feel like I’m only half a man and it ain’t the half I want to be

Won’t you come home, my baby?
Won’t you come home, my baby?
Won’t you come home? And maybe, baby, you’ll see
That things can turn out the way that you thought they’d be

Every morning I wake up to find an empty bed
There’s a box that sits in the corner where I gathered up all of your things
I know that I’ve got my walls, my darling, and you’re not the first to say
That breaking through can be difficult but I promise that you’re on your way

Won’t you come home, my baby?
Won’t you come home, my baby?
Won’t you come home? And maybe, baby, you’ll see
That things can turn out the way that you thought they’d be

I know you made a tough decision and it’s hard to turn back now
But life is short. You only get one chance. And I hope that you will somehow
You know I’d never ask you something that I wouldn’t give in return
So try it out, give it a shot and I promise that you won’t get burned

Won’t you come home, my baby?
Won’t you come home, my baby?
Won’t you come home? And maybe, baby, you’ll see
Won’t you come home, my baby?
Won’t you come home, my baby?
Won’t you come home? And maybe, baby, you’ll see
That things can turn out the way that you thought they’d be
Track Name: Surrogates
One more for the money lenders, now
One more for the king
I say one for the war machine
And that leaves one more for me
Don’t fall apart
No crumbling hearts
No failing institutions
Thy will be done
It’s no worse than
what any one of you did

Each generation knows the end is near
But each one still sees their kids grow old
You’re working through a world that’s forgotten wrong and right
Be not afraid, you’re not alone

When we were seventeen our hearts were made of gold
Saw how the world erodes but that seemed so far from home
Give up the ghost once you’re almost done paying restitution
To those who govern us
Those who’ve forgotten us

If all those sirens keep you up at night
Know we still have so much to learn
If you could just get back that job you lost last night
If it’s like you against the world
Just remember right here, you’re home
Right here, you’re not alone
Track Name: I Guess I'm Broken
I can't think of many things that are sadder than the thought of growing old and dying out on my own. I can't think of much that makes me gladder than waking up every morning with you in my arms. It just wasn't meant to be. You being there with me.

I guess I'm broken
And I said I'd never let them break me, didn't I?

I'm just a little baffled when as far as I could tell I always tried to do you right.
I know there's nothing sure in life except love is sharper than the sharpest knife

I guess I'm broken
And I said I'd never let them break me, didn't I?

Knowing that once I had her will torment me until the day I die and turn to bones
It just wasn't meant to be

I guess I'm broken
And I said I'd never let them break me, didn't I?
I guess I'm broken
And I said I'd never let them break me, didn't I?
Track Name: Getting Better
There ain't a fella alive that hasn't swallowed his pride
and kept his mouth shut while he broke
But we all have imagined what could be happening
When your ladies packs up and she goes
She could be sitting at home with tears in her eyes
Wishing that you would just call
But in all of our minds she’s out having good times
With some guy chasing after your girl

Don't you know I feel your pain?
I've been right there again and again
Heartache ain't a thing I'd recommend

It's getting better all of the time
The morning's getting brighter after every night

The first time around it stings like hell
But one day you'll wake up and you’re feeling all well
The next time it will still hurt some but
Look at all the distance you've come
One day it will bite you and might even delight you
That's the day that you’re moving on

Don't you know I feel your pain?
I've been right there again and again
Heartache ain't a thing I'd recommend

It's getting better all of the time
The morning's getting brighter after every night
You can worry if it's what you need
You can question everything you believed but
It's getting better all of the time
Track Name: You Sing the Chorus
All these years I've been chasing
Chasing down the ghost
Singing songs that add up to nothing
That's just the way it goes
Now you sing the chorus, I'll sing the verse yeah
Give me a few to see if I can write some words

We’ll go on straight to tomorrow together come what may.
We’ll go on like there’s no tomorrow
Let the music take us away

All those times I said the wrong things
They were only words
I should've just said I loved you
I guess I'll never learn
Now you sing the chorus, I'll sing the verse yeah
And it will take us miles from all the pain in the world

We’ll go on straight to tomorrow together come what may.
We’ll go on like there’s no tomorrow
Let the music take us away

Someday you might forget me. I won’t forgive myself.

I might be three minutes from greatness but I won't hold my breath
And you might just walk back in that door and pick it up where we left off
Where you sing the chorus, I'll sing the verse yeah
And we could live happily forever more

We’ll go on straight to tomorrow together come what may.
We’ll go on like there’s no tomorrow
Let the music take us away
We’ll go on straight to tomorrow together come what may.
We’ll go on like there’s no tomorrow
Let the music take us away
Take me away
Track Name: An Angel Like You
I was walking so blind
And I was drunk right out of my mind
Until I found an angel like you
I found an angel like you

I was living a lie
And I was chasing the specter of time
And you were standing right there all the time
And I found an angels like you
I found an angel like you
Yeah I found an angel like you
Thank God I found an angel like you

And I found an angel like you
Yeah I found an angel like you
Thank God I found an angel like you
I found an angel like you

I was walking so blind
And you were standing right there all the time
And I found an angel like you
I found an angel like you
Yeah I found an angel like you
Thank God I found an angel like you
Track Name: Cure Me
They say that time heals all wounds
Then why do mine seem like they grow
I'm waking up every morning
Angrier than ever before
My brother told me that as he gets older
He's finding a new ways he can cope
Me, as I'm growing older I'm realizing there isn't hope at all

Won't you kill me?
Or won't you cure me?
Anyone?
Won't you kill me?
Or won't you cure me?
Anyone at all?

For a moment's time it seemed like I had someone
that I could trust
but just like all the others before her
she was looking for an exit out
And now I'm searching for a reason why
When it don't really matter at all
Cuz no matter how I choose to slice it
I just end up with the same result each time

Won't you kill me?
Or won't you cure me?
Anyone?
Won't you kill me?
Or won't you cure me?
Track Name: Goodbye and Good Luck
I guess I can't blame you for being impressed
with the way they talk and the way they dress
but their cocaine and handshakes
won't make a difference when you need it
What's on your mind when you lay alone?
Do you fear the now and the great unknown?
When the wolf comes out on the hunt,
baby, will you feed it?

Goodbye and good luck, my Queen Jane
Goodbye and good luck and I wish for you no pain
Goodbye and good luck, my Queen Jane

I can see you've got a desperate heart
You're insecure and unsure to start
But you're looking in all the wrong places, kid
Tell me, can't you see it?

Goodbye and good luck, my Queen Jane
Goodbye and good luck and I wish for you no pain
Goodbye and good luck, my Queen Jane

I guess I can't blame you for being impressed
with the way they talk and the way they dress
so fill me up another shot of whiskey, sir.
Cuz I think I need it

Goodbye and good luck, my Queen Jane
Goodbye and good luck and I wish for you no pain
Goodbye and good luck, my Queen Jane
Track Name: Hey Liberty
Hey Liberty, I know that you got your problems
But you won't find solutions on the money side of a knife
Hey Liberty, I know that you feel like you're falling
But that's a cold part of this trip that we know as life

Yeah we've got these shredded hearts in common
But the solution for me is the solution for you
And that's to keep going cuz we’re gonna all pull through

Hey Liberty, I know that you got your problems
You walked in on your sister while she's swinging there from a line
Hey Liberty, that ain't no way to solve them
So put down the pills and get on back to living life

Yeah we've got these shredded hearts in common
Sliced to ribbons by the razorblades of our pasts
Yeah we've got these shredded hearts in common
But the solution for me is the solution for you
And that's to keep going cuz we’re gonna all pull through

Hey Liberty, I know you felt a little betrayal
You found your friend and man were trading secrets in the night
Hey Liberty, I know that made a decision
But keep looking towards the future and everything will end alright

Yeah we've got these shredded hearts in common
Sliced to ribbons by the razorblades of our pasts
Yeah we've got these shredded hearts in common
But the solution for me is the solution for you
And that's to keep going cuz we’re gonna all pull through
Track Name: I Lied
I've got a confession to make, a secret I can't keep
A little something just to get off my chest so please unburden me
Do you still remember the times when I'd sing you off to sleep?
That was just to get rid of you so I could find a little peace

When I said I loved you I lied
I guess it was just something I thought at the time

All the times we walked in the night
holding hands and feeling alright
I was just dying inside, killing time
and waiting for the chance, waiting for the chance for flight

When I said I loved you I lied
I guess it was just something I thought at the time
When I said I loved you I lied
I guess it was just something I thought at the time

You said to write a song in your name
You said to write a song in your name
So here you go with your little claim to fame

Suburban girl goes slumming it with a mixed up city man
Thinking you could cure my pain but then you found out you can't
I ain't saying that it wasn't fun while you gave it the best you had
I'm just saying I'll remember you as hole in my past

When I said I loved you I lied
I guess it was just something I thought at the time
When I said I loved you I lied
I guess it was just something I thought at the time
Track Name: That Which Doesn't Kill Me
You can go ahead and clip my wings
You can go ahead and slice my throat
And I'll just keeping on moving down the road
I'm like a bee keeper that's been stung so much
that I don't even feel it no more
And I'll just keep on moving on down the road

That which doesn't kill me
Can only make me stronger
That which doesn't kill me helps me carry on

Flames can't burn me and my heart won't break
And I'll fall asleep where I can lay my head
And I'll just keep moving on down the road
Friends can stab me right in the back
And their crazy girls can go on the attack but
I'll just keep moving on down the road

That which doesn't kill me
Can only make me stronger
That which doesn't kill me helps me carry on

You can take your ball and head on home
You can, you can ignore me when I call your phone
I'll just keep moving on down the road

That which doesn't kill me
Can only make me stronger
That which doesn't kill me helps me carry on
That which doesn't kill me
Can only make me stronger
That which doesn't kill me helps me carry on
Track Name: Feeling Alive
Ain't it funny how it all pans out?
We're all just a moment in time
I've got a moment that I'd like to share with you
Mirror mirror on the wall, can you tell me where she's sleeping tonight?
Is she lying in the arms of someone so much fairer than I?

I don't need a lot of words to sing
All I need are a couple of chords
I can't tell you how I'll wake up tomorrow
But tonight...I'm feeling alive

A shot of whiskey came to take me away and it brought a little peace of mind
But the water underneath raged despite that coating of ice
And I sobered up one morning and I realized there was much more to life

I don't need a lot of words to sing
All I need are a couple of chords
I can't tell you how I'll wake up tomorrow
But tonight...I'm feeling alive

Just one more night or one more year
Just one more drink, girl, then I won’t care
Just one more night or one more year

We all fall down sometimes
We all fall down sometimes
But getting up takes some time

I don't need a lot of words to sing
All I need are a couple of chords
I can't tell you how I'll wake up tomorrow
But tonight...I'm feeling alive
Track Name: Medicine
Gimme a little taste of medicine then I'll be on my way
Gimme a little taste of medicine then I'll be on my way
Why must it cut so deep just to make me sing this way?

Gimme a stay of execution and then I'll be on my way
Give me a year or two to calm my nerves then send me on my way
Back to the gutter where these three chords can play

Ain’t that the way?
Ain’t that the way?

Gimme something that will dull the edge and cut back on the pain
Gimme something that will dull the edge and then I'll be on my way
Back to the deep end to see if I can swim

Ain’t that the way?
Ain’t that the way?

Gimme a little taste of medicine then I'll be on my way
Gimme a little taste of medicine then I'll be on my way
Why must it cut so deep just to make me sing this way?
I'll just unplug right now and walk off silently
With serenity
If it saves the day
If it keeps me sane
Track Name: The Sweetest Girl
There's nowhere else I'd rather be than anywhere as long as you're with me
That's the truth and I can't let it be
I might seem like I'm somewhere else but all along I've watched my heart melt
to a pool that's now drowning me

I'm just a man. You're just a girl.
But you're the sweetest girl in the world
C'mon, baby, give it all to me

I keep thinking about how you're out there, time is ticking and I'm right here
This ain't the way that it was supposed to be
You're a little younger. I'm a little old. I'm a little bitter. I'm a little cold
You bring a little warmth to me.

I'm just a man. You're just a girl.
But you're the sweetest girl in the world
C'mon, baby, give it all to me
And I can't dream about another day
Because when I just close my eyes and see your face
C'mon baby bring it back to me

I'm just a man. You're just a girl.
But you're the sweetest girl in the world
C'mon, baby, give it all to me
And I can't dream about another day
Because when I just close my eyes and see your face
C'mon baby bring it back to me
C'mon baby bring it back to me
C'mon baby bring it back to me
Track Name: There's Always Another Way
As a boy I was abandoned
Beaten down and then tossed away
Now as a man I'm still here standing
But I’m fucking up along the way
I believe that there'll be a better time
Til then I'm fine

I see the road to my salvation
And it's a word that been tough to reach
That word is love and it stings so badly
And it gave me scars that I'm gonna keep
I believe that there'll be a better time
Til then I'm fine

There's always another way
There's always another way
I'll try to just keep on keeping-on
For a better day

I only know the roads I've traveled
And those roads are dark and dangerous
I play my cards close to my vest, dear
But that's a favor to both of us
I believe there'll be a better time
Til then I'm fine

There's always another way
There's always another way
I'll try to just keep on keeping-on
For a better day