Ball and Chain

from by Aaron Semer

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    12" 140-gram black vinyl edition of 'Cape Disappointment'. Includes 11x11 album insert with complete lyrics and photos, and mp3 download card.

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    Cardboard sleeve CD edition of ‘Cape Disappointment’.

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    Illustration by the phenomenal Simon Flöter of Amsterdam. Heather Gray BELLA + CANVAS t-shirt with Navy Blue print. Material: 90% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton, 10% poly, 32 single 4.2 oz. (100% No Sweatshops & Eco-Friendly)
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lyrics

My parents say that I gotta get myself into college
They say that if I don’t, I ain’t gonna amount to a good god damn
But they ain’t got the money to pay for my tuition
So I’ll be going into debt for life to my Uncle Sam

Get out the ball and chain
Get out the ball and chain
I wanna hook up that ball and chain
And never be free again

I’ve been thinkin’ that I got a little bit too much freedom
I stay out all night with whatever lady I choose
But this ol’ heart, it’s developing that sinkin’ feeling
So I’ve been shopping for a wedding ring in the shape of a noose

Well it seems to me that paying rent is a fool’s game
Feels like every month I’m just throwin’ my money away
So I found a nice little house and I put down a payment
And now the market’s gone to hell and I’m stuck like a ball to a chain

I’ve been thinkin’ that I’ve been doin’ a little too much drinkin’
Well, it used to fun be fun but now it’s just somethin’ that I gotta do
And it ain’t havin’ the same effect on me that it used to
So I’m gonna be lookin’ for a harder drug real soon

credits

from Cape Disappointment, released November 15, 2019
Aaron Semer – vocals, acous. guitar, percussion
Kevin Bean – harmonica
Colin J. Nelson – percussion
The Disappointers – backing vocals, claps

Produced by Aaron Semer and Colin J. Nelson
Recorded and Mixed at Her Car by Colin J. Nelson, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Saff Mastering, Chicago, IL

Music and lyrics by Aaron Semer, © 2019, BMI

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Aaron Semer Seattle, Washington

"Semer draws from the tradition of the best singer/songwriters in that he can write about any variety of topics and make it all seem too easy. With Cape Disappointment, he deserves a seat at the table alongside Jeff Tweedy, Steve Earle, Warren Zevon, and John Prine. He's that good." - PopMatters ... more

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