Breaking Up & Down

by The Good

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"The band first came to my attention in the early 1990's... but time has proven them to be much improved. Greatly, as a matter of fact. The new disc is titled "Breaking Up & Down" and it has some songs on it that are masterful. I mean absolutely." —Richard Milne, WXRT Radio, Chicago, April, 2000

"Boy meets girl happens to everybody. Boy and girl fall madly in love is a possibility. Boy and girl encounter no obstacles on their way to eternal happiness. Right. Being cheated on, getting played for fools, going unnoticed by the object of our affection. The relationship game is tough, confusing and frustrating - anything but everlasting love and dreams come true. But it's certainly no reason to give up. Chicago rock band The Good knows this. And with their new album, Breaking Up and Down, they have created a wickedly clever soundtrack for the more embarrassing moments of dating, romance and commitment." —Buzz Magazine, Champaign, IL, May 2000

"Stalwart local band The Good, now a four-piece with singer/songwriter/guitarists Devin Arkin and Tony Rogers, Dave Rothkopf on bass, and John Goodman on drums, prove their mettle with their third and best release, Breaking Up & Down. Too smart for its own good, this band continues to drum out clever pop-rock songs, inject humor, ingenuity, and brain power into a genre that sorely needs it." —Gwen Ihnat, Illinois Entertainer, August 2000

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released March 28, 2000

All songs written by Tony Rogers and Devin Arkin, except "One More Show," which was written by Tony Rogers, Devin Arkin, and Dave Rothkopf. Performed by Tony Rogers (vocals, guitar), Devin Arkin (vocals, guitar), Dave Rothkopf (bass, guitar), John Goodman (drums). Analog synth on tracks 2, 6, and 14 by Mike DeAngelis. Recorded by Scott Ramsayer & The Good. Mastered by Roger Seibel. Bricks and rugs by Doug Pletcher.

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The Good is the creation of singer / songwriters Tony Rogers (tonyrogers.bandcamp.com) and Devin Arkin (who died from brain cancer in late 2016), joined by John Scholvin (guitar), Dave Rothkopf (bass), and John Goodman (drums). The band began making waves on the Chicago music scene in the early 90's; they've released 4 critically acclaimed full length studio albums, and more. ... more

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Track Name: Rebounder
He loved you from the day I met you,
But you loved me so what was he to do?
Hang around and hope he'd get his yet.
You can't have too many friends.

Broad shoulders, perfect to cry on.
I gave you a reason to cry.
But you're not teary anymore.
Now I know why.

Right place. Right time. Right after I found her.
He stayed. She'd trade me for the rebounder.

Loved you from the day I met you.
Hung around and hoped he'd get you.
Gave you reasons, I upset you.

He serenades you with his guitar,
Plucking heartstrings I can't pull.
So I write songs I hope get me far.
Where is that, anyway?

I put you in the window.
He was bound to see.
But I never thought the day would come when
You liked him more'n me.

Right place. Right time. Right after he found her
In pieces, he plays song of the rebounder.

Serenades you with his guitar.
I write songs that won't get me far.
He don't know what you and we are.

Boxed me out. He's got position. He's a missionary.
Call a foul, offensive rebound. Quick, before they marry.

Wrong chase. Wrong line. Wrong after I left her.
Too late. New mate. His song sounded better.
Hm.
Track Name: I'm A Boy
I can't get away with anything
'Cause I'm a boy.
Can't pretend like something's happening
'Cause I'm a boy.

If I were a girl, I'd be interesting
To all of the people who were listening
'Cause I dig girls and girls dig girls
So everybody'd love me.

I don't get to play just anything
'Cause I'm a boy.
Can't depend on tail or fashioning
'Cause I'm a boy.

If I were a girl, I'd be interesting
To all of the people who were listening
'Cause I dig girls and girls dig girls
So everybody'd love me.

If I were, but I'm not.
A raw deal's what I got,
Not pretty.

I feel pretty, so pretty, I feel la la la la la.
Track Name: The Deal
Your grandmother said,
Don't give your milk away or he'll never buy the cow.
So what do you do?
You ask me up to belly up, insist you're not for sale anyhow.

Fine by me, so long as you mean it.
Trust me, pal, I've seen it before.

Do you love me?
Do you like me?
Do you really feel okay about the deal?
Why do you want to kiss me only
If you don't want to be my only?
Girl, are you for real?

It's different for girls, but you won't admit it.
You brag you're man's best friend.
But when I kiss you, you close your eyes to fantasize.
I wonder who you see in your head.

Someone you know?
Maybe just an actor?
Am I just your back door man?

Do you love me?
Do you like me?
Do you really feel okay?
Are you for real?
Why did you want to only kiss me
When I said I want to be only friends,
Then change the deal?

Was this your idea or mine?
Let's just do this one more time?

Do you love me?
Do you like me?
Do you really feel okay about the deal?
Why do you want to kiss me only
If you don't want to be my only?
Girl, are you for real?

Do you love me?
Do you like me?
Do you really feel okay about the deal?
(Do you lie?)
Why do you want to see me crazy
Can it be the only way we know
We can feel?
Track Name: Star Now
Hello, Barbara, it's me again.
I called you 'cause I saw you on TV again.
They called you marvelous and I agree with them.
If I skip to the end, I bet you'll get yours yet.

I guess you're a star now, Barbara.
Have a cigar now, Barbara.
Celebrate. I don't hate you for it,
But you always said we'd be a constellation.

It's no mystery what your show's about.
And it's funny how your character was never in doubt
When you were kissing me. And I'm not calling you out,
But will your lips give me credit for your statuette?

I guess you're a star now, Barbara.
Have a cigar now, Barbara.
Celebrate. I don't hate you for it,
But you always said we'd be a constellation.

We never thought that we would make it past
Our same old low budget movie of the week.
We were only half-right, now I'm fading fast,
Holding a line that you won't speak.

I guess you're a star now, Barbara.
Have a cigar now, Barbara.
Celebrate. I don't hate you for it,
But you always said you'd be my consolation.
Track Name: Sadderday
Slim and just deserted single white female seeks single right me.
Lonely and perverted Saturday night, she was no Ally McBeal.
Left her head over heel.

But then my Sunday was a sadder day.
Put my faith in Monday, hoping for you.
All of my friends say to make the hay.
But, hey, I'm waiting for you.
'Til then, she'll do.

At the Leopard Lounge with Buddy, my wingman, made me look really good.
Look at what we found, kinda slutty dingbat.
If I didn't she would with some unscrupulous dude.

But then my Sunday was a sadder day.
Put my faith in Monday, hoping for you.
All of my friends say to make the hay.
But, hey, I'm waiting for you.
'Til then, she'll do.

Each and every action has an equal short-term satisfaction.
You can't tell the reaction if every time you burn your lesson.
If you get caught by passion, you better watch your back, son.
Yeah.

Saturdating blind.
Fixed up by Mother.
You're the girl of my dreams.
Waited long to find you, forsook others.
We'd make such a good team.
Are you as cool as you seem?

But then my Sunday was a sadder day.
She called her friend Kay, she hated me.
It seems that one day, I got Kay to stay.
Never called her again.
Never again, Amen.
Track Name: Fight Song
You tell me that you want me to shove it up my ugly
Astrodome of ego, I don't know what you mean so
I take a chance and ask why I became the bad guy.
You tell me if I can't guess then I just failed my last test.

How'd you get so burned before the sun today?
How did you get burned before the sun came?
How'd you get so burned before the sun today?
Sun today, the sun...

I got something you might need.
I don't know why you fight me.

Later in a good mood, you apologize for being rude
Yesterday and I say I understand, it's okay.
We talk about the way we fight and how we need to be right.
But then it takes a grim turn. I wonder why I don't learn.

How'd you get so burned before the sun today?
How did you get burned before the sun came?
How'd you get so burned before the sun today?
Sun today, the sun...

I got something you might need.
I don't know why you fight me.

You need me to need you more than you need me.

Well that's one thing you might need.
And, I suppose, why you fight me.
Track Name: You Have 3 Messages
Hey, don't you know me by now?
You can't get away with that with me, not now.
You can't get away from under my big thumb.
No way. Did you think I'd become dumb?

I feel so dumb today.
I let you get away from me, with him.
You say, "He won't treat me this way.
He doesn't fear the shame."
You say he doesn't play the same blame game.
Shame, shame on me.
Shame, shame....
What's-his-name doesn't play the same game.

I'm game to see you now.
It doesn't have to be a big deal.
We'll find that place we got swept away,
Back against the wall.
Okay, so I can't have it all.
Call.
Track Name: Kinda Forget You
Her I.D. says she's "Belinda"

She studies me like I'm Bond, James Bond.
Ushers me with her magic wand.
Waves it around me and I don't make a sound.

I can feel the attraction between us.
Tells me she's sorry, she's just
Testing my metal so I make like a gun
With my hand, all in fun.

Sunday, when I'm standing on the runway
I'm a thousand bonus miles away
And I kind of forget you.

You'd say that the area is not gray.
I'm not close enough to hear anyway
So I try to forget you.

Soon... I'll be comin' home soon.

Her I.D. says she's "Selena"

She fluffs the pillow for my head.
"Let's have a cocktail now instead."
I tell her she looks like one of the friends from Friends

Serving the man in 13B,
She sees the light then comes back to me.
When I get off, she wants to see me again
So I slip her a fin.

Sunday, when I'm standing on the runway...

Baby did you miss me after such a time?
I was working over, now is that such a crime?
Know that you're my only.
Were you lonely just like I was?
How could I make it up to you?
Track Name: Diamond Blue
Don't worry about my ticker.
Just help me come back quicker.
Or maybe we can trick her to thinking I was never gone.

Yellow moon, green clovers, pink hearts don't make lovers.
To give me a do-over, I need another lucky charm.

Diamond blue, last forever...
Help me lie with you again and again.
Don't let me fall when duty calls.
Stand up for me.

A burst of manly power will be here in an hour.
She won't need a cold shower 'cause I'll give her what she needs.
I'll finally make the grade, keep promises I made.
If only I'd get laid I'd show how I can plant the seeds.

Diamond blue, last forever...
Help me lie with you again and again.
Don't let me fall when Judy calls.
Stand up for me.

A miracle from Pfizer, my bunny energizer will be the gem that buys her.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend.

Oh, little diamond blue, I can't love without you.
So what am I to do if I can't find a doctor who
Will try to understand I'm young but half a man?
Without a helping hand I'll...

Diamond blue, last forever...
Help me lie with you again and again.
Don't let me fall when beauty calls.
Stand up with diamond blue, last forever...
Help me lie with you again and again.
Don't let me fall when booty calls.
Stand up for me.
Track Name: Steven Ramey
My name is Steven.
Steven Ramey.
I was a singer 'till 1987.
I never even heard them play me.
Such a dreamer.
I had maybe 10 real fans.

There's a baby named after me.
And now this song is named after he.
You'll catch on eventually.

Steven Ramey, yeah yeah yeah.

My name is Steven.
Steven Ramey.
And I was born in 1987.
My dad's a heathen so he made me into his idol.
With what he named me, anyway.

There's a baby named after he.
And now this song is named after me.
You'll catch on eventually.

Steven Ramey, yeah yeah yeah.

How many people passed on me?
(Can I be what they conceived?)
And what will it take to set me free?

Maybe our legacy Is that a song is named after we
And we'll catch on eventually.
Track Name: Something You Said
I can't remember why I quit you,
For that matter why we started.
It was December, and 30 hit you.
I caught you off your heart, and

Now I sit on the bus and wonder
How and what and who you're doin'.
Of all the places to go in this town,
You had to go where I was goin'.

I don't believe in fate
But I hate to think that it's nothing.
So relieved when you turned into me and didn't turn away.
And now even though I can't face you,
At least I've got your face in my head
With something you said.

My house is not a home since you left it.
It's not worth the time for just me.
We were good but you needed someone to bless it.
I just needed you to trust me.

And now I tap on these keys and wait for
The tones that tell me that we're chattin'.
It doesn't matter if I'm in or outside.
We'll find a way to touch or get back in.

I don't believe in fate
But I hate to think that it's nothing.
So relieved when you turned into me and didn't turn away.
And now as I try to replace you,
Did someone take my place in your bed
With something he said?

I'm not sure why we cross paths
When we both know that we must crash.

I don't believe in fate
But I hate to think that it's nothing.
So relieved when you turned into me and didn't turn away.
And now as I try to erase you,
I hear the words you said in my head.
I wish I were dead.
Just something you said.
Track Name: Jenny's Jones
Georgia plopped down after school today.
Peter Brady took her far away
From the kids in the class who told her, go take a shower.
You're ruining our fun and games.

You can't make me what you said I would be.
I won't come back to the day.
Put your hands up on the color TV.
Turn me on, don't turn away.

Georgia struts for Jenny's jones today.
Neon hot pants, see-thru lingerie.
And the kids in the class are back to see how she's flowered.
They'd never be soured for the fame.

You can't make me what you said I would be...

If you're a loser and you want your friends to know,
Just call this number and we'll put you on our show.

Give me a hand.
(Talk to the hand.)
Track Name: All Right, I Don't Care
I'm packing up my guitar and I'm moving to the suburbs.
I'd rather be without you even if there's no another.

It's all right, I don't care anymore.
It's all right, if I've opened a door.
I don't care if another one closed.
It's all right if I end up alone.

I'm rolling up my cables and I'm leaving this city.
I don't wanna run into you and have to be witty.

It's all right, I don't care anymore.
It's all right, if I've opened a door.
I don't care if another one closed.
It's all right if I end up alone.

How 'bout my new velvet Elvis painting?
How 'bout my painting?

All right, I don't care.
Track Name: Space Machine
Come and take a ride in my space machine.
It's a gas inside of my automobean.
'Cause it's a bigger trip than Star Trek and it's cooler than James Dean.

Yeah, you want it.
You know that it's a comet.
Everybody jump in my space machine.


Ooh, yeah, step on it.
You cannot outrun it.
Come and take a ride in my space machine.

Running from the law in my space machine.
Everybody saw; now I won't come clean.
Well, if the ticket booth attendant hadn't acted so pristine...

Yeah, you want it...

I'm cut off.
Can't get ahold of me.
I'm so cut off, you can't get ahold of me.
I'm wearing cut-offs my Aunt Greta sold to me.

Suddenly they've found me in my space machine.
Faster, faster, right and left, my motor screams.
And now the woman in the Honda makes her little fist obscene.
Track Name: One More Show
I took her to see Eddie Vedder
But she didn't treat me any better.
Right after the concert in the parking lot,
Bought two bootleg T-shirts with one Ten.
I said tomorrow we could both look really hot.
She took both and gave one to her best girlfriend
And now she's beating her breast with a promise.
Begs to be my guest to Tori and Alanis.

If you can't get love for free, how low can you go?
I dig so deep down 'cause she won't tell me no.

One more show and she's ready to go...
One more show and she's ready to go...
Okay if we call it a date?
Let everybody think so.

So, what do you want me to say? I'm a sucker.
Thought that if I paid, she'd let me
Tuck her in after she's had her bedtime pray.
Have you been a naughty girl again?
Can't believe she ditched me at the Metro Saturday.
She must think my weak constitution can't amend.
And now she's crawling to me like a baby.
Needs a ticket for free...

I said, "You can pay me."
She said, "Come on, baby."
I said, "You can pay me."
She said, "You won't make me."
I said, "You can't play me!"
She said, "You can take me tonight."

If you can't get love for free, how much should you blow?
I dig so deep down 'cause she won't tell me no.

One more show and she's ready to go...
One more show and she's ready to go...
Okay if we call it a date?
Let everybody think so.

So what?