Rough Charms

by Wooden Ambulance

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All songs were recorded as a live session on 18 & 19 January, 2014. Additional instruments and voices were recorded afterwards in several recording sessions during January, August & September of the same year.
Recorded by Vladimir Grubor, Igor Hadžalić & Goran Grubišić.
Mixed by Goran Grubišić.
Mastering by Vladimir Grubor.
Everything was recorded, mixed and mastered at Studio 11 (Subotica, Serbia).

Wooden Ambulance:
Tibor Takács - clarinet, saxophone, bell
Boris Čegar – piano, organ, backing vocals
Davor Bašić Palković – bass guitar, backing vocals
Srđan Terzin – guitar, accordion, keyboards
Goran Grubišić – vocal, backing vocals, guitar, banjo guitar, xylophone, glockenspiel, shaker, hand claps, harmonica
Rudolf Kovács – drums, tambourine
Bernadett Brestyánszki – cello, flute
Dína Brestyánszki – violin

Special guest:
Anamarija Tumbas - vocals

All songs by Wooden Ambulance.
Lyrics by Goran Grubišić, except 11 by Zoran Trklja & Goran Grubišić.

Front cover photo by Filip Rađenović.
Drawings by Luka Zerdav.
Feather tattoo photo by La Prunette.
Cover design by Viktor Juriga.

We would like to kindly thank: Gruja, Anamarija, Viktor, Luka, Filip, Rijo, Coca, Hadža, Audio Solution, Zlaja, Lonče, La Prunette, everyone at Studio 11, our families and all people who helped, supported and inspired us.

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released December 27, 2014

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Wooden Ambulance Subotica, Serbia

Wooden Ambulance will crush your heart. No doubt about it.
And you will still ask for more.

After years of laughter and tears, love and drunken nights, broken strings and fingernails, Wooden Ambulance write with the intensity not many musicians have. Far north, where the vast planes meet the horizon they open their souls to play you rough chords that will charm your days to come.
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Track Name: Minimum Wage Angel
Eager enough to reel at 5 am
But I’ve got no calmness that my grandfather had
Broken spirit in those ol’ boots
Let the ache now take you there soon

I’ve been trying, but I’ve been told
That I’ve been nothing, noting good evermore
In this sky, in this scope, in this town
Where I’ve been held down for too long

There’s no need to count the costs
Through this water there’s unseen blue light
Frozen ground and goose bumps
Wash your cheek we can still make it out

I’ve been trying but I’ve been told
That I’ve achieved nothing, noting good evermore
In this sky, in this scope, in this town
Where I’ve been held down for too long

Eager enough to reel at 5 am
But I’ve got no calmness that my grandfather had
Track Name: Allowance
Where did I lose you again ‘cause I went blind
You were reckoning there all the time
While I went through shit
But nothing for nothing comes, yeah I suppose
That’s why my best wasn’t good enough

If this screams for allowance of love when the end is near
Oh I don’t care
If this cause panic pure or makes a ghost of me
Still I don’t care
If this screams for allowance of love when the end is near
Oh I don’t care
If this cause panic pure or makes a ghost of me

Where did I lose you again ‘cause I went blind
We should accomplish our do or die
And not instead
Pretending we’re okay while we're diggin' us a shallow grave
So suddenly your best love became parade of regrets

If this screams for allowance of love when the end is near
Oh I don’t care
If this cause panic pure or makes a ghost of me
Still I don’t care
If this screams for allowance of love when the end is near
Oh I don’t care
If this cause panic pure or makes a ghost of me

If this screams for allowance of love when the end is near
Oh I don’t care
If this cause panic pure or makes a ghost of me
Still I don’t care
If it takes pocket knife of your love to finish me
Oh I don’t care
If this cause panic pure or makes a ghost of me
Track Name: Rough Charms
Living life is easy. You wanna hear another bull shit?
But when I’m with you I get along any shit just okay
I’m gonna sit on a side walk and wait for you to come out from work
Oh, but when I’m with you then the small town heart burns easy

But with these rough charms I just start to feel cozy
And our love is our plan so why should I be so worried

Again gone from bad to worse and there is much more to go through
Plus when I’m with you then the small town heart burns easy
I got no friends in this town, and this town got the worst out of me
Plus when I’m with you then the small town heart burns easy

But with these rough charms I just start to feel cozy
When our love is our plan why should I be so worried?
Yeah, with rough charms I just start to feel cozy
And when enough is enough I’m just startin' and I’m not good at letting go off you

Oh, I stayed up all night and I cried myself out
‘couse when I’m with you then the small town heart burns easy
And I’m tired of dancing alone and I’m not that much into dancing tunes
Plus when I’m with you then the small town heart burns easy

But with these rough charms I just start to feel cozy
And there is love as our plan so why should I be so worried
Yeah, with these rough charms I just start to feel cozy
And when enough is enough I’m just startin' and I’m not good at letting go off you

Living life is easy. You wanna hear another bull shit?
Oh but when I’m with you I get along any shit just okay
Track Name: Stay Lost
It’s funny how this came out
But I had to find a way to do it
So I spent last money on the train
Oh you were the sweetest squirrel
And we had lot of catching up to do
But we had only three hours to make out in your mothers flat

Oh, it’s not like that
It’s just I don’t know how to do this
When I love you this much
You should be running wild, you should say something, you should start your bitching part
Rather than just stay lost
Stay lost

And I didn’t called you first few months
I just didn’t had guts to do that
But I called my ex twice
We dived into secret world of mind blowing mails and chat rolls
And I sent you too many text messages too many times drunk
While the snow fall with my gloves off

Oh, it’s not like that
It’s just I don’t know how to do this
When I love you this much
You should be running wild, you should say something, you should start your bitching part
Rather than just stay lost
Stay lost

I know mess when it’s neat, yeah I know how to blow things
Yes I’m good at fucking it up
But I forgot how sad this is
Holding on false hope, spinning on a same old dream
While I’m thinking girl how you should explode

Oh, it’s not like that
It’s just I don’t know how to do this
When I love you this much
You should be running wild, you should say something, you should start your bitching part
Rather than just stay lost
Stay lost
Track Name: Sidewalk
And you are about to fuckin’ break me
And I just thought you were giving up off me
‘cause I’m nothing special like you can see
But you have plenty time to see that not just this

And you can go girl with this on and on
Or you can try and use someone else as sidewalk
‘cause I’m not that usable, huh, I’ve never been
So there is a pattern now to fill

Hell I’m still in love and that pain is real
But love wasn’t here to save us or heal
So mess me up with your soft hands
And I will look for our bitter end
And even if I could, still I can’t see
‘cause you always feed me with night air and tears
So mess me up and drive back again
And be in love with your past, not with me

And as far as I can see
And as far as goes my believe that this is real
And that I can live long enough in this image I’ve created

And in the summer I am laying down on the floor
Attached by the thoughts of (possible) joy
That you’re here
For real and skin to skin

Hell I’m still in love and that pain is real
But love wasn’t here to save us or heal
So mess me up with your soft hands
And I will look for our bitter end
And even if I could, still I can’t see
‘cause you always feed me with night air and tears
So mess me up and drive back again
And be in love with your past, not with me
Track Name: Mitch McLaren
With hands in a pockets and low economy
I went down to a friend who’s saner than me
He’s in his 50’s and he throws that back to me
While drinking the schnapps and smokin’ the weed

So don’t follow me I have no plan
Can’t buy you gifts I lost my job
And flat tire is on my bike
It’s long ride back to your heart

He’s probably the sweetest guy you’ll ever meet
And I’ll be his roommate and we’ve already picked the most silliest name
For the band we’re starting just to fill our time
Between watching the shows and playing Sudoku

So don’t follow me I have no plan
Can’t buy you gifts I lost my job
And flat tire is on my bike
It’s long ride back to your heart
Track Name: Hope Against Hope
Hold on tonight, yeah hold on you
While sparkling starlight crawls into your room
With your legs crossed and those sweet dimples in your cheeks
In your favorite pj’s and that ol’ baseball shirt

It doesn’t matter if this ends or begins
You’ll find it easy how wonderfully it hits the ground
It’s always like this when I come this close
Oh, it’s nothing it’s just hope against hope
Hope against hope

Come on now, come on you
While crumbling chalk draws silence in this childish room
We’re meant to cover each other’s ass, but tame melancholy with its breath filled our gloom
And I can see nothing, but stop me if I try to clear my view

It doesn’t matter if this ends or begins
You’ll find it easy how wonderfully it hits the ground
It’s always like this when I come this close
Oh, it’s nothing it’s just hope against hope
Hope against hope
Hope against hope
Hope against hope
Hope against hope
Hope against hope
(With my legs crossed while I’m sitting alone in this room
In my favorite pj’s and that ol’ baseball shirt
We’re meant to cover each other’s ass, but tame melancholy with its breath filled our gloom
And I can see nothing, but stop me if I try to clear my view)
Track Name: Borrowed Feeling
From both sides long distance swimmer
I kept looking for black holes in whitest sky
I’ve been capturing snapshots of a lucid dreaming
Haunting echoes of your bathroom walls
And starting to count in my mind your sweet earrings
While resting my head on your tummy so soft and warm
Yeah running off your feet feels like some borrowed feeling or alike
Yeah running off your feet feels like some borrowed feeling or alike

I’ve been terrorizing I’ve been terrorizing my own love
Stuffing her with suffer so good, so bad
I’ve been terrorizing I’ve been terrorizing my little one
Tracking down every piece of mind

Running off your feet feels like some borrowed feeling or alike
Running off your feet feels like some borrowed feeling or alike

I’ve been terrorizing I’ve been terrorizing my own love
Stuffing her with suffer so good, so bad
I’ve been terrorizing I’ve been terrorizing my little one
Tracking down every piece of mind

Running off your feet feels like some borrowed feeling or alike
Running off your feet feels like some borrowed feeling or alike.
Track Name: Oh Dear
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear
My best, my sweetest dear
I beg you with my heart
You can do what you want
But you better don’t fade on me

And she’s the best woman I’ve ever seen
And there is nothing that could come and stand in between
But every breath goes out
And I wish that I could leave behind this dull living in a daydream

And if you ever want all your nights and days just for yourself
Well I’ll never come and darken your doorway again
Track Name: Rudi's Lullaby
Drunken nights sketched down
Your face form, your eyes
(That) I’m drowning in
And I cannot see it all from this edge of dream

I stretched my arms
I broke all my fingernails
But I just can’t hold on how it is
And I just can’t hold on what will be

And it’s all the same but it’s not
Petals bloom, fall and die
And in that fall there is a hideaway
Mask from love that I claimed

I broke my back
I kissed every sound of your name
But I just can’t hold on how it is
And I just can’t hold on what will be

Stumble and slide through these nights
Wrestling with lonely days
Last time when empathy was checked
Oh I worried myself to death
Track Name: Sandside Town
Division is belted and underneath there’s the wet sand, same as it was in a childhood days
And I forgot how to live so I tried to go there again and shake off this shade
Another dozen years, another crack in teeth, as I stubbed my fists in
Wish you could have seen me dozen years ago

You would love me then. You would love me then a lot.
Wish you could love me; wish you could love me my whole life

Hooked by a tear, standing here upon pile of fears
But at the end of the line I know it’s good enough just like this
Well u dried my tears and put a smile back on my face deer
And every single moment with u is a lifetime spent in space
No tombstone no soil no army o' worms will b too hard on me baby
Coz I'll always know that u made me lovin' u crazy an' saved my troubled soul

You used to love me then. You used to love me a lot.
Wish you could love me; wish you could love me my whole life
And not instead going up with vacant days, apart, tangling us in mess
Wish you could just love me, wish you could love me my whole life

Now I can almost see you from the back, riding your bike into a sunset, sinking in sand
Track Name: If I Were You
I’ve been shot to the stars but I had nowhere to go
I thought something is going on and that I had lot to show
But now I see that I’ve gone from bad to worse

And there was a feeling that I had lot to give
But maybe I’ve been just the one who had lot to take
Bringing down the moist and walk away

So, if I were you
If I were you
If I were you
I wouldn’t be saving up like that

Oh c’mon girl we’re just holding up the show
You always act like you know something that we all don’t know
Searching through the pieces always craving for more

So dim you were always looking for my lowest price
And I think I cry almost every day and night
But this time this all just went too far

So, if I were you
If I were you
If I were you
I wouldn’t be saving up like that
If I were you
If I were you
If I were you
I wouldn’t be holding back like that

I would drown this town tonight
I would drown this town tonight
I would drown this town with my tears tonight

Empty handed and ass broke all the time
A little princess with the pair of saddest eyes
We’re about to leave another shitty year behind

Yeah I can live with all the scars and holes inside
But I just can’t be left alone in this dark
Without my li’l one embracing starlight

So, if I were you
If I were you
If I were you
I wouldn’t be saving up like that
If I were you
If I were you
If I were you
I wouldn’t be holding back like that

I would drown this town tonight
I would drown this town tonight
I will drown your town with my tears tonight
Track Name: Good Ol' Bad Times
Ain't got no reason to be detached from smile for months
But crooked wisdom kept sharing her shadow around
And I could fall asleep like a puppy with these thoughts
But instead I get restless keeping my eyes on her night sky paths

It’s not a bad joke to talk to her it’s more a must do thing
But that kind of swamping is just more than my chests can dig
So pack up all your tears and ride them outside this town
There is still a sunset and there are fields of no sound

These are not the bad times you have promised me
Yeah, these are not those kinds of the bad times

And look I will lay my hands down on your knees
Hey I have another lonesome summer to live with
And I feel how hatred breathes and nothing seems right
But I kept promise I will live for love so here we are

These are not the good times you have promised me
Yeah, these are not those kinds of the good times