The Cost Of Doing Business

by Graham Wright

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1.
First Song 01:26
If you’re not the voice of your generation Why even open your mouth? No one will hear what comes out And if anyone hears it, they’re not gonna care And in another hundred years There won’t even be anybody there But what if all that rises from the flood Is one of these CDs And a discman And somebody to listen Well, in that case, I guess It better be good
2.
Hot Damn! 04:10
I saw a really cool band It made me want to quit I saw the whole world, man, But I was over it And yeah, I feel a little bit bad about it And yeah, I feel a little bit bad about it Shit man, Hot damn! I think I love it I wanna do it again So count 3 for me I think it’s magic ‘Cause now that I found it Now that I found it Whenever it’s gone I’m like “shit man, hot damn It’s what I want…” I was a really big deal But who’m I gonna tell about it? I gotta find someone goddammit These days I feel a little less bad about it These days I feel a little less bad about it Shit man, Hot damn! I think I love it I wanna do it again So count 3 for me I think it’s magic ‘Cause now that I found it Now that I found it Whenever it’s gone I’m like “shit man, hot damn It’s what I want…” Oh my God!
3.
Bridget 03:19
Me and Bridget had a deal If I turn 40 and she turns 40 And we’re not married yet… You know what I mean It was Bridget’s idea! But then she met Simon online and followed him back to Berlin I don’t know where I fit in Bridget, what the hell I thought that we had a plan Did you easily forget it Bridget, is it, I’m still looking for it I don’t know what I was supposed to say To make you stay Me and Bridget got close But then I met Katie and left the party to follow her home... It was just for the night But I left Bridget alone, and I guess that mattered ‘cause after she got kind of weird on the phone... Next thing I knew she was gone Bridget, oh my God I didn't think it was real Was it easy to forget it Bridget, is it, I’m still waiting for it I don’t know what I was supposed to say I guess Plan B was my Plan A I let Bridget get away But maybe when we’re 50 There’s still time... I found Bridget online I guess she got married and moved to Paris and changed her name... She still looks the same I think she’s gonna be fine Fine, fine Yeah Bridgets gonna be fine Am I?
4.
Easy Money 03:37
Well it’s a shame, I guess I guess that it’s a shame No, it’s a drag, for sure I agree, man, it’s a drag But it pays the bills Yeah it pays the rent If it comes from heaven Call it heaven sent I like easy come I like easy go It’s not complicated I just want what I’m owed Give me what I paid for You know nothings free But it’s easy money So what do you want from me? Ooh ooh ooh Well it’s a bitch, for sure I’m not saying it’s not a bitch Someone should do something If I could, I would I wish ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But you got my vote Yeah, I wish you well If it’s easy money, honey, What the hell I like growth growth growth Like an upward trend Love a good investment Love a dividend Got my golden ticket Good times never end When it’s easy money You spend what you gotta spend
5.
My time machine worked! I saw the future I don’t wanna talk about it My time machine worked! I found baby Hitler But I couldn't do it My time machine worked! I jammed with John Lennon And yeah, he was a jerk But man, could he play My time machine worked! I stopped 9/11 But nothing much changed Well, what did you expect? My time machine worked! Turns out that the dinosaurs Never saw it coming either My time machine worked! So I never met her She never got hurt My time machine worked! I tried to fix everything But everything saved Equals something else burnt My time machine worked! Some things will get better Some things will get worse Well, what did you expect? My time machine worked I saw what I saw I stepped on, like, hundreds of butterflies And changed nothing at all Well, what did you expect?
6.
I want to open a little bar Where all my friends can hang out And if they’re having a tough time I’ll shut the doors and kick all of the customers out We’ll take the loss It’s only money, man, who gives a shit? We can just write it off I’ll sit ‘em down, top ‘em up, and tell ‘em this: You’ve got to spend money to make money You’ve got to live life to live life It’s gonna hurt when your heart breaks But it’s a bargain at twice the price You know, you win some, you lose some And it gets heavy sometimes That’s just the cost of doing business And it’s a bargain at twice the price I hope that the pandemic is over soon So I can visit the States I got some friends and some family down there They’re churning out kids at a downright incredible rate It’s hard to believe It seems like yesterday that we was young I can’t wait to meet And try and tell them all of this as they grow up: Look: You’re probably not going to marry a movie star And you’re gonna see some shit on TV It might get hard to stay soft But kid, you’ve got to stay strong Come on, keep your head up And I’ll try and tell you what I think I believe You’ve got to spend money to make money You’ve got to live life to live life It’s gonna hurt when your heart breaks But it’s a bargain at twice the price You know, you win some, you lose some And it gets heavy sometimes That’s just the cost of doing business And it’s a bargain at twice the price I might be wrong I’m just some guy, and this is just for now But I wrote this song To try and spell it out the best way I know how... You’ve got to spend money to make money You’ve got to live life to live life It’s gonna hurt when your heart breaks But it’s a bargain at twice the price You know, you win some, you lose some And it gets heavy sometimes That’s just the cost of doing business And it’s a bargain at twice the price
7.
She can’t hear the shouting Hiding in her headphones Drawing chaos on the walls Dreaming of a new sensation She can’t count the halos Floating through the night Another lie she’d love to believe in If she concentrates she can still see Some golden glowing garden open wide She don’t cast a shadow In her new apartment Flowing weightless through the walls Paper thin and tower tall She can see the future He’s holding back her hair When he tells her that he loves her Like an answer to some orphaned prayer Twisting free and shrinking from the light Now she’s under someone else’s sky I’m not saying she dreams of me But I hope at least she dreams of something sweet I’m not saying that she’s dumb She don’t think that she’ll become Anything she thought she’d be But I hope she dreams of something sweet Living in the valley Dying for the sky Some earthbound constellation Should be sparkling in the night Someone else’s heaven Thought she heard her name Now she can’t feel the sun, But photosynthesizes just the same Budding blooming stretching toward the sky Wondering when she forgot how to fly I can’t do anything about the days But when you fall asleep I hope you dream of something sweet
8.
I remember it in flashes It’s coming back to me in waves I think that there was dancing... I think that there was dancing I know that there was drinks I'm pretty sure that When I woke up in her bedroom She said “hey you, time to say goodbye” She said some loves are like album cuts But this love This ones more like a b side It’s starting to come into focus Next think I know I’m walking home I left the keys to my apartment in a cab I guess I hoped you’d be alone Back in those days when I showed up at your door like that You’d usually laugh and let me in You’d say “some loves are like scenic routes But this love, this one’s more like a short cut” You were always saying shit like that It used to make me laugh, I never took it seriously In the morning we’d regret it, but We’d not regret it that much We’d usually do it again, and again It just went on like that Party after party, night after night We kind of floated through the city Hell, we kind of floated through our twenties Leaving what we left behind behind And it's not like it was Everest or whatever It's more like we were always gonna get where we were going Me, I remember it as Friday nights All lit up like the streetcar lights It was impossible to know what we were doing Or was it easy for you? Hey, amen! I remember it in flashes It sort of comes back when it comes I think that we were happy I know that we were young
9.
Sub Pop 03:01
We didn’t sign to Sub Pop We didn’t sign to Matador We never got a nine point two Best new review dot com We never scored that big hit We never even made the Long List We only got one page in Rolling Stone We never opened for The Strokes Never debuted at Number One But I got all That I need Right here Well, I was on my own Staring blankly at some stretch of road But I was back at home in my mind Those days was good as gold New York City in the driving snow But I was on the phone the whole time
10.
Tiny 06:24
I am all in I want everything One smile, one laugh I’m sold That’s that You looked tiny in my arms Okay, begin I never want to feel anything but this See it for yourself You can make your little wish And say your little prayer Or whatever it is You looked tiny in my arms
11.
If you’re reading this It means that I’m gone I hope it was painless Hope it didn’t take long But if I suffered Remember, It’s not the dying that scares me It’s the living I’ll miss So have one for me Hell, have two or three Maybe once in a while You can raise one to me I’m leaving a card Down at the bar So have one on me tonight Give my guitars to my nieces Maybe they’ll start a band And if it’s any good Maybe finish my book If it sucks, then don’t, I understand Tell my friends I love them They’re more than I deserve I hope I was kind Hope they know that I tried Hope I helped a little more than I hurt Well, remember me funny Remember me kind Remember me glasses free Smiling half blind And if’n you miss me ‘Round that missing time of year Just imagine me happy Imagine me here Where the drinks are all free I’ll save you a seat We’ll have one on me again Cause if there is a heaven I bet it won’t compare To having a pint On a Saturday night With that first hint of fall in the air Get everyone together Sing songs, get drunk, Who cares? Rememberings cheap And the drinks are on me Goddammit, I wish I was there So don’t worry I love you, but I should get going I drank my fill of a hell of a life You shouldn’t get greedy or hold on too tight I hope that I’m ready, I hope that I’m brave But if I look back when I’m walking away For one last sweet glimpse of what I’m gonna miss I hope that I see you Now promise me this: Until next time we meet If you’re ever in need Go down to the bar And have one on me

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released September 28, 2021

Produced by Jesse Turnbull & Graham Wright
Mixed by Jesse Turnbull
Mastered by Mark Chalecki

Adam Hindle: Drums & Percussion
Dave Monks: Bass
Gordon Hyland: Saxophone

Design & Layout by Josh Hook
Photography by Lindsay Gray

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Graham Wright Toronto, Ontario

the guy from tokyo police club. no, the other one. with the glasses. yeah, that one.

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