Strangers in Ohio

by The Busy Nothing

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Cameron Carr A charming approach to folk music storytelling with a slight celtic feeling in the air. While heavily produced radio-folk continues to be the norm, The Busy Nothing delivers a softer sound with stronger sentiment. Favorite track: Long Walk Home.
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Artwork - Bria Davis | bria.c.davis@gmail.com

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released January 4, 2016

Bennett Coltman - Percussion
Sean Byrne - Viola
Christian Watson - Vocals, Guitar


Words and music by Christian Watson.
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered at the Mershon Auditorium Recording Studios by Christian Watson. Special thanks to Mark Rubinstein.

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Track Name: Dan's Last Night in Town
[Capo @ 2nd Fret]
|C | |Am G |C
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C
One lonely street light, illuminates his side
Am
of town,
G C
Again, tonight.

C
Along in the shadows, Dan turns and tries not
Am
to break down,
G C
Again, tonight.
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CHORUS
Am C
He looks, once, back
Am C
But the shop is pitch, black
Am C
The walls aren’t playing guitars
Am C
There’s not a kid who could be a rock star
Am C
Someone’s replaced the rickety door
E7 Am, G
But that was what he loved it for
F Fm C
…Dan’s last night in town

|C | |Am G |C _____________________________
C
The last check is wrote, for second-hand things
Am
as old as his hair is grey,
G C
Again, tonight.
C
He hands over the spare key, just as useless as
Am
he felt each coming day,
G C
Again, tonight.

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CHORUS
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C
Driving back alone, from locking the rest up in
Am
an empty room
G C
Again, tonight.
C
Pulls onto the curb, Dan turns off the engine
A
and screams,
G C
Where did I go wrong?
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BRIDGE
Am Em
And he falls, to, the ground,
F
His body is failing,
Am Em
And he clut - ches, the book,
F
Of a ruler fading

(Repeat optional)
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CHORUS
(Repeat optional)
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Track Name: Let Me Sleep
[Capo @ 1st Fret]
CMaj7 D6 G
I, don’t know, where I am standing
CMaj7 D6 G
My friends, just sat, on the fire.
CMaj7 D6 G
Ev, -eryone here, drives grey or tan cars,
CMaj7 D6 G
I think, they’ve taken life too far.


Em C G
But surely his eyes are gold.
Em C G
And surely his hands are warm.


CMaj7 D6 G
Let me sleep, alone tonight.
CMaj7 D6 G
I’m afraid, of your song.
CMaj7 D6 G
Let me sleep, alone tonight.
CMaj7 D6 G
I swear I won’t miss you when you’re gone.



CMaj7 D6 G
I, am alone, in a closing building,
CMaj7 D6 G
My pen, is stuck, on the page.
CMaj7 D6 G
Ev, -ery word, fights the melody,
CMaj7 D6 G
I think, they’re sick of my company.


Em C G
But surely his eyes are gold.
Em C G
And surely his hands are warm.


CMaj7 D6 G
Let me sleep, alone tonight.
CMaj7 D6 G
I’m afraid, of your song.
CMaj7 D6 G
Let me sleep, alone tonight.
CMaj7 D6 G
I swear I won’t miss you when you’re gone.
Track Name: Strangers in Ohio
[Capo @ 2nd Fret]
Am F G
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Am F
A sea of faces I do not know
C G
Surrounds me again and again
Am F
I built it up, but they’re getting in
C G F, G, Am
A happy place I knew back then, Oh..

Am F
Someone once said a wise thing
C G
But no one’s got the time to spend
Am F
I heard she held you one last time
E7 Am F, G
As she told you to quit pretending
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[CHORUS]
C Am
Strangers, Strangers in Ohio
F G Am
It’s a strange what happens when you leave [x2]





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Am F
This town is a wicked carousel
C G
And I’m stuck right in between
Am F
Their smiling faces go round and round
E7 Am, F, G...
But there ain’t a horse for me

[CHORUS]

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Dm G C
But no one said, when I’d finally walk
F
these streets once more
Dm G Am
You don’t belong anywhere, anymore…

F G…[CHORUS]
Track Name: Long Walk Home
[Capo @ 8th Fret]
CM7 G
Cold night on the other side of town, was an
CM7 G
Old shop and a beggar on the ground,
CM7 G
It is gonna be a long walk home
CM7 G
It is gonna be a long walk home.
CM7 G
It’s like singing in the rain, with a hat and a cane, and it
CM7 G
Aint too far from here,
CM7 G
It is gonna be a long walk home
CM7 G
It is gonna be a long walk home.
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CHORUS
Em C
Your touch is cold Mr. Enterprise,
G D
On her face, on her skin,

Em C
Your touch is cold Mr. Enterprise,
G D
On her face, on her skin, oh on her
CM7 G
skin.
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CM7 G
Paint can’t cover that mark on your face, as you
CM7 G
Try to forget, forget that place
CM7 G
It is gonna be a long walk home
CM7 G
It is gonna be a long walk home.
CM7 G
If you see color I’ll try to see it too, but you
CM7 G
Never told the officer you hid what’s true
CM7 G
It is gonna be a long walk home
CM7 G
It is gonna be a long walk home.

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CHORUS…
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Em C
Your feet are rough, your hands are worn
G D
Your body is close but your soul is torn.

Em C
Your feet are rough, your hands are worn
G D
Your body is close but your soul is torn.
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CHORUS…
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Track Name: (Bonus Track) Analee
Cmaj7
Oh, Annalee you are the one for me
G Bb
If I could find the heart, to talk to you babe and tell you so.
Oh, Annalee you are the one for me,
Now that I am gone, another guy is gonna sing about you girl.
Cmaj7
Who would ever want to be that asshole on the beach with a guitar, Cmaj7
The sound of chrashing waves drowns that guy that isn’t going far.
G Bb
A bad tan from Ohio, and an empty audience makes a rock star.
Cmaj7
Alone while you walk every day and every night you need someone, Cmaj7
Maybe you can see that you and me could quit this dry run.
G Bb
Look my way and I could be your mom’s favorite son.
Cmaj7
All the other guys will ask what time you will be back in heaven Cmaj7
I tell myself I’m fine and if it works I’ll see you here again.
G Bb
Cas even a busted guitar, only gets the girls time and again.