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Out Of The Grey

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The Dream Syndicate

Release Date: 1986
Album Notes:

The first album by the second and last lineup of the band : Steve Wynn, Paul B.Cutler, Mark Walton, Dennis Duck.

The record is produced by Paul B. Cutler.

Reissued in 1997 incorporating additional tracks available here for download.

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1Out Of The Grey Out Of The Grey
2Forest For The Trees

Lyrics

Let me tell you about a place that I've been before
it lies behind that old locked door
it looks like a page out of paradise
but only half as good at twice the price

And I laugh at what we've become
and I smile at the way things have gone
trying to lift the man up from his knees
trying to find the forest for the trees
the forest for the trees

Let me tell you about a friend that I once knew
I believe he lived next door to you
he held it tight inside his shell
and then one day the axe just fell

Let me tell you about another time
about the sweetest spot in its early prime
if the memory is all you lack
just open your eyes cause you can never go back.
Out Of The Grey
350 In A 25 Zone

Lyrics

Big Jake and slow talking Benny
took a night off from the kill
went down to the copper penny
and split without paying the bill
well... I asked the night manager
if he thought that was cool
he said no

Jake and Benny took off from the jungle
with a case of colt 45
somewhere down the line the plans got bungled
that's the last time they were seen alive
well... you get lucky once, you get lucky twice
and you're on your own
doing 50 in a 25, 50 in a 25, 50 in a 25 zone

Yeah, some people keep their hands in other people's pockets
and everybody else is on the take
man, I'd be last one around to knock it
it's just that I'm holding out for higher stakes
Well... you get lucky once, get lucky twice
and you're on your own
doing 50 in a 25, 50 in a 25, 50 in a 25 zone

Another case of early retirement
another easy alibi
they're all lined up on the pavement
and justice comes down by and by
by and by
50 in a 25 zone

Out Of The Grey
4Boston

Lyrics

Come back to Boston as soon as you can
The whole thing ain't gone down according to the plan
Morning when I wake up I don't like what I see
And late at night my dreams are terrifying me

Well, I was walking by the river in the early morning dew
Singing out lines from "Cypress Avenue"
I wonder where he stood when it all came down
Come back to Boston before I hit the ground

And the winners stand confused
They don't want to be misused
And the losers that came before
Say "I don't want to be here anymore."

Well, I was standing on the back porch
Looking at the books: poets, politicians, beauty queens and crooks
I wonder where they stood when the inspiration came
Come back to Boston before I jump the train

Come back to Boston or I'll meet you halfway
Somewhere by the middle of the interstate
We can take it on down to some cold, deserted lake
And come back to Boston before we make the same mistake

Out Of The Grey
5Blood Money

Lyrics

Had to make a trade....wouldn't take it on faith
top of the line...beg, borrow, steal and a fast escape
something bout a house of bricks...solitude and a pint of gin
wait till the bricks are dry, and start all over again

played for a fool...what can I say ? no regrets
something about finishing school... something that you ain't learned yet
blood! blood money!
blood! blood money!

Rich man drives a Lincoln...lives way uptown
says that he's been thinking... so he lays his money down
I got a big ol truck... tape deck, speakers in the back
take a walk after last call... and work it out on a sneak attack-tack yeah

played for a fool...what can I say ? no regrets
something about finishing school... something that you ain't learned yet
blood! blood money!
blood! blood money!

Out Of The Grey
6Slide Away

Lyrics

Black cloud rolling at the end of the sky
I know where and I know why
trouble coming up over the fence
don't bother me with the evidence

ah, corrupt they fall and gentle they sleep
dig where you stand but not too deep
I caught a ride from the city on a Saturday
turned back me heels and just slide away........

take me back to another time
I lost my soul and I lost my mind
give me a lake and a fishing boat
gimme four strong winds and that's all she wrote... slide away

and every day's like Sunday
and Sunday's always good
some people live for monday
and doing what they should..........not me! slide away........

take me back to another time
I lost my soul and I lost my mind
give me a lake and a fishing boat
gimme four strong winds and that's all she wrote... slide away

Out Of The Grey
7Dying Embers

Lyrics

I still remember when the flame was brand new
we'd stay warm from the heat with nothing else to do
I still remember but...
lately the flames have fallen
tried to bring me down with them
you pulled me out alive from the dying embers (2X)

now there's a thrill at the end of the hill
I had a few friends who went there for a spell
the stories pulled me close, yeah, but.......
lately I've grown tired of looking back at night
wondering why....
you pulled me out alive from the dying embers (2X)
lalalalalala.......

one night I heard the fire call my name
I felt myself moving closer to the flame
oh, I felt the heat, yeah, but....
soon the flames were falling
couldn't bring me down with them
you pulled me out alive from the dying embers(4X)
lalalalalala.......

Out Of The Grey
8Now I Ride Alone

Lyrics

Everyday I get another sympathy card
everyday I get another sympathy card
well, I hold them and I read them
read'em all again
everyday I get another sympathy card
yeah it seems that some people only wanna hear you cry and moan
they all know that now I ride alone
yeah

every night they roll on past my window
they shine their lights on in and then they move on real slow
and I hide in the shelter of the darkness of my room
every night they roll on past my window
and it seems that some people only wanna hear you cry and moan
they all know that now I ride alone

well there ain't no dark anger hanging round my door
ah there ain't no weepin willow that I've never seen before
oh there's just one thing left that I never seem to take
it's those knocks on my door all night long that I can't escape

every day the women just wanna hold me
man they open up their arms and jusr enfold me
and I sayyy
baby, let's call it a night
every day the women just wanna hold me
and it seems that some people only wanna hear you cry and moan
they all know that now I ride alone
they all know that now I ride alone
they all know that now I ride alone......
Out Of The Grey
9Drinking Problem Out Of The Grey
10Dancing Blind

Lyrics

Nothing is written and nothing is signed
nothing is there that could legally bind
curtains are drawn and curtains are black
curtains for those that wanna look back

why you wonderin when to call it quits
spit out the poision and get on with it
dancing, dancing blind
oh yeah, dancing, dancing blind
oh, dancing blind

tell a man he can do what he please
turn him around and bring him to his knees
I don't know much but I'll tell you one thing
you give a man a voice, you can make him sing

why you wonderin, etc........

curtains are drawn and curtains are black
yeah, curtains for those that wanna look back
I don't know much but I'll tell you one thing
go and give a a man a rope, you can make him swing

why you wonderin, etc..........
dancing blind, dancing blind, oh yeah
Out Of The Grey
11You Can't Forget

Lyrics

She says she's changing everything you knew her as
I see she even dyed her hair but the roots still show
cause you can't rip the claws from your back
when you've watched them grow under your skin
but she takes the bus crosstown to avoid all her friends
throws her moneydown and forgets about ends
says she's starting new but I think there's nothing left
cause you can wipe the slate but
you can't forget

she tore up all the pictures and ripped all the notes
and threw out all the things that reminded
her of him

but she takes the bus.....etc.

and now she's almost dead because you can't describe her
she's not taking any weight, ...she's certainly learned by now

you can't forget
you can't forget
(6X)
Out Of The Grey
12Let It Rain Out Of The Grey
13Cinnamon Girl Out Of The Grey
14Ballad Of Dwight Frye Out Of The Grey
15Shake Your Hips Out Of The Grey
16I Won't Forget Out Of The Grey
17The Lonely Bull Out Of The Grey
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Out Of The Grey

  • CMJ

    Dream Syndicate always seems to have some vinyl out between albums that keeps their name on tips of tongues and station playlists, whether it's a live EP, a side project like Danny And Dusty or this new EP, which offers the Out Of The Grey version of "50 In A 25 Zone" as well as a "whodunit mix" which, with its stripped-down accent on big drum beats and Steve Wynn's vocals, should qualify for club play. Even more worthwhile is the B-side, which features two new So Cal western-styled rockers, the humorous narrative "Drinking Problem" and "Blood Money," along with a sweet cover of the Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass hit "The Lonely Bull" and a rambling 50-second blues boogie called "Shake Your Hips," credited to Slim Harpo. - : CMJ New Music Report Issue: 112 - Feb 27, 1987
  • CMJ

    After attempting new heights of rock grandeur with 1984's Medicine Show, a brilliant though crucially flawed album, the Dream Syndicate went through rocky times-membership changed, touring and recording stress took......more>
  • AllMusic.COM

    Like nearly everything released that year, Out of the Grey suffered from a touch of the post-new wave flu. But "50 in a 25 Zone" has that old, bluesy Syndicate spirit, as does "Now I Ride Alone," and Steve Wynn is still an exceptional vocal stylist, bringing heart and meaning to every word he writes. -- Denise Sullivan

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