Betty Iron Thumbs

Betty Iron Thumbs

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
BandAlternativeIndie

Betty Iron Thumbs sounds like the secret love child of Mick Jagger and Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis (although a Maury Povich style paternity test is needed to rule out Tom Petty as the father.)

Biography

Betty Iron Thumbs is the Philly based songwriting duo of Katie Morrison and Mike Long who both sing and play guitar.  Morrison also contributes viola.  Jaison Smulski is on bass, and Ryan Stump is on drums.

With Teeth, Betty Iron Thumbs’ sound has grown since their last LP Under the Night, but includes an occasional throw back to their original lo-fi folky style of their first EP, Sit and Wait.   Teeth exhibits a range of sounds from quirky folk (Promise Land and Stuck Around) to indie pop (Figure Out, Crazy and Designs of Your Mind) to garage rock (Animal, Push Push Push, and Teeth.)  The title track serves as an album standout, pairing Morrison's searing songwriting with Long's haunting slide guitar against the hard driving rhythm of Smulski and Stump.

Betty Iron Thumbs’ sound on Teeth can be described as the Violent Femmes meets Rilo Kiley meets Tegan and Sara.  Morrison and Long combine brutally honest lyrics with catchy melodies, and the band’s sound provides a fresh, fly-off-the-rails punch.  

 

Lyrics

Walk of Shame

Written By: Katie Morrison

I did the walk of shame at 6am
And I never wanna do it again
He didn't know my name at 6am
Yeah I feel so bad got no one to blame

Walking around with the hookers and the bums
Yeah and he knows I'm not far from them
Worst thing about this anti-fairy tale
Is that no one could do this but him

And I know that he doesn't really like me
Yeah I know that he doesn't feel the same
So tell me why every tipsy Saturday night
Sunday morning I'm feeling oh so lame
Shame shame shame

I did the walk again at 6am
Yeah now something must be wrong with me
Walking around with the stupid notion
That one day he'll fall eventually

Try to convince myself I'm having fun
And I will find somebody else and be done
But then I look around this whole town
And he seems to be the only one

And I know that he doesn't really like me
Yeah I know that he doesn't feel the same
So tell me why every tipsy Saturday night
Sunday morning I'm feeling oh so lame
Shame shame shame

I did the walk of shame at 6am
And I never wanna do it again
He didn't know my name at 6am
Yeah I feel so bad got no one to blame

I did the walk again at 6am
Yeah now something must be wrong with me
Why would he ever buy the whole cow
When he's drinking all that milk for free

And I know that he doesn't really like me
Yeah I know that he doesn't feel the same
So tell me why every tipsy Saturday night
Sunday morning I'm feeling oh so lame
Shame shame shame

Shame

Easy

Written By: Katie Morrison

You're easy on the eyes
And so easily misled
So don't think that you are special
Don't let it go to your head

I'm as flawed as they come
I flail around pretend that I'm young
So just ignore what I say
I'll probably forget it all tomorrow anyway

So before we make eyes at the bar
Please don't let it get that far
Cuz nice boys always fall in love
But I'm doing this just because

You're easy on the eyes
And so easily misled
So don't think that you are special
Don't let it go to your head

You're easy on the eyes
And so easily misled
So don't think that you are special
Don't let it go to your head

So before we get back to your place
And I tell you I'll never forget your face
Before you're taking off my clothes
This is exactly how it always goes

So before we're making out at the bar
Please don't let it get that far
Cuz every boy always falls in love
But I'm doing this just for fun

You're easy on the eyes
And so easily misled
So don't think that you are special
Don't let it go to your head

You're easy on the eyes
And so easily misled
So don't think that you are special
Don't let it go to your head

You're easy on the eyes
And so easily misled
So don't think that you are special
Don't let it go to your head

You're easy on the eyes
And I'm easy in bed
So don't think that you are special
Don't let it go to your head

Under the Night

Written By: Michael Long

I need the night time
I wanna go out and howl
I need some moon light
To cast shadows on the ground
The devil’s laughing
Don’t you know he’ll be coming around

Want those coyotes baying at the moon
And it feels just like I’m gonna be with them soon
Devil’s got my soul
So bury me down in that cold
Somewhere under the night

So won’t you come with me
My demon lover
Let’s going drinking
And dance the night away
They’ll be screaming
When Satan’s band starts to play

Think I hear death calling
My name again
And there’s just no way
That I’ll be giving in
There’s a murderer out on the road
Looking to steal some souls
And he ain’t gonna be knocking at your door

You Left Me

Written By: Katie Morrison

You
You left me
With no choice
But to leave you
I get blue when I know I'm being screwed
I get blue when I know I'm being screwed

And I
I should have told you
That she'd do you
The way you did me
Now you'll see just how messed up you can be
Now you'll see just how messed up you can be

But while you were coming home late
I learned how to self medicate
And I couldn't think of nothing to do
Except try to get over you

So
One more drink
One more shot
One more drag
And I know I'll be better off

Well they
They all told me
That you'd be shady
And that you would lie
Guess it's time to say goodbye
Yeah it's time to say goodbye

Cuz we
Could have been
The best thing
You'd ever had
But you left me so heartbroken and sad
Yeah you left me so heartbroken and sad

But while you were coming home late
I learned how to self medicate
And I couldn't think of nothing to do
Except try to get over you

So
One more drink
One more shot
One more line
And I know I'll be better off

Well she
Must be pretty
Pretty fucked up
Cuz I was her friend
I guess all good things come to an end
And even bad things, yeah they come to an end

You
You left me
With no choice
But to leave you
I get blue when I know I'm being screwed
I get blue when I know I'm being screwed

Crazy

Written By: Katie Morrison

Keep your crazy to yourself
Or it will spread like a disease
From you to me

Put your problems on a shelf
And I will treat them like a book
I'll never read

Well you say you've turned a page
And you feel better now
You've had time to talk things out
And you're much stronger now

But I don't believe you

So cover your mouth when you talk
Or the disease you have
Will cover up everything

Stand a little further from me please
Or is it your goal in life
To bring me to my knees

Well you say you've turned a page
And you feel better now
You've had time to talk things out
And you're much stronger now

But I don't believe you

So keep me out of your bell jar
You know acting like that
Won't get you very far

I keep my crazy to myself
Pity parties and shared feelings
Don't do anything for me

Well you say you've turned a page
And you feel better now
You've had time to talk things out
And you're much stronger now

But I don't believe you

No I don't believe you.

Teeth

Written By: Katie Morrison

Show me your teeth
I need to believe
That you have as much
Bite and grit and heart and guts as me

Show me a sign
That you have changed this time
That you have enough
Guts and heart and strength
To come back to me

Come back to me
Come back to me

Show me your skin
Let me know how hard it is to get in
That you know who to fight who to hate
Who to love and trust in

Show me your guts
Don't promise that you are tough
I wanna know you can fight
Talk back stand up when you've had enough

And come back to me
Come back to me

Come back to me
Come back to me

Open wide don't shut me out
Show me your teeth
Open wide don't shut me out
Show me your teeth
Open wide don't shut me out
Show me your teeth
Open wide don't shut me out
Show me your teeth

Discography

Sit and Wait, EP, 2007

Under the Night, LP, 2011


Teeth, LP, 2014

Set List

Originals:

Walk of Shame
Have this Dance
You Left Me
Virginia
Under the Night
Stirred Up
When You Wake Up
You Won't
Cold Day
Fight Song
Fine
Easy
Take off Your Clothes
Here for the Beer
From the Mountain Tops
Out by the Sea
Free Like You
Empty Picture Frames
Vulture
Drink to Thee
Unconditional
Catastrophe
Figure Out
Push, push, push
A Little Bit Closer
Frankly
One Step Behind
Sleepwalking
The Walls, The Cats and Me

Covers:
Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Animals
Ace of Spades - Motorhead
She Bop - Cyndi Lauper
Goonies R Good Enough - Cyndi Lauper
Money Changes Everything - Cyndi Lauper
You Got Lucky - Tom Petty
Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
Busted - Johnny Cash
You Will You Will You Will - Bright Eyes
Let the Jukebox Keep on Playing- Carl Perkins
Ball and Chain- Social Distortion
Harvest Moon- Neil Young