Calvin Locklear

Calvin Locklear

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A blend of 60's pop and garage rock with a modern, smart attitude. Locklear's music will take you out dancing, borrow your car and then tell you the next day that it just needs time to think about things.

Biography

Locklear hop-scotched his way through Kansas City and Nashville and eventually landed in Denver. After years of years of drinking water, he finally gave up the clear stuff and started drinking alcohol. Songs followed.

Spoon, Josh Ritter and The Jayhawks worked their way through a cheap pair of headphones to attentive ears and Locklear tried to imitate and pay homage to what he heard. False sense of accomplishment washed over like a deodorant shower.

After countless hours and countless dollars were put into a bag and mailed to a Canadian pharmacy, an Ep was recorded. Now these songs and others are played live and they cordially invite you to come see a show.

Lyrics

You're Fired!

Written By: Calvin Locklear

You’ve worked very hard for what you have
You’ve got many bills to show
Been disciplined like a hurricane
You’ve bought and yeah you’ve sold
It may take years off your life
And hopefully it won’t
But in the end when you’re dead and gone
Well you’re lucky cause you’ll never ever know

You’ve worked half your life preparing for
The other half it seems
And kissed the feet that brought you here
Until you can barely breathe
Won’t wash away transgressions made
Or give your soul reprise
But your sugar saved in your sugar grave
Make everything so, so sweet

You’ve been polishing a trophy from
A glory day ago
And promising that the better half
Was the one that slept alone
It may take years to get it right
And hopefully it won’t
But in the end no matter what
You’re lucky cause you’ll never ever know!

Carbonation

Written By: Calvin Locklear

Statuesque with weekend hair
Cherry picked and blushing cheeks and knees are weak we both can see and gasping for air
These dirty feelings, this concrete pride
Finesse in our possessions but I don’t know what yours
And I sure don’t know what’s mine

Lay your hands on me, feel my heat
I stripped away and soaked my soul in gasoline
Hold your breath and grin, wears me thin
You’re losing carbonation shake me up again

Status quo, just nights in beige
Race around the kitchen sink, too little time to stop and think; we slide on down the drain
Solid state, but melting fast
Out of breath, no matches left, and frozen fingers just beget evaporated gas

Lay your hands on me, feel my heat
I stripped away and soaked my soul in gasoline
Hold your breath and grin, wears me thin
You’re losing carbonation shake me up again

So light fire to this bridge
And use these wooden hearts and stockpiled oxygen

Or lay your hands on me, feel my heat
I stripped away and soaked my soul in gasoline
Hold your breath and grin, wears me thin
You’re losing carbonation shake me up again

River Jordan

Written By: Calvin Locklear

The devil whispers to me, “son you’re doing just fine”
As I slide down in my easy chair
I mistake patience for wasting my time
Never had no angel screaming, “brother beware”

But then you came along
When red was white, but white was wrong
You came along

But these angels sing unto me, “you better change your ways”
As I sink my fingers deep in the ground
Footprints follow far behind my blinding faith
I never had no devil tell me which way was down

But then you came along
Your spoken word was music and your skin was song
You came along

And the ocean finds a river mouth to narrow its thoughts
The clock’s so sick of keeping time; it’s time to stop
Somewhere in a fire there’s a cold blue flame
And in a world of tunnel vision you know my name
You came along
You came along

And whispered to me, “lover, don’t be scared”
There’s a thousand ways that you might die
You’ve got a long way to go; I’ll help you get there
You never have to make it, but you have to try
You never have to make it, but you have to try

And the ocean finds a river mouth to narrow its thoughts
The clock’s so sick of keeping time; it’s time to stop
Cause somewhere in a fire there’s a cold blue flame
And in a world of tunnel vision you know my name
I’m an ocean you’re the river here to narrow my thoughts
I’m a clock so sick of keeping time; it’s time to stop
Cause you came along
You came along

Watch Them Dance

Written By: Calvin Locklear

Shut down the roads in this old ghost town
Research the names of the friends we found
Visit their graves and follow the signs,
Don’t need a map, four lefts and you’re right

Unplug the phones so word won’t get out
Rehearse the message with a mouth
Assemble their bones and watch them dance
If you don’t want to know, don’t ask

Daylight shines in dark places
Highlight all that’s been mistaken
Choir sings; its voices in our head
Fat lady screams; give it a rest

Board up the doors in the house we live
Beat our heads together until we just forget
This town is dead and it’s no use
We wash our hands in a dirty bathroom

Daylight shines in dark places
Highlight all that’s been mistaken
Choir sings; its voices in our head
Fat lady screams; give it a rest
Daylight shines in dark places
Highlight all that’s been mistaken
Choir sings; its voices in our head
Fat lady screams; give it a rest

Talking Backwards

Written By: Calvin Locklear

Please only one question at a time
I’m finding it hard to lie
All I see are my mother’s eyes
Next time you’ll think twice

I’m sorry, oh I know I was wrong
My confidence shatters and shakes these walls
Please forgive me one last time
I can’t make it up, but I know I’ll try

I fight time to rewind
20-20 would change my mind
Trust and touch are lost from my veins
And I want them back but all I can say is

I’m sorry, oh I know I was wrong
My confidence shatters and shakes these walls
Please forgive me one last time
I can’t make it up, but I know I’ll try
My mouth is open but the words won’t come
I say that I love you but look what I’ve done
My color is different on a different day
And I’m so embarrassed that you see me this way

I would protect you but I’m not protected
You never agreed and I never accepted

I’m sorry, oh I know I was wrong
My confidence shatters and shakes these walls
Please forgive me one last time
I can’t make it up, but I know I’ll try
I’m sorry, oh I know I was wrong
My confidence shatters and shakes these walls
Please forgive me one last time
I can’t make it up, but I know I’ll try

Discography

Watch Them Dance - Ep
Released 10/7/08

Set List

Set is anywhere from 30-60 minutes. Full band and/or solo. We dance, you dance, people buy drinks, people buy me drinks.

Typical Set List:

1. Watch Them Dance
2. Carbonation
3. River Jordan
4. Highway Robbery
5. Busy Signal
6. What's Up? - 4 Non Blondes
7. In the Future
8. Landlord
9. Disco Ball
10. Talking Backwards
11. You're Fired!