Muscle Memories

by Rick Fontaine

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The sophomore full-length release from Dallas-based musician, Rick Fontaine. Stylistic influences abound on this record - including, but not limited to - progressive rock, Texas regional, or "red dirt" music, as well as folk and the usual melody-heavy pop rock. It features a selection of brand new songs as well as some that have been gestating in Rick's core-brain for over 20 years. Rick likes to think of this collection as his "mental garage sale". So, feel free to take a gander and let us know what tickles your musical fancy...

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releases June 1, 2018

Copyright 2018, Rick Fontaine

Rick Fontaine: Vocals, instruments, programming
Engineered and produced by Rick Fontaine
Recorded at Little Hill Studios, Dallas TX

All songs by Rick Fontaine, except "40 Gallons of Whiskey": Words: R. Fontaine, Music: R. Fontaine/T. Cross.

Mastering provided by landr.com.

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Rick Fontaine Dallas, Texas

Rick has played in several Dallas-area bands, including Davenport, Back To Blue, WhiskeyHat and Blanchard & Fontaine over the past 20+ years. He has also self-produced two full-length albums and an E.P. - all recorded at his home studio where he wrote, recorded and performed all the instruments (with a few exceptions). ... more

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Track Name: Lately
Lately...
Lately..yeah yeah

Lately
I've been thinking 'bout my state of affairs
I feel
Another situation's in the air
Lately
I've been holding down my dying breath
I feel
That a nervous breakdown's all I have left

But you know it can't last very long
And there's got to be some way
To pull myself out of the grave
That I've dug...yeah yeah

Lately
I've felt something clinging to my back
I think
That this little monkey should cut me some slack
Lately
I've been coming down with a strange disease
I feel
That a dose of hope is the right remedy

But you know it can't last very long
And there's got to be some way
To pull myself out of the grave
That I've dug...yeah yeah

On and on from now on
I'll let myself down
I've learned to take the bread as comes
Silently without trouble
Now I've come down to take my place
With the human race so low
It's not how high that I fly
But I far I have to fall...
Track Name: We All Fall Down
I spent a lifetime running out of Houston
The heat could’ve seared through my soul
I would drive down the coast to Galveston isle
Lookin’ for a new wave and a ghost

Then I spent some time down in Austin for awhile
Beggin’ for a change that never would come
Walkin’ down Guadalupe Street in June
Never felt farther from the truth...

If I follow you down, will you pick me up when
I follow you down
If we hit rock bottom will you still be holdin’ on
When we all fall down…
When we all fall down

Up in here in Dallas we’ve laid down our roots
Among the vagrants and the trees
We’ll build this house as they try to tear it down
I know we can make it somehow

I’ll follow you down
I’ll follow you down…
When we hit rock bottom I’ll follow you down
We all fall down
We all fall down (x2)
Track Name: 40 Gallons of Whiskey
Feels like I’ve been down in a hole
For these past few months
Thinking ‘bout all the loves we lost
And the times…we’ve had it rough

Feels like I’m stuck in a vise
And I can’t shake loose
Every time I see the light
It’s just a train come in to view

Chorus:
40 gallons of whiskey
A round for everyone
Let’s raise a glass and drink it fast
‘Cause livin’s just too fun…
40 gallons of whiskey
A drink for all my friends
Let’s toast to a brand new life
And pray this just won’t end

They say time can heal all wounds
But mine still do sting
I found out all too late
What a friend you were to me
My regrets, I’ve drowned in a bottle
But what’s done is done
It don’t change the fact
That I could have been the one…

So bring me...

40 gallons of whiskey
A round for everyone
Let’s raise a glass and drink it fast
‘Cause livin’s just too fun…
40 gallons of whiskey
A drink for all my friends
Let’s toast to a brand new life
And pray this just won’t end

Like a father you were to me
The one I needed the most
I was left on the side of the road
And you…you picked me up
Your secrets you kept hid
For all to see
You taught me to get busy livin’
As you laid dyin’…

40 gallons of whiskey
A round for everyone
Let’s raise a glass and drink it fast
‘Cause livin’s just too fun…
40 gallons of whiskey
A drink for all my friends
Let’s toast to a brand new life
And pray this just won’t end x2
Track Name: That Don't Change Anything
Sometimes I wonder aloud
At all the things I've seen in my life
Like hangin’ out at The One Night Stand
When I can't sleep at night
Thinkin' bout all the places I've known
And all the birds that have flown
Like Vegas on a Sunday night
All my chances are blown

But I know I won't be walking on down that road again
Once more I've realized loneliness is my only friend
Well I know, but that don't change anything

Some nights I sit alone
And drown in a bottle of gin
Reminisce about the good ol' days
And let the rain wash away my sins
The way star-crossed lovers collide
It nearly blinds my eyes
Like a train on a broken track
I get derailed all the time

But I know I won't be walking on down that road again
I’ve finally realized loneliness is my only friend
Well I know, but that don't change anything

The clock's ticking on the mantle shelf
It's time I was on my way
My bags are packed and the baggage checked
But the plane's done flown away

But I know I won't be walking on down that road again
I’ve finally I've realized loneliness is my only friend
Well I know, but that don't change anything
Well I know, but that don't change anything
Track Name: Emerald Green
When I dream, I dream in emerald green
And when I wake, my tears run down like a stream
O’er those rolling hills of stone
Lies the place where I’ll rest my weary bones

With any luck we’ll meet again someday
I’ll bring with me a gift of words to say
Of words to say, I left so many in my wake
Sinking slowly in the foam and the spray

Spread your arms to the sea, my dear
Let the waves carry you far from here
Across the endless depths I’ve steered
To bring you back to me
To bring you back to me

Well carry on, my ramblin’ one
Til the waves swallow the orange sun
One last time we’ll walk upon this isle
That meets the sea in this land of emerald green

Spread your arms to the sea, my dear
Let the waves carry you far from here
Across the endless depths I’ve steered
To bring you back to me
To bring you back to me
To bring you back to me...
Track Name: Spider
Spending so much time together has made me realize
That I don't want to be the prize
Of a misled wife with two very needy pets
I can't get tangled in that web

And I just don't know which way to run
And I don't know where I can hide
From this feeling that she flaunts so indiscreetly
But I'm gonna try
I, I'm gonna try

She feeds my ego buts eats me up inside
This quandry's wounded my self-pride
She turns the tide and leaves me high and dry
This kiss and tell is not my style

And I just don't know which way to run
And I don't know where I can hide
From this feeling that she flaunts so indiscreetly
But I'm gonna try
I, I'm gonna try

Catch me in a hallway, ambush me on the stair
Tell me you treat your victims oh so fair
She's a little spider with a one-track mind
She eats the males of her own kind

And I just don't know which way to run
And I don't know where I can hide
From this feeling that she flaunts so indiscreetly
But I'm gonna try
I, I'm gonna try
Track Name: Golden Delicious
Instrumental
Track Name: Questions
Have you found the truth
Or was it just a lie?
Now that you seen the light
Will you keep it down inside?

I can’t waste my time
Living in the past
The future is a fantasy
Once the die is cast

And I have no way of knowing
Where I am going
And I don’t foresee
Any change in me…

When were you told
We are all of one soul
And how did you know
Which way the wind blows?

Once not long ago
You believed in me
When are time grows to a close
Will you tell me what will be?

And I have no way of knowing
Where I am going
And I don’t foresee
Any change in me…

Have you found the truth
Or was it just a lie?
Now that you seen the light
Will you keep it down inside?

I can’t waste my time
Living in the past
The future is a fantasy
Love to make it last...
Track Name: Astroworld
See the Señoritas in their Cure tees
Disintegration of our early teens
Don't look now but they're headed our way
I'll be a poser and hide anyway

A rude awakening at dawn
That lead us on this road we’re on
We caught a ride just in time
Never unease on our minds

Standing in line in the summertime
Was just fine with me
Cause we were young and we were free
And right where we wanted to be

Aboard this cyclone of hormones
Don't let this time accelerate
And slip by like a screaming sky
Beneath your weary feet

Passing our time in the serpentine
Was just fine with me
Cause we were young and carefree
No burden could bury me

Like a show at the Southern Star
We were playing for our lives
As the viper twists and turns
We teach the lessons that we learn

Greased lightnin’ now strikes twice
In this field of broken dreams
Was it worth it to be free?

"Chorus 1 + 2"
Track Name: Volunteer
How did you know
How did you know this story
That I never wrote?
I should have known
I should have known you'd see right through
These lies that I told

Every move I make just seems to take
Me further ‘way from you

How did you know
How did you know this secret
That I've never told?
I should have known
I should have known I couldn’t live
On words that choke

I’ve seen the face of every fading dream
And it’s kept me asleep so long

Oh no, here we go
It’s the same ol’ story we’ve been told
About the man who never raised his hand
To volunteer for you
Volunteer for you

Where do we go when in this failure town
Comes to blows? We haven’t learned this lesson by now?
And there are those who would burn us down
But the ones who’ll save us are the ones we’ve brought up now

Oh no, here we go
It’s the same ol’ story we’ve been told
About the man who never raised his hand
To volunteer for you
Volunteer for you