Good at Goodbye

by Scott Barkan

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TimTTT This is an example of the gems you find in the name your price section. Scott isn't someone I'd come across in my day to day life, but I think just about everyone can relate with songs like "Lost Cause" or Mirror and a Dollar." Favorite track: Mirror and a Dollar.
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Steve Lawson This is *so* good. I mean, everything Scott does is fabulous, but this takes it all up a notch. Moving, beautiful music, recorded and played to perfection. Everyone should own this. Favorite track: I Fall For Everyone.
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1.
Mine to Lose 02:00
Once I thought you were mine to lose And this was all a game Now I see I was yours to choose And you were mine to gain
2.
I'm a perfect three leaf clover I'm none of what you want and everything that's left over Keep looking down that tunnel but there ain't no light Examine every side of me, but none of them are bright You're waiting those stars but they won't be aligning I'm telling you this cloud ain't got no silver lining I know it smells rotten but just take a bite 'Cause I'm the only one left at the end of the night I'll be your lost cause I understand if this might give you pause Because a perfect man I ain't But you can be my patron saint And I can be your lost cause Don't know what else to say to help reinforce You can beat me all night but I'm a dead horse I'm a smoker who keeps smoking from his iron lung The joker playing a guitar that ain't been strung I'll be your lost cause Rip off the bandage, throw away the gauze There's nothin' here that you can fix So just take me as I is And let me be your lost cause Seems to me your glasses are a little rose colored I'm begging you to please just judge this book by it's cover What's over is over, what's done is done My bell's been rung, the fat lady has sung I'll be your lost cause I understand if you wanna hold the applause Because a perfect man I ain't But you can be my patron saint And I can be your lost cause I don't know who could learn To love all these flaws But let me be your lost cause No, a perfect man I ain't But you can be my patron saint And I can be your lost cause
3.
Don’t know how I ended up in here Kept it together for so long But looking through these bars everything seems so clear I know, I know that I was wrong Said I’d stop fooling ‘round like this Guess I had my fingers crossed But you knew I was trouble from the very first kiss And I knew, I knew, all hope was lost Now they're giving me just one phone call Got my head against the cold, cold wall You thought I didn’t care at all Well baby you’re my one phone call Growing up in a town like this Comes with a certain cost You beat your brow and you pound your fist But you can’t get down off of that cross There’s something ‘bout a girl like you Makes me think I got a shot Even though you think my love ain’t true I give, I give it all I got Now they're giving me just one phone call Got my head against the cold, cold wall You thought I didn’t care at all Well baby you’re my one phone call ‘Cause I’m the one who walked out The one who had to shout I’m never coming back Baby I take it back Maybe I take it back Maybe I take it back Baby I take it back Another night on a concrete floor But you won’t let it end this way I don’t deserve you walking through that door But here you come anyway And they're giving me just one phone call Got my head against the cold, cold wall You thought I didn’t care at all Yeah you thought I didn't care at all One phone call My head against the cold, cold wall And you thought I didn't care at all You thought I didn't care at all
4.
I never start these things off right 'Cause you been staring at me all night And I ain’t even cracked a smile I’m bad at hello But give me a try ‘Cause I’m good at Goodbye I can’t ever seem to find the words And when I do they never get heard But if you take that all in stride You’ll see I’m bad at hello But stay for a while ‘Cause I’m good at Goodbye I’ll be gone in the night You won’t see me go You won’t even know So don’t leave on a light I’m not coming back Because I’m good So good At Goodbye It’s too loud to talk in here And I’m too afraid to let you get near You can probably tell it’s been a while Yeah I’m bad at hello But give me a try ‘Cause I’m good at goodbye Yeah, I'm good at goodbye I’ll be gone in the night You won’t see me go You won’t even know So don’t leave on a light I’m not coming back Because I’m good So good At Goodbye I'm good at goodbye Don’t ask me why I get that look in my eye I'm good So good at goodbye Don’t ask me why I get that look in my eye Yeah, I'm good So good Don’t ask me why I get that look in my eye
5.
Lying awake, watching the clock Hear your car in the drive, key in the lock Slip out of your clothes, slip into the bed Well you don’t have to be so cold ‘Cause what’s written all over your face is so easily read But I don’t need to know I don’t need to know Wherever you’ve been Whoever you’re with Whenever you go I can hear it in your voice Feel it in your touch I can smell it on your clothes And your eyes are begging to tell me But I’m begging that you don’t ‘Cause I don’t need to know Just wanna get back on your side And if I gotta wait in line, this ain’t a matter of pride I know it’s tearing you up, but it’s breaking me down I hate seeing you so low And you think you gotta let it out, but please don’t make a sound ‘Cause I don’t need to know I don’t need to know Wherever you’ve been Whoever you’re with Whenever you go I can hear it in your voice Feel it in your touch I can smell it on your clothes And your eyes are begging to tell me But I’m begging that you don’t ‘Cause I don’t need to know And I won’t ask, if you won’t tell No I won’t ask, if you won’t tell Lying awake, watching you sleep I guess we all got a secret to keep But I don’t need to know I don’t need to know Wherever you’ve been Whoever you’re with Whenever you go I can hear it in your voice Feel it in your touch I can smell it on your clothes And your eyes are begging to tell me But I’m begging that you don’t ‘Cause I don’t need to know I don't need to know
6.
I was a dime a dozen She was everything I wasn't We were 'bout as sturdy as a house on stilts Creaking, groaning in the wind Somehow standing in the end Baby that's the house we built But something wasn't right She would lie awake at night Eyes keep drifting toward the door I guess I couldn't blame her I knew I'd never tame her Don't know what she stayed here for That's when I heard the buzzing of the highway Gravel in the driveway Footsteps coming up the stairs Someone cut the power The milk is going sour Why'd I have to find you there I saw a mirror and a dollar Lipstick on a collar Ashtray tipped over on the floor I been watching from the shadows Everywhere that bad goes But bad don't live here anymore It's like I bit a bad tomato I'm a cow in a tornado Sick and seeing red and spinning round and round No there's no coming back from this My train is off the track from this But I couldn't stand to hear another sound It's just that sometimes I forget myself But now I must collect myself Just get into the car and drive and drive Don't know if you deserve this I wouldn't call it justice And I don't understand just why I saw a mirror and a dollar Lipstick on a collar Ashtray tipped over on the floor I been watching from the shadows Everywhere that bad goes But bad don't live here anymore Well they were waiting at the border At least now there's some order to my days Quiet to my nights I had you then I lost Think of what that cost you Every time that I turn out the lights Because I see you in my dreams Don't know what that means Don't know why you'd visit me at all The house on stilts has fallen But those deepest blues keep calling And I just can't resist that call I saw a mirror and a dollar Lipstick on a collar Ashtray tipped over on the floor I been watching from the shadows Anywhere that bad goes But bad don't live here anymore I saw a mirror and a dollar Lipstick on a collar Ashtray tipped over on the floor I been watching from the shadows Everywhere that bad goes But bad don't live here anymore No bad don't live here anymore Bad don't live here anymore Bad don't live here anymore
7.
Beach Grass 04:57
She was found at the end of Illinois ave Left in a bank at high tide Cold at midday, even for December When a beach goer saw where she lie Hair of jet black Naked as the day she was born Down the beach in a hollowed out log They found the clothes she had worn Skin as grey as the water Snow as white as the sand And the beach grass that grows in the winter was all Crumpled up in her hand Crumpled up in her hand Crowd gathers round Onlookers describe for the world How laid out for all at the foot of the dune Was the breathless and beautiful girl But crowds will go home Camera crews pack up and leave Carried away to the sound of the tune Of sirens so far down the street Traffic lights on the windshield Rain and the colors all swirl And the beach grass that grows in the winter was all Tangled up in her curls Tangled up in her curls Step by step Just hold on and soon you’ll be free Breath by breath She’ll be reclaimed by the sea She had a name She had a face we don’t know Mother daughter lover and ghost Secrets now deep in the snow Traffic lights on the windshield Rain and the colors all swirled And the beach grass that grows in the winter was all Tangled up in her curls Tangled up in her curls Tangled up in her curls We will bury you Bury you We will bury you Bury you We will bury you Bury you We will bury you Bury you
8.
I fall for everyone Not just you dear You're not the first or last I'll love this year If you're a clever girl And you've seen the world I'm sure my toes will curl Like a lock of your hair I fall for everyone Why should you care I fall for everyone So don't feel bad There's never been someone I haven't had Feelings for eventually I will come to see There should be something Between you and me I fall for everyone Just wait and see I fall for everyone Sometimes pretty ones Sometimes stupid ones And treat me shitty ones If you're blonde or brunette A redhead, better yet I'd say it's a safe bet I'll shed some tears over you I fall for everyone Sorry you fell for me too
9.
There's a ghost who lives here with me The ghost of the man I was hoping to be He's stronger and smarter, with a delicate touch he doesn't shout so loud, he doesn't complain so much And when you look at me, somehow you see him And the veil that's between us grows gossamer thin Like you could reach out and touch him if the ghost had skin And could be free of the chains that I wrapped him in But I'm a boat sinking in the water Plane falling from the sky And I don't love you like I oughta I won't ever know why But for now he just follows with a watchful eye No questions, no judgement, really a hell of a guy And I do it wrong, say it wrong, time after time Excuse after excuse, crime after crime He just lingers beside me like a frog on a hot plate Shoulda jumped long ago and he can't tell that it's too late The fire is burning but no one sounds the alarm He'll never cross over into your arms But I'm a boat sinking in the water Plane falling from the sky And I don't love you like I oughta I won't ever know why I won't ever know why And if I could I would trade places Investigate those quiet spaces Where the wind is warm, stars light the way But it’s a dream that's born into a world where it can’t stay Cause who am I kidding, what can I do I'm as much me as the sky is blue And the ghost is just a shadow of who I want to be when I look at you But I'm a boat sinking in the water Plane falling from the sky And I don't love you like I oughta I won't ever know why It's wasn’t much of a leap, but i never could make it You tried to stay, but you never could fake it And of all the parts of me you took with you I wish you didn't have to take him too I watched you float off together in a wisp of smoke I just stood there, saying nothing, letting it soak Now I'm alone in this house, just me and my song Guess I was the only ghost here All along But I'm a boat sinking in the water Plane falling from the sky And I don't love you like I oughta I won't ever know why I won't ever know why There's a ghost who lives here with me The ghost of the man I was hoping to be He's stronger and smarter, with a delicate touch he doesn't shout so loud, he doesn't complain so much
10.
Well it was just one night But I been holding on so tight Never been on the other side of this Holding my hand out hoping for a kiss And I know you're not the type To settle down, play the wife I only need you for a little while Then you can toss me out into the pile I want to be one of the lucky ones I want to feel your love grind me to dust Chew me up and spit me out again You know that I'll come crawling back again Just a number in a long, long line Of those of us who held your gaze, for a time Take the best of me and when your done I'll count myself among the lucky ones And yes I know the phrase "Out of my league" This could be just a phase, I know you're just a tease But none of that matters to me now I'm just a wave crashing across your bow Oh I'll take any shape, I'll fill any space, that you'll allow Don't care 'bout savin' face, don't care 'bout bleedin' out I'm an anvil, you're a hammer I'll take my pain pills, I'm so enamored with The lucky ones I want to feel your love grind me to dust Chew me up and spit me out again You know that I'll come crawling back again Just a number in a long, long line Of those of us who held your gaze, for a time Take the best of me and when your done I'll count myself among the lucky ones

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released October 25, 2017

Scott Barkan - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Kurt Kotheimer - Bass
Sam Ospovat - Drums

Full band tracking by Ken Rich at Grand Street Recording, Williamsburg, NY
Additional tracking and mixing by Scott Barkan
Mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side Music

Cover photo by Andrew Hewson
Design by Scott Barkan

All songs by Scott Barkan ©Scott Barkan Music 2017

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Scott Barkan is a guitarist and songwriter based in New York.

Scott's signature shimmering guitar tones and skronky, avant improvisations can be found throughout his work as an in-demand sideman, in addition to his own projects as a band leader and solo artist. ... more

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