Your Pretty Packages

by The Shamey Jays

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What’s missing from the airwaves these days? Quite simply, it’s a return to straight ahead rock and roll, the kind that should not be relegated to tribute shows commemorating some Golden Musical Past. A solution? Meet The Shamey Jays. Rather than the whiny, self-indulgent glop some rock bands are throwing up on the wall these days, The Shamey Jays offer up “songs that don’t make you think or cry.”

The Shamey Jays play what they call “indie garage-rock goodness.” It’s a sort of rock and roll lasagna, layered with gritty guitar riffs and leads, filled with musical and lyrical hooks and smothered in a sauce of top-notch song craft.

Their debut long-player, is “Your Pretty Packages” (Blindspot 117). The CD collects twelve songs, with ten of the tunes penned by San Diego songsmith Dave Howard, who has written songs for numerous artists including A.J. Croce, Gregory Page, Berkley Hart, Carolann Ames and the Coyote Problem. Spud Davenport contributes the remaining two songs to round out the album.

As dynamic as “Your Pretty Packages” is, the twelve songs on offer were honed on the road and that remains the best way to take in the Shamey Jays experience. However, short of having the band come to your house to perform, this CD is the next best thing, play loud and play often. Whether you see The Shamey Jays in concert or listen to their new album, the end result is the same. Even those who don’t come in as fans leave as converts.

Bart Mendoza
March, 2009

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released April 4, 2009

Dave Howard - guitars, vocals
Matt Silvia (Sweet Tooth) - guitars, vocals
Paul Denton (Butterface, The Jive Bombers) - bass, vocals
Spud Davenport (Messy Necessities, Leaders In The Clubhouse) - drums, vocals

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Dave Howard San Diego, California

Dave Howard has been active in the San Diego music scene since 1990.
A multi-year nominee for the San Diego Music Awards, Howard's songwriting and stage chops caught the attention of his peers and coffeehouse patrons. This allowed him to collaborate and hang with the emerging artists of the time. Dave's has released acoustic, garage rock (The Shamey Jays) and ambient electronic music (Upaya) ... more

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Track Name: Quttin' Time
Quittin’ Time
Words and Music by Dave Howard
©2008 Hidden Agenda Music (ASCAP)

Ain’t no bells ringin’ baby
Ain’t no sirens going off
Ain’t no whistles gonna blow but baby don’t you know
it’s quittin’ time

Baby I’ve had it
With your sneakin’ around
You’re so bad at it
Yeah, the word got around
I’m so mad
That I’m almost glad it’s quittin’ time

Got no tears for you baby
I won’t cry for you no more
Leave that for your new man
I’m sure he’ll understand when you’re walkin’ out his door

CHORUS

I waited far too long
But now it’s time to move on
I got a lot of love to give
And a whole new life to live

CHORUS
Track Name: My Machine Kicks Your Machine’s Ass
My Machine Kicks Your Machine’s Ass
Words and music by Dave Howard
©2008 Hidden Agenda Music (ASCAP)

Venus de Milo went to the rock show
Bought her a t-shirt. Nobody got hurt
Back at the black hole, plugged in the console.
Loaded my last game. Ain’t it a damn shame

My machine kicks your machine’s ass

Tell me your last name, show me your long chain
Out in the back field, makin’ some sweet deal
Show me a good time, walk in a straight line
Think that you got game, ain’t it a damn shame

My machine kicks your machine’s ass
Track Name: Always Had It
Always Had It
Words and music by Dave Howard
©2015 Upaya Music (SESAC)

Always had it
A particular sense of pride
Nothing anyone can say because I keep my woman satisfied
Never really needed anyone’s permission for anything
Been a long time since I had to change my ways

Nothing anyone can say about the way I live my life
The highway and this guitar know me well
Come on along and get to know me.
Show me what you have to show me
If all you want to do is judge me, then go to hell

CHORUS

No. I can see right through your faux humility
Your arrogant nature burns through your thin façade.
I’ve already heard your song
You been singing it way too long
Nothing you can say is gonna bring me any closer to God.

Always had it; a particular sense of pride
The clean, cool look in my eyes; I’ve always had it
Unshakable peace of mind I’ve always had it
Always had it… Always had it
Track Name: Real Bad Bar Fight
Real Bad Bar Fight
Words and Music by Dave Howard
©2015 Upaya Music (SESAC)


Dennis had a few too many
Then he started runnin’ his mouth
Drawin’ attention to himself
And talkin’ that shit too loud
Then he’s hittin’ on the waitress
Then he goes and spills his beer
Push come to shove and I grabbed my buddy
Said man, we better get out of here

But it was too late
It was a real bad bar fight
Some people had to go to jail and the hospital that night
Oh, it was too late
It was a real bad bar fight. I was a real bad bar fight
It was a real bad bar fight

Cindy was a primped up diva
Mini skirt and fuck me heels
Flirtin’ with the guys and girls on the dance floor
Workin’ that sex appeal
Guess she picked the wrong prospect
The girlfriend showed her nails
Fists started flyin' and hair started pullin'
And they both began to cuss and wail

Yeah, it was too late
It was a real bad bar fight
Some people had to go to jail and the hospital that night
Oh, it was too late
It was a real bad bar fight. I was a real bad bar fight
It was a real bad bar fight
Track Name: I Want Some (The Shoegazer Song)
I Want Some (The Shoegazer Song)
Words and music by Dave Howard and Paul Denton
©2015 Upaya Music (SESAC)

Everybody knows that I’ve been nothing but patient with you
Everybody knows I waited longer than another would do
If you tell a lie a thousand times it will eventually be true
Still I can’t believe it when you tell me that we’re finally through

Cause I want some
And you want some too

Everybody knows I put my life on hold to be here with you
Everybody sees through all the games I simply played to get you
All along I knew inside that I was just a puppet to you
Don’t act so surprised cause deep inside I still suspect that you knew

That I want some
And you want some too
Track Name: Panhandle Park
Panhandle Park
Words and Music by Spud Davenport
©2009 PuppyNoPlay Music

Why should I go get a job today?
Spendin’ precious hours for minimum pay?
Wearin’ some Monkey Suit like a Robot with no clue
Man, It’s amazing what an outstretched hand can do

It’s all for the takin’
Big bucks I’ll be makin’
It’s all for the takin’ at Panhandle Park

Now the Tourist Season’s underway
The sun is out ‘n’ it’s a beautiful day
Time to tell these happy folks that nothin’ is for free
“Excuse me, Sir, it’s an Entertainment tax
‘cuz you’re staring at me !”

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Whoa-o-o-oh
We could all be free
Whoa-o-o-oh
If we weren’t hung up on money
Whoa-o-o-oh

Why should I go get a job today?
I make a lot more here than minimum wage
I don’t wear some Monkey Suit and I sure don’t cut my hair
Ha,
Dontcha envy me?
Well, the line starts over there!

CHORUS
Track Name: Happy Is The New Down
Happy Is The New Down
Words and Music by Dave Howard
©2015 Upaya Music (SESAC)

Midnight on the boulevard
Homeless people livin' hard
Hustler playin' the card that he's been dealt

Church bells ring at dawn
Progress marches on
Winter will soon be gone and the ice will melt

Blades of grass break through concrete
Bitter tears begin to taste sweet
I feel empty and yet so complete

Happy is the new Down

Gambler with the ace of spades
Suicide with a razor blade
A rich man has got it made and I don't mind

A civil war that never ends
A horse thief makes amends
Search on the net for a long lost friend

Happy is the new Down

And I just can't be seen in black
And I just can't make it back

Happy is the new Down
Track Name: Pretty Disaster
Pretty Disaster
Words and Music by Dave Howard and Frank Drennen
© 2009 Hidden Agenda Music (ASCAP)/Tree Top Charlie Music (ASCAP)

Throw me a lifeline, baby before I drown
I need a rescue, baby before I go down
Sober as a cop on Sunday, thinking like a drunk
Shooting rounds at a battle ship until it's sunk

Pretty disaster
Going all the way
Pretty disaster
is only one step away

Every silver lining, baby has a cloud
There's a whisper inside my head
Screaming loud
I scare myself, stepping over the line
Afraid I'm gonna let you down, I tell you everything's fine

You're the one who loves me, baby
You're the one I want
You're the one who keeps me hanging on

Throw me a lifeline, baby before I drown
I need a rescue, baby before I go down
Gotta know your weakness if you wanna be strong
You never know what you have until it's almost gone
Track Name: She’s A Cutter
She’s A Cutter
Words and Music by Dave Howard
©2015 Upaya Music (SESAC)

She’s a cutter
She’s a bleeder
She’s a runner
She’s a screamer
She’s a lost little girl and in her mind’s eye
it’s a cold and lonely world that won’t ever get better
She’s a cutter

She runs to her room and closes the door
Nobody knows how she feels anymore
Emotions and life are just out of control
She lights a candle and empties her soul
Opens her journal. Opens the knife and says
“What do you want to do with your life?”

CHORUS

Headphones are blaring so she cannot hear
Don’t let them know if you’re straight or you’re queer
Aching for love that she pushes away
Runs in the night and she sleeps in the day
Doesn’t need anyone, feels so strong
Always showing up where she doesn’t belong.

CHORUS

She’s only happy if she’s pissed
Daddy’s little girl doesn’t exist
Suicide plans that always fall through
Just like rainy days with nothing to do.

CHORUS
Track Name: Your Pretty Packages
Your Pretty Packages
Words and Music by Dave Howard
©2015 Upaya Music (SESAC)

You can organize and categorize and visualize
You can make your list and get the gist and pump your fist
You can make your plans and shake some hands and list your demands

But what if they never buy your pretty packages
What if they never buy your pretty packages?
What if nobody wants your pretty packages?

Is it personal or logical or rational?
Is it simplified or glorified or compromised?
Will they understand or make demands or play their hand
when everything can easily be explained?

The illusion of control is like a black hole
Mounting problems fill your mind
Sure to leave no child behind
Even if you find your way
Every leaf turn brown someday

Count your pigeons and your chickens and your Meer cats daddy
Call your midgets and your circus clowns and sisters baby
Have a soda and a cracker and a cobweb for your
after dinner social and your debutante ball.
Track Name: Waiting For The Tears
Waiting For The Tears To Fall
Words and Music by Spud Davenport
©2007 PuppyNoPlay Music

I'm sittin' on your porch for hours
'Cuz you won't return my calls
I bought a big bouquet of flowers
Waitin' for the tears to fall
It's all my fault
I meant to tell ya
I wish I could explain
Bobby called,
He saw you out on the town
Laughin' in the rain

Yea, I'm waiting for the tears to fall

I'm drivin' in the dark 'til daylight
Wonderin' where the hell you'd go
These flowers probably won't make it
Through the night
Waitin' for the tears to flow
It's all my fault
I meant to tell ya
I wish I had the chance
Bobby called,
He heard you boarded a plane
For the South of France

Oh, I'm waiting for the tears to fall
They might be yours, maybe mine
For cryin' out loud,
This could take time
I'm waiting for the tears to fall
Here they come...
Track Name: Ready To Go To Town
Ready To Go To Town
Words and Music by Dave Howard
©2015 Upaya Music (SESAC)

If you wanna ride, climb on
I'm ready to go to town

Any train stays too long in the station,
trouble on down the line
Hit the gas put the pedal to the metal
if you wanna make some time

CHORUS

No brakes and the gear box is burnin'
Don't wanna hit any red lights
Pop the clutch leave the rubber on the pavement
We're pullin’ all the stops tonight.

Got not time to look at the scenery
I’ll do it on the way back home
I just appreciate fine machinery
Can't you hear the engine moan

CHORUS

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