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It's 2017 and Hrabko comes crawling back, with a new lineup of Rabbits, bringing their rough and tumble, guitar-drenched brand of je ne sais quoi to Hrabko's uncatagorizable songs of bitterly funny experience, both real and completely fabricated. Listen for cameos from several local KC music legends, as well.

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released June 23, 2017

All songs © 2017, Scott Hrabko (ASCAP)


SH - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion
Josh Arnold - Bass, Vocals
Tim Higgins - Drums, Percussion
Marco Pascolini - Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, Baritone Guitars
Fred Wickham - Electric Guitar

With:

Cowboy Bart Colliver - Piano (2); Accordion (9)
Havilah Bruders - Vocals (3, 7)
Kevin Dolan - Mandolin (3)
Dan Bliss - Lead Guitar (6)
Lauren Hughes - Vocals (9)
Mikal Shapiro - Vocals (10)
Chad Brothers - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals (10)
Brett Hodges - Fiddle (10)
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Recorded 1/16 - 1/17 at:
Casa Del Hrabko, Kansas City, MO
Rob Nold Audio, Raytown, MO
Massive Sound, Shawnee, KS
Mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound
Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering, Portland, OR

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Scott Hrabko Kansas City, Missouri

KC's own Scott Hrabko is a singer/songwriter with roots tracing back to the fertile crescent of the town's late-80s indie rock scene. Hrabko and his band, The Rabbits (Marco Pascolini, Fred Wickham, Jason Beers and Tim Higgins) have been featured live-in-studio artists on KKFI 90.1 FM's, Mid-Day Medley and River Trade Radio, and Chuck Haddix's legendary Fish Fry on KCUR 89.3 FM. ... more

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Track Name: Anne Boleyn
Anne Boleyn

~~~

Midnight in the courtyard
Swear I'd never tell a soul (2x)
If he knew what's going down
High and holy heads would roll

I ain't no bald headed baby
I wasn't born yesterday (2x)
And you don't need permission
To come on out and play

Lord only knows the depths of what I'm stepping in
I've got it bad, I've got it bad for Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn, Anne Boleyn
Hit me like a hambone mandolin
I'll be your saline canine
Just say when -- say when
I've got it bad, I've got it bad for Anne Boleyn

(Aw, hit me now)

So, where's the captain of your boredom
When your ship is going down?
I'm standing here, with a clever line
Mama, you don't have to drown

Look out yonder window
See the drunken heavens spin (2x)
Look out all you rounders
I'm coming in

It feels like we've been here before
But I don't know where or when
I've got it bad, I've got it bad
For Anne Boleyn

© 2017, Scott Hrabko (ASCAP)
Track Name: Space Heater Blues
Space Heater Blues

~~~

Stranded on a mattress
In the shadow of an actress
In the deep, dark winter
Sparks from her sweater
Light up the room
With the space heater blues

She wears a noisy necklace
And the birds are alerted
But the cat got your tongue
And Spring won't come
In the electrical hum
Of the space heater blues

Gather 'round, warm your little toes
How long, how long
Have you been out in the cold?
Heaven knows

She got mother of pearl
In the whites of her eyes
And the daughter of a detour
And a moonlit sky
And an order of fries
And the space heater blues

Her kids were with their daddy
For the weekend
She said, "Come on in
Make yourself right at home.
Open that wine and
Turn the space heater on."

It brings me down
But I'll never learn
Deep in the ground
Spring's waiting her turn

(C'mon, baby)

Winter, I don't like you much
And I know you don't like me
That Northwest wind
Is making it clear
So, let's just agree to disagree
It's a cold, cold world
Since my baby set me free

They tell me any day, now
The sun's gonna shine
Birds'll be singing
Baseballs flying
You can open a window
Won't that day be fine?
Oh, the space heater blues (3x)


© 2017, Scott Hrabko (ASCAP)
Track Name: A Thrill Of My Own
A Thrill Of My Own

~~~

I pulled into town
And out of my mind
Calamity was on my trail
A fretful buzz on the driver's side
The devil's just watching me fail
{Attaboy}

I ain't got no wifely prohibitions
Nothing to keep me in line
Somewhere in the middle of nowhere
I can't get you off of my mind
But I've been trying

Darkness falls
The cold wind calls
Guilty to the bone
I'd go out of my mind
If I ever did find
A thrill of my own

It's hard to be blue
When I'm holding you
I'm lost in the stars in your eyes
The things you said
Went right to my head
I might not make it home tonight
That'd be alright

Now, you can pretend we're strangers
If we should ever meet in a crowd
Fool me once, baby, kiss me twice
Ain't we got trouble now?

I guess I'll serenade the gargoyles
For there ain't nobody home
I'd go out of my mind
If I ever did find a thrill of my own

© 2017, Scott Hrabko (ASCAP)
Track Name: The Ogre's Waltz
The Ogre's Waltz

~~~

Oh, the skids were greased for my disgrace
The day that I was born
The doctor said, "This one goes out to
The fury of all women scorned."
From the single girls of Dublin
To the whores of Tripoli
They all take off running
Soon as they recognize me

I was haunted and horny in Borneo, baby
In the heat and humility
I'll sing no more of Singapore
Till I'm safely out to sea
Hated in Haiti by Lord and by Lady
An attempt was made on my soul
These two voodoo dolls led me down a long hall
Since then I've been digging this hole

I'm the ogre at the orgy
The fly in the anointment
The madman's spiel
The lowlight reel
To your deepest disappointment
And it's many a wretch like me
Down on my knees

I'm breathing gloom in motel rooms
Counting spiders on the wall
A blue recluse is on the loose
That don't bother me at all
Through sewer steam in New Orleans
Done up in gun metal blue
Dreaming of happy nerve endings
On Rue Morgue Avenue

Well, it's 45 minutes of sleep last night
Further, my Lord, from thee
You don't have to tell me I'm not living right
Just have a little sympathy
Thorns of lust, thorns of lust
What a cruel display!
This sacred heart can take so much
Then I've got to call it a day

I'm the ogre at the orgy
The fly in the anointment
The eyesore by the highway
To your deepest disappointment
And it's many a wretch like me

© 2017, Scott Hrabko (ASCAP)
Track Name: Sunshine Girl
Sunshine Girl

~~~

Who's been here since I've been gone?
Pretty girl with the headphones on
In a reverie of heaven in a song
I just smile at her dog and move along

I'd make love to her for sure
If she could endure
If she could endure the gratitude (So uncool)
Of a lonely heart with nothing left to lose

Sunshine girl
What's come over you?
Seems like it's either raining or
Just about to
You can call me a fool
But I'll keep on loving you
Till the day that I die
Of the blues

Who's been gone since I've been here?
Like the bubbles in my beer
Sweet dreams disappear at closing time
Ever smiling, ever brutal on my mind

Mourning dove, mourning dove
Your sweet, misguided love
O, jealousy and gravity abound (All around)
And they'll leave you crying helpless on the ground


Sunshine girl
What's come over you?
Seems like it's either raining or
Just about to
You can call me a fool
But I'll keep on loving you
Till the day that I die
Of the blues

© 2017, Scott Hrabko (ASCAP)
Track Name: Corrina (Don't Take The Long Way Home)
Corrina (Don't Take The Long Way Home)

~~~

I walk in my sleep
Down the empty streets
With my head in the clouds
I saw you last night
You just looked away
And disappeared in the crowd

All the lights are on
At your old address
I nearly knocked on the door
When I awoke, it was only a dream
Like a thousand dreams before

But I'm holding out and holding on
So tired of being alone
Corrina, don't take the long way home

Now, I've got it bad for Miss so and so
Like the tide's got it bad for the moon
It's strangers I need
And I'm a stranger, indeed
As long as I'm longing for you
For you

No headlights on the driveway
No sweet voice on the phone
Corrina
Corrina
Corrina, don't take the long way home

© 2017, Scott Hrabko (ASCAP)
Track Name: Eyes of Bonny Blue
Eyes of Bonny Blue

~~~

There's a blonde on the tracks
With no strings attached
She's free to get up and leave
There hasn't been a train
Pass through this way
Since 19 - something - and 3

Well, I could have laughed
And just turned my back
And slowly walked away
But that honey dripping voice
It left me no choice
She said, "Sweet daddy
Won't you rescue me?"

Well, I'm rolling around in the red clay dust
Fighting with her ex-boyfriend
Chickens in the yard
And broken down cars
And a couple of scuffed-up men

I stopped his mouth with a lucky left
Ruffled up the side of his head
But nothing seemed to affect him
It was like he was already dead
And I reckon it was something you said

And it's all because of you
And your eyes of bonny blue
It's all because of you
And your eyes
Your eyes of bonny blue

Well, you said something wrong
20 years ago
Now you can't get it out of your mind
Replay the down from the spot of the foul
Half the distance to the goal line
Penalty flags are flying
Pigs are piling on
I can't get up to save myself
Something must be terribly wrong
So I wrote a little song

And it's all because of you
And your eyes of bonny blue
It's all because of you
And your eyes
Your eyes of bonny blue

© 2017, Scott Hrabko (ASCAP)
Track Name: Vertigo Girls
Vertigo Girls

~~~

Old Gypsy Spells
And Cicada shells
One last summer buzzing by
We prayed in vain
For the mercy of rain
To a spider in the sky

In the mid-morning glare
None the worse for the wear
I shook off a slamming door
Church bells ringing
Bo Diddley singing
"I can tell you don't love me
No more. No more."

Vertigo girls
Won't you come out tonight?
Look at the time
It'll soon be light
Mean old daylight

Over the roar
Of the drunks next door
She's shooting off sparks
Barbecue saints
In a hickory haze
And, man, I don't mean
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc

Vertigo Girls
Won't you come out tonight?
Look at the time
It'll soon be light
Mean old daylight

© 2017, Scott Hrabko (ASCAP)
Track Name: Make Believe Rag
Make Believe Rag

~~~

Crackling rows of yodeling crows
on haunted electrical lines
Summer's gone like a 3 minute song
I guess she really means it this time
This time
She done made up her mind
But you know how your fortunes
Can turn on a dime

The sun's going down like a poke in the eye
Right down the middle of this highway I ply
And on that greasy panorama
Our destinations collide

Sometimes you've got to be reminded
That life ain't all a drag
Strike up the band
Baby, take my hand
And we'll dance to that make believe rag
Yeah, we'll dance to that make believe rag
Make believe

I'll never be the nominee
For best director of a life
The cast and the crew
Are tired and blue
And we're losing our light
Our light
And I've got a lot of nerve
To tell you everything will be alright

Sometimes you've got to be reminded
That life ain't all a drag
Strike up the band
Baby, take my hand
And we'll dance to that make believe rag
Yeah, we'll dance to that make believe rag
Make believe

© 2017, Scott Hrabko (ASCAP)
Track Name: Wandering Star
Wandering Star

~~~

So, where are you now, my lonely one?
A lifetime of light years from home
Where there ain't no West, North, South or East
And every detour's
Got a detour of it's own

It's a far cry from heaven
Right out of the blue
The cold wind blows
From soul to soul
And my thoughts go back to you

Wandering star
Don't wander too far
Shine a loving light
Where the lonely are
Wandering star

Well, honey, I know
It's a hard way to go
But there ain't no denying the blues
They lying in wait in the shadows
Of every little thing
You've been meaning to do

Still you're asking for mercy
With all the trouble down below
On that wheel of worry
That's spinning out of control

Wandering star
Don't wander too far
Shine a loving light
'Cause you know where we are
Wandering star

© 2017, Scott Hrabko (ASCAP)