In Bedlam

by Brian Medlin

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released November 16, 2010

Recorded by Mike Ashmore
Mixed and edited by Mike Ashmore and Tony Miola
All songs written by Brian Medlin except:
track 9 by Masciotti/Medlin and track 10 by Haag/Medlin
Photography by Amber Zagorski
Layout and design by Eric Medlin

Brian Medlin- vocals, acoustic guitars, drums, percussion, glockenspiel, melodica, mechanical music box
Dave Hughes- electric guitars
Ken Vasoli- bass
Nate Vaeth- organ
Laura Jayne Borucki- piano, additional backup vocals track 2
Dan Grebb- bass track 7, additional claps track 1
Chris Masciotti- acoustic and electric guitars track 9
Eric Haag- keys and electric guitars track 10

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Brian Medlin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Singer/songwriter from Philadelphia. See also: Legendary Divorce, Ghost Away, Wives, Person L.

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Track Name: I'm Not Crazy
I'm Not Crazy (Affairs)

I've got you by the hair
I'm pulling you downstairs
To show you stacks of books
The air is kind of stale
Your face is getting pale
I disconnect the phones

She's my baby, not you
I'm not crazy, how about you?

I got out all my best
Chairs for you to rest
All your pretty bones
Now you're ready and I'm not
I feel sick, I feel tired
What a sad state of affairs

She's my baby, not you
I'm not crazy, how about you?
Track Name: Tombstone Baby
Tombstone Baby (Rampage)

Tombstone baby, she's out for me
I drive up to that house just to make myself seen
She's my baby, but she's with somebody else

Tombstone baby's got grounds for divorce
She's scraping the bottom of a well, of course
She is everything that you are not

She's really not that bad
She's just out to be had
She looks all right to me, and that's all I see
And I'm happy

Tombstone baby, she's got me good
An order too tall, and that is well understood
She wants everything that I have got

I'm really not that bad
I'm just out to be had
She looks real good to me, and that's all I see
And I'm happy

She's really not that bad
She's just out to be had
She looks real good to me, and that's all I see
And I'm happy

Tombstone baby, she's out for me
I drive up to that house just to make myself seen
She's my baby, but she's with somebody else
Track Name: A Smoking Gun
A Smoking Gun (A Better Way)

Little one, I've got a smoking gun
I'm doing it all for you, for what you're going through
I didn't mean to wake you from your sleep
But when you toss and turn, it becomes my concern

You may find a better way
'Cause I always hear you say
A better way is safe in somebody's arms

Wish for me, for prosperity
If no one surprises you, then that's what I'm gonna do
The more you spin the tangled mess you in
Who's gonna help you out? Who's gonna save you now?

You may find a better way
But I hope that you might stay
A better way, to be safe in somebody's arms

If what you are is who you're with
Then I'm really what you want
'Cause what you want is to find a better way
And the better way, is safe right here in my arms
Track Name: Believers
Believers (15 Minutes)

With fire and brimstone
I'll keep telling it
These are the best days of my life

With great conviction
I'll keep saying it
These are the best days of my life

The best days of my life

They will burn you at the stake
Open your mouth, they won't wait
Track Name: If You Leave Me, I Won't Mind
If You Leave Me, I Won't Mind (Affordable)

If you leave me, I won't mind
There are plenty more like you and I've got time
So don't believe what you heard, 'cause it's all lies
You are not the only one for me

No, your love is not better than mine
They are only two different kinds
And jealousy, well, that is the worst kind
So please take your love away from me

We'll see just who outlasts who
I've been at this longer than you
I've seen a thing or two
Who will outlast who?
Not you

Baby, I have got all the lines
I've used them on you so many times
And I'm surprised that you never saw the signs
You are coming home tonight with me
Track Name: Need a Reason
Need a Reason (Sweet Talker)

I thought I could have it all
I thought I could keep this up without losing my head
I thought I could say what I want
I thought I could leave you in the back with the rest of them

Well, like someone who's got something to prove
A man who's got nothing's got nothing to lose
You got to need a reason to know what's true

I thought I could pace myself
I thought I could speed up when our time slowed down
i thought I could be in control
I thought I could stop myself before I finished with you

Well, it takes a real man to realize
You gotta put in the work while you put in the time
We all need a reason but I got mine

I thought I could have it all
I thought I could keep this up without losing my head
I thought I could say what I want
I thought I could leave you in the back with the rest of them

But I was wrong
Track Name: Oh Sara
Oh Sara (Don't Ya Know)

You are my saving grace
You are a good streak to break
Don't ya know
That self doubt is a battle you fight all alone

You are the healing power
You are the witching hour
Don't ya know
The monsters under the bed are waiting just for you

So steal in the eyes of children
Only mind your tongue

Oh Sara
Oh Sara
Don't ya know
That all of this had started because of you

And I know that it ain't right
But I'm not saying it's wrong

Oh Sara
Oh Sara
Don't ya know
Even if I wrote it, you'd just hear the song

And I know that it ain't right
But I'm not saying it's wrong
Track Name: Forgive/Forget
Forgive/Forget (Lay Down)

All that's left from then and now
I lay down
It won't work the way you tried
This will mirror your whole life

I just take it all in stride
Waste my time
The straw that broke the camel's back
Can't take back what's done

I lay down
Track Name: Benatar
Benatar (Eyes in the Air, Ears on the Ground)

For better or worse, you hold the keys
We just need a push, 'cause we got cold feet
Everything that you touch, it turns into gold
While all we touch, turns to stone

Don't make plans for anything

What's in her heart, we don't know for sure
But we'll go back to find it again

Always just enough, we're talking to walls
We believe what it says, and all that it does
Every time that you talk, your legend just grows
But when we talk, they throw stones

Don't we always treat you right?

What's in her heart, we don't know for sure
But we'll go back to find it again
Track Name: Tortured Life Blues
Tortured Life Blues (The Ballad of James and Marie)

Here's to love, the one thing we're not sure of
What have you got if you don't got me?
I must have lost everything the deal cost
Now I'd make any deal you like
Trapped inside a body I cannot control
I tell it what to do but it don't listen

Struggle, struggle
A tortured life
I see things that are not there

Oh my soul, you got rough around the edge
When we get home, we'll eat our young
I'm not myself, I haven't been myself for months
I just felt the need to explain
Struck it rich, oh so rich, from cripples, crooks, and kids
Baby, I'm yours truly, one trick pony

Struggle, struggle
A tortured life
I see things that are not there

Struggle, struggle
A living hell
I see things that are not there
Track Name: Worries Me Too
Worries Me Too (One Golden Thread)

I can always tell when you're lying to me
So you might as well open up your heart to me

Because what you're running from will follow you along
And all you're hiding from, I know it worries you
And it worries me too

I know you can see that you're being used
So how come you need to wait for the living proof

Baby, what you're running from will follow you along
And all you're hiding from, I know it worries you
And it worries me too

Why don't you just get out while you can?
You're only hanging by a thread
Why don't you just get out while you can?
You're left with no safety net
And one golden thread

I can always tell when you're lying to me
So you might as well open up your heart to me

Because what you're running from will follow you along
And all you're hiding from, I know it worries you
And you know it's true
It worries me too