Long Story

by The Grey Clay

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released July 1, 2014

All songs written, performed, recorded, and produced by Clay Whipkey.
Backing vocals provided by Clayton Rogers. Additional backing vocals, and duet vocals on "In Your Bones", by Ashley Creighton.

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The Grey Clay Phoenix, Arizona

The musical project of songwriter, musician, and producer Clay Whipkey. Whipkey was a front man for several emo and indie rock bands in the Phoenix, AZ underground music scene in the 2000’s. After a long hiatus, he has now re-emerged with an eclectic mix of folk, indie rock, alt-country, and electro-pop. ... more

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Track Name: Victorine
Victorine, shed your rust
time to find something else in which to trust
got your book of sad stories
about sad boys who never really knew you

new name for a new life
and you are

Victorine no more
Victorine no more
Victorine no more
Victorine no more

pick yourself up, shake off the dust
you will find your passion and lust
the world is yours, do what you can
your pretty simple dreams don't require a man, no

new name for a new life
and you are

Victorine no more
Victorine no more
Victorine no more
Victorine no more

new name for a new life
new name for a new life
and you are

Victorine no more
Victorine no more
Victorine no more
Victorine no more
Track Name: Let's Put a Light in the Sky
let's put a light in the sky
give me your hand tonight
I need to feel your skin against mine
let's put a light in the sky

389 miles door to door
plenty of time to think about all I'm looking for

drive with the window down
I won't wast this chance
come what may of the rest of our lives
I'm gonna hold you while I can

let's put a light in the sky
give me your hand tonight
I need to feel your skin against mine
let's put a light in the sky

last drop in the bottle gives me courage to stand
and do some good for my soul, I won't waste this chance

to lay beside you
watch your silhouette
better things to do with my time
I haven't found them yet

let's put a light in the sky
give me your hand tonight
I need to feel your skin against mine
let's put a light in the sky

let's put a light in the sky
let's put a light in the sky
for all I've done wrong let's do something right
let's put a light in the sky
Track Name: Long Story
if you're trying to get away
you're facing the wrong direction
I know I talk too much
but you keep on asking me questions

this is a long story
you just don't know it yet
this is a long story
you just don't know it yet

I'm following all your rules
not making any plans
I know I started out wrong
but you keep coming back

this is a long story
you just don't know it yet
this is a long story
you just don't know it yet

I tried all my best tricks
but they don't work on a girl like you
it may take a while to steal your heart
but you know I'll see it through

this is a long story
you just don't know it yet
this is a long story
you just don't know it yet

this is a long story
and it's not over yet
this is a long story
and it's not over yet
Track Name: Old Hands
there is wisdom in these old hands
they know how to touch you like a dangerous man
slip my hands behind your neck
pull you close to me
sink you in my ocean
teach you how to breathe

I'm burning up in your easy fire
you draw me in with a quiet desire
take my heart in your hands
crush me with your grip
I can taste the sweetness
in the soft flesh of your lip

if you don't look down you'll never know you're falling
if you don't let go you'll never be alone again
if you don't look down you'll never know you're falling
if you don't let go you'll never be alone again

these old hands feel young on you
Track Name: In Your Bones
do you hear my voice
when we are apart
you sleep so peacefully
in a blanket of my heart

put your sword in the ground
lay your defense down

I am in your bones
in you my blood flows
no matter how far you roam
I will be your home

when I close my eyes
I can see your face
swim in hazel oceans
too deep to wade

there's a crack in my wall
one breath just might make it fall

you are in my bones
in me your blood flows
no matter how far I roam
you will be my home

I am in your bones
in you my blood flows
no matter how far you roam
I will be your home
I will be your home
I will be your home

do you hear my voice
when we are apart
you sleep so peacefully
in a blanket of my heart
so let me cover you
Track Name: Little White Creature
little white creature under the bed
will you always keep her with no room for this man?
when the loneliness comes, don't let it in
can you get loud?
can you make yourself big?

little white creature
will you always keep her?
little white creature
will you always keep her?

little white creature hiding under the bed
you hear me stir beside her and come to share your breath
if you are on my side I will love you forever
you and I would agree, I could never do better

little white creature
will you always keep her?
little white creature
will you always keep her?


little white creature
will you always keep her
with no room for this man?
Track Name: Drinking Games
one shot for every time you tell me why you should write me off
one shot for every laugh I try to pass as taking it slow

we'll be drunk within the hour
we will both be sick if we don't stop now

one shot for every excuse you try to use to ignore your scars
one shot for every claim I try to make that I'm on solid ground

we'll be drunk within the hour
we will both be sick if we don't stop now

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we'll be drunk within the hour
we will both be sick if we don't stop now
we will both be sick if we don't stop now
Track Name: The Crying Tree
under the crying tree
there is a girl
with hard lips
and soft words

her breath is sweet
her song is myth
every heart collected
an ungranted wish

but you will love who you love
even when it's the wrong one
you will love who you love
even when it's the wrong one

under the crying tree
there is a girl
who wields her doubt
and razes the world

her love is a knife
my name is a cut
her kindness, the liquor
that thins my blood

but you will love who you love
even when it's the wrong one
you will love who you love
even when it's the wrong one

I could try to hold her
keep her close
but she will push me into darkness
make me a ghost
Track Name: Ghosts of Past Loves
please forget my name
let the tip of your tongue
be all I have left of you

you can't say anything nice
about lovers from former lives

don't tell my story
let me remain a ghost
my voice is only the wind

you can't say anything nice
about lovers from former lives
you are too unkind
to the lovers that you've passed by

when you find your house is haunted
by the ghosts of past loves
let there be no mystery
you killed us all

you killed us all