Play No Evil

by The Chimps

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The Chimps are Dave Werner, Jesse Irwin, and John Krane. Play No Evil is our first and greatest record.


"While the individual personalities of the Chimps' members are on full display throughout Play No Evil, the end product still manages to come together as a thoroughly cohesive effort that shows off some of the best of what the city's singer-songwriter scene has to offer.

"You'll probably never find yourself putting this album on while you're heading to a party, hanging out with friends or even trying to get some work done, but if you find yourself with 45 minutes or so to really listen to a collection of songs — on a Sunday morning, perhaps — Play No Evil is definitely worth the attention." - Nick Horn, Riverfront Times.

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released March 12, 2017

Recorded and mixed by Dave Beeman at Native Sound Studios in St. Louis. Mastered by Brad Sarno of Blue Jade Audio Mastering in St. Louis. Cover art by Meg DeGonia.

Thanks to the non-simian musicians who recorded for this album, including Nick Gusman, Daniel Moody, Brien Seyle, Ryan Adams, Nathan Jatcko, Dave Beeman, Sean Kamery, and Dave Maness.

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Track Name: Hagerty
As strong as a bull with the smile of a girl,
As lovely a man as has been in the world
And the time that I knew him went by in a blur,
And we buried our David this morning.

He must have had secret and personal flaws,
But I'd like to believe that we got we saw.
And the news of his passing was hard on us all,
And we buried our David this morning.

Good night, sleep tight,
Say hello to Michael

Grown men were crying like children that day,
And no one could think of the right thing to say
The years have gone by, and I feel the same way
Like we buried our David this morning.

Good night, sleep tight,
Say hello to Michael

If Hagerty comes while we're playing this song,
We'll buy him a whiskey, and he'll play along,
And we'll never mention the time he was gone
And we'll play our guitars 'til the morning.
And we'll sing and we'll play 'til the morning.
Track Name: Troubleshooting
Every night there is a chance to put me in my place,
But no one around to make the change
No one to tear me all apart and see just how I work,
Trouble shoot me when I'm acting strange

You don't have to read my mind,
You don't have to dialog,
You don't need to throw me around,
Just try turning me on and off

When I lay down, no one's around,
When I get up...I don't.
I'm counting out the things that I don't know

When I get up down on my luck,
I'm never fully grown,
I'm counting on the things that you don't know.

You don't have to read my mind,
You don't have to dialog,
You don't need to throw me around,
Just try turning me on and off

Some day I'll be free, all new parts, memory refreshed,
And I won't think of you, I'll have something else to do,
Someone else's keys to press

You don't have to read my mind,
You don't have to dialog,
You don't need to throw me around,
Just try turning me on and off
Track Name: My Eyes Rest Easy
Some girls are like Christmas trees with nothing underneath,
With their pretty lips and their painted smiles and their pearly teeth,
If you were a tree, I know you would be plain but pleasant,
It's like a gift to me each time that you're present.

Oh if you knew the pleasure that you are to view,
My eyes rest easy on you,

You smile when I stare, I know that you're aware,
Someone built you good,
And if you wanted to make guys look at you, I'm sure you know you could,

But you get covered up instead of all done up whenever we go out,
And hidden out of sight is a dynamite no one knows about

Oh if you knew the pleasure that you are to view,
My eyes rest easy on you,

The most tender lover that I ever knew,
Oh my eyes rest easy on you,
Oh my eyes rest easy on you,
Track Name: Wes
Someone mentioned you the other day,
And the sound of your name made me blue
Cause I loved you so,
A lifetime ago,
But I thought I had bigger things to do.

They said you had a little girl,
And it's funny, cause I had one, too,
I wish they could meet,
Yours must be sweet
If she's anything like you

What little I have, I'll give to you,
And the friendship we lost might be found
And the slate will be clean, and the world will be green,
When I lay my body down

Can we get together before I go?
You pick the time and the place,
I won't ask for a kiss, but don't leave me like this,
I just want to see your face

What little I have, I'll give to you,
And the friendship we lost might be found
And the slate will be clean, and the world will be green,
When I lay my body down
Track Name: Very Bad Thing
Right now I should just go to bed
Lay my head across my pillow,
I've done all the damage I can,
It's been pretty bad, so maybe I will just

Close my eyes and wait
For tomorrow or some other constant thing,
Cause either way, nothing's gonna change,

It's a very bad thing, it's a very bad thing and it's all on me
I say too much, then I lie too much it's how it's got to be,
There's not as much wrong with me as there's got to be
It's a very bad thing,
It's gonna stay that way.

Right now she's with somebody new, somebody who's doing something with her,
I'm eating yogurt with a dirty spoon,
Watching cartoons and just thinking about how
I let her slip away
Was it something I said or just a real bad day?
Cause either way, he's not going away.

It's a very bad thing, it's a very bad thing and it's all on me
I say too much, then I lie too much it's how it's got to be,
There's not as much wrong with me as there's got to be
It's a very bad thing,
It's gonna stay that way.

And if there's a morning, it'll probably come tonight
And if there's just evening, it'll be alright, I don't have the fight

So maybe I will just
Close my eyes and wait
For tomorrow or some other constant thing,
Cause either way, nothing's gonna change,

It's a very bad thing, it's a very bad thing and it's all on me
I say too much, then I lie too much it's how it's got to be,
There's not as much wrong with me as there's got to be
It's a very bad thing,
It's gonna stay that way.
Track Name: Connecticut Street
I know her face, I know who she is cause I've seen her before,
And I know where she works, and that's why I don't go in there anymore
And I know who she knows
And I know where she goes
But this morning I found where she stays,
She lives on Connecticut Street, so I walk the other way

I take a right, if I took a left I know she'd be there,
In a yellow dress with the sun shining down on her copper hair,
And I know if we met I'd need days to forget,
And keep my mind from going astray
She lives on Connecticut Street, so I walk the other way

Ah, we met on the corner of Tennessee,
Ah, she knew my name and she smiled at me

I know I'm in love, but it's hard to remember when she's around,
I've got someone at home,
And I know that's a street that I can't go down,
And it's no good to pine,
I can't have her for mine,
Cause she comes with a price I can't pay
She lives on Connecticut Street, so I walk the other way
Track Name: Superman
Jesse James and Superman,
They both were famous throughout the land,
One of them fell down from a star,
The other fought in the Civil War

One was a bad man, and one was good,
They both went down to Hollywood,
They put on makeup,
They played a scene,
They slicked their hair back with Vaseline,

Well, why do things have to change?
Why do things have to change?

Well, Superman was a special guy
He's strong as hell, and he could fly,
He saved the world a dozen times,
He won our hearts, he won our minds

Now Jesse James and his brother Frank,
Stole all the money from out the bank,
They round on home to Missouri,
He had his place in history, well,

Why do things have to change?
Why do things have to change?

My baby asked me the way things were,
You know I wouldn't lie to her,
I said, "it's true, when I was young,
These simple things were so much fun."

Now Superman and Jesse James,
No longer walk the fruited plains,
Take a last look honey, if you can,
Their kind won't pass this way again.

Well, why do things have to change?
Why do things have to change?
Track Name: Elijah
I've been living on my own, Elijah
I call on you when I feel blue, Elijah
You came to me and set me free,
Now I live to serve thee,

20 years, and it don't seem long, Elijah

It's dark at night, and it's bright in the day, Elijah
I lost my friends when I tried to show them Elijah,
But I would not trade one single day,
Of what you've given me,

I wish I could know more than your name, Elijah

(ghostly oohs)

I don't drink drink, no, I stay true.
All my thoughts, I wrote for you,
Are you mine, or am I yours?
Sometimes, I forget.
It is all because of you, Elijah

On this day I spill my blood, Elijah
I have become just a name, Elijah
You will come and take my hand,
Lead me away

There will be a thousand days, Elijah
There will be a thousand days, Elijah
There will be a thousand days, Elijah
Track Name: Willie
For 13 short years,
He lived in our home
With a good dog around,
You're never alone

And we loved that old collie,
Right down to the bone
Til the day that old Willie slipped away

It was my daughter's birthday the day that he died,
And Julia and I knelt down by his side,
And asked if he wanted to go for a ride
Then the lady helped Willie slip away

We buried our Willie boy out in the yard,
The sun was red hot, and the ground was rock hard
And we laid a big bone on the spot that he guards,
On the day that old Willie slipped away,
The day that old Willie slipped away.
Track Name: Past It
I'm carrying tools on a job site,
I had to sit down and rest
Am I just tired or was that a pain in my chest?

I tried to find me a woman,
My God, but they're old and grey,
Maybe it's time that I put little David away

Cause it feels like a lifetime,
I guess that's just what it's been
I don't mind if I miss out on the next big thing

My only child is grow'd up,
Got herself a job and a man,
It's hard to be useful, but I do the best that I can

Cause it feels like a lifetime,
I guess that's just what it's been
I don't mind if I miss out on the next big thing

We had to put our doggy down,
And I hurt myself digging his grave,
It's been a bad day, it's been a real bad day, hey hey,
A real bad day.