Ottoman Turks

by Ottoman Turks

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This is a monument. Songs that began as demos recorded in a bathroom are ont his record. Ten years of friendship and all of its ups and downs are on here, too. 2010 in my parents' garage. Will and I and our high hopes in 2011, sending out music to record labels all over the country. Turks Mansion in 2013. Dallas in 2017. Even this project started as a mere attempt at cataloging our music for posterity. It's turned into yet another chapter of hope for a band that has gone through many. The future is as uncertain as it has ever been, but here we are, with a record, a real record. That's something we don't take for granted. For that reason, I want to thank my bandmates, in particular, for trust me, each other, and this music. There are a number of people we'd all like to thank, but most of all: the people that kept showing up, show after show when we believed in ourselves and when we didn't. - Nathan

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released August 23, 2019

Recorded at State Fair Studio in Dallas, TX
Recording engineering, mixing, background vocals, additional instruments, heart, soul, time and energy - John Pedigo
Songs written by Nathan Mongol Wells, arranged and performed by Ottoman Turks
Mastering - Andrew Mendelson at Georgetown Masters in Nashville, TN
Album art - Edward Hatter
OT logo - Ryan B. Gillam
Layout - Isaac Bender

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Paul Hinojo - Drums
Billy Law - Bass & Vocals
Joshua Ray Walker - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Nathan Mongol Wells - Rhythm Guitar & Lead Vocals

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Track Name: Apathy
Hey I’m just sittin’ on the levee, waitin’ for it to break
Got nothin’ to do with my time, so I
Got nothin’ to waste - hey hey hey hey
Got no concerns about dyin’ today
You ask me to care about somethin’
Man I don’t even care about apathy

Later on I’m gonna go down, and drink a 40 or ten
Smash a few on the playground, man I
Love hanging out with my friends - hey hey hey hey
Suburban terrorist cell till we get chased away
You tell me to care about somethin’
Man I don’t even care about apathy - no way

Man I think I’d like to live life in the third person view
Maybe then when I’m watchin’ man I’d
Always have somethin’ to do - hey hey hey hey
Won’t even pretend I’m not a waste of space
You beg me to care about somethin’
Man I don’t even care about apathy - so don’t try me
Track Name: Snake Song
(1, 2 - 1, 2, 3, 4)
I don’t know about much, but I know about you
You come lookin’ for somethin’, I know you do
You been walkin’ through the tall grass, takin’ the chance, I know you did
Well you stepped on a snake, don’t be surprised when you get bit

Well you think you’re really clever, you got stars in your eyes
When I look at you babe, I got the Devil in mine
Don’t you know what I could do to you?
Don’t you know what I got in my head?
Well you stepped on a snake, he gonna wind up in your bed

When the lights come on, I won’t be there
I’ll be crawling back, back to God knows where
That poison’s strong, but it tastes so sweet
It won’t be long until you’re back at my feet
I tried to tell you baby, I’m just better off on my own
Well you stepped on a snake, you’re gonna hear that black snake moan
Track Name: Glass Bottles
Well I'm not one to boast, I'm more popular than most
I got friends in every barroom in town
They greet me every night, and we rarely ever fight
And they know what to do when the tears start comin' down

Yeah they treat me all so great, I'll try and illustrate
Oh, I never met a group that could be so nice
But your gut better be hardy, cause they sure do like to party
And you can't find it weird when they all come served on ice

I said, all my friends are glass bottles, and they've all got famous names/
I know it may sound absurd, since they can't say a word
But they're all my best friends just the same

I got a friend request today, I couldn't wait to press OK
Cause in that photo was a face that I knew well
Out of all, ain't no one finer, In that photo was a Shiner
So raise your glasses please, and let's all yell

I said, all my friends are glass bottles, and they've all got famous names
I know it may sound absurd, since they can't say a word
But they're all my best friends just the same

I said, all my friends are glass bottles, and they've all got famous names
I know it may sound absurd, since they can't say a word
But they're all my best friends just the same
Yes, they're all my best friends, just the same
Yes, they're all my best friends, just the same
Track Name: My Dog
I got a big ol’ dog, he’s mighty fine
He could bite off your arm, boys, and he’s all mine
He’s the size of a small car, he’s down on all fours
Yeah, he ain’t no ordinary dog, and boys he ain’t yours

Well I got a dog, big as a plane, got more power than a hurricane
Well you take him for a walk with a big steel chain
All he eats for breakfast is crack cocaine
My dog could kill you where you sleep

My every wish is his command
Every word I say I swear - he understands
I’d be more careful if I were you
My dog could tear you apart like you was a shoe

Well I got a dog, big as a plane, got more power than a hurricane
Well you take him for a walk with a big steel chain
All he eats for breakfast is crack cocaine
My dog could kill you where you sleep
Well you can run boys, and you can hide
But you’ll never be safe with my dog by my side
My dog can fetch, my dog can play
He’s a demon half breed with a whole lotta hell to pay

I said I got a dog, big as a plane, got more power than a hurricane Well you take him for a walk with a big steel chain
All he eats for breakfast is (crack cocaine)
My dog could kill you where you sleep
Track Name: Red
Baby, why’d you leave me, and go down to Mexico?
I really don’t recall ever asking you to go
South, the sun’s gaping mouth
Is only Red

Your car’s still in the drive, you must’ve hitched a ride
I know we had that awful fight
That doesn’t make it right for you to leave
You’re blinding me
It’s all gone Red

You left your watch and keys, I’m beggin’ baby please don’t go
You left your nicest dress
Somehow, it’s worth less with this stain
That will remain Red
It’s all gone Red
It’s all gone Red
It’s all gone Red
Track Name: I Find Myself More Lonesome Every Day
Please return my wife back from heaven above
Please return my wife back to me
Oh, as these days go slowly by
I will float on through the sky
And I will think of her constantly
Track Name: OCP
I hope that’s how it ends up
That’s just what I was thinkin’
I said, nobody likes us anyway

Cause I - I - I - I’m gonna fight you
You’re not gonna ever get away
I’m gonna take (take) take (take) take whatever I can get
And nothin’s gonna ever get in my way

I said I been workin’ on a new piece
I stole it from some other guy
I’m sure that he won’t mind
Cause we been waitin’ for a long time

I - I - I - I’m gonna fight you
You’re not gonna ever get away
I’m gonna take (take) take (take) take whatever I can get
And nothin’s gonna ever get in my way
Track Name: Can't Promise Nothin'
Well, I know darlin’ I was on your mind
You know darlin’ you were not on mine, well I
Try to relent to you and I try to see
but I know whatever I say you won’t believe me
Well you know how much I want to but I
Can’t promise nothin’ to you

Well you’re a right doll, darlin’, you know I won’t lie
You know I like her babe you can see it in my eyes
But the college hound tells me I’m too sick to play
He pumps sense into me but he just won’t stay
Well you know how much I want to but I
Can’t promise nothin’ to you

Well darlin’ all these promises are makin’ me ill
You can’t get satisfied, you can’t get your fill
I’m spinnin’ round in all directions, I’m goin’ blind
It ain’t me, baby, I’m not your kind - alright

Now the confessor’s gone and told all my lies
Sister Marie’s left me now she might televise
Everything that’s gone my way I can’t ignore
I don’t wanna deal with this anymore
Well you know how much I want to but I
Can’t promise nothin’ to you

Well, three days later, I’m still stuck inside
Engineer’s got secrets that he won’t confide
And he’s makin’ me such promises and he thinks my life is cheap
Everybody’s got their own agendas to keep
Well you know how much I want to but I
Can’t promise nothin’ to you
Track Name: Beer & Women
Another night of waitin’, another night of hestitatin’
Leaves me sittin’ where I was before
My finger on the phone, to call you back at home
And start what may become an all-out war

Many times I have decided, evenly divided
Between breakin’ up or countin’ on divorce
Last night I changed my mind, I figured it was time
To think of this as strictly a matter of course

How do you tell her that you lied?
That you like your beer and women and you just can’t stem the tide
I don’t know how to say goodbye, oh Lord
I’m gonna keep on tryin’

Well it only takes an hour, and every ounce of my willpower
To take her world and turn it upside down
But how could I feel free, when all she’s done to me
Is love me in spite of all my runnin’ around?

So if this song’s too honest, I delivered what was promised
My sins are laid out in a melody
But that’s for you to decide, maybe it can be applied
And you won’t make the same mistakes as me

How do you tell her that you lied?
That you like your beer and women and you just can’t stem the tide
I don’t know how to say goodbye, oh Lord
I’m gonna keep on tryin
I’m gonna keep on tryin’
I’m gonna keep on tryin’
Track Name: Hands Tied
I have got my hands shackled to the ground
Tied behind my back, cannot make a sound and
Oh, I been tryin’
To keep myself right side round
I know I’m lost
Can’t be found

Every day while you’re away I cry
I try so hard to free myself but my hands are tied
I give myself a little bit, a little bit of time, oh
Meet me in the bottom of the bottle and you’ll find
I’m trapped, I am lost, cannot try to hide
How long can I make it
Hands tied, hands tied

(Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!)

I am just a slave, slave to my own mind
Send myself to hell, got my warrant signed and
Oh, don’t bring pity
I’m makin’ my own time
I cannot get
Left behind

Every day while you’re away I cry
I try so hard to free myself, but my hands are tied
I give myself a little bit, a little bit of time, oh
Meet me in the bottom of the bottle and you’ll find
I’m trapped, I am lost, cannot try to hide
How long can I make it
Hands tied, hands tied
Track Name: You're Only Pretty When You're Sad
I’m givin’ up, girl, I’m goin’ home
I’d rather be spendin’ my time alone
Everybody wants to be loved, but you’re not the one that I’m thinking of
Unless you’re sad, unless you’re sad

You’re only pretty when you’re sad
I only love you when I made you mad
And when those tears run down your face, that’s when my heart begins to race
You’re only pretty when you’re sad

You start to laugh and I start to cry
If you wanna know, then I’ll tell you why
Your face, it was made for just one thing
I know you’ll be prettiest as you’re dying
Cause you’ll be sad, yeah you’ll be sad

You’re only pretty when you’re sad
I only love you when I’ve made you mad
And when those tears run down your face, that’s when my heart begins to race
You’re only pretty when you’re sad

And every time I see you smile
I grimace, I vomit, I cry

You’re only pretty when you’re sad
I only love you when I’ve made you mad
And when those tears run down your face, that’s when my heart begins to race
You’re only pretty when you’re sad

You’re only pretty when you’re sad
Track Name: Mas Amigos
I’ve got more friends to keep me warm
I don’t need no shelter, not from this storm
I’m goin’ back to bed, I don’t care no more
I mean, after all
What are friends for?

It don’t have to be, about nobody else
You don’t answer to me, only the Lord himself
I’m goin’ back to bed, I don’t care no more
I mean after all
What are friends for?

You know you’re wrong, why can’t you see
You need yourself, you don’t need me
When it’s over and done, when you’ve had your fun
I know I won’t be changed
You’re the only one

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