The Silent Generation

by The Dimes

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    The long running Dimes favorite! "Silent Gen" first catapulted the band into college dorms across the country back in 2007 and hasn't stopped since.
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    Now in it's 5th pressing, this collection of tunes (inspired by newspapers the band found underneath the floor of their 1908 home) is easily the group's best selling record. The breezy single "Catch Me Jumping" has been played well over 2 million times on Myspace and Pandora alone.
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    Powered by "CMJ", "Salt and Foam" and the triumphant "Paul Kern Can't Sleep", this sunny gem will warm even the iciest of souls.

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about

The Dimes are a folk-pop collective centered around the songs of guitarist/vocalist John Clay. The Portland, OR based band has released two full length albums and three EP’s to date on Timber Carnival Records.

Primarily known for their stellar songwriting, glowing harmonies and sixties-pop production, the band has broadened its sound of late, adding pedal steel, mandolin, harmonica and dobro to its recent recordings, evoking a sweeter California-country sound remeniscent of Neil Young’s Harvest recordings. Live, the group has grown to a 7-piece and has shared the stage with the likes of Liam Finn, Kathryn Calder (New Pornographers), The Head and the Heart, The Mother Hips and Todd Rundgren, amongst others.

Their most recent full length “The King Can Drink the Harbour Dry” was released in 2010 to strong critical acclaim from Spin, NPR, Allmusic and a host of online publications.

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released December 5, 2007

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Track Name: Jersey Kid
the jersey kid got the chair,
he testified he killed a man
but he said "it was an accident, I swear"

judge flannagan said "the jury must decide",
and so they listened while he cried,
but they weren't buying his side

"will the defendant please stand?
in the murder of mr. george b. lee,
we the jury find frank mcbrien guilty"
Track Name: Paul Kern Can't Sleep
the year was 1915,
when regret won the derby,
and the war was on

they say it must have struck a vein,
the bullet lodged in his brain,
and he'll never be the same

paul kern can't sleep,
he can't afford his whiskey neat,
paul kern can't sleep a wink

the year, 1930
and paul made the dailies,
for 15 years he'd been awake,
and it's earned international fame

by 1945, 30 years without shuteye,
if paul were still alive then,
would fatigue have finally set in?

paul kern can't sleep
he can't afford his whiskey neat
paul kern can't sleep a wink

paul kern can't sleep
for 15 years he counted sheep
but paul kern can't sleep a wink
Track Name: Catch Me Jumping
i saw your picture at the booth
and there's a uniformed man here waiting for you
you smashed your camera on the wall,
from the fear and alcohol,
and i was willing to take the fall
but you won't see me floating,

you know I'll be sinking in

you can't catch me running,
try and catch me jumping
whoa...

a man with a badge he wears like a crown,
the long arm came down
but you were nowhere to be found
so they checked our bags for a stowaway,
and by land and by sea you couldn't get away
so you took to the air and jumped in to the front page
singing you won't see me floating,
you know I'll be sinking in

you can't catch me running,
try and catch me jumping,
whoa...
Track Name: New York 1930
the reds are rioting,
the reds are rioting in times square
in high society,
the reds are rioting in times square

follow the funeral processional...

right in front of city hall,
steven met a rifle ball
off to long island cemetery,
where steven is to be buried
follow the funeral,
follow the funeral processional
Track Name: Battle of San Jacinto
the volunteers crept in the afternoon,
and we'd been drinking through the night
our reinforcements, an elaborate ruse
and our perimeter defenses were too light,

the foolish general sat and sipped his wine,
while the fire took vince's bridge
he'd posted no sentries or he surely would have known,
that his demons had come back for their revenge

and so the canon's roar
turned to the sound of clashing swords
and our colors fell somewhere along the shore
of the san jacinto, oh san jacinto

then all was quiet in the afternoon,
as the smoke gave way to night
the rebels brought a call for goliad's revenge,
and they had a flag to match their eyes

and so the cannon's roar
turned to the sound of clashing swords
and our colors fell somewhere along the shore
of the san jacinto, oh san jacinto
Track Name: Chicago 1929
who in their right mind would live in a place
where the devil himself resides?
you had to watch your back in 1929

the friday paper cried out,
"massacre last night"!
here in chicago, 1929

and they went down in cold blood...
Track Name: Letters in the Sea
300 letters in the sea,
never to be seen,
never to be heard from

until they washed up on the jersey shore,
tired and soaked through,
and long overdue for their review, but

grady cooper isn't home,
grady cooper isn't home,
he packed his bags and bought
a one way ticket home

so to save those letters from their scarlet graves,
i dove off steel pier,
before the auctioneers arrived

and under double decker carousel,
i read them one by one,
they were sent from someone,
who didn't know their dear old

grady cooper isn't home,
grady cooper isn't home,
he packed his bags and bought
a one way ticket home
Track Name: Stacked Brown Boxes
stacked brown boxes and suitcases full of your clothes,
and a handful of pictures and
souvenir posters from your favorite shows
you sold or gave away half of the carload you brought
and it seems you're headed back home,
ready to find what you'd lost, what you'd lost

you drove all the way from LA to sun city west in one shot,
phone calls and caffeine, you smoked all the movies you brought
when you finally arrived to the friends that had all stayed behind
ready to welcome you back to what you call much better times,

but i know you'll change, i know you'll change your mind
i know you'll change, i know you'll change your mind
Track Name: This Time
airport security lines have gotten longer in recent times,
and they'll make you take off your shoes,
before they let you through

i looked out my window seat at the snow covered peaks below,
and i remembered the winter we went to colorado
snow soaked through the coat i outgrew,
and you sipped a drink and laughed,
while i made trains with the snow shoes,
and i thought, i thought...

i don't care where we go this time,
i don't care where we go this time,
as long as you were there this time

1500 cardboard signs on the streets of the city of roses,
and twice as many people pass by,
and barely even notice
i thought about what you'd say from the passenger seat
as i drove over the bridge wishing that were a possibility

cause i don't care where we go this time,
i don't care where we go this time,
as long as you were there this time
Track Name: Salt and Foam
there's a siren right outside my window,
calling me out with the fire brigade
and suddenly old chicago's burning,
and we're battling the blaze

the wind is blowing rain against my window,
and all at once i'm a captain out to sea
through the 39 foot swells of this nor'easter
we'll press on through the storm,
till we hear that lighthouse horn,

and it's a long way home,
and the wind hits my skin like stones
through the salt and foam,
i'll be coming home

there's something wrong with the satellites this winter,
and i'm on a rocket headed out to space
i'm an astronaut 400 miles from solid ground,
and i'm not afraid of falling down

but it's a long way home,
and the wind hits my skin like stones
through the fire and chrome,
i'll be coming home
Track Name: Emmy Divine
emmy destinn debuted in berlin,
20 and fine as can be
and near overnight a sensation they all said was she
my emmy divine,
my emmy divine

emmy destinn headed west with the wind,
off to find fortune and fame
from the met to carnegie,
they cheered at the sight of her name
my emmy divine,
my emmy divine

well she went to london to ring in the king,
all over the world they begged emmy to sing
but then came the war,
and emmy finally came home

emmy destinn sang for country and then
wrote stories and sonnets with ease
near a century gone and divine still,
they all say was she
my emmy divine,
my emmy divine
Track Name: Up for Air
the air is spinning,
we shouldn't wait another minute to leave
we don't need a radar screen,
to see the sky is turning from grey to green

and the house is off it's hinges,
we're curled up in the corner for our lives
and i heard a freight train coming,
and saw the kitchen chairs shoot straight up to the sky

and i can't breathe,
i'm coming up for air
like a submarine
i'm coming up for air
and flying machines,
they're coming up for air

and when the world stopped spinning,
we were floating high above the town we used to know
waving at the busy people,
but they couldn't hear me say "lookout below"...
Track Name: The Silent Generation
mrs. williams and her 5 children
walked over 7 miles through the ice
to find a place where they could stay the night

and the wabash river tore through indiana
with terrific speed and cut through the ice
now we've been trapped for 2 weeks,
waiting for supplies

and for the silent generation these are hard times
oh for the silent generation these are hard times...