Alec Ogg

Fins

by Alec Ogg

Released 2015
Released 2015
This Memphis-made beach boy delivers a spirited debut album of bright melodies and memorable lyrics with energetic good vibes and a uniquely American voice.
  • 04:04 Lyrics
    Sunshine City

    It's rare to see a sunrise when you drink and love all night

    They say we're missing something in that first hour of light

    A peace, a calm, when the day's begun

    Thats what they say about our days

     

    It's rare to be so happy when your wallet's so damn thin

    They say we're spending too much on the night life we live

    So save away, all that you make

    That's what will pay for future days

     

    But in the Sunshine City

    We're so much richer than you all, us hippies

    Because we're still so young and pretty

    And we're living in the city of the sun

     

    It's rare to have so many friends, beware don't get too close

    Quality over quantity they say we can't have both

    Two or three, is all you need

    That's what they say about our ways

     

    It's rare to have adventures, it's rare to have such fun

    You'll be haunted by those pictures when you're trying to get a job

    Predictable and safe is the path they said to take

    But there's no way

      

    Cause in the Sunshine City

    We've got the love to go around, us hippies

    Because we're still so young and pretty

    And we're living in the city of the sun

     

    Our love is yellow, we are hopeful

    We are happy here and warm

    We've got our tans and highlight hairs

    From all the time we spend outdoors

    And when a storm comes crashing

    And it knocks us down to size

    We will remember the sun will rise

    It's rare to see a sunrise when you drink and love all night

    They say we're missing something in that first hour of light

    A peace, a calm, when the day's begun

    Thats what they say about our days

     

    But in the Sunshine City

    We feel that all day long, us hippies

    Because we're still so young and pretty

    And we're living in the city of the sun

  • 04:16 Lyrics
    Barefooting

    I gotta find my barefooting now

    I gotta plant my life in this town

    Let the grass tickle my feet

    Relax, and see, if this place is exactly what I need

     

    I gotta find my barefooting here

    I gotta stand still long enough to balance out my fears

    There’s a lot of people here to meet

    So relax, and breathe, maybe one of them’s exactly who I need

     

    When everything’s new and everything’s fresh

    Oh yes I’m scared to death

    But if I kick off my shoes and feel lucky

    I might run into you-oo-oo honey

    And we can go out barefooting here

     

    I gotta clear this junk off my desk

    Throw away all the useless shit I packed

    I gotta get some sand under my toes

    Take it easy, take it slow, the sun is exactly what I need

     

    When everything’s new and everything’s fresh

    Oh yes I’m scared to death

    But if I kick off my shoes and feel lucky

    I might run into you-oo-oo honey

    And we can go out barefooting here

     

    I’ve gotta find my barefooting now

    I gotta plant my life in this town

    Let a lover make my toes curl

    Relax and take it slower, this place is exactly what I need

     

    When everything’s new and everything’s fresh

    Oh yes I’m scared to death

    But if I kick off my shoes and feel lucky

    I might run into you-oo-oo honey     

    And we can go out bare------------

    footing here

  • 03:34 Lyrics
    Laguna

    La-gu-uu-na, I’d like to live with you

    La-gu-uu-na, I’d spend my days with you

    But I don’t have a dime because I don’t make the dough

    And I don’t have an easy six-figures to blow

    On Lamborghinis and clothes with Armani logos

    ‘Cause of my student loans that keep me living at home

     

    But I’ve got PBR, and Season One- DVDs of Seinfeld on

    And I can call my Mom, and hug my dog

    And drive my scratched and dented car

    There’s a lot that I don’t have

    But there’s a hell-of-a-lot I do

    Oh oh Laguna----- I don’t need you too

     

    La-gu-uu-na, I’d like a girl near you

    La-gu-uu-na, a cute little blonde will do

    But I don’t have the bod, and no I don’t own a yacht

    And I don’t have my name on any lists at the club

    And sometimes I’m insecure, ‘cause I wish I had more

    As I compare myself to all the guys on your shore

                  

    But I’ve got NPR, my coffee’s hot- and this week I’ve got Tuesday off

    And I can dance alone, when no one’s home

    And use my toothbrush microphone

    There’s a lot that I don’t have

    But there’s a hell-of-a-lot I do

    Oh oh Laguna----- I don’t need you too

     

    But I’ve got PBR, and Season One- DVDs of Seinfeld on

    And I can call my Mom, and hug my dog

    And drive my scratched and dented car

    There’s a lot that I don’t have

    But there’s a hell-of-a-lot I do

    Oh oh Laguna----- I don’t need you too

    Oh oh Laguna----- I don’t need you too

  • 04:10 Lyrics
    Fins

    I walked down ocean road last night, I was hungry and tired

    I browsed a party with a bottle in hand and no one in mind

    It got crowded. It wasn’t quite my scene                 

    The DJ was bad and the people were mean

    I went outside to see the stars but didn’t get very far

     

    'Cause the surfboard-maker’s daughter

    Came in up from the water and told me:

     

    If everyone’s got wings and I’ve got fins then I guess I’ll swim

    Whenever I compare the way they are to the way I am

    I see we’re different, woa-oh-oh-oh I see my fins

     

    We walked down ocean road last night we were hungry and tired

    We left the party- her holding my hand, we’d stolen some wine.

    We made it to a milk-shake place, got some waffles and eggs

    It was late in the evening we were quietly thinking to ourselves

     

    When that jukebox in the corner

    Began to play some music for her and she said:

     

    If everyone’s got wings and I’ve got fins then I guess I’ll swim

    Whenever I compare the way they are to the way I am

    I see we’re different, woa-oh-oh-oh I see my fins

     

    So we ran down to the beach. She took her shirt off and smiled at me

    And as we crashed into the sea, she said, “Don’t be afraid to be unique,

    It’s all you got, so don’t worry about what you are not.”

     

    We dried off in my car at dawn, she fell asleep in my arms

    The sun lit the windows, the radio whispered a Beach Boys song

     

    If everyone’s got wings and you've got fins then you'd better swim

    Whenever you compare the way you walk to the way they stand

    I see you’re different, ohhhh-oh-oh-oh you see your fins 

    You see your fins

  • 03:41 Lyrics
    Shadracks

    My favorite bar is Shadracks cause it’s a piece of shit

    And for that very reason, I feel like I fit in

    No they don’t have a T.V. cause they can’t pay the bills

    Oh yes sometimes I feel like a dive bar on wheels

     

    Now Shadracks is the kinda place with holes punched through the walls

    And signs for dollar beers on broken bathroom stalls

    The foosball table’s tilted so one side always wins

    But I play it again hoping it will be different in the end

     

    Oh Shadracks was established in 1971

    And though they say that I’m young

    We both feel past our prime

    If you’re a dive so am I

     

    The Christmas lights about the bar haven’t moved in thirty years

    And neither have the hairstyles of the people drinking beers

    Yeah maybe its a place thats already torn apart

    That reminds us of our hearts and we both beat on and on and on

     

    The owners just ignore the things they need to fix

    They’d rather take a load off, they’d rather shoot the shit

    Well me I am the same way about the holes punched through my life

    I just let them slide ‘cause tomorow I’ll have time

     

    Oh Shadracks was established in 1971

    And though they say that I’m young

    We both feel past our prime

    If you’re a dive so am I

    If you're a dive so am I

    If you're a dive so am I 

  • 03:29 Lyrics
    Doo-Wop Symphony

    Tonight I’d like to write a simple song for you

    A simple song that Elvis would approve

    The kind that echoed through the cars

    Before a high school sock-hop started

    Doooo-wop dee dooooooo

     

    Tonight I’d like to write a simple song for you

    With simple chords that Chuck Berry might use

    The kind that filled the summer nights 

    Behind a diner’s neon lights

    Doooo-wop dee dooooooo

     

    I’d write a doo-wop symphony

    With a shoo-wop melody

    An orchestra of ooo’s and ah’s

    Doobie-doo’s and sha-la-la’s

    There’d be a section for the hey-hey-hey’s

    A solo for the baby-baby’s

    A doo-wop symphony full of “you are all I need’s” and

    Doo-wop dee dooooo

     

    And it goes: Hey, hey baby I got love on the way

    I got a real heart racer like a cold lemonade

    It goes ooooo-oo-oo-oooo sha la la

    And I said: Hey, hey baby I know you’re here to stay

    You got those candy apple lips that I’m ready to taste

    Ah-like ooooo-oo-oo-oooo sha la la

    I got a blue heart baby ever since it broke

    And there’s a fire in between us I been wantin’ to stoke

    It's like ah ooooo-oo-oo-oooo sha la la          

    I want a  Jerry Lee Lewis here to sing and fight

    I want a rock-a-billy rhythm on a Saturday night

    I want a Ooooo-oo-oo-ooo sha la la

    I want a Supreme girl and a hot Ronette

    With their microphones and their sparkly dress

    I want a doo-wop symphony to sing tonight

     

    I'd write a doo-wop symphony

    With a shoo-wop melody

    An orchestra of ooo’s and ah’s

    Doobie-doo’s and sha-la-la’s

    There’d be a section for the hey-hey-hey’s

    A solo for the baby-baby’s

    A doo-wop symphony full of “you are all I need’s” and

    Doo-wop dee dooooo  oooooo

           

    Tonight I’d like to write a simple song for you

  • 04:47 Lyrics
    Smile & Banjo

    Smile was a girl that got her looks from her mom

    And Banjo hoped he’d gotten nothin’ from his dad at all

    When the radio was on their clothes were always off

    And Smile would just smile while Banjo sat and thought:

     

    “Is the meaning of this life just to find a job that pays

    And spend what little time I have doin’ somethin’ that I hate?

    Just to get a little house where I can hide all my regret

    And pay the bills for things I never needed in the past.”

     

    Smile went to state-school on a scholarship

    And Banjo worried he would always be workin’ for tips

    High school was alright, but now it was gone.

    Oh-ooo- oh a change had come

     

    To the meaning of their lives now that Smile was away

    And Banjo had to work a double every single day

    “Is it better to be close, or does the distance make us strong?

    Watch out for those college boys they’ll lead you right along.”

     

    Smile please don’t you ever leave me.            

    You’ve always been much smarter than I could ever hope to be.

    Aw sweet-pea, oh don’t you see my soul?

    I’ve got enough to give and I’ve got the room to grow

     

    Smile she came home for her first thanksgiving break

    And thought about how she’d met Banjo in the second grade

    Smile was the lead in a Cinderella play

    And Bajo was a pumpkin-seed without a line to say

     

    But now that she was home, Banjo thought he’d seize the day

    I miss you and I wish you would just stay, stay, stay

    Growin’ up is scary with you livin’ out of town

    And lately you’ve been distant oh its got my spirit down

     

    Smile please don’t you ever leave me.        

    You’ve always been much smarter than I could ever hope to be.

    Aw sweet-pea, oh don’t you see my soul?

    I’ve got enough to give and I’ve got the room to grow

      

    Smile knew just what to say to that Banjo in her arms

    “I’ll be here, I’ll be here, I’ll be here with you.”

    Smile knew just what to say to that Banjo in her car

    “I believe, I believe, I believe in you.”

     

    Oh with a Smile on my arm, I’d like to do as I desire

    Is it possible for everyone to live a happy life?

    Is it selfish that I hate workin’ in a restaurant

    Is it selfish that I really want to do just what I won't?

     

    Smile please don’t you ever leave me.       

    You’ve always been much smarter than I could ever hope to be.

    Aw sweet-pea, oh don’t you see my soul?

    I’ve got enough to give and I’ve got the room to grow

     

    Smile please don’t you ever leave me.

    (Smile knew just what to say)      

    You’ve always been much smarter than I could ever hope to be.

    (I believe in you)

    Aw sweet-pea, oh don’t you see my soul?

    (Smile knew just what to say)

    I’ve got enough to give and I’ve got the room to grow

  • 04:08 Lyrics
    End of the Trail

    Its the end of the trail so give me a hug

    We’ve made it so much farther

    than I ever thought we’d come

    With the wind in our hair left behind us on the trail

    Oh I don’t know what comes next except for change

     

    Hotels and motels where we stayed

    Restaurants and pit-stops where we paid

    To continue this adventure

    Looking back its quite the picture

    And its over so much quicker than it starts

     

    Cause Its the end of the trail so give me a hug

    We’ve made it so much farther

    than I ever thought we’d come

    With the wind in our hair left behind us on the trail

    Oh I don’t know what comes next except for change

     

    Oooooooooo oooooooooo

     

    Laughter at the table lonely thoughts under the stars

    If there’s a God he’s entertained by watchin' us so far

    Where to go from here

    I’ll know in a couple years

    Tell you the truth I haven’t thought it out this far

     

    But its been a pleasure, its been my life

    Driving with you at my side

    If it gets cold just know my memory is warm

     

    Cause its the end of the trail so give me a hug

    We’ve made it so much farther

    than I ever thought we’d come

    With the wind in our hair left behind us on the trail

    Oh I don’t know what comes next except for change