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James Kerzman The electric sound adds a new depth to Spencer McGillicutty that demonstrates an evolution from the first album. It shows a flexibility and maturity in the group to show their artistry in many different styles, retaining a tie to older popular styles with a more modern sound. Favorite track: Hanging Around With Jane.
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Spencer McGillicutty's long-anticipated sophomore album was released September 13th, 2009. After years of loving care, they integrated full band instrumentation into the band's distinctive sound for a new batch of Spencer originals. "Games" is a giddy dose of pure pop drawing from 1960s traditions like girl groups, classic Brill Building songwriting and lush Beach Boys harmonies.

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released September 8, 2008

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Spencer McGillicutty Minneapolis, Minnesota

Spencer McGillicutty is a co-ed indie pop group based out of Minneapolis, MN. Featuring a rotating cast of four different lead singers, the band delivers wistful bedroom jangle pop, dreamy girl group send-ups, and ambling, tuneful folk with equal aplomb. Their third album All The Happy People! is due out May 15, 2012. ... more

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Track Name: An Act of Contrition
AN ACT OF CONTRITION

Baby you're always sweet to me
Always treat me so lovingly
Always say you'll always love me
And you'll never leave

You bring me flowers every night
Make sure that everything is just right
And you always hold me tight

But it's just an act
An act of contrition
You just want to save yourself
I know you're only marking time

I know I said that it's all right
I know I said that we should not fight
I know that everyone does wrong
And that you'll do me right

From now on and never hurt me
I know that you will not desert me
I know you'll love me tediously

But it's just an act
An act of contrition
You just want to save yourself
I know you're only marking time

So if I should act
Act with suspicion
Oh don't be surprised me dear
I can't forget the things you've done

Well I have heard your confession
And I don't want to live out your sentence with you
I don't want to be just a penance for you
'Cause I still adore you

But your love's just an act
An act of contrition
You just want to save yourself
I know you're only marking time

So if I should act
Act with suspicion
Oh don't be surprised me dear
I can't forgive the things you've done

I know you're just marking time
I know you're just marking time
I know you're just marking time
I know you're just marking time...
Track Name: In My Arms Again
IN MY ARMS AGAIN

Everywhere you go
The girls all fall in love with you
But I'm convinced there's no one else
Who loves you like I do
I wish that I'd never let you
Walk away from me
I'm just trying to get us back
To where we used to be

Take your time
Remember me baby
Maybe you might come back
I can wait 'till then
And you'll be
In my arms again

Since you said goodbye
It seems you take up all my time
I try to let you go
But I can't get you off my mind
I've been waiting for the day
When you come to my door
Smiling at me
And I won't be lonely anymore

Take your time
Remember me baby
Maybe you might come back
I can wait 'till then
And you'll be
In my arms again

I never wanted anyone but you
Say that you want me too
And I'll try to pass the time
'Till I am yours
And you've got to got to got to be mine

Now every time I fall asleep
You're running through my head
Promises and poetry
And all the things we said
Love like ours could never die
But you say that it did
We both know
You told a lie
You ran away and hid

Take your time
Remember me baby
Maybe you might come back
I can wait 'till then
And you'll be
In my arms again

And you'll be in my arms again
And you'll be in my arms again
Track Name: Claire Carnaby
CLAIRE CARNABY:

Everyone thinks that you are such a perfect child
But darling I know the truth, there's poison in your smile

When other people turn their backs,
Then you set into tormenting me
Your gentle voice turns cold and bitter,
As you provoke and tease.

Claire Carnaby, you know I'm never ever gonna be free
You sunk your claws deep into me and nobody can see them but me.

Now if I'd done something to make you hate me so,
Then I would apologize and we could let it go.

But I have never done a thing
To merit all this venom from you
You're just a wicked, spiteful child
And I can see right through you

Claire Carnaby, you know I'm never ever gonna be free
You sunk your claws deep into me and nobody can see them but me.

Well you sit next to me every week at church
You're praying so earnestly and always kneel down first
You're lookin' just like a saint in books at Sunday school
But underneath all the paint, you're terrible and cruel

But while you're singing oh-so-sweet,
And praying hard for all of our sins
You grind your heels into my feet
And kick me in the shins

Claire Carnaby, you know I'm never ever gonna be free
You sunk your claws deep into me and nobody can see them but me.
Track Name: Secret Best Friend
SECRET BEST FRIEND

The real world, if you’ll call it that,
Is not the place for me
Somehow it manages
To be both boring and scary

Everyone must need someone
To get them through the day
When the days are dull as this
I need to see you right away

Where are you when I need you,
My secret best friend?
Spend the whole day passing notes
On confidential letterhead
And when I see you
My joy has no end
Till you go away again
Till you go away again
Till you go away again
Till you go away again

I don’t see too much of you
But always keep in touch
I’m always checking in with you
Especially when I’ve had too much to drink

I always think of you
When I hear my favorite songs
Come and meet me out tonight
It feels like it’s been so long

Where are you when I need you,
My secret best friend?
Spend the whole day passing notes
On confidential letterhead
And when I see you
My joy has no end
Till you go away again
Till you go away again
Till you go away again
Till you go; away we go again
Track Name: Give Me A Try
GIVE ME A TRY

Love is in the weather
You feel it passing through
It seems that
Everywhere I go I feel it too

Summer dreams together
And some are coming true
It seems that every night is endless
Here with you

I want you to give me a try
Give me a try won't you
'Cause I think you'd like me, too
I can't keep waiting forever for you

Here the roller coasters
Run all night
And every star is shining
soft electric light

As the sun is setting
And as the surf rolls in
It seems to be the only place
We've ever been

I want you to give me a try
Give me a try won't you
'Cause I think you'd like me, too
I can't keep waiting forever for you

I can't keep waiting forever for you
Track Name: Telephone Signals
TELEPHONE SIGNALS:

Telephone signals
Swim through the dark
Telephone wires
Are twisted and broken, showering sparks
You answer but you won't answer me

I never really thought you'd pick up,
So why don't you just put me back down?
Leave me a message and I'll call you right back,
When I realize what I've done and come back around
Come back around

Telephone silence
A dull overtone
Telephone violence
Don't call me, goddamn you,
Won't you leave me alone?
You answer but you won't answer me.

I'm sorry, I missed you, I'm sorry, I miss you, I'm sorry, I'm sorry
I'm sorry, I missed you, I'm sorry, I miss you, I'm sorry, I'm sorry
Track Name: Hide and Seek
HIDE AND SEEK

How 'bout a game of Hide and Seek with me
I'll go and hide first, you count to three...
Then again maybe you can count to ten or to twenty-five
I might need some time to find a place

You've been hiding (so long)
Never deciding
Whoa oh oh woah oh oh oh oh
Deep inside you, that's where I'll find you
Whoa oh oh oh, woah oh oh oh oh

Ready or not, you'll come and look for me
Open the wardrobe, climb up a tree
Maybe I should go re-hide, try to find a place easy to find
It might be some time till you find me

You've been hiding (so long)
Never deciding
Whoa oh oh, woah oh oh oh oh
Deep inside you, that's where I'll find you
Whoa oh oh oh, woah oh oh oh oh

It's getting dark out, soon I'll have to leave
Just say you give up lookin' for me
I'm to blame, it's just a game, why I play, I could never say
I just need some time to hide away

You've been hiding (so long)
Never deciding
Whoa oh oh woah oh oh oh oh
Deep inside you, that's where I'll find you
Whoa oh oh oh, woah oh oh oh oh

You've been hiding (so long)
Our dreams colliding
Whoa oh oh woah oh oh oh oh
In the cupboard, you were discovered
Whoa oh oh, woah oh oh oh oh oh oh
Track Name: It's Easy To Fall In Love
IT'S EASY TO FALL IN LOVE

People always try to tell me
That love is such a tricky thing
They warn of all the pain it brings
And all that they've been through

They think I'm living in a movie
With rosey glasses on my eyes
Full of sugar-coated happy lies
But they don't know you

They say that love is so hard
So hold on to your heart
And never let it go
But I know this much is true
It's easy to
Fall in love
With a girl like you

People say that I'm too hasty
That I need to cool it down
To get my feet back on the ground
And to think things through

But I really can't be bothered
To pander to their silly fears
To squander all my finest years
They don't have a clue

They say that love is so hard
So hold on to your heart
And never let it go
But I know this much is true
It's easy to
Fall in love
With a girl like you
Track Name: Hanging Around With Jane
HANGING AROUND WITH JANE:

Lately, dear, you haven't been the same
You think she's a friend but it's all just a game

I think you'd better stop stop hanging around with Jane
Yeah yeah yeah
That girl's no good, and she'll only make you sorry
Yeah yeah yeah

She kisses boys she doesn't even know,
She's a coarse little catch in a one-girl show
She always tries to pull you into the games she plays

She mystifies even the most assured
She'll lie to your face but make you keep your word
She never means to hurt you (or so she'll say)

I think you'd better stop stop hanging around with Jane
Yeah yeah yeah
That girl's no good, and she'll only make you sorry
Yeah yeah yeah

I guess you're impressed with her sweet talking
The flask in her dress and the smokes in her stockings
Your evenings feel electric, but your mornings grey

I know that she's convincing and she's pretty too,
But do you know just what she wants from you?
She knows just how to play you, you'd better stay away.

I think you'd better stop stop hanging around with Jane
Yeah yeah yeah
That girl's no good, and she'll only make you sorry
Yeah yeah yeah

I think you'd better stop stop hanging around with Jane
Yeah yeah yeah
That girl's a mess, and she's such a bad example
Yeah yeah yeah

I think you'd better stop stop hanging around with Jane
Yeah yeah yeah
That girl's no good, and she'll only make you sorry
Yeah yeah yeah

She'll only make you sorry
Track Name: Lock Myself Away
LOCK MYSELF AWAY:

Some forgotten place is hiding in your face,
A place you'd love to visit
Take my word and the next red-eye
(I) can hardly breathe, and you can hardly sleep,
Exciting as it may seem, I'm afraid you are over me
Again is what I need

Ba-ba-ba ba-ba ba, You know you're falling for it
Ba-ba-ba ba-ba ba, ooooh
There's something in the way she moved
(Don't mind me...)
I'll take another day, Lock myself away
Oooh, it's up to me

Please don't ever say there's no game left to play,
'Cause I can feel you burning
Up inside, all because of me
I'm left alone, simple as a stone
A statue in your garden, standing still watching over you,
Watching over me

Ba-ba-ba ba-ba ba, You know you're falling for it
Ba-ba-ba ba-ba ba, ooooh
There's something in the way she moved
(Don't mind me...)
I'll take another day, Lock myself away
Oooh, it's up to me

It's up to me
Track Name: So Far
SO FAR

I can see us sitting in the lamp light
Twenty years from now
But for now
I can't see
You at all

Tried to get it all down in a letter
That I sent to you
I'm afraid
You might see
Through it all

You always leave things as they are
I guess it's worked for you
So far

But you're so far away
And I'm so far away
You're so far away
And I'm so far away
Oooh ooh ooh

Guess I'd thought we'd always be together
Never thought I'd feel
So alone
With you here
Next to me

When you say you love me do you mean it
'Cause you have to choose
It's okay
Either way
We both lose

You always leave things as they are
I guess it's worked for you
So far

But you're so far away
And I'm so far away
You're so far away
And I'm so far away
Oooh ooh ooh
Oooh ooh ooh