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Hot & Heavy​-​Handed

by Izaak Opatz

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1.
Six short months we went together Decided it should be forever Two paychecks are better than one A diamond ring and it was done Bought her a house like I said I would In a sub-divided neighborhood The fuse got short and the nights got long It was over long gone Before I knew Where I was headed to I'm goin' through the big D And don't mean Dallas I can't believe what the judge had to tell us I got the Jeep she got the palace I'm goin' through the big D And don't mean Dallas Things like this are never final I'm still payin' on the vinyl Flooring in the laundry room It's multi-colored and waterproof It's a little bit tough to face my friends The ones that said I jumped in The river of love a little too soon That was August This is June and it's a different tune I'm goin' through the big D And don't mean Dallas I can't believe what the judge had to tell us I got the Jeep she got the palace I'm goin' through the big D And don't mean Dallas I'm goin' through the big D And don't mean Dallas I can't believe what the judge had to tell us I got the Jeep she got the two-bedroom Mortgage is due Siding light blue palace I'm goin' through the big D And don't mean Dallas I'm goin' through the big D And don't mean Dallas
2.
Well, boys I hate to leave good company But my baby just called me on the phone And from the sound of her voice, I simply have no choice I left something turned on at home Well I just put a quarter in the jukebox And it ain't halfway through my favorite song But if I don't leave right now my whole place might burn down 'Cause I left something turned on at home It ain't the stove, it ain't the heater She's hotter and a whole lot sweeter And all day long she's been there alone Right now her arms are open, the house is probably smokin' 'Cause I left something turned on at home Hey waitress could you cancel that order But if it's too late I'll take it to go Boys I gotta run 'fore somebody calls 911 'Cause I left something turned on at home It ain't the stove, it ain't the heater She's hotter and a whole lot sweeter And all day long she's been there alone Right now her arms are open, the house is probably smokin' 'Cause I left something turned on at home Right now her arms are open, the house is probably smokin' 'Cause I left something turned on at home Yeah I left something turned on at home I left something turned on at home
3.
Have you read any good telephone books lately? If you ain't then let me recommend one I've already read that Tulsa telephone book through thirteen times If you don't know any last names it ain't much fun Readin' that Tulsa telephone book can drive a guy insane Especially if that girl you're lookin' for has no last name I gotta find her and tell her, I don't want our love to end So I'm readin' that Tulsa telephone book again Well, I was in Tulsa and didn't have anything goin' She lived in Tulsa and didn't have anything on She said, "My name is Shirley," and I said, "My name is T." I woke up the next mornin' and she was gone All of the Tulsa operators know my voice now And they gotta know how long I've been alone If you meet a girl named Shirley with some ribbons in her hair Would you tell her that she's wanted on the phone? Readin' that Tulsa telephone book can drive a guy insane Especially if that girl you're lookin' for has no last name I gotta find her and tell her, I don't want our love to end So I'm readin' that Tulsa telephone book again I'm readin' that Tulsa telephone book again
4.
What are those things with big black wings? Circling descending from up overhead Lie to me tell me that they're only robins Tell me that your love for me will never be dead Today all the rooms in our home feel like strangers I wonder what makes me feel so out of place Why have you suddenly emptied your closets? And why won't you look me in the face? What are those things with big black wings? Circling descending from up overhead Lie to me tell me that they're only robins Tell me that your love for me will never be dead You faithfully promised that you'd never leave me You told me your heart had no room for goodbyes But tell me what makes all this distance between us And who put that leavin' in your eyes? What are those things with big black wings? Circling descending from up overhead Lie to me tell me that they're only robins Tell me that your love for me will never be dead
5.
A Better Man 03:00
What do you say when it's over? I don't know if I should say anything at all One day we're rollin' in the clover Next thing, you know, we take the fall Still, I think about the years since I first met you And the way it might have been without you here I don't know if words from me can still upset you But I've just gotta make this memory stand clear I know I'm leavin' here a better man For knowin' you this way Things I couldn't do before now I think I can And I'm leavin' here a better man I guess I always knew I couldn't hold you But I'd never be the one to set you free Just like some old nursery rhyme your mama told you You still believe in some old 'Meant to be' Still, I'm leavin' here a better man For knowin' you this way Things I couldn't do before now I think I can And I'm leavin' here a better man Yes, I'm leavin' here a better man For knowin' you this way Things I couldn't do before now I know I can And I'm leavin' here a better man Yes, I'm leavin' here a better man
6.
I got a letter in the mail today It hit me like a slap in the face It said she's moving down to Lubbock, Texas Man, what a beautiful waste She's going down there to chase somebody I hope he's just a flame But he must be putting out some kind of heat To pull her down to that kind of place Because she's moving to Lubbock for love Now that I can't understand You know there's nothing there, honey Except for that man She's moving to Lubbock for love Now that I can't comprehend Or maybe it's just I can't face the fact That I'm not him I tried to sell her on the Rocky Mountains And moving with me up north There's a town on a river surrounded by mountains A thousand miles from Fort Worth You don't usually have to convince somebody To move to a beautiful place So I always just assumed she found someplace better That was tearing her love away But she's moving to Lubbock for love Now that I just can't ignore She's putting up with strip malls and smokestacks For the man she adores She's moving to Lubbock for love Now that I can't understand That must be some kind of record For a silver-tongued man To pull down a woman like that As bright as the new morning sun To a shithole like Lubbock, Texas I didn't think it could be done But it could be done It could be done But I just wasn't the one She's moving to Lubbock for love Now that I can't understand If she's moving to Lubbock for love I never stood a chance She's moving to Lubbock for love Now that I can't comprehend If she's moving to Lubbock for love Well, then I can't win I guess she never really loved me Or I just didn't know what love was Because today I got a letter and the postmark proved it She moved to Lubbock for love I set the letter down on my knee And behold the beauty that is all mine I look out at the mountains and the huge blue heavens But I feel like Lubbock inside I look out at the mountains and the huge blue heavens But I feel like Lubbock inside
7.
Sundays 03:55
I can't seem to make it through Sunday I can't seem to make it through Sunday Monday through Saturday I get by just fine Every other day of the week I feel alright I don't know why, I don't know why I can't seem to make it through Sunday I can't seem to make it through Sunday Sunday's supposed to be the day For kicking off your shoes So how come that's the day I always get the blues? I don't know why, I don't know why I can't seem to make it through Sunday I can't seem to make it through Sunday Ever since you had to go I just carry on But deep down inside I know There's something wrong I don't know why, I don't know why I can't seem to make it through Sunday I can't seem to make it through Sunday
8.
I could tell by the way you sounded when you called That I wasn't going to like what you had to say I could read between the lines there's something different this time You're coming over tonight 'cause you couldn't wait Now you're in the drive, I'm a wreck inside as you walk in through the door You look like I need a drink right now You look like you're gonna try to let me down nice and easy I think I know why you won't sit down You're just dancing around what you came here to do but you're scared to And all I can think, the way you're looking at me You look like I need a drink Been a little over a year since you were standing right here And I was nervous for a whole nother reason Now it's a little bit hard being this caught off guard Watching you trying to not hurt my feelings You look like I need a drink right now You look like you're gonna try to let me down nice and easy I think I know why you won't sit down You're just dancing around what you came here to do but you're scared to And all I can think, the way you're looking at me You look like I need a drink You look like I need a drink I don't know how this ends or where this goes But the only thing I know is You look like I need a drink right now You look like you're gonna try to let me down nice and easy I think I know why you won't sit down You're just dancing around what you came here to do but you're scared to And all I can think, the way you're looking at me You look like I need a drink Yeah, a nice stiff drink
9.
I've never felt as helpless as I do today My world just fell around me as I watched you drive away There's nothing left between us Somehow we've grown apart I've got it through my head I just can't break it to my heart I can't believe this is me on the hurtin' side of pain Sifting through the ashes still tryin' to find a flame But the flames have turned to embers left glowing in the dark I've got it through my head I just can't break it to my heart If I could Lord knows I would turn back the hands of time And piece these scattered memories that are cluttered in my mind Pick up where we left off and make a brand new start I've got it through my head I just can't break it to my heart I can't believe this is me on the hurtin' side of pain Sifting through the ashes still tryin' to find a flame But the flames have turned to embers left glowing in the dark I've got it through my head I just can't break it to my heart I've got it through my head I just can't break it to my heart I just can't I just can't break it to my heart I just can't I just can't break it to my heart I just can't break it to my heart I just can't I just can't break it to my heart
10.
I took two weeks vacation for the honeymoon A couple tickets all-inclusive down in Cancun I couldn't get my money back so I'm in seat 7A I'm getting drunk on a plane I bet the fella on the aisle thought I was crazy 'Cause I taped your picture to the seatback right beside me Now I've got empty mini bottles fillin' both our trays I'm getting drunk on a plane Buyin' drinks for everybody But the pilot, it's a party Got this 737 rocking like a G6 Stewardess is somethin' sexy Leanin' pourin' Coke and whiskey Told her about my condition Got a little mile-high flight attention It's Mardi Gras up in the clouds I'm up so high, I may never come down I'll try anything to drown out the pain They all know why I'm getting drunk on a plane We had this date marked on the calendar forever We'd take that new wed limo airport ride together I feel like a plastic groom alone there at the top of the cake I'm getting drunk on a plane Buyin' drinks for everybody But the pilot, it's a party Got this 737 rocking like a G6 Stewardess is somethin' sexy Leanin' pourin' Coke and whiskey Told her about my condition Got a little mile-high flight attention It's Mardi Gras up in the clouds I'm up so high, I may never come down I'll try anything to drown out the pain They all know why I'm getting drunk on a plane On my way home I'll bump this seat right up to first class So I can drink that cheap champagne out of a real glass And when we land I'll call her up and tell her I had a blast I got drunk on a plane Buyin' drinks for everybody But the pilot, it's a party Got this 737 rocking like a G6 Stewardess is somethin' sexy Leanin' pourin' Coke and whiskey Told her about my condition Got a little mile-high flight attention It's Mardi Gras up in the clouds I'm up so high, I may never come down I'll try anything to drown out the pain They all know why I'm getting drunk on a plane I'm getting drunk on a plane I might be passed out In the baggage claim But right now I'm drunk on a plane
11.
I like listening to Lucinda Williams I always thought she was just being bleak I didn't know anyone could hurt that bad 'Til you made a country singer out of me Country singers are just bitchers and moaners The trick is making the pain sound sweet I didn't have much to say about heartbreak 'Til you made a country singer out of me Sure, I drove an old truck around And I wore tight Wrangler jeans But I didn't know what sorrow was And the truck was Japanese The truck was just Japanese I liked cowboy hats before I met you Clean white shirts and dirty jeans But I didn't like the twang and the strains of sadness 'Til you made a country singer out of me Sure, I drove an old truck around And I wore tight Wrangler jeans But I didn't know what sorrow was And the truck was Japanese The truck was just Japanese And now there's a man here who wants to thank you For making me cry and stumble and sing He's a record company man, and he's grateful You made a country singer out of me Sure, I write the songs and sing them But you are the reason I'm here I tried to give you all my love You gave me a career Country singers are just bitchers and moaners The trick is making the pain sound sweet I didn't have much to say about heartbreak 'Til you made a country singer out of me 'Til you made a country singer out of me

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Produced by Malachi DeLorenzo, Dylan Rodrigue & Izaak Opatz
Engineered & Mixed by Malachi DeLorenzo
Mastered by Kevin Ratterman
Photography by Kendall Rock
Art by Vincent Bancheri

Izaak Opatz - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Dylan Rodrigue - Lead Guitar, Keys, Bass, Backing Vocals, Percussion, Additional Guitars
Malachi DeLorenzo - Drums, Backing Vocals, Percussion, Additional Guitars

Peri DeLorenzo - Fiddle on “I Left Something Turned on at Home”, “Can’t Break It to My Heart”
Sierra Benhoff - Vocals on “Sundays”, “Lubbock for Love”
Jordan Bush - Pedal Steel on “I Left Something Turned on at Home”, “Can’t Break It to My Heart”, “Drunk on a Plane”, “Lubbock for Love”, “You Made a Country Singer out of Me”

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released December 11, 2020

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