To Hell With These Streets

by Greg Fleming and The Working Poor

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released October 18, 2016

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Greg Fleming and The Working Poor Auckland, New Zealand

Greg Fleming is often referred to as a pioneer of alt country in New Zealand. One of his first gigs was supporting Texan legend Townes Van Zandt, afterwards Van Zandt took him aside and told him “don’t ever stop writing” . Greg didn’t and has five critically acclaimed albums bear out Van Zandt's belief. The latest - and third with his band the Working Poor - is To Hell With These Streets. ... more

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Track Name: Liquor Store (for Ben Sanders)
Liquor Store

Liquor store, liquor store
Closing time they bust in the door
Guns up – eyes scared
Hardly men – just kids from around here

Third time in six months
they picked the wrong liquor store to hold up
This aint no ATM
You want money punks – try workin on the weekend

But I do what they say
Name tag on my shirt so they start calling me Sanjay
The till’s open I stand back – they dive in
I come down hard with a baseball bat

Liquor store, liquor store
We live up on the second floor
My mother, my brother, my wife and three kids
TV came out – did a story
Lawyer said “that’s what did it!”

The first hit did the damage
The other guy tripped on the carpet.
Raised his gun then I saw
Made in China – just a toy from the toy store

Jury took twenty minutes
I walked free Acquitted
Kids’ mother howling Liquor Store

Liquor store, liquor store
Closing time they bust in the door
Guns up – eyes scared
Hardly men – just kids from around here