Clay Otis & The Showbiz Lights

by Clay Otis

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"Clay Otis & the Showbiz Lights released an excellent eponymous debut album, one of the year's most pleasant musical surprises. Eclectic and fun, and punctuated by Hardee's dark and self-deprecating sense of humor, the record established Clay Otis as one of the more distinctive voices in Memphis music."

- J.D. Reager of the Memphis Flyer

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released June 23, 2011

Produced and Recorded by The Brothers Vest @ High/ Low Studio in Memphis, TN.
Mixed by Adam Hill
Mastered by Leo Goff
Album Art by Josh Breeden

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"Clay Otis & The Showbiz Lights (Pop)- A Showbiz Lights show is a genre-bending walk through the history of pop seen through the tormented, girl crazy mind of Clay Otis Hardee. Backed by members of Tiger High, Dream Team, and The Bulletproof Vests."
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Track Name: Modern Communication
Tell you girl you got my attention all up on that thang.
You make it mighty hard for me not to ascertain.
How badly, I want you
How madly, I need you
But you know that I could never ever let it show
Cause shining light on attraction stunts its growth
Don't wanna, hide from you
These thaangs, I want to do

Chorus:
I've been drowning, in a see of me.
I'd dead broke now, I went and paid my fees
You look so lovely, I crave your company
If I asked you, when you come to me?

I guess the only option left if to take it slow.
Lookin', hoping your eyes is the place to go.
Modern communication aint' got no soul. Technology
Lets get us a plane ticket baby I'm up on a roll. Let's Fly
How badly, I want you
How madly, I need you

Chorus

Girl how badly I need you
How Badly I want you
But I can't even tell you
Don't that seem so cruel
Track Name: Memphis Romance
Take you out for a drink and a date.
You act like I can't be replaced.
Girl, I know that aint' true,
I've been studying on you.

Sick and tired of this Memphis romance,
Lil' ol' place where I cannot understand
Everytime a go to hold their hand
they've been with every other single local man.

Don't want no romance, no Memphis Romance.
Don't want no romance, no Memphis Romance.

You said you'd see me again
Then you was out with my friend
your hand on his leg,
then I saw ya'll in bed

Sick and tired of this Memphis romance,
Lil' ol' place where I cannot understand
Everytime a go to hold their hand
they've been with every other single local man.

Don't want no romance, no Memphis Romance.
Don't want no romance, no Memphis Romance.
Track Name: Velcro Grrl
Don't want this one to slip away,
I love the things she's got to say.
Don't want to put her on no shelf,
cause' I love watching her just be herself. Be Herself

Don't want this one to slip away,
I'd love to see her everyday,
I would love to be her her man,
I'm gone try everything you know I can. All he can.

Don't want this one to slip away,
She makes me so happy.
Don't wanna dress her up in chains
Freedom's beauty she maintains. She maintain ya'll.

Don't want this one to slip away,
I've been studying her ways,
I know God gave me feet
Just to dance along to her beat. To her beat.

CHORUS

All the other girls seem so slippery,
I want you to be my velcro girl.
Sticking next to me we can share the world.
I want you to be my velcro girl.

Everybody else, seems so unwound.
I need you to make me feel bound.
Something down to earth is all that I crave.
But when I look in you eyes, I'm amazed,
stick to me girl.

My Velcro Girl.
Walk with me now.
Talk with me now.
Hold my hand,
Just understand,
I could be your man,
I got eyes on you,
and that's the truth.
Everybody else is so boring girl,
stick with me.
Track Name: Tunnel Vision
Now would it be too foreword, If I said that last song was for you?
This shyness overcomes me, and I don't know what I'm gonna do.
Flustered and awkward, no idea what does this mean?
If I said my thoughts now, would you think that I am obscene?

CHORUS

Tunnel Vision, has me squinting
Are you hinting that I'm your mission?

Now would it be too forward, If I said that last song was for you?
No its not too forward, for you to say that you're coming after me
This shyness overcomes me, and I don't know what I'm gonna do.
No need to be shy boy, I think I know what you're going through.
If I said my thoughts now, would you think that I am obscene?
Tell me what you're thinking, there's no sin in your sexuality.

Tunnel vision, are you listening?
Cause I aint' quitting, you're my mission.

Tunnel Vision
You're all I see.
Girl You got my focus.
Track Name: White Belts In Winter
White belts in winter baby it is understood
That white belts in winter baby make me look so good.
White belts in winter baby girl you just don't know.
That white belts in winter baby reflect against the snow.

WHITE BELTS!
IN THE WINTER TIME!

White belts in winter baby it is understood
That white belts in winter baby make me look so good.
White belts in winter baby girl you just don't know.
That white belts in winter baby reflect against the snow.

WHITE BELTS!
IN THE WINTER TIME!

I'd don't adhere to you post labor day fashion laws.
I'd don't live in New York City.
I'd don't wear black all the time.
I proudly, and happily, live in Memphis, Tennessee
With the Showbiz Lights,
now can I just dance? All I want is to dance.
But they wanna prevent my dancing.
I don't understand?
Why do they cramp you? Why do they come for you?
Why don't the let you go. Why don't they let you live?
Why don't they set you free?
Track Name: Oh Woh Now I
oh, woh, now I
Well, I might be just what they told you
oh, woh, now I
Well, I might be a little bit more.
oh, woh, now I
Well, I have got some things to show you.
oh, woh, now I
Of what I've got in store.

CHORUS
I've got some things I'm gonna show them to you. THAT'S RIGHT
I've got some time and extra monies to spend too. SPEND IT ALL
Sorry to be forward, but I can't stand people blue. IT'S FINE YA'LL
I got these things, let me show them to you. COME ALONG

oh, woh, now I
I been banging up against wall
oh, woh, now I
I feel so damned alone
oh, woh, now I
just want you to hear and feel me
oh, woh, now I
done went and wrote this song
oh, woh, now I
Ain't nobody's whore now
oh, woh, now I
But I'm knocking on your door

CHORUS

We know ya'll feel mundane sometimes.
Sometimes aint' nothing to look at, nothing to feel, nothing to do.
But we got somewhere to go, and we're inviting you.
We are the Showbiz Lights, and we need you to come with us.

CHORUS

COME ALONG!
you are not alone
COME ALONG!
we're here
COME ALONG!
we're doing it for you
COME ALONG!
you need us
COME ALONG!
you love us
COME ALONG!
just let us help you
COME ALONG!
Track Name: Simply Fantastic
Now anybody who ever met me knows damned well I'm a narcissist, He's a narcissist
I'm gone take a break from that right now tell you a story about a girl in New York City nobody can resist. Nobody can resist.

Not easily replaceable.
Not easily upgradeable.
and when she's finally available,
that mean she's some kind of attainable.

CHORUS
She's simply fantastic.
Without her life seems tragic.
She's simply fantastic.
Makes the other ones seem plastic.

I want to hold her hand.
I want to hold her hand.
I want to hold her hand.
I want to hold her hand.

Well her eyes they are magic.
And her face holds me captive.
I don't ever want to look away.
Got to hear what she's got to say.

CHORUS
Track Name: Lovely If You Loved Me
It would be lovely if you loved me baby,
Lovely if you loved me now.
These other ones are trying to take me,
your attention it could save me.

Chorus:
Affection well it draws me so near,
Our time together is so dear.
The future wouldn't hold so much fear.
If you would just hold me near.

At times I feel I've lost all direction,
Maybe there's a path in affection?
Ambiguous beyond all detection.
Its certainly worth my reflection.

Lovely if you loved me,
Lovely if you Loved me now.
Track Name: 3 Options
Girl, I see us having three options.
Option 1, I should fall apart.
Your eyes, far too much too handle
I'd fall off my saddle.
That's option 1

I could crush your soul
you'd hurt so
you can't believe
I could be so charming.
I'd be gone, again your all alone
you'd have a heart with no home
That's option 2

There's a choice for you and me.
Something to feel, love infinitely.
Each other's arms, so comforting.
We could ignore the world's foreboding.
That's options 3

THREE OPTIONS

Affection
Rejection
Alone
At Home
Someone
No one
Nothing
Everything
three options
two options
one option
three options
two options
one option