Shore Leavin’ by The Approachables

Shore Leavin’ is a song originally written by The Approachables in 2001, which later appeared on their first full length record, On Sound Stage Mountain in 2008.

In fact, the track was placed in the number two position on the album and harkens to a tugboat putting around the bay during a deluge, its searchlight cast across the waters looking for…kelp?

Whatever the song evokes, its certainly something nice after the sonic smack on the tush that is the opening track, Good Streets.

What Took Them So Long?

2001 – 2008.  Yeah, the record took forever to get finished, but Shore Leavin’ was always ear-marked to be included, as it was a slow jammin’ fan favorite since the band composed the track way back in the day.

theapproachablesbandphotoFeaturing fuzzy bass that drives the song, a slightly funky laid back drum beat, some ridonkulous solos, and back-and-forth vocals between Adrian and Marco throughout the track, the song was always suggestive of some kind of a journey on water.  Something both nautical, yet filled with a sense of naval duty, yet ready for some sailors-visiting-seaside-whorehouses type of fun vibe all at the same time.

Unlike the song it sits after to on the album, Shore Leavin’ didn’t really have much of a life prior to, or after the final version that appears on the album.  The guitar licks were composed rather hastily, and the band took it from there.  There was maybe one riff and one vocal thing that wasn’t part of the original composition, but the rest of the song basically came together in short order and stayed that way, lyrics and all.

Lyrics:

(Alright, listen up…)

Back to where I started

Carpet burns and window shades

Blades and shady dealin’s

Rollin’ logs and 8 track tapes

Put a smile on me, put a smile on me,

Kevlar coatz and sandy brown

Put a smile on me, put a smile on me,

Kevlar coats and sandy brown

The rain it came down drizzlin’ (keep it all out)

She came down like firetrucks on ki’ens (keep it all out)

The rain it came down drizzlin’ (keep it all out)

She came down like firetrucks

Months between the weeks of talkin’

Shards shapes and masking tape

Best to turn and keep on walkin’ away

But I didn’t know any better

Oats and beans and barley growin’

Plus one thousand one mistakes

The rain it came down drizzlin’ (keep it all out)

She came down like firetrucks on ki’ens (keep it all out)

The rain it came down drizzlin’ (keep it all out)

She came down like firetrucks (keep it all out)

Keep it all out

Keep it all out

Keep it all out

Keep it all out

Keep it all out

Keep it all out

Keep it all out

Keep it all out

Keep it all out

Put a smile on me, put a smile on

Kevlar coatz and sandy brown

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