Over Too Easy

by Ban Hatton

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Recorded and Mixed at Montrose Recording Studio, Richmond Virginia. Mastered by Resonant Mastering in Seattle Washington.

Released Independently
Web/Graphic Design and Cover Art by Michelle Lefebvre


released July 6, 2018

Songs by Ban Hatton
Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Adrian Olsen
Sound Engineering and Vocal Production by Alexandra Spalding
Mastered by Ed Brooks
Voice, Guitar, Harmonica - Ban Hatton
Guitars, Bass, Farfisa - Alan Parker
Guitars, Basses, Hammond, Piano, Farfisa - Charles Arthur
Drums and Percussion - Pinson Chanselle
Bass - Zach Wish


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Track Name: Homeward Bound
gonna take an eastbound highway no one’s ever heard of
and then I’ll walk back honey, I promise Ill be right home

I’ve got bags to pack but I don’t have a dollar on me
I spent the last I had on a tall cool pint of Bud

I told em I was 18 so they’d me sail me round the globe
I’m gonna send my love stateside when they take roll call

I don’t know what I’ll see, I’m scared to death to be honest
but I’ll live my life however it falls on the floor

so hold your candle close to see
the words I’ve scratched inside these walls
hold your candle close to me
help me shine a guiding light back home

so I’ll hold myself up tall and never let go
hold yourself up tall if you never know
what are you supposed to learn from me?
and who am I supposed to be today?
I’ll hold myself up tall if you never let go

no matter how many years you stack on a stubborn body
the mind stays sharp but the soul, cold as stone

and I don’t think those scars from a life lived fast and reckless
will ever fade in a way that seems calm and slow

but doctors say I got too much of him in me
self inflicted flaws, well I’m proud of em all

I can feel his restless spirit somehow guide me
all I hope is that it stays, wherever I go

Track Name: Sweet Virginia
I can see by the way you stare at me
that heaven is just a place you'll never see
but I’ve been trudging up a mountain
just to see across the road
it’s times like these oh lord they’re sure nice to know
but now it’s time for me to go home

but icy silence follows every footstep I believe in
and these ghosts float through my hallway laughing as I try to breathe
they’re inside of me
they knock the wind out of me

days turn into months inside of me
but the minutes drag on by like you wouldn’t believe
so time slips by and slides aside
tiny words flash on a screen
subtitles used to rule my life
they'd get the better of a lesser me
all these things that you couldn’t see


there are things I wish you wouldn’t have left with me
simple little reminders my eyes had to see
and you never gave me any closure
so I had to build my own
I got a truck and struck out on the road
it sure is quiet when I’m alone
but sweet Virginia guides me home

Track Name: I Can't See
oh where do I go
if I’m not home by midnight my old man will bury me
but I know that if I start to slow
you can find me where the sun sets low and the moonlight falls on the sycamore trees

so please don’t speak to me
until you find the words that you truly mean fall across my ears so peacefully
leave don’t stay with me
I’m gonna lie right here and find my peace while the crickets sing a song through the back door screen

but I can’t see through the sheets that bind my soul
I’ve got no place for me to call my own

well these fears still hide
I can’t abide by time where words collide, I can’t move down the path with this thorn in my side
so when, when you hear me leave
just rest your head and don’t worry my dear its just another passing day inside a horrible year

Track Name: Backed By The River
it’s been a couple days since I’ve seen you smile
come sit by me, turn the radio down and stay a while

you were so pretty that day in your dancing shoes
and that polka dot dress just spinning around the room

laughing with a room temp drink in your hand
why don’t you stay with me, just a little bit, I know you can

cos’ those butterflies fade, but in that moment I saw
I saw it in you, and in me, in your eyes, God I want it all

and as you’re dancing with him, only I know the truth
he ain’t the one, I am, and I see it in you

and now these memories fade, not only out of design
but of the stone cold truth, there’s just no fire

so I stumble out of Red’s and stay up late tonight
sitting by the river hoping you just might float by
Track Name: Far Enough
she put herself on a plane to nowhere
she couldn't get far enough from him
all the time he'd steal, all the cuts that just won't heal
all the pain she'd take from him
all the pain she would take form him

and all my life I've stumbled through the night
when I met you, and you found me
right outside where we first shared candlelight
but you're now gone and it's just me
you're now gone and it's just me

so take my hand tonight, let's dance beneath the moonlight
I'll sing songs and you'll be free
but I smell smoke subsiding, so lets stomp out the campfire
you'll tell stories while I sleep
you tell stories in my sleep

and all my life I've stumbled through the night
when I met you, and you found me
right outside where we first shared candlelight
but you're now gone and it's just me
and this old house is all you see
Track Name: Punch It
lately I've been thinkin about
an old trailer on the edge of town
a bunch of marlboro cigarette butts
thrown all over the ground

but lately I’ve been thinkin
how my job don’t pay enough
I’m gonna hook the house to the 79
and pick a lot near Bremo Bluff

I might find me a wife or two
I might even buy a rifle
I'm gonna sing sad songs at the local bar
if they’re rowdy I don’t mind the trouble

I might even have the freedom to sin
without the blue lights chasing me down
you can find me outside with a mean old bride
catfishing on the edge of town


God knows my friends don’t care
God knows my family won’t
I might stick around here for a couple of years
or I might just punch it and bolt

I don’t know whats next in this cruel charade
that’s gonna push me to the edge of my mind
I guess I’ll write a few songs nobody will hear
we all know they ain’t got the damn time

if I can tell you anything about the man I am
I can't promise a thing at all
so take a swing and a miss, well you’re cutting your wrists
you might as well pack a U-Haul

cos I’m sorry that I can’t pay rent today
even though that I promised I could
baby I’m not built for this type of life
I belong alone out in the woods

Track Name: Brothers
little white lie
little girl popping adderall
she’s such a loud hot mess
got me feeling sentimental now

the open road with her will clear your head
remind you who you’re gonna be
but her home is gonna chain you down
it’s never gonna set you free

lean in close enough to feel your breath
slowing on my skin
the way this place feels changes
every single time you walk back in

so don’t stop now
tear me down and make me play the part
grab your coat and pay your tab
we’ve still got a few hours in the dark

but I can see something wrong keep’s happening
and I don’t know what it is, I just wanna go home tonight
to see all my family
I need my brothers nearby they’re just about all that will get me right
get me right

such a ground shaking girl
with such a tiny little silhouette
don’t think you’ll make it out alive
she’ll make you hedge your bets

pack your bags, before you know
she’s hustled you right down the road
she’s gonna build you up fast
but she tears you down oh so slow


I woke up yesterday and read the news
this stuff just makes me fall apart
I can’t imagine what it’s done to you
thank god you’ve got such a true heart

I know the end is such a long ways out
what’s in your way is now a wall
but Josh believe in me you’re gonna see
you’re still standing oh so tall

Track Name: Chester
so nice to see tucked so tight beneath the sheets
not a worry left in this world just a tired mind at peace
so I do believe I've seen all that I need
a pocket full of haunting reminders, I'll take them where I need to be

so I rake up the leaves, gas up the old tractor
procrastinate with me honey, later on we move a little faster
I miss that old town, and the people we used to be
but when I turn that key over, it comes rushing back to me

oh momma don’t you see I still hold to my beliefs
I'm just a little country jaded, a little older than I used to be
I still talk to my sister, made some friends kinda like me
I’ve got plans for tomorrow, they’re just not a priority


the smell of California breeze blowing through Torrey Pines
it keeps my feet north of Hell, a little peace to my mind
sunny days are my provider, a good living gives me the time
but any other world I'd be born in, his beer would sit right next to mine


who am I to die now? and who are you to change?
I can’t stop my direction, I can’t stop because you stay
now who am I to be now, but what anybody else should need?
I put that town in my rear view, and watch those thin white lines fade

but outside that house I look inside to see
the right side of the bed was just the wrong place to be
torn pages are my reminder, lost souls are God’s decree
my bones feel so hollow, but Dad's head and the heart is for me
Track Name: Wish I Had The Sense
sometimes a room full of strangers
is better than a house crammed full of your friends
nobodies trying to dig, buy, steal, or cheat their way out of here
nobodies looking out to play pretend

and what’s to be, hey don't ask me for no favors
I’m pissed enough about this neighborhood I’m living in
they all try and see it through to the end but the only thing
that’s got my attention tonight, god damn it’s you

and I don't know what exactly I’ve done wrong
but my list of mistakes always growing, tonight it’s nine years long
but hell at least I aim for a little bit of honesty
there ain’t nobody else out there that loves you like me
there ain’t nobody else out there that's just like me

like ice on pavement, it burns cold then fades away
and all you've got to show is a row running down to the sewer
it was the right place at the wrong time, I hear that shit every other day
I wish we'd done what we did any other way
I wish I had the sense to look the other way

but sometimes that old courtyard full of my friends
is better than that stuck up house that you've been living in
nobody’s trying to dig me out from my philosophy
nobody’s convincing you that they can outdo me
nobody get’s in the way of you and me

it was the right place at the wrong time
start it up we’ll do it all again today
sometimes I still wonder what you'd say
and I wish we’d done what we did any other way
I wish I had the sense to ask you to stay
Track Name: Eight Hours
I left my soul by the riverbed
but I dug up my heart and dragged it all the way home
all these pretty little people I know
well they’re right and they’re wrong and they just wanna go home

I broke a 20 dollar bill and started drinking alone
but the man at the bar he sent me packing on home
the simplest days are the ones where she’s away
but if I close my eyes she’s right back here today

so buy and sell my name
it still wont buy out the blame
I’m tired of these silly little games
surely theres some other way

we're headed 8 hours south and just to help a buddy out
half asleep in the car but ain’t nobody got a doubt
that all these miles are worth a single damn smile
if you cannot agree our common ground’s the enemy

so buy and sell my name
it still wont buy out the blame
I’m tired of these silly little games
surely theres some other way

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