Savannah Sessions

by skittish

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1.
Intro (vert) 02:32
I love a good rainstorm I love a good soak I love any excuse to hunker down at home And I’ll tell you I want to I’ll tell you I’m fine I’ll tell you anything to keep a peaceful vibe But you don’t care, and I don’t mind You go yours and I’ll be far behind It’s a trial of solo v. so long Let’s talk about haircuts Let’s talk about fish Let’s talk about anything but fucking politics But you were the exception You were my connection that made me feel normal But you don’t care, and I don’t mind You go yours and I’ll be far behind Its funny, but not funny ha ha That you don’t care, and I don’t mind You go yours and I’ll be far behind It’s a trial of solo v. so long
2.
The Hole 05:04
I sat strange in a new city, much too old to make new friends And I paid a patient ear, and then double for some hands Cause I am my favorite habits, yeah and I could use a win But the hole is always hungry so I take it on the chin And the morning after wrapped up in a sheet Well my rant was fueled by a high dwindling So bright hours earlier, dulled by morning sun, left with nothing sharper than the evidence of fun I said, “I can take you away from here and save you from these lonely years.” As she stood inside my doorway, thin as alcoholics blood And her head it tilted slightly to recall the speech she’d done Oh so many times before, she said, “I like it here, I don’t need saving, I am happy, I’m no damsel, or a proxy.” And its probably for the best, cause I’d rather be sleeping When I have to pay the piper and its feeding time again I’ll try again, I’ll fail again, but next time I’ll fail better (when the fever breaks, when the buzz is gone, take a breath before, your comfort will bring you down, gotta let it go, next time will be yours) Aces and eights, bout damn time I trade ‘em in, before the rake, for a script pad and a pen And then when the darkness lifted it was oh so bittersweet Like the end of a long marriage where I missed its company But my options all dissolved slowly by acidic years What the hell do it do now, why would I want to see this clear? Now I’m alternating between celebrating and recuperating Retribution for the notion that I’m someone’s special something God and I rarely see eye to eye, Pascal made a wager and so will I Cause the hole comes back almost every single night There’s no way to fill it up but lord knows I’ve tried I’ll try again, I’ll try again, I’ll fail again, but next time I’ll fail better Holy Ghost, take me home I’m sorry if you thought that I could make you whole Separate from gen. pop., a hole to make your myth up In that shell you picked up, you hear what you wanna hear Cause I’ll muddy your clean waters then complain about my thirst Playing chicken with the android, hoping he blinks first Now its 2 am ATM withdrawl, old enough to know better, high enough to forget I don’t like my situation but not enough to change it (maybe you’re just not that interesting) A part apart from partners but appreciative of being included in the whole Easy to like but hard to love Cause their eyes are little mirrors throwing back just what I do If I won’t excel for me then I’ll excel for you I’ll try again, I’ll fail again, but next time I’ll fail better (when the fever breaks, when the buzz is gone, take a breath before, your comfort will bring you down, gotta let it go, next time will be yours)
3.
Its hard enough to see the twisted highway Without the dome lights going on and off I could park inside the fog and refill monthly And lose the one thing I got going on It’s a long way to go in a bust up ride Plastic Shaman by the side of my bed Ayahuasca in the desert just past midnight Tapping frequencies of secret intent Double agents on the inside I wish I was fine with the normal life, no fight in me Looking for the white flag, psychonaut leads the way I’m tired of my own brain fuck fuck fucking me Its hard enough to lug the load I carry Without repeating everything in three You left your brand upon my cheek in cherry But I was too distracted thinking bout the ones that came ‘fore me It’s a long way to go and its mostly down But I promise that you’ll never be bored It’s a brand new fight in a brand new town With the feeling that I’ve been here before I think I left the burner on I wish I was fine with the normal life, no fight in me Looking for the white flag, psychonaut leads the way I’m tired of my own brain fuck fuck fucking me up Don’t wait for me Don’t wait for me, save yourself It a long way to go for a happy end That depends on when you’re stopping the tall tale Cause you’re looking at the last of the gentlemen Who can fake it through a social assail Leaving toothmarks on the slow-pour I wish I was fine with the normal life, no fight in me Looking for the white flag, psychonaut leads the way I’m tired of my own brain fuck fuck fucking me up
4.
Silence, my pet, you’re gonna miss me when I’m gone Cause this thing, we done, well every midnight meets its dawn There’s blood upon the moon tonight And one fool, still trying to turn the wrong to right So with hat in hand I’ll accept my fate eppur si muove Gotta make something of myself before the devil knows I’m dead Gotta take something for myself before the devil knows I’m dead Please help me out, before the lights go out Who knows what goes a walkin’ round your woods at night? Ain’t nobody gonna get to you Strong arms, and a little bit of attitude With a patient hand I release my grip on that which birthed this Gotta make something of myself before the devil knows I’m dead Gotta take something for myself before the devil knows I’m dead Please help me out Though unfair, that’s life When the crowd wants blood you will oblige One sentence, to the stocks Here’s your pound of flesh now run along Gotta make something of myself before the devil knows I’m dead Gotta take something for myself before the devil knows I’m dead Please help me out, before the lights go out
5.
Savannah 02:10
I’ve been walking in the gardens of the Southern town I love I’ve been thinking bout the Beatles and the empty sky above Hold my hand when I’m sad And be my friend, John Lennon I’ve been walking in the mission, of the Southern town I love I’ve been thinking bout ambition and the things I left undone Hold my hand when I’m sad And be my friend for an end
6.
Hello Deadly 03:47
On a cold night In the Springtime In New Orleans, 1919 It was almost like the cold was living in your bones But we opened All the windows From the parlor to the bedroom And danced, and played, and sang until the day was reborn Cause that can’t happen here Nothing happens here Hello Deadly, you look lonely as I A turn of happenstance And I could walk a crooked mile Hello Deadly, you brought a city to life For desperate vanity Or just a lonely impulse of delight So my mind set On a vengeance and I stocked up For protection And lost Lenore may fear no more when floorboards moan cause the jazz songs They were lamb’s blood On the doorway to being someone But we still want to keep a weapon in our home Cause that can’t happen here Hello Deadly, you look lonely as I A turn of happenstance And I could walk a crooked mile Hello Deadly, you brought a city to life For desperate vanity Its just a lonely impulse when I say Hello Deadly I’m hoping for a sign An answer on marquees, sparkling in light But all that we get is a Lightning Bug’s flicker to light up the cure Hello Deadly tell me where it hurts
7.
Over Thirty 02:18
I found a few reminders Another reason more I come around to see you …left ‘em by the door cause it’s a long way to go it alone and I know its not perfection but, lord, who’s is though? Cause you’ll always be my harbor, I’ll always be your home Just don’t wait too long to pick up the phone Rewriting my want ads Stuck in quarantine Another thing more glamorous When you see it on a screen cause it’s a long way to go it alone and we’re far beyond believing movie magic shows and you don’t have to love me, just laugh at some of my jokes but don’t wait too long to pick up the phone
8.
There’s a parallel life Buzzing next to mine Filled with all that could of been White tipped roller skates Baseball, birthday cakes Sunday nights crowd round the table Bedtimes, bag lunches, and a weekend away if we’re able There’s a parallel life Breaking next to mine A mantle full of Grammys You sleep with the gin Poolside, heroin A white baby grand just like Lennon’s I wake you to show you my song as the sun burns the ocean There’s a parallel life Branching all the time One where we are royals One we’re closet queens One we’re libertines One where we’re pairs of claws Scuttling cross silent seas Drown all my faith in a slot machine For something that I can believe in Round round it goes but my constant in chaos is always you
9.
Blue Daisies 04:57
Stiff drink, then another one Seat back, keys out on the ground Street light, burn out just as I do I’ll take 10 gallons and Scratchers, win my money back Glass jar, leave a penny or two Cause I’ve been coming up Blue blue daisies Its almost like someone’s been holding my hand Like blue blue daisies She rides on a chariot Pulled by a couple purring cats Somewhere down the road out of view I’ll take seeing diamonds on the water And make my day just what I wanna Food from down the corner I’ll be seeing you we’ll be coming up Blue blue daisies Its almost like someone’s been holding my hand or taking a stand for you Carrying on Shine your light on something new That shines some right on back to you And get yourself warm Carrying on Past the point of fighting it I got my bread and circuses I’m Carrying on I’m here, where I’ve always been Building up my tolerance I’ve been open to find Blue blue daisies Its almost like someone’s been holding my hand Like blue blue daisies
10.
I got something here to hold on to that you remain beautiful in black You’re a damn good hang Riding a world in flames Lending a hand of claws To the banal and blahs When you’re wearing down When you second guess Should you hum along with the shining masses? I got something here to hold on to that you remain beautiful in black there’s a light, they say, after we go away 21 grams unseen thinking eternally leave your darkened days leave your hoodoo charms leave your spark of thought to the here and now I want nothing else to hold on to as we remain Beautiful in black Beautiful in black

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Written in Savannah GA, Recorded at SCAD studios, and finished up in Minnesota during Quarantine in 2020.

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released September 18, 2020

Brianna Tagg: Vocals on ‘Hello Deadly’
Rachel Boissevain: Backup Vocals on ‘The Hole’ and ‘Car Crash Companion’
Juliana Henao Mesa: Backup Vocals on ‘The Hole’ and ‘Car Crash Companion’
Oleg Terentiev: Drums on ‘Car Crash Companion’ and ‘Hello Deadly’
Eric Holmes: Fiddle on ‘Before the Devil knows’
Chris Lahn: Drums and Whistle on ‘Blue Daisies,’ Horn arrangement on ‘Hello Deadly,’ Piano on ‘Parallel Life’
Jeff Noller: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Piano, Ebow
Written, Recorded, and Mixed by Jeff Noller
Mastered by Todd Fitzgerald at Winterland Studios

All Songs Written by Jeffrey Noller, Noller Publishing, ASCAP 2020

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