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Light Sleepers

by Miracle Cat

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1.
I was the vessel, and I was the sea it was drifting in. Tropical island, bottle of rum, and a skeleton. but I couldn't see it, there in the sun. Baby I wasted so much time-- but honey I'm trying to make it right. Rowing the ferry, singing Acheron blues, I'm an idiot. Spinning in circles, tumbling socks at the laundromat. Hey leave a message after the tone... Baby I'll give this all I got-- Shit I know this is a lot but I don't just wanna let this go it's gonna take some time and I just need you to know I still need you in my life.
2.
Every now and I then I hit those nights when I just can't decide do I keep pushing up the endless hill, or just collapse inside of this dead-end mind? I was out there but now I'm right here and I'm chasing the sunset! Where did you go? It's been a long time? Were you the king of the world? Do you wanna just die? Oh I been out and about, I'm coming back some day soon Some day soon. Every now and then I hit those days when I'm just not sure how how to keep pulling down the endless thread and keep my cool right now as it all burns down I was out there but now I'm right here and I'm chasing the sunset! Where did you go? It's been a long time? Were you the king of the world? Do you wanna just die? Oh I been out and about, I'm coming back some day soon Some day soon.
3.
Joanie 02:39
All day she's waiting, just staring at that open door, she can't take no more. That fever calling that feeling, something new in store, and that's for sure! A calico goddess for miles-- in rainbows, in satin, that style! Oh, my Joanie! Joanie! Put your claws up baby and your paws down on my shoulder, no! Oh my Joanie! Joanie! Now if I had my way you'd be the king of the New World Order, no! Oh my Joanie! Joanie! That thunder rolling, bass pumping at the discoteque, what did you expect? Bright lights are cutting through clouds of golden cigarettes how could you forget... The moment she walks in the room it's sunlight, the flowers all bloom... Oh, my Joanie! Joanie! Put your claws up baby and your paws down on my shoulder, no! Oh my Joanie! Joanie! Now if I had my way you'd be the king of the New World Order, no! Oh my Joanie! Joanie!
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JP? 00:34
5.
That Fire 03:35
Baby I'm slipping in and out of memories and every time I look back -- I look back... Pillar of salt where I used to be. And maybe that time ticks heavy in the light of day, and maybe I could feel that -- I feel that... When the air gets heavy we could walk away, but... Baby you oughta know that I can see that sunset in my mind... What if I lose that fire? What if I never get it back? It was a straight-four diamond, it was a freight train down that track. And I see it now-- I feel it know-- Baby I know it's on the line! Baby I'm slipping in and out of memories I never thought I'd see that -- that day I hit the clock in a cloud of sage. And Maybe I'm drifting in some kind of afterlife, and we could make a contact -- contact. I'll take a word in the dark of night, but... Baby I don't wanna go until I reach that *something* in my life! What if I lose that fire? What if I never get it back? It was a straight-four diamond, it was a freight train down that track. And I see it now-- I feel it know-- Baby I know it's on the line! I'll never lose that fire! Baby you know I'll get it back. 'Cause it's a straight-four diamond, and it's a freight train down that track. And I see it now-- I feel it now-- Baby I know it's on the line!
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I wagered it all until I had nothing to lose winked at the basilisk 'til I just forgot I could move I dove in the water and woke up along a bright shore, I'm right here! I'm moving sideways and bracing for the fall I'm losing time... [BREACHING THE COMPOUND] Come touch the destruction over the waterfall [BREACHING THE COMPOUND] I bathe in the moonlight, baby I'll take it all [BREACHING THE COMPOUND] [BREACHING THE COMPOUND] [BREACHING--] I dreamt of a palace with a ten-foot wall of gold, this volume of secrets that I wish I'd never been told. Gold leaf on the verso, it's a falcon drawn without skin I seen it! [BREACHING THE COMPOUND] Come touch the destruction over the waterfall [BREACHING THE COMPOUND] I bathe in the moonlight, baby I'll take it all [BREACHING THE COMPOUND] [BREACHING THE COMPOUND] [BREACHING--]
7.
Workin' nine-to-five at the book shop, the pay's bad but the vibe's hot. I'm reading "Spiral, Meander, Explode." [sic] Bought a pair of Docs and I broke 'em in I been up and down like the ocean. I'm just takin' it day to do. When my baby's off the line I'm at the keys just marking time... Alone in the City. Puttin' up the weight, puttin' in the work, every day now, my body hurts. But that's the hill that you gotta climb. Oh I'm diggin' "Amateur" and "The Will To Change," looking at myself in some new ways, tryin'a leave all that past behind me. When my baby's off the line I'm at the beach, I'm doing fine. Alone in the City. You can make it alone in the City.
8.
Eileen 02:12
Sometimes, usually in the Fall, out there in the blue midnight air, the fragrance of your rose perfume drifts into the room like a dream. Are you there, in the whisper of the night, crackle in the embers of the dying firelight? I can almost hear you out there on the wind calling out to me... Eileen, darling how I tried tried to leave it all, all behind-- the vineyards and the souvenirs, all the months and years you've been gone... Oh Eileen, you're a cloud crossing the sun, jump cut to an engine, reverse to a gun, a shimmer in the violet just before the dawn, a still life of the sea... Eileen...
9.
Note: see Lillian Schlissel's "Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey" 9780805211764 --- I was a girl, only fifteen when I was wed and we set off on the next day out. Mad chivarees turned to nothing but bloody flux when we were out there, out there Pushing on for the dream, for the sunset, never coming back -- that's for sure. Passing grave after grave after grave on the overland trail. Goodbye sweet life, From now on we're on the road dead world we press on No turning back. Crushed under wheel, wandered off and never came back that's how we lost them, these lives Why did we go? There is nothing here that I want. Baby it's endless, this chain. Pushing on for the dream, for the sunset, never coming back -- that's for sure. Passing grave after grave after grave on the overland trail. Goodbye sweet life, From now on we're on the road dead world Passing grave after grave after grave...
10.
If this is all you have to say, then why say it? why say it? Can't you see you're up here wasting our time, so why try? Every day that voice just runs through my head I'm trying hard not to just believe what it says, no... 'Cause I don't wanna be here I don't wanna be here anymore-- Feeling like I'm running in place, lately I just don't know what for-- Feeling kinda worthless and I don't wanna feel that anymore-- I'm just trying to keep my head up 'cause I know I'm worth so much more-- All I need is one shot just gimme a shot and I'll come through-- telling you I'm right here can't you hear me calling out to you, no?

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released June 20, 2022

Music & lyrics by Devin Smith.

Cory Wright: Alto Sax (That Fire) www.corywrightmusic.com

Mollie Bolton: Vocals (Alone in the City) mollybolten.bandcamp.com

Sara Wigglesworth: Vocals (Joanie) app.thestorygraph.com/profile/wiggleallaround

Amy Smith: Vocals (Some Day Soon) www.instagram.com/amy.map.smith/

Richard Haig: Modular Synth (I Don't...) richardhaig.bandcamp.com

Bob Woods-Ladue: Drums (Eileen, I Don't...) dennydennybreakfast.bandcamp.com

Cover photo by Hanna Judge of Fan Club Wallet fanclubwallet.bandcamp.com

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Modular rigs used throughout this album are from Gray Area's fantastic Grand Creative Resource Library, where you can borrow this sort of gear for free. grayarea.org/create/grand-creative-resource-library/

The live drums on "Breaching the Compound" were recorded in one of the hotel rooms above Music City which they'd converted to rehearsal spaces during the pandemic.

Cory, Bob, Richard, and Molly recorded remotely in their own spaces.

Esoteric items used during recording (crystals, candles, fragrances, etc.) acquired from The Love of Ganesha, General Bead, and New India Bazar.

Gear List:
• Primary Mic: AT 4033a (vocals, acoustic instruments, etc.)
• Hardware synths: Arturia MiniBrute, Korg MiniLouge, Roland SoundCanvas
• Modular synths: (See above) Analog Digital Joy, Harmonic Drone, Make Noise 0-Coast
• Softsynths: Arturia V Collection, Full Bucket Modulair
• Guitars: Baby Taylor acoustic, SG Standard, Ibanez RG7
• Interfaces: Focusrite Safire Pro 40, Roland UR-242 for remote sessions
• DAW: Logic Pro X 10.2 on a Mid-2010 Mac Mini (OS 10.9.5)

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