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Kokomo

by Jaye Bartell

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    Ten song cassette with illustrated (illegibly small-print) lyric sheet! All tape orders come with a Special Gift™ of original photo prints made by The Author™.

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1.
Baskets 04:10
Baskets We used to live in a house together do you remember when we lived in a house together it was where we would go to go home Where do you live now I can’t remember we don’t send letters anymore what for — What was it ever for Am I far away from you are you far from me what did you see today hey hey hey With one hand you be in touch with the other fill a basket up I’d really love to see I’d really love to Looking at the old front door where no one we know lives anymore Am I far away from you are you far from me who did you see today hey hey hey With one hand you be in touch with the other fill the basket up I’d really love to see I’d really love to Breaking down the old front door where no one we know lives anymore
2.
Sky Diver 03:29
Sky Diver It took my breath away when you jumped out of the plane with its shark face and one bent wing And plunged into waves blue and gray tinsel tin-can parade of razor blades and useless blame Cut at the ropes and I fell alone mercy is a person beside me Then you skydived into my life And perforated the clouds with your arms spread out so that sunlight pours through in the shape of you. In the radiator day at year’s end the sky breaks into ticker tape of parachutes and silver thread. I fake it all that I can then let your face cover take over mine
3.
Dear 03:05
Dear All in all it was all my fault the fall and the fallout I got thrown from the fold calm as a wall I didn’t know you you didn’t know me Call them off the dogs and the cops I liked it down there I wasn’t lost I got thrown from the fold deer in the middle of the road I didn’t see you you didn’t see me coming Memory oh memory what is this you bring: frost on the grass I got thrown from the fold deer in the middle of the road in the middle of the road in the middle of it all
4.
Too Late 03:06
Too Late Oh you come by so late I have been waiting by the window all day you come by so late I have been waiting by the window all day Am I nice to you am I alright to you am I applied Am I a blight on you am I a knife in you am I denying I wanted to be a light in the unlit rooms I wanted to be alive among the unlived lives I want you to be on time Oh you come by so you come by so late you came by too late
5.
Permission to Pass I gave away my weight I panicked I got lost in the antics I placed a hand on your shoulder and with the other hand I waved: goodbye cruel clay Goodbye Back in our room in my mind -- I struck a long match against the box; the long paper box that you gave me, with its pictures of balloons on both sides. Goodbye cruel clay. Goodbye! Today I put a cloud in a bag -- and I sent all grief to flight -- All failure to flight -- aging to flight Sleep to flight I no longer ask permission to pass overhead while I’m flying. I gave away my weight I panicked I got lost in the antics And I no longer ask permission to pass overhead And I am never coming back
6.
Wisteria (Song for Charlotte Salomon) Under trains of wisteria underneath many things Charlotte is superfluous and stained by the amethyst bines overhead they hang down and entangle the air with her hair Don’t go back It was yesterday, it was spring it was many things— violet and violent impatient and poisonous bines overhead they hang down and entangle me there, with her there Don’t go back Don’t go back Don’t go back Don’t go back Come back come back come back come back come back come back come back Sit down with me here underneath the withering wisteria binding over head they hang down and entangle the living with the dead Don’t go back Don’t go back Don’t go back Come back and I will break the bower down
7.
Someday 03:54
Someday Things are starting to change I can almost see it again in the winter they say spring bodies are made On the bare branches of trees the shoots of new leaves push out like beaks that open and sing: someday it will be our day some way we’ll be what we were meant to be or give up at last at least someday Let’s have a parade let’s celebrate the holiday of being awake And if you can’t relate you can always exaggerate it’s been a long long while since I’ve seen you smile someday it will be our day some way we’ll be what we were meant to be or give up at last at least someday you and me will be on a rooftop dancing around Things are starting to change I can almost see to the end in the summer they say autumn’s grace is late it’s been a long long while it’s been a long long while
8.
Two Things 03:13
Two Things Here I am and I will stay with two things all that I can say One of them’s rather indirect and the other no longer is your name I speak and then the dogs rush in they’re drunk again on the scent of the love that I disgrace I said so much but nothing if not your name When will the ship come back for me as if I’ll ever even been near a sea I’ll just make a sail with these leaves that fill my mouth and fall out as I speak I love it when the dogs rush in drunk again and screaming “love is only what you say it is” I said so much but nothing if not your name These days it’s all mops and brooms but no rooms to clean What I mean I is if you speak to me I’ll speak of you in the world by your name
9.
Anyone 03:38
Anyone Every day takes all our money just to leave the house and be someone I don’t want to be anyone, anymore If I have to kill somebody else to be someone myself then I don’t want to be anyone, anymore Pull the carpet up from underneath the traffic in the street Tear the stone flowers from the eaves of the masonry It would be so easy to leave me all alone at the bottom of a cage at the zoo I don’t want to be anyone, anymore anyone, anymore They took the world away but it was my mistake because the world that I made could be taken away They made glass of it all and then turned me to stone now everywhere I go I make a hole I don’t want to be anyone, anymore
10.
No One 02:36
No One Look at your face all sinking in look at your life it’s going pink at the end look at your skin wrinkling what did you think would happen to you? Since you ask me I ask me I thought it’d be a little while on still but it’s come and beginning to undo You can collect all of the emeralds worth only to you something but to everybody else nothing nothing, nothing, nothing why did you go where no one wants to go why did you go where no one wanted you to go No one wanted you to go no one wanted you at all

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released August 14, 2020

Jaye Bartell: singing, guitars, banjo, Mellotron, synth, clavichord, piano tinkles, circus toys
Alex Farrar: guitars, piano, synth, drums
Adam McDaniel: synth and misc. * Larkin Farrar: singing
J Seger: bass, Mellotron
Michael Libramento: drums, piano, keys
Billy Sheeran: harpsichord, piano

Recorded at Drop of Sun Studios in Asheville, NC

Recorded and mixed by Adam McDaniel and Alex Farrar
Produced by Adam McDaniel, Alex Farrar, and Jaye Bartell
Mastered by Mark Trewella at Full Circle Mastering

All songs written by Jaye Bartell, Radiator Music (SESAC)

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