July ep - Joe Merklee

by Guy Capecelatro III

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1.
You Are Molecular You’re settling in again Watching the way the world spins Balanced up in the tree tops Focused as a cyclops You’re turning it on and off and on again It feels like pretend Nothing ever resonates Since you were displaced Call me up tonight I’ve been a regular It’s so insidious you are molecular Crawling around in my bones You’re walking a crooked line Fractured undefined Blotting out history Paving over catastrophes You’re turning it up and down And up and down again Leaving a swath behind Knotted intertwined Call me up tonight I’ve been a regular It’s so insidious you are molecular Crawling around in my bones Do you ever see us from on high As you’re balancing stars that won’t align Will you let yourself plummet like an angel Will you fall to me or hover there and dangle
2.
Drifting Backwards It feels familiar and so natural This drifting backwards I suppose I fall asleep in the parking lot The smell of horses in my nose Somehow it seems I never left here And nothing ever was revealed I wake before the sun’s been realized A flashlight knocking at my windshield I explain officer I work here Well kid you need to disappear I fill my bucket from the spigot I clean the horses till they shine The jockeys smoking in the bullpen Feels like I’m stepping back in time I miss the sound of cars collapsing The beeping call of backing trucks The way the snow concealed everything New England air felt warm enough Tonight I’ll clean out all the stables I’ll do my best to turn the tables It’s been a week here in Georgia And I’ve been dry as California I can’t believe I left Vermont Now I’m in the world you haunt Now I’m in the world you haunt
3.
The Fog of Distance I know I barely satisfy you But I can bring it if I want to Lately I’ve been feeling lazy Or maybe I am just afraid There was hinting in your letter Tucked inside my favorite sweater Hid away inside my suitcase It’s always hard to be away You said the distance makes it different Are you’re starting to resent it Lately you’ve been looking gaunt Are you deciding what you want I’m pretty sure we could get back there Though I know you’re always scared You never like to open doors But here’s this picture of before In the light of your transgressions I know you wanna take a break I’m coming out of this depression And I’ll do what it takes In the fog of all this distance Seems we’re sliding toward a hole You’ve been a terrible obsession But I’m not ready to let go
4.
This Decision Laying in my bed I open my eyes Chemicals come through I need to decide Every strand of light carves me like a stick Easy to forget I’m a hypocrite Sharpening your knives muscle oil and stone Pretending to prepare knowing that you won’t Caught up like a leaf a train that hugs that its rails Heading on your course knowing that you’ll bail And all I can do is wait here for you to decide Reaching for a hand telepathic thoughts You were left alone spoiled and unwashed Wanting to relate caught between two stools Stretched out in the cold naked and confused Every passing sound reminds me of this choice Scattering like stones floating in a void Sentenced tried and sprung scrupulously scrubbed No one knows your wish wanting to be loved And all I can do is wait here for you to decide
5.
You Are Molecular You’re settling in again Watching the way the world spins Balanced up in the tree tops Focused as a cyclops You’re turning it on and off and on again It feels like pretend Nothing ever resonates Since you were displaced Call me up tonight I’ve been a regular It’s so insidious you are molecular Crawling around in my bones You’re walking a crooked line Fractured undefined Blotting out history Paving over catastrophes You’re turning it up and down And up and down again Leaving a swath behind Knotted intertwined Call me up tonight I’ve been a regular It’s so insidious you are molecular Crawling around in my bones Do you ever see us from on high As you’re balancing stars that won’t align Will you let yourself plummet like an angel Will you fall to me or hover there and dangle
6.
Drifting Backwards It feels familiar and so natural This drifting backwards I suppose I fall asleep in the parking lot The smell of horses in my nose Somehow it seems I never left here And nothing ever was revealed I wake before the sun’s been realized A flashlight knocking at my windshield I explain officer I work here Well kid you need to disappear I fill my bucket from the spigot I clean the horses till they shine The jockeys smoking in the bullpen Feels like I’m stepping back in time I miss the sound of cars collapsing The beeping call of backing trucks The way the snow concealed everything New England air felt warm enough Tonight I’ll clean out all the stables I’ll do my best to turn the tables It’s been a week here in Georgia And I’ve been dry as California I can’t believe I left Vermont Now I’m in the world you haunt Now I’m in the world you haunt
7.
The Fog of Distance I know I barely satisfy you But I can bring it if I want to Lately I’ve been feeling lazy Or maybe I am just afraid There was hinting in your letter Tucked inside my favorite sweater Hid away inside my suitcase It’s always hard to be away You said the distance makes it different Are you’re starting to resent it Lately you’ve been looking gaunt Are you deciding what you want I’m pretty sure we could get back there Though I know you’re always scared You never like to open doors But here’s this picture of before In the light of your transgressions I know you wanna take a break I’m coming out of this depression And I’ll do what it takes In the fog of all this distance Seems we’re sliding toward a hole You’ve been a terrible obsession But I’m not ready to let go
8.
This Decision Laying in my bed I open my eyes Chemicals come through I need to decide Every strand of light carves me like a stick Easy to forget I’m a hypocrite Sharpening your knives muscle oil and stone Pretending to prepare knowing that you won’t Caught up like a leaf a train that hugs that its rails Heading on your course knowing that you’ll bail And all I can do is wait here for you to decide Reaching for a hand telepathic thoughts You were left alone spoiled and unwashed Wanting to relate caught between two stools Stretched out in the cold naked and confused Every passing sound reminds me of this choice Scattering like stones floating in a void Sentenced tried and sprung scrupulously scrubbed No one knows your wish wanting to be loved And all I can do is wait here for you to decide

about

Here we have the July edition of a series of monthly eps for 2017 in which I have invited friends to take my songs and "produce" them. I recorded the songs to a click track and sent the producers the raw tracks along with chords and lyrics and gave them free range to do as they saw fit. It is as much about their vision for the song as mine in writing it. I've included stripped down demos to get a sense of the arc each song has taken.

All proceeds from this series will go to either Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center or the SPCA. Just message me with your preference.

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released March 12, 2018

Joe Merkelee - guitars, mandocello, mellotron, harmonium and backing vocals. Oliver Ignatius - drums, percussion, guitar, bass, mellotron, organ and backing vocals. GC III - vocals, guitars. Recorded at Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen.

Cover photograph by Michael Winters. All rights for artwork revert back to Michael Winters who is generously donating these images to the series.

All songs © Two-Ton Santa Songs.

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