A Severe Joy

by A Severe Joy

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This album will be widely available from Nine Mile Records through other digital download services beginning December 6, 2011. Physical CD packages are available directly through this site.

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released December 6, 2011

Performed, recorded, and mixed by A Severe Joy
Additional engineering by Peter McLaughlin
Guest musicians:
Erin McKeown (vocals) and Nick Lamberto (guitar) on "Everybody, Hey"
Michael Merenda Jr. (drum kit) on "Frank Black Soundtrack"
Mastered by Carl Saff
Layout, photos, and design by Stephen Quirk of Factory Portland

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Track Name: I Need You Close
I Need You Close

I’ll pick you up
But I’m never gonna let you down
You’re out of touch
I’m telling every one of my friends
I need you close
I want to feel the heat of your skin against my tongue
Every little bit of my soul turns inside out
Screaming from the top of my lungs,
“Where did you go?”
Am I ever gonna figure it out?
You’re out of sight
Not out of mind
Oh oh-oh

I’ll let you drive
As long as you don’t take me home
Stay out all night
I only want to lose control
I’m out of touch
It’s taken every ounce of my love
To get this close,
Screaming from the top of my lungs, “Where did you go?”
Am I ever gonna figure it out?
You’re out of sight
Not out of mind
Every little bit of my soul falls out of line
Falls out of line
It happens all the time
Happens all the time
Happens all the time
Happens all the time
Track Name: Falling Apart in Reverse
Falling Apart in Reverse

Coming together is like falling apart on ourselves
Every time we fall in love in reverse
All we want to do is hang on tight to our bodies

To our bodies, to your body
Is my body, still your body?

And falling apart is like stumbling around in the dark
Never can we see enough of a spark
Until we each end up back on top of the other

All I want, all I want, all I want, all I want
Is what everyone else has
All you want, all you want, all you want, all you want
Is what nobody else has

Is my body, and your body
Still our body?

Coming together is like falling apart in reverse
Every time we fall in love with ourselves
All we want to do is hang on tight to our bodies

To our bodies, to your body?
Is my body, still your body?
Are our bodies, still our bodies?
Is your body, still my body?
Is my body, still your body?
Is my body, still your body?
Track Name: My Luv 4 $ale
My Luv 4 $ale

Get on your knees, give me some of that, and make it wetter
I’m hard to please, just because I aim to make it better
It’s not a date, and just because we’re here it’s not a party
I slip away, you fill the void with “good.”
I’ll say I’m sorry, “I’m sorry”.

My love for sale

Oh no dear, why you gotta take it that way?
Drive it home and barrel through the pain
Bring it on, move it along, how’re you gonna take it that way?
Ain’t got all day, can’t hold your hand, there goes a fan
All I can do is wave

My love for sale
My love for sale
My love for sale
My love for sale
Track Name: Catapult
Catapult

With a high-grade fever, boiling over
Is the urgency affecting your brain?
Will the crush let up or will it haunt you?
Does it manifest itself in your head
Or between your legs?

You try to move in close, you try to kiss him. You feel like you’re dying
His charming grin, an incredible forearm, a bear or a lion?

Does it swing, does it pulse, does it catapult your nerves
Does it whisper your name?
Is the heavy, heavy, sudden, crazy flutter of your heart enough to shatter your brain
The one between your legs?

You try to move in close, you try to kiss him, you feel like you’re dying
His charming grin, an incredible forearm, a bear or a lion?
The way you hold your head, and break a smile, you know he still wants you
You want to chase him around for a while, until he becomes you
or you become him.

Does he move in fast? Does he sweep you off your feet?
Do you land on the bed?
Does he use his eyes to undress you?
He will never leave until he can get between your legs.
Track Name: Here Lies Our Pulse
Here Lies Our Pulse

When I close my eyes, I want you to come up for air
And when I turn around, I expect you to be there
If I clear my mind, I wonder what you’ll say to me
I’ll try to reach you through my heart, wherever you may find yourself

Are you in the past now
Are you in the past now
How do I get back there?
I still don’t know what you meant that day

When I feel my pulse, I can’t help but think it slows me down
If I could shake my body off, I could merge with you into the ground
But I get the sense that something I did pissed you off
Was it my conscience or was it the message I was to receive

You’re not around now
The years have gone by and
I was hoping you’d guide me
I can’t feel you near me anymore

If I meet my death on the day that I may least expect
I hope that you’ll be there, to greet me and to settle this
I hope you’ll understand; I only meant to capture you
What was left of who you were absorbed into the ones you loved

Are you in the past now
Are you in the past now
How do I get back there?
I still don’t know what you meant that day
Track Name: Frank Black Soundtrack
Frank Black Soundtrack

I have a secret
I can’t wait to tell you
To many people here
I’ll have to text you

I want to sext you all night
Sext you all night long

I think you dress cool
And you’re eloquent
But all the ‘Honey’ talk
Does not get me hot

I want to sext you all night
Sext you all night long (x2)

I will undress you to my Frank Black soundtrack
I will caress you to my Frank Black soundtrack
I will confess you to my Frank Black soundtrack

Can’t wait to
Sext you all night
Sext you all night long
I’m wanna
Sext you all night
Sext you all night long
I’m gonna
Sext you all night
Sext you all night long
Track Name: Everybody, Hey (w/ Erin McKeown)
Everybody, Hey

Oh dear, you tell me what to say
You tell me what to say and then you run away
Oh dear, you tell me what to do
You tell me what to do and then I do it to
Oh dear, you tell me when to talk
You tell me when to talk and then you shut me up
Oh dear, you show me how to move
You show me how to move and then you say, “Don’t move.”
You show me how to move and then you say, “Don’t move.”

Everybody turn around while I turn this on
Everybody turn around while I get turned on
Everybody, hey (x4)

There are wheels inside each and every one of us
They keep turning around, they keep turning around

Oh dear, you tell me where to go
You tell me where to go and then you find me gone
Oh dear, you show me how to think
You show me how to think and then you ask me how I know

Everybody, hey (x4)

There are wheels inside each and every one of us
They keep turning around, and they keep turning around
Track Name: Morgantown By Monorail
Morgantown by Monorail

I want to ride the monorail
But I never have the time when I’m passing through
Need to get high for the monorail
Nyabinghi Dance Hall Days at 1-2-3

Stumble down the hill and then we’ll wind up
At the High Life Lounge

Malissa, Billy and the baby go
On the monorail
Audrey and Naomi go, go, go
On the monorail
Dan, Heidi go, go, go
Jason & Tori go, go, go
On the monorail

Tarik likes to dance to Sandra Black

Stumble down the hill where we meet Joyce and Rich
at the High Life Lounge

Pick a hill any hill; stumble down
We’re in Morgantown,
Morgantown

West Virginia (x3)
Track Name: Without
Without

I got a problem
I need a friend
I got a problem
I need a friend

I’m begging you, please
Please don’t make me go without you tonight
I’m begging you please
Please don’t make me go without you tonight

I know where you want me to be
I know where you want me to be
I know where you want me to be

I got a problem
I need to get high
Some kind of problem
I want to get high

I’m begging you, please
Please don’t make me go without you tonight
I’m begging you please
Please don’t make me go without you tonight
I’m begging you, please
Please don’t make me go without you tonight
Track Name: Never Will I Make My Move
Never Will I Make My Move

If I do this by myself
I will never get in the way
A phone call when it’s done
Maybe

I admire you
It’s been a long time
You were far
Let’s not get too close

If I count out all the steps
Never will I make my move
I don’t feel better
When it’s said and done
Who loves the one I want?
Who wants the one I love?
Don’t tell me when to quit
I’ll just walk away

I admire you
It’s been a long time
You were far
Let’s not get too close

Never will I make my move
Without you