another shade of grey

by berta

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conceptually and even physically this material and more appeared in late 2005, early 2006. it was a winter album. i recorded, originally, at positively 4th, a rehearsal studio in salt lake city, where my band rehearsed. weekends, i would go in with a case of beer, my four track, three 57s and an old 70s yamaha 8-track mixing table. the thing weighed almost as much as my custom 200 hiwatt. i had a lot of fun, but ultimately, was never pleased with the recordings or the mix. i learned a lot, let's say. i tried again, digitally with a soundforge daw in 2008 to more mixed results; ultimately scratched as well. in 2012 i found myself living in a yurt on the kenai peninsula in alaska, just outside of homer. i had made a plan to leave, in a year's time. i had also vowed to record this album, plus another (duel), utilizing this space, before i left. this one, well, maybe these five, came out good. good enough. the rest. well... the songs that survive will undoubtedly end up some where else. things evolve. you may notice a cross-over song with the hammeritz. one that survived, as it were, evolving into something else. here's a recollection of old songs, remixed and mastered, and i think i finally did them justice.

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released January 23, 2017

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Track Name: so it goes
open my mouth
and give my mind a rest
but work my liver out
before i confess
i must say
you're lookin well
never so good
from what i can tell
i often thought maybe i'd drop on by
but you never seem to have the time
i should go
and wish you well
but it seems
i'll stay a spell

all i know
all i know
all i know
don't wanna die
wanna go
wanna go
wanna go
before i cry
i cannot show
cannot show
cannot show
what i feel inside

it's a job
just to scrape on by
and still have a mind
to live your life
you should know
i'm doin well
but i can't say
there's much to tell
all this working
leaves me terrified
that my dreams
may never breach the light
Track Name: danny & ellie
i'm at the crossroads
i see the tracks of your tires
and i'm gonna run you down
and teach you not to lie

the preacher said
you can't leave
and i'm gonna show you
what it means

five states, a few tanks a gas,
couple o'cartons o'smokes
you can't pay me back
the camel's back is broke
you can's say good by
i'll never see another man
in your eyes

the preacher said
you can't leave
and i'm gonna show you
what it means

around the bend
car nose in a ditch
run through the swamp
but i'll find you there
bitch

a log or a branch
a limb of a tree
could only be you
set me free

i'll wait for you
in hell
Track Name: ellis
in a room full of wonders
not even a corner of an eye
so out of place, i wonder
some how hidden from sight
i guess i blend with the scenery
i guess it's time to float on by

all the pretty, pretty girls
are so bored, so soon
in the big, big city
stretched out beyond view
so soon to forget the one thing
so easy to
deny it to you

big ol' airplane
take me outta here
once was my home
now my heartache
and fear

in the unslept city
peddlers and trash
line the streets
epileptic lights
leave no rest
for the weary
closed the gates
once open
to liberty

go back home
no room left here for you
you're too sick tired and poor
to survive in this gloom
big ol' airplane
take me outta here
once was my home
now my heartache
and fear
Track Name: future arrival
she stands
down by the island
conversing
with the sea
each change
unnoticed
and pined for
expectantly

while the tide's away
the island might reach
desperately for land
the beat of its chest
spoken only
by the lapping
clutch
of its hands
and she might fold
her sweatered arms
crushing
to her breast
chilling, a breeze
might blow into her hair
until she
carries away herself

she keeps
tide charts
her routine
is never
surprised
she takes notes
on flashcards
collected
and
alphabetized

she reckons there's hope
she sees in the sky
the time
to wonder how long
has already gone by
but her man is coming
her man is here
any day
he will appear

the water
laughing slowly
pushes the island away
while it darkens in shadow
she thinks
she's had enough
for a day
Track Name: ssdd
stories of past lives lived
distant lands forgive
unforgettable mistakes
sometimes, too hard to face
heart to break and leave
wander alone, black late-night streets

wanted all to give
had nothing to take
leave it all behind
same shit, different day
have to learn to live
with my old mistakes

i been down before
you can't touch me now
i been around before
and you can't
get me out

open up so easy
faceless crowd in a bar
take me home and leave me
passed out on your floor
you can pretend you don't see me
i'll pretend i don't know what for

wanted all to give
had nothing to take
leave it all behind
same shit, different day
have to learn to live
with my old mistakes

i been down before
you can't touch me now
i been around before
and you can't get me out