So Lo Fi

by Steven Gullett

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1 acoustic, 1 songwriter, 2 microphones, all live takes, no overdubs

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released August 16, 2016

Recorded in California, written mostly about somewhere else
Star Heartless Records #1011

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Track Name: Trade Away
WE’RE FLYING IN A HURRICANE
THEY LEFT US IN A TIGER’S CAGE

THEY SAY GO ON
THIS IS HOW WE CHANGE
BUT I WON’T LET YOU TRADE AWAY
WHAT YOU WANT
FOR A FIRE ESCAPE
I WON’T LET YOU TRADE AWAY

THE HOURS THEY CAN TAKE THEIR TOLL
THINK OF ALL THE TIME THEY SOLD

THEY SAY GO ON
THIS IS HOW WE CHANGE
BUT I WON’T LET YOU TRADE AWAY
WHAT YOU WANT
FOR THE SAFE AND SAME
I WON’T LET YOU TRADE AWAY

THEY THINK THEY HAVE IT UNDER CONTROL
‘TIL ONE DAY THEY HAVE NO SOUL
NOTHING LEFT TO FILL THE HOLES
I WILL BE THERE IF YOU FOLD

THEY SAY GO ON
THIS IS HOW WE CHANGE
BUT I WON’T LET YOU TRADE AWAY
WHAT YOU WANT
FOR A FIRE ESCAPE
I WON’T LET YOU TRADE AWAY
Track Name: Portland After Dark
IT WAS CLOUDY, IT WAS COLD
I HAD TO ASK A HOMELESS MAN IF THE TOWN WAS CLOSED
HE WAS LIGHTING UP HIS NOSE
AND DOWN NEAR THE DONUT SHOP SHE’S TAKING OFF HER CLOTHES

IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IT’S DANGEROUS TO PARK
ANOTHER BATTERY THAT SOMEWHERE LOST ITS SPARK
UP ON THE HORIZON ALL I SEE ARE SHARKS
IN PORTLAND AFTER DARK, PORTLAND AFTER DARK

I LEFT A BAR TAB WITH NO NAME
AND IF YOU WERE WITH ME THERE YOU’D HAVE DONE THE SAME
THE STREETS ARE WET BUT THAT’S NOT RAIN
IF YOU ARE NOT CAREFUL YOU WILL GET STUCK HERE AGAIN

HEAD OUT UP THE ROAD WHERE THE WATERFALL’S A DREAM
SPEND ALL OF YOUR MONEY ON RECORDS YOU DON’T NEED
GRAB ANOTHER TALLBOY IF WANT TO MAKE THE SCENE
IN PORTLAND AFTER DARK, PORTLAND AFTER DARK

I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
IT HIT ME LIKE AN OLD FRIEND I’D ALREADY LEFT
IN THE AIRPORT WHERE I SLEPT
THE JANITORS WOULD COME AND CLEAN, THEY COULDN’T HAVE CARED LESS

WENT TO A CORNER BAR WITH SPEAKERS UP ON STANDS
MINGLED WITH THE LOCAL CROWD TO WATCH A SOUTHERN BAND
DRANK OUT ON THE SIDEWALK JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN
IN PORTLAND AFTER DARK, PORTLAND AFTER DARK
Track Name: 22 Mello Ave.
MY ROOMMATE’S PLAYING SONGS ABOUT THE ROAD
THESE BUKOWSKI BOOKS ARE ALL I REALLY OWN
MY CAR IS LAYING DEAD OUT ON THE STREET
WHERE THE MOTEL ROOM DOUBLES AS A BACKSEAT

22 MELLO AVENUE, 22 MELLO AVENUE

I LOST MY GOLF CLUB IN A TV SET OUTSIDE
BURNED BRIDGES ON THAT CARPET SO MANY TIMES
THE WALK TO WORK TAKES AN HOUR IN THE RAIN
AND NEIGHBORS CALL ME NAMES BECAUSE I’M INSANE

22 MELLO AVENUE, 22 MELLO AVENUE

I LEARNED TO BLEED OUT ON THE PAGE FOR MINIMUM WAGE
SHOT MYSELF IN THE FOOT JUST TO MAKE ME STAY
EMPTIED OUT A LIQUOR STORE AND MORE TO KEEP SCORE
PAINT MY ADOLESCENCE ON THE WALL TO HEAL A SORE

22 MELLO AVENUE, 22 MELLO AVENUE

OUT THE WINDOW THERE’S MY CAT UP ON THE ROOF
HE’S AS FEARLESS AS I AM WORRIED ABOUT THE TRUTH
SMOKING CLOVES AND PLAYING MUSIC IN THE NIGHT
TURNING TRICKS AND THROWING BRICKS TO FIGHT OR FLIGHT

YOU CAN’T CALL BECAUSE I CAN’T AFFORD A PHONE
THIS FOUR UNIT BUILDING IS ALL THAT I CALL HOME
MY WILD OATS WERE SEWN MY GUITAR WAS OUT OF TUNE
I HAD TO KEEP THE DOOR CLOSED WHEN YOU WERE IN MY ROOM

22 MELLO AVENUE, 22 MELLO AVENUE
Track Name: Hermit Mines
HAVEN’T LEFT THE HOUSE SINCE TUESDAY
RUNNING OUT OF EGGS IN THE FRIDGE
DRUMMING UP MY MOTIVATION
IT’S HARD TO CATCH A BREAK WITH A SIEVE

CLOSE THE BLINDS
I’M WASTING TIME
YOU RISE AND SHINE
I’LL BE WORKING IN THE HERMIT MINES x3

ALL DRESSED DOWN IN P.J. PANTS
DIDN’T CHECK THE MAIL IN A WEEK
THESE EARS ARE RINGING OFF THE HOOK
MY THROAT GETS DRY WHEN I SPEAK

CLOSE THE BLINDS
I’M WASTING TIME
YOU RISE AND SHINE
I’LL BE WORKING IN THE HERMIT MINES x3

KNOCKS ARE COMING ON MY DOOR
FROM MONEY I FORGOT I SPENT
TOMORROW I’LL HAVE CLARITY
BUT TONIGHT I’M GETTING BENT
HIGH ANXIETY
AND LOW SELF ESTEEM
OBJECTS IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR
ARE FARTHER THAN THEY SEEM

I’LL BE FINE, I’M STILL ONLINE
BUT DON’T BOTHER PICKING UP THE PHONE
IN MY HEAD THE THOUGHTS ARE LEAD
CHECK REFLECTION JUST TO SEE IF I’M GONE

CLOSE THE BLINDS
I’M WASTING TIME
YOU RISE AND SHINE
I’LL BE WORKING IN THE HERMIT MINES x3
Track Name: Broke Boys
FRONT STREET WAREHOUSE
THE ROACHES KICKED ME OUT
SOMEONE STOLE ALL OF MY SHIT
THANKS TO ALL MY FRIENDS
I BOUNCED BACK AGAIN
ALL THE CHEAP FOOD MADE ME SICK

PEPSI, PENNIES AND TV SETS, LEARN TO DREAM BIG AND LIVE IN DEBT

THEN I QUIT ANOTHER JOB AGAIN
LIKE I’M ALWAYS ON THE RUN
‘TIL I FOUND SOMEONE TO TAKE ME IN
GOODBYE MY BASTARD SONS
BROKE BOYS HAVING FUN

LOST A LOT OF WEIGHT
GAINED A FEW MISTAKES
IN A DOUBLE OFF THE SKIDS
SCUM PUNK NEIGHBOR’S DISCO
TWIN BED MANIFESTO
KIDS WERE TAKING CARE OF KIDS

ABOVE A USED CAR SALESMAN
WE FINALLY LET THE CAT IN
PROMISE TO FIGHT AND FUCK AND DRINK
YOU WENT BACK TO SCHOOL
I TRIED TO ACT REAL COOL
WE DROVE IT RIGHT OVER THE BRINK

HOSTILE HOSTEL, CREEPERS IN THE SNOW, MINT MY FUTURE THERE SHE BLOWS

THEN I QUIT ANOTHER JOB AGAIN
LIKE I’M ALWAYS ON THE RUN
‘TIL I FOUND SOMEONE TO TAKE ME IN
GOODBYE MY BASTARD SONS
BROKE BOYS HAVING FUN

LEARNED TO HIDE MY BRUISES
BLEW A LOT OF FUSES
GAVE IT ALL UP FOR A GIRL
DESPITE ALL WE TRIED
STILL MADE IT OUT ALIVE
SLIGHTLY SHAKEN AND UNSURE

BUCKEYE BEDLAM, PACK IT AND BAIL, SUNSET STARTERS SETTING SAIL

THEN I QUIT ANOTHER JOB AGAIN
LIKE I’M ALWAYS ON THE RUN
‘TIL I FOUND SOMEONE TO TAKE ME IN
GOODBYE MY BASTARD SONS
BROKE BOYS HAVING FUN