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Song Foundry 3​-​Pack #011

by Jed Davis

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The mind is machinery Fragile, sterile circuitry And though you are beauty You grow in stuff that's bad for me. Half the lights are blown out And the rest are dimming fast And the plugs are disconnecting From the sockets in the wall And the switchboard operator Simply gives up and goes home As the dirt covers all And a wildflower grows. In a garden In a greenhouse in the safety of my clumsy, pure affection Where nothing can hurt you And nothing can hurt me I'd plant you there right now But I'm afraid you'd never let me Half the lights are blown out And the rest are dimming fast And the plugs are disconnecting From the sockets in the wall And the switchboard operator Simply gives up and goes home As the dirt covers all And a wildflower grows.
2.
This hole starts in the pit of the stomach And it empties into parts of you that have no name This soul torn from the peak of the heavens I think I gave mine up, but I still feel the same Words to fuel the human engines Tricks to make me think it wasn't you You can't teach an old dog new tricks. This hand stops in seven places Along your alabaster back and through your hair Oh, and this hand behind my back is hidden With fingers crossed around the dagger of my prayer Words to fuel the human engines Tricks to make me think it wasn't you You can't teach an old dog new tricks. I learned a new trick I know the trick the trick I know the trick is never ever ever want anything ever never ever want anything never ever ever.
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Garden green, beside the tree I raise you, you raise me Breathe my air and I'll breathe yours We'll help each other be. Person with the rake and hoe We tend each other well, you know Give me your food, I'll give you mine We'll help each other grow. There's no shore without the sea No more flowers without the bee Without you, there is no me So keep me carefully.

about

2020 and '21 weren’t good for much, but being homebound did allow me to sort through 30 years of old recordings, and unarchive tons of shelved and incomplete material.

And then finish that shit!

I am not really interested in doing “albums” anymore… holding music back until a dozen arbitrarily-linked songs are mixed and mastered and the stars and planets align. But at the same time, “singles” are kind of boring and “EPs” demand some degree of cohesion, and I don’t want to be boxed in like that. So here is what I offer you: THREE-PACKS

Remember those randomly-bagged multipacks of comic books they used to sell in toy and drug stores? You wouldn’t be able to see what was inside until you tore open the plastic, and the comics might be brand new or fifteen years old… it was just whatever happened to be laying around when they bundled it up. There was no thematic connection, no rhyme or reason to the collection, and one bag could even contain books from both Marvel AND DC. I was introduced to so many fun stories that way, and that is how I am going to introduce (or reintroduce) you to all of these songs.

This three-pack includes “I'm In Love With A Junkie” (1996), Keith Hillebrandt's remix of "The Trick” (2014), and a live performance of "Symbiosis” recorded at The Bitter End on September 1, 2010. You can read more about each track if you click through to its page.

I’m not promising these three-packs in any regularly-scheduled fashion… and I’m not going to tell you about them in advance. When I feel like one is ready, it will just appear. They may have Skyscape/Hanslick Rebellion/Collider songs on them. All of my records from the past that are not currently available digitally will be represented, as well as material you have never heard, including brand-new stuff. But as far as I’m concerned, all of this music is new to most of the universe - and these are fresh versions of everything anyway, so I hope that in a way it will also be new to you.

Let’s have some fun <3

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released January 21, 2022

Cover image: detail of an illustration by Herbert Crowley; public domain

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Jed Davis Bristol, Connecticut

Song designer; founding member of The Hanslick Rebellion, Skyscape, Collider; oblivious to genre, trends and the passage of time.

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