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Song Foundry 3​-​Pack #014

by Jed Davis

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1.
So So Close 02:56
How unexpected And sweet And cool To get a smile and a day with you But it was nothing It was nothing I had to play everything just right I was an island when you stayed the night But it was nothing It was nothing And I will hold out my desperate hand And I won't understand: This was never close. Hold out the rest of my days I will go to my grave thinking: So so close. You said some nice shit about my eyes While your hand brushed against my thigh But it was nothing It was nothing And I will hold out my desperate hand And I won't understand: This was never close. Hold out the rest of my days I will go to my grave thinking: So so close. I let you go And I begged you back Then I let you go again And I begged you back Then I let you go again And I begged you back Then I let you go again And you never came back. And I will hold out my desperate hand And I won't understand: This was never close. Hold out the rest of my days I will go to my grave thinking: So so close.
2.
The Diner 04:55
After all the football games After all the shows After all the dances Where do we go? Past the round glass case of pies Over mozzarella fries In our third booth on the right A smoke, a laugh, a fight But that's not all tonight That's not all - One more inside joke One more vanilla Coke And I won't be back for a long, long time Let me finish this last bite And I'll do my best to write But if I don't, don't hate me Just recall me fondly Please The ashtray overflows The pile of empty sugars grows The waitress says she'll be right back I hope she just forgets May she never bring the check May she never end this - One more inside joke One more vanilla Coke And I won't be back for a long, long time Let me finish this last bite And I'll do my best to write But if I don't, don't hate me Just recall me fondly Please After all the football games After all the shows After all the dances Where do we go? This place is ours It will always be ours This place is ours It will always be ours This place is ours It will always be ours Until we're not us anymore. One more inside joke One more vanilla Coke And I won't be back for a long, long time Let me finish this last bite And I'll do my best to write But if I don't, don't hate me Just recall me fondly Please After all the football games After all the shows After all the dances Where do we go?
3.
I'm all but frozen in the train lights Pinned down in a rising tide Stacks of bills and unsent letters Box me in on every side I'm holding out my hand But no one takes my hand While all the things I need just pass me by. Pick up a shipment of new equipment I need a car to take me there I can get it, just give me credit Pull that money from thin air Another paycheck in the shitter Another two weeks down the drain Another debt of friendship paid in full Another phone bill paid in vain Three years and I'm not sure Just what I bought this for The only interest I don't draw is yours. Now this girl is finished with me That girl thinks I'm insane Now this girl hates the very thought of me And all the girls at work think I'm a pain And my friends sit waiting for the other shoe to drop And my parents are still waiting for the first shoe to drop And my brother went away to some university Now he's got sixty brothers and none of them is me So assign my number, rip me open And scar a bar code across my heart As we march information in tight formation We're the devil's army, we're the devil's art If hope is all I have Just gas me where I stand Thank God we live in interesting times It doesn't hear me, it doesn't pay for me It doesn't hold me or kiss me warm And though it's always there when I need it there In the end, it's just a song.

about

2020 wasn’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 “So So Close” (2011), "The Diner” (1997), and a live performance of "Interesting Times” recorded at The Bitter End in NYC 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 April 15, 2022

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Jed Davis Syracuse, New York

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

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