notes from beyond the outer limits

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getting fired was the best thing that could've happened to me at this point in my life. i was fresh off two back-to-back 5 week tours with FDW then i,crime and in the process of moving from the garret to a flat in Hamtramck. my mind was fried and 6 months of gainful unemployment sounded like just the ticket.

every morning (yes, morning!) i got out of bed, ate breakfast and took a walk around town soaking up the crisp morning light. upon my return i'd put on some coffee and write or work on some half finished song ideas for a few hours. by evening i'd either have a gig, practice, or some minor job to earn some drink money. it was a loose regimen, but it was just enough structure for me.

many of these songs provided the springboard for the live version of wctm gold, which by this time i was considering putting together. this led me to experiment with stripped down arrangements closer to what a "live band" would sound like. on the other hand i also started messing around with tape manipulation. gotta keep myself amused somehow, right?

by the time i found another job the schedule was still pretty light and allowed me to get into a writing groove. so here we have the next couple years worth of output represented in this Hamtramck volume, notes from beyond the outer limits. let's give 'er a listen...

-c

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released October 2, 2008

charlie - songs/sounds, except where noted.

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Track Name: thaw
i feigned a jaded stare, assumed an icy glare
i was and wasn't there until i saw her.
i found it hard to speak 'cuz i was shrinking to her heat.
every time i'd see her i would lose a bit more cool.

she's got me feeling like the ice caps
melting in the hot sun
nothing no one can do to stop the damage done.
i feel like a glacier melting into ocean
(breaking into pieces).

pretending to be cold was getting really old.
it was my last defense until i saw her.
friends said to talk to her, she made me so unsure.
words froze on smiling lips wanting to taste hers.

she's got me feeling like the ice caps
melting in the hot sun
nothing no one can do to stop the damage done.
i feel like a glacier melting into ocean
(breaking into pieces).

i should collect myself.
i should compose myself.
so don't hide yourself away.

cool as a cucumber and sharp as ice,
i'm waiting for her now; tonight's the night.
then she walks into view, i gulp a lump or two.
but i won't run i'm gonna say what's on my mind.

you've got me feeling like the ice caps
melting in the hot sun.
nothing no one can do to stop the damage done.
i feel like a glacier melting into ocean
(breaking into pieces).
see what she's done?
Track Name: impossible
you and him, an old flame and a friend
it's still hard to get over you.
years on end, biding all the time that i'm allowed to
get over you.

i've side stepped and taken short cuts
taken all precaution to free you from my mind
but peace i cannot find.

you and him, and old flame and a friend
it's impossible to get over you.

it's impossible to eat
it's impossible to sleep
it's impossible to concentrate on anything.

you and i, until the day i die
will never know what could have been
he and i always got on fine
but recently, i'm thinking again.

i've side stepped and taken short cuts
taken all precaution to free you from my mind
but peace i cannot find.
it's a hard pill to choke down
and there's nothing left to drink around
to see you both is to see the ghost of me.

it's impossible to eat
it's impossible to sleep
it's impossible to concentrate on anything.
it's impossible to speak
it's impossible to keep,
it's impossible to see that it is nothing.
was nothing.
Track Name: daddy's little businessman
daddy's little businessman
always prim and pure and true
only drinks on saturdays
and then it's just a few
working for the weekend
playing by the rules
paying for the bacon
by selling off the family jewels.

daddy's little businessman
works hard as he can
churning out more product
to sell across the land
always the professional
staying true to tack
be sure that you work his way
or he won't call you back.

lala lala la la...

daddy's little fellow
must be dressed presentably
associates encouraged
follow suit accordingly
there's nothing wrong with discipline
but when the day is done
just bashing out some rock n roll
is always much more fun.

oh, daddy's little businessman...
Track Name: alien
take this pile of books and throw them on the fire
i've taken all i can from these.
bring me all my clothes and we'll feed them to the flame
they aren't of any use to me.

i'm feeling alien, i'm gonna tear out of this skin.

i don't want to keep what anyone can take
i would sooner see it burn.
so take my pride, my senses and pack the tinder 'round
we're gonna burn me to the ground.

i'm feeling alien, i'm gonna tear out of this skin.
i've got to find an end so i've got somewhere to begin.

cause who i was and what i am are never good enough
now i'm here wondering if i'm losing touch
with who, with what and where i am.
so burn it down and start again.

take this pile of books and throw them on the fire
i've taken all i can from these.
bring me all my clothes and we'll feed them to the flame
they aren't of any use to me.

cause who i was and what i am are never good enough
now i'm here wondering if i'm losing touch
with who, with what and where i am.
so burn it down and start again.
Track Name: i can't quit leaving you
you can take the credit for turning me around
i used to live a little til you peeled me off the ground
i also used to hang with friends until you made me stop
i used to be a gourmet meal but now i'm prison slop.

by now you've made me quit almost everything i've done
cuz if it don't involve you it can't possibly be fun.
i gave up on some bad stuff but i've given up some good
well i'm not givin' anymore a gave you all i could.

but it doesn't make a difference
what you say you're gonna do
until i see some actions
i can't quit leaving you.

you made me get a haircut you threw out all my old clothes
i gave up on my hobbies, friends quit answering their phones
i killed myself 4 years ago, the day we said "i do"
4 years on i don't remember what i saw in you.

but it doesn't make a difference
what you say you're gonna do
until i see some actions
then i can't quit leaving you.
you say you're gonna change things
you say it all the time
the only thing you've changed is me
but i won't change my mind,
no you won't change my mind.

by the time you hear this i'll be drunk and high as fuck.
i quit my job and took the dog, we're living in my truck.
i took six grand from our account but you can keep the rest.
take my advice get therapy, divorce is for the best.

but it doesn't make a difference
what you say you're gonna do
until i see some actions
then i can't quit leaving you.
you say you're gonna change things
you say it all the time
the only thing you've changed is me
but i won't change my mind,
no you won't change my mind.
Track Name: cross on the bed
i've been watching and waiting for you all damn night
and something is saying you're looking for another fight.
if that's all you want i'd be happy to take it inside, that's fine.
so let's shed the gloves and dig in, it'll be a good time.

'cause i know you spread it all over the world
i know you do it 'cause you don't really care.
i know you spread it all over the world
i know you do it like a cross on the bed...it's true.

you've been hitting your usual haunts all over again
and you've been looking for me to take you in.
but i'm hanging up if you call to say,"hey, you wanna get high?"
or maybe i won't answer at all because i've made up my mind.

i know you spread it all over the world
i know you do it 'cause you don't really care.
i know you spread it all over the world
i know you do it like a cross on the bed.

if you want come on take it from the palm of my hand
you can fake it but it doesn't make it right in the end.
'cause...i do.

i've been watching and waiting for you all damn night...

i know you spread it all over the world
i know you do it 'cause you don't really care.
i know you spread it all over the world
i know you do it like a cross on the bed.
i know you spread it...cross on the bed.
Track Name: you don't know a soul
you walk along the street
and you feel the heat
radiating from the bricks of the building at your side.
the fat and setting sun
silhouette's someone
you think you know the face
but you don't know a soul in this town.

you don't know a soul, 'cuz you don't own one.

the mood is high tonight
and you feel alright
amongst the ones you call your friends
you're just a means to an end.
don't let them get too close
or they'll exploit you most.
you say that that's "ok"
but it runs your soul into the ground.

takes one to know one i know;
takes one to know one i know.
Track Name: stick with me
hey, babe, whuddaya say we blow this scene?
maybe we belong where the kids aren't quite so clean.
we'll drink and dance all night
where folks aren't all up tight.
everything will be alright.
just stick with me.

i know just the place where we should go;
the music's good and the drinks are cheap
and it's $3 at the door.
when dawn turns night blue/gray...
we'll make our gettaway...
to sleep and screw all day, just stick with me.

stick with me if you're sick of feeling blue
stick with me if you're feeling lonely, too.
i know know just the trick so stick with me tonight;
everything will be alright just stick with me.

said lady, say we'll do this all again.
i won't stop thinking of you til then
it's noon and we're in bed
and the whole day lies ahead
but we might as well be dead
so stick with me.

stick with me if you're sick of feeling blue
stick with me if you're feeling lonely, too.
i know know just the trick so stick with me tonight;
everything will be alright
everything will be alright
everything will be alright
so stick with me.
Track Name: magic guitar
i found a magic guitar
for a while it made me a star
it wrote my hits for me
took me all around this country.
but i signed my soul away
and the magic stopped that day.
i had a magic guitar
and for a while i was a star.

a hundred and seventy bucks
would guarantee me the luck
least all of the luck i would need
in order to succeed.
or so the old indian said
as he spat and nodded his head.
he sold me the magic guitar
that would take me so far

i was taken for a ride
taken so high then so low.
i was taken in then spit back out again.

he gave me a warning, too;
"please be mindful of how this is used
not to find some glory or fame,
but the savage breast to tame."
i told him, "whatever you say."
to the top of the charts i made my way.
i lost it all when i lost sight
of what was wrong and what was right.

i went back to that old man
he laughed and said, "i don't understand
there's no such thing as a magic guitar
that could make or break a star."
then he called me a stupid kid
to believe all the crap that i did.
he revealed that it had been all me
not some pawnshop guitar i bought for one seventy.

i was taken for a ride
taken so high then so low.
i was taken in then spit back out again.

i signed my soul away
and the magic stopped that day.
i had a magic guitar
and for a while i was a star.