Seven Songs

by Jeremy Yaddaw

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Seven Songs is an album written and recorded between 2012 and 2015, largely in borrowed space, with borrowed instruments. It is intended to be a snapshot of my abilities as a writer, arranger, player, engineer, etc. As such I determined to do everything I possibly could myself, borrowing talent from a few friends (Susan Davita Mandel, Margo Seibert, Allison Seidner, Jahn Sood, and Joel Waggoner) only when my desires far outreached my skills. No autotune was employed.

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released November 1, 2015

Jeremy Yaddaw - Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, drums, percussion

Margo Seibert - Additional vocals

Joel Waggoner - Violin
Susan Davita Mandel - Cello
Allison Seidner - Cello

All music and lyrics by Jeremy Yaddaw, except for the lyrics for "Transformations", which are adapted from a poem by Thomas Hardy.

All arrangements, orchestrations, recording, and mixing by Jeremy Yaddaw.

Thanks to Steve Maxwell's, Thomas Hardy, KJ Hardy, Jess Birch, Wade McCollum, and to the aforementioned Susan, Allison, Joel, and Margo.

Jenny Yaddaw did the artwork.

Jahn Sood did the final mastering.

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Track Name: Make Someone Happy
I told her I wasn't hers
And she wasn't mine
You told me just make her happy
And it will be fine
And it will be fine
And I will be happy too
But I never asked how it worked out for you
Track Name: Before I Was Dust
Before I was dust
I was sun-bleached bone
Scattered and white
Over sand and stone

Before I was bone
I was flesh and blood
Splitting into
The flesh I was

And you were my skin
And I was your eyes

Before I was flesh
I was cell collide
Rhythm and mood
Whether love or lie

And you were my hands
And I was your spine
And you were my food
And I was your fire

Before I was one
I was two or five
And death never came
To my still, cold eyes

And you were my dust
And I was your dust
And you were my dust
And I was your dust
And you were my dust
And I was your dust
Track Name: Sometimes The Body
I threw a line in the deep, murky water.
I threw a stone at the hive hung in the tree
But I had one chance to wade out in the water
'Cause I never had known if the water alone
Could cover me

I found a box of birds on the subway
Carried them up to let them fly free
But there were four eyes and three wings on the subway
I think one bird survived; well I guess they both died
Eventually

A soul white as wool takes some time to acquire
'Cause sometimes the body runs out of desire
And sometimes the winter reminds you of fire
But sometimes the body runs out of desire

I sat alone and I talked to Jesus
He didn't have scars on his feet or on his side
And he said, "Hey kid, I didn't ask to be Jesus"
So I looked at his hands and he laughed at my plans
Of deicide

A soul white as wool takes some time to acquire
'Cause sometimes the body runs out of desire
And sometimes the winter reminds you of fire
But sometimes the body runs out of desire

Sometimes the body runs out of desire
Sometimes the body runs out of desire
Sometimes the body runs out of desire
Sometimes the body runs out of desire
Track Name: Transformations
Portion of this yew
Is a man my grandsire knew,
Bosomed here at its foot:
This branch may be his wife,
A ruddy human life
Now turned to a green shoot.

These grasses must be made
Of her who often prayed,
Last century, for repose;
And the fair girl long ago
Whom I often tried to know
May be entering this rose.

So, they are not underground,
But as nerves and veins abound
In the growths of upper air,
And they feel the sun and rain,
And the energy again
That made them what they were!
Track Name: Cover Us
We sat on the lawn in front of the trees
And watched the clouds roll in
And cover us

We sat on the porch and read books aloud
But god help us now
If we understood a word

We sat on the couch at opposite ends
And said not a thing
To defend ourselves

We sat on the floor in front of the fire
And let ourselves go
But not too far
Track Name: Blood
Love is good and love is strong
But blood is thicker
Some is sure and some is long
But blood is thicker

Blood

I saw you and felt your skin
And I was warm of soul
But I held him and felt his weight
And there I lost control
And there is no fault
There is no blame

Love is good...

Eyes and hands and feet and mouth
Red and fertile flame
What was I content about?
Blind and bent of frame
There is no dark
There is no night

When I'm called to count my wrongs
Spill my veins like oil
Weep not now nor everlong
And bless me back to soil

Now there is blood
Now let it rain

Love is good...
Track Name: You Said
You said, "It's time to come home.
You've wandered out here alone"
But what you couldn't see
Is I wasn't lost
And what you had to say
Was hard to shake off

Your right hand was blackened with ink
Eyes fixed lest you should blink
My heart was heavy and sick
From your penetrant stare
I felt humanity fade
Into the air

And you almost lost me there.

Praise God from whom blessings flow
Praise Him, creatures below
Praise Him up above, you heavenly hosts
Praise the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost