Karaoke

by jodi

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02:57
2.
02:33
3.
01:54
4.
03:20
5.
02:26
6.
03:01

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released May 12, 2017

all songs everything by nick levine
pedal steel on 'on the sly' by michael william levine
additional mixing by sam skinner
mastered by warren hildebrand

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Track Name: Remember
call me up so you can call me out
i've been called a lot i'm not about
i say something & you reach out to touch me
feels like metacarpal karaoke

i'm too partial now to parse it out
feel the dirty water parting now
pull the thread but try to keep it low key
you don't remember you wanted to be clean
so i'll remember

pack it up cuz you'll get patted down
no more packing vans, just packing loud
i miss charlie so i tuck my shirt in
peaked with tawny now i'm calling it quits

let me in if just to lay me out
saying something when i'm turned around
pay attention this is so important
what was i trying to say to you, nick?
i can't remember
Track Name: Coffee
should i invite you over for a meal
so when you wanna go you go ahead
tryna walk more softly on my heels
how did this coffee get on my leg?

you
say you don’t get it but
i know you do
you
say you didn’t notice but
i know you better than that

the station stop where your train pulls away
rainwater collecting in a cup
i state it for the record again today
& i press record & play to make it stop

you
say you don’t wanna go but
i know you do
you
say you’ll let it go but
i know you're better than that
Track Name: Passerine
did you notice me
waving aimlessly again?
i can explain to you what i saw

did you overhear
my interiority?
i thought i heard you singin my song

then i'm wandering,
passerine screaming at me
"when will you get it going?
get it together, jodi
not everybody knows you like that"
Track Name: On the Sly
on the sly, when it hurts
you can offer whatever you're worth
you'll decide when you’re old enough, sure
& you'll always be under alert

& they'll bring you in &
no, i don’t wanna know now
i don't, no
what were you doing when they found you in a backslide?
i don't know

on your side, in your perch
you can slide out from under alert
when you wise up & sharpen your spur
you decide how to soften the words

when they bring you in
now i dont wanna, no,
now i don’t, no
what were you doing when i found you in the back, sly?
i don't know
Track Name: Scratchoff
feelin down
i'm wringing it out

cuz
she's in town
so i'll be coming back out
with a new song
and a clenched jaw

i'll feel it out
i'm coming back, now
with a scratched paw
but a scratchoff

can you keep it down?
i'm writing it out
Track Name: Visitors
these are the days
when i cover my face
totally
whittled away

it’s just a phase
i’ll be on my way
trembling
out of the state

did you expect me to ask you to stay?
i wasn’t expecting visitors today

you don’t believe
i say what i mean
“if this is it,
then say it to me”

so i repeat
the image i dreamed, wondering
if i’m still asleep

did you expect me to temper my speech?
if you weren’t expecting the words you received
they’re still yours to keep