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by Alexis Harte

A new collection of songs from the songwriter behind the Emmy- and Peabody-winning, Oscar-nominated short film "Pearl."
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. The Night of My Death
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2. Walk Me Down
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3. Your Money or Your Life
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4. Minor Birds
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5. Rowing Back
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

1. The Night of My Death

On the night of my death, I was feeling fine
Crossing the street towards my kids and my wife
The sun was blinding, low in the sky
The guy in the truck, who was mad at his wife…did not see me

On the night of my death, I swear I'd no regrets
Cleaned all wounds, squarely settled all my debts
Old enemies and lovers pulled me tightly to their breasts
Said, "Let bygones be bygones," and time did the rest

On the night of my death, all my affairs were neatly closed
Dotted all my i's and put all my ducks all in a row
I did look good, in my brand-new suit of clothes
Even the lawyers, they swore they'd never seen such perfect prose

On the night of my death, I gathered my friends around
We traded some songs, I said I'd see them again
I didn't think that was true, it didn't feel like a lie, at the time
Had the night of my life

On the night of my death, I wrote letters to my folks
I told 'em I loved 'em and I told 'em one more joke
Put all my stuff out on the street
Emptied my room for next guy
Left it all so clean

On the night of my death, I held my family tight
Told our kids everything would be all right
I didn't know if that was true, it didn't feel like a lie at the time
We had the night of our lives




2. Walk Me Down

Walk me down to heaven
Belay me down on twisted vines
I'm only here for the beauty
I ain't expecting peace of mind

Float me down the river
I'm seeing kings in the canyon's face
I see a light that shines, shines all around
So walk me down

Walk me down to heaven
But I won't grovel at the door
Gonna rest my head in the blue sea
Dry my bones upon the shore

Lift me up that I might see
Shimmy up your tallest tree
And I will sing your glory, for miles around
Walk me down

It's not a drum, I don't need to march
Just my own Eveready heart
And I ain't gonna wait till it stops
To start walking

Whose engine ain't running
Whose hands they are bleeding
White collar tightening
Whose medicines they're mixing
Whose dinner is in silence
Who’s in far-deep water
Wears his anger like medals
Self-serenades in puddles

So little I have learned
We watch the world slowly burn
But I still see the beauty
I see it all around
Walk me down

3. Your Money or Your Life

This is not my life
These are not my shoes
These pants, they fit way too tight
I will dance and shake them loose

Were you ever 14?
Driving your first car?
When you feel the wind in your hair
Is that not still who you are?

She whispers it so plain
Into the spitting rain
Says, "Boy, it's your money or your life"

We all take a few wrong turns
Through alleys cold and grey
Me, I chased the wrong bird
And my own bird flew away

Time is not your friend
Despite all that you do
If you end up getting lost
She will not come back for you

But she'll speak it oh so clear
Into your dirty ear
She says, "Boy, it's your money or your life"

Used to shine my own shoes
And try and sing the blues
Now I go to the shoeshine man
And I read the BBC news

I used to fix my own car
Break down somewhere far
Now they just plug in a chip
But I never have time to take a trip

So this is not my life
And these are not my shoes
I borrowed everything I have
And I'll give it all to you

And she'll scream it in my ear
So I could finally hear
She said, "Daddy, it's your money or your life"

4. Minor Birds

I am the Lesser Nighthawk
The small and quiet cousin
Somebody gave that name to me
But it never felt like me

You are the common Starling
My Belgium rustbelt darling
Whoever gave that name to you
Didn't really know you

Seems to me
We'll always be minor birds

We're not the Nile, baby,
Amazon or Congo
We're just the Ohio
But we'll make it to the sea

Now I'm the Least Sandpiper
Always the younger brother
Chased all day by the sea
That's you and me

And if we gave a damn, they'd be hurtful words
We're minor birds

5. Rowing Back

Like the waves come so far, just to rest on the shore,
Or the sunsilver rays would lose everything to warm your face
Why'm I always rowing back to you?

Like an old dog, left behind,
Will learn to cross state lines
Just to sit with his best friend again
You know that I'd risk everything

Salt in my beard, blood in my eyes
And a face I know I’ve earned
I've heard sirens cry
Do not ask me why

I'm always rowing back to you
It's the only thing I know how to do

Have a little faith, my dear,
This storm won't last, and I'm praying fast
Don't take your light down from the windowpane

Have a little my faith, my dear,
'Cuz I'm bailing hard, then I'll square the yards
And come home

Like the waves come so far, just to rest on the shore
Or the sunsilver rays
I'd lose everything



Personnel

Produced by Jon Evans and Alexis Harte
Engineered by Jon Evans and Alexis Harte
Mixed by Jon Evans/Brick Hill Studios
Mastered by Piper Payne/Neato Mastering
Album art and layout by Sara Domingues

1. The Night of My Death

Words and music by Alexis Harte
Additional music by Jon Evans

Alexis Harte: Vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, percussion
Jon Evans: Backing vocals, bass, electric guitar, percussion, strings
Matthias Bossi: Drums
Shay Nichols: Backing vocals

2. Walk Me Down

Words and music by Alexis Harte

Alexis Harte: Vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, percussion
Jon Evans: Bass, electric guitar, percussion, organ, synths
Scott Amendola: Drums

3. Your Money or Your Life

Words and music by Alexis Harte

Alexis Harte: Vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion
Jon Evans: Bass, electric guitar
Dave Lebolt: Piano
Matthias Bossi: Drums
C.J. Alegre, Lauren Alegre, Kate Isenberg, Ferg Lenehan, Megan Slankard: Chorus

4. Minor Birds

Words and music by Alexis Harte

Alexis Harte: Vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, drums
Jon Evans: Bass
Mia Harte: Backing vocals

5. Rowing Back

Words and music by Alexis Harte
Additional music by Julie Wolf

Alexis Harte: Vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, percussion
Jon Evans: Backing vocals, bass
Dave Lebolt: Hammond B3
Jim Greer: Vibes
Julie Wolf: Rhodes
Matthias Bossi: Drums
Shay Nichols: Backing vocals



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