Jim Shelley & Book of Kills | If I Should Fall (Expanded Version)

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If I Should Fall (Expanded Version)

by Jim Shelley & Book of Kills

"If I Should Fall presents the BOK aesthetic -- a masterful merger of beauty and pain, in perfect pop songs with lyrics as hard and bright as diamonds -- in one convenient, easy-to-digest digital pill." - Jim Santo
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If I Should Fall
Jim Shelley & Book of Kills
4:17 $0.99
2. Lost Puppy Flyer
Jim Shelley & Book of Kills
2:22 $0.99
3. This Was
Jim Shelley & Book of Kills
0:19 $0.99
4. Temporal Adventures in Dust
Jim Shelley & Book of Kills
2:25 $0.99
5. Jefferson Fresh
Jim Shelley & Book of Kills
1:45 $0.99
6. Any Other Way
Jim Shelley & Book of Kills
2:43 $0.99
7. Caroline
Jim Shelley & Book of Kills
2:22 $0.99
8. Realistic Mind
Jim Shelley & Book of Kills
1:29 $0.99
9. Free Assembly
Jim Shelley & Book of Kills
4:47 $0.99
10. Laugh Loop
Jim Shelley & Book of Kills
0:22 $0.99
11. Get Back Go Back (Outtake)
Jim Shelley & Book of Kills
3:46 $0.99
12. Caroline (Demo Version)
Jim Shelley & Book of Kills
2:24 $0.99
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Album Notes

If I Should Fall was the first Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills record to make it to CD. It remains to this day one of his most acclaimed and beloved albums.

'The first Book Of Kills CD is an important event, and not just because Jim Shelley's songs are finally enshrined in a semi-permanent, hi-fidelity format after years of brilliant but ephemeral cassette releases. Comprised of re-mastered cuts from 1997's So Far in Every Direction tape plus "some outtakes from an album that I just could never finish," If I Should Fall presents the BOK aesthetic -- a masterful merger of beauty and pain, in perfect pop songs with lyrics as hard and bright as diamonds -- in one convenient, easy-to-digest digital pill. This is your best chance yet to get with the program. Listen, was I right about East River Pipe? Sport Murphy? Trust me, I won't steer you wrong.' - Jim Santo's DemoUniverse (November 1998)

'Jim Shelley is the quintessential home taper.' - GAJOOB (March 1999)

'Beautifully conceived homemade music from diy legend, Jim Shelley. As I write this review, I'm listening to If I Should Fall for the third time in a row. I feel sort of like I'm sitting in the same room with Shelley while he weaves his magic on his little Portastudio just for me. Well-recorded melodic rock featuring intelligent lyrics combined with a snappy pop sensibility and a dollop of dissonance. Check him and his band, Book of Kills, out at bookofkills.com. You can thank me later' - Big Muff (August 1999)

If I Should Fall

If I Should Fall
I've ripped my bones i've broken my skin i fall into your silky arms again pull the sheets up across my eyes when we come i melt into your thighs run my fingers through your long brown hair i'm so alive i’m so aware i swim into a dream so deep please don't awaken me from this sleep oh reason is our enemy a ticking clock a frozen sea a static possibility don't bother me with reality lay my head between your breasts forget tomorrow fuck the rest if i should disappear into your smile would you let me stay there for a little while?

Lost Puppy Flyer
Rubbing parts on merry-go-round polar expiation when the little blond nails it down picking noses full of snot hope none of us gets caught smear it on the bathroom walls head to the woods when nature calls time to jerk the bunting chain love gets sticky in the rain (his name was jimmy and he could shimmy) instinct picking up the key are you home tonight i need a place to hide where it's warm and not too bright one finger at a time summer fields for everyone.

This Was
My skin is stretched tight feel like I'm gonna burst my throat is on fire I got this terrible thirst there's a ringing in my head that won't go away i need someone to talk to but i got nothing to say

Temporal Adventures In Dust
Give or take a good one hundred years nobody even knows this place so let me wipe away those water color tears i'll paint the sweetest melody upon that canvas face latitudes brim overflow paradise defers so let it go it's private water tight rock hard and diamond bright sick of running on bruised knees in the night and when the curtain falls pensive custom calls remember how we tore down every wall.

Airplane Impressions
This is the story of jefferson fresh c-double sharp in the flesh lives in a rusted old refrigerator behind the trampoline factory spends his days doing airplane impressions for the suits down at the seven-eleven it's really quite a show it's guaranteed fun bring a quarter and a smile if you got one you're gonna believe that a man can fly and he don't need no motor and wings

Any Other Way
Daddy went fishing in the lake and the whale in the lake jumped up and swallowed him whole mommy went looking for daddy and the eagle in the sky swooped down and carried her away it's a strange world that we live in but i wouldn't have it any other way cause that's the way it is. lying in my bed one night when a strange light filled the room and a little blue man appeared he took me on a trip inside his spaceship showed me things no human man should ever see

Caroline spends her nights in her back yard standing stating at the stars she's waiting for something a voice a light a man from mars a reason for her to be where she is and caroline has a tv in every room of her house they're always on the radios are blaring she's waiting for a message some piece of information to make sense of the way things are and caroline i'm waiting too caroline could i kiss you in the shadows of the moonlight do you even know that i exist or would you even care you seem so fragile standing all alone waiting in the dark for an answer that will not come and caroline i'm waiting too and caroline could i kiss you?

Realistic Mind
Hammer down pain in elemental black natural flavor the sweat off your back I'm not a cynic nor the pollyanna kind guess i just have a realistic mind everybody knows it's a sin to tell a lie you say you don't love me could you watch me cry somebody once said it's getting better all the time guess i just have a realistic mind

Free Assembly
In the presence of nothing unsupervised existence the living all look to that day the blue eyed assassin accidental power the distance that the dead have gone we wake our smiles familiar the laughter of a made up god

Go Back Get Back (Outtake)

Caroline (Original Demo)

All songs written, performed, and recorded by Jim Shelley.

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