Photograph

by Liv Carrow

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The blacksmith courted me Nine months and better He fairly won my heart He wrote me a letter. With his hammer in his hand He looked so clever And if I were with my love I would live forever. But where is my love gone With his cheeks like roses He's gone across the sea Gathering primroses. I fear the scorching sun May burn his beauty And if I was with my love I would do my duty. Strange news is come to town Strange news is carried Strange news flies up and down That my love is married. I wish them both much joy Though they can't hear me And may God reward him well For the slighting of me. What did you promise me When you lay beside me You said you'd marry me And not deny me. If I said I'd marry you It was just to try you So bring your witness love And I'll not deny you. Oh, witness have I none Save God Almighty May he reward you well For the slighting of me. Her lips grew pale and wan Her heart did tremble For to think she had one love And he proved deceitful.
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Coast of Or 03:24
Standing on the Coast of Or Looking about at 1,2,3 which of ways could it be ? which of ways to find what 4? nothing but a heart of gold looking out for more more more you either buy or you're the whore you play your hand or else you fold Long ago someone told me Let it go then it comes so easily Standing on the coast of Chance looking out to what unfolds reaching out a hand to hold and a future-gazing glance Or is where the Devil lives if he takes me I'll be his so I must sail with is and will til my chances have their fill Long ago someone told me Let it go then it comes so easily Looking out to Sea of Shall shops and waves and things untold all the or's it can hold those who've crossed and what they tell Looking out to Sea of Shall shops and waves and things untold all the or's it can hold those who've crossed and what they sell Long ago someone told me Let it go then it comes so easily Long ago someone told me Let it go
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Good Show 03:34
Wanted to give you a good show you deserve it And I tell of my heartbreak and woe That I have earned it I've been hard at work borrowing pain from the future And you're looking at me up and down Like you wish I was a stranger And i wonder how its goin all i know is that i dont know nothing all i know is that i dont know all i know is that i dont know nothing But I wanna be the one Keepin you glad to be living Alone with my devils i don't have much worth giving I wanna be the one giving you all that I got You're looking at me up and down telling me that I'm not They say that the right one is gonna find me I deserve it And you say of your heartbreak and woe that you have earned it I been hard at work paying down debt to the past You're looking at me up and down wondering if I'm out of the hole at last And i wonder how its going All i know is that i dont know nothing all i know is that i dont know all i know is that i dont know nohting But i wanna be the one with you every day that we live i got hell to pay and pain from the future to give i wanna be the one giving you all that i got you're looking at me up and down telling me that im not and i wonder how its goin all i know is that i dont know nothing all i know is that i dont know but i wanted to give you a good show darlin
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Photograph 02:43
The photograph is in his hand The photograph of a man and woman they're at an amusement park in 1959 in 12 seconds time he'll drop it in the sand 10 seconds now 9 8 7 6 5 4 321 The photograph is with him on Mars he found it in an abandoned bar out at the Gila Flats 27 hours ago It's still there and he's still looking at it 10 seconds now 9 8 7 6 5 4 321 He opens fingers of his hand the photograph falls to the sand He is going to look at the stars they are so far away their light takes so long to reach us old photographs are all that they are
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Mile 90 03:16
Mile 90, mile 90 sing it low and sing it pretty mile 90, mile 90, tell all of your secrets to me let the tide blow right through me mile 90, mile 90 sing it low and sing it pretty mile 90, mile 90 give the lady dollar-fifty river wash me clean oh, 120, heaven help me I ain't rich and I ain't pretty don't the stars tonight look shiny telephone if you're feeling jumpy mile 90 mile 90 sing it low and sing it pretty mile 90 mile 90 count the markers on the highway drink me down into your belly mile 90 mile 90 sing it low and sing it pretty mile 90 mile 90 never gonna leave this city they're all coming up behind me oh, 120, heaven help me I ain't rich and I ain't pretty don't the stars tonight look shiny telephone if you're feeling jumpy oh, 120, heaven help me I ain't rich and I ain't pretty don't the stars tonight look shiny river wash me clean
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Tell a glorious tale City of Whale Streets paved with diamonds and girls what a man wouldn't do to fill up his pocketbook and buy a fat piece of you Straighten out, straighten out Hard refresh hand over hand to mouth Striking out, striking out Take a stretch Foot along another route Casting cannonballs, butchering whales sewing up pocketbooks to catch all the coin show me anything at all but cut up old tails that they took from the books Straighten out, straighten out They ate all the bones right off the meat Striking out, striking out Baby's all grown out on her own two feet Hard refresh, we'll/whale take a bow A coin in the purse to pay the way to Davy But what are we now if something much worse All that they'll find is the diamond, baby Straighten out straighten out Hard refresh hand over hand to mouth Striking out striking out Take a stretch, foot along another route
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In my house we pray before dinner we thank the farmer we thank the baker we thank the butchers and cooks and the canners for working tirelessly so that we can walk in the world blessings on the meal In my house we pray before dinner we thank each other our friends and our neighbors we thank our lovers and sisters and brothers For working tirelessly so that we can walk in the world blessings on the meal In me house we pray before dinner we thank the maker we see in each other we thank whatever put all this together For working tirelessly so that we can walk in the world blessings on the meal
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Baby, I'd be tired too If i worked as hard as you Baby, I'd be nervous too but God made mommy baby for you Just sit back and relax I'll take care of everything I'm a mommy chicken and you're under my little wing You're my man And I promised not to say it but I love you You're my man and baby I'd do anything for you Baby, you can talk to mommy Lay your face upon my breast Leave all your troubles behind you You're tired and you need your rest Baby you wanna see a doctor You wanna meet the creator Baby you're looking for some answers Just tell mommy what's the matter You're my man And I promised not to say it but I love you You're my man and baby I'd do anything for you But when your chemicals go bad Baby when you beat me black and blue I'll think of all the good times we've had And I'll go right on loving you well I'm sure glad I'm not a man But a woman ain't doodly-squat so I'm gonna stand by my man cause that man he's all I've got You're my man And I promised not to say it but I love you You're my man and baby I would die for you

about

Here's the short version: In August of 2014 I quit my job and took an Amtrak train across the country to Olympia, Washington to record an album at Dub Narcotic Studios with Amelia Patrice, who was in school for audio engineering at the time. In one week of intense studio time, we were able to track and in some cases finish 9 songs. Most of the time it was just the two of us,sometimes joined by Andrew Dorsett, Ben Kapp and studio manager Sam Gray.

For a variety of logistical and emotional reasons, I chose not to treat these recordings as a complete finished album, and they remain unmastered. I'm releasing them now as a download-only format in hopes of breaking the spell of lethargy and ambivalence I feel toward completing my next album, which will likely contain some of these tunes in different arrangements.

These songs were written between 2009 and 2014.

Most of the thanks go to Amelia for making this recording a possibility, getting the studio, convincing me to come out there and do it, believing really hard in my music, and offering both engineering and musical talents to my work. I am very grateful for the work and effort she put into this project and a lot of other stuff.

More thanks:
-to Sam Gray for his help with technical problems, mixing and digital management of these songs.

- to Andrew Dorsett and Ben Kapp for offering their talents on a few of these as well.
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to Susan Tuzzolino for generously housing me in her beautiful yoga cabin for the duration of this session.

-to the many fine friends of Portland, OR, Seattle, Helsing Junction Sleepover and Olympia, WA for making me feel so very at home during my Northwestern adventures, especially Jon Myers, Gnorski & Katie, Jade, Cecca, Patrick Reilly, Ray Mack, and Sam Smith.

-to my dad Dave Carrow and my brother Spencer Carrow for helping facilitate and encourage me to roll with this project.

-to anyone who's ever bugged me about releasing this recording.

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released April 28, 2018

Words/music/guitar/singing- Liv Carrow
Recorded and mixed by Amelia Patrice at Dub Narcotic Studio, Olympia Washington.

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psychedelic country/folk songs for a low-technology future and a strange present.

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