Electric Company

by Starling Electric

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SIDE ONE is tracks 1-8
SIDE TWO is tracks 9-16

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released April 15, 2016

All songs written by Caleb Dillon and arranged with Starling Electric. Played by Caleb Dillon, John Fossum, Christian Blackmore Anderson, Ben Collins and Aaron Diehl. Recorded 2010-2016 at Big Sky Recording, Endless Nameless Studios,The Black Moors and The Basement Of The Alamo in Ann Arbor, MI.

Cover Art & Design: Stephen Dillon www.stephendillonphotography.com

"That the thugs of commerce seldom fail to win out in the end
does not lessen the glory of the moment" - Alex Ross

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GIRLS

DREAMS

MUSIC

CAMARADERIE

TIME TRAVEL

PARALLEL
WORLDS

COMEDY

ABSURDITY

DREAMS

GIRLS

"Listening to this album is a lot like spending a happy afternoon with a group of unpretentious archivists as they pull one discovery after another out of their collections, saying, 'Yes, but have you heard this ?'"
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Track Name: No Clear Winner
When the heat comes we won't be talking about money, it's alright
No clear winner, we were livin' in a pit, it's alright
Lights out, don't let anybody get in the door
Lights out, save it 'cause all we really wanted was more

I can remember when that time come and looked me in the eye
I can't stop, I won't stop falling apart every night

Seven ships came and we opened up the door and saw the light
No clear winner when we really thought of it, it's alright
It's an open hand; don't let anybody tell you it's more
It's a nice touch that we're left with so much less than before

I can remember when that time come and looked me in the eye
I can't stop, I won't stop falling apart every night
I can remember when that time come and caught me in a lie

I don't know what I control
I don't know what I can hold
Track Name: Expression One
I wasn't a fan of school
It was too much for me, you know;
A thousand girls with matching yellow bangs
and the jacket was blue
Oh no, not for me

Expression One:
The exorcist has won
Track Name: Permanent Vacation
I've just seen a friend, she informed me our love was over
Was hard to comprehend, but we can't be friends if we ain't lovers

Did I receive the wrong communication?
I deserve it for beginning what I can't end
Think I'll take a permanent vacation
Stare into the distance for an hour or two or three or four

If you see my friend, please tell her I've been on vacation
A postcard I will send, picturing me with a Jamaican

I'm counting on a strong imagination
To get me far away from this much pain
Think I'll take a permanent vacation
What's a little distance for a day or two or three or four
or five or six or seven or...?

Think I'll take a permanent vacation
Track Name: Arrowsmith
Though you've got the line on what to play
Can we respect the seven seconds of delay?
You've got to know this is goin' wrong
You destroyer got me singin' pretty songs

I won't be at the Be-In for you to "open up your mind"
I was hoping you were the future and not the past
I'll be your city's Arrowsmith if I can ever find the time
Who can know what's turning on vs. what is passed?

Bellboy in the Hilton family way
You caught the terror from the concierge that day
You should've known there was something wrong
Vincent Gallo was the guest who stayed too long

I won't be at the Be-In for you to open up your mind
I was hoping you were the first but not the last
I'll be your personal Arrowsmith if I can ever find the time,
or show me going west and going fast

I got a love, but my love is young
Paris may be lost but the girl has won
The honeymoon is over, but it hasn't happened yet
Leave this suite, we can release you from this debt

So:
I dropped out of the Drop-In so I could hexorcise my mind
You were hopin' I was still open to something new
I'll be your city's Arrowsmith if I can ever find some time
Am I not defined by what I finally do?
Track Name: Mild Thing
"Can't believe I hate the whole thing"
Is what I said to make the ringer ring
There it goes; I missed the call
I hath not reached out to thee after all

Mild Thing
You make my pendulum swing
Please make my phone ring
Bring me another panacea

You make me feel just like a cancer
When I call on you and I get no answer

Mild Thing
You make my pendulum swing
Please let my phone ring
Bring me another panacea
Track Name: Young Man Of The Mountain
There was no more dancing or playing to be heard
Though partial to ELO,
The squire had prepared a little potion to be sure

She went alone to Denmark on a train - the #1
She can't have fun

The wedding celebrated every awful thing I'd known
Still tired from the night before,
I set fire to Princess Shelley's room just after noon

The young man of the mountain from now on I must be
They called me:

"Young man, come down"
I must be, they called me

I'm the Young Man Of The Mountain
from now on
Track Name: Who Is In My Temple
I was the color that filled up a room; you were covered with lies
I was the one mood what moved too soon; you were coming up wise
Cover up lies, cover up my eyes

When you feel like the power of this mark is fair,
Come after all my other demons and I'm through
"I'll know it when I see it" says the father to son
After all it was you

I was the first in, the first one to go; you were coming up wise
I wrote this to you and you'll never know, you'll just say,
"Everything dies. Everything's jive. Everybody dies"

When you feel that the power of his mark is fair,
Come after all my other demons and I'm through
"I'll know it when I see it" says the volatile son
After all it was you

I try to avoid affairs; I am scared that everybody will know
I don't believe in all this radio
It's no way to go
Track Name: Jesus Loves The Byrds
Jesus loved The Byrds
Practiced all the words
"Turn, Turn, Turn!" was first
His Father liked the verse

Late nights with guitar
Eight Miles High is far
His Father feared the worst
and killed all of The Byrds
Track Name: Bad Blood
The winter's here and the windows are thin
We're trying so hard to keep this peace in
Don't say a word when you walk out, you know
I don't like to see you leave, but I love to watch you go

We could use a thing just to talk it all out
No one knows what they said, what they got on about
I went back home to try to swallow myself
When we're apart about this, something tries to part us

Hearing our song and my eyes are sewn open
There's bad blood between us
What did I say??

(instrumental breakdown)

It's sour in the air and the weekend is over
Bad blood's been spreading
What could I say??!?
Track Name: Zodiac
In another life I was a wreck
Yesterday some things hadn't happened yet
A zodiac in the back seat of your car and the rest I forget

Down the street something's gonna happen
Down the street something's bound to happen
But down my street, nothing's gonna happen now

Her lip uncurled, the goddess Love
later would slip herself inside my glove
Her zodiac was the trash talk of the bar, lest you forget

Down the street something's gonna happen
Down the street something's bound to happen
But down my street, nothing's gonna happen now

Your constellation is forever changin'
There is no reason why
You get to play the part of the drifter
and drift on by

I'm so twisted up inside

I'm sending over my life
I'm open-hearted 'til the day I die
I'm sending over my life
Two-Hearted 'til the day I die
Track Name: Jailbird Joey
Richard said to come on to you
So I reached out my hand
and I hired this band: Jailbird Joey

Jailbird Joey and the Monsters of Lust
Appearing nightly in their monster truck

I was spit on and refused
You didn't feel like being used
I unleashed the baby blues
I took myself to the prom
so I'd keep on keepin' on

The end of it was over before it began
The principals agreed I should not see you again

But Jailbird Joey drug his name through the muck
to bring you to me in his monster truck

Everyone was there - people laughed, I didn't care
No I didn't give a damn about it
I took myself to the prom so I'd keep on keepin' on
Track Name: Miss K.
Find something in leather to hold us together
Browned like the ass of a Nubian lass
The sand-colored detail of a beautiful sea snail
A stitch up the side for my ideas to hide

Miss K. was changed, in my dream she looked strange
Her seam seemed to wither but was constantly with her
A sand-colored detail of a beautiful sea snail
A stitch up the side for my IDs to hide
Track Name: (Save Me From This) Amy
Amy, Amy, save me from this mystery
Realized that I wanted you
Gets more and more each day

Amy, save me
Send me from this disarray
Be this window, I want you to
give more and more my way

Save me from this Amy
Save me from this mystery
Realized that I wanted you
Gets more and more each day

Leaves fall all around, beech trees breathe
House lights come on, I should really leave
Copper eyes came from another world
Lost electricity has found this girl
I'm feeling like fifteen
Track Name: Turn Off The Century
Turn off the century
We don't want to be part of this entry no more
We do things the old way,
it's the only way to leave new evil at the century's door

No use for time that is spent not working hard
Not hardly working, that's a crime

Here's a Little House in the middle of a field
Papa gets a chicken and Mama cooks a meal
Such a good meal

No use for time that is spent not working hard
Not hardly working is a waste of time
Track Name: You Can't Trust Rock & Roll
Let's pretend we're entering the present tense
Talk to me like we used to be friends
or we used to do a shitload of drugs together
Stop me, tell me if I ain't makin' sense

Very alive, no she won't come alive
despite them tearing up the seating
Rich with disgust, we won't waste your life
If you only keep repeating:
You Can't Trust Rock & Roll

First of all, I stole this chord from another
Copped the vocal from a drifter I knew
Secondly, we corrected it until it was smothered
Stopped totally from speaking the truth

Buried alive, there's no hope for a spark
to start to fire up the fleeting
Witches discuss how to waste your life
Just stay high and keep repeating:
You Can't Trust Rock & Roll

All that I do, all I do
All that I do is for you
You Can't Trust Rock & Roll
Track Name: Start Again
Someone must have summoned you to come so close
A country messenger from coast to coast
A broken bird, a small-town ghost

Wasn't it the passing of our pastoral scene?
One from the wind and a few from the green
Isn't that exactly where you thought that I'd been?

Let's start again tonight
I don't think I can leave your life
Let's start again and make it right

Wasn't it the passing of our passed-over scene?
One from the wind and a few from the green
Isn't that exactly where you thought that I'd been?

I feel like I could die
and you're the only one who seems to know why
Let's start again and make it right