Chemistry

by Theo Hartman

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1.
Simple 04:25
Well, I woke up this morning You didn't even say goodbye Better put some distance between us I run out of time It's a beautiful country As long as you don't mind living the lie I've got my patriotism, honey But I run out of time I've been well educated To within inches of my life Learned a lot about chemistry But I run out of time I ain't got no religion But I am not the first one to decline Real estate in a spiritual wasteland I run out of time Life ain't too complicated Fact it's as simple as pie You don't get even You just get older I run out of time
2.
It would be like telling you goodbye To see you again It would be like telling you a lie You were a good friend It would be like kissing you goodnight After the ceremony It would be like seeing you go by Out of the limosine I know I have to carry on But it's all I can do just to mourn You leave a mother and a child You leave a family You left me wandering and wild Out on the boundary I ran with prostitutes and thieves Avoiding shelter Living on interstates and dreams Of when I held her One I come rolling home Just to find you gone It would be like telling you goodbye To see your face again Strange like some memory or mind I had forgotten It would be like telling you goodbye To have you see me Stop and give up everything to lie Down in your deep field
3.
Golden Hour 04:28
While I sifted through the ashes As I drifted out to sea Barna Norton up in Jonesport He set the whole thing up for free The golden hour lasts forever And lifetimes pass inside of days I spent my life drawing circles Around the things we didn't say Go on living Yeah you Go on You go on living Yeah you Go on You may think, but not to answer You may fear, but not suspect You may stoop, but not to gather You may hope, but not expect As you go on living You go on Go on living Yeah you Go on
4.
There’s lotus blooming in the old canal Painted doorways, perspectival cherubim And the Francis Scott Key Hotel Where you bought your wedding dress lifetimes ago And this one, circling now Bowstring drawn up in arms My still beating heart Lay bare my chest to let his arrows in Curious, we navigate the right-hand margin of the Civil War Unjustified past night clubs, tired balconies Fake sawbones shops and painted-over gore The kids are gonna have to take the long way home again Militia lie in ambush in the orchards for them I can’t keep finding you out cold Out of this song, out of your story, out of mind Maybe your were looking for a place to lay your bones when it was time No one ever signs up for the hand we’re dealt And you made damn sure None of us have that excuse again We’ve slipped this knot down-line So far, so long, so many times That we can’t recognize a noose Complain there’s no one left to hang it’s just as well Not one of us would cut the others down If we got loose You carried us ‘cross continent From Israel Creek to this sweet union blue Sobbing, cresting, joined in locust song We celebrate you Red, you brilliant beast Drunk on pilgrims blood we feast As we go slouching back into your Junkyard Bethlehem

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"Deep, mournful, real and moving. Good sounds. Some powerful lyrics too...no frills, just truth." - Pete Townshend, The Who.
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"Heart-scarred and raw, the songs are simply true and have real emotional impact. The rich, warm, clear and distinctive guitar sounds achieved deserve recognition. But the songs do also. Theo is emerging as a distinctive, significant songwriter and I highly recommend a listen to his work.” - Andrew Edlen, Electric Ladyland. www.harmonic-engineering.com

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released January 6, 2021

Personnel:

Chuck Sabo - drums
Melvin Seals - Hammond organ
Jay Stapley - electric guitar
Theo Hartman - bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals

Produced by Theo Hartman.
Additional Engineering: Thomas McCree.
Mastered by Adam Haggar, Mount Olympia Mastering.
Cover: Ioat.

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