Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader

by The Sexy Accident

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credits

released 21 April 2012

Jesse Kates : singing, guitars
Camry Ivory : singing, keys
Mark Hamblin : bass, trumpet
Daniel Torrence : drums

Russell Thorpe played bass clarinet on Under Summer Stars and sax on Monica. Tobias Kates sang on Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader.

All songs written by Jesse Kates / Halaster Music [ASCAP] except Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader by Tobias Kates.

Arranged by The Sexy Accident.

Produced, engineered and mixed by Steve Fisk.
Additional engineering by Jesse Kates and Brendan McReynolds.
Recorded at Westend in Kansas City, MO. Mastering by JJ Golden.
Images by Diego López Calvín / solarigrafia.com

In loving memory of Sayaka Kanade.

Jesse thanks Anne Ray, Steph Kates and Camry Ivory for their editorial eyes, Will Leathem for his rabble-rousing and strategizing, Chuck Whittington for the generous loan of keyboards, amps and guitar pedals, Ray Haines for his guitar tech wizardry, Mike Miller for his hospitality, Dale Maxfield for his angel investing, Russell Thorpe for blowing reeds like Donkey Kong throws barrels, and Zac Eubank for his competence and nearly self-immolating talent. Love always to my wife Stephanie, to Tobias with his infinite imagination, and to Jonas, who always asks for more when my music stops.

Camry thanks the Ivory & Clardy households, Sarah LaBarr, and The Babygurls.

Mark thanks his dad for teaching him how to learn through listening.

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Track Name: Love Doesn't Get Old
love doesn't get old
it just gets older
and to start doesn't take that long
to make it lasting that takes longer
before I sure felt it strong
but now it's stronger
and I know we don't have it wrong
or I wouldn’t write this song girl

toss and turn
now I’m sleeping with a smile
in that kind of book
we’d have our own section and style
when you’re close to me
I can’t tell begin from end
and if I’m stepping back
it's just to see again

love doesn't get old
it just gets older
and to start doesn't take that long
to make it lasting that takes longer
before I sure felt it strong
but now it's stronger
and I know we don't have it wrong
or I wouldn’t write this song girl

at Christmastime
I was searching for ideas
yeah it's really tough
when you're so easy to please
but that's a dumb complaint
and a trait I'd hate to lose
'cuz Carrie Bradshaw'd
spend all my cash on shoes

when we’re older we’ll look back
and we’ll thank our stars
we jumped this train
because

love doesn't get old
it just gets older
and to start doesn't take that long
to make it lasting that takes longer
before I sure felt it strong
but now it's stronger
and I know we don't have it wrong
or I wouldn’t write this song girl
‘cuz the feeling's getting stronger
and the lasting's lasting longer
Track Name: What We'd Do
I’d give up a year
for a week in your thighs
just to taste and feel you
that would keep me alive
yea I’m thirty three
and I’m a dirty old man
but get you in my sheets
and I’ll be ready again

some people live their lives
trying not to get hurt
but with moves like yours
oh baby do your worst
yeah scratch me burn me stab me honey
bring me a thrill
and if the neighbors hear
we can send them a bill

I can’t keep pretending
that I’ve not been spending
all my fitful nights
dreaming of you
and what we’d do

there are some girls
who hook you with a glance
but when they start to talk
the moment’s ruined fast
but as I take you in
it’s like a molten ore
something dark and deep
that makes me want your core

I can’t keep pretending
that I’ve not been spending
all my fitful nights
dreaming of you
and what we’d do
Track Name: Under Summer Stars
under summer stars
backseat of a car

smell the ocean air
gently stirs your hair

daddy drives the car
momma’s got his arm

radio plays a song
softly hum along

may you return to find peace here again

spent the day in sand
sparkling on your hand

bay was calm and soft
sea held you aloft

chose a waffle cone
bought it on your own

proud of what you’d got
ran back to our spot

may you return to find peace here

we all get older son
but may you find the sun
half as bright
as the light
that you shine on me

may you return to find peace here
may you return to find peace here again
Track Name: Sauvignon Blanc
blue sky and breeze
the weather in Kansas is heavenly
we’re at your place with the windows wide
the radio’s on
we’re singin’ like fools to “that girl is poison”
your couch is soft
and your smile is sly

you keep pouring out
another glass of wine
your hands are elegant
your wit so crisp and fine
and so you’re my
sauvignon blanc
you're my sauvignon blanc

april abounds
cherry tree blossoms all over town
joy is exploding in gentle rounds
we’re climbing the bough
I’m snapping your photo
as the sun shines down
you’re lovelier than
any wedding gown

you keep pouring out
another glass of wine
but I don’t need another round
I feel sublime
because you’re my
sauvignon blanc
you're my sauvignon blanc

you ask me if I want some too
but can’t you see I’m drunk on you?

you’re my sauvignon blanc
Track Name: Welcome Home (2004 Olympiad)
I hear the cheers when I dive well
beneath the blue my heart is in my ears
I part the waves in an instant
it's how I dream to part the sea
we got the news of your deployment
just before I made the team
I cried for days in our apartment
you helped me keep the counters clean

"Welcome Home"
they’re chanting as I’m standing here in Greece
but we're not home
and I don't feel patriotic in the least

I was raised in a small town
before the pain I learned to tuck and roll
I stumbled down into the pool in my backyard
floating weightless made me whole
When we met I had been drinking
that disaster of a dive
and though your manners then and now
could use some work
I still want you back alive

"Welcome Home"
they’re chanting as I’m standing here in Greece
but you're not home
and I don't feel patriotic in the least
I’ll win this gold
you'll read it on a wire later on
but don’t you dare be bold
we’ll come up for air together when we’re done

(She takes to the air...)

"Welcome Home"
they’re chanting as I’m standing here in Greece
but you're not home
and I don't feel patriotic in the least
I’ll win this gold
you'll read it on a wire later on
but don’t you dare be bold
we’ll come up for air together when we’re done
Track Name: I Guess I'll Never Know
bent so far back my head can touch my feet
there still ain't no way our hands will meet

I'm in the dark waiting for the cops
there's no greater way I could mess up

you overwhelm me like a bomb
there's so little left for you to harm

if I saw you walking down my block
I'm pretty sure my heart would stop

but I guess I'll never know

there's a school bus driving down my street
such a foggy day the kids will meet

when I was young I'd be lost in thought
making spaceship sounds everywhere I walked

the city skyline made me smile
a million doors and lights for miles

if I went out searching and stopped time
would I find you with that heart of mine

well I guess I’ll never know
Track Name: You Don't Exist
I rode the waves to Carthage
the mottled sky
I left in smoke and fragments
no alibi

I sifted the soil and I smoothed out the land
thought love would alight when I opened my hand
but the scene that I’d staged was run down in the mist
‘cuz you don’t exist

I was naive and simple
I entered in
I found the tombs, the bedrooms
the hearts in tins

I’ll pluck out the eyes of the Pharaohs I’m told
my pockets will burst from the weight of the gold
I’ll strike you out with the greed in my fist
‘cuz you don’t exist

I sifted the soil and I smoothed out the land
thought love would alight when I opened my hand
I’ll strike you out with the greed in my fist
‘cuz you don’t exist
Track Name: Monica
Monica
you're a nation rising over me
I’m in the oval office
and you're the one I see
when I try to read about Zimbabwe

Monica
the Secretary is updating me
on the rising price of wheat
but a hunger would be fed
if I could get you in my bed

Monica
you know I'd call in NATO
Monica
If I thought I'd win this war
Monica
It’s midnight and I’m dialing
Monica
I can't help myself no more

Monica
the lives of kings are full of Brutuses
they think they've got their man but
I know you understand
‘cuz of where you put my hand

Monica
I'm not a saint, I've proven that to you
I'd lie to all of them
but I clenched my knuckles white
when they made me lie to you

Monica
you know I'd call in NATO
Monica
If I thought I'd win this war
Monica
It’s midnight and I’m dialing
Monica
I can't help myself no more

(I was keeping quiet to hide what we do
But how can I miss writing history with you?)
Track Name: You're Not Alone [Acoustic]
a layer of clouds
hangs like a shroud
a sudden snowflake
it’s getting me down

I’ve got the blues
from too much news
war and earthquake
it’s getting me down

but you’re not alone
no you’re not alone
‘cuz I’m coming home
where I’ll be alone with you

we moved out here
no family near
I miss my sister
it’s getting me down

I drive my car
from near to far
the daily grinding
is wearing me down

but you’re not alone
no you’re not alone
‘cuz I’m coming home
where I’ll be alone with you
with you
with you
with you

but you’re not alone
no you’re not alone
‘cuz I’m coming home
where I’ll be alone with you

I’m not alone
no I’m not alone
‘cuz you’re coming home
where you’ll be alone with me
Track Name: You're The Reason Why
bursting bright blue sky
you’re the reason why
foot is tapping time
teachers speak in rhyme

sitting here in school
grinning like a fool
I’m not gonna lie
you’re the reason why

almost three fifteen
life is so serene
I’ll be skipping home
to the telephone

checked the box by “yes”
made my heart fluoresce
clouds are gliding by
you’re the reason why

bursting through my door
backpack to the floor
gotta call my friends
when I’m sane again

school is almost done
summer’s gonna come
my world’s flung so wide
you’re the reason why

you turn my world on to light
make colors look bright
you’re the swing in my set
let’s lie down in the grass
that cloud’s a giraffe
feels like sun when you laugh

you’re the reason why
I don’t feel so shy
I feel twice as tall
walking down the hall

flipped a switch in me
when we went to see
your new favorite band
and you held my hand

all these brand new hues
how you’ve been my muse
you don’t have to try
you’re the reason why

you turn my world on to light
make colors look bright
you’re the swing in my set
let’s lie down in the grass
that cloud’s a giraffe
feels like sun when you laugh

as you lean on my shoulder
I know that this world’s for me

you turn my world on to light
make colors look bright
you’re the swing in my set
let’s lie down in the grass
that cloud’s a giraffe
feels like sun when you laugh

you turn my world on to light
you’re the swing in my set
let’s lie down in the grass
feels like sun when you laugh
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