Lavender 3

by The Sexy Accident

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1.
Sometimes I just can’t stop my mind Sometimes the quiet's hard to find Sometimes the sun feels far and faint Sometimes I’m staying way too late I read in a children’s book they’re gonna find us another Earth crack the night with a rocket’s tail our cares burn on a new star trail or I could take that correspondence course get a job near my mom up north I know it’s not in my plot but the fiction’s all I got Sometimes I’m pouring for myself Sometimes the drink is not to health Sometimes I orbit words you said Sometimes I’m spinning in my bed I read in a children’s book they’re gonna find us another Earth crack the night with a rocket’s tail our cares burn on a new star trail or I could take that correspondence course get a job near my mom up north I know it’s not in my plot but the fiction’s all I got sometimes
2.
Gracefully 03:45
I’m in your bed with your shoulders turned to me the moonlight pours out milk white waves of sheets it’s so quiet I could lie here and watch you breathe but I’m decided I know exactly what to gather when I leave my feet are bare and the cold air gives me chills I skim the floor with my hands to find my shoes I’ll leave a post-it with your wife’s blue bedside pen anticlimactic but I can’t chance that you’ll pull me back again let me exit gracefully I’m on the road when the sun ignites the leaves I find a diner and order a cup of tea I’ve got an atlas left my iPhone by your bed so you can’t track this the Pacific waves will wash you from my head an old couple sipping to my right they ask me if I’ve driven through the night the only waitress scrubs dishes with a wedding ring I know it’s baseless but I imagine when she’s here alone she sings and she does it gracefully I don’t think you’re a jerk but what we’re doing doesn’t work let me close the door gracefully
3.
we went to have a picnic you stuffed me in a lunchbox I offered you a house key you snapped me with a padlock I asked you from the corner “can we be more friendly?” you came at me with a broomstick it’s important to be cleanly I’ve never been breezy so why would this be easy? the simple thing is nothing I want a complicated something we’re driving out to dinner but we’re keeping it a secret wouldn’t want nobody talking a celebrity’s a target so would you like some wine, dear? it’s perfect with your entree thought we were a pleasant pairing but you wanna ala carte me I’ve never been breezy so why would this be easy? the simple thing is nothing I want a complicated something you were at least a friend but you show me how I’m wrong so quick to threaten ends your silences too long you never gave me any weight a shrug and then you’re done hope you had some fun I’ve never been breezy so why would this be easy? the simple thing is nothing I want a complicated something
4.
dinner together a malbec cork popping when you said we could kiss I couldn’t keep my fork from dropping with a smile and a wink you said you’d let me think parked near the park where you would feed the homeless (righteous!) light poles glowing gold we had finished both our kombuchas you peed in the trees it was always “yes, please” promise me you’ll remember that you were my dream a ray of light on a silver screen we lean in so close I just hope I don’t choke our lips came apart you smiled and said “not bad” (not bad!) I asked if we could kiss again you murmured “yes” and then we had I bent the rules I gave your hair a little pull but you were my dream a ray of light on a silver screen we lean in so close beyond all my hopes you were the star a little scene inside my car you open your arms won’t do any harm sometimes the plot that a night brought don’t match the fantasy but now that we’ve leapt into the reel here’s how I feel you are my dream a ray of light on a silver screen we lean in so close beyond all my hopes you are my star a little scene inside my car so tender so bold you make everything gold you are my dream a ray of light on a silver screen we lean in so close I just hope I don’t choke you are my star a little scene inside my car you open your arms won’t do any harm
5.
I'm So Yours 03:21
like a summer sunrise you warm me again I could swear I knew you before we began and the tender taming the orbits, the dance how we fell together like feathers, at last baby I’m so yours I’m so yours as a waterfall brings beauty through might that we couldn’t stop this don’t make it less right sometimes it’s scary this water runs deep but your gaze is steady we’re swimming for keeps baby I’m so yours I’m so yours our naked skin on the uneven ground you bite your lip oh please don’t keep it down as we twist and tangle underneath the stars baby I’m so yours I’m so yours
6.
our green love was wracked by vines but healthy trees don’t go splitting overnight in the dark a flashlight shone we found a mirror and a gavel in our home imagination misunderstanding misunderstanding imagination in the sun I couldn’t see a spring of flowers made the house look bright to me we signed the deed we stripped the floors kept rearranging ‘til our bed went out the door imagination misunderstanding misunderstanding imagination you would say I was your dream how disappointing that your visions weren’t me
7.
I loved you because you laugh like a breeze our hands pull the grass the sun made us sneeze we rolled down a hill the maples so tall you know how it goes the harder they fall our eyes star in pain you’re not inhumane to change how you feel it’s just real I loved you because you ushered a thaw the redbuds return blooms bursting in awe but touched by a fear you called down a frost the crocuses died the birdsong was lost our eyes star in pain you’re not inhumane to change how you feel it’s just real it’s just real our eyes star in pain you’re not inhumane to change how you feel it’s just real
8.
Secret Muse 04:03
Our bright star gets me feelin’ fly kicks my x-wing fighter into hyper drive but lately my Leia’s been actin’ cold like she’s trying to ignore a besotted Solo an August breeze can bring notes to me but when lights hit her I feel symphonies and if she ever sees then it’s curtains, crew so I gotta keep playin’ like she’s not my secret muse it’s good you came to me discreet is what I’ll be I see him as a friend how am I here again? being backstage near a glowing you it’s like I’m a gorilla at the city zoo I’m swingin’ from a vine just to catch your eye you feed me a banana then walk on by but maybe I’m a bit of a masochist such a pleasant pain, how I live for this I’m dreamin’ of a kiss and you’re the one I choose at seven you’re his just be my secret muse I like your honesty you’ve penned such lines for me secret muse I see you as a friend how am I here again? secret muse this happens to the guys I let into my life secret muse I trust you easily that’s a big deal to me I couldn’t buy a ticket as consolation when she’s the only star in my constellation and now the paparazzi have me cornered on the tube I can’t contain the news she’s my secret muse his plays are waking dreams but he just made a scene secret muse I swear he’s just a friend how am I here again? secret muse this happens to the guys I let into my life secret muse he fell so easily it’s just unreal to me secret muse each fanboy’s fantasy hits my reality secret muse I swear he’s just a friend when will this story end? secret muse this happens to the guys I let into my life secret muse they fall so easily it’s just unreal to me
9.
I wear a business shirt you don’t like my business shirt so I don’t like the business shirt that I wear every day you drive a midsize car I drive a midsize car but you won’t drive your midsize car over here, no way you shouldn’t think that I don’t love myself I’m OK with mirror me but even now I start to weigh myself ‘cuz yourself ain’t lovin’ me you fight for righteous things I believe in righteous things but I don’t fight for righteous things what’s up with that? I am an honest man yeah I know I’m an honest man and the reward to an honest man is more of the same you shouldn’t think that I don’t love myself I’m OK with mirror me but even now I start to weigh myself ‘cuz yourself ain’t lovin’ me
10.
Daphne 05:09
Daphne have you seen Clarence? I stole his water gun he should hide by his parents I’m gonna pelt him with balloons cuz he got us both this afternoon Daphne since the day of our sloshing as the crew and I ride our bikes it’s you that I’m watching alone there by the trees digging up rocks and sifting leaves Daphne can I make you chase for me like I chase for you? can I make you chase for me like I chase for you? Daphne Clarence is laughing somehow he finds it funny that you hide when I’m passing at the first sight of my face you run up the steps into your place Daphne I’ll be scraped up tomorrow I’m gonna climb to your window through blooms of laurels you’re hidden in the green but I see your face behind the screen Daphne can I make you chase for me like I chase for you? Daphne I never lose at any game that I deign to play but now I’m harpooned to your tide I’m getting washed away Daphne can I make you chase for me like I chase for you? Daphne
11.
walking in a snowfall to get us food the icy night delights me ‘cuz I’ll come back to you the scene swirls in my mind like a fine red wine your body had such heat as we tangled up our feet my life gets so blurry like snow in a flurry but you turn my breath to steam as we pinch our eyes shut the sun will burst icicles will trickle we’ll wake to thirst there’s no way to keep it pure we’ll smudge and scuff but through the winter we’ll endure we’ve heat enough for tea my life gets so blurry like snow in a flurry but you turn my breath to steam we may be fleeting as frost but every step we take gets embossed even love that drifts and fades can’t be lost my life gets so blurry like snow in a flurry but you turn my breath to steam
12.
Let's Play 05:33
DO RE ME FA SO LA TI DO I’m gonna make you sore tomorrow I’m still up for one more “X” on triple letter score TEXTUALITY do you wanna challenge me? when I wrote it top-down you made all the vowel sounds we're out of tiles and I can’t stay so let's play hidden behind book store windows neon says come back tomorrow they can’t see us in the stacks they’re like fishes in a tank red plush chair let’s get totally Neruda, dear in the dark you’re all mine fan your pages touch your spine it’s almost dawn and I can’t stay so let's play

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The Sexy Accident's fifth long-player, comprising twelve love songs marinated in voices, strings, keyboards, bass and guitars

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released October 4, 2014

All songs written by Jesse Kates / Halaster Music [ASCAP] and arranged by Jesse Kates, Daniel Torrence, Camry Ivory, Mark Hamblin and Kristin Smith

Guest starring Laurel Parks, Sascha Groschang, Sean Nelson, Ashley Porter, Jim Daniels, Amy Laemmli and Tobias Kates

Produced, engineered and mixed by Steve Fisk
Recorded at Westend, Kansas City
Mixed at Steve’s house in Seattle

Josh Williams recorded piano and organ at BRC, Kansas City. Riccardo Schulz recorded Jim Daniels at Johnny Costa Jazz Studio, Pittsburgh. Alex Austyn recorded some guitars, singing and a glock at Digital Pulse, Kansas City.

Mastering by Ed Brooks at RFI, Seattle

Cover art by Casey Green

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Mercurial pop of brains and heart "driven by catchy melodies and smart, real-life lyric writing." (The Big Takeover)

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