Raison Detritus

by Sotto Voce

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about

Years ago (two), I said in this same little liner note text box that I considered Scholar's Rock to be the quintessential Sotto Voce. This is the first in three albums (give or take an EP, split single, and a stupid amount of covers) since that has changed my mind. I'm a little bit older but just as dumb. If anything, I just have more to gripe about - in this case, dating apps, feeling old, and of course, that ten-letter word for 'the blues.' I also wrote about some real A-1 motherfuckers like cancer and Donald Trump, which respectively bookend this thing.

Anyways. It's hard not to feel silly recording all of this stuff year in and year out, but what helps the silliness subside is when you good people take a listen. What I'm trying to say - as always - is, enjoy.

My love to the SVies. <3

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released August 11, 2017

Ryan Gabos: all instruments and vocals, recording, mixing
Peter Vilardi: mastering
Merrill Watzman: friendship bracelet

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Track Name: Little Endorphin Annie
In Charles Wallace, the mitochondria
Meg Murray shrunk down, performed a miracle
(Wish I could do the same for you)

In the valley of Oneonta
Life enjoyed, cigars smoked
(All the love in all of time)

Indian summer with the hounds
Gave no reason to wear a frown
(Samantha only knows the love you gave and so...)

One daughter, two sons
Glenny, Marge, the Andersons
(Willa's first steps and the benevolent thereafter)

What I would do, what I'd do, what I would do
To take the hard knock life away from you

The sun will, the sun will come out
Maybe not tomorrow...

I guess this is life for you, nothing you can say or do
I'm beside myself and you, too
Nothing's old and nothing is new

In Charles Wallace, the mitochondria
Meg Murray shrunk down, performed a miracle
In the valley of Oneonta
Life enjoyed, cigars smoked
(All the love in all of time)
Track Name: Super Like
At times, an accident
Accompanied by a wink
A click on the blue star won't get you far
As far as you'd think

Super like her, you super like her
Playing spider solitaire by yourself

Another match, fated to be
I'll tap the blue for you
Once per day, worth the wait
Oh, hell, fall in love too soon

Super like her, you super like her
Playing spider solitaire by yourself
Track Name: Phooey
Until the December solstice
My good will's in escrow
The early nights are justified at
The first sign of snow

A mood killer needs a motive
Like a drunk driver's gotta swerve
And it remains so devoted
Some nerve

Only tears to go, only months behind me
Season creeps in slow, eye drops help to better see
Reynaud's reduces blood flow, it's cold so I will wear gloves
Only tears to go, not permitted to be in love
Anymore

Go out of your way to prove your point
And on my forehead, anoint
Do you realize now?
Happiness is a choice and the answer key is smudged

Boilerplate shot of fall
Autumn has the wherewithal
To waterboard summer and all its friends
Hope winter never ends
Track Name: New Day's Resolution
I made a promise to myself
In sickness and in health
And broke it as one does a bone
My id was granted furlough

The thrill of a first kiss
A sensation sorely missed
A tumbler to hold the receipt
George Best +9 on repeat

You can never start anew
It's under subjective purview
Step inside of your Tuscon
Begin your new day's resolution
Track Name: (I Can't Wait to Start) Romanticizing My Past
Overslept the day, she knew
All would be okay and soon
Cracked face begins to break
Entropy ensues
Senior citizen, it seems
Transformed at will up wizard's sleeve
Sincerely, honestly
Still, I wish that worked for me

It's alright ma, I'm only reading
And it's alright hair, you're just receding

Aged gram thinks on the gun
Turn back time or let it be done
Children's children's Christmases
Won't be as fun
Paper spun on X-axis
This is some funny business
Sincerely, honestly
Still, I wish that worked for me

It's alright ma, I'm only reading
And it's alright hair, you're just receding

Glad you're here, glad you made it
Attache to a mission statement
Lonely by the lake, considered vagrant
Loiter here and make it last
The grand disposition funnels fast
I can't wait to start romanticizing my past
Track Name: NBNB
No bra, no boyfriend
And I want you
Heartbeat has no end
I'm a gumshoe

And she sighs, and she sighs
And she sizes me up

And you just can't help but think of the sound
Complete

No Marquis de Sade
But not tame by any means
She studied abroad
And forewent souvenirs

And she sighs, and she sighs
And she sizes me up

And you just can't help but think of the sound
Complete

I've stayed up weekends, it mattered before
I've sat on my hands until they've gone sore

No bra, no boyfriend
And I want you
Track Name: The Rain in Spain
The rain in Spain
Refrain from touching
My things and I will
Do the same to yours
Be in bed by eight
Perform all your chores

The rain in Spain
Abstain from red meat
Cute in the lobby
Of Ellis Hall
The Sound and the Fury
Boy's read it all

And he said...

I can give you what you want
And I can give you what you need
(Summer, fall)
And I can cook you meals and give
Suggestions on what to read
(Winter, spring)

The rain in Spain
Is a tad dread-
Full of the slight and
Rife with slip
A bird in the hand
Ain't worth the trip

The rain in Spain
Remain friends, though
The journey's a wild one
And one can't predict
The passage of time
A union derelict

And he said...

I can give you what you want
And I can give you what you need
(Summer, fall)
And I can cook you meals and give
Suggestions on what to read
(Winter, spring)
Track Name: Things That Go Bump
Augmented fourth interval banned from church
It rocks like those upon which birds of prey perch
What is the reason for this sudden change?
Could it have been my face that made
Angel hair pasta out of your wedding soup?

How did you ever escape from their clutches?
They saw just so saintly and sought out justice
Things that go bump in the clear of day
Before the car parked, you could hear them say,
"What's a ten-letter word for 'the blues?'"

If I'm taken by a monsoon
You might have to do without
If I leave before too soon
You might have to forge a signature

What is the reason for this sudden change?
Could it have been my face that made
Angel hair pasta out of your wedding soup?

How did you ever escape from their clutches?
They saw just so saintly and sought out justice
Things that go bump in the clear of day
Before the car parked, you could hear them say,
"What's a ten-letter word for 'the blues?'"

If I'm taken by a monsoon
You might have to do without
If I leave before too soon
You might have to forge a signature
Track Name: You Will Be Visited By...
You will be visited by
Three specters from three different times
Your ex-friend with the shackles doesn't count
Of fear and loss, your nightcap's tantamount
Spineless
The candle's wick
Plays a disappearing trick

Do you think your dead buddies
Get up and walk around at night?
Sitting ducks and supine geese
Risen once more in twilight
One piece
Of bad steak
Gave you this bellyache

You will be visited by
The fruitcake, the shepherd's pie
Two sprigs of the kissing plant
Above your head, energy scant
In a snow globe
Holidays for the home
Track Name: Fauntleroy
Mary Kay, Prada
All the things you'd love to have
America's Donald
Feels like a real pussy grab
Oh, and you know what burns
It's the implication
That he's been elected to
A four year vacation

If you don't say it, no one will
We've gone back and forth and further still
If you step down, applause will sound
And you're back in time for dinner

We bought you a bible
For you to read and ingest
So you can know faith as well as you know
How to touch my neck, my back
Well, you know all the rest
Forget the wall
Your tower needs a moat
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If you don't say it, no one will
We've gone back and forth and further still
If you step down, applause will sound
And you're back in time for dinner