Select Few (2013​-​2018)

by Sam Carp

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1.
Novella 02:59
Novella Day by day my life rolls on Until I roll awake From a dream I’ve been asleep it seems But none of it seemed fake I was led through pumpkin patches, cornfields in the maze I was led to the cemetery gates and on we walked towards the water tower base Oh how I remember this place There she goes My situation nowhere I could feel my heightened hair and I don’t know if she likes my stare Before you go we could end this novella and sell all the rights For creative supplies Either/Or is playing softly behind the words you speak As if sadness hides in your upholstery or tucked beneath your sheets I could feel the static in your breath as you spoke I could feel my ears ringing out and at once like a pinch from the dream I awoke How everything’s led up to now There she goes My situation nowhere I could feel my heightened hair and I don’t know if she likes my stare Before you go we could end this novella and sell all the rights For creative supplies To no surprise
2.
Pith 02:01
Pith How long has it been you ask Whittling to the pith of the past Who told me that baby was doing alright and I believed it, yeah I believed each line Sometimes I lie too Lay your head in familiar spots Passing out on the kitchen couch again When did I appear to care about love Maybe I’m thirsty but I’ve dranken so much Caught myself a fool for your touch
3.
Corduroy 02:44
Corduroy Rose gold, broken lens How you get them holes in your corduroy pants? and I’ll melt slow in your hands Break empty plans with the best of my friends And I get it, how you said it’s true Don’t you fret it I will always have other things to do Well I woke up with your song stuck in my head How it split my train of thought in two Overwhelmed and under fucked I try to write But all I think about is you So never mind it’s nothing now So never mind, everything’s just fine Like lighting candles in a flooding room and the water starts to rise Everything’s fine I get it, how you said it was true Don’t you fret it I will always have other things to do
4.
Do I Ever Cross Your Mind -Dolly Parton oh sometimes I go walking through fields where we walked long ago when the sweet used to be and the flowers still grow, but they don’t smell as sweet As they did when you picked them for me and when I think of you and the love we once knew how I wish we could go back in time do you ever think back on old memories like that or do I ever cross your mind? oh often I wish that again I could kiss those sweet lips like I did long ago and how often I long for those two loving arms that once held me so gentle and close and when I think of you and the love we once knew how I wish we could go back in time do you ever recall those old memories at all or do I ever cross you mind?
5.
Twin XL 04:11
Twin XL More than a few years sleeping with my twin More than enough space for one of me to fit in Recently I’ve tossed around 24 and still so thin and often I have thought about Giving up and giving in But it’s my bed Lord knows I’ve made it and she said My friend Now lay in it, go lay in it Loose leaves bagged up, burnt out in the field The warm smell, the lack of privacy In how we feel and on and on, you rake the lawn Until all the grass is gone and then get pissed when you can’t sit Basking in the summer sun But it’s your bed You know I won’t fit inside it Feeling pathetic Ever apathetic More or less, making up excuses To digress that everyone’s fine A flake mistaken is still pretty useless To those who try to divide their time Call it aloof but draw a fine line
6.
Black Eyed Suzy Suzy what gives I know you’re home I hear that ringing on your phone So come out with me this evening Don’t tell me that you’re sleeping With eyes like that, I know you don’t You’ve been known to get a little happy I night of work in a single benny The lines in your script they are so wrong Aw pretty little Black Eyed Suzy they’re all gone Maybe I’ll meet a girl across the prairie She’ll get late and I’ll be married But pretty little Black-Eyed Suzy But pretty little Black eyed Suzy The ring on my finger means that I’m true Oh pretty little Black Eyed Suzy I still miss you Suzy quit your sleeping Unless it’s me who fills your dreaming Suzy stop your snoozing You’re sleeping your life away babe Now all that ’s left is a memory of the last thing she ever said to me I’m sorry I’m still sleeping, but you don’t fill my dreaming And I got plans but they ain’t with you Aw pretty like Black eyed suzy I’d still miss you
7.
It Could Be Worse I’m too numb to be The one to even see What you’re up to Some day when we’re both free How nice life can be And I can listen well and I promise to never tell All the verses in your well-read spell I’ll be another kid who fell and has fallen Slow down child You’re not running out of time Set some goals within your reach and maybe it’ll be worth your while To take it easy, learn to be weary Of things you probably don’t deserve It could always be worse I can hardly say the three letters to form my name In the nighttime spring-like mist and rain My quarter life refrain and it’s come around Slow down child You’re not running out of time Set some goals within your reach and maybe it’ll be worth your while To take it easy, learn to be weary Of things you probably don’t deserve It could always be worse
8.
Shy 02:09
Shy In the midst of an august night, I’ll be your stuttering fan On forehead freckles, hidden slightly Tucked ‘neath fair-weathered bangs My gentle breeze, a cool wind To clear loose strands from an eye Was it I who appeared or you who embraced, the figurative miss I tried But I still try I was at that moment, shy My Helen laid and bare Dipped in skinny in my eye But I was tired of trying A long time coming comes along How do you remember each moment when you’re stoned? But somehow you’ve found alone, you’ve shown You’d be fine just on your own
9.
Azalea 03:22
Azalea Waking Azalea tends to the glory of the morn From her bed post window she paints every flower she has grown And she brews herself some tea, never saves a sip for me Absent Azalea wiping the glue from my own eyes How I wish that I could hold you in the brief calm moments before I rise But I am lost inside the sheets While you are outside picking the weeds and you said Nurse me darling I’ll be your garden Plant me in the warm sunlight and watch me blossom It’s the labour of love It’s the passage of time Put your elbows in the dirt and they’ll be just like mine Pleasant Azalea when the clouds begin to storm And the great divide when the ground is dry and plot is lorn But I can’t fix the sky for you You should be pleased with the morning dew and you said Nurse me darling I’ll be your garden Plant me in the warm sunlight and watch me blossom It’s the labour of love It’s the passage of time Nurse me darling I’ll tend your garden Plant you in the warm sunlight and water you often It’s the labour of love It’s the passage of time and your elbows are so fitting Entwined with mine like vines
10.
Sea Glass 03:06
Sea Glass Reflecting scenes out in the sea glass To watch the ocean rise and fall I lost my breath, underneath the sheer depth of it all I ditched my shoes in between walks Kept myself clean ‘neath dirty clothes I sold the truth and the nonsense has now since been disposed Through my bare toes But I’m still stuck between fifteen and twenty three and I’m always leaving behind The things that I don’t mind Make me a mistake we can hurry To find another to go I just need to know that we can still sleep in separate homes In our own homes But I’m still stuck between fifteen and twenty three and I’m always leaving behind The things that I don’t mind
11.
Ann Hill 02:19
Ann Hill My acquaintance on anniversary hill We would council every Christmas Sharing each story and our common thrills As my years got darker I could tell that her’s were filled with Bright lights and excitement Rich new friends and strange men It’s this kind of living you must understand Sam It’s the new aesthetic it’s who I am My master plan Always a guest I guess it gets colder as a rule When it gets darker mid-December Slide your way back home from your in-state school For a month or two Hit me up, in and of itself I've got nothing left to do We can lay supine and talk about them Bright lights and excitement Rich new friends and fallen men I can’t help it, it’s this world I live in It’s the new aesthetic it’s who I am My main man
12.
summer’s Requiem and I will follow you through the fields of yellow acreage and I will make my moves when you’re papas out of town and if I get my way then we can live together forever in this endeavor are you down? my whole world has been flipped and turned around and the summer came with a heat like they expected and the chance for rain was thin like the clothes we wore and the fabric’s made to be peeled off like the sunburn tell me you never learned when you were young that the sunscreen you forgot was a loaded gun each lullaby you hum while you are sleeping each note you find, resolve the line repeating each moment i spent, always absent trying to find the time you mention it’s fine and the footsteps led to the river for a quick dip and the pants we shed were swept with the currents form and the walk was warm through the buzzing of mystic and the bullfrogs and their cousins sang along a summer night and autumn evening song each lullaby you hum while you are sleeping each note you find, resolve the line repeating each moment i spent, always absent trying to find the time you mention it’s fine
13.
Herd 03:11
Herd Jump over the picket fence into the neighboring field I’ll be there tied up Lost within a gust of wind I heard your whining call I feel the same too If only they knew That all we really want Is to graze where we can’t reach As sweet as our grass may be We’ll never see What the fuss is about Full moon and I can hardly sleep Won’t you soothe me Whinny that same song Gallop to the edge, a distant friend at best Has it been so long? and who put your shoes on? If only we could stay in the endless fields of hay Just to wonder what life would be like On the other side
14.
Do You Know 03:13
Do you Know Do you know where I go when the lights turn out I won’t make a sound Fast or slow tip tip toe Sneaking out the back of your house I ain’t nothing but bad news to you Ooh baby doll are you right for me? Shine the light on me I aint a man to kill a fantasy I will give and I’ll go There’s no reason to show who I am Oh no oh no So Do you know where I go when the lights turn out I won’t make a sound Fast or slow tip tip toe Sneaking out the back of your house I ain’t nothing but bad news to you Aw baby baby What can you give? I ain’t too thirsty but I want more than a sip I think you’re sweet so sweet Give it all to me Meet me unders sheets Follow instruction to sweet seduction so sweet I want to trace you from your head to your toes Then who knows where I’ll go I want you so I want you so bad Do you know where I go when the lights turn out I won’t make a sound Fast or slow tip tip toe Sneaking out I ain’t nothing but bad news to you

about

These songs have been collected from the start of my songwriting venture (an every changing project) to present day. I'd like to thank Guy Capecelatro III for not only being a kind mentor but a true friend. A big thank you to the Burst & Bloom family for sharing the same musical ideals as myself. Thanks to everyone in the Seacoast music community and a huge thank you to my parents for their love and support.

-Sam Carp

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released April 5, 2019

Jim Rioux-vocals on #1
Marc McElroy-Rhodes on #2, lap steel on #14
Gregg Porter-vocals on #4
Emily Hope Price-cello on #4 and #13
Jordan Holts-vocals on #6 & #8
MorganEve Swain-fiddle on #6 & vocals on #7
Jessica Hesse-vocals on #9 & #11
Guy Capecelatro III-vocals & toy piano on #1,
vocals & piano on #3 & guitar on #5

Recorded & mixed by Guy Capecelatro III at
The Electric Cave in Portsmouth, NH
Mixing help and mastering by Marc McElroy
Layout and Design by Dylan Metrano

All songs by Sam Carpenter except #5 by Dolly Parton

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