Archive for the ‘Album 1: The Mesmers’ Category

06 – Neptune City

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Neptune City

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Song Details

Album: The Mesmers
Date Released: 12-27-05
Written by: Fitz/Ridgeway & Arthur Gilbert
Recorded at: Gimlet Studio
Produced by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Mixed by: Bruce Miller
Time: 2:53
Tempo: 134bpm

Lyrics

Rundown streets, seaside bars
Mermaids stacked in glassy jars
Dark arcades where dealers sleep
Calling out with dreams they keep

Out on boardwalks lovers creep

Over rickety piers, water so deep
Thru museums filled with wax
Sinister figures never relax

GIVE ME A RIDE TO NEPTUNE CITY
WHERE LIFE’S ELECTRIC AND PEOPLE PRETTY
NEPTUNE CITY WHERE SHADOWS CALL
JUST CAN’T SEEM TO FIND MY WAY AT ALL

Beneath the waves, sirens sing
Beautiful songs, beautiful dreams
A sailor that drowns in their embrace
Dies with a smile on his scruffy face

CHORUS: REPEAT

(bridge)

Thanks for stopping, I could use the ride
I’ve been trapped in the strangest tide

The closer I get to being free
The further I’m drawn
The further I’m drawn… out to the sea

Out to the sea
Out to the sea
Out to the sea

Out to the sea…

Notes

This lyrics for this song were originally provided by Arthur Gilbert and then later reworked to fit the melody. Here is the original version:

Along the coast the mermaids
Are stacked inside glass jars

That they display on counter tops
In rundown seaside bars

Where you can stare at them for hours
Until you’re seeing stars
In the end your as close to them
As the Earth is to Mars

CAN YOU GIVE ME A RIDE
TO NEPTUNE CITY

WHERE THE GIRLS ARE PRETTY
IN NEPTUNE CITY

The preying mantis eats it mate
But its just having fun
In the arcade the ladies lie
Like reptiles in the sun

Casanova longs to touch them

In oceanic dreams
While in the world of flesh and bone
Nothing is as it seems

CHORUS: REPEAT

Beneath the swamp lovely sirens sing
Songs no human can deny
Sailors submerged in their embrace
Have come to see them die

Harlequin pulls the curtain shut
That hides the made machines
Concealing reality
That’s bursting from the seams

Show me the way to Neptune City
Beneath the waves of Neptune City

07 – Somnambulist

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

somnambulist

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Song Details

Album: The Mesmers
Date Released: 12-27-05
Written by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Recorded at: Gimlet Studio
Produced by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Mixed by: Bruce Miller
Time: 1:59
Tempo: 90bpm

Lyrics

none (instrumental)

08 – Sandy Strange

Friday, August 4th, 2006

a neon sign that reads: astrology

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Song Details

Album: The Mesmers
Date Released: 12-27-05
Written by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Recorded at: Gimlet Studio
Produced by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Mixed by: Bruce Miller
Time: 2:49
Tempo: 90bpm

Lyrics

Sandy Strange bought a house
Four doors from my own
A ramshackle rotting place
Once a palace home

She sits up in the window
Bathed in candle light

A pixie smile across her face
Casting thru the night

Leaves swirling at her feet
The coldness of the air
Wind across her pale face
The darkness of her hair

QUITE A CHANGE, QUITE A STRIDE
SOMETHING YOU CAN FEEL INSIDE
MIDNIGHT TAKES ANOTHER BRIDE
WHEN SANDY STRANGE …
PASSES BY

Sandy shops downtown
In weird little stores
She buys the oddest clothing
The kind you can’t ignore

In them she’s cuts quite a form
Hovering down the street
Her snakey shape an opium
To every eye she meets

PREHOOK: REPEAT

CHORUS: REPEAT

(bridge)

PREHOOK: REPEAT

CHORUS: REPEAT

Notes

Lyrics for, but not about Lea.

09 – Queen of the Cathode Ray

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

You hear a lot more about her than you ever her from her. Why is she so famous? What exactly is it that she does so well?. Nobody seems to know…

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Song Details

Album: The Mesmers
Date Released: 12-27-05
Written by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Recorded at: Gimlet Studio
Produced by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Mixed by: Bruce Miller
Time: 2:47
Tempo: 120bpm

Lyrics

SHE’S THE QUEEN OF THE CATHODE RAY

PRETTY TO LOOK AT, NOT MUCH TO SAY
QUEEN OF THE CATHODE RAY
PRETTY TO LOOK AT, NOT MUCH TO SAY

Since she left high school
She’s never missed a beat
She’s an avalanche of photographs
With the fans all at her feet

The cameras flash, crowds amass
Don’t seek a reason why
As shallow as a contact lense
But such a tempting lie

CHORUS: REPEAT

When eloquence escapes her
She wears a fancy dress

When critics denigrate her
She’ll be posing for the press

She’ll last five years, maybe ten
Unless she dies quite young
If so you’ll hear how great she was
For all the years to come

Ahs

(bridge)

CHORUS: REPEAT

10 – Dark Rooftop

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

the moon rising over a dark rooftop

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Song Details

Album: The Mesmers
Date Released: 12-27-05
Written by: Fitz/Ridgeway & Rudi Fergison & Steve Garland
Recorded at: Gimlet Studio
Produced by: Fitz/Ridgeway
Mixed by: Bruce Miller
Time: 4:12
Tempo: 110bpm

Lyrics

Dance across a dark roof top
Girders, vents, you never stop
Looking down on those below
They don’t see, me they don’t know
They don’t know, don’t know

Midnight battles in the air
Blows and strikes from everywhere
Never run it thru your mind
Life up here leaves no time
To think, To think

AND YOU KNOW JUST WHAT YOU NEED, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG
AND YOU KNOW JUST WHAT YOU NEED, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG

AND YOU KNOW JUST WHAT YOU NEED, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG
AND YOU KNOW JUST WHAT YOU NEED, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG

Race across an endless night
Jumping ledges taking flight
Duck under a shining moon
Find yourself a little room
To hide, To hide

Dance across a dark roof top
Girders, vents, you never stop
Looking down on those below
They don’t see, me they don’t know
They don’t know, Don’t Know
Don’t know!

(bridge)

CHORUS: REPEAT

Dance across a dark rooftop
At this pace you’ll never stop
Years and years go racing by
Still you stand up on high
And smile, And smile, and smile

CHORUS: REPEAT

Notes

This is a bit of an odd one. This song was the written (and crudely recorded with a sony minidisc) the very first time the band got together. At that time it was Rudie Furgeson on the drums, Steve Garland on bass, and I was singing and playing the piano (Jay on guitar of course). When the new lineup finished re-recording it a year later we hated the way it sounded. It had lost all of its energy and vibe. We kept going back to that original take and wondering how we could recapture its mood.

In a rush to meet the album deadline we came up with the frankenstein hybrid you have here. About half of the instrumentation is sample loops of the original recording, and about half new material. The contrast of these lo-fi and hi-fi parts really seems to work. Humorously, in the first mix that Bruce Miller returned to us he’d done TOO good of a job! You could hardly tell the old from the new. We had to ask him to go back and be less skillful at integrating the parts so they’d stand out.

And Rudie! We’ve looked everywhere to find you. Get in touch with us, please! If anyone out there knows Rudie Fergeson, a drummer from Reston Virginia who occasionally used the stage name DJ Rude, please tell him we’re looking for him.