Weekly Songs 15​-​28

by Roger Heathers

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This album is a collection of demos recorded between autumn 2016 and spring 2017. These songs are the results of a self-imposed challenge (and podcast with Declan Kitchener!) to write and record one song per week.

Hear the podcast here: soundcloud.com/user-809720676

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released May 15, 2017

Photography: Lizzy Weeks

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Track Name: Weekly Song #15 - Fireworks Night
Baby Blue
You know just as well as I do
He's coming soon
Like scarlet November
He'll be lighting up your sky

But I have no idea what to do

You're starting fires
You change the sky from red to blue
It was so quiet
Until you came and lit the fuse

Maybe soon
I'll have one more ticket left for you
Oh, Baby Blue
Striking while the iron's getting colder every night

Oh and I have no idea what to do

You're starting fires
You change the sky from red to blue
It was so quiet
Until you came and lit the fuse

You're starting fires
You change the sky from red to blue
It was so quiet
Until you came and lit the fuse
Track Name: Weekly Song #16 - Untitled #2
"Put the hanger on the door"
Said the trucker to the maid
"Disconnect the phone"
And I don't know how I'm supposed to take these aches
From my belly and my bones all on my own

God is watching from above
With a telescopic lens
While you're out of reach
Waiting for a miracle to come while you're staring down the sun
With your finger on your keys

We can't hold out forever
Something's gotta give and I think it's gonna be me
We can't hold out together
Something's gotta give and I think it's gonna be me

In the middle of the night
We were talking on the phone
She couldn't sleep
I was staring at a picture of a man with a rifle in his hand
While I listened to her speak

How long can I delay?
It's a habit I can't break, like saccharin
Staring in the mirror at a man with a future in his hand
While I listened to her speak
She said

We can't hold out forever
Something's gotta give and I think it's gonna be me
Oh, we can't hold out together
Something's gotta give and I think it's gonna be me
Something's gotta give and I think it's gonna be me
Track Name: Weekly Song #17 - Clover
I write my progress in a book
And mark the pages every night
Oh, I've been wrong so many times
I've given up on being right

It's cyclical and strange
These people never change
The good ones always seem to move away

I am sitting on a city street corner
When I open up my eyes
And you are laughing next to me, Clover
At this broken neon sign

The first immortal man, they say
Is in his childhood bed today
But no one comes to wake the boy
Or send him on his way

It always feels the same
The static in my brain
Is drowning everything that I cannot contain

I am floating in a rubber-ring somewhere
When I open up my eyes
And you are swimming under me, Clover
As the moon begins to rise
Track Name: Weekly Song #18 - Potion No. 9
"Fine, I'll walk in the mud"
I thought to myself as I stepped off the curb
These leaves look like the flakes in my cereal bowl

Mine for gold all you want
I'll be back in the fall
Why, why did I build this tower so tall?

But anyway, any day I see you I'm always smiling long after I'm home

I could talk in my sleep
For all of the prayers you forget to send
That man looks just like a God with Floridian friends

Pine for love all you want
I'll be back in the store
Why, why did I build this ladder so tall?

But anyway, any day I see you I'm always smiling long after I'm home
Anyway, any day I see you I'm always smiling long after I'm home
Track Name: Weekly Song #19 - Dumbwaiter
Visiting for the night
Stranger
Sitting there across the room
I hung my my paintings on the wall in front of you

Your whiskey paintbrush is on my picture
Go back home

That silent crushing sound has carried into today
He's pleased to meet you but he doesn't know what to say
Tonight my hotel's in your hands

Visiting for the night
Tuesdays, Steely Dan and Dave Chappelle
I forget other people feel this way as well

There's irony in this, I'm sure, but I don't know where
There's irony in this, I'm sure, but I don't know where
Track Name: Weekly Song #20 - What've I Got To Do For You To Drive Away In This New Cadillac Convertible Today?
She's got a hold on you
And everywhere you tend to go
She puts up a flagpole by the ashes in the mud
And every now and then
You notice it's the same

You've got these rock hard feet
That never seem to move
You're tied to the pole with elastic
Now, this panoramic view
Is starting to appeal to the hunter in you

I guess it's always been the same:
The hunter and the prey
And somebody's saying
"What've I got to do for you to drive away in this new Cadillac convertible today?"

It's got a hold on you
And every time you stop you walk in a different direction
You fall into a trance that everyone around you can plainly see

I've got a lot to learn
I'm struggling to see
I still couldn't make the connection
Oh, well maybe if I speak then everyone around me can plainly see

I guess it's always been the same:
The hunter and the prey
And somebody's saying
"What've I got to do for you to drive away in this new Cadillac convertible today?"

I guess it's always been the same:
The hunter and the prey
And somebody's saying
"What've I got to do for you to drive away in this new Cadillac convertible today?"
Track Name: Weekly Song #21 - Memory Card
If Valentine was true
I must have left too soon
I must have left too soon

Remember how you'd rest
Your necklace on my chest
The lungs beneath your breasts

The tide was turning
And I could see it coming back
Oh, coming back
The lines were blurring
The marble stone begins to crack
Begins to crack

The fortunes that you tell
The lies you tell yourself
The fortunes that you tell

But I remember times
You must've changed my mind
You must've changed my mind

We sat down by the ocean and decided we would stay
Until our little boat had sailed away

The tide was turning
And I could see it coming back
Oh, coming back
The lines were blurring
The marble stone begins to crack
Begins to crack
Track Name: Weekly Song #22 - Martha Ticket
No wait
No time at all
Had passed before our eyes

If it's a question of faith
Then why can't I ever decide?

No eyes
No will to see
Until those bricks were gone

I stand on top of the pile
And look down on what I have done

It feels like years, years
Years of isolation

You're out there somewhere, Martha Ticket
Go back home

I guess it's the only way to fly

It feels like years, years
Years of isolation

You're out there somewhere, Martha Ticket
Go back home

You're out there somewhere, Martha Ticket
Go back home
Track Name: Weekly Song #23 - Ricochet
You, you don't know the first thing
About the way you richochet
Or the kindness you display
On the days when I need you the most

These animals and humans fascinate my kind
Hungry and habitual by design
We're no more sitting ducks than anybody else
Hungry and habitual by design

You, you don't know your way 'round
But you lead me all the same
Like a stanger and a stray
On the days that I need you the most

Primal never-ending hunger
Your love ricochets around my world at night
Primal never-ending hunger
Your love ricochets around my world at night

These animals and humans fascinate my kind
Hungry and habitual by design
We're no more sitting ducks than anybody else
Hungry and habitual
Oh, we're hungry and habitual
Oh, we're hungry and habitual by design
Track Name: Weekly Song #24 - Unlimited Power
I can't help but think that we've got the wind in our sails
I know
I know it's hard to bare
When we've been out there
I can't help but think that we've got the wind in our sails

How do you think that you're gonna feel in the morning?
I get the feeling that you'll be onto something new
Climb to the top and look at the city at morning
Fall from the pole to the people below you
You get the feeling that nobody knows you
But I get the feeling that you'll be onto something new

I can't help but think that we
Live a thousand below
In this venus fly trap world
Where we can't remember

I know
I know it's not fair when we've been out there

You know I wanted to run away
But I hope that you get me to stay

How do you think that you're gonna feel in the morning?
I get the feeling that you'll be onto something new
Climb to the top and look at the city at morning
Fall from the pole to the people below you
You get the feeling that nobody knows you
And I get the feeling that you'll be onto something new
Track Name: Weekly Song #25 - 21500
Twenty-one
Twenty-one, five hundred
Twenty-one
Five hundred miles away from home

Hey, how'd you find me?
And I will you promise not to let me go?

Fall in love
I wanna fall in love with you
I wanna hear that voice
No one 'round here whispers like you do

Hey, how'd you find me?
And will you promise not to go away?

Your pink convertible car
Your city of stars
Your valley charisma goes wherever you are
That taste in the street
A.C. on your feet
L.A. to Vegas for a front row seat

Hey, how'd you find me?
And I will you promise not to let me go?
Track Name: Weekly Song #26 - Martini
I guess I'm getting sick and tired of starting again in the same old place
Where the wires inside my brain
Are so frayed and corrupted I can't even see your face
I know Martini's opened another one
A dog pound in the corner of town
He's invited my down for the weekend to look around

There will be love eventually

Such a strange addiction
Such a strange embrace you get
From something that can't hold you there at all
But there were times
You must've changed my mind you know
There's always something deeper in the snow

It's only love
That's all
But I want it back by popular demand

There's something of the dying man in every action that I take
Every decision that I make
Because I'm restless and aching and tired of waiting with you
I broke that spell so heaven could send you down
And I hope that you stay around
Oh, I hope that you stay around

There will be love eventually
Track Name: Weekly Song #27 - Daiquiri
Who's the boss late in the evening
When the working day is through?
I got no more time for these energetic lies
I think you'd rather have the truth

Oh, Lord I have sinned
I didn't keep myself alive
I didn't keep myself alive

Oh, I didn't get the message
Oh, I didn't think this through
I went and took that oath
And I probably hurt us both
I think you would rather know the truth

Years and years of satisfaction
I got nothing up my sleeve
Except for what I need
No more compromises or various disguises
Sometimes I need to get down on my knees
Sometimes I need to get down on my knees

I get this feeling, Daiquiri
(I get this feeling in my bones)
Right through the bones inside of me
I wish you well
But sometimes I've gotta get down on my knees
Sometimes I've gotta get down on my knees

Oh, Lord I have sinned
I didn't keep myself alive
Oh, Lord I have sinned
I didn't keep myself alive
I didn't keep myself alive
I didn't keep myself alive
Track Name: Weekly Song #28 - Mojito
Almost everybody's with his girl down in the lobby
While I'm standing here in crumbling repose
I guess nobody knows
About the feeling I've got running through my toes
May be the reason that I'm always on my own

Must beat being lonely
Does it beat that lonely lonely feeling baby?
I bet that it does
With your one and only
Whispers in the dark
Mountain high
River deep
And valley low
There's a thousand ways to choose the one you love

But I had nothing
Nothing to do
While I wanted someone
Someone like you
To come along and teach me what I can't learn by myself

Tears inside a bottle
Though you're not the perfect model
I take comfort that I'm not the only one
We've all got something wrong
Cause there's a weakness in the confident and strong
Now I've been looking through your window far too long

Must beat being lonely
Does it beat that lonely lonely feeling baby?
I bet that it does
With your one and only
Whispers in the dark
Mountain high
River deep
And valley low
There's a thousand ways to lose the one you love
But that's not good enough