Fiction

by Putnam Murdock

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What is Fiction? Is it the half-truths, exaggerations and outright lies that certain types of love demand? Stories we make up while walking the city blocks to give identity to people we will never know? A man standing before a trunk full of masks, trying them on and discarding them in an attempt to show who he thinks he should be? All the nastiness of existence hidden in the voice of a smooth-talking troubadour? Things left unsaid that will return to burn up our happy little homes? Guilt pretending to be love, love wrapped up in guilt, fear of loneliness above all else?

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released 01 June 2008

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The Insatiables:
Bruce Bell - dobro
Nate Blaz - cello
Dan Brantigan - trumpet and flugel horn
Dave Cieri - piano and organ
John DeLore - vocals
Tom Diehl - drums
Andy Eggleston - viola
Jay Frederick - drums and percussion
Jessica Goodkin - vocals
Nancy Kuo - violin
Putnam Murdock - vocals, guitars, pedal steel, mandolin, piano
Brian Ravitsky - drums
Gilad Ronen - tenor sax and clarinet
Jordan Scannella - bass
Kara Suzanne - vocals

Recorded and mixed by Bryan Pugh www.pughtube.com
Additional Recording by Scott McDowell
Mastering by Kevin Blackler www.blacklermastering.com

Produced by Putnam Murdock and Bryan Pugh

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Putnam Murdock Massachusetts

Every Thursday night the Centre Streeters would gather in circle in a living room and evoke every damn lost, drunk, and brokenhearted song known to man... in four part harmony of course. Each time brought me closer and closer to the point of knowing no other way of life. My bio is isn't finished, but I've been gifted with humility. Sitting in a circle, playing songs is where the real music exists. ... more

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Track Name: Bright Future
“You think”, she said, “we can spend the weekend in bed”.
She didn’t waste any time.
Cold, cold gin in July; call it my early alibi,
come on and give it a try.
We just met at the annual protest.
She was snared in an orange net,
I bribed the cops and we left arm in arm.

Grab what you want.
Because you’re bright future is gone.
We’ll sing while we burn
And toast to the ashes.

Even if tear gas fills up our skies,
our tears won’t fill up our eyes.
Dance, we will dance up the stairs.
Just like Cezanne’s Apples and Pears,
we’re getting it right.
Take it off, take everything off,
because naked is how I like you best.
It’s the only thing I can trust,
skin to skin.

Grab what you want.
Because you’re bright future is gone.
We’ll sing while we burn
And toast to the ashes.

Afternoon martinis are dirty and cheap like me.
We’ll be William Powell and Myrna Loy.
Chasing that thin man on and on until that buzz is finally gone,
And the only thing we’ll see is this goddamn reality.

Grab what you want.
Because you’re bright future is gone.
We’ll sing while we burn
And toast to the ashes.
Track Name: Up To You
Everything I’ve seen
The people I’ve been through
It all tells me one thing
That leads me up to you
It all leads me up to you

There was not the slightest doubt
Nowhere for me to hide
You turned me into a schoolboy
The moment I looked in your eyes
You turned me into a schoolboy

It’s no surprise
I’ve been saved by you
The howling of the hounds
I’ve been pulled around
Through and through
There is nothing I can do
Cuz you are the one for me
I am the one for you

Don’t know what I’ve done
To deserve this kind of love
I need It every night
And I’ll kiss you in the morning light
I’ll greet each day and kiss you in the morning light

I’ve seen people come and go
Disappear in the smoke
Lovers arise but we’re still standing
Troubles arise but we’re still standing here

You were there
Right in front of me
It took us sometime to see
The words to marry I would have said
The moment we collided
Cuz you are the one for me
I am the one for you
Track Name: Chances Are
Looking for a job on the hill.
The president should, but I don't think he will.
My stepfather's name is Bill,
He's married to my mom and a little white pill.

Ah Louise, won't you help me please
Take me away
Far from gone, Roatan,
Out on the Carribean.

She had all of the colors of the rainbow in her hair,
We all wanted to kiss her, but I took the dare.
So they tied all the cans to the back of our wagon,
But in the end it was just our sweet love that was dragging.

Ah Louise, won't somebody please
Take me away
Far from here where I've disappeared
From your eyes a long time ago.

Chances are I guess worth the taking.
You follow your heart though it keeps breaking.
In the light of dawn, soon I'll be gone
Like a song in your thoughts all alone while your dreaming.

I was living this life on my own
Till I got a call, took the long ride home
To take care of the ones who took care of me,
In my highly dysfunctional family.

He was stripped of his clothes and cursing the cancer.
God's only got so many prayers he can answer.
With millions of eyes and millions of souls
Somebody is bound to get left in the cold.

Ah Louise won't you help me please
Take me away
Far from now, won't you show me how
To get on with the rest of my days.
Track Name: Looking For Someone
Take it off, Mary
Don’t be afraid.
Shake it off, Mary
It’s not life or death.
Was it something I said,
That scared you, shut you down?

I’ve tried this once before, I can show you.
I would love to have the chance to get to know you.

Why’d you come to me?
Just to lead me on?
Cuz you seem to be looking for someone.

Take your time, but hurry.
I won’t hold my breath
Or let you go just yet.

Come and let me in now, I can show you.
I would love to have the chance to get to know you.

Why’d you come to me?
Just to lead me on?
Cuz you seem to be looking for someone.

There’s not too much more I can say.
It’s up to you if you’re going to say.
It’s just like a woman, you know.
I know. I know.

Why’d you come to me?
Just to lead me on?
Cuz you seem to be looking for someone.
Lookin for someone
Track Name: St. John Smith Square
Take it off, Mary
Don’t be afraid.
Shake it off, Mary
It’s not life or death.
Was it something I said,
That scared you, shut you down?

I’ve tried this once before, I can show you.
I would love to have the chance to get to know you.

Why’d you come to me?
Just to lead me on?
Cuz you seem to be looking for someone.

Take your time, but hurry.
I won’t hold my breath
Or let you go just yet.

Come and let me in now, I can show you.
I would love to have the chance to get to know you.

Why’d you come to me?
Just to lead me on?
Cuz you seem to be looking for someone.

There’s not too much more I can say.
It’s up to you if you’re going to say.
It’s just like a woman, you know.
I know. I know.

Why’d you come to me?
Just to lead me on?
Cuz you seem to be looking for someone.
Lookin for someone
Track Name: Arsonist's Son
Smoke comes like smog in the valley.
Hope you don’t know anybody living in the hills.
Ice melts in midsummer cocktail.
Barns go up quick, matches dropped in the hay,
Ain’t no mistake, because the guilt fades

Chasing retribution
And it looks like the arsonist’s son paid you a visit again.

Well it happens in the dark, early morning.
Screams from horses, children cry to the volunteers.
The flames peek from behind the doorways.
Closets heave long hid skeletons.
Before he moves to the next he covers the last in gasoline.

Oh darling it looks like the arsonist’s son has paid you a visit again.

You could hear a pin drop in the city
And the people all been dead for days.
It was all over in thirty minutes.
It was the only way for the boys to win it.

And the foreign correspondent, he mumbled to me.
No one saw it coming.
If I were you, I would run for it.
Before the arsonist’s son pays you a visit again.
Track Name: Holding Out
Waiting out the rain.
I’m waiting out the rain.
I’m sorry, I guess, is what you’ve come to expect.
I want you just the same.
I want you just the same.
Tussled hair and cigarettes and a life I couldn’t forget.
Track Name: Score
Walking out into the summer crowd without you.
Two young girls are surprised by a limousine,
A man inside says, Do you want to try something new?

I’m on the other end of the line
Like an obscene telephone call,
Out on a short leash struggling, just struggling for a bite.

Walking out, Astor Place,
Skater punks, just teenage.
Forty ounce, in brown bags
Saying, Baby, it’s just sex you see.’

Look up ahead, tonight and tomorrow morning calls to me.
In tight blue jeans, in this I believe.
And not much else.

Everyone is just looking to score
Someone who is looking to score
Someone on St. Marks in New York.

Walking out into the summer crowd without you.
Track Name: A Short One
Say baby, I love you.
Baby, I’m not your type.
It only makes the cold outside
Burn my thin skin twice.

The bartender, he calls last call.
Funny, I just made one.
Strange girls are in the stall.
Who’s got the cocaine.

You know I’ve seen this movie before.
In the next scene he opens that door.

He says I’m going to kill myself or move to California.
Either way you’ll never see me anymore.
Track Name: Come Clean
On the bedroom floor, lights are off.
I’ve got the tv on, you should’ve known
Not to trust a dog like me.
I never said I would be true…or maybe I did.
The lies you need to hear.

So slide on over here, don’t be coy.
I will whisper in your ear how she was.
I’ll tell you what you want to know.
You won’t believe how easy it was to come up with
The lies she needed to hear.

I gently held her wrist just like this.
You know her breaths got quick
Like yours just did.
Acting like she’s so innocent,
She didn’t even know that she’d said
The lies I need to hear.

Fiction is all we need.
So why’d you come clean.

Whose fantasy is it this time?
Yours or mine?
We’ve got to keep this game alive.
I’ve got a dirty mind but you just seem to love the pain
Of the lies I need to hear
And the lies I need to tell.
Track Name: Jersey Whiskey
Things I found, things I never knew
Turns out it's not so easy
To turn you into a fool
On my hands and knees now
Crawlin like a baby
Isn't anyone even curious
How this happened to me

Never gonna drink
Never gonna drink Jersey
Never gonna drink Jersey Whiskey no more

Just because I gone blind
Doesn't mean I didn't hear
That you left around midnight
With a former teenage star
I'ts only four dollars
Special two for one
And a cold, cold Reingold
And a loss of self control

Never gonna drink
Never gonna drink Jersey
Never gonna drink Jersey Whiskey no more

I'm making up
Making up people
Just to have
Have some company
It's better that
Than to have to stand naked
And have no one
No one there to see

"Never gonna drink
Never gonna drink"
Never gonna drink Jersey
Never gonna drink Jersey Whiskey no more
Never gonna drink Jersey Whiskey no more
Track Name: By Your Side
By your side, I'm with you
I could love you more than I do
I guess dreams they do come true
When I wish upon a star I wish for you

Started one night with a kiss
And I knew right then it would come to this
Into my arms you fell my sweet, sweet girl
My sweet

Night after night of romance
With our arms around eachother we did dance
Then you whispered in my ear
How you love me my dear
How you love me

By your side, I'm with you
I could love you more than I do
I guess dreams they do come true
When I wish upon a star I wish for you

It's like heaven in your eyes
Heaven in your arms
Right in time
Right beside you

Come away with me until the end
I will be your lover and your friend
And when I'm turning gray
I will always say, and stay

By your side, I'm with you
I could love you more than I do
I guess dreams they do come true
When I wish upon a star I wish for you
When I wish upon a star I wish for you
Track Name: Lovers Gold
Do you dream every night about what it could be
Do you talk in your sleep about the wedding night
Underneath the moon and the stars so bright
How I long just to hold you in my arms

We were not but a couple of kids
Running through the reeds and tall corn fields nearby
But I lost you in the rush of the Slocum River
Now I’m singing when I’m seeing you smile

Tomorrow night we stand on the edge
It falls from our lips, lovers’ gold
It’s soft and it’s sweet and I knew it completely
The moment I saw you

Her eyes are as soft as tears
Her heart is as deep as the ocean blue
But not one of these I compare her to
Is as beautiful as my sweet heart’s smile

Well sometime it doesn’t come easy
As sometimes not at all
But you and I have found it alright
Cuz the heavens are starting to fall

Tomorrow night we stand on the edge
It falls from our lips, lovers’ gold
It’s soft and it’s sweet and I knew it completely
The moment I saw you
Track Name: My Sweetheart
You can call it a failure with me and with you,
Cuz we couldn’t work it out, but we’ll work it through.
To carry this burden is something we’ll do.

If you can’t find the magic, you head for the door.
Cuz it would be more tragic to live in this war.
And it’s best to surrender than to hurt anymore.
My sweet heart.

Hang onto me just like a melody, not so easily.
Don’t look back to see all that has happened here,
Though not so clear.
Don’t cry my dear.
It just wasn’t meant to be.

Maybe next Christmas we’ll both be at home
And we’ll mail all the presents and call on the phone.
And we’ll meet in the middle of hello and goodbye.
My sweet heart.

We all have our mysteries and things that don’t last
That blanket our future under our past
And answer the questions we don’t want to ask, like,

Was this right from the start, my sweet heart?’

Hang onto me just like a melody, not so easily.
Don’t look back to see all that has happened here,
Though not so clear.
Don’t cry my dear.
It just wasn’t meant to be.
Track Name: Last Goodbye
I never saw it coming,

The saddest brown in her eyes.

She bade New York

Her last goodbye.