Underground Elevators

by Erik Jarvis

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This is an iteration of Eavesdrop & Elevate, the album Kelly Marie Musselman and I wrote together, and released in June 2014. The album features tons of incredible people, the full list is just a click away, on that album page ---->

Eavesdrop & Elevate, and my music in general, is influenced by lotso sounds from lotso different times. I love art + history + technology. I think it = Rad.

I thought it'd be fun to run the album through a newly-acquired 1/4" reel-to-reel. I think it's high on whimsy now. There are some weird imperfections, pops and scratches and whatnot, the last song gets completely cut off, but it's just a new character really.

Please enjoy. It's available for free download. If you feel like spending money on it, you can rest assured knowing that I will use it to buy either more tape, other folks' music on bandcamp, or more download codes for y'all.

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released August 9, 2015

------> please visit the original album page if you have not-----> ^^^

youtu.be/Z53UB-40XxU <--- teaser trailer for this album

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I write, record, perform, and teach music. It's fun and helps provide and unveil beauty in my life. Thanks for listening to these sounds.

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Track Name: Feel So Good
You know I feel so good
I’m starting to unwind
I feel so good
and I bet I can tell you why
I feel so free
like I got all my senses charged
got my motors off parole
my vessel pointed at the stars

Feels like I just found a new body
but it was mine all this time
maybe my body likes to hide

This time I’m comin up comin up strong
it’s time to thaw
these frozen little bones

You know I feel so good
I’m starting to unwind
I feel so good
and I bet I can tell you why
I feel so free
like I got all my senses charged
got my motors of parole
my vessel pointed at the stars

This time I’m heading for the cosmos
you know I’m running everyday
put my heartbeat on display

Take that! I’m comin out comin outside
no need to hide
I’m gonna advertise my scars
no need to fear if they’re alarmed

You know I feel so good
I’m starting to unwind
I feel so good
and I bet I can tell you why
I feel so free
like I got all my senses charged
got my motors of parole
my vessel pointed at the stars
Track Name: Won't Fall Down
I want a great big bed in a house I own
not this mattress stack I have overgrown
I want a couple of goats I wanna be my own boss
Gonna grow a fat ‘stache make sure to brush and floss

And every Saturday we can watch the game
the more I gamble the more I pray
Yeah I got 50 down, and the risk, I’ve found,
always brings my knees to the ground

And if I ever do win I’ll take my money and leave this town

And if I have a kid what if he’s a wimp?
Oops, I assumed it’d be a boy and I know that will annoy
my feminist wife for the rest of my life
but maybe she can teach him to run from the fights

And if he ever does stay he’ll take those hits but he won’t fall down


And if he ever does stay he’ll take those hits but he won’t fall down
You know we take those hits but we don’t fall down
Track Name: Teach Me to Swim
Take me to the water
To the ferryman
I'm from the prairie, man
Teach me to swim

My name is Goliath
I wrecked all your lands
Took your daughters hands
As brides, not limbs
These were civilized whims

And I ain't gonna empty the stones from my pocket
Ain't gonna live up to righteous men's lies
I might be a fool, and you might find me shocking
But I'll tell the truth when you look in my eye

Keep your lips to the wine
Keep your shooting arm out of harm
Spark that last cigar

Take heed of your leaves
A human that saves your life
As easily takes your life
It's in the sway of the knife

And I ain't gonna empty the stones from my pocket
Ain't gonna get stuck between no debutant's thights
I might be a fool and you might find me shocking
But I'll spit right back I'll put blood in your eye
And I'll spit right back is it blood or wine
Track Name: Object of Your Pride
You are my mirror
you are my bad dreams
you are the moon I once bathed beneath

You’re the cigarette
you’re the sheets on my bed
you are the singer
that plays in my head

You’re all these things
that mean something to me
make me wanna be/stay alive
let me keep you satisfied
let me be the object of your pride

You are the mustard
you are the lampshade
you are the sidewalk
to the penny arcade

You are the circus
you’re donuts at 2
you’re a bird to the south
and you’re the color blue
Track Name: Keep the Stew
There outside
the tree by my window starts to wither

Here inside
child bring my robe and slippers

It’s the devil’s wind
gabbles through front room chimney

When you have to bear the chatter
when your lips turn pink to blue
when your sweater turns to tatters
Oh, I’ll keep the stew hot for you

Let’s be like bears
haven’t you always wanted a cave?

A peaceful lair
righteously warm and saved
None of that wind
ever gonna come this way

Lay me down to rest
till the sky’s no longer dim

oh, how can I keep
oh, from sleeping in

As you lay your head upon my shoulder
you can see the stars
Signs your dreams are still existing far from where you are

How can I keep from sleeping in
I’ll keep the stew hot for you
Track Name: Lady Tuck Me In
Lady tuck me into bed
Please won’t you tuck me in
Tuck me into my nice warm bed
Don’t let the monsters win

Read me the one about Ella
the one with the bird on her shoulder
the one about the tattered girl
with the cinders and birds on her shoulder

Lady tuck me into bed
Please won’t you tuck me in
Tuck me into my nice warm bed
Don’t let the monsters win

Read me the story of the juniper tree
and the boy who turned into a bird
the one where his head falls off among the apples
into the trunk where he was lured

Tell me the tale of the fitcher’s egg
and the girl who rolled in feathers
the brother-selves aggressive
in the spring wedding weather

The more you tell the more I’ll sprout
the stories are such fertile seeds
“I can be Jack, Jan, and Jill!”
I’ll shout, “I’m not just a boy in blue jeans.”
Track Name: All Day Long
All day long I’m working in this cubicle
in front of my computer
Looking up at all the cubist people
working in this skyscraper

But I can see her tripping down the lane
in her bright white dress
With Rosalie and Jane
and her hair is just a mess

And I could chance upon her dancing in the street
with Rosalie and Jane and white shoes on her feet

And everyday for lunch I eat a turkey sandwich
in front of the computer
Practicing the words in the higher (or perfect) pitch
while working in this skyscraper

And he can see her tripping down the lane
in her long blue dress
With Rosalie and Jane and her hair is just a mess

And he could chance upon her dancing in the street
with Rosalie and Jane and Doc Martens on her feet

Part of my life is so like a box
But somehow it’s still aaaa wheeel
(Is that what you’ve heard?)
No... that’s how I feel

And so someday soon I’ll throw off my suit and tie
in front of my computer
Cause if I stay in this machine I’ll die
I’ll die working in this skyscraper

And so you’ll see me tripping down the lane
in my polka dot dress
with Rosalie and Jane and my hair is perfect
And you will chance upon me dancing in the street
With Rosalie and Jane and loafers on my feet
Track Name: Sound the Alarm
His hair is like hawkfeathers
damp from spring rainclouds
and it lies over his eyes
to shield him from harm

And he’s freckled and pale
and his nose is so tiny
but it’s our noses that grow
for the rest of our lives.

His elbows wing out as
he scribbles on paper
he’s drawing a portrait
of a horse in mid-throw

And soon he’ll be whistling
once he figures his lips out
and tapping out rhythms
and dreaming of cat-gut

Now he’s list’ning to Schubert
and putting on sneakers
then dodging the twisters
and learning to strum.

He’s been writing love letters
to a political girlie
and slipping from school
to walk home with his sister

And the girl, she’s a catch
but he’s begun to believe
that her kisses are evil
and he knows he’s not cool.

And he’ll figure it out
that she’ll leave him for labrats
but the god-fearing kids
are the ones with the devil.
Track Name: Loud & Little Bird
His hair is like hawkfeathers
damp from spring rainclouds
and it lies over his eyes
to shield him from harm

And he’s freckled and pale
and his nose is so tiny
but it’s our noses that grow
for the rest of our lives.

His elbows wing out as
he scribbles on paper
he’s drawing a portrait
of a horse in mid-throw

And soon he’ll be whistling
once he figures his lips out
and tapping out rhythms
and dreaming of cat-gut

Now he’s list’ning to Schubert
and putting on sneakers
then dodging the twisters
and learning to strum.

He’s been writing love letters
to a political girlie
and slipping from school
to walk home with his sister

And the girl, she’s a catch
but he’s begun to believe
that her kisses are evil
and he knows he’s not cool.

And he’ll figure it out
that she’ll leave him for labrats
but the god-fearing kids
are the ones with the devil.
Track Name: Crawl Inside Your Heart
You might think we're leaving this dry spell for heaven
and you might think our farms are a poor excuse for pavement
and it's too late to change it
and you're too young to start
so just crawl inside your heart.

So you'll first see the shadow of the crow and then the crow
and the ripple on the water and then the stone
and you're too sick to stop it
and you're too shy to call it art
so just crawl inside your heart.

you'd jump rope with the mothers
and start businesses with babies
and you could fall by the wayside
or drop out to be smart
or just crawl inside your heart

you might eat lunch at midnight
and at noon lose a fight
but I'll let you walk beside me
and I'll let you play a part
so just crawl inside my heart
Track Name: Not the Only Example
He's not the only example
Of a man who's in shambles at the age of the sea

He's been counting the sand grains
Thinking of bird brains
How small we can be

And he called out to the goddess
'Please let me lie in your shell,
Place my head in your roses
We'll sail away from this Hell,'

He's all alone and he's taken
To be free and naked
Get in touch with it all
The sea delightfully salty
And no one to halt him when he hears the call

And now he's part of the beach seeds
He's part of the palm trees at the edge of the sea
He's in touch with the water
He's a son and a daughter
Track Name: She's So On My Mind
I dono how to spend my time when I'm without her
I close my eyes to sleep I have a dream about her

She's so on my mind
Takes up all my time
But she's so far removed
I wanna love someone new
But it's still too soon

I wear the shirt I wore the night I met her sister
She wears the skirt she wore the night that I first kissed her

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