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1.
(Chris Aaron, Louise Goffin, James Hall) We are love, we belong together, We are love, we learn to care for each other, We don’t care what the people may say, We’re sisters and brothers, Well, we all got a family thing, To move us along… You were right, you know you can’t do this alone, Hey, alright, come on and claim my heart as your own, I’ll be there when you reach out for me, so come on and call me, Tell me what you came here to say, my kitchen is warm… Bridge: Well, everybody wants to belong, And we all play a part on this song, Hey, hey, hey, nothing fine as you could be wrong, Pull me close in your arms… We are love, we belong together, We are love, we learn to care for each other, We are love, we belong together, We are love, we learn to care for each other.
2.
(James Hall, Lantz Lazwell, Kim Manning, Andrea Wittgens) Rise, spirit, rise, Rise, spirit, rise, Rise, spirit, rise, Rise, spirit, rise. Dance, with the dead, And the happy melody in your head, I’d you really wanna see them again, Well, you can. Called my uncle Ward on the ouija board, And invited him to the party, All the boys and girls from the afterworld, Ain’t afraid to get down and dirty. They’ll be having a ball, baby, walking through walls, Coming out of the grave looking purty, Come on everyone, no regrets for what’s done, Everybody’s having fun. Heaven sakes alive, you ain’t too weak to survive, I saw you at the church getting saved, The preacher led the band, they were clapping their hands, And everyone was starting to sway, You know, it could be much worse you’d be in the back of a hearse, Crying’ all of the way to your graveyard, Spirits gonna fly cos we all gonna die, Everybody’s feeling high! Rise, spirit, rise, Rise, spirit, rise, Rise, spirit, rise, Rise, spirit, rise
3.
(James Hall, Eric McFadden, Liv Mueller, Andrea Wittgens) Well, now God, said to Abram, “I got to know, if you’re the one, Are you ready? Are you faithful? Are you prepared to sacrifice your son?” Abe, he built an altar, and he got down on his knees, And he cried, Love, come rescue me. Angel Gabriel came to Mary, Sayin’, “Little girl, do you know who I am? There’s a boy child, and he’s a-coming, Gonna be a saviour, known throughout the land.” And Mary, carried the baby, to a manger in Bethlehem, And she cried, Love, come rescue me, Love, come rescue me, Love, come rescue me. Well, the servant came to Simon Peter, Long before that rooster crowed, Said, “Can you claim him, As your messiah?” He said, “This man, I do not know.” As the shame was washing over, He could see that ‘ol sun start to rise, And he cried, Love, come rescue me, Love, come rescue me, Love, come rescue me. I was tired, I was lonely, And I could not, find a friend. And the truth was, I could go no further, I believed I had reached the end. So, I sat down on the church steps, And I hung my head and I cried, I cried, Love, come rescue me, Love, come rescue me, Love, come rescue me.
4.
Roustabout 02:30
(James Hall, Adam Mackintosh, Andrea Wittgens) I’ve been trying to love you, But you take so long, I’ve been trying to tell you, But the words come wrong, I’ve been awful lonely, Wanna take you out, If you be my dolly, I will be your roustabout. I been trying to love you, But you push too hard, I been betting on you, Being in the cards, I’ve been saving money, Wanna take you out, If you be my dolly, I will be your roustabout. Girl, you keep me moving. Girl, you keep me moving. I’ve been begging mercy, Tell me why you doubt, I got good intentions, But you shut me out, I’ve been working double, Wanna take you out, If you be my dolly, I will be your roustabout. If you be my dolly, I will be your roustabout, If you be my dolly, I will be your roustabout.
5.
Bad Choices 02:49
(Carley Baer, James Hall, Jim Schwall) I start my day with a rum and coke, A sticky bun and a spliff to smoke, I got my job as a checkout clerk, I crashed my car on the way to work. I asked my boss if he’d take me back, If I cleaned out his storage shack, His wife walked up, and I didn’t run, And now she’s pregnant with my son. Bad choices, bad choices, I know I got no defense, but it’s all making sense to me, now. I was talking with my best friend, How we could be rich for all we spend, On low grade coke and ecstasy, The money should come easily. We had a friend down in Ecuador, We booked a flight to make the score, Got a shotgun barrel pointed at me, And I’m tied to a chair in Tennessee. Bad choices, bad choices, I know I got no defense, but it’s all making sense to me, now. I’m just tryin’ to live my life, But my mama says I ain’t thinking right, Gonna show the world how good I am, Once I make it back on top, again. I walked into the bottle shop, Pushed my way past the rent-a-cop, But five to ten’s too long to serve, For twenty dollars in the register. I turned to run, and he gave chase, I got the billy club across my face, Now, I’m sitting here in the city jail, I guess some plans are bound to fail. Bad choices, bad choices, I know I got no defense, but it’s all making sense to me, now.
6.
(James Hall, Burr Settles) We’ve been together, For nearly twenty years, Had our share of laughter, And just as many tears, We’ve seen sunny days, And sleepless nights, I’ve stood beside you, Through the wrong and right, But if you feel your heart has moved on, And it’s easier on your own, ‘Cause it seems our need for love, Takes us down separate roads, Keep on driving(keep on driving that light) Keep on driving(keep on driving that light) You been getting home, Just before dawn, And up til now, I was happy to play along, I don’t need no reasons, I don’t need proof, I’d be satisfied, With a simple truth. ‘Cause if you feel your heart has moved on, And it’s easier on your own, It seems our need for love, Takes us down separate roads, Keep on driving,(keep on driving that light) Keep on driving,(keep on driving that light) You can’t put your love in chains, And the heart was meant for freedom, Yet you feel so much pain inside, And you know our need for love takes us down separate roads. Keep on driving(keep on driving that light) Keep on driving(keep on driving that light)
7.
(James Hall, Eric McFadden) Man has the power, To raise a bridge, made of steel and stone. Oh, man has the power, To wade into the water, all alone, Only love can heal a heart that’s broken, And turn a hurting planet back as one, Only god can build a bridge in my heart, Strong enough to carry me back home. Man has the power, To raise a bridge, made of steel and stone. Oh, man has the power, To wade into the water, all alone, Only love can heal a heart that’s broken, And turn a hurting planet back as one, Only god can build a bridge in my heart, Strong enough to carry me back home. There is an answer, there is an answer. There is an answer, there is an answer. Only god can build a bridge in my heart, Strong enough to carry me back home.

credits

released October 5, 2018

Produced by Bruce Butkovich, Donn Aaron, and James Hall
Engineered by Bruce Butkovich, Donn Aaron, and Zen Hardy
Recorded at Open Sky Studio, Coyote Slaughter, and Studio BFA
“Roustabout” Recorded by Steve Seachrist and Katie Butler
at Radon Recordings (Cabbagetown, GA)
Mixed by Bruce Butkovich at Sometimes Satellite

Mastered by Chris Griffin at Griffin Mastering

Cover & Album Design by Sterling Wadsworth III

All songs written at The Holiday Music Motel, in Sturgeon Bay, WI.,
as part of the collaborative songwriting festivals held three times a year.
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Tether: A 7 song companion album recorded during the same sessions that conjured Electric Hex.

The darkest night of Electric Hex gives way
to the cleansing light of Tether's new day.

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