I'm The Only One Who Will Tell You, You're Bad

by Goodnight Moonshine, Molly Venter

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1.
Settle Down 02:48
We never got to experiment with psychedelics before you knocked me up. We never had that 3-way in the heart of Paris and now we’re all grown up. Know how we used to be blue-sky walkers and pipe dream talkers now our feet are firmly on the ground. Baby I love our life but I don’t want to settle down... I’m gonna pick my battles this body being fragile but I don’t want to settle down. So let’s take our rumblings to the table and our mysteries into bed on our best of days we’re able to see our worst of days as blessed. What if I told you that the reason you get so angry is the reason I get sad. Just look around we’re not the only ones going crazy baby the whole world’s mad. I know they’d like to see us talking lighter and locked down tighter so what happens if we all get loud. You know I love this life so I don’t want to settle down... I’m gonna pick my battles the world being so fragile but I ain’t gonna settle down.
2.
I got all that I want from you I got all that I want from you you got all that you want from me too gave you space to be yourself you gave me space to be myself even space to be with someone new. ain’t this what you asked for ain’t this what we thought that we needed I go down to the market-place I go down to the market-place just so you will see my face and know. Know that I’ve been doing fine fact I’m doing more than fine now that I have had my time alone. ain’t this what I asked for ain’t this how we thought that we’d know I got all that I needed here you got all that you needed here so what’s the use in one more year apart.
3.
Bowie 03:01
David Bowie died this week reminding me that we die. My friend’s brother died a week before making everybody question what any of it’s here for. And my own father passed last year so you know how this goes when we take our final breath nobody ever knows. All my life surrounding me but I can’t see through the fog. Mistakes I keep on making aren’t making any sense I already wonder where the time went. And bring my child outside at night to stare up at the stars, all I know is I am not the same person I was. I whisper, “Well, your starship’s come in at an excellent time cause the world’s heating up and the tensions are rising. So let’s dance in the streets and sing out of key, really look at somebody and love what you see.” Lay my body down to sleep when the dark is creeping in. The churning in my belly surely telling me that I’m becoming a mother, becoming a wife. And every breath a birth, a death and everyday we choose. Every time I see that face it all comes rushing through.
4.
We Need You 03:27
There’s something stirring underground it’s kicking up a frightful sound that swells into an angry shout I don’t know how to block it out. I see how quickly I react and I feel our missing eye contact. We’re all using our broken hearts to blame and hold ourselves apart. So to the mother working overtime and the laborer on the factory line to the refugee who cannot rest and the boy who signs up to enlist. I say we need you, we need you, I need you, and you need me too. Safe behind my privilege watching those farther out on the edge listening to the evening news I can’t ignore the work to do Still it’s hard to take the ugliness and it’s hard to face the ignorance. I know now that the weakest link is gonna poison everything we think. That’s why we need you, we need you, I need you and you need me too. I know that nothing’s separate but I will not walk the path you went I cannot stand the words you say I can’t afford to look away. When the body of the world is at stake And our whole organism’s sick but we don’t get well staring at what’s wrong the best in us must rise strong. That’s why we need you, we need you I need you and you need me too.
5.
Goodbye, goodbye I love you and goodbye It’s all that I have ever known to try. We’re born, we grow we’re young, we’re old, we die and in between it’s I love you goodbye. I love you goodbye. The day the night, the dark the light, the day. The only friend you’re counting on is change. For better or for worse it’s hard to say as you watch the ice break up and melt away. The dark, the light, the day. And your heart won’t lie when you’re looking back on your life praying I love you goodbye. My north, my south my insides out, my home. Red, orange, yellow green, blue, indigo. By land by sea the mystery grows. Within Without the holiness unfolds. This heart, this earth, this home.
6.
I remember it was 4:30 Austin you were all mischief in your eyes I was seeing sand-colored moonbeams falling from the January skies. There was a drunk out on the corner you had stopped to give him 50 cents and I had been working tables all night so I wasn’t watching where I went. Ooeee, in a flash our worlds collide or did a thousand little moments make tonight? Ooeee, you’re saying life turns on a dime I’m asking you how you think you can know, I wonder do I? But then we just followed paper lanterns out by pastel vintage fonts through a sea of tiny yellow Christmas lights in the outdoor restaurants. And the moon dropped down behind us and the sun started to rise as we walked over the river singing “Lucy in disguise!” Ooeee, in a flash our worlds collide or did a thousand little moments make tonight? Ooeee, you’re saying life turns on a dime I’m asking you how you think you can know, I wonder do I? And of course I have to ask as time goes by, will this last? If it’s a dream, when we wake up will we still be in love? But you only watched the morning walkers in their jackets and fleece hats we had one sweatshirt between us we were East Coast kids like that. And you pulled me down beside you ‘neath the highway overpass and the work day started rolling as we made out in the grass. Ooeee, is it the flash that makes this right or will a thousand little moments build our life? Ooeee, you just put your hand in mine I still wonder how you thought you could know I wonder did I?
7.
Scientist 03:45
Well I thought a lot about it Annie I know I let you down ‘Cause I’ve fallen in so deep this time I can’t see my own way out. All the plans that fell through finally getting to you now so it’s heavy in the air and it’s thick on my tongue an empty promise that I can’t keep. I heard the scientist say, there are laws we all obey. I heard the holy man say, that it’s all just prearranged so what’s the difference anyway, if I try to change. I wanted to be better maybe I am who I am I push back and I swear off it but it calls, it calls, it calls me in again. And the ache of hard truth I see it settle on you now so they’re heavy in the air and they’re thick on my tongue hollow words I wish that I could mean. I heard the scientist say, there are laws we all obey. I heard the holy man say, that it’s all just prearranged so what’s the difference anyway, if I try to change.
8.
In The End 02:41
In the end, my heart will no longer beat and the rhythm of my soul will go back to a place in the sky, where we all reside. And I cry for just one more day in the sun with you. In the end, my voice will no longer be heard and the rhythm of my song will fade into the night. But what do I care when time stands still? And I cry for the moment we share. May it always be.
9.
True North 03:08
Taught me to speak true is this what it sounds like like a mouth of marbles fumbling with the rules? Taught me to be fair Is this what it looks like like keeping people happy and trying to swim through air? True North I cannot find there went my peace of mind with you on the other side. Who was I as a child this willful and this wild would we have reconciled? Taught me to want more this is what it feels like like making tough choices feels like closing doors. Taught me to think free but all it ever seems like is a swarm of contradictions fighting back at me. True North I cannot find there went my peace of mind with you on the other side. Who was I as a child this willful and this wild When did we reconcile? Taught me to love hard this is what it hurts like like feeling full and empty staring at the stars Taught me to speak true this is what it sounds like like me asking questions sounds a lot, like, you.
10.
Write you a postcard from the washington zoo leaving a message at quarter to 2. I missed your birthday now I’m missing who we were when we were laughing and smoking and dancing out in the dark dressing in costumes and mending our broken hearts talking and turning the night into morning then starting over. I like to remember how our lives came together how we swore we would never lose our passions to the world. I need to remember how we were when we were younger in and endless Texas summer. Are we still those dreaming girls looking at forever? Now that we’re off turning all our wishes true lovers to husbands to families and working too I think we’re needing each other even more than we knew. So let’s buy three plane tickets Africa, India sail on a ship ‘round the southern peninsula stand on the shore while we’re burning for more and stare out onto forever. I like to remember how our lives came together how we swore we would never lose our passions to the world. I need to remember how we were when we were younger in and endless Texas summer. Are we still those dreaming girls looking at forever?
11.
I’m lost, I’m lost I’m lost in your gaze, in your smell in your touch. I’m lost, I’m lost in the bittersweet feeling of loving this much. And it hurts to have you need me this way, and it hurts to know you’ll leave me someday. I give it, I take it I know there’ll be days there’ll be moments we break it. But I want it, I need it all the love here between us I drink it I breathe it. Now I see how my heart is fully undefended and I feel I am forever reoriented. I’m lost, I’m lost, but I see every change and I listen for your sounds. ‘Cause I’m here and you’re here I’m awake and you’re loved and I’m lost and I’m found.
12.
If you were my brother we would hurt one another compete with each other try to beat one another. If we were all brothers we’d define one another by the difference of our colors and turn our backs on each other. That’s how I know all men are brothers that’s how I know all men are brothers. What I know about brothers fearing neglect from each other shield and protect seek cover they need respect from each other. It can really be hard to be part of this family But we really need everybody God dammit please don’t leave. That’s how I’ll know all men are brothers that’s how I’ll know all men are brothers.
13.
Hey little girl where you coming from looks like your last night ran long beat up clothes and busted strap you’re too young to cry like that. Who taught you to bend your head who taught you to hold your breath who taught you to shift your eyes who taught you to apologize? Well it ain’t your fault should have felt you slipping through. Darling, I see you. Was it living in this town or did the whole world let you down are the scars under your shirt? Baby tell me where it hurts. All the work your mother did words your father never said everybody’s doing their best but no one else lives in your head Now you played it nice like we told you to and you say you’re fine and I almost believe you But it ain’t your fault should have felt you slipping through. Darling, I see you. We taught you to bend your head we taught you to hold your breath we taught you to shift your eyes we taught you to apologize So it ain’t your fault and I won’t let you slip through. Darling, I see you.
14.
I heard something on the news about it how to keep the spark if we’re holding to the mystery of where we’ve been and who we are. Fell in love in one spring day are we ever gonna feel the same? We’re changing shape now no other way out I’ll give you both my hands and a place to land as we come down. I’ll be your friend as the honeymoon ends. In our bodies every seven years all our cells replace how is it so surprising then that we don’t talk or act the same. Walked the length of Broadway do you remember us that way? We’re changing shape now no other way out I’ll give you both my hands and a place to land as we come down I’ll be your friend as the honeymoon ends. Watched the sun rise from the pier how can we come together year after year? We’re changing shape now no other way out I’ll give you both my hands and a place to land as we come down. I’ll be your friend as the honeymoon ends.

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Produced by Eben Pariser and Adam Chilenski

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released June 1, 2018

All songs written by Molly Venter (ASCAP) & Eben Pariser (BMI)

Featuring Roosevelt Dime trks 1, 2, 10, 14

Molly Venter: vocals, acoustic guitar
Eben Pariser: vocals, electric guitar
Adam Chilenski: bass trks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, & organ, Wurlitzer, Moog trks 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13,
Bram Kincheloe: drums trks 3, 6, 7, 8, 13,
Bill Campbell: drums trks 4, 5, 11, & percussion trk 8
Craig Akin: bass trks 1, 2, 10, 14
Andrew Green: banjo trks 2, 10, 14, & telecaster trk 1
Tony Montalbano: drums trks 1, 2, 10, 12, 14
Frank LoCrasto: piano, Prophet, Rhodes, Chamberlin trks 4, 9, 11
Bruce Harris: trumpet trks 7, 14
Max Hart: pedal steel trk 9
Dov Manski: organ trk 10
String quartet written by Eben Pariser: trks 3, 4, 5, 7, 11
Liz Hanley: violin
Jeffrey Young: violin
Sarah Elizabeth Haines: viola
Alexandra Jones: cello
Eric Tate: special effects trk 7

Recorded at Trout Studios in Brooklyn NY, and home studios
Mixing: Bryce Goggin, Trout Studios Brooklyn, NY
Mastering: Eric Conn, Independent Mastering Nashville, TN
Costume and set design: Kristen Meyer & Brittney Solem
Photography: Brittney Solem, editing by Colin Meyer
Hair & makeup: Laura Wyrtzen
CD design: Eric Kelly

THANKS TO OUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS for loving us, housing us, and caring for Otis so we could make this album and perform. THANKS TO OUR FANS for showing up and listening. THANKS to Executive Producers Joel Benisch, Reagan Lee Owens, and Michael Urbano. THANKS to Adam Chilenski for co-creating this album and giving massive amounts of encouragement.

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Goodnight Moonshine, Molly Venter New Haven, Connecticut

A statement of substance and grace that reminds us of life’s bigger picture: keeping a marriage afloat, raising children, dealing with death, loving your partner, finding yourself, claiming your independence. The duo delivers Folk-Pop songs that reflect the messiness of partnership, parenthood and growing up, while evoking the emotionally resonant aesthetic of Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin. ... more

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