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

by Goodnight Moonshine, Molly Venter

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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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Track Name: Settle Down
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.
Track Name: What We Asked For
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.
Track Name: Bowie
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.
Track Name: We Need You
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.
Track Name: I Love You Goodbye
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.
Track Name: January Skies
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?
Track Name: Scientist
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.
Track Name: In The End
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.
Track Name: True North
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.
Track Name: Looking at Forever
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?
Track Name: Lost and Found
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.
Track Name: All Men are Brothers
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.
Track Name: Where it Hurts
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.
Track Name: Keep the Spark
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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