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Silence Is For Suckers [Remastered]

by Chris Bathgate

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    Never before available digitally, Chris Bathgate’s first full-length album “Silence Is For Suckers”, originally self-released in 2005, has now been fully remastered for this digital only reissue. Along with the original 9 tracks, a remastered digital reissue bonus of “Auld Lang Syne” is included.
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1.
Riverwide 03:02
I was a lonely little child On the banks of a river wide She was most beautiful and blue And at rest on the other side Unfurling foam Fought for every stone And the trees began to sway Lost my life in a roaring river wide Just to be with you that day No bridge, no boat No way to stay afloat As I began to cross I was caught and kept in a current that could crush And within the waves was lost As my arms feigned and the water overcame The waves began to sing And in my ears, I swear to you my dear Was a lovely silver ring I was a lonely little child In love with a silvery sound Would you shed a tear for me my dear For on that day I drowned
2.
Iris 04:16
In my iris You will find this Sweet girl catcher Where you were captured Where was your call? It was your fault How long did you know That I was In my iris You will find this Deep desire To release her Relive your capture Rehearse your laughter So she won’t discover That I was gone.
3.
Loveless Son 03:32
You loveless son The best is yet to come The rain just held you up The rain just held you in my languid arms Once strong enough to hold the load you carried in the deepest corners of your dangling heart And I was You loveless son You're hopeless as a stone With nowhere left to roam Trapped inside your vicious valley walls That triumphed over all And deadened every sound Cause you know with you it's always one more round And I was And I was a birch in the snow Your leafless eyes and your limbs were just expansions of the ground You loveless son You frosted over since The lessons that you missed Contingent to reverse this loveless spin Your well defied attempt I know you spared my life with the wondrous world within the word "forgive" And I will
4.
Cinder 03:20
Lend me your ears for a whispery cinder And I lay on your lap how I left love limber A drip from a kiss that was sucked from a lover With a swish and a spit now condemned to the gutter Well I shook and I shook 'Til it splintered the bone It was held in the notion All sand once was stone It split open now It's all pouring out It's there for the taking Just gather it up In your apron So one day you find yourself inside an oven Wicked and worn from the strangers I'd covet Your karma has come cause your promise was rotten So settle your debts for the heart you've discarded Well I burn through every penny I saved And I cold-cocked that sucker right down in his grave It split open now It's all pouring out It's there for the taking Just gather it up In your apron So lend me your ears for a whispery cinder And my breath will bring that spark to an ember And I'll fan and I'll fan 'til it builds to a fire And leave you with nothing but the hell I've inspired
5.
The Truth 04:40
The first time I heard the truth that was sung to me, a machine to my microphone, to the lips of the enemy Well I poured over every shaking chord–You know I cried to your words, but I wept with the melody Stumbled around with my headphones on listening over and over to a single song I am mouthing the words, I am fingering the lid to a line that caresses me like you never did So I contemplate our shit situation You’re piss in my ear And I heart leaking crimson I came to find it’s the state we belong You took to your sadness like a aroof to a raven Now your verse decays to a whisper But they words that your singing sound strangely familiar And I remember where I heard them before From the lips of your lover and into my ears So now we both know there is no such thing as true love A fiction from poets from in the first dawns of language A cruel illusion, a first draft of heaven For us godless heathens to have something to believe in So now I long for a faith that will linger Jesus for Christians and true love for singers I drifted far from every shaken chord Till your hum was returning Like a phone off the ringer The first time I heard the truth that was sung to me, a machine to my microphone, to the lips of the enemy Well I poured over every shaking chord. But your hum was returning like a phone off the ringer.
6.
What's that silvery sound? A girl with a wounded gown Clattering up my street A silence in secrecy All the tarnished, they humble me And everything I found Is just laid out And yes I've learned to save one for the morning Yes I've learned to take my bow What's wrong, what's wrong baby? It's nothing now You heed me like a warning instead of a morning bell Cause I've been an echo lately And baby you are a bell So here's a silvery sound For those who've been known to drown For those who know it well So spread out your secrets for me And pin them to my lapel I thought that you might as well And yes I've learned to save one for the morning Yes I've learned to take my bow What's wrong, what's wrong baby? It's nothing now You heed me like a warning instead of a morning now Cause I've been an echo lately And baby you are right there
7.
Loveless Son 03:46
8.
The 44's 04:20
We made love in your car Down by the 44's A haunting lot now I'm your passenger And the light from the street Washed over our feet Like some sublime sacred offering But now I'm headed home Now I'm standing in the wind Where our wheel stopped its spin Seems every stumble I've had was steered And as I turned to go I shake the cold from off my coat Seems every straw that I stuck stows me here But now you're headed home Now I hope that you can hold How much I love you both More than either one of you could know And the best breezes you'll ever feel Will be coming off of your windshield And revelry and its sum your only toll And now you're headed home
9.
There you said it So it's over now Trapped, trialed, and sentenced by your own mouth If I could just impart to you One thing I've learned Is that the end will come in a form of love unreturned You think that I've never been in your situation But don't stare like I haven't babe cause I've been So put it in your pocket Or write it down Sever, save, and sing it when no one's around Sketch and scribble out it's the way you feel Then saw it off and sell it for a single bill So this is no different than what you've heard before Common code of accusations and metaphor So when asked if I had anything to say to her Well you better take a seat my dear Cause I've been saving So there's something in my voice now Be it tear or terror Serves as both a message and the courier I have abandoned everything I've learned Cause I'll be weeping when it all kicks in For what we were You know good luck it ain't nothing but an angel's choice You know good luck it makes nothing but brittle boys So the lines on my face they are disdained from joy Cause I'm finally overflowing now Cause I've been saving up
10.
Should old acquaintance be forgot And never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot And days of auld lang syne? We twa hae run about the braes And pou'd the gowans fine We've wandered many a weary foot Sin’ auld lang syne We twa hae paidl'd abou’ the burn From morning sun 'til dawn But seas between us brayed and roared Sin’ auld lang syne And there's a hand, my trusted friend And gie’s a hand of thine We'll take a right gude-willy waught For auld lang syne And surely ye'll be your pint stowp And surely I'll be mine And we'll take a cup of kindness yet For auld lang syne For auld lang syne, my dear For auld lang syne We'll take a cup of kindness yet For auld lang syne For auld lang syne, my dear For auld lang syne We'll take a cup of kindness yet For auld lang syne

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released January 1, 2022

Artwork by Louis Dickinson
Recorded by Chris Bathgate on Ann St., Ann Arbor, MI
Originally released in 2005
Remastered by Brian Peters

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