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Long Playing Lo​-​Fidelity

by Hawker M. James

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released December 15, 2015

*Produced & Written By Hawker M. James
Mixed And Mastered by Al Carlson At Gary’s Electric, Brooklyn.
Recorded by Jason Milton, Callan Saunders, & Hawker M. James.
At Young Lion of The West Recording, Rochester.
Artwork by Hawker M. James
Photographs by Tara James

Hawker M. James : Vocals, Drums, Guitars, Treatments.
Jason Milton : Keyboards,Trumpet, Vocals
Callan Saunders : Vocals, Percussion, Treatments.
Ben Stephanus : Electric Bass , Guitar, Additional Production.
*Track 3, Produced By Hawker M. James, Jason Milton,& Callan Saunders
All Songs Published By Rocknrollarama Publishing, Calsound, Jaysound (Sesac).

Album Sequence Is In Chronological Order Of The Songs Being Written.
All Songs Written From March to August, 2015,
Committed To Tape From August 6th To September 8th, 2015.
Dedicated to the Memory of John Hampton and John Fry.

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Hawker M. James Rochester, New York

James finally shows his followers what those of us in his inner circle already knew: that even when James records on his beaten-up 4-track, he always strives for the production values that have distinguished his delightfully varied body of work. With the Long Playing Lo-Fidelity album, he proves that, whether working with a medium, small, or no budget, his innate knack can't be contained. ... more

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Track Name: Human Blood
I Got My Mind Made Up
I Know What I Gotta To Do
Got The Sun And The Stars
Hissing Over The Truth

They Got Their Motors Purring
And The Scientists Too
Got The Clouds Rolling Up
To Block Out The Moon

I Got Fined For The Looking The Way
I Was Quietly Going
Sometimes You Don't Have To Know Anything
But A Direction Is Nice
Sometimes You Just Wanna Feel Like
Someone Is Taking A Notice

But Sometimes Time
It’ll Crush Your Mind
The Way You Think

You Open Up Wide
To Lower The Boom
They Got The Tricks Of Trade
To Disappear From The Room
They’re Levitating Spirits
That Are Heavy As Lead
When You’re Sleepin’
Now I’m Wondering What’s Under The Bed

It’s Hard To Keep Up With
All The Ways The Winds Are Blowin’
Sometimes All You Need Is Just
A Little Time To Unwind
I’m Just Trying To Stay Out Of The Way
That Leads Me to Nowhere

So When It’s Said And Done
I Did What I Should
In This Human Blood



I Want A Foot In The Ocean
And Caribbean Blue
I’ll Sign My X's And O's
And Mail ‘Em To You

The Mass Is Dividing
The Intricate Maze
With A Painful Emotion
And A Druggie's Sway

They’re Hypnotizing Kids
With Image And Spells
Hasn’t Anybody Noticed
The Crack In The Bell

I Don’t Ugh Ugh Ugh Ugh
With An Oh Oh Oh
You Can Keep That Shit
For The Rats Below
Track Name: Fast Friends
I’m Waiting For What You Say
I’m Watching The Moves You Make
I'm Taken By An Open Mind
From Golden Days
I Know What You Would Do
I Listen For What To Do
You Know What I’ve Got Up My Sleeve
Keep It Between You And Me

And I Now I Can Understand
How I Can't Resist
Well All Of Your Words Can't Miss
And I Want To Know You
When The Night Young
I'm Having So Much Fun
With You

You Know I’ve Seen Hard Times
But It Lead Me To Goldmines
In The Fields With Red Eyes
Pinch Me, Is This Real?

And Now I Don’t Understand Why I Can’t Resist
And When My Words They Miss
Well I Want To Show You
And When The Night Is Young
I’m Having So Much Fun
With You

In The Tenderness
Where The Words Play
Oh The Carelessness
Where Our Minds Sway
Through An Open Door
Where I Sit With You
Track Name: Heartstrings
You’re the person who makes me feel
You are the notion that good exists for me
You got an eye on things
The simple actions that make you think
And then it’s over, before you blink, it’s gone
I try to cherish these things

It’s the human condition
Time’s moving fast
It’s the senses you come to
When you’re thinking back

Looking on to the world outside now
Living on the edge of a darkness
Can’t help but fear what the days ahead could bring
It tears at my heartstrings

The hypertension that makes you drift
Under the hands that refuse to lift you up
You flip it over and give
You are the person who I believe
You are the subject in every dream at night
You’ve got a handle on things

It’s the little decisions
That leave you for dead
It’s the place that you come to
Too late to look back

Looking on to the world outside now
Living on the edge of a darkness
It’s the same old thing that world outside
Doesn’t see
It tears at my heartstrings
Track Name: Sinner, Go On Home
I asked for light
And all the questions were received
The answers come when you are dead in disbelief
i heard the message come in clean and crystal clear
Sinner come on home and be free

It’s not a question of what’s done and what is gone
It’s not a question of what’s taken to belong
I had a lot of time to muddle in the grief
Sinner come on home and be free

Through the endless nights
You work to make it right
To have that savior at the door.
You’ve got to hope it’s real
The after life I feel
I wouldn’t ask for nothing more

Into this world you come alone
Unless you’re twins
But we all know one ends up evil to begin
I’d rather die than live the sciences of sin
Sinner come on home and be free
Sweet Surrender
Track Name: Cliff Climb
Come follow me
Come fly away
Track Name: Harmonious Honk
I need some life
I need some grace
Wanna escape from the world they asunder
Lift up your eyes
Change your face
Put your hands together
And saunter

Oh here it comes
Here they come
The lines on the earth have changed
Oh here it comes
Here they come
All of the walls will shake

I wanna climb
I wanna scrape
Wanna stomp
Wanna dance
I wanna function
A little fun
A little shame
A little time to remember
Imperfect

Oh here it comes
Here they come
The lines on the earth have changed
Oh here it comes
Here they come
All of the walls will shake

Give me a Harmonious Honk
Track Name: How The Story Goes
I pay all your taxes
And do it on time
I wash all your dishes
You know the expensive kind
That’s how the story goes

I hear all the lessons
You straighten the bends
By the end of the message
I start to lean again
That’s how the story goes

And I bring my own
And I hold it out
It’s at least some thing

I’m afraid of the motives
Afraid of the plan
Afraid of the animals
Who yearn to be a man
That’s how the story goes

It’s feast for the children
And coffee for dads
All the mothers are working
Their pedals full of lead
That’s how the story goes
Track Name: Rocking Chair
I wandered into ashes
I fell among the droughts
The vultures are watching out
Studying my doubts
The slow and steady dirge
Has raised up a Cain
And all of the actions are
Sweating in vain

And there in the deep dark part
Behind all the things you sought
Well it makes no difference how
You got to believe

I was a contender
I was too brave
Stepped out in traffic
But I didn’t shout a thing
We’re all just waiting here
Here for something good
The winds of the big black clouds
Moving out for good

And where all the days start out
Before anything grows wild
It makes no difference how
You want to believe
Track Name: Here's A Love Song
I'm just a chump
Who can’t do right
I spend her money
Things get tight
I know that face
When I’ve done wrong
Then my heart starts beating
My heart start beating along

I’m no romantic
Or a sugar-y type
You think I’d learn
Something of the kind
Too many times
I’ve done us wrong
Then my heart starts beating
My heart start beating along

I wake you up in the middle of night
I smell like smoke all of the time
I keep on swearing I’ll prove them wrong
And it’ll pay off in the long run

And all the best things
Just add up to you

Here is a love song
I'll make it clear
With a love song
For my dear

So many days
I’ve wasted on
Pursuit of happiness
Strings me along
Look in the mirror
My youth has gone
Then my heart starts beating
My heart start beating along

I wake you up in the middle of night
I’m always chasing my next fight.
I’m always out playing all night long
It’s like Beth is your theme song

And I’ll keep on swearing I’ll prove them wrong
Track Name: 4th Of July Buzz
Take me down to Graceland
Take me down to New Orleans
So I can find a getaway from all of my traces
Take me down to Memphis
I wanna make a little record there
At Sun with all my friends
With no resistance

I never needed anybody’s help
They never could hear the arrangement
And when this method leaves me
Dead nowhere
How will I ever replace it
I can’t face it

I just met my Uncle Keith today
Took me 38 years to do
But I guess it’s all a part of being patient
I had a time with the folks out there
They never cease to amaze me
If you need a shirt of your back
There’d be no hesitation

I’ve earned a crown somewhere in this life
They could never erase that
And when this feeling leave me
Dead nowhere
How will I ever replace it
I can’t face it
Track Name: The Elephant Stomp
I keep on losing your love
Losing your love
Losing your love
Losing your love
Baby

I should’ve waited for the love to grow someday

I seen your big top
Lights down
Oh the love
Hot times
Should have known
Should have cared
Should’ve waited
Should’ve known

I keep on losing your love
Losing your love
Losing your love
Losing your love
Baby

Should have waited for the love the nights are gone

I keep on taking here
Hollywood
Hollywood
Lift a note
Shoulda been better
Shoulda done better
Shoulda listened
Mothers bed

I keep on losing your love
Losing your love
Losing your love
Losing your love
Baby

I shoulda waited for the night I let you come
Track Name: Cry Wolf
You keep on talking crazy
You try to make things right
And put the nails in coffins
So your head don’t get too bright

And why the moment that I walk in
And I don’t even want it to begin

Too many times
Oh we’ve lied
Oh we’ve lied too many times

You’re making all these changes
No time to treat us nice
Listen at the way you’re talking
So precious of the pride

And why the moment that you walk in
I don’t even want you to begin
Too many times
Oh we’ve lied
Oh we’ve lied too many times
And there’s nothing much here
Cause neither of us try it to admit
Locked in eyes
Track Name: Marco Polo
Big, Big World.