X​-​ING

by Bret Mosley

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Genre-dodger Bret Mosley follows up his critically-acclaimed debut Light & Blood with a soulful, funky, bluesy roots offering…something like Motown meets O Brother, Where Art Thou? X-ING showcases his power & intensity as an interpreter of song as well as the penchant for emotional and spiritual depth found in his own folk-meets-funk/roots Americana-meets-soul compositions.

In the age of mp3 single track downloads, X-ING was put together with particular attention given to album flow. Produced between tours 2011-2013 in Charleston, SC at Awendaw Green and Plowground Productions, the effort features four re-imagined covers and two originals. The record was mixed and mastered at Innsbruck Studios in NYC by Roman Klun (Sarah McLachlan, Joan Osborne, Spin Doctors).

The songs are stripped down to Mosley's "one-man power duo" instrumentation: dobro, stompboard and vocals. Known for his unlikely "uncovers” such as Bowie's "Modern Love" and Prince's "I Would Die 4 U", Mosley also weighs in with strong originals “Lawrence, KS” (recorded unplugged with one mic in one take) and “Hope” - a spirited, sanguine ode born of gratitude toward fans, friends and family.

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released October 29, 2013

Tracks 1-3, 5-6 Recorded by Nat Mundy & Mikey Costanzo at Awendaw Green

Track 4 Recorded by Jim Donnelly Plowground Productions

Mixed & Mastered by Roman Klun at Innsbruck Studios, NYC

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Bret Mosley Brooklyn, New York

Rarely could an artist be said to transcend, yet include, the most raw and real elements of blues, roots rock, soul & funk. Nevertheless—with bone-deep authenticity—that’s exactly what Bret Mosley does, wrestling deftly with longing, belonging & world-weariness...on the way home to hope & grace. Bret has shared the stage with George Porter, Jr., Trombone Shorty & Jackie Greene - to name a few. ... more

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Track Name: Irrelevant
There's only one light on in the house
And that's the light up in the hall
And it's shining on the back of my head
And I'm concentrating hard on the cigarette
To the ashtray from the ashtray back to my lips
So I lean up from my easy chair
I rub my three-day beard
And give that thousand yard stare
As I recall all the time and money we spent
Before I became irrelevant
So the straw dog threw rock salt
And the precious girl took a bow and walked
As I ran my finger over the screen door
Yeah every kiss has reeked on betrayal
Since my heroine jumped the guardrail
And decided who she wanted to be once more
Now every night I'm paralyzed
By the fear of rope burns and morning light
And the smell of wet cement
Since I became irrelevant
Now memory is just a flash flood
A thick and black sticky mud
And heartache it's like a breaking bone
It was always twelve hours on a missionary line
You think I would've spared some time
But I didn't I never went home
Now it occurs to me like blinds undrawn
Or a bullet from a shotgun
That she knew long ago what it meant
To feel irrelevant
Now I'm always smilin' cryin'
And hidin' my intent
Since I became irrelevant
Track Name: Poke
Poke at my Iris, why can't I cry about this?
Maybe there is something that you know that I don't?
We adopt a brand new language
Communicate through pursed lips
And you try not to put on any sexy clothes or graces

I might never catch a mouse and present it in my mouth
To make you feel you're with someone
Who deserves to be with you
But there's one thing we've got going
And it's the only thing worth knowing
It's got lots to do with magnets and the pull of the moon

Why won't our love keel over as it chokes on a bone?
We can mourn its passing and then bury it in snow
Or should we kick its cunt in and watch as it dies from bleeding?
If you don't want to be with me just say and I will go

We can change our partners, this is a progressive dance
But remember it was me who dragged you up to the sweaty floor
Well, this has been a real
I've got shin splints and a stitch from weed
But like a drunken night, it's the best bits that are colored in

Should look through some old photos
I adored you in every one of those
If someone took a picture of us now they'd need to be told
That we had ever clung on tight and maybe not with arms at night
I'd say she was his sister but she doesn't have his nose

And now we're unrelated and rid of all the shit we hated
But I hate when I feel like this and I never hated you
Track Name: I Would Die 4 U
Im not a woman
Im not a man
I am something that you'll never understand

Ill never beat u
Ill never lie
And if you're evil I'll forgive u by and by

U - I would die 4 u, yeah
Darling if u want me 2
U - I would die 4 u

Im not your lover
Im not your friend
I am something that you'll never comprehend

No need 2 worry
No need 2 cry
Im your messiah and you're the reason why

Cuz u - I would die 4 u, yeah
Darling if u want me 2
U - I would die 4 u

Youre just a sinner I am told
Be your fire when you're cold
Make u happy when you're sad
Make u good when u are bad

Im not a human
I am a dove
Im your conscious
I am love
All I really need is 2 know that
U believe

Yeah, I would die 4 u, yeah
Darling if u want me 2
U - I would die 4 u

Yeah, say one more time

U - I would die 4 u
Darling if u want me 2
U - I would die 4 u
2 3 4 u

I would die 4 u
I would die 4 u
U - I would die 4 u
U - I would die 4 u
Track Name: Lawrence, KS
What time is love?
What a fine question
I wish I had known
It came right before me

Hey Toto, I've a feeling
As much as I'd hoped to
I do not belong here
Where I wanna be

Came 10,000 miles
Through bridges and breakdowns
Came this way high
On fumes and on hope

Land sakes alive
What an oasis
I had hoped to be welcome
Good god, throw me a rope

CHORUS:
I cannot compel
I cannot compete
I cannot begin to tell you
How Lawrence cannot feel it

I came alone
I came open
Truly beautiful
People solid and clear

Have not a word for me
Have not a look
The sound of my soul
They're not having it here

A nod here, a nod there
Along the way
If I’ve ever had a crowd stand
More than one man deep

By the way - thank you, Adam
If I've offered anything
It's thanks it's been goodly
The company I keep

CHORUS:
I cannot compel
I cannot compete
I cannot believe this Hell
And Lawrence cannot feel it

The one and only time
To clean out a room
Just showing up as
Who i am here

Opened my mouth
They all turned and scattered
Nothing doing
They disappeared

I wish I could
But I can no longer cast pearls
Without so much
As a pork chop in pay

Left my guitar
On the floor in the bar
Crawled in the car
Just drove away

CHORUS:
I cannot compel
I cannot compete
I cannot begin to tell you
How Lawrence cannot feel it
I cannot compel
I cannot compete
I cannot begin to tell you
How Lawrence cannot feel it
Track Name: Modern Love
I catch the paper boy
But things don't really change
I'm standing in the wind
But I never wave bye bye
But I try, I try

There's no sign of life
It's just the power to charm
I'm lyin' in the rain
But I never wave bye bye
But I try, I try

Never gonna fall for
Modern love, walks beside me
Modern love, walks on by
Modern love, gets me to
The church on time

Church on time, terrifies me
Church on time, makes me party
Church on time, puts my trust
In God and man

God and man, no confessions
God and man, no religion
God and man, don't believe
In modern love

It's not really work
It's just the power to charm
I'm still standing in the wind
But I never wave bye bye
But I try, I try

Never gonna fall for
Modern love, walks beside me
Modern love, walks on by
Modern love, gets me to
The church on time

Church on time, terrifies me
Church on time, makes me party
Church on time, puts my trust
In God and man

God and man, no confessions
God and man, no religion
God and man, don't believe
In modern love

Modern love, walks beside me
Modern love, walks on by
Modern love, gets me to
The church on time

Church on time, terrifies me
Church on time, makes me party
Church on time, puts my trust
In God and man

God and man, no confessions
God and man, no religion
God and man, I don't believe
In modern love

Modern love, modern love, modern love
Modern love, modern love, modern love
Modern love, modern love, modern love
Modern love, modern love, modern love

Modern love, walks beside me
(Modern love)
Modern love, walks on by
(Modern love)
Modern love, walks beside me
(Modern love)

Modern love, walks on by
(Modern love)
Never gonna fall for modern love
(Modern love)
Track Name: Hope
It takes a day or so to slake the road off of my shoulders
I had a dream my daddy finally killed that snake
To find my legs I long to land along the water
The week the rifleman gives away his only daughter

And there is Hope – sky above
And there is Faith in the ground beneath my feet
And there is Grace in the water of the river
Luckily all three always wanna be with me

The shitty side of clarity is that when it shines
Some will huddle round a god and try to make him dumb it down
But it’s a three, a five and a spiral
The territory’s actually the map as it turns out

And there is Hope – when all else is flailing
And there is Faith – what is certain in your heart
And there is Grace – as if you didn’t know
It’s the point house…quiet peace of heaven on the Stono

The world is made of naught but food and playthings, really
Let us sing and dance and laugh until the lights all go down
Peace in my mind. My heart on fire.
My belly as dry as a bone, hear my now

Like those Georgia boys I know named after God’s love
Who have given me more blessings – lawd where do I begin?
The light and the welcome that, simply said, is always there
When there’s no way out find a way further in

And there is Hope – and Hope goes on and on
And there is Faith – she’s the redhead at the bar
And there is Grace – I remember soft, sweet and strong
Golden-holed. The tender moment. Longing

BRIDGE I:
Puzzle pieces raining into place like there’s a reason
Be in Love. Go in Love.
Let the sparks fly, but don’t the let smoke out.
Go with whatcha got – it’s more than enough

Throw a ten-spot in the swear jar
No longer waiting on the past – I gotta say
Got to work tonight and found y’all here in this living room
Shuckin’. Jivin’. Fuckin’ thrivin’.

Born at dawn in the desert on the day of the winner
I get burned, therefore I exist
Moved on to let the gettin’ better happen on it’s own
I finally feel indigenous in the face of all this

And I feel Faith in the Leavers
And I feel Hope up close
And I feel Grace breathing me
Like lovers at a dead run – it’s all you need to know

BRIDGE II:
To have loved well and to have been well loved
Let us start from scratch unless ya wanna start from sniff
Candle burning at both ends, how ya gonna put it down
In your fucked up perfection, you will figure it out, now…

I would not be surprised to see Jacob, Ben or Hurley
Stroll up to me and say, “Hey, Bret do you know what time is it?”
If you have sight and lungs and tongues and bite and teeth
Yell and tell me now whatcha see from where you sit

Cuz I see Hope – looking up
And I feel Faith – confidelis
And I know Grace – anusara
And I know for sho no one could ever earn all this

My whole life happens all at once in every single moment
Scatter my home hither and yon and find
The tribe. The truth. Utterly unthinkable.
Don’t change a thing. Just leave the farm behind.

And there is Hope – pushing the pedals
And there is Faith – whe bids me welcome
And there is Grace – she is my history
The tide might allow me to come to know just what I need

Hope – when you hunt it down
Faith – cast your line
Grace – gather it up
It is the time

The time of Hope.
The time of Faith.
The time of Grace.

It is the time