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X​-​ING

by Bret Mosley

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1.
Irrelevant 05:07
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
2.
Poke 04:26
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
3.
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
4.
Lawrence, KS 06:57
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
5.
Modern Love 03:53
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)
6.
Hope 05:41
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

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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 Melbourne, Australia

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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