Half Lonely

by Seth Boyer

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Dork This album's a shoulder to cry on when things just don't seem right. Thanks, Seth. Favorite track: Maybe You're Right.
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Ryan I'm pretty sure this record was a lot of work, and it really shows. As soon as I pressed play, the production on the first track just completely floored me. Seth makes his already melancholic vocals even more haunting with stereo echo and reverb, and the addition of drum machine style percussion, swelling strings and other synth tones as well as his guitar really adds to the emotional impact this whole album makes. Could not recommend this enough. His best work in a flawless discography. Favorite track: It's Hard To Escape Yourself.
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it's late December and my car won't start in a crowded parking lot at the Southside mall I would call but I don't have the heart or the stomach for something so awfully forward I had hoped the Nissan would take me away would drive me away from demons and debtors demons and debtors demons and debtors dont let the darkness eat you up leave this town before the dead dreams swallow you drink champagne from a solo cup and let the new year bring something, anything else bus up to midtown and find a spot at a right-wing coffee shop where there’s no one i know but the tired staff and the parents of childhood friends i should really get around to calling dont let the darkness eat you up leave this town before the dead dreams swallow you drink champagne from a solo cup and let the new year bring something, anything else
2.
always there at the wrong time and steppin on toes got your habits, i got mine and everyone knows what we mean when we’re talkin about our aversion to everyone else and she said it’s not fair to all the friends you left behind (and maybe you’re right) you were biting but quite kind and your frame a little slight you got a darkness i don’t mind but i never warmed to light and i’d make a fool of myself at all your roommates’ parties but each time i would pass out you’d tuck me in on your couch (so maybe your great) i said nothin is the point it’s the thing that matters most to me (but maybe you’re right) always there at the wrong time got your habits i got mine (but maybe you’re right) (maybe you’re right)
3.
you light up my fire escape each night to catch a breeze, and smoke fills the living room i wont begrudge that little vice not when youve been where you have been and youve seen the things youve seen seen those things so i'll let the lucky strikes slide but you gotta admit this droppin by and throwin shade aint your best look ive nothin left to offer you just empty hearts and dusty shelves nothin to fix the way things were and the way they'll always be the way they'll always be
4.
the sunbaked hills of central california torture our a/c 50 miles south of Redding when you turned and said to me take off! take off ur flannel jacket! it's 99 degrees you let ur feet hang out the window as we barrel down the 5 i played beach boys records, you played NPR til we both got too depressed with news from the real world check into a seedy coast motel when we hit the 101 you said "i told you flyin's faster with your folks up in Oregon" i know! it's not about the speed cuz right here in this car i got everything i need
5.
carried you up ol' Dravus street cuz ur dancin shoes, they werent made for walkin you said to me "it's a tragedy to spend these nights with nothin more than talkin" come with me and i'll lay you down down in sheets of satin just hold on and i'll lay you down safe and warm, far from ol manhattan you never thought someone would come along to take your mind of eastern convolutions but girl im here with all my faults to tend to your so tender constitution stay with me in this old apartment come down from all that molly come inside where the fire's bright and i'll do my best to kill that melancholy you never asked why i came out west musta known i'd never give an honest answer to tell the truth i just came apart in a cavalcade of trivial disasters let's hunt down the very last of those ghosts you've been outrunnin don't you close those tired eyes the city lights at night are so becomin
6.
if you never take your hands outta my back pockets I could die a happy man its a colder March than you are used but youre doin the best you can how do you make that cable knit sweater look like a blood red cocktail dress? and the lipstick you leave on my coffee cups is downright picturesque everything is beautiful when your visions bad as mine so I keep my distance, don't let my hopes get up most of the time so won't you put on that Laura Marling record that makes you feel so damn strong got this bad habits is treating lovers like strangers on a plane but $9 shooters and that kind of distance is getting harder to sustain (chorusx2)
7.
Nothing's changed/I'm still the same The same ol' miserable me so if you're lookin for my opposite you best be looking away I'm sure he seems the kind of guy to dote on every little thing and i can't make you understand that you need more than wedding rings to make you whole, to satisfy to keep you from gettin bored so before you take that leap of faith leave no road unexplored
8.
A New Leaf 05:03
let’s shake down all the trees and find something good to eat take a walk down by the beach feel the sand beneath our feet pick up all the shells we can carry we retire to the square cuz all our neighbors are there i’d play the whole town your song and they all would whistle along to such a simple melody soon we’ll pay the house off why would we ever wanna leave? to think i came here on a train and met you in the pouring rain since i came here all alone you made me feel at home oooooo someday i’ll be the mayor and you will be my queen
9.
Half Lonely 06:05
let me tell you a story how i kill the things i love break them in with heat and pressure like a brand new baseball glove if hurtin’s multiple choice circle all of the above But I’m still half lonely and i can’t take it anymore got a vacancy in this queen sized bed and too many empty drawers do you still half miss me? can’t imagine what for i still think of that august and its horrible rain still remember the days we spent inside and the nights just the same i recall the details but can’t remember your name (chorus) and with every new lover there’s this terrible ache like the heart doesn’t know what it wants but it knows this is fake and my head cant argue for love for love’s sake (chorus)

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released April 25, 2014

words and music by Seth Boyer
instruments and voices by Seth Boyer
mixing and mastering by Seth Boyer
that Seth Boyer guy sure a lot of work
he deserves a beer

album art by the exceptional Tawnie Wetzsteon (tawniewetz.com)

special thanks to: my family, Marian Call, Ben Soileau & Molly Lewis, and Gerygone & Twig.

this record is dedicated to Bev and Frank Neeley who epitomize the good that can exist in people.

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Seth Boyer Seattle, Washington

hi.

my name is seth. i write songs and then play those songs on instruments and computer instruments.

i am from alaska. i live in seattle now.

i travel a lot and play music in bars and concert halls and your basement and your living room and for your dog.

my music has been featured in Welcome to Night Vale, which is a podcast i really like. also on Tiny Cartridge, which is a blog i really like
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