PRE​-​EXODUS

by Seth Boyer

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PRE-EXODUS chronicles the tying up of emotional loose ends in Alaska.

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released May 29, 2012

Music and lyrics by Seth Boyer
Vocals, guitars, keys, etc. also by Seth Boyer

Producer: Evan Phillips
Recording/mixing engineer: Bennett Hilsgen
Mastering engineer: Calvin Hansen
“Verb” consultant: Derek Heafer
Recorded at Twisted Penguin Productions, Anchorage, AK

Cover photo: Robin Farmer; Centerfold photo: Adam Boyer; Press and promo photography by Sarena Hackenmiller

Special thanks to my parents for tolerating the disparity in our priorities, my little brother for being a sounding board and documentarian of sorts, my acutely dysfunctional psyche for inspiration and my medication for letting me realize it. Also, everyone else I forgot, which - despite this exhaustive list - is probably everybody.

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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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Track Name: Lie To Me
Well you stood there with that stupid grin across your face
and and a scarlet little rose behind your ear
why’d you let the thorns stay in
now they siphon from your skin
little pools of red no bigger than a tear

We tumbled through the trees before the band was done
pushed me up against a willow filled with birds
we were thankful for the song
though we did not sing along
our mouths preoccupied with anything but words

Wake me up, make coffee every morning
keep me sane, and well outside my head
drink with me some whisky by the full moonlight
Lie to me
Say it’ll be alright

I hungered for you ever since that afternoon
if you were there you didn’t make your presence known
I wandered all around
but you did not make a sound
so crestfallen I turned and headed home

The chimney coughed its smoke into the summer air
when I reached the old log cabin for the night
there should’ve been a whole damn choir
as you laid out by the fire
to score the primal glory of that sight

Wake me up, make coffee every morning
keep me sane, and well outside my head
drink with me some whisky by the full moonlight
Lie to me
Say it’ll be alright

My darling dear, my sun and stars, my everything
and other hollow pseudonym
if you could do these things for me i swear to you
i’ll realize your every whim

Wake me up, make coffee every morning
keep me sane, and well outside my head
drink with me some whisky by the full moonlight
Lie to me
Say it’ll be alright
Track Name: Remedies
Just like every other weekday
not too much to do
I need to clear from my head, all this hate ‘til there’s nothin’ left
of what i think of you

Got my friends all here beside me
johnny red and ol granddad
no friends could be much better, i suppose - to tell the truth
well they’re the best I ever had

There’s no need for pity
don’t waste it all on me
You can’t fight what’s comin’
you can’t help, there’s no cure, ‘cept to
polish off the remedy

Floatin’ home past midnight
maybe one too much to drive
no GPS to guide me, just stars but they’re no help
when it’s cloudy every night

Now where to go from here, love
gotta find some peace to hold
been stuck inside this prison for three long winters with no appeal
and no chance for parole

There’s no need for pity
don’t waste it all on me
You can’t fight what’s comin’
you can’t help, there ain’t no cure, ‘cept to
polish off the remedy

So what’s the point in livin’?
If livin’ isn’t free
you’re at the wrong end of the leash and getting choked - the way i see it,
that ain’t no life to me


So thanks for all the pity
oh wow all of it’s for me
You can’t fight what’s comin’
can’t help but to polish off the remedy
Track Name: Hollow
Ain’t no storm comin
it’s already here
ain’t no use running
but I understand the fear

they won't call off
the dogs til dawn
won't relent til yer dead and gone
you could hide inside the barn
but they’ll burn it down

You never were one to
keep your nose clean
but why’d you get that kind of dirty
if you know what I mean

we all seen her there
in that summer dress
her hair in curls
her face a mess
we kept at bay
you did your best
not good enough

when her pa found you
with a bullet for your chest
though she cried out mercy
he wouldn't acquiesce

the shot rang out
with no remorse
took you down
with dreadful force
her pa he screamed
that's what you get
for such intercourse
Track Name: Get To Know The Mystery
Well I been saving
I been saving all the bones that I can find
but no curative arithmetic could make this year anywhere close to kind hind

Nobody’s sayin’
a single word about the things that I have done
but I don’t need the praise of oligarchs
I’m good at lookin’ out for number one

they say it’s all so easy now
if there’s a way then show me how

Cause I can’t find one way to live
and there’s so many ways to die
but don’t worry girl, I’m not about
to give it up tonight
just like everybody else
I won’t be here for too long
and I’m sure I’ll be forgotten when I’m gone

No use in staying
when everyone I loved has all but up and gone
the nadir of self-esteem it seems
comes fast and ‘fore you know it you’re withdrawn

But I ain’t saying
I’ll look back fondly on my time interned - I won’t
I’ll just take stock of what I learned, say goodbye,
and well, I guess that’s all she wrote

And it’ll all be easy now
no one could ever show me how
well it’s not such a Pyrrhic Victory
I’ll get to know the mystery myself

Cause I can’t find one way to live
and there’s so many ways to die
but don’t worry girl, I’m not about
to give it up tonight
just like everybody else
I won’t be here for too long
and I’m sure I’ll be forgotten when I’m gone
and I’m sure I’ll be forgotten when I’m gone
Track Name: Woods
So is anybody out here
but you and all your friends
“No” you whisper in my ear
as if it was some kind of secret

You seem convinced that I am
losing my mind
but I don’t argue that point
‘cause you’re right this time

Let’s not mince words
skip the charades
I can say without a doubt
that our welcome’s overstayed

The several acres of these old
and tattered woods
don’t help forget the days and what we
misunderstood

But where the setting fails
intoxicants succeed
it’s not addiction
just deep insatiable need

We can’t just leave it all behind
let the nightmares overrun
another day in hell on earth
just as sure as the sun
will rise
Track Name: Already Gone
Every winter I melt into paraffin skies
to beat the boredom, escape the ennui in your eyes
If I could help it, I’d stay in your arms
stop second guessing the goal of your charms
If I could, then I would
But I’m already gone

Such demon clockwork, the spring brings me back to your door
like sirens calling some eager young sailors to shore
and it’s not healthy, this call and response
but i’ll still give you whatever you want
i may be here but my mind,
it’s already gone

We’re tearin’ apart all that remains
but don’t let it get you down

I’m losing patience and soon I’ll be getting the itch
Love isn’t falling, it’s digging one hell of a ditch
Put down your shovel, I’m tired of this
can’t build a future inside an abyss
Well, you can stay if you want
I’m already gone