New Mischief

by Dylan Sevey & The Gentlemen

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released April 4, 2015

All songs written by Dylan Sevey, except:
“Halfway To History,” lyrics and music by Dylan Sevey and Matt Lombardi.
“New Mischief,” lyrics by Dylan Sevey, music by Dylan Sevey and David Ponte.
“Lying By The Fire,” lyrics by Dylan Sevey, music by Brendan Moore.
“Bilgewater,” lyrics and music by David Lamb.

All songs arranged by Dylan Sevey and the Gentlemen.

Songs 1, 2, 4-10, 12 © 2013 Shot Messenger Music, BMI.
Song 3 © 2014 Shot Messenger Music, BMI.
Song 11 © 2011 Able Hands To Labor, ASCAP.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Dirt Floor Recording Studio, Chester, CT.
Produced by Eric Michael Lichter.
Engineered and mastered by Steve Wytas.
Co-engineered by Spencer Bowden and Eric Michael Lichter.

Original artwork by Rebecca Volynsky (www.rvolynsky.com).
Album design by Adam Slater (www.adamartisan.com).
Photography by Steve Benoit/Boston Concert Photography and Rick Farrell/Mojo Photography.

Dylan Sevey and the Gentlemen would like to thank:
Our families, Allaire Kirk, Kelly Martin, Molly Hammell, Jackie Lemmon, Mark Bassaly, Steve Benoit, Dave Bouressa, Lisa Callei, Tim Carman, Glenn Chappell, Colby Cotter, Jeremy Curtis, Peter Dante, Brett Davey, Cranston Dean, Mark Depot, Steve Donovan, Brianne and Lauren Ellis, Will Gibson, Ike Gutierrez, Samira Hakki, Ben Johnson, Steve Legare, Skip Leon, Shane Luckenbaugh, Dan MacKnight, James Maple, the McCarthy family, Denis Murray, Kyle Page, Michael Panico, Paul's Pasta, Chris Piquette, John and Kim Ponte, the Rhode Island College music department, Michael Scales, William Schaff, Shawn Schillberg, Riley Schiro, Adam Slater, Jesse Smith, Nat and Joe Sorrentino, MorganEve Swain, Linda Swinburn, Christine and Dana Treglia, Steve Viola, Rebecca Volynsky, Seamus Weeden, Tom Weyman, and Ollie Williams.

“This Will Be The One That Kills Me” is lovingly dedicated to our friend Jesse Butler.
“Bilgewater” is dedicated to David Lamb, whose influence cannot be measured, and whose music and spirit will live on forever.

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Dylan Sevey writes songs. The Gentlemen - David Ponte on lead guitar, Brendan Moore on keyboards, Steve Ellis on bass guitar, and Keaton Albro on drums - make them sound good.

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Track Name: The One You Love
Lookin', lookin' up
Trying not to worry 'bout the setting sun
Shadows are casting large
Leaving me to doubt there's anyone in charge
Of making sure no one gets lost tonight
I might as well just run right out of sight
But the whole world will call your bluff
When everybody's crazy 'bout the one you love

A nation of shiny things
Hesitant to let the chimes of freedom ring
I shake 'em so hard 'til they hit the ground
Everybody's wondering, "What's that sound?
It's something I ain't felt or heard before
But I don't like this threatening of my core"
They'll fight it with sweat and blood
When everybody's crazy 'bout the one you love

Father, full of grace
Ever present smile gleaming on his face
But frankly, he's unimpressed
And wondering who the hell is cleaning up this mess
I raised my hand, it shimmered like a prize
But clearly not as much as in his eyes
One might say it's never quite enough
When everybody's crazy 'bout the one you love

Pull up, the coast is clear
Didn't need a single map to get me here
But really, I must confess
I ain't too sure it's possible in happiness
There's enough to drag and keep me down
So I'll be sure to head back into town
You gotta get your fix, gotta get your stuff
Everybody's crazy 'bout the one you love
Track Name: Here Goes Nothing
Can I get away with it?
I'd like to know
I feel it's important to my future
So here I go
So tell me little one, do you like this melody?
Does it make you want to dance, give yourself up to the beat?
I hope that's what it's doing 'cause there's nothing else to it
But it doesn't matter, come on and sing with me!

Da da da da…

Can I get away with it?
I hope I do
But I'm pretty sure I'll feel crooked
And dirty, too
But oh well, whatever!
I'm a committed man
And don't you all want to be a part
Of the master plan?
Maybe it's been done better, I ain't keeping score
But one thing we can agree on is, it's all been done before
Maybe it don't fit me, this whole trying to be witty thing
But if you don't notice, come on and sing with me!

Da da da da…

Can I get away with it?
Time will tell
And I'll understand any anger
If it actually sells
You can cast me out, label me a hypocrite
And make a case that I should just give up right now and quit
But it's just a bit of fun, yeah, it's just a little fun
Don't you want to have some fun? Yeah, let's have a little fun!
Yeah!

Da da da da...
Track Name: This Will Be The One That Kills Me
Could have left this letter at the breaking shore
And watched it float away
Instead, I put it up on the list of things
Not to do today
All the island folk like to make their jokes
‘Bout the coming miracle
They got graveyard smiles for a million miles
That are inconceivable
It’s okay, I don’t mind

I was done like leather in a stiff cold breeze
When I saw your silhouette
But then you stole the flame from me callously
And lit your cigarette
I was not too pleased, but I felt released
From a mystifying chain
And I wish I kept that kick in my step
And the balance in my veins
As it stands, it’s cast aside
And as for you, you’re alright

This will be the one that kills me slowly
Softly and sure
This will be the one that some spend
All their lives waiting for

I woke with a hunger to retaliate
Didn’t think you’d understand
‘Cause spraying the graffiti on the caution sign
Didn’t do just what I planned
So I raced that train in my dying Escape
While the gravel nicked the frame
And I had no doubt there were easy ways out
Where I could protect my name
But I swore this was war
I took on this incredible load
To fall through every floor
I wanted something more

Chorus

I’m getting pretty tired of drawing
With pastel teenaged thoughts and dreams
The people want a wide spread waiting for them
When they visit the museums
So I’ll sculpt some mess of a later success
Where the sights are so serene
But I’ll drop my guard and admit that it’s hard
Not to fear the in betweens
So for now, I’ve got this song
Better make sure it belongs

Chorus x2
Track Name: Halfway To History
And in the corner where the moonlight fails to shine
Your golden skin glows
But when the cracks let in the winds of yesterday
The contempt still shows

And I just keep on thinkin' of dreams without a reason
But my ship is always sinking
And I can't go to sleep when your poison covered words
Are at the bottom of the sink

So when should I expect to see a permanent passion
With the same type of feeling in every third kiss to me
When should I expect to see a change in your fashion?
'Cause I wake up in the morning and I'm halfway to history

And when the summer devils pose as winter angels
You follow them down
So when the snow you packed with truth has all been melted
I fight to not drown

Pre-chorus
Chorus

And if this seems like too much, think of it as a catch up
For all the times I never could say anything at all
And if I'm playing too strong, you know that it's been so long
Since I have felt I could do anything at all

Chorus

And I'm halfway to history
Track Name: New Mischief
Well I ain't had a drop but I'm feeling kinda messed up
Ain't seen a lot but I'm feeling like I've seen too much
And I know I'm self aware but it doesn't mean I'm not true
I ain't playing 'cause I'm really just a natural fool

But I've seen where broken spirits go
When they throw themselves to starving crows
They try to catch the same disease
That the last untainted hero breathes
And I bet you'll want a place to hide
When the medicine man corrupts your pride
You know we've got to get inside
Before the raining clouds of guilt destroy our clothes

Well I'm all revved up, dragged down by hesitation
I am a plague, the creator of my own frustration
And the words sound ugly but the fantasy is so fine
So do I cave, say it's everybody's fault but mine?

I'm only saying I don't know what to say about it
Do you hear what I say?
Don't tell me that there ain't no other way about it
You will surely pay

Chorus

If the answer did lie in a fortune cookie unread
Then I would know that it isn't just all in my head
Like a sense of finality that might not exist if
We didn't mark the beginnings of a new mischief
Track Name: One Of Those Things
You're kissing my neck
It's one of those things I’ve kind of come to expect
That's not to say that I don't like it
It's just right now it's a little less that comforting
Maybe comfort's the only thing we desire
But we search so much for things we only want
When we don't know what we require

I begin to touch
It's one of those things I’ve always dreamt of so much
I know that feeling will never truly disappear
But there's definitely something missing here
And I want to give you what I think you deserve
Between my brain and my fingers
And thoughts that still linger
I don't know if I got the nerves

We lay side by side
It's one of those things I always enviously eyed
If the world came to a crashing halt right now
I could at least shrug and say I tried
I don't believe I've reached my natural end
So if we should have some great kind of reawakening
I just might crawl back again
Track Name: Bordered Faces
I bought the book when someone said
That failure to would make me seem unjust
So I took a marker and circled those
I thought of then in friendship and in lust
It seems the shelf it sits on now
Will soon collapse from the weight of piling dust
'Cause the bordered faces have been replaced
By a group of where I can't place any trust

There's a woman on my mind
Who, up until some point, I never could quite touch
And when the moment came
It seemed so delicate, should have treated it as such
And I thank all those who rescued me
From ignorance, you really came through in the clutch
But the bordered faces upon her walls
Are laughing still, it seems a bit too much

Good things come to those who wait
But when does it all become too late?
Maybe I should sell my soul
And find a home down in a hole
Or maybe I should stick to what I know

When I heard the symphony
I was quick to throw my praise into the ring
In pledging my allegiance to the orchestra
I must have upset the king
'Cause I found myself regretting taking notes
From those who offered everything
When the bordered faces had gained their place
On a narrow road with a knack for suffering

Chorus

There's a horde of different memories
That haunt my dreams on any given night
They taunt me with their tales of desperation
And their broken passion lights
But the bordered faces I confide in
Tell me still it's worth it just to fight
'Cause as they've etched into the stone
"Don't worry babe, it's going to be alright"
Track Name: Lying By The Fire
And it seems like the little boy ain't happy like he used to be
He says, "Don't you know all about what that little girl trying to do to me?
You know she's got me in a hold"

But it seems like the little girl don't really want nothing to do with him
Because she ain't too sure if the battered, bruised look will do good again
And she wants to keep that in control

A meeting under moonlight in clarity's name
And though the trees shook and the cold wind moaned
The fire remained
She said, "I could lie with you forever
And never raise a question if you never raise your hand"
He said, "I could lie to you forever
I think that's a better plan"

And it seems like the little boy ain't happy like he used to be
Yeah, it burns to see that little girl smiling big and living free
Track Name: The Part You Never See
Flash of two summers on a cool spring night
In a den where the kids sculpted magic
Everybody yearns for the other spring's end
Where it's not so endearingly tragic
The self-appointed king sings of stings and Tennessee Joes
He claims to rise above the stumbling path that the other half knows
But his extended hand speaks much more than a smile to me
I wonder how it plans to reach the part you never see
It's like an athlete's mind ravaged with poisonous dread
It's like two teenagers waiting to learn if they're dead

Greasy hair dripping from a false warm shield
On a morning so dreamingly moving
Phonograph fathers in a stone son age
With a theory that hardly needs proving
The hero has a lawn filled with weeds and tricycle wheels
A cavalcade of soul penetrates at the room where he kneels
The message once so real now blends in with predictable trees
It's glory in a race to fade in the part you never see
It's like a lone wolf mother killing the cubs that she bred
It's like two teenagers waiting to learn if they're dead

Seven years running on the cornerstone hope
That the gang wouldn't crumble or falter
Treasure box flooding with miraculous fear
And contempt for the minds never altered
The organizer folds, trips on traps that he used to avoid
He searches for the names of captains passed and the tricks they employed
The smoke and mirror robe is shrouded now in a great irony
It won't be long until he's one with the part you never see
It's like a God in denial draining the waters we tread
It's like two teenagers waiting to learn if they're dead

Violent health measures cut reminders in two
On the day after meeting the outcome
Rally cries ringing from the skeleton claim
That you don't lose, you win some, you doubt some
The señorita dreams of one day feeding the curious minds
Her methods so misplaced would not survive past the Mexico line
So now I'm left concerned about the dandruff that covers my knees
I hope to stare so long to fathom the part you never see
It's like a proud sun child dancing in moonlight instead
It's like two teenagers waiting to learn if they're dead
It's like two teenagers waiting to learn if they're dead
Track Name: You Know What You Mean
I know sometimes it seems like I
Am a little on edge and a little bit paranoid
But I swear that I'm okay
It's just that I get scared sometimes
And I'm never too sure what the world has got in store
So won't you stand by me?

'Cause you know what you mean
Yes, you know what you mean
Yes, you know what you mean to me
I'll never find another girl
Who does half the things you do
Yes, you know what you mean to me

I know sometimes it seems like I
Never quite think through all the words I end up saying
And I guess that might be true
It's just that I get fooled sometimes
Into thinking I better raise my voice for something
So I'll raise it just for you

Chorus x3
Track Name: Bilgewater
It don’t matter if the cold wind blows
I’m gonna wind up working in the thick of it
Sunshine through the rain and snow
There’s an oily brine bilgewater baptism waiting below

That’s just the waves slamming ‘gainst the topsides’ sound
Don’t let the ever rolling motion go and get you down
Don’t let it shake your steady thread cutting hand
Keep stealing ribbons from the steel and giving hell to every halyard you can

In spite of all the wherewithal
To fight it all, I will face it all
In spite of all the wherewithal
To fight it all, I’ll embrace it all

When every day is like a war between the will to go on
And a wish that the world would spiral into the sun
Turn your head toward the storm that’s surely coming along

If the sun was always shining and our load always light
We’d be shaking like a leaf with every God given night
We’d break under the weight of any pressure that was ever applied

Will you be ready when the straw boss calls?
He’s got an ever loving bone to pick with one and all
Don’t let his condescension get you down
Just have the strength to know you’re wrong and when you’re right, the strength to stand your ground

Chorus

When every day is like a war
You find no strength from the usual source
There’s no peace, there’s no rest
Your fortitude is feeling put to the test

When every day is like a war between the will to go on
And a wish that the world would spiral into the sun
Turn your head toward the storm that’s surely coming along

If the sun was always shining and our load always light
We’d be shaking like a leaf with every God given night
We’d break under the weight of any pain that ever came in this life
Track Name: We Can Get Things Right
Ice on the windows, driving down along the highway
Dirt from the back porch ain't gonna get swept out today
But if we could pretend for just one night
I'm sure that we could be invincible
And if we could learn to tame our hunger
Well maybe next time, maybe next time
Maybe next time, we can get things right

Marks on the ceiling where potential used to jump around
Bedsheets below them powerless to help distill the sound
But the shadow dancing in the shade
Fought against the stampede raging on
And if we could only snap out of the weeping truth
Well maybe next time, maybe next time
Maybe next time, we can get things right

If the moon could ever hide it's craters from the world
And look so perfect in that sea of stars
I'd pray to God and say, "You took away the charm"
A hypocrite who doesn't see his scars

‘Cross roads and rivers, evolution has to pay a price
Harsh words lamented, call the cops in, listen to your rights
But I never meant to fuel the fire
And for fourteen years, it's never threatened to go out
And the walls are stained with every ignorant mistake
Well maybe next time, maybe next time
Maybe next time, we can get things right