LOST IN THE CITY

by Spottiswoode & His Enemies

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Spottiswoode & His Enemies’ LOST IN THE CITY is the seventh recorded adventure for a band of seven who, despite all adversity, never quit.
They've already done their rock set, their gospel confession, their Mediterranean odyssey, their Americana song cycle, their war allegory and their gentle pastoral collection. 

With LOST IN THE CITY, the Independent Music Award Winners offer a tribute to resilience, served up New York style: a giddy brew of jazz, chanson, rock, blues and minimalism.

Stories of love and death in the Big Apple are peppered with self-portraits, landscapes and occasional snippets of advice. Spottiswoode’s lyrics capture the inner voices of a myriad of New Yorkers on any given day: by turns self-mocking, tormented, swaggering, introspective and elegiac.
Is this a farewell? If so, to what? Youth? His Enemies? Or the city itself?

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released November 27, 2018

Spottiswoode: Lead Vocals, Electric & Classical Guitar, Harmonica
John Young: Double Bass & Electric Bass
Tim Vaill: Drums
Candace DeBartolo: Tenor Saxophone, Backing Vocals, Guiro
Kevin Cordt: Trumpet, Backing Vocals
Riley McMahon: Guitars, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Tony Lauria: Piano, Hammond C3, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Backing Vocals

Special Guests
Alexis England & Martha Redbone: Backing Vocals (1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 14)
Antoine Silverman: First Violin (1, 4, 14, 18)
Entcho Todorov: Second Violin (1, 4, 14, 18)
Chris Cardona: Viola (1, 4, 14, 18)
Mariko Wyrick: Cello (1, 4, 14, 18)
Sara Jacovino: Trombone (2, 3, 5, 13)
Wayne Batchelor: Double Bass (2)

Arrangements
Antoine Silverman: Strings (1, 4)
Riley McMahon: Strings (14, 18)
Tom Watson: Horns (3)
All other arrangements by the band.

Produced by Riley McMahon

Basic tracks recorded by John Davis at the Bunker Studio, Brooklyn NY
Additional tracks recorded by Riley McMahon at New Warsaw Studio, Brooklyn NY
Mixed by Riley McMahon at New Warsaw Studio, Brooklyn NY
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Kevorkian Mastering, New York NY
Cover artwork by Kim Reinhardt
Graphics by Tomas Jonsson
Photography by Brian Geltner

All songs © Spottiswoode, J SPOT Music ASCAP
All songs published by J SPOT Music, Black6String Music, Cordt Publishing, Klingle Valley Music, Liberawnchy Music, Vimtail Music, Vinnie’s Hot House Pub ASCAP
Additional Publisher for “Still Small Voice Inside”: SuperPitch

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Track Name: Hoboken
Saturday afternoon
Nothing to do
But read
August has come around
Everyone’s out of town
But me

Gonna walk to the river through an empty town
Gonna get to the river as the sun go down
Gonna stare across the river to the other side

I came here long ago
Put on my little show
I’ve done okay
Tried it like all the rest
Not quite what I dreamed, I guess
But I’ve done okay

Gonna walk to the river through an empty town
Gonna get to the river as the sun go down
Gonna stare across the river to the other side

“What do you see on the other side?”
It’s not heaven
“What do you see on the other side?”
No, it’s not heaven
It’s just Hoboken

Yeah

Gonna walk to the river through an empty town
Gonna get to the river as the sun go down
Gonna stare across the river to the other side
To the other side
To the other side
Track Name: Lost In The City
The streets are crowded and the buildings are so tall
She takes my hand and she leads me to the sea
We catch a bus
We're lost in the city

The sea is dirty and the sand is almost black
Soldiers laughing from the balconies
They point their guns
We're lost in the city

Floating through the night on the carnival
Silver moon our only currency
Quench my thirsty soul in the trembling city

At dawn she takes me to the cemetery
She paints twelve angels on my face and hands
Then we make love and we're
Lost in heaven
Lost in heaven
Track Name: Love Saxophone
I love you, baby, you know I do
I'm brimmin' with love, too much for you
I wanna spread my joy across the world
Spill my seed on an amateur

Gonna smoke some dope, gonna drink some booze
Pick up girls and boys on the avenues
Gonna leave them drippin' in the sack
Hit the road with Kerouac

Gonna pray till I'm stoned
Gonna lie down with my love saxophone

Gonna dig some Monk, gonna play some Bird
Hang on out with Allen Ginsberg
John Coltrane's gonna blow some brass
Jasper Johns' gonna kiss his ass

Gonna pray till I'm stoned
Gonna lie down with my love saxophone

Is too much love a sin?

Tenor, alto and baritone
Any kind of saxophone
Well, it don't take too much mesclun
To see it's masculine and it's feminine

Let me hear you scream, let me hear you squawk
When I put that friction on your cork
Let me tinkle with your ovaries
Fellatio between my knees

Gonna pray till I'm stoned
Gonna lie down with my love saxophone

I love you, baby, you know I do
I'm brimmin' with love, too much for you
Track Name: The Walk Of Shame
The walk of shame
You’ve made the hall of fame again
Your picture has been framed again
Along the walk of shame

No you won’t learn
Your better angels have been spurned again
Their dresses torched and burned again
The rain has doused the flames

The streets are lined with last night’s broken bottles
You stagger home, a soldier from the battle
Cattle to the slaughter

When will it end
This journey through the dark, my friend?
You’re lonely and you can’t pretend
You’re pretty any more

It’s six o’clock, the night was so delicious
But now a puddle is a mirror for Narcissus
Better hurry, that’s a Walk sign

No, don’t look back
Don’t give yourself a heart attack
The dawn is leaking in through all the cracks
It needs someone to blame

So hurry home
Hole up behind your stone again
Air-conditioned and alone again
While they’re polishing your name
Along the walk of shame
Track Name: Because I Made You
You think you know it all
You’re all grown up, you used to be small
Now you’re tall
You‘re gonna fall

You better listen to me
The apple never falls very far from the tree
You think you’re free
Wait and see

I love you
I don’t hate you
No, I love you
Because I made you

I let you play in the garden
You never said thank you or even beg your pardon
You got a hard on
I know what you are

And now you’re ready for the world
You look like a woman but you’re still a little girl
Wait your turn
I’m still driving this car

I love you
I don’t hate you
No, I love you
Because I made you

I did it all for you
So you better do what I tell you to do

Because I made you
Track Name: Goodbye Jim McBride
The sun shines through the trees
The guests have all arrived
The priest comes in and now the funeral begins
For dear old Jim McBride

His mother says a prayer
"Lord, take him in your hands"
Then Jimmy’s wife tells a story from dear Jimmy's life
And the congregation stands

And everybody sings a song
And the children all sing along
Goodbye, Jim McBride
Goodbye, Jim McBride

Gerry buys a round
"Let's drink to our old friend
He's gone away but we'll surely join him one day
On that we can depend"

And everybody sings a song
And the children all sing along
Goodbye, Jim McBride
Goodbye, Jim McBride
Track Name: It's On Me
The way you feel it’s on me
The pain is real and it’s on me
If you never heal it’s on me
It’s all on me

The tears you’re crying they’re on me
All that lying it’s on me
Your wasted time it’s on me
It’s all on me

Don’t ask for a reason, I beg you
‘Cos I got a feeling it’s not gonna help you
I’m a bad boy, I’m a bad boy
I’m a bad bad bad bad boy

Your empty home it’s on me
Yeah you’re alone now and it’s on me
That mess in the kitchen it’s on me
It’s all on me

Not asking forgiveness ‘cos it’s on me
God is my witness it’s on me
This whole wretched business it’s on me
It’s all on me

Don’t ask for a reason, I beg you
‘Cos I got a feeling it’s not gonna help you
I’m a bad boy, I’m a bad boy
I’m a bad bad bad bad boy

Don’t blame her
It’s on me
No don’t blame her
It’s on me
It’s all on me
Track Name: Batman & Robin
Well, the kids are on the back seat
They spilled their sodas on the floor
They're curled up close together
They were fighting just before
And you promised her on Friday
That you'd get them back by ten
She was dressed up for a party
You loved her once again
And you drive across the Chesapeake
With a cowboy and his squaw
She'll have them back to school on Monday
They don't need you any more
You got them taffy on the boardwalk
Quarters for the arcade
Batman and Robin
On a weekend holiday

Batman's got a secret watch
A different message every hour
Robin wears a necklace
Which gives her special powers
And they'll defend you from the jellyfish
They'll defend you from the sharks
But you gotta bring a flashlight
‘Cos they're frightened of the dark
They'll defend you from unhappiness
If you say the magic words
They'll defend you from your enemies
And they'll take no prisoners
You got them fast food on the freeway
But now it's getting late
For Batman and Robin
And their weekend holiday
Batman and Robin
On a weekend holiday
Track Name: Now Didn't I?
Well I heard my baby, yes I heard my baby on the radio
And I miss my baby and I curse the day I ever let her go
She sang so sweetly yes she sang so sweetly, nearly made me cry
Well I hurt my baby so I lost my baby now didn’t I?

Well I watched my baby, yes I watched my baby give an interview
And she looked so pretty it was such a silly foolish thing to do
Then they showed her picture yes they showed her picture with another guy
Well I hurt my baby so I lost my baby now didn’t I?

Didn’t I take her for granted?
Didn’t I take her for a ride?
Didn’t I do just what I wanted
Till the love inside her died?
Didn’t I neglect her, disrespect her and affect her confidence?
All she had to do was collect the evidence

Well I begged my baby yes I begged my baby “come on back to me”
She said “I’m sorry honey, go spend your money in the duty free”
I said “it’s not over,” she said “yes it’s over here’s a kiss goodbye”
Well I hurt my baby so I lost my baby now didn’t I?
Yes I hurt my baby so I lost my baby now didn’t I?
Yes I hurt my baby so I lost my baby now didn’t I?
Track Name: Tears Of Joy
Just to feel her smile at me
I would pay with tears
Just to know she's wanting me
I would pay with tears
I wouldn’t pay with money
I would pay with tears

Just to kiss her poisoned lips
I would pay with tears
To slip the clip from her honey hair
I would pay with tears
I wouldn’t pay with money
I would pay with tears

Tears of joy

Just to lie on her lily breast
I would pay with tears
To tear away her harlot's dress
I would pay with tears
I wouldn’t pay with money
I would pay with tears

Tears of joy
Track Name: Dirty Spoon
Without her I just shuffle around
I walk about naked in the middle of the afternoon
I never do the dishes and I eat from a dirty spoon
I eat from a dirty spoon

Without her I just wait for the phone
I tell my friends to call me, they all wanna leave me alone
I order in take-out, never see the daylight in June
And I eat from a dirty spoon

I eat from a dirty spoon
I eat from a dirty spoon
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
I eat from a dirty spoon

Without her I’m a dog on the lam
A social embarrassment in desperate need of a comb
A rusticated werewolf howling at the honeydew moon
Howling at the honeydew moon

I eat from a dirty spoon
I eat from a dirty spoon
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
I eat from a dirty spoon
Track Name: Still Small Voice Inside
Hello good morning, what’s your problem today?
The rain is falling, the city’s calling you away
When all your dizzy dreams have died
Listen to the still small voice inside

The boss just told you all your efforts were in vain
Time to make a phone call as you wait forever for the train
Well here’s some wisdom for the ride
Listen to the still small voice inside

Let it sing sing sing sing sing sing sing sing sing
Let it sing sing sing sing sing sing sing sing sing

When the world is screaming
And your tears won’t hide
Listen to the still small voice inside

Hello good evening, did you accomplish what you planned?
Don’t you know the feeling, too much supply no demand?
Yeah it’s a drag, at least your tried
Now listen to the still small voice inside

Let it sing sing sing sing sing sing sing sing sing
Let it sing sing sing sing sing sing sing sing sing
Let it sing
Track Name: Cry Baby
Cry baby
Cry baby
Cry baby

Old lady
Old lady
Cry baby

Though all your comfort disappears
The doctor smiles, your daddy cheers
Welcome to this vale of tears
And cry
Baby

Your little face looks so forlorn
You wept as soon as you were born
They celebrate and yet you mourn
Just cry
Baby
Cry baby
Track Name: Sunset
Golden sky
Gentle breeze
City lights
Gleaming

Busy day
Crowded and blue
Subway train
Carries you

Below the city
Beneath the river
You are rolling
Dream away the day
Dream away
Dream
Dream
Track Name: Going Home For Christmas
Little mama's boy in boarding school
All the other boys they treat him cruel
Got skinny tears climbing up his nose
But he's gonna see his mama ‘cos he's
Going home for Christmas

Pretty girl with a big black eye
She's fallen in love with the wrong kind of guy
But big ol' daddy's gonna make her warm
He's so happy ‘cos she's
Going home for Christmas

Lonesome man with a city job
Made a big mistake when he kissed his boss
‘Cos the money's good but now she's in love
One more month then he's
Going home for Christmas

Weary traveler, he's seen so much
His eyes are bleary, he's lost his touch
Just wandering around this crazy world
He's gonna shave his beard, then he's
Going home for Christmas

Well, I left that school and I hit that girl
And I quit that job and I went around the world
And I miss my mama and I miss my dad
And I'm so glad ‘cos I'm
Going home for Christmas
I'm going home for Christmas
Track Name: You'll See
You’ll see, you’ll see
It’s gonna be fine, it’s gonna be fone
You’ll see, you’ll see
It just takes time, only time

I know that you’re hurting, you’re nursing the wound that you feel
It’s not gonna kill ya, I tell ya you’re soon gonna heal
You’ll see

Bad luck, bad luck
That’s what it was, that’s what it was
Don’t give up, don’t give up
Just because

Because it’s a beautiful thing to be free and alive
Let go of your fear I guarantee you’re gonna be surprised
You’ll see

Just open up your heart and don’t forget to breathe
Just open up your heart and don’t forget to breathe

You’ve made your confession, you’ve learned a new lesson it’s true
There’s no need to hurry, I’m not gonna worry for you, you’ll pull through
You’ll see
You’ll see
You’ll see
You’ll see

Just open up your heart and don’t forget to breathe
Track Name: I Don't Regret
I don’t regret
My foolish loves
Those blessed nights
With the daughters of God

You’re a better man than I
I mean it when I say
You should be proud of your children
And your righteous ways

But I don’t regret
All those hearts I stole
Each was returned
Each touched my soul

And I can’t walk with you
Along the path to Jesus
I’m happy in my reverie
I’m sorry that he bleeds for us

The angels in their limousines
The drugs we took on Halloween
The films we saw, the books we read
By tragic sinners long since dead
The freak shows and the symphonies
The carnival epiphanies
Perhaps you think these memories are worth less than a damn?
But they’re everything I am
And I don’t regret
I don’t regret

No I don’t regret
My sordid life
It’s been a miracle
And I saw the Light
I saw Light

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