Avenue

by The Judith Lights

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1.
Hairpin 03:25
the day starts promptly at six am into the blunt argument of the morning three o' clock and everything goes dark nothing skips a beat, not even my heart i fall apart the fragile space i'd spend time with god if he'd only stay the microscope i’m under has me pinned in between two plexiglass panes i should take a walk around the block claustrophobic air breathing shock my failing start head first down the stairs i’d pledge to you my heart if you’d only care my faith and my soul it was all there that was a long time ago i’ve said it before, i’ll say it again, i’m growing old the day starts promptly at 6 am into the blunt argument of the morning three o’clock and everything falls dark nothing skips a beat, not even my heart i fall apart the fragile space i’d spend time with god if she’d only stay
2.
I Don't Know 02:53
you promised something good what was it, do you remember? do you still think of me every night we’re untogether? you in your other world backstage lines, pursuit of pleasure me, i was your baby girl now i can’t seem to hold your attention you say your love wanes and waxes desire that falls and reattaches yesterday, it was me and you the world belonged to only us two time has passed, once again i don’t know when i’ll see you again your letters sound so fine you could stay on tour forever the thames, the seine, the rhine a perfect moon above each river while i wander alone springtime comes i count the flowers you were my hayfever careless love runs in the water you say your love wanes and waxes desire that falls and reattaches yesterday you told me i was yours eternally now that i’m out of sight i don’t know whose bed you’re in tonight ones and twos and threes and fours you kiss me and you’re out the door ones and twos and threes and fours i kiss you and you’re out the door
3.
Cowboy Song 03:37
a walk with melissa jeanne she knew just what it took to push me hard on the schoolyard swing hard enough for around the world i loved her like a sister brother the girl that she was then made the rest pale in comparison speed the day the world will make you pay heaven lights the way the girl will break away a drink for melissa jeanne the clink of ice ran through the threat of being late of being rejected by you i loved her like a father mother the boy that she was then made the rest pale in comparison speed the day the world will make you pay heaven lights the way the girl will break away i don’t regret a single thing i don’t regret a single word i said that walk with melissa jeanne the memory i replay she pushed me hard on the schoolyard swing hard enough for around the world i loved her like a friend and other the girl that she was then made the rest pale in comparison
4.
Simon 02:36
a flash and they’re outside quick run before bedtime to find the space simon the ufo and goblin and then you see me go and then you see we go an excuse and an exit a few roads down the old kick change slow sky hide behind your third eye a line above the night one phone call away from getting high we know that you’re out there but we made a mistake there spent an hour in the cold now we’re shaking so and then you see he go and then you see she go it’s simple space simon now you’ve got a problem and then you see me go and then you see we go it’s simple space simon you’ve really got a problem now change slow sky hide behind your third eye a line above the night one phone call away from getting high hiding behind the locked door we know simon’s in there we can try to break in or try to stop obsessing
5.
Fabric 03:30
yes daddy, he’s perfectly normal yes daddy, he’s perfectly fine his father yes, his father taught him to be strong taught him to be cold when he was was just a boy getting dressed up for his mother’s funeral his poor mom she is gone now was young and beautiful she was beautiful ever since ever since then he never changed, he stayed just the same it’s crazy to believe that what you teach might never leave it’s crazy to think that all we are is what we dream yes mommy she’s perfectly normal yes mommy, she’s perfectly fine a little girl an open heart she could not remember any other way invisible you didn’t see her she had no one no one came that day then she learned she realized it’s you and no one else no one will be there you must be strong yes, you must protect yourself, it’s up to you
6.
Avenue 04:10
the record plays over again just to fill the silence sound to fill the silence as the girl lies there beyond tears, her room is dark the starkness of an evening the record still plays on the record skips along beyond the door is nothing her home is locked and cold the city stands up tall she curls up in a ball the record plays and the girl listens she walks to her window looks down the avenue at the cabs and cars the record plays and the girl is brave she climbs onto the windowsill looks down the avenue at the cabs and cars beyond the door is nothing her home is locked and cold the city stands up tall she takes a step and falls
7.
when you sleep you twitch you shudder and you kick good thing i like you or that would get annoying drink another, now is not the time drink another, for caring about what’s mine drink another, at the bars we’re stars of night drink another, and so will i i’m itchy all over when i’m tired my right ear has the power my words are not my own they’re burgundy and gold i sigh a sigh my knee won’t stop shaking therefore i’m eccentric lisped and far more interesting drink another, now is not the time drink another, for caring about what’s mine drink another, at the bars we’re stars of night drink another, and so will i when you sleep you twitch you shudder and you kick i remember how i loved you but now you make me sick
8.
Firefly 04:17
a familiar melancholy overtook the yellow moon and then the matisse blue sky, solid and primary as dance number one against the pink brick row houses asked is he seeing someone? low and covered the street lamp concurred he really missed out does he feel the same? does he get the joke? a man and his thoughts having once been a part and you know sometimes they still are and you knew he wouldn’t quite get the joke and you knew he planned his escape while the firefly waits a familiar full and drunk song desperate and hollow the world’s worst cologne the wet gentle breeze of july the firefly sees the lamp alone its aluminum post suffering as i toil my way through another mistake my head rests upon the hand and the moon awaits his morning hangover a man and his heart
9.
Please 03:57
ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh won’t you please tell me the tale of your broken heart? beyond the pale, the despair is real and the bones have recalled the past forever, until this day has passed, why won’t you stay? ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh won’t you please tell me the tale of your broken heart? beyond the pale, the despair is real and the letters have all shed their skin if i asked you to, would you hurt me deeply i scale the wall ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh should i get married? should i be good? astound the girl next door with my velvet hood?
10.
Blue Movie 03:59
in your bathroom, on the wall there’s a painting of a girl she watches as you draw your bath fold your dress, untie your hair light a candle, burn a silver spoon lie submerged in the bath the beating of your heart makes ripples on the surface of the water when the candle sputters out the coldness of your skin a blue november sky underwater in your bathroom, on the wall there’s a mirrored cabinet it waits for you to rise again comb your hair, dry your skin clean your teeth, and make up your eyes

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released October 4, 2017

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The Judith Lights New York, New York

The Judith Light is an NYC indie pop band active from 2013-2016.

Members include Stephen Anderson (bass), Michelle Andry (drums), Lora Grillo (vocals and synth), Anwar Montasir (guitar).

Avenue, their debut album, was released in 2017.

Apologies to the actress Judith Light–the band are fans, and the name was borrowed lovingly.
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