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The Long Blink

by Alexis Stevens

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1.
Neon Sign 03:32
Go westward toward the Mississippi On a whim, without a route Windy wild road you’re traveling Curious to find what might be found With a singing blue-eyed boy Convinced you he should tag along Said he liked your face up close And that was all it took to start you up Now you’ll start up a fire When you got nothing to burn Now you’ll read into every letter When there is nothing to learn (On a) neon sign you can’t miss Half way down to Memphis Reality slipped through the cracks (On the) short ride down, long ride back Oh now get you home Lost on Beale until the morning Hiding from the knowing light Bears out all the signs and warnings That you didn’t want to see that night Now you’ll hear what you want to hear When nothing’s there to be heard Now you’ll read in between the lines When there’s nothing there to be learned (On a) neon sign you can’t miss Half way down to Memphis Reality slipped through the cracks (On the) short ride down, long ride back Oh now get you home (On the) neon sign you can’t miss Half way down to Memphis An outdated map in your hand Half in love by Graceland You’re driving blind in the rain And a no-good siren’s calling out your name Reality slipped through the cracks (On the) short ride down, long ride back Oh now get you home x3
2.
Prodigal 02:34
When you hear what the neighbors are saying You’ll come back x2 When you see what a mess they’re making You’ll come back x2 When you read about the economy You’ll come back x2 When you run out of friends and money You’ll come back x2 And when you think of family And their faces make you sad You’ll come back When it feels like a foreign nation You’ll come back x2 When you run out of conversation You’ll come back x2 And when you feel a person apart And all your charms are fading fast You’ll come back When the lines around your eyes grow deeper You’ll come back x2 When the end of the line draws nearer You’ll come back x2 And when you read your name Among the dead in the local rag You’ll come back
3.
Bar The Door 04:18
Katy bar the door, it’s near Comes the same time every year Ever creeping in as spring begins To thaw the icy eaves again And it’s got a face I know Perfect for the radio Leans in awful close, that awful ghost And drags its heels, hangs off my coat And whispers of the days Still to come when all the silver fades to gray Then fear of ticking time Takes the place of all the loveliness I find Came in through the window there Left open for the morning air Now it tails me around this Southern town Echoes the sirens blaring out That warn of troubled times When if you lose your dreams then you will lose your mind About the time you realize All you ever gained is all you left behind Keeps me up to nothing good Not living as I know I could Should take that northbound line, go back in time Rebury the bones that will not die Before there comes a time When first I lose my way and then I lose my mind Before I realize All I ever had is all I left behind So Katy bar the door, it’s near x3
4.
When there’s no good reason left When the voice in my head is louder than my pounding chest When the choice to go is clear and I know what to do I will still want you When I’ve run all out of luck When the only good I’ve got is as good as given up When I’m in the push-and-shove and turning black and blue I will still want you When I’m blinded by the light When I’m blindsided by bad dreams in the night When I wake up in a stranger’s bed, one time maybe two I will still want you And when time has done its part When I’ve sewn up all the pieces of my broken heart Standing on the other side, feeling so brand new I will still want you When the pines have called me home When there’s only one thing left to do and it’s on my own Staring down the valley deep and ready to walk through I will still want you I will still
5.
Wonder what it’s like to be a bright light No edge of fists and guns Hope for everyone I’ve tried to play it off, to be an open book No busy lines or walls No sighs or dirty looks To be one of the good ones Kind and self-assured To hold myself together Unravel afterward And struggle to return Wonder what it’s like to love someone right No suitcase on the floor Both feet in the door I had it once before, I tried my very best I held the flowers tightly Trembled in my dress And I played a good woman I said the little words I held myself together Unraveled afterward Never have I learned Wonder what it’s like to sleep through the night No worries in my head No phantoms in my bed I had it once before I made these little lives Who wake me in the nighttime Whose cries cut like a knife But I play a good mother I cradle and secure I hold myself together Unravel afterward I play one of the good ones Kind and self-assured I hold myself together Unravel afterward And never quite return
6.
Full Well 02:46
I know full well why you’re calling A lightning bolt in the valley Bone-dry from years in a drought A fire breaks out Old flames alive with new power Fueled by too much firewater Burns out by this time tomorrow Our hearts go cold Shouldn’t have that third glass maybe Shouldn’t call me up now baby Shouldn’t raise that flag I shouldn’t call you back But I know full well why I play along I’m a fool for heat and an old song A wildfire voice on the radio And I’m overgrown Shouldn’t sing me all those songs Shouldn’t let it go on so long Shouldn’t bang that gong I shouldn’t play along Shouldn’t have that third glass maybe Shouldn’t call me up now baby Shouldn’t call it love Shouldn’t fire it up Shouldn’t call it love Shouldn’t call me up
7.
Back Around 04:16
Coming around with stinging eyes Long way down the mountainside Listening to your old cassettes And I’m trying to make the best of it Finally where my head can breathe Alone is all I want to be But forward my mail to me And I’ll read it oh-so carefully As I’m off to another town They’ve got the scene And I don’t have the sound But I’ll be back around Not yet down for the count Tap the wheel to keep the time Following the dotted line Focus those heavy eyes Or the headlights will hypnotize Barely thinking of you now Finding truths from town to town But send me a photograph of you Knee high in the summer grass Was it taken on the Fourth of July When we said the long goodbye And I’ll keep it like a wedding gown Meant something once But in time has turned brown But I’m not stripping down Not yet down for the count All hatches battened down Yeah I’ll be back around
8.
I can only see in you what you see in me And when it leaves it’s gone, won’t come back easily And a new ring for our time Won’t grow in this old bark of mine And I can only see as far as the headlights can reach On the nightly ride to rile up the dark side of me But a strange car in your drive Won’t spark a new light in my eyes I can only reach in you what you’ll feed to me But if you leave me hungry I won’t be too angry And no bluebirds in the air Will find a new nest in my hair I can only see in you what you see in me x2
9.
Center of the wheel Place where time stands still Place where nothing ever grows Old love never goes cold Spent a million years Climbing through the gears Pushing out and pulling in Trying to start it again Trying to start me again So I journey to the edge That old rebellion Brought it out, reminded me There’s a center of me But I get caught in no time And the bath of bright flood lights Brought it out for all to see There’s a sinner in me At the center of me Me and time we move the same Stand still or while away Tried to move the wheel inside, I tried But I’m a hostage of time So I just fall back in line So until it comes again That strange adrenaline Complicated story but I’m already in love All alone inside an old love
10.
One-by-one they pair off in- -to their houses and begin With the kids who come in threes All that forest full of trees Busy bees in busy hives Have it all at one low price Swallow that former self down Stop off after work and drown in Bottles of wine for the passing of time Bottles of gin to begin it again Bottles of rage at the buttoned-down days Then the ones who stayed outside Made their own plans for this life Now it’s a race to the ground Turn the TV up and drown in Bottles of wine for the passing of time Bottles of gin to begin it again Bottles of rage at the buttoned-down days
11.
Ten years out, ten years on Older then than now somehow Felt that anchor drifting down Felt I found all to be found A road worn out, a light left on A home built up, a will worn down I am the clock, I am the sound Ticking toward the setting out When the sunlight goes to hide All winter I’ll drive across state lines Through nights that last one thousand hours And roads that last one thousand miles How will you remember me With loving lines wrote tenderly Or with pity wrote so bittersweet For one undone and hard to read When the pages are all torn out Will you read them once more or toss them out When it finally comes unbound Will the stories remain in your mind somehow
12.
Still or again What’s the difference in the end Told my heart to forget But it wants you still or again But I can’t tell you so No I can’t let you know Would we still be friends If I love you still or again Stayed quiet for a while But was it gone or was I in denial Still or again Doesn’t matter in the end Told my heart to forget But it wants you still or again Still or again x3

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released August 5, 2022

All songs written by Alexis Stevens

Recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, TN
Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Andrija Tokic
Mastered by Mo Talaba at Numberstation Studio
Album Artwork & Design by David Snider

Alexis Stevens: Guitar, Keys (tracks 2,4,5,9), Vocals
Zach Setchfield: Lead Guitar
Jo Schornikow: Keys (tracks 6,7,8,11,12)
Jack Lawrence: Bass
Chuck Draper: Drums

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Alexis Stevens is a Nashville-based musician and community radio DJ.

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