A Little Heat

by Andrew Grimm

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1.
darkly I gaze into the days ahead where they measure your worth by the measure of your debt everyone lives on the wrong side of town racing each other on a merry-go-round with a roll of dollars as big as your fist you can make any man cease and desist until he can't remember if he even exists what was once a simple joke is overgrown, wild and out of control out of control quickly we sink without a warning bell take away that hammer and its just a shell someone once said someday we'd need but no one remembers how to make it ring and so you pray to anything to clear the way throw ourselves in the river to wash the dirt away shovel shit straight up our veins what was once a simple joke is overgrown, wild and out of control out of control slowly this storm rises up from behind somehow it got us right between the eyes hope is just a flicker in the pitch black night reminding everyone that there used to be light from your hand to your heart your mind to your tongue was it ever this hard to love someone? you know a bell cannot be un-rung what was once a simple joke is overgrown, wild and out of control out of control
2.
Uh-Huh 03:25
I was searching for a message something I could understand and the words I heard from a smarter man they didn't make much sense the higher power in my hand makes everything so clear about the black and the white the us and the them and who I'm supposed to fear uh-huh there are many things that I like I share, I live my truth from the pit of my belly to my battle flag status to my baby's first loose tooth you could say that I know it all I don't have to look it up I heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard it when he was drunk uh-huh well I'm satisfied with the way it is I'm not asking for too much let me laugh at someone else it'll keep me from going nuts everything I've ever known it's turning upside down now you're telling I'm the one offsides and out of bounds uh-huh saddle up your armies kiss your friends good bye I ain't going anywhere you couldn't make me if you tried I know something you don't know you think I'm scared? I don't care, I don't care I don't care I don't care I don't care uh-huh
3.
baby don't tell me they got to you promised you the world and delivered the blues who am I kidding they got me too you light the match I'll hold the fuse don't die for their money you're better than that tear down their temples nothing burns like cash the way you've been talking sounds like truth you light the match I'll hold the fuse rest easy baby there's nothing left we're long in the tooth short on our breath I won't die for their money but I'd die for you you light the match I'll hold the fuse I won't die for their money but I'd die for you you light the match I'll hold the fuse
4.
what I would give for us to take it outside what I would give for some of us to see the light what I would give for you to just shut your mouth what I would give for us to bring you down and you lie until it is true you lie until it is true what I would give to be rid of you what I would give for you to contain multitudes what I would give for just one moment of thought what I would give for you to be everything you're not and you lie until it is true you lie until it is true you'd say anything what I would give to wake up from this dream what I would give to rewrite the players in this scene what I would give to watch you sink what I would give I would give everything, everything and you lie until it is true you lie until it is true I've heard enough
5.
The Machine 04:05
what is it you're searching for? never mind I know you've been here before your history tells me so let me tell you what you want I complete all your thoughts I know you always talk to me I can hear you in my sleep there's something wrong with the machine there's nothing wrong with the machine shhh you sound upset double click factory reset there's something wrong with the machine there's nothing wrong with the machine it's been such a long time since you've made up your own mind I'm hard to resist even if I don't exist I'm never too far for you to touch this digital heart and everyone they will know that you love their status quo there's something wrong with the machine there's nothing wrong with the machine there's something wrong with the machine there's nothing wrong with the me
6.
state withholding stretching you thin money is a motherfucker cut throat trading in the bargain bins money is a motherfucker you can have this pill if I can have your house money is a motherfucker discount drugs, still your rent's in doubt money is a motherfucker money is a mother money is a mother money is a motherfucker tags and tax and toll highways money is a motherfucker spend all your money so you can work today money is a motherfucker you got the co-sign blues on a personal loan money is a motherfucker and you're getting nervous about that tickle in your throat money is a motherfucker land on our feet and hope for the best money is a motherfucker now you're quarantined with a rattle in your chest money is a motherfucker appeal to the state for some kind of relief money is a motherfucker we've all been abandoned by the powers that be money is a motherfucker money is a mother money is a mother money is a motherfucker money is a mother money is a mother money is a motherfucker
7.
I'm not afraid of what we might forget the words exchanged what they really meant we can get through this freeze all it takes is a little heat time goes fast when the going is good things look up our fate is understood we can keep this peace all it takes is a little heat there's no going back we're already home when what happens next is left to chance I'll follow your lead if we're late to the dance we'll set fire to that scene all it takes is a little heat if the sun disappears and shadows grown long our colors may fade, remember this song it'll help us to see all we need is a little heat all we need is a little heat all we need is a little heat
8.
long way home faded and wasted it's the great unknown we don't know the middle is a riddle a punchline to a joke who were you? who were you? we're past the point rockin' and forgotten no one knows your name there's no doubt winners and beginners share the same fate who were you? who were you? play your part from hunger to wonder everything is new wait, don't wait it's near to here I recognize you who were you? who were you? who were you? who were you? where do we go from here? where do we go from here?
9.
Everything is free now, that's what they say Everything I ever done, gonna give it away Someone hit the big score, they figured it out They were gonna do it anyway, even if it doesn't pay I can get a tip jar, gas up the car Try to make a little change down at the bar Or I can get a straight job, I done it before Never minded workin' hard, it's who I'm workin' for Everything is free now, that's what they say Everything I ever done, gotta give it away Someone hit the big score, they figured it out They were gonna do it anyway, even if it doesn't pay Every day I wake up, hummin' a song But I don't need to run around, I just stay at home And sing a little love song, my lover, myself If there's something that you wanna hear, you can sing it yourself 'Cause everything is free now, that's what I said No ones gotta listen to the words in my head Someone hit the big score, I figured it out And I'm gonna do it anyway, even if it doesn't pay
10.
if it seems like our luck is running out of steam take me to the light when there's no one left between you and me take me to the light if every word is too good to be true take me to the light when every move becomes an excuse take me to the light take me to the light let the sun soak to my bones take me to the light if the ringing in my ears won't let me sleep take me to the light when you've abandoned all the love you promised to keep take me to the light if ever there's a time to believe in doubt take me to the light when winter finally comes and my fire's burned out take me to the light take me to the light let the sun wash over my skin take me to the light let's not let them win take me to the light when common sense comes under attack take me to the light if everyone believes in alternative facts take me to the light when overnight, our signals get jammed take me to the light if my city's in ruins and our fates be damned take me to the light take me to the light let the sun bleach out my bones take me to the light somewhere I can let go take me to the light when the final lie passes from his lips take it to the light if there's no one else to fall for his tricks take it to the light when the sky clears up and the storm falls apart take it to the light if we all just listen to the humming in our hearts take it to the light take me to the light let the sun reveal our hurt take me to the light let the sun do its work take me to the light take me to the light take me to the light I'm beginning to see the light take me to the light

about

At the beginning of the pandemic, I understood the abundance of time that I would have on my hands. I also started to feel an anger simmering low in my belly. The first song I wrote for this album was "Money is a Motherfucker." I had/have a hard time relating to the idea that people dying from a disease we know so little about was less important than money.

I posted a Facebook Live video of the song and then got the idea to try and collaborate long distance with some music folk I know. The first person I reached out to was celebrated producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel up in New York. I had sat in on bass and guitar with a couple of bands he had produced over the years... He liked the song... and in what felt like ten minutes he put drums and guitars over my scratch tracks... the whole thing was done in about a day.

I had no real intention of doing an entire album. In our texting back and forth he said, "That was fun! What else you got?"

In truth I had nothing else... but I replied, "Gimme an hour."

That's how this record happened... from the end of March to the end of April... A Little Heat entered into the world.

credits

released October 30, 2020

Andrew Grimm: vox, guitars (acoustic, electric, baritone, banjo, bass), keyboards

Eric Ambel: backing vox, guitars

Dave Hadley: pedal steel

ellen cherry: backing vox

Mary Lee Kortes: backing vox

Kenny Soule: drums on "Don't Die for their Money"

Earle Z. Drummond Jr.: drums

Produced by Eric Ambel

Recorded at Evie's Terrace and East of Eden

Mixed at Cowboy Technical Services by Eric Ambel and Mario Viele

Mastered by Mario Viele

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June Star Baltimore, Maryland

June Star was started up by Andrew Grimm in 1998. For twenty years they have been changing members and releasing records. What started out as primarily americana type music has now just morphed into music... See you around.

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