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No One's Waiting Up For Me Tonight

by Kevin Devine

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“No One’s Waiting Up For Me Tonight” The kids sound like cats And the cats sound like weather I could listen all night It never gets better It’s like I’m looking for a bell to ring Tied to my bed When the war started over Thought we’d figure things out But we only got older And horrified at everything No distraction From our dreams, denied No one’s waiting up for me tonight Palms to my thighs All that boiler room breathing Easy closing my eyes Harder believing I’m always listening for birds to sing God transmissions Through my higher mind No one’s waiting up for me tonight Transformations, imitating life No one’s waiting up for me tonight
“I’ve Never Been Happier Than I Was In That Picture” Desert in August Easel and a bowl of oranges Head cocked in your ivory bralette I felt alive Endless & bottomless Everything I ever wanted Could almost touch it through the turbulence Hand in the hive War correspondence Strawberry scripture I’ve never been happier Than I was in that picture Heat wave in Brooklyn Shoeless, waltzing through the fountain Kissing for the camera, melting Stuck side to side Floored by my fortune I had finally found the person I never cared what we were doing I was full I was fine My Alexandra Your lion’s been injured I’ve never been happier Than I was Carousel memory Cruelly defined Coconut, sandalwood Swimming at night Curls & your flower dress Smiled & cried “I got my birthday wish: You, every time.” One way to freedom: Thank and forgive her Cuz you’d never been happier than you were in that picture It happened It’s over I love ya I miss ya And I’ll never be happier than I was in that picture And I’ll never be happier than I was
Taking Shape 04:02
“Taking Shape” In the dentist’s chair Waiting on the lightning bolt Metal machine music Ringing my conductor skull Thinking on your counsel: “Nest no wounded bird. Mind your hero complex. Mine never really worked. It only brought me trouble. It only gave me hurt. But I don’t really have the right to say. Everybody’s different; I’m the same. You stumble in the dark, Forget your place, End up this way.” Tickling the trigger Artless at the hive Crashing around, tonedeaf Daring you to die Mumbling, “I love you,” Coughing bloody yolk Threading a minefield, blind Angry, and I didn’t know I could spit so spiteful I could cut so clean So I don’t even have the right to say Anything is different; I’m the same Fronting through the part with a straight face Wired this way Moved in meditation Comfort in the current course Watching regret and shame Alchemize to wise remorse Today I’m done escaping Tomorrow I reserve the right To splinter the peace accord Kill it with my despot mind Floating toward a channel Narrow but it’s clear I don’t even have the right to say I understand what’s “different” or “the same” Standing at your door I’m taking shape Working away


Extended version of No One's Waiting Up For Me Tonight, out June 25th on Bad Timing Records. Vinyl pre-orders: lnk.to/NOWUFMT


released June 25, 2021

Kevin Devine - songs, vocals, guitars, keys
Chris Bracco - mixing, keys
Morgan Kibby - vocals, keys
Zack Levine - drums, percussion

Everyone worked from home: Brooklyn, NY (Kevin), Stratford, CT (Chris), Los Angeles, CA (Morgan), and Chatham, NY (Zack).

Mastering: Jesse Cannon
Cover photo: Erik Tanner

Management: Zack Zarrillo

Thank you to everyone above for their commitment and creativity in making this so satisfying & beautiful & gently weird.

And thank you, as always, for receiving it.


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