After The First Sleep

by James Fletcher

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Recorded at Ryan Mall's Lillian Sounds in Costa Mesa, California, 'After the First Sleep' is James Fletcher's follow up to 2010's 'The Booze & Clocks'. A delightfully sultry collection of songs, 'After the First Sleep' delivers you to some serene, wondrous place: part blissfully dream-like, part stairway to the catacombs....

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released November 5, 2014

AFTER THE FIRST SLEEP

All songs written by James Fletcher
Recorded & mixed by Ryan Mall at Lillian Sounds
all rights reserved Sky Bird Songs ascap 2014

James Fletcher-all vocals, drums, bass, & percussion
Kristen Eckel-Mahan-flute
Matthew Fletcher-trumpet
Oscar Fuentes- all piano, electric piano, organ, & synthesizers
guitars:
Michael Rosas
Jacob Sahagen
Pat Schubert
Mitchell Townsend
Pat Visel
cover/sleeve design- Neal Burns
photography- Jonathan Garnier

*A great many thanks to the best collection of friends/musicians who helped see this record to completion. Thank you Ryan Mall, Pat Visel, Jacob Sahagen, Oscar Fuentes, Matthew Fletcher, Pat Schubert, Mitch Townsend, Michael Rosas, Kristen Eckel-Mahan. Thank you Liz Bianchi for letting me hang around for the better part of 2 years! Jeff Sewell, thank you for the bass loaner (the best bass I'll ever play!). Neal Burns & Jonathan Garnier, thank you for the great visuals.
*To my lovely wife Carla, I appreciate your patience and support. And to my folks, thanks for buying me that first drum kit at 8 years old. That was the beginning of the end!!
much love,
jf

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Track Name: Lowdonia
LOWDONIA:
oh no i've been thinking again about
Lowdonia raising its head but I
won't know if I,
won't go if I feel it
a stone's throw from the side of the bed there's a
low glow where the night lays ahead and I
don't go if I, don't know if I need it
when the lights of the shore come to me
we're climbing like Concorde
the road closes and time drapes its veil into
Lowdonia's winter we sail and I
don't go if I, don't know if I feel it
when the lights and the shore come to me
we'll climb in like Concorde
and to think there's no place when it's over
find a space on the sofa
for getting much closer
and eyelids that grieve, be kind to me
find a space on the sofa
forgetting much closer
there's time until the street lights set in
the hum of every creak might get in
i don't know if I, don't know if I feel it
Track Name: Night Witches
NIGHT WITCHES:
don't leave my side Night Witches
it's lonely and I've...
left home for these life-long ditches
for reasons, i've tried
they're rolling over and overhead
and bringing out the dead
so wake up from dreaming
there's concrete and steel in...
the break-up of real men
Night Witches don't need them
the're rollin' over and overhead
and living out the dead
something crawled into
the countries fall into pieces of you
some great fog, it's true
but they really don't know, what they see don't know...of you
don't leave my side Night Witches
so I'm waiting for the sun to rise again
don't leave my side Night Witches
still waiting for the sun to rise again
Track Name: Cork-Caused Blindness
CORK-CAUSED BLINDNESS:
blades of light came through like honey
caressing all of you
persuaded by the news that's comin'
how can we ever lose?
then cork-caused blindness ruined you
and cork-caused blindness put the shoe in you
ooh.....
you're laser-guided beauty, stunning
conditions old & new
paraded on loan from the old folks' home
delighted, be there soon
when cork-caused blindness ruins you
and cork-caused blindness keeps screwin' you
ooh...
and i've scandalized i know
so i'm comin' home
don't have the time or money
just spin the wheels i'm running' low
cork-caused blindness ruined you
cork-caused blindness ruined you.....ruined you
Track Name: The Strange Rover
THE STRANGE ROVER:
you're pickin' up steam
as a rule evader
a lover of things
come on, who can blame ya?
you're pickin' up things
as you rule, evade her
a love of obscene
and a mood for later
she's lightning and metal
and don't it make you feel like
you're old, cold head keeps hanging down
so slide in a little, and behave
she'll get you there and never let you down
you're pickin' up steam
as a rule-evader
a love of obscene
come on who can blame ya
there's pride in miss little
and don't it make you feel right
you're old, cold head keeps hangin' down
so climb in and peddle
you've owned the most and realized
you'll lift your head, you've never left the ground
and some might say
there's room for everyone
and some might say
there's room......
now lovers would you think the world was broken
with a death-defying leap the curtains opened
Track Name: A Diver's Rest
A DIVER'S REST:
years ago before the freeze
when trouble was all we had
we'd lead the way and crawl between when
the colors would light the path
we climbed the coastal wall as any
other in life alone
to feel a form of eden's envy
and be the only one
there must be something in the wave i'm seein'
come mystery siren keep me warm and breathin'

i'm catching my breath
said the diver at rest as i'm
holdin' on
and nothing was left of the light on the deck, so it
it keeps me searching for the gold

steadily out the door

'please don't go' she called to me
as the cover of night drew fast
peeled and grey the wall revealed them
the other blue eyes of glass
could there be something in the daze i'm feelin'?
i'm looking 'round for the rainbow's path
a mix of fire in her blazing glass
she goes when she wants you

still catching my breath
said the diver at rest and I'm
goin' on
there's nothing much left of this life I regret so it
it keeps me searching for the gold

mr. resistance
won't you carry me
i've been waiting so long
tuned endlessly
i've missed the resistance
won't you carry me headlong
avenues we strolled on
true, endless, free.....
Track Name: Denim Decoys
DENIM DECOYS:
we can rely on them
the denim decoys, we're told
pretend, with eyes on them
they're denim decoys
behold......hold
they'll tell you something from the railroad's past
they really know
or maybe something from the days of brass
they really know
go play me something I don't really grasp
you really know
there may be something 'bout the wheel
but we can rely on them
the denim decoys
pretend, with eyes on them
the denim decoys
they're looking' down with their aprons on
they really know
k-kick you out with a grained assault
they really know
and tell me something I don't really want
you really know
Track Name: Mountain's Heavy Hood
MOUNTAIN'S HEAVY HOOD:
there in the strained
dust cloud of your eyes, I'm set in
that sun again
far from the day, we touched down in islands set in
that sun again
when you said you'd know when...
without blowin'
but you like the heat and all your money too
there in restrained
a dust cloud and I'm up set in
that sun again

so turn the lights out
and don't look
and do the things
you read about in weathered books
i'll shape the mountain's heavy hood
prepare to feel for what's to be

a time for disgrace
we've lost ground and I'm up settin'
that sun again
the riders are forgiven
but it's over
before you know

so turn the lights down
and don't move
and undo the things
you read about in heaven's book
I'll wait for the night up on the roof
and tell, tell you what I feel

so turn the lights out
from these golden heights down to the city
the city don't know which way it's sprawling
it isn't pretty
i really don't go much more
(really don't go much more)
Track Name: Good Mornings On The Move
GOOD MORNINGS ON THE MOVE:
your fine comb need no bother
and you keep hang in' on with the thought of another
your lines don't bleed like others'
they crawl and run away
your signs don't read like others
they hang on for the ride
'til they fall undercover
and dried up dreams in color
confusing all the same

until after the first sleep
gonna take you down another road
and make it empty
the laughter you sold me
gonna take you down another road
and make it empty

you should have seen him comin'
unsettled seasons comin'
keep your head up boy
there's no use cunning
we've got the daemon's money
that letter's sealed and done-in
keep your head up boy
good mornings on the move

after the first sleep
come and take me down another road
and make it empty
disaster unfolding
gonna take you down another road
and make it empty

the lines on the ceiling
seem to have a way with you
designs, so revealing
i'll catch you in a day or two

(outro)

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