South of Houston

by Brian Bassett

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2017 Forward:
I hadn't listened to this is at LEAST five years. I had stopped considering it an album I had made. Too amateurish. Not polished enough.

When I listened back to it, I couldn't help but smile. It was like remembering an old forgotten friend or wearing a warm jacket. The performances may be spotty, and the lyrics juvenile, but the songs hold up fairly well and the recording is better than I thought it would be. This was all done on a cassette 4-track recorder in a basement or an apartment, and it sounds...nice. Warm.

2002 Liner Notes:
All of these songs were written by me. Some are old and some are new. Much of the inspiration for this album came from listening to music and reading books.

Special thanks to Tom Cowieson who played harmonica on a few songs and some additional guitars on other songs. Joyce Bassett graciously took the photos. The amazing feat of art direction was done mostly by BUNKRE while I annoyingly looked over his shoulder.

The entire record was produced and engineered by me with help from some coffee and sometimes a little beer (usually in opposite order). The album was recording in my bedroom of my parent's house and also in a rehearsal space down the road from Nipper the Dog.

All sound was captured on 1/8" analog tape.

Thank you for listening. Enjoy the record.

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released January 1, 2002

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Track Name: Fate is Dead
I'm thinking too much
I'm feeling too deep
I'm looking too far
I've gotta start over

So I clear my head
Try to start from the top
Rain falls down on me
Now I see

(chorus)
Tripping through
Slipping by
Looking around
Wondering why
Fate is dead...

Always fight myself
Never stop to think
Start to feel
In front of me

Just open my eyes
I'm trusting in you
Show me the roads
And where to go

Take this with you
That it's all nothing
Drink from the fountain
Spilling from heaven
Track Name: Subway Panic
Here we go again
I knew it
Subway car again
Get through it

Why do I shake
Stop me and I'll break
Why do I shake

Hold still
Slow down
Don't be loud
Get off how
Breathe now
Slow down
Don't you panic

Tunnel underground
I'm blinded
White knuckles
Sparks aground
Can't find it
Track Name: Juliet
I take a look around
All I see
Voice after voice is screaming at me

I throw back reverse
I run and hide
Pockets turned inside and out of time

And Juliet
I can’t forget
Juliet

Another look around
All I see
Voice after voice is screaming for me

Day out day in
Hypnotized
I’ve lost control I’m paralyzed

And Juliet
I can’t forget
Juliet

And Juliet
Don’t leave yet
Juliet

(bridge solo)
And Juliet
I can’t forget
Juliet (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

And Juliet
Don’t leave yet
Juliet
Track Name: Ouch
It was a single bullet theory that I never knew
And I remember it clearly when I think of you

And the lump in my throat
Makes it hurt when I swallow
And I remember last November
Ouch

Well I think that by now I should have had a solution
To this Goddamn equation built from your pollution
And it's hard to forget
When my sheets smell like her
And I remember
I still remember
Ouch
Track Name: San Francisco [Blues]
I hit the ground in San Francisco
been up in the air for days
and I wish I could have brought you with me
but I’m n the run
and I left it all behind
So I guess I'll have to settle with your ghost

well I won’t make you cry
I won’t make you cry
you can trust me when I say
well I won’t make you cry
I won’t make you cry
and you don’t have to go no more

I been sitting on the hill
staring up at the clouds
thinking bout the way that we talked
a couple a days ago
over a beer about a book
now that I'm here I'm wishing I was there

well I won’t make you cry
I won’t make you cry
you can trust me when I say
well I won’t make you cry
I won’t make you cry
and you don’t have to go no more

(guitar solo)

I came here to get away
from the life I lived before
the west coast stars were calling from the sky
and now I'm missing you so much
that I can’t stand it here no more
and tomorrow morning I’ll be coming home

(a capella)

well I won’t make you cry
I won’t make you cry
you can trust me when I say
well I won’t make you cry
I won’t make you cry
and you don’t have to go no more
Track Name: The Ballad of Holden Caulfield
Quiet and lonesome
On a Saturday night
Arms around each other's waists

Nobody out
On the streets tonight
Just a bunch of hoodlum guys and their dates

There's puddles in the road
With gasoline rainbows
And someone laughs from far away

She's not listening
In the soft, cold streetlight glow
He's half in love and she won't say

She's on the brain again
He's got her on
Can't get her off
He knows her like a book
But he's got no time
He cant get her off

Took a trip to NY
Just to get the hell out
Away from school and phony friends

Walked from the station
And called up the girl
They met on the stairs to see a show

They had a good time
And she looked real pretty
She just about knocked him out

She leaves him in the road
Cold and all wet
Cause she just can't tell him yet

He turns on the light
And starts to pack
His nerves were shot his eyes were sore

Counts his money
Throws his bags on his back
Can't hang around here anymore

The girl is gone
And it's almost dark
He stood there and took one last look

Don't wanna go home
But now he's all alone
He's says I think next time I'll read a book
Track Name: Goodbye, Blue Monday
There’s no one around
This place is a ghost town
Gotta stop looking down
But there’s no one around

Today there’s nothing here for me
But tomorrow I’ll see how different it will be

And I’ll say
Goodbye, Blue Monday
Goodbye, Blue Monday
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

Been driving for miles
Haven’t slept in a while
Step up single file
Haven’t slept in a while
Track Name: James' Work Song
So I’m not good enough for you
It’s the best that I can do
See I’ve tried to do my share
But it’s unfair so I don’t care
I leave today, James

I’m not looking up at you
So don’t look down upon me too
I’m no wind-up toy you see
So do not try to turn my key
I leave today
I leave today, James

So I’m not good enough for you
It’s the best that I can do
See I’ve tried to do my share
But it’s unfair so I don’t care
I leave today
I leave today
I leave today, James

I’m not looking up at you
So don’t look down upon me too
I’m no wind-up toy you see
So do not try to turn my key
I leave today
I leave today
I quit today
I quit today, James
Track Name: I'll Break Your Heart
I’m a little scared and unprepared to meet you
I’ve paid the fare and I don’t care to greet you

Don’t hold my hand please
I’ll break your heart
So nervous I can’t take it
I’ll fall apart

In the city now, I’m tongue tied and cross-eyed
I’ve been hiding out trying to get back to my life

Don’t hold my hand please
I’ll break your heart
So nervous I can’t take it
I’ll fall apart

I got a reservation here
I’ll make you cry on command my dear
Honey baby my sore eyes
Just won’t see through all the lies

Don’t hold my hand please
I’ll break your heart
So nervous I can’t take it
I’ll fall apart
Track Name: I'm Sorry, Amy
I'm sorry, Amy
I didn't mean to hurt you
I didn't know I'd meet a girl who'd change my point of view
And I tried, I tried, oh
I'm sorry, Amy
But you're not right for me

I'm sorry, Amy
I saw your ghost the other day
You only wanted anyone who'd come out and play
And you cried, you cried, oh
I'm sorry, Amy
She's everything I want for me

Amy, with the absinthe eyes
Amy, now she cries
Amy, with the bitter sighs
Amy, now she lies

I'm sorry, Amy
You took me for a ride
Roller-coaster upside-down and merry-go-round and round
You were young, so young, oh
I'm sorry, Amy
I had to let you go

Amy, with the absinthe eyes
Amy, now she cries
Amy, with the bitter sighs
Amy, now she lies
Track Name: Sweater [Insecurity Blanket]
Am I gonna be bouncing off the walls?
Am I gonna feel better cause I’m tired and I may fall?

And you feel better in my sweater
Don’t hide in bed no more
Tomorrow morning wake up brighter

I never think anyone’s gonna like anything
I should have stayed with washing cars cause I can’t sing

And you feel better in my sweater
Don’t hide in bed no more
Tomorrow morning wake up brighter

It took a long time to like being in my skin
Still sometimes I’m only feeling halfway in

And you feel better in my sweater
Don’t hide in bed no more
Tomorrow morning wake to brighter days
Track Name: UFOs, Cigarettes, and Coffee
A UFO on the hill
Spacecraft in the road
I never want to be this wired
Or do what I was told
Was told

I’m not sleeping where I’m from
But I’m not sleeping and I am done

Angels make the streetlights glow
Dimly trailing blur
The night the sandman didn’t come
When I first kissed her
Kissed her

I’m not sleeping where I’m from
But I’m not sleeping and I am done

A UFO on the hill
Spacecraft in the road
I never want to be this wired
Or do what I was told
Was told

I’m not sleeping where I’m from
But I’m not sleeping and I am done
I’m not sleeping where I’m from
But I’m not sleeping and I am done
Track Name: Nothing Girl
See that girl
See that girl

In her book
In her world
Wildflowered
Wallflower
Hasn’t smiled
Hasn’t showered

The village streets
The city sleeps
I’m awake with nothing
My nothing girl

See those glasses
Hiding her eyes
Sweet suspicion
Sweet surprise
Heart broken
South of Houston
Cinderella
Get yourself some new shoes

The village streets
The city sleeps
I’m awake with nothing
My nothing girl
Track Name: I Got My Guitar and I'm OK
I went off the road
I fell asleep at the wheel
Woke up in a ditch
What can I say

Is there something wrong with me
I’m never what you want me to be
Let me make mistakes
That’s all I need

And if I’m singing out of tune
Don’t worry let me play
I got my guitar and I’m OK

I will never be
What you expected of me
I can only be
The me that I see

Thanks for signing my cast
I’m feeling fine
Never give it up
You are my life

And if I’m singing out of tune
Don’t worry let me play
I got my guitar and I’m OK

Turn down the radio talk show
It’s hurting my head
Get me back inside
Closed up instead

When I wake tomorrow
I won’t waste no more time
Be at the front of the line
Don’t fall behind

And if I’m singing out of tune
Don’t worry let me play
I got my guitar and I’m OK
Track Name: True (Love)
How do you do
I had no clue
Out of the blue
I fell for you straight through

How do you do
I’m stuck to you
Caught in your glue
Looks like the both of us were due

I promise you
I will be true
I promise you
That I will be true

How do you do
We’re two by two
I thought you knew
But I let you make the first move

So I took my cue
Then I withdrew
What could I do
But tell the truth