To Have Something Hot

by Erik Cameron and the Flat Sevens

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Written and recorded between 2/1/15 to 5/1/15, at homes and practice spaces around Chicago. (No professional studios were harmed in the making of this album.) These songs, along with two others, began life as an impulsive FAWM project: fawm.org FAWM is wonderful, and if you write songs, you should do it. Meeting the schedule did not permit attachment, self-doubt, backing off of personal material, or any other form of autodestruction.

Facts: Joshua, John, Ben and Steven provided outstanding singing, playing, and overall humanity to this project. Julie Key was my second set of ears, and is someone I want very much to impress. Andrew Neher invited Steven and I to play at Louder House in the first week of February, and I don't know what this album would have come out like without that show---"Animal Spirits" materialized the next day, more or less in one piece, full of energy and Extravision-esque rhythm guitar. So that one is for Louder House, with thanks to Andrew, Ryan, Mitar, Vivian, Michael, and everyone else who helped make that show happen. Yet more unadulterated fact: If FAWMers aren't careful, they're going to ruin the Internet's reputation for hostility; to all of you that listened to early mixes and left support and feedback, thank you so much. I'm looking forward to being a better listener in '16. Finally, thanks are due to my dog, Bessie, who not only puts up with me, but made her serendipitous turn on percussion exactly as it appears on the album, with no punching in.

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released May 3, 2015

The Flat Sevens are EC (guitars, bass, keys, drums, etc.) along with:
Joshua Jones, backing vox on 1, 2 and 9; lead guitar on 10
John Saller, backing vox on 2 and 9; harmonicas on 5, 9 and 10
Ben Saller, lead guitar on 4
Steven Gilpin, backing vox on 5 and 12; guitar loops on 12; percussion on 5
Bessie, long black dog percussion on 9

Track 1 samples the NASA recordings "Mercury 7: Liftoff" and "Quindar: Sound #1", which they have kindly made available to the public despite years of budgetary abuse at the hands of the American people, who frankly won't appreciate them until all of the corn left in the universe is growing in space. soundcloud.com/nasa

Written/produced/recorded by EC. All songs © 2015.

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Erik Cameron Chicago, Illinois

Music, words, whiskey and dog. Guitar parts and pickles and print. Brackish beer. Born on Cinco de Mayo.

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Track Name: My Rocket Ship
Don't look now, there's a hole in the roof
And the moon's gonna fall right in
We'll take a rocket ship to a distant world
And that's where we'll begin again ah cause

Three cheers, heave ho
Don't you wanna leave it behind
I'd give a whole lotta things in this great big world
To have it all off my mind

Don't tell tell me, I know what you heard
You can't break the speed of light
But we'll get the CIAs and the PhDs
To build that ship up right

It'll have a hyperdrive and keep us all alive
Despite our best intents
And when we're farming up some purple grass
They'll all wonder where we went

Three cheers, heave ho
Cause it's a one way mission, bro
I'd give a whole lotta things in this great big world
To be the one to go

Naturally, my frers and amies
Will try to tell me what to do
I'll stamp my feet and wail and weep
And try to make them come with too

Three cheers, heave ho
Don't you wanna leave it behind
I'd give a whole lotta things in this great big world
Just to have it all off my mind
Track Name: Xerxes
There's food and there's drugs
And gambling on nothing
And all the sleep in the world
Ten cigarettes
I ought to take them for granted
When nothing gives pleasure then you're done

I drew a line on the bank
and said no farther!
but the water continued to rise
I cursed and I cried
I whipped the water
But the water only got in my eyes

I must have been born yesterday
To think I really could have had it that way

I watch the same four trees
Light up every morning
They've been here longer than me
'Cause they will abide
Where I'd dig in
And be what they need to be

I must have been born yesterday
(who do you think you are?)
To think I really could have had it that way
(who do you think you are?)

I drew a line on the bank
and said no farther!
but the water continued to rise
I cursed and I cried
I whipped the water
But the water only got in my eyes

I must have been born yesterday
(who do you think you are?)
To think I really could have had it that way
(who do you think you are?)

I must have been born yesterday
Naked, wet behind the ears and saying, who do you think you are?
I must have been born yesterday
To think I really could have had it that way
Track Name: Drunken Sunrise
Sunrise
Drunken sunrise
How I miss you so
When my ah-feelings
Need some ah-heeeealing
You're the first to know

I take a bottle of beer out to my favorite spot on the beach
Nobody there will bother me man cause I'll be out of reach
On my island
On the ocean
Even if it's just a lake

Sunrise
Drunken sunrise
How I miss you so

I take my favorite girl out to 57th street
Around 4AM the seating can't be beat
It's a great spot
To have something hot
Or just go to sleep

I don't know how the hell people can drive by and not want to stop
Hit the vendors, get a pop, and sit out in the hot
Sunny sunrise
Drunken sunrise
And then it's time for bed

Or maybe just one nightcap...

But then it's time for bed
Track Name: Lunger
Doctor it looks bad, you're as pale as a sheet
And trying hard to put me in a bed
You want to bargain with it; it wants me dead
I just want to stay on my feet

If it's consumption
It'll never stop
I'll fight the fever 'til I drop

Doctor I protest I am very much alive
Dead men don't cough this loud
It'd be a sensible gurney if only I wasn't
So stuck up, stubborn and proud

I was never good
At doing what I'm told
I'll fight the fever til I'm cold

I'm still here...

Doctor I forbid you to say another word
Or stick me with your pins anymore
Just keep your hands disinfected, keep your stethoscope connected
And kindly show me the door

No use for needles
No use for beds
I'll fight the fever 'til I'm dead

I'm still here...
Track Name: Baker's Pen
Even back then, Baker he stood
Six foot and three inches cruel
With his varsity jacket and chiseled chin
Poster boy for boarding school

He took the meekest boy
Looked him right in the eyes
And broke him like Piggy in the Lord of the Flies
He said you never bet
Against the house
And if you're not cheating, you're not trying anyhow

But then I had rent and needed a job
Baker, he had them by the pound
I kept up his favor until one day I did not
And I woke up gagged and bound

He put a razor wire
Around an acre pen
That's where he'd put you, put you if you weren't his friend
So I wore the stripes
I kept the wheelbarrow filled
Cause we were inmates in the prison we helped to build

Justice in the pen was a curious thing
Because by Baker's decree
All complaints were sedition against your comrade convicts
They'd string you from the gantry for all to see

On the outside, it happened that Baker's favorite son
Was stealing our money from the Fed
We said you want to keep your head? He belongs in here with us
So the warden made Junior up a bed

Behind the razor wire
Around an acre pen
But a partner at Baker, Baker, Baker and Friends
Picked up the phone
And made a call
The anointed one was led from his cell and down the hall
That's why you never bet
Against the house
If you're not cheating you're not trying anyhow
Track Name: A Speck of Dust (Remains in the Way)
When I need action, that's the way
The spirits bang on my ribcage
And say let me out
Please, just for a day
I can hold you, and then our hearts
Will fog up the skin and the sweaters between them
But that's as far
As they're gonna get tonight

Because as close as we can stray
When I look in your eyes
A speck of dust remains in the way

I want so bad to hear with your ears
And show you what I see but there's no way
So I'll send you words
Telegrams of the tongue
It's all so chaste, for our bodies
To conduct an affair on our behalf
How can we be sealed in
When it sure feels like there's a draft

But as close as we can stray
When I look in your eyes
A speck of dust remains in the way

You can give me your ring
Maybe never leave
Even in the temptingest of times
But it only takes a pinch to remind us both
Your pain is not my pain, I'm afraid

So I don't want to bring to bring you down
Or to convince you you're alone
But somehow I miss you
Even though you're right here at home

As close as we can stray
When I look in your eyes
A speck of dust remains in the way
Track Name: Brand New Ride
It really messes with my ride
When I'm always
Looking side to side
And saying

There's something about that street that's good
Tip of the tongue, can't place it, but I should
I can't shake the feeling that I should have taken that turn
Faster, the tollway, the old neighborhood

I give up / I give in...

The wisdom says laugh
When you're lost
In the garden of forking paths
But it's tough
Loves you've never known might make you whole again
But here they pass as strangers in the street, and then

There's always some face I swear I know
Tip of the tongue, can't place it, though
I can't shake the feeling that it was there in some place
That I was, and we were friends

It's so bad I can't decide
Where to go
In my brand new ride
And so
I just drive in circles around the park
And wake up to a flashlight and a cop
After dark

I can't shake the feeling that I've been here before
I started to remember, but then I shut the door

I give up / I give in...
Track Name: Driving Down the Door
[instrumental]
Track Name: Demon Star
Ever since the first day
The demon shows up with his questionnaire

Are you scared?
Well maybe you should be
Are you lost
And searching for the light?

I can feel him coming like I got bad bones
But then the shadow passes me by

Are you scared?
Next time you will be
You'll be lost
And searching for the light
He'll be there
With a helping hand and basket
Full of bread
But he's spoiling for a fight

Well I gave that demon a piece of my mind
And all I got back was his Cheshire grin

He said are you scared?
Next time you will be
I'll be there
Devouring the light
There'll be prayers
Magic incantations
You can try
But nothing sets you right
Track Name: The Escalator
My uncle tricked the family, 'cause they were so unkind
They made it to his wake around suppertime
He sat up in the coffin and asked what's to eat
Well they never saw it coming and it can't be beat

Got a friend on the throne to take off a load
Better hit the lights 'cause it's a public commode
He can choose between the light switch and the toilet seat
He'll never see it coming, and it can't be beat

If you don't like smoking but you got a friend
Take his cigarette, shove an explosive in the end
That'll show him smoking gives you a heart attack
And you can do it all again if he ever goes back

If he keeps on making trouble, then you tap his phone
Gather up some secrets and when he's all alone
Tell him that you know things and he's going down
And if you were him, well you wouldn't play around


All of this might not go down so well
He'll probably come calling, he'll be mad as hell
You got to be ready, if it's a lawsuit or a gun
Just make sure yours is bigger, whichever one

He says man, why you always gotta be the guy
Escalating things when there's no reason why
That's when you take him with your hands and feet
And say 'cause I'm the escalator, and I can't be beat
Track Name: Twin Sister
Our mother always liked to say
We were born with a battle cry
I won, but she had me by the leg
And the nurses declared it a tie

we don't always get along
but she'll tell me when I've got it wrong
my sister

i saw the angels at seventeen
by nineteen i heard their voice
and people don't have much room for a man
who thinks angels make him rejoice

But we're thick as thieves
And you know we wear it on our sleeves
My sister

She remembers the night that daddy died
Out on Route 41
In a blaze of steel and bourbon breath
All because the Braves won

We got rid of the Braves and eating meat
And red things the color of blood
And I found places without myself
Where his car only stalled in the mud

But I can't slip away too deep
'Cause she's the company I keep
My sister

We don't see eye to eye
On much besides what's right
My sister
Track Name: Animal Spirits
Things can feel like
There's no up and there's no down
But you once were
A lightning rod in the ground

Remember who you were then
Don't you want to feel that way again?
Every victory filled your sails
Every wound as raw as rusty nails

Things seem different
That I would not deny
But I believe
Love can take you back in time

I know all about how
All your past and future selves
You dreamed they all were friends
Don't you want to feel that way again?

Don't you want to feel that way again?
Don't you want to feel that way again?

Fool yourself
But you've always known
There's ravenous beasts
Animals living in your bones

Remember when you were them
Don't you want to feel that way again?
Every victory filled your sails
Every wound as raw as rusty nails
I know all about how
All your past and future selves
You dreamed they all were friends
Don't you want to feel that way again?