the birthday demos

by betty drake

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the two original tracks on this demo were written in the two weeks (along with some not very good ones i will not bother recording) following my band's breakup. i feel, now, like i'm ready to release music i've made all on my own, which is something i've never done before. this was all recorded on my iphone, in my bedroom, on my 9-year-old acoustic guitar, with zero editing software.
regardless, i'm as proud as one can be of a shitty four-track demo.

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released January 31, 2014

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Betty Drake Connecticut

former bassist in 404error. i make weird solo music now.

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Track Name: jurassic
ive loved you since then
ive loved you since way back when
i fell for you
when the earth was swollen blue

shooting stars
looking so innocent
while shedding light
on mass extinction imminent

primordial angst
gripping tight as pangaea sank
the jura mountains light and pale that day
i fell for you in the Jurassic age

ive loved you since then
ive loved you since way back when
i fell for you
when the earth was swollen blue
shooting stars looking so innocent
while shedding light on the mass extinction so imminent
Track Name: photoeyes
I could write a thousand rhymes on how your hand melts into mine but they would still tear and scatter when the wind blows through. no matter how loving your glance lasts for a second I know I’ll never be enough for you. Close your wallet cause his photo eyes are too much for me to take. I wont burn all your letters but I’ll wash them away. Breathe in one last time and lend a taste of the sky. By the time you exhale I’ll have set all the sails I’ll be gone without saying goodbye. I’ll go off by myself when the ones who made me cry want a piece of the glory. Never heard of again “a nice kid with a tragedy story”. Breathe in one last time and lend a taste of the sky. By the time you exhale I’ll have set all the sails I’ll be gone without saying goodbye.
Track Name: new year's eve
Something like this dies fast- that I know.
But you didn’t even stick around to apologize.
Well, you did, but we all knew it was just so you could go.

The next day you took all your things and left for Tucson.
I don’t think you even felt bad- I know you won’t look back.
It’s not like I even expect much of you anymore.

It was always about you. I could swear you thought you were the sun or something.
I hated the mall, and all your favorite records, and all the lame shows you used to make me go to;
But I went and I listened, even acted interested, cause that’s what a good friend does

Sitting in my room on New Year’s Eve,
I’m wondering if it was even worth it.
Was what we made worth the grief it cost us?
Is anything really worth this?

All the drives to Poughkeepsie and Massachusetts, New London, New York City,
Sleeping in the van and playing Brand New on the radio-
To throw that all away, it’s a pity.

I could think of it either as two years of wasted time,
Or something I was lucky to ever have at all.
Either way I wish it was still mine.
And I wish you were still mine
And I wish it didn’t all have fall apart
But it’s not, and you aren’t, and it did
But I guess that’s just growing up
Moving on, getting older

And by feeling this bad
I know I’m letting you win
So I’m happy now
I won’t give you the satisfaction

I’m feelin real good,
Feeling alright
Its new years eve,
And i’ll forget you come midnight
Track Name: bathtub (waxahatchee cover)
music + lyrics by katie crutchfield

Take my word for it, I'm not worth it
I ignored you all night and you don't deserve it
Morning, bathtub, my skin soft and hot
I was sure you were right but you're not
I contemplate my ruined fate
Someone will hurt me so bad one day
And you'll resonate or I'll apologize
Or maybe I'll make the same mistake twice
I hide from phone calls under the warm water
Malice desists, no it woefully recurs
And it plays like daytime TV shows, I confuse you
and I tell you not to love me
But I still kiss you when I want to
And I lament, you're innocent
But somehow the object of my discontent
And it's fucked up, I let you in
Even though I've seen what can happen
You make a tape, receive it in the mail
And I force myself busy, the diversion will prevail
And I will swallow all my guilt with little pills and forge my chin up
And I will only think about it in the morning, in the bathtub