Yesterday's Misadventures

by the james clark institute

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1.
And it’s all down to this Love letters that don’t exist A prize fighter with bloody mits Fancy foot work with a bit of a twist Down for the count and not counting on this He went down like Sonny Liston did Longing for a long distance kiss
2.
When Dean Martin crossed Jerry Lewis the martinis were dry Unlike the kiss she blew us at the Sapphire last night Six silver bullets ring out across the Nevada sky Death Valley never seemed so alive Tone slingers and tone deaf singers on a return Delta flight She’s in for some drama tonight When Dean Martin crossed Jerry Lewis the martinis were dry Unlike the kiss she blew us at the Sapphire last night Clark County Fire Department on a Sunday Afternoon And Everybody’s hanging at the pool All except for Britney, she’s down at the Double Down Saloon She’s looking cute through the eyes of this sun stroked fool And the palm trees remind me of Christmas on Mars The real mountains behind Macy’s are no distractions from the cards and the fake stars Well, look who just checked into the Flamingo Inn With a blank slate and a new respect for gin When Dean Martin crossed Jerry Lewis the martinis were dry Unlike the kiss she blew us at the Sapphire last night When Dean Martin crossed Jerry Lewis When Dean Martin crossed Jerry Lewis
3.
Baby’s got chaos in her veins. Lightning bolts at the break of day. She can’t run away from the devils parade, the devils escapades. Baby’s got madness in a glance. Take 2 steps back and ask her to dance. But you don’t stand a chance with the devils serenade, the devils lemonade. The devil seems to know just what I think. The devils in her soul, don’t let her drink from his punchbowl. Baby’s got perils in her pulse. Mascara that runs down her blouse. And I’ve been such a louse. I am the devils charade, the devils hand grenade. The devil seems to know just what I think. The devil’s in her soul, don’t let her drink from his punchbowl. And when it’s all said and done, maybe I’m the one, Who likes to wrap her ‘round my fingers and thumbs. Maybe it’s me, glory be! With hooves like goats and secret notes I send to the goddess of infidelity. But You don’t stand a chance with the devils serenade, the devils lemonade. The devil seems to know just what I think. The devils in her soul, don’t let her drink. The devil seems to know just what I think. The devils in my soul now that I drink from his punchbowl. Idle hands – the devil’s playground….
4.
As I Recall 03:08
In the brevity of the moment she stood like a brick wall I fumbled to find some logic but only found I was not logical Must be why I offered her kisses to which she refused them all As I recall As I recall Everybody’s on pins and needles waiting for the wound nurse to arrive Working on crossword puzzles and counting up who’s still alive All down through the corridor the fragrance was so medical As I recall As I recall And if I remember correctly she was staring directly at me I can arouse exactly the colour of the taxi that set her free Pornographic sidewalk chalk drawing censored by the rain With lady luck on our side there was nothing really left there to explain Why oh why when the hammer came falling did I not get up and crawl I can’t recall No, I can’t recall If I remember correctly she was staring directly at me I can arouse exactly the number of the taxi that set her free Except from my memory My memory My memory As I Recall
5.
I don’t leave the radio on anymore No I don’t leave the radio on anymore You were a special girl who only needed one more life Selfishly spoken as I lay in a ball here tonight I still see you from the corner of my eye And sometimes I swear I even hear you cry But you’re just playing with the loose strings of my mind And I don’t leave the radio on anymore No I don’t leave the radio on anymore And there’s no real reason for stumbling through the door No I don’t leave the radio on anymore If I’d been more like you I could see myself through this darkness Won’t somebody please let me out of this bag labeled loneliness You always landed square on your feet I hope this time I can be so lucky As I fall from a billion stories All about her and the rattle of the keys That makes the engine purr And brought her to me And killed her curiousity Emptiness is scratching at the screen Something’s amiss now things have changed I cannot speak, my tongue, she’s got again And I don’t leave the radio on anymore No I don’t leave the radio on anymore And there’s no real reason for stumbling through the door No I don’t leave the radio on anymore
6.
On the positive side I was feeling pretty low this morning I awoke to the sound of the letter sliding under the door And I craned my neck and I heard the footsteps moaning And I dropped that warning atop my collection stored Then at 3:51 I saw the noon day sun Don’t wait for me Don’t wait for me I’ll be a long time coming With complete abandonment and my Siamese twin I approached my predicament with some chagrin Then the tightrope walker ran with her feelings within Requesting a dance but alas, she felt no connection So at 4:51 my knotted stomach came undone Don’t wait for me Don’t wait for me I’ll be a long time coming He came to me in a dream clutching his 6123 He offered it up to me And I agreed whole heartedly I said please with a double ‘e’ Then I awoke in the same clothes I was wearing on Wednesday Saturday morning cartoons drop like an anvil in my head And though my reception is still somewhat fuzzy I swear I saw my life flash before me on my TV set Because at 5:51 my epilogue ran long Don’t wait for me Don’t wait for me I’ll be a long time coming Don’t wait for me Don’t wait for me I’ll be a long time A real long long time A long time coming
7.
They’re burning down the alder wood Sweeping up my dream soot Finding bits of never coulds and always wishes The villains down on Fourteenth Street Suffocating the concrete And their faces look so complete among the ashes I need someone to help me break this family curse Before I’m fixed for the company hearse The factory up on Jutland Road Where we’d go to watch the dolls explode Now houses a different load behind the bricks and mortar The Colonel’s villa is up for lease Upon the door hangs a sympathy wreath From all the ones who had the sense to leave And left this weight on my shoulders I need someone to help me break this family curse Before I’m fixed for the company hearse I really thought it was going to be you But you decided you cannot deny it You’ve much better things to do ooh ooh ooh I need someone to help me break this family curse Before I’m fixed for the company hearse I need someone to help me break this family curse Before I’m fixed for the company hearse It really can’t get any worse Now I’m fixed for the company hearse
8.
I could never draw from perspective I’ve never been good But I’ve heard love is supposed to be simple I wish I could draw you in the neighbourhood of my heart I am drawing to conclusions It’s my second nature I’ve read every girl loves to get flowers And all I have is a picture of my heart Charlie Schulz was always in love Charlie Schulz was always in love Charlie Schulz was always in love In love like me So I’m withdrawing from society It’s just a little too complex I was told life was going to be simple It’s had the opposite effect on my heart Charlie Schulz was always in love Charlie Schulz was always in love Charlie Schulz was always in love In love like me Let’s start with a fresh page All mistakes can be erased We’ll put our thought bubbles together And leave no trace of yesterday’s misadventures Charlie Schulz was always in love Charlie Schulz was always in love Yeah Charlie Schulz was always in love Charlie Schulz was always in love Charlie Schulz was always in love Charlie Schulz was always in love
9.
I’m up here on the window ledge and I’m waiting for the solar eclipse To be dreadfully honest I’ve been in the dark ever since we kissed And I’m looking for adjectives I cannot find They won’t touch these swollen lips or come to my broken mind And my ears only want to hear Monica’s harmonica I’m down here in his dungeon and I cannot wash my hands enough Thought I was immune to his insanity but still I just scrub and scrub My eyes roll back while my mouth gets dry I have a head full of ideas but no idea why Because my ears only want to hear Monica’s harmonica Monica plays oh so sweet Monica says she’d like to meet Under the stars And to come as I are I’m out here on a limb hanging by the proverbial thread I threw precaution to the wind and repercussions under my bed She needed to feel what I heard in her touch So I held her near and it was far too much Then my ears only had to hear Monica’s harmonica. Monica plays oh so sweet Monica says she’d like to meet Under the stairs And to come if I dare Monica and her harmonica It’s Monica just because
10.
Dorothy 03:45
When I remember you I think of flowers on blouses Sad country songs in a home in a circle of houses When I remember you I recall the dog day vacations A week full of rain trying your patience The flies on the screen seem to loom When I remember you Dorothy, switch off your T.V. and talk to me for a while And tell me one of your stories about Dorothy and I’ll see you smile Like you remember me too When I remember you I hear the laughter contagious It’s on all of the faces in the kitchen with the checkered floor And when I remember you I smell the cedar in the treasures The leaves from the hedges fall to your feet upon the front porch While the neighbours clamber for your point of view When I remember you Dorothy, switch off your T.V. and talk to me for a while, And tell me one of your stories about Dorothy and I’ll see you smile, Like you remember me too When I remember you The clothes line hangs heavy in the afternoon And Sunday supper fills my head with perfume And milk bottles don’t rattle like they used to But I still remember you Dorothy, switch off your T.V. and talk to me for a while And tell me one of your stories about Dorothy and I’ll see you smile Like you remember me too Yeah like you remember me too

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Produced by iconic Canadian musician, Moe Berg (TPOH). Additional production contributions from respected Toronto musicians, John Dinsmore (Kathleen Edwards, NQ Arbuckle) and Garry Flint (National Velvet). Many adventures AND misadventures occurred along the way to making this album. Most of those occurrences make up the songs.

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released October 21, 2016

Produced by Moe Berg.
As I Recall and Monica's Harmonica produced by John Dinsmore.
It's All Down To This and Dorothy produced by Garry Flint.

James Clark - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, drums, percussion, harmonica.
Chris Bennett - electric lead and slide guitars, acoustic guitar, b. vocals.
Moe Berg - electric lead and slide guitars, bass guitar, b. vocals.
Jeff Dunk - bass guitars.
Greg Conde - keyboards.
Brad Holy - drums.
Lauren Hawkins - b. vocals.
Adam Connor - b. vocals.
John Dinsmore - b. vocals.

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the james clark institute Toronto, Ontario

Under the guise of ‘The James Clark Institute’, Toronto based music artist, James Clark takes the classic pop song style that he grew up with and gives it his own spin. The music of Elvis Costello, Ray Davies and Lennon and McCartney have all influenced James' musical style. “A wealth of songwriting talent” says renowned music writer/ ex-MuchMusic VJ Michael Williams in Cashbox Canada. ... more

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