Here in the Deadlights

by Philip Polk Palmer

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Savannah is a legendary city. The spirit of the south of the 1700s still has an ominous presence in its streets as well as nearly 300 years of ghosts since. This is the world Philip Polk Palmer captures on Here in the Deadlights, a loving tribute to his hometown.

Influenced by bands like Joy Division, The Church, The Reds, Nick Cave & the Badseeds, Echo & the Bunnymen, & Bauhaus; Palmer takes post punk & shoegaze & melancholy pop & mixes them with the ghosts, hopes, legends, & life of Savannah. “Down the River,” “Better in the Books,” & “Frog Strangler” all come from standpoint of the old men of Savannah, those who’ve lost friends & fingers to alligators & view the tourists & newcomers with disgust. “Apparition,” “The Call,” & “Embryonic Language Pilgrims” capture both the melancholic & hopeful spirit of the city. “Joyride,” “Seeing Stars,” & “Goodbye” tell personal tales of the current generation’s adventures in the city.

Hear the call & enjoy the joyride as Philip Polk Palmer takes you on an aural tour of one of the south’s great cities.

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released June 28, 2015

music by Philip Polk Palmer
engineered by Brian John Mitchell (Remora)
mixed by Brian McKenzie (Electric Bird Noise)

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Track Name: Down the River
into this world we splash through the mother earth canal
slipping sliding it feels like we’re riding on a main line straight through hell

down the river we’re going down the river
down the river we’re going down the river

just below the surface swim a million different beasts
and the banks are lined with wicked things they’re all looking for a feast

are we pushing forward or are we being pulled
it sucks you down and spits you out and reflection have us fooled

down the river we’re going down the river
down the river we’re going down the river

banks are lined with monsters waiting to attack
it’s a one way ticket liquid street there’s no turning back

down the river we’re going down the river
down the river we’re going down the river
down the river we’re going down the river
down the river we’re going down the river

well this life boat’s getting full and we’re falling overboard
drowning and choking beaten and broken hear us screaming for the lord
we’re screaming.....
down the river down the river
we’re screaming
down the river down the river
Track Name: Better in the Books
we’re using photographs for hooks - but this town looks better in the books
old south new south paula dean – shamrocks, drunks, and kelly green
this town looks better in the books

i’ve been butchered, battered, and deep fried - sprinkled with a dash of southern pride
served in nouveau restaurants - to the hipsters, snobs, and debutantes
i’ve been butchered, battered, and deep fried

this town has something in the air - just let our days pass without care
sulfur poison drifting by - makes for pretty salmon skies
this town has something in the air

we’ve got good business with our ghosts - let’s raise our glasses make a toast
tourist traps and southern lies - florence martus never dies
we’ve got good business with our ghosts

this town looks better in the books
this town looks better in the books
this town looks better in the books
this town looks better in the books
this town looks better in the books
Track Name: Frog Strangler
well it’s raining cats and dogs - alligators, fish, and frogs

well it’s been thirteen days - since i last saw the sun’s rays
the weatherman is having fun - he ain’t big on a shining sun

i’ve been drowning in a watery tomb - river’s rising in my room
well it’s raining spider’s silk - human limbs and mother’s milk

yes it’s raining
yes it’s raining
well it’s raining
well it’s raining
yes it’s raining
Track Name: The Call
this is where loves comes from - the source
this is where love comes from - the stars
this is where love comes from - this is the source, the stars
this is where love comes from - the stars
this is where love comes from
this is where love
this is where love
this is where love comes from

the chaos at the core
will be our only guide
not veering from our course
not turning with the tide
resisting with all force
heaven’s on our side
monsters from within
clawing to be free
heaven’s on our side

this is where love comes from - the source
this is where loves comes from - the stars
this is where love comes from - this is the source the stars
this is where loves comes from - the stars
this is where love comes from
this is where love
this is where love
this is where love comes from - the stars
this is where love comes from
this is where love
this is where love
this is where comes from - the stars

heaven’s on our side
heaven’s on our side
Track Name: Joyride
we were headed for our home in the middle of the night
you were working on my demise
there was water on the road, there was thunder in the air
there were lightning bolts in your eyes

i was sitting in the back and i couldn’t understand
i was trying hard not to show
but the terror that i felt it was eating me alive
it was many long nights ago

joyride
joyride

my father disappeared you were sitting in his place
you were conjured by the poisonous brew
you were staring back at me, you were talking through your teeth
i was watching as the animal grew

joyride
joyride
joyride

well my mother rest her soul, she was giving it her best
but the devil must have had a hold
she was pulling at the wheel, she was pulling out her hair
she was watching everything unfold
and i don’t know what it means and i guess i never will
and i always say i’ll let it go
but the memory of that ride has been burned into my brain
it was many long nights ago

joyride
joyride
joyride
Track Name: Seeing Stars
well i saw you last night - you were spoiling for a fight
and you never saw me
you were cursing the south - you had a hook in your mouth
but you were feeling free

well i saw you last night and you weren’t a pretty sight
i guess it’s lucky for me
that i got out when i did before we conjured a kind
with our insecurity

do you recall when we were young - you had a secret
you let me in - i never told
and i will keep it
do you recall when we were young - you had a secret
you let me in - i never told
and i will keep it

well i saw you last night - you were higher than a kite
and you were getting mean
you had a drink in your hand and you were taking a stand
against the tv screen

well i saw you last night - saw them turn out your light
when you went too far
you took a shot to the nose that took you off of your toes
and had you seeing stars

do you recall when we were young - you had a secret
you let me in - i never told
and i will keep it
do you recall when we were young - you had a secret
you let me in - i never told
and i will keep it
Track Name: Goodbye
now I sense a change within you - i’m changing too
the show is over - and i believe
that it’s time for you to leave

things got pretty ugly that’s a shame - i’ll take the blame
but even so i - will not grieve
it must be time for you to leave

now i’m sure that we both knew it would come to this - a goodbye kiss
it kinda feels like - new year’s eve
i think it’s time for you to leave

i hold for you no unkind will - i wish you well in - your wishing well
we made some memories - can you believe
it’s already time for you to leave