Cat & Mouse

by Joy Mills Band

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credits

released May 16, 2014

Joy Mills - vox, acoustic guitar
Lucien La Motte - electric guitar, pedal steel
Tom Parker - bass, vox
Mike McDermott - drums

produced by Joy Mills Band
recorded and mixed at Egg Studios by Conrad Uno
mastered by Julian Martlew
all songs © 2014 by Joy Mills, except "Blue Nights" by Lucien La Motte / Joy Mills

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Joy Mills Band Seattle, Washington

Urban country and roots from the Pacific Northwest.

"Seattle’s liveliest country-flavored act since Neko Case." - The Stranger

Seattle Weekly included 2012's release "Trick of the Eye" in Seattle's Top Country Albums 2012.

“Call it lilt with an edge.” – Leicester Bangs (UK)

“Organic country…both delicate and edgy… For the lo-fi country enthusiast.” – Maverick Mag (UK)
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Track Name: Boxcar
I went to see him he was lonely
He'd held on to that feeling for awhile
I said baby be my baby one more time

His response to me was cold as winter
He said my troubled heart does double time
Cuz see when I lost you baby, I lost my mind

And if you hear that north wind blowing won't you drift away from me
Cuz I can see my own train coming
And I'll hop onto those rails, that empty little boxcar
Is all the home I really need
And gazing up at the frozen stars, is where I'll be

My heart's an outlaw, it beats a narrow beat
A collection of my days that still remain
And if sorrow were a ghost I'd fade away, fade away
Track Name: I'll Take You
You're spinning around what they're saying
It's a rattle in your cage
And every turnaround receives you
If that's a ride that you wanna take
And I'll take you

No matter the cause, the situation
There's an undertow event
And if you cannot cross the river
Then get lost in the firmament
I'll take you

Oh, the days, how you fade away
We'll push the gravel to the shoulder
When everyone was a rolling stone
Only had to haul on by

Someone will try to shake the dust out
Someone to lift the veil a bit
The stage is set with all distraction
The time it takes, the time we've spent
And I'll take you

All over the land, across the water
The infinite and the limit set
To put ourselves out of her favor
To ride the edge of a razor
And I'll take you

Oh, the days, how you fade away
We'll push the gravel to the shoulder
When everyone was a rolling stone
Only had to haul on by
And the head that holds you can only wonder why
Track Name: Heart Attack
Hey little heart attack
Got a song and a favor
I'm gonna sit next to you
Gonna be your new neighbor
Hey little heart attack, little heart attack
You're gonna waver, baby, when you stand and deliver
Little lady and a heart attack, gentleman and a heart attack
You're gonna labor, baby, no finer endeavor
And I'll take all the blame, my heart has gone downtown

Came through that long rain
Came down that long chain of command
Into a cistern, where you wait for a whisper
And it happens all the time, these habits come to mind
And it only takes one push
Skip the beat and slip the hook
Madness, flesh and bones
Feather me inside your home
And keep that pulse steady now, I'm more than ready
And I'll take all the blame, my heart has gone down
Track Name: A Better Way
When the hour is late and you need a rest
From the dreams of the modern day
From the marks we've earned to a slow and steady burn
You turn the field again

No more time to jet to the shadow edge
Or trace the silhouette
Only time to drag the breeze and now if you please
Tell me now again

Is there a better way
To carry on
The highest wire
The blue desire
The calm before the storm
Track Name: Cat & Mouse
Here’s the key to my heart, here’s the key to my heart
Just another case of missing bees
Welcome to the stay town, where everything lies down
In the end, eventually
What a cold and lovely place to stay, place to stay
And just as I was hoping, fever broke me open
You’ve been hanging around long enough to find a way
You never cited who’s right, you’ve been here this whole time
Moving like the colors move the day
And I’ve been sleeping under your colonizing ways

And now it’s cat and mouse
One would think you’d find me hiding after all this time at play
Cat and mouse
One would think you’re tire of me after all this running around
Here’s the key to my heart, here’s the key to my heart
Just another case of missing bees
Welcome to the stay town, where everything lies down
In the end, eventually
Track Name: Out Here
I don't want to go to sleep tonight
Cuz I don't want to toss and turn
Like a fish on the silver shore
I need a river blue rushing through my lungs
And I don't want to just dream tonight
Don't want my eyes to twitch inside
I want to go down deep in the well there
Where the wishing's done, nobody knows just where

And there's dry throat and an old boat on the land out here
There's a lamp on and a map drawn by hand out here
There's no telling now, no telling how it's gonna go out here
We can't believe what we believe in

I called you up on the telephone
My teeth were sore and my skin was warm
I could slip you a simple kiss when
You go digging through time like through a bargain bin
Cuz you and me we like the underground
We like to move when the sun goes down
It's still a guessing game when all the names are named
It's a drama drawn out in a million frames

There's a flashback, a switchblade on the land out here
There's some moonlight that's been man-made on the land out here
There's no shortage of the velvet glove on the hand out here
We can't believe what we believe in

And there's a camera roll just to let it go
Til the center's thrown, dog and a bone
The prison's just the medicine
This living ain't sane, it's a cannonball
We'll head north now before the day is done
There's a paper moon behind the setting sun
We can't believe what we believe in
Track Name: Rocking Chair
Go rock in your rocking chair, they tell me
I knit and purl and fall, fall asleep
Maybe that's the way to heaven, child
Drown softly in your memories
I was once a young girl, love-fifteen, your game
You were standing there holding my future in your name
And there used to be a drive-in theater here
There used to be an old phone booth, to call home

When you went off to war, it was not in vain
Surrounded by airplanes and bullets
Like mad birds that sing
I've had to fight off these feelings, they've been with me all day
With me all day

I wanted you to see me before the words crept across the page
Before the ship passed through the jetty
Before the magnet drew my heat
Before it cast a pale eye, before the pitch of the night
Before day had broken, before I'd awoken
Before the fire was caught
Track Name: Love & War
Dear love, you're so kind
You leave all others behind
Your divining rod sets the bar so high
Who knows the score between you love and war
Dear love, do you ever feel chosen

Because the dead don't mind
And the stars still shine
If love and war go on forever

Dear war, you're so bad
The best friend I ever had
You're a lightning rod in the hand of some ancient god
Who knows the score between you war and love
Dear war, you're both above and below me
Track Name: Blue Nights
Somewhere in that darkened door
I have come to see
The blue nights now are comforting
Somewhere in that fading day
The clock has fallen down
Heaven-sore and homeward-bound

With a haunted feeling that's hard to shake
You can't see the wind only the wake
This primal dream, like something to do
Further now to see it through

He works all day and barely sleeps
She contemplates the company she keeps until the breakers break
They sleep under an open sky
They know the cruelty of the storm that washes out the devil charm

With a haunted feeling that's hard to shake
You can't see the wind only the wake
This kind of dream, like something to do
Further now to see it through
Track Name: Walkaround
Well I wanna walk around
Walk around these blues
With both feet on the ground
And my sights set on the evergreen avenue
Where I met a man who twice conveyed
If you follow it down it's gonna hollow your days
Why don't you love me, baby, like you used to do

Still I wanna walk around
Walk around these blues
I put the morning in the afternoon, the evening is nigh
And I'm feeling low, so I'm getting high
I oughta go on down to Mexico
Where I had me some fun couple years ago
I never noticed, baby, how you used to do

I never minded a walk in the sunshine
Take the long way around, catch the scenery
But you were always sitting right there in the shadows
And you were saying, I'll never call it anything
Except a fait accompli
That I wanna walk around
Walk around these blues
I put the feeling in a picture frame, we'll give it a name
But it's all been done before, it's a losing game
And after me, and after you
And the world forgets the crazy things we do
Will you love me, baby, like you used do
And if you don't, oh no
Why won't you love me, baby, like you used to do