Take Out The Poison

by The Bye Bye Blackbirds

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I am me The songs on this new album are either smooth but tight or rock your world. Above and Beyond their already outstanding sound, "Take out the Poison" will enter your inner being with songs that penetrate your soul through lyrics and music that are uniquely their own. These songs are the most diverse yet similar from their other albums. Listen to their songs they are awesome. The Bye Bye Blackbirds continue to exude their special sound of infinite talent. They have done it again and I believe always will; as if there was ever any doubt about these gifted musicians. Rock on Gentlemen! "Take out the Poison" is a winner !
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released August 25, 2017

Recorded and mixed by Scott Evans at Sharkbite and Antisleep Studios (Oakland) with additional recording by KC Bowman at Timber Trout (Oakland)
Mastered by Carl Saff

Performed by
Bradley Skaught, Aaron Rubin, Lenny Gill and KC Bowman with
Charlie Crabtree, Ian Lee and Andrew Wakefield

Featured guest vocalists
Lindsay Paige Garfield (“Duet”)
Olivia Mancini (“Baby We’re Fine”)
Julie Wakefield (“Your Spell Is Too Late”)

Additional harmony vocalists
Brad Brooks (“Wasted” and “Poison Love”)
Julie Wakefield (“Alfred Starr Hamilton” and "Earl Grey Kisses (Reprise)")

Horns arranged by Jamison Smeltz
Performed by Jamison Smeltz (saxes) and Scott Jensen (trumpet)

Strings arranged by Mark Clifford
Performed by Crystal Pascucci (cello), Shaina Evoniuk (violin), Kevin Rogers (violin) and Jacob Hansen-Joseph (viola)

Organ on “Your Spell Is Too Late” and piano on “Poison Love” by Khoi Huynh

All songs by Bradley Skaught (BMI) except “Poison Love” by Mrs. Elmer Laird and “Duet” by Bradley Skaught and Lindsay Paige Garfield (BMI)

Cover photograph by Michael Tittel
Layout design and packaging by John Conley

This record is dedicated to Paul Tyler, Jim Kaiser, Alicia Filomena Cota & Gil Ray

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Track Name: Earl Grey Kisses
Have we been so wrong
Have we been so lost for light
That we wrote sad songs
And squandered every line?

‘Cause there are new ways
Of winding up the gods
And when the song fades
The minor can’t resolve

And I will hold the best of you
Yes and I will kiss the rest of you
For so long

With all your time left
You send pictures from Lyon
Real lives lived
Making real loves

And I tell bad jokes
And I’ve been throwing the big fights
Till your heart broke
So I can slip inside

Listen
Listen
And tell me it’s not wrong
Track Name: Let Your Hair Fall Down
Last night left some marks on you that I can see
With chapped up lips and bruised up heart set on repeat
Grab me by the shaking hand let’s straighten the crooked out
And let your hair fall down

No one in this town will know our name
The sweat dries on your skin and it tastes like rain
Shake your dress loose bite my tongue let’s straighten the crooked out
And let your hair fall down

And if it happens all the time
What time is the right time to tell you?

Do you recognize a thing you see?
We passed this way before but it was in the Spring
Seems we’ve died a thousand times to straighten the crooked out
So let your hair fall down

And it’s about time we go too far far far
There’s no coming back from far far far
They can’t find us we’re too far far far
Track Name: Duet
Out under the moonlight
Up and down the streets you wander
From the open windows come songs that we both know
You sing high and I’ll fall in
Down the streets and through the city
And I will sing with you but I can’t make the show

Sing it all by yourself
Like it’s you and me and no one else
I will sing with you but I can’t make the show

This chord’s a major
These heartstrings ring and chime
You set the tempo
You know how it goes
I can’t remember
These words I meant to write
You say it better
Show me how it goes


Lately I’ve been searching through all the records that you left me
Trying to find you waiting in songs that we both know
Wishing I could hear your voice ring out with me one more time
But it’s too late now you’ll never make the show

Sing it all by myself
Like it’s you and me and no one else
I will sing with you but you can’t make the show

Don’t worry baby
We’re never far apart
Open your window and walk with me down through the city
Track Name: Wasted
Gimme that sign
Automated
You know I love that electricity

You wanna get high
I'm frustrated
Girl I'll be the sugar in your tea

All the ways you're found and lost
Where'd you go? Where'd you go?
All the ways these words don't add up it seems so
Wasted wasted wasted

You burn so bright
I'm cremated
Turn it up and on and feel the heat

You drank all night
but never tasted
The morning breaks without an ounce of sleep

All the ways your ship's been tossed
Where'd you go? Where'd you go?
All your lusty sailors lost I feel so
Wasted wasted wasted

Praying for you down upon my knees
Listen for you stumbling up my street, girl
There's must be somewhere loud we can meet

All the ways you're found and lost
Where'd you go? Where'd you go?
Turn the green, green grass to dust until we're
Wasted wasted wasted
Track Name: I Meant To Write
Tell them all that I meant to write
Tell them I stayed up all night
But couldn’t get it right
Still, I tried

Took a walk when the sun came up
Felt the heat through a coffee cup
My eyes were cold and numb
Still, I tried

Walking through these gray days, long days, clear ways past all light

There’s a place where the pavement ends
Before the beach and the pier begin
The trains come screaming in
So, I tried

Tell them all it’s a losers’ game
Kiss me baby, say my name
So I’ll come back again
Or, I’ll try

Do you think this breeze is never ending
Where land and sea conspire to keep me standing
Don’t tell me how the winners will be spending their
Cold, dead nights

Tell them all it’s a losers’ game
Kiss me baby, say my name
So I’ll come back again
Or, I’ll try
Track Name: Alfred Starr Hamilton
Time's a rag doll
With something bright and cold in its chest
Words can strip bark and seep between the buttons of your vest
The cold is rising
Is someone here to tell me it's fine?
So fine
Smoking by the window
Fine
Freezing in the winter

All right, I'll be listening, I'll be listening, baby
All right, right now

You know I love you
Unravelling and troubling the signs
With words that stand still and brighten in the corners of your eyes
So come inside, dear
Where everyone will tell us it's fine
So fine
Smoking by the window
Fine
Freezing in the winter
Track Name: Baby We're Fine
Tall tales in songs that never end
Two ales, and a whisky for my friend
We catch a fever
But how are we now?
We trade secrets
But how are we now?
And do we dream the same at night?

Rolling and tumbling
Baby we’re fine
Believing in something like “time flies”

Who says that we don’t want to know
Stay late, but hurry up and go
We don’t see it
So why are we blind?
We don’t feel it
So why don’t we mind?
And do we dream the same at night?

Time to drink up time to fly, with all our fears and hard luck stories, ‘round in circles you and I
Time for make-up, dry your eyes, someone calls but I won’t answer
Blue sky clear but too far from the ground
Track Name: Broken Falls
Come alive or don’t come at all
I don’t think we can make you
My brothers tried, grew cold, lost it all
I don’t think we can make you

Walk back out to the old ovations
Flip the sides never asked the stations why
Spend it all on the new vocation
Rock the baby, dull the nation
Why

Raise your toast or don’t drink at all
I don’t know who would make you
Potions fire sick brews, broken falls
Where’s the love that would make you

Love all you own
Try
Love all you know
Try
Track Name: Your Spell Is Too Late
Turn off the light, dear
You see much better at night

I don’t need your night, dear
I see what’s hidden here
Listen the rain has gone still, dear

Will you be alright, dear?
The chill sucks down into your bones

Don’t feed me your lies, dear
I know you’re waiting for
Some sign that I’m scared to go, dear

The moon is a friend of fate
Ghosts rattle garden gates
Maybe your spell is too late

Turn off the light, dear
You’ve had a long, weary day

It’s just the start, dear
I’m spinning webs to catch
Stars that won’t bring me their shine, dear

Turn off the light, dear
Turn off the light, dear
Track Name: Earl Grey Kisses (Reprise)
Have we been so wrong
Have we've been so lost for light
That we wrote sad songs
To hold you through the night

'Cause there are new ways
To reach out for a hand
And when the songs fade
You forget about the band

And I will hold the best of you
Yes and I will kiss the rest of you
For so long

With one more night left
And all the stars above
Walk through this world with me
And sing me poison love

So I tell bad jokes
And I've been throwing the big fights
Till your heart broke
So I can slip inside

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