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Bye Bye These Are The Days

by Kath Bloom

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    Black vinyl records, printed by Softwax Record Pressing. Watercolor by Kath Bloom. Art design and layout by Jon Samuels. Every record comes with an excerpt of Kath's handwritten lyrics

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1.
Blinded 04:53
If you hold on and I find you And we learn to do what we must do What is true for you? Is it true for me? Does it spin so fast we can’t see What we’re doing here Cause nothing’s really clear Someone tell me how it’s meant to be When I look in your eyes I see a disguise Sometimes it is all I can see All I can see, and I’m not free I’m not free Till we find it and we know it And we have the guts to show it What is true for me Is it true for you? Nevermind, the sun is shining through Just a little light Coming through the night And now you’re gonna take me in your arms Everything I see Is how it’s meant to be But don’t you know I’m blinded by your charms I am so blind, but it’s so fine It’s so fine
2.
Your house was burning a decade ago How it all started they don’t really know Maybe a match spark got caught in your clothes But when your house is burning down You’ll need a hose Make sure your loved ones are out of the door Grab your possessions you should have grabbed more Throwing your stinging face down in the snow When your house is burning down You’ve got to go Watch all the smoke billow up to the sky All of your hopes, and all of your lies Who could have thought of this awful surprise But when your house is burning down Everyone cries Don’t fool with matches, and don’t fool with fate Even when you have too much on your plate And if you encounter love don’t hesitate Cause when your house is burning down, It is too late Jimmy and Martha stood on the next block When it was over they started to walk All through the night and the very next day Cause when your house is burning down You’re blown away
3.
Well you look to the left, look to the right How do we end up in the middle of the night? In with the breeze, planting its seed, better take heed Well you look to the sky, look to the ground Open your eyes and your hearing the sound In with the breeze, planting its seed, better take heed Well I miss your touch, everything about you was so wrong But I know too much, I cannot return where I came from In with the new, out with the old I’ve been so blue now I’ve gotta be bold In with the breeze, planting its seed, better take heed
4.
Found Love 02:30
Well I was desperate and lonely and down in the mouth I was saddened by all that I did see And the music I was hearing was a little bit too loud, Since I found love a change come over me Well my face in this play was a downhearted mask If you saw me on the street you’d turn away But he came and he gave me more than I could ever ask That’s why I’m so different today Cause I am happy to live in a world where the birds Sing and call as they fly from tree to tree Oh I am happy to give, I’m a sweet-hearted girl Since I found love a change come over me Well you’re desperate and you’re lonely and you turn on your TV And they tell you America is the place And you go out and try to be who you’re supposed to be That American Dream just slaps you in the face But I am happy to live in a world where the birds Sing and call as they fly from tree to tree Oh I am happy to give, I’m a sweet-hearted girl Since I found love a change come over me
5.
How do you survive? How do you stay alive? Where do you go when it’s all hurt you so? Why do you keep watching me with sorrow in your eyes? Don’t you know I like to put some fun in my disguise? Where is the mirth that we felt at your birth? Where is the joy when you were a little boy? Once the sun was shining, we were riding ‘cross the plains Then the wind began to blow and we both lost the reins Look around, I’m right behind you Take my hand, I think I found you It isn’t how we thought it would be But love might save us, Love could set us free. How do you survive? How can we stay alive? Where do we go when it’s all hurt us so? Turn around, I’m right behind you Take my hand, I think I found It isn’t how we thought it would be But love might save us, Love might set us free.
6.
C’mon let’s get going Even though what we’re knowing Just keeps on blowing Clear out of sight C’mon let’s get strolling Even though we’re rolling Like a locomotive Deep into the night You be northern, I’ll be southern Maybe we can meet in the middle Look around you, doesn’t it astound you? Or maybe you recognize it a little? Your eyes, my eyes Cannot disguise what we’re feeling And if we’re feeling this good People wonder if we should And they think maybe there’s Something we’re stealing Let’s find beauty, that’s our duty That’s what Keats said and it sure sounds good Well he had his say and then he went his way Some people think, sooner than he should
7.
Sometimes in the deeper shadow of my dreams I can see you walking, at least that’s what it seems Then there comes the longing, I being to ache Such a lot of hopelessness, but this is what it takes I’ve walked with you this far Underneath this star Dreams can be like falling, deep into a well In the rush of darkness, you can hardly tell Who is close to you? Who is falling first? Who will love this mystery? Who will die of thirst? Who will have their day? Who will turn around? Who is glory bound? Tell me what to do with it Tell me are we through with it? There must be some mistake If this is what it takes To find such sweet sweet hope in the face of agony In the face of tragedy, in the face of strife I will soldier on, in spite of what it does to me In spite of what it was to me, this is still my life
8.
Open Road 02:52
I like the feeling of the open road, and the wind blowing through my hair I don’t like knowing where I’m gonna go, I’m happy anywhere Sometimes this world is heavy on my shoulders Eyes of misery surrounding me The past comes rolling like a boulder and it’s right behind me! Most of us we lead a lonely life, but we don’t like to let on What if it’s lonely and it’s filled with strife, And then sooner or later it’s gone? I know that life is a miracle I don’t even like to sound satirical We are given just so much, and it can come alive at your touch! Coming over the top of the hill A thousand people standing there My heart is open it won’t take much will to look around and care See the children swaying to the music It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Everything in life begins to fit, but that mystery just won’t quit!
9.
I guess I’m always leaving things I guess it’s a curse To feel like there’s no way out Well, maybe that’s worse I didn’t mean to hurt you this way Now look at me, what can I say? All of those things I couldn’t see I’m seeing them now All of the springs that couldn’t be Are here anyhow I’m outside without a key Let’s take that ride You come with me Spinning up, spinning down And we’re turning around I could tell the end was coming Spinning in, spinning out I can’t figure it out, all I know is We are running! I see my life exploding Coming over the hill I see the love you’re holding Can you hold it still?
10.
Bye Bye 03:24
How do you know what you’re searching for? How do we know what we’re looking for? These are the days, how they fly! How will we learn how to say bye bye? How do I know what you’re teaching me? How do you know what I’m teaching you? Nobody knows where we go Who’s gonna say, “I told you so!”? I will let sorrow wash over me I will let joy wash over me too These are the days, how they fly! How do we learn how to say bye bye?

about

"Bye Bye These Are The Days” is the latest release by luminary songwriter Kath Bloom. Born to a musical family, Kath moved through an early life absorbed and in love with the 60s sea change of musical expression, into a development of her own singular voice that would age to cast a wide net of influence. Her prolific relationship with Loren Mazzacane Connors in the 80s produced a body of work held sacrosanct by generations of avant-folk luminaries. In 2007 Chapter Music released a tribute album to her songs from that time recorded by Bill Callahan, Meg Baird, Devendra Banhart and others, and her song “Come Here” was featured memorably in Richard Linklater’s 1995 film “Before Sunrise”, in a scene which Ethan Hawke claims was “my favorite scene I ever filmed”. Two lovers listen hanging on the edge of a kiss, tense and present for a moment just out of reach.

Although performing this strange and yearning body of work at the time made her nervous and withdrawn, she continued to write and perform quietly all the while. She developed happy careers in music therapy for children and horse training, learning new forms of connection that channeled back into her music and healed her relationship with performing.

In recent years she has toured regionally from her home in Connecticut and has been invited several times to tour internationally, honing her current musical partnerships with David Shapiro (guitar, vocals) and Flow Ness (percussion, vocals). While she has been encouraged to release new music for her new generation of fans, “Bye Bye These Are the Days” is the first to document her current band’s sound, which harkens back to the avant leanings of her work with Mazzacane, but the tension now is joyful and expert. This is the sound of a practiced life, learned in all stages of love and loss, and resolute to keep going, like a locomotive deep into the night.

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released August 14, 2020

All songs by Kath Bloom (BMI)

Kath Bloom - vocals, harmonica, guitar
David Shapiro - lead guitar, vocals
Flow Ness - percussion, vocals

Tracks 2, 4, and 5 recorded by Henry Birdsey at Kath Bloom's House
All other tracks recorded by John Miller
Mixed by Henry Birdsey
Mastered by Mike Ditrio

watercolor painting by Kath Bloom
design by Jon Samuels

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