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Kill My Blues

by Corin Tucker Band

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1.
Huh? Que Pasa? I've just woken up Like Rip Van Winkle in a denim mini skirt Wait, you see, now, I took a rest I took some time to be a mom and have some kids What's up y'all? I thought we had a plan Gonna move things forward for us and women round the globe Awake now, outside it froze Instead of going forward, where the hell we going now? Why? Is it so? Tell me something are living in slow-mo? Why? Is it so? I got some dreams living in a back drawer Did I lay down, did I fall asleep? On the backs of the women who have come before me? Tell me almost equal, almost good enough Almost had a woman go and run the White House What does it mean now, why can't I wake up? Is our generation stuck in a deep rut? We fight the same battle, over and over again What are we missing, tell me how can we move on?
2.
Who hears the bell when it wants to ring? WHo hears the singer trying to sing? Who picks you up when you trip and fall? Who carries you when you can't walk at all? You're the one, you are No one else hears the call You could break my fall You're the one, you are Kill my blues with your love You're the noisy surprise You're my new ringtone There's no medicine like the sound of your voice You're the longest story that's ever told You're the dirty punch line, the end of the joke When it all comes together I go tick tock The beats through my body go knockety knock I lose inhibition I lose all the doubt My faith in the moment the strongest of sounds There ain't no substitution for love in your veins I feel it rush through me and silence my aches Let's ring out the old year, the grief that I felt Let's dance to this song, let's not waste a moment left
3.
Neskowin 04:34
Packed inside a Datsun Pointed towards the coast that day Your family vacation and I came along to play Big thirteen, two teenaged girls, heading for the world Heads barely out of fairy tales But our bodies grown up and ready to go Darling I know I don't go like the other girls It's just I enjoy other toys other faculties Soon we grow bored on beachcombing Want some bigger surf to play Hatch a plan to go downtown There's a bus three times a day Lacquered up our tightest jeans testing out our looks Hit the arcade, the pizza place, so much to see So much to taste
4.
Just when I got it together Fell for a nice guy Started a family Just when I finally turned the page Can't be Doctor said to wait Close my eyes Make it go away jUst got To where I want to be I don't wanna go I don't wanna go The light the heat the love the sound the show Bad news Worse than it could be Nothing like this, nothing prepared me Give me every cure you got Fight this, fight with everything Find out who loves you Find out what love means No brakes, we're flying all downhill Just one more day for you and me Your blond hair hanging in the breeze The magic hour of sunlit trees Smiles across your face Carry me on some moonlit path A piece of my dust hanging in your hands The body is a shell that doesn't last Carry me on and on
5.
Constance 03:49
Lacy trim around her satin bedspread An open window yawns and lets the breeze come in Constance turns around, touching all the walls Picks up a book, puts it down The clock ticks loudly Let's take a walk tonight, before the sun goes down I feel the chill come on it wraps around me Constance goes away, before we're ready In the morning light, the house feels empty Gonna love you til the end of time Gonna worry for you day and night Save a memory this special time It's fine Born to take the skies I watch as you take flight THe mirrors of your eyes Reflect relief and light
6.
Did you get my message 'cause I'm feeling fine Did you get the text I sent I dropped a line It turns out I'm OK But could you stay here just the same? Put on the toughest face my dear that I could find Put on the thickest coat I have it's double-lined They gave me quite a fright Don't want bad news tonight It is a ghost from my past Did he find me home at last Is it too much to ask I want another chance? Let's take that trip together that we talked about Let's do the thing we wanted now it can't be wrong Let's start on them alright Wrap around me tight Turn off your phone, power down, turn out the light If you wanna see me then we got tonight Block out the other things They don't matter much to me
7.
Summer Jams 04:20
I've been feeling subjective Like the heat's turned my head In some long daydream sequence Involving islands and sand I'm running away I'm leaving today Senses come back slowly Through a terrible wall Every mile we head southward My blood starts to warm I'm feeling okay As long as we're leaving today Don't you want a seat at the table Don't you want to roll those dice Let's get lost in another country Let's get lost before our feelings slide You were the Joe that I wanted to go Toe to toe on the floor As we rolled Mexico You can rent me a burro we'll live off of churros Let's freak like we're pharaohs I'll be your sparrow tonight Ride in a jeep that we rented for cheap You can act like a chief sixty pesos a week It can't last for long but I'll sing you a song You can hear it go on as the sun is beginning to fade You were the man in whose elegant hands I felt sweet summer jams Running through my expanses Life may be sweet but it's short as a tweet So you better dig deep Give to me all that you can
8.
Come gather, children, gather around Night of December, our mother found She lifted us with life and when tired she put us down A candle in each window led us back to her now Fifty-two babies like the ones delivered here Souls brought so gently to this bright, brassy world We are all newborn, glassy-eyed inside her softest light Perfect love, loves the weakest, Strengthens us to do what's right What makes you weary? What makes you cold? What makes you frightened? She wants to know A touch to your hand and she knows how you feel We spend our last night with her, Laughing through our tears None like you The last time we saw you The last time we touched Then your soul floats away Like some bird in the sky Like a dove Perfect love
9.
Joey 04:28
Joey, can you hear me? I feel so cold without you now Everything is different Would you cry or would you laugh? Joey, you're a legend Wish I'd told you to your face I was just a girl then You left before I got to say Joey, it's a sad song But now you don't have to carry the world Joey, it's a bad time But now you don't have to carry the world Joey, you've got such grace A little love for everyone Rose-colored glasses, baby Cheer me up when I am down
10.
Wake up We're on the radio A shortwave of storms blowing down the barn I woke up I took the cup I drank the cup I tore it up You look scared but You shouldn't be afraid Of course there's pain in this something That we made I looked up I looked you up I held you up I carried you Leave off your charms leave off your frills We're not making songs for suburban little girls Or we are and we're much to sincere And we'll pay for all the trouble that we carry Wake up We're on the radio A shortwave of storms blowing down the barn I woke up I took the cup I drank the cup I tore it up
11.
This morning I woke and I found I'm no longer alone The first stirrings were deep Knew that you needed me and I you My old life is dead, I am glad it is shed, torn away I know now that my gift is my talent to give We are blood, bones and sand We break there just the same I'll find the strength that I need if I dig underneath I will unearth a different self Delicate, small and sweet, Her smile like the sun starts my day The joy that she brings like the treasure of kings far away But how can I keep you safe in a world full of violence Darling you know it's true, nothing I wouldn't do We are blood, bones and sand We break there just the same I'll find the strength that I need if I dig underneath I will unearth a different self
12.
Tiptoe 03:40
Laughing in the face of my own mistake Laughing as the tears, tears roll down my cheeks Oh, to love, the wrong man Scratching at the door of my foolishness I didn't want to know I didn't want to think Oh, betrayal Now I see Tiptoe through my own bedroom Don't disturb my thoughts When it's through who's black and blue? There's nothing fair in love and war Was I just too young to know the consequence? Did I give away too much? Does the woman always give? Oh, to love Does it make us weak? Now the memories are flowing like a wave Everything looks different Love has gone away Empty space Can I breath? Tiptoe through my own bedroom Bombs are going off When we're through who's leaving who? I can't look back I'm blown away Tiptoe through my own bedroom Pick up what I dropped I'm not through with you In love and war, there's nothing left

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“Corin Tucker knows how to transmute melancholy into energy, a stubborn belief that what can feel like a trap can also turn into a map to freedom.”—NPR “Fresh Air”

“A punk-rock heroine”—Rolling Stone
The Corin Tucker Band is set to return with Kill My Blues September 18 on Kill Rock Stars. The follow-up to the group’s critically acclaimed 2010 release 1,000 Years—an album hailed as “thoughtful [and] subtle” by Pitchfork and “a determined effort” by the Los Angeles Times—Kill My Blues finds former Sleater-Kinney frontwoman Tucker returning to her riot grrrl sonic roots along with band members Seth Lorinczi (Golden Bears), Sara Lund (Unwound) and Mike Clark (Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks). The group will tour the east coast this fall, please see a list of dates below.

Of writing and recording the new album, Tucker notes that Kill My Blues was a group effort. “After the past two years playing together, traveling and making music, I think we’re more comfortable,” she says. “We collaborated on every song on this record and no one was shy about their ideas. I think you can hear that sense of joy and abandon in the songs.”

Best-known for her role in punk rock mainstay Sleater-Kinney, Tucker also played in the influential early-`90s rock group Heavens to Betsy. Recently she has appeared alongside Sleater-Kinney bandmate Carrie Brownstein in the IFC comedy Portlandia. Corin lives with her two children and filmmaker husband Lance Bangs in Portland.

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