Timing and Lighting

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This album was released along with a 300-piece series of poster-size paintings by Summer of abstract emotive female faces. www.SummerTheArtist.com

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released June 1, 2011

Summer-- vocals, keyboard, acoustic and electric guitars Henry Strange-- drums on “Timing And Lighting,” bass on “Pink Elephants” Jess Stroup-- electric guitar and organ on “Not A Love Song,” nasty electric guitar on “Keep, ” electric bass on “Have To Leave” and “Keep,” synths on “Have To Leave” and “Blood,” Wurlitzer, Ebow Steve Goldun-- upright bass on “Timing And Lighting” Brud Giles-- drums on “Keep” Laura Escude-- violin on “Truth” Joel Long-- electric bass on “Not A Love Song” All tracks produced by Henry Strange, except “Messed Up” produced by Jess Stroup. Executive producer, Bill Bauman. All songs written by Summer, except lyrics to “Close,” by Will Richards. Published by LossLess Publishing. Recorded in private studios, bedrooms, and closets in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Portland, OR, except vocals on “Pink Elephants” and drums on “Keep” tracked at Fremont Studios, Portland, OR. Mixed by Henry Strange. Mastered by Will Quinnell at Sterling Sound, NYC. Engineered by Nathanial Tate, Zachary “Bugz” Welcher, Matthias Lange, Kevin Sauter, Keith Brush, Brud Giles, Bill Bauman, Henry Strange, and Summer. Edited by Summer. Vocal direction by Claire Rupard. Photography by Henry Strange. Art direction and design by Summer. Front cover inspired in part by the digital artwork of Xilia Faye. Bill and Henry- Words are tiny, ridiculously inadequate containers to hold this much gratitude. Thanks for seeing what could be before it was. Jess- Thanks for always being there and sprinkling your amazing talent all over this album. Claire- Your expertise changed my life. You taught me to sing in multiple senses of the word. For lending impeccable ears: Pete Adams, Ceiri Torjussen, Brud Giles, “Q” Danskine, Jess Stroup For your support: Bill Haas & Becki Lott, The Kelloggs, Laura Escude, Stephen Bauman, Stewart Osborne, Shannon Proud, Lacinda Reisland, Marshall Oram, Keith Brush, Robert Kamunyori, Moti Scotti, Jeremy Gloff, Summer’s Family, Sue Murphy, Henry’s various incarnations of house-mates and everyone else who put us up or put up with us during the making of this album.

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Track Name: Not A Love Song
NOT A LOVE SONG Lyrics
by Summer

I guess when they ask,
That’s what we’ll say
That we did it for love
But we do it anyway

Muted conversation
So you pick up your pen
And you make up a story
Of what you think they meant

All these vacant ideas
Waste too much of my time
Why don’t you bring the reason
And I’ll bring the rhyme?

(Chorus)
It’s not a love song
At least not like you think
And by that,
I don’t mean anything

Everyone has a dream
Everyone has a plan
Of who they wanted to be
Where they wanted to land

Who cares where it comes from?
Even less where it goes
Who am I to argue
With what everyone knows?

(Chorus)
It’s not a love song
Well, not to me
Unless, of course
That’s what you want it to be
It’s not a love song
Not like you’d think
And by that
I don’t mean anything

Faith, hope, and love
Drive some people on
Me, I’ll stay right on this bench
And keep on playing my song

I’ll do it for faith
I’ll do it for hope
I’ll even do it for love
Even if it’s not my own

(Chorus)
It’s not a love song
Well, not to me
Unless, of course
That’s what you want it to be
No, It’s not a love song
Not like you’d think
And by that
I don’t mean anything

So I guess when they ask
That’s what we’ll say
That we did it for love
But (truth is) we do it anyway
Track Name: Timing and Lighting
TIMING AND LIGHTING Lyrics
by Summer

He’s not you
I know it’s a cliché, but it’s true
He’s not you

He doesn’t kiss me like you do
He doesn’t care for me like you
He doesn’t tease me like you do

I know we can’t be together now
Or if we ever would
I know we can’t be together now

She’s not me
I don’t know if you can see
But she’s not me

Does she hold you like I do?
Does she kiss you between the eyes like I do?
Would she always tell you the truth?

I know we can’t be together now
Or if we ever could
I know we can’t be together now


Life is just Timing and Lighting
Life is all Timing and Lighting
Now’s not the time for settling down
The light falls away from us now


I’m not on my knees
I know when it’s time to leave
I just wonder if you’d agree

That we were a good team
That we could’ve made it through anything
Except for bad timing
Track Name: Have To Leave
HAVE TO LEAVE Lyrics
by Summer

I have to leave
I have to go
Of what’s next
I don’t pretend to know

I ate the food
I walked the streets
talked to the people
This city’s been good to me

I’ve lived all over this country
And If there’s one thing I know
It’s that people don’t live in places
They live in hearts and minds and souls

You say that I just keep moving
You say that I can’t keep still
Would you say the same of the ocean waves?
Or the clouds on a windy day?
Or when the seasons change?
Baby, you know my name

I have to leave
I have to go
I wish I had the time
To know you better

Will you remember me
As the girl with the crazy hair
As adventure on the subway
Or temptation
Was I just temptation?

I’m not trying to steal you away
I just wanted a few kisses more
But desire’s got nothin’ on virtue
When you walk away
Then you stay away

So Goddamn the timing
And goddamn the lighting
Damn everything
that keeps it
All out of reach

I have to leave
I have to go
It always ends like this

I have to leave
I have to go
It always ends like this
But it never ends
Never really ends
Track Name: Pink Elephants
PINK ELEPHANTS Lyrics
by Summer

I will not forget
Thrown babies at 4am
And I will not forget
How many times you broke that paddle on him

Or a junked up house from bottom to top
With little pathways for us to walk
And I cannot forget the piano
And the handcuffs

And it’s alright
It’s okay
It don’t matter that much now anyway
It’s alright and it’s okay
It don’t matter that much
Anyway

It must have been hard
To grow up with a mother like yours
Please don’t think
I haven’t thought of that before
And I feel for you
I mean, I really do
But I feel for me too

But it’s alright
It’s okay
It don’t matter that much now anyway
It’s alright and it’s okay
It don’t matter that much
Anyway


I got over it
And I don’t know if you
Need to get over it too
But if you do
This is me
Forgiving you

And it’s alright
It’s okay
It don’t matter that much now anyway
It’s alright and it’s okay
It don’t matter that much
Anyway

That faded book of my childhood
Has long been closed
From now on, I will not bring it up
I will not discuss
What only
Pink elephants know

And it’s alright
It’s okay
It don’t matter that much now anyway
It’s alright and it’s okay
It don’t matter that much
Anyway
Track Name: Messed Up
MESSED UP Lyrics
by Summer

Baby, take my keys tonight
Because I just can't drive
You always take such good care of me
And you know you treat me right
(Chorus)
You never tell me
I am so messed up
That I'm so messed up
That I am so messed up

You go out with other girls
And I try to play it cool
I know you'd never try to hurt me
But sometimes, you do
(Chorus)
Still, you never tell me
I am so messed up
That I'm so messed up
That I am so messed up
(Bridge)
And I know you know me well
That's just a little too well
For me

Baby, take my keys tonight
Because I just can't drive
Track Name: Close
CLOSE Lyrics
by Will Richards

I’ll be up until about tomorrow some time
Hoping you’ll call in a favor or two
And I would arrive and pile on the lighter side
Make you smile your flossed smile wide

You’d say hey and I’d be coy and make you
Kiss me again and again and again, It’s true, I would
It could be so simple you know
Just give me a chance and I’ll smile, pretty

And we’ll be close to what’s most important to me
Yes, we’re close to what’s most important

And you can smile at your moon
It’s beautiful over and over and over again
And so are you, and so are you, you said to me

We missed the sunset, the sky, the smell and our ride
And we’re missing each other when you’re on your inside
I’m on your out, you’ve got your pride
And I’m all torn up for all the wrong lines
And we’re close to what’s most important to me
Yes, we’re close to what’s most important

The strings of your voice have been silent too long
Don’t tell me I’m wrong ‘cause I’m right you’re strong

But you’re so fragile, so subtle, so you, so I hope
You can do what you need to do

Your ride alone time and all
I’ll be up until about tomorrow some time
And I wouldn’t mind if you decided to call

And we’ll be close to what’s most important to me
Yes, we’re close to what’s most important
Track Name: Home
HOME Lyrics
by Summer

Check my pulse
Am I still alive?
Get your motorcycle, baby
Let’s go for a ride
Down country roads that wind
Lined with beautiful trees
wind on our arms and our legs
I feel so free
This place is so easy
Everyone fell asleep

Your poetry brings me to my knees
The reason I’m leavin'
Is what you love about me
‘cause after nine o’clock
there’s just one place to eat
I’m not hungry anyway,
I’m just choking on my need
For adventure, fun, spontaneity
I just can’t stay here
I’m sorry

Your place
Is in my heart
No, you don’t rent
You bought
And I’m not going anywhere
Anytime soon
I might live on the road
But my home
Is with you

Lacks imagination
That’s what I’d mark on your card
Not so much for your person
But for where you are
Yes, I’ll help you discover
Shel Silverstein
I can’t believe you never read him—
But your dad was mean
What I want more than anything
Is to help you be… better


We laughed when Jake said
He moved into her
I think I know what he meant
he just used the wrong words
He meant he’s never really alone anymore
He doesn’t think of where he lives
like he did before
And my heart never needed a home
It needed a door

Your place
Is in my heart
No, you don’t rent
You bought
And I’m not going anywhere
Anytime soon
I might live on the road
But my home
Is with you
Track Name: Reason
REASON Lyrics
by Summer

I often wondered
How she could leave
I was five, my sister was four
My brother was three
I know that she was young
But so were we

And I don’t think any reason
Could ever satisfy me

My father was a native
Of this land
He told me of Great Spirits
And destruction by the white man
Two hundred years now
And we’re still trying to get back up

And I don’t think any reason
Could ever satisfy us

So many years gone by
And now we’re grown
The hurt in our hearts has dulled
But still visits us when we’re alone
She says, “There’s just so many things
You couldn’t have known.”

But I don’t think any reason
How could any reason
Is there any reason?

Useless explanations
Random collections of words

I don’t think any reason
How could any reason
How could any reason
Ever pacify her?
Track Name: Keep
KEEP Lyrics
by summer

You would keep me
But I’m not the keeping kind
I can’t leave you
Like I left the others behind

I’ve got strong hands
You’ve got a sore back
I think that this kind of thing might last
You’ve got a taste for windows in june
I’ve got a taste for you

(Shhh) Don’t tell yourself
And don’t you dare tell me
(Shhh) There’s nothing I want more than to be yours
To keep

I would leave you
But you’re not the leaving kind
I don’t want to keep you
Like I kept the others behind

I’m of like mind
Save your speech lines
I know that now is a long time
I don’t dare tell the wind which way to blow
Sometimes I (just) want to know

(Shhh) Don’t tell yourself
And don’t you dare tell me
(Shhh) There’s nothing I want more than to be yours
To keep

Every little leaving
Unravels another thread
I need to keep my artist hungry
If I ever want to get
Fed

I would keep you
But I’m not the keeping kind
You weren’t mine for the keeping
And neither was I

I’ve got strong hands
You’ve got a sore back
I think that this kind of thing might
I think this kind of thing
I think this kind of thing might
Last

I want it to last
I don’t want it to last
(repeat)
Track Name: Blood
BLOOD Lyrics
By Summer

It gets so hard to manage all this blood
It gets so hard to manage all this blood

It’s hard to manage
All this blood
The casing’s always breaking
And it’s easy to cut
Easy to cut

(then you just have) All this blood

My life is liquid
My veins are little streets
It makes a mess
It makes a mess
Called me
A mess called me

So messy! Sticky!

It makes a sound
I hear it pounding in my ears
You still make it boil
After all these years
All these years

(My blood’s still boiling!)

I was leaking
And I didn’t even know
Cued by the moon
It just starts to flow
It starts to flow
It starts to flow
It starts to flow

Sometimes it’s red
Sometimes it’s blue
If I could, I would change my color too
I would be red
Then I would be blue
And all the time I’d be coursing inside of you
It get so hard to manage
Sometimes I’m hard to manage too
Sometimes I’m just so hard to manage

Just like all that blood

It’s hard to manage
All this blood
Can’t you feel it flowing
Inside each of us
It’s inside each of us

(There’s just) All this blood
Track Name: Truth
TRUTH Lyrics
by Summer

The truth is still the truth
Whether it’s known to you
The least you could do
Is make it known to me

That soft plush rug
No longer sinks beneath my feet
Now it’s your magic carpet
Carrying you away from me

And who’s that riding next to you?
Another silhouette in the breeze
I can’t see her face
But she looks a lot like me

You say she’s a good muse for you
I used to be your muse
You say she’s a good muse for you
I used to be your muse
You are the muse of my eternity
You are the muse of my eternity

The truth is still the truth
Whether it’s known to you