Union // Catacombs // Daughter

by Jeff Gorman

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Union : June '12 - May '13

These songs were written and recorded while I was living at the So Be It Union on Historic Cantrell Avenue. It was a leaky house. Two bands practiced there- Money Cannot Be Eaten was on the main floor and the Dawn Drapes were in the basement. My brother and I lived on the top floor together. We had a tiny shower upstairs that required you to sit on a stool while bathing. My favorite meal to make at this house was a sweet potato. One of my favorite times there was right after Christmas- I spent a week alone listening to and recording music and watching a documentary on the Cold War.

Some music I really enjoyed while at the Union was Deerhunter's album Microcastle, Wilco's album Summerteeth, and Frank Zappa's album Freak Out. One author that really inspired me there was Wendell Berry.



Catacombs : June '13 - November '13.

I did not cherish living at this house. It was a small 2 bedroom house with 4 men living in it. We moved there because rent was $150/month and my best friend Jake and I were working on a farm together and not making much money. It was hard to find a comfortable recording environment there.



The Daughter : December '13

I didn't have a drum set here.

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released March 20, 2014

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Jeff Gorman Baltimore, Maryland

Jeff Gorman is a musician out of Baltimore MD.

"The view taken is not of an activity the purpose of which is to integrate the opposites, but rather of an activity characterized by process and essentially purposeless. The mind, though stripped of its right to control, is still present. What does it do, having nothing to do? And what happens to a piece of music when it is purposelessly made?" ... more

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Track Name: Annie 1965
Annie do you remember a thing about the war?
It was late in October
Your brother said his name was drawn
Send him a message somewhere in South Vietnam

Annie what's the matter? They say it won't be long
Send Johnson a letter
Ask him to bring your brother home
To East Kentucky
Back to the place he belongs
Bring him home to East Kentucky
Back to the place he belongs

19 and 70 and no one's keepin count
Of the families that get murdered
How do you take a life?
Find the cost of freedom
Buried in the ground

To the presidents of America
Repent of your killings
All you slaves to hatred
The day will come, the day is near
Lord have mercy
On our violent hearts
Goodnight Richard Nixon
Goodbye USA
May the good Lord have mercy
on our evil ways
Track Name: Wormship
I am an earthworm in the rain
I feel no shame as I work the pavement to decay
In the past I was angry
I'll never know why
One day I woke up, happy and alive
Free from my plastic cage
The wind blew in some rain, I drank I drank
"Thank you for the drink!" I sang
The wind blew in some rain
"Thank you for the drink!" I sang
The smell of salt on slugs
The taste of gasoline
The headlines on NBC
The forest in the mall
The ripple on the beach
The headlines on ABC
(Even though I am small)

When the river rises I will find a new home
Track Name: Trademark* Hippies
It was 1963 your freshman year at San Francisco
Your parents proud to see their son studying mathematics
Took some pot while walking in the graveyard
Heard some spirits asking for their lives back
The hippie movement just felt so cool
Movin underneath of an angry you

Chapter ends you and a friend say "what's next, yeah, what's the answer?"
By 1968 you had headed east to Chicago
To the democratic national convention
The national guard there for your protection
Lake Michigan felt so cold
Takin all the heat from a raging tide

Counter-culture, who are you fighting for?
Build your house on sand

Time to get jobs, time to grow up, ah man what were we thinkin?
We were so young, just kids with ideals, those were the days
You bought sugar mountain and mined it for coal
Your daughter thinks that you were always stoned
She found your yearbook and started imitating the clothes
The counter-culture killed into a fashion

Counter-culture, who are you fighting for?
Build your house on sand
Build your house on stone
Track Name: Growin Down
Are you grown up yet
Does the war make sense
Did you graduate
Do you appreciate your country
Are you in control
Are you in control
Did you learn about
Did you figure about

I've been growin down
I'm growin down
I'm growin down
Track Name: Greeley
Royal consciousness claims
It can satisfy my highest needs
Royal promises made
To take from you
And to give to me

Callin for a new way
It's a very ancient way, suffering
Callin for a new way
It's a very ancient way, of harmony

Take you on a date to the movies
Watch the screens play
Entertain the notion that we're OK
Cynical and seductive

Callin for a new way
It's a very ancient way, suffering
Callin for a new way
It's a very ancient way, of harmony

Hold me close and I will
Tell you anything you wanna know

Callin for a new way
It's a very ancient way
Of suffering
Track Name: Heart of Kernersville
Used to feel
Do you still feel
Used to feel
Do you still feel

Release me from my numbness
Free me from indifference

Is there a word as loud as a shot
That they could say
That I could hear
Is there a scene filmed on a phone and put on the screen
That the nation could watch
Do you feel anything
Does it haunt you or move you enough to do anything

Release me from my numbness
Free me from indifference

Release me from my numbness
Free me from indifference

Release me from my numbness
Free me from indifference

Release me from my numbness
Free me from indifference

When your castle starts to fall
And you know the human cry
Don't be afraid to call your mom
Don't be afraid to apologize
When the smoke bombs and napalm
Are sown like seeds from the sky
A harvest of blood and poison will rise
And curse the warrior of death
Track Name: Wedding Hair
Ever since I cut my wedding hair the worlds ben such a peach
When I awake the coffees made and I walk out on the beach
Ever since I saw that diamond ring stare back at me and wink
The God of the universe conducts as angels sing

And it was lovely
And it was lovely

I was just 18 when he joined the war and 22 when he got back
That 4 long years in a lonely mirror hearing stories of Iraq
And when the town parade to celebrate finally came to an end
We packed it in and left for home and he looked at me and said

"Do you still love me?"
"Do you still love me?"

December wasn't warm that year and the harbor almost froze
January was dark and cold and the bars were always closed
Weren't we just pantomimes weren't we just having fun?
Were we the summertime we knew would never come?

And I'm so lonely
And I'm so lonely
Track Name: New Winter
You were my summer-time
Yeah
You were my sunshine
We were together
Yesterday
Yesterday
Track Name: 23 Yrs. Old
I'm 23 years old
But I still feel 15
I guess it's true what they're saying about adolescence
It's getting older
I'm 23 years old
But I still feel like I'm 22
Ain't a whole lot new
But I'm getting older
Still thinkin' about some of the same things I was thinkin' about
When I was 16

23 years old
But I still feel like I'm 6 or 7
Atleast I wish I was sometimes
I'd roll out of bed around 11
And breakfast would already be made for me
Now I gotta make my own toast
I'm drinkin coffee now
Guess that makes me a grown-up
Track Name: Listen to the Voice
Listen to the voice crying in the wilderness
Sow the mustard seed, it's growing in your windowsill
Turn the other cheek, it takes some courage
Finding out your wrong and asking forgiveness

I keep hearing that he's coming
I keep seeing that he's here
Justice rolls on like a river
The deserts not a waiting room

Hear the prophet speak, buy the wine and milk
(with no money)
Tearing down the signs of private property
Waiting for a horse, should be waiting for a donkey, a donkey
Looking at the sky and you breathe

I keep hearing that he's coming
I keep seeing that he's here
Justice rolls on like a river
The deserts not a waiting room

Listen to the voice crying in the wilderness
Sow the mustard seed, it's growing in your windowsill
Track Name: As Long As We've Got Eachother
As long as we've got eachother
Track Name: Son of Certitude
Sea of constant changes
Playin on the beach
Any fabrication
Hidden by the deep

A swimming pool is a mouth of spit
Compared to my wild and welcoming sea
Why do you proclaim, "Explain!"
I touched the Mystery with my soul
And the Mystery touched me

Scene of consultation
The sleeper wakes from sleep
Chilled by gentle waters
Raging and at peace
Track Name: Reason Forest 1
Any seed that you like
Any season in time
The reason forest will thrive
The reason for us arise
Track Name: Reason Forest 2
Any seed that you like
Any season in time
The reason forest will thrive
The reason for us arise
Track Name: AMIAMAN
Sun go out
Creature comin' on
Moonlight
Seen this boy before
And I
Naked I came
From my mother's womb
Naked I
Shall return to you

Curse the day
On which I was born
The pain of birth
Into an inner war
And I
Lyin' in bed
When will it be dawn?
Sun come up
When will it be gone?

And every time I turn it on there's always somethin
Every time I turn it off I'm feeling guilty
In that shadow where I found comfort
And in the light I feel alive

When I am in it
I can't see
I can't see, No
When I am with you
Whoa is me
Whoa is me Lord
Track Name: October 8 (I Don't Want To Love You)
I don't want to love you anymore than you don't want my love
Back in to the garden neighborhood where you came from