Growing Wild

by Susan Jane

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released January 20, 2015

Credits

Matthew DePasquale, Michelle Kwon and Dario Slavazza (session conductor) appear courtesy of Magik*Magik Orchestra.

Susan Jane is:
Judi Corvinelli—drums
Priscilla Holbrook—vocals, guitars, synths, organ
Peter Raucci—vocals, percussion
Brit Till—vocals, guitars, bass, synths, organ

Produced and mixed by Dan Huron, except for “Perfect Person” and “Sleep is My Drug,” produced by Ted Ottaviano. Additional production on “Perfect Person” by Dan Huron. 
Engineered by Jay Pellicci. 
Mastered by Kevin Blackler at Blackler Mastering. 
Recorded at Tiny Telephone, San Francisco, CA 2014.

Band photography: Daniel Witterman

Artwork:
‘idea’ and ‘taking root’ by Kate MacDowell
photographed by Dan Kvitka

Published by Kids in the Van Music (BMI)

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Susan Jane New York, New York

About Growing Wild, Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) said, “Fucking lovely...warm and sophisticated and dream-state, and the more I listen to it, the more it sounds like a record I've had for years. And the lyrics are all amazing. Super beautiful and elegant!” ... more

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Track Name: On Your Own
You’re on your own, kid
Chin up and have a drink
It’s never half as bad as what
You’re bound to think

So listen up, child
Don’t let your thoughts run wild
You knew you’d have to face 
Your demons all the while

I’ll keep it to myself
Won’t let on that I'm scared
And if I lose the thread
At least I'll be prepared

Won’t ever get attached
Won’t ever give away
The secrets of myself
That shaped me just like clay

I did it all myself
I made myself!
I made myself!
I didn’t need you

I made myself!
I made myself, myself!

And what did you ever do?
Your demons took hold of you
What did you ever do?
You let your demons take hold of you

I’m on my own today
Track Name: Songs I've Never Seen
I’m rubber
You’re glue
I’m gonna stick it to you
What gives?
You take
Everything that I make
And hide it away
Like a flower in the attic
Now I’m taking it back
Don’t make me get drastic

Down in the basement
Growing wild
Can you taste it?
Songs I’ve never seen

They said be yourself
And you have to really want this
Don’t complain
Just lean on the doorway
To stay out of the rain
Now no more bare my soul
As you roll your eyes
And expertly convey
A bit too strange
Good day!
Now we’re going down

In the basement
Growing wild
Can you taste it?
Songs I’ve never seen

How I wasted my summers
In your dark little room
Good thing my synesthesia
Can heal cultural wounds
It took me a while
And I’m doing okay
I’m gonna move on
But there’s still so much to say
Though maybe we should save it 
For the Remix

Hey hey hey hey yeah

There are reveling songs
There are songs for the goat
But the songs that we see
Are the songs that we wrote
Track Name: Not Wasted
It’s all right, I’m okay
How’s it goin’?
Don’t care, it doesn’t matter anyway
Here she comes
Sleep till noon, massive headache
Please don’t call my telephone
Watch the killer shows on TV
That’s the night...
Bye!

Here she comes
A brand new day

Existential crisis
Took you only four Manhattans
Static island, queens intruded
Batteries are not included
Self-reliance, cold appliance

Here she comes
A brand new day

No such thing as wasted...time

Manilow’s on the deli radio (the pain is calling)
Scary, the things that feel good with coffee
Sunshine in my eyes

Here she comes
A brand new day
Track Name: Morning Light
I’ve been on the brink of falling my whole life
Is caving in and I could not be happier
To see you in the morning light

There’s a time and place for fear
And that's not here and now, my dear
‘Cause what we need is to figure out
How we will last another year

I caught you dreaming
Did you see me?

It’s funny how no matter where I go
I feel you near and I should know by now
That you’ve replaced
A part inside me that you keep
With a part of you that I hold deep

I caught you dreaming
Did you see me?
I heard you singing
Did you hear me?
Our voices reaching to each other

In the morning light
Oh, you feel so right
Hold you close to me
We were meant to be
Track Name: Persuasion
“To see you,” cried he, “in the midst of those who could not be my well-wishers, to see your cousin close by you, conversing and smiling, and feel all the horrible eligibilities and proprieties of the match! To consider it as the certain wish of every being who could hope to influence you!”

“You should have distinguished,” replied Anne. “You should not have suspected me now; the case is so different, and my age so different...”

All the surprise and suspense, and every other painful part of the morning dissipated by this conversation, she re-entered the house so happy as to be obliged to find an alloy in some momentary apprehensions of its being impossible to last.

“You should have distinguished,” replied Anne. “You should not have suspected me now; the case is so different, and my age so different...”

An interval of meditation, serious and grateful, was the best corrective for everything dangerous in such high-wrought felicity. And she went to her room, and grew steadfast and fearless in the thankfulness of her enjoyment.

I must learn to brook being happier than I deserve.

“You should have distinguished,” replied Anne. “You should not have suspected me now; the case is so different, and my age so different...”
Track Name: Nebraska
In the field behind our house
Bullfrogs like cannonballs
The plant behind the field
Leaking plutonium

Pack the kids in the van
And let’s fly to Nebraska
Hit some deer on the way
It’s a rite of passage

In the towns around the plant
Grow mutant gladiolus
Inside the willow tree
We perfect our superpowers

Pack the kids in the van
And let’s fly to Nebraska
Hit some deer on the way
It’s a rite of passage

And can you heal me there?

Airfield wreckage, winter’s night
Mother like a phoenix
Did you save yourself for us?
Your kids, your will to live

Pack the kids in the van
And let’s fly to Nebraska
Hit some deer on the way
It’s a rite of passage

And can you heal me there?
Track Name: Perfect Person
Sleepaway love
Softball glove
Golden tan
Wide watchband

Stay and sway with you
Be alone with you
Be at one with you

Sneak away
The sleepaway
While the counselors
Dream away

Stay and sway with you
Be alone with you
Be at one with you

Bears in the woods
No cares in the woods
The perfect person
Hand under my shirt

Friendly you
Bend over me
To say “Here’s the sea
Inside this shell”

Stay and sway with you
Be alone with you
Be at one with you
Track Name: Sleep Is My Drug
Sleep is my drug—it hugs like no other
And during the night I dream unsmothered
Of my life, before I ever met you

Sleep is my wing and hope is my second
When my heavy eyelids beckon
I dream of ways of how I’ll let you go

But when I wake up I can’t remember
How it was I tamed your temper
So I could close you off and go to sleep

Sleep is my drug, and sleep will recharge me
When your cruelty turns to bombard me
My return to consciousness is charged

Eyelids are shields and dreams ammunition
Sleep is my drug—it fuels my ambition
To release my mind from your abuse

I’ll take with me all that’s worth keeping
I’ll leave you one night while you’re sleeping
And I’ll wake up in peace

Sleep is my wing and hope is my second
When my heavy eyelids beckon
I dream of ways of how I'll let you go

I’ll take with me all that’s worth keeping
I’ll leave you one night while you’re sleeping
And I’ll wake up in peace
Track Name: Wrong Road
Few and far between
Are feelings I have never felt 
This way, this scintillating
Rush of doubt

I keep moving my feet follow
Where I don’t know a soul
Or how I’ll get back home

Cut the cord connecting
Who I was before
And who am I but
Orbital debris adrift

In space fanning out time 
Unravelling faster than
I leave my trail of crumbs

And when you go there
Don’t just follow where you’ve been before
If you’re not scared you’ll know
You’re on the wrong road

Once upon the time I spent
Collecting friends
I found myself
Expressed in every conversation

Silence defines what I’m hiding from
And when I’m found
Silence turns into sound

And when you go there
Don’t just follow where you’ve been before
If you’re not scared you’ll know
You’re on the wrong road

You’ll feel it in your bones
When you’re on the right road