Dark Day to Drive

by Doolittle and the Raiders

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SEXUAL DECADE RECORDING COMPANY PRESENTS:

'DARK DAY TO DRIVE'

an album by Mickey Doolittle and the Raiders

Recorded at Gates Motel in January and February of 2014

Album artwork by Phoebe Chung

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released May 8, 2014

Personnel:

Mickey Doolittle: vocals, piano, guitar, drums

John Feliciano: electric bass, double bass

William Lawrence: drums

Maya Shanker: violin

Donny Dinero: guitar

All songs written and produced by Mick Doolittle
2014 RAIDERTOON MUSIC (BMI)

with the exception of “Heart Stands,” written by Ryan Headley

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Mickey Doolittle

Mastered by Mark Evans

String arrangements by John Feliciano with Mickey Doolittle

All photographs and artwork by Phoebe Chung


Thanks to John Feliciano for bein on point. Thanks to Phoebe for all her time, hard work, and vibes. Thanks to Headley for letting me cover his beautiful song. Thanks to the Gates Motel Family.

Sexual Decade 2016

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Doolittle and the Raiders Brooklyn, New York

LOUNGE / SOUL / FOLK / POP / ROCKEE ROLLEE

Mickey Doolittle is the alias of Michael A. Hesslein.

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Track Name: Domino Road
I got Holly’s arms around me
Holding me like a little dog
And the small rain at her windows whispers all night long
To some kind of love she just can’t face

She trades a shower for ripe red lipstick
Her last cigarette for a beer
And the birds all wake outside her door
With the TV on so loud

It’s a long long long long long way down Domino Road
It’s a low low low low low rent way to go
Greasy eyes and a holy moon
Breathing up her skirt
I don’t wish her eyes were blue, and
She just loves to lose it

Lady Day, she smiles on me
From the backyard on Jefferson Avenue
Is it her sweat on my stomach
That makes her feel like she has to?
If she’s got something for me
Tell her that it’s already here
And it ain’t desire, and it ain’t tragedy
That’ll take away her years

It’s a long long long long long way down Domino Road
It’s a low low low low low rent way to go
Greasy eyes and a holy moon
Breathing up her skirt
I don’t wish her eyes were blue, and
She just loves to lose it

If she falls asleep in sunshine
Buy her a wicked hat
That’ll dance upon her pretty head
In the shadows drunk with regret

It’s a long long long long long way down Domino Road
It’s a low low low low low rent way to go
Greasy eyes and a holy moon
Breathing up her skirt
I don’t wish her eyes were blue, and
She just loves to lose it
Track Name: The Ballad of Peter Daniels
Peter Daniels grabs the handle
Blue Camaro goin’ to see LA
With his cocaine problem taken care of
No one to blame it on, and the dews hangin in there tight
To his ripe red headlights.

He just can’t sing some sorry praises
He can’t just drive and count the Days Inns
All the way to Burbank, love
‘Cos it’s about longing
And it’s disappointing

Jackie Daniels in a foam cup
Getting a hard on like Dino Martin
Saying “Boy I burned ‘em!” and “I sure could learn ‘em.”
Every morning turns ‘em back into a dream
Fuck debt and toothaches.

He needs a girl
He needs a morning
He needs a girl

And it's about longing
And it's about bonding
And it's about resting

He just can’t laugh like nothing’s gone at all
With the TV on MUTE
And the ironing board all
Smoking like a teenager
And man it’s so damn easy.
Track Name: Casey Jane's Blues (Wade the Water)
I wrote her name at the top of the stairs
And I ran me cold water on my nails, uh huh
I’ll wait here in Georgia
I won’t eat nothin’ til spring
My people won’t know, but you’ll know

That I’m wading the water
I’ll sit here in Georgia
I’ll wait for you all year just so
Take me away Casey Jane
Show me that country you know.

I’m here for her, and you’re here for my health
Peelin’ that corn by yourself, uh huh
She’s passin’ me by
I won’t leave til I’m dry
My people will laugh, but not how you laugh

When I’m wading the water
I’ll sit here in Georgia
I’ll wait for you all year just so
Take me away Casey Jane
Show me that country you know.
Take me away Casey Jane
Show me that country you know.
Track Name: Rebecca Lies
I wish that she were high
And I could watch her start my car
Mmm.

Is she tense around the ears?
Is she thinking about Barcelona
Like i am?
Like a child.

Lie lie dee die lie dee die lie dee die lie dee die

Rebecca lies
Rebecca’s eyes
Can’t hold even time
I skip the diamond dice
Down the stairs at night
Rebecca lies

I want her to be fair
Fair in the most subtle ways
Hurt me, hear
Me out

Lie lie dee die lie dee die lie dee die lie dee die

Rebecca lies
Rebecca’s eyes
Can’t hold even time
I skip the diamond dice
Down the stairs at night
Rebecca lies
Track Name: Heart Stands
My hearts working harder than I do
My hearts in it more than I am
My feet still stand
My feet still stand where I stand
My heart stands up when I can’t

My feet stand
My feet stand
Just count them

My hearts working my hearts working
I couldn’t have done it without you
I couldn’t have done it without you
I couldn’t have done it without you
But one night I’ll have to

And what a different scene
What a different scene
You wouldn’t retreat
Like I retreat

My hearts working harder than I do
My hearts in it more than I am
My feet still stand
My feet still stand where I stand
My heart stands up when I can’t
I couldn’t have done it without you
I couldn’t have done it without you
I couldn’t have done it without you
But one night I’ll have to
Track Name: Don't Dance Away
I wanna take you dancing
But I could be your runner
Been a while, Candy
But you got me in the bag
Take me back to Ice Pond Road
One more time and then back
Turn me.

Are you high and lonely?
Swimming in your fig tree?
Can I taste your health?
Get inside your dream?
Where I take you to the old train show
And get you dancing again
We’re dancing
Dancing

Don’t dance away
Through fruitless trees
Don’t dance away tonight
Anyway you want it, dance home to me.

In this dream I’m younger
And I don’t buy you wine
Take me back to Ice Pond Road
Sure we could lose our minds, but

Don’t dance away
Through fruitless trees
Don’t dance away tonight
Anyway you want it, dance home to me.
Track Name: Cadillac Hotel
The days are dark, and so are my friends
And I long to tell you I’m free, but fit with guilt
But I got ways to fly
I got all the ways down, babe
We could swim wide pools to the hills of snow
At the Cadillac Hotel where the salesmen rest.
I’ve earned the best love there is.
Yes I have.

The clocks all dance, the dog barks
And I long to tell you I’d kill that dog for you
‘Cos I know what it’s like to push someone far away
To feel distance in your lungs when you smoke
I’ve earned all the hearts I can break, and some money
I’ve earned a face in the crowd
And a Godless sky.
Track Name: There's a Sea
I’ll get some wheels
Wheels I’ll buy today
From an old lady
At the garden gate
Take them down
Down to the riverside
Look at some children cry
Why, I don’t know why
There’s a sea of living walls
That comes to mind when I watch you talk
Winter light’s no light to dream
of dragonflies or maple leaves.

If my wheels
My wheels I buy are green
Can I call your name?
Will you come to me?
I’ll take you down
Down to the Sugar Hill
Play some make believe
in a dying world
There could be future living free
But I can’t see
No I can’t see
Winter light’s no light to dream
There’s no light to dream
No light to dream
Just a big old green sea
That you made for me
That you made for me
Track Name: Chesterfield Daisies
It’s too late
Too late to call you
It’s too late and too nasty to say it.
It’s too long
Too long and curly
And the best of your heart just ain’t good.

Your man in his cactus cloak
Smokes Chesterfield daisies alone
Your weak Irish eyes count the hours
As he reaches your chest

Your chest
Chesterfield eyes
Chesterfield bones
And I hear you sing “oooh”

I want a new name
A new name to call you
And a dark day, a dark day to drive
I want a grey horse
A grey horse to give you
And I’ll call it Old Fog in your honor

Your man from the Island Pass
Does he ride just as hard as the last?
To your Chesterfield tongue in its mansion?
In the morning you’ll strip for the best

The best man to sing,
The last man to leave.

You alone, with your Chesterfield eyes
And Chesterfield bones,
And I watch you sing “oooh”