It Takes All Night

by Doolittle and the Raiders

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Recorded at Cypress Playpen and at Gates Motel in Brooklyn, NY during June and July of 2011

released August 8 2011 on GATES MOTEL RECORD$

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released August 8, 2011

All songs written produced, and engineered by Michael Hesslein, with the exception of "North Country Sunset," written by Johanna Hiller
Additional engineering assistance by M. Donny Amidon

Personnel:
MH-vocals, guitar, piano, drums, harmonica, organ/M. Donny Amidon- guitar, bass/Matt Billington- guitar/Jake Brennan- guitar/William Lawrence-guitar/Brendan Smith- bass

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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: Old Suncook Road
Old Suncook Road

Pulaski Bridge--could I find her losing her way here?
Could I find her running back north with our years?

Her friends don’t know
Don’t know when she gets loud to let her go.
I got loads of resolve
And I’ll watch her play her parts
Steady as she goes
Steady like she knows

Lamplight Motel--don’t lead me on, I’m just dyin here by myself
Replaying all the nights I said I could help
Does my lounge voice bring her down?
Does she like it when I yell?
I’ll yell into the sun
Yell until I’m done

Old Suncook Road--is your moon just laying yellow all alone?
Could I pick her up tonight and bring her home?
Could I pick her up and tell her that I’m older?
I got loads of resolve
And things I take care of
Steady as I go
Steady like I know
If she comes back again too fast
I’ll watch her try to last
I won’t get in the way.
Track Name: North Country Sunset
North Country Sunset

Oh, poor north country sunset
you’re breaking my heart just like always
Oh, poor north country sunset
I’m sure you were happier when you were younger

Though your silence is golden,
your love is the loudest I’ve ever known
If you could’ve seen it, you would’ve known
But no.

Won’t you sit down beside me
and tell me you love me, like yesterday?
Oh, poor north country sunset
we ran through the meadow when we were younger

Though your silence is golden
your love is the loudest I’ve ever known
If you could’ve seen it, you would’ve known
But no.
Track Name: Get a Load
Get a Load

Oh, get a load of her shoes
get a load of her blues
and her caramel eyes
Oh, get a load of her drink
while she paints all her dreams
with a kerosene smile
Why can’t she wake up cryin’?
Just once, even if it ain’t for me?

Oh, get a load of her grace
get a load of her pain
but just don’t interrupt
‘Cos she’s strong, and she just walks away
though there’s so much to say,
and she won’t let me hide.
Into the garden of smoke
Crossing mirrors, breaking all her bones

Oh, get a load of her hair
While she searches and stares
She once searched for me
‘Cos she kills, but she’s cool to the touch
and she loves just enough
to sleep like a child
Meet her if you can for me
If you can, tell her I’m still here
If she swings, let her swing to the top
I want her to breathe, after all
I want her to dance and to scream
Even if it ain’t for me
Track Name: Sore Eyes
Sore Eyes

I can listen to Blonde on Blonde, but it won’t bring you home
Who you got on the phone? Is it easier when I’m on the road?
Where do you run to to hide? If it’s simple, then I’ll try too
But you’re the light in the window, I’m rolling
In the street below you.

You know you can live and die in my world, if you like
But I can’t help you give up, I can’t help you bleed yourself dry

Is our love just a trip for you? Is it a habit to kick around?
When you threw all my flowers away did it help you come down?

It’s hard to stay up at night when you tell me you’ll go
It’s a cold spring, baby. Please, please don’t.

I’ll keep your sore eyes in my heart if you’re running toward your old pain
I thought I’d kill it, but maybe I’m not strong enough lately.

I want you to live and die in my world, yeah it’s true
If you think I’m a fool, then I’m foolish, but I’m a fool for you.
Track Name: Pray On Me
Pray On Me

She went on down to the Ocean Lounge looking for a man to drink
He looked a little nervous, but she liked the way he sang
He sang through tears of white wine, he sang right through his teeth
He sang right into her pussy, but he cried when it started to gleam
‘Cos he never prayed for me, no
he never prayed for me
He never prayed for me, no
He never prayed for me

She followed all of her burdens down to Linden St.
Got caught up on St. Anthony, he told her “Bitch, don’t blink--
If you don’t got religion, then you don’t got no sins, and if you
don’t go no sins, love, then the sun don’t weigh a thing.”
Your sick, still eyes don’t blink, love
your sick, still eyes don’t blink
Your sick, still eyes don’t blink, love
Your sick, still eyes don’t blink

So count up all your lies, girl, count up all your tapes.
Meet me down in AC--meet me on the 7th day.
‘Cos she never prayed for me, no,
She never prayed for me
She never prayed on me, no
She never prayed on me.
Track Name: Primrose
Primrose

Let’s get lost at the end of the line
‘neath the primrose lights of Broadway
I know you can’t stay--I won’t get in the way--
but I’d let you scream all night

How can you laugh? How can you swing?
through the lies with those ribbons in your hair
Do you think of the nights I just stayed up?
‘Cos I thought that you’d just understand..
Will your kerosene smile
And the bloodblack miles of years come again?

I’ll follow you down to the holes where you hide
your mother’s red innocent eyes
Her money ain’t shit, it’s you that she kills
‘Cos you’re stronger than she’s ever been
Will you come back to me? I don’t wanna watch
from Queens while you figure it out,
with those sapphire rings and charm bracelet dreams
runnin’ around in your head.
I’ll chase you down to the sea
Oh, my little Royal Caribbean girl

Can you keep love alive
if the lies only came at the end?
Oh, come inside love, don’t tell me you’re gone--

Let’s get lost at the end of the line
‘neath the primrose lights of Broadway
I know you can’t stay--I won’t get in the way--
but I’d let you scream all night
Track Name: Your Name Ain't Mine Yet
Your Name Ain’t Mine Yet

I can’t find your letters
I can’t find nothing in you that proves you’re really gone
Are you gone?

I heard your songs
I heard those long, dead chords lie there like dogs
In the late gray dawn

Why can’t you just get rest?
I can’t help you just give up.
‘Cos your name ain’t mine, yet,
though you thought I’d make it true
I could marry you in spring, just like
you thought we would
And the years that you carry
weigh you down when you keep ‘em hid,
and I’ll marry you in winter,
when we can’t afford to dream.

You had the time--
you had the time to get inside your pain
Did I pull you out, again?

Or did I try
Did I just try to be the one who could
make the pain seem worth it?

Why can’t you just get rest?
I can’t help you just give up.
‘Cos your name ain’t mine, yet,
though you thought I’d make it true
I could marry you in spring, just like
you thought we would
And the years that you carry
weigh you down when you keep ‘em hid,
and I’ll marry you in winter,
when we can’t afford to dream.
Track Name: It Takes All Night
It Takes All Night

I’ll bleed you out
if it takes all night
I’ll wait all night
I hope it takes all night

I wish there was nothing
more we could say
But there’s so much left
there’s so much of me for you to take

I see you’re bringing codeine to the parties now
Do your girlfriends all respect you ‘cos you let me down?
Do they let you go to bed with my best friends, too?

So sail away
I can’t take you home
You can have it all
and next time you lie, I’ll shrug

But if I find you in the south of France, don’t blink
Ride the world raw ‘til you dream of me
I’ll carry all your years on my back, it’s true
I ain’t waitin’ for much else, but I’ll wait for you.
Track Name: Palisades
Palisades

Ooh, Hollianne, won’t you just hold on tight?
Won’t you fly off the Palisades Highway?
Won’t you cry for me? In your highball
with your black bourbon dice?

You say the lights on Ocean Boulevard
shiver like dogs under a whip
But they won’t help me find your love again
why do you always have to win?

Ooh, Hollianne, pull my teeth out tonight
before I let ‘em all go bad
I do it all for you, and I still respect you
and it hurts.

I kept the keys to our old place
Sometimes I go let myself in
Sometimes I feel a lot of pain
Why did you always have to win?

You’re so free.
Track Name: St. Anthony's Purse
St. Anthony’s Purse

We shiver just like dogs under a whip,
and I thought about what we could’ve named our kid-across the lover’s heat and deserts in your mind
where those types of pain don’t run,
but keep you satisfied

St. Anthony’s purse
St. Anthony’s purse
I’ll find you dead or alive
in St. Anthony’s Purse

Well I sold my car, or maybe drank it away
‘cos drinking’s just felt like talking lately, anyway
Where you been holding all those dreams
that just break but shine like glass?
Shattered down in St. Anthony’s Purse.

St. Anthony’s Purse
St. Anthony’s Purse
Holding on tight
in St. Anthony’s Purse

Do you just love out of fear, or by playing games?
Do the games sometimes get old,
‘cos of blueblood faith
in loving just to practice for a good, clean death?
On borrowed time inside St. Anthony’s Purse

St. Anthony’s Purse
St. Anthony’s Purse
On borrowed time inside
St. Anthony’s Purse.

St. Anthony’s Purse
St. Anthony’s Purse
On borrowed time inside
St. Anthony’s Purse.