LOVESONGS FOR LOSERS (digital download)

by Daniel Hutchens

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about

I spent the Winter of 2005-2006 in Keystone, Colorado, up there in Summit County close to 10,000 feet, in a cozy little cabin with belly-deep snow on the ground all around, and I had with me my faithful co-pilot, my little beagle hound Ditty, and she helped me straighten out a few wrinkles in the fabric of my life. Dogs are little guardian angels, as I'm sure you know. Right across the street from my cabin was a great little rock club, the GOAT Soup & Whiskey. The songs that eventually found their way onto this record were debuted at the GOAT...I also crashed back into the ravishing Miss K, and we wound up with our first baby, Amberly. This record and Amberly were both "released" around the same time, so I guess it was a fertile Winter all the way around.

This actual recording project was initiated by the encouragement and musical savvy of Justin Gage, and the songs found a home on his L.A.-based AUTUMN TONE label. This record was further nourished by the finely crafted guitar playing of Eric Martinez, who also drove my ass all over the Great Northwest while I was without a driver's license (both literally and spiritually). Those 2005-2006 Winter tours were rich soil in which we planted this music. Without Gage and Martinez this project never would have grown a spine.

So I wrote the bulk of these songs up there in the High Country, then I swung back down low, home to Georgia, to actually put the songs on tape with David Barbe--plus a fine cast of co-conspirators. It was particularly cool to reunite with Aaron Phillips on drums after nearly 20 years, and to work with David Nickel in the studio for the first time. And of course Eric Carter is always more fun than a barrel full of monkeys on methedrine.

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"Those who are well have no need of a physician,
but those who are sick."
-Matthew 9:12
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I call this thang LOVESONGS FOR LOSERS because for years I was chalking up quite a few in the L column--no license, no bank account, no steady source of income, no real place to live (just the kindness and couches of strangers, and the beds and stashes of a few close friends)--what Buddhists call my "Monkey Mind" had slung over its shoulder and kidnapped my Higher Nature; I was a fugitive from God and from common sense, an arrogant cock-rocker who thought he knew some answers, near-suicidally addicted to horseplay and heartache.

And music was my lighthouse. Music was the preacher and the teacher who never turned away or judged me. Music, in fact, became my religion of sorts. And music allowed me to reclaim my life and meet my wife. Music is a medicine, and Losers need music most of all.

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"Those incur grave guilt who, by drunkenness or a love of speed, endanger their own and others' safety on the road, at sea, or in the air."
-Catechism of the Catholic Church
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I still have a ways to go, and I'm humbly realizing how little I know about life or death or anything, but I'm trying to stay open-minded and learn a little every day, and I'm newly baptized in Love. So ultimately, yeah, this is a record full of Lovesongs (albeit of my slightly warped variety.)

My previous recorded project (Bloodkin's LAST NIGHT OUT) was political and hopeless and angry--so angry it became at times footstomping, doorslamming childish, which is ultimately a very selfish sort of behavior (though sometimes I guess selfishness equals survival)--and most every song was ripe with guns and lust and despair. It was an honest statement at the time, as I was in a warzone in my own mind--hated all of humankind, but most of all, myself. And you can't survive in that place for too long; you either have to die, kill, or find a way out.

And I did find a way. This record's about rediscovering the desire for Love, and the fear of Love, and the stench of Love, and the secrets Love whispers in your ear about the Devil. You gotta kiss the Devil and tell him you Love him. And that's how you make him cry.

-DH

credits

released October 10, 2006

Produced by David Barbe.
Recorded and mixed at Chase Park Transduction, Athens, GA.

All songs written by Daniel Hutchens
and published by Wet Trombone Music BMI.
Except "Here Comes Ruby" and "Unconditional"
written by Daniel Hutchens and Eric Carter
and published by Wet Trombone Music BMI.
And "Haunting Montezuma", "Black and White Snapshots in the Bottle Tree Bar", and "Cleopatra Casto",
written by Daniel Hutchens and Eric Martinez
and published by Wet Trombone Music BMI/New Dusk Music BMI.

Featuring performances by Daniel Hutchens, Eric Martinez, Todd Nance, David Barbe, Eric Carter, Aaron Phillips, Paul "Crumpy" Edwards, John Neff, and David Nickel.

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Longtime BLOODKIN frontman Daniel Hutchens has released his third solo album.

THE BEAUTIFUL VICIOUS CYCLE OF LIFE is available now.

11 new Hutchens songs. Produced by Widespread Panic's Dave Schools and engineered by David Barbe.

The first new Daniel Hutchens solo record in 10 years!
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Track Name: Dharma Knife
DHARMA KNIFE

just like Hank Williams said,
Don't go down that Lost Highway
just like Steve Earle said,
Cocaine can't kill your pain

(chorus)
shut up about it, keep rocking on
shut up about it, keep rocking on
through birth and love and death
shut up and keep rocking on


just like Buddha said,
Suffering is life
only one solution
pick up that dharma knife

(chorus)


just like my girlfriend told me,
Get your shit together
man, there ain't no sense complaining
'bout the changes in the weather

(chorus)


all the songs you ever write
they're just scratches in the sand
don't know why I'm telling you
this same old story again

(chorus)
Track Name: Haunting Montezuma
HAUNTING MONTEZUMA

it's like I'm in that hotel in The Shining
wandering those hallways like a dream
the ghosts of all the evil things I've ever done
echo through the years right back at me

(chorus)
I'm haunting Montezuma, Colorado
let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
snowbound in Montezuma, Colorado
bloodstains show up better in the snow


I'm looking through this peephole in the doorway
a fish-eyed face stares back inside the lens
the ghosts of all the evil things I've ever done
are checking in this place to haunt me once again

(chorus)


and I'm walking through that hedge maze in The Shining
following those footprints in the snow
I'm gonna catch that little bastard, I'm gonna chop him up
or these evil ghosts won't never let me go

(chorus)
Track Name: Underground Cafe, 1923
UNDERGROUND CAFE, 1923

in Portland, Oregon in 1923
I fell in love with you and you fell in love with me
and we opened up a little cafe
we called the Bottle Tree Brewery

(chorus)
and it was raining every day
we molded statues out of clay
before we swam away
when it was raining every day


along the road since then
we've both died and been born again
somehow from time to time
I lose track of where and when
names and dates and places
til all I can remember
is the paleness of your face
raspberry lips and mint green eyes
like candles
in the stained glass windows
in the night

(chorus)


so I'll spend the weekend here in Portland
picking up such strange transmissions
deconstructing all my inhibitions
having a field day full of flashes spells and trances
and every single one of our past lives
and undying romances
and I wonder where and when
you're gonna show your face again
maybe down South at my back door
or right there on that street corner
this weekend here in Portland

(chorus)


in Portland, Oregon in 1923
I caught a lucky break when you fell in love with me
and we opened up a little cafe
we called the Bottle Tree Brewery
Track Name: Here Comes Ruby
HERE COMES RUBY

here comes Ruby up my stairs
bones and feathers in her hair
I had a dream I saw her last night
I never did come true
there's nothing I believe in
I believe she knows that too

here comes Ruby right on time
forgiving me my biggest crime
you can't get it back from yesterday
the things you might have missed
Ruby she's the one regret
I never can resist

(chorus)
a little bit of fun never killed no one
that's what the preacher said
I heard his lies and closed my eyes
broke my double bed


and though I overhear
the fear like wind outside my skin
just blows and blows
her voice is louder in my soul


sometimes Ruby comes around
showing off her wedding gown
I had a dream I saw her last night
I never did come true
there's nothing I believe in
I believe she knows that too

(chorus)
Track Name: Halloween Valentine
HALLOWEEN VALENTINE

your ghost is cute
she wears short skirts and go-go boots
and black lipstick and black eyeshadow
and she haunts her same old bars downtown

and she sips her shadow drink
and now and then she winks at me
and raises me a toast
and that's the thing that chills my bones the most
about your ghost

your ghost is bored
by these townie tryouts she's seen their kind before
but they don't see her yawn and stretch while they float by
while she haunts her same old bars downtown

and I see her sip her shadow drink
and now and then she winks at me
and raises me a toast
and that's the thing that chills my bones the most
about your ghost

some people write their lovesongs
and they let 'em go so soon
but you and I wrote a lovesong for the tomb
we took our bow we showed 'em how
the dying scene is done
you and I wrote a lovesong glowed like the setting sun

your ghost is stoned
she's way too hip to rattle chains or groan
those are parlor tricks and she don't sink so low
she just haunts her same old bars downtown

and she sips her shadow drink
and slips me a shadow drink
and now and then she winks at me
and raises me a toast
and that's the thing that chills my bones the most...
about your ghost
Track Name: A Love of Speed
A LOVE OF SPEED

the sky's rotten purple
the road's razor sharp and clean
I'm behind the wheel
of a borrowed black limousine
stuck inside my skin and bones
dying to find out what that means
hey hey my disease is a love of speed
accelerating til I bleed

when I see them detour signs
I disobey
I love the action and I love to get my way
squealing tires and frustrated desires
let's take a little ride today
hey hey my disease is a love of speed
accelerating til I bleed
my disease is a love of speed
accelerating til I bleed

hey my disease, hey my disease
is drunkenness and a love of speed

this feels like October
in the valley where I was born
the trees rusted red
the Ohio River muddied my bones
then that ancient snaking highway
she just sparked my headlights on
my disease is a love of speed
accelerating til I bleed
my disease is a love of speed
accelerating til I bleed

hey my disease, hey my disease
is drunkenness and a love of speed
Track Name: Unconditional
UNCONDITIONAL

love unconditional
we rise above what's traditional
I fill you up with medicinal
supernatural love

in the Bottle Tree Bar you come snaking your hips
quoting Revelation then licking my lips
we go singing down the street a slinky little prayer
to St. Cecilia then we're levitating up the hotel stairs

then it's love unconditional
we're swapping blood we dig the ritual
we pull the plug condition critical
subterranean love

you're a happy hour superstar bouncing your check
martinis and a rosary around your neck
your pomegranate party dress your passion fruit shoes
when you say, Bartender set 'em up again
sounds like a verse of gospel blues

sounds like love unconditional
fits like a glove fits us mystical
we're on fire with the Holy Ghost
twin town drunks we're invincible
baptized in love

so you woke me up this morning with your glass of red wine
and your blessed little body and your dirty little mind
I'd been having bad dreams forgetting how to breathe
then I saw you blow a kiss at me

now I catch it, it's love
supernatural love
subterranean love
baptized in love
unconditional love
unconditional love
Track Name: Blood From The Rock
BLOOD FROM THE ROCK

your menstrual blood smeared on my belly
that's the blood of the Lamb
blood from the cradle
blood from Jerusalem

blood from the rock
blood from the rock

if I'm mowed down tomorrow morning
like a ripe blade of grass
no regrets or unsipped Maker's Mark
in my bedside glass

just blood from the rock
blood from the rock
blood from the rock
blood from the rock

well, I know you write your diary
in your Bible-black bedside book
I know you don't lock it
I know you want me to take a look

hey that kudzu crawling through the window
into your shower stall
in your cool green basement apartment
with your 3D Buddhas on the wall

and your blood from the rock
blood from the rock

and there's bloody snowflakes falling now
there's bloody lightning in the sky
I'm in here making love to you
while the end of the world goes whipping by

but we got blood from the rock
blood from the rock
blood from the rock
blood from the rock

I know you write the future
in your Bible-black bedside book
I know you don't lock it
I know you want me to take a look

hey blood from the rock
blood from the rock
blood from the rock
blood from the rock
Track Name: Red Velvet Cake
RED VELVET CAKE

learning to make the movie
reading the Book Of Dreams
savoring the spice the right now
rising falling rising falling

learning to love the future
for no good reason at all
learning to see the seasons baby
rising falling rising falling

life after death
take after take
please waitress
one more bite's alright

(chorus)
red velvet cake, red velvet
red velvet cake, red velvet
oh my my


digging into that sweet stuff
before the meal is served
even when we ain't hungry baby
rising falling rising falling

learning to suck the juices
learning to find the flow
learning to hear the harvest baby
I know you know I know you know

life after death
take after take
scene after scene
shape after shape
please waitress
one more bite's alright

(chorus)


ice cream headache kisses
ripe delicious birth
blood and milk and honey baby
I know you know I know you know

life after death
take after take
scene after scene
shape after shape
reel after reel
plate after plate
please waitress
one more bite's alright

(chorus)
Track Name: Cleopatra Casto
CLEOPATRA CASTO

Lord, Cleopatra Casto
I want you to be my wife
so put down that bottle of Tickled Pink
and put down that kitchen knife
you're the hottest little piece of trailer trash
this side of Tennessee
you're the Queen of West By God Virginia
and you're gonna be
the redneck death of me

hey we had ourselves a little tussle
but let's not tussle all night
we're waking up the whole damn trailer court
they don't think we're acting too bright
so baby before the cops show up
paint your baby blue eyeshadow on
let's pull that couch out into a bed
and roll like the Nile til dawn
hey let's just roll like the Nile til dawn

hey Cleopatra Casto
how happy are we gonna be
eating Frosted Mini Wheats for dinner every night
watching reality TV
my friends all think I'm joking 'bout you
they don't see the woman I see
you're the Queen of West By God Virginia
and you're gonna be
the redneck death of me
so let's roll like the Nile out to the sea
Track Name: Black and White Snapshots in the Bottle Tree Bar
BLACK AND WHITE SNAPSHOTS IN THE BOTTLE TREE BAR

Diabetic Dougie's up onstage
drinking sugar gin
playing some old cheating song
on his brother's old mandolin
then he falls down right in front of the drums
and falls back asleep again
we all laugh and cheer for him
say, Hell yeah rock and roll again
rock and roll again for your old friends

Slapstick Susie's shooting red snappers
they're syrupy sweeter than sin
mascara tears like wasted years
dripping down off her chin
she buys a round for everyone
says, Set 'em up for my old friends
we pledge loyalty til the end
say, Hell yeah rock and roll again
rock and roll again for your old friends

(chorus)
black and white snapshots
everybody squeeze in near
black and white snapshots
everybody stand out clear
so we'll never forget that we were
here in our favorite bar
in our longest year


Marvin says his Mama died last Monday
but she went out in style
so Marvin pays his tab and says,
I'm checking out for a while
but I'll be back and it's a fact
I'll be back wearing a smile
we all laugh and cheer for him
say, Hell yeah rock and roll again
rock and roll again for your old friends

(chorus)
Track Name: Rock Back Home
ROCK BACK HOME

did you see the sights
did they change your life
and did you know
I had never heard a song that rocked my soul
until you got back home

and I have been the one in chains
and I have been the one to blame
and did you know
I had never found a friend to call my own
until you got back home

(chorus)
you are peace and quiet
when I need a little sleep
when there's trouble deep
you're a burn down riot
when I need some shaking up
a little change of luck
hey yeah you're my little rock back home


did you sail all around the world
did you touch the soul the fire the pearl
and did you know
I believed every word you said to me
when you got back home

(chorus)
Track Name: Sacrifice
SACRIFICE

yes and true love is just like addiction
when you ain't sure you really wanta kick
and sometimes you melt into heaven
and sometimes you only get sick
but no one can tell you about passion
when you're shooting it up every day
and you share a bed like Siamese soulmates
and your dreams get in each other's way

(chorus)
what a sacrifice
sacrifice
what a sacrifice
soul sacrifice
every night


yes and true love is just like a night spent
in a twenty dollar motel
with the front desk believing your alias
and you halfway believe it yourself
and true love is just like a stiff drink
served by your favorite bartender free
when your bank account is dried up
and your credit is just poetry

(chorus)


and you're loving each other like Jesus
you're loving like Bonnie and Clyde
you're loving til death do you part and
you're already dying inside
and sometimes you want to betray yourself
wake up and pick up the gun
murder your sleepwalker lover
and stare all day into the sun

(chorus)