Mouth to Mouth

by Sonia Tetlow

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about

This is an album of demos recorded at my house during 2003-2004. My friend Rob Gal encouraged me to buy a mBox and learn ProTools so I could work on arrangements without the financial constraints of a real studio. I was working odd jobs at the time trying to find my feet again after my band STB had broken up, so I had no money for studio time and the mBox went on a credit card. Working on these songs, from the writing to the experimentation with playing all the instruments to mixing and editing on my own, was a purely creative endeavor. At a time when I felt pretty lost, I gave myself to the music and the music helped me find my way forward. It brought me back in a sense, so I called the collection of demos mouth to mouth.

I recorded the songs as I wrote them, track by track, beginning with an acoustic guitar. I didn't use a click track, the mBox had latency issues and mixing was a back and forth effort between my computer and car speakers trying to hear, but every challenge was just another opportunity to be creative and see what happened. Some of the songs appear later on the first Herman Put Down the Gun CD recorded with a real band in a real studio, but there's a special place in my heart for the original demos and that DIY time of just trying to figure it out.

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released April 26, 2004

All songs written by Sonia Tetlow.
Recorded and mixed at my house on a mBox with a Shure 58 mic.
Partial drum kit (no hi-hats and sometimes no snare), bass, guitars, percussion, piano and vox by Sonia Tetlow

Toms and kick drums lent to me by Jane Wood and Beth Martin.
Snare drum lent to me by Rob Gal.

©2004 SonicGrrl Music, BMI.

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Track Name: 29
Come on in
I have been waiting
All my life though it feels like yesterday
29
I feel the earth rotating
All the while my feet
Planted in the ground
I’m standing still

Come on it
There are no secrets
Everyone knows I died here long ago
29
and weaker than the weakness
that built this bed of mine
planted in the sound
I’m standing still

I can’t move
I can’t move

Come on come on come on come on

Come on in
Our time is going
Purchase the parchment and write it all down
29
and nothing worth showing
but a temple in the trees
planted in the ground
and standing still
Track Name: Incessant
You gotta take I on the chin baby
Fight until you win baby
Be until you been baby
Gotta love gotta love gotta love gotta love

You gotta chase it in your mind baby
Come up from behind baby
See until your blind baby
Gotta love gotta love gotta love gotta love

You gotta kiss it with your tongue baby
Sing it til it’s sung baby
Write it til it comes baby
Gotta love gotta love gotta love gotta love

You gotta wing it in the air baby
Use kamikaze care baby
Dream it til it’s there baby
Gotta love gotta love gotta love gotta love

You gotta take it on the chin baby
Fight until you win baby
Be until you been baby
Gotta love gotta love gotta love gotta love
Gotta love gotta love gotta love gotta love
Gotta love gotta love gotta love gotta love
Love love love
Track Name: Mercy
I never felt so lonely
As I did today
Looking through a mirror
Staring at a stranger
Wondering when it all changed
Is it just the coming of age?
Youth deposed and faith displaced
Or am I really falling into weariness
Too old to run
Too young to fade away

And I never felt so broken
So bone aching cold
I guess I learned too much
Or not enough
And now I don’t know where to go
It’s just I’ve been fighting for long
That it’s hard to remember peace
And so I pray a simple prayer
For sweet mercy
Mercy
Track Name: Summertime
I've been four years old
at the end of a gun
scared shitless, helpless, hopeless
cuz I could not run
But I don't care
baby I don't mind
I'll take a hole in the head
over a knife in the back anytime

My skin is crawling
with memory
in the dead of the night
my bed feels like a hundred degrees
how do you know
baby how can you tell now
if the lesson you learn just burn you
like this heat from hell

Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

I need to relax
get out of the grind
a-go online offline into space
and out of time
in the belly of a bird
or on the wing of the sea
just take me out of me
into you out of you into me

Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

into you out of me
into you out of me
into you out of me
into you out of me
Track Name: Mouth to Mouth
Come on over come on over
Mouth to mouth
Come on over come on over
Mouth to my mouth
Take taste from my tongue
Breath from my lungs
My love

Come on over come on over
Lay me down
Come on over come on over
Lay me down
In dreams I have found you
Woken without you
My love

And I have been
I have been
So long
So long alone

So wake up wake up
My love my love
Wake up wake up
My love my love
How cold the haunt
That keeps me wanting
You

Come on over come on over
Come on over come on over
In my dreams I found you
Woke up without
My love
Track Name: Breathe
breathe
take it deep
earth is turning towards the sun
I gotta find some way to sleep

but youth
paint it blue
it ain't no mystery that the truth's
gonna be the of death of you

gone
for so long
gotta find my way through right and wrong
if I want to get back home

but I
outta know
that this is just the way things are
the way they always go

so get down get down get down get down get down...

cuz I don't know why
I gotta sing or die
yah I don't know why
but this is how I stay alive

so get down get down get down get down get down...

breath
take it deep
earth is turning towards the sun
I gotta find some way to sleep

but I
outta know
that this is just the way things are
they way they always go
Track Name: Compromise
God said man
Sink or swim
I gave you life
You spit on it
Sky turned black
Black turned red
Red turned rain
Rain won’t end

In the light of compromise
In the light of compromise
I can see my dreams all disappear
Give up your freedom
Turn in your faith
And watch your dreams all disappear

Man said God
Let it rain
Cuz you gave me life
Locked in chains
So I won’t swim
No I won’t try
I’ll stand my ground
And watch the water rise

I have been blessed beyond my need
Still always I have wanted more
God, I wanted more
God I wanted more

God said man
You foolish child
These golden chains
Are of your own design
I gave you life
Free of will
And you chose to make
Your world a hell

And I am tired
Of desire
Cuz hungry love can bring you down
So give me something
To fill me up
Hungry love can bring you down

Desert night
River day
Let the water come
Wash us away
Let the water come
We’ll start again
Track Name: Ash
Caught in a whisper
a glimpse of the truth I wish not to know
Together as ever alone

I never noticed
that holding too tightly I could not breathe
Always left wanting by you

But the light grows over the ground
Leading my feet to turn me around

I dream of an empire
with buildings of fire and burnings of faith
Where love is the music we make

But you cannot go there
you will not believe without tasting the flame
Now black is the ash that remains

But the light grows over the ground
Leading my feet to turn me around
Track Name: Tangle of Time
You may call me a fool
For looking like I do
Standing here alone
While this wild wind blows

But I know I know I know
I’m alive
I know I know I know I’m alive
In this twist and tangle of time

I spent a lot of years
Wondering why
Through laughter and tears
We try and try and try

But I know I know I know
I’m alive
I know I know I know I’m alive
In this twist and tangle of time

Life will beat you down
With a swift kick into the ground
But you got what you need inside yourself
And all around you
Love surrounds you
You just got to feel it inside yourself

Can you feel it?
Can you feel it?

And know and know
And know you’re alive
And know and know
And know you’re alive
I know I know I know
I’m alive
I know I know I know I’m alive
In this twist and tangle of time
Track Name: Forgiveness
Love only love only love
Love only love only love

Blind-sided conversation
Where your heart beats
With angry words
But I will hold you
With no hesitation
So only love can be heard

Love only love only love
Love only love only love
Love only love only love
In the face of anger
Love only love only love
In the face of pain
Love only love only love
In the face of anger
Love only love only love
As forgiveness
Love only love only love
As forgiveness
Love only love only love
As forgiveness