Girls Get Drugs for Free

by Joe Turner & the Seven Levels

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1.
A quick start for a safe heart, this will guide you to success Now it's pennies on your dollar for it's later you'll be blessed You look for signs and clues, you get the winter blues You think the script was set in stone, you always feel alone The parents can't control them and the neighbors always see The boys pay for their dreaming and the girls get drugs for free A hot day, still it's "no way", distraction pulls her in He's lost in altercation and trying not to win Sleepwalk the hours away, wasting another day You wonder if you'll make your mark, you never feel the spark The parents can't control them and the neighbors always see The boys pay for their dreaming and the girls get drugs for free They get marijuana, they get ecstasy, They get all the attention, they get to make a scene They get the jet-set lifestyle, they get amphetamine yeah It takes a lot of fuel to power that machine Step out for a smoke, take a drink or another toke Watch the sun rise over the heads of the normal folk The parents can't control them and the neighbors always see The boys pay for their dreaming and the girls get drugs for free
2.
January 03:57
January fell short, February feels long Lookin' out my window turning everything into song Nine o'clock took its time, ten o'clock went so fast Every hour without you feels like my very last Day turns to night before you know it Suddenly takes longer than you thought Saturday got so drunk, Sunday keeps getting high I can see you in deep space when I'm staring at the sky Day turns to night before you know it Suddenly takes longer than you thought High tide pushes me out, low tide brings me back Every hour without you feels like a heart attack So! January left me dry, February made me drown Your waves push-pull me under water under ground Day turns to night before you know it Suddenly takes longer than you thought
3.
It was a good idea but you rejected it cuz someone else said it It was a special year but you wrecked it and now you regret it Broke and alone in a broken home, nothing works, not even the phone The windows are shut, the lines have been cut, get me out of here! Here's a new prescription for an old addiction You wake up sweaty in bed cuz it seems you have troubling dreams You're never better off dead, it's too extreme, try humbling schemes Broke and alone in a broken home, nothing works, not even the phone The windows are shut, the lines have been cut, get me out of here! Here's a new prescription for an old addiction Once again you taught me how to talk, I forget how to think and walk Easy for you to succeed on a broken rule Ripping the thread of everyday life, history's desert, memory's wife And once again I feel like I'm back in school Here's a new prescription for an old addiction
4.
We do what's right or just what we can manage We're so polite, don't want to do the damage We hesitate to tell each other how we feel We woke up late and missed the morning meal I want to walk with you 'round the Haarlemmerstraat Hand in hand, whatcha think about that? Take the tram to de Dam and back to our flat After walking with you 'round Can't see the end but what is this beginning? I won't pretend that my head isn't spinning In time and space we're making curves and folds We leave a trace for what the future holds I wanna walk with you 'round Boylston Street And talk about people we'll never meet Take the T to JP where life is complete After walking with you 'round Boylston Street I wanna walk with you 'round Powderhouse Square And pass by people like they weren't there A laugh in your voice and the sun in your hair After walking with you 'round Powderhouse Square Walk with you now
5.
Mahjong 04:29
Sunday night at the lonesome hour Street is slipper under foot I don't know how to use this power I shot myself to stop and stay put Draw the line on wasting time I got my eyes on the ball but still I can't catch I'm playing Mahjong but the pieces don't match Ticking clock echoes off the angles Of a windowless tiny box Consequence of a tumble tangle I paid the price with the aftershocks Draw the line on wasting time I got my eyes on the ball but still I can't catch I'm playing Mahjong but the pieces don't match North matches north, flowers and seasons Plum matches plum for logical reasons How will it play out? Now will it play out? How will it fade? Now will it fade out? Draw the line, draw the line I got my eyes on the ball but still I can't catch I'm playing Mahjong but the pieces don't match It's not a game or 3D-TV, we recreate the world in each other's minds Look around if you believe me, a million beautiful things to find.
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7.
You put silver tassels on your little blue bike And it put all the cars to shame You gave me a match and told me to strike Your light and put out the blame Like a long forgotten game Like I don't even know my name Like I don't even know my name You gave me bread to eat and water to drink And candy to crack my tooth I know what you wanted me to think While you tried to appear aloof And your faith won't deny my proof And it was so far from the truth Yes it was so far from the truth But I don't know anything, yes I don't know anything Cuz I don't know anything, yes I don't know anything Call me when you want to get high Call me when you get home Signify what you mean by your sigh Throw me a little bone Don't leave me on my own Don't leave me on my own Cuz I don't know anything, yes I don't know anything And I don't know anything, yes I don't know anything
8.
Our fateful hero won't make an escape Too caught up by the folds of the cape Cleverly disguised and lost in the crowd Our fateful hero was cryin' out loud Stretch out your long arm Out of the window and down to the ground Stretch out your long arm Your beat beat beat keeps it going around Stretch out your long arm Show off your ?ymb?ls, display your traps You're pretty good, yeah, they're right about that Concentration, you make it look good You're playing life better, better than I ever could Stretch out your long arm Out of the window and down to the ground Stretch out your long arm Your beat beat beat keeps it going around Mirror the image, left becomes right Your southpaw traps are holding me tight Flip the perspective, front becomes back Your southpaw traps are on the attack
9.
Stars in the sky are coming down And we're all tilted in this cold town Warm breath comes across my face I know it's from the fire in your fireplace, and This moon is doomed to come back around to you This moon is due to come back around to you Breath in the air, it disappears But that doesn't mean the breath is insincere A mean fist clenched 'round a rubber knife That's the sum total of my half-led life, and This moon is due to come back around to you This moon is due to always come back to you Oh, our footsteps crunch the snow We look up for the glow Our air escaping slow We never felt it go As we go... This moon is doomed to always come back to you This moon is due to come back around to you Cold smell in my face again Looks like winter and it feels like friends, and This moon is doomed to come back around to you
10.
Now everything's over, all the fun is wearing out Left on the inside, changing shape without a doubt And something I could never say: I'm in the dark without you Please don't burn out on me Please don't burn out and say goodnight You feed the current and I see Bathed in the sweetness of your coloured lights Feeling so spacious, all alone but that's just fine Nothing to say now about what's the world's and what is mine And here's something your couldn't tell: Your eyes lit up with a glow Please don't burn out on me Please don't burn out and say goodnight You feed the current and I see Bathed in the sweetness of your coloured lights And something else you didn't know: I'm black and white without you Please don't burn out on me Please don't burn out and say goodnight You feed the current and I see Bathed in the sweetness of your coloured lights
11.
Bitter Black 10:47
Bitter black never dressed in blue A chain on her arm like some shadow falling through Bitter black was the enemy of pink I wanted color but I wasn't there to think No, I wasn't there to think And if the warm rain hits her she would melt like wax She would fall right to pieces there in the stacks And if the fire catches up she'd melt like ice All the colors run together, isn't it nice? All the colors run together now. Bitter black hides underneath the light And slowly collapses into a pile of white Bitter black was a monochrome machine I wanted color but you kept it unseen Yes, you kept it unseen And if the warm rain hits her she would melt like wax She would fall right to pieces there in the stacks And if the fire catches up she'd melt like ice All the colors run together, isn't it nice? All the colors run together now. A deep blue winter would bring me inches of snow But it's not as cold as your heart is now A red rose forest would need a thousand spring days To produce a moment of my love for you A red rose forest would need a million spring days To produce a moment of my love for you Bitter black never dressed in blue A chain on her arm like some shadow falling through Bitter black was the enemy of pink I wanted color but I wasn't paid to think!

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Second full-length album, featuring the current band line-up. Girls do get drugs for free, but... for "girls", substitute: guys.... and for "drugs", substitute: attention, fame, travel, sex, chocolate, companionship, just about anything, and oh yes and of course druuuugs...

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released July 2, 2014

01 Girls Get Drugs for Free (5'23")
02 January (3'58")
03 New Prescription (3'20")
04 Walk With You (2'59")
05 Mahjong (4'29")
06 Every Night I Am Here (5'07")
07 Silver Tassels (3'41")
08 Long Arm (Southpaw Traps) (3'49")
09 This Moon is Doomed (2'46")
10 Coloured Lights (3'03")
11 Bitter Black (10'48")

Michael Braga: guitar(1,2,4,7,9,11)
Carolyn Corella: bass; b-vox; flute(11)
Jim Foster: guitar(3,5,8)
Adam Goodwin: drums(3,5,8)
Wright Maney: drums(1,2,4,7,9,11)
Dan Parmenter: piano; bass(11)
Joel Simches: keyboards, b-vox
Joe Turner: guitar; vox; bass(6,12); drums(6,10,12)

Recorded and produced by Joel Simches and Joe Turner.
Mastered by Joel Simches.

Cover art & graphic design: Mary Desmond at Red Hot Box Studios

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For Michael Braga

We are grateful for every friend and supporter, now and forever! Our huge gratitude to Timothy McVeins and Brad Bowser for the living room. Deep thanks and love to my dad.

©2014 Joe Turner
℗2014 O.N.A.N. Music (ASCAP)

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Joe Turner & the Seven Levels Boston, Massachusetts

Running a wire-length between gauzy meditation and full-on psych-rock with huge harmonies, rock-solid drums, sharp guitars, and watery pianos. Joe's unerring melodic sensibilities plunk stoned cyclical mantras on the same skewer as twitchy psych-pop for a delicious psychedelic rock shishkebab.

"One of the coolest independent albums by a local artist this year... an aural odyssey" - Boston Phoenix
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