Torch Song

by Radiator Hospital

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On this recording, Jon Rybicki played bass, Jeff Bolt played drums, Cynthia Schemmer played guitar and sang, Kyle Gilbride played a guitar solo on “Blue Gown” and played bass and keyboard on “Sleeping House,” Keith Spencer played guitar on “181935,” Maryn Jones sang on “Fireworks,” Katie Crutchfield sang on “Blue Gown” and “Five & Dime,” Allison Crutchfield sang on “Midnight Nothing,” and I sang and played guitar and made up all the songs and did a couple other things. Kyle recorded it the first week of May 2014 at Golden Tea House and Swoon City in West Philadelphia, PA via Wherever Audio (www.whereveraudio.com). Phoebe Harris did the front cover painting (phoebebh.com). Mikey Cantor did some layout stuff and helped record a song. Very special thanks to Kyle, Marco, Phoebe, Mikey, everyone who lives at Golden Tea and Swoon City, everyone who played on the record, all our friends and families, everyone who has ever booked a show for us, anyone who likes this stuff. Keep the dream alive. -Sam

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released 01 September 2014

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Track Name: Leather & Lace
...And when I look out my window, I see the leaves falling from the trees. I see the trash blow through the street. I see a distant bolt of lightning. I see the raindrops slowly start to fall. I see the big cloud up above. I see the way your body language changes when you realize I’m the one that you’ve been dreaming of. When I walk out my front door, I feel the rain as it hits my face. I see the broken flower vase. I see the leather and the lace. One last bird is flying to the tree; the water’s weighing down its wings. I see the way your body language changes. I see the way you look at me and the pain it brings. Can you feel the rain?
Track Name: Blue Gown
The song that you sing alone in your blue gown, flowers in spring bloom when they hear the sound. The beautiful thing still seems to let you down. If I don’t feel the same I have myself to blame. I’m your but not by name. The doom is so real, are we making a mistake? The song that you feel alone in your heartache. I just can’t deal, I just can’t stay awake. I want it bad enough; show me what you’re made of. I’m yours but not by name.
Track Name: Cut Your Bangs
Last night I saw your face in the hallowed light. You were standing taller than the mountain side. Your long hair flowed down in blues and whites. I just stood there, bathed in the quiet. No, you say you’ll cut your bangs, I’m calling your bluff. When you lie to me it’s in the small stuff. Now your mouth is foaming like a rabid dog, and where the river flowed is now a clouded fog. Your teeth are gnashing louder than your monologue, and I just stood there, bathed in the quiet. Now the flesh is melting off of your bones. The maggots around your heart make themselves at home. Where the river flowed I am left alone. I just stood there, bathed in the quiet.
Track Name: The Eye
You’re giving me the eye. I don’t think I’ll ever die. Reliving every single night, has this really been my life? I watch the rising of the tide, I’ve never seen it get this high. I can’t ever let it lie. Are you really on my side?
Track Name: 181935
The party store looks closed right now. I’ll try back in an hour. I should have stayed in bed that night, but I always was a coward. The numbers I will play, they ain’t the numbers you’d have wanted. Cuz I’m tired of losing sleep inside of every room you haunted. You were always right. The open sign burns bright. The things I want remain out of my sight. The dogs are out for blood tonight.
Track Name: Venus Of The Avenue
I guess you didn’t think we would notice your pretty eyes staring us down. Your love washes over us in waves. Mikey and Jon, sitting at the piano, sing, “You’re the talk of the town!” Your love is swimming through all of our days. You’re the Venus of the avenue, and all the boys think they’re in love with you. Your subtle sway alone in the moonlight, the story of Everything. There’s magic and fireworks in the air. We didn’t think that you could find us just from the songs that we sing. We’re terrified but we don’t care.
Track Name: Five & Dime
Runnin’ down the stairs. You’re runnin’ out the door. Shout at all your friends runnin’ up the hill. Hold me in your arms, let your long hair down. Can you feel the weight pulling on the chain? Around your heart, a burning love. Feel the flame. Around your heart, a burning love. Feel the weight pulling on the chain. Breathe slow and long. A hand on my thigh. Lips on my neck. We fall in line. Dancin’ in the dark. Spill your glass of wine. Can you feel the weight pulling on the chain? Around your heart, a burning love. Feel the flame. Around your heart, a burning love. Feel the weight pulling on the chain.
Track Name: Fireworks
I’ve been thinking ‘bout that evening, darling. We walked further than I thought we would. You looked at me like I was your answer. I looked at you like you meant something. Do you miss me? Why don’t you call me? No, he’s not home. Did I tell you how I missed you? I think of you often when I’m alone. Spent the evening in my bathrobe, darling. I tried to wash away the thought of you. You’ve been getting under my skin. I didn’t want this to mean nothin’. Did you feel them? Feel the fireworks, off on our own? Did I tell you how I felt them? I think of them often, when he gets home. A little spark that don’t mean nothin’. A little spark never hurt no one. A little spark that don’t mean nothin’. A little spark doesn’t mean you’re the only one.
Track Name: Bedtime Story
Take me out. Outside the house with you. Make me feel whole, or warm, or mildly amused. I can’t recall ever feeling love so true. Hold onto my hand, hold me close, I’ve got nothing to lose. The sad songs make me sadder as they’re floating through the air. I just want to feel your love but I know it’s not fair. Would you bring me flowers and run your fingers through my hair? Yeah, let’s turn the lights out, darling. I just couldn’t bear to sleep alone. Your eyes exploding into me with every little line. You think that you could be the one; you think that you could be mine. I can’t recall ever feeling love so fine. I feel it in the way you yearn, the way you long, the way you pine. Struggling to get out all the thoughts inside my head, but your puppy dog glances make me want to cry instead. I could keep you company in your town, in your bed. Yeah let’s turn the lights out darling. I just wasn’t bred to sleep alone.
Track Name: I'm All Right
I don’t know if you got my letter. I don’t know if your cheeks got redder. I don’t know if you feel better, but I know that I’m alright. I don’t know if your friends are there. I don’t know if they’d even care. I don’t know if you feel it in the air, but I know that I’m alright. I could be strong for you. I could be wrong for you. I could be anything you’d like. I’m not fine, but I’m alright. I don’t know if you’re crying still. I don’t know if you’ve had your fill. I don’t know yet, but I will, and I know that I’m alright.
Track Name: Honeymoon Phase
I didn’t know I could find a love like yours: Fluttering, floating around me. All the things that we dreamed about before come out in whispers when we speak. I didn’t know what I wanted you to say, but all the distance floats away. As I gaze into your eyes, the shadows and light paint across your face. It’s flowing through our hearts. It’s written in our stars. You’re playing every part. I think I’ve heard this story. I didn’t know it could be true, but I’m finding out that I could love you. I was lost, I didn’t have a clue. I’d given up on everything. All the things that I dreamed about in you come out in whispers when we sing. I didn’t know I could find a love like yours: Fluttering, floating around me. As I gaze into your eyes, the shadows and light are all that I can see. It’d flowing through you now. Go one and let it out. I’ll remove any doubt. I think I might be dreaming. Of all the things that I can do, I’m finding out that I can love you.
Track Name: Sleeping House
When the boxes full of clothes and records stop weighing you down, when the only thing left in your bedroom is some pennies on the ground, when you’ve sold off all your furniture, and you’re headed out of town, I will be the only bad dream in your sleeping house.
Track Name: Just May Be The One
I was looking for a way out, and you were keeping me on my toes. I didn’t want to let you know I made a wish it was impossible. When I called you, I didn’t mean it as The Call to you, I didn’t think you would read into the little words I sang into your ear, oh how you long to hear. Did it hurt my dear? All alone now, I’m beginning to wonder how all the songs that weren’t around came crashing into someone’s head. When I called you, I didn’t mean to break your arms. Did your heart sound the alarm? Did you wish it was impossible to be in love? 3 little words you long to repeat. Sing me your song so sweet. 3 little words that sound the backbeat. Sing me your song so sweet. The dissonance that’s ringing in all our heads makes us wish that we were dead; it makes us wish that we had stayed in bed. When I call you, there’s no sound on the phone, yeah you left me all alone. I made a wish it was impossible to be in love.
Track Name: Fireworks (Reprise)
I’ve been thinking ‘bout that evening, darling. We walked further than I thought we would. You looked at me like I was your way out, I looked at you, thought I’d never stop lookin’. Do you miss me? I’m sorry I called, but glad you got the phone. Did I tell you how I missed you? I think of you often when I’m alone. Spent the evening in my bed, darling. I tried to sleep away the thought of you. You’ve been getting under my skin; I didn’t want this to mean nothing. Did you feel them? Feel the fireworks, off on our own? Did I tell you how I felt them? I think of them often when I get home. A little spark that don’t mean nothin’. A little spark never hurt no one. A little spark that don’t mean nothin’. A little spark doesn’t mean you’re the only one.
Track Name: Midnight Nothing
Me and Annie were sitting in the car, we were playing the tape you made. There were some songs that I wouldn’t have chosen, but all in all, we both agreed that it was pretty great. We weren’t really talking about anything; we felt pure and unadulterated. I would forget why we were laughing, and she would forget what we came to the care for. I thought I saw you the other day. I was in the park by your old job. Ain’t it funny how the city keeps beating on after we’re long gone? You used to say we were too pretty for this place. That night you said a lot of dumb things. You were as soft as I always wondered. I always wondered what you were like when you were younger. What were you like? I saw your eyes that night, they looked like empty pools of light, they looked like diamonds, and they were trying to tell me something. They said nothing. It was a little after midnight when the first few drops fell. Did you feel them honey, or did you feel nothing? I’m forgetting faster than I ever thought I could. I’m learning I can give up trying to do good. The stars out here shine pretty, they are numerous and pure. I never cry, I never scream, I know I should.