City Too Small​-​35 mm Mix

by Eusebio

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Recorded & mixed in 1996-1997 at Bobby Peru Recording, Milwaukee

lyrics

After you left I peeled my chest from the floor
Now I’m giving you the good old Gang of Four
Sweat’s running down your back
Sweat’s running down your back

You say we should be friends
You say love never ends
You are wrong
and this song is too long

City too small
Sunlight too bright
Too much strip mall
There’s never any night

Funky life
Funky life

Intermittent brights
light up the night
Everybody tells me you’re wrong
but I just say, “You’re right”

You’re behind me now
or is it beyond?
I don’t need to touch the skin
of which I’m fond

Sweat’s running down your back
Sweat’s running down your back

You say we should be friends
You say love never ends
You are wrong
and this song is too long

City too small
Sunlight too bright
Too much strip mall
There’s never any night

One night my body betrayed
the simple promise I painstakingly made

City too small
Sunlight too bright
Too much, too much strip mall
There’s never any night

All that glitters…

Envisage the night, capillary nights crawl
as sunset died, all seen
The sky’s all reprisal,
hung day-glo with gasoline

You dragged me into a bad psychedelic shop
You tore off my clothes – you never knew when to stop
You asked me to dance ‘til I dropped
You may be deadly but I’m still dancing

One night my body betrayed
the simple promise I painstakingly made

All that glitters…

A hot coffee eye reflects an eye through grease,
reflects a lexicon palette with its release
Behind me sunset trails, neon lights
Eyes picking out movement, shrinking at brights

I don’t believe in fate, believe in recognition
Got one eye on the door, the other: ambition
So let me paranoid you as we settle on the freeway,
snaking up Hollywood, everything going me way

Bend me, shape me
What have you done for me lately?

We used to cuddle double
But now I do it safely
As traffic pulses, together, away
Into the rich blue diamonds, warn: trespass, beware

Rise above the city in my devil-may-care
Rise above the city in my devil-may-care

Dangers of the city constructed with precision
Don’t believe in fate, believe in recognition
All you ever mean to me, falling down in front of me
Vapors just memories

Traveling into past instead of into distance
History’s a pattern of resistance
History’s a pattern of resistance

Reason’s a habit and a sham
Get a wall with a spraycan

Like envy always cover me
What have you done for me lately?
We used to cuddle double
But now I do it safely

Envisage the night, capillary nights crawl
as sunset died, all seen
The sky’s all reprisal,
hung day-glo with gasoline

So let me paranoid you as we circle, escape
Got one eye on ambition, the other on hate
Memories stupidity like blood in the air
Rise above the city in my devil-may-care
Rise above the city in my devil-may-care
Rise above the city too small

credits

released April 14, 2016
Lead vocal: Brenda E. Smith
Bass, vocals: Nick Peters
Piano, synth, melodica, vocals: EB
Guitar: Kid John Malloy
Drum kit: Erik Radloff
Turntable & mixer: Alan Pelkey
Engineer: Shane Olivo

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Eric Blowtorch Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Singer/guitarist/songwriter Eric Blowtorch sings, plays, and writes reggae, ska, rocksteady, soul, rock 'n' roll, funk, Latin, disco, hip-hop, Anglo-Afropop, and jazz songs with rhythm, melody, passion, and original comic timing. E. B. plays solo, in duos and trios with selected stars, and with a trio, Eric Blowtorch and the Inflammables. ... more

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