Television Static

by Daniel Young

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1.
Let’s go riding, in the desert air tonight Head towards the horizon, and the misty mountain line Silver hair was blowin’, I could barely see your face I could still hear you laughin’, in the right time and place The gravel and the asphalt flows through our feet Been driving for so long, that we’re seeing double The dust settled, and the moon was howlin’ I’ve never felt anything like this before The haze had lifted and the sun was shining I just want to feel something that I’ve never felt before As we stopped in, at the county line We started making love underneath the street light Counting cards, playing with our minds I knew I had to go all in, felt like it was all in due time The dust settled, and the moon was howlin’ I’ve never felt anything like this before The haze had lifted and the sun was shining I just want to feel something, I’ve never felt before The dust settled, and the moon was howlin’ I’ve never felt anything like this before The haze had lifted and the sun was shining I just want to feel something, I’ve never felt before I just want to feel something that I’ve never felt before
2.
Clean Cut 04:00
Dishes piling up in the sink Happened so quickly before I could blink Woke up worried in the middle of the night Didn’t know where I was, slept through the daylight Felt as though we were in a rut I feel like I need a clean cut Clean cut right down to my heart Let it bleed out I need a fresh start. The flowers I brought you had all up and dried Packed all your things, but you left them to die Abandoned the vase on the kitchen counter Full of flowers that you left behind Felt as though we were in a rut I feel like I need a clean cut Clean cut right down to my heart Let it bleed out I need a fresh start Lighting don’t strike in the same place twice Thunder is louder in the middle of the night Clinch my fist, hold on tight Until the rooster crows, welcomes the daylight Felt as though we were in a rut I feel like I need a clean cut Clean cut right down to my heart Let it bleed out I need a fresh start
3.
You got diamonds in your eyes That sparkle every time you smile As you drift on by And the dirt road flies I’ve never felt a room shift as it does when you walk through Something bout the weather changing Atmosphere rearrangin’ I’ll catch you when you fall When you fall Will you catch me when I fall? When I fall. Take me by the hand I’ll see Something I’ve never seen That’s one hell of a magic trick Tuggin’ at my heart right down to the strings Sittin' down just to hear the Byrds spinnin’ all night long Where does the time go? Will you be my Sweetheart of the Rodeo? I’ll catch you when you fall When you fall Will you catch me when I fall? When I fall. You’re roaming wild and free With your own set of wings One day at a time is all you can stand Before it all blows up and comes crashin' down Everything you thought was yours Has since fallen through the ground Through the ground Where do we go? Where do we go from here? I’ll catch you when you fall When you fall Will you catch me when I fall? When I fall.
4.
Our job here is done, so it seems Love that came and went down the stream There’s no tellin’ why A broken heart will try to keep from cryin’ A broken heart will mend itself, now and then Time is the only answer, of seeing if the flame will survive Your side of the bed is still made up After you made up your mind Coming home was the strangest thing To see the blacktop, where you parked your car everyday I feel heartache sinkin’ in, spinning me into a whirlwind A broken heart is broken but it’s still full In a blink of an eye, everything had changed But the sun still sets and rises everyday Leaving all that we had, to keep shining in our hearts A broken heart will mend itself every now and then Coming home was the strangest thing To see the blacktop, where you parked your car everyday I feel heartache sinkin’ in, spinning me into a whirlwind A broken heart is broken but it’s still full A broken heart is broken but it’s still full
5.
I woke up in the morning I was a big mess Couldn’t figure out How to get myself dressed I’ve been so damn bored That I’ve been confused It’s been a long, long time since I’ve been amused. I’ve been at home watching television static You can call me up on the telephone I can’t promise that I won’t be drunk or stoned I’ll look you straight in the eyes Through the telephone speaker and the telephone line. I’ve been hoping, hoping for so long. Where does it all go from here? Does it all light up? Or, does it all disappear? There ain’t too much to tell, that ain’t been told I’m sitting here staring at the eggs cooking on the stove The toast is burnt, or maybe just right I don’t mean to put up a fight All I need is a sunny side up kind of day People cheat and lie and tell bad jokes They’ll put their goddamn foot in the bicycle spoke Until the wheel runs them right over Then they’re wishing on a four leaf clover The shootin’ stars are shinin’ tonight Where does it all go from here? Do we all light up? Or, do we all just disappear?
6.
Bright lights and neon signs, lighting up the crowded streets Threw open the windows wide, I could hear the city alive tonight You gave me water in the desert Kept me from going insane Opened your heart, held my hand Helped me understand The well often runs dry love will come and go Floating wildly over our heads grippin' tight to the shore You let me in when I was out Calmed me from the storm You gave me a place to lay my head Was feeling heavy and misunderstood You let me in when I was out Calmed me from the storm You gave me a place to lay my head Was feeling heavy and misunderstood
7.
It’s moments like these that we seek to find ourselves It’s moments like these that we reach for the sky It’s moments like these that we try to scratch the surface It’s moments like these that stand out from the rest It’s moments like these that’ll drown us in the deep end It’s moments like these that’ll make us float down the river of the unknown existence It’s moments like these. Wake me up, before I start dreaming Wake me up, before I start believing Wake me up Wake me up It’s moments like these that the sky falls down on us It’s moments like these, it feels like it’s all gonna crumble It’s moments like these that you need to feel it all It’s moments like these that you sit down and try to breathe It’s moments like these It’s moments like these It’s moments like these when your blood will begin to boil It’s moments like these when you find out you can’t have it all It’s moments like these when you paint your own blank canvas It’s moments like these when you try to stop the world from spinnin'. It’s moments like these that’ll tip you back and make you wonder It’s moments like these when the 8 ball sinks in and the whole thing is over. It’s moments like these.
8.
When I wake up in the morning I pray that the sun is still shining When I retire in the evening I hope that the moon is still howlin' Carrying this life on the mountain side It’ll result in things to come If I can’t stay here any longer Than I know, my season is dead and done It don’t matter anymore Where I'll find the golden door Everything else that I believed in Along the way has all dried up Pick up my things and I’ll be leaving But my love here will always stay If I can’t stay here any longer Than I know, my season is dead and done Silhouettes in the mirror Leaves are turning in the fall Waiting patiently for the unknown The road that will take me home Pick up my things and I’ll be leaving But my love here will always stay If I can’t stay here any longer Than I know, my season is dead and done
9.
Swim Now 05:11
The wound is salty and the water is deep The gravel chips away under your feet Staring into the night listening to the wolves shout Waiting for my last cigarette to burn out Warmed up the coffee and let it burn The water was boiling and I just couldn’t learn Only time will tell how the story unfolds Can’t expect every chapter to be laced with gold Somethings gotta give This ain’t no way to live Fightin our way through each and every day Swim now or we’re gonna drown. Time will heal all them salty wounds The love I have for you is bigger than the moon Darlin, there’s one thing that you should know Is that I ain’t ever gonna let go I’ll be right by your side, waitin' for the world to end I don’t know much more than I can pretend. Circlin' around the block Waitin for the sun to set low Darlin’ there’s one thing that we should know That our love will never let go. Somethings gotta give This ain’t no way to live Fightin our way through each and every day Swim now or we’re gonna drown. Swim now or we’re gonna drown. Swim now or we’re gonna drown.
10.
This ring on my finger, don’t fit anymore The walls came a crashing down, like never before Are we looking through the same lens, or have we seen our time? I can’t help but think you had leavin' on your mind Pretty soon ain’t soon enough, to get you off my mind Running round in circles, trying to keep from cryin’ Foggy eyes have been no stranger to me these days Pretty soon ain’t soon enough, to get you off my mind The love we had is different now, seems we’ve grown apart Like a flower that bloomed into a broken heart If we ain’t feelin' alive anymore, then show me to the door I can’t help but think you had leavin on your mind Pretty soon ain’t soon enough, to get you off my mind Running round in circles, trying to keep from cryin’ Foggy eyes have been no stranger to me these days Pretty soon ain’t soon enough, to get you off my mind Pretty soon ain’t soon enough, to get you off my mind

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There's nothing sneaky about Television Static. This new record represents the most complete articulation of a vision Daniel's been seeing for many years. Recorded live over two days at his own Orchard Studio, It's full of loss and renewal, shocks of grief and stabs at redemption. Daniel's best work has generally avoided the autobiographical but this time round the doors are off the hinges and the house has spilled its secrets all over the lawn.

Musically, the bleary blend of country, rock & roll, and greasy blues is augmented by cosmic Dead-style extended jams, Burrito-worthy grooves, and West Coast melodicism. Like so many before him, Daniel has sought solace in desert places, including a pilgrimage to the Joshua Tree Inn to find the spirit of his idol Gram Parsons. Television Static bears witness of those spaces, those journeys. Go with him, if you can—you may not know it yet but you're probably heading there anyway.

credits

released March 27, 2020

Daniel Young - vocals, 6 & 12 string acoustic guitars, electric guitar, lap steel, synth, percussion, harmonica
Ryan Tanner - piano, organ, synth, vocals
Dylan Schorer - pedal steel guitar, dobro, acoustic guitar
Brian Thurber - drums
Tyler Lambourne - upright bass
M. Horton Smith - electric guitar, cello
Carl Carbonell - banjo
Mikel Azpiroz - hammond B3 organ
Marcus Bently - vocals
Corinne Gentry - vocals
Bridget Galanis - vocals

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by
Daniel Young @ Orchard Studio, North Salt Lake, UT.

Mastered for Vinyl by Kim Rosen at Knack Mastering

Produced by Daniel Young and Ryan Tanner

Album artwork and design layout - Carl Carbonell

Photography - Natalie Haws, Beehive Photography

All songs written by Daniel Young (BMI)

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Daniel Young Salt Lake City, Utah

Daniel Young is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, drummer, sound engineer, and producer from SLC, UT. He grew up on the side of a tall mountain, and that sense of forceful elevation informs all of his work. Daniel's been recording and performing for over two decades—and he's not that old, which tells you much of what you need to know about his commitment to craft, about how deep this runs with him. ... more

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