Alchemy

by Joe Hedges

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Landy Soothing lyrics, soulful melodies, and incredible instrumental harmony make Alchemy one of my top favorite albums. Favorite track: Proletarian.
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1.
Magic (free) 04:01
i don't believe in lies only the yellow sky words on the wings of fate nothing to conjugate holes in the wooden floor down through a secret door where all the pigeons go after the evening show magic magic i'm not an engineer but i'll make you disappear mercury into gold by keeping the water cold drink to an endless health i can't control myself magic i'm not an engineer but i'll make you disappear magic magic i'm not an engineer but i'll make it disappear say what you know dear today i'm going to let you go i can't transmute this but i can hide it or deny it i've got a brand new glow magic i'm not an engineer i'll make you disappear magic magic i'm not an engineer but i'll make it disappear
2.
I Can Try 03:49
i can try and love as much as you love me i can do my best you can make it easy i can try and think think the deepest thoughts the deeper than the sea maybe deep is all we've got i can try and fly there's got to be a way my arms out like a bird waiting on a saturday i can try and steal i can try and die i can dream a dream for every day i wonder why maybe true love waits worm hole in my chest i travel everyday i'm taking off your dress ultraviolet light maybe it's all my fault there's no right or wrong on every side thick walls approach the speed of light and time is slowing down turn the headlights on you can see me coming now maybe true love waits worm hole in my chest i travel everyday i'm taking off your dress they say you could get crushed or is it pulled apart? there's no space and time no matter in my heart i can try and love as much as you love me i will do my best you will make it easy
3.
Ladders (free) 04:08
turn turn on the sky there's a star identified all the rooftops are alive with brewery ghosts the nice things that you said hang our legs off of the edge there's song stuck in my head i'm unopposed ooo ooo oo oo oo walking backwards under ladders making circles in my house vacant memories i'm a sandstorm vacant buildings are burning down speak it clearly speaking slowly i will sing 'til i'm understood walking backwards under ladders all i want is something good what what can you say on the cloudiest of days there's a pin stuck in the haze i know it's here ooo ooo oo oo oo walking backwards under ladders making circles in my house vacant memories i'm a sandstorm vacant buildings are burning down speak it clearly speaking slowly i will sing 'til i'm understood walking backwards under ladders all i want is something good balancing on a line i don't know to what it's tied could it be to you or a bright red balloon balancing on a line i don't know to what it's tied walking backwards under ladders making circles in my house vacant memories i'm a sandstorm vacant buildings are burning down speak it clearly speaking slowly i will sing 'til i'm understood walking backwards under ladders all i want is something good walking backwards under ladders walking backwards under ladders underwater speaking slowly i will sing 'til i'm understood walking backwards under ladders all i want is something good
4.
Proletarian 06:04
oh no we're speaking only with our minds and hands tonight mark it down in charts and tables i'm still human but i'm getting by how long will it take them to get here in the fields in the summer time come quick the sun is crashing i'm giving up when the weather dies pass the place where our bodies wait don't slow down don't turn back now you're alive lead from here and you'll disappear don't second guess it your disconnected home i didn't want to be found i guess i had to roll i didn't want to be found i'm illogical i didn't want to be found but i could feel the pull i guess i'm just a proletarian i'm illogical so tall we reached the heavens so strong we swallowed suns we learned to loved the darkness i learned to need no one these black machines will translate back to words we can understand these lips and mouths are useless the skies have turned to land pass the place where our bodies wait don't slow down don't turn back now you're alone holding on 'til these wraiths are gone don't second guess it your disconnected home i didn't want to be found i guess i had to roll i didn't want to be found i'm illogical i didn't want to be found but i could feel the pull i guess i'm just a proletarian i'm illogical maybe you're something more than whose side you're on maybe you're something more than whose side whose side whose side i didn't want to be found i guess i had to roll i didn't want to be found i'm illogical i didn't want to be found but i could feel the pull i guess i'm just a proletarian i'm illogical i guess i'm just a proletarian i guess i'm just a proletarian i'm illogical i guess i'm just a proletarian i guess i'm just a proletarian i'm illogical skin glows like rainbows turning pixels into hands blue lights unplugged i'm reappearing where i stand skin glows like rainbows turning pixels into hands blue lights unplugged i'm reappearing where i stand
5.
Cicadas 03:41
fall asleep with your head on my chest i left all my memories and regrets between the wood floor and your dress cicadas in the mouth of the lake our hands will set them all free wings dry off ever so slowly just lay here with me who cares if we get hurt ? magic elixer you are i die with every spoonful i die and come back in your arms just lay here with me who cares if we get hurt? stay for a week and it's over fall fall back to the earth tonight we live for our birth cicadas in the mouth of the lake just lay here with me who cares if we get hurt? just lay here with me who cares if we get lost?
6.
VSCITA 01:03
7.
Wait For You 03:40
as soon as i wake up i'm thinking of someone now my eyes won't shut what will i become in the future i'm in style with future friends for miles and i make my future lover smile i know you'd come to baby fishing wire wrapped round legs of birds on lakes spots in werewolf eyes when the feeling comes it aches i'm in my future car a jet black jaguar and i save you with cpr i knew you'd come to baby ooo i'll wait for you i'll wait for you i'll wait for you i'll wait for you i'll wait for cincinnati sky we were born with river water in our eyes cincinnati sky we were born with river water in our eyes i make my future lover smile ooo i'll wait for you i'll wait for you i'll wait for you i'll wait for you i'll wait for you you i'll wait for you i'll wait for you i'll wait for you i'll wait for you i'll wait for
8.
Cemetery Sun 02:55
white birds don't want to land the sunlight we caught in hands castles we built in the sand washed out washed out i know you'll always be there forever with me anywhere from now on the black in your hair is washed out washed out the sky is full of crows and doves you taught me how to fall in love with everything and everyone i have a record player for a heart you taught me how to fall apart you taught me how to wonder constantly at all i see behold the cemetery sun be all that you are collecting the stars from the yard st. peter hangs out in the car next to the rear view to be loved stuck in our mind to be loved all of the time sunset or dawn in rewind the bright blue bright blue sky is full of crows and doves you taught me how to fall in love with everything and everyone i have a record player for a heart you taught me how to fall apart you taught me how to wonder constantly at all i see behold the cemetery sun
9.
Cadmiums 03:35
we use the brightest blues and the realest red rich like a birthday cake like an icy spread no theme spoils your careful mind you're the archetype hopeless i'm not permitted but i'll stand and fight fight slip these moon beams into your summer drink solemn shoe tip toe round all the things we think toss me pinhole bullets i will hit the ground oh emptiness, lose me now and i will not be found found see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes oooh oooh whoa i want to see i want to paint i want to know oooh oooh whoa i want to see i want to paint i want to know eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes see with your eyes
10.
Half-Right (free) 02:59
She keeps a part of you in a jar on her shelf just out of sight of the animal eyes you're like a shell needing a bolt of light to strike moving your limbs to take you out of the night take my heart take my head either way i'm half-right this is the half that bleeds this is the half that needs to see something in the white of your eyes release the weight attenuate the sound of fate how long i'll wait for you here in the fire take my heart take my head either way i'm half-right take my heart take my head either way i'm half-right take my heart take my head either way i'm half-right take my heart take my head either way i'm half-right take my heart take my head either way i'm half-right take my heart take my head either way i'm half-right
11.
Epinephrine 05:35
she came into the house with a bee sting said she could feel her throat growing tight are you sure it's not because you're frightened? just relax. everything is alright should we call Dr. Sharma or something? just a shot and you should be fine well i'm not one for blood or needles but i drove it into her thigh i slightly enjoyed it oh some pain is worth it like an atom that floats in the ocean tossed in the waves and the knives by the time i get to the sea shore i won't remember where i spent all my life i still don't belong here oh where are you now my dear i still feel your pulse when we're cities away i stand on the line where the night meets the day i'm evaporating until i'm a gray cloud traveling god makes the wind i am blowing through space i'll come back to bed after i see your face i look down through your window who's there in my place? ...
12.
what if you could feel alive and unclose your eyes everyone needs somewhere to hide died on christmas day sad enough anyway even now we're on your side your side. waves of hallejulia's a million came right through us standing on the shore we could cry whatever i become i'm grateful for the sun everyday she's on my side my side. your life is beautiful pain makes you real your life is beautiful love lets you heal...

about

This is my second full length solo album recorded and mixed over a period of several months mostly in my own apartment. Drums were played by Dan McQuinn and recorded by John McGuire. John also mixed two songs, “Ladders” and “Magic”.

“Hedges’ compositions — which range from broadly atmospheric to more direct and upbeat — are elegant, his songwriting mature and accomplished and his soundscapes provocative and full of depth.”
- Citybeat Magazine

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released October 24, 2010

Produced by Joe Hedges
All songs written by Joe Hedges © 2010 Machines & Dreams (BMI)

Recorded by Joe Hedges in his OTR apartment
and John McGuire at J-Mac Sound Studios in Cincinnati, OH
Additional recording on “Wait For You” by Eric Stewart at Geno's Sound Cavern in Middletown, OH

Mixed by Joe Hedges except:
"Magic" and "Ladders" Mixed by John McGuire at J-Mac Sound Studios in Cincinnati, OH

Dan McQuinn played drums on “Magic”, “I Can Try”, “Ladders”, “Proletarian”, “Cicadas”, and “Epinephrine”
Amy Hedges sang on “Cemetery Sun” and “Epinephrine”

Paintings and Design by Joe Hedges

This one's for you, Mom--thanks for your unconditional love and support over the years. Thanks to Emma for helping me to relax. This collection of songs would not be what it is without the contributions of the knowledgeable and talented John McGuire who kept my sonic senses in check by mixing "Magic" and "Ladders" and by carefully and artfully recording most of the lead vocals and drums. Thanks to my longtime musical brother and partner in rhythm Dan McQuinn who played some challenging and creative drum parts. Thanks also to Eric Stewart for always urging me to loosen up and have fun in the studio and to my sister Amy Hedges for lending me her beautiful voice and letting me borrow her accordian and her mandolin. Thanks to Brian Ives for being a good friend and keeping the JFK machine going. Thanks to Blumpy, who first urged me to make a solo album out of the strange songs I never played for anyone and who taught me a great deal about making music through producing my previous album Curvature. Thanks to Craig Barron, my music industry advisor and friend in Los Angeles. Thanks to Sam Dobrozsi, Travis Delaney, T Wong Miller, Jason Morgan, Ken Lewis, Aaron Thomas, and Drew Phillips--producers and musicians and friends who have taught, pushed, and inspired me over the years. Thanks also to Kevin Muente at Northern Kentucky University for the guidence that enabled me to create these oil paintings. Thanks especially to you! It is a great honor to communicate with you through the anceint mediums of music and art. I hope you enjoy listening to this album as much as I enjoyed making it.

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