Baltimericana

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This is a home recording project. Jon wrote the songs and Joe did the production, engineering, and added some extra instrumentation. You can read about the songs here:

jonpattonmusic.com/blog/

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released October 21, 2013

Jon Patton: Vocals, guitars, noise
Joseph Scala: Vocals, percussion, manual manipulation of effects, bass
Katie Bowers Scala: Vocals

Produced and Recorded by Joseph Scala
Mixed by Joseph Scala and Jon Patton
Cover photo by Joseph Scala

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baltimericana Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimericana is a place for me (Jon Patton) to stash my solo projects and collaborations with friends. I'm a writer, musician, and (unfortunately) day job schlub from Baltimore and the founder of Baltimore-based folk rock band Midway Fair (midwayfair.org). Be sure to also check out Joe Scala (joescala.wordpress.com), who produced the Baltimericana EP. ... more

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Track Name: (Can't Swim in the) Harbor
John's gone to town with his shoes caked in dirt
Jane's made a mess on his hundred dollar shirt
Lit a cigarette and threw it on the starter
Picked himself a fight and made himself a martyr

You can't swim in the harbor
You can't swim in the harbor
You can't swim in the harbor

Throw John Trooper from the fallsway
Drown a bottom dredger out on the causeway
Buy yourself a suit, son, get yourself some class
Rent a bluelight special out on the overpass

You can't swim in the harbor
You can't swim in the harbor
You can't swim in the harbor

Bring a Spanish knife down to Alice Anna
Blame the crazy route on a drunken city planner
Write a letter to the mayor in Murder Ink
Break a leaky pipe, boys, get yourselves a drink

You can't swim in the harbor
You can't swim in the harbor
You can't swim in the harbor
Track Name: Robin (The Mirror)
Robin will you grow your wings at dawn?
Can ascension teach us both what’s going on?
Summer’s long but the season is gone.

And Robin doesn’t time hate the obsessed?
One hand on your breast and back to chest,
I could feel your heart slow to a rest.

Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t be so cavalier
and I promise not to be the mirror.
And you know, know, know, know,
Love's not a relic and I won't be a souvenir.

Robin aren’t we both unsatisfied?
The more we ate the less we filled inside
What we buried left what was left to die

Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t be so cavalier
and I promise not to be the mirror.
And you know, know, know, know,
Love's not a relic and I won't be a souvenir.

Silhouette on the blue
In gray light
Distorted shape

A stone and not a jewel
Gave up all
Hope of escape
Track Name: Fallout Shelter [explicit lyric]
I remember growing up when the radiation killed her,
now I go to work in a fallout shelter.
Hey, man, I wish we grew out of being scared.
All you kids today I don’t imagine you’d care.

In class we watched a tape from the evening news
In 1989 but the one o’clock whistle still blew, and now ...
Which did they expect me to hear?
I sang along to its song every week for thirty years.

Craw under your desk, there's
Craw under your desk, kids
Craw under your desk, there's (room)
Craw under your desk, there's room (for 1249 more)

My biggest fear was some kind of systems-wide failure,
And the automatic spread of an irrational error.
Now, when did they ever fight clean?
The most fucked up thing is how we’re caught in between

Craw under your desk, there's
Craw under your desk, kids
Craw under your desk, there's (room)
Craw under your desk, there's room (for 1249 more)

I remember growing up when the radiation killed her,
now I go to work in a fallout shelter.
Hey, man, I wish we grew out of being scared.
All you kids today I don’t imagine you’d care.

Craw under your desk, there's
Craw under your desk, kids
Craw under your desk, there's (room)
Craw under your desk, there's room (for 1249 more)
Craw under your desk, kids
[etc.]
Track Name: 26th Street Underpass
At night when I lie awake there’s a
train whistle blowing outside my door
At night when I lie awake there’s a
train whistle blowing outside my door
I try to shut out the sound
But that train’s running underneath my floor

Little bird on the fence
at 26th singing a lonesome song
Little bird on the fence
at 26th singing a lonesome song
When that train rumbles by
That little bird’ll pick and move on

Gets so hot in the summer
Think I’ll invite the wind to come on by
Gets so hot in the summer
Think I’ll invite the wind to come on by
If the wind can’t stop by
The wind from that train’ll suit me fine

At night when I lie awake there’s a
train whistle blowing outside my door
At night when I lie awake there’s a
train whistle blowing outside my door
I try to shut out the sound
But that train’s running underneath my floor