043: "Young But Ugly" EP


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"Young but Ugly" is the debut EP from CIVILS, the shapeshifting solo recording project of singer-songwriter Drew Kirby (Mothers, New Wives). Recorded on April 17th, 2015 on a Tascam 4-track, all songs save for the intro track "Halifax" were created mostly on the spot and fleshed out through the process of recording, rather than being written beforehand. As an experiment in a sort of "audio sketching", it serves as a fairly untethered introduction to Civils.

The original cassette tape had 7 tracks, but after chopping off the 1st track ((a rap song & initial impetus for writing "Young" on the tape/sampling rappers)) and the 7th song and final song ((a talking blues that no one asked for, recorded at 3 am on college graduation night a couple weeks later)), these were the 5 tracks left in the middle, hashed out in a day, in their original running order. Like one succinct chunk out of a nascent demo tape.

Mixed down & released initially on drew's 22nd birthday, "Young but Ugly" was then later mastered during a single all-night session on the final eve of the month, August 31st, 2015.

Enjoy your summer.


released August 6, 2015

Written and recorded at Cave Sound by Drew Kirby, 4/17/2015.



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Track Name: Halifax (original take)
the youth was always in decay
don't pay no mind to what they say.
older generations faked it until they could call us waste.
yeah your mother was never nothing more than just another mortal life form.

so there is nothing less important and our trials all intersect.
and we'll be rotting in a moment,
100 years, we'll start again with new tides, new cops, new situations.

the only thing that will remain is every place, oh what a slave
and the case for every vehicle will outlive all my friends
and our stories all will end and were ultimately boring

maybe we're lucky we give out early
maybe we learn all of our lessons before we start to breakin down
oh halifax, i saw you when i was dreaming
and now i can't seem to clear my mind
of the promises you proclaimed to me, arise
la di da
if our time for being here was no mistake, then nor must be our leaving
and if our being here was no mistake, then neither could be our leaving

we are deities.
we bring things into being that never leave.
in due time, i won't go outside,
ill have no time, ill have no need if i can venture through my screens to anything.

so these anxieties will stifle me in life and when i dream.
yeah these lies that i buy and believe lie with me when i sleep.
smoke my luckies much quicker lately.
i only gave you one,
i always keep three,
no reason.

maybe we're lucky & get bought out early.
but im sure it isn't pleasant to be the ones forgotten underground.
oh anna belle, you were the first one that i followed
now i can't seem to compromise.
all the promises you made to me were lies!
la di da
if your time for being here was clear, then so must be your leaving.
if your time for being here was clear, then so must be your leaving.

everytime that you felt well
and every place that you made love
everytime you fed your family or, just ate well yourself
keep these things close, they are everything.
Track Name: Ephemera
oh ephemera, loaded i might.
i lie, in water i lie all night unfound
certain, lurid
ooooooooo mmmmmm
Track Name: Twin Boy
im on a crosshair
my words are paper thin and chalk outlined
and lessened by design
if i were an actor i might tell them of my chalice, of my lines
i might

i have a substance
i see whole twins of all my friends in foreign places i have been
i miss them constantly
i might just lay beside him if i try it i might like it
i might never wanna run or move away again
if i just loose it i will undo my ties, oooo
im waiting, i will provide
i am terrified

im blowing smoke at all the insects they oughta kill me i wouldnt blame them
i could feed all them for weeks and then theyd all have part of me
id just drift around eternally and thennnnnn..... shhhh
Track Name: Circling Heights/Gloria O
i don't see my friends that often
i won't talk on borrowed time
to me you are only breathing

and if i get the chance ill move along and deceive you
but you're my friend i only want you to be happy now
but i cant stand the way i miss you now

lets see if you're the world's safe bet,
o carol and me.
say you'll last and are only making your recess.

you only show up when the bars close.
you only wanna turn the light on.
well i miss times when we would stay up all night
and know that it is awful in life
when you are separate, undone, circling heights
sing me, circling heights

but you sing like "oh you waste your light if you're assigned to me.
waste your light but you won't fade out that easy."
you were always on time.

you only show up when the bars close,
it keeps me waiting up late again.
well i been thinking about the past times
and will we ever be that way again?
well i dont know, i dont know.
yeah you're doin pretty well,
yeah i know.

and i'm just wasting away
wasted, awake, and circling heights.
sing like oh, circling heights
sing me, circling heights

you pray like, "oh you waste your life if you gave your son to me.
waste your light but you won't fade out that easy."
always on time,
gloria o.