Blue Pop

by Adam Daniel

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released June 22, 1999

Produced by Adam Daniel and Tom Caffey. Recorded by Tom Caffey with additional engineering by Dave Bassett and Lou Michaels. Tracked at Chateau Relaxeau, Rotten Egg, Paramount Recording, and Price St. Studios. Mixed at Price St. Studios by Tom Caffey with Adam Daniel. Mastered by Jeff King at Paramount Recording Studios. Performed by Adam Daniel with drums and percussion by Darrell Cross and pedal steel on “Lovebug” by Sean Caffey. Songs written by Adam Daniel, published by Breathtaking Songs (ASCAP) © 1998 Adam Daniel. All rights reserved. Cover photo by Karolina Markiewicz. Graphic design by Bau-Da Design Lab, Inc. Thank you to Tom Caffey, Mark Ashton and David Peipers—APG Music, Darrell Cross, "Sheriff" Sean Caffey, Dave Bassett, Lou Michaels, Guy Babylon, Jeff King, Jeff and Charlotte McDonald, Brian Lapin, Bill at Rent-A-Recorder, Richard Craig Caffey, Karolina Markiewicz, Rob Stulberg, Rob Shore, Meridith Baer, Wendy Orbas, Seema Agarwal, Mom/Dad and Jeremy (J.Roxx), and Edengrace. For Edengrace. 2006 reissue dedicated with gratitude to the memory of David Peipers.

REVIEWS

“Blue Pop stands among the best guitar-pop albums of the '90's with swirling melodies, unforgettable hooks, and heartbreaking sincerity... Her Shake is an energetic attack of punchy guitars and sing-along harmonies that will leave any true pop fan reeling, while Cured twists and turns until it's completely embedded into your brain.”
—Michael Frey, All Music Guide

“Blue Pop is as promising a pop album as you'll have heard so far this year, gorgeous enough to play again and again, memorable enough that you'll be singing along to it even when the music's far far away.”
—Bob Gulla, CDNOW

“A beautiful pop masterpiece. If Her Shake and Cured haven't worn themselves out by Labor Day, then your pop lover ID card will be revoked. My favorite album as of this moment.”
—Yeah Yeah Yeah #15 1999

“…a fizzy pop record that reveals something darker and more quietly brutal with each listen.”
—Eliot Wilder, Amplifier

“Daniel's songwriting skills are impressively limber: He shifts from the punchy Guess I Got a Girl to the whispered, wounded You Wrecked Me as if he's been writing exclusively in each style all along.”
—Chris Molanphy, CMJ New Music Monthly

“…built on savvy melodies... that flourish in meticulous, silky-smooth self-production.”
—Cheryl Botchick, CMJ New Music Report

"Her Shake is a potent rocket filled with joyful, chiming guitars, a demonic backbeat and Daniel's laconic melodic whine. This artist possesses major potential as a crossover player at Alternative, Modern AC and Triple A.”
—Album Network's Virtually Alternative #59

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Track Name: Breaking Up
I've got a lot of clothes that you're never going to see me in
If you're never going to see me again
Like you said you wouldn't ever all yesterday morning
And I'll write a lot of songs
That you'll never get to hear me sing
And some thoughts I'll never get to thinking
Like, "I wanna marry her someday.
Or give her my money."

And I told a couple lies
And you're never going to know which one
And you're never going to know how come
And you're never gonna be my girl again
And then maybe I'll be crumbling away
And you won't be there to hold me up
And you won't be there to make it stop
And I'll blow up into bits, or not

And I don't feel heavy in my heart
Down where I keep the you-in-autumn-with-your-hair-down photograph
I don't really feel a thing now
I think I'm breaking up
Track Name: Battle Song
Hold me, babydoll
And I held her
Say you'll be my valentine
And I brought her hearts
And be my soldier boy
And I sent myself to war

Be my little one
So I shrunk myself to size
And melt the stars
I'm so hot for you I think I could
And I sent myself to war

Yeah, I remember like it was last summer
A bit too real to really be true
How I had fallen
And first thing in the morning
Cried for help and then along came you

Take me home tonight
I'll go anywhere with you
And kiss me awhile
I'll stay ever long
I thought I heard her smile
And I sent myself to war

And if I am drunk
Then don't sober me up
I just want you to stay anyhow

Yeah, I remember like it was last summer
A bit too real to really be true
How I had fallen
And first thing in the morning
Cried for help and then along came you

Hold me, babydoll
And I held her
Say you'll be my valentine
And I brought her hearts
And be my soldier boy
And I sent myself to war
Track Name: Cured
She's crying like a baby
Makes me want to
And I don't think I know
How to slow her down this time
And what you gonna do when she's not right
And she needs you
And you're not right either
And you need her

And you swear to God it's a fine day
You tell each other it's nothing that either way
Some magazines or new positions won't cure

It's a good lie
But doesn't quite solve everything
Hell, anything
And you're still here
Alive, halfway
And what you gonna do when you're not right
And you need me
And I'm not right either

Maybe burrow into blankets and fix
Swill back seditious literature and pills
Or maybe just hang on until we feel cured

She's crying like a baby
Makes me want to
And I don't think I know
How to slow her down this time
And what you gonna do when you're not right
And you need me
And I'm not right either
This time

Burrow into blankets and fix
Swill back seditious literature and pills
Or maybe just hang on until we feel cured
And you swear to God it's a fine day
You tell each other it's nothing that either way
And maybe just said, "I don't think we ain't cured."

She's crying like a baby
Makes me want to
And I don't think I know
How to slow her down this time
Track Name: Lovebug
Be understanding
Don't leave me
Be warm to me and tell me
All how we'll fuck and save the world
And call me Lovebug
And I'll believe it

That there's a good thing
Somewhere in me
Better than the one
That makes you wreck your room
And barely hang with me

Lovebug
And I'll believe it

And me only
That knows I love you
And I'll believe it

Lovebug
And I'll believe it

And me only
That knows I love you
And I'll believe it
And says so
That knows I love you
And I'll believe it

Lovebug
And I'll believe it

Be understanding
Don't leave me be

Lovebug
And I'll believe it
Track Name: Who'll Hold On (To My Heart)
My baby's got a hold on me
Yeah, I love her and she loves me
I know
Oh, heavenly, farther, high...
And I don't mind 'cause she's that way
All torn and tired and not okay
I don't why I'm still beside you now

Our love could be that way
You'd hold me down every single day
It's Hollywood
It's "If you don't stay,
Who'll hold on to my heart now?"

And I'm the one that said "Hello, my name is..."
All those years ago
Hey, honestly, girl, I tried
And I'm all good 'cause she's all mine
She's live
She's just more goddamn fine each day
My galaxy girl
I'm still beside you now

Our love could be that way
You'd hold me down every single day
It's Hollywood
It's "If you don't stay,
Who'll hold on to my heart now?"
Track Name: Her Shake
Baby’s gotten tired
But she's one hip girl
I know
I guess it’s gonna be another office year
And then we thought of how
We'd be good by now
I know
Not lost and kind of battered just beyond repair

I’ll meet you there

And once upon a time I was not so thin
I know
A little bit of life has made me kind of tense
But baby’s got a style and I like her shake
All sex and extraordinary violence

She makes good sense

She says, “Say what you want to say.
Do what you want to do.
Go where you want to go,
Just take me there.”
Track Name: Why I Can't Be Beside You
Come to work
Hold this ladder
And don't let it shake
Or I'll come tumbling
Lead me home
I've been dark inside
I've been everything and nothing
And I've really lost myself this time

Yeah, I fell all the way into this, man
Saw but couldn't do

And I've been faded white and weakened
And all estranged from you
And I've got no greater secret
That "If you only knew..."
Then why I can't be beside you

Wake me up
Or I'll sleep too late
I don't want to miss
All that I miss these days
And just come around
Say my name out loud
Yeah, so I remember what it is
'Cause there are days I don't

And I had all the very greatest plans
Drawn inside my head

And I've been faded white and weakened
And all estranged from you
And I've got no greater secret
That "If you only knew..."
Then why I can't be beside you

And I had all the very greatest plans
Drawn inside my head

And I've been faded white and weakened
And all estranged from you
And I've got no greater secret
That "If you only knew..."
Then why I can't be beside you

White and weakened
And all estranged from you
And I've got no greater secret

Why I can't be beside you
Track Name: In Orbit
Love and cigarettes and lucky stars
Summer days it's hard to be alive
I'm so damn hot for you
I'm all out in orbit

And life is kind of strange without a home
Disconnected, only calling out
And always to your room
I'm all out in orbit

And once upon a time I used to sleep
All distilled in emptiness and bliss
And oversexed
In new shoes
In case I maybe had the dream
The one where suddenly you fall
Down real far into me
All out in orbit

And be my girl
So I'd look cool for you
Track Name: Simple Things
Tell me I'm the only one
Tell me I'm the only one who—
Tell me I'm the one you'd run to

Be my little one
Okay
Someone said it was a strange world
Someone said you were a strange girl
All the way out, man

All the way into space
All the way and then some

And see she says her bed
Turns to turn into a spaceship
Late at night and she can't stop it
And it takes her everywhere
And I don't see it
But I saw her
Just wake up and wash up
Just wander away one day
Out, man...

All the way into space
All the way and then...
All the way into space
All the way
She smiled and waved and she said

She said, "It's alright now,
Just the way it used to be.
It's alright now,
Only better.
It's alright now,
Just the way it used to be.
It's alright now,
Only...

All the way into space
All the way and then...
All the way into space
All the way
She smiled and waved and she said

She said, "It's alright now."
Track Name: Said Don't Go
Sleeping through the night
And still too tired to be hip
And alone now
So hooked on her medicine
I couldn't see that trouble

So how I said, "I want you to stay,
Just stay right here right now."
And she left with me
All on my hands
Spun around and sad
Not no any way I said, "Don't go."

Possible, impassible
I couldn't decide
I was slowed down
Silent motion pictures screened off hours
In my head, quiet

So how I said, "I love you, okay?
Okay?"
And she just frowned
Dark as seven seas

All on my hands
Spun around and sad
Not no any way I said, "Don't go."

Any way I said, "Don't go."
Track Name: Guess I Got a Girl
I guess I got a girl
Though she's spun all for this foreign actor
And she likes to call me Boy
And I want to be with her forever
She's like a pill
And I need to have it everyday
I swallow down
And I'm better in all sorts of ways
I guess I got a girl
We've undertaken fine endeavors

And if I should've known better
Tell me why I feel home

I guess I got a girl
And we made a little kind of magic
She teaches me to fly
Says, "Pick up your feet
And just escape it."
She's like a fire burning
Just this side of my control
I love her wannabe '40's siren kind of stroll
I guess I got a girl
I guess I gotta have it

And if I should've known better
Tell me why I feel home

Guess I got a girl
I guess I got a girl

And if I should've known better
Tell me why I feel home
And if I'd gone alone
Whether, baby, I could have phoned

I guess I got a girl
Track Name: You Wrecked Me
From the earth into the stars
You're so big in there
If you stood you'd knock your head
Against the sky
And I'm on my way out
Weighing you don't love me anymore
Guess that's something
I'll just have to get my mind around today
Thought we'd hang out

But I'm hanging around this quiet room
And remembering your glitter
And how the day
You'd finally found that formula for air
We kissed without breathing for hours
And spun ourselves dizzy
Now I'm shattered to pieces
You wrecked me

I've been lying here awake
Chasing maybes
Like if I had had a perfect tan
Or when I used to space out
I'd spaced in
You'd have stayed awhile

I'm remembering your glitter
And how the day
You'd finally found that formula for air
We kissed without breathing for hours
And spun ourselves dizzy
Now I'm shattered to pieces
You wrecked me

I'm getting stupid here
And I'm not finding comfort there at all
In these torch songs
And what-ifs
Should've seen it all along

From the earth into the stars
You're so big in there
If you stood you'd knock your head
Against the sky
And I'm on my way out
Weighing...

You wrecked me
Track Name: Say Goodbye
She's in love and calls him Baby
Soft, she even argues gently
And he tells her "Don't be strange.
Happy just to have you right here with me."
It's just like watching me and Grace

Now you've gone and you made me high tonight
She said, "I'll be there soon,
All sewn inside of you tonight."
And you went and you didn't say goodbye
It's how she knows he'll be
She says, "Right back to me."

He's in love and kneads his problems
Holy, she sticks needles in him
And she's beautiful
And so are you
And you're everything good in me
And I love you more and more

Now you've gone and you made me high tonight
She said, "I'll be there soon,
All sewn inside of you tonight."
And you went and you didn't say goodbye
It's how she knows he'll be
She says, "Right back to me."
Track Name: Finally Asleep (bonus track)
Told me only I put your troubles soft onto me
And light you
He was all you had wanted
He departed
So long...

And she's crying and she's crying
And she's finally asleep
And it suddenly seems to me
So sad
He hurt her badly
But then she's finally asleep
Maybe deep now
And dreaming of me

Told me only I look at you
And you're glitter bright
He dulled you
And he was all you were seeing
He was saying, "So long."

And she's crying and she's crying
And she's finally asleep
And it suddenly seems to me
So sad
He hurt her badly
But then she's finally asleep
Maybe deep now
And dreaming of me

Long, and she's crying and she's crying
And she's finally asleep
And it suddenly seems to me
So sad
He hurt her badly
But then she's finally asleep
Maybe deep now
And dreaming of me