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Several years ago I made a studio album with these people entitled "I Was Just Comforting Her." And like all good and dutiful Austin bands we presented much of that album at a SXSW showcase. Melissa York of Team Dresch, The Butchies, Amy Ray and Vitapup fame came down from North Carolina to play drums on both the album and at the showcases. Thor Harris played his heart out on a variety of other instruments. Steve Bernal laid down that steady and melodious bass line that we've all come to expect from him. And Rob Halverson played a thousand different keyboards in order to get a thousand different sounds.

I believe this is the last SXSW show I ever performed. Two Nice Girls played at the first year of the festival back in the day, and the years have gone by I have felt it less necessary to haul my equipment thru grid-lock traffic created by tons of bands and music lovers. Here in Austin we have every other week of the year in which to enjoy great music. We are extremely lucky in that regard.

So, I present to you a SXSW live show in all its live-ness. Again, that means that it's more raw than what I usually release. But isn't it about time I started loosening up a little?

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released March 19, 2005

Vocals & Guitar - Gretchen Phillips
Bass - Steve Bernal
Keyboards - Rob Halverson
Drums - Melissa York
Misc. Percussion and other great things - Thor Harris

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I got your lezzie rock right here! Since 1984, keeping it real in Austin, TX. What do I mean by "real"? Transgressive, literate, unapologetic, and unafraid. Plus fun. Don't forget fun. Even when it's sad, let's look for the fun.

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Track Name: Burning Inside
A college dorm room
Ten feet square
What can I say for my twenties?
I had some high hopes
They started there
There's nothing much
To show for my twenties

But it's hot and I'm
Burning inside
It's hot and I'm
Burning inside

A tiny sublet
Full of her stuff
No room to think
Can't crack a window
They're painted shut
This place stinks

And it's hot and I'm
Burning inside
It's hot and I'm
Burning inside

I don't feel pretty
I don't feel okay
But I can't even get it up to cry
If I should start spewing
You'd best look away
I'd hate to put out your eye

And it's hot and I'm
Burning inside
It's hot and I'm
Burning inside
It's hot and I'm
Burning inside

I got on the bus
I took off my shirt
Some dude asked me my name
Then things got dramatic
Some dude got hurt
Oh motherfucker won't you
Tell me tell me tell me who's to blame?
When it's hot and I'm
Burning inside
It's hot and I'm
Burning inside
It's hot and I'm
Burning inside

Written by Gretchen Phillips & Sonic Youth
Track Name: Red State/Blue State
I see my path so clear
I want to live in love not fear
A million thoughts can bring me down
But if I stay in that place I'm gonna drown
Who do I know? Who do I know?
Where do I go? Where do I go?
I gotta get out of this suburban/trendy neighborhood
I gotta believe that people are good

I can't blow off my family
Even tho we disagree
A leaf is twirling in the sun
It just might be that we're all one
I'm not gonna change, not gonna change
Get all angry, act all estranged
Loving is hard, but what else can I do?
Hate will really take it out of you

I see my path so clear
I want to live in hope not fear
The day I go and get a gun
Is the day the terrorists have won (that's my favorite line)
Stuff's been shitty for folks, it's true
But maybe tomorrow will bring something new
I could believe that this world is going straight to hell
But I'd rather believe that kindness will prevail

Written by Gretchen Phillips
Track Name: LYLAS
Party scene, red and green
Perfect present from you
Thoughtfulness, a friendly kiss
Always count on you
Then I'm gone, gone too long
Can't get thru, tho I try
A stony face, forbidden place
You wanna say "goodbye"

What am I gonna do?
I can't hold on to you

Spanish moss hangs like ghosts
As we bike thru the park
I see so clear a love so dear
My nails dig in the bark
What of the past? Not much I guess
It died with a cough
A stony face, forbidden place
You can really turn it off

What am I gonna do?
I can't hold on to you

Party scene, red and green
Remember when we were friends?
Oh, don't you miss me?
I can't believe that this is how the story ends
Oh don't you miss me?
I can't believe that this is how the story ends

Written by Gretchen Phillips
Track Name: Your Drinking
I give you a call, you never answer at all
Flunking out of school again
You say “Can I borrow some money?
I’ll pay you back when my check comes in
When my daddy’s check comes in again”

Your drinking is breaking my heart
Your drinking is breaking my heart
Your drinking is breaking my heart

You hate yourself for lying
But now that seems to be all you know how to do
Can’t look me in the eye without defiance
Or you would crumble and cry
The shame makes you want to die

Your drinking is breaking my heart
Your drinking is breaking my heart
Your drinking is breaking my heart

All I’ve ever felt is love for you
And that will be true from the cradle to the grave
But can you love yourself?
I don’t know what else is going to save you
And I want my baby brother back

Your drinking is breaking my heart
Your drinking is breaking my heart
Your drinking is breaking my heart

Written by Gretchen Phillips
Track Name: To The Lady C
I'm so happy in love
And I think it's good for me
As a child I dreamed of
This charmed life that I now lead
I love your skin, I love your skull
I love your heart, I love your soul
I love your arms, I love your words
More than anything
But sometimes I get scared
That tragedy will befall us
Oh, can we be allowed such happiness?
Do we get to have it all?

You change me
You change me
I love to see your face
I love to see your face
I love to see your face smile at me

Please be careful with yourself
I want this happiness to stay
Like when you walk across the street
I think it's wise to look both ways
Thirteen years isn't much
You know I want three hundred more
To lie in bed and be your girl
I adore you
But sometimes I get scared
That my career's gonna stall
Because I like to lay around in bed
But maybe I can have it all

You change me
You change me
I love to see your face
I love to see your face
I love to see your face smile at me

Written by Gretchen Phillips
Track Name: The Reluctant Butch
You know you want me
And I want you, too
From where I'm lying baby I've got quite a view of
Your lovely lips and your sexy thighs
But you just called me something that harshed my high

Don't call me butch
I don't feel butch
Sure, I like pants but that don't necessarily make me butch
It's my purse, it's not a "man bag"
I'm in a skirt, no I'm not in drag
Please baby, do not call me butch

Some girls may like it
But this girl don't
If you think it's gonna make me horny
I promise you it won't
But it might make me defensive
And unattractively uptight
So unless counseling me on my history was your agenda for tonight

Don't call me butch
I don't feel butch
Sure I look good in a suit but does that make me butch?
Do not lecture me on female masculinity
Please baby, do not call me butch

Spoken Part
Chorus with crazy singing

Written by Gretchen Phillips & the Yamaha DJXII
Track Name: In Case of Rapture
I had the pleasure of being stuck in traffic again
Behind a car whose bumpersticker read
“Blessed is the country whose God is the Lord”
I guess that means the U.S.
And I guess that means your heathen country will have to be destroyed


I had the pleasure of being stuck in traffic again
Behind a car whose bumpersticker read
“In case of Rapture, this car will be abandoned”
So if you’re stuck behind me, you better pray to your god that
you don’t ram into me
I’m going to a country club in the sky
The rapture guarantees my permanent address up on high


I don’t believe in the rapture
Don’t wanna go flying thru the air
Leaving my friends all here behind
Turning my back on humankind
Why don’t we stay here and try to make things work?

Why don’t we stay here and try to make things work?
Why don’t we stay here and try to make things work?
Why don’t we stay here and try to make things work?

Written by Gretchen Phillips & Rob Halverson