Debbie Neigher

by Debbie Neigher

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The debut record from San Francisco-based songwriter, singer, and pianist Debbie Neigher. Debbie's intricate piano playing and deeply honest and provocative lyrics narrate six years of personal stories over these 10 tracks. The album was produced by John Vanderslice (Spoon), arranged by the Magik*Magik Orchestra (Death Cab for Cutie), and recorded on analog tape at San Francisco's haven for independent music, Tiny Telephone Studio.

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released July 26, 2011

All songs written and performed by Debbie Neigher.
Debbie Neigher: Piano, Vocals
Jason Slota: Drums
James Riotto: Bass
Minna Choi: Arranger and Conductor, Magik*Magik Orchestra (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10)

Magik*Magik Orchestra Players:
Liana Berube: Violin
Phil Brezina: Violin
Evan Buttemer: Viola
Michelle Kwon: Cello
Anita Uhimann: Flute
Annie Phillips: Clarinet
Kyle Bruckmann: Oboe
Lindsay Brown: French Horn
Ari Michich: Trumpet
Brendan Lai-Tong: Trombone

All songs recorded at Tiny Telephone, San Francisco CA. Produced by John Vanderslice. Engineer: Ian Pellicci. Assistant Engineer: Jacob Winik. Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles, CA.

Photography: Niall David and Matthew Washburn
Album Design: Anna Singer

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Track Name: Frames
There’s static on the radio
But I can hear you without the music anyway, anyway
And there’s geometric memories playing across my windshield
But I can feel you without remembering your face

Anyway, I believe I’ve digressed again so I…

Better keep my eyes on the
Better keep my eyes
Better keep my eyes
On the road

The yellow lines are cracking gray
But I can see you without your outlines anyway, anyway
And there’s all these backwards street signs
Contorted and restless and glaring
But I can find you without a compass any day

Anyway, I believe I’ve digressed again so I…

Better keep my eyes on the
Better keep my eyes
Better keep my eyes
On the road

I don’t need a picture or a trinket or a letter
To remind me
It is unnecessary to pack every moment
Into a picture frame
All I need is the feeling I get when I see these
Sparkling streetlamps without you so…

I Better keep my eyes on the
Better keep my eyes
Better keep my eyes
On the road
Track Name: Home
Once in a dream I tiptoed backwards
Through fields of snow so I could follow
The holes in the ground back around to a place
Where faces all had names attached
And I could find my long lost way back home

Once in a town I scooped the pennies
Out of the fountain so I could borrow
The wishes of those who had known where to throw
Their hopes to something beautiful
And I could find my long lost way back…

Home isn’t home
Without you it’s not, without you without you
I am lost everywhere that I go

Once in a crowd I reached my hand out
So I could find you and like a statue
You didn’t move just to prove I could lose
My every sense of east and west
But you would always be my way back…

Home isn’t home
Without you it’s not, without you without you
I am lost everywhere that I go
Track Name: What Say You Now
I only smoke when I come back home
You make me need something to do with my hands
It’s not the same as it was before
I can’t lift my eyes up off the ground

You always knew, you always knew
Just what to say, say, say, say
Say, say, say, say
But what say you now?
What say you now?

So now I sit on this bench next to you
My hands folded quietly on my lap
We used to talk here for hours until
The pink dust of evening laid at our feet

You always knew, you always knew
Just what to say, say, say, say
Say, say, say, say
But what say you now?
What say you now?

We never thought it would end
We would rather pretend
We would never
Have to leave

You always knew, you always knew
Just what to say, say, say, say
Say, say, say, say
But what say you now?
What say you now?
Now that we’re back
Track Name: Wishbone
Jenny was a good girl, always tried to do her best
We grew up like sisters, more than friends
She taught me how to do my makeup and my hair
While her parents screamed and fought downstairs

What I wouldn’t give to know that you were okay
How did we get this way?
We started out the same before we split
Just like a wishbone
Wishbone

I remember the first time we shaved our legs
We were scared our skin would all come off
And I remember being nervous to tell you that I had a crush on Kurt Cobain
We tried to figure out what being girls meant

What I wouldn’t give to know that you were okay
How did we get this way?
We started out the same before we split
Just like a wishbone
Wishbone

And you were never good with school
And I was scared to break the rules
And you found drugs when I found music
And you chose boys who knew how to use you
And the rumors they grew bigger
While you gradually got thinner
I never judged you, only loved you, but
Where are you now?

What I wouldn’t give to know that you were okay
How did we get this way?
We started out the same before we split
Just like a wishbone
Wishbone
Track Name: Pink Chalk
I took a piece, I took a piece, I took a piece
of pink chalk
And I drew a line, I drew a line, I drew a line
Right down the middle of my sheets
And I think it adds, I think it adds, I think it adds
Some color to my room
Don’t you?

Just because we’re lying here
Doesn’t mean that I should tell you all my
Secrets at once
Don’t worry…

I will erase this line, one day at a time
I will erase this line one day
One day at a time

I have been through, I have been through, I have been through
the worst kind
of violation, violation, violation
Right on the middle of my sheets
But I don’t think I, I don’t think I, I don’t think I
Should have to tell you that now
Do you?

Just because we’re lying here
Doesn’t mean that I should tell you all my
Secrets at once
Don’t worry…

I will erase this line, one day at a time
I will erase this line one day
One day at a time

My secrets are bone scaffolds that hold me up
And make me who I am
If I tell them to you at all once
How will I stand?

I will erase this line, one day at a time
I will erase this line one day
One day at a time
Track Name: Brass
I’ve been sleeping on splinters and shards
They’re getting in the spokes of my mechanical parts
And I’ve stopped working
And I’ve stopped working

I plucked a planet from the atmosphere
I snapped it from its orbit and I pulled it near
So I’d stop spinning
So I’d stop spinning

I’d like to take my organs of metal and brass
I’d melt them down down down into a golden basket
For you to carry carry carry those feelings I hear humans have
I’d give them all to you

I’ve been giving my neighbors a fright
The grinding of my gears has kept them up all night
But I’ve stopped caring
But I’ve stopped caring

‘Cause I’ve been waiting by my windowsill
To watch you in the morning walking down my hill
But you’ve stopped coming
But you’ve stopped coming

I’d like to take my organs of metal and brass
I’d melt the down down down into a golden basket
For you to carry carry carry those feelings I hear humans have
I’d give them all to you

I wanna rip out all my wires but I’m afraid I’d combust
I wanna cry on the floor for you but I’m afraid I’d rust
Please don’t blame me dear
Just blame my engineer

I’d like to take my organs of metal and brass
I’d melt the down down down into a golden basket
For you to carry carry carry those feelings I hear humans have
I’d give them all to you
Track Name: Cathedral
I looked through a stained glass window
From inside a sinking cathedral
And I could not distinguish sky from sea
So I climbed the stony steeple
‘Till the water climbed up to my neck
And I had to grab onto a floating pew
And called out to you

I looked through a high-rise window
From inside your Brooklyn bedroom
We laid there ‘till we could not
Distinguish music
Of the crickets from the birds
So I climbed your iron fire escape
Until the sunlight filled my eyes
And I jumped onto the subway platform
To forget you
Track Name: Daytime
I try not to generalize
But how come everyone I meet
Wants to take away a little piece of me?
And never give it back
And never give it back

I just want to watch you fall asleep
And I just wanna kiss your eyes and feel them dream
And I just wanna wake up once when you would still be there

You don’t love me so I guess I’ll go
You don’t look at me when I turn to leave
You don’t wonder what I’m really like
During the daytime

I know my body is my own
So how come I’m so tired of screaming
“No God please stop don’t” -
I won’t take this responsibility anymore

I just want to watch you fall asleep
And I just wanna kiss your eyes and feel them dream
And I just wanna wake up once when you would still be there

You don’t love me so I guess I’ll go
You don’t look at me when I turn to leave
You don’t wonder what I’m really like
During the daytime

I am good
I am so good
I am too good, baby
At buttoning up my coat
And bracing myself for
The long walk home alone
Track Name: My My My
The wide lips of wine glasses could not compare
To my wide eyes as I saw you standing there

After three years of painting pictures of you in my brain
After climbing spiral staircases around the spine I made

You are there
In the street, in my mind, at the same time
Which is real, which is which,
Which is mine?
Oh my, my, my
My, my, my, oh my,
My, my, my
My, my, my, oh my

You’ve cut off your hair and you’ve slowed down your walk
But your lips still curve down to the right when you talk

Of all the cities in the world, why did you pick mine?
Just when I’m finally stronger than the doubt you left behind

You are there
In the street, in my mind, at the same time
Which is real, which is which,
Which is mine?
Oh my, my, my
My, my, my, oh my,
My, my, my
My, my, my, oh my

Which is sweeter, the wine you pour,
Or the vine that held the source from before
I saw you again?
And what happens when
I take a sip?

Oh my, my, my
My, my, my, oh my,
My, my, my
My, my, my, oh my