Lower Tiers

by John Davey

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This song was recorded in October and November of 2017

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Well I watched my heroes fall
I saw them crumble one and all
And a chorus of “NO’s!” from a gallery of those
Who will never see so straight or stand so tall

All the guardian angels, the blanket forts and fake hells
All told me to sacrifice myself
On a funeral pyre with my body on fire
I sat straight up and cast off all the spells

With the gates open wide and my lover in sight
I called her name out loud in the middle of the night
And the dawn it breaks and the morning’s warm embrace
Illuminates my lover’s face

My sisters went very south and west and I went east
We’re all still fighting off our demons in our sleep
We cascade to the coasts where we mostly can boast
That we are living better than well

But Maria, when are you gonna settle down?
I see your pictures and the question practically answers itself
When the back car seats on lower tiers that we have known for years
Have finally had their way with all of us

I was terrified and dry and wide eyed, all sentimental
I rubbed the fog with my sleeve off of the early morning window
And the dawn it breaks and the morning’s warm embrace
Illuminates my lover’s face
It illuminates my future face

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released January 16, 2018
John Davey - vocals, acoustic guitars
Dennis “Bud” Clowers - drums, Rhodes piano, bgv’s
Harold South - upright bass

Recorded by Peter J. Gummerson @ Indri Studios on the Yellow Dog River in Upper Michigan
Mixed by Peter J Gummerson @ Trowbridge Studios - Marquette, MI - and @ Indri Studios

Mastered by Matt Whatley @ Combover Mastering - Fort Worth, TX

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John Davey Marquette, Michigan

From Indiana’s Wabash River Valley to Music City, Tennessee to the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, John Davey has been on the move during the last couple of years. The words and melodies of Middle-America stay tucked in his back pocket.

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