Show Me Where the Edge Is

by Kristen Cothron

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released 11 September 2012

Produced by Ben Strano as ‘The Sonic Fedora’

Gary Burnette - Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Steve Mackey - Bass
Michael Webb - Piano, B3 and Rhodes, Toy Piano
Jimmy Lester - Drums

except tracks 1 and 8
Justin Conn - Guitar
Kristen Cothron - Guitar
Paul Lewis - Bass
Michael Grando - Drums

Sonic Fedora - Horns, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Banjo,
Pedal Steel, Slide Guitar, Skank Guitar, Upright Piano,
Harmonium, Dulcitone, Mellotron, Toy Piano,
Synth, Cello, Percussion, Background vocals on 2,

David Newbould - Harmony Vocal on 11
Dan Baird - Left Electric Guitar on 12


All songs written by Kristen Cothron except 1 and 7 by Kristen Cothron & Chris Holcombe, tracks 5 and 8 by Kristen Cothron & Meghan Kabir, and tracks 6, 10 and 12 by Elvis Costello.

Recorded by Scott Velazco @ Vibe 56 - Nashville, TN
Tracks 1 & 8 recorded by Eric Richardson
@ Radioland - Nashville, TN

Balanced by Ben Strano at the HAT Factory V and VI
Mastered by Joe Hardy at Casa De Joe - Houston, TX

Cover photo taken by Carie Thompson
Back panel photo taken by Joe Hendricks
Art & Design by Kriste Cothron

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"Cothron writes smart pensive tunes that have a slight jazzy feel...This young lady is sultry, provocative. and uniquely cool in so many ways."
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"Tougher than Fiona Apple, edgier than Norah Jones, Cothron combines cabaret and indie rock as well as anyone since Elvis Costello." - The Memphis Playbook
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Track Name: Edge
Smile and remember, laugh and forget it
I’ll indulge it then dismiss
It still keeps me frozen, locked in a moment
What kind of door have I opened?

CHORUS:
Hello doesn’t fit, so I search for an exit.
I slip I tripped and I fell
Just this side of fearless and left of stupid
I’ve got an appetite for what you sell
So, show where the edge is
Show where the edge is

Cinematic distractions, outlines and fragments
draw me into this dark action
That one event, held me so convinced
That I’d excuse my common sense

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
There’s no one to frame here
Mistakes are in my name, dear
And no one near me would expect this
So, show me where the edge is...

Could I have resisted, saying what I meant
the crime lies with intent
Oh, I’m hanging on, you’re pushing me off
I’m already fallen before you can say `ready or not’

CHORUS
Track Name: Further Than This
Close your eyes, collect yourself
Gather your thoughts and then keep them to yourself

Now clear your mind, let your love be blind
You’ve got it all and everything will be fine

CHORUS:
So just be happy it’s the be all end all
So content, now you can see it all feel it all
I can’t see anything further than this
I can’t see anything further than this

These little things unravel me
They tangle and blur the lines between

A conversation in obligation
To isolate a final realization

CHORUS

Anticipation bends to hesitation
That’s a trouble that comes with too great an expectation

Now open your eyes and take in the damage
Try to get over it if you can manage

CHORUS
Track Name: Anthem
Turn on my anthem and sing me my solution
Let’s see what I’ll spend to savor my own delusion

You can bet on the clock that he’ll be the last one to stand
But call me on the hour and I’ll say I never saw that man

Chorus:
With a hint of contentment and an offer of violence
A glimpse of my descendants in a shower of silence

You can sign on the dotted line, sell your soul for a taste of it
But I’ll write the last check, the last check, the last check

Chorus

Give your promise in a handshake, your secret in a smile
But I’ll write the last check, the last check, the last check

Chorus
Track Name: The Darkside
She steps through the curtains onto center stage
And all my sins and secrets come out to play
Forgiveness- I know I could find it
But consequence I designed it
When I made a deal with the dark side of myself

There are things you can do to come out ahead
People, you can move they’re so easily lead
Attention- I know how to get you
Affection- I’ll only forget you
I made a deal with the dark side of myself

Is this possession
Or expression
Or have I come undone

I stare into darkness and she stares back
I’m locked in her charms and I fade to black
What an accurate mirror
I’ve never seen things clearer
‘Til I made a deal w/ the dark side of myself
‘Til I found the light in the dark side of myself
Track Name: Maybe It's You
Subtle movements, bold intentions
Feelings I’ve felt but it still makes me melt
I’m a fool all over

You catch my eye, my thoughts run wild
Your reeling me in, now you’ve got the wheel spinning
And I can’t help crave it
Chorus:
You’ve got me mesmerized, you’ve got me hypnotized
I never expected this moment to arise
Nothing’s impossible, nothing’s predictable
I’ve got no destination, I’m in it for the ride
There’s nothing to lose, can’t say what the future holds
But maybe it’s you

I was Jaded, Guarded, Cautious, Careful
Now I’m willing, open, confident and bold
Is this foolish of me?

Something is changing, I can’t explain it
I should play it safe, but I’m lost in the flame
and I can’t control this

Chorus

…Maybe it’s you…

Bridge:
Maybe I’m reckless
Giving into this on only a first impression
Maybe I couldn’t care less
Maybe some things are just worth taking a chance and Maybe it’s you...

Chorus
Track Name: Tart
Hear silver trumpets will trill in the Arabic streets of Seville
Oranges roll in the gutter- And you pick them up
And peel back the skin- To the red fruit within

And the flavor is…Tart… the flavor is...Tart
Is it something you crave when you say that you only feel bitterness
When you know it’s a lie, lie, lie?

Wild with a blackberry bush, there were blossoms of cherries to crush
There, at the edge of the asphalt tempting fingertips
They stain your hands, press too hard- They'll color your lips...

And the flavor is…Tart… the flavor is...Tart
Is it something you crave when you say that you only feel bitterness
Would it kill you to show us a little sweetness?

And the flavor is…Tart… the flavor is...Tart
Is it something you crave when you say that you only feel bitterness
Would it kill you to show us a little sweetness?

Odd, where nothing else grows, It was something like love that she chose
Always a creature of habit when pity would do
She wore down that heel with no feeling- She kept on her shoes

Nylon was hung from a peg and a kohl black seam ran down her leg
Fishermen look for their nets and send their regrets
But the bug lay there broken she spoke, "Is this some kind of joke?"

And the flavor is…Tart… the flavor is...Tart
Is it something you crave when you say that you only feel bitterness
When you know it’s a lie, lie, lie?

But the flavor is…Tart… the flavor is...Tart
Is it something you crave when you say that you only feel bitterness
Would it kill you to show us a little sweetne
Track Name: What a View
These last few words before I descend
One last chance to live up to the legend

One last apology to extend
See I always pretending...

But you see the world in blue
Ooh what a view
And I may have seemed and immortal to you
` Oh, but now you surely see through...
And ooh what a view

Now let me deliver you from this suspense
Yes it’s all manufactured and played out in pretense

But what’s in a word when you’re strung out on vengeance
Well, I’ll find my reward at the end of this sentence
And you’ll see the world in blue
Ooh what a view
And I may have seemed and immortal to you
` Oh, but now you surely see through...
And ooh what a view

Bridge:
But, It is what it is
Darling, time becomes so expensive

Do you see the world in blue?
Ooh what a view
And I may have seemed and immortal to you
` Oh, but now uou surely see through...
And ooh what a view
Track Name: Something Good
I miss the summertime already, but autumn comes as no surprise
This change of season is expected, still I’m not willing to change with the tide
Time stands still for nobody- It just keeps ticking away
and it feels like the world is rolling by me

CHORUS:
If you could tell me something good, tell me something right
Oh tell me that it’s possible to find
Love, I would tear down all these fences,
And break down all these walls
And give into to the chance to fall...
... for something good

Just like the blowing of the leaves, everything is up in the air
The sun will rise and set on me, and it’s more than I can bear
Cause time stands still for nobody- It just keeps ticking away
and it feels like the world is rolling by me

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
So many hours and so many days
Spent tying up my heart in chains
But now I’m ready to lay it on the line
And see what I might find if you could...

CHORUS
Track Name: Absolute Celebrity
I guess all I need is a road that leads home to a bank and a bar and a man who knows what it is.
What it is now really... Oh but I’ll settle for silence and cigarettes
Am I sober? That depends on just what comes next...
Cause it’s all about what’s hot and did you find that to be your absolute celebrity?
It’s always an afterthought and I should have known it could never complete me...

CHORUS:
So why don’t you make me famous?
You know art without applause can only be aimless
And why should I dance all night long alone?
...and let the radio drive me home...

So I can sing and I can scream if holds your attention
Just as long as you don’t forget
That it’s not god and it’s not love not politics and not fate
And I don’t hate you, and I don’t miss you,
Sure I want you but I can’t relate you you...

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
This is no negotiation between hearts and their relations
See I have found my own complication

Glory and fame may be fleeting, but obscurity is forever
And opportunities never come knocking at your door
It should always be open and your bridges never burned

CHORUS
Track Name: Town Cryer
I’m the town cryer and everybody knows
I’m a little down with a lifetime to go
Maybe you don’t believe my heart is in the right place
Why don’t you take a good look at my face
Other girls use the splendor of their trembling lip
They’re so teddy bear tender- and tragically hip

I’m never gonna cry again
I’m gonna be as strong as them
They say they’ll die for love and then they live it out
They’ll give you something to cry about
And suddenly you really fall to pieces

I’m the town cryer and everybody knows
I’m a little down with a lifetime to go
Maybe you don’t believe my heart is in the right place
Why don’t you take a good look at my face
Other girls use the splendor of their trembling lip
They’re so teddy bear tender- and tragically hip

Love and unhappiness go arm in arm
Long suffering friends of your fatal charms
Living for the pity that you’re gonna get hurt
Just a little girl lost in a big man’s world
And suddenly you really fall to pieces
And suddenly you really fall to pieces

I’m the town cryer and everybody knows
I’m a little down with a lifetime to go
Maybe you don’t believe my heart is in the right place
Why don’t you take a good look at my face
Other girls use the splendor of their trembling lip
They’re so teddy bear tender- and tragically hip

I’m never gonna cry again
I’m gonna be as strong as them
They say they’ll die for love and then they live it out
They’ll give you something to cry about
And suddenly you really fall to pieces
And suddenly you really fall to pieces
And suddenly you really fall to pieces
Track Name: Traveling Alone
I WAS A QUEEN FOR A WEEK
ONLY THING WAS I COULD NOT SPEAK,
WHEN IT CAME DOWN TO PLAYING THE GAME
AND YOU TOLD ME THAT I COULD CHANGE
BUT IT WOULDN’T FEEL THE SAME, SO THIS IS MY LAST SONG ANYWAY
THINGS ARE ONLY THE SAME, CAUSE YOU COULDN’T AFFORD TO LET THEM CHANGE

OH, NOW LOVE, HOW HAVE YOU FOLLOWED ME HERE
I DON’T KNOW, BUT I CAN’T WATCH YOU ANYMORE
LOVE, I SAID I’M LEAVING AGAIN, I WON’T STAY
IT’S BETTER, IF I GO- IT’S ONLY A PART OF THE ROAD THAT I’M TRAVELING ALONE
I’M TRAVELING ALONE

THIS IS THE LAST TIME THAT I’LL SAY GOODBYE
I CAN’T REPEAT MY HEART,
FOR THE SAKE OF MY MIND
AND YOU TELL ME IT CAN CHANGE,
BUT I CAN’T WAIT THAT LONG, I NEED A ITTLE BIT MORE TO HOPE FOR
THIS ARE ALWAYS THE SAME, BECAUSE YOU’RE TOO AFRAID TO ASK FOR MORE

OH, NOW LOVE, HOW HAVE YOU FOLLOWED ME HERE
I DON’T KNOW, BUTI CAN’T WATCH YOU ANYMORE
LOVE, I SAID I’M LEAVING AGAIN, I WON’T STAY
IT’S BETTER, IF I GO- IT’S ONLY A PART OF THE ROAD THAT I’M TRAVELING ALONE
I’M TRAVELING ALONE

I WAS A QUEEN FOR A WEEK
ONLY THING WAS I COULD NOT SPEAK,
WHEN IT CAME DOWN TO PLAYING THE GAME
AND YOU TOLD ME THAT I COULD CHANGE
BUT IT WOULDN’T FEEL THE SAME, SO THIS IS MY LAST SONG ANYWAY
Track Name: To Edge
Smile and remember, laugh and forget it
I’ll indulge it then dismiss
It still keeps me frozen, locked in a moment
What kind of door have I opened?

CHORUS:
Hello doesn’t fit, so I search for an exit.
I slip I tripped and I fell
Just this side of fearless and left of stupid
I’ve got an appetite for what you sell
So, show where the edge is
Show where the edge is

Cinematic distractions, outlines and fragments
draw me into this dark action
That one event, had me so convinced
That I’d excuse my common sense

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
There’s no one to frame here
Mistakes are in my name, dear
And no one near me would expect this
So, show me where the edge is...

Could I have resisted, saying what I meant
the crime lies with intent
Oh, I’m hanging on, you’re pushing me off
I’m already fallen before you can say `ready or not’

CHORUS