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Neverwas is the second solo album released by singer-songwriter/producer Christopher Cunningham; originally released in 2007.
This re-release features more tracks and videos

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released April 17, 2007

All material written and produced by Christopher Cunningham for Ecstatomatic Prods. Mastered by Gene Paul for DB Plus, NYC.All music Copyright 2007 and Published by Ecstatomatic, BMI.

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a dark, resinous, and brutally elegant master shot of musical possibilities— lifting (with a vengeance) from many of the world's deepest groove pockets- East, West, and North African, 80's No Wave skronk, early 70's Miles, Sun Ra, and Good Old New Orleans Vampire Funk— and creating a unique and soul-twisting brand of high energy, postnational slipsync. ... more

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Track Name: Friday Cane
Friday Cane

I can wait, I can wait,,
I can wait a long time
I can wait, I can wait,
I can wait alone.
I can wait, I can wait,
I can wait a long time, now
For you to come home

She’s the jewel that forms from compacted cars
Warmed by the heat of distant stars,
and cured on the roof with a rented sun,
sold in a deal that involves a gun.

There goes my only prayer
She’s packed her things, she’s walking down the spiral stairs
There goes my only prayer
Stepping out in the cold spring air

While the stylites light up the night, shooting stars and satellites
And a coal mine in her eyes.

I can wait, I can wait,,
I can wait a long time
I can wait, I can wait,
I can wait alone.

It’s down to this, it’s down to this-
I don’t need this final reptile kiss
Time to peel off another layer

Crows on the roof of a gypsum plant
There goes my only prayer
She’s driving by in an old Trabant
Windows open in the cold spring air

So click me a coin from your Friday Cane
There goes my only prayer
I came down like a stack of bricks,
A red cloud in the cold spring air
Track Name: Neverwas - Iceberg
Iceberg

What’s the matter now, my tear?
What happened to our conversation?
We’re driving slowly in the rain,
And I can’t find a decent radio station.
Seems to me we can’t go home we can’t go home
It seems to me…
we can’t go home we can’t go home

Just copped some pakistani brown
In the shadows
of the railway station in Freiberg
Now every city and every town will be one long dream
Riding a melting iceberg

Two dragonflies drowning in a poppy full of rain,
you’re still sleeping in our bag by the side of the tracks of the train
I believe I’ll take my share and go away today,
I believe I’ll take my share

Just copped some pakistani brown
In the shadows
of the railway station in Freiberg
Now every city and every town will be one long dream
Riding a melting iceberg

I’ll do your bidding now,
Though still submerged.
And rise when the seven skies converge
I believe I’ll take my share and go away today
I believe I’ll take my share…

Just copped some pakistani brown
In the shadows
of the railway station in Freiberg
Now every city and every town will be one long dream
Riding a melting iceberg

Just copped some pakistani brown
In the shadows

one long dream
Track Name: Blind From Birth Girl
Blind From Birth Girl

In the summertime, in the summertime, at the carnival
Blind from Birth Girl bumps her head on the Tilt-A-Whirl
And the colors flash, just for a moment,
then back again (then black again)
She can hear all the crowds of conversations
Like marbles clicking in a silver bowl
She pours the sounds into her heart, but it’s more than she can hold

In the summertime, in the summertime
She longs

Plane with propellers coming up slow, coming up low
From way across the barley fields
Mama’s watching a government show
With all your favorite songs


Blind from Birth Girl
At the open window with her evening meal
Mama’s watching a government show

In the summertime she longs
And the colors flash…
Track Name: Ah, Mutter (I am so far away from you now)
Ah, Mutter

So far away, I’m so far away
Do you care, I’m so far away,will you care? (I’m so far away)
Oh mutter, I’m so far away
Tune me in, now, cause I’m so far away
Oh mutter, I’m so far away, oh mutter
Do you care, I’m so far away,will you care?
Tune me in, now.
Track Name: Dundee
Dundee

Open highway, wheels are peeling
Molten sunrise, here comes the feeling
Oh Dundee, will you wait for me?
Oh Dundee, and follow me off the page?
Oh Dundee, will you wait for me?
Oh Dundee, levitation sequence engaged

Five or six saviors marching in two-step
In assorted flavors of baby goose step
Oh Dundee, will you wait for me?
Oh Dundee, my father, my son
Oh Dundee, will you wait for me?
Oh Dundee, my brother on the run

I’m knock, knock, knocking on heaven’s door
Old Dundee, he said he’d meet me here
I’m knock, knock, knocking on heaven’s door

Molten sunset, wheels are screaming
Baby’s in the basket, in spiral dreaming…..
Track Name: neverwas - Figure 8 Races
Figure 8 Races

Behind the dead mall
In the asphalt weeds
Where the dreamers smoke
And the breeders breed
And the firedoors are rusty
Where the pee-ers peed
And the jimson and the SUMAC
Spread their seed

Won’tcha take me home?
I’m the one from the dreams
Take me to the time
When the shadows were long and lean
On the wall

Well, I saw her in the bleachers
At the figure 8 races
There were hundreds of others
But no other faces
She was the belle of the ball
And the harvest queen
Came from money that came
From methamphetamine

Now don’t ya break my heart
You’re the one from my dream
Take me to the town
Where the shadows are long and lean
On the lawns

Won’tcha take me home?
I’m the one from the dream
Take me to the time
When the shadows were long and lean
In the sun
long and lean
In the sun
Track Name: I Know (Motherfucker)
I Know

I know why the caged bird screams
I know why the caged bird screams
‘cause he can’t wake up from the very worst of all of his dreams

Got a call in the middle of the night got a call in the middle of the night
Come on
Talk to me, yeah, talk to me, yeah.

I’ve heard you’re a mean motherfucker
But nothing, nothing could bore me more
With a certain smile and your special pucker
- I don’t need your honeyspot anymore

‘cause
I know why the caged bird screams
I know why the caged bird screams

Dead man walking, dead man kneels
Put the blindfold on already, I don’t want to see how it feels
Cause the men don’t know, but the little girls understand
Yeah…
They understand.

Got a call in the middle of the night got a call in the middle of the night
Talk to me, yeah, talk to me, yeah.
Track Name: Love & Bones
Love & Bones
(For HBC)

She does the secret dance, alone in the silver mirror
She does the secret dance, the power’s long turned off
Doesn’t remember him, the face that left her bloodless
Shadows and lavender, the dusty light before dawn

Love & Bones & Bones & Love & Love & Bones & Love…..

Pall Malls and remedies, and papers of eviction
Tingling extremities, the sunbeams feel so soft
She does the secret dance, alone in the quiet morning
She does the secret dance and ends it with a cough.

Love & Bones & Bones & Love & Love & Bones & Love…..
Track Name: This One's on Me
This One’s On Me

Think of all the time we saved tonight
Think of all the useless words we might have used
(you’re finally crying)

Think of all the nights we’ve thrown into the pit
When we’ve felt the tug of hearts behind us
This one’s on me
This one’s on me
This one’s on me

Thumpback whales of salsa bass boom through my face, through my bones
From the passing windows of the open rolling thrones
Every little ceasar’s in his sedan chair tonight
And the busted speakers rattle like bendirs

Daddy’s sitting in the car, gonna break your mother’s heart
Daddy’s in a gunny sack, gonna break your mother’s back
(you’re finally crying)

well there’s something to be said for the coming of the dawn when the dark dissolves and thoughts are smooth and long
and I run my finger around your face
remembering the sweet almond taste
(you’re finally crying) (you’re finally crying)

wave on, my kind of sentimental fool

think of all the tears we’ve saved our children tonight
This one’s on me

Oooh,
You make me shiver
I’ve been taking long walks by the river.
Track Name: Stay
Stay

Cold wind shaking the window frame
There’s a con man yapping in the TV’s head
All I can see is your back and your cigarette
Your cigarette and your back to me
Don’t make up your mind yet
Stay
It’s so cold outside
Stay
I feel so old inside
The car’s not working, or I’d give you a ride

I know the bigger demon’s prayers get answered first
He won’t be the last, just like I know I wasn’t the worst

Won’t you stay, it’s so cold outside, it’s so cold outside
Won’t you stay, it’s so cold, it’s so cold

Time away will do me good, time away
Time away will do me good, time away
Time away will do me good, time away from you
Give it time yet

I’m beginning to smell the mothballs in my coat of charms
Peeling potatoes with the heater on
Some nights, I admit, the voices call
I’ve got my dog, but I’m gonna buy a gun
Track Name: Undo the Laces
Undo Your Laces
(For MK)

Undo your laces here beside me
Undo your laces by the fireplace
Deep sea divers would never find us
Miles below the surface, I’ve saved a space
For

Sunshine, sunshine
Sunshine in my darkest room
Sunshine, sunshine
Sun shining none too soon

Undo the shutter and let the moon in
Undo the covers where our furnace lies
You’re a goddess, you’ll be graceful
Taste the ocean, and close your eyes