Air And My Sleep

by September Call-Up

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released 25 June 2013

Air & My Sleep was recorded between August 2012 and April 2013 at Jesse Gimbel’s Basement (www.jessegimbel.com/studio) in Upper Darby, PA

Songs by Christian Bitto/September Call-Up (BMI)
Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Jesse Gimbel at Jesse Gimbel’s Basement
Produced by Jesse Gimbel and Christian Bitto

Personnel:
Christian Bitto – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Piano
Jesse Gimbel – Drums, Percussion, Organs, Bass (tracks 1, 2,3)
Sara Wendt – Additional Vocals (track 2)
Rob Bradshaw – Violin (track 4)

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September Call-Up Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Quite simply, Bitto is a Renaissance Man of vocals, a jack-of-all-moods, you might say. From first track to last on his album with Jesse Gimbel, Air And My Sleep, Bitto switches constantly and effortlessly from a soft, near whisper to a powerful shout, before retreating back into a passionate warble. Such a truly textural range is the focal point of this otherwise very calm,smooth indie record." ... more

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Track Name: Negative Film
I gave you my word, it wasn’t worth spit
I gave you a kiss but it tasted like shit
Gave you my time, too long to list
Those feelings aren’t mine but the thoughts give me fits
They give me fits

I thought I could solve every last crime
But it just dissolves one heart at a time
Like negative film, you can never rewind
The thoughts in your heart, they fuck with your mind
With your mind, with your mind

You just did what anyone would have done
So that makes you anyone
You just did what anyone would have done
Oh and that makes you anyone
Not “the one”

So I gave you my word and it didn’t mean shit
Still I took my shot, took my shot
Swung and I missed
Track Name: Your Point Of View
Skin in your teeth, salt in your eyes
You don’t have to weep (no, no) it’s not a disguise
I’ll blankly stare as days go by… and by
And while it’s not fair at least I tried

If I had your eyes I could see where you’re coming from
If I had your heart then I’d know how you feel
If I were more wise I would know you’re the only one
I had your soul I’d know this was real

If I had the time to stare at the sun
Give reason, give rhyme and pray we’re not done
I think I’m too late, hoping for numb (I’m so numb)
Don’t call it fate (please) it’s me being dumb
I’m so dumb, I’m so dumb

If I had your eyes I could see where you’re coming from
If I had a heart then I’d know how this feels
If I had been wise I’d have known you’re my only one
I had a soul I’d know this was real

This was real from the start, in my head, in my heart
I’m not ready to fall
I don’t want to lose it all, I don’t want to lose it all (no, no), I don’t want to lose it all

If I had your eyes I’d see your point of view
If I wasn’t me I wouldn’t be such a goddamned fool
I don’t want to lose you
I don’t want to lose it all
I don’t want to lose you
I don’t want to lose…

If I had your eyes I’d see your point of view
And if I wasn’t me then I’d still know you
Track Name: DeNiro
Turn a phrase, a soliloquy
Spit out a sonnet, make a man out of me
Take your turn, break a leg
They’re round holes and you’re the square peg
You’ll never know the meaning
It’s all just method acting

Do what you’re told, you’ll be free
Never know who I’m supposed to be
I don’t want to be you and I sure don’t like me
It’s easy to see, we’re all just method acting

What’s my role today?
The guy with the songs, sings his pain away?
He scribbles prose over brown drinks
Sounds good to me, that’s who I’d like to be
It’s all just method acting

I see you everyday but it’s you I never see
It’s all Just method acting
It’s all Just method acting
It’s all Just method acting
Track Name: Our First Fall
Don’t know where it all went wrong, feels like a false alarm
Badly drawn pictures on our bedroom wall, from our first fall
Now they’re not there at all

Time stops when the camera clicks
You sit quietly, bite your lip
Forever stays forever in a picture frame
But it’s not the same, it doesn’t work that way

Don’t know where it all went wrong
Pinpoint pictures and words in songs
“It’s time to go, now this time I’m gone!
It’s time you’ve moved… moved on!”
She said, she said, she said it

Times stops when the camera clicks
You sit quietly, bite your lip
Forever stays forever in a picture frame
But it’s not the same

Times stops when the camera clicks
You cry angrily, clench your fist
This isn’t it, this is not OK
My perfect life in a picture frame… a picture frame
Track Name: Song No. 3
Does it work? Does it hurt?
Does it stop when you want it to?
Did you cry? Did you even try?
Did you weigh out all that I’ve done for you?

“Did you weigh it with your heart?
Weigh it with your head?
Weigh out every night spent in your bed?
Is it beating? Is it still red?”
That’s what she said

Does it beat a rhythmic stream?
Is the pain I caused… are you still suffering?
I was the one, you said, from your dreams
I’m sorry sweetheart, I… I couldn’t be

I weighed it with my heart
Weighed it with my head
Weighed out every night spent naked in my bed
Is it beating? Is it still red?

I weighed it with my heart
Remembered what we said
Broke up with you every night in my head
Is it beating? Is it still red?

To do this to you again… breaks my head
Track Name: Aoide
I can’t be your savior, I can’t be your joy
I can’t take your anger (no), the neighbors hate the noise
You can’t be my vision, but you’ll still be my love
We’ve both made decisions, we’ve got some growing up to do

You and I both lose, doesn’t matter who’s right or who’s wrong
You can I both lose, you’ve gone

You can’t be the first rays that I see after every storm
I still smell you on my bed and my clothes that you have worn
You’ll be the letters on every page that I’ve torn
We should have known better, if only we’d been warned

You and I both lose, doesn’t matter who’s right or who’s wrong
You and I both lose, moved on

You and I both lose, doesn’t matter who’s right or who’s wrong
You and I both lose, “so long”
Track Name: Burnt Orange
I drove to your old house, 20 minutes from mine
Took my time, took the old route just for old times
I still love your face, do you still love red wine?
And the time… and the time

The time of year when the leaves all change
Burnt orange and brown outside through the rain
I still make you laugh, it’s still not the same
The leaves aren’t the only things to change

My heart’s still beating faster but the beats get more faint
And those thoughts in my head, they stay tucked away
I’m just not the kind to trade logic for fate
Not today, maybe some other day

So I’ll think of you when that time comes around
I’ll think of you when the leaves hit the ground
I’ll think of you, burnt orange and brown
And you do the same
Track Name: Tell Me
Stop with the games, get out of my head
Did you even notice I already left?
Move on tonight, take a breath so I can breathe
Do you even notice when I leave?

Say that you want me
Tell me you want me
Say that you want me

Say what you want, want’s different than need
Need air, need my sleep, I want you and me

Say that you want me
Tell me you want me
Say that you want me

Lips clenched so tightly I can’t hear a peep
I think I know what you want but it’s not you and me

So I guess we’ll just wait, yeah we’ll wait and see
Until it’s too late, then we’ll just let it be
Track Name: Ghosts
Body and blood pushed through your lips
And helped down your throat by a grandmother’s kiss
Carried on and on in patriarch wish
It’s “do unto others” until you don’t agree with
So tell me “all knowing’… What gives?

Save just enough, enough to be safe
Keep the reporters at bay
But only those who live just
In just your right way
Think for yourself, something novel to say
Don’t listen to ghosts who make you afraid

I don’t need a ghost who makes me afraid
I don’t need a ghost who tells me where to lay
I don’t need a ghost who tells me when to pray
I don’t need a ghost, I don’t need your ghosts

I’ll pray to the ghosts that I’ve known
I know they’ll keep me safe
Track Name: 9
We spent 9 months in the hole after years in the sun
We’ve grown up and grown old telling everyone…
It’s the world and not our fault
The quiet type, and one who talks
I thought I was set, I balked
So it goes, the long walk…

Down this hall, feels like a mile
Grey walls, green tile
If I doze would you smile?
One forgives, the other takes a while

Now there’s 9 minutes to go
Time’s flying by, I’m begging for slow
But isn’t everyone?
Should I run, Should I run?

Act like a man, fall on your sword
Take what you’ve earned, you’ve never before
There’s no need, don’t try to run
Don’t run (please) don’t run

Come home kid, come home, just come
Come home kid, come home, just come
Come home kid, come home, just come
Come home LOVE, just come