Lvov Swims the Willamette

by Jack Lesser Lewis' Awkward Energy

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“A conversation with the pushy/needy neighborhood kitty, a haunted library, the difficulty I encountered when I tried to get some friends to dance/hang out on new years day, the possible dangers or joys of nature, and the confusing beginnings of a relationship.”

These are some of the stories that appear on “Lvov Swims the Willamete.” It contains a mix of songs I recorded myself on the computer program Garageband and a few I did at 2 studios in NYC (Emandee and Olive Juice) Some tracks were e-mailed back and forth with friends in NY, SF and Paris. It’s a mix, it’s a hodgepodge.
Thanks For Listening.
Jack Lewis
Portland, Oregon
2011
JackThunderLewis@Gmail.com

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released December 25, 2012

Cover drawing by David Ya Ya Herman Dune
YaYaYart.Blogspot.com

“Awkward Circle” CD illustration by Marci Lebrun and Jack Lewis

More Jack Lewis music at
AwkwardEnergy.BandCamp.com

I blog at www.ThePInata.Wordpress.com

My Internet TV Show is East Side Buffet
Comedy, Interviews, Buffets & more
(featuring, Scout Niblet, Adam Green, Martin Creed, Craig Thompson and more)
Vimeo.com/EastSideBuffet
YouTube.com/TheChocolatePeanut

All songs by Jack Thunder Lewis, unless otherwise noted.

Mastering and some Mixing by Nico Marcel

New Years Day
Production by Jack, Major Matt Mason, Mike Erwin and Simon Beins
One word by Jeffrey Lewis
Simon Beins - Guitars
David Beauchamp - Drums
Jack - Bass & Vox

Go Away Whitey
Production by Jack and Mike Erwin
Jack – Bass & Vox & Programming

Not Done Hugging
Production by Eric Lucas, Mike Erwin and Jack
Eric Lucas- Guitars, Drums, Vox & more
Ross McCleron- Guitar
Jack - Vox, Bass & Programming

Shadow Party
Production by Mark Ospovot & Jack
Written with Raphi Gottesman
A couple words by Jeffrey Lewis
Jeffrey Lewis - Guitars & Vox
David Beauchamp - Drums
Simon Beins - Trumpet
Jack - Bass & Vox

The Rabbit, the Bat and the Reindeer
Written by Dr. Dog
Production by Major Matt Mason
Jeffrey Lewis - Guitars & Vox
David Beauchamp - Drums
Jack - Bass & Vox

Library Ghosts
Production by Jack and Raphi Gottesman
Raphi Gottesman - Guitars
Jack - Bass, Vox & Programming

Falling Leaves (Live Practice Demo)
Co written with Jesse Iiams-Hauser, Vinh Ngyen and Mike Erwin
(AKA Awkward Energy)
Recorded by Mike Erwin
Jesse Iiams-Hauser - Guitar
Vinh Ngyen - Drums
Mike Erwin - Keys
Jack - Bass & Vox

Fell In Love Again (Watching Sue De Beer)
Recorded in Colmar, France as part of a residency program.
More info here: Hiero.Fr/Online/Label
Previously self-released on my album: Lvov Reads His Notes
David Herman Dune - Guitar & Vox
Andre Herman Dune - Guitar &Vox
Neman Herman Dune - Drums
Jack -Bass & Vox

Bike In the Snow
Production by Mike Erwin and Jack
Jesse Iiams-Hauser - Guitars
Jack - Bass, Vox & Programming

Wait It Out (Live on KPSU)
Recorded by Tony Prato
On Arya Imig's show "Sound Judgment"
Previously released on my album “Live on KPSU”
John Gnorski- Guitar & vox
Vinh Ngyen – drums
John and Monte –Horns
Jaquin – Wurlitzer
Jack – Bass & Vox

Head to Toe
Production by Jack and David Ya Ya
David Herman Dune - Guitars
Jack - Bass, Vox & Programming

Summertime Called
Production by Dashan Coram
Co-written by Jeffrey Lewis
Previously self-released on my album: Lvov Reads His Notes
Tyler Drosdeck - Guitar
Dashan Coram- Guitar & Vox
Andre Herman Dune - Drums
Jack -Bass & Vox

The Polar Bear
Production by Dashan Coram and Tyler Drosdeck
Previously self-released on my album: Lvov Reads His Notes
Tyler Drosdeck - Guitar & Drums
Jack -Bass & Vox & Omnichord

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Jack Lesser Lewis' Awkward Energy Portland, Oregon

Jack Lewis was born and raised on the Lower East Side of NYC, but has been making Portland, Oregon his home since 2006. He is best known as bass player, singer and sometime songwriter for his brother in the Jeffrey Lewis Band (Rough Trade). Jack has released 4 or 5 compilations of his recordings sometimes assisted by the labels Olive Juice Music, Smoking Gun, Ample Play and Stitch Stitch Records ... more

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Track Name: Go Away Whitey
A-E-B-D

kitty meows outside the window
nonstop crying more meow
the phone rings I pick it up and listen
more meow, more meow

Let me in, let me in
you should let me in,
it's cold out here and I smell you're your cookin
what does it matter that I ain't your kitty
My homes across this street but I'm ready to eat.

(2 Bars instrumental)

we call him whitey, but his tag says optomus
optomus optomus what a name for a puss
scratches on his face
he thinks he owns the place
who does he think he is?

we never feed him but he comes back anyway
We kick him out out out but he comes back every day
Now he's caling calling, calling on the telephone
using up our daytime miutes, please leave us alone

(Chorus)
We Call him Whitey, but his tag says Optimus

(+ 4 Bar instrumental?)
>>>>

I cooked a soup for two mouths not three
Go home now and stop this meow
But there no soup across the street
said the thing we call a kitty.

Let me in, let me in
you should let me in,
it's cold out here and I smell you're your cookin
what does it matter that I ain't your kitty
My homes across this street but I'm ready to eat.
(Chorus and end)
Track Name: New Years Day
New Years Day

(there are some minors in here I don’t notate)

F-D
You danced your ass off,
back on new years day
You danced your ass off,
back on new years day
You tried so hard
You tried so hard

G-C
but no one wanted to stay

F-D
you counted off the moves 1 two three
you counted off the moves 1 two
three
G-C
but everyone
still wanted to leave
F-D
It's a simple move
that you learned in school,
It's a simple move
that you learned in school,
but it wasn't in classroom, (Noo)
and it wasn't in a textbook. (Noo)

G-C
and it wasn't at a sweaty Ween show
and it wasn't for some girl you used to know
G-C
and it wasn't from a textbook
and it wasn't based on some dirty look

F-D-G-C
You tried so hard, but no gives you a chance.
You tried so hard but no one would dance)) x 2

instrumental
(F) x 2
(F-D) x 7 (or 11)
(G-C) x 2
if only Everyone would take their time
if only Everyone would just surrender
It's New Years day you will remember

G-C
Look behind you can see December

F-D
It's a simple move
that you learned in school,
but it wasn't in classroom, (Noo) and it wasn't in a textbook. (Noo)
G-C
nooo, and it wasn't at a sweaty Ween show
and it wasn't for some girl you used to know
G-C
and it wasn't from a textbook
and it wasn't based on some dirty look

F-D-G-C
you only see each other once a year or less
so why does everyone have to leave this party so fast?

You tried so hard, but no gives you a chance.
You tried so hard but no one would dance
Track Name: Not Done Hugging
I'm not done Hugging you

I
I'm not done

I
I'm not done hugging y
.ou yet
I'll let you know
when I'm done

The window
is open

the sun
is shining
(The chickens are waking up and I'm not done hugging you yet)
(it's morning and I'm not done hugging you yet)

now it's cloody
and raining
the sun is gone

The chickens
are all wet
but I'm not done hugging you yet

The rain
has stopped
The window
is closed

The chickens
are ready for bed

we're taking off our clothes

The moon
is rising
and the sun
has set
and I'm not done hugging you yet

I'll let you know when I'm done.
Track Name: Shadow Party
Shadow Party

G –G-F-C (half time)
What are you doooooing
This shadowy afternooooon
I’d like to invite you all
Upstairs to my shadow roooom

We’re gonna solve this shadow puzzle
We’re gonna get close with each other
Work hard just like lovers
We’re gonna solve this shadow puzzle

What are you doooooing
This shadowy afternooooon
I’d like to invite you all
Upstairs to my shadow roooom

(Stay on G) x 4

G-A#-D#-D (double time)
We're gonna have a shadow party
I want to invite everyone
Gonna have a shadow party
Gonna have some shadow fun


G-A#-D#-D
Bring your whale, bring your frog
Bring your half assed wolf
Everyone’s gonna take off work
Don’t you say that you can’t come
Even shadows need to see


(Say on G) x 2 (half time)

G-A#-D#-D (double time-soft)
We got shadows under the trees
We’ve got shadows in our tent
We’re gonna solve this shadow puzzle
Discuss this shadow government

Bring your bear, bring your deer
Bring your half assed snake
Everyone come early everyone stay late
Don’t you say you can’t come
Even shadow need to see

Guitar solo
(G-A#-C#-D) x 2


G –G-F-C (half time)

What are you doooooing
This shadowy afternooooon
I’d like to invite you all
Upstairs to my shadow roooom

G-A#-D#-D (double time)
Bring your whale, bring your frog
Bring your half assed wolf
Everyone’s gonna take off work

Bring your bear, bring your deer
Bring your half assed snake
Everyone come early everyone stay late

Don’t you say you can’t come
Don’t you say you can’t come
Don’t you say you can’t come
Even shadow need to see the sun

Sunlight moonlight no return
Shadow party’s gonna burn
And burn
Track Name: The Library Ghosts
The highlighter covered most of the book
The Library lights had to take a look
Their florescent beams took in the scene
when the laptops all froze, they started to scream

The don't know when they became best friends
But they do it over and over again.

After the Fire
They all looked the same
All the pages burned,
but they felt no pain

The Library ghosts run down the halls
they scream and shout but no one hears them call
Their final papers will never get done
but it sure looks like they're having fun
Track Name: Wait It Out (Live)
Wait It Out

A
I'm gonna wait it out
wait it out

Bm
up in the attic
A
I'm gonna wait it out
wait it out
Bm
I'm not gonna think about it.

F#m-A-Bm-E
While it all goes down outside
I'm gonna not take chance I'm gonna hide hide hide
And if you know what's good for yourself.
you'll stay away from my special little hideout

A-Bm
I'm gonna wait it out
wait it out
down in basement
I'm gonna wait it out
wait it out
till all my money's spent.

F#-A-B-E (half time)
When there's a bang I'll blockade my door
and when it gets all quiet I'm gonna wait some more
if you're looking for me
you better start looking for a replacement
you know where I'll be
I'm gonna be waiting down in the basement.

(chorus)
A-A-D-E
I'm gonna wait till it all blows over
and then I'm gonna wait a little bit longer
I'm gonna wait till it all blows over
and then I'm gonna wait a little bit longer
A-E-D-B
I'm gonna wait till everyone's dead
And then I'm still gonna stay inside instead
Cause I know just where it's safe
and the only thing I know is how to wait.
(stay on B)
(A-A-D-E) x 2 (solo)
(solo)
F#-A-B-E x 2 (or 4)
A-Bm
I'm gonna wait it out
wait it out
up in my tree
I''m gonna wait it out
wait it out
till i think it's all clean.
F#m-A-Bm-E
cause when those chemicals hit
your gonna wish you could climb
Up on a branch is where I'll sit
I'l have nothing do, but I'l have nothing but time
if you're looking for me
to watch your back
you know where I'll be
I'm gonna be waiting up in the attic
(chorus)
A-A-D-E
I'm gonna wait till it all blows over
and then I'm gonna wait a little bit longer
I'm gonna wait till it all blows over
and then I'm gonna wait a little bit longer


A-E-D-B x 2