Looking for my Zero

by Kris Brown

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Recorded live at The Recording Conservatory of Austin.

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released September 21, 2013

Kris Brown - vocals, guitar
Mark "Gumby" Williams - cello, bass
Ed Miles - drums

cover painting courtesy of Julie Speed
Mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova
Mixed by Jay Reynolds
Tracked by Anna Bench and Ryan Williams
videos by Eileen Llorente

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Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.

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Kris Brown Austin, Texas

For years Kris Brown’s music traveled the astral plane of American musical styles, drawing inspiration from John Hurt to Sun Ra. In recent years, his musical personalities have coalesced into a unified opium-like haze of swampy folkadelica. Whitey on the Moon, Kris’s trio, specializes in the quieter part of the spectrum and seeks a freer approach to accompaniment. ... more

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Track Name: Looking for my Zero
Trains only take you to the station
People only take advantage
I don't need no trains and I sure don't need no people
to go looking for my zero

I went to work and learned myself some manners
I went to school and read myself some books
I chew with my mouth closed and I know all about Abe lincoln
but I'm still looking for my freedom

I dreamed that i was turned into a highway
I fell in love with a sky blue Cadillac
I invited her along but she rolled on down the track
to go looking for her zero

I met a girl who smiled pretty eyed
i cleaned out the bottles in my car
I tried to make her laugh and invited her along
To go looking for our zero

Three they say is a crowd
Two is a couple too many
One is the loneliest number that you ever knew
that's why I'm looking for my zero

I look with my ears and with my nose
I look with my skin and with my tongue
i look with my hands, but I see in my heart
My need to zero in on zero
Track Name: Friendly Ghost
In the city that I live in
there's a kind of blues that no one talks about
some say the funny smell on the new moon
is a crematorium nut i have my doubts

the buses don't get cleaner when it rains
at night i like to hear the squealing trains
the pizza ain't as good as in new york
and i can't eat the chili with a fork
the art museum is high upon the hill
and the broke folk at the bottom ain't seen it still

me i'm just like you
me i'm just like you
me i'm just like you
a friendly ghost in a town that's a pretty good host

in the city that i live in
the pretty girls all smile but they don't look me in the eye
there's a discount movie on Tuesday
but there really ain't much live music in july

the sports fans cry to tvs in the bars
folks don't seem to drive fast in their cars
you can't get a haircut on a sunday
the criminals don't know how much their guns weigh
liberty is repaved every third year
and the dream of a beach sunset is just a grey smear

me i'm just like you
me i'm just like you
me i'm just like you
a friendly ghost in a town that's a pretty good host

in the city that i live in
there's a kind of blues that no one talks about
some say it's not such a good idea to swim in the creek
but there's probably still a good chance to get a ticket for the weekend

the christmas isn't white the river's brown
the gravediggers never sport a frown
the soap factory employs over half the town
the poetg and the preachers got to prance around like clowns
the mimes have to speak up or step down
and everyone's too square to buy another round

me i'm just like you
me i'm just like you
me i'm just like you
a friendly ghost in a town that's a pretty good host
Track Name: I Just Dropped in
I woke up this mornin' with the sundown shinin' in
I found my mind in a brown paper bag within
I tripped on a cloud and fell-a eight miles high
I tore my mind on a jagged sky
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in
I watched myself crawlin' out as I was a-crawlin' in
I got up so tight I couldn't unwind
I saw so much I broke my mind
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

Someone painted "April Fool" in big black letters on a "Dead End" sign
I had my foot on the gas as I left the road and blew out my mind
Eight miles outta Memphis and I got no spare
Eight miles straight up downtown somewhere
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in
Track Name: Snapshot of a Fairy Tale
When everything falls apart like it often will do
There are moments that remind us of the love that can shine through
We don’t know yet if we have a reservation for two
But I’ll always remember fondly this perfect night with you

Singing Blue Moon under the blue moon, picking grass out of your hair
Making out behind the beer joint, laying by the rail
The trains they made the earth shake, your lips made me derail
It was a snapshot of a fairy tale

And I don’t think that I believe those stories
About loves that don’t ever decline
From what I’ve seen I’d like to know more about you
Find our next perfect moment in time

Like singing Blue Moon under the blue moon, picking grass out of your hair
Making out behind the beer joint, laying by the rail
The trains they made the earth shake, your lips made me derail
It was a snapshot of a fairy tale

It seems to me it’s hard to see the final outcome
When there’s so much to being in love
I know that nights like this don’t happen very often
I hope it means we stand a chance to rise above

Singing Blue Moon under the blue moon, picking grass out of your hair
Making out behind the beer joint, laying by the rail
The trains they made the earth shake, your lips made me derail
It was a snapshot of a fairy tale
Oh it was a snapshot of a fairy tale
Oh this is a snapshot of a fairy tale
Track Name: Ready, Willing, and Able
I often think about the way that I feel when you’re with me
There’s been a change inside you know that everyone else can see
I still recall a couple years ago the very first time we met
You looked so fine reading a magazine, coffee and cigarettes
The sun shined down your hair illuminated, wearing that sexy dress
Your smile pierced through me, but I kept my cool and laid it down to rest
‘Cause I was seeing someone else at the time
I wasn’t trying to be out of line
But now I’m Ready to Cross that line
‘Cause it’s time, time

I’m ready – I’m ready and willing
Ready, willing, and able
To put my cards on the table
I’m ready – I’m ready and willing
Ready, willing, and able
To fall in love with you

Some time has passed, I never thought I would see your face again
I thought that feeling was the kind a just a blowing in the wind
Then there you were ordering coffee with a smile bigger than your face
I knew we had to get together at another time and place
For several weeks it seemed I turn around and there you were again
You asked how come you never hollered at me all the way back when
‘Cause I was seeing someone else at the time
I wasn’t trying to be out of line
But now I’m Ready to Cross that line
‘Cause it’s time, time

I’m ready – I’m ready and willing
Ready, willing, and able
To put my cards on the table
I’m ready – I’m ready and willing
Ready, willing, and able
To fall in love with you
Love with you
I’m ready – I’m ready and willing
Ready, willing, and able
To put my cards on the table
I’m ready – I’m ready and willing
Ready, willing, and able
To fall in love with you