Boots

by Noe Venable

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1.
Boots 04:39
I go to the corner where it all goes down and I do things I’ll regret but not right now they say “angel, you been here before” yeah, I had my boots to carry me just like Pandora with her box I let everything out and spin around and when they come to me, it’s like a river to cross but I have my boots to ferry me and I remember how it feels I always stop and remember but I do it again and I jump up and slap my heels cause I have my boots on I’d like to see my eyes in someone else’s face I’d like to see my face on a magazine the things I want, the life I need my boots keep me between I passed out on a subway train and a woman she came and took my hand but I’m alright I’m okay I can fall like rain long as I have my boots to help me stand and the streets they empty hour by hour til they were finally drained and I was all alone and just like Pandora, I was sorry now but I had my boots to carry me home the sky is wild and full of holes the wind is wild and it’s full of coughs sometimes I think I’d float away if I took my boots off I’d like to see my eyes in someone else’s face I’d like to see my face on a magazine the things I want, the life I need my boots keep me between
2.
Prettiness 03:40
I have never been one for prettiness prettiness thinking of lace ’bout makes me puke but the thing I just bought has a little bit little bit I’m putting it on and I’m thinking of you when I was a child I followed some holy men going into woods to do their work I had an overcoat on just to cover me cover me listening for anything I might learn and there were stars up in the heavens and if they caught me, what could they do? they did not know I was a woman at least I didn’t think they knew I think about it when I look at him look at him everybody hides from what they are take me, I used to think I was as empty as an emperor that’s what I thought but I’ve come so far his turkish drums and two way mirrors the way he moves, slow motion slow he does not know I am a woman but I think I might want him to know
3.
Tinkerbell 03:07
tinkerbell busts her brains bashing into window panes but who is gonna need a light in the buggy buzzy neon night? tinkerbell takes off her rags empties out her saddle bags and watching all the cracks in the wall rearrange tinkerbell is open to a change “probably time I looked into some other things a girl can do could sell my body to light up someone’s t.v…” but something comes through at last so it doesn’t come to that luckily a girl lost her ring in the rain so tinkerbell is dangling down a drain and there in the sewer she sees a thing she’s never seen thousands of shiny useless objects glimmering
4.
Stolen Thing 04:28
where in the hell is big blue eyes? where’s your virginity? by the side of the freeway I lost it recently oh it didn’t take so long oh it didn’t take so long oh it didn’t take so long I am a stolen thing I have a dream of big blue eyes in my hand is a genie you know he wouldn’t ever wanna surprise no one singin’ “little girl little girl set me free” oh I know what he means oh I know what he means oh I know what he means I am a stolen thing don’t ever cry in the pouring rain never lie to a pirate king he will beat you at your game make everything everywhere scream and sing oh you make it get so good oh you make me get so mean oh you make it get to good I am a stolen thing by the rumble of the roaring rain by the holes that it drills in me I was naked as a blue jay by the side of the freeway oh I was dancing slow oh I was dancing free oh I was dancing slow and this is the dance of the stolen thing
5.
My Insomnia 04:04
I went down to the dock I turned off all my clocks but there is nothing left to dream get in bed and try to fall lay starin’ at the wall and like a prayer I say your name my insomnia my insomnia tried to ask if it’s alright if we take off a night but I couldn’t find your head drowning in a sea of love in the expanses of my bed my insomnia my insomnia my insomnia you exhaust me
6.
Climb 04:48
can you hear me? I don’t love anybody else keep you near me just like I try to keep myself near all the givers and all the rivers in the world cannot quench it the arid desert that you bring to everyone you know I see you counting lovers in the street I see you kissing anybody’s feet you are a kitten caught up in a tree I see you climb away tiny birdling scrambling for any scraggy tree I am thinking you make your nest where none can be in the summer the streets are waving in the heat I am thinking about the water that you keep in the corners of your mouth climb away I see you counting lovers in the street I see you licking anybody’s feet you are a kitten caught up in a tree you are unreachable by me I see you climb away
7.
Happiness 04:55
we were sitting in a T-bird it has not consented to run since 1970 brothers bent on the destruction of innocent T-birds crowbarred everything but the radio, windshield, driver’s side mirror love is alone with the radio on and love is a newly blind fumbling fumbling tell me what to do with all this happiness lobsters nesting in a dead man waiting at the bottom of the lonely ocean neighbors swimming in their fishbowls television blue glow if you go I won’t know anyone taking a bath in the deadly sunshine time is a car with the radio on and time is a broken boat ruddering ruddering tell me what to do with all this happiness busted and broken didn’t get very far busted and broken sittin right where you are [let it last another summer] but I’m a feather flying, I’m a leaf on the wind there’s no school like driving with the wind on your skin [let it last another summer] love is a newly blind time is a broken boat taking a bath in the deadly sunshine time is a car with the radio on and time is a broken boat ruddering ruddering tell me what to do with all this happiness
8.
Look, Luck 04:08
I am out of change terrible and strange under a fake blue sky you’re spinning out of sight I been up all night but every road leads here look, luck do not disappear I can almost hear you trying but luck do not disappear you’re the only one that’s left to love so much love you can’t pay in love talk to the big machine please I pawned my ring I’ll do anything in hope of a little luck do not disappear I can almost hear you trying but luck do not disappear you’re the only one that’s left to love
9.
Julia 05:23
tell you who I miss the most dressed in see-through like a ghost julia julia she pulled me in and she locked the door gave me wine and gave me more julia julia if you need a place to go you can always crib with julia julia if you’re sick she’ll cool you down til you’re only sick for julia julia julia don’t take this wrong it’s not to say that I’m the one to take more than an hour or a day from taken with pills, taken with beer many come for love is julia julia what I’d give to taste again all the dreams I left in julia julia funny, that last time I left the wind was howls the sky was cleft and summer clouds were dumping on the harbor julia don’t take this wrong it’s not to say that I’m the one to take more than an hour or a day from cause you deserve a quiet place that doesn’t move or change its face and everywhere I ran, I ran away from
10.
wild blue and yonder which way to go wild blue and yonder wear white in the snow pack seven sandwiches it’s farther than you know from here witch in the kitchen gin and a knife Christmas is outta here tinsel and fife lover, how shall we spend this ribbon-flannel life she spared? there must be a way out tossed by the side of the freeway shackled and shamed as a blue jay jacked up on whiskey and death and we will find it slip through the cracks of the evening grinning as memory leaves me holding nothing but my breath wild blue and yonder riding the fright wild blue and yonder you shine like a light lover it’s been so long tell me where you are tonight? there must be a way out tossed by the side of the freeway shackled and shamed as a blue jay jacked up on whiskey and death and you will find it blow in the breeze like the reeds do grinning as memory leaves you holding nothing but your breath
11.
April morning in ’85 you came to visit I came alive the things you’d speak of the tales you’d tell no one would guess you’d been through hell but I was dirty I was unplanned and I was born to feel and understand your falling pieces in my tiny hands whichever way we’d go whichever way we’d go you’re so much older it’s really strange everyone grows colder you never change it’s like the ocean when you rush in it’s like you’re standing here again don’t stop crying you’ll flood the street we’ll take our boats out just you and me and we will see the things we see whichever way we go whichever way we go
12.
In Memoriam 09:04
when she takes out her trusty switchblade Maddy can bring enormous men to their knees and in the night came to my window flushed with the running or whatever it was all of our days obliterating I will remember swear to you that I will

about

What they said:

Only a couple of records lately have pulled me from song to song to the end; one was Van Morrison’s Down the Road and the other was Noe Venable’s Boots… You’d never guess that Boots was “recorded in various living rooms”, the sound, the multi-instrumental arrangements and the musicianship are brilliant, and guitarist Venable’s mysterious, melodious vignettes resonate with unforced poetry and a viewpoint that’s all her own– “Julia” is just the ballad of a friendship, but somebody must’ve left the window open, because you’re shivering. No surprise that young genii like drummer Scott Amendola and everything-player Todd Sickafoose are involved… Venable’s been cruising the Bay Area for Several Years, recently touring in support of ani DiFranco, and she hasn’t peaked.

-L.A. Weekly Pick of the Week

Once you hear the name Noe Venable, you won’t easily forget it. Once you hear Noe Venable, you’ll never forget her. Venable is a San Francisco-based singer-songwriter who has a ton of talent packed into her tiny frame. So much so in fact, that the high priestess of female folk, Ani DiFranco, selected Venable to fill the opening slot on the most recent leg of her never-ending tour. Boots is Venable’s third outing, and it’s her best… Venable’s ability to blend folk, pop, county and jazz elements is sharper and more compelling than ever, the mix of guitar, bass, piano and strings is richer, and her pixie-like voice has never been more flowing and beguiling. Maybe this is what Sheryl Crow would have sounded like if she had chased art over commerce, or maybe it’s like Suzanne Vega streaking through the woods on opium. The title track kicks off the dozen delightful ditties. It’s a low-key, smoky and slithering ode to self reliance, and when Venable sings the line, “I have my boots to carry me,” well, you’ve likely never heard the word “boots” sung quite so harmingly. “Julia” reveals herself to be delicate and gorgeous, “Tinkerbell” is mysterious and haunting and enable’s “Happiness” is sprightly and earnest with just a touch of the blues. The word chanteuse has been used and abused as of late, but in Venable’s case, it fits like a pair of comfy, trusted boots.

-Jonezin’ Music

Here we have a homegrown, full blown young musical visionary, and a window into a part of the new San Francisco sound. This train is headed somewhere.

-puremusic.com

Enviably literate and awesomely disciplined, Venable amplifies her power through a riveting soprano voice that stuns and enraptures so thoroughly that multiple listenings are required to begin unraveling her mysteries of music and meaning.

-S.F. Bay Guardian

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released July 19, 2018

Produced by Todd Sickafoose

Noe Venable— voices, acoustic guitars, mandolin
Todd Sickafoose— Bass, B-3 Organ, piano and other keyboards, guitar, loops, and programming
Alan Lin— Violin
Scott Amendola— drums
Morris Acevedo— guitar
Adam Levy— electric guitar
Rob Burger— chamberlain, pump organ, solovox, indian banjo
Etienne De Rocher— harmonica
Michael Witcher— dobro

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