Private Violence

by Jaggery

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1.
03:36
2.
3.
05:38
4.
06:40
5.
03:56

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released November 13, 2012

Singer Mali (Mali Sastri) ~ vocals, piano
Daniel Schubmehl~ drums
Tony Leva ~ upright bass
Petaluma Vale ~ harp, backing vocals
Rachel Jayson ~ viola

all songs by Singer Mali/Jaggery; lyrics by Singer Mali.

Track 2 orchestral arrangement by Mary Bichner.
Track 2 orchestra:
Violins ~ Nathan Cohen, Charlotte Gopinath, Betty Widerski, Chris Baum.
Viola ~ Susannah Plaster.
Cellos ~ Jonah Sacks, Valerie Thompson.
Flute ~ Mary Bichner.
Clarinet ~ Kevin Corzett.
Oboe ~ Michelle Zwi.
French Horn ~ Pam Marshall.

Produced by Jaggery.
Additional production by Josh Hager and Scott Dakota.

Recorded and engineered by Singer Mali (Mali Sastri) @ Cloud Club, Boston, MA, except Piano on Tracks 2-5 recorded @ Wellspring Sound, Acton, MA, by Matt Hayes.

All songs mixed by Josh Hager and Scott Dakota, except Track 1 mixed by Josh Hager.

Mastered by Scott Dakota.

Photography and art design by Noah Blumenson-Cook. Additional art design by Julia Matorin and Rachel Jayson.

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Track Name: Trouble
trouble . . .

i’ve felt it, too
felt like doing something drastic
felt it also
something dramatic
opened your book
opened up a wound
never had such a look
now i have learned about

trouble . . .
there but for the grace of god go i

bottleneck / choked up
sticky fingers down the throat
stranglehold
throwing up and out
unloading burdens while unloading bullets
my shadow brother
there but for the grace of god go i

gentlemen
gentlemen of the jury
have you none of your own private violence?
opened that book
opened up a wound
& maybe we both are
just another one of those empty ones

with trouble . . .
& with struggle

there but for the grace of god go i
Track Name: Hostage Heart
this is my work of art • yours was a hostage heart
& now you’re haunting me • & now i want to see
i’ve seen your face • in my mirror
read your words • in my journal
thought about • what one life could bring
& what we share • identifying • in very precious things

i have wondered what my hands could do
& i have wondered what they are capable of --
i have wondered of what your hands could do
& i have wondered what they were capable of
acts of murder & works of art
& if a hostage heart was capable of
love

your dark liberty • strange sensitivity
& no humility • i hear my note sounding
& hunger strike • think it our only recourse
we wonder why • holding the world by the horns
we are exiled • riding the line • between expressing & destroying

i have wondered what these hands could do
& i have wondered what they are capable of when push comes to shove
i’ve wondered of what those hands could do
& i have wondered what they were capable of
such violence & works of art

want to bring you back • & talk to you
want to hold your hands • i think that i understand
this is urgent • what you wanted to do
if given the chance • but i’ve no excuse
i’ll turn you loose
the hostage • the hostage
have courage • have courage
cuz he’s not dead • he’s not dead
seventeen minutes left • so show some respect
he’s not dead • he’s not dead • he’s not dead ----- yet

so here’s a work of art
to & from a hostage heart
Track Name: No Sympathy
you’re bad news that’s my good news
quite an offer how can I refuse
ah ~

fascination w/ the dark side
you’re a bad one w/ a wild side
ohhh ~

you’re so good boy when you’ve done wrong
& you have no sympathy for these people

mmmm

murderous fantasies
you mean business you made ‘em reality

you’re so bad boy what you get away w/
do you feel nothing have you got no conscience

you’re so right boy when you’ve done wrong
& you have no sympathy for these people ow ow ow ow ow

& there’s
blood on your hands on your forehead & there’s blood in your hair on your forehead
oh boy what do you feel but the thrill of the killl

oh my god you’re not right boy but my god you’re so fine
& i’ll watch you do it & i’ll wear the T-shirt


better run boy ‘cuz they’re on your tail
& they have no sympathetic feeling for your kind of people

oh
but who’s to say how we are who’s to say how we are
who’s to say how we are who’s to say how we are
who’s to say how we are who’s to say how we are
who’s to say how we are who’s to say how we are
who’s to say how we are are you to say how we are
are you to say are you to say are you to say are you to say
are you to say

untamed & hateful unchained unsave-able

but whose to say how we are are you to say how we are hey

FIRE!!! BLOODY MURDER!!!!!
Track Name: Oh my god
he takes thirteen steps
he’s got seventeen minutes left
it’s called a quick and painless death
this breaking of the neck
oh my god / what have we done?

the hood is placed
to hide the face
so that we can’t see
the look in the eye of the life erased
oh my god/ what have we done?

i do not take the lord’s name in vain
may he have mercy upon your soul upon your pain

the conceit / the arrogance
and the hate / the contempt
and the rage / the revenge
on this world / his only defense
oh my god / what has he done?

so an eye for an eye
& a tooth for a tooth
within your song / your dark, dark song
you were harboring your truth
oh my god / what have you done?

i do not take the lord’s name in vain
the lord he giveth and the lord he taketh away

witness welcome to the brouhaha

brother men, who after us live on
harden not your hearts against us
for if you have some pity on us poor men
the sooner god will show you mercy
Track Name: End Song
i’m broken-hearted & i don’t know how it started
no i don’t / no i don’t
& you’ll never know just how much you captured my imagination
no, you won’t / no, you won’t

diving under water / keeping you safe from the impending thunder
pulling you under / taking you deeper
bringing us closer / to each other
to each other

& i’m in a dream / you are more real than those around me
yes, you are / yes, you are
& who is to say / what is it we are / fierce soul shades of grey
we’re ineffable / it’s ineffable

rage trapped in fat tissue / & all the muscle that has been tattooed
that has been branded & that is burning / to decipher the message that i am learning
i am learning

something here’s so consoling & so quite compelling & it keeps growing
seems never-ending / going & going / taking up somewhere without us knowing
do we keep growing
do we keep going ---