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Strange Boy

by Kate Davis

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1.
If you want true love, you gotta make god your boyfriend, you know? That seems to me like the surest path And maybe also true love is mundane Like its already, it’s already in your life Like its not anywhere or in any person that you don’t already know
2.
Sometimes I feel like I am a boxer Seems like I'm always standing in the ring And then I find someone's been in my locker He left me a note that says I can't sing I'll do anything but break dance for you, darlin' I just stepped out of the doniker I don't know what happened and I can't remember But I was soon to discover That my radio had been broken I'll do anything but break dance for ya, darlin' Don't you know that I love you, love you Don't you know that I love you, love you All the folks on dope in search of hope Everybody and the lonely orphan And everyone around the world Every boy and every girl For all the good times Always remember and never forget In my secret heart I'll do anything but break dance for ya, darlin' Don't you know that I love you, love you Don't you know that I love you, love you Don't you know that I love you, love you Don't you know that I love you, love you
3.
I sometimes think that love is love There’s no different type of love But just different types of people What if you tell a loveless friend you believe it’s just around the corner for them Even though you don’t really believe it
4.
Bye, Bye, Barbie Barbie, Bye, Bye A knock in the skull sure changes a man I'm having a hard time It's been a long time Since I tried to lay down a song Bye, Bye, Barbie Barbie, Bye, Bye A knock in the skull sure changes a man Bye, Bye, Barbie
5.
The real love that you should find by the end of your life is with yourself because you are going to die alone and there’s not going to be a person sort of crossing over into death with you
6.
I was shadow boxing And my shadow punched back Can you imagine my surprise? Then I got to thinking If there's something I don't know Something inside of me That I'm trying to hide Fighting with myself I may never win But I'll never stop When did I begin? 'Til I can rest peacefully I don't feel bitter And I wasn't there And I wondered where I could be now So I sat in a chair and tried to relax But I don't really know how Fighting with myself I may never win But I'll never stop When did I begin? 'Til I can rest peacefully Fighting with myself I may never win But I'll never stop When did I begin? 'Til I can rest peacefully Sometimes I feel like I could get along But it always ends in tears Sometimes I feel like I could be happy But I always find something to fear
7.
Are you recording me? Oh ok I think that I feel like his voice was shakey somehow It kinda sounds like he had an accent Like different from die or something I don’t know because in the end of your life I don’t know, this is what I take from
8.
You're too young to die So much of life Ahead of you Too young to die Take a look outside sometime A butterfly just won't fly Too young to die Yeah! You must decide No need to hide See tears roll down See Don't be a tear Smile for me, dear Don't be a frown Too young to die
9.
Hi I’m on the bus That song reminds me of that night that we were together And then I went and got drinks with someone who I fell in love with And we were listening to Daniel Johnston and it wasn’t that song But it resonates Is that cheesy?
10.
This Song 01:27
This song's about pain and hope and suffering... love This song's about waiting and waiting This song's about gladness and madness And the difference between This song's about over And it will never stop
11.
I know this song This guy with a fragile voice I’m sure I know it, I know it I used to listen to this kind of music And I remember I would build compose very long playlists I would share with my friend until one day my friend sent one of her depressing playlists Whereas the lyrics were not depressing at all It just It was all about the voice And the guy sounds like I don’t know he’s lonely in a warehouse I’m wondering who’s talking It sounds like a boyfriend breaking up with you and telling you are the most amazing person but he doesn’t deserve you, you know what I mean? Saying in a very sad voice “it’s not sad, there’s hope, bye”
12.
Feels Good 02:40
First time that I saw you My heart skipped a beat I thought that you were pretty I thought that you were neat And I walked outside I saw the stars Expecting that they be there They always are At night And I know that it feels good Just as I to you But I Saw you walking on your way You were walking back I saw that guy walking with you Looked like he was wearing a mask Then I turn, and saw the sun there Shining like it does During the day And I know that it feels good Just as I to you But I... This is the last time that I see you Is the last time that I see your face I wave, you think I'm waving 'hi' But I'll be waving bye Goodbye
13.
And the cat Larry David it was her name, she’s the mum She came up and jumped up and sat on my lap and was licking baby George and trying to comfort him and I was keeping him warm he was very much skin and bone And moments before the wedding started I put him back into his, into his little nest and the other two kittens came and crawled in next to him and Larry David the mama came in and she crawled in and got warm and cozy with him and right before we went off to the wedding we checked in George and he had passed away
14.
Oh No 02:43
The clouds they came The sun was hid by the storm The picnics were cancelled The little children stayed inside to play Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! The wind it blows The leaves are piled by the road The cat it died 13 years is a long time Most get hit by a car Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! The moon is out The stars they shine in the night The clock it ticks The old lady sits all alone Oh, no Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no!
15.
I’m far from home I need a drink I’m alone in the booth Alone sipping mezcal DJ is a Rockstar He is the greatest He was my kind of guy He can really rock
16.
Strange Boy 00:56
When I saw you I was frozen I knew that I had already Gone ahead and chosen I was in love with you I was in love with you I see you act the same way Whenever we get near On the verge of tears Darling now I fear I am in love with you I am in love with you I tell you now It's spooky for me too Just to feel this way I don't know what to do I am in love with you I am in love with you I am a strange boy I come from West Virginia I've seen a lot of hard In the Avant Garde I am in love with you I am in love with you
17.
If My Ears Were Better And I Could Understand The Words
18.
True love will find you in the end You'll find out just who was your friend Don’t be sad, I know you will But don’t give up until True love will find you in the end This is a promise with a catch Only if you're looking can it find you ‘Cause true love is searching too But how can it recognize you Unless you step out into the light, the light, the light Don’t be sad, I know you will But don’t give up until True love finds you in the end

about

In collaboration with the Hi, How Are You Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing open conversations around mental health and well-being, Davis will release Strange Boy, a unique rendering that is named after the eighth song on Johnston’s original masterpiece.

Johnston, who died on September 11, 2019 at the age of 58, has long been a beacon to those making lo-fi bedroom pop. The crinkled quality he achieved by recording to tape made him a giant of the genre. His music, celebrated for its childlike tenderness and for the way he acutely described his own struggles with bipolar disorder, is part of his enduring legacy.

“When I first heard Daniel Johnston I was struck by the directness and clarity in his writing,” Davis says. “I wanted to gain perspective into that directness.”

As a homage to that original song — which begins with a three-minute recording of a man telling a story about meeting Johnston for the first time — Davis placed recordings of her own friends sharing memories that they have of Johnston as interludes between each of the nine songs on her new album. Most of the voices have been sped up to give the impression of someone fast-forwarding through a cassette tape. It’s a neat touch that adds both color and humor to the work.

Davis also put her own spin on the music, adding fuzzy psychedelic tones and warm rock and roll textures that position the cover album alongside her highly coveted indie rock debut, Trophy.

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released January 15, 2021

Produced by Tim Bright & Kate Davis
Mixed by Tim Bright
Mastered by Simon Lam
Composed by Daniel Johnston
Lyrics by Daniel Johnston
www.katedavismusic.com

C&P 2020 Solitaire Recordings Inc. Under Exclusive License From Kate Davis
www.solitairerecordings.com

BMG Platinum Songs US. BMI/Eternal Yip Eye Music.

Endless thanks to the Hi, How Are You Project
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