Pull the String

by The Pawners' Society

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The Pawners' Society was my friend Stephanie Morris and me. We started performing together in 2007. We were both songwriters and wanted to explore softer music that highlighted our vocal harmonizing. We recorded this EP of songs that was mastered and awaiting cover art when she died on June 1, 2009.

This is the five-year anniversary since she's been gone and our songs have never been released. I still think about her every day and miss hearing her sing, but it’s become increasingly sad that our music has gone largely unheard. I decided to at least put the EP on Bandcamp for people to download, with an option to donate money. Any proceeds will go toward suicide prevention or Girls Rock! Chicago, a non-profit to encourage girls' participation in rock music.

-- John Huston, March 2014

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released June 1, 2014

Recorded and mixed by John Huston and Stephanie Morris. Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, Chicago, Ill. Photography by Nathan Keay. Graphic design by Zach Dodson/Bleached Whale Design.

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The Pawners' Society Chicago, Illinois

Stephanie Morris and John Huston began playing together in 2007. By early 2009 they had an EP ("Pull the String") recorded, mixed, mastered and awaiting the completion of the artwork when Stephanie died. Those songs -- and other unfinished demos -- laid dormant for five years. They deserve to be heard. ... more

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Track Name: Phenobarbital
Is there any way at all?
(I’m not going to)
To wipe my memory clean
(Hold my breath)
I’ll take anyone
(Or hope on a star)
Who says I’m less than none
(Not like I used to do)
Look inside and all you’ll see
(When I was like you)
I am not worth ravaging
(I’m not going to)

For anything past not-at-all
I’ll take phenobarbital
I have no use for memory
But still I can’t help remembering

Losing all my teeth
(I’m not going to)
But I was still a thief
(Hold my breath)
Once I had all I could take
(Or hope on a star)
I turned it into mud
(Not like I used to do)
I’m not scared but I’m trembling
(When I was like you)
I’m not cold but I’m shivering
(I’m not going to)

I’m a feral animal
In a masochistic ritual
It was all inside of me
Take it back get rid of me

I was never cursed
But I had nothing left
I had what I started with
I was home and sick and dressed
Everyone was right
But I wasn’t quite
And I couldn’t see
Without wood and light

For anything past not-at-all
(I’m not going to)
I’ll take phenobarbital
(Hold my breath)
I’m not scared but I’m trembling
(Or hope on a star)
I’m not cold but I’m shivering
(I’m not going to)
I’m not sold but I’m interested
(Hold my breath)
I’m not old but I’m withering
(Or hope on a star)
I’m not there but I’m listening
(Not like I used to do)
I’m not loud but I’m deafening
(When I was like you)

I’m not hurt but I’m hemorrhaging
I’m not done but I’m surrendering
Track Name: Hollow Water Scene
I hold you up to the same three words of an atom bomb
Taking control again for the hollow men
Who will be in this water scene?
It’s so distinct that I’m paralyzed.
I hold you up to the same three words of an atom bomb

The same three words
To come so fast
Just for you

The lights go out and I dilate just to see you there
Warming our feel to touch and you tell me such
Who will be in this water scene?
It’s so distinct that I’m paralyzed.
I hold you up to the same three words of an atom bomb

The same three words
To come so fast
Just for you

I know they’re all twisted
I know they all twist
The same three words
To come so fast
Just for you
Track Name: Two is a Prime Number
Eyes on you
Clear as any water true
Lying in state I could swear you’re awake

Replace everything shine quarter fives
In arms static there, they’re feeling fine
In three-quarter time we spring forward trying

Eyes on you
Clear as any water true
Lying in state I could swear you’re awake

Replace everything shine quarter fives
In arms static there, they’re feeling fine
In three-quarter time we spring forward trying
Everything’s OK we keep quiet for weeks
In two worlds or one? It’s all the same thing
Nothing’s unending and we’re not unique

Eyes on you
Clear as any water true

Lying in state I could swear you’re awake

As math proves the absolute
We shine quarter fives
As math proves the absolute
In three-quarter time
As math proves the absolute
We spring forward trying
As time proves the absolute
We’re feeling fine
Track Name: Parking Meters
I can’t stand being around here
And breathing this bad air in these city streets
I won’t take anymore bullshit
I’ve put up with enough of it for way too long

I lay it down
I won’t be around

And I’m leaving tomorrow
Don’t follow me
I’m leaving tomorrow
Don’t follow me tonight

I’ll wake up to another parking fine
The fault is rarely mine in this dirty town
So I’ll go down to City Hall
And I’ll show them all. Just wait and see.

And the parking meters will be blown to bits.
‘Cause I’m so sick of it.

And I’m leaving tomorrow
Don’t follow me
I’m leaving tomorrow
Don’t follow me tonight

Later on I’ll pick up the paper
and read the headlines that say somebody made her
And I’ll run free and far from this place
To the rolling hills and even further just in case.

And I’m leaving tomorrow
Don’t follow me
I’m leaving tomorrow
Don’t follow me tonight
Track Name: Judy is a Punk
What will we ever do if Jackie and Judy die?
Track Name: WaterWings
Write this down it’s not what’s happening
I’ll be there in case you start to sink
I am lying there in water wings
Looking up I see you start to wink

Write this down it’s not what’s happening
Mine was fair and yours was less than that
Had a scar that didn’t come from much
Took a guess and ended with a hunch
We’ll be there in novice ways
We’ll be there in second place
When the link is gone and not replaced
We’ll just trade our age for our enemies’

Not one word to say that it’s absurb