The Wit of the Staircase

by Evelyn Davis

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released April 6, 2017

Engineered, mixed, produced, and mastered by Todd Rittman. Recorded at Experimental Sound Studios, Chicago, IL, 2015.
Cover photo by Karen Goldman

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Evelyn Davis Oakland, California

Detroit native and general wanderer Evelyn Davis is an inside/prepared/new music pianist, improvisor, pipe organist, composer, vocalist, synthesist, teacher, songstress, and maker of /participator in oddly shaped musics with an occasional side of performance art.
Evelyn created and performed the music of Frankenixon, with the help of a rotating cast of buddies, and was formerly in Cheer Accident.
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Track Name: Fortunes of the Ringers
Useless at last, the last of the glass
no force of will, it makes me want to write you
The same, the same
glancing above
here we be
here below
The fortunes of the ringers
rang past
are past
Track Name: Folklore
Most of our folklore
composed of the things we ignore
they sit on the floor boards
in the cold of our wintertime porch

Oh boy, they must be sore, sitting
pithy with their fellows,
idle and ignored
No boy or girl child good
is sneakin out to get to gran
hear a tale from the end of the world

Tearin up the floor boards
killin all my past landlords
angry with the good lord
for watchin good grace become folklore

Oh boy, she must be sore, sitting
pithy with her fellows,
idle and ignored
No boy or girl child good
is sneakin out to get to gran,
hear a tale of the end of war
Track Name: Let Me Know
I have knives,
you said

When you awoke in the morning
your half-lid eyes
closed a little farther
and you said

Let me know
when
you go away
one day
on your honeymoon

'cause your husband
shouldn't have to be
bothered
Track Name: Singing in My Mouth
Singing in my mouth
because my hands aren't free to make a sign
'cause I'm in a big crowd
because I'm waiting in an endless line
singing in my mouth

You can sing, scream, or shout
or you can sing inside your mouth
you can see her now
I'm sorry that she died
in custody
I'm sorry that she died
I'm sorry she died in custody
Track Name: I Don't Want it Back
You need me
to be in
I don't want it back
I don't want it back
you don't see
you hurt me
I don't want it back
I don't want it back

I don't want it back
I don't want it back
I don't want it back
I don't want it back

You need me
to be in
I don't want it back
I don't want it back
you don't see
you hurt me
I don't want it back
I don't want it back


I don't want it back
I don't want it back
I don't want it back
I don't want it back
Track Name: Capital
I was awake last night
up upon the roof
completely so
ready for the truth
Now when I blink my eyes
I feel you blinkin yours
the time is set
I'm feeling for the door

Oh but the time is mine
and the time is yours
I don't believe in time
anymore

I might
love you
but that doesn't mean I want to
even if you
seem to be amazing
which means
usually means trouble
capital T
you and me are trouble
capital!
you and me are trouble
capital

the trouble is
I am
beneath
you
Track Name: You Knew You
Given the length of time
of the average human lifespan
I consider it a boon
that I met you so soon
and if there were news
from the home front of you
I now feel quite sure you would
send it ashore

given the length of time
people usually love each other
I feel like we've found each other
in another time

when I finally came to trust me
in that period of heavy seas
I knew self-desertion is a disease
when I looked up to see you

You
knew
you

Waking by my one
with no help from new spring's weak sun
with aid from no one
I can feel it's begun

You
knew
you
Track Name: I Can't Make Up My Mind
Most of the time, I run around,
you know,
feeling it out
never feelin any better
well you know I always have thought
that the words
never say never
were really just a beautiful way to say

I can't make
I can't make up
I can't make
up my mind

Much later on, dawn becomes- dawn
I make a wish
knowing that it does matter
Well you know I keep my chin up
'cause hopelessness
has a splatter
It is with a dutiful weight
that I state

I can't make
I can't make up
I can't make
up my mind
Track Name: West Won
Fine tune
the fever pitch
Answer evil
with a greater
evil

You want a passport, you want a passport
you wanna go there, you wanna show them
You want a passport, you want a passport
you wanna go there, you wanna show them
what it means to you

Into the maw
of the war time
monster
the western
answer

We'll help you rebuild, we'll help you rebuild
we'll help you rebuild another
We'll help you rebuild, we'll help you rebuild
we'll help you rebuild another
in our image

Into the maw
of the war time
monster
the western
answer

I don't
know why
those people
died
my press pass
burned

You dreamers, wide receivers
army dreamers
you choose
We dreamers, wide receivers
army dreamers
we lose

Death receives us
death believers
death is free to us
death is free

Death receives us
death believers
death is free to us
death is free
free
free
free