Community / Recession Era

by Talbot Adams

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This album was recorded on an iPhone.
Using GarageBand and a Blue Microphone for iOS.

"Community / Recession Era" by Talbot Adams is a collection of stories about no one particular person. It is more a collection of sketches that Talbot drew from his work as a Social Worker in rural communities in Mississippi during the height of the Great Recession.
Talbot Adams spent most of his twenties and thirties writing rock and roll songs about girls and heartbreak. But as a happily married man for some years, that well of material began to run dry.
For new songs, Talbot drew inspiration from his work as a Social Worker in small towns where almost everyone is broke all the time, and the subsequent emotional and mental distress that accompany that state of being. And of course, some of Talbot's own experience bled into that, as most Social Workers have their own struggles in their own lives while working in this environment. It's about burnout and perseverance and coming through the darkness.

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released August 26, 2016

All Songs Written, Performed, Recorded and Mixed by Talbot Adams
Mastered by Brad Boatright

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Talbot Adams Oxford, Mississippi

Talbot Adams resides in Oxford, Mississippi and is a native of New Orleans.
After moving to Oxford, Mississippi in 2002, Talbot played in several bands that were based in the very vibrant North Mississippi and Memphis music scenes of that time.
In 2010, Talbot branched off as a solo artist and has released multiple records on multiple labels.
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Track Name: Grey Pinstripes
Grey pinstripes on rust
You idle through this town
With no one to trust
Say they let you down
Ragged hat on your head
You're not the walking dead
So tough and cool
A stoic old fool

You know it isn't as bad as you make it
You say you just can't take it
You're as hooked on this thinking as a drunk is to drinking

You know I can't help you
Cause you won't help yourself
What are you going back to?
What did you leave on the shelf?
The person you love is gone
Can't hold them in your arms
But you can love again
And again and again and again

You know it isn't as bad as you make it
You say you just can't take it
You're as hooked on this thinking as a drunk is to drinking

Some days you sing
Some days you burn
Some days the phone rings
Some days you hurt

You know it isn't as bad as you make it
You say you just can't take it
You're as hooked on this thinking as a drunk is to drinking
Track Name: Acceptance
Baseball game on TV
Feeling sickly
I'd do anything to be there

Love of my life
My sweet dear wife
With the beautiful dirty blonde hair

So tired of this place
I would prefer disgrace
To this feeling of being so bored

I've been put into place
No need to save face
I left all that stuff at the door

Acceptance is the best thing now
If I can only find it
As I continue to live on
I kick and scream and hope that it finds me

In this life, I've made some noise
Good and bad, been one of the boys
Oh yeah

But my thoughts are changing
Emotions changing
I think there's hope for me yet
There's just a memory or two from before I met you
That I'd just as soon forget

Acceptance is the best thing now
If I can only find it
As I continue to live on
I kick and scream and hope that it finds me
Track Name: Different Names
Pledge to the dying to take care of a lying, mean spirited young man
An un-self-aware, sore losing, perpetual also ran
But I love very much the person that I made the promise to
That I would do anything she ever asked me to do

The days run together
I'm indifferent to the weather
The problems stay the same
Except they call them different names

Insight comes and goes and it's better not to know
All the mess he's getting in
But I'm tired and old, and truth be told
I'm growing weary with his sins

A Crisis to some is not a crisis to me anymore
To get my attention, he's got to be lying barely breathing
On the floor

The days run together
I'm indifferent to the weather
The problems stay the same
Except they call them different names

Broken cars, broken hearts
Sleeping in different beds
Broken thoughts, broken house
Struggling to fill his meds

The days run together
I'm indifferent to the weather
The problems stay the same
Except they call them different names
Track Name: Looking Forward
A lot of pain, heavy rain
I've been seeing one hell or another
Loving my father and missing my mother
And worrying for my dear brother

Trouble finds me
But I mostly let it in
But I'm looking forward to not
Examining every sin

I'm better than no one
And no one is better than me
But people get
Offended easily
And that includes me

It's hard to relate
When they can't understand the words
You have to use your face
When you come from a different world

Trouble finds me
But I mostly let it in
But I'm looking forward to not
Examining every sin
Track Name: Sins
Shedding a year of regret
I'll finally forget
The things I blamed myself for

Things I pinned on myself
If it was someone else
I'd get punched onto the floor

I'm quitting my rants
Saying I won't not can't
To my old friends

Loving but letting them know
Where my time begins and ends

I've been happier
But I can't remember when
And I've been sadder too
But that was then
Before I accepted my sins

I don't believe all I hear
That calls for three cheers
As I finally own my mind

I can't believe all I see
Especially on TV
But I can't walk around Blind

I guess what I'm trying to say
Is that I'm happy today
Don't think the worlds on my back

The colors are brighter
My conscience lighter
And I sleep
When my head hits the sack

I've been happier
But I can't remember when
And I've been sadder too
But that was then
Before I accepted my sins
And thank you to my friends
My sweet, dear friends
Track Name: County
People losing their mind
I'm staying behind
And holding on to what I've got left

I may make it out
Then again I may not
And I'm growing resentful of rest

The Meds make me tired
The meds make me sick
Or as sick as I already was

The pain remains
And I feel the same
And I pray to the heavens above

It's hard to see
Someone you love
Throw the best of themselves away

They can't see
What you see
Cause they live in it every day

But I hope they see
Despite all else
The kind of person they really are

Even if
They blew a million nights
In a hundred different bars