2013 - 2005 (demos and home recordings)

by Jenny Lyle

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some songs, recorded mostly at home, sometimes really carelessly, over a period of 8 years, in roughly reverse chronological order

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released April 18, 2016

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Howly Dogs Minneapolis, Minnesota

Howly Dogs started as a solo project in CA, was a band in CT & MN, and is now on indefinite hiatus.

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Track Name: The Stakes
I wouldn't call you a vampire,
but I'm not gonna invite you in.
You're necessary, like a wildfire
(but you can burn there in the doorway of my apartment all night making that face if you want to)

I said "I heard that song, and it didn't grab me."
and you said "See, this is why you can't be happy."

And I have no further comment
I have no further comment at this time
I have no further comment for you

Cause the stakes (and I)
are way too high
Cold bile deceives:
feels warm / like lukewarm love to me
and why would I get into this,
lest I fail your blind taste test?

You need a conquest, huh?
You need a conquest, don't you?
You need a conquest, yeah you do.

When you look good, it is a statement
When you look bad, it is a statement
When I look good, I am oppressive
When I look bad, I am ridiculous

And I won't even say I disagree,
so why would I let you condescend to be good to me?

I have no further comment
I have no further comment at this time
I have no further comment for you

Cause the stakes (and I)
are way too high
Cold bile deceives:
feels warm / like lukewarm love to me
right up to the scene
where the stakes (and I)
are way too high
Cold bile deceives:
feels warm / like lukewarm love to me
and why would I get into this,
lest I fail your blind taste test?
Track Name: The Poltergeist Party
There was a poltergeist party on the shoulder of the road, and the traffic passing swerved in all directions
There was a pale man carting off the bodies that we'd built, and in the awful chaos he escaped detection

And you
lay me down
You'd lost some weight
You'd kissed some sad, sad men
And you
called me by some soundless name,
this name I didn't use to know was mine

And the noisiest of ghosts seem to be living in this car – they beg me DRIVE US TO THE BEACH DRIVE OFF OF SOMETHING
They curse the borders with their bodies like spiders in a jar
They ache like words that I am on the verge of mouthing

And you
lay me down
You'd changed your style
You'd made some difficult decisions
You
called me by some soundless name,
this name I'd almost forgotten was mine
Track Name: Anna Rose Country Song
Anna Rose, would you please stop singing?
Anna Rose, I just can't stand it when you sing
Cause when you sing, I wanna keep on living –
such a vain and irresponsible thing

Anna Rose, you're making me break mirrors
Anna Rose, you're making me spill salt,
summoning ghosts of lovers and disappearers –
I need an Evil Eye, and it's all your fault

Anna Rose, would you stop that beauty?
If I'm not measured then no one can use me

I went to my old love (I know I shouldn't've)
Guess he's a habit that I can't break
He's a go-getter; he should know better
How can he rule the world kissing me awake?

So I went to the Strong Man, and melted in his big hands
and left his bed because he can't afford to dream
It was a long winter; it was bend or splinter
and which I did, guess it remains to be seen

Anna Rose, would you stop that beauty?
If I'm not measured then no one can use me

Here it comes from 5000 years ago
I hear it rise from deep underground
Anna Rose, that's a voice like a nation:
It's got you, not the other way around

Ooh, would you please stop singing?
Don't you know I just can't stand it when you sing?
Cause when you sing I wanna keep on living –
Such a vain and irresponsible thing
Track Name: Yr Sprrt Lvr
Your breath is thick with milk and booze, my arms could wrap around you twice.
S___ you make me forget that nothing tender comes without a price.
When you send me pictures of the death of Autumn, and your naked chest
and smile at my mouth like someone stuck in my teeth knows you best.
I grabbed my phone and made an image of the pictures on our skin.
I met my friend; he said "This time of year, the veils are very thin;
and we all see
worlds we were never meant to see."

I'll be your spirit lover,
but that's all I'll be
Maybe your spirit lover,
but that's all I'll be

...

One day Toshiro woke, distinctly sure that he was being watched.
He shot up, took his sword, and glared at every corner of the room;
And each familiar thing seemed somehow flat, and gray, and cold to the touch;
He howled out low and shrieked up high into a light white as the moon;
and laughing, wild, he leapt into the light, and saw the village go.
He landed hard, caught by the cool eyes of a girl in the front row.
They left the room unnoticed, past a crowd impatient with a film
now full of awkward pauses, empty frames, and henchmen drinking wine.
They galloped through the lobby, his hand rough and hotter than a kiln
And then he knew, and signaled with his fingers "We don't have much time!"
They climbed a bank, and jumped from roof to roof, and kissed above Downtown,
and bared their teeth and asses at a cop who tried to shout them down.
He carried her across the street; they hunted pigeons in the park,
and as they licked the bones clean at the cooking fire, it was getting dark...
He put her fingers in his mouth, and hummed with grief, and bent his head;
"I'm frightened, girl" he told her.
"Don't be stupid – it can't all be war" she said.
Then, like a dream within a dream, he left her suddenly alone.
She felt a shiver, and it warmed her to the marrow of her bone.
She left the park and met her friend who read the Tarot and she said:
"I've never felt so sad as when I felt him bend that wild head,
or felt so strong as when I raced him and I knew I'd let him win."
Her friend just smiled and said "This time of year, the veils are very thin,
and we all touch
worlds we were never meant to touch.
Go find a spirit lover,
but don't expect too much
Cause spirit lovin's fine
but it's not love, as such."

...

And that's where this concerns you and me:
I'll be your spirit lover, but that's all I'll be
Track Name: Loup Of You (demo version)
There are 10,000 cities
inside this town
The one that's got you
is the one that's got you down

There are 2 cities
wearing this one like a skin:
the one you swim through,
and the one you're drowning in

/They don't know what to do with you/
/look at you like a loup-garou/
/Give us your hands, your days of rest/
/We are the Queen, and we know best/

All dressed in holly rollers,
and upside-down,
we wear our tolerance like a
white wedding gown

We like the parties, because
we like it rough,
but we like it better
seen from way, way, up above

/We got the jam, we can't break through/
/Eddies and loops of "I" and "you"/
/Face after face, as blank as dust/
/You don't know what to do with us/

So we meet, scriptless, lacking designated parts
The panic of improvisation grips our hearts

[|:And it's a noose on your tongue / it's a lasso on your loving / It's a loop of you and you can't get free:|]

/They don't know what to do with you/
/Look at you like a loup-garou/
/Take what you need – forget the rest/
/You are the King, and you know best/
Track Name: I Want To Seem Reasonable, Believe Me, But Time's A Wolf
Your breathing lack
hangs on my back
It rocks me to sleep, talks when I speak
It weighs me down

You shine across
this white noise gulf,
and I want to seem reasonable, believe me,
but time's a wolf

The lines are dark
in your light palm
and I want to know which one of those
is my line

(te temo / que quemo)
Track Name: An Animal
If I were an animal,
I'd love you like a man,
ever-faithful to your scent,
and to the soft touch of your callused hand

If I were an animal, dear,
where you went I'd follow you
If I were the bigger fish,
and you the small, I'd swallow you

But since I'm not an animal,
the conversation's done
We run outta shit to say –
oh, curse this human tongue

(hand's writing on the wall again / our friends are like a lions' den)

If I were an elephant,
I'd remember to forget
that if there is an ugly silence,
you cannot make it your pet

And if I were a vulture,
I'd watch you from above,
but since I'm not a vulture,
I cannot call hunger love

(hand's writing on the wall again / these blankets are a lions' den)

Guess I am that cannibal
that eats the feeding hand
but I am not an animal
and I can't be your man

No I can't be your man
No I can't be your



man
Track Name: oklahoma
your kisses are sweet
your kisses leave bruises
when you meet my mother, speak softly
she will never understand

I'm missing your loving
I'm missing you badly
curl up in the blankets
wrap my arms around a terrier, and a space

wake up for work
wake up in the morning
wrap up in my apron;
California's not the whole world anymore

how long is your hair?
how are they treating you?
out in Oklahoma, where the wind blows the hate in through the door

(go
come back
I know
your lack:
he takes our love and burns it back to silence)
Track Name: yer dog (fb video recording)
I would've been your dog
I would've licked your wounds
I would've fucked my dignity
just to lie in the shadow of you

but now these months apart
have changed my point of view:
I used to hang on every word,
and now I hang up on you

and I don't care,
though I know I should;
though you're not happy,
and you're not well,
I wouldn't keep you warm if I could

I've got a lover now
(or at least I did)
and he taught me that a love like ours
is nothing but fetching a stick

and I would've been your dog
I would've caught your fleas
I would've cried, and licked your palms
just to see you come home to me

BRIDGE
Watching you get sick,
I sit by the toilet
I bring you a water glass,
and help them put your drunk ass
in bed – Sick of this party too,
I lie down next to you
Up with the morning sun,
I find my goodwill's gone, and

I don't care
though I s'pose this isn't the end
I would've been your dog
and now I'm tired of being your friend (your best friend)

Yes I would've been your daw-aw-awg
and now I'm tired of being your friend