Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Clem Snide & Scott Avett • "Don't Bring No Ladder" • Live From Just Beyond • 2020




We are a wave endlessly breaking
We are the ever seeing eye
We've never left the place we're searching for
Don't bring no ladder when you die
Don't bring no ladder when you die

We raise our sails inside a bottle
We hang the moon and paint the sky
There's never a seat left in the life boat
Don't bring no ladder when you die
Don't bring no ladder when you die

And if you could bury me naked
And if you could bury me deep
Believe that from the darkness something will emerge
We are forever on the verge of a subpar truth

We are a needle in the haystack
We swallow swords and we fight wild fires
There's always a snake inside the garden
Don't bring no ladder when you die
Don't bring no ladder when you die...

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For Forever Just Beyond, which came out March 27, Avett took Barzelay to his farm in North Carolina, converting his painting space -- used for the "Don't Bring No Ladder" video -- as the studio. Subsequent sessions in Nashville added appearances by Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor and Avett Brothers' cellist Joe Kwon.

"It was illuminating for me to see through [Avett's] eyes," Barzelay explains. "I'd just been looking at myself for so long, and it's really hard to do this alone. If you have a partner, someone who can come in where you need a little something and just see it with fresh eyes, it helps. He was so enthusiastic and so encouraging. That's exactly what I needed because my belief in it had waned." BillB

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