Empty Through Empty Space

by Jeremy Wilson

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Empty Through Empty Space is Jeremy Wilson's first full studio solo record.

Former Dharma Bums/Pilot front man Jeremy Wilson and his two core band members - Dylan-Thomas Vance (lap slide guitar, backing vocals) and Matthew Rotchford (upright and electric bass, backing vocals) - deliver Empty Through Empty Space, a collection of twelve songs that find the three realizing a new sound that some might put in a category with Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens, Rodriguez and Harry Nilsson, while still honoring the energetic abandon associated with his past bands Dharma Bums and Pilot. It is also a concept record based on a 3600 mile road trip Wilson took, after heartbreak, from Florida back to Portland, Oregon, and reveals an internal journey on the path back home.

Featuring guest appearances by Decemberists' (and former Dharma Bum) John Moen on drums and Jenny Conlee-Drizos on Hammond organ, plus Ezra Holbrook on drums and percussion, Luke Strahota on drums, recording engineer and producer Sean Flora also on guitar and backing vocals, Paul Brainard on trumpet, Matt Brown on euphonium, and several other friends to help flesh out the album, Wilson pulled out all the stops to help bring the record to fruition. The album even features all four Dharma Bums members - Wilson (guitar, vocals), Jim Talstra (bass), John Moen (drums), and Eric Lovre (electric guitar) - on the track "I Can't Bury You."

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released February 14, 2014

Album Credits

The Triangle:
Jeremy Wilson - vocals / acoustic and electric guitars
Dylan-Thomas Vance - lap slide guitar / vocals
Matthew Rotchford - stand-up and electric bass / vocals

Accompanied by:
John Moen - drums and percussion (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11)
Ezra Holbrook - drums and percussion (tracks 3, 4,)
Luke Strahota - drums (track 8,9)
Jen Conlee-Drizos - hammond organ (track 3, 8, 9)
Jim Talstra - bass (track 11)
Eric Lovre - electric guitar (tracks 1, 11)
Sean Flora - baritone guitar (track 1), martin backpacker (track 7), backing vocals (tracks 7, 12), organ (track 2)
Julia Cramer - acoustic and rhodes piano (track 10), harmony vocals (tracks 6, 12)
Catherine Mehta - harmony vocals (tracks 6, 12)
Tyler Johnson - harmony vocals (tracks 6, 12)

All horn arrangements by Paul Brainard
Paul Brainard - trumpet (tracks 6, 8, 12)
Matt Brown - euphonium (tracks 6, 8, 12)
Bruce Withycombe - baritone sax (tracks 6, 8, 12)
Scott Van Schoik - trombone (tracks 6, 8, 12)
Steve Flora - tuba (track 12)
Jen Harrison - French horn (track 12)

Produced by Sean Flora and Jeremy Wilson
Recorded and Engineered by Sean Flora on analog tape at JWF Studio Portland, OR
Mixed by Sean Flora at Type Foundry Portland, OR & Sean Flora’s Pad
Mastered by Kevin Hahn at Opal Studio Portland, OR

Cover photo by Miri Stebivka www.mirifoto.com
Back cover photo by Jeremy Wilson
Front Cover Tapestry by Louisa Paskow
Band Photo by Liam Rotchford

All songs written and composed by Jeremy Wilson
Except “Mary” words by Jeremy Wilson and music by Dylan-Thomas Vance & Matthew Rotchford
All songs (c) (p) 2014 Jeremy Wilson / MastanMusic ASCAP

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Jeremy Wilson Portland, Oregon

Jeremy started playing in working bands in 1982 at the age of 14 with The Watchmen. He was the singer for the influential Dharma Bums (Frontier Records 1986 to1993). From 1994 to 1999 he fronted the rock band Pilot (Elektra/Mercury). He founded the non profit Jeremy Wilson Foundation musicians service organization in 2010. JWF has given $200,000.00 in emergency assistance to musicians & counting ... more

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Track Name: Empty Through Empty Space
Empty Through Empty Space

With the rain coming down
West setting Sun
Like a train full of orphans
Stranded in the wilderness
The strongest emotions I’ve had in years
Driving like a mad man
In search of a human race
Assisted in the river
And washed in the rain
The strongest I’ve felt anything in years
Driving on empty through empty space
Thinking
You carry me
And I'll carry you
Track Name: The Whisper
The Whisper

I guess you just got to stop sometimes
And take a look at the broader horizon
Blow your quarters and save your dimes
You are bound to pay the price

So maybe I’ll have porridge, maybe beans
I gotta take this road thats inside of me
The strangest story I ever did see
Took place down by the ocean

Some draws the portraits & some draws the rain
Its easy to get lost in the distance
The hardest line I ever did hear
Came barely as a whisper
Came barely as a whisper

I need a job and I need a burger
I just gotta make the change
The darkest sky I ever did see
Formed above the bluest ocean

So, I’ll have coffee and I’ll take tea
‘Cause all in all everythings just a part of me
The greatest gift I ever received
Came from the hardest bargain

Some draws the portraits & some draws the rain
Its easy to get lost in the distance
The hardest line I ever did hear
Came barely as a whisper
Came barely as a whisper
Track Name: The Sliver
The Sliver

Bows and arrows
Birds fallen in mid flight
With me/Without me
In your compartment locked inside
Am I so shallow
You think you can just dive through?
You don’t want me around
Your ceramic gallery

It’s a deep deep hurt
The one your daddy planted
He drew you in
Only to leave in an instant
Another sacrifice
Won’t secure your freedom
You don’t want me around
To pull out the sliver
Come into my arms
Feel loved, healed and forgiven

But you don’t want me around
You shoot your bow and arrows
You don’t want me around
To pull out the sliver
You don’t want me around
Will you ever forgive him?
You don’t want me around
Track Name: Mary
MARY

Well the pain and contortions got a grip on me
From my fingers and toes to the soles of my feet
Lost in her beauty real or imaginary
Somebody save me ‘cause I’m in love with Mary

I was walking wounded thinking one day
I do love her, want her, need her this way
I’m lost in her beauty, real or imaginary
somebody save me man I’m in love with Mary

I’ll sail ‘cross the ocean, brave the raging seas
Cross mountains and deserts, just to be with Mary
Somebody save me, I’m in love with Mary

Well I woke in the mornin’ thought i was alright
But the Jesus came in me, gave me such a fright
Said I don’t know nothin’, out of the ordinary
Somebody save me, I’m in love with Mary

Oh the raging sea
Cross mountains and deserts, just to be with Mary
Somebody save me
I’m in love, with Mary
Track Name: Rushing Out
Rushing Out

We are rushing out, throwing ourselves out like stars

Rushing out / In tandem
Creating all / We are not

And we are falling all just falling through openness

Rushing out / In tandem
Creating all / We can now

Create me now don’t leave me alone
Introduce me to you just one more time

Through the open door in motion letting all that dreams

Rushing out / In tandem
Creating all / Inner thoughts
Rushing out / In tandem
Creating all / We are not

Release me into the now don’t leave me alone
Introduce me to you just one more time
Rush me out don’t leave me alone
Introduce me to you just one more time

Rushing out in tandem / Creating all inner thought
Rushing out in tandem / Creating all we are now
Track Name: Hey Jerry
Hey, Jerry!

Hey Jerry!
Why’d you go down? You got love in your heart and a thousand new parts
So worried, the future done come
You’re hungry and numb and you ain’t so young
But the verdict, it ain’t wrote
You got more years to work and explore the earth
Ain’t nothing, that can’t be done
When you got visions in rhymes, moons, stars and suns…

Oh, Jerry!
There’s plenty of time. The girl ain’t worth it, and who needs a fight?
Damn straight, it’s the wind and the rain
Might seem like a mountain but it’s the only way
So, hit it, the road ahead
Forget what you wanted and go for the best
Ain’t nothin’, that can’t be won
From the road ahead rises, the moon, stars and sun…

On the road from here to there we discover
That everything comes and goes ebbs and flows
Everything comes and goes ebbs and flows

So, breathe deep!
And don’t lose no sleep. There’s more to your story, your story is deep.
Drive far, the road has no end.
Earn what you take and need who you keep.
It ain’t luck, it ain’t luck at all man.
Make what you got, and be who you are
There ain’t nothin, that can’t be done
With hands, buckets, moons, stars and suns…

On the road from here to there we discover
That everything comes and goes ebbs and flows
Everything comes and goes, ebbs and flows
That everything comes and goes, ebbs and flows
Everything comes and goes, ebbs and flows
Track Name: A Softer Calling
A Softer Calling

Lost
Playing cards in the dark
Gliding on the air
Dealing with my greatest fears
Plowing ancestral dirt
Trying to lay rest the hurt
I’m just trying to lay rest my hurt

Time
To move into a new Spring
And spin with the Earth
Start living the only days
We have left since this birth
Try and lay rest the hurt

It’s a softer calling
Transcendental wine
A slower motion
A softer calling

It aint chance
That you can fly around the world
See with the eyes of the street
Build something from a dream
Build it from the dirt
Lifted up from the hurt

It’s a softer calling
Transcendental wine
A slower motion
A slower motion
A softer calling
Track Name: Let A Poor Man Beg
Let a Poor Man Beg

Well, the gig was up
I was already near mile 444
In my rear view mirror
Lake Ochachobee became my every thought

Make time stop
And let a poor man beg
In the light of a fare young made

In New Orleans I got lost in the crowd
And some new friends held me up
In the morning
You were far away in the Asian light

Make time stop
Take us back to those days
When our love was forming

January in Miami
We came from the far side of the land
Strolled slowly through the markets
On the beach lay hand in hand

In a few day I arrived
At the golden gate
And it towered there high
Beneath dark clouds
I drove into the mouth of the Oregon range

Make Time Stop
And let a poor man beg
With the tears of a lover’s pain
With the tears of a lover’s ache
With the tears of a lover’s voice
Let a poor man beg
Track Name: The Day Liz Taylor Died
The Day Liz Taylor Died

Abandoned to the trailer
A fool on the outside
All Bettys go to heaven
And old men off to die

Caged in the forest
A mud saloon in the dark
Scribbling on this paper
Like some freak in the park
The day Liz Taylor died

My heart was torn like thunder
And part of me fell aside
I looked at everyone different
Like I was watchin’ from outside

A movie in slow motion
A viewer from far removed
I swam with the jellyfishes
And took my seat beneath her moon
The day Liz Taylor died

I felt life so vicious
As the sounds in my head played
All the euphoric memories
Of past love and hate

The wisdom that was in me
Well I guess it showed up late
Because my poor old man got an ear full
And I stumbled at the plate
The day Liz Taylor died

The day Liz Taylor shook the earth
And went up to heaven high
The message was cemented
Clearly written in the sky

“I need time and distance”
Well I hope it’s all worthwhile
I know I’m going to miss everything about you
And I’m going to feel every mile
The day Liz Taylor died
Track Name: Oceans Far and Apart
Oceans Far and Apart

You say you love me in rhymes
I try to keep up
The designer sews the seam
And the door shut

As memories float
Into silent emotion
On an ocean far and apart

You said, “I have to fly away
To prove I am who I am”
But why did joy have to leave
For you to feel free?

To feel you can breathe
To feel sorrow and grieve
On an ocean far and apart

You say you’ll love me in time
But not today
In a magical realistic dream
I hover

And Try to show no emotion
Though endless and deep
On oceans far and apart
Track Name: I Can't Bury You
I Can’t Bury You

Daddy I want you to know
I can’t see you
Asleep in the dark
No, I can’t bury you

I say Daddy don’t you leave this plane
I can’t bare you gone
And don’t feel no blame
Daddy, please just don’t leave

I say Daddy please don’t leave
I can’t bury you
I can’t bury you
No, I can’t bury you

I swear we’re good you and me
So please don’t let it be
Asleep in the dark
‘cause I can’t bury you
I can’t bury you
Track Name: For A Moment
FOR A MOMENT

We arrived for a moment
Two ghosts who made a wish
We crossed sunlit bridges to escape walls caving in
For a moment the tide was with us
Before we got swept away
We looked to the distance and pictured a new way

To own our own story
Invent a new day
To live in the moment
And fear no change

Coming to peace in my mind is gonna take time

To find a moment
Invent a new day
Own my own story
And fear no change