Beauty in the Flaws

by Tim Kelley

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“So I just need you to hold on,” sings Tim Kelley on A Basement Anthem. The past is glowing, red, ferocious on this, clawing, clinging, reminding us of where we’ve been and what we’ve lost.
There is pain here. There is loss. Here is Prometheus undaunted, stealing fire again because he knows the cost and sees the worth. Here is the beauty of the ache in humanity, here is the beauty in the need. “I just need you to hold on.” Here is the beauty of all of our failings and flailings. Here is the smoking beast of past holding close and the patient rejoinder that “you don’t owe me anything.”
The harmonies and piano don’t move towards escape, quite the opposite; this album is about embracing and growing. In sly lyrics and shifting vocals these songs dig at who we’ve been, who we’ve hurt, and who we’ve lost; glaring at those ferocious red eyes of untenable past and daring them to try and take away from what we’ve made of it today. This album is the reach and grasp of beauty, the slow build of emotional strength, the very fact that who we are is also who we’ve been. But, more than that, this album, for all it’s history, is about future; about the melodic fact that we can be precisely who we need to be. - MacEzra

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released 20 August 2011
All songs written, recorded and mixed by Tim Kelley. Produced by Tim Kelley and Peggy Killian.

Tim Kelley - vocals, guitar, piano, ukulele, hand percussion, sax, virtual instruments.
Peggy Killian - vocals, guitar, trumpet, flugelhorn, banjo, mandolin
David White - Drums
Bryan Hall - Bass
Michael Turner - Sax

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Tim Kelley Douglasville, Georgia

Harmonies abound, transitions shift, and genres blend in Tim Kelley’s music. Behind the notes you’ll find the idealism that music can save your soul; that every experience is worth keeping, however painful, that redemption lies just somewhere around the corner, that age is a four letter word and fear is not worth the letters that make it up. ... more

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Track Name: The Mean
Weakness, is fine
In this, in time
You’re sure to find

Oh, I look at her sometimes
Oh and cry
The storm is gone now
But I bruised her with my mind

Evil calling, calling me, evil calls me no I don’t want to take it.
Oh, let it ring and ring
Apologies echo sorry, sorry.
Echo sorry, please don’t go…
Later now run please you better leave me, go.
It’s calling calling calling me cal-ling calling me
On the phone.
Track Name: End of the Immortal
I see in you why war exists
You seemed to change like the color of leaves
And the truth is I only miss you when it rains

I guess you’ll find a reason why, you walked out on me
If you know how to leave, then leave
If you know where to go, then go
If you know what to say…
well it doesn’t matter. ( no it won't matter )

Don’t give me this if you want it back ( have you seen her did you watch her walk away? )
How do you say these things then leave them behind
Well the truth is I only miss you when it rains

I guess you’ll find a reason why, you walked out on me
If you know how to leave, then leave
If you know where to go, then go
If you know what to say then say it
and don't give me this if you want it back
because it won't matter. ( no it won't matter )
Track Name: Bi-Now
swing, swing, swing with me momma
swing, swing, swing with me momma
I swing high and I swing low
just so you know, it doesn't happen very slow

I've got a skip, skip, skip to my step
it doesn't take to long, sister I fell asleep when I wrote this song
but then I woke, woke, woke up swinging again
I'll be swinging till the very end

so you see, that ain't me just a second and I'm dizzy
I scream and cry and lie on the ground so loud it didn't make a sound
but know this I wasn't pissed at you or him, them
but only me, got no control can't let it be

and so I got manic, panic, frantic attack
get back this swing don't cut no slack so
brother, sister, mother or other don't feel like you gotta turn and run for cover
cause it's only me on me in a sea filled with sea and I'm lonely…I'm lonely

( swing sorry sorry swing, sorry sorry swing )
I don't know what goes through my head
don't remember going to bed outside
please leave me alone with the swing
and this song I'm going home
pick me up, pick me up and drop me again and again and again
I'm sorry, I'm sorry to fall on my friends
Track Name: Grounded
I fall in your, find myself, lost in your lies
Still I stand against my pride even though it hurts inside
So I am lower than you…
You find it on, sign it in my, blood is on the floor
I will shed this past with you
These games I leave to you

And so far, I am doing fine.
I’m lying, I’m lying, I’m sold out inside
Who needs the sky to remind that I am on the ground?
Track Name: Empty Glass
Here there it’s been awhile
Last I saw you was…through the bottom of a glass
And I found myself there.
Not sunshine, not a pat on the back.
The words get harder to say.
Each day my mind forgets who I am
And I’m becoming what I forgot, in the bottom of a glass
But at least you are here with me now

I told her, I told myself, I told them
That it would work out.
Just a cloud in an empty glass, I don’t know what is me
But I know this isn’t it or
Have I just become
An empty glass?
Track Name: Here's a Penny ( Talk is Cheap )
Fainted whispers on the ground

they all heard that I had another round
they all know just where to find me
but they don't seem to find me

that familiar sting you bring

when everything is fine

you find it in a short time

wake up...I know

wake up...I know

wake me up before you go

honesty's what you want

and I believe that you do

but only when it's not about you

only when it's not about you

that familiar sting you bring

when everything is fine

you find it in a short time

Call me when you have time 

and tell me what's on your mind

don't worry with him or them 

or even her, just call me when...


(Upper part)

I don't learn, I know

I never listen, I don't want to grow.

I'm always right so why fight

but you can call me when you have time...


(echo)

wake up, I know

wake up, I know
Track Name: Father Time
I felt you leave again
This time through someone else
The sounds of forgotten dreams
Makes this real, so real again
You don’t cry alone…

How did we get here so fast
After all this time we needed now to last
And moments are held, touched, forgotten,missed…..

Like I missed this, I miss him, and I miss you.
I’ll find myself and see you once again, my friend.
Track Name: Reborn
hush, do I belong here...tonight...with you?

you touched my...

you shared my...

she keeps me alive

and she, the feeling's inside, somewhere.



hold me here, I'm fine
(all we have are ourselves)

Keep me near in your mind
(nothing else matters these thoughts, these days pass and time carries us, still we are here.)

this is left, am I still near?

I think it's all just in my head
(now, is the time)

show me the line for love
(for a sign)



hush, I belong here...with you...tonight

you, I love

and you, I love (tonight)


hush, I belong here.
Track Name: More Us ( The Burrower )
Called you yesterday for the faint sound
seemed to have lost her way with a fake smile
and when they turned around could you feel it
I failed you yesterday and the plane came down.

Soon a pen will save the sky from falling
down goes the faith to the ground
all this time is spent in a line down the hall
all of our time is spent in a line down the hall

and the harsh lights overhead all the shadows there splayed
and the harsh lights overhead all the shadows there splayed
( am I in this we, eternally )
(All this time is spent in a line down the hall, all of our time is spent )
And the sign….

The sign says no trespassing
sign says no trespassing
this sign has to fall
this sign must fall

( hey now ) Just don't read the sign
( hey now ) Just don't read the sign
Track Name: Novembering
I tried but I cried when you drove away
I tried but I cried when I drove away, from our home
the sad, sad sound of our posters coming down
An empty sound with cardboard songs off the walls

Oh, Everything has changed
Oh, Everything has changed

I can see the sun through teary eyes
chilled from the blanket of your lies
They've all come to comfort you,
yes they've all come to comfort you.

I still feel the steam from your showers here
the soaking rain, a bath of shame
there was something to her touch
but nothing to the name, nothing but the same, no nothing but a game


Well I guess I'm fine.
November rain, it brings the pain
what's real? what's real?
I guess what I can feel.
La, Da Di Da, La Di Da

Oh, Everything has changed
Oh, Everything has changed

Her eyes were wide, her eyes were brown
she saw the world if upside down.
They've all come to rescue you,
yes they've all come to rescue you.

Don't tell me what I want to hear
tell me what I know I fear.
Don't say those words, don't say those words
I've made my mistakes, I've made my mistakes
Track Name: The Understanding of Nothing
So you say you're fine
Your eyes say you're lying
they want a reason why you hide from your eyes

oh you don't need to hold head up
I'll be there when you need a friend

Here's the part no one likes
no words can ease your mind

I know you can't get away
It falls like a shadow
you want a reason why you hide from their eyes

So far away from explanations
and you don't owe me anything
So far away from explanations
and you don't owe me anything

Oh so low
Track Name: A Basement Anthem
They nod a fake smile all the while breaking down inside
and they can't see the world through your eyes
dreams left behind a tired mind
and you can't be surprised when life, it hits you from behind

Oh just another day, just another bill that I can't pay
It's the end of the day and we can't seem to find our way
so I just need you to hold on

Faded carpet, coffee stains
and all those things that eased our pain no longer work
sleepless nights, a warmer breeze.
I found myself on my knees again and again
looking for love in every smile
yeah the hope's been gone for quite awhile
and a breath is still inside of me
and a breath is still inside of me.