Great Appetite, Poor Taste

by Worried Well

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Worried Well // Great Appetite, Poor Taste

Performed by

Daniel James: vocals, guitar, bass
Cam Jones: drums, backing vocals

Additional vocals on “Two Parties”, “Moving Again” and “Swear To God” by Nick Poulin and John Vavra.

Produced by Dean Baltulonis and Worried Well.
Recorded July-September 2014 at The Wild Arctic Studio, Portsmouth, New Hampshire and at Starfight Studio, Rumford, Maine.
Engineered by Dean Baltulonis.
Additional engineering by TJ Swan.
Mixed By Dean Baltulonis at The Wild Arctic Studio.
Mastered by John Naclerio at Nada Recording, New Windsor, New York.
Art design, concept and layout by Chicken3000.com
All songs written by Daniel James © 2014 One Man Rockery Music.

The following people, bands and venues are really top-notch and we would like to extend our thanks to you: AJ Tobey, TJ Swan, Dean Baltulonis, John Naclerio, Ryan Weitzel, Anna O and Doug Von, Erica Grandmaison, Randa and James Lohmeyer, Valerie Jones and David Ford, Matt Grassi, Aaron Bouchard, Richelle Topping, Dan Black, Dominic Grosso, Nick Poulin, John Vavra, Jeremy Culberson, Jaeger Wells, Lucas Michaud, Rexy Dinosaur, Dylan Verner, Mark Curdo and WCYY, Mark Nason and WHSN, Slainte, Empire, Asylum, the Big Easy, One Longfellow Square, Tall Horse, Tan Vampires, The Hold Steady, Dustin Saucier and the Sad Bastards, Long Time, In-flight Safety, GinLab, Goddamn Draculas, When Particles Collide, The Box Tiger, and The Field Effect.

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released 24 July 2015

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Worried Well continues to perform in their native New England, all the while gaining new fans with their desperate and poetic approach to a sound that is scathingly articulate and delivered with sincere honesty. ... more

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Track Name: Two Parties
There’s something that’s been nagging at me lately,
Perhaps it could be huge or rather small?
But if this something doesn’t make itself appealing
Well then out, piece by piece, I’ll cut it all.
You’re like to complain of running water
When there’s a business running water ‘cross the hall.
If the difference is the water’s bought and paid for,
Well then that’s not really a difference at all.

Because if they don’t save and we don’t save
There’s nothing we can do ‘cause we’re so small.
Self preservation, the very thing that got us here
Won’t likely be preserving anything at all.

It’s hard to complain of your footprint
When you haven’t got a shoe or a sole.
The cost of goods is most likely to make
So that it is my neighbor ending up in this bowl.

Because if they don’t plan then we don’t plan
And there’s no punishment for lapse in self-control,
This massive need for ambition was the start
Will be the end of us all.

Where there’s a will then there’s a way
But it’s the dawning of each day that sets the tone.
We could be building up or tearing down
With a wrench just as likely as a bone.

Because if your side lies then so does mine
And there’s no point staging discussion in this hall.
If the difference is how each side’s bought and paid for
Well then that’s not really a difference at all.
Track Name: Moving Again
Taking pictures with no film and yet we’re still posing.
Best friends in no time and we’re still exposing
Our fears, our great ideas, our better years.
Flirting over many empty beers.

We’re moving again, just like this time last year.
Weeding out old films and papers and extra clothes.
That in their time, they were just fine
But it’s no longer fall ‘09.
I’ll take you, I’ll take just you and move forward again.

We move every year, metropolitan nomads,
We can’t keep roommates, we don’t pay our bills
Even when we have the money.
This place it looks fine to me.
How about the other side of the street? Well that’s fine.
I’ll take just you and move forward again.
I’ll take just you.
Track Name: I Feel the Same
Grandfather, I’m not a carpenter,
I’m not a soft-spoken man but I’ll lend you a hand.
Grandmother, I never had a brother
But I know how to be one,
I know how to share.

Grandfather, I’m not an engineer,
I’m not one for a desk,
I don’t know how to rest.
Grandmother, I know it’s hard to hear
But if he could see me now
Well I know he’d be so proud

He wasn’t a soft-spoken man
But he’d lend you a hand.
Always a great story to tell
You’d have to listen well.
You’d have to learn to listen well.

He said that nobody’s figured out how young they are.
Nobody’s figured out just how young they really are.
Because if I was born in 1922
And I still feel fine. There’s much more life to do.
And you’re a kid, don’t get me wrong,
But you really don’t know, do you?
How long this all goes on.
He said that I was born in 1922
And I feel the same, I feel the same
And you’re a kid, don’t get me wrong
But you really don’t know, do you?
How long this all goes on.
He said that I was born in 1922
And I feel the same.
I feel the same.
Track Name: Psych 101 (and done)
I don't remember what it's like to be so bad
And feel it so completely.
Mired in youth anger had its use
But now it slides off almost completely.
There are times, there are times
When it's hard to try to see so resolutely.
The weight on top, it will never stop.
I need instructions on how to breathe.

They tried to tell me there were
Rods and cones in the back of my eyes
That process pictures. What a great surprise!
Five pounds of gray matter on the other side
That try to tell me that I'm alright.
That there's just blood and muscle inside of my heart
That try to pull me out of fits and starts.

So what's the weight of your brain?
What's the price to remain
On the other side of somewhat sane?

Are they paranoid people or the average crowd?
They hate the noise I make.
A ghost, a shade of their worst fears
Is inhabiting this stage.
The truth may be much worse than you think
They're holding to their desperate stake.
They scratch and claw just to save face.
They say they're better off this way.

They tried to tell me there were
Rods and cones in the back of my eyes
That process pictures. What a great surprise!
Five pounds of gray matter on the other side
That try to tell me that I'm alright.
That there's just blood and muscle inside of my heart
That try to pull me out of fits and starts.

Oh, when you feel that chilly grip it's not so bad.
If you know when to fold, what to give away.
Don't take yourself so seriously.
Because we're all a bunch of rats
And there's no cure for that.
Track Name: She is a Gift
She is a gift and she’ll feel better.
She’s got the voice, the heart I’m after.
We’ll take a risk and love each other.
She feels my heartbeat like no other.

Let’s trade love for love.
Let’s hold hands and sweat together.
Let’s forge on, undeterred through stormy weather.

I have a gift that she’ll discover.
I am the one for her, no other.
We’ll take a toll and gift each other
And we’ll fight fear with fits of laughter.

And it fits like we knew that it would
With our heartbeats bound to flood each other.
Examine us if you must
But we’ll be sound and envied lovers.

She is a gift and She’ll feel better,
I’ll feel better,
We’ll feel better.
Track Name: Look to the Stars
If you look to the stars tonight you’ll wonder if the clouds stole all the light.
I’ll wonder if you made it home alright.
Will you wonder about me?

How do we call this progress when it’s just one foot over the other
And there’s no common ground to claim?
I’d rather call it backwards if we’re just one step away from disaster.
Is there no home that still remains?

If you look to the stars tonight and saw the same enormous natural light,
You saw the hope of all the world at night
And you saw the hope in me.

How do we call this order when we’re all spilling over our borders?
And you’re the judge and I’m to blame.

Who made the stars anyway and who are we to name them?
Who warms my heart every day and who am I to save her?
Track Name: Randall Feeds the Crows
Randall feeds the crows, but what nobody knows
Is that the bad guys aren’t always bad guys.
Not every day, not all the time.

Randall feeds the crows. What the neighbors don’t know
Is that the heart attack and stroke won’t take him.
He, alone, will choose when to go.

He’s not dead, not yet.
‘Cause Heaven’s full of souls that gave up trying.
The kicking, screaming souls,
They go straight downstairs for deathly drying.

There are times to play, there are times to pray,
The last time you lay won’t be today
When there’s work left to be done here.

Randall feeds the crows, but what nobody knows
Is that his family built this goddamned city.
Sweat and bones make excellent homes.
Randall feeds the crows, but what nobody knows
Is that his only earthly love, she left.
Wifeless homes hold painful tomes.

He’s not dead, not yet.
‘Cause Heaven’s full of souls that gave up trying.
The kicking, screaming souls,
They go straight downstairs for deathly drying.
Because the fence won’t stand up straight,
The water heater’s broke, the sink is busted.
So there’s still work to do and those who don’t show up,
They can’t be trusted.

There are times to play, there are times to pray,
The last time you lay won’t be today
When there’s work left to be done here today.
Track Name: Worst Winter
We were owed three years of winter cold
The worst of which was River Road.
No hope for slipping tires,
This ice is gripping my fearful soul.
There’s no hope or ease as weighted white leaves
Slip and sag the lines below,
Darkening the dark in our windy, wooden little home.

This is the worst winter I can remember.
My pockets were never so slender.
I’m up at everyday at 4AM
To drive the mountains to work again.
I’m sizing up the Androscoggin
With my rear window defrosting.
The winter roads and icy glow
Take me far away from home.

We’ll recount with grief the wind-whipped leaves
That struck our bare-bones home.
A front-door’s worth of pileup
Plus frozen pipes below.
There’s no end that’s near,
This calendar year holds the same environment we know.
Three months to go before we end the sight of snow.

This is the worst winter I can remember.
My pockets were never so slender.
I’m up at everyday at 4AM
To drive the mountains to work again.
I’m sizing up the Androscoggin
With my rear window defrosting.
The winter roads and icy glow
Take me far away from home.
Track Name: Swear to God
This world happened
And nobody created it.
And the stars are rocks and gas
And that’s about the end of it.
And when you whisper to those pillows in your bed
You are the only one who knows what you said.
There’s no place in some wiseman’s heart for your ambition.
A violent cartoon-character, vengeful by definition
Would never let slide all the excuses that you make
To remain so ignorant in this day and age.

But it’s all for good, you swear to God.
But it never ends right there.

There’s no spirit inside you.
There are no ghosts out there.
There’s no hand to guide you.
Just yours, beware.

That it’s all for good, you swear to God.
But it never ends right there.

You know too much,
You think too little.
Track Name: Winter Defeats
Winter was brief
But your blood-curdling scream kept me glued to my seat.
It's nice to know you somehow.

So you can tell it's December now.
It feels like December now.

Subsidized drinks, a weathered smile will tell me how
"I can't erase great appetite, poor taste".

She said it feels like December now.
It feels like December now.

A wrecked room, a bunch of kids bring memories of what we did.
We're older now but we can't be half as old as these stares are telling me.
So you love him but where was he? Out taking pills in the alley
While my friend and me, we're quite gentlemen. You'll see.

Winter defeats my own bone shattering grief.
I'm never free to believe that I love you right now.

So you can tell it's December now.
It feels like December now.