Pretend To Believe

by Val Esway

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What a pleasure it was to make this record. The large majority of it was captured over the course of a couple of weekends, with the help of the talented Myles Boisen, and a few more of my favorite musician friends.

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released February 24, 2007

Val Esway and El Mirage
Tracks 1-10 written by Val Esway
Track 11 written by Doc Watson
Val Esway sings and plays guitar.
El Mirage also features the fine talents of:
Myles Boisen- lap steel and electric guitar (4,8,9)
John Hanes- drums (1-5,7-8,10)
Wil Hendricks- bass (1-10)
Lucio Menegon- electric guitar (1-5,7-8,10)
Joe Rut- lap steel guitar (3,5-7), vocals (7)
Berge Thomasion- acoustic and electric guitar (1-2,4-6,8-10)
...plus special guest Henri Ducharme on accordion (6)

Produced by Val Esway
Recorded by Myles Boisen at Guerrilla Recording, Spring 2006
Mastered by Myles Boisen at Headless Buddha Mastering Lab
Design by Kim Boekbinder, www.kimboekbinder.com

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Track Name: Whiskey Trail
Something says it's gonna be a sad dog day
Nothing I can do that's gonna make you stay
Nothing I can say that's gonna change your mind
Something says I'm gonna get left behind

So I'm gonna take that well worn whiskey trail
Don't bother me, I'll be sitting at the bottom of the well

Something says its gonna be a long cold night
So I'm gonna sip that bottle till the well runs dry
Spill my sorrow till the light of day
Nothing I can I can do that's gonna make you stay

So I'm gonna take that well worn whiskey trail
Don't bother me, I'll be sitting at the bottom of the well
Track Name: Sweet Thing
Gonna have to end this good thing
Before it turns into a bad thing
You know you're such a pretty pretty sweet thing
And that's how I'm gonna be remembering
Your sweet, sweet heart
And all your many many perfect parts
Before this whole thing goes down in flames
I think we better stop before our troubles even start

So what do you say we just walk away
Right now while everything is going ok
Your company will be a memory
That will always be so very dear to me

Gonna have to end this good thing
Before it turns into a bad thing
You know you're such a pretty pretty sweet thing
And that's how I'm gonna be remembering
Your sweet, sweet heart
And all your many many perfect parts
Before this whole thing goes down in flames
I think we better stop before our troubles even start

Don't wanna be your little misery
So I'd rather be your ancient history
So what do you say we just call it a day
After one more round for nostalgia's sake?

Gonna have to end this good thing
Before it turns into a bad thing
You know you're such a pretty pretty sweet thing
And that's how I'm gonna be remembering
Your sweet, sweet heart
And all your many many perfect parts
Before this whole thing goes down in flames
I think we better stop before our troubles even start
Track Name: Think Of Me
Do you ever think of me, and if you do what do you see?
Are all your memories bittersweet, do you ever think of me?
Do you ever miss me too, wonder if I'm missing you?
I think somehow you know I do if you ever think of me
Wonder what you keep of me, what lies inside your memory
That scarlet sky that lit the sea, the secrets that won't let you be?
Do you ever lose your strength, find yourself calling my name?
Wonder if I feel the same, do you ever think of me?
Is there room for me someplace or did you finally erase that scarlet sky that lit the sea, the secrets that won't let you be?
Do you ever feel this ache, wonder if your heart can take
One more little leap of faith, do you ever think of me?
Track Name: Whiskey Lullaby
One more shot of whiskey, before I go to bed
One more shot of whiskey, to penetrate my head
One more shot of whiskey maybe I'll forget your face
One more shot of whiskey, maybe I won't feel this ache

One more shot of whiskey, before the morning sun
One more shot of whiskey, until this bottle's done
One more shot of whiskey maybe I'll forget your face
One more shot of whiskey, maybe I won't feel this ache
Track Name: Bitter Tears
Bitter tears, bitter tears I cried for you
And oh how it killed me to say goodbye to you
And the gasoline burns now the tables are turned
So my love, there's gonna be no more crying for you

And I won't weep as I lay you down to sleep
This cold lullaby has dried up all of my...

Bitter tears, bitter tears now you're takin' your turn
Tell me how does it feel when your heart starts to burn?
With a gun or a knife I'll take your love or your life
Either way, there's gonna be no more cryin' for you

And I won't weep as I lay you down to sleep
This cold lullaby has dried up all of my bitter tears
Track Name: Baby Found A New Love
Baby found a new love and now I'm left alone
His heart loves another and my heart has no home
Baby found a new love and took his heart from me
My heart's splitting open with burning jealousy

Baby found a new love for I was not his true love

Baby doesn't love me, I feel my heart will die
I will never more gaze into his blazing eyes
My heart is splitting open with burning jealousy
His heart has a new home and there's no place for me

Baby found a new love for I was not his true love
Track Name: Birthday
I'm writing you this song on your birthday
I don't even know where you are today
Are you miles from here
And is everything finally clear?

I'm writing you this song on your birthday
There are so many things that I'd like to say
But I'm gonna save them for some other day
But I'm gonna sing to you anyway
Are you happy today and is everything finally ok?

I'm writing you this song on your birthday
I don't even know where you are today

Happy birthday
Track Name: Pretend To Believe
Don't look at me that way
Unless you're gonna stay
Stop killing me with those eyes
Just feed me little lies
And I'll pretend to believe
If you pretend not to leave
The night was much too short
I need a little bit more
So kill that damn alarm
And let me see those arms
Not gonna let you sleep
We've got a pact to keep
I'll pretend to believe
If you pretend not to leave
Don't mean to make you mine
Just need a little more time
Track Name: Lowdown Lonesome Lovesick Blues
Lowdown lonesome lovesick blues
This is what I'm singin' to you
Cause you're lowdown and I'm lonesome and lovesick & blue

Lonesome & lonely & down and out
This is what I'm singin' about cause I'm lonesome &
you're lowly & we're both down and out

Broken & bitter & kicked in the side
This is what I'm singin' about tonight
Cause I'm broken and I'm bitter and I wanna
kick you in the side

Cause I got those lowdown, lonesome lovesick blues
Track Name: Better Unspoken
I still remember your smile, even though you took it away
Don't know if I'll ever stop missing you, so many words that I'll never say
Dig me a hole in the desert, I'm gonna fill it with tears
Sink like a brick to the bottom, singing the words you won't hear
Cause I'll never be what you wanted
But you'll aways be under my skin
I know I'll never stop hoping
That someday you'll let me back in
Some things are better unspoken, so you're never gonna hear me say
You left on my heart an indelible mark, and I never can wash it away
Cause I'll never be what you wanted
But you'll aways be under my skin
I know I'll never stop hoping
That someday you'll let me back in