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How You Got Your Picture on the Wall

by Advance Base

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Growing up in Richmond you were anarchic & shy Tried to steal some tampons that you were too scared to buy "Say cheese" the Kroger manager said in his fateful drawl That was how you got your picture on the wall You told me the story the first night that we hung out A thousand miles west in your new room in your new house You laughed when I said "I'd like to see that photo now" & we kissed beneath the pictures on your wall A couple Julys later & we live together now I drove your van to Richmond to move your kid brother out & cruising by the Kroger I remembered all about Laney, how you got your picture on the wall I snuck around the back to where deliveries arrive I saw a door said MANAGER & so I went inside A grid of Polaroids stared Yours stared hardest of them all That was how I got your picture off the wall That was how I got your picture off the wall
When I meet you at Juan's party you'd just moved here You knew some of my friends from Tulsa I liked your accent & we talked til Juan kicked us out You walked me back to my apartment But you didn't come inside You just smiled at me so wide You said "I'm so glad I met you Rene Goodnight" I thought about you the next morning & called up Fran to see how well she knew you in Tulsa She said "Uh oh he's got a reputation here I heard that he hurt some old partners" Is that why you had to move Are the Tulsa rumors true When you called that night I sent it to voicemail When I saw you at the diner the next weekend I got scared & ducked into a booth & hid behind a menu til you got up to go I watched you pay your check & leave alone Now I see you in my dreams Sometimes sinister & mean Sometimes sweet as hell I don't know what to believe When you walked me home that night I had felt safe by your side You said "I'm so glad I met you Rene Goodnight"


Dear folks,
Sorry I haven't written lately.

Here are two new Advance Base electric piano songs. The ideas behind both of these songs kicked around for a long time before I finally felt like I understood them, & then suddenly they were both finished, one after the other. In my mind, the two songs are brother & sister. I recorded them live in my basement after trying them out at a handful of Advance Base shows. Thanks to everyone who listened to them live & asked when they were coming out. These are for you.

Owen Ashworth
October 5, 2023


released October 6, 2023

Songs by Owen Ashworth (BMI)

Electric piano & vocals by Owen Ashworth
Recorded summer 2023 by Owen Ashworth
at Advance Basement, Oak Park, IL
Mixed & mastered by Owen Ashworth
October 5, 2023

Photo by Jeff Marini

Thank you:
Jeff Marini, Mike Adams, Karima Waker, Gordon Ashworth, Nicholas Krgovich


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Advance Base

Melancholic electronic story songs made by Owen Ashworth in his basement


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