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Red Eyes

by Carter Vail

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1.
Bye bye Carter Say bye Say bye honey I want to stay I want to stay I want to stay I want to stay I want to stay I want to stay I want to stay I want to stay
2.
Red Eyes think of me kindly Kindly they’ll take me I’ll be your story Child you think of Looking at headlights From inside your window It’s cold in your room And I’m in your window Loosing my shadow And now I’m twenty three There’s three at your table Speak to her softly As if I’m beside her Just like my father I’ll be alright Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t Sleep now that everything’s undone I’m brushing your hair back They’re calling you home Oh Mrs. Darling, what did they tell you? If I start to shake I got it from you Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it Undone and I can’t forget about it
3.
If you’re heading for the coast Hearing voices up ahead you Who am I to let you go? You’re a wrecking ball Can you kiss me slowly? We can turn the headlights off All our friends and all their voices Falling silent in the car And do you remember? The fog was lifting Tigers on trains watching you go Head in the glass fogging up the windows And you’re never gonna come back Not much for you here You’re never gonna come back It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright Now you’re heading for the show All your memories through a broken telecaster Would you be here in the fall? And a long december, pull me closer Say this town is for the ghosts And I’m buried in the rocks, dear If you’re leaving let me know Is it in the paper? Is it in your bloodstream? Tigers on trains watching you go Head in the glass fogging up the windows And you’re never gonna come back You don’t really care You’re never gonna come back It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright Oh oh oh it’s alright Oh oh oh it’s alright Oh oh oh it’s alright Oh oh oh it’s alright
4.
Guest Room 02:36
I’ve got a job in the city I’ve got a house with a guest room I don’t know who’s there Got a person that loves me She hates the way that I talk, I smoke, I stare I’m a king in a castle I’m the ghost in the corner, holes cut out in the sheet I’m about to be thirty I’m dead and I’m gone, that’s alright with me Just give me something to live for (Oh) Give me something to do when I turn out the light So hard being honest (Oh) But I’ll try Everything’s fine right now, everything’s fine I am storming the castle I am turning my head hundred eighty degrees My whole body is hurting I am burning my last will and testimony Calling friends from high school Telling people I love them they don’t know my name Writing songs for my parents They’ve always been there for me hope that I do the same (Ah) Just give me something to live for (Oh) Give me something to do when I turn out the light So hard being honest (Oh) But I’ll try Everything’s fine right now, everything’s I got something to live for (Oh) I got someone to talk to at the end of the night Just trying to be honest (Oh) Figure out all the things that make me feel alright I’m gonna go to a party (Oh) Take drugs from strangers (Oh) Black out in the kitchen (Oh) Wake up in the guest room
5.
Melatonin 04:54
Verse 1: Now Jane Standing over in her nightgown She’s got the phone cord twisted ring finger She’s a sight to see See jane Why you staring out the window With the red eyes tell me his name That got you tangled up Verse 2: Now Jane She’s a lover like a pipe bomb She’s got the pink sunglasses high heels Gonna walk it out Now Jane Whatchya doing in the backseat I always thought you were a front seat Cadillac burning up the town with us Prechorus: She said you feeling all right Cause you look like hell I think I’m doing just fine As far as i can tell Chorus: Well its just so easy When everybody talks so carefully But you’re my melatonin daydream Pretend you don’t but you know You know you know That they all want you Theres nothing else you really can do And if you could you wouldn’t want to Oh i know Verse 3: Now Jane Where the hell did all your friends go They got a job in the city and a kid Used to be so close Jane You remember what you told me When we were standing in the bathroom, Midnight baby we were so messed up Prechorus: You said well you can be mine I wouldn’t mind being yours I wouldn’t take up your time And i could sleep on the floor Chorus: Well its just so easy When everybody talks so carefully But your my melatonin daydream Pretend you don’t but you know You know you know That they all want you Theres nothing else you really can do And if you could you wouldn’t want to Oh i know
6.
Velvet 02:14
Kama Sutra Does it suit ya? Your velvet dress is slipping off Would you stay with me? It’s coming through ya Never knew ya Never knew how much it’d mean When you spoke to me But everyone needs something I know that I’m no different Swore picket fences Meet your parents Cast your shoes off in the pool Don’t it seem? Carolina Treat you better I won’t steal and I won’t cheat Would you stay with me? But everyone needs something I know that I’m no different And if you’re not home I’ll be happy for you I’m happy for you

7.
Pontiac 02:40
You leaned in closer I should have kissed you then Your hair was longer I pulled away from it And moved to the city Over the Tappan Zee Bridge You like the colors I can’t see anything I’ll be your coffee I’ll be your poster child Walking like Jesus When all the stores are closed You think of drowning Out in your parents pool The water’s freezing It was September I think I know you I was here before the start of the storm It’s all around you now you’re coming back home Now you’re coming back You own that glimmer I should have told you then Now more than ever The broken pieces fit Scars and confetti Sawmill and pontiac clips You kept Valhalla I still want everything I’ll be your sweater You be my wailing wall Fighting like Ghandi When all the lines are down You dream of flying Over the Zuiderzee The sky was yellow I still remember I think I know you I was here before the start of the storm It’s all around you now you’re coming back home Now you coming back I think I know you We were here before the start of the storm It’s all around us now we’re coming back home
8.
Baby, I think I’m finally starting to get you She told me through here teeth and her perfume I never want to see you again But in the morning she’s pulling off her clothes in the bathroom I’m standing in the hall I’ll be gone soon Who did I think I was? And it’s breaking up again Telephone lines Wrapped around my neck I don’t want to think about Anything you said And now you’re living on the south side Staring at the cars as they pass by Drinking up the smoke if you’re too high You’re never gonna come back down And you said that it was Jesus Who broke into your room in an earthquake And shook you from your bed, all the glass frames Shattered on the carpet floor And it’s breaking up again Telephone lines Wrapped around my neck I don’t want to think about Anything you said I don’t want to think about Anything you said
9.
Milk Carton 02:57
You’re always talking about leaving Milk carton black and white face Smile vacant for the picture Parents waiting in the driveway Oh my darling Arizona Why you packing up your suitcase Hasn’t anybody told ya Oh My mouth on fire Drowning in your Holy water I could be better It’s time to move on I won’t be yours forever Holy water I could be better It’s time to move on I won’t be yours forever Now I’m waiting in your basement Blood stains on your pink dress Don’t you leave me on the pavement You look so good in red Don’t you cry Arizona I never want to see you that way I’ll be your milk carton darling Leave me cut cut up Cut cut up 
Holy water I could be better It’s time to move on I won’t be yours forever Holy water I could be better It’s time to move on I won’t be yours forever I won’t be yours forever

10.
Drive Home 05:07
Wake up, Virginia, is your daddy home? Is your daddy home? Is your Daddy home? Did he turn out the lights and the telephone? And the telephone, and the telephone Come out Virginia come down the stairs Hell I know your headed somewhere Come out, Virginia, what you waiting for? What you waiting for? What you waiting for? Got your ball gown on and you locked the door And you locked the door and you locked the door Come out, Virginia, can’t be so bad But who am I to say you’re wrong? And in the backseat all your clothes Are resting on the posters that you got When you turned sixteen And from the window of the kitchen Stand your parents and some people you’ve never seen You’re asking for another one You’re asking for a way to spend the night If you’re asking for another one Come out, Virginia, if it seems so wrong Seems so wrong and it seems so wrong And I’m just waiting for the rest to fall For the rest to fall, for the rest to fall Well maybe you were the best of me And maybe I’ll learn, maybe I’ll learn to crawl Well maybe you were the best of me If you’re asking for another one You’re asking for a way to spend the night If you’re asking for another one You’re asking for a way to spend the night If you’re asking for another one You’re asking for a way to spend the night If you’re asking for another one
11.
Don’t talk about me that way I can’t stand it Dress me up and push me down the aisle Raise your glass and won’t you stay a while You can take my eyes if you need to They’re always looking for you Another branch, offered for the pyre Don’t put me in the back seat I’ll stay quiet Sing to me the FM radio And smile as you look out the window Won’t you tell me I look pretty? Like the first day that you met me And kiss me one more time before I go And you tell me that it’s raining I can’t feel it anymore Don’t paint the fence, I like the way it’s fading Covered mirrors, blacked out in the hall Won’t you leave the windows open for the fall Would you be there when I come to? And read the letters for you? And miss the way you held me in your arms I’ll be there when you come to Mmm Ooh ooh ooh Ooh ooh ooh…. (Undone and I can’t forget about it) (Undone and I can’t forget about it) (Undone and I can’t forget about it) (Undone and I can’t forget about it) (Undone and I can’t forget about it) (Undone and I can’t forget about it) (Undone and I can’t forget about it)

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While Carter Vail was finishing up his degree at the University of Miami, he launched his career releasing debut single, ‘Melatonin’ in May of 2018; which currently has 1M+ plays on Spotify. Spotify playlisted in their official Dreampop playlist, while Reddit r/listentothis supported the lyric video, so things went viral for a bit. Carter now lives in Nashville where he runs recording facility, Happy Camper Studios.

Carter Vail's debut full-length album, red eyes, serves as a collage of the last four years. Sometimes ethereal and symbolic, and sometimes entirely transparent, each song on the record is a photograph of a moment. Above the distorted guitars and glittering synths, Carter's lyrics highlight the changes that take place in one's twenties. Though the album is filled with nostalgia and melancholy, it is well hidden behind upbeat indie rock music, giving the album a bittersweet undertone.

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released April 3, 2020

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Performer and producer from CT. Indie, acoustic, electronic music.

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