A Fume And A Prayer

by Judd Wasserman

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"A Fume And A Prayer" is comprised of recordings that span 2008 to 2010 (with overdubs from 2011). The album has a full band throughout, mixing jazz influenced pop writing with folk and rock. The resulting album is a diverse yet cohesive body of tightly arranged pop songs with broad musical influences. This album is not mastered.

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released November 14, 2011

All songs copyright 2011 Judd Wasserman

Judd: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Organ, Keyboards, Percussion, violin, Engineer, Mix, Producer

Brad Gibson: Drums

Nigel Goss: Bass on Boxcar, Lay Down, The End

Jason Gray: Bass on Foreign Policy and Someone

Rachel Sage: Violin on Boxcar and Lay Down

Ty Bailie: Organ on Saturday Night, Slow Down, We are Free

Gregg Belisle-Chi: Guitar on Someone and Foreign Policy


Photography: Shari Bradbury

Cover: Jim Stamper

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Judd Wasserman Seattle, Washington

"There is often a great divide between musicians who are self-taught and those who have studied music in some formal manner. One of the things I appreciate most about Judd is that he has been able to have a foot on each side of this divide. He remains accessible. Even the most hard-core curmudgeon would have to respect that this band is great at what they do."-Sheldon Rosevear vanguardseattle.com ... more

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Track Name: Downtown Dancing
You can come a little bit closer now baby
You can sew what I'm about
'Cause every time I feel you approaching me now darling
You make me wanna shout
If you see me one time downtown dancin'
You can step right up to me
This is the season when it's time for romancin'
While we are free

You can come a little bit closer now baby
Tell me what's your name
You can tell me anything you like now, honey
I think I'll like you just the same
And if you see me one time downtown dancin'
Step right up to me
This is the season when it's time for romancin'
While we are free
Track Name: A Little Kissing
A little kissing never hurt anybody
A little kissing never hurt anyone

A little kissing never hurt anybody
Especially on a Saturday night
Track Name: Time To Slow Down
It's time to slow down
It's time to relax
It's time to listen closely
It's time to move past
It's time to set free
All the things that I've held
So dearly to myself and the way that I've felt
It's time to breathe in
It's time to breathe out
It's time to slow down

I was running so fast
On a fume and a prayer
I didn't notice the time was slipping away
And I couldn't care
'Cause I said lots of things
That I didn't mean
And all the while I was trying so desperately hard
Just to be something clean
But it's time to breathe in
It's time to breathe out
It's time to slow down

Alone in this bed as I write these last words
And I say this goodnight
To my lingering fright and the calling
The calling of birds
To take me away
To take me away
To take me away
Take me away

It's time to breathe in
It's time to breathe out
Its time to slow down
Track Name: Creep Song
I tiptoed to your house
As quiet as a mouse
So I could sing this song
For you, it won't take long, it goes
Oooooo
I crept through your back gate
When it was very late
I tiptoed through your home
You thought you were alone
Oooooo
Oooooo

Lay down
Hearted
Lay down
Cold
Lay down
Your heart and
Lay down your soul

I walk the fine line
Send clovers down your spine
I walked downtown today
So I could here you say
Oooooo

Lay down
Hearted
Lay down
Cold
Lay down
Your heart and
Lay down you soul
Track Name: Boxcar Photograph
Like a firestorm coming out of the dark
She was walking
Like a needled hay stack there was a spark
We were talking, just talking
Maryanne, with your merry ways
Won't you stay for days with your purple haze
And your boxcar photograph?

Like camouflage it was not so clear
If she was needing, or just needing down time
But I came to her with my confession
I had found it. I had found this before.

I was reading all of the papers on how to get you, sketch you--But I realized I was chasing dust
Just call me
Track Name: Foreign Policy
The door is shut
The table's clear
The chairs are stacked before me
But I did not receive your invitation
A game of chance, uneasy glance
As you glide by the table
Do not forgive and don't forget you're able

What's with your new foreign policy, it's news to me
You take your turn but how it burns
I'm only trying to see

You choose your words and in a flash
You say that this over
But every time it's clear it's not an ending
So I stay calm but in my heart
I'm not sure what to do now
So Ill sit here and pretend my heart is mending

I can't afford to end this
I can't afford to stay
If you say it's over, I will go my way

The door is shut
The table's clear
The chairs are stacked before me
But I did not receive your invitation
Track Name: Someone
I finally found someone who understands me
Someone who can actually stand me
Someone who's trying hard to be true
And that someone my darling is you
Nights they went by and they were so lonely
Thinking that I might be the only
That is 'til someone came and took away my blues
And that someone my darling was you

I know sometimes I feeling down
But you show me away from my frown
And we love each other

Although we have had misunderstandings
They've never ended in an ending
These are beginnings of a love with someone new
And that someone my darling is you
Track Name: Vile Smile
When it comes and it goes
Vile smile, right under your nose
It's absurd, but then again it's fine
May be mean, obscene, but it's divine

You and all your dividends
You and all your consequence
So, we see the end, and that it bends like this

Craters form beneath the eyes
And you turn to meet the demise
Of a word once rewritten in time
It was floored in deep depths of the mind

You and all your dividends
You and all of your consequence
So, we see the end
And that is bends like this