Crooked Feelings

by Ali Sperry

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released February 24, 2017

Produced by Jon Estes and Jamie Dick*
Recorded and Mixed by Jon Estes
Mastered by John Baldwin
*Except “Highest Hill” produced, recorded and mixed by Joe Pisapia, mastered by Vinnie Alibrandi
Photography: Mick Leonardi
Album Layout: Jeremy Fetzer

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Ali Sperry Nashville, Tennessee

Recorded at home in her rented pink villa in East Nashville, Ali Sperry’s 2017 release “Crooked Feelings”, “takes a step away from the singer/songwriter direction” of her previous releases. The arrangements are fuller (Produced by Jon Estes and Jamie Dick), the songs are more assured, and as an album comprised largely of co-writes, Ali’s voice is indelible throughout. ... more

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Track Name: All These Crooked Feelings
I quit believin’ in all these crooked feelings
Other people’s demons that lie through a smile
I quit believin’ there’s one good solid reason why it’s considered treason
If I won’t fight the war

I quit for love
I quit for love

I quit believin’ that everyone’s deceiving
If someone’s out to get me just come and get me now
I quit deciding there’s ever truth in hiding
Yeah I quit denying all I am anyhow

I quit for love
I quit for love
I quit for love
Ain’t no looking back

I quit believing it’s noble to be shrinking
Or noble to be thinking you’ll keep it to yourself
I quit resisting the calling of the mystics
There’s something in here missing
Dying to come out

I quit for love
I quit for love
I quit for love
I’m gonna be alright
Track Name: Rewind
Remember in the morning

when you'd reach out and pull me to you, oh to you

Every touch felt like you meant it

Every moment was electric with you, oh with you

We can't rewind, falling through time


Every day we get further away

From the life that we knew at the start

Sooner or later we must take a chance

And I'm willing to take it if you are


When it's quiet in the evening

And I wonder if you're thinking of me

What do you see

No, it's not like the beginning

In this life we're not pretending but we

Have just what we need

We can't rewind, falling through time


Every day we get further away

From the life that we knew at the start

Sooner or later we must take a chance

And I'm willing to take it if you are
Track Name: Recover (featuring Mary Bragg)
Another devastation, chaos in the street

Wish it was a nightmare, but I am not asleep



Scattered on the pavement, innocence again

Promise of a future, coming to an end

Did it mean anything, anything at all



How do we recover, recover, recover



Hiding in the silence of sanctuary stone

Or looking for an answer

In the safety of our home



No one is exempt, can we go back to the start

What are we afraid of losing, we’ve already fallen apart

Doesn’t that mean anything, anything at all



How do we recover, recover, recover



History stuck on repeat

Loss that begs for us to grieve

Can’t be frozen in disbelief



How do we recover, recover, recover
Track Name: Cruel Expectations
I waited around, with my hands in my pockets

Shuffling boots on the pavement

And you, big man in town

They said you were hot-headed

But I see you're just a big kid


Time after time, you said lightning might strike

When it's only rain


Can't undo the things you have done

Such a fool to fall for the tale you spun

Cruel expectations


Now the curtain comes down

It's just me in the shadows

All the bright lights have burned out


Time after time, I said all the right lines

To play the game


Can't undo the things you have done

Such a fool to fall for the tale you spun

Cruel expectations
Track Name: Our Biography (featuring Robby Hecht)
When I see you in the morning
and you're dragging out of bed
the way you're looking at me
I flash back in my head

Way back in the beginning
Had no idea I was alone
I didn't know I was divided
Or that I hadn't found my home

They'll say the moment when I found you
I found the other half of me
That we were never really strangers
When they write our biography

In the early pages
They'll tel the story well
I'll see you in the cafe
and introduce myself

They'll say the moment when I found you
I found the other half of me
That we were never really strangers
When they write our biography

And woven through the chapters
Will be the thread as it unwinds
That we will hold to through the darkness
Leaving our loneliness behind

So come back in here beside me
Another day is done
Dream of all our favorite memories
And stories still to come

They'll say the moment when I found you
I found the other half of me
That we were never really strangers
When they write our biography

That we were never really strangers

When they write our biography
Track Name: Look At Me
A million distractions
What was that you said
I’m dancing alone here
I'm standing on my head

Look at me
Look at me
Am I talking to myself
Pay attention to what I’m selling you
You don’t want nothing else

I wanna impress ya
I wanna make you proud
But the message must be hazy
Cause you can’t make it out

Look at me
Look at me
Am I talking to myself
Pay attention to what I’m doing here
I don’t want nothing else

There’s nothing like you
Nothing I can see
And there’s no one who loves you
Half as much as me

Look at me
Look at me
Am I talking to myself
Pay attention to what I’m telling you
I don’t want nothing else

Look at me
Look at me
Am I talking to myself
Pay attention to what I’m saying here
I don’t want nothing else
Track Name: Ol' Will
Off the Pacific Coast Highway

Where the sea meets the skyway

you can find him there

Down a sandy little road

In a blue mobile home

with a hammock in the yard

What are you doing today, Will

Oh, just more of the same


Oh Will, you know he'll

Be up in the mountains near Topanga Canyon

Got his tools and his dog but he's lost his companion

Will he or won't he find a fine lady

Got an aching space to fill

The lonely summer of ol' Will


So he'll pack up his tools

Take a seat on the stoop

of the house he made for them

And the sun slowly sets

And the record spins

Playing After the Gold Rush again

What are you doing tonight, Will

Oh, I don't know I just might


Oh Will, you know he'll

Be up in the mountains near Topanga Canyon

Got his board and his bike but he's lost his companion

Will he or won't he find a fine lady

Got an aching space to fill

The lonely summer of ol' Will


Oh, listen to the sea

When you're hurting she'll sing you to sleep

A new day brings a new start

So take heart


Oh Will, you know he'll

Be up in the mountains near Topanga Canyon

Got his tools and his dog but he's lost his companion

Will he or won't he find a fine lady

You know he always will

The lonely summer of ol' Will, the lonely summer of ol' Will
Track Name: Wisteria
Wisteria, showing off it's new perfume

Climbing up the window ledge into your room

In your dream, you're lying in your old backyard

Searching for another world, somewhere in the stars

Ooooh


Someone calls, switched on the back porch light

Grab your jar of fireflies and go back inside

The house is warm, everybody says goodnight

Settle down into your bed and close your eyes

Ooooh


In your dream, looking back on everything

Swaying with your oldest friend on the front porch swing

It's quiet now, you've said all that there is to say

Just breathe in the evening air and drift away

Ooooh
Track Name: Over Their Bones
The land was forgotten like a whisper in the wind
Swallowed by ivy, by the creepers and weeds
Where headstones have crumbled under blankets of moss
Names forsakes and lost
They came here as farmers, masons and maids
Worked through the seasons in the sweat and the rain
But the fruits of their labor were never their own
All for another man's home

Over their bones, over their bones
Long passed over like a river stone
Over their bones, willows weep, a lonesome moon
Is left to grieve

I walk in the forest, brush the webs form my face
And fall through the pages of my history, my name
I can tell you the face on the dollars and dimes
But I can't trace my family line

Over their bones, over their bones
Long passed over like a river stone
Over their bones, willows weep, a lonesome moon
Is left to grieve

With greatest care one man tended the grounds
Knew the map and he passed it down
What would he think, what would he say
Since the days a dollar bought a grave

Over their bones, over their bones
Long passed over like a river stone
Over their bones, willows weep, a lonesome moon
Is left to grieve
Track Name: Highest Hill
I am leaving on a journey today
Packing up this soul in this skin
There are things I've been meaning to change
I don't think I can without going

And I will climb, climb, climb the highest hill
'Til I'm face to face with the sun
My eyes will see their burning reflection
Oh, I'm coming undone

Leave a trail of sorrow and shame
And all of the hurts I've held onto
They are much to heavy a weight
To take all the places I want to

And I will climb, climb, climb the highest hill
'Til I'm face to face with the sun
My eyes will see their burning reflection
Oh, I'm coming undone

And when I come back down
I'll be the girl you loved and more
My feet meet the ground
More certain than ever before

And I will climb, climb, climb the highest hill
'Til I'm face to face with the sun
My eyes will see their burning reflection
Oh, I'm coming undone


So I'm leaving on a journey today
Taking all of these memories and years
There are things I've been meaning to say
In a voice unshackled by fears