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These songs are outtakes or "b-sides" from my 2017 album "Crushing On What Might Be".

I had originally intended to include them on the COWMB album, but they just didn't fit the overall vibe, so I'm putting them together into a two-song collection called "Crush Companion".

"This Song's About Beer" is a tongue-in-cheek sketch wherein a fellow ruminates over all the deep, important things he could write a song about, but in the end decides...beer. Yep. Oh, and there's some silliness thrown in there about getting over a relationship. Because of course there is.

"How I Make You" is a songwriting collaboration between myself and my friend Chad Hanson (chadhanson.bandcamp.com). The challenge we gave ourselves was to write a song which lyrically sounded poetic, but was barely about anything tangible...just contained lots of adjectives and descriptions while eluding what the noun actually is. I think we accomplished it mostly, save for one nod to the song's character being a cheating bastard ("If you like I can leave her"). In general, though, the song turned out how we wanted it: a nice, big shrug. To wit, here are the chorus lyrics:

"Closer than it seems
Far as it feels
Higher than some high thing
Deeper than we thought
Hotter than that
Bluer than either one"

wat?

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released December 31, 2018

© & ℗ 2017 by Ira Merrill, Ira Merrill Music BMI.

All instruments, midi and vocals performed and engineered by Ira Merrill (aka Hemlock Pop) except for background vocals on "How I Make You" performed/recorded by Chad Hanson and re-amping engineered by Don Farwell.

Mixed by Don Farwell @ Earwig Studio in Seattle.
Mastered by Levi Seitz @ Blackbelt Mastering in Seattle.

Thanks to David Miller for loaning me his 90's era Mesa Boogie Trem-O-Verb for re-amping the Telecaster.

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Track Name: This Song's About Beer
This Song's About Beer
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It's a simple 4/4 four on the floor
A collection of notes yeah you've heard it before
'Cause it's all been said and more
One way or another

I could get so intense Bono would get jealous
I could take it so deep and philosophical fellas
Would wake from their sleep
But why should I bother

This song's about beer every variety
A little libation to light up society
Beer yeah that's what I said
It's tan and full bodied
And goes to my head

Well I lost my job you hurt me so bad
And I sink like a slob and I slowly go mad
I would drink my destiny
If I could think how to do it

There is so much at stake a chef couldn't serve up
Today I'm so glad I finally got the nerve up
To tell you I love you
Screw it

This song's about beer every variety
A liquid libation of great notoriety
Beer will always be true
This song's about beer
And it's not about you

The bitter tears are on tap
A face you opted to slap
The day you offered a toast
You said you loved me the most
And I said
The most...compared to who?

It's a simple 4/4 four on the floor
A collection of notes yeah you've heard it before
'Cause it's all been said and mo-oh-oh-whore

This song's about beer a reason to sing
But self-medication don't conquer anything
Beer my jailer and friend
From humble beginning to stumble
The end

© 2017 Ira Merrill Music, BMI
Track Name: How I Make You
How I Make You
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Can't you say you can stay for a while
Can't you see how you make me
How I make you
Can't you sigh a little softer

Will you play dumb if I get too smart
Will you please just open up your
How I make you
Will you give up the laughter

Closer than it seems
Far as it feels
Higher than some high thing
Deeper than we thought
Hotter than that
Bluer than either one

Do you know what I can't explain
Do you think I am like me
How I'm like you
Will you get what you're after

If you go hope you say goodbye
If you do you know you'll make me
How I make you
If you like I can leave her

Closer than it seems
Far as it feels
Higher than some high thing
Deeper than we thought
Hotter than that
Bluer than either one

© 2019 Ira Merrill Music, BMI and Chad Hanson

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