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"Javelina" is the second full-length album released by Glenn Yoder under his own name, and the first since the end of the award-winning rock group Cassavettes. Yoder released "Okono Road" in 2009. The Boston Phoenix named "Javelina" one of the "10 records that will set the tone in 2013," writing, "The former Cassavette rocks out a bit more than in past turns, but still retains the charm that made his former band one of Boston's brightest." To record the album, Yoder gathered his longtime backing band, The Western States, with producer Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T, Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck) and engineer David Minehan (The Neighborhoods, Paul Westerberg). The result is "Javelina," a record that runs from pop confections to dirty blues and back again.

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released 26 January 2013

Produced by Jeremy Moses Curtis
Recorded and mixed by David Minehan at Woolly Mammoth Studios, Waltham, Massachusetts, February-October 2012, except track 13 recorded by Dave Westner
Mastered by Alex McCullough at Yes Master, Nashville, Tennessee, November-December 2012
All songs written by Glenn Yoder
Copyright © 2013 Vegas Zombie Music Publishing Co. (ASCAP)

The Western States:
Glenn Yoder: Vocals, guitar
Jeff Katz: Guitar, vocals
Cilla Bonnie: Bass, vocals
Josh Kiggans: Drums

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Glenn Yoder Boston, Massachusetts

Like Neil Young and Alejandro Escovedo, Glenn Yoder glides between guitar-driven rock and folk-tinged acoustic balladry. Infusing the Texas songwriter tradition with jangly pop (think Wilco and the Jayhawks), other songs beckon to a darker place: swampy blues a la Ray Wylie Hubbard and Morphine. ... more

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Track Name: Everything You Want
Down the rabbit hole and into the mind
Buried deep are some dreams you'll find
Dreams that never seemed to matter a lot until now
All I want is for these years to pay off
To know the joy of getting what I want
Just to feel that, just this once, right now

I know how long you have waited
I know how long you have suffered in silence
Faith has tested your patience
Soon enough, son, you'll get everything you want

I watched you struggle
Worried for you like you were my son
A stranger any other, my flesh and blood

I know how long you have waited
I know how long you have suffered in silence
When we have finally made it
We'll say this is what it's like to get everything you want

Lights on, don't let me down
Bring me what I want
A long time has come around
This is what it's like to get everything you want

I know how long you have waited
I know how long you have suffered in silence
When we have finally made it
We'll say this is what it's like to get everything you want
Who knows how long? How long?
Track Name: Just Want You to Love Me
Don't take much now to be my friend
Just a call every now and again
I just want you to long for me
Have you forgot all of the good times?
Have you moved on with your precious life?
I just need you to comfort me

Someday, baby, right or wrong
Won't matter much if any at all
Won't matter at all
I just want you to love me, that's all

I've been fighting with my best friend
I've been losing even when I win
I just need you to pay for this
Falling back on these foolish lines
It's like falling down for the very first time
I don't want to give you this

Someday, baby, right or wrong
Won't matter much if any at all
Won't matter at all
I just want you to love me, that's all

I've been waiting by the telephone
Hoping you call and find nobody home

I just want you to love me, that's all
Someday, baby, right or wrong
Won't matter much if any at all
Won't matter at all
I just want you to love me, that's all
Track Name: Row
There's a sea of sadness
There's a flood of guilt
There's a river of tears
You're barely keeping afloat
Looking out past the horizon
See the world unfold
City sparkles like a diamond
You'll be there before you know
When you're lost on the current, can't find your way home
Just row

So you swear you're sinking
Say there's a hole in your boat
But there are people who love you
They won't let you go
There's a full moon rising
Waves follow its call
Brightest stars shine twice here
They're leading you home
When you can't keep from drifting, want to jump overboard
Just row

So you got some holes to fill
You got some time to kill
And you don't know which way to go when you're low
Just row, you row

There's a sea of sadness
There's a flood of guilt
There's a river of tears
You're barely keeping afloat
Track Name: Younger Brother
Whatever happened to your strange younger brother?
He was always good with his hands
Built things that he would just think of
Never drew up a plan
He'd write his first and last name in perfect cursive
Never could read real well
He joined the theater, skipped every rehearsal
Still got to know all the girls

Never wanted to hang around us
He didn't have many friends of his own
He'd spend hours alone in his basement
Never said much to anyone
He moved out of the house first chance that he got
Didn't say goodbye to your mom
He brought a girl on the road, some actress he'd met
Left behind everyone so that he could be free

People said he was living in Alaska
That's not too hard to believe
I could see him working the boats there
Somewhere he could just breathe
Maybe he moved up north, where no one knows his name
And no one will be asking for him
He could be anyone, do anything, maybe even start again
Somewhere he could be free

Whatever happened to your strange younger brother?
Heard that he hit it big
Made millions on the internet and married that actress
They could be living downstate with a couple of kids
But not once have they called
It broke your mama's heart on the day that he left
She never will understand why he needs to be free

Whatever happened to your strange younger brother?
He was always good with his hands
Never could tell what he wanted
But maybe he had a plan
Track Name: Pretty Little Girl
Pretty little girl gonna steal my soul, steal my soul, steal my soul
Pretty little girl gonna steal my soul, steal my soul, steal my soul
Pretty little girl gonna fall real hard, fall real hard, fall real hard
Pretty little girl gonna fall real hard, fall real hard right into my arms

Pretty little girl gonna steal my soul, steal my soul, steal my soul
Pretty little girl gonna steal my soul, steal my soul, steal my soul
Pretty little girl gonna fall real hard, fall real hard, fall real hard
Pretty little girl gonna fall real hard, fall real hard right into my arms, yeah
I'm gonna give her everything she wants, thing she wants, thing she wants
I'm gonna give her everything she wants, thing she wants, house and car
I'm gonna give her a big fine ring, big fine ring, big fine ring
I'm gonna give her a big fine ring, she's gonna take me for everything, Lord

Pretty little girl got a black-eyed dog, black-eyed dog, black-eyed dog
Pretty little girl got a black-eyed dog, black-eyed dog, black-eyed dog
Pretty little girl gonna break my heart, break my heart, break my heart
Pretty little girl gonna break my heart, don't love me like that black-eyed dog
She's gonna get just what she wants, what she wants, what she wants
She's gonna get just what she wants, and what she wants is no man's love
I'm gonna give her a big fine ring, big fine ring, big fine ring
I'm gonna give her a big fine ring, she's gonna take me for everything, Lord

Spending time to free my soul, don't treat me like a man
I'm all in the palm of her hand
Spending time to free my soul, don't treat me like a man
I'm all in the palm of her hand

Pretty little girl gonna walk my way, walk my way, walk my way
Pretty little girl gonna walk my way, walk my way, walk my way
Pretty little girl gonna find what you want, find what you want, find what you want
Pretty little girl gonna find what you want, find what you want right in these arms
I'm gonna give her everything she wants, thing she wants, thing she wants
I'm gonna give her everything she wants, thing she wants, house and car
I'm gonna give her a big fine ring, big fine ring, big fine ring
I'm gonna give her a big fine ring, I'm gonna give her near everything, Lord
Track Name: Pretty New Thing
I am constantly surrounded, haunted by the doubts and regrets
I am forced to read about it, since no one keeps their thoughts in their own heads
That you've got this pretty new thing
But it won't stay new for long
You've got this pretty new thing
What happens when it's gone?

You might catch me out on weekends, pass me on my way out of Toad
You might look at me with pity, ask what I got coming down the road
Say you've got this pretty new thing
But it won't stay new for long
You've got this pretty new thing
What happens when it's gone?

Well, it broke my heart to give up, especially when there's work left to do
But when does the dreamer simply become the fool?
We built an empire that was set to expire before anyone knew
And with ruins all around us, there's only one thing left to lose

And you've got this pretty new thing
But it won't stay new for long
You've got this pretty new thing
What happens when it's gone?

You've got this pretty new thing
What happens when it's gone?
Track Name: Messing With My Head
Someone's in my bed, someone is wearing my clothes
I can smell that putrid scent under my pillows
Who the hell let him in here? This ain't some fantasy
I can hear him breathing
Someone is messing with me
Someone's messing with my head

Someone's in my car, I can tell it's been drove
Someone's biting my fingernails right down to the bone
Where the hell did this come from? It ain't some paranoid dream
I've got to tell someone
Somebody's messing with me
Someone's messing with my head

Someone's in my house, someone is with my wife
Someone is taking my kids away saying that I'm not quite right
Is it my religion? Is it something I believe?
Got this strange suspicion
Someone is messing with me
Someone's messing with my head
Track Name: On the Drag
Eighteen years old, driving his daddy's car
Thinks he knows about the city because he came here on a trip before
He's from two hours south and a world away
Just wants to hang out, turns his stereo up louder

Where do all the new folks go?
Past the Union and Antone's
To get in the know

Girls are all done up, got their best clothes on
All the ones they stole from mama's old boxes
Boys are running wild, first time away from home
All they want is the girls to come back to their rooms later

Where do all the new folks go?
Past the Union and Antone's
To get in the know

There's some kids hanging out on the Drag tonight
Lost beneath the city and a million lights
Finally on their own for the first time
There's some kids hanging out on the Drag

Drinking Shiner Bock, smoking a little pot
Just trying to wash off that shiny new car scent

There's some kids hanging out on the Drag tonight
Lost beneath the city and a million lights
Finally on their own for the first time
There's some kids hanging out on the Drag tonight
Track Name: Lorraine
He never cared much for high school, only liked to sing
He started up a four-piece band with some drop-out friends
Met himself a girl at a dive bar gig, said her name's Lorraine
Oh Lorraine, oh Lorraine

He wrote a thousand songs about her, always used her name
They married after a short while, only a few dates
And a song he wrote on their wedding day got some radio play
Called "Lorraine," oh Lorraine

He hit the road and hit it good, left her in his wake
She divorced him with evidence of his breach in faith
And the judge gave her all the money from the song that bears her name
Oh "Lorraine," oh Lorraine

Now 10 years gone and the band's broke up, taking real jobs to get paid
He keeps writing songs every night, they all sound just like "Lorraine"
Can't shake the fear of being known for a song that brings him pain
Called "Lorraine," oh Lorraine

Now and again he'll go to the Rhythm Club where the bar staff knows his face
His picture's up there on the wall, back from the good old days
If they ask him to, he'll do a set, and he always closes them with "Lorraine"

But most nights he just watches the band, these young guys sure can play
And he worries that one might write a song cursed just like "Lorraine"
Oh Lorraine, oh Lorraine
Track Name: I Still Want You
She's got that evil look even when she's laughing
Perched there a mistake waiting to happen
Oh, you can tell by the way she talks
She's got something that she's covering up
But I still want you so bad

Says, "If you try too hard, well, you might get hurt
Get too close and you might get burned"
But I still want you so bad
Yes, I still want you so bad

She's got a childhood that she's desperate to lose
Got lost walking in other people's shoes
Says, "If you try too hard, well, you might get hurt
Get too close and you might get burned"

The night is closing in and she hasn't moved an inch
Still perched up there waiting for me to flinch
Oh, you can tell by the way she walks
She always wins without trying at all
But I still want you so bad

Says, "If you try too hard, well, you might get hurt
And if you get too close then you might get burned"
But I still want you so bad
Track Name: Not the Man For You
Oh, come on, little one, don't you hang your head and cry
You're so beautiful without trying
You're stuck on the wrong side of 30 and looking behind
Wondering what you did with the time

Oh, he tries to make you into something that you're not
You should be loved for what you are
Even men who have it all want more and more from their lives
Get so distracted that they go blind

Maybe he's not the man for you, maybe he's just not that guy
It's still gonna hurt
Maybe he's not the man for you, something just don't feel right
It's still gonna hurt

The years, they pile up, oh, months of things unsaid
How much farther can your heart bend?
Oh, you can't make him into something that he's not
Even though you try so hard

Maybe he's not the man for you, maybe he's just not that guy
It's gonna hurt
Maybe he's not the man for you, something just don't feel right
It's gonna hurt

Oh, come on, little one, don't you hang your head and cry
You're so beautiful without trying
You're stuck on the wrong side of 30 and looking behind
Wondering what you did with the time

Maybe he's not the man for you, maybe he's just not that guy
It's gonna hurt
Maybe he's not the man for you, something just don't feel right
It's gonna hurt
Track Name: Like a Radio Song
She's got a hold on me like a melody that I once heard her singing
Like that song, she's got a hold on me
Tried my best to keep it at bay, I must have tried everything
It all crumbles down when she says my name

Now she's playing in my head like a radio song
I forget the words, I still hum along
Playing in my head like a radio song

Feel like a child when I'm in her sway, hopelessly lost but somehow safe
That voice is inside me deeper than I can say

Now she's playing in my head like a radio song
I forget the words, I still hum along
Playing in my head like a radio song
Oh, she's playing in my head

Infatuated, I trace her name, I want to know everything
Consumed by her in every way
She gave me love that wasn't hers to give
The record is warped and the needle skips
But in my mind, the song still plays

Now she's playing in my head like a radio song
I forget the words, I still hum along
Playing in my head like a radio song
Oh, she's playing in my head
Track Name: Once In My Lifetime
Tomorrow it'll be over, all of this time will have passed us by
The few things that will linger will need to be hidden, at least a little while
I wondered how things would end here if they ever needed to end at all
Could our story be different, not like the others, was that asking a lot?
And I was lucky to have felt this once in my lifetime

The sky looks like a black hole, darker than darkness and growing wide
Tonight I'll go weightless, float above treetops and climb inside
And I feel like I've been falling, deeper and deeper, for quite some time
And if there's light on the bottom, oh you know, still won't feel right
I was lucky to have felt this once in my lifetime

When the lights get softer and softer, the room grows quiet, I'm by myself
I know what I'll be thinking, trying to hold on to how this dream felt
But when I close my eyes to remember, features are grainy like old TV
And I lie awake for hours as it slips away, this memory
And I was lucky to have felt this once in my lifetime