Déjà Vu (EP)

by David Ullman

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1.
Déjà Vu 03:14
I feel I’ve been here before Staring calmly at the open door I knew you’d be back this way You spoke softly, said you couldn’t stay You’d hoped to find me a changed man I know I haven’t; please understand It’s in the way you move me Running in circles, and I can’t break free I can feel it coming ‘round again Love begins just to end again Around and around, here we go again Love begins just to end again In every path there comes a time When past and present meet and roads divide Which way are you gonna go Left or right, high or low When did you know That this was the end And how can I go When we were just beginning To end …again I can feel it comin’ down again Love begins just to end again Against the tide it’s sink or swim again Love begins just to end again Begins …to end …(here we go) again
2.
I’ve been searching, can’t seem to find my way Seems the nights get darker each and every day This time I’ve wandered too far from home Friends all around me, but I feel alone I feel lost and broken, bent out of place Shall I stay, or do you need some space Different means all lead to the same end How can we even try to pretend I need a secondhand heart Only slightly ripped apart I need someone who will always be around Unrequited from the start Feel I was born to play the part Give me someone who will never let me down Sure I don’t miss what was missing But oh how I miss kissing you (of course I do) I miss your lips, your hips, your thighs Miss the sparkle of your eyes I know it’s gone now but I don’t know why How did this become of me How was I too blind to see That the one you loved was no longer me Was my heart in your hands just a pawn Feelings faded like the night at dawn Where was it that we went wrong How am I supposed to heal When I don’t know what it is I feel Was it really ever real I know kindness is contagious So come on be courageous Give your love away With a secondhand heart Only slightly ripped apart Gotta somehow get my feet back on the ground Unrequited from the start No one’s born to play that part Just find someone who will never let you down Don’t let me down
3.
Snakebit 04:40
Tiny toothpick mother of two says ‘Listen up boy, I got some morals for you’ Frumpy little feline starting cat-fights on the close line Cul-de sac house-wife, fanny pack brat Young people this, young people that ‘It’s ‘cause of your generation we’re where we’re at’ My feet are burning; I need to sit down Gotta get up out of this town But they need to give directions a little more clear Plus, I hit every damned light on my fucking way here Chorus: Cause I’m snakebit This is bullshit Doesn’t matter what I do or say The devil, he’s gonna have his way Cause I’m snakebit Friday fantasies, five-day sentence Living for the weekend with no repentance (that’s what’s great about being Catholic) If you’re happy and you know it, then clap your hands Work is what happens while you’re making other plans These days people don’t live they work Don’t mean to complain, to sound like such a jerk, but… Chorus I hate to complain (but) I know I got it good (but) Gossip aint’ my thing (but) I gotta, gotta say (what?!) Ouija board won’t-cha Gimme some more of that Pseudo-intelectual, psycho-babble bullshit It’s because of Satan and Santa Claus, Satan and Santa Claus, Satan and Santa Claus Satan is Santa; Satan is Chorus He goes after the big ones The bishops and the nuns Cause they’re the tasty ones (everyone loves to hate the Catholics) Blame it on the baptists and Hillary Clinton Hollywood values and liberal politicians Chorus
4.
Mulletman 03:22
Mulletman’s on the march again Wearing designer shoes and a spray-on tan Six-pack abs and frosted hair Wears his pants low enough to see his underwear Mulletman can pick a fight He’ll slap you about just to prove his might An all-star athlete, he’ll make the pass Knock you flat, yeah he’ll kick your ass He’s so handsome, sugar sweet Sweeps the girls right off their feet Mulletman, he’ll make you swoon Unrefined, beautiful baboon Mulletman, he’s got a plan Gonna pick you up at a quarter-to-ten He’s feelin’ frisky for romance Knows a hundred ways to get in your pants Gonna drive you to a secluded spot He’ll give you every line he’s got To get what he wants, he wants it all In the morning promises he’ll give you a call He’s so sexy, sugar sweet Treats you like a piece of meat How can other boys compete He’s got it all, he’s such a creep But this groovy gal, she’s on the prowl Meets his pouty stare with lurid scowl What he don’t know, he’ll soon find out She’s the only one who knows what he’s about She’s gonna drive him to the breakin’ point Leave him all alone just to prove her point That he’s not all that he thinks he is, He’s just an unkind, dressed up, unchecked id. He’s so sexy, sugar sweet Sweeps the girls right off their feet How can other boys compete He’s got it all, but can’t you see Mulletmen are everywhere Seems the mold is broken beyond repair Behind a plastic smile that’s two-feet wide, The monkey-man-child is trying to hide A two-faced façade, worn for all to see It might fool her, man, but it don’t fool me

about

Northeast Ohio newcomer David Ullman quietly released his debut single “Déjà vu” on December 19, 2006. The single, which includes an acoustic mix of the song “Secondhand,” features two eccentric B sides, “Snakebit” and “Mulletman,” as well. “Déjà vu” will also feature on Ullman’s forthcoming album DOG DAYS which is due for release this summer.

Like those from his impending full-length release, the songs on “Déjà vu” were recorded by Ullman himself—piecemeal in bedrooms, basements and bathrooms over a period of several years. The low-key approach to the sessions yielded intimate and unaffected performances from Ullman as well from his brother Brian (electric guitars & bass), and longtime friends Sean Kammer (keys) and Logan Ramsier (percussion).

This serendipitous method of recording also inspired the promotional video for “Déjà vu,” which was produced by the Pennsylvania-based Ship-King Media LLC (www.ship-king.com) in July of 2005. The video dramatizes Ullman’s writing and recording of the song, using the acoustics of bathroom-tile to enliven the track. Downloadable on www.davidullman.net, the clip was co-directed by Ship-King partner David Urbanic and Ullman’s longtime collaborator, the internationally acclaimed visual artist Matthew Jackson.

Brian Ullman, David’s younger brother, engineered the sessions for “Mulletman” and “Snakebit,” as well as creating the electronic drum loop for the latter, which he edited together from industrial sounds recorded at a factory where both brothers once worked. Brian also played bass and electric guitar as well as acting a general sounding-board for the elder Ullman’s own attempts at producing. In addition to digitally mastering the mixes for public release, Sean Kammer played piano on “Déjà vu,” and Logan Ramsier performed the live percussion parts under David’s direction.

“Déjà vu” will appear, unaltered, on the full-length DOG DAYS, as will a full-band mix of “Secondhand.” The B sides are exclusive to the single.

-February 2007

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released December 19, 2006

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DEJA VU
Recorded by David Ullman
Mixed by Brian & David Ullman
Vocals & Guitars: David Ullman
Piano: Sean Kammer

SECONDHAND (ACOUSTIC)
Recorded & Mixed by David & Brian Ullman
Vocals & Guitars: David Ullman
Bass & End Guitar: Brian Ullman
Djembe Drum: Logan Ramsier

SNAKEBIT
Recorded & Mixed by Brian Ullman
Vocals & Acoustic Guitars: David Ullman
Electric Guitars, Bass & 'Reason' Programming: Brian Ullman
Live Drums: Logan Ramsier, Recorded by David Ullman

MULLETMAN
Recorded by Brian Ullman
Mixed by David Ullman
Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, & Hand-claps: David Ullman
Electric Guitar, Bass & Hand-claps: Brian Ullman
Drums: Logan Ramsier, Recorded by David Ullman

All songs written by David Ullman

Mastered by Sean Kammer

Photo by Matthew G. Jackson

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