Never A Moment Alone

by Emily Davis

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1.
Artificial Happiness Give me unruly crowds and thick toxic clouds Conversation muted; music loud Give me portions of less so I'll come back for more 'Cause I die every night Just to wake up bored Spare decisions, well-earned criticisms Spare me the mirror and send liquid dinner Spare me one honest friend with their biting insight 'Cause I'm bored every morning And I die every night Evening comes -- we seek her out Swirling her in our mouths Another petite mort Until the real one comes around Until the real one comes around Trade me one ugly truth for a hundred charming lies Trade me "are you alright?" for two averted eyes Trading everything I am for a whim unsatisfied 'Cause I'm bored every morning and I die every night But for now, we'll settle for these shallow sips But for now, we'll bathe in this manufactured bliss But for now, postpone the day while we persist In this artificial happiness
2.
God Hates Flags It's no disrespect It's a simple disconnect It's devotion masquerading for idolatry Sanctifying pastimes Spangled Xs, thin blue lines They're deified to obfuscate Our ugly history This hand won't be forced over my heart These lips won't be coerced to take part In glorifying fabric -- to recite or sing in chorus This hand will not be forced It's no disrespect It's denial of perfection Etched into us from our youth And make to make us yield While the silent, deadly, mighty wait Using anthems as their bait To sedate us further Someday everyone will kneel This hand won't be forced over my chest At my side it's clenched tightly in protest Archaic is the mandate and explicit my retort This hand will not be forced Behold our new religion The worshipping of linen Adoration of a rag How would the maker feel? I'd wager if he's real That he probably hates flags He probably hates flags This hand won't be forced over my heart These lips won't be coerced to take part Archaic is the mandate and explicit my retort This hand will not be forced
3.
Eden is the Worst The streets are deep in slumber They might be comatose til summer Traded whirlwind days for a world on pause Adam and his Eve except that they Didn't get here first 'Cause it feels like we're The last two people on earth What will become of us? We were wanderers once But now we're hibernating So much for the spring Adam and his Eve Except that their Eden is the worst 'Cause it feels like we're The last two people on earth When nothing is beautiful And when everything hurts When each day's a deja vu I'll find my solace through You The streets are deep in slumber Wanna air your despair? Take a number Traded whirlwind days For a world on pause Adam and his Eve Except that their Eden is the Worst 'Cause it feels like we're The last two people on earth When nothing is beautiful And when everything hurts When each day's a deja vu I'll find my solace through You
4.
Partner In Crime Detectives at the scene Of a murder mystery The suspect will confess In the absence of evidence Life is a series of tropes You were in on the joke We'd always be amused They never used an alibi Just one more gullible bad guy Ripped from the headlines Life is a series of tropes You were in on the joke Now when I come home it feels Like transcending time Why did you go My partner in crime? Now all that's left of you is the best of me. You'd be the wisecrack And I'd play sidekick Never surprised at The slyest trick I know that you never meant To flee the scene My partner in crime I'm missing your identity Now all that's left of you is the best of me. My partner in crime You're my partner in crime Now all that's left of you is the best of me And all that's left to do is what you'd expect of me And all that's left of me wants one more Murder mystery
5.
Don't Make A Promise Meet me at the station and we'll run away together Make our stead in foreign lands more green So she waited at the station 'til the sun made its retreat Please don't make a promise that you don't intend to keep Give me all your money and your sickness will dissolve Cup runneth over, pockets deep So he threw away his fortune as the tumors multiplied A promise made was how the poor man died Potent are the oaths we make In a hopeful ear they sound immense Often they are uttered Less often sincere No significance What you said rings in my head I've been losing sleep So don't make a promise Don't make a promise That you don't intend You don't intend to keep Let me be the bastion Where all your hopes are stored I'll gladly fortify what you want most But the walls were never built Just embarrassment and guilt At having conversations with a ghost Potent are the oaths we make In a hopeful ear they sound immense Often they are uttered Less often sincere No significance What you said rings in my head I've been losing sleep So don't make a promise Don't make a promise That you don't intend You don't intend to keep If the walls are never built Build them yourself If the walls are never You gotta build them yourself So don't make a promise Don't make a promise
6.
Mitosis 02:51
Mitosis Mind of a predator Mind of the prey Mind of a cannibal Gnawing at his leg Mind of a windmill Mind of the wind My mind is both enemy and friend Mind of mitosis Two dueling cells Mind of a preacher Preaching at himself Mind overflowing Mind in a drought A mind so certain In all of its doubt Cleaved in half One side cries While the other one laughs Mind of a hammer And mind of a nail Mind so brazen In being so frail Mind, the kind Who prefers the pretend My mind is both enemy and friend Split in two One side's white noise The other one's mute Cleaved in half One side cries While the other one laughs Enemy and friend Enemy and friend My mind is both enemy and friend
7.
Why Weren't They Stunned? Why weren't they stunned When the river turned to blood? Everything sanguine No need for suspicion Why weren't they moved Under the obsidian moon? The stolen light -- a warning sign That we're on borrowed time Borrowed time and we're deepening the debt Belligerent -- clearly in the red Reckless and lost In the abscess that's absence of thought And all is chaos 'Til they embrace a cause Ignore the floating fish They don't exist Why weren't they stunned When the river turned to blood? With eyes that barely open Rarely recognize an omen No sign of dread at Impending pestilence Boiled skin -- so it begins Ignore the evidence 'Cause evidently it will never satisfy Be insincerely optimistic While the waters turn acidic Life is lovely when it labors To stay in your favor While tired hands hold up The ground on which you stand Oh, deride them they deserve it Be snide because they've earned it This pathetic paradigm All judgements justified Will we be stunned now that The river's turned to blood? Will we occupy the present With fear for firstborn sons? Will we be spurned? When will we learn? Truth's never had an antidote -- No salve to stave its burn When will we learn?
8.
Semicolon 02:33
Semicolon I met a happy medium who said I'd never find one Got high on druggless bliss Just to crash to this Tepid existence Burned through the days Burned through the days Brighter than the blaze that Smoked Notre Dame Just to sink beneath a sea That never calms Surviving in between These towering extremes I have become A semicolon What month is it? What day? Christmas bleeds right into May And I'm forte and reticence the same. Which night is it? Which moon? March stampedes right into June And drags me through the dust Until I'm husked. Fixtured in between These towering extremes I have become A semicolon Fixtured in between These towering extremes I'm surviving in between These towering extremes I have become A semicolon
9.
Bloodlines 03:18
Bloodlines Gravel scattered, patches of dead grass Once spanned across this mountain pass But they gathered up their goods And they gathered up their maps And the road was made by walking it Coyotes crying, hiding in the desert shade Rocks that cut like a razor blade Burning backs baked from relentless rays And the road was made by walking it The task to make a passage was a lengthy feat Countless miles swept by countless feet A millennium or ten until it was complete And the road was made by walking it The strength to stand upright with forward-facing eyes Smashing stones turned to enterprise Passing what they favored down throughout time The road was made by walking it We find it in our bloodlines Right in our ancestry Tie your laces, brace the weather Can we walk this road together? Our solitary purpose Our common cause is this: Persist, persist Gravel scattered, patches of dead grass Once spanned across this mountain pass But they gathered up together and they made a pact And the road was made by walking it And now you find yourself with two broken feet Days of isolation and misery I will carry you until my arms grow weak 'Cause we make the road We find it in our bloodlines Right in our ancestry The fearless stride of those we follow Won't you walk this road with me? Our solitary purpose Our common cause is this: Persist, persist
10.
Eternal Babylon Cars crowding these urban arteries Barely any movement More machine than human I'm more machine than human You can strip me of the city Still remains my plight I'm living life like a Vegas night Like dice in a palm Evening tossed -- then dawn Shattered glass, cigarette ash Eternal Babylon Eternal Babylon, go on Bet on my behavior Knowing you'd be right I'm living life like a Vegas Night -- night -- night You can blow your mind (With a gun or a good time) Amber waives the pain (Pour me fields of grain) You can play roulette (Like there's no bullets left) Leave behind your chamber (Find a little bit of danger) And ardor in your spine Living life just like... There's nothing poetic (In dying an acetic) Nothing more profane (Than living to abstain) Double zero by day So I spin it at night Make the most of Coasting through this Check out line Life like a Vegas night... This advertisement of my habits Hang it on a neon sign I'm living life like a Vegas night
11.
Space Cadet 03:09
Space Cadet Stargazing space cadet Deadlines you'll forget And at this elevation You'll get singed by the sun To daydreaming addicted Distracted, you've lifted Off into the blue above Left behind a silhouette The rest of you was lost Blew right past the stellar gas And nebulous the cause Your view infinitesimal Peripheries be damned But landing looms And you'll say soon "I don't know where I am" To daydreaming addicted Distracted, you've lifted Dreaming devoted You haven't noticed You're floating towards the blue above Patience, saintly patience please For this space cadet Who vacates without restraint Desperate to reconnect
12.
Apartment Homes They know not what they do Dig for black blood in her veins Scalp her, strip her bare Not a care for her future nor theirs All we do Is consume Turn the world in full bloom Into an arid tomb Kyrie eleison Wring the ground 'til it's dried out The shore roars in foreboding Soon they'll be forgotten Defacing their coffin All we do Is condemn Host of temporary men Plundrous hands and oiled grins Forgive them And all we do Is consume Turn the world in full bloom Into an arid tomb Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison Never a moment alone We'll have to share apartment homes We'll have to eat from the same plate 'Til we sweat to death or suffocate The ever-expanding shore Will blur the line between "Mine" and "yours" Tug of wars, resources dwindle Eat the rope, whoever wins will have... Never a moment alone.

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Emily Davis and The Murder Police are:

Jorge Torres electric guitar/backing vocals
Jose Macias bass guitar/backing vocals
Tomas Tinajero drums/backing vocals
Emily Davis vocals/acoustic guitar

Special thanks is owed to Mike Minjarez for assisting with the vocal arrangements on Bloodlines, Javier Martinez for his lyrical contribution to Partner In Crime, and Justin Chase Black for helping us conceptualize our artwork. We consider ourselves privileged to work with Chris Common and Ross Ingram once more and would like to extend our sincere appreciation for all their hard work on this album.

Also, we are eternally indebted to the 146 total badasses who supported our Kickstarter campaign. We'd like to personally thank Adam Bever, Alan Arrowsmith, Alexis Gentile, Bry Cundiff, Chris Hyatt, Daniel Wolpert, David Mason, Erik Hartzfeld, Jason Domanowski, Josefine Weems, Justin and Julie Packnett, Katherine DeSmit, Kevin Cantara, Kristen Nyhus, Maarten Gassmann, Mark Brown, Sundown Tavern, Tim McGowan, Tim Phelps, and Zach Godsil for their generous contributions.

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris Common with sound engineering assistance provided by Ross Ingram.
Recorded at Brainville studios in January 2021.

Album art designed by David Fernández (IG @godlessdesign)
Artwork for Artificial Happiness, God Hates Flags, Mitosis, Semicolon, and Bloodlines courtesy of Edith Karuna.

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released June 25, 2021

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Emily Davis El Paso, Texas

Emily Davis and The Murder Police are an alt-folk-punk band living in the desert southwest with an affinity for writing aggressive, introspective music. Their second LP "Never A Moment Alone" is out June 25, 2021.

EDMP has opened up for Sparta, The Kyle Gas Band, Neko Case, The Toasters, Leftover Crack, Authority Zero, Cold War Kids, and had a 16-day run with Bad Religion in late 2019.
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