The Mercy Alliance and Joe Rathbone

The Mercy Alliance and Joe Rathbone

 Burke, Virginia, USA
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Somewhere between Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson lies the voice of Joe Rathbone. The Nashville-based artist sails from atmospheric falsettos to gritty, low refrains, always with an ear for catchy melodies and a clever turn of phrase.

Biography

After catching the ears of Starbucks/Hear Music with his 2007 release Under the Scorpio Moon, resulting in their licensing several songs for play in stores nationally, Joe Rathbone is back withy Mad July; a 5-song EP that runs from a rememberance of a desert trek ('8 Years Ago'), to the death of a former colleague ('Mary'), to landing in the modern era 'half naked in a bistro' ('Mad July'), to realizing 'we're finally where we should have been('Moving with You').

Recorded in the attic loft of musical renegade/producter Josh Fuson and ending up in David Henry's haven aka True Tone Recording, what happened was madness and love in sound and words. In the summer of 2008, Daniel Dennis, owner of Prime Cut Records in Nashville, teamed up with Joe Rathbone to release his new EP, featuring Steve Bowman's tribal drumming, David Mead's soul/choral backing, cardboard box drum loops, 10-watt Gibson amps, a string section, metal ductwork on 2 and 4 and a belief that all these folks you never heard of sound better than the famous ones, the priveleged anointed ones. Here's to friends and Mad July.

Mad July follows 2007's Under the Scorpio Moon, 2004's I Can Hear the Windows of Your Heart Breaking and the 2002 debut, Welcome to Your New Life. All three received very favorable reviews in national media and extensive airplay on AAA radio stations, most ntably WFUV in NYC, WXPN in Philadelphia, WNCW in Charlotte, NC, KUT in Austin, WRNR in Maryland, WMNF in Tampa, KXCI in Tuscon and XM Satellite Radio's Cafe' Channel throughout the US and were lauded as an impressive showcase of Rathbone's songwriting skills.

Joe has appeared on The Mountain Stage and tours in the US and UK, opening for Shawn Colvin, Chuck Prophet, Rock Four, Peter Mulvey, Robbie Fulks, Jeff Lang, Amy Rigby, Greg Trooper, Jim Lauderdale and Ben Weaver.

Starbucks/Hear Music licensed 'The World' from Under the Scorpio Moon for plays in 10,000+ stores nationally in 2008 and Paste Magazine featured 'Like Some Angel' from Scorpio Moon on it's May 2007 CD sampler.

Lyrics

Moving With You

Written By: Joe Rathbone

Moving With You

It’s what I’ve been doin’
It’s what I’ve been sayin’
It’s where I’ve been – movin’ with you

Here we go, we’re movin’
Took awhile to get goin’
Now we’re finally where – we should’ve been

Moon so beautiful
Shining like a white ball
Making you rise and fall
That’s where I’ve been

Go to sleep – sleep walkin’
Hear you creep – you’re talkin’
It’s the morning, can I spend it with you

Break

Sky’s still beautiful
Burning like a red ball
Making you rise and fall
That’s where I’ve been

If you go, I’ll miss you
Come on home, will kiss you
It’s the mornin’ time, spend it with you

Moon so beautiful
Burnin’ like a red ball
Making you rise and fall
That’s where I’ve been

It’s what I’ve been doin’
It’s what I’ve been sayin’
It’s where I’ve been – movin’ with you

Everything you never did
Anything you never said
Why you had all that time
That’s where I’ve been

Here we go, we’re movin’
Took awhile to get goin’
Now we’re finally where – we should’ve been
That’s where I’ve been – movin’ with you
That’s where I’ve been – movin’
with you

Mad July

Written By: Joe Rathbone

Mad July

The world is made for pretty girls
Rock’n’roll boys on heroine
Strung out just like pearls

He broke your heart, so you inked up your skin
Now you got a thousand little scars
Just to remind you of him

That I need you everyday
And I need you all the way

Chorus:
‘Cuz it’s mad July
Sittin’ half naked in a bistro
I love the lines around your eyes
Holdin’ onto Johnny as he lets go
As he lets go.

Lie on your back, look up at the sky
Momma’s little baby’s got a bathing suit on
And a vacancy in her eyes
Bought every drug, stole every thrill
Every sensation and a mystic revelation rolled up into one pill……….

Chorus

She gets a job, runs off to school
Everybody’s dyin’, everybody’s tryin’ to find their way up to cool…….

Now she’s 18, superstar stage
Preachin’ her song, singing her book
To everybody under age.

Chorus 2x

Mad July Echo out.

Edge of the Earth

Written By: Joe Rathbone

Edge of the Earth

Thursday, in My Car
You’re Cryin’, it’s too far

Monday, you’re sleeping
On Blankets, you’re dreamin

You fell off the edge of the earth
You fell off the edge of the earth

Hopeless, the sunrise
Is waking, in your eyes

Dirty, and dying
The streetlights, are smiling

You fell off the edge of the earth
You fell off the edge of the earth

Freezin’, on the highway
Hold onto, the skyway

Screamin’, and driving
I’m sorry, I’m lyin’

Your hair, on blankets
Starts shinin’, they're still wet

Plastic -- Is crackin’
The vinyl -- the backing

You fell off the edge of the earth
You fell off the edge of the earth

Break

Out:
You fell off the edge of the earth
You fell off the edge of the earth

Mary

Written By: Joe Rathbone

Mary

We lost you, We lost you
We lost you to the silver moon

God-damned moon
With a white-out sky
I guess we lost you to your savior

Chorus:
(Did ya) Did ya hear about her
(Did ya hear it) Did ya hear about her
Did you hear about Mary
(Did ya) Did ya hear about her
(Did ya hear it) Did ya hear about her
Did you hear about Mary

Always there
Always there
Always there in the yellow sky
Always there, but it’s never enough
Never enough when you’re flyin’ by

Chorus

Break (8 measures)

Wish that I
Could get on that plane
Fly up there to your bedside

Chemical shake
With a tremor heart
Shaking eyes and you’re falling apart

Chorus 3x

Learning to Fly

Written By: Joe Rathbone

Learning to Fly

There’s nothing that you’ve got
Except the moon and the sky

There’s nothing that you’ve got
Except the sand and the stars

I’ve been waiting for you
You’ve been waiting for me
I’ve been waiting for you
You’ve been waiting for me.

So let’s go for a walk
Forget about these terrible thingws
Everyone is losing faith
Faith in all of these terrible things

I’ve been waiting for you
You’ve been waiting for me
I’ve been waiting for you
You’ve been waiting for me.

You’re learnin’ to fly, learnin’ to fly
Dippin a wing in the ocean
No you’re not high – you’re not hight
You’re heart is finally in motion

I’ve been waiting for you
You’ve been waiting for me
I’ve been waiting for you
You’ve been waiting for me.

You’re learnin’ to fly, learnin’ to fly
Dippin a wing in the ocean
No you’re not high – you’re not hight
You’re heart is finally in motion

You’re learnin’ to fly, learnin’ to fly
Dippin a wing in the ocean
No you’re not high – you’re not hight
You’re heart is finally in motion

You’re heart is finally in motion (3x)

8 Years Ago

Written By: Joe Rathbone

8 Years Ago

V1:
I wish it was -- 8 years ago
And everyday -- didn’t feel so much
Like an explosion
Like an explosion

I wish it was -- eight years ago
Lying in my bed -- with you there below
Making noises in the motel room

Chorus:
Driving thru the dessert,
Stopping off at all the beautiful places
Moving through Los Angeles
Staring at the beautiful faces
Faces

V2:
I wish that we -- were driving now
Stopping off to sleep -- in the trailer park
Outside of Memphis --‘side of Memphis

Chorus

V3:
I wish it was -- 8 years ago
And everyday -- didn’t feel so much
Like an explosion
Like an explosion

In another year -- she’ll make money there
And then tell me all about the 13 men she slept with
In the quiet, in the desert, in the wasteland

Chorus

V4:
I wish it was -- eight years ago
And we were still in love like just like it used to go
And you didn’t hate me – so much
You didn’t hate me – no you didn’t hate me – so much, you didn’t hate me
You didn’t hate me, hate me

Discography

2007-Current -- Mad July EP
2005 -- Under the Scorpio Moon LP (picked up by Starbuck's Music)
2002 - I Can Hear the Windows LP ...

Set List

Set consists of original tunes, unless covers are requested by venue

One Set listed below of originals

Moving With You
Mary
Down Down Down
Mad July
8 Years Ago
Looking For Me
I Can Hear the Windows ...
This Is Where I Come From
Everything Falls Down
Beijing
I Know I've Been Bad