Timothy Bailey and The Humans

Timothy Bailey and The Humans

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Idiosyncratic americana with eclectic pop twists

Biography

In 1992, Timothy Bailey moved to Richmond, Virginia where he co-led the bands Schwa and Fashion Central. Those bands released 7" singles on Brilliant Records and SpinArt in the U.S. and Elefant Records in Europe.

After several years of extensive touring, Bailey burned out, selling all his equipment and dropping out of the music scene entirely. Over the next 10 years, Bailey held a variety of jobs, did a stint in grad school, fell gravely ill, and recovered.

Richmond's Cherub Records released Timothy Bailey & The Human's debut EP "Ecoutez! Ecoutez!" in June 2006. The recordings show a hard-won maturity and optimism that could only arise from a painful and honest reckoning with life's low points.

Bailey's main songwriting concern is how people try to maintain a realistic sense of hope in the face of life's worst difficulties.

Lyrics

The Pretty Lights

Written By: Timothy Bailey

"I don't know what's wrong,"
she said, "but something's not quite right.
I don't know where I'm going,
but I'm going out tonight."
She had a run of bad luck,
but she never threw the fight.
She did it 'cause she felt like
tearing down the pretty lights.

She said, "Oh, now I see
what the pretty lights have done to me.
I check my pockets;
I check the time.
The pretty lights may never cease
their shining."

She suffered in the daytime;
she was freezing every night,
and when she closed her eyes,
she was blinded by the pretty lights.
She said, "Am I God's worst sinner?
Will I disappear? I hear an evil voice;
it's whispering into my ear.

And it says,
'Oh, now I see
what the pretty lights have done to me.
I check my pockets;
I check the time.
The pretty lights may never cease
their shining.'"

God knows if she was born that way,
and only He knows why
she was running like a wounded animal,
trying to evade a hunter's line of sight.
She tried to strike a bargain,
but the Lord wouldn't play that game,
and in the harsh glare of the pretty lights
everybody looks just about the same to him.
She was trying to get dinner on the table.
She was looking after her three kids.
Her husband had fled at the first sign of trouble
with the pretty lights about to begin.
She was desperate for a savior.
She had a closet full of hospital gowns.
She had an address book with the names of her friends,
but they never seemed to come around
when the pretty lights were shining.

There was no moon out on the last night
when she woke up from a dream;
turned on the lamp beside her bed,
but even so she couldn't see.
She tried to use the telephone,
but the telephone was dead.
The pretty lights were shining bright,
but only in her head.

She said, "Oh, now I see
what the pretty lights have done to me.
I check my pockets;
I check the time.
The pretty lights may never cease
their shining."

The Honey and The Lye

Written By: Timothy Bailey

Without you I can't tell
what's real
from what's too real.
And in my worst dreams
I become inanimate,
but somehow I still feel everything.

I'll take you in tonight;
I'll take you in every night.

Oh, I taste the bittersweetness.
I can taste the honey and the lye.
You can make those demons flee.
You can chase the shadows from
the killing moon,
the broken sky.

I'll take you in tonight;
I'll take you in every night.
I'll take you in tonight;
I'll take you in any night.

Colorado Girl

Written By: Timothy Bailey

Met her in a coffee shop in Durango.
She was getting ready to close up for the night.
I told her that I wasn't from around there.
She said, "I know--
I can see that in your eyes."
I asked her what she meant,
but she wouldn't answer.
She told me that her name was Pearl.
I said, "No one's got a name like that one anymore."
But she did.
She was my Colorado girl.

She said her father,
he was a cowboy.
I said, "You must be pulling my leg.
There's no such thing as cowboys anymore."
She said, "Well you never met my dad."
She hadn't seen that much of him either.
Said, "He could be anywhere in the world."
Said she was beyond being sad about it now.
But she was sad.
She was my Colorado girl.

She said she felt like driving,
so we climbed into her van.
We rode around in the San Juan mountains,
and then we headed out for no man's land.

We spent the night in Alamosa
at the Lamplighter motel,
drinking watermelon agua fresca.
With my Colorado girl.
With my Colorado girl.
With my Colorado girl.

Discography

"Ecoutez! Ecoutez!" a 5-song EP released on Richmond's boutique label, Cherub Records. Samples are available by clicking the AUDIO tab above. Full EP available at the iTunes Music Store or by request.

Set List

TB&TH play mostly original material, with periodic covers by the likes of Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, and Johnny Cash. We typically play one 60 minute set.