War Poets

War Poets

 Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
BandRockAdult Contemporary

War Poets writes and plays songs about social issues that impact so many of us. Jenny Case (bass, vocals) and Rex Haberman (guitar, vocals) combine with the best Minneapolis musicians, both in recording sessions and live performances, to deliver a dynamic and powerful sound.

Biography

After nearly a year of touring and releasing their first studio LP album, Dulce et Decorum Est, War Poets are back in the studio working on their new LP. This time, acclaimed Grammy-winning producer Joe Baldridge from Nashville has joined up with the band.

They are recording in Nashville, at John Richardson's (Gin Blossoms drummer) Drum Farm Studio in Menomonie, WI, and once again with Kevin Bowe producing at Okemah Studios in Minneapolis. The new album will be released probably in February of 2014 and will, of course, include songs about today's important topics. This time songs about USA gun violence, income inequality, Native American rights, aging and dying, and other topics are included.

Ariel Hyatt from New York and Jennifer Yeko from LA have joined the War Poets' PR team. Ariel's company, CyberPR, specializes in social media. Jennifer's company, True Talent Management, is a traditional PR firm dedicated to getting the word out.

Despite working in the studio, War Poets are still gigging, playing locally and doing short regional and national tours.

War Poets was named by band members Jenny Case and Rex Haberman in conjunction with songwriter Matt Kirkwold. Influenced by legends like Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen, these 3 musicians combined to write the majority of the 17 songs on their self released debut album, Dulce et Decorum Est. The songs tell stories of socially important issues in rock and ballad styles, and were produced by Kevin Bowe in Minneapolis and Stephen McKnight in Philadelphia.

Both AAA and college radio picked up on the momentum generated by the band's first video, Close Enough (>250,000 You Tube views). Close Enough, Don't Look Back, Dominica's Been Sent, and Deep Blue are examples of songs played on North American radio.

The band's United States tour included playing venues and events such as Whisky A Go Go on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip, The National Underground in New York's Lower East Side, and several large national festivals (in Austin, NYC for example).

Multiple TV and film licenses have been obtained. All 17 songs in both instrumental and full versions have been accepted.

Lyrics

Close Enough

Written By: Rex Haberman (ASCAP) and Kevin Bowe (BMI)

Close Enough (Bowe and Haberman) June 2012 Produced by Kevin Bowe

It’s a delicate situation
What can I do, where can I go?
Said you’d meet me at the station
Where the E Train stops in Soho

I was running up the stairs when I saw you waiting there

Close enough to touch
Close enough to care
Feel your body’s heat
Our passion’s burning everywhere
It’s all been worth the waiting
All the time you gave it
Look how far we’ve come to get close enough

Walking along down Mercer Street
Your smile surrounds my heart, my soul
Living in a city that never sleeps
Burning up the midnight oil

Your fingers paint a masterpiece all over me

Close enough to touch
Close enough to care
Feel your body’s heat
Our passion’s burning everywhere
It’s all been worth the waiting
All the time we gave it
Look how far we’ve come to get close enough

We’ve been here before
Broke down dreams, never again we swore
We’ve been here before
Broke down dreams, until you walked right through my door

Close enough to touch
Close enough to care
Feel your body’s heat
Our passion’s burning everywhere
It’s all been worth the waiting
All the time we gave it
Look how far we’ve come to get close enough
Get close enough
Get close enough
Get close enough
Get close enough

Dominica's Been Sent

Written By: Rex Haberman (ASCAP) and Kevin Bowe (BMI)

Dominica’s Been Sent (Bowe/Haberman) 2/1/12 Produced by Kevin Bowe

Rex:
I covered you up in a blanket, laid you out on the floor
Rolled you up like a little baby pup and waited till you asked for more

Ali:
Time goes slowly, oh so fast, but you wouldn’t know nothin’ ‘bout that
I can see the day coming, you start runnin’, gone in seconds flat

Rex and Ali:
It’s a hard line that you take when you try to get away
Yeah, you think you’re so bad
Don’t take the risk, don’t ever wish, it’ll wind up in your lap

Ali:
It’ll come your way, just wait a bit, it’ll come to you

Rex and Ali:
Dominica’s been sent

Rex:
We ran down to the market, we were looking to celebrate
You stared me down with your big wide eyes and a purpose to set me straight

Rex and Ali:
It’s a hard line that you take when you try to get away
Yeah, you think you’re so bad
Don’t take the risk, don’t ever wish, it’ll wind up in your lap

Ali:
It’ll come your way, just wait a bit, it’ll come to you, just wait for it
Some day you’ll see just what I meant
It’ll come to you

Rex and Ali:
Dominica’s been sent, Dominica’s been sent, Dominica’s been sent

Ali:
You covered me up in a blanket, laid me out on the floor
Rolled me up like a little baby pup and waited till I asked for more

Rex and Ali:
It’s a hard line that you take when you try to get away
Yeah, you think you’re so bad
Don’t take the risk, don’t ever wish, it’ll wind up in your lap

Ali:
It’ll come your way, just wait a bit, it’ll come to you, just wait for it
Some day you’ll see just what I meant
It’ll come to you

Rex and Ali:
Dominica’s been sent, Dominica’s been sent, Dominica’s been sent

Don't Look Back

Written By: Rex Haberman (ASCAP)

Don’t Look Back (Haberman) June 2012 Produced by Stephen McKnight

The last time I was stuck in the middle, sisters sitting two by two
I reached out and grabbed a little something, keeping those girls so cool

Well wouldn’t you know she tried to turn me down?
She stood up and walked away

Don’t look back because you’ll change your mind
You’re way too stubborn to see
Don’t look back ‘cause you’ll turn around
And walk away with me

She looked once at the label on the bottle and then she started to laugh
She said: “Hey boy, what are you trying to do? You got to know I’m not that fast.”

Well wouldn’t you know she tried to turn me down?
She walked out to her car

I said: Don’t look back because you’ll change your mind
You’re way too stubborn to see
Don’t look back ‘cause you’ll turn around
And walk away with me

I can see that little smile on your face, imagine what to do
Let me shine some guiding light to help
I can see you want to change your mind and walk this way
So don’t look back as you leave this place

After all that we’re still hanging around
She’s way too cool to lose
No one believes she tried to turn me down
Or stood up to walk away
It doesn’t seem right when you see her now
It doesn’t seem right at all

Don’t look back because you’ll change your mind
You’re way too stubborn to see
Don’t look back ‘cause you’ll turn around
And walk away with me

Don’t look back
Don’t look back
Don’t look back

Partly Naked

Written By: Rex Haberman (ASCAP) and Jenny Case (BMI)

Partly Naked 2/29/12 Haberman and Case
Suddenly she was sure of the longest road to travel
An early morning sunrise awoke her and guided the way
If it’s really true, it doesn’t seem to matter
The plan is understood and exposed this day

But at night and in the shadows, nothing will save it
At night and in the shadows, her heart is revealed
And partly naked

Whatever became of them? People often wonder
Did they really try to save part of their past?
In a daunting and troubled place, with hurricanes and thunder
Was this all meant to be? Could it ever last?

But at night and in the shadows, nothing will save it
At night and in the shadows, her heart is revealed
And partly naked
But at night and in the shadows, all is forsaken
At night and in the shadows, her heart is revealed
And partly naked

In a mood that tempers most, she lets them know she’s almost home
She’s partly naked as she goes, and some things they will never know

No one can understand for whom her heart is aching
Except for those who see the side they want to find
As it starts to glow, the part that she shows them
In its bareness will break the old and worn-out ties

Starry Nights in the Country

Written By: Rex Haberman (ASCAP) and Matt Kirkwold (ASCAP)

Starry Nights in the Country (Haberman/Kirkwold) 2/26/12 Produced by Kevin Bowe

Rex: I closed my book and looked your way
Jenny: I’m doing it all over again
R: How can I keep a straight face?
J: Let’s go outside and never come in
R: Yeah, it’s a beautiful night, summer in the country, laughter at the drive-in, boys are racing ‘round, we shake our heads: “wow”
J: Girls are getting ready, can’t you see them waiting? Puttin’ on their makeup. And we shake our heads.

R&J: Starry nights, in the cool mist
R&J: Holding on, to deep promises
R&J: Starry nights, your eyes are so bright
R&J: Starry nights in the country come alive

R: Walking on the steamy grass
J: Where you gonna take me this time?
R: The first time you’re gonna ask?
J: Been that way for quite a while
R: I can hear the boats on the lake
J: Green and red lights lead the way
R: Oh yeah, a beautiful night, can’t be better, than this one with the one I love
J: Oh yeah, a beautiful night, a beautiful night with the one I love
R: Summer in the country, laughter at the drive-in, boys are racing ‘round, and we shake our heads
J: Girls are getting ready, can’t you see them waiting? Puttin’ on their makeup. And we shake our heads.

R&J: Starry nights, in the cool mist
R&J: Holding on, to deep promises
R&J: Starry nights, your eyes are so bright
R&J: Starry nights in the country come alive

No Signs

Written By: Rex Haberman (ASCAP) and Matt Kirkwold (ASCAP)

No Signs 2/25/12 (Kirkwold/Haberman) Produced by Kevin Bowe

Matt:
Turn around and take a look at the door
It’s been unlocked for some time
My salty breath may be a warning to you
No words, no signs

A feather in my cap, they think it’s just so
Another one to parade
Wait a minute let me tell you this much
It’s all a charade

Matt and Brian:
Blinded by this wonderful sight
I’m possessed beyond everything right
You came here when I needed, yeah, I needed more
And didn’t speak a word, no words, no, no signs

Brian:
Said I’m really trying to figure it out
You give me all that I want
There’s little left for all the doubters to see
I can feel your calm

Gave to me more than a pat on the back
Anticipation is thick
I slid behind your soft and ever loving hold
Holding on to it

Matt and Brian:
Chorus

Instrumental over bridge

Matt:
Turn around and take a look at the door
It’s been unlocked for some time

Matt and Brian:
Chorus

Matt and Brian:
Chorus

Outro

Running Back to You

Written By: Rex Haberman (ASCAP) and Jenny Case (BMI)

Runnin’ Back to You (Case/Haberman) June 2012 Produced by Stephen McKnight

We explain the magic away and took it for the truth
Backed it up with logic, reason, and proof

But what about the way your hands felt on my face
When you drew them close to mine?
As days turn to weeks, must be a dream
To believe it, could be a lie

Now everything’s completely changed and I’m runnin’ back to you
If I sidestep will I sway, I come runnin’ back to you
Say goodbye to yesterday, now I’m runnin’ back to you
Runnin’ back to you

I sit with you in the evening air, we talk of other times
I want to hear all you feel, unsure of what I’ll find

I always will regret the things I never should’ve said
I pull the weight from what I’ve learned
I’m underneath the thumb of the one I really love
Carrying burdens of bridges burned

Seems like I always turn away
From your love, any love I get afraid
You let me come back so soon
Runnin’ back to you

Will You Be There

Written By: Rex Haberman (ASCAP) and Matt Kirkwold (ASCAP)

Will You Be There (Haberman/Kirkwold) 2012, Produced by Stephen McKnight, June, 2012

Close to your house it’s getting kind of dark
I sit on your front porch swing and sway
Back and forth kicking my feet in double time
You look out the window and see me you smile
Sit next to me, and say: “what’s on your mind?
You’re looking worried, is something haunting you, tell me what you want me to do”

I just need to know, will you be there
Will you be there if I’m sad and tired, and can’t seem to find myself
I never thought that I’d see the day when I would count on somebody else
But here I am and I’m not looking back
You tell me once again: I’ll be there

I see your dress move along your legs as you walk
Your bare feet stepping quiet and soft
Your hair shifts on your shoulders to say:
“Why don’t you come on in?”
I thank God for this day. Everything old has passed
Starting up again, it’s a new love, everything is good but I just got to ask

I just need to know, will you be there
Will you be there if I’m sad and tired, and can’t seem to find myself
I never thought that I’d see the day when I would count on somebody else
But here I am and I’m not looking back
You tell me once again: I’ll be there

I got to know that this is finally right
Will you still be there
You told me once again this is our time
Yes, I’ll be there

I just need to know, will you be there
Will you be there if I’m sad and tired, and can’t seem to find myself
I never thought that I’d see the day when I would count on somebody else
But here I am and I’m not looking back
You tell me once again: I’ll be there
I’ll be there

Boys Want to Play

Written By: Rex Haberman (ASCAP)

Boys Want to Play (Haberman) June 2012 Produced by Kevin Bowe

Home, I see my way home
On Highway 95
I’m getting close
Sun’s up over the beach, on Daytona Beach
That’s where we want to be

Don’t you believe that the boys want to play?
When the school bells stop their ringing
Hop in their cars and roll down the road
Inside leather steaming

She, is within your reach
She’s been waiting there
Her love is bittersweet
So man don’t waste your chance, it may not ever come back
She’ll change her mind and say: “no, hell no!”

Don’t you believe that the boys want to play?
When the school bells stop their ringing
Hop in their cars and roll down the road
Inside leather steaming
Inside leather steaming

Time, it never ends
Never been this good
She’s your best compliment
So slam it in low gear and fly away with her fast
And wave to all who’s left

Don’t you believe that the boys want to play?
When the school bells stop their ringing
Hop in their cars and roll down the road
Inside leather steaming
Inside leather steaming

Don’t you believe that the boys want to play?
Boys want to play, boys want to play

Paint You the Sun

Written By: Rex Haberman (ASCAP) and Lauren Haberman

Paint You the Sun (Haberman, L and Haberman, R) 1/30/12 Produced by Kevin Bowe

If I could paint you the sun
On the wall for you to find
Every time you look around, the tangles that we made
And the knots are untied

I want to paint, paint you the sun
So it’s always warm inside your life
I want to see your heart smile

Don’t let it fade, don’t let the paint chip away
And when the dark clouds come along
We’ll be singing to the rain, to the rain

Details are burning forever bright
I can see your home
We built it till we bled and is finally right
And we’re no longer alone

I want to paint, paint you the sun
So it’s always warm inside your life
I want to see your heart smile

Don’t let it fade, don’t let the paint chip away
And when the dark clouds come along
We’ll be singing to the rain, to the rain

I want to paint, paint you the sun
I want to paint, paint you the sun
I want to paint, paint you the sun