Pleasant Stay Hotel

by Vanessa Boyd

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Pleasant Stay Hotel is a limited 12” vinyl edition of 100, hand painted.

Side A’s World Trance Americana is minimally recorded w/ hajhuj, synth and vocals. “Impervious” is the only track recorded with drums. [Tracks 1-5]
Side B is all Spoken Word, vocals only. [Tracks 6-16]

All of the spoken word material is also viewable on YouTube as live videos from a New York, NY performance.

All 5 of the music tracks (Side A) were re-recorded and are available on the 2011 release, Emerge. The two albums, Pleasant Stay Hotel and Emerge, have very different approaches to the recordings of these songs. Decide which you prefer or get both!

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released March 10, 2009

All material recorded*, mixed and produced by Vanessa Boyd and mastered by Rick Essig REM, NY
(*drums on Impervious recorded at Lucid Productions, NY)
Original photo by Samantha Isom, additional art design by Vanessa Boyd
Pressed by BrooklynPhono, NY
© Vanessa Boyd 2009, BMI

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Original music. From folk ballads to roots americana to rock to spoken word to world fusion to electric experimental.

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Track Name: Good for January
Good for January
(You know I want to sleep with you, right?)
Good for january, I’m good for January.
Can I put my moves on you?
My, what delicate nostrils you have.
My, what a beautiful skull you have.
Good for January, I’m good for January.
Tell you what, you and me, drink for drink.
If I win, I sleep with you.
And if you win, you sleep with me.
Track Name: Woe to the Cynic
Woe to the Cynic
Woe to the Cynic who has dared to dream again
You are sensitive and your pain is raw skin.

How’d you cut me down in so little time
I misunderstood your intentions towards mine.
Track Name: Arise
Arise
One after another they all go by, in my mind.
I gather my steed, my sword and my shield.
Come, come, come, come
Come along
It’ll be so much fun, so much fun.
Track Name: Impervious
Impervious
You’re a bastard, you’re a bastard, for breaking my heart.
I don’t feel a thing, I’m on top of the world.
Fuck Dopamine, I ain’t feeling no pain.
I’m impervious.
I don’t feel a thing, I’m on top of the world.
Fuck giving out love, with nothing to gain.
I’m impervious.
I don’t feel a thing, I’m on top of the world.
Fuck meeting your needs, you can all come to me.
I’m impervious.
Track Name: Straight [Ramblings Mix]
Straight [Ramblings Mix]
I want you straight.
I want you straight, from the shower.
No look, no style. All body all mind.

I want you straight.
I want you straight, from the bottle.
Don’t gauge my reaction. Don’t prepare the next move.

I want you straight.
I want you straight, from the bottle.
Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t move.
Track Name: N Train
N Train
This punk mother-fucker with his face to my ear,
his breath all hot with liquor and beer -
What kind of music do you play?
What kind of music do you play?
What kind of music do you play?
You must be serious and shit.
What, you can’t talk to me cause you’re so legit?
Well I say you’re just another cunt bitch.
I imagine my palm is a fist, wrist to jaw, now I’m standing tall -
now what mother-fucker now what mother-fucker now what?
Cause I got secret and it’s hidden in my pocket
and if you keep talking shit then I’ gonna hafta pop it
Cause I’m sick, of pussy hating dicks,
using public transit as another means to target
women on their own just trying to get home.
Track Name: Music of Speech
Music of Speech
Some people think I smoke weed.
I guess it’s that connection between the smoke and the music
the muzak
the power to bring back
the memory of
recreational drugs...
It’s the sound of your voice in the morning on the phone
when you call me at home
just to say hello.
Fuck weed, fuck pills, fuck that white powder snuff stuff
cause I don’t gotta get high to get hot when you grab my thighs
don’t gotta drink to think that there’s lust in your eyes
but we can get fucked up for fun
play pool till the risin of the sun
but let me show you how I run when I’m done.
I can function on a dime
on a penny
on the sly
don’t need to puff to help me get by.
I tried on your shoes, I know they fit
but that’s just a fringe benefit
I gotta see if you got the whole outfit
before we can make a go of it
I need to know a bit
more
about how we gonna compromise
the two of our lives
we’re comin from opposite sides.
Let me tell you how I’m gonna give in,
you go out and smoke with your friends
but when you get stoned,
you need to go on to your own home
and brush your teeth
and sleep in your sheets
cause I got enough to do
while you take care of you and yours
and maybe we can open doors
between the world you’re livin in
and the life I’m tryin to spin
Track Name: Kidney Punch
Kidney Punch
Hold up – why’d I wake up gritting my teeth
Feel like somebody hit me while I was asleep
They’re coming at me from all sides now
I thought I had my back against the wall
But that wall was built from my trust in you
And it’s crumbled now below my view
And wait, was that a kidney punch from behind?
Were you a punk ass dick all this time?
You got me by the clit
And if you keep pushing
Cause you wanna find out
if I’ll go into submission
you better watch out
cause my intuition says
I’m gonna lash out
Put you in a hold
Give you all the pain back
Make it ten-fold.
Now I’ve been trying to better myself
Find my inner peace, put my anger on the shelf
But I can pull out some old behavior
So you better go on and do yourself a favor
Cause a man don’t hide and a friend don’t lie
And you’ve been doing both like it’s going out of style
I said a man don’t hide and a friend don’t lie
Let me break it down now one last time
A man don’t hide and a friend don’t lie
Track Name: Scream
Scream
Women scream in fear, men scream in pain
Which comes first the chicken or the egg?
If I had a nickel for every time I fought
If I had a dime for every time I thought
used my words and my eyes and my “women’s intuition”
to get out of a quickly declining situation
I wouldn’t be looking at the gates pulled down
me and the lonely men out on the town
Women scream in fear, men scream in pain

I wonder if the men ever see it coming
or choose to react at the very last moment…
Which comes first the chicken or the egg?
Track Name: Woman on the Make
Woman on the Make
If I were a woman on the make, I’d be easier to take
As it stands, you run a hundred dollar tab
and how is this possible? how is this true?
I still - don’t - sleep with you.
She’s dangerous…
You’ll wake up in the morning, feeling disappointed
A woman on the look - out - for love
is volatile and scary
so you - be - wary of
trying to guess the impulse
for the - things - she does
She’s dangerous…
You’ll wake up in the morning, feeling disappointed
If I’m a woman on the make
then I need a man who’ll take - me - seriously
and have the balls to come - on - to me
but as it stands you just - buy - more - drinks
Track Name: Cool
Cool
This is for all the men who want to fuck me, but don’t wanna know me,
Not interested in having a conversation, just making a declaration.
If you’re looking for a place to drop some cum,
if you’re looking for a woman
to incubate your sperm
Well you can check yourself
check next door
I don’t give a shit if you check the corner
If you think that all you got to do to respect me
is switch the word bitch to lady
I can tell you that it’s not what you see
It’s not my booty
It’s not the swing of my hips
Or the color on my lips
That makes me
As cool as I am.
Track Name: Gonna Line Up
Gonna Line Up
If you’re a woman, and you’re strong, well you better watch out,
cause they’re gonna line up, to break your back, said they’re gonna line up,
to break your back.
They’ll pull you in every direction, push you as far as you’ll go.
If you’re a woman, and you know what you want, well you better watch out,
cause they’re gonna line up, to tear you apart, said they’re gonna line up,
to tear you apart.
They’ll pull you in every direction, push you as far as you’ll go.
If you’re a woman, and you say it out loud, well you better watch out,
cause they’re gonna line up, to call you out, said they’re gonna line up,
to call you out.
They’ll pull you in every direction, push you as far as you’ll go.
If you’re a woman, then you better watch out.
Track Name: Luxury Hotel
Luxury Hotel
So I’m in the employee breakroom of a luxury hotel,
Sitting under a sign that reads, “No spitting on floor”,
And I fight off the flies to finish my food
And make my way to the employee bathroom
Where there’s another sign that reminds me
“Employees must wash hands”.
And I do.
Believe me,
I wash my hands of all the copies I’ve made for personal use,
I wash my hands of all the faxes and phone calls I’ve made on company time…
And speaking of time,
I noticed they deducted my check for a 30-minute break
that I never got to take
while watching the blue-bloods talk down
to the blue-collars and push around
their money
and enormous belly
and the greaseball lawyers from out of town
tell stupid jokes and slap $20s down.
Track Name: Middle Class
Middle Class
All these fuckers with their leaf blowers,
Throwing their noise pollution everywhere
While I’m trying to watch the leaves fall through the air
And I could write a letter,
To the local paper
Saying “please would all the middle class
Sit outside and just relax,
Your obsessive need to clean,
Is bothering, those of us,
who like what’s happening”
And suddenly all these fuckers with their riding mowers
Who climb astride for exercise
Will fall to their knees, say “mother nature please
Forgive me, I have sinned against thee
I dressed you up for all to see
Then went inside to watch TV”
And once again, I sat outside in peace
While my lovely neighbors, raked their leaves.
Track Name: Laws Made for Us
Laws Made for Us
Went to Workman Jr High
Dallas to the East, Fort Worth to the West
There were laws made for us
That kid who brought a saw blade to class
pulled it out and whipped some ass
now no one can bring their bag to class
in the whole damn state of Texas
There were laws made for us
Race riot’s at 3, right after P.E.
you got the Asians and the Blacks
Hispanics and the Whites
Crypts and the Bloods and the Latin Kings
There were laws made for us
Who remembers Andy Chambers
academic title Assistant Principle
shot in the back with a .22 revolver
back in ’89, we were prime time
There were laws made for us
Track Name: Bible Belt
Bible Belt
Have you been to the Bible Belt?
Have you been to the House of the Lord.
I pray for your souls at night,
in the spirit of the Lord.
I’m ashamed of the clothes you wear,
I’m ashamed of the words you say,
I’m ashamed of the work you do,
I’m ashamed of your underwear.
Have you been to the Bible Belt?
Have you been to the House of the Lord.
I pray for your souls at night,
in the spirit of the Lord.
I’m ashamed of the thoughts you think,
I’m ashamed of the friends you make,
I’m ashamed of your heresy,
I live vicariously…
Come now to the Lord,
Come now to the Fold,
Come now to the Lord,
Come now to the Fold.
Praise Jesus, Hallelujah,
Praise Jesus, Hallelujah.
Sons beget sons beget sons beget sons
and for years they try to impress their father
for years the girls try to win their papa
and still this shit be running improper.
How do we break the mold
of all the shit we’ve been told?
just a game of throwing ball
are you a top or are you a bottom
you play the man you play the woman.
How do we break the spell?
how do we be equal?
tell you what
the first time we fuck
we’ll stand up
there won’t be any down…
Did you integrate the experience?
Well, what do you mean?
Or did you just absorb it?
Have you been to the Bible Belt?
Have you been to the House of the Lord.
Praise Jesus, Hallelujah,
Praise Jesus, Hallelujah.