From Back Of Beyond (In Tribute to Duane Jarvis)

by Mark Davis and the Inklings

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50% of proceeds from sales of this record will be donated to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund in Duane Jarvis’ honor.
In the years after we stopped playing together regularly, every time DJ and I would cross paths, he would rave about the “great record we made.” He was talking about a live-to-2-track session our band recorded in one long day at The Control Center in Hollywood back in 1991. Nowadays, I wonder why we didn’t put it out as a record back then. It just wasn’t “how it was done,” I suppose. But there’s something special we captured, and Duane’s magic is all over the place. My favorites are his noisy chaos at the end of “Is That Right?,” squeezed out of our 3 a.m. fatigue; and his spontaneous “woo!” during the violin solo on “When Ya Gonna Come On Down.” When I learned of Duane’s passing in 2009, I knew I wanted to put the record out for him.
What you have here are those sessions, sandwiched between new recordings of two songs DJ and I wrote together, “Back of Beyond” and “Dove in the Snow.” We did these at the studio of Kevin Jarvis (DJ’s brother), where we borrowed some magic from Duane’s guitars, wonderfully brought forth by Rich McCulley. The last track is a little window into DJ’s 1994 Santa Monica apartment as he and I worked up a 4-track demo of “Back of Beyond.”
The title “Back Of Beyond” came from Duane- I hadn’t heard the phrase before he mentioned it to me, speaking something about the spiritual realm. I like to think - and perhaps you’ll join me in the thought - that he’s listening right along with us, sending us that mischievous smile we all loved, from back of beyond.

Mark, August 2014

(50% of proceeds from sales of this record will be donated to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund in Duane’s honor)

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released November 6, 2014

1991 Sessions (Tracks 2-10):
Produced by Dan Fredman
Recorded live to two-track tape January 8, 1991 at The Control Center, Hollywood, CA
Engineered by Eric Westfall
Duane Jarvis- guitar, mandolin, vocals
Scott Babcock- drums, percussion
Todd Compton- violin
Mark Davis- guitar, vocals
Dan Fredman- bass
Andrea Maybaum- vocals
Special thanks to Sandy Tanaka and Dan Fredman for guidance and support through those years

2014 Sessions (Tracks 1 & 11):
Produced by Mark Davis
Recorded at Sonic Boom Room, Venice, CA
Engineered by Kevin Jarvis
Additional tracks recorded at Laurel Lane Studios, San Luis Obispo, CA,
Engineered by Damon Castillo
Todd Compton- violin
Mark Davis- guitar, vocals
Dan Fredman- bass
Karoline Hausted- vocals
Kevin Jarvis- drums, percussion
Bob Liepman- cello
Wendy Liepman- vocals
Rich McCulley- Duane’s guitars


All tracks mastered by Rick Sutton at Sutton Sound, Atascadero, CA
All songs written by Mark Davis, c 1991 inkling music, except “Back of Beyond” and “Dove in the Snow,” written by Duane Jarvis and Mark Davis, Casa De DJ/Inkling Music c1994

Photo of Duane Jarvis by Jenine-Lacette DShazer©2008

50% of proceeds from sales of this record will be donated to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund in Duane’s honor- sweetrelief.org

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Track Name: back of beyond
from back of beyond i'm shaken/i sit up in my bed/i like to sleep that's how I keep/things simple in my head/the clock screams and the phone yells out/the kettle too and my toast is black/they bother me why can't they see i got problems all my own?/from back of beyond a blast at my back pushes me down the street/it's everywhere it doesn't care it's got its hands on me/hey red red robin bop bop bobbin'/what's he on about?/his knotty tree rains leaves on me and always steals the sun/oh what kind of man do they think i am?/for them i'm unconcerned/they bug me they bleed me but most of all they bore me/i'll tell them all to up and go/from back of beyond the doorbell rings and i freeze in hesitation/it finally did occur to me that someone might be there/from back of beyond
Track Name: all the hate in the world
your smile is a blessing/your laugh is a circus/your face is too perfect I've always been too scared to kiss it/yes the thought makes me shudder/i stupidly shiver/wanna find me dark room and hide me and my imperfection/i should tell someone paradise is found but i would not know how to say it/if i had all the words in the world i could not define you/if i had all the hate in the world i could not despise you/yes your way is a mystery/your reach is unending/however i try to forget you always remind me/'cause you're a land with no border/a port with no customs/and wherever i go there is always a flight to your city/if i had my way i'd wear me a mask and love you from a close distance/but if i had all the masks in the world i could not defy you/and if i had all the hate in the world i could not despise you/i know that heaven is priceless/but it won't cost me nothing/your love it is free but that don't mean that i want to take it/'cause when i asked for instructions/i hated your answer/to take off my comfortable shoes and walk like i was meant to/your path is hell/it hurts my feet/but at last i've got a direction/and though it means all the pain in the world i cannot decline you/'cause if i had all the hate in the world i could not despise you
Track Name: trying to explain the world next door
please let me try again try to tell you my story/but how can i explain?/it came one summer's day with the sounding of thunder/though i saw no flash or rain/without premeditation without moving a step/i felt my soul and body slip into the world next door/i wish you could have been there/how can i explain?/i screwed my head on straight took a long look around me/i said 'i know not what i see'/the air was quiet and still yet it moved within me/then i knew wonder again/oh colors more colorful your eyes have never seen/our daydreams have never come close/ah what a shame/a shame/i wish you could have been there/how can i explain?/like lover's skin laid bare i was stripped of my memory/and knew my own true weight/my flesh turned into clay i was softened caressed and molded into my own true shape/oh art of this kind your eyes have never seen/our fingers have never come close/ah what a shame/a shame/i wish you could have been there/how can i explain/oh music so sweet your head has never dreamed/i promise you we've never come close/and the reason that i've come back is only to tell you that there's room inside the world next door/and though your song still speaks right down to my soul/it's no more than a beautiful shadow of the song from which it came/it came yeah/it came/i wish you could have been there/for how can i explain?/how can i explain?
Track Name: is that right?
that was no ordinary cry that you gave/i hurt you well though i shouldn't have had to/it seems the truth is sharper than a blade or brick-laid face/to cut and find you i guess it has to be/is that right that every criminal knows the rotten thing he's done?/is it time to let the judgement come to teach us right from wrong?/is that right that i'm gonna fall when it's you that needs to stand so tall?/is that right that i'm gonna pray when you that's slipped so far away?/is that right?/there is no way that you can stop yourself/within her gaze you see that private little altar built to you/how could i not raise a finger raise a fuss raise your conscience?/it's not my sickness but it kills me just the same/is that right that i just need to lear what can and cannot change?/is it time to let the judgment come?/we'll see if my opinion remains/is that right that i'm gonna fall when it's you that needs to stand so tall?/is that right that i'm gonna pray when you that's slipped so far away?/is that right it's not my game i'm out of place i got no right to play?/it's your turn and yours to win and yours to twist?/that may be true but is that right?/well every man knows only what he knows and nothing more/and all i know is all the shame i feel for you/if it's my mistake can you please please tell me why there is no lightning/there is no big hand from the sky to slap me down?//is that right that every criminal knows the rotten thing he's done?/is it time to let the judgement come to teach us right from wrong?/'cause i am gonna ask my maker just once//is that right that i'm gonna fall when it's you that needs to stand so tall?/is that right that i'm gonna pray when you that's slipped so far away?/is that right?
Track Name: i want you
i watch the sky get dark now/the moon won't light this place/the shadows feel at home now/the darkness is their grace/though midnight holds the devil's hand/his is not the presence i feel/i want you/i want you/you are not a waterfall/you are not the sea/but somehow i feel waves and rapids crashing over me/though drowning is the devil's friend/when he pulls me down you raise me again/i want you/i want you/i want you like a north wind blowing behind me/and i want you like a north star shining above/like a high road ahead of me/and when i want to drive that road but there's no solid ground beneath my wheels/i want you/i want you/i want you
Track Name: i'm not strong
i'm not strong and i miss you/the familiar lines on your face/it's not right but i trust that you/won't leave me long in this place/if you tell me it's a worthy thing for which my heart must ache/that's a promise that you will not break/it's not right that i miss you/i always knew you couldn't stay in one place/it's not love if i insist that you keep your lips stuck to my face/if it's true that it's the darkest road that lovers have to take/then that's a journey that we're going to make/and so i miss you/i'm not strong/and every time you tell me that you have to take your body from me again/i fumble for a chance to keep it with me again/'cause i can't help but feel that I'll lose you again/but since i never have lost you i guess this is just my own way of finding again and again and again i'm not strong/it's not right that i miss you/but so much of love goes over my head/i'm not strong no i'm not like you/i'm not strong enough to live amongst the dead/but your freedom is a precious thing i don't want to take/and that's a promise that i will not break/i'm not strong and i miss you
Track Name: dream fall true
i wanna be your lover with the right love/i wanna be your lover with the right face/but you've been following the wrong line/and you're headed to the wrong place/i don't know what you feel/but i'll be around for a while if you wanna make your dream fall true/you say you're dreaming of a road home/but you keep a distance that no one can take/you walk for days until the days break/and the pieces on the ground they make your soul ache/i don't know what you feel when the night gets long and the dark gets real/i can't tell you what to do/but i'll be around for a while if you wanna make your dream fall true/maybe you need to get your tears flowing/maybe you need to get your head some sense/maybe you need to hear that wind blow/asking you to jump just one last fence/but you were looking for an answer/you were listening at my door/you were trying to find a place to rest your aching feet/i wanna be your lover with the right love/i wanna take you in my arms off this aching street/i don't know what you feel when the night gets long and the dark gets real/i can't tell you what to do/but i'll be around for a while if you wanna make your dream fall true
Track Name: as big as love
i'm thinking about the big world / its shape leaves a shadow on my brain / a big shadow of a place i cannot understand / with its promises of pleasure and pain / shall i run shall i move shall i watch it all from here ? / shall i laugh at myself for crying ? / or shall i listen to the lips a-whispering in my ear / ' no shadow is as big as love' ? / a man showed me a picture in his wallet / he said 'this is my girl far away' / he said ' sometimes it's hard living this big life / but it's good to know she's with me anyway' / now do i blush do i turn do i show the way i feel ? / do i laugh and say 'you must be lying' ?/ or do i listen to the lips a-whispering in my ear / 'no distance is as big as love' ?/ not as big as this / a child threw a smile in my direction / it conjured up a picture in my brain / of a flame that never dies / a fire that only burns the big prison doors that jail my innocence / shall i knock shall i dig shall i start a fire in here ? / shall i laugh at myself for trying ? / or shall i listen to the lips a-whispering in my ear / 'no prison is as big as love' ?/ no doubt no pain no shadow on my brain / no distance is as big as love / not as big as this
Track Name: maundy thursday
your little war is holy and red is all i see/your little game is vicious/don't you just love your enemy?/your news is like a bombshell made of words and held in hand/but you will never start a revolution 'til you understand/maundy thursday/when he washed our feet/maundy thursday/i know you know his name but do you know it well?/out of a hundred colors how many names there could you tell?/you know a story's ending but forget how it was told/you make a marathon a race of inches/you sacrifice the whole/maundy thursday/when he washed our feet/maundy thursday/if you remember one thing don't keep it high over me/'cause when your love is out of reach it's good as none/and as you judge me now you judge yourself/and heaven leaves us both in hell/if you remember one thing/maundy thursday/if you remember one thing/maundy thursday/what's it to be a king? what's it to be divine?/would you say my soul is lost if i said a throne is mine?/a king was born in a filthy cave no trumpets brought him in/he owned no crown of jewels no lofty palace/yet he was a friend/maundy thursday/when he washed our feet/maundy thursday/not to keep it high/not to keep it high
Track Name: when ya gonna come on down?
there is something wrong/where the hell are you?/i wanna give you my all/don't you want me to?/but first we gotta make ends meet/that's yours and mine/if you fly over a pit of depression/it just might be mine/when ya gonna come on down?/i can only look up for so long/now i'm under the ground/and i can't see a i can't see a/must i pull you in for you to pull me out?/if you don't like these funny little devils/must i cast them out?/oh must i lose my goods for good to come my way?/is the answer to this riddle so ridiculously simple?/is my suffering all in vain?/when ya gonna come on down?/i can only look up for so long/now i'm under the ground/and i can't see a i can't see a thing/i know you're around 'cause i hear about you everywhere/when ya gonna come on down/and rid this silly face here of its frown?/now i was indeed in a pitiful plight/stuck in a room with only me inside/at night in my dreams i'd walk the wide open country/but the day took them away and i would cry/so i'd spend each day in disconsolation waiting only for the beauty of my dreams/until one day i was startled by a woman's voice singing/i got up and put my ear against the door/she said 'from the narrow desert oh man of pride/come into the house so high and wide'/hardly knowing what i did i opened the door/why had i never done this before?!/when ya gonna come on down?/i can only look up for so long/now i'm under the ground/and i can't see a i can't see a thing/i know you're around 'cause i hear about you everywhere/when ya gonna come on down/and rid this silly face here of its frown?
Track Name: dove in the snow
slept in a cold dark room last night/had a full dose of dreams until the light/you were talking to me telling me we had plenty/i was feeling like we didn't have any/it's not a greeting card sentiment that i know/love slips away like a dove in the snow/walking through the little town where we met/past the tavern where my uncle jack used to bet/past the ships and the shivering pilot boats/standing there shaking wish i'd brought my coat/it's not a greeting card sentiment that i know/it's not a greeting card sentiment that i know/love slips away like a dove in the snow/like a dove in the snow/how it got here i just don't know/while i watch my whole life fade to white/talking to the lady who bought dominic's store/she tells me when i ask she don't see you no more/i fake a smile when i'm asked how i'm doing/how could i tell her my life's in a ruin?/it's not a greeting card sentiment that i know/it's not a greeting card sentiment that i know/it's not a greeting card sentiment that i know/love slips away like a dove in the snow