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"Lifter" is the oldest song on the album, written in the early 2000’s. It is a song that I performed with my band in Texas (at the time called The Jason Davis Incident…don’t ask), and it was written for a four-piece band: guitar, keys, bass, drums. This version of the song (which, incidentally is the only studio version) is for guitar, bass, live drums, and loops.

The lyrics are quite personal. A member of our family had a relationship with someone who was diagnosed with brain cancer. We would take her to visit him on a weekly (if not almost daily) basis at a local hospital, and she would visit with him as he and his family dealt with the reality that the cancer was terminal and inoperable. The original lyrics went back and forth between the pronouns “he” and “she”, but I updated the lyrics when recording the song to make it a little less personal. To be honest, I wish I didn’t. At the time of this writing, my thought is to use the original lyrics (He’s and She’s in the first verse, She’s and He’s in the second) when performing the song live. It’s how it should be.

The guitar ostinato was created by playing each of the 32 notes separately, and a 16th note value of each pasted together to form the complete 8-beat passage. Most people would probably figure out a way to perform this with a two-handed tapping technique, but I’m not too great at that. In a live setting, I have figured out how to play the ostinato using extreme string skipping; alternate, hybrid, and economy picking; and hammer-ons/pull-offs.


She's lying quietly
With nothing to say
She's crying openly
And she's swept away

She's trying thoughtlessly
To not face the day
She's dying honestly
And she's swept away

She's flying higher than the sun


from Songs For The Phonophobic, released March 13, 2013
words & music by Jason Davis, Spinning Axis Music (ASCAP)


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