High And Dry

All my friends think it's about growing your own weed, but I wrote it about farmers growing their own food… I guess that's the same thing really. What you are is what you eat and the other way around.

Where Do We Belong

[It was] recorded around 4a.m. in the dead of winter; that's me on all the instruments. I had the keys to a music studio but I couldn't start making noise until 2a.m.. It's about a girl I knew whose apartment I moved out of because she had carpet. Took about five minutes to finish. I still hate carpet.

Queen Of Carolina

Came to me in a daydream while I was building a house. Sat on a pile of deck boards and wrote most of it out on a scrap piece of 2x4. I remember asking the song to wait until lunch so I could get it on paper, but you should always stop whatever it is you’re doing when songs are coming through… you wanna keep that channel open.

East Side Blues

This is the first take of the first song I ever properly recorded, all live and to tape… vocals too. This set the formula for the rest of the session, I think they trusted me after this one. An ode to the capitalist investors and developers who've destroyed every side of town and built shit that won't last.  

Black Dog

A friendly reminder to resist the lies you've been fed and throw them back up in society's face. Maybe Kurt Cobain had something to do with the chorus… it sure sounds like that.

Buffalo

'Buffalo' was born in the back of a station wagon on my way through the North Dakota Badlands. I had been driving for 14 hours and needed to close my eyes. When I opened them again, the sky was on fire and the oil fields were pumping blood out of the earth and this song was in my head.

Honest Man

I don't remember writing this... Sounds like I was watching a lot of Twin Peaks. Should be a high school prom song. If a guy's being honest about not being honest he's actually being honest… most of the time.

Know By Now

There's a certain type of girl who's not yet ready to deal with a working class man's reality. They're usually very beautiful and have never had a job. They date guys who look like extras in bike gangs throughout their twenties and when their parents cut them off they settle down with boring business suits who sit around together and watch TV shows about being in a bike gang.

Horses

This one wrote itself in a dream… I don't know what it's about but I do know who it’s about.  

American Dreamer

Originally 15 verses or so… wrote it on piano after my fingers had been crushed in a farm accident. I'm singing to you, not at you... there's a difference that I hope you can hear. How do you sing to a generation raised on fear and the pursuit of fame and wealth? Whose parents buried them in debt and expectations, and technology has capitalized on their every move since birth? With a three minute song of course!

Stream Lee's American Dreamer below. It's out this Friday (2 October) via Loose Music.