Comfort in Doubt

by Sama Dams

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1.
Ooh my ears are ringing Ooh my ears are ringing Now we long for a change in weather Tuesdays dot the scenery round your head You’re a long way around the back stairs California wasteland, touch the back of my bed Down down - I’m your phantom Down down - I’m your aura Down down - I’m your cherry Down down - firewalker Ooh my ears are ringing Ooh my ears are ringing For the weight of the stranger days that we’ve been living Must have found a way to eat through the walls Fatten up the vermin damned to heaven Woah - ten days behind the eight-ball 10 9 - I feel like crying 8 7 - who’s gonna count it down 6 5 4 3 2 I want to forget Ooh my ears are ringing Ooh my ears are ringing
2.
Dirty Work 03:14
I stick to my instincts I follow my nose, this girl earns her wage The numbers they pass Watch you fall on your ass Just to play in the game Someone’s got to get the dirty work done Someone’s got bleed them to the bone My hands in your pockets Can’t bother with you, got your money to burn The carrot is green And I got it between my legs for the squeeze Someone’s got to get the dirty work done Someone’s got bleed them to the bone Roll up my sleeves put on my shoes I’ve got four words for you I I don’t I don’t love I don’t love you Stand behind please take a number How may I direct your call Stand behind please take a number How may I direct Your Call How may I direct your call Someone’s got to get the dirty work done Someone’s got bleed them to the bone Someone’s got to get the dirty work done Someone’s got bleed them to the bone
3.
Back Aways 04:47
You’re a stranger baited Drawn to the house on the hill To game for the razor’s slice And to hell with the mill You been wasting your hard-earned flesh on payment per pound But I hate to turn you down If I bought you a diamond ring Would it cut you up deep? If I change you enough You might end up writhing in you sleep Only you got the nerve to pull the strings I tie to your hands But it’s not my turn to dance I caught you behind your bluff, yeah I knew that you would stay Cause you and I go back a ways No sense in forgetting what A little time might change But you and I go back a ways I’ve been letting the skin fill in Round the hole in your head I’m feeling the flow Just sucking down choices in your dread When red heaven swallows the whole morning in rain Oh you know I feel the same Only you are the stranger Who could be stranger than me Strayed out for that one fat chance To be all you can be You don’t have the strength enough For mind over man Just run while you can But you are my only friend I caught you behind your bluff, yeah I knew that you would stay Cause you and I go back a ways No sense in forgetting what A little time might change But you and I go back a ways Oh yeah you and I go back a ways (Let me down slow Leave me alone)
4.
Maggie 04:42
You see My body’s torn and tired from the day Your blood Fits like a glove in my veins This isn’t how I thought it would be Between you and me We’re sailing separately Will you come back to me Maggie This isn’t how I thought it would be Maggie This isn’t how I thought it would be Oh moon The silent mediator of our fall Burns out The fighting fire - we bare our bones Eventually the house will fall Split and talked to death by what we kept our own Between you and me We’re sailing separately But that’s alright with me Maggie This isn’t how I thought it would be Maggie This isn’t how I thought it would be No matter if you’re safe from harm I’m lurking in the shadows where you are Some physical remembrance of A past you fear, the flesh and bones you’re made of Maggie This isn’t how I thought it would be Maggie This isn’t how I thought it would be
5.
Sawtooth 02:42
Words of laughter trickle from the sheets of this bed Too new to crawl back untested Baited by fallen sky she wept she wept she wept One hand holds pieces of moon One hand stays locked up in her room Seems like you’ve been making peace with a monster Oh so you like to sing to your stalker, your robber Grazed from the stained hands cradling the head it tore away Every little gift a kind of weapon Every little fine line bound and broken Every little lie is white and golden
6.
Ton weight down Can you feel it Better than us for once Ton weight down Pretty handy Get up and walk around You go for miles and miles and what do you win Nothing Nothing Parallel to the mattress Floating and splayed in air Beasts of hell, bride of incest Reach out and touch her dangling hair When will you take me out of here? You go for miles and miles and what do you win Nothing Nothing You drain the tree of life then bore yourself in Nothing Nothing Ton weight down Can you smell it How do you make this right Ton weight down In an instant How do you make this right You go for miles and miles and what do you win Nothing Nothing You go for miles and miles and what do you win Nothing Nothing You go for miles and miles and what do you win Nothing Nothing
7.
Scout 05:33
Stop my hands to tell you one thing To return for a minute Wake you up while you’re still under You’re still wading right in it Guided by the weight that hangs you down As you blow your poor mind’s eye open Drive in cursive to the margin But then return for a minute Terrified by heights behind you But to write what’s intended Lighted by the fire that burns you down As you blow your poor mind’s eye open And you know You’re only lost As long as you say you’re not It always breaks the same way Underneath the cords I found you And I’ll return in a minute Washing out the last red handed stain And the beat trapped within it Waiting out to step on hollowed ground With your gaping mind’s eye open And you know You’re only lost As long as you say you’re not And you know You’re only lost As long as you say you’re not It always breaks the same way
8.
Cold Snap 03:31
I write to you in silences My looks become my pen An etch-a-sketch to break the ice But froze me up again And you take hold of me Hold on to me in your periphery Nothing like a cold snap To bleed a purple heart I read and write to break your hands Blow the circuits, tip the cart You’re much too close You cook my throat I’d rather go alone You know that I don’t sleep at night No medicine can starve The cold that feeds the light I didn’t waste my time To burn you out of your hole Come watch me work my show We peel of the linens You wrap me in the sun I’ll hold on to you Til you fit together again We peel of the linens You wrap me in the sun We peel of the linens You wrap me in the sun
9.
Tiger (Live) 08:24
I'm getting up before this begins A little game that I never win Kiss me sweet, the reason shoots through open doors in front of me And then at night it wants let back in She isn't home until she's in bed Sine qua non - no word left unsaid Kiss me sweet, she says the stories there could pave the streets I sigh heavy to deny her Kiss me sweet, the teeth to draw this bitter blood from me You'll turn into a tiger You'll turn into a tiger An olive branch grew from my empty head You took that chance to chew on all that I said Kiss me sweet, your instinct stops before you understand And leads the rest to fire Kiss me sweet, and think of fifty ways to skin your man You turn into a tiger I love my lady tiger Oh you understand enough brag There's motion ahead of the ridge I am caught up mid air with a circle of birds and your grin And when you rest, I will sleep next to you When you wake, I'll rub my eyes next to you And when you run, I will run after you We'll hunt for demons Another swell And the man outside is gone again He was staring stepping up on every little thing And the song was on the ropes In the morning I was so afraid too sick to sing And I guarded my front door with an iron pan Til I saw the tail beyond the gate begin to swing And the happy horror left of the man Tiger calls to me among the demon's bloodied limbs Tiger comes to me with boiling eyes Tiger sings my soul will finally be born again Tiger stalks me til my mouth is dry Tiger grips my chest to give my breath back to the wind And the secrets I was keeping She's says, "Nothing worth repeating, Quiet while I'm eating." What did your troubles say, little one? What made you turn away, little one? I leave the rest for you, my little one I saved the best for you, my little one. Kisses sweet from lips forever stained with empathy
10.
Comfort in doubt Her back was bent around Run to our milkless mother A curse for every lap Her split tongue bathed me dryly, sighing We could be a family again We could be a family again I saw the arc We kept intentions strong Lashed and entangled tight Our eyes’ inverted lens The coil of blue sky grew with light I followed you to heaven again For the right price I’d grab another ride Born briefly to the maw She’ll swallow it herself Turn warmly round her belly blindly So that we can be a family again We can be a family again

about

"A rich experimentation with RnB" -Impose Magazine

"This is true music-lovers’ music: a multi-faceted, highly textured, and intricate sound." -Tender Loving Empire

"Comfort in Doubt is the rare release that is both inviting and aggressively challenging. Sama Dams will soon need no introduction." -Willamette Week

"Comfort in Doubt exhibits a marked evolution from the band's math-y origins, infusing polyrhythmic grooves beneath Sam Adams' fragile, soaring croon." -Portland Mercury

credits

released April 15, 2016

Produced by Sebastian Rogers
Engineered by Ian Watts
Mixed and Mastered by Tony Lash
Recorded at the Magic Closet in Portland in February 2014
*Except Tiger, which was recorded live across the street at the Piano Fort on 6/14/13

All songs written and performed by Sama Dams
Saxophone on Dirty Work performed by Andy Rayborn

Executive Producers: Greg & Susan Adams, Joey Beardsley, Brenda Goodell, Adam Harney, Sarah Lightbown, Reggie Mace, Rachel Ogburn, Brett Peterson, Joy Peterson, Drew Puckett, and Joe Turbessi.

Special Thanks to our families, and also to Michael Blake, Catherine Feeny, Ben Hubbird, Daniel & Rachel Johnson, David O'Brien, Danah Olivetree, Paul Ramey, Todd Walberg, and anyone else we neglected to mention who has helped us along the way.

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