Live at Black Belt

by Rocky Votolato

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Miguel Thibodeau Nice live album. I'm a bit late on Votolato (started with True Devotion), so for me a lot of these songs are fairly new/unfamiliar, and they're all good. Recommended! Favorite track: Hospital Handshakes (Live).
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This live record was recorded over 3 nights at intimate living room shows in Seattle WA in December of 2016. The shows were hosted at the home of Levi Seitz where he runs Black Belt Mastering Studio.

Available March 21st with pre-orders starting today Live at Black Belt is a beautifully captured collection of Rocky’s songs spanning his decade plus solo career. Including fan favorites: Portland is Leaving, White Daisy Passing, and Suicide Medicine. Also included is the brand-new previously unreleased song Little Charger — a tribute to the Standing Rock movement.

The Physical Release will be limited to:
- 500 copies on Pink/White Swirl Vinyl through Rocket Heart Records in the US
- 300 copies on Neon-Orange Vinyl through Glitterhouse Records in Europe
- 200 copies on 12" X 12" Signed Art Print w/ Download Code included

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released March 21, 2017

Recorded Live at Black Belt Mastering Studio in Seattle WA, three days in December of 2016.
Produced by Rocky Votolato
Engineered by Austin Thomason
Mastered by Levi Seitz - Black Belt Mastering
All songs and lyrics written by Rocky Votolato © 2011 J is for Jerk Publishing (ASCAP)

Art Direction and Design: Charlie Wagers Creative
© and ℗ 2011 Rocky Votolato Music
www.rockyvotolato.com

Special Thanks to all who attended and made these shows possible!:

Levi Seitz, Sarah Seitz, Bob Andrews, Jayne Ballantyne, Austin Thomason, Sherry Jenkel, Ritee Sponsler, Dave Larson, Michaelanne Jerome, Greg Bennick, Danny Adamson, Rebecca Adamson, Sonny Votolato, Ember Votolato, Cory Alfono, Mignon Wright, Nicole Meyer, Blaire Smith, Bill Mahoney, Quinn Mahoney, Stella Mahoney, Chris King, Christina Yiannakos, Paige Quinn, Kelly Mullaney, Emily Riordan-Roache, Ryan Timm, Jeffrey Bearse, Yuting Hsieh, Judson Henckel, Kaitlin Nowlin, Stacy Yu, Randall Leyking, Svea Stromme, Brielyn Flones, Jenaleigh Flones, Maggie Sue Fasy, Matthew Crandell, Amanda Canales, Chris Howard, Allison Reed, Amy Canter, David Stine, Chad Lloyd, Lauren Lloyd, Michael Hutchins, Ellen Tiev, Heather Thomson, Hannah Baggett, Ryan Baggett, Jens Jorgenson, Luke Morton, David Richmon, Carolyn Weiss, Matthew Weiss, Kristin Fortino, David Grainger, Sara McDowell, Travis Dernick, Michelle Baldwin, Sara McArdle, Darcy Ohnemus, Anastasia Lake, Patricia Weiss, Sal Fuentes, Jeremy Caplan, Alison Doyle, Christina Klas, Javier Lopez Serret, Trevor Hopkins, Sara McDowell, Colleen Boyer, Marissa Salee, David Stine, Carly Hay, Macara Hinds, Kate Pluth, Julie Ballard, Meghan Wosser, Caitlin Froelich, Brittany Bacod, Daniel Gonyea, Jason Kaufman, Sarah Kaufman, Annie Campos, Kyle Roberts, Diane Stephàni, Michael Campos, Luke Knect, Amber Zbitnoff

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Track Name: Portland Is Leaving (Live)
Portland Is Leaving

come along with me now cause there are 
things I’ve been dying to tell you
the best of the worst things 
that you never needed to know

this is the kind of comedy 
where no one’s laughing, cause it’s hard to

I’m a punch line who’s punch-drunk 
with my fist in a broken mirror



there’s a party nearby, I can hear

laughter in the distance and it all comes clear

sounds too simple, love is the only answer

everything else is just a train wreck



I’m gonna stay up all night 
every night for the rest of my life

till the lines around my eyes 
grow deeper and more defined

you might ask me aren’t you dead inside 
and so damn tired

I’ll say I have no idea I’m not 
sleeping until

after the dying is over

, I can hear
laughter in the distance and it all comes clear

sounds too simple, love is the only answer

when loves a train wreck, you're a mistake
Track Name: White Daisy Passing (Live)
White Daisy Passing

Please slow it down
There’s a secret magic past world
That you only notice when you’re looking back at it
And all I wanna do is turn around
I'm going down to sleep on the bottom of the ocean
Cause I couldn’t let go when the water hit the setting sun

Passing white daisies, taking turns
Close the door walk into the street
catching raindrops on your tongue
And for a minute it all stops
But it won’t last man, just a passing moment gone

Please slow it down
There’s a secret place that I know
Where I could a dig a grave out and climb
Underground for good - All I wanna do is turn around
I'm going down to sleep on the bottom of the ocean
Cause I couldn’t let go when the water hit the setting sun

Passing white daisies, taking turns
All those evenings on the back deck of our 1st apartment
They meant everything but the wind just carried them off
And you can’t go back now, just a passing moment gone...
Track Name: Little Charger (Live)
Little Charger

Little Charger
On the banks of the Missoura River
Little Charger ran over 2000 miles
Little Eryn Wise sat on the Youth Council
Little Charger ran relay the message delivered

The black snake is cutting it’s way
all the way thorough 4 whole states
We watched as the river was chained
And now we’ve took all that we’re gonna take

Come along all you Horseback riders
around the campfire
Come along all you Horesback riders
smoke in campfire
Come along all you Spirit Riders
so much more than personal
chop the firewood,
carry the water,
we all got a job in this world

The black snake is cutting away
all the way thorough 4 whole states
We watched as the river was chained
And now we’ve took all that we’re gonna take
Now we took all that we’re gonna take
Now we took all that we’re gonna take
Track Name: Goldfield (Live)
Goldfield

Car 5032 of the union pacific
Is passing by on the right to
Bring back all the hopelessness
Of a trailer park in the old
Mining town
Where the irony's laying thick on the ground
In the dirty streets of Goldfield

If you're searching for silver
Or an easier fortune
Finding nothing in the way of love or a
Life of living any better than before
You'll know you've arrived
In Goldfield

Car 5032 of the union pacific
Is passing by on
The right and she's thinking of escaping out to Frisco
From the trailer park in the old mining town
Where the irony's laying
Thick on the ground
In the dirty streets of Goldfield

Laying roots down to soak up the poison for generations
Finding nothing in the way of love
or a life of living any better than before
You'll Know you've arrived in Goldfield
Gotta get the hell out of Goldfield
I'm gone this time
I'm really leaving
Track Name: Alabaster (Live)
Alabaster

on the outside looking in
i've never been able to crack the code
to break the secret spell
that would open up the door and let me in
to everything I've been looking for so hard I've never seen
but I feel my strength returning tonight
its pouring from the purest well to ever give water
out into an ocean where the sharks are circling
carnival of counterfeits has no room for something real

arrogance and ego wrapped around every word
shouted from the pulpit as a judgment to control
these are my roots my seed was thrown in shallow soil
I grew into the thorn bushes to be scorched by the sun
but I feel the gravel move beneath my feet
the smell of the gasoline mixed in with the trees
when my faith is strong I know my strength
the threats will be screamed when the vultures feel threatened

so I'll open up the door and let you in
I want to break the alabaster smell the sweet perfume
when the bottle's broken I'll have nothing left to give
I'll know I'll already have everything worth having
but I feel my strength returning tonight
it's pouring from the purest well to ever give water
out into an ocean where the sharks are circling
carnival of counterfeits want to crucify something real
Track Name: The Finish Line (Live)
The Finish Line

My name is Inmate number 30268 and
I've decided not to stay
I doubt they'll kick up any fuss or roadblocks
for an old crook like me

I was in the path of the tornado
I just didn't expect the spinning
would last as long as it has you know
so I keep repeating… i just keep repeating

There's always hope
And no good thing ever dies
The River is carrying each one of us
To the finish line
One day we'll be on the other side

These are not the chosen themes
These are the themes that have chosen me
And I'm writing for my life
It's a terrible thing to be afraid all the time

When you reach the point of a death wish
Feeling that anything
Has got to be better than this
Then just keep repeating, just go on repeating

There's always hope
And no good thing ever dies
The River is carrying each one of us
To the finish line
One day we'll be on the other side
One day we'll be on the other side
Track Name: Hospital Handshakes (Live)
Hospital Handshakes

Is this an exercise, or an exorcism
Firework pilots fly towards the explosion
In the sky the bright colored lights
Suffering the horizon of my mind
I'm a patient with no patience
Hospital Handshakes

We must each be broken
If we're ever to be made new again
The current of this currency
Is painting me golden

You're a ghost in the sun
A massacre on the winter
A silent sea deafening defeat
Drowning the minor 2nd
Until there's no line between the truth
and the lies we're all hiding behind
If it's a choice what will we decide
When we choose sides
Between the darkness and the light

We must each be broken
If we're ever to be made new again
The current of this currency
is painting me golden

She held my hands and walked me back
from the ledge where I was standing
My Father sent me to my Mother
to be punished no longer
I'm gonna heal up now from this trauma
I'll close the window and shorten the shadows

Gonna get better and better, Gonna heal up from this trauma
Gonna get better and better, Gonna heal up from this trauma
Gonna get better and better, Gonna better and better - Gonna get better

We must each be broken
If we're ever to be made new again
The current of this currency
Is painting me golden
Painting me golden
Painting me
Painting me gold
Track Name: Makers (Live)
MAKERS

death keeps calling me, she’s gonna set me free
no more sunshine sidewalk streets or misery
like she did for you, Oh Allen how you suffered
lower east-side apartment we stayed up late

the bones inside your mind were all broken
and the keys that opened any answers were all stolen
filling and refilling up the glass with makers - we both agreed
The Final Moment! the sweetest remedy to ever be delivered!
heaven or heavenless we’re all headed for the same sweet darkness

so she came for you, well I guess you wanted her to
now in the safety of a coffin rest you’re through
no more debts or memories, no more heart blood or skin on teeth
final dosage to set you free - you escaped

the bones inside your mind were all broken
and the keys that opened any answers were all stolen
filling and refilling up the glass with makers - we both agreed
The Final Moment! the sweetest remedy to ever be delivered!
heaven or heavenless we’re all headed for the same sweet darkness
Track Name: Suicide Medicine (Live)
SUICIDE MEDICINE

A brain that never stops ticking,
sometimes an on-off switch would sure come in handy
A mind that's constantly cutting up and dissecting,
looking for answers, committing murders along the way

Is it the red wire, or the blue wire
just pick one and cut, it just doesn't matter anymore
or did it ever, cause I could never control
when the bomb would explode
Oh God I love you, I mean forever
I left my body behind to break the news
looks like it's over, please remember
all of the things I never got a chance to say
like you look smashing in your fourth grade picture,
the one that we hung by the door,
in our house that was so beautiful,
yeah, here in our little home

If this medication upsets your stomach,
take it with crackers, bread, or a small meal
We understand it won't do shit towards a cure
But if you buy this, I promise you're gonna like
the way it makes you feel

nobody knows, what goes on in our little home
Track Name: Montana (Live)
MONTANA

driving north on 35 heading into the night

the suns getting easier for me to look at

I’ve been singing these songs about you Montana

for so long without ever even knowing it


and the things that you can’t see

if you look you’ll find

they’ll deliver everything

somewhere somehow I got everything backwards

from the gas tank to the engine

ambition sets the pistons on fire

and when you feel the distance in
an empty bed

lord you’ll know that you’re the woman of

a hard working guitar pickin’ man

you know my dream has always been

a freight train leaving town

I grew up small town but I always knew
I’d get out of that somehow

I’m barely breathing on this stage, but it’s keeping me alive

there’s nowhere I’d rather be than on my way home to you tonight

driving north on 35 heading into the night

the suns getting easier for me to look at

maybe Memphis TN, maybe New Orleans

maybe Arizona, I guess we’ll see
Track Name: Silver Trees (Live)
SILVER TREES

I hear you call me

branches break in the wind

and through the leaves and concrete

you’re gonna grow into something that death can’t steal

a garden that gives
sprouts come up glowing

fruits of jade and golden
silver trees 
to mark the legacy

of a life that finally learned what this means



the invisible choir sings you a voiceless lesson

so you’ll always remember what grew out of decisions

that death can’t steal - lives that learned to give 

when it seemed there was nothing

oh, how much more it meant to those around
we go, 
there’s a rhythm soft and slow

you’ll always hear the choir
if you listen close