Raised Clean

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Combining Meehan Rasch's evocative, arrow-to-the-heart lyrics and Lauren Steely's dusty, driving arrangements, Angeles County's debut EP sits torn between the pull of the big city and the seduction of the road. Raised Clean is a slice of queer americana and rootsy alt-rock inspired by small towns, trucks, lost loves remembered, and redemption found on the highway. Produced by Mya Byrne, and featuring drummer Wendy Colton and cellist Jyvonne Haskin, Raised Clean is the perfect soundtrack to a lonely late night drive across the desert...

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released May 11, 2019

“Raised Clean”

An album by Meehan Rasch and Lauren Steely
Recorded October 11-14, 2018, Mt. Washington, California
Produced & engineered by Mya Byrne

Additional engineering by Neale Eckstein and Ed Varga
Mixed at Studio 10, Berkeley, CA
Mastered at Fox Run Studio, Sudbury, MA
Production advisement by LeahAnn Mitchell

2019 Rough and Ready Records

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Combining Meehan Rasch's evocative, arrow-to-the-heart lyrics and Lauren Steely's dusty, driving arrangements, Angeles County's debut EP sits torn between the pull of the big city and the seduction of the road. "Raised Clean" is a slice of queer Americana and rootsy alt-rock inspired by small towns, trucks, lost loves remembered, and redemption found on the highway. ... more

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Track Name: Grapevine
Crawling over the Grapevine
Just as the sun was rising
Chasing water up the siphon next to me

Central Valley in my rearview
The devil down and heaven above
And you, somewhere there in LA

And I don't know if you changed your number
I don't know if you changed your name
I don't know if he makes you happy
But I know you're in this city just the same

I got two tons of truck coming over this hill
I'm driving on coffee and force of will
With this dust on my jeans from a week of living free

One night stand in my rearview
Tasted a little like love
Said she didn't like girls but somehow she liked me

And I don’t know if you changed your number
No I don’t know if you changed your name
And I don’t know if he makes you happy
But I know you’re in this city just the same

Running down my last gallon of gas
Everybody's waking up along the Tejon Pass
Light coating everything in Technicolor sheen

Double yellow line in my rearview
Snaking back to where I’ve been
And you somewhere there in LA

You somewhere there in LA
Track Name: Hey There You
Hey there you, it’s been a long time
Hey there you, it’s been a long time

Are you still wearing those clothes?
Thinking that nobody knows?
But me
Hey there you, I haven’t forgotten

You on the jukebox playing in my head
You in the slideshow playing in my bed
You round the corner of my next turn of thoughts
Hey there you, it’s been a long time

Hey there you, it’s been a minute
Do you have all that you want? Did you win it?
Or are you still dreaming of me
And all that you wanted to be?

Hey there you, it’s been a long time

Hey there you, I want to know it
If I left visible scars can you show it?
Cause you left without leaving a trace
Like I only imagined your face

Hey there you, why do you haunt me?

You on the jukebox playing in my head
You in the slideshow playing in my bed
You round the corner of my next turn of thoughts
Hey there you it’s been a long time
Track Name: Nicotine
Your love’s a cigarette
Burning at the tip
It tastes like smoke and fire
Sliding through my lips

And everything seems better
But this feeling that I get
It doesn’t mean I’m living
It just means it hasn’t killed me yet

I breathe you in and hold it
Trying not to choke
I know it isn’t good for me
But I take another toke

And everything seems better
But this feeling that I get
It doesn’t mean I’m living
It just means it hasn’t killed me yet

And you mark me
With these shadows on my teeth
Yeah you mark me
But you give me sweet relief

Yeah you mark me
With these stains under my nails
Every time I put you down
I know I’m gonna fail

Your love is nicotine
Seeping through my skin
Someday I’m gonna quit you
But I couldn’t tell you when

​And everything seems better
But this feeling that I get
It doesn’t mean I’m living
It just means it hasn’t killed me yet
Track Name: Roll Another Dollar
Well she rolled in like the weather
Well she came down like the rain
Don’t know where from but she landed in this city
Like the cat had dragged her in

And she looked better dirty
Than anyone raised clean
Sitting on the broken steps of the cathedral
Where an angel should’ve been

Roll another dollar, take another train
Put down roots then break the ground
And pull them up again

Pour another whiskey, raise it to the sky
Then toss it back and hit the town
Like practicing to fly

Well she had eyes like steel shooters
Well she had hair of emerald green
She had every city sidewalk at her mercy
In underneath a week

She asked me for a light outside the barroom
But she was made of kerosene
So I just breathed her in until I went all dizzy
And woke up on the street

Roll another dollar, take another train
Build a life then light a match
And burn it down again

Roll another barrel with a single bead of lead
One in six just take the risk
And put it to your head

Well I don’t know where she went to when she left me
But I know she went there quick
And I’m sure I'm just another piece of past she has no patience for
Even then she never did

Roll another dollar, take another train
Choose a mark and break a heart
Then do it all again

Pour another whiskey, raise it to the sky
Then toss it back and hit the road
Without a last goodbye
Track Name: Right About Now
You’ve got that song that you’re strumming
I’ve got this heart like a drum and
Doesn’t it seem like they were made to play in time?

You’ve got that smile that you’re hiding
And I’ve got this patience abiding
Cause I’m willing to wait for all of this to fall in line

Well everything seems to be possible right about now
Feels like something's gonna happen between us but
I couldn’t say how

All I know is that you are so pretty
I sat down and wrote you this ditty
And everything seems to be possible right about now

You’ve got those boots made for walking
So far you're still sitting here talking
Doesn't seem like you're planning to hit the road

I've been thinking but haven't yet told you
I just wanna stay here and hold you
Don't think that should come as any surprise

Cause everything seems to be possible right about now
Feel like something's gonna happen between us
But I couldn’t say how

All I know is you are so handsome
I’m gonna do my best to land some
And everything seems to be possible right about now

We've got plenty of time until morning
Only fair I give you a warning
I'm intending to keep you up til dawn

I don't know what the next day brings
Never been good predicting those things
But everything seems to be possible right about now

Right about now
Right about now
Yeah everything seems to be possible
Right about now
Track Name: Someday When
Send me a letter by mail
Write a new page in our history
Hold tight and wait for me there
'Til I can reach you

I know the distance seems far
But I'm building an airplane to fly to you
When I do
This will be nothing

Someday one day
We can start over again
Someday someday
Biding our time until then

Someday one day
We'll have a chance to begin
We'll be all right
Someday when

Holding your face in my hands
Watching your smile in my camera
Counting the moments til then
Wait for me there

Someday the sound of your voice
The look in your eyes when you reach for me
When you do
I will be done for

Someday one day
We can start over again
Someday someday
Biding our time until then

Someday one day
We'll have a chance to begin
We'll be all right
Someday when

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