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Love Lives Where Rules Die

by Suzanne Vallie

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1.
Ocean Cliff Drive Ocean cliff drive, ghostlit Smiling while it winds, hooking Danger keeps my eyes on it Giant waves climb, then sit Rain run deep within each niche Tears of the divine for which water gets to vine going on its way to wine Honey, I can’t see the road ahead of me but I’m coming Ocean cliff drive, ghostlit Holding on to air, hoping Fog can fool my eyes Feeling wind born in waves and breathing When you see me, a ways and a whistling You speak I can’t hear, but I’m listening Closer please, I’m begging I want to start a kiss with no ending Honey, I can’t see the road ahead of me but I’m coming
2.
04:15
Love Letter Kiss of the western sky A promise she won’t forget you if you stay in her golden days You’re tall on a horse and short on the floor with a drink to your health and a lick from the dog laughing and singing that song about true hearts doing wrong It could be your life written as a love letter Pick your star and walk that way Beautiful, wise-eyed, and knowing better you tried We all know you tried Still, love knows your name In all the world, nobody would think to find you here Shirt off, double alive Blaming the wind for stealing your skirt Mean as a curse Welcome as sympathy and a long morning in bed Wheels straight for a thunderhead My god, it’ll get you good Roll your window up when you want to not because you think you should It could be your life written as a love letter Pick your star and walk away Sunburned, sad eyed, and lighting candles you tried We all know you tried Still, love knows your name
3.
Beauty from the Blue Country Hidden down wind carrying on Half a long day switching which side is up Gonna go away without a thought on how to go I came along for saying I’m yours but I didn’t play it New moon will bring me home With waves and the wind better write a lover’s note It’s no secret that I’d be better off living in the water around the knee in the salt over the belly at the end of wet curl side the eye of a beauty from the blue country Time turn a key in a golden door You waiting for me Born is a joy All I can be I’ll be I am all I am I’m right here Come on with me Come on now with me I can see in the dark
4.
Where Are You Lost on the sand a beer between your feet a swimsuit in your hand hanging a medal on your pants talking real about your tan Where are you? You’re going let me drive and play “Whiskey in the Jar”-o and I’ll finally pay you back You said better a punch than a slap Birds flying out of view I get it. It’s a gambling song Playing with a deck that’s down a seven A dog-eared three and hearts on all the jacks It let’s you cheat a little Don’t talk mean about yourself Bad at lying, and sorry for it No need to give your friends away Go ask your mama what to say Waves breaking on you Now there’s a pretty face The right way to hang a smile High and higher till tomorrow can see you’re floating over the deep out of view
5.
Love Lives Where Rules Die My luck was buried My friends dug it out Now with a three day storm we’ll use it all up The trees are leaning It’s the road that falling If there’s away from here it’s not the way you came in You’re all so nice, you smile back when I say I’m fine I can fall forever and still show up on time It’s because my heart is broken I want to hear a love song You sing it for me holding all the long notes Love lives where rules die There’s wings to borrow and all night to try candles out, so we’re blind still I’m the one with a sign that says “hold me” I’m flying on a wild light Why do we act surprised when the power goes down Cooking on the fire the last of what’s from town No one said don’t go out in those waves We’re gonna play it safe easy enough to say Love lives where rules die I’m gonna give ghosts my eyes so they see what I see How beautiful Can you believe My heart on borrowed wings
6.
I Know the Way I pull up the fences I lift up the waves I send my curses out on the wind I know the way I know the way I am not wrong I want what I take I know the way I run to where the ghosts go to sing I get no closer than the stars are to me I can give up whenever I want I do it on purpose My blood is so hot I know the way Sister I can bear it I don’t mind it when the stars are wrong Sister we can land it handstand it when the stars are wrong You start your crying It’s better with two A snake on your shoe I’m sorry for you I’m sorry for me, but I can’t believe the itch on your leg is not destiny I know the way I am not gone I am not here I am the sound of a crowd as it cheers The wind that breaks the windows came from my hair My green is the reason it rains half the year Curses grow blessings when I cross the ground What you thought impossible lives in the sound of time cracking in two, pink bending to blue The ocean thanks me for the waves that I threw The shadow of a dog is a home good enough When I turn to diamonds I’ll crawl in the rough I build what I can out of leftover stuff My body and prayers is what makes it all up A giant came crushing She stepped on my place I ran her like buffalo and I won the chase I know the way Sister I can bear it I don’t mind it when the stars are wrong Sister we can land it handstand it when the stars are wrong
7.
07:27
Sundowner Before sky was a word I read my mother’s eyes Dad’s voice arrived along by night The moon was his faithful dog It followed him to town and back Could you ever keep a friend like that Seems you want it, is why I ask You can’t make them stay You can’t teach the wind to lay even if the moon is your dad’s old dog I heard you when you said it I’m sunk if I doubt the tide When peace came to my heart it came to hide Running in a wetsuit, going with the flow guitar promising daddy’s coming home Sundowner for life all colors, then night Sinking your hat over your eyes saying, Y’all, the stars go where they like Sundowner for life tripped out on living light Rainbow blanket tight around you Under the moon the colors all look blue Thunder and summer are sister and brother The rain make us wait Drought is why I ever learned to pray Make the road dark kill the dust, steam off the engine’s hood cool my sister’s neck and make her smile Those clouds are downway twenty miles It’s not what you say, it’s what you do Fix your house when a storm rolls through All that charm will chill you because it’s easy I heard you when you said it and took along your clearer skies When peace came to my heart it came to hide Running in a wetsuit, going with the flow guitar promising daddy’s coming home Sundowner for life all colors, then night It’s not falling if somebody catches you The way you say it, sure sounds true Sundowner for life taking it to the ground in a fight Why can’t it just be you and your old girl on your arm They’re gonna ask for more, and then some
8.
04:08
Morro Bay I went down to Morrow Bay to see how it goes I’ve been talking to myself and I think that it shows Got in my car but sat in the back getting low, feet up to switch a towel for pants When you feel like trash, there’s nothing to stand on but the sand in your shoes and the colors of heaven Coconut oil on the steering wheel Almost slid out the window with no last meal Get a good picture to remember me by There’s a chance by magic I’ll turn to moonlight Keeping it cold and my boundaries steady Saying, Hi, to strangers We gotta be friendly Midwesterners in Cali, remembering the corn times How deep did your basement go I’ve been sleeping in a pickup and I think that it shows Wet to the bone, drying off in the afterglow Bragging I’ll name my boat Infinite Slo-mo Laughing is easy Our words are grim Walking through fire while singing a hymn You took off your shoes to connect with the Earth I looked in your eyes because I liked how it hurt You’re not my man but I’m gonna wanna beg I’ve got plenty of that if you’re still into legs Midwesterners in Cali, remembering the corn times How deep did your basement go I lost my cherry in a barn and I think it still shows Holding on to my girl careful of her sunburn Hot at the waist Beer going in for the cure Learn how to share and you won’t need to fight Learn how to dance and kick out the string lights I bring all my money when I go to town There’s no need to save for a wedding gown 94’ Civic, real buttons and levers dent on the side, wheels dusty forever This fiver is my last and it lasts twenty miles I’ll never give up on selling you smiles Ripped a hole in my shirt I wanted to win I never let go if there’s a medal to pin Midwesterners in Cali, remembering the corn times Remembering the basement shows I gave my soul to wizard now I got perfect flow I went down to Morrow Bay to see how it goes I’ve been talking to myself and I think that it shows Why would you laugh at a thing like that The world is mean enough, but so are those tight pants A love that’s in pieces is the pieces of life With a beautifully sharpened Japanese knife you can cut it in half and then again twice Remembering rain how it tastes so nice I’ll take what I get I’ve never been so picky God’s milk gets around and it makes everything sticky I want you, and I love you, and I gotta get even Tonight is my first as a runaway kitten Midwesterners in Cali, remembering the corn times Remembering the basement shows I gave my cherry to a rich boy so my kisses make gold I’ve got perfect love and I think you should know I got kicked in the nose and I think it still shows
9.
04:17
Love Me Too You let me hang my arm over your back You walked with me like I was your worth time You said bright things about me I still believe are true I want you to love me too You let me rest my head on you and walk my dreams on through You held to me like you float away at night You played with my hair like a mother would do I want you to love me too It’s too much to try forgetting Rolling sun that’s bad a setting Please don’t shame me for saying My face is on the front and it says the truth Anyone forgets, my eyes will tell the room If time was a better friend and had some days lose I’d be where you loved me
10.
High with You High with you. High with you. I’ll get high with you. Ice down shirt backs, farmer tan max big voice, oh boy, new boots, scooter shoots windy favors, up skirt savors drinks with flavors, suntan cravers outdoor showers, rescue towers cowboy singers, good-time bringers, rhinestone slingers, outlaw winners black shirt stain-proof, black hat smoke through a missing tooth legs to Sunday, hell cat pay day hard work, and lay away High with you. High with you. I’ll get high with you. Skate board, hot tar, need a roll bar counting scars, fall apart, a noble art rollerskate, swimsuit date, knees a moonscape paper plate, towel cape grass stains in a drought, dust on a sexy pout bikini eeny, look who’s teeny green hose meany, air dry feel-ies sand and shades, sea level haze, future lays and a bronzy glaze High with you. High with you. I’ll get high with you. Hot enough for heat lightening Wildfire keep on riding Saying it was heaven sent Here come my best friends Cash in your pocket means half in my sock It’ll last long, all day if we walk, I’ll stay High with you. High with you. I’ll get high with you. Secret keeper, smaller dipper, sailor’s way horsey say hay, nay hay, nay hay flunks high riding, ice cream sliding minty lips, hips and nips, swearing slips crush on a scientist, lead loves the alchemist bubbles full of cookie breath jamming through the second set hip-hop dictionary, free-style sanctuary shameless sameness, copycat painless motor boating, conscious floating pastlife memories, born girls, never kings flip-flop angels visiting friendship bracelet glistening High with you. High with you. I’ll get high with you.
11.
Go on Down to Mary’s When the peace you know is waiting for you keeps hidden or is lost and is calling from far and through No matter where you go the distance stays Some days your name even fades Let me heat up your coffee You listen to this It won’t end your sorrows It’s a star for a wish Go on down to Mary’s Show up on the farm There’s not a soul down there will do you any harm Go on down to Mary’s Knock on her door It will open. You’ll see You’re not alone anymore Love is in the water Have yourself a bath Love is in the bread Help yourself to the last There’s plenty extra blankets and room on the floor No matter how many or why your eyes are sore The roof is sealed and there’s flowers around the porch to call in good spirits and keep out the storm Go on down to Mary’s Show up on the farm There’s not a soul down there will do you any harm Go on down to Mary’s Knock on her door It will open. You’ll see You’re not alone anymore I’m glad to tell you And I’m glad you’re here I’ve tired my own heart Now it’s sleeping in a chair The story you tell is of hail bent corn of motherless children and mountains well worn So pleased to meet you and sorry to say goodbye Remember me and the words to save a life Go on down to Mary’s Show up on the farm There’s not a soul down there will do you any harm Go on down to Mary’s Knock on her door It will open. You’ll see You’re not alone anymore

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Suzanne Vallie’s new album, Love Lives Where Rules Die, will be released July 3, 2020.



After a hard spell, heartbroken and drifting, Suzanne Vallie aimed to make a driving record rich with sympathy, high romance, and dedicated to the magic of good-timing. Other themes on the album include dogs, surfers, and the supernatural.

Vallie, a sorta-recluse living in rural Big Sur, California, is known for her improvisational performances where she freestyles lyrics and tells stories, mythical and rowdy both. She wrote the bulk of Love Lives Where Rules Die during the bummer summer after a breakup. As medicine, she tried to blow out the speakers of her 94’ Honda, driving up and down California’s central coast.

The 11 songs of Love Lives Where Rules Die were largely live-tracked over five days. Suzanne Vallie and a core band of California collaborators flew out to upstate New York during the last warm days of September 2019. 

Vallie and her producer, Rob Shelton, chose Dreamland Recording in Hurley, New York, for many reasons. The analog signal flow allowed a 70’s style warmth. The studio, a hundred-some-year-old church, had room for the whole crew to live-track. Some said a ghost might come around. What’s more, much of the band was already on tour out East, playing a run of shows with both Luke Temple and Meerna, double duty every night. They were plenty warmed-up.

Opening with “Ocean Cliff Drive”, Vallie sings of driving on the winding cliff side of Highway 1, blinded by fog and rain, all the same singing, “I can't see the road ahead of me, but I’m coming.” 

The title track, "Love Lives Where Rules Die", begins with baritone guitar calling in a story of a broken heart among good company. With no way out in a three-day storm, Vallie asks friends to sing her love songs, and flies "on a wild light" with a “heart on borrowed wings.” 

The party anthems, “Morro Bay” and “High With You”, celebrate friendship and the delicious urge for fun with Springsteen length lyric sheets. For Vallie, recording the sing-along "High With You" was also a “high” point in the making of Love Lives Where Rules Die. “It was midnight. We were real loose. Everybody got a tambourine!”



The album features production and keys by Rob Shelton (Meernaa, Sis, Luke Temple, Kacey Johansing), guitar by Blake Kennedy (The Range of Light Wilderness), guitar and vocals by Carly Bond (Meerna, Sis), guitar and bass by Doug Stuart (Meerna, Brijean), percussion and drums by Andrew Macquire (Mirah, Vetiver, Meerna) with contributions from violin virtuoso, Edwin Huizinga (Acronym, Dark Watchers), percussion by Mark Clifford and Bob Ladue, and backing vocals by Paul Spring, Emily Ritz (Yesway, Honeycomb), and Molly Sarle´ (Mountain Man).

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released July 3, 2020

Suzanne Vallie - vocals, Wurlitzer piano
Rob Shelton - piano, Hammond B3 organ, Wurlitzer, percussion
Carly Bond - vocals, guitar, baritone guitar
Blake Kennedy - guitar, baritone guitar
Doug Stuart - bass, baritone guitar
Andrew Maguire - drums, percussion
Edwin Huizinga - violin
Mark Clifford - percussion
Bob Ladue - percussion
Paul Spring - vocals
Emily Ritz - vocals

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Suzanne Vallie

Suzanne Vallie is a poet and songwriter living in Big Sur, California, USA.

Her new album, Love Lives Where Rules Die is out now on Night Bloom Records.

FIVE STARS

"...folk-rock masterpiece.

The warm and dusky sweep of Big Sur poet and songwriter Suzanne Vallie’s latest effortlessly carries it from start to finish and back around again.

...one of the best albums of the year."

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