Trading Noise For Attention

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Trading Noise For Attention is a compilation of album tracks, demos, and outtakes released as a free download on Noise Trade.  The two-disc album comprises of 28 tracks that mostly showcase Jav's experimentation in song writing and production. Included in the download are album notes for each track, lyrics, and artwork.

Artist Notes Introduction:  Producing a new song has a limited amount of time for development.  If it takes too long to complete then it’s time to let it go, and just chalk it up to an experiment.  They’re not failures per se, but exercises that will help create the next song.  Many of the tracks found on this compilation are said exercises.  They had been archived in Jav's computer and are now available for the first time.  This is not a “best of” album - just a sampling of his writing process.  To help compare, Jav also included alternate versions of previously released music, as well as some final album tracks.

Availability: currently unavailable
Type: Compilation
Album Credits:
Written, performed and produced by Jav Rivera
Recorded and mixed by Jacob Singer at 2nd Floor Basement
“From The Ground” mastered by Bryan Anderton
“Until Autumn.” mastered by Jim Butler & Richard Robinson
“3” mastered by Arthur Alexander
Photography and design by JCR
Record Label: 2nd Floor Basement
Released on 2012-12-04
© Copyright 2006-2012 Jav Rivera

Similar Artists: José González, Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Supertramp,  The Beatles, Coldplay, Neil Finn, Trashcan Sinatras, Freedy Johnston, Suzanne Vega, and Sufjan Stevens


album cover side one (left), side two (right)
artist notes for side one - click on image to enlarge

artist notes for side two - click on image to enlarge

lyrics:


Trading Noise For Attention
SIDE I

01.            Nut Up
02.            Incomplete
03.            Love Tune
04.            Find It
05.            Drowning Seas
06.            Maybe You'll Wait
07.            You Breathe In
08.            No Ghost
09.            No Skin
10.            No Words
11.            Butler
12.            Hope You Go
13.            Broken Reflection
14.            Stay Below


01. Nut Up

Get up and wise up
Get up and wise up
Get up and wise up
Man, you gotta nut up

No one cares what you hate
So find something to love

Get up and wise up
Get up and wise up
Get up and wise up
Man, you gotta nut up

No one wants to fight you
So find someone to hug

Get up and wise up
Get up and wise up
Get up and wise up
Man, you gotta nut up


02. Incomplete

There’s no way to find you
There’s no way to find you
Completely

There’s no way to hold you
There’s no way to hold you
Completely

There’s no way to hide me
There’s no way to hide me
Completely

There’s no way to hold me
There’s no way to hold me
Completely


03. Love Tune

Love, I love you
And I know
You don’t know love

Love, I dream of you
And I know
You don’t sleep with me

Love, I wait for you
And I know
You don’t stop for me

Love, I love you
And I know
You don’t know love


04. Find It

I won’t find it if I don’t look
I won’t like it if I don’t try

Did I lose because I’m lost?

I won’t keep it if I don’t hide
I won’t find it if I don’t look


05.  Drowning Seas

Back home in the cold
Saving myself from the old me
Saving myself from drowning seas

Informed of the hole
Saving myself from sun burns
Saving myself with a return

Looking to get away


06. Maybe You’ll Wait

Maybe you’ll wait
But until autumn, I won’t feel a thing
And I’ll sink to the black

And until I’m stronger, I won’t leave my brain

Maybe you’re awake
But until autumn, I won’t sleep to think
And I hope I come back

Maybe you’ll wait


07. You Breathe In

You breathe in and I exhale
You breathe in

You mean more than what you said
You mean more

You walk up when I’m downstairs
You walk up

You fade out when I’m afraid
You fade out

You breathe in and I exhale
You breathe in


08. No Ghost

There’s no ghost
In the man you left
Just the bones
And the love you hate

There’s no light
In the eyes I stare
Just the dark
On the walls inside

There’s no man
In the ghost you left


09.  No Skin

There’s no ghost
In the man you left
Just the bones
And the love you hate

There’s no light
In the eyes I stare
Just the dark
On the walls inside

There’s no skin
On the page you read
Just the words
From the pen I held

There’s no man
In the ghost you met


10. No Words

[instrumental]


11. Butler

Did you know when you were going?
Did you know then I was your friend?

Are you smoking in the heavens?
Are you flirting with the women?

You’re not away

Did you know when you were going?


12. Hope You Go

I don’t believe in heaven
Because I don’t matter
I don’t believe
I don’t believe
I don’t believe

I don’t believe in heaven
But it doesn’t matter
I hope you go
I hope you go
I hope you go


13. Broken Reflection

Can’t touch that broken reflection
Of someone I think you want to see
Can’t touch forgotten traits in me
When something I want is something I need

I’m not me
I’m not me
Almost alive but dead inside
I’m not me

Can’t touch that frozen heart of mine
When someone I think melts it but then leaves
Can’t touch the broken reflection
Of someone I hoped you wouldn’t grieve


14. Stay Below

High again
It’s no reprise
Down in fear
It’s no surprise

Stay below, stray away
The only road is the lonely road

Hi again
She’s in my head
Down the way
She calms my dread


 

Trading Noise For Attention
SIDE II

01.            Early Day, Slow
02.            The Guilt-Ridden Chant
03.            If Mary Knew
04.            Blue On One Side
05.            B.
06.            Something Inside
07.            The Light Around You
08.            Therapy For A Writer
09.            All
10.            Move
11.            Pill
12.            Cloud of Smoke
13.            I'd Like To Leave
14.            Demon In A Bag


01. Early Day, Slow

I know you’re far away
I know you’re in a state

On an early day, slow
Down your pace

I hope you’ll come again
I hope you’ll find your way

On an early day, slow
Down your pace
On an early day, fade
Up your face

I know you’re wide awake
I hope you’re on your way


02. The Guilt-Ridden Chant

I got a guilty demon
I got a guilty demon
I got a guilty demon
I got a guilty demon
I got a guilty demon

And he keeps me awake
And he keeps me alone
And he keeps me afraid


03. If Mary Knew

If Glen knew Steve
And Steve knew Mary
And Mary knew me
Then maybe we’d have met
And maybe we’d have laughed
Maybe we’d have kissed
Maybe, maybe, maybe

If Mary was here
And she in my arms
And she in my bed
Then maybe we’d have slept
And maybe we’d have dreamed
Maybe we’d have rest
Maybe, maybe, maybe

And if Mary knew how I felt
Well then maybe, maybe, maybe


04. Blue On One Side

I’m not blue on the outside
I’m not blue when she’s around
I’m not blue

I’m no good on the inside
I’m no good when I’m afraid
I’m no good

Only she can tell when I’m down
Only she can help when I’m down

I’m not sure of the one side
I’m not sure when I can’t choose
I’m not sure


05. B.

Beautiful B.
It’s not too late
Beautiful B.
Don’t stay awake

Come sleep in my arms

Beautiful B.
I’ll be your sun
Beautiful B.
Don’t be alone

Come dream in my heart


06. Something Inside

Is there something inside
Soft as her eyes?

Is there someone to find
Calm as her voice?

Is there somewhere to hide
Safe as her skin?

Is there something inside
Cold as her hands?


07. The Light Around You

You have beauty beyond skin
And love beyond man
I want you when you’re nude
And the light around you

You have beauty beyond skin
And love beyond my hand
I watch you when you’re you
And in my life, I want you

You have beauty beyond skin


08. Therapy For A Writer

Maybe I’ll never write again
I can only hope
I write best when I’m down

Could I just be a reporter hiding behind poetry?

“Ten years ago, I was ready to marry you.
And it’s no surprise the knee I proposed on is the same later operated.
And it still aches in the cold.”

You’re right I have no faith, no religion
You’re right I have no place, no institution

“Ten years ago, you lost my ring down a drain.
And later I thought it was on purpose but you said it was an accident.
And I still ache when I’m cold.”

Maybe I’ll never believe you
I can only dream
I lose hope when I’m down

Could I just be in therapy waiting to write poetry?


09. All

All your love is gone
All your love is gone
All your love is gone


10. Move

Can’t let go the love
Can’t let by my pain
Can’t let go myself
Can’t move on

Can’t remove the thoughts
Can’t improve my heart
Can’t remove myself
Can’t move on

Can’t let go myself


11. Pill

I'm a pill in my throat
Got no cure for my thoughts

On a windowsill in my house
Got no view from my heart

I’m a chill in my arm
Got no truth to keep me warm

Got no cure


12. Cloud of Smoke

Lose my time and the sense of pain
Fuse my hands with the images
Find my art and the sense of dream
Hold my thought with the privileges

Lose my life and the lack of worth
Fuse my eyes with the beauty around
Find my voice and the lack of fear
Hold my breath in the body of sound

Lose my sight and the sense of light
Fuse my heart with the black around
Find my home in the picturesque dream
Hold my step from the lack of ground


13. I’d Like To Leave

I’d like to leave when I say
And I can’t stay too long

I’d like to feel that I’m safe
So I can’t stray too far

I’d like to wait if it’s wrong
But I can’t hope for god

I’d like to leave when I say
And I can’t hold your faith


14. Demon In A Bag

[instrumental]