COINTELPRO Nights, Vol. 1

by Saam & Dev

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"Nothing more than feelings," so the old song goes. We beg to differ: feelings are inherently radical, and thus deserve to be appreciated for that very fact, rather than as affective mechanisms of the culture industry. Hence, Saam & Dev combines personal, intimate songs with the imagery of past forms of radical political action and their apparently impersonal masks and uniforms. This dialectical juxtaposition is key to understanding what Saam & Dev is trying to accomplish.

However, Saam & Dev is not only about feelings. It is also about learning. Conceptualized as a "learning lab," Saam & Dev utilizes innovative learning methods* in order to provide a safe environment for the creation of meaningful music without the need for virtuosity or pompous instrumental display. Aesthetically compelling music need not be technically dazzling, or even blisteringly energetic. Instead, it must be soulful. Saam & Dev is soulful.

Soul is, of course, a loaded term, one familiarly associated with black R&B of the long 1960s. The inspiration for Saam & Dev are Stax's famous duo, Sam and Dave, whose hits like "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Comin'" made them justifiably famous as representatives of a powerfully gospel-inflected form of African American popular music. In the intervening half-century since the emergence of this form of soul, blackness (particularly in the U.S.-American sense) has become both a profoundly lucrative commodity and an instrumentalized form of expression adoptable and adaptable by vast numbers of non-black musical performers. For musicians who feel they cannot claim an authentic relationship to black traditions, however, what is an honest way to engage with soul music, which was inseparable in the last instance from the Civil Rights and Black Liberation Movements? By way of a provisional solution, Saam & Dev draws on the sounds of whiteness—both in its southern/country/western/Appalachian variants and in its deracinated, post-European ones—and through such sounds pays homage to a music, a tradition, and a political past much in need of review and remembrance if our society is to move past the cultural stultification of the neoliberal era.**

Like all art, though, Saam & Dev cannot be reduced to logical argumentation, a syllogism in the form of song. Saam & Dev is also vulnerable, whimsical, angry, and, at times, even funny. Saam & Dev is a realm, to which you are invited. Saam & Dev is a method, which we hope you will adopt. Saam & Dev is a burrito.

* Cf. Garth Hudson's pedagogical materials
** Of course, many ostensibly "white" musics (including much US country music) also find their roots in or draw significantly upon the musical and sonic heritage of the African diaspora.

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released July 16, 2014

Saam & Dev is:
Saam (Emily Lechner), vocals, mandolin, glockenspiel
Dev (Sumanth Gopinath), vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, tambourine
Beth Hartman, bass
Derek Engelking, drums

Produced by Saam & Dev and Bryan Knisley

Recorded and Mixed by Bryan Knisley, North Orbit Studios, St. Paul, MN, September 2009

Mastered by Bruce Templeton, Magneto Mastering, March 2010

Photography by Mark Nye

Contact us at saamanddev@gmail.com

Copyright Saam & Dev 2014

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Saam & Dev is an acoustic country/folk/rock band dedicated to the radicalism of feelings. Its members are based in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Paris.

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Track Name: All Night Long Blues
All night long
All night long
All night long
From midnight on

Went down to the depot
Looked on the board
If the train ain't there
Some are on the road

Some are on the road
Some are on the road
If the train ain't there
Some are on the road

If I'd a-listened
What mama said
I'd still be sleepin'
In mama's bed

All night long
All night long
All night long
From midnight on
Track Name: Bereft
When you wake up in the morning all alone
When you wake up in the morning all alone
You feel cold and bereft 'cause a woman just left
And she ain't even yours, you shoulda known

When your bed has a hole in the frame
When your bed has a hole in the frame
You can put all your pain inside with no shame
Then you cover that hole up again

I got a helpin' of nothin'
I saw a sign on a small empty road
It said: "Look away if you know what to say
but if not, boy don't stop,
you're gonna come out on top someday."

When times seem lonely and hard
When times seem lonely and hard
When the ringing is loud and the eagle proud
To find a fool you don't need to look far

I got a helpin' of nothin'
I saw a sign on a small empty road
It said: "Look away if you know what to say
but if not, honey don't stop,
you're gonna come out on top someday."

When you wake up in the morning all alone
When you wake up in the morning all alone
Feel cold and bereft 'cause a woman just left
you alone and it's time to move on
Track Name: A Horse Out the Old Corral
You
It's been a long time
the years they have changed us
and slightly deranged us

You
Whom I'm thinking of
I place all my faith in
I don't mind all the waiting

I want you so bad
Don't you hurt me, don't desert me
You don't know what you had
If you need me, don't you leave me
We're starting at the finish,
Like a horse out the old corral

Me
I made up my mind
The first time I seen you
The last time I came to

Me
I'm through hearing "no"
I'm sure if you say "yes"
We'll take care of all the rest

No one needs us now
It's a tossup, are we washed up?
Mislaid anyhow
Should we give up, don't we live up?
Set out to graze
Like a horse out the old corral

Maybe you think I don't know what I'm doing
But if it comes to this, well, I'm ruined
I can't explain what's going on right here

You
Whom I can abide
I gave up that old dream
Busted the old seams

Me
Been ready too long
Youth gone and dried up
The words get all tied up

I want you so bad
Don't you hurt me, don't desert me
You don't know what you had
If you need me, don't you leave me
We're starting at the finish,
Like a horse out the old corral
Track Name: Are You Going Down?
Are you going down on me this evening?
Are you going down on me tonight?
There is something I've been trying to tell you
There is something that I can't get off my mind

Thinkin' 'bout the way you last kissed me
Nothing like the way we kissed before
And the pain in my head began dissolving
As we were laying upon the bedroom floor

Ooh, I'm still sleeping
Ooh, wake my dreaming
I can't explain the way I'm feeling

Will you stay with me until the morning?
Will you always be there by my side?
Can you try to understand my heavy sorrows?
Will you believe me, if I tell you that I lied?

Ooh, mercy mercy
Ooh, I am deserving
Of all misery and petty troubles

Are you going down on me this evening?
Are you going down on me tonight?
There is something I've been trying to tell you
There is something that could help me feel all right
Track Name: Midnight Note
Thought I could do it
Save you from the government
So I knew I had to try
Come and see you again
Ten years back, I saw you first, floatin' down the concrete halls
Ten years later, it's not the same, with the wires on the walls
And now, living anew is so very hard to do, my baby

Thought you could tell me
The bad days are gonna end
Seemed like it'd be better
To try it out with a friend
But every time I asked for a hand, they gave me that small change
I tried to align these thoughts of mine, but their hearts seemed out of range
And now, living anew is so very hard to do, my baby

Cry for me one time
'Cause the tears dried up long ago
Cry for me once more
Why I weep you'll never know

Thought I was ready
To reckon with their ways
Wading through the earthy muck
For a few more days
I keep trying to get to where I can start to walk the line
And keep my rights, 'cause I don't like to waste my precious time
And now, living anew is so very hard to do, my baby

Cry for me again
'Cause the tears ran out long ago
Cry for me some more
Why I weep you'll never know
Track Name: Makin' Eyes (Hot Burrito #3)
Can’t get around in this crowd
And the band is playing too loud
They all came to see how I sound
And you can’t believe what you’ve found

Makin’ eyes
Back when we started
Makin’ eyes
Now that we’re apart
for awhile, don’t go too far

Can’t stick around any more
Gonna pick up some clothes that I wore
Should I wake you before
I turn and walk out that door?

Makin’ eyes
Back when we started
Makin’ eyes
Now that we’re apart
For a while, did it go too far?

Ooh, linger on, linger on

The floor of this bar isn’t clean
Why can’t you say what you mean?
Figuring out who to be
Is there something in me I don’t see?

Makin’ eyes
Back when we started
Makin’ eyes
Now that we’re apart
for awhile, don’t go too far
Track Name: You Don't Know What You Mean to Me
Eddie Floyd wrote this song
And we’re gonna sing it for you now

Baby don’t you worry about that man
I’ll be coming home as soon as I can
He’s got you in the palm of his hand
Don’t give a damn about your wedding band

You don’t know what you mean to me
You don’t know what you mean to me
You don’t know, no no no no, you don’t know

I’ve got lovin’ him on my mind
And I’m worried you’re gonna be home on time
I just wanna do this for once in my life
Even though you know I’m still your lovin’ wife

You don’t know what you mean to me
You don’t know what you mean to me
You don’t know, no no no no, you don’t know

Here I am, knocking on the door
Here I am, crying on the floor
When I see you reduced down to tears
I keep thinking about all the years
Gone by, but why do I have to lie

Baby, should I stay, or should I go away?
Maybe I’ve done wrong, but darling come what may
Without you, our house is not a home
I was blind, I guess I should have known

You don’t know what you mean to me
You don’t know what you mean to me
You don’t know, no no no no, you don’t know

Eddie Floyd wrote that song
And we just sang it to you now
Track Name: My, My
My, my, nothing clean
Must cut loose from this here scene
My, my, nothing clean
Easiest girl I ever seen, I ever seen

Tonight
Flat like I’s guilty of the first crime

My, my, hurry fast
Came in first and kicked out last
My, my, hurry fast
This one seemed too good to last, too good to last

Tonight
Flat like I’s guilty of the first crime

Delicate flowers
Growing on sandbars
Wading through broken glass
Profligate hours
Whispers in cold cars
Letting the moment pass

My, my, thick and thin
You don't know what's the shape I'm in
My, my, where you been?
You made all my troubles begin, my troubles begin

Tonight
Flat like I was guilty of my first crime
Track Name: Small Portion
Just a small portion of your love
Winds me up like a tickety clock
Just a small portion of your love
Run like a river and I ain’t gonna stop

Just a small portion of your love
Curls my hair like a mousse in a jar
Just a small portion of your love
Lights me up like a Cuban cigar

Ooh, gimme one more hit
Goes a long long way-hey-hey
Ooh, gimme just a little bit
Each and every day, hey hey

Just a small portion of your love
Moves my troubles away today
Just a small portion of your love
I’m-a goin’ to work, I’m gonna take-a no pay

Ooh, you know your love is the vibe
Knows how to soothe my mi-i-nd
Ooh, you know I got you babe
It gives me peace of mind, my mind

Ooh baby
You don’t know what you do for me
Ooh baby
I don’t have no misery

Just a small portion of your love
Fills me up like a slider or two
Just a small portion of your love
Keeps me up when I’m thinkin’ I’m through

Ooh, I take a little trip
When I dangle in your arms
Ooh, don’t-ya gimme no lip
Ain’t gonna do you no harm, no harm

Just a small portion of your love