Molotov Valentine :: Revisited

by Dave Schmelick

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1.
I Want It All Well she was standin’ in the middle of a fire holdin’ 99 gallons of gasoline. And she was movin’ with the grace of a tiger in the middle of a jungle. You should see the way she bites her lip and all her fingertips. You should see the way she cracks the whip and moves her hips with all authority. Your love is like a freight train with a time bomb in an earthquake screamin’ up the side of a volcano in a hurricane. In a fire I want to feel, the way you burn is so unreal. Bring it on. Bring it on. There’s nothing that I want more. I want it all. Double-barrel mama has her guns aimed right at me. Well she was spillin’ all her dirty little secrets with her hand in a fire down on her knees. And she was breakin’ all her promises to daddy, she’s an angel and a liar. You should see the way she bites her lip and all her fingertips. You should see the way she cracks the whip and moves her hips with all authority. Your love is like a freight train with a time bomb in an earthquake screamin’ up the side of a volcano in a hurricane. In a fire I want to feel, the way you burn is so unreal. Bring it on. Bring it on. There’s nothing that I want more. I want it all. Double-barrel mama has her guns aimed right at me. All tracks/contents protected by Copyright. ℗ © Dave Schmelick, 2015. All Rights Reserved.
2.
Big Bad World Everybody wants to be a hero with seven guns, night vision and the fastest car. Everybody wants to take control of everything overnight, and it’s gone too far. Everybody’s ready to break down. The world’s gone mad and it’s startin’ to burn. Everybody’s ready to break down. The world’s gone past the point of no return. You know it’s bad when your dreams are buried alive and the only thing you love is dead and gone. Well I know you’re sad and your dreams will be scary tonight. It’s only a matter of time… I’m only human, but you want me to be a god and save you from the big bad world, but I need saving, too. Would He save me, too? Everybody does it so you should, too. The seven sins are becoming just a way of life. Everybody wants a little piece of everything, it’s not enough just to stay alive. Everybody’s on the way down. The world’s gone mad and I’m startin’ to burn. Everybody’s on the way down. The world’s well past the point of no return. You know it’s bad when your dreams are buried alive and the only thing you love is dead and gone. Well I know you’re sad and your dreams will be scary tonight. It’s played out too much in your mind. It’s all played out way too much inside your mind. I’m only human, but you want me to be a god and save you from the big bad world, but I need saving, too. Would He save me, too? All tracks/contents protected by Copyright. ℗ © Dave Schmelick, 2015. All Rights Reserved.
3.
Pleasing the Queen How can she know that she’s on my mind? I’ve only seen her in a magazine. But does she know that I’m losin’ my mind? I’m livin’ underwater in a dream. How can this be? I love it so much but it’s killin’ me. She said good-bye. Well I can tell by the way she looks at me. What a fool am I for thinkin’ I could please the queen tonight! If she closed her eyes, I could turn the page. How can she look so deep in my eyes? That paper goddess in a magazine. Her wanton stare is so full of the lies that make up everything that I believe. She keeps me up in the middle of the night intoxicating me as I’m drinkin’ her down. If I was stronger I would put up a fight, … intoxicating me as I’m breakin’ her down. There is no way I can feel her callous paper heart. There is no way she can feel me. Would she feel the pain? There is no way I could steal her callous paper heart. There is no way she can feel me. How can this be? I love it so much but it’s killin’ me. She said good-bye. Well I can tell by the way she looks at me. What a fool am I for thinkin’ I could please the queen tonight! If she closed her eyes, I could turn the page. … and if I turn the page, I could burn the page. All tracks/contents protected by Copyright. ℗ © Dave Schmelick, 2015. All Rights Reserved.
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Screamin’ In Her Sleep She said that she’s not interested in seein’ someone raise the dead. She said it’s getting much too late to see another wine and water trick. She don’t believe in miracles, but that’s exactly what she needs to save her from the lies she tells herself. What’s she thinkin’ about when she’s talkin’ to herself? What’s she talkin’ about when she thinks she’s by herself? What’s she worried about when it always cuts her deep? What’s she dreamin’ about when she’s screamin’ in her sleep? Screamin’ in her sleep! I can only wish. I can only say. I can only hope. I can only pray. Greet her with a kiss, shelter from the rain. I can only hope You take away her pain. She said that she’s not interested in seein’ someone raise the dead. She said it’s getting much too late to see another wine and water trick. She don’t believe in miracles, but that’s exactly what she needs to save her from the lies she tells herself. The lies she tells herself. What’s she thinkin’ about? What’s she talkin’ about? What’s she worried about? What’s she dreamin’ about screamin’ in her sleep? All tracks/contents protected by Copyright. ℗ © Dave Schmelick, 2015. All Rights Reserved.
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Gone Too Far Someday I’ll find out the meaning of everything I’ve lost. Someday I’ll wake up and realize that I’m the one who’s lost. “Dig this hole deeper.” I can’t go much deeper. “Dig this hole deeper.” I can’t go much deeper. I may have gone too far, but you’re the one who pushed me down. I know I’ve gone too far, but you’re the one who dragged me around. I know I took it just a little too far. “Push the button, pull the trigger, do what I said.” I’d never gone too far, but now that I have I know I can do it again. The mercy I’d shown you before was just a shameless tease. The mercy you beg for is amusing, bleeding on your knees. “Dig this hole deeper.” I can’t go much deeper. I may have gone too far, but you’re the one who pushed me down. I know I’ve gone too far, but you’re the one who dragged me around. I know I took it just a little too far. “Push the button, pull the trigger, do what I said.” I’d never gone too far, but now that I have I know I can do it again. All tracks/contents protected by Copyright. ℗ © Dave Schmelick, 2015. All Rights Reserved.
6.
Song Inside My Head When I lay down at night I think of you I stay awake all night and listen to a brand new song that plays inside my head, it bleeds about the love I’m missin’. And to the song, there is a happy end, unlike the pain of my submission. And now you’re gone, and I’ll only drift away… You’ll live inside the song inside my head. Though I’m hurting by myself, I know I won’t be alone. You’ll live inside the song inside my head. Though I’m dying by myself, I know I won’t be alone. You’ll live inside the song inside my head. And now the rain, it keeps on pouring down. I stay awake all night and listen. I pour a glass. The empty bottle knows, it bleeds about the love I’m missin’. And to the glass, there is a happy end unlike the pain of my submission. And now you’re gone, and I’ll only drift away… You’ll live inside the song inside my head. Though I’m hurting by myself, I know I won’t be alone. You’ll live inside the song inside my head. Though I’m dying by myself, I know I won’t be alone. You’ll live inside the song inside my head. When I lay down at night I think of you I stay awake all night and listen to a brand new song, and you take me by the hand. You’ll live inside the song inside my head. Though I’m hurting by myself, I know I won’t be alone. You’ll live inside the song inside my head. Though I’m dying by myself, I know I won’t be alone. You’ll live inside the song inside my head. All tracks/contents protected by Copyright. ℗ © Dave Schmelick, 2015. All Rights Reserved.
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I’ve Been Dead I will hear if you’re speaking to me from the dirtiest part of your heart. I will accept that you’re lying to me ‘cos I already know the truth. Take me, I’m ready. Get rid of it all, no one has to know. Wake me when you’re ready. I’ve been here before, and I promise that I will come back. I don’t care how your story ends ‘cos you’re making it up as you go. I’ll pretend to agree with everything that you say ‘cos I already know the truth. Take me, I’m ready. Get rid of it all, no one has to know. Wake me when you’re ready. I’ve been here before, but no one has to know. What did you expect when I said I’ve seen the end? Did you think that I was bluffing? Did you think that I was dead? What did you expect when I said I’ve seen the end? Did you think that I was bluffing since you didn’t know that I’ve been dead? Take me, I’m ready. Get rid of it all, no one has to know. What did you expect when I said I’ve seen the end? Did you think that I was bluffing since you didn’t know that I’ve been dead? All tracks/contents protected by Copyright. ℗ © Dave Schmelick, 2015. All Rights Reserved.
8.
Ye of Little Faith Make a wish that breaks a promise. Amputate that helping hand. Swear the truth but be dishonest. Get away with all you can. Disregard the weak and harmless. Turn your back to those in need. One last chance if you surrender, one last chance if you agree. Follow me if I die tonight. Hold my hand up to the end I promise it’s alright. You never trusted me, oh ye of little faith. Now you’re lookin’ for answers from the wrong guy in the wrong place. Just tell me one thing about you I’ll believe. What’s the point of trusting you if you will just deceive me? Sing a song that has no meaning. Tell a story with no end. You’re selling hearts that are still beating. You’re pushing me over the edge. You had a chance to prove you’re loyal, had a chance to make me proud. No more chances to surrender, it’s all over now. Follow me when I die tonight. Though we’re in the darkness, at the end I promise light. You never trusted me, oh ye of little faith. Now you’re lookin’ for answers from the wrong guy in the wrong place. Just tell me one thing about you I’ll believe. What’s the point of trusting you if you will just deceive me? Follow me now that I died tonight. You said you would hold my hand, but you’re nowhere in sight. You never trusted me, oh ye of little faith. Now you’re lookin’ for answers from the wrong guy in the wrong place. Just tell me one thing about you I’ll believe. What’s the point of trusting you if you will just deceive me? All tracks/contents protected by Copyright. ℗ © Dave Schmelick, 2015. All Rights Reserved.

about

I moved to Baltimore in 2005 and wrote an entire album under the name Molotov Valentine.

By some grace, a handful of very cool, very talented musicians were interested in playing this small-town guitar player’s rock ’n’ roll songs. In front of people, no less. They may not realize it, but I’m honored to have performed with such fantastic people, and I’m forever grateful.

Seriously… Enzo, Jay, Dane, Jonah, Brian, Mickey, Patrick, The Rev, Austin… thank you for the memories. I truly loved this band.

Looking back, every single show was a blast. It’s easy to remember the packed houses at venues like Fletcher’s, at Sonar and even at Brass Monkey Saloon. There’s also something to be said about that time we played to almost no one on a Sunday night in Adams Morgan, or the time only six people showed up at Brass Monkey. Yeah, six.

As the 10-year anniversary of the first MV show has gotten closer and closer, I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic and decided to re-record a handful of my favorite songs I’d written for that band. Three songs turned into four…

then to five…

then eight.

Molotov Valentine :: Revisited, was recorded between August and November 2015.

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released February 12, 2016

All instrumental tracks, vocals performances, engineering and mixing by Dave Schmelick.

Mastered by Dave Locke at JP Masters.

Album art by Dave Schmelick.

Photos by Will Kirk.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! to Melissa. Mom, Dad and Daniel. Jay and Kellie. Ernie Ball/Music Man. Bogner Amplification. Rupert Neve Designs. Jesus.

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