The Emergency Demos

by Daniel Doom

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about

Someone asked me recently whether I was still going by the stage name of "Danny Doom," the implication being that such a pseudonym had become, with age, unnecessary and perhaps even silly. I recall that in the early days of Milk at Midnight, with an awful new president and then 9/11, the idea of creating an alias and wearing a pink cape seemed an appropriate response, as did writing a rock opera about a motorcycle daredevil named Revie. Alas, here we are again in similar yet somehow profoundly worse shape than the now-halcyon days of the early aughts. What the holy fuck happened?

The songs presented here are not political, except for "Terrible Today," which started as one thing (nostalgia) and became another (pissed). "Emergency" is a short film of an escape gone bad. "100 Nights" is about a person who is convinced his lover has not left him but instead been abducted by aliens.

Some of these songs have been sitting around for awhile, such as "Not Soon Enough," a song I think Morrissey should sing; "Crush Crush," which was recorded on the earlier set of demos but now has programmed (better) drums and a different tuning; and "Blood in the Water," a song made to play over the end credits of a nonexistent independent film noir.

"Turn of the Century" was written in remembrance of a great trip to California back in 1999 but as always ended up not being about that at all. "Running Joke" is the most recent song here and it's not very funny.

Given the current state, it has become a challenge to not primally scream via song (I am working on one right now with the title "White Evangelical America is an Immoral Wasteland." Too subtle?). Anyway, it is clearly time for a new escape hatch/emergency response, like a mini-opera about Bigfoot or a family trapped in quicksand, I don't know. As far as the Danny Doom, I believe it is best to leave the old name behind and start anew with something more age-appropriate, so: Daniel Doom.

All songs were recorded and played by me, with the exception of "Crush Crush," which features bass by Stephanie. Drums were programmed in Garageband.

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released February 15, 2018

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Track Name: Emergency
take a breath / but don't sleep
branches break / in the trees
scaled the wall / coast is clear
feels like rain / wish you were here

wait to rest / run don't speak
you may decide / you don't need me
scan the sky / the molten moon
hear the waves / be there soon

i'm getting out
i’ll send ok when the dust has cleared
let’s set a time
let’s get a date down
i got an offer i can't refuse

failed to launch / emergency
can't believe / this is happening
where to now / is not so clear
fake a death / disappear

i'm getting out
i’ll send ok when the dust has cleared
let’s set a time
let’s get a date down
i got an offer i can't refuse
Track Name: Running Joke
The color of the sky is grey and the world’s at an all-time low
Feels like we were warned but that storm was meant for another
Oh, is this a running joke?
Oh oh oh, well, this is getting old

The color of the sky is grey since you’ve gone and the world so cold
Feels like you were born with something much more than others
Oh, is this a running joke?
Oh oh oh, well, this is getting old

Need a place to hide I can’t seem to find and the bars all closed
Since when did you decide that we’d be alright in the gutter?
The color of the sky is grey and the world’s at an all-time low
Feels like you were born with something much more than others
Oh, this is a running joke
Oh oh oh, this shit is getting old
Track Name: Not Soon Enough
oh, the way we were
it's not the way that we are now
so roll away the tears
they'll soon be gone
whispers at dawn come soon
oh, the wasted love
there's not enough
then there's too much...love
oh, the golden age
when will it come?
not soon enough for us
and when you turn your heart away
you fall into a place
where it turns out it's too cold
and you're too old
oh, the way we were
it's not the way that we are now
so roll away the tears
they'll soon be gone
whispers at dawn come soon
and when you turn your heart away
you fall into a place
where it turns out it's too cold
and you're too old
and you're too old
and it's too cold
Track Name: 100 Nights
i've been waiting for you to come home
i've been waiting for so long, so long

a flash in the sky
caught the mist into the light
i've been waiting for you to come home

i'm afraid you won't return at all
i'm the stranger walking through your walls

if you could send a sign
i'll wait up a hundred nights
i'm the stranger walking through your walls

if you could send a sign
i'll wait up a hundred nights
i'm the stranger waking up alone
Track Name: Turn of the Century
when you woke up said you were still drunk
fell asleep with all of your clothes still on
and the rain starts to fall and it's a terrible storm
and the faith you once had is gone
and the words that you type are just the saddest of songs
it's the train you've been on too long
and the weight of the world starts to drag you down
it's ok, we won't let you drown
and you woke up and said
"this is all a waste, bring me back to life"
then we sat on the roof and we thought of
all the ways we would have to die
and the future resides in pre-millennial fear
and the three zeros growing near
and the weight of the world starts to drag you down
it's ok, we won't let you drown
and you won't believe you could grow up
and you wake up and you're 31
and you won't believe when it's over
and you wake up everything is gone
and you decide that you will drive all night
get away, shut out all the lights
and the moon and the stars and the satellites above all burning hot and bright
and the windows are down and it's your favorite song
the escape you've been waiting on
it's the turn of the century don't look down
there's no way, we won't let you drown
Track Name: Terrible Today
wish you were smarter than that
it's not a time to agree
100 days and i broke the glass and split the seams
we decided that this was just a bad dream
we cannot wake up from
nothing can calm me
terrible today...terrible today

I have seen you curse and spit and run away
broke your hand in the wall
"this isn't happening"
set off all the alarms this fever just won't break
join me, we'll howl at the dawn of another day
terrible today...terrible today

i was nostalgic before
time had a chance to breathe
today i'm leaving the house that i was born in
a slight buzz and i'm feeling every little thing
the perfect gleam of the floors follow the sunbeam
but it's so easy to look back now and say
we had it so much better than we do today
terrible today...terrible today
Track Name: Wish Us Luck
due to the rain
flash flood
bad blood
you are fucked
this lonesome wind
this vulgar —
pick yourself up
broke the bank
can't save
just wave
you are sunk
and float in piss and mud
here in the dark
wish us luck
pass the blame
back on their grave made of mud
sit on golden shitter
groaning
working your thumbs
there's no shame
no thought, restraint
no love
just a broken, bitter
soulless, miserable fuck
wish us luck
Track Name: Blind
it’s only once you turn away
that’s only when you would come alive
only when the stars just out of reach
so sure of the answer before your eyes
Track Name: Crush Crush
crush crush gets me every time
spins my head around
and she knows every single line
and all the words come out wrong
and i don't feel anything
they're distant memories
and all these fucked up, stupid, silly little games
add up to nothing real
my head is running
running for all time
my engine gunning
gun it down to size
my head is running
running for all time
crush crush, shoot me down tonight
crush crush, she knows everyone
and she knows what to bring
and she knows all the things that get me out alive
she knows everything
my head is running
running for all time
my engine gunning
gun it down to size
my head is running
running for all time
crush crush, shoot me down tonight
crush crush gets me every time
Track Name: Blood in the Water
if there's blood in the water
if there's blood in the water please don't go
if there's blood in the water
if there's blood in the water please don't go
it may feel warm
you might say words
and then wish them gone
and you've been warned
put your hands up and walk out
put your hands up and walk toward me real slow
put your hands up and walk out
put your hands up and cross your fingers, girl
you may feel warm
you might say words
and then wish them gone
and you've been warned
if there's blood in the water
if there's blood in the water please don't go
if there's blood in the water
if there's blood in the water please don't go
it may feel warm
you might say words
and then wish them gone
and you've been warned
and you've been warned
and you've been warned

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