Questionable Fidelity

by Timothy Patrick Hinkle

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released November 30, 2004

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Timothy Patrick Hinkle Midvale, Utah

Lofi DIY psychedelic folk singer. Guitars strummed. Kazoos hummed. General thrumming.

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Track Name: Mistress
I’ve found my one and only love
I just don’t need another
And I could use some time alone
You stifle me, you smother.
I’d rather sleep alone tonight
Than have you warm beside me;
Your embrace offers no delight
Let go and set me free.

I’ve found my one and only love
But she has found another
And she could use some time alone
I stifle her, I smother.
She’d rather sleep alone tonight
Than have me warm beside her
So please let’s go and grab a bite
And spend tonight together.
Track Name: I Know My Love
I know my love by her way of walking
I know my love by her way of talking
I know my love can make me so blue
but if my love leaves me, what will I do?

My love she loves to dance, all right
and so she goes out nigh every night
she’ll sit upon some strange man’s knee
and tell him things that she used to tell me.

And so I cry, I love her the best
and a troubled mind sure can know no rest
and so I cry, bonnie girls are few
and if my love leaves me what will I do?

I know my love is an errant rover
I know she’ll wander the wide world over
in America she’ll no longer tarry
a Japanese man I'm sure she will marry.

And so I cry, I love her the best
and a troubled mind can know no rest
and so I cry, bonnie girls are few
and if my love leaves me what will I do?

If my love could hear me play and sing
I hope my song joy to her would bring
she’d hear the love filling every note
but she’s slipped away e’re I open my throat.

And so I cry, I love her the best
and a troubled mind can know no rest
and so I cry, bonnie girls are few
and if my love leaves me what will I do?
Track Name: Little Steps
Another note left by the door—
I used to get up in the mornings
so I could watch you drive away
but now you’re very far away
because I didn’t see the warnings.
Glance at your note, see what you said
and then I stumble back to bed;
pull the quilt over my aching head,
still shivering blue, cold as the dead
‘cause all your warmth’s with him instead.

Little steps are little lies
and though I like to hear them
I think that I should fear them
just as much as you and I fear truth.
It hardly comes as a surprise
that you want to break up
although we try to make up
little lies to cover up
the distance that we’ve built
by little steps.

You said it’s hard when lovers part;
you found a way to make it easy:
just love a little less each day
until all love has gone away
and then you’ll hardly even miss me.
Long nights alone when you’re not here
another man’s holding you near;
he buys your fries, he buys your beer,
he buys your whispers in his ear,
he buys just what he wants to hear:
Track Name: With Me
It’s not too big a lie if I say
That all I wanted was for you to be happy
Because I really wanted you to be happy
But with me, but with me

I see you walking home arm in arm
And it’s doing me harm
Seeing you fall for his charm
You don’t want to be with me no more
Though on my knees I implore
You just walk straight through the door

And in your voice I hear the joy whene’er you’re with him
And in your eyes I see the light when you stand near him
I think you used to glow in just that way
When I was first with you, not today, not today
Track Name: Ring
My only love and I
went walking in the evening—
on a brilliant night with stars all through the air.
She looked me in the eye
and asked if I truly loved her
for if so then she’d a secret that she’d share.

I swear I did not lie
when I told her that I loved her
and her secret she could safe entrust to me.
She said, “Then close your eyes—
keep them shut until I tell you.
When you open them a wonder you will see.”

But I didn’t see her face ‘round here this morning
I was calling out her name all afternoon
Now the pale moon shines down upon her absence
And the wind and I cry out a mournful tune.

She said “Open your eyes,”
and I did so with great wonder
for the light to me seemed brighter than the sun;
for shining in the sky
a band of fire now was floating
and I heard my love say, “Yes, he is the one.”

She took it from the sky
and placed it on my finger
said she’d be there when I called her name.
“My love for you will buy
you the favor of the heavens
and this ring will make you master of the same.”

“Tomorrow say goodbye
to all the others that you care for
and when nighttime comes again, this world we’ll leave.”
So through the day I tried
to put my life so far behind me
but I thought of much I’d miss t’would make me grieve.

I looked her in the eye
and said that I didn’t need her—
watched her vanish; sent her back to whence she came.
I wonder why I cry
and start sucking on my finger—
lost her ring, but sometimes I still call her name.

No, I won’t see her face ‘round here this morning
I’ll be calling out her name all afternoon
Then the pale moon will shine down upon my foolish, foolish heart
As the wind and I cry out a mournful tune.
Track Name: Bass Player's Blues
She said she didn’t need me
‘Cause she had a good left hand
Now I’m sad and lonely
While she’s singing in her band

For a while we made sweet music
But nothing went as planned
And the love songs that I sang for her
Were never in demand

Somehow I thought we’d always be together
And she could lay her music down on me
She said we must be hearing different drummers
“Why don’t you beat it and just let my rhythm be?”

She showed no sign of regret
I guess she didn’t understand
How much that she had hurt me
When she told me I was canned

She said she didn’t need me
‘Cause she had a good left hand
Now I’m sad and lonely
While she’s singing in her band
Track Name: For Me
I wrote a song for you
You said you liked it
Though it was cheesy
As love songs often are
But you had no faith
In me as a lover
And you’d get into
Anybody’s car

I wrote a song
Just ‘cause I had to
Words and tunes were sweating
Out from every pore
You seemed so happy
In the music
And you would always
Ask for more

I wrote a song for you
You said you liked it
But you don’t want me
Here anymore
It makes you jump
To hear me humming
The music deep
Inside my core

I wrote this song
Just ‘cause I had to
I had to let my thoughts
Drift free
And since I don’t believe
You want it
I guess I wrote this song
For me
Track Name: Closing In
The people down the hall are frightening—
one man has a swastika tattoo on his back.
They yell day and night to be heard over each other and the television;
sometimes it’s hard to sleep through that.

This damned apartment’s just too small for us.
There are boxes stacked all the way up the wall.
They’re full of things we haven’t seen since we packed them up to move here.
When I walk past I’m scared some boxes may fall.

My wife looks at houses with great longing
which she does nothing to conceal.
When the bank turned down our loan application they said the reason was
so far as they could tell, I wasn’t real.

A fantasy man, in a fantasy land
No walls contain me
No tethers restrain me
I could fly away
Fly away

This tiny space keeps shrinking smaller;
my rocking chair’s squeezed in the kitchen now.
The walls are closing in on us, soon they’ll press us into red jelly.
I’d like to leave this place today, but I don’t know how.

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