The Murderers of Love (2017) • Cover photo by Western Doughty Follow on Instagram: @murderersoflove

The Murderers of Love (2017) • Cover photo by Western Doughty
Follow on Instagram: @murderersoflove


Sneak preview of the song Girlfriend in Tacoma from the upcoming album by The Murderers of Love


ALBUM SONG LIST

LOST AND FOUND
GIRLFRIEND IN TACOMA
LIKE A SPARROW

WHAT IF WE NEVER WENT TO SLEEP
WHISKEY AIN'T WORKIN'
ONE NIGHT
BACK TO THE RIVER
MURDERER OF LOVE
RAIN AGAIN
ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN (IS TO GO THROUGH HELL)
EMPTY SKY


Recorded at Vibrosonic Sound and on location.
Drums recorded at The Parish Studio
Co-produced by Jaimie Muehlhausen and Dave Garcia
Mastering by Rob Quillen at The Parish
Thanks to M.J. Franks Guitars, Carlsbad Art Farm, Western Doughty Photography, Vibrosonic Design Studio


It's been awhile since Jaimie Muehlhausen put out an album of new music. There were a few recordings here and there for fun, but nothing official since "Best of Sort of" in 2010. So, when he realized there were enough new songs for a solid album, it became clear that it was time. 10 years prior, Jaimie had owned a Korg digital 16-track recorder that was state-of-the-art at the time, but eventually sold it. At the same time that he decided to begin this new album, he came across an article in a recording magazine about how these Korg recorders had a big cult following and people were recording real albums on them. It was a machine he was familiar with, so he found one on Craigslist for $350, drove up to L.A. at 11:00 at night, and bought it from a guy in a Hollywood 7-Eleven parking lot overrun with an Armenian biker gang on the prowl. And with that, the album was officially in the works.

Progress was quick and then, out of the blue, while watching TV one night, Jaimie went deaf in his left ear. Still no explanation. After working for many months with a specialist, he got some, but not all, of the hearing back and finally just decided to move on. Recording resumed.

The name The Murderers of Love started as a song title (a song included on the album). But it seemed like an appropriate name for a band, and since this was quickly turning from a solo project into some sort of a makeshift band, it just stuck. The album turned into a group effort featuring former band mates, friends and even a soccer dad. Longtime friend, band mate and collaborator Rob Quillen is holding down the drums. Dave Garcia is playing bass and co-producing. And then a big handful of contributors, like Jason Postelnek on fiddle, Patrick McClory (Sarah Petite, Nena Anderson, Cash'd Out) and Alan Deremo (Glenn Frey, John Denver, Belinda Carlisle, Colin Hay) on bass, Tim Godwin (Laura Branigan, Air Supply, Farmer) on lap steel, Darin Joye (Birds of Olympus) on guitar and mandolin, Dave Quillen on guitar, and Michelle Quillen on background vocals. So far. More to add to that as we go. And, Jaimie playing electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards, glockenspiel, percussion and vocals.

The album cover features the photography of Tulsa, Oklahoma photographer Western Doughty. We'll have a feature section about Western and his work soon.

This album will be released in October 2017


Where did the band name come from? Watch this video:


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LYRICS


Murderer of Love

This is not the way I wanted it to be
Never how I pictured it in my wildest dreams
My heart is growing silent but I really want to scream

I am a murderer of love
Murderer of love
I am a murderer of love I guess it's true
That's what I do

I wonder how it ended up this way
I wake up in the morning and it bothers me all day
I want to make it better but there's nothing I can say

I am a murderer of love
Murderer of love
I am a murderer of love I guess it's true
That's what I do

So stop me 'fore I love again
There's nothing left to gain
I don't think I can handle
All the sorrow and the pain
I know it will get better
But I feel like I've been drained

I am a murderer of love
Murderer of love
I am a murderer of love I guess it's true
That's what I do

I wish that I could somehow make it right
The damage has been done and no forgiveness is in sight
The one I love with all my heart cannot see the light

I am a murderer of love
Murderer of love
I am a murderer of love I guess it's true
That's what I do

So stop me 'fore I love again
There's nothing left to gain
I don't think I can handle
All the sorrow and the pain
I know it will get better
But I feel like I've been drained

© JAIMIE MUEHLHAUSEN


Like a Sparrow

Sunset in the desert sky
Like a fire in the devil's eye
Cool breeze as the sun begins to fade

All quiet on the western shore
Not sure what we came here for
Now and then I believe we've been betrayed

I couldn't tell you how the story ends
I'm still confused how it all begins
And everything in between is still unclear

It all seems crazy at a casual glance but
I wouldn't change it if I had the chance
The bits and pieces are the whole that brings me here.

Like a sparrow straight and narrow
I can feel I'm free
Getting stronger not much longer
Have to wait and see

Bring the net I'm falling would you help me if you can
Things would be so simple if you'd only hold my hand
For awhile - For awhile

People come yeah and people go
You fall in love but you never know
Things can change before you
Get the chance to breathe

You take a chance every now and then but
It's getting harder not to just pretend
We're all just looking for the one we can believe

Like a sparrow straight and narrow
I can feel I'm free
Getting stronger not much longer
Have to wait and see

Bring the net I'm falling would you help me if you can
Things would be so simple if you'd only hold my hand
For awhile - For awhile

I couldn't tell you how the story ends
I'm still confused how it all begins
And everything in between is still unclear

It all seems crazy at a casual glance but
I wouldn't change it if I had the chance
The bits and pieces are the whole that brings me here.
The bits and pieces are the whole that brings me here.
The bits and pieces are the whole that brings me here.

© JAIMIE MUEHLHAUSEN


ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN

I CAN’T BELIEVE THE THINGS YOU SAY TO ME
NO WAY AROUND IT WE JUST DISAGREE
BUT I WILL NEVER STOP LOVING YOU
NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY, OR - WHAT YOU DO

WELL, YOU TREAT ME LIKE THE DEVIL
AND YOU CALL ME NAMES
I JUST IGNORE THEM
I WON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES
THERE’S ONLY ONE THING I KEEP TELLING MYSELF
THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN IS TO GO THROUGH HELL

YOU’RE ALWAYS TELLING ME I’VE DONE YOU WRONG
BUT I KEEP HOPING WE CAN GET ALONG
YOU KNOW I’M NEVER GIVING UP ON YOU
DESPITE THE THINGS YOU ALWAYS – SAY AND DO

YOU GOT YOUR PROBLEMS, BABY SO DO I
THAT’S NO EXCUSE FOR ALL YOUR AWFUL LIES
THERE’S ONLY ONE THING I KEEP TELLING MYSELF
THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN IS TO GO THROUGH HELL

SOMEDAY YOU’RE GONNA TO HAVE TO FIGURE OUT
YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT
YOU CROSSED THE LINE AND NOW YOU’VE GONE TOO FAR
YOU THINK YOU’RE CLEVER BUT YOU BROKE MY HEART­

I HOPE SOMEDAY THAT YOU WILL FIND YOUR WAY
I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY EVERY SINGLE DAY
YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME BUT I SWEAR IT’S TRUE
I ONLY WANT THE VERY BEST FOR YOU

WELL, YOU TREAT ME LIKE THE DEVIL
AND YOU CALL ME NAMES
I JUST IGNORE THEM
I WON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES
NOW I AIN’T BUYIN’ WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO SELL

THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN IS TO GO THROUGH HELL
THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN IS TO GO THROUGH HELL
THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN IS TO GO THROUGH HELL

© JAIMIE MUEHLHAUSEN


EMPTY SKY

EMPTY SKY - LOOK MY WAY
STAND MY GROUND - TIL YOU TURN GREY
EMPTY SKY - GOES ON AND ON
CLOSE MY EYES - UNTIL YOU'RE GONE

THERE'S A MESSAGE IN THE HILLS
YOU CAN HEAR IF YOU'LL BE STILL
HOLD YOUR BREATH AND CLEAR YOUR MIND
AND EMPTY SKIES YOU WILL FIND

EMPTY SKY AND ALL ALONE
WE ARE ALL JUST ON OUR OWN
EMPTY SKY WILL SET YOU FREE
ALL THE SAME JUST YOU AND ME

THERE ARE VOICES IN THE WIND
WORDS OF LOVE THEY ALWAYS SEND
FILL YOUR HEART AND MAKE YOU CRY
A COMMON THREAD AND EMPTY SKY

EMPTY SKY AND ALL ALONE
WE ARE ALL JUST ON OUR OWN
WE ARE ALL JUST ON OUR OWN

WE ARE ALL JUST ON OUR OWN
WE ARE ALL JUST ON OUR OWN


What If We Never Went to Sleep

Sometimes I think I must be dreaming again
I am outside looking in
I’m back where I’ve always been

I close my eyes and hope it all goes away
I’m left with nothing to say
It’s just a dream anyway

What if the sun never went down
What if the earth stopped turning around
What if we just got in too deep
What if we never went to sleep

I lie awake eyes open wide to the light
I don’t see day or see night
I don’t see wrong or see right

I don’t believe in many people these days
I think that normal has changed
I don’t think it’s just a phase

What if the sun never went down
What if the earth stopped turning around
What if we just got in too deep
What if we never went to sleep

Well close your eyes – Surprise
The world just goes away
Now close your mind – and find
Another place to stay
Now open wide – inside
And let is all escape
If the earth stopped turning around
It doesn’t matter anyway

What if the sun never went down
What if the earth stopped turning around
What if we just got in too deep
What if we never went to sleep

What if the sun began to fade
What if the earth just lost its way
What if we all turned into sheep
What if we never went to sleep
What if we never went to sleep

©JAIMIE MUEHLHAUSEN


­­Girlfriend in Tacoma

Girlfriend in Tacoma
It’s a long, long way from home.
Like waking from a coma
And I’m here all alone.
We can send each other sweet love notes
And we can talk about it on the phone
Girlfriend in Tacoma
I’m seriously on my own.

Girl in Oklahoma
How can this be too serious?
Dream of her aroma
I think I’m just delirious.
Can we really be more than friends?
Is it all a bunch of “just pretend?”
Girl in Oklahoma
It’s hard to comprehend.

I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know.

I know it all absurd.

Do you count the stars?
I can still see ours.
If you look right now
you can almost hear the sound
of the breaking hearts.

Girlfriend in Pomona
It’s not that far away.
But distance makes the heart grow fonder’s
what they say.
Is there anyone in the world.
Who is gonna be the perfect girl?
Girlfriend in Pomona
I know it’s all absurd.

I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know.

I know it all absurd.

Girlfriend in Tacoma
It’s a long, long way from home.
Long, long way from home.

Long, long way…from home.

© JAIMIE MUEHLHAUSEN


LOST AND FOUND

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY
I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE TO START
I DIDN'T WANT TO BE THE ONE
WHO WOULD BREAK YOUR HEART

IT DOESN'T REALLY SEEM FAIR
I NEVER ASKED TO BE "THE ONE"
DOESN'T MAKE IT ANY EASIER
WHEN IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE

SOMETIMES I THINK I'VE CHANGED MY WAYS
JUST LIKE EVERY TIME IT FADES
AND I CAN TELL YOU HOW IT ENDS
DON'T WANT TO TAKE YOU DOWN WITH ME
DON'T WANT TO MAKE YOU DROWN WITH ME
IT'S ALL CLICHE AND "LET'S BE FRIENDS"

THAT'S THE WAY IT'S ALWAYS BEEN
I COULDN'T CHANGE IT IF I TRIED
NOTHING THAT YOU COULD HAVE SAID OR DONE
THAT COULD CHANGE MY MIND

I UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S TOO LATE FOR ME
I JUST ACCEPT THAT'S HOW IT GOES
I MADE MY PEACE AND I'M OKAY WITH IT
AS FAR AS ANYBODY KNOWS

SOMETIMES I THINK I'VE CHANGED MY WAYS
JUST LIKE EVERY TIME IT FADES
AND I CAN TELL YOU HOW IT ENDS
DON'T WANT TO TAKE YOU DOWN WITH ME
DON'T WANT TO MAKE YOU DROWN WITH ME
IT'S ALL CLICHE AND "LET'S BE FRIENDS"

DON'T WANT TO BE THE ONE WHO LETS YOU DOWN
DON'T WANT TO LEAVE YOU LOST AND FOUND
WE BOTH KNEW THIS FROM THE START
DON'T WANT TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION
WE'RE BOTH GONNA NEED CONSOLATION
THERE'S JUST NO EASY WAY
NO EASY WAY TO BREAK YOUR ‑‑‑

HEART     HEART     HEART

SOMETIMES I THINK I'VE CHANGED MY WAYS
JUST LIKE EVERY TIME IT FADES
AND I CAN TELL YOU HOW IT ENDS
DON'T WANT TO TAKE YOU DOWN WITH ME
DON'T WANT TO MAKE YOU DROWN WITH ME
IT'S ALL CLICHE AND "LET'S BE FRIENDS"

THERE NEVER REALLY IS A FAIRY TALE
AND WISHES DON'T COME TRUE
BUT IF THERE'S "HAPPY EVER AFTER"
I HOPE IT HAPPENS FOR YOU

I HOPE IT HAPPENS FOR YOU

DON'T WANT TO BE THE ONE WHO LETS YOU DOWN
DON'T WANT TO LEAVE YOU LOST AND FOUND
WE BOTH KNEW THIS FROM THE START
DON'T WANT TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION
WE'RE BOTH GONNA NEED CONSOLATION
THERE'S JUST NO EASY WAY

THERE'S JUST NO EASY WAY
NO EASY WAY TO BREAK YOUR ‑‑‑

HEART     HEART     HEART

© JAIMIE MUEHLHAUSEN