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Nerve Endings

A collection of lyrics from across her career with Throwing Muses, 50FOOTWAVE and her solo work by Kristin Hersh

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The Synopsis

Personally selected by Kristin Hersh from across her career with Throwing Muses, 50FOOTWAVE and her solo works, a collection of lyrics including Bright Yellow Gun, Your Ghost, Hot Pink, Distorted and more.

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The Excerpt

"Your Ghost"

if I walk down this hallway tonight it's too quiet
so I pad through the dark and call you on the phone
push your old numbers and let your house ring 'til I wake your ghost

let him walk down your hallway
it's not this quiet
slide down your receiver
sprint across the wire
follow my number
slide into my hand

it's the blaze across my nightgown
it's the phone's ring

i think last night you were driving circles around me


"Hot Pink, Distorted"

it'll take much more than water to fix my hot pink distorted face
and more than self-hypnosis to believe it doesn't taste like gasoline
i was not invited back

you poor misguided soldier
ugly daughters show no mercy
in the heat of battle these brats'll feel no pain
quick and dirty they take you down
here comes the thunder
there goes the rain


"Bright Yellow Gun"

with your bright yellow gun
you own the sun
and i think i need a little poison to keep me tame
keep me awake
i have nothing to offer but confusion and the circus in my head in the middle of the bed
in the middle of the night

with your bright silver frown
you own the town and i think i need a little poison

i have no secrets
i have no lies
i have nothing to offer but the middle of the night and i think you need a little poison

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The Author

Kristin Hersh is a songwriter, guitarist, mother and founder of the seminal art rock band Throwing Muses. Over three decades she has also performed as a solo artist and leader of 50FootWave, released dozens of critically acclaimed albums, and written her memoirs, “Rat Girl," “Paradoxical Undressing” and “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die." Kristin currently lives in New England, New Orleans and on the road.

Questions & Answers

Hi, Kristin! Thank you for doing this. If it's possible to make a request for my handwritten lyric, I'd love to have my favorite line in your hand: "I said, 'Maybe death is my answer / but love is the answer of life.'"

Unbound Unbound replied:

Hi Karen,

Scott here, Kristin's editor. As I'll be chaperoning Kristin throughout the signing stint she'll have to do, I am sure I can make sure she does this one for you.

Cheers,

S

Owen Dixon Owen Dixon asked:

Hello Unbound / Kristin - any idea when that private gig in London is likely to be? In ballpark terms are we talking about this year or next year?

Unbound Unbound replied:

Hi Owen,

Scott here. The honest answer is that we cannot be sure yet. It may be towards the end of this year (but certainly no sooner than that) or early next year. We did not know how quickly the book would fund so couldn't really commit to dates that were too close to the launch of this project. As we get closer to 100% we can make firmer plans but we will certainly make sure we give people as much notice as possible.

Thanks,
s

Hi,
Is there a chance I could have my 'Handwritten' lyric as well, pretty please!!!!
-"This hairdo's truly evil,
I'm not sure it's mine"
Richard Yandle

Unbound Unbound replied:

Duly noted, and I am sure that will be OK.

Thanks,
Scott

Hi,

I'm a Strangel on a tight budget worried that the London show may sell out while I type this but concerned about pledging as I don't currently don't have anyone to take the other half of the pair. If I pledged now, when would the money be taken?

Thanks,

Saffron

Unbound Unbound replied:

Hi Saffron,

Payments are taken at the point of pledging, I'm afraid. Sorry that that doesn't help you very much.

Scott

Hi, Scott,

We're Strangels for life that just bought both the Collectable book, and Cover Print. Unfortunately, we missed out on the partial lyric. My wife/myself met Kristin in Adelaide a few months ago now. She painted a portrait for Kristin of Betty Hutton. I'm sure that she'd recall us well. At any rate, we were wondering if you would both be so kind as to include a quote in our signed copy of the book? It is a favorite of my wife, and it echoes a very lovely sentiment to each other. It is:

"Don't forget that I'm alone when you're away." "Love, Kristin."

Could this be added for us? We would cherish those particular words forever written by her own hand. Thank you for your time.

Most Sincerely,
Luna and Shannon Martin

Unbound Unbound replied:

Hi guys,

Thanks so much for your support. We can't guarantee anything at this stage but I am happy to look into it for you.

All best,

Scott

Paul Scully Paul Scully asked:

I suppose everyone's got one - the artist whose music is woven through the fabric of their life; all the comings and goings, the openings and closings, the kisses and crying, the held hands and forsaken rings.

Kristen is mine.

Hmm - not a question. Ok: come swimming with me, next time you are in the UK?

Kristin Hersh Kristin Hersh replied:

meet you there

xo

k.

Tony Crowley Tony Crowley asked:

If I am the only pledging for the leather bound book, can I have the edition numbered 1?

Unbound Unbound replied:

We will look at the pledges in order, which is fair, but must warn you that the Patron level, which sold very quickly, also includes a leather-bound edition. We'll have to check who got in first!

Mark Shoener Mark Shoener asked:

Hello..loving this. will Kristin be doing requested handwritten lyrics for the £60 pledge? Email us if so. Thanks much.

Unbound Unbound replied:

I will be with Kristin when she does the signing (watching over her to make sure she doesn't run off when the writers' cramp kicks in) and I am more than happy to manage a list of requests.

Scott

Darren Fox Darren Fox asked:

Not a question, but an observation. It's great that this project is being so well supported, but I am a little surprised that the pledge I made for one of twenty Handwritten lyrics is now one of forty. Not quite as special.

Unbound Unbound replied:

We are amazed at the speed that the book was funded. Most books on here take a few months to fund. And we know that some of the rewards sold out before fans on the mailing list and some Strange Angels had the chance to read their emails so we increased the numbers on three of the pledges just to give fans the chance to get hold of something special. We wanted to be as fair as we could.

Sorry if this has disappointed you, and you are more than welcome to a refund or to shift to a different pledge if you would like, but we still think that a worldwide limited edition of 40 copies is really rather limited indeed.

Best,

Scott

John Melandro John Melandro asked:

Hi Scott! I see some people have requested a specific lyric for Kristen to write....can I do that as well??

Unbound Unbound replied:

If you have purchased that level then I am more than happy to ask K to write your requested lyric.

Cheers,
S

Hi, Scott,

I know that Kristin said in The Shed to contact your support address RE: lyric additions/upgrades. We had questions with regard to that, based on what we already purchased.

However, no one has answered either email. They haven't even been opened, so we're left wondering here. One was sent by myself on the 24th, and then another on the 25th. (I use an email tracking device.)

Do you have a direct email that I can forward them to? Feeling a bit left in "Limbo" here.

Sincerely,
Luna/Shannon

Unbound Unbound replied:

Hi,

Hopefully you've had a reply from the support email address now. I don't get to see those so wasn't aware of them. Apologies.

Scott

John Melandro John Melandro asked:

Thank you so much, Scott! I did purchase the Handwritten level. If possible, could Kristen please write:

It's the blaze across my nightgown
It's the phone's ring
I think last night you were driving circles around me

Thank you!!!

John Melandro

Unbound Unbound replied:

I am sure that is OK. We'll double check with everyone when it comes round to the signing.

Cheers,

Scott

Hi Scott, just a request for the couple of lines of handwritten lyrics, if it's possible of course :
whatever Kristin wants from the song "Mississippi Kite" !
Thanks a lot in advance !
Cheers
Anthony

Unbound Unbound replied:

No problem - thank you!

Scott

Matthew Piper Matthew Piper asked:

Hi Scott,
Just wondering how this all works really. Made my pledge for the handwritten lyrics of any song. Would it be possible to have the lyrics to 'Hate My Way'? And would Kristin sign my book for me?
Can't wait for her to come back to London.
Thanks
Matthew

Unbound Unbound replied:

Hi,

You can indeed request the song you want, that is no problem at all. Kristin is likely to be stuck in a room with a pile of books and loads of paper so we'll get her to sign everything then.

Cheers,
S

Hiya!

I pledged at the level for handwritten lyrics for a full song, but I am struggling to decide which one at this point. Is there a particular date I should get my act together in order for Kristin to accommodate this?

Thanks!

Jimmie Chevrier

Unbound Unbound replied:

Hello,

We won't be able to process all the signed copies until the book is printed so we are looking at next year for that, so you have plenty of time for now.

Best,

S

Mark Jerram Mark Jerram asked:

Hi Scott
Would just like to make a request for my Handwritten book. Could I have the following written lyrics, if possible:

"This is my house, roll out the red carpet
Doghead in the window"

Thank you
Mark

Unbound Unbound replied:

Sure, we will be contacting everyone before the signing happens to confirm what they want but this is noted now.

thanks

Can we start talking about the intimate gig? Am guessing November might be a good time for it, or will it be once the book is ready?

Unbound Unbound replied:

We aren't altogether sure yet. More news as we have it.

November is a possibility, yes.

Can't seem to reply to your reply.... I would be quite happy if the show is sometime next year - will be doing 3 of the November dates :o)

Unbound Unbound replied:

You don't want to overdo it!

AARON HOWARD AARON HOWARD asked:

Question about the book--should we be expecting a rather complete selection of lyrics, or has a number of lyrics been arrived at? Also, should we be expecting reproductions of handwritten lyrics, or will they be printed/typeset? What is known about the format, layout, and length of the book?

Unbound Unbound replied:

Hi Aaron,

This is still a work in progress but we know it will selected lyrics, not complete. Kristin will choose the ones she wants to go in. They will almost certainly be printed and typeset. It will be a hardback and the finer details will be decided as we progress with production but we will share information here for all subscribers.

Hope that helps.

Hello!
How long can we wait to plegde to still be able to have our name in the back of the book? When will the book be produced? I'm definitely going to but it's a tough month economically :)

Unbound Unbound replied:

Hi Estanis,

We don't expect to be closing subscriptions for some months yet. We try to keep them open for as long as possible. So no immediate rush.

Best,

S

Hey - here's kind of a silly question.. at the top it is said that all supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book, but this is not explicitly mentioned in the digital tier.. could you clear up the confusion?

(I would like to go for a physical copy, but the insane shipping costs are sadly driving me towards the digital.)

Thanks,

Alex.

Unbound Unbound replied:

Happy to report that everyone who pledges at every level will get their names in the back.

Cheers,
S

Joanne Curtis Joanne Curtis asked:

Hi!

I got a Lyrics pledge, named to Kath Byrnes. She has chosen MANIA for her handwritten page! Thanks!!

JoCurtis

Unbound Unbound replied:

Great stuff. We will be in touch nearer the time to 100% confirm with everyone.

S

Pål Hagen Pål Hagen asked:

Hi, a quick question about "An Evening with Kristin in London". Is this the same as the concert she's playing the 24th of November at St. John's Church, Bethnal Green?

Unbound Unbound replied:

Hello,

No, it is not. Ours will be a private show for pledgers only.

Cheers,

Scott

hi , ive subscribed to the Nerve Endings book, when is it due to released

Unbound Unbound replied:

Kristin will be working on the book in the new year, once her tour dates have finished, and once the manuscript is ready we'll be able to announce a date for publication.

Thanks,

Scott

Stuart Davies Stuart Davies asked:

Hi Scott,
couple of questions. Any update on the date of the London show?
Secondly I also pledged for the handwritten lyrics. when do you contact me to identify which song I would like?
Thanks
Stuart

Unbound Unbound replied:

Hi Stuart,

At the moment we are concentrating on getting the contents for the book ready. Once that is done we'll know more about potential printing dates which, in turn, will give us the dates we need to sort out the handwritten stuff.

So basically, we will be in touch once we have news.

Thanks for your patience.

Scott

The Rewards

All supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book. All levels include immediate access to the author's shed.

$15
Digital
A collection of lyrics written by singer-songwriter, Kristin Hersh, from across her career with Throwing Muses, 50FOOTWAVE and her solo work.
📖 Pledge $15 18 pledges
$35
Hardback
A first edition of the hardback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $35 100 pledges
$50
Collectable
A signed first edition of the hardback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $50 94 pledges
$75
Handwritten
A first edition hardback of the book signed by Kristin with a couple of lines of handwritten lyrics, plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
Only 40 available.
Sold out
$95
Postcard
A handwritten personalised postcard from Kristin, a hardback edition of the book plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
Only 15 available.
Sold out
$125
Cover Print
A signed and numbered print of the book's cover art, a hardback edition of the book plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
Only 50 available.
📖 Pledge $125 13 pledges
$250
An Evening with Kristin in London
Two tickets to an intimate private gig in London, a hardback edition of the book plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
Only 25 available.
Sold out
$315
Lyrics
Handwritten lyrics to your favourite song of Kristin's, a hardback edition of the book plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
10 available.
📖 Pledge $315 6 pledges
$625
Leather
A signed, numbered and limited leather-bound edition of the book, plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
Only 10 available.
📖 Pledge $625 2 pledges
$3,125
Patron
Your name printed in the front of every edition of the book as the Patron, thanking you for your contribution plus the leather-bound edition and two tickets to the London gig.
Only 1 available.
Sold out