Nerve Endings

By Kristin Hersh

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

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Publication date: Spring 2018

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Two tickets to an intimate private gig in London, a signed hardback edition of the book plus the ebook.
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Handwritten lyrics to your favourite song of Kristin's, a hardback edition of the book plus the ebook.
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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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    Kristin Hersh

    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.

  • "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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  • Kristin Hersh has written 4 private updates. You can pledge to get access to them all.

    5th March 2018 Not Long Now

    Hello everyone.

    You really are a patient bunch and we thank you for that.

    Just to let you know that we are very close to finalising a date in the summer when Kristin will be over to sign books, play the exclusive show and scribble lyrics into lots of your copies.

    More news very soon.

    17th December 2017 When will the books be ready?

    Hi everyone.

    Well, we inch ever closer to finished books being in your hands and we remain hugely grateful for your support and patience.

    Once all the copies are printed we need to get Kristin to sign a whole bunch of them, add dedications and handwritten lyrics etc. and to do that we need to get her from the US, where she is, to the UK, which is where all the books are. As soon as we know when…

    21st September 2017 You Can't Handle the Proof!

    Kristin and I are currently proofreading the book, which has now been typeset with a simple, but striking text design.

    Here is a sneak preview.

    We are keeping an eye out for any typos or errors or layout issues. Don't worry, a professional proofreader is also on the case, so you aren't just relying on us to spot mistakes.

    The book is rapidly taking form and we can't wait to share it with…

    18th September 2017 Cover Version

    As some of you may have seen from Kristin's mailing list, we now have a cover for Nerve Endings so are one step closer to publication.

    Here is a draft version.

    The plan is for this to be printed straight onto the hardcover, so no paper jacket, with perhaps the white words debossed/indented. Still a few tweaks to do, and the spine and back cover need to be finalised, but we hope you like…

    31st July 2017 Sushi with Kristin

    Last week Kristin played a gig in Dublin and then spent a few days in London before jetting back to the US. I managed to grab a bit of time with her over lunch while she was in town.

    We went for sushi. This is what she ordered.

    When it comes to sushi, she can really pack it away.

    I was able to show Kristin five possible covers for Nerve Endings and we chatted about the pros and cons of…

    17th December 2016 Tours. Holidays. Lyrics.

    Hi everyone.

    I just wanted to give you an update on Nerve Endings before everyone vanishes for the holidays.

    I spent some time with Kristin while she was over in the UK for her Wyatt at the Coyote Palace tour (if you have yet to pick up a copy of her new album, what are you waiting for?!) and we talked about when she'd be ready to work on the book. The good news is that she has put aside January…

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  • Karen Martwick
    Karen Martwick asked:

    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

    richard yandle
    richard yandle asked:

    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

    Saffron Gardenchild
    Saffron Gardenchild asked:

    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

    Luna and Shannon Martin
    Luna and Shannon Martin asked:

    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

    Luna and Shannon Martin
    Luna and Shannon Martin asked:

    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

    Anthony LORENTE
    Anthony LORENTE asked:

    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

    Jimmie Chevrier
    Jimmie Chevrier asked:

    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

    Alistair Walder
    Alistair Walder asked:

    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.

    Alistair Walder
    Alistair Walder asked:

    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.

    Estanis S.
    Estanis S. asked:

    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

    Alexander Peterhans
    Alexander Peterhans asked:

    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

    james davidson
    james davidson asked:

    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

    Alistair Walder
    Alistair Walder asked:

    Any idea when we might get an update? Am nervous about her being in Dublin late July - if the London show is around then I might be on holiday...!

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Alistair, Apologies for keeping you waiting. We do not plan to hold the private subscribers' show until the book is printed and sent out. That way attendees can bring their books along to get signed and personalised on the day. These plans may change, depending on Kristin's plans and availability, but that is what we are aiming for. So there will definitely be no clash with the July gig in Dublin. All best, Scott (Associate Editor - Unbound)

    Christopher Stow
    Christopher Stow asked:

    Hi Unbound I am really tempted to upgrade my pledge to handwritten lyrics of my favourite KH song but first I have a few questions: 1) Will the lyrics for the whole song be written or do I choose selects lyrics? 2) can it be a song that is not featured in the book? 3) will the lyrics be written IN the book or on a separate medium? Thanks Chris

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Chris, The plan is for Kristin to write the whole lyrics for whichever song you choose. It does not have to be a song in the book. Often, when her lyrics are written out, the chorus isn't always repeated every time but that will sort of be up to her on the day. And they'll be written in hand on some lovely paper, not in the book. Hope that makes sense. S

    AARON HOWARD
    AARON HOWARD asked:

    Now that the book has gone to press, can it be told how many lyrics are included? How many pages is the finished product?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Aaron, The book contains the lyrics to 100 of Kristin's songs and comes to 224 pages. All best, Scott

    Jimmie Chevrier
    Jimmie Chevrier asked:

    Hi Unbound team, Just recieved my lovely book! I know the handwritten lyrics would not be in the book, but I did not recieve them with my book shipment. Should we be expecting those in a completely separate shipment? Thank you. Jimmie

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Jimme, The handwritten lyrics are being sent separately - hopefully this week. Thanks for supporting Unbound! Caitlin - Community Manager

    erik calcott
    erik calcott asked:

    Hi -- 2nd attempt. I still have not received my book. Any tracking or other information you can provide? Thanks.

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Erik, Sorry the book hasn't arrived! These were sent out in the summer. We'll email you separately to ensure the address we have for you is correct. Best wishes, Unbound Support

    Karen Martwick
    Karen Martwick asked:

    Hi there! I never received my handwritten lyric. Are those still on their way? Thanks.

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Karen, Sorry about that! Please can you contact us via support@unbound.com and we can look into this for you? Many thanks, Unbound Support