The Cutting Room Floor

  •   1. Spinning
  •   2. Toledo
  •   3. If Nothing Else (Beatbox Mix)
  •   4. Toledo (Instrumental)
  •   5. Green-Clouded Swallowtail (Version 1.0)
  •   6. I Let It Go
  •   7. Give Me Strength (Acoustic)
  •   8. I Radio Heaven (Original Demo)
  •   9. Goodbye Strings
  •   10. Fairpoint Diary (Original Demo)
  •   11. It's Never Quite What It Seems (Nashville)
  •   12. Happy and Free
  •   13. Helpless (Live)
1. Spinning
2. Toledo
3. If Nothing Else (Beatbox Mix)

i’m so tired in the mornings
i try to go back
i try to remember
the light appearing
without warning
tying up my hands
like i’m good for nothing

if nothing else i can dream
i can dream
i’ll never tell never tell
all i’ve seen
right in front of me
like the ghost of every thing that i could be

for the night sky is an ocean
black distant sea
washing up to my window
all the stray dog night owl junkies
orphans vagabonds
angels who lost their halos

if nothing else i can dream
i can dream
i’ll never tell never tell
all i’ve seen
right in front of me,
like the ghost of every thing that i could be
in the cool and callous grip of reality

words in my head
like misfits after midnight
begging for a light
words left unsaid
they may never see the light of day
and that may be okay
if nothing else i can dream

4. Toledo (Instrumental)
5. Green-Clouded Swallowtail (Version 1.0)
6. I Let It Go
7. Give Me Strength (Acoustic)

sitting in the rain alone
looking at a place that’s gone
boarded up my memories
but something’s drawn me here again and i
i cannot leave the past alone
hoped that i would never find
all the shit i left behind
now i find the child in me is going to remind me that i
i can’t forget my past for long

so take a look outside yourself
and tell me what you see
i can’t believe
that you won’t see the change in me

give me strength to find the road that’s lost in me
give me time to heal and build myself a dream
give me eyes to see the world surrounding me
give me strength to be only me

i don’t want to hear the things
you say you know all you’ve redeemed
‘cause i can’t change what’s come before
build myself some better dreams
and cast off the fear that holds me here

so take a look outside yourself
and tell me what you see
i can’t believe
that you won’t see the change in me

give me strength to find the road that’s lost in me
give me time to heal and build myself a dream
give me eyes to see the world surrounding me
give me strength to be only me

8. I Radio Heaven (Original Demo)

i radio heaven
i get mixed signals
i move the antenna
i switch the channels
i lie in this bed
my satellite dish
is there room in the universe
for one last wish
(i say)

do you read me
over
you wanna come
over

i guess i never told you
‘bout this life i’m livin’
it’s heaven versus hell
in a split decision
this secret religion is
the best that i’ve found
i radio heaven
when no one’s around
(i say)
do you need me
over
you wanna come
over

this song is grinning
go on and undress it
it’s just the beginning
go on and possess it
you’re no longer a child now
don’t let them molest it
the wound is deep
i’m just trying to confess it

the truth is i bleed you
when these frequencies cut me
i’m a slut with a mission
a singular vision
i radio heaven
i get mixed signals
i move the antenna
i switch the channels

i radio heaven
i get mixed signals
i move the antenna
i switch the channels
i lie in this bed
my satellite dish
is there room in the universe
for one last wish

9. Goodbye Strings
10. Fairpoint Diary (Original Demo)

i can’t see my hands in front of my
face on a night like this
i just look back on my life
and think of all i’ve missed
i grew up south of here in towns
they tore apart for coal
as if to excavate the darkest
secrets of my soul

so it seems
life is just a troubled sea
that we sail for free
don’t let me drown
if the rest of the world’s goin’ down
you’ve got to breathe your breath in me

everybody’s story is more
interesting than mine
it took me twenty-some-odd-years
to see i’d been born blind

so i just feel my way to you
i try to keep you close
i’m never very good at getting
what I need the most

so it seems
life is just a troubled sea
that we sail for free
don’t let me drown
if the rest of the world’s goin’ down
you’ve got to breathe your breath in me

the darkest part of every night
is just before the dawn
the sun begins to rise
when we admit that we were wrong

so here i stumble home to you
to find the words to use
it seems the voices in my head
i seldom get to choose

so it seems
life is just a troubled sea
that we sail for free
don’t let me drown

11. It's Never Quite What It Seems (Nashville)

and your face
I do know well
every breath breathes
farewell
it’s so still
no soul could tell
but one day
like this
the angels fell

and it’s never quite what it seems

and it bleeds
this setting sun
and my arms ache
from holding on
let it go
this dying light
makes it hard to tell
wrong from right

and it’s never quite what it seems

all the shadows of our doubts
and the light that burns too bright
soon burns out

and your face
you do know well
that the race is lost
hold still
‘cause the first
shall be the last
those that burn with thirst
will lift their glass

and it’s never quite what it seems

 

12. Happy and Free
13. Helpless (Live)

In the Spring of 2001, we released a record called Films For Radio. The songs on that recording swept us away on our most extensive tours of the USA and Europe, ever. We saw a lot of amazing people and places along the way. We wanted to say thanks.

There is a wonderful scene toward the end of a film called Cinema Paridiso in which the protagonist sits and watches a reel of love scenes that were cut from the movies shown in his Italian village on Saturdays when he was a boy. We took a little time to splice together some lost scenes of our own.

Some of the songs collected here have already appeared on overtherhine.com as monthly musical postcards, MP-3’s. Stop by sometime if you haven’t already. We like to think of the original demos included here as a sort of musical director’s commentary. And there are a few mementos of the tours: Karin eventually began performing Give Me Strength at the piano and chose Neil Young’s Helpless to close our December concerts last year. We were honored to be joined by Buddy and Julie, and Erin and Kim for this performance.

So sit back, turn up the volume, close your eyes and enjoy. This collection is not available in stores. It was made for our closest and best supporters which, if you’ve read this far, probably includes you.

- Over the Rhine

As the band brought Films For Radio in for a landing, Linford and Karin felt that something was missing at the 11th hour and did some more writing. Karin’s song When I Go arrived on the scene during this time and became the final track of Films For Radio.

Songs such as Green-Clouded Swallowtail and I Let It Go also arrived and found their way onto many a setlist.

9-11 happened and Karin began singing Neil Young’s Helpless – part requiem, part psalm, part cry for help. Her version found its way onto the BBC and received fairly significant airplay abroad.

The Cutting Room Floor became a sort of Films For Radio Special Features disc and contained deleted scenes, the musical equivalent of director’s commentary and assorted out-takes from this important Over the Rhine chapter.

Hope you enjoy it.