ReleaseD JULY 4
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"Middle Line" is the fourth single to be released from Dave's real-time project entitled, "Not Gone."
Middle Line began in March of 2020 as an experiment to mash up incredibly depressing lyrics, combined with the music of a happy pop song... it didn't work at the time... at least, lyrically. After all, with the global pandemic, there was more than enough to challenge anyone's psyche. So Dave took the approach that has served him well creatively, which was to power through a completely new lyrical concept that was more in-fitting with the song's melodic backdrop.
The track has no vocal or guitar retakes or punch-ins... one fluid recorded pass for each track, end-to-end and captured as a complete performance. Chris Harris' ingenuity to mic up drums in his basement (due to social-distancing requirements of this era) was key to pulling this all together as a distributed recording session. Dave's love of vintage tube amps, his lack of formal audio engineering experience, and a reliance on console faders and old-world outboard gear took precedence over digital options in many cases. With all of its un-edited human flaws, it's a song that materialized quickly, loudly, and with a high dose of extreme fun with each adventurous moment.

She's on the inside track while I'm hung out to dry
Mercury in retrograde excuses running wild
It’s not so important, that I got a bone to pick with you
I’m gonna’ walk that middle line and we can work it out in time

Gotta’ think before I talk and make myself regret
One more improper noun and I’ll be sleeping by myself
Haven’t got a fortune, but I’ll share a hefty I.O.U.
I’m gonna’ walk that middle line and we can work it out in time

We have a lot ‘cause we’re the same
I’m making bets on better days

Thank you for staying while my heart beat out of time
Some things are better left unsaid without a sign
I’ve had enough of time alone and now I know my aim is true
And I’m tired of pulling fuses from this breaker box with you

I’m gonna’ walk that middle line, and we can work it out in time
I’m gonna’ walk that middle line, and we can work it out in time
I’m gonna’ walk that middle line…
...and we can work it out in time

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Release Date: July 4, 2020
Music and lyrics: Dave Charles
Vocals - Dave Charles
Guitars - Dave Charles
Bass - Dave Charles
Drums - Chris Harris
Producer - Dave Charles
Recorded at underdog studio, boston, ma, usa, and in the basement of Chris Harris, (up the road)