Lyrics Open wide, eat the lies, Real men don't apologize Shut your mind my darling shut your mind Close your eyes my darling When you see the water rise Just pretend we'll be alright Shut your mind my darling shut your mind Close your eyes my darling Close your eyes I am in another world Upside down and I'm a lost girl Stumble through the strange, strange night I lost my way in all the gaslight See the cities burning bright Lock the doors hold on tight Shut your mind my darling shut your mind Close your eyes my darling Close your eyes I am in another world Upside down and I'm a lost girl Stumble through the strange, strange night I lost my way in all the gaslight
Credits written by: Irene and Troy lead & backing vox: Irene Lambrou guitars: Troy Schoenmeier & Tony Winkler bass: Ken Belli keys: Bud Burroughs drums: Tom Dorn additional percussion & loops: Todd Mecaughey recorded, mixed and mastered at Cambridge Sound Studios in Philadelphia by Todd Mecaughey cover art by Bill DiCecca
“I am in another world, upside down and I’m a lost girl.” So goes the first line of the chorus in “Gaslight,” Almshouse’s dramatic new single and their first release since 2016’s full-length album “Bitter Thing.” Co-written by the band’s singer Irene Lambrou and her husband, guitarist Troy Schoenmeier, the song makes forceful use of what has become an Almshouse trademark: dual guitar leads featuring Schoenmeier’s electric lines harmonically interwoven with those of guitarist Tony Winkler, who also adds slide elements in all the right places. The lyrics tell a story of commanded submission, urging you to “open wide, eat the lies,” to “shut your eyes” and “close your mind,” to ignore rising waters and burning cities. Starting with sparse effect-laden guitar and sultry mournful vocals, moving through a hypnotic drum loop and an electrifying bass line by Ken Belli, the song culminates in a rush of powerful layered harmonies. Although it might easily allude to gaslighting on a personal level, the song was inspired by a much bigger picture.