Tolerance Ends, Love Begins

by The Pinkerton Raid

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Time was, The Pinkerton Raid's Jesse James DeConto would spend his days writing about murder and mayhem as a newspaper reporter. Almost every day, he'd drive from his former home in Carrboro to the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough, N.C.

Driving north on Highway 86, he'd pass a traffic sign that said "TOLERANCE ENDS." It was meant for big-rig truckers, to tell them to detour off the country road and get on the sturdier Interstate 85.

Something about crime reporting that most people don't know: There's a lot of waiting around. You sit there in court, waiting for a judge to make a ruling, waiting for a lawyer to show up, waiting for a defendant to be brought over from the jail.

"I'd be watching people's lives falling apart – or already having fallen apart – and I was watching a seven-year relationship falling apart in my own life, thinking about what went wrong, what was next for me," Jesse says. "I'd just sit there writing lyrics in my reporter's notebook."

Out of those vulnerable moments sprang the songs from Tolerance Ends, Love Begins, The Pinkerton Raid's third full-length album.

What started with intimate, personal storytelling became a communal experience with instrumentation evolving over the next seven years, as Jesse handed off songs like "Tolerance Ends," "Hollywood," and "Deeper Than Skin" for his sister Katie to take lead vocals.

The siblings built many of the arrangements around their brother Steven's acoustic guitar, layering Eric Johnson and Michael DePue's electric guitars with the expansive drumming of Steve Anderson (Kamara Thomas & The Night Drivers) and the twee textures of Chimeatron, ukulele and brass. Wilson Greene (Look Homeward, Mipso) added guitars and banjo.

Recorded with Mark Simonsen (The Old Ceremony, Dead Tongues) and Thom Canova at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium and at Studio M in the spring of 2016, Tolerance Ends, Love Begins is a story of broken love and resurrection, their most hopeful collection to date.


released February 7, 2017

All songs © Jesse James DeConto (ASCAP Clarendon Street Press) 2007-2014, except “Don’t” © Katie DeConto, 2015. All rights reserved.

Recorded in 2016 at the Fidelitorium, Kernersville, N.C.,
with additional recording at Studio M, Durham, N.C.
Engineered and mixed by Thom Canova
Produced by Mark Simonsen
Production assistant: Kelcy Dial
Mastered by Morgan Sizer at Mozu Mastering, New Haven, Conn.
Cover design: Adam Neubauer

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Track Name: Righteous Rain
My mouth is a desert, I thirst for her lips
But the hunger inside me she’ll never satisfy
My body is aching for her to come near
How can one broken heart another repair?

Send a righteous rain. Wash away the shame.
Soak me, soothe my pain. Send a righteous rain

How many times have I danced for the rain
With a silvery spoon when I needed a pail?
A spoonful of sugar, I sleep through the night
But the dirt on my face is still there at day’s light

I need the caress of one greater than her
A torrent of tenderness, a heavenly cure
Now open the skies, pour down on my soul
Fill up this emptiness, make this man whole

Break your rainbow promise. Flood this earth again
Float my body to the sky, so I can drink your heavenly waters in
Track Name: Hollywood
Hello, my name is Hollywood,
and I am not a victim
No, I am not a victim,
but I play one in real life
Hello, my name is Hollywood,
my life is not as scripted
My life is not as scripted,
and someone’s going to pay

Hollywood, you broke my heart,
you said that we would never part
Unless things changed, and then they did.
You believed the lies, what the tabloids said

Hello, my name is Hollywood,
I’m a prisoner of the system
I do what all the glamour girls do,
exactly what I want
Hello, my name is Hollywood,
I’m fearful of commitment
When life gets hard I sail away,
to where no one knows my name

Hello, my name is Hollywood,
my plot’s a little twisted
And if you sit too close to me,
then you’ll be twisted too

Hello, my name is Hollywood.
My god, I should have listened
My mind got lost in fantasy,
and then the lights came on
Track Name: Crazy
You said you were crazy about me,
and now you’re saying it was a lie
That you were never crazy about me,
well, honey, that sounds pretty crazy, I can’t lie

Crazy, you are crazy,
you are crazy, we are crazy

I deserve someone crazy about me.
Is that what you want me to believe?
Well, what do I know? It’s only my heart inside me.
You know better, at least you’d have me believe

Don’t tell me what I want,
just tell me that the past is gone
Just say you don’t want me no more,
and I’ll help you to the door

If you know someone crazy about me
Just tell her that I am crazy too
Maybe we can be crazy together
Just make sure she’s crazier than you
Track Name: Deeper Than Skin
It started with a wildflower to tickle her face
What if the skin of his fingers
had invaded the space?
Between a lonely girl who kept love at arm’s length
And an eager boy who thought he had the strength
To overcome her guards,
and climb the tower to her heart, to find …

Love, deeper than skin
To know her secrets deep within
To know how she feels from the outside in
To find love, deeper than skin

On a grassy knoll he made his move
But she stiffened her neck as if to prove
She had no need any man could fill
Well, he made up his mind at the top of that hill
That a kiss was a start,
but what he wanted was her heart, he wanted …

You came so close but so far away
I thought you’d let me inside one day
But around your heart is a wall of stone
I could never, never call it my own
So now it’s time to say goodbye,
to find someone who wants to be mine, to find ...
Track Name: Don't
Don’t look at me with those eyes …
I know what lies behind those eyes

Your looks are good, but you’re no good for me.
You look good, but you’re no good for me

Don’t smile at me with that mouth …
I know what that means, without a doubt
I said don’t
Track Name: Ghost In My Bed
I stand in awe, can do no wrong
She lies in bed, my voice is gone
Her eyes look deep into my soul,
a goddess who saw the days of old
What she sees, I do not know.
She knows my heart, my mind, my soul
Whispering, she calls me close.
What she wants, only she knows

I reach out to touch her, my fingers clutch the air
Apparition, holy ghost,
she’s never far, like when she’s close

I look deep inside, to the depths of my own heart
And there my lover lies,
singing, “Never shall we part.”

How could a goddess condescend
to heal a heart a woman rent?
She needs a god to make her whole,
not this fearful, furious fool

All alone, inside my head
I stumble toward my lonely bed
Loneliness gives way to love,
all around, below, above

I look deep inside, in the stillness of the night
And there my lover lies,
singing, “Lie with me tonight.”
Track Name: Tolerance Ends
Rolling down a country road,
you cross a bridge to the other side
They’ve always got a place for you,
but only girls are hired
If you want a job, you’ll have to pay,
‘cause love round here is tired

Tolerance ends, you cross that line,
they’ll take your money, but not your time

She wants everything that meets her eye,
nothing less will satisfy
She needs your touch, your words, your smile,
the gifts that money can’t buy
Give her what she needs,
Don’t let your love grow tired

Today she loves no other man,
but, man, just give it time
Someday the boys will make her blush,
you’ll have to get in line
Give her all you’ve got,
don’t let your love grow tired
Better give it while the givin’s good,
when tolerance ends you’ll wish you could
Track Name: Colorado Eyes
I couldn’t breathe, these walls,
they were closing in on me
They speak to me, they speak to me,
but never say anything
I needed to breathe where dreams run free,
the air is clear between us

And I see the blue across the room,
blue eyes, the color of the sky
Blue eyes, the Colorado sky

I couldn’t see, my eyes were blind with rising steam
I needed to see blue sky surrounding me
I’ve seen gray eyes, Seattle winter sky,
unclear, like oxygen disguised

Carolina skies so wide, Colorado sky is wider
Carolina eyes open wide, Colorado opens them wider
Track Name: Beach Access 33
Your face rises from the pillow
like the sunrise after the darkest night
It’s 5 a.m. on the eastern shore;
black skies give way to the brightest light

We find Beach Access 33,
where you said you’d spend your life with me
Beach Access 33,
where my baby said she’d marry me

Spread a blanket on the sand, my love;
scatter rose petals to the wind
Play you love songs, love, on my guitar,
wish this morning would never end

Sun’s rays are warm upon my skin;
a gentle breeze is blowing in
These waves are music to my ears;
creation sings when you are here with me

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