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1.
AOID 01:35
Oh I couldn't quite narrate my passing fright Over losing the fight to write And I listened with hyper-conscious care So as to once more earn the right to go there But something held me down To the mattress that I stood on Moving on to a land of broken tongues Where everyone is empty, but also lives to fill each other And knowing that I belong there, The time has come to go to Tixis
2.
Tixis 03:28
Cross through every pasture, give the hills a shot Wait 'til now is after to judge what you have got Thankfully I've been retold that it makes total nonsense To try to know the present And I just want to go to Tixis Touch every county, let yourself be land Open all the inches to help you understand Never try to justify a listless sense of longing With any sort of weakness Just play this song and go to Tixis Feel right About the love you Feel tonight It's all a part of moving on and growing older Let's make a pact to hold each other through Often when it's quiet, my dreams put on a show Gentle and defiant of where we have to go So, nodding twice I leave my room and step over the fault line To fall into a distance I'm slowly on my way to Tixis Feel right About the love you Feel tonight It's all a part of moving on and growing older Let's make a pact to hold each other through
3.
MCMXIV 03:16
February 3rd was planned I had to be present to ride on a bus I walked around Chicago for hours on end Woke up to someone watching me at Wabash and Grand Nobody around me spoke a word The entire afternoon nothing was said Yet, I could enter into tourists' heads With great effort I let them know, 'The tower's up there' I had no idea what to think about you You have no idea how much I needed you On this occasion, it was so sad Making my way back home Was bizarre, to say the least, because I wasn't alone Louisville looked like a ruby that once shown Her mouth, the fluid motion of a smile collapsing I have no idea what to think about you You have no idea how much I needed you On this occasion, it was so sad All I am is just a Ratboy The roads continue down Actually down to the South, as it's known I didn't see much of Nashville that day But, a Romanesque cathedral built in MCMXIV
4.
Little yellow spots of dirt on my carpet Won't go away from watching you clean You are the ruler of my apartment My sole point of interest, if you know what I mean I thought you a proud man until I spent some time on you Now I know that you are not of that breed You make me want to do things, like laugh 'til I pass out You make me want to vomit, you make me want to read And how in the name of He Who Made Creation Did I breathe a second without you by my side? I built a fort, and I christened it Fort Stagan My roommate Sara Mykrantz walked in and was surprised But, you try to say, 'Never thought you would let me go that way' I never thought it could be so new I always had this suspicion that I would get old before I knew Mom bought grandma a change purse, blue But, who are we kidding? She can't even go to the store I always wonder about how my life will turn out Beth made a comment, true But, what does it matter? Grandpa can't even read the news You have talents that I could only dream to possess Our love is like a lampshade, do you know what that means? An atlas of the world points my head and body to the Northwest My roommate Sara Mykrantz walked in and was surprised
5.
Well, I got a note from an old folk It was more like a dream, but I remember somebody spoke I got down on one knee And, my paternal grandfather said to me, 'You are one lucky son of my son' I woke up sadder than I'd ever been Because he didn't say why, and I had never met him I got down on one knee All my blood and my skin comforted me 'You are the best,' they screamed in time I walked downstairs to the chair made of flowers Upon it, my dog was humbly laying fast asleep I got down on one knee And said, 'If you ever feel the need, I will love you without condition.' I laid down like an old folk My blood and my skin settled into the daily swing I got down on one knee And then, Jazz came up and spoke softly to me, 'You are lucky, and you know why'
6.
Postman Song 03:23
Let me ask you a question What's your secret profession? Are you a postman delivering letters Or are you stuck with something better? Why do you have a frown whenever I see you? Is it because your dreams never came true? Well, listen up buddy, yeah I'll tell you a secret Just deliver the mail, don't you worry about regrets And he says, how can I do that when there's So much I gotta change? And I said, worry 'bout today, nothing's grey When you look at it with sunglasses on And I said, take a little pill, get a thrill But, don't worry it won't last for too long You'll be a good fellow If you chill and be mellow And just deliver the mail So, how's your postal route going? Is your new self-improvement really showing? No dogs have attacked you, you're feeling really good inside But, you're still feeling the past, I can see it in your eyes So just worry 'bout today, nothing's grey When you look at it with sunglasses on And I said, take a little pill, get a thrill But, don't worry it won't last for too long You'll be a good fellow If you chill and be mellow And just deliver the mail You've got some issues I can tell So open up, let me see how you fell And man, you are really courageous To go on every day, keep turning pages So, memories are good, but don't let them surround you You've got free reign now, live your life how you want to But, just promise me That you'll worry 'bout today, nothing's grey When you look at it with sunglasses on And I said, take a little pill get a thrill But, don't worry it won't last for too long You'll be a good fellow If you chill and be mellow And just deliver the mail
7.
Running across the big, big mountain There is no way to go And, how many lives have reached their endings Silently killed by the snowfall of the ghosts Their bodies are clean, they make their music From under rock n' roll And, can we confirm their wayward spirits Are something more than the souls of what we're told? Channeling all these age-old questions Mind knows where it's been And, how does it always seem to happen That daylight starts just as nighttime rushes in? I don't know what to do without you Look at the clock it's porcelain doll-face Is actually made of snow And, father awakes to greet the daylight His great mortal cause has filled this heart with hope
8.
Bugs! 03:22
In the land I like, sun shines down like a peach I love to think of fuzzy hairs of fire swaying so The shaman I saw yesterday told me simply, 'Go' So I calmly left her teepee and went home without a noise The psychics minds are sewing, but the gypsies' hands stay still The worlds around them change and spin, and rain soaks their clothing But, one yells out, whispering, 'It's all clearer to me now' He dances in it, psychics sewing words he's yet to say The bricks are catty-corner to the grease below them now And every time I look at them I wonder who laid them But, they've been here for ages, weather's touched these natural tiles It's something I must leave behind and re-visit when I die What I've meant to say this time is bugs are coming now It's after dark, they're closing in, it was humid out today And, one decides to try and make an entrance in my ear Thinks my head is the bee hive and there the bounty will be found Bugs behaving badly, get 'em to the prison now I tell you, yes, it is their fault, you should spit 'em from the sky But, if you have too kind a heart to cause these things to die Then move on with my admiration trailing from behind Bugs follow on like constellations frozen in the sky
9.
If I had it my way You would never go on home Back up the highway My dreams remember The angry lines that laced her face When she saw our embers Caves clambered in me Liz languished on about foot-space On the way to Cinci I had no idea of what pivotal dates had defined my time When she saw our embers I was curled up miles away Resting for my twenties I want to watch the daylight Fall away into the ground And rest there always I had no idea of what pivotal dates had defined my time Why do I remember Waking up with familiar eagerness Just to see your chin hairs? If there's still a glow there Something like that's in those songs I'm curious to know where
10.
And 03:03
And I'm not afraid of the things that you will do It's just I'm so ashamed of the things that I'll say And I'm not the one to decry mind's own mildew It's just I'm to blame for the things it delays Well okay And you should fall away from those calling you downward And just think of a day when you'll be able to explain yourself And it's just that whenever I'm away, I feel myself so strongly And how can we all fade when I feel so here to stay? Well okay And I'm not afraid of where we have to go

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released June 9, 2015

Julia Steiner - guitar/singing
Dave Sagan - guitar
Will Lange - bass
Pat Kennedy - drums

Recorded by Seth Engel at The Owlery in Chicago in fall 2k14
Mastered by Matt DeWine at Pieolden

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