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released February 23, 2018

recorded & mixed by Mikey Crotty
drums by Brendan Smyth
pedal steel on ‘You’ve Changed’ by Pat Lyons
trumpet on ‘GL’ and ‘After School’ by Cody Owens


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Track Name: GL
I am growing old
From talking to you
Your hope’s a stranglehold
A bottleneck too

I am gravity-
Hey fucker, I’m talking to you
Now will you tell me the truth?

Are you ever gonna get out of your head?
And why are your eyes greying out now?

You try to control yourself
By scribbling down words
But the longer you hide from it
The larger it grows and grows and grows

I can’t wrap my mind around how you choose
Your lips are trying to move

You laughed that morning when you puked in the dirt
You’re a broken boy, and I know that it hurts
And now that bleak compassion takes a stand
And everyone is lesser than

I don’t know you
I don’t see you
I don’t need to
After the read through
I’m so relieved to
Just remove you
And your molecules

Let me tell you the truth
You’re a secret toy, you’re the salt of the earth
‘I’m never going nowhere,’ that’s what you said to her
You left her with a permanent scar

You’re a big-hearted liar
And you know what you are
Track Name: You've Changed
Decisions aren’t that hard
When all you’ve got to think about
Is the life you’ve had so far
Just to realize the things that you loved
Were happenstance and objectively boring

You’ve changed
And it’s so sad
You’ve changed
And we feel bad

The laughter of the past
Has filled our hearts with sorrow
It is what it is at last
Just to open a drawer with a gift inside
Meant for pleasure, but forcibly given back to us

You’ve changed
And it’s so sad
You’ve changed
And we feel bad
Track Name: Figure
Those were just words, I know it
Lost sounds that flew by in space
Could not have been misdirected
Felt like a slap in the face

Is it the point of a story
To draw a picture in flame?
I grew a heart in molting
Pleasure got beat down by shame

Every last person on this big ole fat earth
Was given a chance to make their own worth

But those were just words, I wrote em
Movements and shadows out my mouth
Daunted and bored and faulty
High hopes are bleeding me out

Every crying baby, shut up
Crowds in exodus all stuck in the mud

Sickening prayers and poems
Open doors slammed in a rage
Take a good look at the mirror
Only a figure in frame
Track Name: After School
I was out front of your door
Tryna figure what to do
Take what’s mine, take what’s yours
Laugh it off and play it cool

No, I need to talk to you
I’ll lie and say you dropped your ruler

Thought I had my ducks all in a row
When I saw you after school
We were talking with our t-shirts out
I bent down to tie my shoe
All knots, nothing would come loose
I saw white clouds on the move
I looked up and squinted at you

Hey, can you feel the light
Breaking in from all sides?
Have you ever seen such holy light?
I think this must be some sort of proof

Or I could just call you
Some night or early afternoon
Eyes closed, you say, ‘What’s stopping you?’
Well, I haven’t got a clue

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