Makers

Release date: April 24, 2006
Record label: Barsuk/Second Nature Recordings
Formats: CD/LP/MP3

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Track List:
1. White Daisy Passing
2. Portland Is Leaving
3. The Night’s Disguise
4. She Was Only In It For The Rain
5. Uppers Aren’t Necessary
6. Wait Out The Days
7. Streetlights
8. Tennessee Train Tracks
9. Goldfield
10. Tinfoil Hats
11. Where We Left Off
12. Makers

Lyrics:

WHITE DAISY PASSING

please slow it down / there’s a secret magic past world that you only notice when you’re looking back at it / all I wanna do is turn around / I’m going down to sleep on the bottom of the ocean / because I couldn’t let go when the water hit the setting sun / passing white daisies taking turns / close the door walk into the street / catching raindrops on your tongue / and for a minute it all stops but it won’t last man / it’s just a passing moment gone / please slow it down / there’s a secret place that I know where I could dig a grave out and climb underground for good / all I want to do is turn around / I’m going down to sleep on the bottom of the ocean / because I couldn’t let go when the water hit the setting sun / passing white daisies taking turns / all those evenings on the back deck of our first apartment / they meant everything but the wind just carried em off / and you can’t go back now just a passing moment gone

PORTLAND IS LEAVING

come along with me now cause there are things I’ve been dying to tell you / the best of the worst things that you never needed to know / this is the kind of comedy where no one’s laughing, cause it’s hard to / I’m a punch line who’s punch-drunk with my fist in a broken mirror / there’s a party nearby / I can hear laughter in the distance and it all comes clear / sounds to simple love is the only answer / everything else is just a train wreck I’m gonna stay up all night every night for the rest of my life / till the lines around my eyes grow deeper and more defined / you might ask me aren’t you dead inside and so damn tired / I’ll say I have no idea I’m not sleeping until after the dying is over / I can hear laughter in the distance and it all comes clear / sounds to simple / love is the only answer / when love’s a train wreck you’re a mistake

THE NIGHT’S DISGUISE

the clouds are holding up the dawn / they’re stilts or crutches I can’t tell which one / to keep the short days looking longer or to keep the sunlight from falling on broken legs / but the night’s disguise is wearing thin / caught me looking through your eyes / no I’m not doing alright / I’m just as stupid and desperate as I’ve always been / all the uselessness I write just come at me with a knife / come cut this sickness from my mind / help me forget about a shattered lie / bleed my failure into something right / the boss man said there’s no more work this winter / so go on home now and check back in the spring some dreams turned out to be a nightmare that you can’t afford so it’s coming in on a credit card / get yourself all prettied up my love / come here close let me tie that ironed ribbon / on the dress I bought you it’s the perfect one / for the perfect night with the perfect woman / but the night’s disguise is wearing thin

SHE WAS ONLY IN IT FOR THE RAIN

she swore out the lights when she said that she was only in it for the rain / she made of her bed a naive nativity / just in case it became – just in case / here’s the 1st of many songs you wanted me to write / just for you I hope to god you like it / it’s as pretty as it is cruel / it’s as pretty as it is cruel / she swore out the lights when she dammed herself to sleep / her thirteenth finger my whiskey drink / and she wept at the scene as the ambulance drove off / come circumference, come circumstance / here’s the 1st of many songs you wanted me to write / just for you I hope to god you like it and it may seem pretty cruel but mercy is not my name and our kids I hope to god you counted them you’re as pretty as you are cruel
you’re as pretty as you are cruel
you’re as pretty as you are cruel

UPPERS AREN’T NECESSARY

lead me through these cities of imaginary trends / something’s gonna be changing come the morning time my friend / as fickle as these streets are they might not even wait around till then I’ve got a lot to loose so come and take it from me quick everything you loose if it makes you stronger it makes you sick take these cities from me I’ll build buildings up with my own bare hands / the uppers aren’t necessary the guilt is the coal that keeps the fire burning to drive out the cold / that creeps in every corner crack and never leaves you alone / till the lonely messengers come calling you back home / the trees are stacked in rows on the side of the road / stripped of any dignity a birthing may have had / 100 thousand crucified on the Mojave I-5 line singers shepherds and salesmen all longing for someone to kill the joy of wondering and end all their desire to help them to remember that the road is nothing but a liar the uppers aren’t necessary the guilt is the coal / that keeps the fire burning to drive out the cold / that creeps in every corner crack and never leaves you alone / till the lonely messengers come calling you back / to the red door, cracked and crooked walk way / the fence impaling the stars / ghostly keepers lead the way through railroads of abandoned cars the tracks and city streets cut through like scars

WAIT OUT THE DAYS

when the memory is a blank page / and the teeth in your mouth are all cliches / you heart is a bag of rocks / your soul is a pile of ashes on the sidewalk / there’s an eagle scout project / I used to come to to feel some kind of magic now a story less – we’ll wait out the days wait out the days / till death comes to claim / anything that life didn’t already take / you can wait out the days the catch 22s are all catching up with you / they’re laying all over the middle ground / you were walking on to avoid em and it’s too late to turn around / on the corner of Morisson there’s a shop that sells bracelets and little glass ornaments looking in you can feel the magic and wait out the days

STREETLIGHTS

we can go and walk in the darkness / get relief at each streetlight / I don’t know how much it would cost us probably more than I’ve spent in my whole life / on these silly ideas that waste more time than I had to loose when I woke up this morning / seems like I’ve got so much more to loose now than I ever had before little beanie-bean with the calculator keys / can he add it all up, make it all make sense to me / I’ve got no idea how much more time / I’ve got left if I can’t get my mind right / the simplest little melody has got me all tangled up in knots / we can go and walk in the morning / we don’t need streetlights just a new start / not paralyzed by appearances with big ideas and just way to smart to walk around on the surface when there’s an ocean just beneath it’s blue-green smile / all the while nothing stopping me from jumping in and sinking fast / I’ll sing you to sleep first

TENNESSEE TRAIN TRACKS

come dry me out / cause I’ve been drinking all night before I pass out I need your ghost to tell me this bloodless voice is as meaningless as it sounds / hard fought for some spare time to sit around and search for something I aint never gonna find colors fade in the night sky / lightning bugs are flashing on the front porch no it’s in my head / to take me back to another time cause once its gone it’s just something you aint never gonna find no matter how hard you try / there’s no reason to stop it and you couldn’t if you wanted now / come dry me out / just not with your fist I’m not looking for a fight / hard fought for some spare time to search through books and records for something you aint never gonna find / if you could just make up your mind / train tracks can’t decide / Tennessee morning leaves you paralyzed

GOLDFIELD

car 5032 of the union pacific / is passing by on the right to bring back all the hopelessness / of a trailer park in the old mining town / where the irony’s laying thick on the ground in the dirty streets of Goldfield / if you’re searching for silver or an easier fortune / finding nothing in the way of love or a life of living any better than before / you’ll know you’ve arrived in Goldfield / car 5032 of the union pacific / is passing by on the right and she’s thinking of escaping out to Frisco / from the trailer park in the old mining town / where the irony’s laying thick on the ground / in the dirty streets of Goldfield / laying roots down to soak up the poison for generations / finding nothing in the way of love or a life of living any better than before / you’ll know you’ve arrived in Goldfield / gotta get the hell out of Goldfield I’m gone this time / I’m really leaving

TINFOIL HATS

he reminded me that the only way to / keep aliens from reading your mind / is to wear a tinfoil hat friend and wear it all the time life keeps on changing / tell it to stay still but it won’t listen I just want you near me like you are now for good / transistor tape recorder, tell me about everything that I’ve lost / I know you’ve got it all stored somewhere / at least I’m keeping my fingers crossed / life keeps on changing / tell it to stay still but it won’t listen / I just want you near me like you are now for good kid I’m gonna be with you longer than the world can stand cause there’s a light that’s stronger / shinning out of your eyes I see it and it won’t be long now / life keeps on changing / tell it to stay still but it won’t listen / I just want you near me like you are now for good

WHERE WE LEFT OFF

there’s a hotel in my memory / Pink Flamingos and light flickering from the TV screen / come lay down here with me / your mom and dad are right outside / so we climbed up here so we can hide from everything / from all the lies that we’ve lived beneath / let’s pick up where we left off / let’s string up everything that we’ve been afraid of we’ve been living under, we’ve been taught to remember / and let’s learn how to love / there’s a hotel in your memory / Pink Flamingos and light flickering from the TV screen / come hide up here with me thinking it up is making it real – you create the scene / you’ve lived in for years – it’s scary to think / what some lies will make you believe

MAKERS

death keeps calling me, she’s gonna set me free / no more sunshine sidewalk streets or misery / like she did for you Oh Allen how you suffered / lower east-side apartment we stayed up late / the bones inside your mind where all broken / and the keys that opened any answers were all stolen filling and refilling up the glass with makers / we both agreed The Final Moment! / the sweetest remedy to ever be delivered! heaven or heavenless we’re all headed for the same sweet darkness so she came for you, well I guess you wanted her to / now in the safety of a coffin rest you’re through / no more debts or memories no more heart blood or skin on teeth / final dosage to set you free heaven or heavenless we’re all headed for the same sweet darkness

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