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1.
percy 03:27
i've spent my hours with an alibi been working out the kinks in its design i woke up this morning underneath the grayest cloud afraid that they might figure it all out maybe some old truth ain't such a bad, bad thing put weight under the words that i sing maybe all i need's a pair of pomegranate wings to prune and clean the mess i've made of things one day i'll tilt my chin up, pose for a picture or three might get lucky, might get caught in a breeze mother nature could you have known about the outcome of those seeds? did they make it hard to breathe? i'm not that clever but i know one thing well winter gets a bad rep for its spells but maybe all the monotone makes it possible to tell the tale of springtime color carousel maybe i'm just caught up in the order of things no need to get so bent up on a scratch maybe all the bruising should be seen as something sweet there's bread to make and butterflies to catch one day i'll tilt my chin up, pose for a picture or three might get lucky, might get caught in a breeze mother nature could you have known about the outcome of those seeds? did they make it hard to breathe?
2.
short hand 03:00
smoke will seep into your body before you lose sight of the short hand eroding the landscape of polished wood down to the steel interplay of spokes never resting the heart of them turning now what will happen to you then? will you make amends? reconcile all the loose ends you've buried over and under the decades hidden in boxes and frames pieces of your conscience a secret anthology will you let them disappear or will you set them free? you get restless by your own hand long not short self reprimand all the hours stuck suspended follow dreams to fruition will you make amends? reconcile all the loose ends you've buried over and under the decades hidden in boxes and frames pieces of your conscience a secret anthology will you let them disappear or will you set them free?
3.
godspeed little rat running down the alleyway fear not for i will be the president someday and you'll see, you were always warm and safe here with me i had a dream where i forgot to make mistakes i woke up in a sweat with a weird headache could it be a state of grace or blessed insanity? another house full of fools dreaming bigger than the truth in their borrowed business meat-man suits i love them all, and i can't wait to see them fall and i can't decide what i've found does this tiny lonely sound find a home or fill a lull or just take up space in my battered skull? how many epiphanies does it take to screw my soul? if you level with the devil he might share the smokes he rolls golly gee, we're gonna pin a medal on you for being so free love unexpressed is just nature's plan these tiny lonely sounds oh have a heart oh how they try time stands still, goodnight and goodbye
4.
quiet love 03:49
winter make my heart abound with snow dusted melodies of a quiet love i want to sing aloud i should have known years ago that paths, not roads would lead me to where i want to go hang my heart upon your wisest bough i promise that i'll listen closer now hear you most of all even if i fall into fear again winter make my worry freeze give this budding grace a little room to breathe i want to bring it out i should have known years ago that love and trust would be there if i could just let go winter won't you make the time for me? to open up and learn how to receive hang my heart upon your wisest bough i promise that i'll listen closer now hear you most of all even if i fall into fear again
5.
on the road 02:38
on the road, you're on the road last i heard you're in idaho a hum and a buzz on the radio i stayed back, chicago skies forebode will i stay 'til i've grown old? east to west and back again i contain this dripping pen i ask how and you ask when i'll join you when you're on the road again well, i guess it all depends on one hanging bridge left to cross one hair to unpin on one little word, little bird i know deep within i've come so far from pretending that i'm not just static and charge aren't all these walls meant for the breaking? aren't all ends just a new start?
6.
autumn sunsets were imagined in this hiding life of mine but you brought me out to see one in real time and i can't thank you enough for all the kind words from a sweet heart that revel in what's good and you brought me out to see it more than anybody could yet i don't show you enough love once upon a times always felt like the kind of trouble that eager hearts bring and once upon a pale moon there were monsters that hid under beds that would wake you to scare you when you were fast asleep but i held on tightly i held on wisely to monsters and love you brought me here to that happy place you dwell where monsters have rosy cheeks and stories to tell, now i'm all mixed up inside about this sweet monstrous loving life could it be more real? once upon a times always felt like the kind of trouble that eager hearts bring and once upon a time i may have wondered if eager really was a troublesome thing? but i held on tightly i held on wisely to monsters and love
7.
albatross 03:23
globetrotter isn't she a breath of the newest sights and frames of reference? to each strand of her hair, a corresponding longitude when she speaks from a seasoned throat she becomes more aware of what she doesn't know and the stones line up with a force and unified point of view they call it "true" the wind and the rain went straight to their brains and the fear took away the hollowness of blame all hope pushed aside, they owed it to their minds to listen to the bird's instinctive lullaby: "head towards the sun some ships may follow and some may bear their guns keep love for everyone let it speak for the work you've done the sailors and the stones will go forth with what they know and the lines they form shall bear no comment or review on what it means to you" globetrotter close your burning eyes and the winds will take a new direction to each strand of your hair, a corresponding gratitude no tempest could ever deceive you from love that wants to receive you let each destination build upon that old bird's tune it carries you through

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released December 12, 2015

recorded+mixed+mastered in october/november 2o15 by chris smith (luno) <3

all songs written by jenn romero except "godspeed little rat" which was written by matthew shelton

vox+piano+flute //jenn romero
vox+violin+guitar // emily jane powers
vox+bass// shelby turner
vox+mbira+bass harmonica // matthew shelton

special thanks to erika grammel, doreen sayegh, jack mayer, aileen mcgroddy, dream version, and the folks at constellation. big hugs to juan, suk, and josh romero. high-fives to will kent and brian weza. <3 EVA <3

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