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Recorded at Tessitura Studios in Denver, CO, by Kyle Smith, following our 2014 tour from Bellingham, to Denver. Many thanks to all of the kind folks who we met on tour, who made this possible by giving us a safe place to practice our art, and helping us along the way!

This album goes out to you, Bellingham, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Sacramento, San Diego, Lancaster, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Denver! We can't thank you enough for all you, and your beautiful music scenes have done for us! We hope to see you again soon!

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released August 25, 2015

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Track Name: Admiral
Well I hope you're safe on those old Virginia shores
I'll see you soon
All the while you've been gone I've been hoping
That that book ain't changing you

And when you open up those airlock doors
I'll be waiting on the other side
And when you return, I guess we will see if people can change in time


Oh Doctor! Oh Captain! Oh Riverboatman!
When the wind whispers lies of uncharted lands
When the sands fill your lungs, and the blood it runs thin
Don't forget where you began, you'll always be home my friend


When you set out for your voyage, they batten down all the hatches
So you can't hear any sound
They say that nothing can hurt you when you're this far underwater
But there's people out side that you won't hear drown

When the torpedoes are aimed at the people you miss most
And the coastlines of Heaven are so far from home
You can come back or not, but I'll be up all night
Either way I love you brother, and I'll see you in another life


Oh Doctor! Oh Captain! Oh Riverboatman!
When the wind whispers lies of uncharted lands
When the sands fill your lungs, and the blood it runs thin
Don't forget where you began, you'll always be home my friend

Oh Doctor! Oh Captain! Oh Riverboatman!
When the wind whispers lies of uncharted lands
Don't listen to them, they only see your sins
Not the great man that you've always been
Track Name: The Valley
Down in the valley of my soul
Where the silent men walk and weep
I may have finally found a purpose
In this great solidarity
In this great solidarity

Now that I have found a road that I can take
I can shed all my insecurities
The ones that I keep buried deep down in my chest
Now I can finally breathe
Now I can finally breathe

Anxiety is an avalanche
You won't see it coming 'till you're dead
And it'll make it seem so wrong
It'll all seem wrong in your head
It'll all seem wrong in your head
It'll all seem wrong in your head
'Till you fall asleep, or you're dead

There's a voice in my head asking me where I think I'm going
And I tell him that I go where I want
Cause the past may be littered by the bones that you break,
But the path is just the steps that you take
And the road may seem uncertain at first
But the past is where you make your mistakes
Track Name: Home Alone
Humans, when we write poetry and songs,
try to relate ourselves to nature and all our moms,
but we never once pause to see the inconvinent truth,
that we are not 'like' nature, but part of a whole.

Not similar, but one and the same.
These processes are driving me insane.
Tectonic movements, and tidal currents abound,
chemical reactions, and seasonal migrations across these age old bridges of stone.

Expeditions not into the 'heart of darkness', but into the hearts of men
climbing like vines over rocks, far up to the lonely peaks
where summit celebrates man, and man celebrates life
The only goal I've ever achieved that makes me feel alive
-----
The grassy floors of the rainshadow are so loud at night
those high alpine ridges are the walls of my house.
And if these walls could talk, my house would be screaming,
and I just want to know the meaning... of it all.
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I'll lock the doors, if you flush the keys
and we can live together in harmony
for the first time since people have been people

I'll get the packs, if you get the car
We can sit up under the billions of stars
And wonder who we are
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I'll get the grub, if you grab the chairs
We can sit up in the clouds and talk about the things we fear

Divorce, obesity, girls and poverty
All functions of this broken society
Except girls, because I'm just scarred of rejection...

But I'm getting better
But I'm getting better

With every word that I sing, I am home on the range
And I'll never leave my home again

With every word that I sing, I go a little less insane
In my brain, in my brain, in my brain

With every word that I sing, I am home on the range
And I'll never leave my home again

And if these walls could talk, my house would be screaming
And I just want to know the meaning
Of it all, of it all
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With every word that I sing I am home on the range
And I'll never be along again
Track Name: Old Age
Old age will come for you someday,
And all the wild old men will celebrate the young.
That's because, they have so far left t run.
One day that could be you my brothers & my sons.

I miss my grandfather, he died far to young
He was an engineer, and a farmer, and a warrior 'till the day he was done
And I wish I would've known him, so much better.
I wish I would've eaten all the breakfasts that he made me on a platter.


Oh why do the good die young?
Why do they have to die at all?
Why do the good die young?
Why do they have to die at all? 2 3 4

Everywhere I go, I keep his compass close,
In my jacket pocket, so I can find my way home.
Every day that I wake up, I drink some orange juice.
He said son, a cup a day will keep you alive and well.

old age will come for me someday
But I'm not scarred of it, as long as it doesn't take me too soon.
But I'll admit it brother, no I don't want to die,
But I'm not scarred of death, as long as it doesn't take me too soon

*Chorus*
Oh why do the good die young?
Why do the have to die at all?
Why does there have to be a good and a bad?
No, I don't believe in it at all.
Track Name: The Real Article
Longs nights spent in the same room
Car rides that seemed infinite at the time
And all we'd ever do was look out the window
At the people that we were passing by

And now that I'm older I've grown
Into someone who loves everyone he meets
And if they don't have a home, I'll give them one here in my heart
So they can have a place to sleep

And now that I'm older I've grown
Into someone who falls in love with everyone he meets
And if they fade to memories I'll keep them near my chest
Where I hide all my other insecurities

My teacher once told me that I would stop caring
About what other people think of me
But that's just not in the cards right now
And I don't know when it is supposed to be

Maybe now that I'm older I'll grow
Into someone who doesn't care what others think of him
And I'm so scared of pain cause I have been there before, and
Now I won't take any more risks

But I am the real article
Most days I like me for who i am
And I may talk too much, and say too little
But don't we all, don't we all, don't we all?
Don't we all, don't we all, don't we all?
Track Name: Clocks
Maybe we're all just cogs in some grand machine
And I know that you're worried that you're not where you're sopoused to be
Right here, right now, and I know how, you got here
Through thirteen billion years of cause and effect
The atoms in your body have not always been like that
They were forged in the core of a star long ago
And now they're asking me, "How am I suppoused to know
What to do?" and so I say to you,
Live your life and only do the things that you want to

I believe not in a higher power, but in cause and effect
I believe in self-written destiny, but also that we're products of our envionments
Just ask any psychopath, how great their family was to them
And then go ask all the fish in the sea, oh how they like the dams

Maybe we're all just cogs interacting with gears
And gears turning the hand on a clock
And that clock may not have some grand purpose
But it will keep on ticking

Cause we're still moving, still interacting
And nothing's gonna stop us, no, nothing's gonna stop me
From loving every human being that I meet, or getting to the places that I want to be
Like going into space, or maybe staying close to home
And eraticating all the bigottry and hatred in the world
Cause we're all fish in one big bowl, and that's something that everybody need to know
Track Name: Devil's Route
One day I met the devil
down at the old bus stop
he didn't know where he was goin'
he didn't know where he'd get off

He said to me, son,
don't end up like me
I ain't ever had a home or a lover
or a family to set me free

And I've been riding these roads for
twenty long years, and
I think I'm dying cause
I've been having trouble breathin'
I've been having trouble feeling anything at all
and I've been trying
my whole godamn life

Well I've been following his advice every chance that i get, and if I keep running, maybe, someday, I'll get over it

If I keep on running, maybe someday, I'll come back


Well, dead men tell no tales
but as long as there's still air in your lungs
keep breathin'.
Well, Dead men tell no lies
but as long as there's still blood in you veins
keep livin', keep living on

One day I saw the devil while I was running down the road
And when I kept on runnin' he called out after my soul
"son, if you keep runnin', you'll die hungry and cold."

And I think I've finally found
a family to call my own,
a place that doesn't make me
feel so godamn alone

No, nothing can hurt you if your house is made out of stone.


Well, dead men tell no tales
but as long as there's still air in your lungs
keep breathin'
Well, Dead men tell no lies
but as long as there's still blood in you veins
keep livin', keep living on

One day I met the devil, down at the old cross roads
I made a deal with him that made me feel so tired and old

This bottle of whiskey can't drive away the cold
This bottled-up lightning cant mend my broken bones
Track Name: Legacy
Say goodbye every time that you leave,
Say I love you every time you say goodbye,
Cause you might not get another chance,
To see that person alive.
To see that person alive.

I was reading high in the mountains,
When a giant bald eagle flew by,
I looked him straight in the eye, and I saw
They were made out of galaxies.
They were made out of galaxies.

I saw everyone that I'd ever known,
Everyone that I'd ever cared about,
Hanging onto a single mote of dust,
Suspended in a sunbeam.
Suspended in a sunbeam.

Say goodbye every time that you leave,
Say I love you every time you say goodbye,
Cause you might not get another chance,
To see that person alive.
To see that person alive.

They say that everyone dies twice,
Once when our body meets our grave,
And again when the last person that loves us,
For the final time says our name.
For the final time says our name.

We only have what we remember,
And sometimes, all I remember is me.
Don't be like me, remember all your friends.
They will be your legacy.
Track Name: Lucky
Last night i had a dream and i woke up with a fright
I was in a field of wheat for the better part of the night
My parents and my dog were there my little sister too
The sky was blue and the clouds were white, but i didn't notice you

My grandpa, he came walking up a long dirt road
I ran to him and asked him why he knew what i didn't know
He said son you have a very long way to go,
And you don't nee to know where you're going, 'cause you've already got a home

It's here in you chest son it's here in your heart
It's here in you chest son it's here in your heart
It's here in you chest son it's here in your heart
It's here in you chest son it's here in your heart

I walked into a garden, filled with many crops
Across the rich brown soil tread a small brown fox
My dog barked up a storm at him and he scurried away
As the storm clouds cleared I could've sword that I saw the break of day

And then his barks were overcome
by a sound that had heart, like the beating of a drum
I turned and I looked, out to the sea
The waves there were huge, and they were coming for me.

As the waves crashed down upon us, I was overcome by fear
My puppy he stood beside me, defiant in the face of the danger
And the the waves all came together, forming a giant wall
And as they all crashed down upon us, I swore I heard someone call.

It's here in you chest son it's here in your heart
It's here in you chest son it's here in your heart
It's here in you chest son it's here in your heart
It's here in you chest son it's here in your heart
Track Name: Wolves
When you're one of 24 but your odds are 20,000 against you
And the man you trust your life with, the man that you came with has betrayed you
You're the tribute from your district, a volunteer to protect the ones you love
And everyone's seeing that you're dying, and there's nothing that is coming from above

And you know you're losing hope, and you know you can't hold on any longer
But you've got your pin of courage, and 100,000 people behind you
When you're the simple sign of hope, but you're hopeless
And you're trying you're best to stay focused

Well, know you're not alone, you're not alone

And when the night falls, all you have are trees
You try you're best to get a good nights sleep
But when you're being hunted, you find it kind of hard relax
Haunted by the thought that the next day could be your last

It may feel like the whole world's against you, and so what if they are
All the best rebellions, are about something worth fighting for
While not very many people care if you live or die
Those you thought against you, are really by your side

Oh Know you're not alone, you're not alone

All you need's a spark, to change the world forever
I'll call you a hero as long as that change is for the better
The world needs people who put others infront of themselves
The world needs people who will stand and fight the wolves

Even when they know that this battle will be their last
They've always got hope that the cause that they fought for will last
And if this battle ends me, dont let the world change me
I died being me, and that's what I want to be

Cause I know I'm not alone, I'm not alone
Oh I know I'm not alone, I'm not alone