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he says, "this is how I was, this is how I felt, this is how I think"
you say, "isn't it strange? I feel the same."



released April 17, 2013

All songs written, produced and performed by Eric Holsten with:

Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie - drums, tracks 3 and 5
Andrew Cowie - flute and bass clarinet, track 5
Brendon Caroselli - drums, track 8

Album art by Thom Lombardi



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Track Name: last fall
she is singing static in my head
I always hear her voice inside
quiet horrors whispering
I console her,
words never warm her
that night she hung her body
high up in the trees
their crooked empty arms
swaying in the naked autumn breeze
I tied the noose,
I was a mess, I was shaking
she held it in till there was nothing left,
I heard the branches breaking
so light a fire, burn it bright
spread your arms wide, I'll be yours open your eyes
ashes to ashes to ashes to dust in my hand

she is the moon behind the clouds
she is the wind between the leaves
she's a stranger now--the gentle ghost of silent dreams

I won't forget you
I just have to let you go
I am afraid I'll always betray myself
Track Name: teach me how to fly
"when am I ever gonna come down?"
she asked me with a grin
brown eyes and the softest skin
I felt beside myself in her old room whispering
and oh, we were home

you can teach me to fly but I won't remember
Track Name: time trial
I've been thinking for days for something clever to say but the time just passed me by in my mind
Track Name: apple picking
you cut through all the layers
and you found out what was in my heart
did it scare you?
now I've been feeling strange these past few days, I'm out of my mind
don't be afraid of my darkness, darling I didn't want to hurt you
Track Name: plot twist part three
baby's got me thinking in circles at her apartment
got me shaking, anticipating her soft kiss
come in closer, brush my shoulder
I'm not the lonely one
when I see it wanna tear my eyes out from their sockets
'cause now her finger's making circles where my heart is
pour another drink so she look real pretty
keep a girl warm in a cold city
Track Name: sleeping alone
I'm a jealous boy, I must admit
my green eyes always open all the time
thought I told her "you're nothing"
just another thing to want, skin
selfish me
its like I'm sleeping alone, so hold me close and quietly
we are broken and we will fall apart
the sun is in the window pane, there's shadows on the floor
a silver dress left shimmering, abandoned
lying naked with a stranger the morning cold still holding on the sheets

I don't want to be broken
I don't want to be him

and oh, you should have seen it from the start
its hard to put this gently darling, we were bound to fall apart
Track Name: sea song II
my daughter died in the deep blue dark
drowned in her mother's womb
held her but she was so cold
she couldn't save herself, you know
I heard it's nothing, I've been told
I should be afraid of the sea, scared of the sound
frightened of flesh eating eels
in the water we'll drown and the salt will surround
as our bodies decay to be slowly consumed by those monsters
it comes and goes it waves

I've been drifting for so long my fingers are pruny
my eyes have gone blind in the sun
my body is limp as the current runs through me
in and out of my breathless lungs
I'm not afraid of the ocean
not frightened of sharks as I am of my own skin
what lies beneath is hard to know
I heard its nothing, I've been told
it comes and goes it waves
Track Name: walking home
I don't know what to do
baby got involved to be confused,
she doesn't like it
I hope she doesn't mind if
I hold her hand, walking you home girl

dizzy down the stairs,
I wasn't prepared
nervous mess
I got a feeling but don't know how to feel about it yet
another time maybe I'll decide, change my mind
I can't help looking when you're looking so fine

I don't have a thing to lose
baby got involved to be confused
she doesn't like it
I hope she doesn't mind if I want her badly

walking you home you're all dressed up
you looked so pretty, the lights were flashing now they stop
don't fuck with my heart girl
don't tease me, I want you badly