The Dirt and the Air and the Grass

by Will Phalen

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released March 11, 2014

Produced by Will Phalen

recorded from December 2012 through November 2013 at
Sub-Urban Studios Mequon, WI
Cold Ghost Studios Chicago, IL
and CarterCo Recording Chicago, IL

recorded by Gregoire Yeche
with Jamie Carter and Will Phalen

mixed by Will Phalen

mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering Chicago, IL
all songs written by Will Phalen (bmi)

The band is:
Ryan Juravic - drumkit, percussion, vibraphone
Donny Mahlmeister - electric guitars, organ, synths
Jack McLarnan - bass guitar
Adam Przybyla - pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar
Will Phalen - voice, electric guitars, acoustic guitar, electric piano, harmonica, synths, vibraphone, hand claps

with
John Patek - violins
Alicia Storin - cellos
Anna Phalen - vocals on "Shed Your Leaves"

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Track Name: I'll Let You In
I'll Let You In

If you knock on my front door
I'll let you in
if you're ringing my doorbell
just ring it again
if you tap on my windowpane
just climb on in
I know what you've been seeking
I'll be your friend


all lyrics © 2014 Sub-Urban Arts Collective, LLC
Track Name: Done
Done

well you can write yourself a letter
with a pen and ink
document every single thought
that you ever might think
you can wave your arms like hell
up and down the street
but the street never thought too much
about your stocking feet

and you can pick up all of your pins
but the needle still hems you in
until you're done

until you're done
done looking at the ground now you're looking up into the sun
until you're done
thinking about the things that you should have done
and now you're talking to me just like you talk to no one
just like you talk to no one

I might just spend this whole winter alone
locked up in my room
invite me over for dinner,
I'll bring my fork and spoon
and when that snow comes down
I'll be lying in my bed
with the shades pulled tight
and the blankets up over my head

and you can forgive all of my sins
but the devil just drags me in
until I'm done

until I'm done
done looking at the ground now I'm looking up into the sun
until I'm done
thinking about the things that I shouldn't have done
and now you're talking to me just like you talk to no one
just like you talk to no one

until you're done


all lyrics © 2014 Sub-Urban Arts Collective, LLC
Track Name: The Saw Song
The Saw Song

genevieve, I've been working so hard
I've been counting my cards
but they don't add up right

my family, they keep talking about my self esteem
but they don't understand anything
when I speak in tongues

oh oh oh oh oh
when I saw you
when I saw you
I saw you on the road
saw you in the trunk
saw you in the back seat passed out drunk
when I saw you
when I saw you
that's when I knew
that's when I knew

christmas trees, they keep falling down on top of me
dropping needles on my sanity
I've got sap on my tongue

genevieve, I've been working so hard
standing out in my yard
waiting for you to walk on by

oh oh oh oh oh
when I saw you
when I saw you
I saw you on the road
saw you in the trunk
saw you in the back seat passed out drunk
saw you on the bus
saw you in the park
saw you walking home late after dark
when I saw you
when I saw you
that's when I knew
when I saw you
when I saw you
that's when I knew


all lyrics © 2014 Sub-Urban Arts Collective, LLC
Track Name: Shadow People
Shadow People

I can see those tail lights for miles
flashing like a distant neon sign
she says "those aren't tail lights those are
flying shadow people coming in the night.

"shadow people coming for our lives,
sending out their scouts and their spies.
and I'll be waiting here 'til they arrive,
and everyone will know that I've been right.

"I've been right, I've been right
I'll be waiting here when they arrive.
when they arrive, oh when they arrive
I'll be waiting here when they arrive."

she goes there every single night,
every single, every single night.
people come to her see the light
and turn and walk away and laugh inside.

she's alone to see these precious things.
we'll never see the things that she's seen.
she'll be waiting there when they arrive,
and everyone will know that she's been right.

she's been right, oh she's been right
she'll waiting there when they arrive.
when they arrive, oh when they arrive
she'll be waiting there when they arrive.

when they arrive, oh when they arrive
she'll be waiting there when they arrive.
when they arrive, oh when they arrive
she'll be waiting there when they arrive.

when they arrive, oh when they arrive
she'll be waiting there when they arrive.
when they arrive, oh when they arrive
shadow people coming in the night.


all lyrics © 2014 Sub-Urban Arts Collective, LLC
Track Name: My Blue Eyed Woman
My Blue Eyed Woman

I’m gonna take my money, gonna lay it in the ground
I’m gonna get my payday check, gonna lay it down
I’m gonna grab my blue eyed woman by the hand
Gonna give her what she needs, show I understand

We’re gonna rise up, gonna climb into the sun
We're gonna turn around, gonna smile at everyone
It’s gonna be a long time, gonna be a long time that we’re gone
I’m gonna give my blue eyed woman everything she wants
we're gonna shine 'til we're gold



all lyrics © 2014 Sub-Urban Arts Collective, LLC
Track Name: You Best Be There
You Best Be There

I take one last look at your pictures
one last glance before they're gone
into the fire, it will consume them
just like me, they'll soon be gone

those love letters that you sent me
the words you wrote me return like ghosts
they pass right through me, like you just spoke them
the papers glow now, the fire burns

tell me that you'll be waiting
tell me you'll meet me there
when I get home, you best be waiting
when I get home, you best be there

we were young then, when you came to me
sang me your love songs, built me a home
you gave me flowers, I gave you children
we gave them all things and watched them grow

your words run right through me
like a river to the sea
like the winds blow through empty valleys
like the flames tear through autumn leaves

tell me that you'll be waiting
tell me you'll meet me there
when I get home, you best be waiting
when I get home, you best be there



all lyrics © 2014 Sub-Urban Arts Collective, LLC
Track Name: Waters Get High
Waters Get High

when the sun goes down on western boulevard at night
and the street lamps turn on, drowning out the starlight
standing on the corner, iron flags fill the sky
while the children rush home to shut their eyes

and the windows are open wide
while the sirens sing out in the night

when the waters get high again
when the waters get high again
my baby won't let me in

summer swells just like a bud
and that river is rising high, better get ready for the flood
wading through your basement, the water is up to your eyes
and everything you've ever owned is washed away with the tides

and the faces on the photographs you used to hold
suffocate in mildew and mold

when the waters get high again
when the waters get high again
my baby won't let me in



all lyrics © 2014 Sub-Urban Arts Collective, LLC
Track Name: Shed Your Leaves
Shed Your Leaves

you found a forest
growing in your chest
and your ribcage
is a raven's nest
and the sun hangs
in a hollow sky
but your branches
won't let it shine

I'll be riding
on a ferry boat tonight
coming for you
on your lonesome island
and the ravens
they crow and cry
because you're stuck there
waiting for the tide

share your oceans
share your seas
share your troubles with me

shed your branches
shed your leaves
leave your worries with me



all lyrics © 2014 Sub-Urban Arts Collective, LLC
Track Name: The Dirt and the Air and the Grass
The Dirt and the Air and the Grass

lay down your soul: it's old, it's old
lock up the door: it's cold, it's cold
and I want it warm
I need the sun

sell all your clothes
or give them to the poor
They know your foes
they've fought your wars
and they've seen the rooms
that you're walking through

and when you wake up and the day is late
and you hear the call of names
and you keep looking for your own face
but it's not there
on the photographs
or the documents
or the television screens
and nothing
is as it seems
and nothing
is as it should be

and there's nothing left
but the dirt and the air and the grass



all lyrics © 2014 Sub-Urban Arts Collective, LLC
Track Name: Gone
Gone

don't ask me why it feels like something's wrong
don't ask me about the meaning of my songs
I'm tired of lonely wondering
I miss the quiet thundering
when its gone

don't ask me why they turn and walk away
don't ask me why the sky is always grey
I told you i don't care anyways
what they do
when they're gone

I won't give the devil what he wants
I won't share my body or my thoughts
I can't understand the ways I've wound up in this spot
but I want to see the rivers and I want to see her ribbons
before they're gone

don't ask me what I said in my sleep
don't ask me about the content of my dreams
there ain't no point in wondering
where all these thoughts have run to
when they're gone

and if I had just one more night
I wouldn't waste it here saying goodbye
I'd head out for the sunset
and go down with my friends standing by

I won't give the devil what he wants
I won't share my body or my thoughts
I can't understand the ways I've wound up in this spot
but I want to see the rivers and I want to see her ribbons
before they're gone


all lyrics © 2014 Sub-Urban Arts Collective, LLC