SINGLES #1: Stay the Same / Summer's Coming Fast / Graceland

by Will Phalen

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Two singles from the forthcoming psychedelic rock record by Will and the band, due out later in 2017.

Plus a bonus cover track: Paul Simon's classic "Graceland"

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releases March 31, 2017

Produced by Will Phalen

recorded from April 2015 through November 2016 at
Cold Ghost Studios Chicago, IL
and Ryan's Basement Oak Park, IL

mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering Chicago, IL

all songs written by Will Phalen (bmi) except "Graceland" by Paul Simon

The band is:
Donny Mahlmeister - electric 6- and 12-string guitars
Kirk Pratt - electric guitars, synthesizer, organ, accordion, vocals
Ryan Juravic - drumkit and percussion
Will Phalen - vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, bells, mellotron

with
Adam Przybyla - pedal steel on "Graceland"
Alex DiFabio - vocals on "Stay the Same" and "Summer's Coming Fast"
Anna Phalen - vocals on "Graceland"

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Psychedelic Folk Rock born in the American Midwest

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Track Name: Stay the Same
you hide yourself away
vacation from the pain
of waking up feeling exactly the same

and all you've ever known
your feet hurt when they're cold
your fingers freeze just like the heart inside your chest

but that's not what your supposed to see
that's not why we tell these lies and pray for rain
that's how it's meant to be
that's not why we change our minds but stay just the same

soup and razor blades
the sun peaks through the shade
your eyelids open but you crawl back in the sheets

as tall as you have grown
your boot heels still don't know
why you won't just take a walk downtown with me

that's not what you're supposed to see
that's not why we tell these lies and pray for rain
that's how it's meant to be
that's not why we change our minds but stay just the same

you tear me up
you tear me up
into pieces and you tape me back up


that's how it's meant to be
that's not why we change our minds but stay just the same

stay the same
just the same
nothing's ever gonna change

stay the same
just the same
nothing's ever gonna change
Track Name: Summer's Coming Fast
if the angels can't hear our prayers
and the traders can't sell our shares
and the faders can't hide our errors
will we keep waiting
while we keep fading?

when I met you in the corn rows at dawn
with your golden sweater on
and I turned around you were gone
you left me waiting
I can't keep waiting

because the summer's coming fast
and the summer's here at last
and the winter is gone and past
we spend our lives waiting
for something that comes
but lord knows it never lasts

and the summer's coming fast
and the summer's here at last
and the winter is gone and past
we spend our lives waiting
for something that comes
but lord knows it never lasts
for something that comes
but lord knows it just won't last
for something that comes
but lord knows all things must pass
Track Name: Graceland
The Mississippi Delta was shining
Like a National guitar
I am following the river
Down the highway
Through the cradle of the civil war
I'm going to Graceland
Graceland
In Memphis Tennessee
I'm going to Graceland
Poor boys and pilgrims with families
And we are going to Graceland
My traveling companion is nine years old
He is the child of my first marriage
But I've reason to believe
We both will be received
In Graceland

She comes back to tell me she's gone
As if I didn't know that
As if I didn't know my own bed
As if I'd never noticed
The way she brushed her hair from her forehead
And she said losing love
Is like a window in your heart
Everybody sees you're blown apart
Everybody sees the wind blow

I'm going to Graceland
Memphis Tennessee
I'm going to Graceland
Poor boys and pilgrims with families
And we are going to Graceland

And my traveling companions
Are ghosts and empty sockets
I'm looking at ghosts and empties
But I've reason to believe
We all will be received
In Graceland

There is a girl in New York City
Who calls herself the human trampoline
And sometimes when I'm falling, flying
Or tumbling in turmoil I say
Oh, so this is what she means
She means we're bouncing into Graceland
And I see losing love
Is like a window in your heart
Everybody sees you're blown apart
Everybody sees the wind blow

In Graceland, in Graceland
I'm going to Graceland
For reasons I cannot explain
There's some part of me wants to see
Graceland
And I may be obliged to defend
Every love, every ending
Or maybe there's no obligations now
Maybe I've a reason to believe
We all will be received
In Graceland