The Dirt and the Air and the Grass

by Will Phalen

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1.
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
2.
Done 04:12
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
3.
The Saw Song 03:22
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
4.
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
5.
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
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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
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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
9.
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
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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
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Gone 04:12
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

credits

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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Psychedelic Folk Rock born in the American Midwest

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