Written by Ben Gallagher-vocals, nylon string guitar
Jeb Bows- violin
Jamie Mitchell-lap steel guitar
Matt Cantor- upright bass
Jon Mouser- broom
All these little crabs got their world on their backs
they just sink inside when the world outside attacks
And I sink inside, too, and my face turns blue,
I can pull my own weight but I don’t want to pay the tax.
All of these people are walking on water,
I’m gonna sink like a stone or walk along like I oughta
like the machismo rooster that keeps cocking all night
and perpetrating his myth on us all.
I’m trying to read the tides but I can’t quite time ‘em
and I’m looking for an omen but it feels like it’s slowing me down down down down
and then I tune it all out and I’m thinking out loud and I’m
speaking in tongues to each and everyone who will listen.
I’m just going back and forth between
feeling annihilated and reborn
I’m just getting off my horse and heading straight for the source and I’ll be right on course in the morning.
The Wind is showing off, playing an open chord on the guitar
with the curtain, and all the dogs in the barrio are a-howling.
It’s hard to hear my heart with all this noise,
but I’m poised to listen, though the sound may be hidden
In the stars it is written.
I’m waxing and I’m waning and I’m sick of complaining,
but it feels like I’m always waiting around.
And I’m lonely and I’m bored and I’m tired and confused
without you, for to act like a clown.
I’m just going back and forth between feeling annihilated and reborn
I’m just getting off my horse and heading straight for the source
and I’ll be right on course in the morning.
All of the puppies and piglets and the chickens get along
because they’ve been brothers and sisters ever since they were born.
It’s hard to hear their hearts with all this noise,
but they’re poised to listen
though the sound may be hidden
in the stars it is written.
from Heart Shaped Rocks
released January 13, 2015
Engineered by Ben Gallagher, mixed by Joe Turse, mastered by Jon Gold
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