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by Appleseeds

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Recorded on a 16-track Otari reel to reel in May 2015 at The Tannery in Milwaukee, WI

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released November 12, 2016

All Songs by Appleseeds:
Logan Byrne (bass)
Bryce Kedrowicz (drums)
Milam Smith (guitars)
Fly Steffens (vocals)

Recorded by Rob Hickey
Engineering by Ben Woyak

Mixed by Rob Hickey and Milam Smith
Mastered by Milam Smith

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So long and thanks for all the Hamm's.

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Track Name: Quickly
the quick brown fox got lazy
holed up inside of her den
nesting in what she had been

suitcases still packed
from the marathons she ran
and some polyester slacks
one in every color with the tags intact

a lucky dog tracked her home
and farmers wife wanted fur
but there's no fur to be got
that fox was already caught

the trap was triggered long
before she'd knew she'd gone
the wrong way, now it's on
it's never coming off

and now that dog waits outside
it goes through her trash at night
to catch a scent of that fur
that fur that's gone and had gone
quickly
Track Name: 12/2001
second story window
ground covered in fresh snow
there's been no salt, there's been no plow
you gotta get out right now

tie the laces on your boots
the attic smell got in your snowsuit
it smells like old, it smells like home
that's how i know i gotta go

my skin is thicker than yours was then
you didn't see the ice or anything
you never wanna go back inside
your eyes are just too wide

there's a hill and i'm fine
there's a hill and i'm -

second story window
ground covered in mud though
it hasn't snowed in fourteen years so
that's how I know I gotta go

tie the laces on your boots
you see the scar from where we broke you?
and now i don't want any windows
that's how I know that I can go

my skin is thicker than yours was then
you didn't see the ice or anything
you never wanna go back inside
my eyes are just as wide as your eyes were
Track Name: Speech Development
my very first word was mama
what else could i say?
but if you would ask her
then she'll say i haven't paid

all i owe cuz she gave me breath
but i didn't choose this debt:

mouth for words and hair to comb
eating all her house and home
mouth for words and hair to comb
hands to write and feet to roam

away from her
away from her

did she know these things she lent
would let me breathe alone?
when she calls up to collect
just tell her i'm not home

tell her that
I love you darling mama,
but i'm gone
cuz now i've learned six new words:
it's time that i move on
Track Name: Piece of Work
doubt truth to be a liar

oh that this too, too solid flesh would melt
and then resolve itself into a dew
oh god, oh god how did it come to this?
it cannot come to good
it cannot come to good
it cannot come to good

oh what a piece of work
you're such a piece of work
Track Name: Here I Am
i am here but i
am not here i am
without you even though i'm
with you all the time

you are here but i
am not here i am
somewhere else even though i
am right here beside

it's not a drink
not pharmacology
that gets me up so high
it's something tight
a rope into the sky
and you sleep while i climb

i am up here i
cannot see you now
gone are the bed and the sheets
gone is the time

and the words don't rhyme
but they are scanning
so they spill out of my mouth
while you are tongue-tied

is it the way
we smell the blood on him?
in his beard on his coat?
i know he knows
he's got us by the throat
though you try to deny

it's not the drink
is what i wanna think
i speak into his eyes
he sees us now
he saw it all along
i run to you hide

wasn't there i was
never there i was
always without you
Track Name: Not Never
'melia earhardt's got a plane and icarus got wings
peter pan's got wicked drugs if only you believe
keeps you going all the night
second star to the right
off this roof i know i'll fly if only i can try

certainly the charm in trying lies in the fact very little
certainly the charm in dying lies in the fact very little is lost

'melia earhardt's got a plane and icarus got wings
peter pan's got wicked drugs if only you believe
keeps you going all the night
second star to the right
off this roof i know i'll fly if only i can try

so if you see me in the lobby
don't be worried when i say
while we are riding up,
"can you hit number eight?"
Track Name: Etendue
i'm always blue
without yellow. I don't know what to do.
Not like I'm never engaged;
rainbow's a pretty big place.

Besides, it seems
there's always green
in between us anyway.
But you told me
where we could meet
in a painting far away:

"Somewhere there's a tree, and it's got purple leaves."
I'll know it when I see.

I only get to be with you
when everyone else is around -
and then the sun goes down.

Reflected everywhere,
my loneliness: the sky.
I am the ocean wide;
you are never there.
You are too far away.
On different wavelengths,
yellow absorbs me.

Maybe I've seen the tree before.
Maybe it's green and nothing more.
The prism isn't on our side:
I'm infrared; you're ultraviolet.
Track Name: You Would
all the things you said you'd do
all the places you've moved
doesn't matter what might be outside
if you stay in your bedroom

i know just what you do all day
do you want your life to be
different than it was five years ago?
even though it's without me

i'm bored
let's go
i'm gonna go
you could
go to
if you

wanted to
if you wanted to
if you wanted to
oh if you wanted to

and it's not that i don't think that you can
in fact i think you could
it's just that i'm disappointed
because you said you would

but it's not that i think you ever will
in fact i know you won't
it's just that i'm disappointed
because you said you would

you would
you said you would
you said you would
you said you would
Track Name: 2 4 10
there's a world big and wide
at my fingertips and i wanna go
but my friends
they'll only go outside
to the liquor store on ninth
only place you can find

two for ten wine
charge on the card
call me a ride
and i'll see you at the door
come on inside

there's a couch, it is blue
and it's calling out to you:
take a seat, have a smoke
that's the problem with this place
yeah, it's always been this way
like a channel programmed in

like
two for ten wine
charge on the card
call me a ride
and i'll see you at the door
come on inside

oh this place hangin' on
to this thing already gone
no one sees it but me
hangin' out down the street
same old thing we did last week
thank god for cable tv
Track Name: Lungfish
metal hook
don't get caught
don't get nervous
suck it up
or suck it in
no not your gut, but
the diaphragm moving stuff

fish have gills but they forget
what surrounds them every second
they don't laugh and they don't cough
they'll boo you off

underwater he's got short term memory
but he's not the one who's forgetting the punch line

so take a deep breath
forget what he said
besides, he already did
do not stop breathing
do not stop breathing
do not

take your lucky smoke
so that you don't choke
and then you do, oh
you must be joking

you're a silly boy
floundering up there
did you forget what i said?
do not stop breathing
don't stop believing
do not

metal hook
don't get caught
don't get nervous
don't fuck it up
so suck it in
no not your gut, but
the diaphragm moving stuff

don't fuck it up.