Featherweights

by Yellow Humphrey

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released 26 April 2011

Musicians

Gretchen Lohse: vocals, acoustic guitar, violin, viola
Steve Quaranta: electric guitar, melodica, organ, vocals, synth, xylophone
Rick Flom: acoustic and electric guitars, organ, vocals, bass, piano
Naeemah Maddox: flute, vocals
Dave Barbaree: bass (2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
David Hartley: bass (1)
Alec Meltzer: drums (2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Thomas Bendel drums (5)
Jonas Oesterle drums (1)
Robbie Bennett: saw (4)
Maryanne Doman: lap dulcimer, dobro (1, 2, 8, 9, 10)
Todd Starlin: trumpets (2)
Will Baggott: banjo (5, 9)
Gianmarco Cilli: mandolin (7, 9)
Nathan Lohse: cello (5)

*all songs written by Gretchen Lohse

Recorded by Dave Barbary @ Retro City Studios and Rick Flom @ 1515.
Mixed by Nick Krill
Mastered by James Dellatacoma

artwork by Emily Diehl (www.emilydiehl.com)
design by Alec Meltzer

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Track Name: Featherweights
here come all those heavy weights
those featherweights you left behind

the time comes when you seem to be
a bit relieved there's something there


and the sun seems to be
lookin' away from you
and the boy seems to be
lookin' away from you

So long to those bitter days
those mean days that you let shine

they're far away now that you can say
you have no one to leave

and the sun seems to be
lookin' away from you
and the boy seems to be
lookin' away from you

The ways you thought about
that wanton heart you wanted to keep

were never very practical
but what really is?

and the sun seems to be
lookin' away from you
and the boy seems to be
lookin' away from you
Track Name: Low Roses
You've got a magic door
a pod of yellow cloth
and all the ponies think that you're fast
you wonder off and on
if this could be true
could you maintain your speed on a hill

Low Roses, I wish I knew you
Lord, I suppose you'd know me too
I wish I could stand by the highway
I wish I could stand in your yard, my Baby Blue

I found the hidden drawer
where ya keep the Sickle Star
It's deep inside this wooden bar
I've got this leafy print
I'm not sure where it's from
I'll wrap it all around your ear

Low Roses, I wish I knew you
Lord, I suppose you'd know me too
I wish I could stand by the highway
I wish I could stand in your yard, my Baby Blue

You close the windows in the morning
You tell me I should walk right through
I wish I could see through the tall glass
I wish I could see right through you, my Baby Blue

Low Roses, I wish I knew you
Lord, I suppose you'd know me too
I wish I could stand by the highway
I wish I could stand in your yard
Track Name: Axes and Arrows
When I was a child, I lived in a house made out of wind.
All of the eyes came out at night, but I slept throughout.

Just another time to ignore.
Just another way to build an island.
Just another time to ignore
all those axes and arrows, axes and arrows.

Isn't it strange how we bend these wounds?
Lonely and waiting for a home to be built.
I I I
gather 'round, gather 'round.
Track Name: Shakey Ride
I wish I was coming over the ridge
all the way to our house
bottle in tow, we slip past the ancient guards
the sky above us crackles with compromise

it's a shaky ride
a shaky ride
a shaky ride
a shaky ride

I told you to contact me when you're gone
It's either heaven or the ground
we spread out our arms over the power lines
like a vehicle to another realm

it's a shaky ride
a shaky ride
a shaky ride
a shaky ride

Lately I've been drawn to the color green
helicopters, cobras and your heart
Last time we stood on these steps we were afraid
I couldn't see you, I just saw you move the gate

it's a shaky ride
a shaky ride
a shaky ride
a shaky ride
it's a shaky ride
a shaky ride
a shaky ride
a shaky ride
Track Name: Cherry Tree
I used to have a cherry tree outside my window
I took notes on the changes of its many moods
Then worms made a home and we cut off some branches
I'm not sure if that tree is still there by the window

Marked men were able to pass by the garden
Where everyone pretended that the water was glass
I never believed it, though I cut myself many times

And Reuben could see what the night tried to hide
though those petals did their darnedest to push through the ground

This too will pass if I let it
This too will fly if I wish it to

The notes in the journal that I asked you to keep
Answered none of my questions; the entries were short
You said that a light shot through your body one day
and a man from New Jersey gave you an award


This too will pass if I let it
This too will fly if I wish it to

Something was missing from the river that day
I couldn't believe that you saw what you said
You said that the colors shone through your skin that day
and though some of us can see, most are blind


This too will pass if I let it
This too will fly if I wish it to

I went to the garden to see how you were
You grow there like plants on an old gravestone do
Track Name: Sophistication
Destination has to wait.
We spend our days just sitting in the heat,
untill we shrink, we simplify and wilt.

Don't worry, I never said any of this would be true.
Brown leaves and dust make walking fun.
Fences drift under open skies.
Firecrackers in the month of May
make me wait, make me wait for you.

Destination has to wait.
We spend our days just sitting in the heat,
untill we shrink, we simplify and wilt.

Now the wind is the only one awake.
We kiss, but that spell doesn't last.
We walk home through the dry cornfields
of yellow and green and blue.

Destination has to wait.
We spend our days just sitting in the heat,
untill we shrink, we simplify and wilt.
Track Name: Woodside
Houses built side by side-
one strong and tall, the other lassoed with vine.
We could spend an eternity here
till our hair grew long and our shirts grew thin.

When we're by the woodside
We are whole and we are part of something
begun before our time

Murals in the basement, jewel weed in the forest.
hollow and filled, soothing and cool.
Rooms filled with Christmas cheer year 'round
and a telephone we don't use


When we're by the woodside
We are whole and we are part of something
begun before our time


When we're by the woodside
We are whole and we are part of something
begun before our time
Track Name: City Lights
there's a newspaper sky
there's a name that i'd like to be rid of

you stare at me never knowing
you breathe me into pomegranates and pearls

this is how you make me feel my darling
this is how you make me feel my dear


i come to you with open arms and eyes
i come to you seeking advice:
will i need you?
will i love you till i die?


i sat under your window
i saw you put that birdcage there
theres a touch of color on the inside
i know it's not for me
i know it never will be


this is how you make me feel my darling
this is how you make me feel my dear

and i come to you with open arms and eyes
and i come to you seeking advice:
will i need you?
will I love you till I die?

maybe i'll live and die
maybe a hit to the stomach would feel better than this
maybe all the pomegranates and pearls will fade away


this is how you make me feel my darling
this is how you make me feel my dear


and i come to you with open arms and eyes
and i come to you seeking advice:
will i need you?
will I love you until I die?
Track Name: Ursa Ultra
Last year, I came upon my father.
He said, "We'll only eat when the deer says how."

He growled into the woods bigger than a bear
He growled into the woods bigger than a bear
Bigger than a bear

Last year I came upon my mother.
She said, "We're only seen in moonlight."

She growled into the woods bigger than a bear
She growled into the woods bigger than a bear
Bigger than a bear

Last year, I came upon a river
and I found I didn't have to swim at all.

I waded into the waves bigger than a bear.
I waded into the waves bigger than a bear,
bigger than a bear.

"Nothing can be gleaned from past apparitions..."
my parents said. "The reasons that we linger and the royal stains upon our chests. All we can do is glow here like a skull on the sea."
Track Name: Twisted Apples
it's too late for summer
and too late for coming down the stairs
I'm already there

Inside the storeroom
jars holding everything that I'll need
line the walls

gather the twisted apples in the yard
gather the twisted apples in the yard



I'm frightened of the clouds
they surround me closely, like you do
when we're spending time

The breeze blows hot
in a rhythm on my skin but the grass
is cold, cold cold


gather the twisted apples in the yard
gather the twisted apples in the yard


a "pause that refreshes" and a coping saw
we'll use to trim the pipes
if the need arrives

they're familiar as your sleepy smile
or the hole in the sycamore tree
near your daddy's barn

gather the twisted apples in the yard
gather the twisted apples in the yard
gather the twisted apples in the yard