Spring Break 2k14 tour tape

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Recorded 2/24 - 2/26 on 4TRACK for the ipad at Church of the Three Cats. album artwork to be uploaded shortly.

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released February 27, 2014

ashley: vocals
drb: guitars, vocals
jt: suitcase, snare, shouts

tape production by Nolan Arthur at OffCloudNine

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So Long Naota Lansing, Michigan

Started with an idea that there is a revolting absence of women, queer folx and people of color making music in the punk scene. So long Naota is a collective project based out of Lansing, Michigan.

Current contributors:
Mariette- vocals/guitar
Drb- guitar/vocals/songs
Damon- drums
Ashley- vocals
Isaac- guitar / bass
KC- bass/ghost
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Track Name: Mixed Metaphors
Mixing Metaphors

snow like ashes
falling from the cold cleveland sky
from the bridges that you burned
to stay warm on winter nights

and your heart's like the pistons
of the busted up and broken down car
out of touch and out of time
unable to take you -
anywhere... you wanna go...
to anyone... you want to see...

CHORUS:
all your hopes and dreams
like those doomed kings and queens
don’t amount to much it seems
on the day we pay our reckoning
no amount of schemes
could ever rescue me
could ever set me free
from my own lonesome home

your plan’s about as well laid
as tracks for the trains running through this town
meals go skipped just like fairs go unpaid
weather willing we will make it back around

and your eyes like the lights
that litter your living room
flashing bright and fading out
harbingers of your impending
doom... or whatever new... malady...
magically beset upon you

CHORUS REPEAT 2X
Track Name: Holy Haunts
Holy Haunts

Helpless as a heart attack
Your only hope was headin' back
To the spaces that you swore you'd
Never see again

9 to 5 ate you alive
Sold your soul just to survive
Holding out the hope that she comes back
To hold your hand.

CHORUS:
The will to see yourself as something more than secondary
The smokes that kill your health / banished at least til February
A ghost so holy haunts / relics of your past proceedings
Cats your only confidants
Loyal as their next feeding

That silhouette at the lake sunset
Those awful words you'd soon regret
come ringing out like screaming sounds from those
filthy seabirds’ mouths

Scared to death of what comes next
Little love letters like sacred texts
Spelling out such simple doubts about the things
You could not surmount

CHORUS
Track Name: Better Believe
Better Believe

So you asked me, “why don’t you write love songs anymore”
and I told you, well darlin’ just possibly...
I wanna write songs of friends and foes and the places I love the most
every love song’s just the start of a certain tragedy

And you told me that you would sing along, if I promised you I’d keep writing these silly songs but one day I know we'll run out of things to say
and on that day we'll just go
lalalala lalala la or lalalala lalala la or
bada badada ba ba badada bada bada baba bahhhh

Someone told me once, “reach for the stars but keep your feet on the ground” /
I’m afraid that I never quite understood her words
if I make to the heavens you had better believe /
I’m takin every part of me / when I leave this earth

And you told me that you would sing along, if I promised you I’d keep writing these silly songs but one day I know we'll run out of things to say
and on that day we'll just go
lalalala lalala la or lalalala lalala la or
bada badada ba ba badada bada bada baba bahhhh
Track Name: Celestial Something or Other
Celestial... something or other
WOAHS (then badahs..)

Fall in love so fast it's not that hard to see
the reasons why things so quickly fall apart
The lights in the sky and on your arm flash
as predictably as the rhythm of your heart

I-69 cuts right through your high five
just like the bottle that ripped up your flesh that fateful night
And the nurses in white, held you tight with all their might
while doctors delight in stitching the sinews searching for light

WOAHS (then badahs..)

CHORUS:
And the green mile markers make
you think you're almost home
While the tender hearts you bend and break
Lie strewn about the road
Spread your Midwestern accolades
For all the world to know
Haunted as the tracks you take
To find your ghoooooosttttt

Spare me a ride cause I'm as engulfed inside
As the celestial something or other that I used to drive
Smoke bellowed high as if to try to cover the sky
with clouds as black as coal and dark as night

While the rising waters of that river so Grand
Relinquish you from the twin reliquaries of regret and romance
The sirens sing out what sounds like your name
Like some sort of second coming, a prelude to judgment day

REPEAT CHORUS (but sing “hide our ghosts” this time) and fade out
Track Name: Dr Gf
Drgf

That wonderful sound of keys in the hallway

The pitter patter of footsteps at the door

That ohhh so familiar tone of laughter

I swear / I swear / I swear I’ve heard a thousand times before



could it be, oh please let it be

, her (phrases repeat and overlap)

CHORUS:
it’s been too long since I saw you / since my tummy was touched

It's been too long with this awful man / who always leaves too much
I’ve been waiting oh so patiently for you to take me home
tell me who’s been keeping your head warm while I’ve been gone



So fuck it whatever I guess it wasn’t her this time

cool it Henry I don’t need any of your mouth

The ritual, it repeats over and over and over and over
so I’ll bring my bestest offering / this legless mouse



could it be, oh please let it be

, her (phrases repeat and overlap)

CHORUS:
it’s been too long since I saw you / since my tummy was touched

It's been too long with this awful man / who always leaves too much
I’ve been waiting oh so patiently for you to take me home
tell me who’s been keeping your head warm while I’ve been gone


Track Name: Thin Izzy - Izzy Pop
Thin izzy

I heard your name last week at a party somewhere out there on the east side of town
I was like yeah I know that one and you can bet your ass that one don't fuck around
They said your boy had been stepping out you had had enough of his shit and you were through
And I just stared at your name on my phone thinking I should write I should call I should really talk to you

CHORUS
But baby (baby) Baby (baby)
Don't expect that boy to be back again
Just call my name (call my name)
I'll come runnin back to you just as fast as I can
Loneliness (loneliness)
Is a jail that's so fucking hard to break
Just call my name (call my name)
We can be your your greatest little mistake


I think it's been about a year since I've your face without the aid of a computer screen
I take what I can get but when they say absence makes the heart grow fonder I've no fucking
clue what they mean
Because fondness is the furthest you could possibly get from the feelings you foster for former friends
I'm not sure I'll find a more fitting line about you I just don't where to start or where to end

CHORUS

(solo)

CHORUS
Track Name: Depression: An FAQ
Depression: An FAQ

woh oh oh // woh oh oh // woh oh ohs
(alternating voices, depends on number of singers)

Let's start again
Tell me how this one ends
Are you living your life or just spinning your tires
What keeps you up
Isn't love quite enough
Is your heart somewhere hiding in circuits and wires

CHORUS
When everything you are is laid bare for all to see,
Does it add up to who you wanna be?
Is the sum of your parts much more than gadgetry?
Or consequence of cosmic devilry?
Do you curse at the stars who burn too brightly?
And howl as they return to you nightly?

Repeat Intro, including: woh oh oh // woh oh oh // woh oh ohs

Why not give in // to the demons who'd win
All those wars that you fought when you were but a child?
Is that still voice within // a lifeline long past worn thin,
Leaving you all alone in a state so reviled?

REPEAT CHORUS
Outro:
You will live… you will love...
You will give... you will grow...
Your / heart / will / know… You are / not / alone...
X2

We are all… gonna die… without knowing just why
It took so long for us to learn... we are not alone
slow first time through, then begin round with voice 2 double tempo “we are not alone”
(Voice one starts changing the lyrics unexpectedly, just keep singing)
Track Name: Lake Eerie
Lake Eerie

Ohhhs

I live my life with just one regret
my time ‘ll come soon but it ain’t come yet
so im just waiting on the waves of lake eerie
to come in and // wash me away

you live your life like you won’t be missed
but i swear i’ve got a list of broken boys and girls you’ve kissed
and they’re just waiting on the phone to ring
and you to say // come back to me

Ohhhs

CHORUS:
hold on til night // this spell of bad weather will pass us by
hold on in spite // the tyrants of this town who’d eat us alive

Ohhhs

so i took the train all the way across town
to that place they swear must be burial grounds
of my late ancestors and the wound that festers
like a curse called out from their // bones

this city speaks in terms and phrases you’ll never understand
despite your best efforts to and those countless lesson plans
like it is what it is or you know i gotta a guy
time passes so slowly when you’re // waiting to die

Ohhhs

CHORUS:
hold on til night // this spell of bad weather will pass us by
hold on in spite // the tyrants of this town who’d eat us alive