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released September 1, 2010

Aaron Mayer Frankel - guitar/voice/keyboard
Michael Caskey - keyboard and percussion
Richard Doherty - lap and synth on "uncorruptible"

Recorded/mixed: Anthony Gravino, Music for 5-Year-Olds Studios
Cover Design: Aaron Mayer Frankel

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Track Name: Silent Space
I say the way you glow
is pure as idleness
dogs bark and yet you glide
cars honk and you appreciate
breathe out into a silent space
breathe out into a silent space

Here where our two hands
uninterruptble
co-mingle as we fly
down South I-55
breathe out into a silent space

I watch your eyes
they scan the road
one hand - the wheel
the other free to twist and hold

I say the way you smile
is innocent as a baby
you say do not assume
from how things appear to be
breathe out into a silent space

I watch your eyes
they scan the lane
one hand the wheel
the other free to reach and hold
me

But there are no turns yet
there are no shocking curves
when we must drag
our hands away
That will come

I say the way you glow
is pure as idleness
dogs bark and yet you glide
cars honk and you appreciate
breathe out into a silent space
breathe out into a silent space
breathe out into a silent space
Track Name: As if to Dive
On a fifteen story ledge
barely dusk, deep autumn
warm as brandy
an orange sky
clouds like breaths
like white birds
like seagulls from the sea

Our toes line up
against the ledge
so it seems like
we might fall
but we don't fall
we don't fall
we smile and raise our arms
as if to dive, as if to dive
it's faith

People walking sideways
with shopping bags
and knapsacks
look like candy corn
baby carriages
matchbox cars
an accordion
that's a piano

We view the scene
together
with serpent eyes
and devil hearts
but we don't fall
we don't fall
we laugh
and raise our hands
as if to glide, as if to glide
it's faith

We trust
we have good balance
with faith in fate unknown
we hope we'll see tomorrow
in this echo of the dawn
Track Name: Bad Science
Do you ever wonder how
the world goes spinning so
fast
it's amazing all the stuff
don't go
flying out the window.

Apparently the spin creates
gravity.
It's what keeps us in our beds,
keeps us on our toes,
keeps stuff up our nose.

Do you ever wonder
how the world
goes spinning so
fast
does this mean when
we're at work
we're really at home.

And if you think you're in
Brazil
you're in Switzerland.
Did you ever think how
where you are
a second ago
there stood another guy?
Track Name: Small Animals
I used to buy small animals at Woolworth's
the parakeets there often looked
so sad and puffed up
and the gerbils were pretty scruffy
but the other rodents seemed to be ok
and every now and then a new parakeet
or finch or turtle would arrive
that showed a little bit of extra sunshine

These I would buy before
the monotony of the store
had a chance to grind them down
I would take them home with me

My baby male hamster had seven babies
I figured this one out when the
cat knocked over the cage
and I saw little pink things
squirming in the cedar

Mamma hamster ate most of her babies
but two of them survived
then got this weird hamster disease
where their testicles
swelled up to the size of golf balls

These I would buy before
the monotony of the store
had a chance to grind them down
I would take them home with me
home with me, home with me
and eventually they would die
horrible, freaky, suburban little deaths.

The cat used to eat all of the birds
he'd climb up on the wall, take them
out of the cage and eat them
then deposit them behind the sofa

The cat used to knock around the turtle
he'd lift up his left paw
and knock it flat against the wall
and I'd hear a crack… CHORUS
Track Name: Clues
There are clues hidden in the neck
there are hints frozen in the bone
in the way that we walk
and the way that we talk
there are clues frozen in our bones

There are pasts weighted to be reasons
they are birds clawing to be home
well they wing over here
while they wish they were there
they are birds clawing to be home

There are hints hidden in the corridor
there are words
clambering to be known
whispering over, clambering over
there are words

there is truth that this is an illusion
there's a lie, the lie is that I've known
in the ways that we sniff
in the ways that we moan
there's a lie, the lie is that I've known

there are hints hidden in the corridor
there are words
clambering to be known
whispering over, clambering over
there are words

there are clues that have
settled from the neck
there are hints that have
risen from the bone
whispering over, clambering over
there are words
whispering over, clambering over
there are clues

In the ways that we walk
in the ways that we talk
there are clues
that have risen from the bone
Track Name: Painting of a City
We sat on a kitchen table quietly sipping cokes
outside the light had gone
a painting of a city i did not know
hung near me on the wall
i did not know

Dots of red and green and blue and white
swam in a sea of black
I could see myself in the painting
in the city I did not know
that hung near me on the wall
floating bits of color

I did not know
I did not know
I did not know
what was possible
what was possible

To see the full image
one had to first
step
back
and imagine
what was even possible
Track Name: Steaks as Big as Your Head
Steaks as big as your
steaks as big as your
steaks as big as your
steaks as big as your
steaks as big as your
steaks as big as your head

We meet on Thursday
in a Colombian restaurant
on the near north side of town
and eat steaks as big as
your head.

In the weeks that we've had
over Chanukah and New Years
all this time we're spent apart
I've had time to reflect

I've decided to let it go.
That's what you want.
that's what I want.
we just don't know
how much we're finally
in agreement.

So I eat the rest of your fries
you sip the rest of my coke
amid the clatter
and blather or crows.

Well I bring it up
or you bring it up.
who knows?
It's like a steak as big as
your head

You've decided to let it go.
That's what I want.
that's what you want