there, but for you, go i

by Brittain Ashford

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Recorded in December 2007/January 2008 in a Brooklyn bedroom. Originally released on Paris-based Waterhouse Records in March of 2008 (silver cover) the record was self-released in the US in the summer of 2008 (silver and black cover). This version was remastered by Saff Mastering in 2010, with the intention of releasing on vinyl.

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released March 21, 2008

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Track Name: a day at coney island
We rode the train forty minutes east
I buried my heart in the sand you wore yours on your sleeve.
And you, I knew, as we walked along the shore--
you found a dirty dollar in the sand
you picked it up, put it in my hand
like a promise you would keep to me.

So just lay me down in the shade from summer sun.
We will sweat out all the salt in our blood
however you see fit.
I could get used to this.

And you, I knew, when you placed your hand on mine
that these things that we will need to say are often hard to define.
But we will... in good faith and good time.

So just lay me down in the shade from summer sun.
We will sweat out all the poison in our blood.
When it's you. It is you.
In good faith and good time.
Track Name: always home
You will always be home regardless of how far it is that I go, no matter how long it is that I'm gone, you will always be home to me.

And all those days we spent under all of those heavy limbed trees.
Summer's end dropped its fruit and scattered its leaves among more plumbs than one could ever eat.

And when I'm walking alone in the dark it is you I want to call to, to confirm what I've always known. What I've always known: that you will always be home. Regardless of how far it is that I go, no matter how long it is I am gone, you will always be home to me.
Track Name: not here, but somewhere
I was running in place, I was calling you name, I was willing your heart back to mine.
And somewhere the trees, they were singing your song, and your face is still here in all that I see.
Though it's not here with me.

So I dialed your number, but you were not home, though I see your light on from the street.
I just wanted to say that I missed you today, and I though that you'd like to know.
Though you had to let me go.

I understand now, I know. Did you have to let me go so soon? Did you have to let me go?

So I called out your name I was holding my breath, waiting for your answer that hadn't come yet.
I just wanted you to say that you missed me today. Though I know it just isn't so.
Because you had to let me go.
Track Name: what we want
I found you parking cars in Manhattan while I was peddling kittens in the snow. And how were we to know? How were we to know…

That we would spend the rest of our lives trying to forget what made us who we are. What made us who we are?

I found you washing windows on some thirty-second floor.
While I was pushing World Books door to door.

And haven't you ever wanted to know everything?
That's exactly what it is that I am offering you.
I am offering you.
Track Name: brooklyn lullaby
If you are tired I will sing you to sleep. And if you are cold I'll build a fire to keep you warm, because you are the one I want to keep.

And if you are lonely, well then, I'll come a runnin'. And if someone hurts you I will hunt down the person who dunnit and break their fucking legs. Because you are the one I want to keep.

And you say, "let's run away," well lover, I will book that flight. You say you need space I'll try hard to keep outta site, but not out of reach. Because you are the one I want to keep.
Track Name: so patiently
Oh where have you been all my life?
Tell me lover: oh where have you been? I've been waiting, I have been
waiting for you. I have been waiting. Oh how I've been waiting for you.

Tell me how many continents have you crossed? And how many hearts have
you lost to the sea? Just searching? While you were searching for me I
was waiting. I have been waiting so patiently.

So show me all the pictures you've taken, but leave out the pretty girls,
I don't need to seen them. I would like to think I'm the only one
worth capturing on your Kodakrome.

So where have you been all my life? Tell me lover: oh where have you been?
I stopped searching. I had to stop searching for you. Endless circles
made it impossible to find you.

So where have you been all my life?
Tell me lover: oh where have you been? Tell me lover: oh where have you been?
Track Name: triple word score
I will forget you
I will learn to live without you
I will forget you
but only because I have to.

And as I grow older,
I am only more certain I know what love is:
It's that graveled alley way
on a hot summer's day
where you used to live.

But I will forget that
and all of the nights we spent in doors
when you were charming and clever
and you placed all your tiles on those
triple word scores.
Track Name: (not to keep you)
i've got arms to hold you
not to keep you in place
i've got arms to hold you
but they don't really need you.