Qats

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1.
Oh I hesitate to dip into a day, Like the one where we were standing in the greenhouse You asked if I had ever tasted lemonade As sweet as the one that you had offered. Oh my love It’s a funny thing, what memory does It paints all the walls the color of love And when you’re lookin’ back with those glasses on It gets hard to remember anything was ever wrong Oh my love, it’s not love that leaves you sad It’s that nagging little feeling of what you think you’ll never have When you’re standing at the ocean and you feel like giving up And you’re crying ‘cause you know you can’t take it home in your cup. And I don’t like to think, that I could be that small That I could be that petty, and miss the point of it all It’s that damn nostalgia, when it’s not over yet When your happiest memories are filled with regret. Oh my love, it’s not love that leaves you sad It’s that nagging little feeling of what you think you’ll never have When you’re standing at the ocean and you feel like giving up And you’re crying ‘cause you know you can’t take it home in your cup.
2.
Fed 04:09
Wish I could tell you how Wish I could tell you about when I was a child We’d go to the sledding hill We’d cross the field and we’d take the trail Due to the way my mind would wander By the time we arrived I never knew how we got there Like walking side by side, somehow on different ground Wish I could walk there on the common ground Wish I could talk when you are around Well I went to your house and I sat at the table And I smiled at the people And I ate the meal But I could not be fed I put my hand to my mouth, but I could not taste the bread The faces round me here The faces round me Talking animatedly I close my eyes now I have to leave I brought an animal, an animus And now she’s snarling and she’s starving, I can’t feed both us It’s like she’s ate my tongue, and I can’t make a sound Wish I could stay, could talk could make a sound Wish I could talk when you are around Well I went to your house and I sat at the table And I smiled at the people And I ate the meal But I could not be fed I put my hand to my mouth, but I could not taste the bread And I, I brought my hand to my mouth, but I could not taste the bread.
3.
Cut Me Loose 02:04
Don’t ask me what I’m thinkin’ about, I don’t wanna rat myself out, not just yet There was a time when I was glad for you to know what’s in my head, but that time is past There was a time when I’d not hesitate to let you in my bed, But you never asked Cut me loose Cut me loose Set me free Tyranny, tragedy, misery, I wanna be My own again Don’t know what I’m more embarrassed about, Is it the color of the anger in my face? The new vocabulary I have made, just to call you names Or is it worse, how I still think you in such a tender way Cut me loose! Cut me loose Cut me loose Set me free Tyranny, tragedy, misery, I wanna be My own again
4.
Geography 03:19
There’s just too much geography between us For something to grow It’s a thing I know, but I try to forget it. They say blood is what runs the thickest And that’s what we’ve got But sometimes I’m not sure we’ve got much else And we better think quick, if we wanna share tomorrow That’s what I always say, but when tomorrow comes I get to thinkin’ bout my own self, I get to thinkin’ bout my own pain You don’t believe the things that I say anymore. There’s just so much that wants to come between us All the things we’ve done But one by one I try to forget them You know I’m thinkin’ on it every day And that’s how it goes ‘Cause we’re born to know the others’ faces. And we better think quick, ‘cause I wanna share tomorrow And really, who’s to blame? That when tomorrow comes We get to thinkin’ bout our own selves, We get to thinkin’ bout our own pain Don’t wanna be ashamed what I say anymore.
5.
The Grove 02:41
I stopped at The Grove of the States Pulled up next to a biker’s gang I remembered I had been here once in high school, A school trip we’d taken And then there was that other time You and me on the highway, you were drivin’, and racin’, Yeah, you paid for that when the patrol sirens came And I believed I knew you better back then, Than any other friend I’d ever know Yeah I can leave, and I can come back again but I knew you better When the sirens were on. What did I bring with me from the south? Wavin’ at people and smilin’ with my mouth But if I stay here just a little while I go back to the downcast eyes And all I’m tryin’ to say, is that everybody changes I loved you back then, and I’ll love you through the ages. But now we’re both in a different place, so let’s not make all the same mistakes Just because I believed Yeah I believed I knew you better back then, Than any other friend I’d ever know Yeah I can leave, and I can come back again but I knew you better When the sirens were on.
6.
Vocabulary 01:37
I wanna find another new vocabulary Lookin’ for the language that a better person would speak Line em’ all, all the words, make a dictionary An encyclopedia of how I am permitted to be And when you meet me in the kitchen with your questions Then I’ll know what I can say without offending Take a break in the afternoon And lay your head down on the pillow you know everything’s already been said I am me, you are you, I hope you know that underneath everything I still want the same roof over our heads And on your birthday I will buy a paper lantern And hope that I can mend a friendship with a gesture.
7.
Darkness 03:29
It was a fine and lovely day We filled the car all up with people And we drove until both sides of the road were only farms We had to drive a little while But the talking all was easy I was at the wheel I didn’t say much I like the listening It was easy, to drive all day To turn the light on and to watch it as it drove the night away Yeah it was easy, but when you get home You have to find yourself a new light to turn on when you’re alone I’ll make you my own And I’ll fill you up with longing I will place flowers made of felt around your bed And you won’t have to dream ‘Cause I’ll tire you out completely All you have to do is never ask me To tell what I’m thinking It was easy, to drive all day To turn the light on and to watch it as it drove the night away Yeah it was easy, but when you get home You have to find yourself a new light to turn on when you’re alone You have to find a new light to turn on when you’re alone When the tide goes out Who would ask the ocean why Don’t judge me for my sorrows They are only passin by
8.
Living 04:14
I remember a summer Summer when I first moved down to Ashland Spent it on the back porch of a cafe I didn’t know anyone, I just knew what I wanted Felt like I was livin' In some song by Garfunkel and Simon Such loneliness and beauty in tandem I always know what I want, that’s never been the hardest part If I could just be told that someday all I long for will come true If I keep waiting for my life to start I won’t be living No more waiting Tell me how does it feel now? Have you reached every mile post you set down? Did some hidden trail reveal itself as worthwhile? Is there a secret relief, will I feel an achievement? If I could just be told that someday all I long for will come true If I keep waiting for my life to start I won’t be living No more waiting If I could just be told that someday all I long for will come true If I keep waiting for my life to start I won’t be living I won’t be living I won’t be living No more waiting
9.
I arrived by automobile Left my mother in the north of the state I drive around to collect my things, I should be gone for a few days I don’t know who to call or who to leave alone Is it wrong to say nothing to someone you use to know. Where did you go Elise? Where did you go Elise. We met up in a southern state We were told it would remind us of home And I suppose in a way it did, if you take it on it’s own I know the people of North Carolina aren’t to blame For the comparisons a homesick mind will make. Where did you go Elise? Where did you go Elise? I thought that we were close I thought that I would know Tell me there’s a place Where this is all behind us, if I only wait Where did you go Elise?
10.
Break Even 01:56
This is the best that we can do You don’t talk to me I don’t talk to you You don’t take from me I don’t take from you This is the best that we can do This is the best that we can be Strangers passin’ on the street I don’t take from you, you don’t take from me This it the best that we can be I feel love I feel lost Don’t try to calculate the cost or count the reasons Sometimes the best you got is to break even I had a dream I had a vision Is fear a kind of intuition Is it foresight, or is it just fiction I had a dream I had a vision Ooooooh… ooooooh I feel love I feel lost Don’t try to calculate the cost or count the reasons Sometimes the best you got is to break even

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released November 1, 2019

All songs written by Helen Vaskevitch

Album produced by Helen Vaskevitch
Additional production by Don Chaffer

Recorded at Betty in Nashville, TN
Additional recording at The Conductor

Engineered by Helen Vaskevitch
Additional engineering by Don Chaffer

Mixed by Don Chaffer at The Conductor

Mastered by Jim Demain at Yes Master

Helen Vaskevitch: Vocals, guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, keys, drums, percussion, programming, arrangements
Amaryah Shaye: Drum Programming on 8
Anthony Jorissen: Sax on 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, Keys on 5
Becca Hill: Vocals on 1, 5, 6
Ben Jacoby: Drums and Percussion on 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Bruce Ervin: Sax on 4, Vocals on 1, Keys on 6, 9
Dillon Smith: Strings on 9
Don Chaffer: Guitar on 6, Drum Programming on 9, Vocals on 1
Ellen Angelico: Guitar on 6, 9
Evan Farnsworth: Vocals on 1
Jamison Sevits: Vocals on 1
Julia Meredith: Baritone Sax on 6, 9
Owen: Vocals on 1, 7, 8, Vocal arrangements on 7, 8
Ruby Chaffer: Vocals on 1
Sandra Quints: Vocals on 1
Steven Palassis: Guitar on 1, 3

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