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Jeremy (HI54LOFI) I had already purchased this album directly from Max's website awhile back… but I see it is now up on Bandcamp, and he did send me more copies than I paid for, so… Favorite track: the start of fables.
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Physical CD available at maxgarciaconover.com
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released September 12, 2014

produced by ben cosgrove
arranged, accompanied, recorded & mixed by ben cosgrove*
introduction to "kill the brink man" by ben cosgrove
additional vocals by sophie nelson
mastered by jeff lipton at peerless mastering in boston, ma
assistant mastering engineer: maria rice

*ben cosgrove played the following instruments on the record: piano, keyboards, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, organ, electric and upright basses, trombone, euphonium, trumpet, fluglehorn, violin, drums and percussion, backing vocals

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Track Name: keep us all
keep us all

mama I have known you
keep us all
gathering the jasmine
keep us all
laughing at the new church
keep us all
living in this house

you rented an apartment
keep us all
the dog's first winter
keep us all
he don't know why he's shaking
keep us all
living in this house

father look around you
keep us all
the animals are restless
keep us all
wild roses laughing
keep us all
living in this house

I know what you wanted
there were rooms we didn't use
I know what you wanted
still, quiet rooms
Track Name: home
home

I returned with nothing to say
we were walking on sumac laid bare by the rain

to be heard is the fear of a child
there is no one out here there is no one for miles

so show me the shattercane weeds
the great silos that stay empty
summer storms that will rock you to sleep
that have rocked you to sleep
show me my country

I came back with nothing to say
we were walking on sumac laid bare by the rain

and beyond the thickening trees
the clicking of claws on the rocks of the creek

the night sky that lay out like the sea
summer fields hunting rosemary leaves
where'd you go when you turned seventeen
where were you
what'd you see
show me my country

you dreamt of walls made of stone
and beneath the floorboards were coyote bones

you'll be wherever you go
but the wind is persistent which carries you home

so show me some towering oak
with gray branches that start way down low
you said there were times you were full
where were you
where'd you go
my love she said to me
you can't just move anything
the wind only takes dead leaves
show me my country
Track Name: say that you know me
say that you know me

you and I wrote songs together I remember your question
why don't you sing that way when people are paying attention
we joined the county choir and you asked if it was alright
if you shouted lines from In The Pines over top the Hammersteins
and at night we climbed the silos at elm farm
you said i'm still here I said I know that you are

but if you leave I need something regardless please say
say that you know me

I got lost in the trees in the takeover weeds in the nightsongs of the birds
I'd holler out loud then hope that nobody heard
you and I went to the county fair and danced and didn't speak
and I took your hand and for a moment you held on to me
and the dark was thick and lined with dogwoods in bloom
I said you're the only one I ever wanted to sing to

so as you leave I need something regardless please say
say that you know me

I haven't seen it
but I know it's up a little bit ahead
and when I get there
honey won't I get a little bit of rest
I get so quiet
there is so much I left unsaid
and when I say it
honey won't I get a little bit of rest

and as the dark that stays beneath the widest pines the tallest trees is where I go where I need to be before you leave I need one thing regardless of what you think
please
say that you know me
Track Name: wildfires outside laramie, wy
wildfires outside laramie, wy

I bought a box chockablock of tangerines
and I keep it on the floor behind the passenger seat
find me at the wildfire way too late
with a watering can and a roll of ticker tape
find me in your college shirt tapping my feet
find me on the road when you need something sweet

sighing when the sound gets low
sending songs up to god I don't
singing to the burning leaves sing until the fireweed grows

on wyoming roads
passing piles of coal
when our only hope
is to let it be
i'm for you
you're for me

in the last days of August the birds flew slow
in the rippling skies in the herbicide smoke
and the county helicopters dropped quarter mile rope
it was moving too fast it was too hard to hold
find me outside of laramie
shouting at the freeway and chopping down trees

sighing when the sound gets low...

on wyoming roads...

rained 3 days it was all white noise
state officials over credited and overjoyed
you said the rain never fell back in laramie
and it's burning still and they're chopping down trees
next summer I'll be back with something more sweet
next summer I'll be back with whatever you need

sighing when the sound gets low...

on wyoming roads...
Track Name: amapolas, part one
amapolas, part one

adelaida came
from mayaguez to east la
bringing yuca root
and flowers too

and adelaida moved
ever toward somebody new
when they shot luis
she brought flowers east

and her nieces cried
how'd it get so dark round your eyes
she said baby don't you know
where them flowers go

adelaida please
you took such good care of me
I’ve been looking for you
and those flowers too
Track Name: I won't mess you up
I won’t mess you up

oh I’ll get mine from the cold winter sea
and i won’t give you nothing cause I think you need it
I won’t mess you up and I won’t make you down
just marry me in portlandtown

you avoided the praise and you hated the shine
you said they got their beauty and I have got mine
hey I won’t dress you up in no white wedding gown
just marry me in portlandtown

the birds prehistoric
the winter a bear
honey we built this here
we could go anywhere
we will not be romantics
we’ll live on the ground
just marry me in portlandtown

so far we haven’t walked anybody’s line
so this will just be yours
an it will just be mine
and we’ll bring it home this time

I’ll get mine from the cold winter sea
and I won’t give you nothing cause I think you need it
I won’t mess you up and I won’t make you down
just marry me in portlandtown
Track Name: the start of fables
the start of fables

charlie what do you think
you outlived the frost bite and followed every beast
bring it all back and be kind tell a story
say how foxes ate the caraway seeds

follow, follow me
all I got's the start of fables maybe that's all we need
bring it all back and be kind and be easy babe
I know I never finish anything

honey we've been trying
honey we've been trying
honey we've been trying
like a barn swallow tries
piling sticks so high

the pastor shot the sheep
held up his hands and he cried oh the wolves were coming to eat
bring it all back and be kind and be gentle say
the ever wild sentimental geese

the blue eyed dog called your name
said I’ve seen the longing flashing right across your face
bring it all back and be kind stay for supper babe
a bed will cost you just a dime a day

honey…

charlie what do you think
you outlived the frostbite and followed every beast
bring it all back and be kind tell a story
say how foxes ate the caraway seeds

follow, follow me
all I got's the start of fables maybe that's all we need
bring it all back and be kind and I love you babe
I love the whole goddamn thing

honey...
Track Name: you're the farthest I go
you’re the farthest I go

you have a weather in yourself
riot comes the cricket dusk an army an orchestra
and everybody wishes well
and burns

we built a house with seven walls
the winter dawn the thickest cold the waiting by the catching stove
and everybody wishes well
and burns

you're the farthest I go

call it god what they don't know
she calls it the wild geese and holds her necklace in her teeth
and every time a shadow comes
it's a crow

we built a house with seven walls
and painted them to match the birds that live beyond the death of words
and every unfamiliar one
was a crow

you're the farthest I go

when this house was a field
we were in some other kind of death
still the rye clover grows
still the deer come
bending their necks
Track Name: evelyn o.
evelyn o.

wherever you go
the northern sea
is there too

snow belly crows
every afternoon
laughing at you

evelyn o.
I moved back to maine again
nickel and dime commander lunatic kind whatever company I was in
so find my body light shining fire full
and evelyn o. keep me still

the mean undertow
the northern sea
on your breath

evelyn o.
we were swimmers then
when we met

evelyn o.
I moved back to maine again
nickel and dime commander lunatic kind whatever company I was in
so find my body light shining fire full
and evelyn o. keep me still
Track Name: the songs
the songs

she sang the songs that buckled knees
charcoal silhouettes of the waking geese
the music man's waistcoat is frail disguise
they don't want truth, just tell better lies

the blockbuster faces in magazines
the seamstress for bed sheets on halloween
the lukewarm applause the failed perjuries
they don't want truth, they just want to believe

go now to rest she said at dawn
her wet summer dress on the compressed lawn
I said it has not been enough to try
they don't want truth, just tell better lies

gathered the hillside was clean and shone
we hit the dry drums with coyote bones
psalm 23 in the eulogy
they don't want truth, they just want to believe

time busted engines that barked and choked
forgotten for useless as wedding coats
the towers of men the starving ford
he don't want truth, he wants something more

subcontracted gardeners for cul de sacs
slow moving parades of white cadillacs
the national mascot the savior sighs
they don't want truth, just tell better lies

feed still the fire it looms the night
the laughterful dinner the table white
they gave their longing to flickering screens
they don't want truth, they just want to believe
Track Name: kill the brink man
kill the brink man

kill the brink man
he has done nothing
he said I'll burn it down
for that

kill the brink man
we had our champagne
he said you know me
babe I'm glass

kill the brink man
you go for miles
you aren't just one thing
you are vast

kill the brink man
we had our champagne
he was not ashamed
he was glad

kill the brink man