Driftless EP

by Anna Vogelzang

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released 11 November 2014

produced by Anna Vogelzang.

all songs by Anna Vogelzang (cant d’ocell music, ASCAP) except for Vanguard, written by Anna Vogelzang & Amanda Rigell (Nonstop Carnival, ASCAP).

Engineered by Mike Zirkel at Audio for the Arts in Madison, WI.
Mixed by James Frazee in Brooklyn, NY. Mastered by Warren Russell-Smith.

performed by
Anna Vogelzang: vocals, banjo, electric guitars, ukulele, baritone ukulele, piano, glockenspiel, handclaps
Shane Leonard: drums, percussion, acoustic & electric guitars, piano, synths, drum machine, vocals
Patrick Reinholz: cello
Amanda Rigell: vocals
Cheston VanHuss: clarinet, saxophone
Ben Willis: upright bass, electric bass
Andrew Young: vocals, handclaps

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Track Name: Amarillo
in your new life
I hope you promise to be kind
a little softer, less designed
all empathy and grace

in your new life
I hope each old choice can change
each bar and scar and circus train
every shadow to get shed

in my new life
I will wake up happy
I will stand so tall
I will just believe
in my new life
I will return phonecalls
I will pay the bills 
like the one you really need

in your new life
I hope you promise to take risks
drop the bottle, take a trip
break out from your blue

in your new life 
I hope solitude comes easy
but if you choose to speak to someone
I hope your words are understood

in my new life
I will wake up sober
I will knuckle down
I will just believe
in my new life
I will buy the groceries
I will change the sheets
like the one you really need

I will expect less
I will fence my heart
I will bleed the poison
I will start to shake you off

cause in this life
I see you as a raincoat 
boatloads of trouble off your shoulders
the selfish kind of dry
Track Name: Mercy
a black cut through the white
the road across the prairie snow

today we said goodbye
for the hundred thousandth time

& a hawk circles the silo
& the landscape opens wide

and again & again
and again, I am asking
send me mercy

the soft blood orange sun
hanging heavy to the field

a bright echoing hymn
of the somewhere I come from

& the light sweeps the horizon
& I wonder how you are

and again & again
and again, I am opening my hands
bring me mercy

when it’s just you
and the fact of being alive
colliding
when you set course home
to the place that you spent your years
inventing
I am coming home
I am coming home

a snow pulse in the dark
the lights on the shoulder blink

all the bets you have lost
to the fragile grace you’ve gained

& the storm sets out, retreating
& I picture you, unscathed

and again & again
and again I am grateful
for such mercy
Track Name: Vanguard
you were retreating
before the war
stockpiling armor

I don’t need you now
I can’t be your baby anyhow
I don’t need you now
I got other ways to get broke down

I’m at the vanguard
sharpening swords
you’re in the barracks
sleeping it off
this unending rivalry

I don’t need you now
I can’t be your baby anyhow
I don’t need you now
I got other ways to get broke down

me with the white flag
you on the wall
empire in ruins

I don’t need you now
I can’t be your baby anyhow
I don’t need you now
I got other ways to get broke down
Track Name: Lion
how'd I become so much like a lion?
weren't I sweet like pollen when you first came?
why would leave me here like a tyrant?
& how did I forget how to pray
say it ain't so

why do you beg the stone for the water?
once it breaks for water, won't you beg for wine?
did you or did you not find me human?
& which one of us gets to lead the blind

oh how you howled
the day that the rain came
grain of sugar, grain of sand
behold the boat inside your hand

how could I be as tired as a pirate?
& who makes the call of what's true or false?
did I or did I not spike the dance punch?
didn't the girls fall over to that lulling waltz
what a show

why would you wake the sleeping giant?
& when did you plant that trojan horse?
how deep in my brain did you need to ride it?
& baby ain't you afraid of the gale force winds
a comin' in

so will you or will you not drop the charges?
cause didn't you call me your stolen plum?
since when did the storm dance in like a death march?
how long's it been since i've seen the sun of your face

oh how you howled
the day that the rain came
grain of sugar, grain of sand
behold the boat inside your hand

when did you end up crying at a rest stop?
will the weight of your head in your hands subside?
is this or is it not what you wanted?
can’t you see all the diamonds behind the desert sky?
baby, try
baby, try
Track Name: Kay
I didn’t see you
running down death
hand to the bible
ear to my chest
can do you remember
my wedding dress
felt just like floating down the river reaching up my hands like

ooh
I dream about leaving
I dream about coming home
ooh
soft as the sweetness
lost in my bones

it was whiskey for breakfast
your mouth for lunch
before the babies
before the tiniest things
can do you remember
my skin on your skin
felt just like floating through the water reaching out our hands like

ooh
I dream about leaving
I dream about coming home
ooh
soft as the sweetness
lost in my bones

crack in a teacup
under my thumb
cracks in the ceiling
spreading like fires
I cannot remember
the curve of your face
feels like i’m wading through the water trying to find that place like

ooh
I dream about leaving
I dream about coming home
Track Name: Why Not
a ferris wheel, a carousel, I try
to find my way
& if I see you at the bar tonight
i'll try to look away

a miracle, a spectacle your face
I try to explain
the flickering garden lights of memory
I try to blur away

I don't see why not / I don't see why not

mermaid heart, you yearn your phantom life
a sister ship
the alabaster ache inside your chest
a medicine

can you bear the ghosts inside the hull
the next of kin
tear it down, you tear it all apart
a violence

I don't see why not / I don't see why not
what makes you believe that I need to be brought back to life?

fiction fades, the frozen storm awakes
slow burn the stars
we toil and spin, we plow and sow and wait
and turn to dark

we've lost some, but do not walk away
I would turn to salt
I am the baltic sea, waiting
for your heart to turn to rust

I don't see why not / I don't see why not
what makes you believe that I asked to be led to the flood?