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written, arranged, & recorded in 12 days for the RPM challenge of 2009. this record is lovingly imperfect, which is why it's free. free! all i ask is that you donate your email address to my mailing list (bandcamp doesn't keep track of it), & i promise that i will never spam you. of course, monetary donations are never turned away, either. i mean, we are in a recession, people.

all songs copyright anna vogelzang 2009/cant d'ocell music (ASCAP). love & thanks to andrew, guy, joe, chrisitne, birthday friend yellers, kind neighbors, & the cop in ohio who let me off with a warning. recorded in anna's laundry room (madison, WI) except for tracks 6&10, recorded in guy's attic (portsmouth, NH). this project is dedicated to new england, with all of my heart. www.theanna.com!

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released March 1, 2009

anna vogelzang wrote this album. all of its parts were performed entirely by anna EXCEPT tracks 6 & 10 which are graced by guy capecelatro III (bass & guitar & yelling) & joseph arnold (fiddle & high hat & yelling). also a special appearance on track 12 by anna's birthday party (more yelling).

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Track Name: America Hugs
i have gone one quarter of america's armspan
& it is 1 am & i am so damn close to you
& i am driving through your town, but i am not calling
no i have made amends so i will just be passing through

& i will use this road, i'll use it
i will write you letters on my arm
i'll use this day, i'll use it
i will sing you into all my songs
yes i will sing my heart
i will call you up
& then i'll make sure i call my mom
i'll make sure all the people that i love
know that i love them

now i have gone halfway across america's armspan
which must mean i am coming towards her heart
& i've been thinking all day about that time that you kissed me in the bathroom
& how since that day our lives have gotten so damn hard

& i will use this road, i'll use it
i will write you letters on my arm
i'll use this day, i'll use it
i will sing you into all my songs
yes i will sing my heart
i will call you up
& then i'll make sure i call my mom
i'll make sure all the people that i love
know that i love them
Track Name: Toy Boat
toy boats are just a game
my heart is made of paper
the sea is made of cellophane
& you are just a dream

you're just a ghost
you're just a sailor's ghost
whose been left howling
in the eye of the storm

you're just a figment
you are atlantis
you're just a siren
lost up on the rocks

you are a shipwreck
you are an epic tale
of bravery vanquished
shunned out by the sea

i am a lighthouse
i am the north star route
i am an anchor
dug deep in the ground
of lake michigan
Track Name: Memphis
this distance is pulling my limbs apart
this country's grace is so wide and so hard
as we sail down the road through the dancers & the drinkers & the bars

a sunset in iowa, balloons over minnesota
and a helix of birds funneling in arkansas
and I knew when I left that this would be hard

I've been crying for ghosts
the thinness of winter
the ease of wind ripping through your skirts
and I know this is what I do
this is how I'm meant to move
but sometimes the homesick
is just the last step
it's like going against the ocean

lonely & jealous & haunted streets
all the neon lights greet us as we make our entrance
and it seems that memphis is pretty bare in this part of town

& there standing ominous across the road
a dilapidated drive in is flashing like gold
but tonight I'll just get drunk in my hotel room

and I'll wish you could take me to the drive in tonight
there'd be necking in the back seat
& soda pop & window speakers
and I would wear my nicest dress and saddle shoes
I would like to show you this
america

but if I had sailed here on some silver screen
I'd probably still be holding on to my demons
cause even sailors & movie stars get lost some nights

& the rain comes in rivers, and the warmth is a nice change
but my heartache is tucked away inside my suitcase
and I wish, I just wish
that I was at home

I'm still crying for ghosts
the thinness of winter
the ease of wind ripping through your skirts
and I know this is what I do
this is how I'm meant to move
but sometimes the homesick
is just the last step
it's like going against the ocean
Track Name: Guilt
are you happy
do you miss me
do you love her
or are you settling

have you prayed real hard
have you played that song
are you sorry
like i'm sorry

gone baby gone

& I do confess
you shook me so
but I will kill you, ghost
and I will save my soul

do you believe in coincidence
& do you just call it fate
was it all timing
was it just one day too late

have you hailed mary
under the freeway
do you cling to your rosary
while you try to fall asleep

& I do confess
you shook me so
but I will kill you, ghost
and I will save my soul

have you sung your pennance
have you thought about it
do you think about it
are you over it

are you over it
like i'm over it
do you miss me
could you be happy
could you ever be happy
are you happy
yet
Track Name: Seashore Song (To Winter)
the leaves have died
the streets are cold
the boats have sailed
the birds have flown down south
away from here

& i have seen you
skulking by my window
tucked behind the sky's
dark sweater
intentions clear

well you're sorry
& mean hearted
but you know me back & forth
well i'm sorry
that you caught me
but you'll find me at the shore

sometimes when i wake up at night
my fists are clenched above my eyes just waiting
for a fight

so i'll be yours if you'll be mine
the ring's wide open pick yr side
i'd love to dance all night

well you're sorry
& mean hearted
but you know me back & forth
well i'm sorry
that you caught me
but you'll find me at the shore
Track Name: LET GO!
LET GO!
I can't!
I will!
Track Name: Women
she said,
"we've lost too many good women
up to madison, wisconsin
please don't go
stay afloat
& sail the seas instead"

cause new york can be
a different kind of beast
if you put away your teeth
leave it be
let it hunt
bitter & free

but still i propose
to him by telephone
once the gin's lodged in my bones
& you all can pretend
that that's my reason
but don't worry i'll know

in 10 days i will be the age
that my mother was
when she found out
about me
goodbye, 23

& i did not die
as i thought i might
in fact, i'm very much alive
you know what they say
these are the best years
of our lives

& i know it's all
i know i'm all
& i know i'm right
where i belong
counting change
& miles
& swan songs

i will fly out
of this little town
leave my lakes
& drown my superstitions
i only believe
in women
Track Name: Louisa
louisa has eyes just like stones
inside a well
that you once fell down
before you knew
that girls who throw stones
rarely back down

louisa sings like a sailor
grunts with her guitar
never in tune
louisa dances at punk shows
likes to knit sweaters
follows the moon

she says,
there's gonna be trouble at home
there's gonna be trouble at home
there's gonna be trouble at home
if you don't get back soon

louisa she is a painter
like something post modern
in a magazine
she spends nights in the gallery
when no ones looking
watching TV

oh louisa do you remember last winter
when i broke apart
your summer dress
louisa how did i lose you
& can you remember
how hard you possessed me

louisa i love you
but i will not let him down
no matter how hard i try
louisa i'm sorry
but come back inside
turn out the light
this floor is cold
& your bed is warm
so what is the harm
throw a log on the stove
spend the night

louisa she is a ghost town
i cannot escape
no matter my speed
louisa let's meet in virginia
& exorcise demons
we cannot see

well there is a man in this room
who wants to kiss me
pretend i am his
he saddles up on the couch
and passes a bowl
and the turntable spins

oh, louisa she holds up a mirror
she closes her black eyes
says you are a soldier
you are a warrior
you are a gypsy
& you always will be
better than this

& hey, look up,
you can see the stars
look you can see the stars
just look up
look you can see the stars
all the way out here
Track Name: New England
caffeine dreams & salted sheets
new hampshire you're too good to me
i can't recall why i would ever leave

& god how i miss massachusetts
streets that pull my heart strings
& my feet just find their way out to the sea

home is something old in photos
home is something you build with your hands
home is probably right where you are
well babe, i'm coming home

my broken hearts live in new york
the ones i can't seem to let go of
& all the songs that flood the riverbanks

but i was born in a pile of snow
a sea of lilacs, red & golden leaves
i miss you but hey, i always come back

home is something old in photos
home is something you build with your hands
home is probably right where you are
well baby i am coming home

there's a secret language that you know
when your heart hits the shore
that you learn when you are born before you learn to speak

but i have not forgotten you
blue walls, blue eyes, blue bones, you know
new england, you're the one i'll never lose
Track Name: The Internet
the internet will break your heart.
Track Name: Mermaid Song (For Sophie)
you were living underwater
behind a smoke screen made of ink
you were just your father's daughter
flailing, trying desperate not to sink

you had learned how to be sweet
without knowing how to swim
found a mermaid at the beach
let her danger drag you in

a little sad, a little thrilled
a little stoned but even still
your heart will pull you to the coast
& you will build your sea glass house

you were writing water sonnets
out of steel and bone and shells
but you had never thought the hardest part
would be writing to yourself

but first you tried to learn to breathe
you made patchwork quilts from coral
and as you leaned how to receive
you started floating upwards

a little sad, a little thrilled
a little hard but even still
the currents pull you to the coast
& you will build your sea glass house

now you have found that grace can come
on the days when you have given up
and walking underneath the sun
is just as brave as swimming

& kindness rights a few small wrongs
& what is left is where you started from
but poems, waves, new lungs, or songs
are not a bad beginning

a little sad, a little thrilled
a little hurt but even still
this life will pull you to the coast
& you will build your sea glass house

a little sad, a little thrilled
a little hurt but even still
my heart will pull me to the coast
& i will build my sea glass house
Track Name: Sing Along Work Song
all day long i pretend i'm a scientist
radium music through computer screens
blood, sweat, & spit under the microscope
look through & see the love swimming through me
look through & see the love swimming through me

let's start a riot!
let's move to mexico
let's build a hideout!
let's just stay out on the road
and never come home

i would like to get drunk in the afternoon
meet at the playground or sit out on the tracks
crunch big numbers underneath our tennis shoes
jump off the deep end & never look back
jump off the deep end & never ever look back

the only people that we know
live on stages or in TV boxes
and so it's hard to even know
who is real, who still loves us,
& who we made up
in our heads long ago, so,

let's start a riot!
let's move to mexico
let's build a hideout!
let's just stay out on the road
and never come home