Secret Cedar Room EP

by Anna Vogelzang

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released October 5, 2010

Performed by Anna Vogelzang (vocals, banjo, guitar, glockenspiel, tambourine), Joe Arnold (fiddle), and Andrew Young (upright bass).

Group vocals: Philippa Bergmann, Kai Carlson-Wee, Lydia Conklin, Melissa Cooke, Jamie Hanson, Shanta Hattikudur, Tyler Mackie, Andrew Mortazavi, Jordan Thevenow-Harrison, Andrew Young.

Produced by Anna Vogelzang. Mixed & Mastered by James Frazee at Aubergine. Artwork & Design by Anna Vogelzang. All songs written by Anna Vogelzang (Cant D'Ocell Music, ASCAP) except for 'Sign', by Berggren, Berggren, Berggren, and Ekberg, Universal Music Careers, BMI. Copyright Slothtrop Music, 2010.

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Track Name: Die Trying
I said, I keep you around to keep me honest
around to keep me clean
shining fluorescent

You said, as long as you feel ok
as long as you're getting out of bed each day
as long as your'e doing your best

But what if this is not my best

I said, you hold this isthmus in your hands
it's the only place I can land
I am a prop airplane

You said, as long as you're showing up on time
as long as they believe that you're really smiling
as long as you're doing your best

But what if this is not my best,
what if I could do better

You said, I wanted just to hear your voice
I said, I wanted just to feel you up against me
see, baby, I had forgotten

You said, the birds have been building nests
around our porch & in the mornings they keep me up
good god, I wish you were here

and we lie on our backs
and the roof starts to spin
and it's all I can do to keep it inside

and we lie on our backs
and the roof starts to spin
and it's all I can do not to start crying

I said, it must be my foreign blood
I mean, I'm Dutch, I think that they are known for bad behavior
and I just get so low

You said, as long as your eyes are wide
you said, as long as your throat is open
as long as you're doing your best

But what if this is not my best
Well I'm gonna die trying
Track Name: Heart Beat Faster
could you make me something metal
could you build it so I'm strong
but please be sure that it is functional
for when this shit starts going wrong

I suppose it could be a pedestal
for the weak rhythm of my heart
please weld it better, write me love letters
for when the doctors say you've gone

but I can feel the phantom beating
of your heartbeat when I'm asleep
& will is not the same as follow-through
it takes brute force & sometimes surgery

heart beat faster
heart beat faster
make me stronger, I'm six feet under
heart beat faster

my fuse is itching to run out
is there machinery you could bring
see I was born into this broken mess
not even miles seem to fix

with every day a little death
& I pray that trip is beautiful
but maybe the gears that grind against your wheels
could spark a kickstart to my chest

but I can feel the phantom beating
of your heartbeat when I'm asleep
& will is not the same as follow-through
it takes brute force & sometimes honesty
and my defenses have been waning
but i have promises to keep
& tried is not the same as being true
it takes brute force & sometimes surgery

heart beat faster
heart beat faster
make me stronger, I'm six feet under
heart beat faster

oh, july
you seem so far away
your heat parades by
threatening fallouts
you're just a ghost through my walls
your'e such a strange charade
wrap your sucker punches
up in scrap metal
oh baby, make me blush

now I will become lion hearted
and stand up brave with arms outstretched
& wave my keys in these electric storms
til I have out-tempted this test

it's just a picture just a song
it's just a secret bound in chicken wire
keep it, a keepsake for when I am gone
the time of reckoning has come

but I can feel the phantom beating
of your heartbeat when I'm asleep
& will is not the same as follow-through
it takes brute force & sometimes honesty
and my defenses have been waning
but i have promises to keep
& tried is not the same as being true
it takes brute force & sometimes surgery

heart beat faster
heart beat faster
make me stronger, I'm six feet under
heart beat faster