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The debut! Double album (studio/live) on one disc. With a linocut cover design hand-printed by Elia Goat (making each package one-of-a-kind!) and a beautiful insert from Steam Whistle Letterpress.

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released 22 April 2012

Studio side:
Elia Goat - vocals, acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, upright bass (tracks 7, 9), etc.
Kraig Pinoll - upright bass (tracks 1-6, 8, 10)
Liz Burkhart - euphonium
Jason Swann - tenor saxophone
The Apricots (Emily Michael, Molly Morris, Ellie Mae Mitchell) - background vocals (track 9)
Joel Greenberg - engineering/production, mandolin (track 5), lead guitar (track 3)

Live side:
Elia Goat - vocals, acoustic guitar
Matt Holt - electric bass
Adam Nurre - drums/percussion
Liz Burkhart - euphonium, vocals
Annie Brant - clarinet
Jason Swann - tenor saxophone

Artwork:
Annie Brant - photos and other art
John Bealle - photos
Adam Birkan - photos
Marisa Starre Wars - photos
Mike Newberry (Black Gum) - photos
Ellie Mae Mitchell - album artwork, design, layout
Elia Goat - album artwork, design, layout, printing
Steam Whistle Letterpress - printing

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Track Name: Strangers
The frog is strange
He swims and hops
He sleeps in a mud house, catches his food
And sings all night

Doo doo doo

The bird is strange
She flies high above our heads
She sleeps in a twig house, swims up in the sky
And sings all morning

Doo doo doo

The human is strange
It brings its food in containers
It sleeps in a plastic house, makes noises on a wooden thing
And sings all day

And sings all day
And sings all day
And sings all day day day
Track Name: Stars in California
Hey, man,
I didn't call you when I had the chance
I've been huddled up and hiding out, hunched over,
Trying to sing over the rain for days
And I don't know when
I'm going to get ahold of you again, my friend

Hey, man,
I wanted to tell you about some stars I saw
In California
About how you get so high up in the mountains, the elevation,
You can see a million miles, a million stars,
What's a mile, and what's a star,
I've seen so many stars and miles I walked right out of California
And now I'm in a different state,
And it's been raining
And I haven't seen the sky for days

Hey, man,
I wanted to tell you about some ideas I'd had,
And I actually wrote out a list of ideas I'd had
I wanted to talk to you about
When what I mean is that I love you, and I miss you,
And I'm trying to say some things that are important,
I know it's scattered, but I'm scattered and you're scattered,
And we both know that it's the gaps that define the expressions
What I mean is that I love you, and I miss you,
And I've been keeping to the sky
And someday soon there'll be a knock on your door

Hey, man,
You've gotta promise me that you'll get out here
And see it for yourself
So when you get lonely in your plastic house,
A-waiting on a different sky,
You'll remember stars you saw in California
When you're huddled over, scattered, in a different state,
And it's been raining for a while
For a while
For a while
Track Name: 32 East
I have found you, thunder road, ah,
A highway of dreams and diamonds
Moonlight, misty hills, and I, I
I don't disturb the dust

I just roll on through
Thirty-seven miles to go
I race the drifting snow,
I am so quiet

I am writing a new song, I
I stole the melody
From a sparrow flying lonely, lonely and high
Over a rest stop in Adams County
It was all I could find

I hit the road, and I put my field guide away
I got to driving, and before too long
There I was, an empty passenger seat,
And a heart, a heart full of song

There's your voice again, well I, I
I know how this goes, leave me shattered again
Just a murmur on the radio,
When the wheel slipped from my hands
Track Name: Never Die
Everywhere I go, my stride remains the same,
My feet are on the ground.
In the rain or snow, my stride remains the same,
I never make a sound.

And my feet become my blanket, and my roof the sky
And my walk is only loving, and I never die

I will come home to stay in a stationary place,
When my runnin' time is done
Quit my wandering ways to stationary stay
When a newer life's begun.


And my feet become my blanket, and my roof the sky
And my walk is only loving, and I never die


Everywhere I go, my song remains the same,
My eyes are in the clouds.
Thinking fast or singing slow, my song remains the same,
I never make a sound.


And my feet become my blanket, and my roof the sky
And my walk is only loving, and I never die


And my feet become my blanket, and my roof the sky
And my walk is only loving, and I never die
And I never die
And I never die
And I never die
Track Name: Shelter in the Ground
As I build my shelter in the ground,
I leave open my exit to let in starlight
To shine on my floor, to see in the dark,
And to remember how my roots are in the city

As I build my shelter in the ground,
I say "Good morning!" to my brand-new neighbors,
And say "I, too, am brand-new, I, too, am a lover,
And I, too, welcome you all into my home.
Share in my life!"

As I build my shelter in the ground,
I bring with me some of my favorite objects:
Herb and bone, cloth and hair and paper, too,
Blue and cream, brown and green and grey are the colors,
And purple and orange and yellow and red, oh, red--

As I build my shelter in the ground,
I dig out a sleeping place big enough for two
Come with me, together, to the ten of cups, to the rainbow where you and I
Can build our lives as loving as we can
My faith is renewed

As I build my shelter in the ground
I learn to survive, like any vine or beetle
I need light, I need air, I need water and food
And growth in my soul and love,
Love is what makes all the pennies on the sidewalk,
The flowers in the spring

I learn these things
As I build my shelter in the ground
As I build my shelter in the ground
As I build my shelter in the ground
Track Name: Next Train Out
I'm gonna leave you, baby
I'm gonna leave you on the next train out
I'm gonna leave you, baby
I'm gonna leave you on the next train out
I can't stay with you no longer
I know what you're all about

When I hear them cars a-rattlin',
Lord, I know I have a friend
When I hear them brakes a-howlin'
I know I have a friend
I'm gonna leave you baby
Our time is at an end

I ain't goin' to sleep this evening
Just waitin' on that train to show
I ain't goin' to sleep this evening
Just sit, drink that coffee, and wait on that train to show
When I hear that whistle blowin'
I know it's time to go
I know it's time to go
I know it's time to go
Track Name: My Ohio
I spent a long summer in California,
Seen a lot of sunshine and trees
But the winter's so warm out where it's summer all year long
That I was achin' for the flakes and feel the icy icy breeze
The way it blows back in my Ohio

Well, the West Coast girls are great,
I really dig the way they ball
But all they care about is money, and you know for sure they talk so funny
There's no doubt my favorite pillow talk's a soft midwestern drawl
The way they drawl back in my Ohio

In a golden state of mind,
You can almost see them sailing out,
Deepwater for the Grey Haven
But the only place that was always kind
Even in the solstine darkness, even in the summer rain
Take me back to my Ohio, see my good brown dirt again,
Oh take me back!

Well, they got oceans and mountains and deserts and forests
And the city lights, they shine in your eyes
But I'd trade every palm and cactus for a orchard full of apples
And a pale blue goin' purple in a winter sunset sky

But I can't say why
Orange clouds get my high
Oh, I'm stickin' with my Ohio
Track Name: Pacific Coast
Bright sun, blonde sand
Grass green on the beach as we ran
Salt wind, salt sea
Ocean water autumn-chilly on our feet

And the ocean

Naked skin, warm sun
Blue sky, summer fighting on the run
Had a swim, drifted wood
Laid down hidden in a dune and felt good

And the ocean, and the sun
And the ocean
And the ocean, and the sky
And the ocean

Bright sun, blonde sand
Grass green on the beach as we ran
Salt wind, salt sea
Ocean water autumn-chilly on our feet

And the ocean, and the sun
And the ocean, and your skin
And the ocean, and the sky
And the ocean, and the colors in my eyes

And the ocean
Track Name: Mr. Rabbit
Mr. Rabbit, Mr. Rabbit, your ears are mighty white
Yes, bless God, you know I've been out all night
Every little soul is gonna shine, it's gonna shine
Every little soul is gonna shine

Mr. Rabbit, Mr. Rabbit, your coat is mighty grey
Yes, bless God, you know I've been out all day
Every little soul is gonna shine, it's gonna shine
Every little soul is gonna shine

Mr. Rabbit, Mr. Rabbit, your ears are mighty thin
Yes, bless God, you know I've been splittin' the wind
Every little soul is gonna shine, it's gonna shine
Every little soul is gonna shine

Mr. Rabbit, Mr. Rabbit, your ears are mighty long
Yes, bless God, you know they've been put on all wrong
Every little soul is gonna shine, it's gonna shine
Every little soul is gonna shine, it's gonna shine
Every little soul is gonna shine, shine, shine
Every little soul is gonna shine
Track Name: Thank You
A long time ago, a long time gone
You sang to me that I was the sun
Now hair cut short and breathing long
You dance around another one

Thank you winter, thank you spring
Thank you summer, thank you fall
Though now it may not mean a thing
I'm thankful we had some time at all

A long time gone, a long time ago
I sang to you that you were mine
Now thrown from the path of the tornado
I can start to write some newer lines

Thank you winter, thank you fall,
Thank you summer, thank you spring
Though now you'd think that I'd lost it all
I'm thankful for the lines to sing
Track Name: New Star (live)
Ever since I was a child, I've watched the sky
Just waiting for a new star to rise
A new star to rise
And when it rise, it'll shine so bright
It'll turn the day as dark as night
As dark as night

And when it rise too soon
It'll blot right out the moon
And though we try to see the sun
We'll know that morning never comes
We'll say goodbye to everyone
We'll see a newer day begun
We'll know the human race is run
The human race is run

Ever since I was a child, I've raised mine eyes
To see the wheel of time revolve the skies
Revolve the skies
Well, do the heavens weep for an old star gone?
It's always darkest just before the dawn
Just before the dawn
Track Name: Strange (live)
Well I had it strange for you
And I thought the best in you
Although my clean face saw its worst
You know nothing sweet was ever free

Well, I know, I know you were kind to her
That's how I know she had it easier
It's just you always made me feel so bad
You made all my dreams seem like bad trips

So I showed you my mean face
I mean I showed you my pale face
I want my backbone back
You keep your dirty hands to yourself
Track Name: Down to the River (live)
I went down to the river to wash my soul
I went down to the river to be made whole
I went down
I went down, down, down, down, down
I went down to the river where the cool clean water flows

In the cool, clean water, I laid me down
Let the cool, clean water flow across my brow
I laid it down
In the cool, clean water, down
I laid down in the water, let it flow across my brow

I rose up from the water with my soul washed clean
I rose up in a light like I'd never seen
I rose up
I rose up from the water clean
I rose up from the water, I laid down my sword and shield
I laid it down