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1.
On pins and needles You claimed your freedom The tallest grass behind our Cul-de-sac refined us Tornado season A flickering beacon Our diesel generator And my only reason For climbing water towers And phoning after hours Was reclaiming walking distance As turning leaves dismissed us You could set your watch to it Cut bait and phone this in Fevers break and paint dries thin But that’s not how you’ve always been That’s not how you’ve always been From your vantage point Was it worth collateral Did it prick your finger as you Begged the supernatural To take this cup away And let sleeping lies lay The seeds you’d sown would scatter all the same But I don’t have much interest In keeping all your secrets So I try to replace them With thoughts of where I came from The sunshine off the pavement It’s a migratory movement From within But that’s just how I’ve always been
2.
Leverage 04:58
Well they resent me where I’m from Because I don’t visit enough Which gets back to me so I don’t stop by when I’m passing through And it’s so cyclical You know I’m too visceral about All this backwards leverage I still hold Over no one but myself Well it’s a complicated dynamic It’s overstated, but I understate it Two knuckles deep in soil Gauging the life that’s left in each of us Your flight’s delayed again and You must know something that I don’t When every little thing gets under my skin How could I expect to be cut loose from all my sins If there’s some twisted balance in the stars Are we still buried for who we used to be? Do they resent you where you’re from because you don’t visit enough But the unsolved variable in their equation Is that you just can’t fit anymore And you’d lay it all down in some Desperate ditch attempt if it meant for just one second’s time that you’d feel whole Or at least more like yourself Or at least more like myself
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Well something tells me I'll keep dreaming Of your apartment staircase And that's because you've become all that I can hold onto And that's kind of hard to face But this old wood creaks as I climb down it And there's nothing left to say As you wrap your mind around it And then don't ask me to stay Intrepid daydreams cloud my reasoned judgment And that makes this harder As I try to ground my expectations as the season chases you home Two hundred miles farther But this old wood cracks as the fall wind slams it You're clutching at your heart I say I'll call and you demand it As I beg my car to start Well, every mile home is another chance for you to give up on me Of which I think we're both well-aware Oh and as I try to atone, at least mentally, for all my deep insecurities I take a breath of this humid air And it calms me down
4.
Well I've been sneaking into the balcony Cause I don’t fit down on the floor There was a time I knew you spoke to me But I don't feel that anymore And it’s a shame now The way it shakes out I know my mother’s losing sleep each Sunday night And I would change that If I knew how to And that’s something I’ve got to live with Well I still sit up in that balcony Cause I can’t handle too much more Looking down on how I’m supposed to be But I don’t know how they’re so sure

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$1 from each tape, plus any amount donated via the "Name Your Price" feature on Bandcamp on both tape and digital EP sales will be donated to the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC).

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released November 22, 2019

All songs written by Gordon Phillips. Downhaul is Cole Bennett, Pat Davis, Robbie Ludvigsen, and Gordon Phillips.

Walking Distance & Leverage engineered by Kris Hilbert, mixed by Chris Teti, mastered by Ryan Schwabe. Old Wood mixed by Robbie Ludvigsen, mastered by Bill Henderson. Balcony mixed by Robbie Ludvigsen and Gordon Phillips, mastered by Bill Henderson. Artwork by Brian Morgante at Flesh and Bone Design.

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