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Our album Pershing was recorded in March 2007 at Fred's loft in Wilmington, N.C., and from August to December at the Bentley's carriage house - a place of some mystery whose history we tried to do justice. It was mostly engineered by Jonathan James, except when one of us got antsy and threw up some mics. We all sort of produced it, and Jonathan mixed with a little help from Jason Spell. TW Walsh mastered it.

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released April 8, 2008

The cover and foldout are original artwork by Tom Hembree, with design and photography by Aaron Scott. The space painting is a collaboration between Beth Cain (space) and David Guinn (us). Additional artwork by Jill Stevens.

Dedicated to Alex Bethurem.

John Robert Cardwell - Vocals, guitar, bass, trumpet, belly charms.
Philip Dickey - Vocals, guitar, drums, piano
Jonathan James - drums, bass, guitar, piano, synth, crystals.
Will Knauer - guitar

Brian Azevedo - acoustic guitar on "Oceanographer."
Molly Healey - strings on "Dead Right."
Becky Thomas - hand claps on "Dead Right," cowbell on "Glue Girls."

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Track Name: Glue Girls
2 sisters ever so inseparable
1 saw right through me, 1 i handed an apple
I tried to change their chemistry
I tried to make one stick to me

She could make your tongue
your tongue stick to the sun

Maybe if i lay low, love will fall around my door
(the dogs'll let me know)

Suck it up, sharon, maybe it's time
You and your sister finally sever the line

Don't pass me over again
Your fickle heart's unwaverin'

Maybe if i lay low, love will fall
around my door and
Maybe it won't, but your cold eyes, baby,
Tell me I should be looking for love with
some other (girl)

Come on girl this isn't fun
(some other girl's)
got me head tied to the sun.
Should i chose not to run?

Heard you laughing behind your friend
getting in th' car again
now you're acting like she was
preteeeeeeeeeeeending

we can walk the road, kickin' up the dust
we can take it slow stop me if you want
let me in yr love, that's all that i want
let me in yr love - it's sticky when we touch...
Track Name: Boring Fountain
Fell asleep in a boring fountain
Woke up with an unkind word in my mouth
Too late, but I kept countin'
Every bump in the highway as I headed
down south

We're losing something now
A house divided, a golden cow
we're losing something
now,
by the way i feel nothing
by the way i feel sorry for you
by the time you feel something
'bout that time I'll be through with you
yeah yeah

Gone quick to another country
Came back to find the same thing on tv
I left a little bag and an open door
but it never occurred to me

she said light candles around me
i saw light everywhere now it surrounds me
Track Name: Dead Right
I don't wanna keep up
I just wanna get stuck

i don't wanna get drunk
i just wanna (wha?)

you're gonna lose me
if you don't choose me

yeah, you're right but, you'll be dead right
yeah, you look alright, but you're dead, right?

yeah i know we're on a collision course
i know it suxxxx and it just gets worse
yeah i know i know i know

take it home lady bears
Track Name: The Beach Song
Tell me does your body know how
it's supposed to g(r)o(w)
Tell me to ignore somethin I adore
Let me know you know and I can
leave you alone
no, i won't start no war just
to keep you warm

she's made of fire
hooks and wire
Things that turn - things that
make you learn

We left that night
and we could see them critters.
This could be right if you could
see the clear light
In my head, in my dreams,
you were inside of me
Track Name: Modern Mystery
It's a pointless small place
On a map in outerspace
Every second, every day you're
gone
Got a job but I can't keep
working on, yeah

I think you are so annointed
that's why you get so
disappointed
i swear you are so important
nothing you do is pointless,
yeah

there is no modern mystery
no "mystic chords of memory"
there is no modern mystery
we're makin up our history

You could really put me in my
place
On a map in outer space
You got a real cool constitution
and that's a come-on, but it's
not an allusion.
Track Name: Some Constellation
Birds on the pillow
And paper lanterns hangin' from the ceiling
Sticky stars aglow
Mapin' out some constellation
I'm tired of standing in the light
outside her window
For her I would row to the ends of my imagination.

Pleasure to behold
A silhouette so real yet
oh so static
Measured and controlled
Lets down her hair, takes off her army jacket
I'm trying to figure out what's right -
do i stay or go?
For all she doesn't know...
Track Name: Think I Wanna Die
Think I wanna die if you don't stay
drop dead in place you can
forget it.
Carry a torch for days.
I'm gonna let it burn

I remember watching as you
slowly
loaded up the loom. On repeat:
Caravan and we
danced around the room.
Once insecure about yr scar
but I think you got over it.
Dreampt of marimbas made
from the bones of our relatives, who
never live as long
as we think that they oughta live.
You dreampt of ( )
I tried to get my head around
that one!

Left in a disguise for the
faraway
Traveled all alone through open
meadows while I sat at home
wishing we could elope...
Will you ever know what you
do to me?
I'm on my broken knees, no
end of sorrow
Sorry if that's twee
it's just tomorrow's hope.
Track Name: You Could Write A Book
How'd you get so smart?
Waxin candles and burning cobwebs?
I guess you broke my heart
But maybe that's all it's
there fer

Goodnight to the sunlight
Tell the fruit trees
I'm all right
We need to proofread till the publisher agrees
that
You could write a novel

Tonight.

When you get that look
It let's me know
that you're really thinkin'
I'd love to read your book
But first I think I need to
learn how to read.
Track Name: Oceanographer
You know he'll talk to
other girls
The map topographer - he's in his own world
The court stenographer - he'll copy everything
The news photographer - he's not listening

You're into me - will you
always be?
If we're in too deep...
(he'll only be)

The Oceanographer

I'd capsize in your
cerulean eyes
If we're in too deep...

Wooh!
Track Name: HEERS
Tipsy with St. John he's got me
feelin' like a kid on halloween
And he asks me what I wanna
be. I got nothin to say
He says that's ok he says.
I don't either but I got my
dreams and maybe some are
Apparitions in the fog. But still I see them
Down in my soul like little girls
in bows held up on
Little boys' shoulders.

Do people, when they're older,
See distances on maps get smaller
And promises of happiness
stall'd?

I wanna see you again.

Now she's drawnin' circles in the air
The ground is movin' under
me but to where?

Met Ms. Susie and she got a puke-red
apple in the ball of her chin.
So I hugged her neck
And said I'm sorry for the way I been
She said aw that's ok.

Into my shoulder she said
oh-oh-oh-oh
Now that i'm older
The distances on maps have gotten smaller
And promises of happiness
stalled

I wanna see you again.
Track Name: Doris Tailspin (Boring Mountain)
Dandyline Jones Rolls Out
the Barrels (for Doris Tailspin)
By the way I feel nothin...