Conventions

by Ugly Purple Sweater

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released November 12, 2011

Sam McCormally plays guitar, keyboard, and sings. Rachel Lord plays banjo, keyboard, melodical, guitar, and sings. Will McKindley-Ward plays guitar and sings. Mike Tasevoli plays drums. Rishi Chakrabarty plays bass.

Roatan and Stars recorded at Asparagus Media Studio, engineered by Kyle Downes, and mixed by Kyle Downes.

All other tracks recorded at Inner Ear Studio, engineered by Ivan Basauri, and mixed by Ivan Basauri.

Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

Linocut cover art by Dave Buchen.

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Track Name: Roatan
My easy life, there’s no hustle or strife
Just a silence as big as you want it.
I leave the house and the reveller’s shouts
And I sing by myself to the water
There’s time and a place to go dancing
I’ll stay here and drink myself to sleep

The girl in the white comes out into the night
And she tells me she likes how I whistle
We call to the boats, and it seems to remote
How my girlfriend is sleeping back stateside
God knows that I , I would never
There’s too many ways to be alone

Then when we’re walking alone on the boulevard
Then, when we’re standing alone on the portico
When were you planning on
Mentioning that?
Track Name: Ba Ba Ba
Let me tell you what,
she looks just like my mother.
And let me tell you what,
is it weird that doesn’t scare me?

And if we can play the part,
we can see the end even before the start.

We started staying in,
I started sleeping over.
We wanted to feel close,
we battened down the hatches.

And if we can play the part
we can see the end even before the start.
We had the best sex of all our friends,
even if we never talk to them

Why, why do we sleep so much?
‘Cause if we go out, talk with our friends,
We might see that we’re wrong,
and we can’t be wrong, like a song,
with a chorus that bores us at first
but as soon as you learn
it’s determined,
It’s determined.

We finally emerge
later in the summer.
She says she’s going out,
be back in time for supper.

And if I can hold her hand,
all of the world will then understand.
We’ll take it out of the neighborhood
showing everyone that we know it’s good.
Track Name: The Water's Edge
You took a big breath ‘fore you went down
It won’t last long, nonononono
But good god, it’s good to stay down
You look back up at the surface now
There’s a storm above, but you stay so still
Good god, it’s good to stay down

When your blood is blue and you come up with a gasp
You’ve drifted far from shore
Even though the water’s edge is far away from here
You know it’ll be alright
You know it’ll be just fine
There’s seagulls circling above

Now you’ve got water in your brain
If you turn fast it’ll slosh around
Good god, you have to get it out
You start to swim with your head held high
Your limbs are stiff cuz you’ve been so still
Good god, it’s good to go back

You took a big breath ‘fore you went down
It won’t last long, nonononono
But good god, it’s good to stay down
Track Name: This is How it Feels
Have a little heart my dear, you’ve made your sell
Don’t know what you mean to say, but you sing it so well
Drive for several days to stand before us and still so far away
This is how it feels

Starting off with something new, the crowd goes wild
Don’t know what you mean to say, but you say it so snide
They brought their boyfriends here, breathless from your voice, frozen by your sneer
This is how it feels

What do you have to believe in when
You’ve sung all your songs from the bottom of your heart
And then still you’re alone backstage

What do you have to believe inm when
You’ve sung all your songs from the bottom of your heart
And then still you’re alone backstage
Track Name: Blue Crab
Blue Crab
I saw the blue of a crab in the sand
He scurried off when I reached out my hand.
He scurried away, he scurried away
just driftwood and gulls on Chesapeake bay.

I fell in with a believer in ghosts
She showed me all of her photos as proof.
I wanted to see, I wanted to see,
but her camera was blurred
their spirits are free.

But you never have given up on me.
I’m blurry, but you don’t seem to need to see.

I fell in love with a woman like you
I held her close and then tore her in two
I scurried away, I scurries away
still possessed by her breath, I stowed her away.

But you never have given up on me.
I’m blurry, but you don’t seem to need to see.
Track Name: Wounds
Hey there my babe you know I’ve left my wounds wide open for you.
They cut a hole in my side to excise a piece for you.

Oh, so deep and so numb that we nearly succumbed.
Oh, you’re cleaning my wounds, growing larger and
Oh, so deep and so numb that we nearly succumbed
Oh, keep tending your heart, it’s a wound from the start.

With death on the sill, there is soil to till, there’s sun to spend.
You planted a tree in the sunniest spot behind our house.

Oh, you planted a tree and you fed my IV.
Oh, keep cleaning my wounds growing larger and
Oh, you kept us alive for the shade we provide.
Oh, keep tending your heart, it’s a wound from the start.

I see you cringe at the state that I’m in like it’s you in the bed
you see me flinch at the cringe on your lips like it’s me in the chair
blood flowing through flowing out flowing back flowing round and around.
Track Name: Stars
With the sun already set
We pulled on over to the wide overlook
We know it’s there somewhere

But like a joke you’re not supposed to get
The lake way down in the crater beneath
Had disappeared somehow

And like a part you were not meant to play (oh oh)
Like a joke you were not meant to get (oh oh)
And we were left with less than we’d expect (oh oh)

When we’re 50 miles away
I looked over at my comrade in arms
She was asleep at the wheel

And I was too fucked up to drive
So she slept in the back of the car
I stormed out into the night
I can’t do anything right
Then the sky turned so bright

Like a gift you were not meant to get (oh oh)
Like a part you were not meant to play (oh oh)
And we don’t need any more than this (oh no)

Stars stars stars burning in the night...
Track Name: Hide and Seek
She looks over at poor old me
I’m still asleep till I hear her speak
And she takes me down to stream
I am slipshod slapdash overwrought underexposed

She exposes her leg to me
She retracts when she sees me flinch
She’s offended, I double back, I say
I want to do it, I do, I’m just don’t know how

She’s so close you cannot see her,
You forget yourself in your desire.
Laid out like a sprawling city,
Infinite unbounded hide and seek.
Wash your little face and won’t you come back

There are things that you need to know,
How to guess when the moment’s close,
How to get it out of her clothes,
How to seem like you’ve done it before while you shake with joy.

And we lie in her parent’s bed,
Trying to pretend that it’s ours instead.
They come in with their face turned red,
They say “daughter of mine, think of all that you could have been.”

She’s so close you cannot see her,
You forget yourself in your desire.
Laid out like a sprawling city,
Infinite unbounded hide and seek.
Wash your little face

And why don’t you believe her when she says
Please come back, please come back.
But both of your cocoons begin to fray
Please come back, won’t come back

Your skin it is harder now
It does not belong to you
She’s not what she said she was
And neither are you

She’s so close you cannot see her,
You forget yourself in your desire.
Laid out like a sprawling city,
Infinite unbounded hide and seek.
Wash your little face
Track Name: Willow
Take all you can
you the wide-eyed believer
there in the back of your mouth.
Way, way up high
In the treetops above us,
There's a sound breaking clear,
There's another one lept from the burl.

This very year,
you turned four and quarter
past the time you was hoping to be.
Now you are late,
you are late you are late now,
There's no turning around,
You will always be late, don't you see.

And you're biding your time.
And you're biding your time.
Gazing out as the day winds down.

You're looking good
You've had time to catch up on your sleep
And your magazine stack, growing taller
But you couldn't catch it no matter your running
You've been swimming around
But the surf and chop suck you in

And you're biding your time.
And you're biding your time.
Gazing out as the day winds down.

Back in the woods where there’s no one around for miles and miles
Singing out loud to the willows above.
You’re changing the words so they’ll fit to the tune you’ve set them to
Sing so the words might seem bigger and true, oh.
Track Name: The Badger
You recognize my face but you don’t know my name.
You haven’t seen me since we were both way up state
You would have guessed that you would never ever see me again
I’m not your type but you are new to town, you don’t have too many friends

I buy you breakfast, it’s not expensive
We make arrangements, I’m getting closer
I meet your parents, they’re getting older
I want you badly, I’m getting closer
With eyes upon what happens to
Every single tiny living thing

And then I’m moving in, it happened all so fast
I watch you face light up, you know the truth at last
You find a letter it’s from your sister
It’s in my luggage, you’d never seen it
And yes I broke into your little one-bedroom
Just to be close to you just to be close to

I am the badger, I am the badger....
with eyes upon what happens to
Every single tiny living thing
Track Name: She Married Young
She got married far too young, and had a baby
Was never gonna look back.
But there was something not quite right.

He would never breathe alone
The little baby
Notochord misfolded
Tiny little baby.

She said, “stay still,
Stay still as you can.
That’s what you’re here for

He ran off with someone young
And had a baby.
What’s she gonna look like?
What’s she gonna look like?

And you stay still
you stay still as you can

And he keeps you up all night
It’s not what you had in mind
But you stay....

And you’re sucking up his bile
You caress what you revile
But you stay....
Track Name: Four in the Morning
Four in the morning
I fetch my list and l leave it open by the sink
I keep a book of secret sins
that would make you leave me
if you read

I’d take a job out west ,
I’d finally get some rest,
oh, I don’t know what I’d do,
If you were gone.

Then when you wake up
I’m downstairs
you call for coffee, I abide
you are not a notion
you’re my love
return my list to its hiding spot

I’d stay up way to late,
I never would concentrate,
oh I don’t know what I’d do,
if you were gone.