MAINLAND // Side 1: On the Arrow

by The Waxwings

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released December 1, 2016

The Waxwings are Adrienne Leverette [vocals, ukulele]; Eric Schopmeyer [vocals, guitar, harmonica]; Kurt Weist [vocals, guitar]; Mark Schopmeyer [banjo]; Matt Marchyok [fiddle, drums]; Tony Jamesbarry [bass].

Recorded by Eric Schopmeyer, December 2012-February 2016 at the Aerie. Mixed by Jordan Leff at Secret Society, Summer 2016.

Many thanks to: Ryan Woodard, Jordan Leff, Rian Schmidt, Jeff Stuart Saltzman, Ross Beach, Quinn Schopmeyer, Wolf Carr, Jody Bleyle, Nick Reddell, Jack Wright, Craig Schopmeyer, Rachel Schopmeyer, Roger Leverette, Cathy Leverette, Austin Golding, Sarah Jamesbarry, Finn and Enzo, Paul Colvin, Robin Hahnel, Ezra Holbrook, Sarah Fennell, Lucas Schwartz, Mike Wilder, Chris Jones, Jillany Wellman, Kimberly Kulseth, Deb Demarco, La Femme Nikita, Lelo, HenPen, John and Jean, Lynn, Tracey and Ang, Kurt's captive audience: AA, R, L, and G.

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The Waxwings is a band of friends from Portland, OR. We take our diverse musical influences (classical, rock, folk, what have you) and channel them through acoustic instruments to unearth themes of love, loss and the pursuit of soul-searching redemption. ... more

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Track Name: Prehistoric Creatures
the way the light hit your skin
i barely recognize you
and the clothes you're in
hadn't been in style since some other golden age

you spent the day wandering
by the bohemian red roofed building
and then you let it all go
on that hill in the castle's shadow
yeah you know you got carried away

oh the years dipped in amber
you were a prehistoric creature
but your heart still beats away

darling the look on your face
it seems so obvious now:
what would get replaced, what would remain
i couldn't see it anyhow

and through a crack in the wall
you saw the light of a falling empire
and in the flickering glow
you found your way to the summer cinema
you were a star of the screen and the stage

oh the years dipped in amber
you were a prehistoric creature
but your heart still beats away
Track Name: Compass Lessons
the lines on the map
trace a steep terrain
what lies ahead?
yes, the road it bends
it climbs and descends
but the end is invisible

the light through the window
slants and fades away
what lies behind?
oh the shades of grey
the hope and decay
and the feeling is unshakeable

we're standing still
while the table breaks
and the picture frames fall
i can't hold back what's inside
no i cannot hide it
anymore

the stars in the night sky
strike a perfect line
what lies above?
how it points to me
we're blind or we see
but the light is indifferent

break through the surface
make the water part
what lies below?
oh the treasures of old
the monsters and gold
and the past is forgivable

but i can't stand still
while the tree buds break
and the long shadows fall
you can't stop time
with your mind
no i cannot fight that
anymore
Track Name: Salt in the Sea
i washed up on the shore of my own self
tasted the salt in the sea
no more words on my patriot tongue
just a steady sound: my heartbeat

and all of that time
i spent on the mainland--
the music and wine,
the kiss and the feast--
it comes back to me

a long day spent gathering wood
makes a night full of light and fire
and these waves crash all around me
like a clock in this hungry hour

and all of that time
i spent on the mainland--
the riddles and rhymes,
the lovers and thieves--
it comes back to me

turn my head up to see the crystal and diamonds
that pierce the black of the sky
lay it down there upon a bed made of sand
let me feel the grit where i lie

and all of that time
i spent on the mainland--
the hiss and the whine,
a sweet melody--
it comes back to me

i washed up on the shore of my own self
tasted the salt in the sea
but my heart is not weary
it's light and it's free
Track Name: You Can Have it All
i'm surfing the static
and trying to find a signal
the wind's at my back
but my feet are stuck in the middle

i'm aching for somewhere to go
i'm aching for someone
mistaking what's out my window
for my destination

and you want to have it all
you told me that you want to have it all
but i don't know what that means
i don't know what it means for me

i'm running the numbers
and trying to make it make sense
but it gets complicated when i
i look past the present tense

awake in the night
and it's almost bearable
that she is the constant and i
i am the variable

baby you just want to have it all
you don't have to choose
if you can have it all
it's the contrast that you love
the shadow helps you see the light

going my way...
are you going my way?

and you want to have it all
doesn't everybody want to have it all?
in the currents that run deep
it pulls me in and steals my sleep
Track Name: Rattle Through the Night
standing there beside you where
the river runs into the sea
is it poetry, a fairy tale?
i mix the two up
when you're close to me

our castle was always just sand
but i had to think love
deserved a second chance

you can buy another ticket
(oh)
you can rattle through the night
(on the arrow)
but you can never step
in the same river twice

in the gambling den
any fool knows
the jack won't beat the ace
but when you're folding your hand
it's hard to give up the hope
that there's another way

and you watch your gold swept from the pile
blame those tears
on the smoke in your eyes

you can buy another ticket
(oh)
you can rattle through the night
(on the arrow)
but you can never step in the same river twice

all those beautiful dreams in my mind
but the shape doesn't hold
in blue morning light

you can buy another ticket
(oh)
you can rattle through the night
(on the arrow)

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