by Amy Schmidt

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released August 8, 2011

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Engineered and mixed by Riley Friesen at Coda Record House
Mastered by Tony Hillhouse at Fine Tone Recording
Cover art by Collin Geldmeier

Conner Giles- Cello on tracks 1 & 2
Case Maranville- Electric guitar on track 3

All other instruments by Amy Schmidt
Written by Amy Schmidt



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Track Name: Atlantic
If I were a Titanic/ if I sank in the Atlantic/ as you untook me for granted. I stepped out of a taxi/ it was late I'd been out dancing/ to forget that you had kept me waiting.

I woke up in a sleeping bag/ a cup of coffee in my lap/ the light was shining through the window. And then I heard my phone ring/ you were walking home from drinking/ and I told you to stay off the railroad tracks.
Track Name: Just How It Is
Down on my luck/ not a dollar to my name/ this town sucks/ every days the same/ you sat me down and said you look like hell today

I admit I was wrong/ I brought it on myself/ and now I've had enough

If this is how it is/ some things aren't worth fighting for/ its no way to live/ afraid of what you're worth/ if there's something left to give/ this isn't just how it is

If the grass aint greener/ why don't you leave here? Well I'm broke and sleepless/ its not that easy/ you sat me down and said life's too short to be sad all the time/ If you really mean it, you'd better think of something quick/ if you really mean it, you'd better make a run for it

If this is how it is/ some things aren't worth fighting for, anymore/ Its no way to live/ afraid of what you're worth/ so don't be sad all the time/ you can't be sad all the time/ yeah, don't be sad all the time

You can't be sad all the time
Track Name: Glass Jars
Remembering the day we moved in/ hanging paintings on the walls/ back then, the garden was in full bloom/ basil growing waist tall/ drinking whiskey out of glass jars/ everybody sitting in the tree house/ taking walks without our coats/ making angels in the snow on the way home

We hardly went to school on Mondays/ I'd rather sit at home and play the banjo all day/ we turned the backyard into a stage/ strung up the lights, hung up the signs, and struck up the band

I always fell asleep in Kansas/ dreaming sweetly as you drove/ it rained and rained in Mississippi/ the rain followed us home/ we spent the holiday in Georgia/ five people riding in one car/ cleaning up after our parties/ planning the next adventure

Now I'm sitting in the attic pushing boxes around, pushing boxes around/ sitting by the window looking out, looking down
Track Name: Hey John
Hey John, I've been singin your song/ and it makes me happy again/ I heard from a friend, you aren't doin so well/ and we don't know whether you're alive, or dead

You asked politely to kiss me/ I didn't have it in me/ to fall in love that day/ callin in the middle of the night/ about to take your own life/ calm down, you're fine/ I didn't know what else to say

You showed me all around the town/ I even let you take me out/ spending our days in the sun/ but I've been hearin voices too/ tellin me to keep away from you
Track Name: Upstream
The great Missouri/ floods its banks/ you never told me how to/ swim upstream

Straight after college/ you married and settled down in this sleepy town/ where you raised me/ hoping I'd never leave