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released June 6, 2016

Written by Douglas Miles Clarke

Performed and arranged by
Acoustic Guitar – Douglas Miles Clarke, Raul-Esteban Alvarez
Bass & Acoustic Bass Guitar – Jason Garner
Drums – John Dufilho
Keyboard – Richard Martin, Marcus Rubio
Electric Guitar – Nick Earl, Douglas Miles Clarke, John Dufilho
Percussion – Chris Compton, John Dufilho
Violin – Marcus Rubio, Kim Mackenzie
Vocals – Douglas Miles Clarke, Raul-Esteban Alvarez

Basic Tracks – Engineer Kevin D Brown
KdB, Dallas, TX
Overdubs John & Rich – Engineer John Dufilho
KdB, Dallas, TX
Overdubs Chris – Engineer Chris Compton,
Headspace, New Braunfels, TX
Overdubs Marcus & Raul – Engineer Lucas Harrison Oswald
Good Danny’s, Austin, TX
Overdubs Kim & Douglas – Engineer Douglas Miles Clarke
Home, San Antonio, TX

Art by Sara Barcus @ sarabarcus.com
Design by Steve Circeo @ steveshoots.com
Mixed by John Dufilho @ KdB Entertainment, Dallas, TX
Mastered by JJ Golden @ Golden Mastering, Ventura, CA

Produced by Douglas Miles Clarke & John Dufilho

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Track Name: Prairie Girl
Every day, she's like a holiday
Even in the month of May
When snow’s melting all around us
It’s the profoundest sort of enamorance
She does a rain dance
And makes the wheat grow tall and
When the rain’s falling in droves and droves
I wish she’d dive right in
But she's a prairie girl
It’s always sink or swim with her
And when I'm diving in,
She's climbing out, out

It’s my turn,
I’m fainting from the sunburn and
There’s passion in the grain belt
Where everything I’ve felt about her
I want to shout out
It’s romanticy,
She’s not a fantasy and
Even when the northern lights
Are filling everyone with rapture
She’s the one I’m really after
Prairie girl
It’s always sink or swim with her
And when I'm diving in
She's climbing out, she’s climbing out

She could be the one to lead my heart astray
Rolling in the fields with the bales of hay and
Every day could really be a holiday
Every day could really be
A holiday, a holiday, a holiday

But who’s to say how she even got that way
And I don’t wanna speculate
But there’s something in the water fountains
That rolled down from the Rocky Mountains
Lovey dove, it’s everything I’m dreaming of
She turns it all on its head
And when I figure out what’s happened
She’s someone else instead

‘Cause she's a prairie girl,
it’s always sink or swim with her
When I'm diving in, she's climbing out
She's climbing out, she's climbing out
She's climbing out
Track Name: Neptune's Daughter
On a boat or on the dock
No tick tick 'cause she's all tock
She'll pick pick pick at her shortest lock of hair and
I don’t know what she sees in me
She majored in biology
And we both failed at chemistry
Uh huh

I'm afraid of the water
She's Neptune’s daughter and
I'm thinking that I wanna get her out to sea

Somewhere in the deepest sea
With her hands all over me
The waves hit us mercilessly
Uh huh
With the motion of the tide
Neptune's daughter deeply sighed
The anchor dropped on the starboard side
Uh huh

And I'm afraid of the water
She's Neptune’s daughter
And I'm thinking that I'm glad I got her out

The rocking of the boat
Somehow we stayed afloat
If rescue were remote
I'd still go down with the ship
And yes, I dreamed of dry land
No one could ever understand
Her every wish was my command
Until the seas were calm

And I’m afraid of the water
But she's Neptune’s daughter
And I'm thinking that I'm glad I got her out to sea
Track Name: Love, Sweet as Oranges
How can it be?
These places that we never met
Words that were never said
We just laugh about it
And was it just a wrong turn
A wrong turn down the boulevard
Instead of driving past your yard
And a stop that's never made
The sun still shines and
Love, sweet as oranges
I'll lose my mind trying to figure it out

What does it mean
that never means forever now
Must’ve been somehow
always meant some day
It’s hard to believe
that love is so eventual
And always in motion
needing somewhere to stay
The sun still shines
and love, sweet as oranges
And I'll lose my mind trying to figure it out

I realize you always held me in your hand
And you can't tell me anything
That I don't know by now by now
The sun still shines and
Love, sweet as oranges
And I'll lose my mind trying to figure it out
And the love still shines
That love, sweet as oranges
And I'll lose my mind trying to figure it out
Track Name: Winter Day
There's always a moment we’d fritter away,
talking soft, our feet held aloft
by the table’s four legs or the chairs that we'd drag
to the edge of that fire that burned
Maybe silence could fill up a room
like we’d wished for as young lovers
Ending as soon as we made for the exit
Clutching a bus map and
Caught in a snare of some cosmic design
We were both willing and
Facing the chilling walk to the corner
Passengers milling and waiting on number 9
The crosstown’s just fine with us
And that was the first time, riding the number 9 bus

There's always a moment when she breaks the spell
Laughing at jokes that she tells herself
And I realize that I don't know her that well
But it don't matter much anyway
Maybe she's lost in a map of her own
Tracing the lines from the edge of the town
To the moment that we share on a bus to nowhere
With some luck, we’ll find our way home
We were both willing
and facing the chilling walk to the corner
Passengers milling and waiting on the number 9
The crosstown’s just fine with us
And that was the first time, riding the number 9 bus

There's always a moment when I look away
My words won’t last my thoughts astray
The clock turns too fast and the end of the day
sets on the wide road ahead
Maybe big love can fill up big hearts
Tomorrow’s can come with their stops and starts
And spring can dance once the winter departs
And the cold wind stops blowing our way
We were both willing and
Facing the chilling walk to the corner
Passengers milling and they’re waiting on number 9
The crosstown’s just fine with us
And that was the first time, riding the number 9 bus
And that was the first time, riding the number 9 bus
Track Name: Sunny Dappled Dreams
We watch the morning stars
winding through coffee bars
Sad, impatient cars depart
Vibrating plants and trees leave no time
for the vanities and cruelties of love

Underneath a canopy
of golden sunny dappled dreams
Across and down the garden walk
Random sunshade benches
Returning to our senses
when there’s no one else about
I don't want to lose this time
I don't want to lose this time with you
I wanna lose my mind with you again, again

Don't forget the sound of the morning
The bluebirds in the pink,
they really make you sing
And regret's not worth remembering but
I'd take each moment
and live it all over again, again

Underneath a canopy
of golden sunny dappled dreams
Across and down the garden walk
Your yellow sunshine dress
and every dream confessed
‘Til it's somewhere else o'clock
I don't want to lose this time
I don't want to lose this time with you
I wanna lose my mind with you
I wanna lose my mind with you
I wanna lose my mind again, again, again
Track Name: Stop Me Now
Pacify, you watch it all float on by
Going with the flow, that's the way you go
Specify, you’re such a little specifist
Not even a flick of your wrist,
waving goodbye

You put me on like a sad bystander
Push me off ‘cause it doesn’t even matter
There’s no way out, yeah, you’re oh so free
Stop me now, stop me please

Deify, I wonder why you rate so high
Doesn't someone else's mind give you pause
It must be nice hiding there in your eyes
‘Cause even when you hear your lies,
you never think twice

You put me on like a sad grandstander or
Push me off, yeah, you got what you’re after
There’s no way out and you’re oh so mean
Stop me now, stop me please
Stop me now, stop me please
Stop me now, stop me please

Amplify, every little tear you cry
Going with the flow, that's the way you go
Track Name: Even You
Of all the sins a heart commits
Corrupted by the ease of it
Drawn into a web of your own deceit
Stones unturned and trod upon
The lurking bombs of denouement
Even you might think about it someday
No one is much surprised
how the truth becomes a lie
Circumstance as alibi
It’s hard to keep your wits about you
Secrets kept as compromise,
the truth staring in your eyes
How will you see clearly now
Even you must doubt you sometimes

All the quiet knowing smiles
Part bewilder, part beguile
Practiced in the art of true disbelief
All the fear of hidden found
And all the questions you walked around
Exposure must come as a great relief to you
No one is much surprised
how the truth becomes a lie
Circumstance as alibi
It’s hard to keep your wits about you
Secrets kept as compromise,
the truth staring in your eyes
How can you see clearly now
Even you must doubt you sometimes
Track Name: Fallen Star
Sometimes it feels
Sometimes it feels
Like the whole of the moon
is weighing on you
You can't get away
There's not a way
When you're deep in your sleep
The moon's far too steep to climb
So you find a fallen star
That’s buried in the neighbor's yard
And it won't be so hard
You can still come around
And hold your ground
So hold your ground

Sometimes you dream
Sometimes your dreams
will break you in two
To tell you the truth
Don't let it shake your heart awake
You're deep in your sleep
And sleep's far too steep to climb
So you climb a fallen star
That’s dreaming in your neighbor's yard
And it won't be so hard
You can still come around
So hold your ground
So hold your ground
Track Name: Still Making Up my Mind
I'm disinclined
There’s still a lot of downside
‘cause you're inside of my mind and
I thought or maybe I fantasized
that you were there biding my time
I found you in the middle of a meltdown
I lost you in the middle of a sigh
I found myself in the middle of a moment
Still making up my mind

Yeah, I'm fine
I’m just a little petrified
when you're inside of my mind
And I thought that you were disqualified
‘cause you were there crossing my line
I found you in the middle of a breakdown
I lost you in the middle of a slide
I found myself in the middle of a maybe
Still making up my mind

Plant your flag and I’ll plant my feet then
Count the ways that I retreat
when you show up indiscreetly
Can I fall apart completely?

I found you in the middle of a meltdown
I lost you in the middle of a sigh
I found you in the middle of a breakdown
I lost you in the middle of a slide
I found myself in the middle of a moment
Still making up, still making up my mind
Track Name: Ephemeral
Ephemeral
The part of you that lingers here
Burdens me with deep desire
For all the things I know I'm not
I’m not the confidence man
His greatest strength inside
These four walls you build
The lights grow dim
The stars will fall
It's just a whim
That holds it all inside of you

Ephemeral
Your shallow breath escapes
And the light pursues a final hour
To dance the ruins
Impatient birds depart
A magnet for a beating heart
These hard hearts of clay
The stain of hurt
The weight of time
Back to the earth
That holds it all inside of you