The Dream of You & Me

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released August 19, 2014

Jesse Elliott - vocals & guitars
Lindsay Giles - keys & vocals
Anna Morsett - bass & vocals
Natalie Tate - guitars & vocals
Ben Desoto - drums & percussion
with special guests
Eric D. Johnson - guitars, vocals & keys
Rebecca Marie Miller - vocals

Produced by Eric D. Johnson & Jesse Elliott
at Valiant Effort Labs, Portland, OR
& co-produced by Marc Benning
at Hideaway Studios, Sedalia, CO

Mixed by Eric D. Johnson & Graeme Gibson
Mastered by Graeme Gibson
at Walker Studios, Portland, OR

Layout & design by Lindsay Giles
Photographs by Linda Beedy
Starring Annie Beedy & Lainie Castle

Songs & Lyrics by Jesse Elliott
Music & Arrangements by Ark Life
Additional Lyrics & Music by Lindsay Giles on “You’re with Me”
& Adam Arcuragi on “Proud of Me Out There, Mama”
All Songs (C) & (P) Music Made of Oceans (BMI)

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Track Name: Let Your Heart Break
Let Your Heart Break

if you don't think about the things you love
you’re gonna lose them, some day
if you think too much about the things you love
you’re gonna lose them in another way
so you must think just enough about the things you love
though I think you know what I might say
it's so tough to judge what is just enough
you’re gonna have to let your heart
have to let your heart
let your heart break  

now me, I didn't care enough for the things I loved
then I was sad to see them drift away
though I can picture this all in a new light now
that I couldn't have if they would’ve stayed
so you must think just enough about the things that you love
or at least try to shift the light, tide on the lake
but I know it's tough to judge what is just enough
you’re gonna have to let your heart
have to let your heart
let your heart break  

knowing that this world just might
take a very strange turn - or even explode - tonight,
Miramar, she just smiled, set her palm on your thigh - she tried:
"May you live," she cried, "with your insides…” she laughed…
"with your insides out, through these interesting times!

go on, let your heart fly
let your heart try
let it get shifted by the light on the lake!”
go ahead, now - let your heart break
let your heart break
Track Name: Proud of Me Out There, Mama
Proud of Me Out There, Mama

you'd be proud of me out there, mama
you’d picture me holding my own
as the shadows creep, the sidewalks break trees,
and we all learn to go off alone

you'd be proud of me out there, mama
you would sigh at me wandering so free
as the water extends where the edge of land ends
and the moon laps the fall of the leaves
I can see now the smile in your eyes -
mama, you'd be proud of me

and I need your love to make my way through this door
oh I need your love to make me up another home

well you'd be proud of me out there, mama
breathe in time with me making my way
through the joshua trees, with their sweat on the breeze,
and then climbing the old castle's bay

you'd be proud of me out there, mama
you would throw your arms open again
whether I was the king or the kill that he brings,
you'd receive me, a rotten old friend
you would know just the right thing to say
at the journey's sweet end

so I need your love to make my way through this door
oh I need your love to make me up another home

if it means going down and moving all the ocean
it it means calling all the city to the street
if it means over mountains dragging deserts to the river
then I am moving again, calling again
as if nothing we know could complete

you'd be proud of me out there, mama
you would picture me holding my own
whether I was the wind or the branches that bend
knowing none of us go out alone
you'd be so proud, and I thank you, mama -
I guess you know?
oh mama, you always know
Track Name: What You Want To
What You Want To

I know that I should be narrow
I know that I should be true
I should shoot straight as an arrow
I should come always to you
I should not love with abandon
I should aim, fire, and fly
but the hardest thing still to decide
is not what you should do, but what you want to

well, I know that I should be happy
I know that I should be home
I should’ve folded that letter
I should’ve looked for a phone
I should not smile at these strangers
I should pack up and depart
but the heaviest weight on my heart
is not what I should do, but what I want to

don’t know who – don’t know how
dead of the night when the lights come crashing down
can’t say why – won’t say when
dead of the dawn and the lights rise up again
rise up again

and I know that I should remember
I know that I should commit
I should get back to the basics
I should come down from the cliff
I should not run to my own death
I should beg mercy and bow
but the thing that keeps me alive somehow
is not what I should do – but what I want to

yeah the thing that gets you breathing, trust me
the thing that keeps you alive, roughly
the hardest to pinpoint or just be
not what you should do
it’s not what you should do  
not what you should do – but what you want to
Track Name: You're With Me
You're with Me

I don't know – I don't care
we're all here, and that is all there is, baby
I won't leave you – we’re gonna find
we're all here, and that is all there is, baby

and if they ask you who snuck you in – just say me
if they wanna know who took you in – just say me
if they keep you at the borders
if you ever have to wonder
you're with me – don’t you worry now
you're with me

you don't know just how good
just us here, and that is all there is, baby
we won't run – we're gonna fight
we're all here, and that is all there is, baby

and I always will be by your side – just call to me
if they ever get you caught up in lies – just say me
if I can move any distance
or ever make up any difference
you're with me – don’t you worry now – you're with me
you're with me – don’t you worry now – you're with me
Track Name: Molly Brown
Molly Brown

"I wanted a rich man, but I loved Jim Brown.”
the damnedest man in that whole dumb town.
and I was out there on the ocean when the stars spun around
but I was carrying our name, and so I didn't slip down

I'm the unbeatable – maybe untreatable
surely unsinkable – simply unthinkable
Molly Brown

on the mighty Mississippi, back in Hannibal, MO,
there's a voice inside that river when the water gets low
calling “mark twain” in the twilight, and your feet they let go
I guess I coulda stopped drifting, but I just had to know

I'm the undrenchable – ever unquenchable
yet the undrinkable – I said, unthinkable
Molly Brown

maybe I'll invent the wheel again,
cut through the land – call it a knife
maybe I'll build up a dream of an ark,
invite a few friends – call it a life

some years later, Leadville, same old story again:
I loved the frontier, but I couldn't find my Jim
I was out there with the west winds that no roads might reach
I was roaring down the Arkansas to that old valley's beach

all the unclaimable – somehow untamable
where would your dead men go, just to some foreign shore?
how would your cracked ships lie under the iceberg sky?
not so unsinkable, say I – I, the unthinkable
Molly Brown

I'd always wanted a rich man, but I only loved Jim
I carried our name so far away from him
unthinkable – yes, I am, Molly Brown
unsinkable, baby – here I stand now
here I stand now – here I stand now
here I stand now – here I stand now
unsinkable in the twilight, still – I stand now
Track Name: The Dream of You & Me
The Dream of You & Me

we were swallowed suddenly
the teeth a taxicab backseat
the throat the night of New Orleans
would wretch us to the beach
to leave us on the morning sand
two diamonds of the delta rain
and four enfolding hands to name
the dream of you & me
the dream of you & me has come again
it always laughs to wake us wondering

the second night suspended us
stealing every breath of lung
we felt the fear for air of one
who climbs the oldest tree
of life and limb, a tale and tongue,
some other land and a wilder sun
whispered we hadn't forgotten
the dream of you & me
the dream of you & me has come again
it always leads us back out to the wind

because not every night can love
some will flame and others flood
you said you saw me from above,
but unable to scream
you felt me move from far away
a Hudson River valley scape
with us so small inside that paint,
the dream of you & me
the dream of you & me has come again
it always leaves us distant, shivering

a hundred other angels flocked
that night around the tower clock
we all were wrapped one color cloth
I lost you in that sea
read aloud remaining rights
sent to fight for fading lines
beat to blissful dust inside
the dream of you & me
the dream of you & me has come again
it always gives us up to reckoning

has it been a thousand days
since that diamond delta rain?
did we drift these worlds away
to see what grew between?
to stretch the dawn across your waist
to see you as my eyelids break
there's not a rest I wouldn't trade
the dream of you & me
the dream of you & me will come again  
it always saw us two its one vision
the dream of you & me will come again
Track Name: She
She

I try to give it my best Whitman tilt,
but she can see right past my hat
she knows who does the looking – that's me –
and who of the two of us is getting looked at:

she.
she'll either be
the life or the death of me

and I swear the very next thought is "O. My. God.
is it possible I have never been with a dancer?"
I shake myself with the answer as I gasp
into some master mirror: "man, you haven't
even ever been with a monster!"

not like she.
she'll either be
the life or the death of me
so please - oh, please
scrape me off of this bathroom floor
get me back on to my knees, at least

I try to live it my most Cageian life
but she will move right past my time
she knows who does the catching up now – that's me –
and who escapes that path or dies:

she.
i thought she could’ve seen
what we could’ve been

but it's nice sometimes to know you've missed the train
there may not be one back this way again
it's nice sometimes to know you've missed the train
to think to yourself there may not come a train again
you stand there at the station, your face up to the rain
and you’re just thinking to yourself, over & over & over again
but it's nice sometimes to know you missed that train
there may well be one back this way again,
but not like she.
Track Name: Have to Leave You Now
Have to Leave You Now

I don't know how many words I gave you
or whether you ever heard a one
can't say who to put the blame to
or whether I even mind that much
but I won't be waiting when you wake up
I'll have taken my silent bow
I gave you so much time to love me
gonna have to leave you now  

and I won't speak a word against you
I couldn't do it if I tried
when they ask just who was untrue
I won't know, so I won't lie
instead I'll thank you for the crows' feet
marching valleys to my brow
but I gave you so much time to love me
gonna have to leave you now

half of this dream we were given
half, we wrestled from the sea
and if I ever take that for granted, baby, like you
I hope you take this tune from me

but I can't be carrying on to the blue dawn
repeating the same sad sounds
I gave you so much time to love me
so much time to love me
so much time to love me
I'm gonna have to leave you now
so much time to love me
so much time to love me
so much time to love me
I'm gonna have to leave you now
Track Name: Some Unheroic Hill
Some Unheroic Hill

there as the wind breathed in
holding my spirit still
there in the thick trees
upon some unheroic hill

Little Big Man, my old friend, is gone today
I have lost a puzzle piece - I don't pretend i knew him well
but I do like a man who's the smallest bit false at times
means he cares about some soul outside of himself

there with the tide stretched thin
trying some foreign shore
there in the trembling waves
outside some old unimpressed port

you’ve seen distant mountains grow even as your cities crumble
lived among the inventions of man, worked at getting humbled
but the world is unfair to all of us, each in a special way
some find the weakness to go with the wind –
others, as strong, only stay

sometimes you're gonna get off scot free
sometimes you're gonna pay with your teeth
sometimes the magic works - sometimes it just bleeds you
but “My heart soars like a hawk.” - that's Little Big Man
not a man who needed to talk a lot

who waits in the wings for Lady Murasaki? who cowers?
who all day long run here & there through the city of 100 towers:
bold kings of those buildings, changing money so fast & simple
reborn become a bird passing over the tops of all the temples

don't you think that's always how it's been?
don't you think that's always how it is?

and your spirit was still
in the thick trees
on some unheroic hill
Track Name: Rock & Roll (Take It Easy)
(Rock & Roll Got) The Best of Me

now, there was a time when we rocked quite a lot
shoop shoop – the best of me
a few liked it cool, but many liked it hot
oo-wah oo-wah – the best of me
I can't recall what we won, or if we just fought
shoop shoop – conquered or lost
but I can say exactly what rock & roll got

rock & roll got the best of me
rock & roll got the best of me
rock & roll got the best of me
so if you don't mind too much tonight
I'm just gonna take it easy
take it easy, now, baby

but there comes a time in every man's life
shoop shoop – the best of me
when he can't dance anymore up on the blade of that knife
oo-wah oo-wah – the best of me
has to settle down, find himself a good lute, maybe a fife
shoop shoop – he tries and he tries
perhaps the ancient saxophone will get him back right

you know we stormed all the castles
we ran with the likes of handy dandy – yes we did
you saw we hatched the best hustles, until the night
we got caught swapping hadacol for cotton candy

though it's true what they say, at the end of the day
shoop shoop – the best of you
when you love something right you're gonna wear it away
oo-wah oo-wah – the best of you
I just hope the record reflects that we played & we played
shoop shoop – to all the best of you
well, we played & played & we played & we played - we
played & we played & we played & we played
played & we played & we played - we still play

and if rock & roll got the best of me
then rock & roll made the best of me
I guess like rock & roll just took back the best of me?
well, I was happy to have it so long, so gone as it may be
take it easy – I can't take it easy
take it easy now, baby – I just can't take it easy!
take it easy – go sit back up the mountain
take it easy – maybe eat up all the dandelions
take it easy – rest a while with the river
take it easy – find the inside of silence
take it easy – the best of me