Sway

by Conor Donohue

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special thanks to everyone who participated in the creation of this album. also thanks goes out to my parents, paul allen, bobby watts, lee barbour, will pittman, john trotta, 120 cannon st, fuel, gareth hoernel, argentina, and anybody/anything else that helped support or inspire this album. finally, thanks to nicole pontón for being my main source of inspiration for these songs.

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released 08 March 2012
Conor Donohue- Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Percussion
Joel T. Hamilton- Vocals, Bass, Piano, Wurlitzer, Drums
Tyler Ross- Guitar
Micah Nichols- Guitar
Stuart White- Drums
Jack Burg- Drums
William Moore- Bass
Gerald Gregory- Wurlitzer, Organ, Accordion
Simon Harding- Horns
Ron Wiltrout- Marimba
Nick Jenkins- Vocals, Synth
Nicole Pontón- Vocals
Elise Testone- Vocals
Lindsay Holler-Vocals

Produced by Joel T. Hamilton and Conor Donohue
Mixed by Josh Kaler at Hello Telescope
Recorded at the HH
Artwork by Nicole Pontón and Sean Collins

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Track Name: Elephants
Out in the streets elephants stomp on the ground
To put out cigarettes that fall out of owls mouths
And I can't see a familiar face in this crowd

Fall off the wagon and take hold of my hand
We'll build a shrine out of twine and rubber band
Then we'll tear it down because we can

We take our mistakes and turn them into love
Cause we don't learn from what other people tell us
We don't even listen to strangers from above

Cut a rug and burn this one down
The roof is on fire but I'm still in the house
Kissing the prettiest girl in this town

Out in the streets elephants stomp on the ground
To put out cigarettes that fall out of owls mouths
And yours is the only face in this crowd
Track Name: Satori In Buenos Aires
Vice and shabby walls surround me
Lightning will break them down
Martyrs and thieves are ressurected
You know we're all coming out

St. Michael is drinking in the kitchen
From Satan's finest scotch
And I'm in bed hallucinating
Wrapped in my visions and thoughts

I see angels in the clouds
And miners under the earth
And my souls underwater
Drown it out for rebirth
So maybe I can find the secret
Or just some false prophet's lie

The shepherds are letting all their sheep loose
With their madness and despair
And thugs are passing out white roses
The harlots wear them in their hair

Subterraneans sing out their tragic hymns
And they get on their knees and suffer for all sins
But the words they can't sing they'll scream "I am"
The holy fools lead the way
All lines are blurred in the sand
And there's just one thing to this secret
We're all burning out here
Track Name: Skin
Listening to sound of hummingbirds
Black snakes moan in their apathy
Underneath construction paper earth
Telling my secrets to her

Gypsy eyes staring at me
Filled with mystery and smoke
And her words were all lost when she spoke
Because she's naked under her coat

Your touching my skin and I'm touching your skin
Cure my aching bones with your fingertips
It's what was prescribed but there's a side effect
I can't stop shaking so

Dreamers and dealers are here
Screaming over each other
But all my attentions on her
She's got that promiscuous lure

Now we're alone in the dark
Naked bodies are tangled and throbbing
And coming undone
But we've just begun

Your touching my skin and I'm touching your skin
Cure my aching bones with your fingertips
It's what was prescribed but there's a side effect
I can't stop shaking so

Shaking like a brown dying leaf
I thought her touch was a remedy
But it left me with worse maladies
I thought she could save me

Your touching my skin and I'm touching your skin
Cure my aching bones with your fingertips
It's what was prescribed but there's a side effect
I can't stop shaking so
Track Name: The Hole
This town became a carnival
Painted masks cover our souls
The crooner's on the soapbox
The fire eaters have been drinking and spitting
Moonshine for days

Distorted mirrors hide the truth
And i knew that she saw it too
Fireworks sounded mayhem
She took me by the hand and then we
Left it all behind

She led me down a back alley way
Past the house of strange
And down the stairs
It ended at a hole in the wall
And before we jumped in she said

You can tell me anything as long as it's true
I like you for you

The hole led to a swampy grove
With lily pads and alligator roads
Her green eyes reflected the moon
And the frogs were singing doowop songs
All night long

At last our voices could be heard
While the sound of crickets took our words
Our bare feet held our morals
And the humidity made us float up to the sky

As we floated in the air we took off all our clothes
And our despair
Before the air turned to rain
She held me close and she said

You can tell me anything as long as it's true
I'll like you for you
Track Name: Seekers And Desirers
Hovering above my bed
Is the only way I sleep
So when I toss and turn into the night
The sheets can't contain me

I want to lay
Where all the seekers and desirers pray

Inside the angel oak tree
We carve out all our prayers
On rings made out of halos
That grow with every year

I want to pray
Where all the seekers and desirers play

The streets are full of chaos
As the bars let loose
And we step on cracks for bad luck
Cause we got nothing left to lose

I want to play
Where all the seekers and desirers stay
Track Name: Kerosene In The Water
Rose petals line the shore
With foam and debris
The stars can't cause heartache
Like the moon

The tides white fingers
Pull at your feet
And undress your dress of lace
Seducing you into the waves

Darling spark the match
There's kerosene in the water
Drop it and watch my baby go up in flames

Cold water attacks your spine
To paralyze your dreams
Pins and needles and numb with pain
You start to hallucinate flames

And blue lips send kisses
To lost sailors and me
As your body drops degrees
But your heart is burning like kerosene

Darling spark the match
There's kerosene in the water
Drop it and watch my baby go up in flames

The carbon taste in your mouth
Stings your teeth
Each breath is too late
Your liquid and losing your shape

Mermaids are singing
"Ashes ashes we're all burning down"
As we start to disintegrate
And embers are lost in the waves

Darling spark the match
There's kerosene in the water
Drop it and watch my baby go up in flames
Track Name: Poison Apple
A side show road
Of harlots and gnomes
We'll sell our clothes
And streak through the streets
And pretend that we're ghosts
Naked like ghosts

We'll spend our change
On two bottles of rain
To dull our pain
And wash it all down with sugarcane
Let it flow through our veins
and spin us like a weather vane
Or a hurricane

Don't eat that poison apple
It'll get stuck in your teeth
You are a pink diamond
And I am your thief

The moon will move
With the weight of our blues
And our glass shoes
Will reflect the light till we see every hue
Every hue

The night will shun
Our temptations
So we'll steal the sun
And light up the sky that's so dark and numb
With our loaded guns
Like fugitives on the run
We'll have some fun

Don't eat that poison apple
It'll get stuck in your teeth
You are a pink diamond
And I am your thief
I'm a boy in a bolt of lightning
I'm all sparks and heat
Baby now don't be frightened
In the belly of our beast
Track Name: Ruin
Lashing out like a snakes tongue on fire
You're holding me tight with a rope
The newspaper man starts to line the wires
With headlines and frayed ends of coats

The barrel house floor starts to ferment
With sweat, spit, and stories never told
And I'm in the back getting my fortune read
The joker keeps getting pulled

And I got all four aces in my fingers
Bad luck will deliver
All four aces and I have to fold

If ruin is the destination towards which all men rush
I'm in the lead

The priest on the street whispers psalms to me
From his bible full of holes
And holy waters falling at my feet
From rainclouds being formed by angels

Junkyards are piling with debris
And vagrants are searching for gold
The fountain of youth's spilling in the street
And now all the lost boys are old

And I got all four aces in my fingers
Bad luck will deliver
All four aces and I have to fold

If ruin is the destination towards which all men rush
I'm in the lead
Track Name: Your Beauty Will Keep You Safe
Don't shut out the moon
Don't hide from the light it's making
Let it shine and glitter on you naked
Your beauty will keep you safe

A thousand gold and red balloons
Rain up and flood the streets in celebration
Tie your fears to the tail of a ribbon
And watch them all float away

Dawn up in the trees
Dripping dew trickles down our knees
As goosebumps rise with the sun and our spirits
And nothing can bring us down

Lay your head down next to me
And fall asleep softly breathing
As I stay awake till noon
Remnants of our broken dreams
Fall like confetti on New Years
And wrap us up in a cocoon

Jump into the sea
Deep down with the rocks and the fish
And cover yourself with shells and penny wishes
Your beauty will keep you safe

When you lay down softly
In a field of poppies you'll be dreaming
But if the morphine dreams start to bring out your demons
Click your heels and you'll make it home

Where you lay your head down next to me
And fall asleep softly breathing
As I lay awake till noon
Remnants of our broken dreams
Fall like confetti on New Years
And wrap us up in a cocoon
Track Name: Draggin' Low
Baby I've been draggin' low
I've been running at dawn and time's been treating me slow

There's a lady smoking and spitting at stars
For your soul and five dollars you can get it on in the back of her car

The night is out and the mad saints are at it again
They'll steal your women after they pawn the halos off of their head

Baby I've been draggin' low
I'm gonna pick myself up and be guts and juice and ready to go