Almanac Mountain Is In Like With You

by Almanac Mountain

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1.
03:45
I wanna make this work Oh my sweet angel I wanna make this work We've worked as hard as anyone could Sweet angel I wanna make this work I wanna keep it good Oh my sweet angel I wanna keep it good It's been good so long won't watch it drift away Sweet angel I wanna keep it good I want you to want the same Oh my sweet angel Want you to want the same I can't see through the buzzing in your head Sweet angel Don't you want the same?
2.
04:13
If I wrote too many words They would say the wrong thing, I'm sure Like I care, like I don't Like you keep my heart afloat And what are friends for? I was never told Is it different when you get old? Is it someone you aren't scared to show Angry sides, dirty hair, and clothes? Could we do that? I don't know I don't know if you are anything But laughter, smiles and lies Pavement paths along the shore All I know is you are something of everything To me I'm sure I'll know before too long And likely I'll find I was wrong I'm not looking for answers now But they'll find me anyhow So don't be sorry you let me in I'll keep my wings tucked close to my skin Waiting for my blue sky to show The way to fly from the ground below Could you follow? I don't know I don't know if you are anything But laughter, smiles and lies Pavement paths along the shore All I know is you are something of everything To me
3.
04:25
My heart is a big top A circus attraction A crowd's reaction to the man on the high wire The trapeze swings low and the trapeze swings high And the clown breathes a sigh Thinking how hard I try And my heart is a carnival A rickety roller coaster A sorry sideshow mother said to keep clear of The hall of mirrors is meant to chagrin And you never can win throwing balls at a tin Long as you know, step right up, see the show I can't blame you if you run No one promised you fun Calliope, calliope
4.
04:05
I don't know how I'll get by You'll leave a shadow when you go To discourage all my drive Oh when you say goodbye Promise promise me pain Promise promise me rain Promise promise me sorrow To get me through tomorrow Get away Don't promise me we'll be the same My friends will ask how I am And I'll say I'm OK But I'll never say I'm good I don't know how I could 'Cause some lies I just can't say Oh when you go away Promise promise me pain Promise promise me rain Promise promise me sorrow To get me through tomorrow Get away Don't promise me we'll be the same Some loves they just can't stay So when you go away Promise promise me pain Promise promise me rain Promise promise me sorrow To get me through tomorrow To get me through today Baby get away Don't promise me we'll be the same
5.
What's that big little voice inside of you saying? Saying don't open your mouth I don't wanna come out I don't want you to see what you see What you already see But I don't know how to judge Cut you down with assumptions 'Cause honey I've done my own time Paid just about every fine Breathing the fumes of life ain't a crime You're permitted I'm acquitted Easy come easy go Like the tide I'm Impassive And I do it for you Ebb and flow like you want me to Just passing through On my way to an opposite shore But I'll take the reins Whatever there remains Give up every blushing smile Go among the rank and file To let you say I know I have to bind my bloody hands If I'm gonna throw back punches Still they come with assumptions Still you're doing your time In that same old jail as mine But there's dynamite and wine And I'll blast you free if you trim the vine You're acquitted I'm permitted
6.
I can't stand that I like you so much Everything's a puzzle to me now Can't stand how I feel about you I ought to disappear but I don't know how I guess I'm a man If I turn you away everything will probably be OK So that's what they say about it You better listen closely I'm ready for it mostly I can't stand that I like you so much Everything's a puzzle to me now Can't stand how I feel about you I ought to disappear but I don't know how I guess I'm a man Like a teacher of love Know when to pull know when to shove Yeah baby that's love You better pay attention It's heartbreak prevention You talk about how it would feel for real I feel love staring me in the eye Run and hide If you steal my heart it would peel apart The responsible rejection is a dying art I can't plan from one day to the next Oh but my schedule's filling up With broken appointments with you Can I take it as a sign that you've filled your cup? I guess that I can Honey how did it go From yes I will to I don't know? And doesn't it show a little When you give it an inspection What's left of our affection? You talk about how it would feel for real I feel love staring me in the eye Run and hide If you steal my heart it would peel apart The responsible rejection is a dying art
7.
03:07
You survived the impact I survived the impact But it killed us Shook up all my insides Muddled your mind I see a vision The pieces of some bodily enigma fell apart And its edges were frayed Some trick I tried to teach you Had almost stopped fooling you We could nearly work the happy stunt together Make the pieces dance alone without a tether But the unkind weather had a trick up its sleeve That I refused to believe It's always those impassive careless elements of nature That have the final say And so my heart it flew away to the aether The pieces of some bodily enigma fell apart And its blood went slack Went from crimson to black And every other word was either "quiet" or "sorry" It was a mantra that remained throughout the season The impassive snow obscured the real reason As it swirled the notes around the graying heavens Every morning that the clock approached eleven
8.
9.
Could some perfect parent tell me Who keeps obscuring the hearts We carved in hard wood and stone? How can such permanence be erased? Gathered rocks and compared their virtues Touching, trying to draw from their Lasting beauty and constancy And I thought: well, this really should always work Does it really always work? But I hear the quiet voice of this perfect parent say Oh child it did work Oh child Storm clouds gather even on these stones Look closely at those miniature worlds Clouds come and go as they do over you But the old carvings remain
10.
You brush the fear away I try to keep it close You know it makes a bad friend It's only a ghost You keep me clean And that's asking too much But I'll get the hang of it soon enough Guess that I've been sleeping on A lot of silent things Things I haven't seen in years Are dusting off their wings You're made to watch And that's gotta be tough But I'll get the hang of it soon enough Soon enough And when that corner's clean And that one, and that one, and this one And all those ugly old things hiding And they're all colliding You're right there taking a beating Someone's mistreating you I don't know his name But I'll take the blame The room's still dark and cold The sun will be up soon To burn away the frosty breath of the lonely moon They put a man up there Just to clean up the dust How'd he get roped into this stuff? Well, he'll get the hang of it soon enough Soon enough

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Almanac Mountain Is In Like With You is an exploration of the imperfections of commitment, and its counterpart, non-commitment. It's a walk down the bumpy road of perpetual unattachment, where comfortable distances give way to indifference, and avoidance to dysfunction and loss. It's about miscommunication and lost connections, but in the end it's about how the things we quietly hold onto can be what sustains us.

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released September 29, 2014

Written, produced, recorded and performed by Christopher Cote.

Featuring Mark Damon, saxophone on "The Old Carvings", Brian James, ukulele on "Dynamite & Wine", and Andy Klosenski, electric guitar on "Calliope".

Mastered by Brian James

Art design by Brian James

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Almanac Mountain Portsmouth, New Hampshire

“a swooning, antiquated delight.”
-GoldFlakePaint

“his songs are large and lush and lathered in strangeness, built of a sense of experimentation that flips out of any convention the moment you recognise it. .”

-Various Small Flames

"a searching, fuzzy-headed, lyrically precise stab into reason and wincing memory."

-Lyrically Addicted
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