Almanac Mountain Is In Like With You

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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

Psychedelic Progressive Pop

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

-Lyrically Addicted

"Almanac Mountain...creates so much blissful noise in such a confined space it's a wonder he's able to make it all happen by himself."

Christopher Hislop - The Portsmouth Herald
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Track Name: Orison
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?
Track Name: My Blue Sky
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
Track Name: Calliope
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
Track Name: Promise Me
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
Track Name: Dynamite & Wine
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
Track Name: The Responsible Rejection
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
Track Name: Car Crash
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
Track Name: The Old Carvings
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
Track Name: The Hang of It
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