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released September 25, 2014

Recorded by Jonas Wilson in Austin, TX at Blue Train Studio
Mastered by Carl Saff in Chicago, IL

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Marshall Preddy: Vocals & Guitar
Benjamin Davis Murphy: Guitar & Lap Steel
Chris Kahlich: Guitars
Johnathan Sage: Bass
Jeff Senske: Drums

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Jenny Gacy: backing vocals on Words
Sweeney Tidball: keyboards on Words, Far and Away

Artwork and lettering by Rene Cruz

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Track Name: Words
"I do" say the shiny white kids
Standing in the shadows of June
Figure out what is gonna come next
Confident and eager to please
Oh, yeah we were once kids ourselves, obviously
Whispered our hearts into cans and string

Block out every trace of regret
Get friendly with the force of the law
Parallel with other lives that we lead
With where we were and where we are now
Oh, it takes a telescope
To see the light, it reaches us just
When it starts to die

And these are the words
We can't take back

We cannot hide behind the lies that we tell ourselves

My heart don't explode anymore
Each and every time you resist
Maybe now, we accept what we've done
Find comfort in the casual kiss
Because we are not magical, we never were
We just believed everything we heard

These are the words 
We can't take back

We cannot hide behind the lies that we told ourselves
We cannot hide behind the lies that we told ourselves
Track Name: What the Devil
All the light bulbs that wen off in your mind
Still tremble from their dead lines
The former glory of a body designed
To linger well behind
I tried to tell them you would never remain
Hooked up without your brain
As the ups and downs slow from the oxygen tank
All the nurses call St. Peter and they whisper your name

Don't try to get by on your looks
It takes more than your works on the earth to suffice
Men like you just don't get off the hook
'Cuz there's only one way to get in
And the answer don't depend
On what the devil said

Follow the leader until you get to his grave
He ain't old enough to shave
As a child you knew that everyone must be saved
But a man can't take a knee
Yeah, you ask forgiveness, then you do as you please
It's the old economy
Yeah you ask forgiveness, then you do as you please
And leave a lady in Chuck Taylors to carry your name

Don't try to get by on your looks
It takes more than your works on the earth to suffice
Men like you just don't get off the hook
So might as well look
To the back of the book
And put the sailors in charge
And feed the whole mob
Get drunk on the wine
And stay stoned all the time
'Cuz there's only one way to get in
And the answer don't depend

On what the devil said
Track Name: Far and Away
Caught in the mess around
Taking love on the side
Slip once and you pay for the rest of your life

Fortunes are up and down
My fate stays the same
Every night I get shuffled back into the deck

Far and away
That's where I stay
I'm iron in the fire
Just as old as the flame

My friends have all say
"You know what you ought to do
You ought to get a wife
Who can save what's left of you..."
Shake their heads and say
"How the hell do you do it, man? 
You're paying full price for a girl who ain't ever gonna be your girl."

It's hard when you're not around
And I call and complain
Two words in the bit part I play in your life

But I might as well stick around
Sunk costs either way
So drunk when I stumble back into your light

Far and away
That's where I stay
I'm iron in the fire
Just as old as the flame

My friends have all say
"You know what you ought to do
You ought to get a wife
Who can save what's left of you..."
Shake their heads and say
"How the hell do you do it, man? 
You're paying full price for a girl that you know is gonna cut you...

Cut you loose."

Every night I get shuffled back
Every night I get shuffled back
Every night I get shuffled back into the deck
Track Name: Fired
Since I let my guard down
I been wonderin' what you see in me
I drive an hour across town
Then wait for you to reappear

There is no easy way to put myself into your shoes
And transfer what I learn into
Wisdom I can surely use

Well I try not to kiss you too much
I try to ease you into my touch
Waiting for a spark
Waiting for a spark is an easy way to get yourself 
Fired

One of my strengths
Is knowing when to call it quits
But every time I make that call
Her ghost follows me home instead

This time I'll make it through the worst part, beat until the last heart
Stand up, you see only me
And love is when we both agree

Well I'll try not to kiss you too much
I try to ease you into my touch
Waiting for a spark
Is an easy way to get yourself
Fired