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released September 18, 2010

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

All songs by Bright Men of Learning

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

Other players:
Jenny Gacy: backing vocals on Richard III
Sweeney Tidball: keyboards on Richard III

Artwork and lettering by Rene Cruz

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Track Name: Blood Rain
Blazer on the love seat
Laptop is in charge
Said that you were all mine
Then we all drew straws
Needle in the open hand
Clear a space for her to land
Tell me where you want me
Tell me where you want me

They say your good heart
Ain't so good anymore
I can see the blood drain from your eyes

Try to get along
Make room for the stars
Say that you are all mine
Then you don't show up
Burning in the midnight sun
Rock your baby all night long
Tell me where you want me
Tell me where you want me

They say your good heart
Ain't so good anymore
I can see the blood drain from your eyes
Track Name: One That Matters
I am the feeling that you don't ignore
I am the father that you ought to know
Yeah, of all of the powers that be
The one who matters is me

And you're so confident and self-assured
And you are careful not to be overheard
Yet, of all the powers that be
The one who matters is me

You cut through all the bullshit
Aw, you're getting through it
All you are trying to be
Yeah, you're getting noticed
Then you lose your focus
And your focus is me
The one who matters is me
All that you're trying to be
The one who matters is me

There's a party on your office floor
And you are trying to hold your liquor
But your friends won't help you for free
When the one who matters is me

And in the soft dim light of the hall
They come running with their hands full of stones
Yeah of all of the powers that be
The one who matters is me

You cut through all the bullshit
Aw, you're getting through it
All you are trying to be
Takes one to know one
Aw, you holy roll one
Tired of your company
The one who matters is me
All that you're trying to be

The who matters is me
Track Name: Your Brave Mistake
You're unhappy with the world that you made
Try to make a good thing great
Your leaving me left no doubt
You look better when you're on your way out
All your life is such a terrible mess
Nothing's ever gonna hurt less
Nothing's gonna make you feel right
Until you accept the rest of your life

C'mon and admit your brave mistake
The one you weren't afraid to make
C'mon you knew it all along
The way to reparation hall
The way to reparation hall

It's exciting when you think about it
Chance to undo a regret
Something that you take back now
Could save you on a bad side of town
Pedals falling off your rose
Aw, you got a lot of nice clothes
What you gonna wear in a fight
To cover up the thorn in your side?

C'mon and admit your brave mistake
The one you weren't afraid to make
C'mon you knew it all along
The way to reparation hall
The way to reparation hall

I know you want to save your face
You ought to be ashamed of yourself

I know you want to save that face
Track Name: Sidewalks
You left a light on in the dark
It's the only time that I could see you
And all the time that I was lost
I always thought that I was near you

We're terrorized out of our senses
We're so afraid that we believe them
Yeah, we're too old to make it back
And what we built can't be repeated

Should have never lost what we had

Sidewalks you remind me of
Taking me the places that I needed to go
Guess I might have used you for your love
Was that so bad?

You were alone there in the darkness
It's the only scene I can remember
And you said you could walk home alone
But I should have gone; I should have begged you
Should have never lost what we had

Sidewalks you remind me of
Taking me the places that I needed to go
Guess I might have used you for your love
Was that so bad?

You were proud of our civilized break-up
You got by but you never got what you need
Say you got to hold onto your big dreams
Should have never lost what we had

Sidewalks you remind me of
Taking me the places that I needed to go
Guess I might have used you for your love
Was that so bad?
Was that so bad?
Track Name: White Sands
she broke suddenly from the weight of my arms
and drifted out the chamber into the dark
her naked body shone beneath the fat moon
and i said oh-oooh-hooo-oh-ohh

followed my horsemen through the violet dark
and her silhouette was still on fire
when we got much closer and could see where she stood
we all said oh-oooh-hooo-oh-ohh

formed my halo from the branch
steered the horses underneath the white sand
fire my pistols through the flames
seal the horses underneath the white sand
and i said, oh, no no.

i draped put her gown on her shoulders for warmth
she let it fall back to the ground
all my religions undone before that dawn
and i said oh-oooh-hooo-oh-ohh

formed my halo from the branch
steered the horses underneath the white sand
fire my pistols through the flames
seal the horses underneath the white sand
and she said, oh, no no
Track Name: Left Behind
I like where you're going
I mark my map
I post your instructions
On an internet site
I dig carpal tunnels
In my own small hands
Playing hurt in the city
Playing dead for the man
 
Walk miles undercover
Wear a suit and tie
We pray for our brothers
On a cash cell phone
We know what we're doing
But we don't know why
Taking orders from each other
And the deep blue sky
 
We told all the people to wait here
We told all the people to wait here
 
We stood in a circle
'Til the sun went down
Laying hands on each other
And our ears to the ground
We know who we love
But we don't know why
We trust in a lover
Who's a thief in the night
 
We told all the people to wait here
We told all the people to wait here
 
We slept in the city
All by ourselves
Making love to each other
Eating breakfast in bed
When we looked in the mirror
We found our voice
Because you can't do nothing
That we couldn't do better ourselves
Track Name: In the Dark
Wait for me wait for me
I don't know how you can run that fast
Race through the park with a big head start
And hey, I came in last
In that moment, you changed me
A heart isn't easy to find
In that moment I see your light
And from then on I set my sights on you

Tell the whole world
That I'm in love when I see her face
Yeah, that’s my girl and no one else is gonna take her place
I said all that I can say
There's no more running away

It's quiet in the car on our way back home
And I still feel uptight
We're taking our time, and I know that it's right
But I might lose my mind
In that moment, you changed me
A heart isn't easy to find
In that moment I see your light
And in the dark I could feel your eyes on me

Tell the whole world
That I'm in love when I see her face
Yeah, that’s my girl and no one else is gonna take her place
I said all that I can say
I'm planning the rest of my days
There's no more running away

Cuz out here in the dark of my night
When I don't know what's wrong or what's right
And the thing that I want
Is you in my arms
I don't what I can do…

In that moment
In that moment
In that moment
In the dark I could feel your eyes on me
Track Name: Richard III
I can't get into The Fall
I can't buy enough at the mall
I fell into a trap and then I fell asleep

I lie awake at night in my bed
I try to feel as safe as I can
But I am afraid
That the only way out is a horse
I beg for a lover and then I use force
I'm half on the page
And half on the screen
I stole half my life from a movie

My baby is over all of you
And there's not much more that you can do
A credit card or a time machine, they are the same things

I wipe away her bitter smile
Throwing all her clothes in a pile
She does it for me
And she could write the SQL in code
How she does it I don't know
She says that something that was a part of her
Was a part of me
Two veterans of the cola wars kissing through rotten teeth

Says that something that was a part of me
Was partly her and part history
Something that was a part of me
was what I saw on the TV screen
Says that something that was a part of me
Was partly her and part history
Something that was a part of me
Was stolen from all the silver screens

And as for where I got these clothes
Nobody knows and no one can tell me anymore
Track Name: The Body Electric
We're gonna win the lottery
Relax for a while
Invite all our family and friends to catch up a bit

And her tongue was on the battery
We shook into smiles
We prayed for all the lightning in the world

To strike at the same time

You hit below the bible belt 
but I'll be alright
Carry on my wayward girl
Meet me on the battlefield 
and stitch me up tight
You're still not getting laid
Until I figure out girl
What my state is in
Track Name: Western Hearts
The way that I lose friends is the way that I lose air
Like a forest fire I burn through them
I never know what I am; I only know what I do
And what I do leaves ashes all around this town
Here's the story of my orange and yellow heart
Tried out for debate team just in time to make the tournament
I took the bus down and I threw my weight around
Forty-three years later I'm a senator in my office with the door closed

To keep myself out of the state
I do the best thing I can do
And every six years I come home
To prove my western heart is true

I tell the truth and I live without regret
That is what I told the high-school journalist
I remember the slight sounds of her tape recorder rolling
Capturing the water rights and protecting the home schoolers
Turn my fate around; I am a salesman, an attorney
I'm a turncoat on the fire escape with a belly full of scotch
My wife died of cancer and I drank with both her lovers
My daughters they are married and their husbands call me, "Senator, Senator."

To keep myself out of the state
I do the best thing I can do
And every six years I come home
To prove my western heart is true

Seat next to a firefighter's son
On a helicopter that I commandeered
Out for the cameras and campaign
Fly lower than we should
Over orange and yellow waves and over silent smoke
As I explain why we should let it burn
And it will take our lives
The firefighter's son and me, the pilot, and two journalists
We will be on TV
And they will pay respects
To them that lay down in the flames of necessary fires
To prove their lonesome hearts are true