Lie in the Leaves

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released February 17, 2013

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Ryan Pickop- vocals, acoustic guitar, drums, xylophone, bass, electric guitar
Jared Himstedt- vocals, electric guitar, bass
Neal Curran- mandolin
Cody Green- cello
Ben Lusk- banjo
Chris Banke- acoustic guitar
Hannah Dempsey- vocals

All songs written by Ryan Pickop
Engineered and recorded by Ryan Pickop and Jared Himstedt at The Pad.
Mixed by Tim Jenkins and Ryan Pickop at Silver Shoes Studio.
Mastered by Time Jenkins at Silver Shoes Studio.

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Track Name: Lie in the Leaves
winter breeze in the summer
a mountain top in june
but when it ends it's never over
it always finds me anew

a mother cradles her dear one
and wraps him close to her heart
just to tell me that old story
of why hard to be apart

when she watched him rest in the sacred place
when the leaves were blessed by a silent face
and the roots could taste as he fell beneath
all things must decay
all things will release

and when he fell out from her arms
i couldn't hear the sound
cause when the city has all your needs
it's hard to hear the ground

so i fell in disbelief
there wasn't even a fight
and when he lied down upon the leaves
he grew in me a new life

it was a slight of hand
too sweet for reprimand
that i may never understand
Track Name: The Tower
east of the garden there's a place we can rest
the fruit trees are full and the well's bottomless
we wander until we call out in distress
you answered and we have been blessed

you can never tell if it came from the ground
or down from the clouds when we looked a round
we walked the whole earth until food had been found
you answered and we heard the sound

we hiked the land until we found the rock
sick of the rain and we were cursing the walk
we laid a foundation with various blocks
and blessed are the hands of the clock

but watch what you build with your hands on your own
no matter on sand or the sturdiest stone
i've asked you to trust in the land i have shown
but you built up your tower alone

we caught the fish and we shot at the birds
and at our feet creation served
we spoke of our greatness and spoke of the word
in a language that all people heard

and when all the sweat settled down on our brow
and the fields were all plowed for a life on the town
we sat back and drank our work now world renowned
and bowed down at the feet of our cow

but now we're alone in a pile of ash
gnashing our teeth at the streets full of trash
blaming the fall on any who pass
and no one remembers how to ask

but watch what you build with your hands on your own
no matter on sand or the sturdiest stone
i've asked you to trust in the land i have shown
but you built up your tower alone


east of the garden there's a place we can rest
the fruit trees are full and the well's bottomless
we wander until we call out in distress
you answered and we have been blessed
yes, you answered and we have been blessed
Track Name: Holy Fountain
what is this above us
like the way we choose to live
choking our freedom
like a wall that must give
we are all searching
for the taste of open air
but this slowly flowing water
keeps up going nowhere

what have i forsaken
have i dropped all i believe
and words cannot be spoken
that would comfort me
when i face the dark rushes
with my back against a wall
held within the clutches
of a haunting fall

like a holy fountain and it is wearing down the heart
hold to the water, do you feel this anymore?
an aching thunder rises up from the dark
we are lost between a rock and all that's hard

there is a place beneath the surface
where my longing turns to grief
and the beauty of this purpose is so hard to see
that there is a life beyond this creek bed
where a soul can finally be
lost in such an ocean
where even danger is relief

it is a rushing river in the caverns of my heart
we will toss and turn forever
and that is a good place to start

like a holy fountain and it is wearing down the heart
hold to the water, do you feel this anymore?
an aching thunder rises up from the dark
we are lost between a rock and all that's hard
Track Name: Waking Drum
one hundred or more in the street, in the night
no sirens, just the beating of the twilight, of the fight
pistol shot and it's lost in the heart of the moon
and no one spoke but the saints
and they were crying for the wound

with the sound of the waking drum
tears may be shy but they will come
days have passed
but no one will outlast
the waking drum

a young girl with his life
flashing before her eyes
some prayer of defeat to help cover up the lies
showing signs of her strength to help keep herself above
but passion can be harmful when you don't know where it's from

with the sound of the waking drum
tears may be shy but they will come
days have passed
but no one will outlast
the waking drum

and none of us are innocent
there are things i have killed
but the wake it is imminent
and the beating eternal
Track Name: Ember's Song
a mattress flat in a concrete room
credit card and a payment due
stoke the fire for an hour or two
black coffee and a window view

quiet talk the whole night through
winter wind held me close to you
afraid to ask of what we should do
keep it simple and we'll keep it true

your shape is an ember's song
whisper low until the fever is gone
my hair is grey and your's is long
long is the night when the curtain's drawn

take my money and take my pride
these things wither with time
and so will we so don't stress your mind
let's just learn how to live our lives

until the day that we both die
i will hold you buy my side
and i will sleep beneath your eyes
it's the purest love i could hide behind

though this road is a winding mile
i will walk with you all the while
my fuel is your lasting smile
long after we walk the aisle

your shape is an ember's song
whisper low until the fever is gone
my hair is grey and your's is long
long is the night when the curtain's drawn
long is the night when we carry on
long is the night will you be my wife
Track Name: Sliver me Down
the wind in the sail
is breaking the fall
of yesterday's ailments
and i can no longer steer
this hollow frame

now that i'm strong
it's hard to see
the waves in front of me
and this crashing tide
is held by the rain

the captains overboard
and my hand is at the wheel
this vessel churns forward
and some distant star
hides in the clouds

and i hold in my hand
a plan of reaction
to set my feet safe on the sand
but i've married the dark
and my head is too proud

the waves of an ocean
set my feet on this rock
and the cries of a motion
teaching me how to walk
again
and this days getting shorter
lord i am so afraid
but this heart is getting older
and i'm learning how to pray
again

sliver me down until i'm in pieces
sliver me down i can do it myself
sliver me down to still smaller pieces
sliver me down i control my own health
Track Name: The Little I've Seen
peculiar reminiscence
finds me walking in mesquite
legs caught up in the branches
riding low to keep my head underneath
because i'm always on the move here
i can't let my heart settle down
just like the water in this slow moving stream
always alive and it makes a constant sound

in the little i've seen
this world is full of changes
and the grass never stays the same shade of green
in the little i've seen
death is on the horizon
but the turning of the pages
like colors on trees
lead us back to the spring quietly

picking greens for the harvest
fill the basket to the top
a prayer of thanks for what we're given
a prayer of thanks for what we're not
cause this whole thing is just a gamble
the chips may fall in different hands
and we're all part of the same body
and that part is the hardest to understand

and if you really got to know me
i'm more than half-hearted grins
sometimes i'm on my best behavior
sometimes i am drowning again
i'm only alive when i'm breathing
and i'm breathing most of the time
and when i go out in explosion
if you look bits of me you will find

in the little i've seen
this world is full of changes
and the grass never stays the same shade of green
in the little i've seen
death is on the horizon
but the turning of the pages
like colors on trees
lead us back to the spring quietly
Track Name: In the Hiding Place
when the judgement rose
high above the sands of time
almost a decade by
high terrain wheels have bouldered
i felt the pain inside the missile shelter

i promise you justice is not in the plan
gotta believe that hate is more than a man

in the hiding place
lions tremble
a lack of grace and a nation crumbles
i heard you say
war is over
but not today even if your weapon is lowered

i promise you that justice is not in the plan
gotta believe that hate is more than a man
it's hard to tell who is the lion and who is the lamb
we judge the living by the works of supply and demand
and still die by our own hands

i'm concerned
with my salvation
and what i've earned
is not some consolation
and the fateful few
sleeping in their
beds across celebrate a lost life

i promise you that justice is not in the plan
gotta believe that hate is more than a man
i promise you that i would have ran
gotta believe that hate is more than a man
because he is hiding inside me
Track Name: To be with the Lonely
to be with the lonely
is to walk in the trees
to be with the lonely
is to lie down in the leaves
to be with the lonely is to feel
something that frees

to be with the lonely
is to find out whats far
to be with the lonely
is to call on the stars
to be with the lonely is to feel
the mending of hearts

to be with the lonely
is to eat with a few
to be with the lonely
is to bury them too
to be with the lonely is to feel
something made new

i found the lonely
and they found me too
i've carried the lonely
and they've buried me too

to be with the lonely
is to lay a few stones
to be with the lonely
is to the call it home
to be with the lonely is to be
alone