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Keep It in the Dark

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Motes gratefully acknowledges: Jessie Norris and Barry Chapman, Hayan Kim, Otis Mitchell, Ruby Mitchell, Cohn family, Matt Talbott, and you.

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released 23 May 2015

Recorded at Earth Analog, Tolono, IL.
Engineered and mixed by Colin Althaus.
Produced by Motes with Colin Althaus and Isaac Arms.
Mastered by Jonathan Pines at Private Studios, Urbana, IL.
Design by Isaac Arms.

All songs by Motes.

Matt Cohn: drums and percussion.
Elizabeth Majerus: bass, guitar, and vocals.
Matt Mitchell: guitar, bass, and vocals.

Colin Althaus played piano on “Great Lake.”

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Track Name: See What Happens
Sometimes Saturday night
Just feels like Tuesday morning
Give it a week
See if it comes around
It might not be obvious
But I can tell you’re a novice at this
Let’s just see what happens

I don’t know, I guess I like it okay
Oooh, color me easily impressed

Give it a minute
See if I mean it
Why should we agree
About anything at all?
It might be hysterical
But you keep picking up tarot cards
Let’s just see what happens

Some days I get so amazed
Isn’t that peculiar? It isn’t that peculiar
Some days are like open graves
Isn’t that peculiar? It isn’t that peculiar

Sometimes I can’t always feel
The skin I was born into
Give me an hour
If I start to freak out
And if the crowd goes crazy
Well, that’s just what crowds do
Let’s just see what happens

It might just be meaningless, but it might mean a lot to us
It might just be common dust but means a lot to us

At least I didn’t get loaded
No I never get loaded anymore
At least I didn’t say too much
At least I never opened up my mouth
Let’s just see what happens
Track Name: Great Lake
My great lake is not the same as your sea.
My thimbleful of absinthe's a half-sip.

Time now to climb down
it's time to come off the windy heights now
and climb down inside where it's cozy and 
bright, warm light you'll find inside.

My great lake is not the same as your sea.
My cymbal crash is all made of gimcrack.

Time now to climb down
it's time to come off the windy heights now
just climb down inside where it's cozy and 
bright, warm light you'll find inside.

A symbol, a thimbleful, a symbol, a thimbleful....
Track Name: Freeway
You're going out tonight
For the first time it feels like a lifeline, yeah
From the lazy lights on the freeway to the parking garage
It feels like the first time again

As though you can't let go of the steering wheel
Close your eyes and seal the deal
And all the way back home
You're singing it to yourself again
Over and over

You wanna keep it in the dark
You wanna feel it in your pulse
You oughta beat it in your heart
You wanna keep it in the dark
You wanna feel like someone else
But you don't want to come apart

In the morning and in the afternoon
And the next day too
And the next day too
Yeah, you're gonna have to sleep
Mmm late at night
And the next night too
And in the afternoon

You're turning out the light
It's the worst time to be online alone
But the lazy lights on the freeway and the parking garage
They won't leave you alone

You never could say no to another souvenir
Carry it away from here
And all the way back home
You're singing it to yourself again, over and over

You wanna
Keep it in the dark
You wanna listen to your pulse
You oughta beat it in your heart
You wanna
Keep it in the dark
You wanna feel like someone else
But you don't wanna live with it

In the morning and in the afternoon
And the next day, too
And the next day, too
Yeah, you're gonna have to sleep
Mmm, late at night
And the next night, too
And in the afternoon.
Track Name: Fools
Fools play in a serious way
Trying to keep the albatross at bay
I’ll keep with me what you give away
I’ll stay home today

Fools pay for a holiday
Sipping chardonnay in artificial shade
It’s been a year since we’ve seen the light of May
We’re alive, there’s time
We’re alive, there’s time
We’re alive, there’s time
We’re alive, there’s time
We’re alive, there’s time
We’re alive, there’s time
We’re alive, there’s time
We’re alive, there’s time
Track Name: Bleedin
I was hoping my eyes would open on an ocean in the rain
But I just woke up on the plains again
Where it's normal and slow, and the devil you know
Will never catch a soul who's already cheating.

Yeah, I've been to high school, just around the block
That's where I learned I can take a beating
And feel hopeless and sad but somehow not that bad
You can't break my heart, it's already bleeding

There's no trust in America, no love in this town
It's not hard to see why you're all leaving
But we're sticking around, we're gonna close it down
We can't get to sleep, we're already dreaming

His eyes look just like stars, and his voice sounds like guitars
And his hair is a riot in a bar
Fall in love again with your neediest friend
You can't break his heart, it's already bleeding
Track Name: We Collide
When we collide
the ordinary muddle
settles into Milky Way.
Carmel flows everywhere
the nougat goes.

Then we decide
to set aside our slumber
rumble on toward two o’clock.

[chorus]

You be my bride.
I’ll take you to Toronto,
lift you onto a tidy tram.
Me and you, rolling toward
a lakeshore view.

Then we’ll collide
enfolding any drama
into calmer quips and quotes.

[chorus]
Track Name: Dear Life
On the day that you were born I should have warned you
I should have taken you aside
And said "I think I know what you're crying for.
You should be holding on for dear life."

Am I the one who's driving?
Am I in the driver's seat, and are you with me?
I'll have you hanging on for dear life.
I'll have you hanging on for dear life.

I couldn't wait to meet you.
I was so terrified to meet you.
Now I'm the deer and you're the headlights
You've got me holding on for dear life.

And now day and night you haunt me
It's an ordinary thing.
There is a hurricane in your eyes
You've got me hanging on for dear life.

If it's true that all roads lead homeless
There are so many ways I can blow this
And I don't mean to sound so serious
Oh, but I want this.
Track Name: Trees
Walk slow through the woods,
Walk slow through the woods,
Walk slow to find what you already know.

Ten days into winter, and you’re starting to feel the cold.
Ten days into winter, and you’re going down, going down.

Walk slow through the woods,
Walk slow through the woods,
Walk slow to find what you already know.

Walk slow, walk slow, walk slow.
Track Name: Should
I don't think it's weird if you don't
And I won't tell a soul if you won't
I can't help myself if you can't
And you can't go home again if I can

And I won't hesitate if you won't
And I don't wanna know why you don't
I would let it go if you could
You'd wanna show me why I should
Track Name: Parade
I saw you on TV, closed captioning
In a bar, music was playing
You looked so intense without even trying
And I - I'm the first to believe it.

So let's put up the seasonal lights
Break out the ice, break out the nice
And we'll cry cry cry
Try to unwind, why can't we unwind?

Keep your heart intact
Baby keep your heart intact
Give me all your information and give me all your keys

Don't keep it from me
You're gonna puncture my daydream
You're gonna keep it alive and hope for the better
How would it feel to meet a man with an artificial heart?
Oh - what would you say?

It'd be hard not to stare
But there's nothing to see there
Good advice, ha ha, nice
Try and take it sometime

Keep your heart intact
Baby keep your heart intact
Give me all your information and give me all your keys
Just keep your heart intact
Leave like you won't come back
One more opportunity to give me one more chance

To keep it from you
To make it exciting
To make it alright - Or even authentic
You and your mascot, you deserve each other
Oh - go find a parade

Climb on and go
Roll the dice, melt the ice
And glide glide glide
All by design, break out the wine

Keep your heart intact
Baby keep your heart intact
Don't look in the mirror, girl,
And don't hold out for miracles
Just keep your heart intact
Hold what you're holding back
Give it all your everything until a block of ice remains.