Spirit Animals

by The Walkabouts

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1.
She's my daylight She burns to shine So much happening Not enough time She's getting her feet wet In a shark tank Making deposits In a blood bank She's taking a slow train But on the fast track Afraid of time she may not Get back All rivers run to the sea They're turning our rainclouds Into sunshine, somewhere She built a city To get some air Above the commotion Above her cares She set the foundation Knowing she had to dig deep Has to walk to the very edge Before she leaps She's taking a slow train But on the fast track Afraid of time she may not Get back All rivers run to the sea They're turning our rainclouds Into sunshine, somewhere Somewhere in space and time Somewhere the stars align Something will keep you strong Until all will be renewed
2.
Soundprint on my heart Salt of the earth Sudden death and dynamite The visceral opaque generalities A comprehensive outlook on life What lay ahead What lay behind Who to afford Publishing rights Almost anonymous Time out of mine Make way for madness writ divine Yesterday was weird Today is weirder Tomorrow is weirdest Why don't you come clean Heretofore you're Speaking in paragraphs We're all a little crazy A little insane Between the poles We oscillate Almost anonymous Time out of mine Make way for madness writ divine Ordinary people Singing ordinary songs About their ordinary times in life Mercy is wheel that turns heaven and earth Upon the corridors of time My pathological siblings Might hold the keys To unlocking the universe's mysteries Almost anonymous Time out of mine Make way for madness writ divine
3.
Light Years 05:06
We've been through nasty weather We've made it through the fog Pulled on through together The mire becoming dawn The dawn becoming daylight The mid-day sun the dusk Stars returning in the twilight One by one in trust Light years away The sky could change but we stay the same Or something like it Light years away But from space, our planet is a marble Lit by love and other human marvels We've seen proliferation Of hatred that won't win They'll take unification And claim the wage of sin But you cannot stop progress Any more than you can stop the tide Love will wash their weapons And change their misled minds Light years away Stars fade away And leave us dancing in the darkness Light years away But in space their are a billion ports of call And down here the moon is a mirror ball And if you're not dancing you should be dancing
4.
All things bright and beautiful All things right and true All things wild and wonderful This world was made for you Of all the stars up in the sky You came down to me In the morn the caged bird cries If you love them set them free All things bright and beautiful All things right and true All things wild and wonderful This world was made for you Of all the oysters in the sea Yours came up a pearl Off to all uncharted depths in all Corners of the world All things bright and beautiful All things right and true All things wild and wonderful This world was made for you Wakey wakey with the rising tide You've got bridges to build and mountains to climb Don't give up 'til you reach the top Just keep climbing Wakey, wakey if today's your turn You've got mountains to flatten and bridges to burn Don't give up 'til you reach the top Just keep climbing
5.
Three day weekend (four day week) Doesn't matter if you're up or down Make the most of what's around Been here at home too long Get on up we're good as gone Don't mind if we hit traffic Don't mind if you fall asleep When the moon rises on the seashore I know exactly where I'll be Four day weekend (three day week) It's about time we went coastal Tell your boss it's a mental health thing C'mon come away with me 20 miles at sea Breakers breaking on the shore I had too much sun And I still want more Five day weekend (two day week) Don't you know we're sailing away On an ocean of blue And the sea is in tune with how I feel for you Don't you know we'll wander away Where the air is so true And the sea is in tune with how I feel for you Six day weekend (one day week) Doesn't matter if you're up or down Make the most of what's around Seven day weekend (woo!)
6.
The fire went out Ashes swept away Nothing left to do No more games to play You said you wanted love I don't think you know how You're somebody else's problem now My silly dreams Your calloused heart Somethings just end Others fail to start The heart is a muscle Yours needs working out You're somebody else's problem now You're somebody else's problem now You're somebody else's problem now I sent you away Darling take your bow You're somebody else's problem now I was on the clock, you were on the prowl Your secrets aren't secrets now their out Two penny nails and joists about to fail You can't build a home with shaky beams and skeletons under floorboards blowing kisses to your schemes You're somebody else's problem now You're somebody else's problem now I sent you away Darling take your bow You're somebody else's problem now
7.
You say I'm too young You say I'm too old I always do what I should I never do what I'm told All I know is that I can always count on me I'd rather be your coffee than everyone's cup of tea You say I can't sing I know I can't dance Some say my tie Doesn't match my pants Doesn't match my shirt, doesn't match my shoes I'd rather be your metal than everyone's 12-bar blues I'd rather be your coffee than everyone's cup of tea You can't please all the people all the time And you aren't all people Some of the people pleased sometimes Means nothing if not for you You say I'm too short You say I'm too tall I'm falling behind But I'm always on the ball All I know is that I am keeping up with me I'd rather be your coffee than everyone's cup of tea
8.
Time is a finite resource got a stitch or nine? Borrowed, bought or wasted From a song we cut and pasted The best part is that time takes time I will give you all I have You don't need to ask We'll strip the past for useful parts Recycle promises and broken hearts The worst part is you threw away mine It's not up to me how you want it to be This situation's crossed all my wires It's not always just Arguing amplifiers But let there be no doubt Now that the album's out That's what it was always about I will give you all the time that I have left Save for company that we don't want to leave The best part is that time takes time
9.
Her life was spent inside Consumed by artificial light As the beats per minute slow, decibels ring in the air She had a short life but stayed up late Lived more than her share That it's got to count for something His song was sung too soon Late nights in luminescent swoon Mornings dragged him out of bed As work made other plans He had a short life but stayed up late You've got to understand That it's got to count for something Set times are running late Your favorite band is back together Having set the record straight Featuring all original members And I hope they're playing your favorite song That's got to count for something Stepping off this plate With all your knots tied together Time's been erased There's no more no or never No more early, no more late Everything comes back together Forever...

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Running time: 32:50. Lyrics available by clicking track-links above.

This album is dedicated to all Spirit Animals (brothers/sisters in arms). Stay wild, but live to tell the tale. We could write a better book about you when you are gone, but why rush in?

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released May 4, 2018

Produced by Cliff Hillis and Matt Cummins
Recorded June 2016-December 2017 at The Hacienda, Phoenixville, PA
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Cliff Hillis

Horsehead Nebula photo by Ken Crawford

Track Notes
3 Features additional guitar in two takes (!) by Blanko Dave
3, 5, 6, 9 Would be misguided without assorted handclaps, vocals and aluminum percussion by Pat Dolan courtesy of Haywood Trout
5 Features additional vocals by Dodi Strunk, Lizzy Strunk, Beth Lennon, Megan Spillane, William Spillane, Molly Spillane, Anne DeMutis Cummins, Cole Cummins, Zander Cummins, Fran Cummins
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Has Cliff Hillis doing Cliff Hillis the best way Cliff Hillis can Cliff Hillis (vocals and guitar with tasteful brilliance)

Peaceful Easy Feelings to: Rebecca O'Donnell, Kate DeMutis, Irena Heller, Anne DeMutis Cummins, and the magnificent 9; El Pato Feo for his likeness; All extended family and friends/family/neighbors (you know how you are!) who couldn't possibly fit here, you are the stars we navigate home by; Cliff Hillis and Beth Lennon

Endless Love to: Conor Cummins and Declan Mannion at Molly Maguires; Scott McGinley; Fergus Carey and all at Fergies; The Hoffman family at Spring City Hotel; John Harris and Singer-Songwriter Cape May; Howard Street Cape May; Rigby Harrison Lennon III for checking on us at the Hacienda; all at Stickerobot, Distrokid and Bandcamp/cultivators of DIY culture everywhere;

Award Tour: Cliff Hillis and Forward Thinkers; Pat Dolan and Haywood Trout; Cottaret; Lost in the Sauce; Sweet Leda; Oppo; The National Bird; Poor But Sexy; FunZaLuv

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The Walkabouts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Matt Cummins: guitar and vocals
Manny DeMutis: keys and vocals
Jon Heller: bass and vocals
Matt O'Donnell: drums and drums

featuring Blanko Dave, Pat Dolan and Cliff Hillis under the authority of Rigby Harrison Lennon III with Anne DeMutis Cummins, Chris Kudela and Nick Prestileo on walkabout
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