Spirit Animals

by The Walkabouts

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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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Track Name: Sunshine, Somewhere
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
Track Name: Madness Writ Divine
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
Track Name: Light Years
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
Track Name: All Things Bright
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
Track Name: Seven Day Weekend
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!)
Track Name: You're Somebody Else's Problem
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
Track Name: Everyone's Cup Of Tea
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
Track Name: For The Record
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
Track Name: Spirit Animals
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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