A Carnival Game

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released August 24, 2015

Graham Cooke: Vocals / Bass
Noah Yastrow: Guitar / Vocals
Evan Radkey: Guitar
Evan Linsey: Drums / Vocals / Keys

Cello: Dante Velasquez Jr. (tracks 3, 4 & 5)
Additional vocals: Haley Castuera, Veronica Martin, Kevin Meier
Trumpet: Chris Teti (track 2)

Recorded/Mixed by Chris Teti at Silver Bullet Studios, CT
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio, NY
Add'l vocals recorded by Mike Levinsohn at Tegmental Records, MA

Kickstarter producers: Dickson Schaefer, Allyson Clark, Sara Silver, Sophie Cisewksi, Phil Yastrow, Mike Lohse, Sherry Laessig, Deb Cooke, Samuel and Marilyn Greenberg, Larry McCarty, Neal Kusnetz, Pat Ma, Mary Helen Waldo, Steve Linsey, Steve & Arna Yastrow, Brent Rockwell, John Haddick



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Track Name: Dizzy
You hide behind lines, a dust jacket
Soon I'll uncover, and read your messy writing
So it's time to find the veins of your body
If we step through the doorway

The world is a bed frame
She leads me from mountains to seas
Descending and dizzy
My head spins around, our bodies at ease

Sobered sound
Of so burnt out
Searching your story, bound together by the spine
So it's time to line the veins of your body
Track Name: Indian Summer
They told you some horror stories about the day our summer will subside
They're keeping an inventory of every fear we've ever had

They told me our frames would rub together and crack
And no, we'll never get those bones back
They told me the cold would come to end us
That the heats just an illusion

Our Indian summer
Our bones will break

They tell me the days are getting shorter
These bodies forgetting when they were warmer
My hands shake, I stutter
With fear that ill never find another

I can't ever look inside my own mind
It's just gonna lie to me
We stand petrified on the ice is it splitting beneath us?

Our Indian summer
Our bones will break
Our Indian summer
Will our bones?

I will break for you
Track Name: Serotonin
We threw bottles at the wall behind your apartment
And they threatened to call the police
But what rang true with each and every shatter
Was that I found somebody outside of myself
She would give herself tattoos
With a lighter and a ballpoint pen
Into my skin it's branded too
The night that I'll live over and over again

She thinks she's gonna live forever
And she probably will
Serotonin, it's nice to meet you
For once you're real

Bottles break, sirens come
She grabbed my arm, running from the noise

We spent all night running from our ghosts
Daybreak left me smiling yet alone

She thinks she's gonna live forever
Like hell she will
Serotonin we'll meet again
I know we will
Track Name: Cascading Thoughts
Cascading thoughts
Hidden under tired eyes
Waiting for salvation

But providence never comes
And the waters rising
I'm wading through...

Cascading thoughts
Pressing up against my eyes
Facing sure damnation

One hundred years I waited
In the throes of misery
One hundred years I wasted
To set myself free

Floods come rushing in
Thoughts collide
And I'm trapped inside
Track Name: Allison
This is it, we're going blind
Out of sight, still in my mind
There's nothing left, the bag is dry
We turned our heads, the dreams have died
I never asked "is something wrong?"
You must have thought I wasn't home
Calming down the carnival
And not to think - impossible

Bite your lip, pretend that you're innocuous
Pretend the carnival will never close
Bite your lip, smile you're venomous
Let me taste the poison in your veins

We only have dreams
So we can give them up
For the people we loved
But I gave you up
Track Name: Like Warriors
The air is thick with sirens
Yet we cross anyways
The lights and the drunks they swarm us
And my thoughts on the streets in the city will always be

Hearts caught in the battles that we wage
We thought that the war paint would fade

All your loveless friends won't know (your wings are made of wax)
With faces painted like warriors (on this side of the green)
A neighborhood of hollow young ones
And they crawl

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