LYRICS & CREDITS

when i Leave ohio was recorded from 2011 – 2013 at the following studios and with the artistry of the following engineers:

trout recording, brooklyn, ny
dimension sound studios, boston, ny
mission sound recording, brooklyn, ny
jeff hill studio, brooklyn, ny
mike mccarthy studio, austin, tx
at home, brooklyn, ny

engineered by matt malikowski. additional engineering by mike mccarthy, jeff hill and oliver straus.
assistant engineers adam sachs and gabe wax.



 


 

When I Leave Ohio

you light a cigarette
and get in to your maverick
and drive into the parking lot
and put on your blue eye shadow

you light another cigarette
and think about your box of yets
that live under your sisters bed
you go into your job
and punch the clock

your boss he tells you what to do
he says your needed on register four

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don’t you worry children
mary’s gonna care for you
all you have to do is cover your eyes
all you have to do is cover your eyes
while i leave ohio
leave ohio
leave
ohio


guitar and vocal: sandy bell
electric guitar: don piper
upright bass: richard hammond
drums: alice bierhorst
violin: joan wasser

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Mama Bird

what’s in that tree
is that a mama bird i see
is she laying on her eggs
is she worried about the breaks
is she acting like a wild thing
doing whatever it takes
so we don’t get too close

who is driving in that car
i see a lady going far
away from her home
she’s expecting a storm
the last time he broke in
her windows and the kids
had the coldest winter

yeah she takes care of her babies
and all this love
i don’t know what to make of
another life she is saving
and all this hope
oh we’ve got to help her stay afloat

down by in the subway
i see a girl
who is holding
the weight of the world
on her soft, strong back

and oceans of feelings come over me
and i watch her closer
as the silence holds her
as she combs their hair
singing there there there there there
it’s a dangerous night
but its going to be allright

yeah she takes care of her babies
and all this love
i don’t know what to make of
another life she is saving
and all this hope
oh we’ve got to help her stay afloat

guitar and vocal: sandy bell
violins: maxim moston and joan wasser
viola: david creswell
cello: noah hoffeld
french horns: thomas hale and david byrd-marrow
flute, oboe: charles pillow
percussion, wurlitzer: jeff lipstein
harmonies: alice bierhorst

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I Quit Prelude

upright bass: richard hammond

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I Quit

as she tears her dress into a thousand pieces
she says
this life is too unbearable. it’s terrible.
i quit.
i’m tired of all this searching and rehearsing
for sin.
can’t make sense of what it means to be a lady
i quit

and everywhere she goes
she finds the coldest stone
and puts it in her purse
should things get much worse
she’ll have this heavy thing
and maybe make a ring
wear it to the party
that celebrates the end
of everything

so she calls him to her bedroom
says come soon
and fix
this light
it’s killing my eyes
any my lies need a hit

chorus

she says she’s as reliable
as this old bible on her bed
if only he’d open up to her
like the holy word
she’d give in
but some things can’t be trusted
and you’re one of them
and so she hits
herself with all his anger
but the danger is when she quits

chorus

guitar and vocal: sandy bell
upright bass: richard hammond
synthesisers, drums and percussion: jeff lipstein
violin: olivier manchon, maxim moston and joan wasser
violas: olivier manchon and david creswell
cello: noah hoffeld
harmonies: alice bierhorst

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I Can Still Feel Your Power

they’re waiting for you
to walk through the door
to give you an award
for teaching us what
love was for

but on the kitchen table
lie your cigarettes and keys
you might need to leave
to properly bereave

all your wants may never be
all that could have set you free
is fading out in this late hour
but i can still feel your power

broken dishes and
scattered wishes and
unmet goals and
designs
this are the things that fill your mind

chorus

you’re not to blame
for any of this
if it’s all the same
to your soul i send a kiss

i forgive you
i forgive you
you’re fading out in this late hour
but i can still feel your power

and all your wants may never be
and all that could’ve set you free
is here now in this late hour
and i can still feel your power.

acoustic guitar and vocal: sandy bell
drums, percussion, keyboards, acoustic guitar: jeff lipstein
electric guitar: don piper
electric bass: richard hammond
trumpet: peck almond
french horn: david byrd-marrow
tuba: sumner erickson
harp: kirsten agresta – copley
background singers: mary, terri, michael and vicki bell
tuba: sumner erickson

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( Lynn’s Interlude )


composed by jeff lipstein
violin and viola: olivier manchon

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Clothesline

you came up the stairs
with a basket of cares
that i mistook for the wash

you said you were busy
just doing household things
that i never knew
what kind of sadness these things could bring

you seemed so sure of yourself
you seemed short on time
and i never knew there were more than
chores on your mind

you hung the sheets on the clothesline
to let them dry in the sunshine
just like the tears that dry off my face
in the september breeze that god has made
for days like these
when i can’t stop thinking of you

weary is the mind
that occupies it’s time
trying to form a good impression
on someone else’s life

i saw you knelt beneath the trees
investigating the weeds
that forced themselves upon
what might have been a lovely scene

as i prepared to drive away
i thought i heard you say
oh my baby don’t you go

so i turned right around
but all i saw was your frown
that i misread for saying
you let me down

chorus

acoustic guitar and vocal: sandy bell
upright bass: richard hammond
don piper: don piper
drums and harmonies: alice bierhorst
acoustic guitar: jeff lipstein
violins: olivier manchon, maxim moston and joan wasser
violas: david creswell
cello: noah hollfeld
french horn: david bird – marrow
trombone: curtis hasselbring
harp: kirsten agresta-copley

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Caroline Says

caroline says
as she gets up off the floor
why is it that you beat me
it isn’t any fun

caroline says
as she makes up her eyes
you ought to learn more about yourself
think more than just i

but she’s not afraid to die
all her friends call her “Alaska”
when she takes speed, they laugh and ask her

what is in her mind
what is in her mind

caroline says
as she gets up from the floor
you can hit me all you want to
but I don’t love you anymore

caroline says
while biting her lip
life is meant to be more than this
and this is a bum trip

but she’s not afraid to die
all her friends call her alaska
when she takes speed, they laugh and ask her

what is in her mind
what is in her mind

she put her fist through the window pane
it was such a funny feeling

it’s so cold in Alaska
it’s so cold in Alaska
It’s so cold in Alaska

vocals: sandy bell
electric guitar: jason crigler
violin: maxim moston
cello: noah hoffeld
trombone: curtis hasselbring
french horn: david byrd
trumpet: peck almond
piano and percussion: jeff lipstein

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Terri

the operator on the line
she didn’t recognize the signs
that we were sending

a bloody lip awash of sound
became the message underground
there were no words

terri
i see you
tangled in ivy
while searching for gold
if i promise
i won’t let them hurt you
will you come with me
can i carry you home

and as the snow falls on your face
you start to realize this place
it lived inside you

but did we not dream long ago
that we would one day play a show
and change the world

terri
i see you
sketching her portrait
in the ruins of rome
if i promise
i won’t let them hurt you
will you come with me
can i carry you home

acoustic guitar and vocals: sandy bell
upright bass: richard hammond
mandolin: matt beck
violin: maxim moston and joan wasser
viola: david creswell
cello: noah hoffeld
flute: charles pillow
harmonies: alice bierhorst

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Autopsy

i just wanted to tell you all about
the autopsy
that we performed on you this morning
and the tragic results revealed
that this illness that took you
could’ve been
should’ve been
healed

way down we go

when we we took
back your skin
your sadness rushed like hydrogen
your grief there in solid form
attached itself to your very core
your bones were all inscribed
with promises all left inside
for a fine life
for those you love
but oh how could you when
no one showed you
how could you
when no one showed you
how

now here you are
with all you need to know
from afar
you can just
let go

acoustic guitar and vocals: sandy bell
mellotron, synthesisers: daniel mintseris
drums, percussion, electric guitar: jeff lipstein
harmonies: alice bierhorst

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wake me

what was on your mind
when you went away
you must have been terrified
of your own decay

who were you talking to
when your eyes were closed
could’ve been the fragrance
of her first prize rose

now will you wake me
now will you wake me
oh you’ll wake me
i want to see you go

now will you wake me
now will you wake me
oh you’ll wake me
i want to see you go

i’ve been asleep since seventeen
do you know do you know do you know
what i mean

cause oh you took so long
and now i’m all used up
and i can’t find the means
to feel not much not much
anything

and i miss you still
probably always will
did you have to go away
for me to fall to fall
from grace

chorus

acoustic guitar and vocal: sandy bell
upright bass: richard hammond
drums, percussion, synthesisers: jeff lipstein
violin: maxim moston and joan wasser
viola: david creswell
cello: noah hoffeld
flute and oboe: charles pillow
trombone: curtis hasselbring
harp: kirsten agresta – copley

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