Walking On Water Wasn't Built In A Day

by Boy Without God

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about

Some more minute-a-day work, done in November 2009 in my brother's old bedroom while I was finishing college/reading a lot of Kerouac. This is the origin of City Kids!

Also, this isn't about this album in particular, but it makes me so psyched to see so many people downloading the music! I feel honored to be listened to in this world of a billion bands.

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released August 31, 2010

Gabriel Birnbaum - Everything

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Track Name: Spiritual Sucker
you can find him up all night with the angels in the fluorescent
lights and a highball in a styrofoam cup
he says I think I've finally got it yes I know
and then there is silence there's silence that echoes

forever
forever

he says I can't find no can't find no relief

the spiritual sucker falls for all the latest guru schemes
find him smoking pot and writing down all his dreams
the spiritual sucker believes in life solutions
suffering's a dream so he's okay
he says I been up all night watching youtube documentaries of the maddest serial killers of them all now I know all their secrets
seen em watching television in their prison issue four cornered rooms

the spiritual sucker goes and drinks himself to death at 38. Leaves a mountain made of notebooks and a shoebox full of car keys and vanity license plates.
Track Name: City Kids
they stayed out late that night, like city kids
the music was shining bright at the bar
and he held her hand and told her "I love you"
she said "I love you too"

there wasn't much to do after that
so they both squinted up ahead
at all the dark unimaginable roads
the world's one trembling note

and he remembers tall rough green grass and endless sky
and she remembers one look that held all their lives
he says I'm too drunk from your lips
she says hey let's go home and dance in the kitchen
radio whisperin sweet old songs to guys and gals in the GI halls

they caught the bus back home at one am
and he nodded right off with his head on her shoulder
and going home past the ridge past the bay
this moment never goes away
and in the night there is love all around
one unending sound
Track Name: Call A Yellow Taxi
ugly need
skinny little art school girls with wrists and knees and histories

shake the hands
swallow sounds of longing be a gentle beast in eternity

(wake up!)
distract the dream
call a yellow taxi (wake up!) take you all away leave me in peace

no more hands in the trees that grab at my windows falling asleep without a sound
no breath in my ear
no breath in my ear

les mots français
these are the days of longing, distance bursts the grey stone wide apart

distract the dream
call a yellow taxi (wake up!) take me all away I've gone to pieces
Track Name: In Which Being There Together Is Enough
and though I told you not to cry
go on and cry if you want to
there's plenty left to wash away
days unchanging after days

winter calls us up to trade
to trade the color of the sky
for earthly cups of lemonade
for sweet mortality oh I

I just want to see your eyes.
Blink at the mysteries behind.
Lately I've been thinking of
my end and what it brings to life,

There will be fighting in the yards tonight
glinting tooth of knife tonight
laughter of the guns tonight
while breathing sweetly down the hall
my saintly family all

and though I told you not to cry
go on and cry if you want to
there's plenty left to wash away
days unchanging after days

mother sister lover angel devil saint and whore and home
oh love do not leave me alone
cause lately I've been thinking of
the salvation glimpsed through love

there will be dancing in the streets tonight
bonfires on the beach tonight
but none of us will hear a thing tonight
over the beating of our hearts
which will eventually