NOTHING STAYS THE SAME // LYRICS + CREDITS

1 Better not begin

 

Wouldn't want to do
Wouldn't want to do
Wouldn't want to do
This to you

Wouldn't want my heart
To wander away
Fall out of love with you
Couldn't bear to think of dissolution

Cause how would I survive
If you wandered away
Fell out of love with me?
Can't even entertain the possibility

Better not begin
Better not begin
Better not begin at all
Better not begin to fall

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Omar Cuellar: drums etc 
Paul Defiglia: bass, keys 
Steve Daly: guitar 
Annie Bacon: guitar, vocals 
Elizabeth Greenblatt: harmonies 
 
Single artwork by Sandun Balage

Produced & engineered by Paul Defiglia at Sensitive Sound, Nashville TN 
Mixed by
Kelley Coyne, Oakland CA 
Mastered by Piper Payne at
Neato Mastering, Oakland CA 

2 There is no way

 

There is no way to be free of you
No matter what I do

I can't tell you
But I can't keep from saying
Pressure builds
It's bullet strong
Pierce my heart
Before too long
Pierce my heart in any case
It's lose my heart or lose my place

There is no way to be free of you
No matter what I do

Dreams come
I'm running
Trying to find you
I have to tell
Cause if lucidity
Within a dream
Can free me
Of my confession
But I never seem to find you there
And I have looked everywhere for you

I never seem to find you there
And I have looked everywhere for you

But there is no way to be free of you
No matter what I do

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Omar Cuellar: drums etc 
Paul Defiglia: bass, keys 
Steve Daly: guitar 
Annie Bacon: guitar, vocals 
Elizabeth Greenblatt: harmonies 

Single artwork by
Strider Patton

Produced & engineered by
Paul Defiglia at Sensitive Sound, Nashville TN 
Mixed by Kelley Coyne, Oakland CA 
Mastered by Piper Payne at Neato Mastering, Oakland CA 

3 Nothing stays the same

 

The first part's when you notice walls surrounding everything
You wonder when they got there but the answer changes nothing

In time you find the strength to say the word out loud
You tell one person as a test you never tell it to a crowd

And then you cry it out (the will to die gets a sliver of a doubt)
And then you cry it out (the will to die gets a sliver of a doubt)

Above all you've gotta hold on to this little thing I'll tell
There's another chapter coming, there's a way out of the well
You can wait for the ropes to drop
Or you can wait for the will to climb
One of them will always come given enough time
Nothing stays the same

I swear that on my grave

The third part's tricky you can never tell when it's gonna come
The walls start getting shorter and you start to see the sun

Finally there's a reckoning this is where you need your friends
It's time to do the work to find out how this chapter ends

And then you cry it out (the will to live is finally winning out)
And then you cry it out (the will to live is finally winning out)

Above all you've gotta hold on to this little thing I'll tell
There's another chapter coming, there's a way out of the well
You can wait for the ropes to drop
Or you can wait for the will to climb
One of them will always come given enough time
Nothing stays the same
I swear that on my grave

Above all you've gotta hold on to this little thing I'll tell
There's another chapter coming, there's a way out of the well
You can wait for the ropes to drop
Or you can wait for the will to climb
One of them will always come given enough time
Nothing stays the same
Nothing stays the same
Nothing stays the same
I swear that on my grave

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Jon Radford: drums etc 
Paul Defiglia: bass, keys 
Thomas Bryan Eaton: guitar 
Annie Bacon: guitar, vocals 
Kira Hooks: harmonies 

Single photo by
Cybelle Codish + design by Zack Vieira 

Produced & engineered by
Paul Defiglia
at Sensitive Sound, Nashville TN 

Mixed by David Luke at Opus Studios, Berkeley CA
Mastered by Piper Payne at Neato Mastering, Oakland CA  

VIDEO by Karla Gallardo + Annie Bacon

4 I wanna die like Lou Reed

 

When my last breath’s upon me
When I’m ready to lay down
I want to stand up and walk outside
With my lover around
I want to sit in grass open eyed
I want to feel the sun
And with Tai Chi hands
I want to show death that it’s welcome

I want to die like Lou Reed died
I want to fly into the sun
But he was goddamned lucky to be alive
When his dying time had come

Of those who walked on his wild side
Not many stand still to face the fun
They hold their arms across their eyes
Blocked out fading friends
And me I’m stuck like Sunday morning
Afraid I’ve become that evil one
Who thinks that everything is dirt
And we can’t see one another

I want to die like Lou Reed died
I want to fly into the sun
But he passed through some unknown place
I’ve got to go before I’m done

What is a life in retrospect?
Is it a map or explanation?
Was it harshness, heroine
Or was death a staunch companion?

What is a life in retrospect?

What is a life in retrospect?
Is it a map or explanation?
Was it harshness, heroine
Or was death a staunch companion?

Or was death a staunch companion?

I want to die like Lou Reed died
I want to fly into the blue
But before I die I’ve got figure out
What Lou Reed knew

When our last breath’s upon us
When we’re ready to lay down
We’ll want to stand up and walk outside
With our lovers around
We’ll want to sit in grass open eyed
We’ll want to feel the sun
And with Tai Chi hands we’ll want to show
And with Tai Chi hands we’ll want to show
And with Tai Chi hands we’ll want to show
Death that it’s welcome

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Omar Cuellar: drums etc 
Paul Defiglia: bass, keys 
Steve Daly: guitar 
Annie Bacon: guitar, vocals 
Elizabeth Greenblatt: harmonies 

Single artwork by
Jeff Clark

Produced & engineered by
Paul Defiglia at Sensitive Sound, Nashville TN 

Mixed by Kelley Coyne, Oakland CA 
Mastered by Piper Payne at Neato Mastering, Oakland CA 

5 What we said 

 
OI don't want to run around
I don't want to catch you on the phone after midnight
I don't want to be around when you make the calls 
That break our commitment
I know that you have your ways
I know life is probably better off without you
I know what we said: now until we're dead

But that's like hands around your neck
You had to fatten up your deck now didn't you?
A gambler's never satisfied, leave the table, take the bride
But keep that Lady beside you
Now they say I'm weak in love, I'm the villain
Just because I won't leave you
But I know what we said: now until we're dead

At some point can I let this go? (Can we let this go?)
Where's the line? And will I know?

I've done all I"m supposed to do
The perfect wife for years to you
But still you betray us
I'm suffering in silence now
I'll suffer even more if I break our commitment
Before the eyes of man and God
I said I'd be there through it all until
The last breath leaves my lips
I know what we said: now until we're dead
Now until we're dead 
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Omar Cuellar: drums 
Jeremy Mulder: uke bass 
Tal Ariel: piano/keys 
Jeremy Lyon: ambient guitar sounds 
Annie Bacon: vocals 

Single artwork by
Bunnie Reiss 

Produced by
Tal Ariel 
Executive producer Kaarel Kaljot 
Engineered by Peter Labberton at 25th Street Studios, Oakland CA 
Mixed by John Vanderslice at Tiny Telephone SF 
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston MA 
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice 

Recorded with the support of 110 backers on Kickstarter. 
VIDEO by Karla Gallardo

6 In dreams

 

You're in the driveway with a fake knife
In a fake fight making knight moves
But then the knife is real and it stabs you
I'm trying to get through to save you

I'm on the telephone it won't go through
I'm trying to save you I can't seem to

But this is dreaming I've been sleeping
I am working through missing you
And when I wake up in a cold sweat
I'm relieved to be in this empty bed

Cause I never could get through to you
It's something only you can do

I never could get through to you
It's something only you can do

Last night in dreams you became a bird
And I released you
We are done now and I finally think I'm free

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Tal Ariel: piano etc 
Annie Bacon:: guitar, vocals 
 
Single artwork by Elaina Acosta Ford

Mixed by Tal Ariel in Oakland CA 
Mastered by Piper Payne (Neato Mastering), Oakland CA 
VIDEO by Annie Bacon

7 Two way street

 

Well it seems to me that I have overestimated my ability
To move you the way that you’ve moved me
I guess I thought that you were spending your sleep too
Dreaming of me like I am of you

But I see now you’re all good without me
I get it, no, you’ll get no fight from me

When love makes you
You never forget their face
When love breaks you
You carry it the rest of your days
But love’s not always a two way street
Love’s not always a two way street

I had a dream you came to the window with a woman
And later that same week you told me her name
I won’t be much in the telling of your story
But after you I’ll never be the same

But I see now you’re all good without me
I get it, no, you’ll get no fight from me

When love makes you

You never forget their face

When love breaks you

You carry it the rest of your days

But love’s not always a two way street

Love’s not always a two way street

When the sound of the summer rain
On a tin roof sends you back in time
Is the hand that you're holding in that memory still mine?

Love’s not always a two-way street
That's how you can forget me

How can you forget me?

Love's not always a two way street

That's how you can forget me

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Omar Cuellar: drums etc 
Paul Defiglia: bass, keys 
James Nash: guitar 
Annie Bacon: guitar, vocals 
Elizabeth Greenblatt: harmonies 

Single artwork by
Robert Alleyne

Produced & engineered by
Paul Defiglia at Sensitive Sound, Nashville TN 
Mixed by Kelley Coyne, Oakland CA 
Mastered by Piper Payne at Neato Mastering, Oakland CA 
VIDEO by Brian Lillie and William Westley

8 Long Road

 

It’s a long long road home
If you don’t know where you’re going
You never get the feeling
That you’re almost there

Every bend could be it
But then disappointment
Follows you
Damn near everywhere

You should really stop looking
They say “enjoy the journey”
But you were never one
For that hippy shit

It’s gonna be a tough night
Again tonight
You’ll just put your head down
And get through it

When we met I was 20
Didn’t know where I was going
I didn’t need nothing
But a mystery

You kept my bed warm
But every morning
You were
History

So I stopped calling
Wished you luck in love
Went on with my life
And settled down

Less than a year later
I had a baby
And thought of you
When I saw his smile

Everyone tells me
You’ll never be happy
Well maybe happy’s overrated
Anyway

But you don’t fool me
You get pleasure
From loving and leaving a woman
Every day

Without disappointment
You’d lose your compass
Be a leaf on the wind
In a hurricane

You live on bad love
And the long road
Is the only one
That knows your name

You live on bad love
And the long road
Is the only one
That will ever know your name

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Featuring The Singer & The Songwriter 

Thu Tran: guitar 
James Nash: guitar 
Rachel Garcia: vocals 
Annie Bacon: harmonies 

Single artwork by
Victoria Smith

Engineered by Marty Gray and Geoff Michael at Big Sky, Ann Arbor MI 
and David Luke at Opus Studios, Berkeley CA 
Mixed by Kelley Coyne, Oakland CA 
Mastered by Piper Payne at Neato Mastering, Oakland CA 

9 Used to be the one

 

Used to be the one
Loving on the run
Never would stay
Unless I knew it wouldn't work out anyway

Now I have a man
He's the only love
I'll ever need again
Can't say why


We're like two birds on a tree
And we're singing the same old lullaby
We're like the ocean and the sky
When we're sitting side by side
We're like metal in a fire
Burning for each other all the time

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Featuring Eric + Erica

Eric Kuhn: drums, electric guitar, glockenspiel 
Annie Bacon: vocals, acoustic guitar 
Erica Kane Fink: harmonies 

Single artwork by Jeremy Mulder 

Engineered, Mixed + Mastered by
Eric Kuhn, Ypsilanti MI 
Remastered for the album by Piper Payne at
Neato Mastering, Oakland CA 
VIDEO by Ramon Rodriguez and Annie Bacon

10 Nikki's Song

 
Every Wednesday night
In the dim bar light and the dinner dinn
The Bar Man all in white
His fingers itching for his pen
College kids and radicals
Young Republicans
Gather all the strange of heart
The show's set to begin

Auburn curls, a maiden's blouse
A strong and squarish jaw
She starts to sing, you can't make out
What you heard from what you saw
Two hundred songs from memory
A hundred more from books
Singing Johnny, Stevie, George
And teasing tips from dirty looks

Well the world had Bowie
And we had Nikki
She made all us freaks feel fine
Born with the body of a boy
But she said
The body of a boy isn't mine

She lived out 50 years
Hiding from herself, afraid of what she'd lose
But she so loved peace
That she gave up the war
And just like she feared
Her life fell apart
But that's the way she'd always say
You earn your Diamond Heart

Well the world had Bowie

And we had Nikki
She made all us freaks feel fine
Born with the body of a boy
But she saidThe body of a boy isn't mine

And if you laid your fears at her feet
She would sing them back to their seeds
Then she'd turn the volume up
And fly into a solo
That would set the seeds on fire
Turn to the chorus
Sing to the heavens, singing
Have no fear!
Have no fear!
Have no fear!
Have no fear!

Well the world had Bowie

And we had Nikki
She made all us freaks feel fine
Born with the body of a boy
But she said
The body of a boy isn't mine

The world had Bowie
And we had Nikki
And they made all us freaks feel fine
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Omar Cuellar: drums 
Jeremy Mulder: uke bass 
Tal Ariel: piano/keys 
Jeremy Lyon: guitar 
Annie Bacon: vocals 

Single artwork by
Bunnie Reiss 

Produced by Tal Ariel 
Executive producer Kaarel Kaljot 
Engineered by Peter Labberton at
25th Street Studios, Oakland CA 
Mixed by John Vanderslice at
Tiny Telephone SF 
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at
Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA 
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice 

Recorded with the loving support of 110 backers on Kickstarter. 
VIDEO by Gabriel Goldstein, Marlon Singleton and Heath Orchard

11 Gallatin Pike

 

Driving Gallatin Pike in the middle of the night
And I don’t know which way to turn
Pawn shops and strip malls, a mirror of my life
I think of the forests I’ve burned
The hearts I’ve paved over
The men that I’ve spurned
And impossible daylight floods parking lots where
I’m haunted by so many lessons unlearned

 

A ghost town veneer of the plans I held dear
Is this what my life’s become?
Gallatin Pike in the middle of the night

 

Around me are places I’ve laid down at night
And I don’t even know what they’re named
Too tired for thinking about what’s really right
My rain-spitting tires get blamed
For the hearts I’ve paved over
Where concrete lays claim
And tomorrow’s reflected on both sides for miles
In the twisting arms of neon flame

 

Ghost town veneer of the plans I held dear
Is this what my life’s become?
Gallatin Pike in the middle of the night

 

What if I can’t get off?
What if this is my end?
Dead on the pavement as the road softly bends
With Title Loans’ my witness
And Dollar Store friends?

 

But as soon as I turn off I see front porches and lawns
I guess life is bigger than the sins of its pawns
The fears we hold on to don’t hold up for long
And Gallatin Pike’s just the name of this song
Isn’t it nice to find out, that sometimes we’re wrong?

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Featuring eight belles

Dan Ford: drums 
Kevin Carducci: bass 
Henry Nagle: pedal steel 
Annie Bacon: guitar, vocals 
Jessi Phillips: harmonies 

Single artwork by
Ian C. Bates

Engineered by Henry Nagle at Hank's House, Santa Rosa CA 
Mixed by Scott McDowell at
Hyde Street Studios, SF CA 
Mastered by Piper Payne at
Neato Mastering, Oakland CA
VIDEO by Brian Lillie and Annie Bacon

12 Wanted to love you more

 

When I look back on things honestly
I was wooed by how you looked at me
And I fooled myself from that very first night

They say Adonis would have envied you
You were cut from stone that much is true
And you were so hard to know
But we got tangled up together

It went on twice as long as it should
I kept hoping it would turn for the good
But when love exaggerates your highs and lows
It’s a matter of time before it implodes
I guess I wanted to love you
More than I really did

We lived on separate sides of the same room
But still lost track of who was whom
It’s amazing what you can assume

I remember once when you were angry
About that stupid room too messy
And I asked myself “Do I wanna marry this?”
No hesitation slowed my no

It went on twice as long as it should
I kept hoping it would turn for the good
But when love exaggerates your highs and lows
It’s a matter of time before it implodes
I guess I wanted to love you
More than I really did

When it was done I remember thinking about
How easy it was to get out
I guess loved never burrowed in too deep

Still I’ll never have such a lover again
And if that’s what counts you were the best of men
And I’ll save a thought of you for when
I get to the other side

It went on twice as long as it should
I kept hoping it would turn for the good
But when love exaggerates your highs and lows
It’s a matter of time before it implodes
I guess I wanted to love you
More than I really did

I guess I wanted to love you
More than I really did

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Jon Radford: drums etc 
Paul Defiglia: bass, keys 
Thomas Bryan Eaton: guitar 
Annie Bacon: guitar, vocals 
Douglas Allen: harmonies 
 
Single artwork by Karla Gallardo

Produced & engineered by
Paul Defiglia at Sensitive Sound, Nashville TN 
Mixed by David Luke at Opus Studios, Berkeley CA
Mastered by Piper Payne at Neato Mastering, Oakland CA  
VIDEO by Karla Gallardo

13 Learning as I go

 

My mama said it’s not polite to stare but I did
I stared at you the first time I saw you then ran off and hid
In the shed in your back yard

Thought I would die as the feelings grew
It was how ten year old me figured out
That love can really mess with you

See my mama told me (but she was wrong)
About all the good things in love songs
She meant the best but left out the rest
Now I’m learning as I go along

My mother told me not to write on my skin but I did
I wrote your name on my skin and I pushed the ink in
With the edge of a safety pin

Turns out that didn’t heal so well
It was how teenage me figured out
That love can really hurt like hell

See my mama told me (but she was wrong)
About all the good things in love songs
She meant the best but left out the rest
Now I’m learning as I go along

Now skin to skin and eye to eye
We're feeling so fine
And I say, Ohhhhhhh
This is what they're singing about

See my mama told me (she wasn’t wrong)
Bout all the things in love songs
She wanted the best so she left out the rest
She knew I’d learn it as I went along
She knew I'd learn it as I went along
And now I'm learning as I go along

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Jon Radford: drums etc 
Paul Defiglia: bass, keys 
Thomas Bryan Eaton: guitar 
Annie Bacon: guitar, vocals 
Meryl T. Press, Kira Hooks: harmonies 

 
Single artwork by Christina E. Campbell

Produced & engineered by
Paul Defiglia at Sensitive Sound, Nashville TN 

Mixed by David Luke at Opus Studios, Berkeley CA
Mastered by Piper Payne at Neato Mastering, Oakland CA  

14 Next time you see me

 

Next time you see me
I'll have a baby in my arms
Will he be pretty?
Will she be smart?
Will he have any of your charms?

We'll have a house
With a garden out back
We'll grow cabbage
And spinach and kale
And that baby will follow
Her daddy around
Like they were attached at the tail

Well I'm bound and determined
Not to let this broken heart ruin my plans
So the next time you see me
Honey you'll notice
I'll be with another man

It was your choice to leave
At the first sign of frost
Were you unhappy?
Were you just bored?
You never considered the cost

Well I'm bound and determined
Not to let this broken heart ruin my plans
So the next time you see me
Honey you'll notice
I'll be with another man

And that baby will know you
Next time we see you
As just another man

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James Nash: guitar
Meryl T. Press: vocals
Annie Bacon: harmonies 

Single artwork by Meryl T. Press


Engineered & m
ixed by David Luke at Opus Studios, Berkeley CA

Mastered by Piper Payne at Neato Mastering, Oakland CA