Break Our Fall

by Dispatch

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1.
May We All 04:09
He went to Hyannis to let go of Alice for the third and final time I asked him if it worked when he got back, he said he didn’t have the time the time to tell me anything or the time to let her go But I guess it wasn’t a good time to press, so I guess I’ll never know, I’ll never know on the way back looking straight ahead, we were hypnotized by the road saw the coins on the dashboard truck and decide that they could float in the air I looked down at the time, and mistook it for the radio I thought about the little choices we made along and the song played on as if it didn’t know May we all be forsaken: Like the soldier trying to leave, the mother trying to sleep May we all be mistaken: about our current state, about the current of hate bleeding on and on and on to sell our soul Asked me why I was crying, said I stubbed my toe, and I wanted to blame the roots of the trees for pushing up the concrete but now I know in the air I looked down at the time, and mistook it for the radio I thought about the little choices we made along and the song played on as if it didn’t know May we all be forsaken: like the black man trying to breathe, or the woman that’s never believed May we all be mistaken: about our current state, about the current of hate Bleeding on and on and on and sell our soul Ask me why I was crying, said I stubbed my toe and I wanted to blame the roots of the trees for pushing up the concrete but now I know May we all be forsaken: Like the soldier trying to leave, the mother trying to sleep May we all be mistaken: about our current state, about the current of hate May we all be forsaken: like the black man trying to breathe, or the woman that’s never believed May we all be mistaken: about our current state, about the current of hate
2.
I saw it for a second but then the light was fading Sister morphine was my lady in waiting Can I help it if I can’t help it now, all the stories I tell myself What can I say to you all, it’s fair to say, no words will do All this time, time is speeding, it’s hard to recognize the life we’re leading it’s time to trip the light of the evening and go now And in this land there’s shade and shadow, we break bread and consecrate the battle cradle to the grave, sword to the saddle, it’s each other we will miss Oh the happiest moment of my life, was the saddest moment of my life Was in prison when my daddy died They didn’t tell me for fear of suicide Told me when I got outside, I started using as soon as I was alone that night And I died and I went up straight to him He said where you been, my troubled son All this time, time is speeding, hard to recognize the life we’re leaving it’s time to trip the light of the evening and go now And in this land there’s shade and shadow, we break bread and consecrate the battle cradle to the grave, sword to the saddle, it’s each other we will miss Oh the happiest moment of my life, was the saddest moment of my life Oh my love can I just sit and hold your face. We finally made it here but now the light is low. All this time, time is speeding, hard to recognize the life we’re leaving it’s time to trip the light of the evening and go now And in this land there’s shade and shadow, we break bread and consecrate the battle Now I’m feeling kind of faint, I think I need to lay down Oh you almost saved me You almost saved me You almost saved me now All this time we pledge allegiance to the tune of a thousand treasons One nation under something, under water, under mass incarceration In the age of feast and famine can we disrupt the social canon Let our children lead s’we all believe, let us see the forest for the trees
3.
One By One 02:33
Came of age racing round the Georgia hills Grew tall and straight around the backwood stills you could do anything on the court and field, but you preferred getting high on the roof of the motel One by one all the living that we done, how the days they seemed so long and true One by one all the whiskey that got drunk, nothing ever felt as good as you I saw you first from the back of the room We drank together by the light of the moon Built a fire and slept when the ground chooses you and wake up with the morning sun One by one all the living that he done, how the days they seemed so long and true One by one all the whiskey that got drunk, nothing ever felt as good as you But can you give us all a sign, I don’t know how to let go or hold tighter still, remember when you were mine but now it’s all over, no chance to reconsider, I want to call you in from the outside, I want to call you in for dinner but you’re not there, you’re not there, what do I do with the years I have left that don’t belong to you One by one all the living that he done, how the days they seemed so long and true One by one i got whiskey i got drum, nothing ever felt as good as you Let’s get a jump on this, before it’s too late, can we love each other harder before we all fade away, if there’s any way that we can live without you, it’s to live with all the love that you gave
4.
As Old As I 02:27
higher yet my love, the water is rising up on the counter my love, grab a hold tightly — don’t you let go my dear, I can’t let you die Til your old as I, as old as I, old as I look both ways my dear, don’t trip on your laces But here you lie shot in your sleep by a bullet gone stray you gave me your blessing, to keep you alive til ur old as I, as old as I, as old as I … I’ll take all your baggage, and I’ll give you mine, For the passage of the time, for the distance as old as i, as old as I … as old as I
5.
Down on the courts in Bed Stuy A legend rose from the streets Just a poor kid with no use for what the others called gravity People came from all around to see young connie Hawkins do his thing When the hawk went up against the best at Rucker park oh how the choir would sing High flying kid do you know what you just did Is It just a dream love, is it just a dream love, steady you go Hey pa I think I’m gonna make it, I’m going away on a one way ticket Is it just a dream love, is it just a dream love, steady you go round here those are always sinking, folks will say connie what were you thinking He lead the team in Highschool he never once got beat two years in a row Got a scholarship to Iowa and knew that he had to go he sent a letter home, to his papa, said papa I’m going to the nba But then out of nowhere his name got dropped into a scandal, always someone got to pay I got to got to got to get going now pop, there’s a detective here from the DA He’s telling me they’ll lock me away, if I don’t say what he wants me to saaaaaaaay So to all the kids on the back home lots, I swear it isn’t like they say the investigators pushed me around, and then I was black balled by the nba That playground legend, who could dunk when he was eleven, with super natural abilities, long before MJ before the Doctor. His Dreams were stolen, stomped on and thrown in, never got his day in the sun And now here lies High Flying Hawkins the greatest player that never was So to all the kids on the back home lots, I swear it isn’t like they say the investigators pushed me around, and I was black balled by the nba His Dreams were stolen, stomped on and thrown in, never got his day in the sun And now here lies High Flying Hawkins the greatest player there ever was
6.
Silent Type 04:00
Rode our horses in the pelting rain over the graves of the last war Rooster was on a tare about something he’d seen the night before Then he went quiet, when his horse stopped still in the night I guess every now and then he the silent type From a ramshackle shotgun house we heard a woman just a screaming a name said why’d they take him lord, he hasn’t done a thing But in that moment seemed god slipped out of sight I guess every now and then he the silent type I guess every now and then he the silent type Another storm is coming, we gotta take a stand, so we don’t fall Another storm is coming, we gotta take a stand, so we don’t fall Further up the trail we came to ghastly sight a man hanging from an old oak tree, for looking someone in the eye I asked the governor but he ducked back from the light I guess every now and then he the silent type I guess every now and then he the silent type Another storm is coming, we gotta take a stand, so we don’t fall Another storm is coming, we gotta take a stand, so we don’t fall we gotta take a stand, so we don’t fall we gotta take a stand, so we don’t fall we gotta take a stand, so we don’t fall we gotta take a stand, so we don’t fall we gotta take a stand, so we don’t fall we gotta take a stand, so we don’t fall we gotta take a stand, so we don’t fall
7.
I remember that night you fell asleep under the truck when it got late in the morning When I pulled out to look for you thank god I rolled out straight Nothing was ever too much doing flips off the roof it’s like you were cheating death left and right, but you still wanted proof i was thinking about you just yesterday, how you were gonna stop by on your way i had some things that I wanted to talk you about, I had some things that I wanted to say But now i stand here in your flannel shirt, your mom couldn’t bear to give it to goodwill It’s not even cold out but I wear it still You were always there when we hit the wall now no one’s gonna break our fall We laughed until we got drunk, we drank until we fight Then we’d laugh again over my fat lip, while you were icing your eye, but you got behind the needle, chasing the next high And then you managed to escape it, you got that job and you married your wife i was thinking about you just yesterday, how you were gonna stop by on your way i had some things that I wanted to talk to you about, I had some things that I wanted to say But now i stand here in your flannel shirt, your mom couldn’t bear to give it to goodwill It’s not even cold but I wear it still You were always there when we hit the wall now no one’s gonna break our fall Break our fall, break our fall
8.
Second Class 04:53
9.
Promise Land 04:20
One man get killed by a man sworn to protect him we reeling and dealing and elect a white nationalist president Unconvicted people just sitting in prison Families are struggling to swim against the corporate system is this the promise land who is the promised man He only talks when the chopper blades spinning chopper help the ego of the narcissist kidling but we need to look at our selves, more or less how we voted What’s that tell you now, tells you that we wrote it I guess it should come as no surprise Its just you’d think that we’d have done better, with all the time, all the generations And now we’re on the edge of loosing it all, if we don’t kill each other, Mother Nature will And can you blame her,, all we have is each other, all we have is you
10.
Oh Do you know there’s a place you can go A place that is weathered and worn But you can’t stay there long like the plow and the stone but you can wait if you like to be born Born to a dark heaven on earth Plagued by man’s greed and sorrow, sorrow and hurt Born also to the beauty of tomorrow Leading us back to the dirt The old oak tree watches us like we were bees Flitting and frittering in the golden Everybody knows, we all died yesterday And the day after that we were born Born to a dark heaven on earth Plagued by man’s greed and sorrow, sorrow and hurt But Born also to the beauty of tomorrow Leading us back to the dirt
11.
Greta 03:36
I think we could have seen it the smoke was rising slow against the night the screens and mirrors glowed As we were shaping stories and looking through the glass the sky was moving and the planets offered up the past I say we should have seen it the light was in the east while we were blind sculpting songs about waging peace ——— Never, never would I, never would I believe believe we got here Never, never would I believe that we could be so dull Dull to the way of our voices And the uptick of our choices Never, never could I, never could I Believe in this show I am looking for, looking for a way out, way out of this moment Never, never would I, never would I believe Believe we bought this Never, Never would I believe that we could be so cold Cold to the way of our counting And the weight of all fears mounting Never, never could I, never could I Believe in this show I am looking for, looking for a way out, way out of this moment One more time we need, need only be silent We will reap a field of coal, harvest of pain Only one thing is needed for the triumph of evil It’s for good men to do nothing nothing nothing nothing I am looking for, looking for a way out, way out of this moment
12.
airstream, poetry, New Orleans, the shape of ur mouth cafe cars, corner bars, back roads, we did the south And I told the elevator operator see u later, there’s a chance I’m not making it down the wind and the willows, cigarillos and chairman mao Yeah I took a big hit of the counterfeit, but I’m better now I told the elevator operator see u later, there’s a chance I’m not making it down now And All you moon drifters, beware of grifters in their glitter there’s a chance that they’re taking you out (now) And ah if it wasn’t so tragic, I’d tell u everything from start to finish But I’m afraid that it would lose its magic That Slight of hand in the dreamland The city of Louisiana that felt like heaven, but everyone was still alive You said you were travellin and you put me in ur pocket You said I tasted like summer, U could feel our pine forest bed You words played on repeat in my head, and It took me a while to get you out But then I’d get a letter with you still calling me baby There’s Pine needles in the parchment and you asking me if I was still searching For the world that I believed and I’d write back not meaning to send how I was fixing settle down in some quiet southern town Now I know u were with him all the while I didn’t think corporate lawyers were your style And I told the elevator operator see u later, there’s a chance I’m not making it d-d-d-down And All you moon drifters, beware of grifters in their glitter, there’s a chance that they’re taking you out (aah) So daisy don’t come, la la la, daisy don’t come to New Orleans daisy don’t come, la la la, daisy don’t come to New Orleans Daisy don’t come, la la la daisy don’t come to New Orleans Daisy don’t come ,, ah daisy will you come? And ah if it wasn’t so tragic, I’d tell u everything from start to finish But I’m afraid that it would lose its magic That Slight of hand in the dreamland The city of Louisiana that felt like heaven, but everyone was still alive
13.
Hold it now, hold tight to the line, then fall back, those who are nearly drowned, don’t fear the rain in the storm On an earlier night, I would’ve known better but tonight I’m tired, too tired to stay warm Stoned enough, stoned enough, to gather in the night if your shaking, if your shaking then come inside 4 and 20 blackbirds There goes indigo bunting, a dark eyed junko at her side they both looked like they’d been crying and I hesitated to ask why There was a picture of a lost cat nailed to a tree, you could see it in it’s eyes Woefully I, woefully I, stood there and tried to be Stoned enough, stoned enough, to gather in the night if your shaking, if your shaking then come inside the finch was singing to the blackbirds in the pie sorry I, sorry I was ever born but they paid him no mind, they were busy counting the common grackle in the caucus, as the thrashers they aligned .. they were Stoned enough, stoned enough, to gather in the night if your shaking, if your shaking, if your shaking then get inside
14.
She bled so hard during his birth she was the middle child, the poet nurse to the union dying swayback horse and the future of the universe can we get the king to catch the cannonball When he was on the high wire And the queen was on the trapeze, hanging from her knees She could see revolution in the nose bleeds with a smile a mile wide She found her son’s heart that lives in a lucky unlucky man To the strangers chest she holds her hand he getting lost in the ceiling fan and his modified American plan can we get the king to catch the cannonball When he was on the high wire And the queen was on the trapeze, hanging from her knees She could see revolution in the nose bleeds with a smile a mile wide The outcast, is digging in the yard He found the mast of the Scottish second guard But wait, when he found the Van Gogh but no one lent an ear can we get the king to catch the cannonball When he was on the high wire And the queen was on the trapeze, hanging from her knees She could see revolution in the nose bleeds with a smile a mile wide Isn’t there a peace we all been looking for Day and night Far and wide Don’t everybody got to just grab hold, lock souls All rising and prizing on the high tide
15.
oh my son, don’t you go far i need you not to go you are long for this world, stay close to the earth Just like I told you so sometimes i feel like we’re falling fast but we never hit ground * and as we’re falling i turn to you now we know the world ain’t round now we know the world ain’t round oh sweet baby you blow my mind with everything that you do * we’ll sit right here for every breath he makes for the sunlight on his face and we do it til we break in two and we do it til we break in two oh sweet baby you blow my mind with everything that you do *you said be strong for this road that we are on could be dangerous could be long *you pour into me and i’ll pour into you and we’ll do it til we break in two oh my son, i see how you fight now you need to rest *i know your scared but we are right here, pullout bed pulled up near, with the nurses fighting the fever like smokejumpers leaving *their plane for the fire, and pilot climbs higher so your dreams don’t get tired lights blinking all round your head your like a Giant and the city’s your bed rest now beautiful boy you’re going to make it now beautiful boy sometimes i feel like we’re falling fast but we never hit ground *and here we’ll stay, and fall another day i can’t remember what to say where do you think he is *does he feel our gentle kiss is he coming back can i hold him in my lap away from all of these machines monitors and IVs *you pour into me and i pour into you we’ll do it til we break in two oh my son, it’s ok let the machine breath for you * you’ll breath again as soon as you can, maybe open up your eyes i think i saw a smile *when i put the sox game on on the radio the light is getting a low still they do not know We can’t get any answers *but you know that it ain’t dark, in middle of fenway park, and the crowd sings with all their heart ah ah ah ah rest now beautiful boy rest now my beautiful boy you going to make it now beautiful boy

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released May 28, 2021

Produced by John Dragonetti and Mike Sawitzke
Engineered by Mike Sawitzke
One By One, As Old As I, The Legend of Connie Hawkins, Silent Type, Second Class, Poet Nurse, Pour Into You, and Stoned Enough To Gather In The Night mixed by Mike Sawitzke
May We All, All This Time, Break Our Fall, Born on Earth, Elevator Operator, and Greta mixed by Dan Molad
Promise Land mixed by Jimmy Parr at Parr Audio

Promise Land engineered by Jimmy Parr
Additional engineering by Jimmy Parr on Silent Type, May We All, All This Time, The Poet Nurse and The Identical Queen, and One By One
Additional engineering by Brian Charles at Zippah on As Old As I, Second Class Soldier, The Legend of Connie Hawkins, and The Poet Nurse and the Identical Queen
Additional engineering by Jeff Kanan on Greta, May We All, All This Time, and One By One

Recorded at Panoramic House and Mount Helena except Promise Land recorded at Parr Audio, and As Old As I, The Legend of Connie Hawkins and Second Class recorded at Zippah with additional recording at Mount Helena.
Additional recording at Parr Audio and The Keep Recording Studio for May We All, All This Time, One By One
Additional recording at Parr Audio for Silent Type
Additional recording at The Keep Studio for Greta

Mastered by Emily Lazar and Chris Allgood at The Lodge, NY

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