You and the Earth, You and the Sea

by The Desert Line

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Produced and Engineered by Jason Phillips, Marc Jeffares, and Patricia Pauchnick at Sunnyside Up Studio in San Francisco, CA and The Tinshack in Eureka, CA

Mixed by Marc Jeffares with Jason Phillips at The Tinshack

Mastered by Michael Romanowski at Coast Mastering in Berkeley, CA
Album Artwork and Design by Patricia Pauchnick

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released April 4, 2017

Jason Phillips - Fender Jazzmaster, Fender Telecaster, Vocals, Glockenspiel, Kalimba, Synthesizer, Soundscape Design, Ukulele.

Patricia Pauchnick - Keys, Vocals, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Glockenspiel, Accordion.

Marc Jeffares - Fender Rhodes, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Upright Piano, Soundscape Design, Supporting Vocals.

Samuel Kaplan-Good - Drums, Percussion, Bass Guitar (on "Wandering Dreams")

Michael Humphreys - Bass Guitar

Other contributing musicians: Issa Stemler, Anwyn Halliday, Danny Gaon, Ari Davie, Lauren Strella, Gabrielle Wood, Chris Parreira, Stephen Bajza, Sam Bajza, and Sean Healy.

All songs written by Jason Phillips and Patricia Pauchnick (ASCAP), except "All the Forgotten Hours" written by Patricia Pauchnick, Jason Phillips, and Marc Jeffares (ASCAP and BMI).

All string and horn parts written and arranged by Jason Phillips and Patricia Pauchnick, except "Banquet and Chorus" written and arranged by Marc Jeffares and Jason Phillips.

Dedicated to the enduring memory of Candy Pauchnick

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Track Name: All the Forgotten Hours
I don’t wanna be a machine
I don’t wanna be a machine
Etching out the same routine
I don’t wanna be a machine

I don’t wanna be a machine
I don’t wanna be a machine
Endlessly revolving
I don’t wanna be your machine
Track Name: Pastures
Seeds of confusion are all they sow
Pastures of heaven turned fallow
No sleeve for a heart to hang
An echo of the words that they sang

What’s mine is yours, but yours ain’t mine
Cast our stones into the ocean, the slow current of time
Crime is law, folly’s praised
And you, so young, speak of the old days

How they find you
Is how they’ll define you
Making their lies true
History brand new

For those who roam in digital flesh
Your words an application at best
You may come by a dollar or three
You can not download dignity

Singing to “you” is such a trope
You're earless, agentless, beyond hope
Your avarice notions of the self-obsessed
Like all those who roam in digital flesh

How they find you
Is how they’ll define you
Making their lies true
History brand new

All you women and all you men,
Pay heed to the fourth citizen
Track Name: Be Less Bitter
All I wanted was to find some understanding
Of what it means to pass on through this world
It’s been a while since I’ve felt myself standing
On something that felt like solid ground

But fate was on my side today
She reached down and held my face
Was ready to bury a piece of myself
With someone that I love
But now we all have some more time

When I go I hope I go with kindness
When I go I hope I go with grace
Sometimes in life I’ve been so filled with anger
That in time I hope I can erase

To be a little bit less bitter
Be a little bit less bitter
Be a little bit less bitter
Track Name: Business Casual
A California lie
The California dream
The silicon valley sky
A silicon valley scheme

A gold rush wind
No luster or shine
Sun baked avenues
And white collar crime
Here it comes, the future again
Is the future technology’s twin?

Lay down

No, I can’t take it
No, I can’t shake it off anymore
Who let these eyes and ears in my room?
Who thought Big Brother could grow up so soon?

Lay down

Skyscrapers as usual
(Hush, hush, little one)
A turmoil in business casual
(Hush, hush little boy)
A harried humdrum battle
(Hush, hush little girl)

A gold rust wind
Blustrous brine
Rain glazed boulevards
And blue collar time

Here it comes, the past again
Is the past technology’s twin?

No, I won’t take it
No, I won’t shake it off any more
Get these eyes and ears from my room
This Big Brother brat, is just a crazy loon
Like a cartoon

Yeah! Let’s take it
Yes, let’s shake them up some more
Your eyes and ears are your own room
Don’t let them take your tongue and your brain so soon
Track Name: Banquet and Chorus
If life ain’t what you want it to be
Stuck in your misery
Find a new love
Find a new love, yeah

If you’ve been burned by your own desire
And you’re drowning in denial
Find a new love
Find a new love, yeah

When you wake, you feel lost
Where’s the joy you’ve come across?
Find a new love
Find a new love, yeah

Day by day it’s just the same
Plenty of room to complain
Find a new love
Find a new love, yeah

Now you’re thinking of no one
But yourself
Life is a banquet and chorus
But you’re starving and voiceless, voiceless

No time for the daily news
When hourly you can’t be amused
Find a new love
Find a new love, yeah

You’re coming through in other ways
You’re lost in sadness gaze
In the progression on days

‘Round and ‘round and around you spin
In an orbit of lies again
Gravity of pain
Orbit of angst

Your life ain’t what you want it to be
Stuck in your misery
You’ve got to find a new love
Find a new love, yeah

Now you’re thinking of no one
But yourself
Life is a banquet and chorus
But you’re starving and voiceless, voiceless

Born with love and a curse
Trade your days to fill your purse
And it makes you feel much worse

Vacant halls and barren walls
Broken memories where darkness crawls
And it’s crawling right over you

A thief called sadness stole your heart
You look and look for a place to start
You look and look, you look and look

“Memory, tell me where am I found
Conscience drowned as time goes ‘round
‘Round and ‘round and ‘round and ‘round

Fate forsaken, joy awaken
Your time is money
But both are taken

Broken man, empty land
Where do you stand, you face of sand
You’re hardly even a man

Your gears ground
They go ‘round and ‘round
Your gears ground
They go ‘round and ‘round
‘Round, ‘round, ‘round

Now you’re thinking of no one
But yourself
Life is a banquet and chorus
But you’re starving and voiceless, voiceless
Track Name: Night on Earth
Oh sea,
Carry me
Take my pride
And my vanity
Oh sea,
Carry me
I will drift
Like a leaf
Track Name: Wandering Dreams
Through vacant halls of darkness
The vestiges of my home
These walls speak so eloquent
Adorned with the life I’ve known

The glory of song
Upon my lips
Like my lover
Like my love

The floorboards creak nostalgic
And awaken the hush of night
There’s no greater distance than time
And sadness seems a virtue
For the victims of its crime

The glory of song
Upon my lips
Like my lover
Like my love

These vacant halls in my home
This vacant home in my soul

Mapless traversing of memory
Aimless revolving of thought
Takes me to my home
That is no longer
Yet not forgot
Track Name: Gifts of Ignorance
I want life at once
Been a stranger to myself
Nightmares run through my days

Like a dream within a dream
Lost in currents of doubt
Wakes of nerves swarm my spine

Linger on for the guiding light
Linger on for splendid sight
Linger on for guiding light

Oh, babe!
My true love!

Let us two be one
Joined by the grace of our embrace
And the gifts of our ignorance

Forget how to squander
Neglect our woe
Eschew tears, so glum

Linger on for guiding light
Linger on for splendid sight
Linger on for guiding light

Oh, babe!
My true love!

Through the darkness of the valleys, cities of the plain
You remain
And the lightless gloom of a grim barren land
There you stand
Come take me, come take me, come take me
By the hand

Oh, babe!
My true love!

Sleepless silent shadows cast over us
But oh, what I’ve learned:
Here I am, Here I am!
It’s you and I
It’s you and the earth,
You and the sea
Track Name: Ribbons
Time,
Collecting fast
Boundless ribbons
Of the past

‘Til I’ve got no mind
Got no feeling
Got no heart

Daybreak,
It will wane
As will joy,
As will pain

‘Til I’ve got no mind
Got no feeling
Got no heart

But I got your love,
Got your feeling
Got your mind
Got your heart

I don’t have a care anymore,
I don’t have a care
Track Name: What More Can Music Do?
You can hear it on the lips of a friend
Or blowing soft and sweet on the wind
It is the sound
That makes your heart mend

What more can music do for you?

Calm you down
Or make you sad
Fall in love
Or turn you mad

What more can music do for you?

It’s just a little song that’s in your head