What Friends Are For

by Living Rheum

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Our first full length! 10 songs, 9 members, all awesome! Hope you like it!

Recorded in Portland, OR March of 2011.

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released March 20, 2011

guitar/vocals/all songs by: Jon Satin, violin: Oshi Wills, accordion: Daniella Jimanez, baritone sax/bass clarinet: Daniel Nickerson, cello/mandolin: Dan Byers, percussion: Kyle Moderhak, banjo: Ian Griffith, upright bass: Ian Wollman, saw: Maxwell Lysenhower. Recorded and mixed by James Kolberg.

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Track Name: Don't Forget To Flush.
Well, I’m glad they tore down the buildings
Where we once stole the signs
For your bedroom
Or for mine

Well don’t offer your confessions
I did not ask for them
I know just where you’ve been
Don’t remind me again

And I said
“Remember when
We were so
Happy?”

And you said
“No I don’t”

And I said
“I remember
The way you used to
Smile”

And you said
“Well, fuck, I never smiled”

I know the floors must be getting
Pretty dirty in that
House we never had
We said we’d have

And I know the dishes must be piling
Up in the sink
We never shared
We'll never share


And I said
“Remember when
We were so
Happy?”

And you said
“No I don’t”

And I said
“I remember
The way you used to
Smile”

And you said
“Well, fuck, I never smiled”

So don’t ask how I got so bitter
And I wont ask how you got so sweet
Lying in the street
While suitors come and kneel at your
Feet.
Track Name: Planes, Trains and Automobiles starring John Candy and Steve Martin
I've been blazing this new frontier
And I know you're hot on my trail
If a march through Oklahoma is filled with Tears,
Then mine is filled with Fears
All this hunger that I feel, it stems from you,
The ways yours, it stems from me
While I'm eating these leaves you are eating your young,
You love the taste of blood on your tongue!

And you grabbed my gun to shoot my down, but I don't care no more
And you grabbed my torch to burn this town, but I don't live there no more

You've been hopping trains and killing your brains,
Wearing down these railroad tracks
But when they go flat you will know where I'm at
And you'll burn down my little, old shack

And you grabbed my gun to shoot my down, but I don't care no more
And you grabbed my torch to burn this town, but I don't live there no more

I'm just waiting for that quiet night,
When I'm standing above your bed
You open your eyes, they are empty and cold,
And with one swoop, I'll chop of your head!

And you grabbed my gun to shoot my down, but I don't care no more
And you grabbed my torch to burn this town, but I don't live there no more
No more.
Track Name: Whispers
We went down and drew pictures in crayons
The kinds of lives that we wished that we led
We folded them up and we threw ‘em all down
To the river like airplanes, like sleds
And you whispered my name like a secret
While the mice all around us played tag
And my chest, well it felt like a jailbreak
And my voice sounded like I’d been gagged

Whoa-whoa
Whoa-whoa

And never, not once did we go back there
There are calmer waters to tread
But that day that you stopped speaking to me
Was the day that I always did dread
But you whispered my name like a secret
While ripples went frequent to few
And like so many treasure chests and drowning men
I let sink my thoughts full of you
And then I let sink my body, too

Whoa-whoa
Whoa-whoa
Track Name: All The Time
We were friends in highschool
But somehow I’ve lost track of you
And I’m sorry that we don’t speak anymore

'Cause I don't remember your dog’s name
And your phone number’s receding
I just keep on forgetting and I miss you, I miss you all the time….

All the time
All the time
I miss you all the time

Well you, you were my best friend
I wonder just what happened
Is it all my fault? Should I not have moved away?

I know that you got stuck there
But never think I don’t care
The nights that we shared were the best I ever had and I miss you all the time..

All the time
All the time
I miss you all the time

So please, when I come back this winter
Say you will remember
Don’t leave me with the Christmas shakes

Sometimes I need a smiling face
Sometimes I really hate this place
But when I think about those Easters in your house I miss you all the time…

All the time
All the time
I miss you all the time
Track Name: Things I Am Not
I’m no bear
Well you can see that from there
I’m not big
You’ve got nothing to fear

You’re no deer
Well, I can see that from here
You’re no faun
You’re not searching for a steer

If I’m sleeping, I’m sorry, forgive me
If I miss you, I’m sorry, don’t miss me

I’m no cloud
I don’t surround myself in shrouds
I’m not white
Oh, I wouldn’t make you proud

If I’m sleeping, I’m sorry, forgive me
If I miss you, I’m sorry, don’t miss me.
If I’m sleeping, well, I’m sorry, please forgive me
And if I missed you, my apologies, just don’t miss me

You’re no sky
I can see that in your eyes
You don’t go dark
And you never say goodbye

If I’m sleeping, I’m sorry, forgive me
If I miss you, I’m sorry, don’t miss me
And if I’m sleeping, well, I swear, I’m sorry, please forgive me
And if I missed you, well, I suggest that you don’t miss me
Track Name: A Southern Belle
In the car you cried on my shoulder
The night we realized you grew older
When we finally figured out this was our town
And you decided that you were not moving back down

I touched your hair
I kissed your cheek
I held you tight
I loved you that night

We had a lighthouse out on the water
A beacon of light to guide us back
You were a southern belle, a southern daughter
I couldn't hold back all those things that I lacked

I touched your hair
I kissed your cheek
I held you tight
I loved you that night

Oh, summer has a way to make distance real
And oh, distance has a way to make broken lovers heal
Another chance once we've both cleared out heads
Another night I could spend asleep in your bed

I touched your hair
I kissed your cheek
I held you tight
I loved you that night
Track Name: September
September came and it went away
I guess I must look so different
With flowers and pins and all of our sins
Scattered wherever we drifted

If my feet are the carriage, my mind is the breaks (x4)

I got your bracelet today
And I'll wear it just like I swore I would
Opened my mailbox to colours and tape
I'll probably burn the envelope

If my feet are the carriage, my mind is the breaks (x4)

So take me away from September skies
And water from rivers of tears in your eyes
I'm happier here than I was at home
I'm happier here than I was alone

If my feet are the carriage, my mind is the breaks (x4)
If my heart is the carriage, my mind is the breaks (x4)
Track Name: When In Rome
I don’t know what to say to you ‘cause everytime I look at you, my hands get sweaty,
my eyes get buggy, I just lose my cool
I don’t know if I can look at you ‘cause everytime I think of you, my heart gets achey,
my voice gets shakey, and my balls turn blue
But I just want to be with you or even just be around you, so you can hold my sweaty hand, oh you’re just so damn cool
So just stick around
You’ve got one month down
And just a few more to go

I would call you up today if I could think of what to say, even though I can’t, I think you understand, I’ll just do it anyway
I would ask you out today, but I said I’d wait and that’s okay, I said it’s fine, I said it’s fine, I’m sorry that I lied
I know it wasn’t intentional, but that doesn’t mean it’s inconsequential, the things I’ve been going through, that bed I shared with you
So come on over
Bring a four leaf clover
And we’ll see who’s lucky tonight

I just want to sit with you, do anything you want to do, play go fish or make a wish throwing coins in a pond
I just want to stick with you, shake hands while mine’s full of glue, so I have an excuse not to leave when I get nervous in your wake
And I just want to hang out with you or maybe even kiss you too, smoking bongs and sing-alongs, the best way to spend a day
So let’s build a home
‘Cause when in Rome
We’ll wear the gloves that fit

So one more time
Put your hand in mine
And wear the glove that fits
Track Name: December
In December I'll go back home
I fly right over the hills
And I know without my trusty coat
I'll get stuck here with the chills
And on the plane in the morning
I could see the stars below us
And flashing like lightning bugs
We follow where they show us
La la la la

Well my day was okay
And my night was alright
But my year, I fear is done

In Boston, through the snow
I will hold your hand while we go
And your eyes burn so bright
Just watch these flames ignite!
And there's Christmas trees left in the street
While we're waiting for New Years Eve
Hold my hand, hold my hand, hold my hand, hold my hand!
And believe them when they say you've got a good man
La la la la...

Well my day was okay
And my night was alright
But my year, I fear is done (x a lot)
Track Name: The Smokey Mountains Part IV
We held hands in the rain, singing at the clouds
Like on my birthday when we ran through it and took shelter in a lamp store
We held the moon in our pockets, you the light side, I the dark
The clouds took down every word that we said
They're good about that, and they always sing back
And as the drops hit the top of the metal trash cans I hear the chorus:

I
love
you
and
you
love
me