Anodyne

by Down and Above

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released August 24, 2004

Produced by Matthew Kirkwold & Down and Above
Mixed by James Harley @ MasterMix Studios Inc., Minneapolis
Drums engineered by James Harley @ MasterMix Studios Inc.
Assistant Drum & Mixing engineer: Nate Smasal
Drum Tech: Stan Rodgers
Bass, Guitar, and Vocals engineered by James Harley, Ian Allison, David Young, & Matthew Kirkwold @ Dave's Basement
Mastered by Chris Bellman @ Bernie Grundman Mastering (LA)
Cover & Graphic design: Rob Worfel
Additional Photography: Jason Bauer
CD Duplication: Noiseland (Minneapolis)

David Young: guitar, vocals
Ian Allison: bass, vocals
Zach Young: drums, vocals
Additional vocals by Matthew Kirkwold
Jeremy Jessen: Additional vocals on “SonofaGun”
Sebastian Davin: Piano on “Severing”

© 2004, Jubba Dee Productions, all rights reserved. All songs written and arranged by down and above (SESAC) except “Joga”, written by Björk and published by The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (ASCAP)

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Track Name: Last Summer's Nightmare
Like a lover on a landmine
Move a muscle at your risk
With a bitter invitation
Never thought it would taste like this
And I wash it down with an insult
Won't be long until June
Pack it up and move it away
Won't be coming back to you
No matter what you say love
No matter what you do

Crack a plastic smile and I'll cut you in my daydream
Last summer all over
Gorgeous on the surface underneath it's the same thing
Last summer's nightmare

Take a sugarpill and lie here cuz what else can I do
All the better leave me thinking all I ever did was love you
And I look away from the illusion staring at me open ripe and in bloom
Dig it up and wash it away
Won't be coming back to you

Leave me in the heat skin burning through the sunscreen
Last summer all over
Peeling back the damage that covered up the feeling
Last summer's nightmare

Seventeen in my mouth just to pin her down

You've said it all before now your words have no meaning
Last summer all over
And if the second time's a dream than why does it seem like last summer's nightmare
Track Name: Divided
Back to home base during darkest days
Hopeful I’ll recover under forest fire haze
Driving home to clear it out
Lungs full of smoke and my head full of doubt

Heading east through North Dakota
Gotta make it home tonight
36th & Lyndale won’t be a pretty sight
Driving home to clear it out
Three years don’t mean nothing when you tear it all down

Bite my tongue when I hear your name
Where was I when we decided we were better off divided
Talking about the one that got away
It’s the story of my life and now I’m trying to rewrite it

In a dream I take you back
And we start it all over again
And remember everything so we can turn before the end

Bite my tongue when I hear your name
Where was I when we decided we were better off divided
Tell me about the one that got away
It’s the story of my life and now I’m trying to rewrite it

Come in, make yourself at home
Take off your shoes, don’t stay too long
What do you feel, nothing at all, to see your art up on my walls
I want to lock the door before you leave
Instead I watch you go
I guess you’ve made your choice
I’m left without a voice

Bite my tongue when I hear your name
Where was I when we decided we were better off divided
2000 miles won’t make this change
The story of my life
I’m trying to make it right
Track Name: Concrete Shoes
Staying up too late I can’t wait for the next day
My guilty pleasure is a rusty bedspring
Dripping the sweat from Sunday morning
Stumble outa bed and keep my pounding head inside
I only want to be close to you
But the pillowcase smells like someone new

Autumn kills the leaves and keeps me alive
Watch the season survive the treason
I’ve been a bad boy with rhyme and reason
Turn my head to see the enemy in my bed this time
Sticky sweet like it’s meant to be
Guilty in the early morning heat

Wait a minute what have you done when your September equals day one
Wait a minute what have you done
This don’t feel like home anymore

Say you’re moving on alone
Don’t want to hear about it
I’ve got both feet stuck in concrete
Is this the place that you call home
Or is it just a shadow
I’ve got both feet stuck

Staying up too late I can’t wait for the next day sunrise
My guilty pleasure is a rusty bedspring
Dripping the sweat from my Sunday morning
Stumble into bed and keep my pounding head inside
Half asleep and I dream of you
But the pillowcase smells like someone new

If you want to meet me halfway
I’m waiting in the middle
I’ve got both feet stuck in concrete
I’m not moving I’m not running away
I couldn’t if I had to
I’ve got both feet stuck in concrete

It’s gonna take a while to get me out

Come back to rescue Northside Bed
Before I turn it over
I’ve got both feet stuck in concrete
You can haunt it if you want it again
I’ve got both feet stuck in concrete
Track Name: Another Day
We're driving home to see the damage that's been done
The corner turns me sick
The house is empty but it's full of all that was
The clock you left in tick

We're taking over taking over the control
But I don't want it now I just want the impossible
I wish that I could find the words to give you

My mind is telling me that all is made anew
But I can't get my thoughts to wrap around this shell of you

Take it away from me
All I ever wanted was another day
Taken away
Choked on the words I had to say

Compressing time to pack a life into a day
Like packing ashes into plastic
The best we can to put this love out on display
Still we can't do half of justice

Take it away from me
All I ever wanted was another day
Taken away
Choked on the words I had to say

I'll pay a tribute with a song that you would choose
Sung a capella

I wish that I could find the words to give you life

Take it away from me
All I ever wanted was another day
Taken away
Choked on the words I had to say
Track Name: Anodyne
Ears ring from the sound
Your mouth runs underground
Open up to say a word
Still don't know what you've heard
Keep it under keep it down
Your voice is always too loud
Body aches and begs
I'll do anything

I feel fine but for my banging head and faucet nose
Keep it under my cracked cuticles and broken bones

Spend my life and waste my time
Spin around to make you mine
Spitting out the anodyne
Spin around to make you mine
Here I am at the edge
Pull me in without protection
You know I want it
You push to make it

You never listen to me
Keep your eyes where I can see
I'm not sleeping so well
Darlin how could you tell
Tell my mother I'm fine
Good thing I know how to lie

I feel fine but for my banging head and faucet nose
Keep it under my cracked cuticles and broken bones
Sleep comes easy when you're poppin' pills and swingin' low
You know I want it I'll do anything

Spend my life and waste my time
Spin around to make you mine
Spitting out the anodyne
Spin around to make you mine
Body aches
Stomach begs
And I hope it doesn't show through
You know I want it
You push to make it

I don't know if I feel so well
I can tell this is going to be hell
Spit it out and time will tell

Spend my life and waste my time
Spin around to make you mine
Spitting out the anodyne
Spin around to make you mine
Pull up close for your protection
End up catching your infection
Know I want it
You know I want it
Track Name: Quiet My Headache
Turn it off it's nothing new
Eyes cry from green to blue
12 hour tears roll down your chest
Cross the water for a second chance

Where is hope when the page is turning
Gun in my mouth to quiet my headache
Try to put it away but the powder's burning
Who could love you & still be standing

Push me down so far I didn't know if I could ever get back
And I could have seen this coming from years away with a hopeful call and a
dead-end ring
12 hour tears
Down your chest
Cross the water

Where is hope when the page is turning
Gun in my mouth to quiet my headache
Try to put it away but the powder's burning
Who could love you & still be standing

Come along I'll take you there
I've done this once already
And I want to take a drink but the water looks filthy
And there's an answer at the bottom but I know you won't be ready
to dive on in cuz the water looks filthy


Where is hope when the page is turning
Gun in my mouth to quiet my headache
Try to put it away but the powder's burning
Who could love you & still be standing
Track Name: Pretty Head
I want to see you move across an empty room
Give into your embrace
I want to see you dance
I wish I had the chance to look you in the face
The sun is going down
You’re not around
Your phone is dead
I wonder where to find you if you lost your pretty head

Your mask is broken and I can’t ignore no matter how I try

I check the street for lights and pace the floor all night inside a quiet
home
This doesn’t feel right
I check the phone for life
Nothing but dial tone
I can’t ignore the sign no matter how I try to lie
I wonder if I lost you why I lost you


Your mask is broken and I can’t ignore no matter how I try
Track Name: Aqua
When we fell in I held you close til I couldn't feel the blood in my hands
We sink down frozen calm as we drift in a blanket of sleep

Come to and roll over
Cough up a lung of water
Stand up to get moving
And I catch you out the corner
Wide-eyed at the shipwreck
Cut my arm just to see if I'm dreaming
Cover up the damage but nothing you do can stop the flood

And we drink to your memory
Under dark love a place so heavenly
Now I brace for what's ahead of me
And we live for the tragedy

If the cut gets deeper
I'll find traces of you in the bloodclot
24 stitches to mend up a day's work
And the winter is over
And the ivy is crawling again
Cover up the damage the same way I hold my head in my hands

And we drink to your memory
Under dark love a place so heavenly
Now I brace for what's ahead of me
And we live for the tragedy

Don't go out too deep
Might get caught underneath half asleep
You belong with me
I'm at your door
Wake up and see your life is on the shore

And on that day I saw you turn ripe to rust peach to grey
Keep going down to that place where the water kissed you goodbye

And we drink to your memory
Under dark love a place so heavenly
Now I brace for what's ahead of me
And we live for the tragedy
Track Name: Sonofagun
What happened to my son
Would a bigger man want to carry a gun
Heartbreaker, Widowmaker
Daddy didn’t raise no bellyacher

Load em up and hit the road
Leave Montana buried in the cold
He’s walking tall, looking pretty
Won’t last ten days living in the big city

Now he’s looking for a home
Somewhere to rest his weary bones
Take it from a hip-heavy good ol’ boy
You’ll sleep better with your head on a real man’s toy

Someone said like father like son
At three years old Johnny got his gun
Don’t want to be there when you pull the trigger
Keep it close but honey don’t abuse it
Lose it in the Mississippi after you use it
Don’t want to be there

Don’t forget where you came from boy
Blowing me off like you have the choice
And all this time I wonder why
What happened to my son

Wouldn’t Red Rider be so proud
To see the piece of metal you carry around
Don’t want to be there when you pull the trigger
Hero with a low-slung hip-tight holster
Big strong man with a chip on his shoulder
Don’t want to be there
Put it down, I see your finger twitch
The game is over when you scratch the itch
Don’t want to be there when you pull the trigger
Track Name: Severing
Would a promise make me kiss the violence
Would a promise light my fuse
Remove the cuffs and kill the silence
Dissolve my ties with you

We said fuck 'em a speech in a bathroom stall
A call to the independent scene
Pushed to the back of my memory
A promise that has to come clean

I find courage to let it die
Picking up what's mine
Severing the line
Color brighter when eyes are wide
Won't look back this time
Severing the line

Someday you'll find your moving target has settled where we started
Just in time for you to look up and find your game has parted

The grip is too tight on the lifeline
The cord wrapped around my neck
Open the blade and remember a promise I couldn't forget

I'll find courage to let it die
Checking vital signs
Severing the line
Color brighter when eyes are wide
Won't look back this time
I'm done falling short in your eyes
Endless compromise for a hollow prize

Was "fuck em" just a speech in a bathroom stall
A call to the independent scene
In flesh we steer clear of the drama
And watch it unfold on the screen
Track Name: For The Ghost Living In My Home
Bright eyes this morning
The sun came up too late
Cold cup of coffee reminds me I’m too late
It doesn’t help that winter takes her sweet time
Drop the anchor to keep you on the line

For the ghost that’s living in my home
The name at the end of the dial tone
Move out west just to save some face
Think about this place

And now I have to wonder how it’s gonna be
Will it make you happy living without me

For the ghost that’s living in my home
The name at the end of the dial tone
For the hair at the bottom of the shower drain
Nothing left to say

For the ghost that’s living in my home
The name at the end of the dial tone
For the rebound wreck who will take your place and the mess you’ve made

You wear me out
You turn me down
Run out on me and find something else
Don’t you come back around
I’ll turn you down
I’ll wear you out
I’ll turn you down
Get off on me when there’s no one else
Wait and see
You’ll come back to me
I’ll turn you down

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