Fences

by Bombadil

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1.
the thing about you only you think you’re special what's a person to do when there's no room on the pedestal what's so great about you forgetting, forgetting all that we’ve been through and betting i wouldn’t guess it's you know who the thing about you only you have an ego what’s a friend to do i never thought you’d stoop low what's so great about you forgetting all that we’ve been through and betting i wouldn’t guess it’s you know who think about all the dirty things you said, said about me think about all the dirty things you said, said about me what you said about me it’s been more than a few long days since our last hello do your eyes water too from burning bridges everywhere you go what's so great about you forgetting, forgetting all that we’ve been through and betting i wouldn’t guess it's you know who
2.
we’re not those kind of people the ones that speak no evil loose cannon righteous weasels i’m never wrong and if you looked in our basket we’ve got hate that’s just fantastic funny how well we’ve masked it living so long even if we were bred for jubilation like a peacock in fur i believe we’ve been led to temptation washed down the river and hooked on the lure we’re not those kind of people the ones that speak no evil dark magic voodoo needles all just for fun and if you looked right past me i got thoughts that make you walk half speed trip and fall and cry and bleed until i am done maybe i’ve let you down maybe i’ve done worse we’re hot black cars burning diesel run on fumes that churn deceitful smoking like a foot-smashed beetle dried by the sun if i’m hungry to be kind and grateful honestly i’ll end up hateful curse the soup and break the ladle starve out the young
3.
Binoculars 03:37
people look right people look left people look right when they look their best people look down people look up people looking down to the bottom of the cup people looking down to the bottom of the cup i raise up my binoculars and i see everything everywhere i see detail of that i'm sure but i don’t see me and that hurts the most people look far people look close people look severe and a little morose people look down people look up people looking down are a little abrupt people looking down are a little abrupt i raise up my binoculars and i see everything everywhere i see detail of that i'm sure but i don’t see me and that hurts the most i can’t see me i can’t see you too i can’t see me i can’t see you too people look, people look, people look everywhere but up people look, people look, people look everywhere but up i raise up my binoculars and i see everything everywhere i see detail of that i'm sure but i don’t see me and that hurts the most people look, people look, people look everywhere but up people look, people look, people look everywhere but up
4.
some things just don’t go together other things never add up some people are always broken you and me i think we’re tough half for you half for me 50 for you 50 for me math is just like our love for each equation 2=1 isometry is a true sum divide us multiply us the image is the same beside us 2=1 some roads go side by side other paths twist and skew some roads they fork and split but me and you’d share goodbye too half for you half for me 50 for you 50 for me math is just like our love for each equation 2=1 isometry is a true sum divide us multiply us the image is the same beside us 2=1 2=1 you and me are true close the book read the proof I never knew math is loving you math is just like our love for each equation 2=1 isometry is a true sum divide us multiply us the image is the same beside us 2=1
5.
Perfect 03:12
what would be the color of our first house would we have two bedrooms if we can’t work it out will the kitchen be yellow with a window will the porch have heart pine that never grows old don’t be afraid of the work to do and i would kiss you and you would like that and you said, and you said, you said everything was perfect where would be the garden of our first house would we have a door to let the dogs out will we have a fireplace with a red rug will we have a bookcase for the books we love don’t be afraid of the work to do and i would kiss you and you would like that and you said, and you said, you said everything was perfect you said everything was and i wonder can we solve them and you said there was no problem we couldn’t fix what would be the name of our first kid i know you like emma jean but i can’t stand it will she need to be beautiful in all she does will he succeed in love and the french language don’t be afraid of the work to do and i would whisper to you and you would like that and you said, you said everything was, you said everything was perfect
6.
Fence 03:16
i’m wondering where i stand am i the front door or am i the land that you’re living on until you can move along i’m wondering, wondering where i stand could this be your plan a blueprint you’ve drafted and understand with me just a practical afterthought placed at the back of the lot could this, could this be your plan i am a fence in your backyard why is it so hard and it’s hardly love if i can’t let you run down to the gate the latch is undone i’m thinking of the places i’ve stood am i a castle or am i wood that you’ll paint upon until it dries and peels on the lawn i’m thinking, thinking of the places i’ve stood look at all the leaves i’ve stopped am i a line am i a spot that you’ll wish upon until i’m downed by wind and rot look at, look at all the leaves i’ve stopped i am a fence in your backyard why is it so hard and it’s hardly love if i can’t let you run down to the gate the latch is undone and it’s far enough if i can’t see anyone don’t make me wait the latch is undone all the things i could be in your life the closest i’ll ever get fills me with regret and it makes no sense i am a fence in your backyard why is it so hard and it’s hardly love if i can’t let you run down to the gate the latch is undone and it’s far enough if i can’t see anyone don’t make me wait the latch is undone
7.
i got good news sadie, i got bad news too i got a loose heart baby and i got things that i shouldn’t start the one i tell first shouldn’t make the others worse that’s the story of me loving you i got things i should say sadie, words of weary sadness too i got lost along the way baby and i can’t get back to me being new the one i tell first shouldn’t make the others worse that’s the story of me loving you and if you find never me mind read the news line by line gone for reasons that make leaving not easy to define i got a new girl sadie, sometimes she looks like you i can’t seem to call her baby cuz calling her that won’t make it true the one i tell first shouldn’t make the others worse that’s the story of me loving you and if you find never me mind read the news line by line gone for reasons that make leaving not easy to define the one i tell first shouldn’t make the others worse that’s the story of me loving you
8.
oh i tried to let you let yourself go but then my arms won’t let you oh i tried to hold you hold yourself up but then my arms always caught you let’s put our fingers in our fingers and oh my what are those brown eyes that look back at me if i’m a singer you’re a singer we’re a duet of those low and highs that make harmony i could make you so happy oh i tried to back your back when you lead but then you’re easy to follow oh i tried to make you make you love me but then your heart’s never hollow let’s put our fingers in our fingers and oh my what are those brown eyes that look back at me if i’m a singer you’re a singer we’re a duet of those low and highs that make harmony i could make you so happy i could untie all your knots make you feel good when you’re not just so you could be so happy i could roll up all the dirt into flowers when you’re hurt you would always be so happy i would blow out all the smoke make you whole when you were broke i just want you to be so happy i would tear down all the walls i would do anything at all to make you so happy oh i tried to let you let yourself go but then my arms won’t let you oh i tried to hold you hold yourself up but then my arms always caught you let’s put our fingers in our fingers and oh my what are those brown eyes that look back at me if i’m a singer you’re a singer we’re a duet of those low and highs that make harmony
9.
Long Life 02:37
i was born on a wednesday don’t yet know when i’ll die you know the thought it terrifies me so i just have one plea i want a long life yeah a long life a long life for you and me i want a long life yeah a long life a long life for you and me well the years are slipping by me like fish in a silver stream can’t seem to catch ’em baby and i wish you were here with me so i hope you can believe in me even though it’s gotten so damn hard to be counting down the days until we get to wake up in each other’s arms i’m hoping for a long life yeah a long life a long life for you and me a long life yeah a long life a long life for you and me everybody needs everything right now broke that wishbone in the garden swore we’d make it somehow so i can wait i’m in no hurry to finish our long life yeah a long life a long life for you and me a long life yeah a long life a long life for you and me a long life for you and me a long life for you and me
10.
is this danger is this true love is this something i can hope to know is this laughter is this anger is this a reason to lose control i have stood on the mountain apex waiting for the truth i have walked a million miles just to see what i already knew is this a basket is this my own life is this container to never use is this sadness is this past us is this a moment we did not choose i have walked through the darkest forest waiting for inspiration i have prayed a million hail marys just to wait at that godless station i’ve been holding back on loving you i've been holding back, i've been holding back I’ve been holding back on holding you i've been holding back, i've been holding back is this wisdom is this garbage is this something i can throw away is this caution is this springtime is this a season that will not stay i’ve been holding back on loving you i've been holding back, i've been holding back I’ve been holding back on holding you i've been holding back, i've been holding back is this over is this my wish is this a speech that i have never heard is this a lion is this a lamb is this a nature where we can’t be sure
11.
all those people telling you ‘no’ would you believe them anyway that’s the thing about a slippery slope you can slide but there’s not always snow in the valley and if you wanted it so badly i would listen close i would make the most but sadly i don’t think it’s so all those times that we took the stage would you remember like a cold river that's thing about a lion cage you can watch and still be amazed and deeply bitter and if you wanted it so badly i would listen close i would make the most but sadly i don’t think it’s so cuz i know you and you know me too is there any doubt what we should do no matter what you say i know that you're not ok and i walk away if i have to all the friends that you lost parsed and sold out to the lowest bidder that's the thing about blinking your eyes you can blink and then it’s goodbye forever i can walk away if i have to

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released March 3, 2017

Daniel Michalak - piano, guitar, vocals
James Phillips - percussion, vocals
Stacy Harden - upright bass, vocals
with Bryan Rahija - guitar

Additional players:
Andrew Maguire - percussion
John Vanderslice - minimoog
Nasir Bhanpuri - data science

All Songs Written by Bombadil (Wah the Wah/SESAC)

Produced & Engineered by John Vanderslice at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco, CA, 9/1/16-9/14/16
Assistant Engineers: Sami Perez, Raj Sabhlok
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA
Management: Dolphus Ramseur, James Abbott, Abby Frackman at Ramseur Records
Booking: Frank Riley at High Road Touring
Publicity: Matt Hanks, Ally Norton at Shore Fire Media
Project Manager: Eric Oberstein

Cover Art: Kelda Martensen
Inside Jacket Photo: D.L. Anderson
Package Design: Jeremy Okai Davis

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