up for air

by batteryboy

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    side a:
    choosing sides
    winter's gate
    just enough
    cross divide
    cascade sky

    side b:
    up for air
    beautiful
    symptoms
    the possible
    from up here
    matter of trust

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    track listing:
    choosing sides
    winter's gate
    just enough
    cross divide
    cascade sky
    up for air
    beautiful
    symptoms
    the possible
    from up here
    matter of trust

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The first full-length album from batteryboy.

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released 18 June 2013

Cobey Rouse - vocals, guitar, drums
Shannon Frid-Rubin - vocals, violin, bowed glockenspiel, percussion
Eric Carranza - keys, electric guitar, ukelele, bass, vocals

Also:
Peter Anderson - additional percussion

Lyrics and arrangements by Rouse
Music by Rouse, Frid-Rubin and Carranza
Engineered and mixed by Peter Anderson at Flowers Studio
Cover design by Paul Gardner @ FloraFauna, florfaunaworld.com
©2013 Galloping Spread, LLC

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batteryboy Minneapolis, Minnesota

batteryboy is an orchestral indie-folk group featuring Cobey Rouse, Eric Carranza, violinist Leah Ottman and cellist Hilary James. Their unique blend of strings, Rhodes, slide guitar and 4-part harmonies on top of rhythmic guitar, ukulele and Velvet Underground-esque drum beats adds a tense, emotional soundtrack to Rouse's emotionally personal lyrics. ... more

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Track Name: winter's gate
walk until my bones are cold
dead of winter taken hold
slowly I begin to understand
deep into the dark of night
nothing else but bitter white
I reach into the darkness for your hand

find a place to keep us warm
sheltered for now from the storm
keep together close we'll last the night
waves begin to turn to ice
dancing flames begin to die
the force of you against me gives me life

wrapped in blankets wrapped in heat
slowly hearts begin to beat
winter's gate lies straight ahead
we'll take it with force, we'll leave the rest

between two trees the sun will rise
all your worries all your cries disappear into the waves at night
float away into the waterside
Track Name: the possible
sleep against the window
watching rain race down against your cheeks
dream of love you'll never know
believe in something you have never seen
wake in the middle of everything
moving back and forth it spins you round
until you fall don't make a sound
reach for it, raise your arms into the sky
reach for something you could never find

it's the possible towering above your system
cowering in corners by the door
it's the possible cowering behind your symptoms
towering above your cellar floor

fear of never knowing
fear of knowing what's on the other side
seek a new beginning
far from all the things you've always tried
run as fast as you can bare
run from wisdom run from knowing run from turning over one more page
if you dare, something's bound to make it's way
into your heart if you can make the space
Track Name: matter of trust
so caught up in rainbows
why wouldn’t you know
why i can’t be all those things
all that you wanted
all that you needed
all that you wished me to be

why would you want to
feed my emotion
nurture my wretched speed
feed my emotion, dangle in battle
dangle and feel your breeze
blow me away now
far from your saddened
far from your certainty

i want it all
i can’t believe
i want you
i wanted it all
i swear that, i swear that you crawled
i couldn’t believe it, i wouldn’t believe it
if i hadn’t seen it myself
Track Name: up for air
secrets spilled like rain never fill the cup again
the feelings that remain, never coming up for air these days
the feeling came again
the sun light’s up ahead
the hope it spreads like love again

i found the great design
i found the reason why
the day that i was born, the day i wondered why

marching forth like other men i never wanted to pretend like them
embracing lives i never lived
becoming much more than i could dream
the satellites overhead
your breath against my neck
your eyes they tell me i’m alright

i found the great design
i found the reason why
the day that i was born, the day i wondered why

the water fills the cup hold still
i climb my way back up the hill
be careful not to steal the light, surrender to the dark of night
fly high above, don’t fall behind
hold on tight, hold on so tight
i finally found the great design, the day i was born
the day i wondered why
Track Name: choosing sides
when all you feel is fire
when all you see is white
when every way you turn worn down and wearing frowns
i'll be waiting on the other side for you
when every line you draw fades out
when every thought you think grows doubt
when every light glows black
when words can't fill the cracks
i’ll be waiting on the other side for you
when nothing feels quite right
when lights go black outside
when winter steals your faith
when nothing feels the same
i'll be waiting on the other side for you
when the world sees you've had enough
buried deep and the waters rough
i'll be waiting on the other side with you
when stares burn and lies are true
no faith left just emptiness
i'll be waiting on the other side with you
Track Name: cross divide
i long for you to rescue me
pull me out of scorched debris
i call for you you can't hear me
from all the way beneath
too strong for you to clear the way
too far for you to reach my hand
you run for help but no one comes
i know you've done all you can

sleep tight, sleep until the sun rises dream sweet
don't believe the things they tell you don't believe that you can fly
please, please just surrender don't get caught
trying to pretend you're stronger than you really are

blue skies ahead keep calling out
not far from here we'll stop for now
make peace make plans to conquer more
to cross divide to end the war

sleep tight, sleep until the sun rises dream sweet
don't believe the things they tell you don't believe that you can fly
please, please just surrender don't get caught
trying to pretend you're stronger than you really are

hopelessly i tried to hold on to everything
i tried to grasp on to anything
i would've settled for emptiness
just to say i had found something
to live for and to bring me peace
i could've set my heart on a string
to dangle and to catch the wind
just to say i had found something
to live for now
Track Name: cascade sky
broken houses empty fountains screams and shouting trying to believe
pain and sorrow hangs tomorrow buried in the concrete underneath heads on sidewalk listening for the footsteps coming home to set you free
silly boy don't waste your courage trying to find wisdom on your knees

cause all you'll have is me, no wishes on the breeze all you'll have is me no one else is hiding up there curse me i don’t care

blue beneath the black like grease you beat yourself you lost your will to breathe
take off your shoes look at the clouds and start to walk without a doubt you'll see
that's where spirits learn to fly and that's where you will find the will to fight
whistling through the bending trees you'll find your meaning in the stars at night

cause all you'll have is you, revealing all that's true all you'll have is you
no one else is hiding up there, just stars in blackened air
Track Name: beautiful
i woke up in my sleep
dreamed i couldn't see a thing
only whispers only sounds from down a mountain high
i started out to climb just to see if i could find
the thing that shined below the trees that whispered in the night
so dark all i could do was to feel in front of me
and let my hands act as my eyes to see what i could find

and it grabbed a hold of me
spun me round the leaves
forced my eyes to see to believe
it's beautiful, to see what you believe

i walked into a cavern to shield my face from frosted winds
but once i turned to build a fire something stole my flames
hiding in the shadows i reached out to touch its face
but once i stretched out far enough i woke up to my name
but i found myself still dreaming just inside another dream
i screamed but no one heard so deep down inside this place
and it grabbed a hold of me
that feeling that you need
to find just what you seek
what you believe
it's beautiful, to find the life you seek

when you wake will you believe
all the things you never see
will you find the life you seek
will you dream the dreams you dream
it's beautiful to see
Track Name: symptoms
sometimes the symptoms never really go away
they started showing up just the other day
you treat them just the same they're guaranteed to stay
haunt around every corner every step you take
they'll pin you to the floor spin into your face
sometimes the symptoms never really go away

the doctor said to take these three times a day
they'll make you feel like a hero just for today
but brace yourself, they're coming to take you away

you take the pills to make the visions fade to black
replacing them with symptoms pulsing like a heart attack
they’ll strap you to a board and roll you down the hall
ceiling lights race past your eyes begin to crawl
the symptoms strike much harder when you reach the door
you beg for mercy you beg the staff for something more

the doctor said to take these three times a day
they'll make you feel like a hero just for today
but brace yourself, they're coming to take you away

the world can't tell if you're over emotional
and no one knows if you can't handle it
so take your dose and bury those symptoms deep down in your self
if you can't stop what's happening inside your head
then how can you start moving foot-by-foot ahead
just take your dose and bury those symptoms deep down in your self
Track Name: from up here
wake to the light of the golden lit sky
look around, take a look not another person in sight
this could all be yours, all yours if you want to try
to take your life, take it outside for a while

to live to love to feel alive
to see the light go on inside
to see them dream under moonlight
to see them play by fireside

i could be so much more than i ever dreamed i could
when every single word sounds just like it should
i close my eyes tight so the colors they swirled
like the most perfect song sung in a most perfect world

to taste a taste of what it's like
to share it all with you by my side
from way up here everything's just fine
from way up here life just seems so right

but can anyone really stay up this high
or do you lose your ground and stumble down
and fall into the river at night
no, not for me i’ll disappear and make this home for you, you’ll see
for only you and me
Track Name: just enough
leaking through can you stop enough catch the rest keep it for yourself
simple things seem so tough when everything buries the love
dangerous to the touch grab just enough love for the both of us

falling, keep falling, grab just enough