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released September 11, 2012

John Convertino drums, percussion, vibraphone
Joey Burns vocals, guitars, upright bass, piano, vibes, keys, accordion

Jacob Valenzuela trumpet, vibes, vocals – 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12
martin wenk trumpet, vibes, Wurlitzer, sampled strings, accordion, theremin – 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12
Paul Niehaus pedal steel – 3, 5, 6, 11, 12
Volker Zander upright bass, electric bass – 1, 2, 11, 12
Craig Schumacher Mellotron, percussion, Wurlitzer – 1, 3, 5, 7
Sergio Mendoza piano – 3, 8, 10
Jairo Zavala vocals, slide guitar, bazouki, acoustic guitar, percussion – 6, 8, 10
michael carbajal trumpet – 8, 10
Michael Fan violin – 11, 12
Rose Todaro violin – 11, 12
Joseph Pagán viola – 11, 12
Anne Gratz cello – 11, 12
Craig Klein trombone – 3
Jason Mingledorff tenor and baritone saxophone – 2
pieta brown backing vocals – 4
Tom hagerman violins, viola – 5
Chris Lopez baritone trombone – 8
Chris Schultz Moog synth for pedal steel – 11

Produced by Joey Burns, John Convertino & Craig Schumacher
Recorded at The Living Room Studio in Algiers, Louisiana by Chris George and Daniel Majorie
Recorded at Wavelab Studio in Tucson, Arizona by Chris Schultz
Recorded at Studio Calexico in Tucson, Arizona by Jairo Zavala (track 9)
Mixed by Craig Schumacher of Wavelab Studio
Mastered by JJ Golden of Golden Mastering
Artwork and Layout Design by Ryan Trayte

Jairo Zavala appears courtesy of EMI Music Spain
Tom Hagerman appears courtesy of Anti records
Sergio Mendoza appears courtesy of Le Pop Records
Craig Klein appears courtesy of Threadhead Records

Thank you to…
Christof Ellinghaus, Severin Most, Andy Kaulkin, Matt McGreevey, City Slang Records, Anti- Records, Matt Hanks, Shore Fire, Corey Rusk, Gail Perry, Fen Ikner, Charlie Levy, Patrick Templeman, Anton Pamer, Ali Hedrick, Billions Booking, Berthold Seliger, Pamela Lillig, Howard Greynolds, John Tosch, Tarina Aumiller, Tom Pisano, Ryan Alfred, Chris Giambelluca, Nick Luca, Oliver Nielsen, Jelle Kuiper, Patrick Boonstra, Valerie Deerin, Fabian Ludwig, Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, Ron and Nancy Barber, Rick G of Seattle Show Posters, Glenna Jean McElwain, Unity 5, Peter Woods, Tift Merritt, Neko Case, Andrew Bird, Amos Lee, Arcade Fire, John McDonaugh of the film The Guard, Aaron Schock of the film Circo, Chris George, Daniel Majorie and Kevin Barrios of The Living Room Studio, Berthold Seliger, Ali Hedrick, Billions Booking, Victor Gastelum, Ryan Trayte, Nova, Genevieve, Twyla and Burns Family, Christina, Kayleigh, Mia and Holden Convertino, Jackie Lawson, Robert Lawson, Christy Howison, Moni, Mario, Juan and Diego Zavala, Heike Ander, Lynn, J.J. and Valenzuela family, Wallfisch Family, Ellinghaus Family, Lena Obara, Jan Ole Gerster, Anne De Wolff, Ullrich Rode and Christoph Endres, Katja and Antonia Niehaus, Mendoza Familia, Michael Carbajal and all of the musicians that helped make this record.

A special thanks to Craig Schumacher, Karen Lustig and Chris Schultz of Wavelab Studio.



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Track Name: Epic
Nights we hide between the walls and voices leading on the ground
Arms reaching out hoping for the chance to start
Hearts holding out waiting for the bells to

Bring my words to all of you and if they ever hear my voice
Hold me in your thoughts laid out twisted in defense
Hoping for the chance to start

Hearts holding out waiting for the bells to
Send my love to all my friends and if I never make it back
To hold you in my arms again not letting go this time
Track Name: Splitter
Through the gardens and fields ‘neath the tall green grass
You were walking ‘neath the moon while covering your tracks
Working your fingers down to the skin and stone

One hand on the hammer, one foot by the door
Pushed by the wind fed by the need for moving on,
Moving on to nowhere

When division runs deep and down into the well
All the coins you dove after lost all their spell
Covered in moss walking for silver and blood

Out in the cafe, working in the grove
Guarding the port of the future you sold

Holding on, holding on to no one
Holding on, holding on to no one

One eye in the mirror, the other on the screen
Sewn in the pockets and down into the dream
Caught up in the mortar, bricks and heavy load

Wait in the shadows down the living road
Moving on, moving on to no one
Holding on, holding on to no one
Track Name: Sinner in the Sea
There’s a piano playing on the ocean floor between Havana and New Orleans
Drummin’ a requiem for the dead and the souls hanging on every poet’s prayer
Running to the rock, running to the sea
Prayin’ to the Lord please shelter me
But the ground keeps shaking, water is boiling on fire
Blood pulsing through their veins like the waves crashing on the Malecón wall

Clocks stopping at twelve on the eve of a forgotten war
Luis drivin’ a ‘59 making it half way across the Gulf
Stranded on the rock, stranded on the sea
There’s a wall in the ocean between you and me
Dreams of reaching dry land, talking to the fortune teller
Prisoners pounding the jail like the waves crashing on the Malecón wall

Someone lost an eye, someone lost the truth
Trying to save face, oh ‘neath the eyes of the Virgin el Cobre
Shout me a line sister, shout me a line sister
Oh I see your hands in the air, see you drowning on the other side

“Chief’s in the parish and the drummers in the square
Walkin’ across the fire, walkin’ across the waves”

Sinner in the rock, sinner in the sea
There’s a sunken bridge ‘tween you and me
Running past the embassy gates, the Santería shrine
Blood pulsing thru their veins like the waves they remember
Crashing on the Malecón wall
Track Name: Fortune Teller
I was just standing turning around
That’s when they caught me heading down
Keep on going don’t look away
That’s what they tell me, that’s what they say

You’re a pretty thought I suppose
I’m just trying to hold up as I go
And one day I swear I’ll spread my wings
I’m on my way to finer things

It wasn’t just me playing those games
Still it’s my own fault just the same
I opened up, I let you in
Now these crystal fields are wearing thin

I’m walking with the fortune teller
I can see my own way home
But I don’t like this dark road anymore
And I don’t wanna be alone for long

Don’t wanna be alone for long
I don’t wanna be on this dark road alone
Track Name: Para
I hold your wrist
You bite your lip
The push becomes an embrace

I touch your face
You close your eyes
The embrace becomes a shove

I walk away
You follow too close
The shove takes hold
And there’s no where to go

Take it down
Take it all the way
Take it down
Take it all the way down below the waterline

I see you now
Through a glass wall
All that is you stays with you
All that is me stays with me
But we see it all
We feel it all
And there is no place we can’t go

Take it down
Take it all the way
Take it down
Take it all the way down below the waterline
Track Name: Maybe on Monday
Woke up on Monday and wrote you a love song, wrote you a love song
Well the pen stopped and the paper flew out the window
And the notes rang down the road
I don’t know where they’ll go get caught in the trees I suppose
Ripped apart by the birds and the winter winds whisper good bye to your love

Went out walking into the storm, into the storm
Followed what I thought was your voice but it was just the riverside
I don’t know where they’ll go but I cast the letters you wrote
Taken out by the current or sink to the bottom to say a little goodbye to your love

Skies dark and the wind blew the trees down
I watched as the world slipped away
Carved into the bark a final love song
Then I carried the words to the fire

Staring into the glow where the branches are burning low
Sparks shooting out like stars and in the morning say a little goodbye to your love

I’ll carry this song with me everyday ‘til I lie down by your side
Track Name: Puerto
Lupita’s ‘gonna weave a path to the land up north
‘Gonna find her way thru the thick of it all
Looking at the lights dancing in the sky
Hoping for a fallen star...
“Me consuelo viendo estrellas bailando en el puerto”

Brought them gold from the country to help cure their illness
But they landed with only one purpose for conquest
Though there’s still this wave of unsettling hunger that never disappears

Rigo working one, two, three different jobs
And when he comes back home he welds into the night
Builds an air balloon for his pickup truck
‘Gonna fly up and over the wall
If everything stays exactly the same
Then nothing can move and nothing can change
“Me siento ese pájaro que danza sobre el puerto”

Carried ships from the sea up over the mountains
The warriors fell to their knees by the invisible virus
And still you can feel this wave of unsettling anger that never disappears

She’s talking on the phone in the heart of town
To her Bachata Mama in the heart of the world
Saying “please come back to Santo Domingo
Why you gotta be so far away”
If everyone stays exactly the same
Then no one can move and no one can change
“Amo ver la Luna vacilando en el puerto”

No one fortelling the depth and type of destruction
Nor the sadness trapped on the tongue of Malinche
Quetzalcoatl feathers strewn out over the altar
Blood running down the pyramid steps in the morning
Codices lost to a language that’s been broken
There’s this growing sense of impending anger that never disappears

“Ninguna entrada , queda en el puerto”
Track Name: Better and Better
There’s a letter she keeps inside, a list of everyone she knows
Behind her closed eyes that turn her in when it’s time to go
She’s heading north into the haze, raise the wire and they raise the rent
She’s walking the sun back home and in the night the moon is gone
Is it better? Is it better and better?
Is it better than staying home with nowhere to go?

I’ve seen your face out on the plains drifting all alone
Draw my finger in the dirt and down another blue road
She’s in Kansas and Alabam’, Idaho and the Carolines
Know I’ve seen her before can’t you recognize those hands
Is it better? Is it better and better?
Is it better than staying back home?
Is it better? Is it better and better?
Is it better with nowhere else to go?
Track Name: No Te Vayas
Soñando con tu sonrisa
Por la noche, abajo de cielo y la luna

Por qué te vas mi amor
Sin mis caricias
Por qué te vas mi linda
Sin besarme con amor

Sus ojos
Me mienten y me engañan
Pero siempre, te amo y te extraño

Por qué te vas mi amor
Sin mis caricias
Por qué te vas mi linda
sin besarme con amor

La Deriva a lo lejos
va a dejar mi corazon
Colgando, como una seca rosa

Por qué te vas mi amor
Sin mis caricias
Por qué te vas mi linda
Sin besarme con amor

I continue
Dreaming of your smile
Through the night under the sky and moon

Why do you leave my love
Without my affection
Why do you leave my dear
Without a loving kiss

Your eyes
They lie and deceive me
And still I love you and miss you.

Why do you leave my love
Without my caress
Why do you leave my dear
Without a loving kiss

If you stray far away
You will leave my heart
Hanging, as a dry rose

Why do you leave my love
Without my affection
Why do you leave my dear
Without a loving kiss
Track Name: Hush
In the afternoon of orange blossom days
Hummingbirds rest above where we lay
You say it’s ok, no need to fret
The weight of it all will ease as we find
The balance in each step we make

Swinging back n’ forth in a palo verde tree
The wind in the needles hushes you asleep
Even with the strain, your heart remains
Don’t doubt why darlin’
In time you will find we’re alright we were born
Like the branch to bend and not to break

Reconcile and resurrect, tombstone rose
Growing up and over the gates to where our children play
The future wraps ‘round like vines
Inside these arms

Darlin’ will you say in our final embrace
Before returning ‘neath the clay
After all that your heart still remains
Track Name: The Vanishing Mind
On the longest day
The vanishing mind
Knows not when the day ends
Who could care for you
Would could understand

In the room sealed shut
You’re not what you were
So much sweeter now
That there’s nothing left to
Remember you

It’s what brought you here
It’s what keeps you here
Who could care for you
Who could understand
Know not when the day ends or begins anymore
In the hallway and waiting again

Here we are, here we sit
The light turning grey
Your smile brings me back
To the longest day
The vanishing mind