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SIDE A
1. Chevy Nova 1979
2. Diamonds in the Floorboards
3. Life Goes On (Until It Don't)
4. Rían
5. Before The War

SIDE B
1. A.L.A.N.
2. The Beggar's Doubt
3. Song of the Forty Stones
4. Oh, Mother Where Art Thou?
5. Will o' the Wisp

BONUS
1. U
2. Where the Sorrow Lies
3. When We Were Young

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released February 26, 2016

Music by The Family Township
Lyrics by Marc Pinansky

The Family Township is:
Marc Pinansky - vocals & guitars
John Sheeran - bass
Alejandro Necochea - guitars
Peter MacLean - drums
James Rohr - keys

Mike Castellana - pedal steel
Sean Staples - mandolin
Paul Ahlstrand - brass
Eric Salt - percussion, vocals
Barry Rothman - turntables & echo machines

The American Women - vocals
Andrea Gillis
Michelle Paulhus
Melissa Gibbs

Produced by Ed Valauskas
Recorded & Mixed by Pat DiCenso
Additional engineering by Matt Tahaney
Recorded at Q Division
March 2013 - September 2014

Mastered by Mike Quinn at The Moontower

Art by Jason Gillis for Dream/Body Research

RUNNER'S HIGH MUSIC 2014 (ASCAP)

Black Sword Records 2016
BSR-005

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Track Name: Chevy Nova 1979
I think I saw you driving down the wrong way down the highway last night
I think I saw your eyes as you burned out of sight
As pale as the moon, as wild, as bright
Blackberry body, Chevy Nova 1979

Run it out
Drop it down
Rev it up
The speed of sound

I blaze on, my mind now in overdrive
Where is she coming from, is there anybody left alive
I can’t shake that frame, how the sweat in the dash light shines
Do I turn and I follow or better just to leave her behind

Run it out
Drop it down
Rev it up
The speed of sound

Goddamn gasoline love
It burns me out
Drag like a strike-anywhere
Along the ground

Shit, I think I hear sirens, there’s got to be more than one
So I cut down the back roads that snake along route 31
My smile it widens, my heart pumps a machine gun
I know where to find you and I know just where we’ll run

Run it out
Drop it down
Rev it up
The speed of sound
Track Name: Diamonds in the Floorboards
I have never lived without you
Though been gone six years ago
I hear echoes in the hallway
I see shadows I think are ghosts
I smell perfume in my bed sheets
Smeared makeup on my clothes
I find diamond earrings in the floorboards
LEAVE ME ALONE

Found your picture in the drawer
Why I keep it, man, I’m not sure
I see Parliaments crushed on the curb
That’s your lipstick, yeah, I’m sure
Am I crazy? You’ve been around
I see you everywhere, I’m about to drown
I’m so horny, I’m about to crack
WHEN ARE YOU COMING BACK
Track Name: Life Goes On (Until It Don't)
I could have been a lawyer
I bet that would have made my Dad proud
I could be driving some luxury car
Instead of this old van that I got now

I could have been a surgeon
So many ladies tell me I have great hands
I could take long vacations
And lose my Rolex in the sand

I got a good thing going
These choices have been my own
I got a good thing going because I know
Life goes on until it don’t

I should have been an actor
I’ve been acting most my life
I’d make millions a picture
And have to give it all to my ex-wife

I got a good thing going
These choices have been my own
I got a good thing going because I know
Life goes on until it don’t

So what are you waiting for?
You got something better to do?
We’re all just getting older
And uglier

Now, my Dad gave me this guitar
And it requires my tender hands
And I quit lying to my girlfriend
And that van, that’s for the band, man

I got a good thing going
These choices have been my own
I got a good thing going because I know
Life goes on until it don’t

I got a good thing going
These choices have been my own
I got a good thing going because I know
Life goes on until it
Track Name: Rían
Riding, fearless and charging
The beat of the hoof rings down through the wood
Shining, silver in sunlight
And on cross the field burn helmet and shield
Morning, heaven and glory
Lay before you, the path of the true
Calling, weightless and falling
Laid before you, the path of your doom

All salute your fallen son
Who fed on flame and danced among
The mighty and the meek
His countrymen with oaths to keep
All salute your fallen son
Who fought for all, loved only one
To be now preserved in song
To ring through dale and dusty hall

Rían, soon to be legend
Leads his company of men ‘cross heather and glen
Crying, for love of the lady
Drawing his sword, he honors his word

All salute your fallen son
Who fed on flame and danced among
The mighty and the meek
His countrymen with oaths to keep
All salute your fallen son
Who fought for all, loved only one
To be now preserved in song
To ring through dale and dusty hall
Track Name: Before the War
The fall that I turned 21 I saw the world through setting suns
I felt as though I’d been to war, I drank and fought and woke up sore
I never in a hundred dreams thought I’d find you in that bar light gleam
I’d never felt like this before, the way before the war

To the only one, I lay down my gun
But I would fight you, if you ask me to

Army boots of canvas shoes, denim jacket of faded blue
I lived to serve and I served to live and I tried to earn what I couldn't give
But darkness came before my door and he seemed so weak and weathered worn
And I never would now feel before the way before the war

To the only one, I lay down my gun
But I would fight you, if you ask me to
To live a hundred years is an aging dream
But I would die for you to remain in youth

I feel the weight of 34 and the broken hearts all left on shore
I swear I cried as I walked away, my tears in mists of surf and spray
But I hear you call in winter blue and my oath to you burns true
I will always serve forever more for our love before the war

To the only one, I lay down my gun
But I would fight you, if you ask me to
To live a hundred years is an aging dream
But I would die for you
To be forever remembered in youth
Track Name: A.L.A.N.
We rode beside the stars
Engines whined and screamed
Lost contact with the natives
Hurtled towards the seas
Of blackened midnight oil
And blinding fire fields
The silence of the distance
To horrid to reveal

I lost you in a moment
When everything felt right
Light years fell like ashes
Feathers of ghostly white
I turned to see your vessel
Swallowed into space
Abandoned in my anger
A grave amongst the waste

Now thirty years have gone
And I haven’t aged a day
I push the orbit harder
Throw elbows at the fray
I bleed for no man’s country
I know no place called home
I am doomed to walk the cages
And rattle locks with bones
Track Name: The Beggar's Doubt
Alone, awash in red and gold
Cabin lights all burn and glow and pulsify
Radars sweep and map the sky

We fly into approaching suns
Our destinies have just begun to billow out
Scattering the frozen dust

Refracts into a thousand lights
Silver pricks of bronze and white
Hang frozen in time, guiding us away

Fly home, you are a mother’s son
The radio, it beats and drums a mournful cry
Pushing ever faster out

We burn until the fuel is gone
We have no choice, we must belong to energy
To earth and stone and steel and bone

We thread through a thousand years
A moment’s breath between the tears
Of beautiful bliss and nothingness to come

We are more than our earthliness
The final breath before the kiss
We are passion and light and leaving before our time

Ride on fellow grieving one
Lungs will burn, hearts overcome the beggar’s doubt
To search among the stars and clouds

We fall from such amazing heights
Push the bounds of men and might
We float before we fly
We believe or we die

We are more than our earthliness
The final breath before the kiss
We are passion and light and leaving before our time
Track Name: Oh, Mother Where Art Thou?
Holding arms out to the sky
He offers up his choice to die
Birds of prey descend in faith
Lift him up in saving grace

To lose your only love
To speak without a tongue
To move in ghostly pace
On hunt you follow chase
To seek what you believe
Lies out beyond the seas

Oh heavenly soul who lives beyond our waking eyes
Does she hear the thousand voices as we cry?

Followed valiantly from birth
Dug our heels into the dirt
Carried love in broken hands
Bending backs for bricks in sand

The promise of the dawn
For peace to carry on
Is shattered in the night
With the fire of divine right
To seek what we believe
Lies beyond what we perceive

Oh heavenly soul who lives beyond our waking eyes
Does she hear the thousand voices as we cry?
Oh Mother, may we have the choice to live again?
To right the wrongs we’ve done as mortal men

Oh Mother, Oh Mother
Give us love before we die
Because you know how hard we’ve tried
Given all our souls can give
Show us light while we live
Track Name: Will o'the Wisp
Am I dreaming?
Have I followed you?
Mists of memory ebbing out

No more crying from the mission bell
Only desolate plains between heaven and hell

See her choking
Almost laughing
See her motion to leave her be

No more crying from the mission bell
Only desolate plains between heaven and hell

Always flowing
Always moving
Always dancing through shadow and snow

Fear I’m falling
I have traveled too far
Wordless calling like ancient dust to the sky

No more crying from the mission bell
Only desolate plains between heaven and hell