Four Years, Five States

by The Flying Pigs

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[The debut release by The Flying Pigs, a band comprised of J.P. Feenstra (drums, vocals), Mark Hennessey (guitars, brass, vocals), Samuel B. Lupowitz (bass, keyboards, vocals), and Benjamin Tier (guitars, banjo, vocals). The original liner notes are printed below.]

Hi. We're The Flying Pigs.

Since the four of us had been honing our chops in a smattering of bands since the early years of the millennium, and since our original songs were really starting to pile up, we decided to take the time to put together this album. It's a fiercely DIY effort from four friends who have been making music as a unit since the fall of 2006.

We have songs here about girls we met in junior high and high school, jerks who ticked us off in college, and friends made and lessons learned along the way. It's a hodgepodge of several years of experiences and musical influences, but we've woven them together with as much deftness and skill as we can muster.

The recording process itself was a bit patchy, too. Begun in the summer of 2009 in basements and living rooms and bedrooms, it continued sporadically for another year and a half until the final mixes were complete. And then we celebrated, knowing that after living through four years and five states together (and apart), the work had only just begun.

So enjoy the tunes. The hope is that we're at the beginning of a long, exciting road. Care to come along for the ride?

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released December 23, 2010

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 14 written by Samuel B. Lupowitz and published by Kugel Music (ASCAP)
Tracks 3, 5, 9, 12, and 15 written by Mark Hennessey and published by Hennessongs (ASCAP)
Tracks 6 and 13 written by Ben Tier and published by Dien Bien Phunk (ASCAP)

THE FLYING PIGS:
James Feenstra - drums, percussion, vocals
Mark Hennessey - guitars, brass, vocals
Samuel B. Lupowitz - bass, keyboards, vocals
Ben Tier - guitars, banjo, vocals

ALSO APPEARING:
Hillary Wallace - soul vocals on "Snappin' the Strings"
Rachel Kiefer - clarinet on "Rumors in Reverse"
Jeff Plummer - baritone saxophone on "National Sleep Deprivation Week"
Marlee Redford - cello on "National Sleep Deprivation Week" and "If It Rains"
Erica Wilt - violin on "National Sleep Deprivation Week"
Admiral Ackbar - inability to withstand firepower of that magnitude

Vocals on "Rumors in Reverse" and "Snappin' the Strings" courtesy of THE BACON TABERNACLE CHOIR:

Brittany Miller, Natalie Bell - soprano
Angela Kramer, Rachel Rambo - alto
Dr. Pills, Teddy Bear Haggard - tenor
Charles Feenstra, Alex Duff - bass

Produced by The Flying Pigs
Recorded & engineered by James Feenstra and Mark Hennessey
Additional recording by Samuel B. Lupowitz and Ben Tier
Mixed and mastered by Mark Hennessey

Band arrangements by The Flying Pigs
Brass and clarinet arrangements by Mark Hennessey
String, saxophone, and choir arrangements by Samuel B. Lupowitz

Artwork, photography, & design by James Feenstra
Liner notes by Samuel B. Lupowitz

Recordings copyright © 2009-2010 The Flying Pigs.
All rights reserved.

For full lyrics, album credits, photos, and more, visit us at:
www.flyingpigsmusic.com

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Samuel B. Lupowitz Ithaca, New York

Musician, composer, arranger, food enthusiast, and bad pun aficionado. Rock and soul revivalism with elements of jazz, blues, and Americana.

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Track Name: Under the Weather
Little rocker chick's back in school
She's so smart but she plays the fool
All her actions will be condoned
Once she rocked, well now she's stoned
After all, after all, it makes her high
Breathes it in, thinks she can come out alright

She won't drink coke, it's up her nose
While her boyfriends take off her clothes
Lives her life for the drugs and sex
Pretty soon it's a new reflex
After all, after all, it pulls you in
Joins her friends, never ends, but she can't win

Gonna party underground again
Gonna pass the drinks around again
Lets them push her to the ground again
All the girls love what they've found
After all, after all, it snuffs the pain
Unknown thrills, oh but it kills, where was her brain?

Could go sober, but what's the point?
Could be someone... nah, pass the joint
Makes her happy but, at what cost?
When she comes down her whole life's lost
After all, after all, it numbs her mind
In the end, without a friend, she's left behind

After all, after all
After all, after all
After all, after all
Tell me, tell me, tell me, what does she care?
After all, after all
It's a nightmare

Daddy's litte girl is more than under the weather...
Track Name: Children
In our little box
With no solid walls
Next to you I sleep
Responding to the smooth caressing
Calls you place to me
Always are collect
I don't really mind
It all comes back when we're undressing

I am not a child but we can live like children
Thought you never would again
Oh, you are wild, but I will tame you
Thought you never could again

Thoughts under duress
Please sleep well tonight
Whisper in my ear
The delicacies that will feed my
Carnal appetite
It's in every man
Won't make bad or good
But will you take advantage since I

I am not a child but we'll live like children
Thought you never would again
Oh, you are wild, but I will tame you
Thought you never could again
Oh no

In our little box
Like husbands and wives
You can't separate
The life we live together from the
Lives we live apart
Children of our minds
Company you seek
And when I am within you you'll see

I am not a child but we'll live like children
Thought you never would again
Oh, you are wild, but I will tame you
Thought you never could again

Oh no
Oh no
Track Name: Not the Time
Lost in minds of others
Found when things fall in line
Now is not the time to have a life
It gets in the way
Let it go for now
Pick it up when things have settled down

Here we are at the world's end
May fall backwards in time
Killed ourselves already
Expectations are high

Sacrifices are made
To ensure that this works
Now is not the time to run away
We're too far along now
We're so near to payoff
Won't be that much longer till that day

We all need some rest
That's one thing we all know
If relief comes before then
Then we are good to go

Lost in minds of others
Found when things fall in line
Now is not the time to have a life

Here we are at the world's end
May fall backwards in time
Killed ourselves already
Expectations are high
Track Name: I Am Is You
It's been my turn so many times, but now I'm in your grace and I'm aligned
Have you ever felt ashamed of all the beauty you've kept in your mind?
Been holding in my head the picture of the day that I create
And I won't let your face slip again because now it's me I celebrate

On the equal level of your eyes
All I want to be is realized

Truth is all I want
And all I want is truth
Perfected I am
And all I am is you
Only you

Feeling slightly stalker-esque but knowing I won't have to start from scratch
For my gazing at you is affirming I'm the only precise match
The degree of separation's far outweighed by the tastings we know
And I feel that on your inside you desire me because you see me grow

Caught between your smile and your eyes
All I want to be is realized

Truth is all I want
And all I want is truth
Perfected I am
All I am is you
Only you

Now I've learned that the apparent lies, I think the only absolute
And your smile like no other makes me full of "all I am is you"
Been my turn so many times but now I'm in your grace and I'm aligned
If you're in alignment with me it's okay to live clichés sometimes

Truth is all I want
And all I want is truth
Perfected I am
All I am is you
Only you
Only you
Track Name: Weekend Away
Weekend away
I really needed this time
To fade away
I never wanted more than now
To go away
To evade day-to-day life
Throw it away
Throw it all far behind me
For a while
For a while

Far from home I will stay
Forget what's happening back where
I work and play
I'm sick of dealing, though it's
Hard to portray
Things will not change, but be
Forever clichéd
But I accept that
I'm just gone for a while
For a while

It's not hard to convey
What good this is in going
A separate way
Even if only for a
Night and a day
It's good to come home, but be
That as it may
It feels good to leave here
For awhile
For awhile
Track Name: Snappin' the Strings
As you walk through your life
Being spoon fed lies
Were you so surprised when they were wrong?
So you crawl to me
I've been waiting patiently
To pull you down and set you free

And all I wanna know is
Why do you insist
On taste testing their sugar-coated bullshit
Why do you vehemently believe
That it's okay to sleep with such hypocrisy?

You claim that science ain't right
Never mind the flight
And the gravity, and the sun
So you read your book
And you never take a look
What's going round in the real world

And all I wanna know is
Why do you insist
On taste testing their sugar-coated bullshit
Why do you vehemently believe
That it's okay to sleep with such hypocrisy?
Track Name: Bethany's Summer
We've got guts and we've got rights
But we all have our own inner fights
And when it seemed I just couldn't cope
You came out of the darkness
I gotta rock and you gotta roll
But we both need to stay under control
And when it seemed there was no hope
You came out of the darkness

And this was Bethany's summer
Where the storms kept us going through the night
This was Bethany's summer
Where we'd talk all day, and she'd hold me tight
If only in my dreams

I needed you and you needed me
It's not fair that we never could be
But whenever you stood by my side
I came out of the darkness
And though I'd rather keep us as two
Baby, I wish they made more of you
Because then there'd be no way to hide
I'd be out of the darkness

And this was Bethany's summer
Where the thunder kept us rolling through the night
This was Bethany's summer
Where we'd talk all day, and she'd hold me tight
If only in my dreams

Though I'd rather keep us as two
Oh God, Beth, I wish they made more people like you
Because then there'd be no way to hide
I'd be out of the darkness

And this was Bethany's summer
Where the thunder kept us rolling through the night
This was Bethany's summer
Where we'd talk all day and she'd hold me tight
If only in my dreams

And this was Bethany's summer
Where the storms kept us going through the night
This was Bethany's summer
Where we'd talk all day and she'd hold me tight
If only in my dreams
Track Name: Rumors in Reverse (The Chlamydia Song)
Hey, mister
Would you care for
A bit of what I've got?
Don't be sad
Now, mister
Would you care to
Comment on the facts
You haven't got?
But it's okay, no need
To frown
Upon the gory details of it now
Yes sirree, it's okay
Na na na na na na

Hey, sister
Would you care to
Participate in a
Bit of fun?
Now sister
It's not completely
Accepted as the way
To get things done

We really could care less
About
The social circles where you interact
We just feed on distress
Na na na na na na

Hey sister
Welcome to the
School of getting high
Gossip in the vein
Oh sister
We're so very
Considerate now
Sorry for your pain

We heard about the three guys
You got
In bed with and contracted a disease
We were so darn surprised
Na na na na na na

Dear sister
Do you need to
Talk about your plight?
I'm always here
Except when
I'm ignoring
You because I think
That you're a bitch

I always tell my friends
That you
Are inconceivably unattractive
But now I sympathize
Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na

Raise the trumpets, wake their lofty sound!
I sort of heard this whispered by this guy that my twin sister kind of knew
Through a mutual friend who traced this whole damn story back to you

Now sister
You don't need to
Listen to the words
Spread by the crowds
You're above
The demeaning
Juvie drama games
Life isn't pain

Fall back into my words
Where love
Is real and shallow visions disappear
Class is dismissed for you
Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na
Na na na na...
na...
NA!!!
Track Name: Watch the Gap
I'm in the process of going back and forth between my home
And there
It's long, and there are so many
On the road

I sleep sparingly, thinking about where I'm headed to
And when
I don't know, for I'm but one man
Of the crew

Oh, I'm with you, for a time, while you go where I don't know
In our lives

We move together, though we may not go to the same place
That's fine
It's one more part of our lives
Day to day

Oh, I'm with you, for a time, while you go where I don't know
In our lives

Caught amongst the multitudes
Making our way through the traffic

Now aboard, no turning back
After all this time, it's not dramatic
Anymore

I'm living proof that we like a change of scenery now
And again
It is shown; travel saves me
And the crowd

As for the two of us, we know
We keep our heads up, our bags below
The miles aren't that long if we say so
And we'll be together soon, I hope

When I think about it I am chilled
All of use with lives to be fulfilled
So mind your head and watch the gap until
We find the time to talk, and then we will
Track Name: Wakeup Call
Write me that free verse poetry
Unlock the wall inside of me
It doesn't matter what you say
I don't miss you

Tell me that we're two souls in one
Tell me I comfort and treasure you
Tell me, when all is said and done,
"I don't miss you"

For I make it real
No matter what changes carry through
My memory's clear
Preserved in artwork made for two
When every song calls our your name
I can absolve us both of blame
And that makes it real
And lets my vicious cycles slip away

Look straight through me no matter where
Tell me that you no longer care
I will not cry "God, it's unfair"
I don't miss you

'Cause after the distance we agreed
After you said you had to go
You still wrote back to me to plead
"Tonight I miss you"

And that makes it real
No matter what changes carry you
My memory's clear
Preserved in artwork made for two
When every song calls out your name
I only give myself the blame
And that makes it real
And lets my vicious cycles slip away
To when you'd say, "I like me best when I'm with you"
If you'd still say, "I like me best when I'm with you"

Always my muse, always my light
We'll get it straight or say goodnight
There's nothing I need to set right
I don't miss you

So write me that free verse poetry
Unlock the wall inside of me
It doesn't matter what they say
I still love you

And that makes it real
No matter what changes carry through
My memory's clear
Preserved in artwork made for two
When every song calls out your name
I only give myself the blame
And that makes it real
And lets my vicious cycles slip away
To when you'd say, "I like me best when I'm with you"
If you'd still say, "I like me best when I'm with you"

Don't tell me it's the only way
Don't tell me it's the every way
Don't tell me where I'm going
'Cause I'll be there before you
Track Name: National Sleep Deprivation Week
"She has a point, you know," she said
Well, that's great, darling. So what does that mean?
Ain't anybody on my side anymore?
You loved me before I knew your name
I loved you after you let me go
Well, no one will know If I cry a little bit more

Look back to falling asleep in my arms
Proving each cliche is as good as it seems
Thought it was you sleeping, how'd you awake me from my dreams?
My sleeping turned to habitual nights
Lying awake with your voice pumping through
Through the receiver, gorgeous mad trembling in my bloodstream

Headlights flash
Open windows, backseat ecstasy
Heartbeats clash
Open souls on a highway, we press on

"She has a point, you know," she said
Well that's great darling. So what does that mean?
Ain't anybody on my side anymore?
You loved me before I knew your name
I loved you after you let me go
Well, no one will know if I cry a little bit more

Headlights flash
Open windows, backseat ecstasy
Heartbeats clash
Open souls on a highway, we press on

Been navigating in circular paths
Tracing your name in the ocean's deep
Salty unknown, like the tears that fall on your picture
I can't leave at home
And these things I do... is it a crime
That I miss you?
That I could honestly say "tu es la fille pour moi?"
It's just the cards we draw

Headlights flash
Open windows, backseat reverie
Heartbeats clash
Open souls on a highway, we press on
Headlights flash
Open windows, backseat ecstasy
Heartbeats clash
Open souls on a highway, we press on!
Track Name: Atypical
A test of mind, a piece that just won't fit
It makes me laugh, seeing those who cannot quit
Their fears

Unknown to most, a mystery to all
I challenge the words of those who I may call
My peers

None can ever place me where I should be
Because they don't really know where I could be

Because it doesn't matter what they're like
I'm so much unlike
I let them all fight
Try as they all might

To label me
Disable me

None can ever place me where I should be
Because they don't really know where I could be

Because it doesn't matter what they're like
I'm so much unlike
They lose their foresight
It's not at all right

To label me
Disable me

I know my place; it suits me very well
I'm only me and I'm not going to sell
Myself

I'm happy here, I've everything I need
I'm faring well, so there's no need to impede
Yourself

None can ever place me where I should be
Because they don't really know where I could be

Because it doesn't matter what they're like
I'm so much unlike
They argue outright
When I'm out of sight

To label me
Disable me
To label me
Disable me...
Track Name: Postcards
If there is a heaven
I know I won't be going
Because it's probably filled
With people just like you
And obviously you're so much better than me
That's why you'll roam the sky
And I'll still walk amongst us when I die
And I'll send postcards to my dead relatives
And it's no wonder why I could not visit them when I had to die

And we're so stubborn
We're all so cruel
We can't escape our selfishness
That's why we'll be better off when we die

I don't mean to sound morbid
It simply is the truth
No one deserves this bullshit
Not even you
At least I'm being honest about how I really feel
Whereas you'd rather dance around the issue
And just use twisted logic to make me feel guilt
Well I've got news for you
I couldn't give a fuck about how you feel
Your emotions are meaningless
In the grand scheme of things

We only want one another
So we can reproduce
It's the same chemical instinct
That makes us fear death the truth
Track Name: If It Rains
We'll ask each other questions
I love how we go back and forth until we drop off to sleep
And though we don't get many answers
It still provides us just a few precious hours of relief

When we say goodnight I'm at a loss for what to tell you
There's no way to summarize

I don't know about love
But I know there's no better way I could spend my day
In your arms I say "Better late than never"
Well now it's late, honey won't you stay forever?

We'll sing each other music
And share why each song makes us who we are
Simply close our eyes and listen
It will soothe our minds to know we can depend on each other to listen, too

Every time a song plays that is screaming what I'm thinking
I will smile and close my eyes

I don't know about love
But I know there's no better way I could spend my day
In your arms I say "Better late than never"
Well now it's late, honey won't you stay forever?

I'm living more every minute with you; if it rains I say "let it rain"
Let the waters pour down and wash away the excess pain
And I'm so unsure of what my next move should be
And I don't know what you're thinking when you look back at me
I don't know...

I don't know about love
But I know there's no better way I could spend my day
In your arms I say "Better late than never"
Well now it's late, honey won't you stay forever?
Track Name: Mixture
On the move once again
Spending some time with my friends
Looking up towards the future
Submitting my songs to the mixture

Getting in gear for the year
Realizations near
The magnitude of a lifetime
We'll be on the road in our prime

Speaking our thoughts to the masses
With our minds, unfastened
Displaying part of a picture
Courtesy of the mixture