Four Years, Five States

by The Flying Pigs

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1.
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...
2.
Children 03:17
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
3.
Not the Time 04:08
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
4.
I Am Is You 05:14
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
5.
Weekend Away 03:20
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
6.
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?
7.
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
8.
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!!!
9.
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
10.
Wakeup Call 06:04
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
11.
"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!
12.
Atypical 02:40
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...
13.
Postcards 04:07
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
14.
If It Rains 03:53
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?
15.
Mixture 03:17
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

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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:
Parker 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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Piano-driven rock ’n’ soul for your thoughts, feelings, and theatrical leanings. Ben Folds backed by The Band.

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