Grow Around The Bones

by Morning Brigade

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Morning Brigade is:
Peter Vance - guitar and vocals
Mary Koenig - vocals and auxiliary percussion
Eli Howells - violin
Christian Adams - cello
Nathan Spain - drums
Gabriel Reynolds - piano and vocals

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released 26 April 2014

Recorded at Nightsound Studios in Carrboro, NC
Produced by Chris Wimberley and Morning Brigade
Mixed by Chris Wimberley (except for “Elemental” and “Trading Love For Gold” mixed by Chris Stamey at Modern Recording in Chapel Hill, NC)
Mastered by Dave Kampel at Magnetic West Audio
Engineers: F. Matthews, M. Oglesby, M. Puryear, C. Wimberley
Assistant engineers: C. Adams, G. Walata
Editing engineers: C. Adams, M. Oglesby, G. Reynolds, S. Reynolds
Album illustration by Lily Fu
Graphic design by High Street Design
Double bass on "Weight Of The World" by Wood Robinson

With special thanks to:
Peter Blackstock, Chris Wimberley, Chris Stamey, Kristen Hill, Mike Allen, Glenn Boothe, Alex Wilkins, John Koenig, Salem Ezz, Lily Fu, WKNC, Artwear Designs, our families, and everyone else who helps make this possible. Thank you!

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Morning Brigade Chapel Hill, North Carolina

When Peter Vance came to Chapel Hill from Washington, DC, he had been playing his songs as a one-man band for years. Pianist Gabriel Reynolds approached Peter with an interest in giving his songs the treatment they deserved. It was with the addition of Christian Adams' cello, Eli Howells' fiddling fingers, Nathan Spain's drumming, and Mary Koenig's harmonies that the songs truly came to life. ... more

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Track Name: At Your Door
Darkened roads are not worth running
When all you see is what’s not coming
Straight ahead, out through your eyes
A foreign bed in which you lie

A classic case of mental friction
When you correlate the facts and fiction
In your head with what’s out your eyes
What you said was coated with lies

You’ve grown old, but I’ve grown bolder
You may be strong, but I’m a soldier
Back from war to unlock the door
I feel the cold upon your shoulder
Not the warmth, the somber smolder
At your core that I felt before

You approached with affirmation
As I groped for admiration
From your eyes, they swiftly led
To my demise, I should’ve fled

You’ve grown old, but I’ve grown bolder
You may be strong, but I’m a soldier
Back from war to unlock the door
I feel the cold upon your shoulder
Not the warmth, the somber smolder
At your core that I felt before
Track Name: Elemental
As a child elemental
Fear-filled and fighting off the devil
With 103 degrees
A mother praying on her knees

Hurry night please steal the day
So you can blindly lead the way
Through the lack of light and calm
My clammy fright lies in your palms

I can't hold on
You say I'm strong
I can't hold on

At least the hospital's consistent
Nothing feels worse than the incisions
Made when pity piles high
You barely balance but you try

And then it all caves down
Using grins to hide frowns
Optimism's just a high
Just tricking yourself not to cry

I can't hold on
You say I'm strong
I can't hold on
Track Name: Which Way Will You Run
Which way will you run
Towards the moon or towards the sun
Greatness flows from those who can sting
But have never stung

Which way will you fly
Towards the ground or towards the sky
What’s the point in facing your fears
If you’ll never fight

Now let it sink in
You built up your heart now thicken your skin
You’d have plenty to lose
If you lost what you’ve got to win

And if you see the signs
Would you care to explain why you haven't been the same
Since you crossed that line
Into a place I couldn’t find

The tension is thick
And you and I are in the thick of it
But you voiced your choice
And that leads to your paralysis

And if you seen the signs
Would you care to explain why you haven't been the same
Since you crossed that line
Into a place I couldn’t find

See the sun, will you follow
See the moon, will you follow
See the ground, will you follow
See the sky, will you follow
Track Name: Weight Of The World
We packed our bags with
Everything we had just to
Leave the place where they had
Tied our hands so we could
Escape our fate so we could
Escape the weight of the world

The boundary's thick so we
Flicked our bics and
Used the flames to light our
Cigarette tips so now we've
Escaped our fate so now we've
Escaped the weight of the world

So put your ear to the ground and
Listen to the sound of our
Feet walking running sprinting to the edge of town

The day is dull but our
Hearts are full with a
Need for love and a
Hate for lull so now we've
Escaped our fate so now we've
Escaped the weight of the world

We'll sink our teeth into every
Opportunity that will
Cross our path from sea to
Shining sea so now we've
Escaped our fate so no we've
Escaped the weight of the world

So throw your voice to the sky (hey!) and
Dance all day and all night
Make a break and escape with your friends near by

So throw your voice to the sky (hey!) and
Dance all day and all night
Make a break and escape with your friends near by

So put your ear to the ground and
Listen to the sound of our
Feet walking running sprinting to the edge of town
Track Name: Picture Frames / The Centipede
Sing to me my friend my time is wearing thin
Your hands are smooth with every move through the rapid wind

We see you there
Stealing the breath from the winter air
And your satin skin
Smoother than the crisp winter wind
You mounted frames on every wall you lived between
To hang the fraying images you had ventured to see
And keep away from me

Sing to me my friend my time is wearing thin
Your hands are smooth with every move through the rapid wind

Next to me a manic frantic centipede
One hundred tiny legs are dancing spastically
On the bark of a tree

He crawls and he climbs up the withered vine
Through the wooden frame that leads him inside
Through your mind
Track Name: Grow Around The Bones
Mother can you hear me through my dense head
The darkness overwhelms me and I can't defend
There's comfort in your words, there's comfort in your touch
But nothing that you say will ever be enough

'Cause my skin cracks
And my bones lack
Their density
Intensity
Overwhelming me

Father can you heal me I've gone too far
The future overwhelms me and opens old scars
There's comfort in your words there's comfort in your touch
But I worry what I say will never be enough

'Cause my skin cracks
And my bones lack
Their density
Intensity
Overwhelming me

Father can you heal me I've gone too far
Track Name: Within Our Chests
Lightning flashed behind our eyes
Silhouetted clouds in the darkened skies
One hand on the wheel one hand in mine
Driving past fields of white

Our shadows grew tall as the sun went down
And crept and crawled through the cracking ground
They cast no light they made no sound
We closed our eyes they could not be found

But our hearts had stayed within our chests
Behind a cage of ribs and flesh

We strained to hide in an empty place
But our shadows had found that our feet had traced
On the splintered ground a hurried pace
Too soon we found we could not escape

But our hearts had stayed within our chests
Behind a cage of ribs and flesh
Track Name: Painted Eyes
The monster's in the attic and the hell is in your head
The bones are in the closet as you hide under your bed
It's where you fled
Your head is full of knowledge of the world beyond your eyes
Though your lids and lashes coated with the paint from our past lives
Now all you feel is that paint dry

Dry your eyes
It isn't worth putting on a disguise
Not this time

Your eyes are full of colors that I thought I'd never see
Your warming, hooded presence is all I'll ever need
You're the greatest company
You try your very hardest to cover up your tracks
To hide from painted memories that attempt to hold you back
Now all you feel is that paint crack

Dry your eyes
It isn't worth putting on a disguise
Not this time
Dry your eyes
It isn't worth putting on a disguise
Not this time
Track Name: Trading Love For Gold
Would I still feel the chill creeping up and down my spine
And a heart falls apart when your loving it turns to greed

A sea of opportunities is crashing down on me
Trading copper for gold
What does it mean for me to climb the taller tree
And trade in copper for gold

Would I still feel the chill creeping up and down my spine
When your hand brushes against mine
And your eyes meet mine

What kind of prominence is worth the accident
Of trading love for gold
Listening to the lies instead of living life
Trading love for gold

And a heart falls apart when your loving it turns to greed
A gilded spade plants the seed
Of an unclimbable tree

What does it mean for me to climb the taller tree
And watch it cut down beneath my feet
What kind of prominence is worth the accident
Of losing the only one who sees
How I feel when I kneel to the one who stands on my hands
Instead of the one who holds my hand
The one who holds my hand
Track Name: Not One To Stay
Not once did I feel that you weren't real
I kept you in the back of my mind where we
Crept and we leapt over unending descents
That hide what I don't want to find

You and I are stuck in a prism
Of dark and light incandescent confusion

Cuz I know your type
You're not one to stay
You thought you grew up
And now you're running away
From all of your debts
Your sins and regrets
In an attempt to start over