There Are AMERICAS Beyond This America

by Greg Mullen and The Cosmic American Band

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1.
Well I passed an old man walking in the street He asked me if I'd picked up ten dollars off the ground I was confused for a second then I told him that I hadn't But his face said he didn't believe me and it brought me down Everything costs too much in this city There's a thousand people headed for where I want to be And my guess is they'll get there before I do I give up so easily Every night my old friends come to haunt me They say "we don't recognize you anymore" and each time I try to beg for their forgiveness I can't find the words so I turn and I walk on out the door And then I wake up singing I've been drunk and I've been sad and I've been insecure and mean and you've been far too kind to me I went and built my new life in the desert It just seemed like the only thing that I could do I got to feeling so cooped up and so I packed up all my stuff And I never even said goodbye to you I spent that whole summer in my bathrobe Just smoking cigarettes and sweating in my room So when I heard your tiny voice inside my telephone my love It was practically all that I could do Just to keep from laughing And I've been drunk and I've been sad and I've been insecure and mean and you've been far too kind to me
2.
Samuel I think that I am in love with your girlfriend I saw her once at the house I think it was before you were dating And I was so high I thought that she looked like an angel So I introduced myself and then left town for several months When I came back you were in a band and in love with each other So I got drunk alone and stared at her all through your show She plays an old Gibson mandolin she has amazing tone And her voice is so pretty and honestly Samuel I'm sorry I know this isn't the kind of song that you want to hear but I felt I should sing it oh Samuel I am selfish and lonesome out in strange California We were like brothers once now you are more of a stranger It's hard not to think about how things could have been different Maybe there's a Universe unfolding somewhere where you're in love with my girlfriend And she plays an old Gibson mandolin and we sing our sweet songs together I'd like to think that in that Universe I wouldn't hate you But my long lost brother we both know that it's not true Samuel my brother we both know that it's not true
3.
Hummingbirds 02:26
Well this woman's making plans, she's seen her whole life in her hands She's putting up shelves creating systems of organization She's planting flowers in the living room and building her work station She knows she will never go hungry again And when the wind blows in through the cracks under the door She don't mind she says I have felt this way before In my mind there is a place where I can go and stay warm The neighbors watch the sculpture garden growing in the yard They fish their pockets for their outrage all they find are shooting stars and themselves laughing like skeletons riding around in rusty cars When the rain pours in through the holes in the roof She don't mind just cups your hands and drinks up loudly to the truth that drips and spills she used to try now she goes swimming in her shoes And when the wind blows in through the cracks under the door She don't mind she says I have felt this way before In my mind there is a place where I can go and stay warm
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Well it's 28 Miles to Belton where they threw my ass in jail And you came up with 15 hundred bucks to make my bail I still have not repaid you I don't know what to say I'm not sure if it matters we don't talk that much these days The last time that I saw you, you had your sunglasses on And I couldn't get my words out through all the things I had done wrong You said you didn't want to see me and darlin' I could understand I was drinking to the death of love and you were reaching for my hand But you're a beautiful woman, you'll always live inside my mind When I'm out of luck and lost in thought and falling far behind Well it's 28 miles to Belton, a thousand more until I'm home And I wonder just how many mornings I'll wake up alone
6.
You built a shelter of conviction to keep away the howling confusion But I sensed your desperation when you asked me to come in, share a cup with you, tell you that you know where it's at but you don't know It's that lake that you can't see from your Lakeview apartment Or some kid in a three-piece suit trying to talk to you about modernism Or a train I barely missed, the door it stood wide open Now I'm standing on the platform wishing I'd never quit smoking There's a dangerous woman she's bugging me for answers Asks impossible questions like why do I own so many pairs of sunglasses And I said, "Darling, these are difficult times and it makes me feel better to accessorize." Come on let's decorate the wreckage I don't know It's that lake that you can't see from your Lakeview apartment Or some kid in a three-piece suit trying to talk to you about modernism Or a train I barely missed, the door it stood wide open Now I'm standing on the platform wishing I'd never quit smoking
7.
Everything's in motion, myself I have been traveling every single one of my days And I climbed a mountain in search of complete stillness but the world just kept on spinning anyway So I went to the library, there was a book there waiting for me and it opened itself up upon a page It was the true story of a great flood of molasses that came and covered everything in a giant wave I could feel my feet sticking as I stumbled through my memory to the house that I grew up in far away And I would like a vacation somewhere near the ocean where no-one ever calls me by my name
8.
Indiana 03:42
Lay down Indiana honey it's no use The furnace is still burning and the cabinet's full of booze And don't you try to make me stay I could leave if I wanted to Wipe those tears off of your face we both knew we were bound to lose Bound to lose Bound to lose We knew from the beginning that we were both bound to lose So I gave up my heart left it for dead on the front step outside your barricaded door It wasn't meant to trip you up I did not mean you any harm just couldn't use it anymore And I was confused About the things that I knew But I could tell by your expression babe that I was bound to lose Every single river the Seine, the Charles and the Zambezi they all ran me right into your heart And everything that happened seemed so senseless and indifferent Every place I put my feet down fell apart And I wanted you To tell me what to do But you just stared down at your feet and I knew I was bound to lose Bound to lose Bound to lose Well we knew from the beginning that we were both bound to lose
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Mr. Clean said to the poor prom queen darling don't be so proud they will forget you These people change their minds so fast and look at you kid you're just a monument to trash Just then the old police commissioner broke down in tears Said, "I am not what I once dreamt I might be I hardly recognize myself anymore" And the Satellite Choir sings, "Is this what you've been waiting for?" If I was a hillside and you were the Yellow Moon my Love I would still try to make it up to you If I was a hillside and you were the Yellow Moon... Joan of Arc rides the train wearing thrift-store glasses Got her headphones on she's getting all the facts She's in motion she can taste it you know she's gonna make it last A little Justice in the Promised Land The insomniac midwife opens her eyes she says everything's changing but I'm not surprised You see every last one of you was born outside of time so Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday go start anew

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This album was recorded in Austin, TX during 2011 and 2012 using a completely analog process. The record was tracked to 16 track 2" tape, mixed to 1/2" stereo tape and mastered directly to acetate disc. The digital version of the album was transferred from a vinyl pressing.

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released April 2, 2013

Greg Mullen - Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
Evan Kaspar - Pedal Steel, Organ, Piano, Guitar, Vocals
Cole Wilson - Upright Bass, Vocals
Andrew Stevens - Drums, Vocals

Will Wallace - Mandolin (on Hummingbirds)
Isaac Winburne - Alto Sax (on Mountain Steep)
Andrew Fontenot - Tenor Sax (on Mountain Steep)

and the HOLY MOUNTAIN LIFE ADVENTURE CHOIR

Recorded at Ohm Recording Facility and mixed at East Austin Recording by Evan Kaspar

Tape spliced and sequenced at Big Orange by Matt Oliver

Mastered at Salt Mastering by Paul Gold

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