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All That Keeps Us Together

by Tereu Tereu

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1.
This is the extra ordinary daily constant sacrifice. This is the super in the natural dying of a satellite. The sky, unending, is rife with change; and the taste, so sharp it cuts the tongue, it screams and sings alive. [Too bright, too loud, too late, too much; We were spinning for a long time] This is the red birth of the morning, as the night fades into dawn. This is the way we warm our faces on the pyre of the stars. The sky, unending, is rife with change; and the taste, so sharp it cuts the tongue, it screams and sings alive. [Too bright, too loud, too late, too much; We were spinning for a long time] In the field by the campus, our hands couldn't hold the secrets we found there, electric and young. In the light of the evening, just outside of the car, perpetual motion destroyed by the sun.
2.
Try and try and try again, but daggers never saved anyone; The blade it only breaks the skin and severs all that it holds in. All that keeps us together and all that keeps them apart is heritage and whether the lines we draw will part. Fighting fires with a torch defends a house of doublethink; The hero never safe remains, he falls and burns himself again. All that keeps us together and all that keeps them apart is heritage and whether the lines we draw will part. All that keeps us together when all else falls apart, it's not a boastful anthem, it's not a victory march; All that keeps us together when all else falls apart Is grace that holds and weathers The darkest winner's heart. These failed quests for glory, Sir, when will they end? It's the same disgraceful story when big kids play pretend.
3.
Give me a song, a tone for every word that I've said wrong. I know it's a lot, but it's all I know, maybe it's all I've got. I swear I'll get it right, My skiff is trailing; lungs brace for a fight. Give me a shot, I can bring it back, I can bring it all back home. Beyond the coast, and the friends who've seen me fuck it up the most. I swear I'll get it right, My skiff is trailing; lungs brace for a fight. Here is my conviction, a nautical addiction, a funny sort of fiction. Here is my confession, Santiago's imputation, an ecstatic exclamation. Let your voice ring out through the endless night. [I can see the big cats on the shore their backs getting warmed by the sun I can hear the waves crashing down And it's all I want]
4.
02:53
It's like when you first learn to walk, you can't help but fall down. It's like when you first learn to talk, Your mouth cannot form the sound. So raise your glass, lift it up. Drink to your past, quaff your cup. It's not over. It's like when you first learn to swim, your feet cannot touch. It's like when you first began, everything seemed much too much. So raise your glass, lift it up. Drink to your past, quaff your cup. It's not over. So raise your glass, lift it up. Drink to your past, quaff your cup. It's not over.
5.
03:21
Wax nostalgic ‘till the moon is tired of your photographs. Memories: they don’t warm your heart, they just burn the skin. Close your eyes, It’s time for bed. Look inside, It’s in your head. Close your eyes, It’s time for bed. Look inside, It’s not there. Ghost in the mirror staring back at you, what have you become? Sigh as you might, you can never go back to where you come from. Close your eyes, It’s time for bed. Look inside, It’s in your head. Close your eyes, It’s time for bed. Look inside, It’s not there.
6.
03:26
I'm gonna pack it up: Every loose thread and tear in the lining of my hand-me-down, winter coat. I'm gonna pack it up: Every smear of ink and lead in the journal I've been writing in since '94. And it might sound crazy, but so am I. These are the thoughts that keep me up at night. And it might sound out of place, but so am I. The rent it might get paid but I'm not getting by. I've about had enough living for a house, a yard, and a mailbox; a sky-blue place in Florida. I've about had enough living for the safe, suburban compromise. And it might sound crazy, but so am I. This house is not a home, it's an alibi. And it might sound out of place, but so am I. The rent it might get paid, but this is not my life. I won't settle, I won't settle down. I won't shut my eyes.
7.
I've lost 100 friends already. I'll lose 100 more if I have my way, so lets hope I don't. I think they're better off without me. Still I hope we meet at a dive for a drink someday, or we say we will. It's the silence that keeps us holding on. It's just the thought of what's already gone. Sentiment: it overflows until I can't recall The faces or numbers buried behind velvet fog. It's the silence that keeps us holding on. It's just the thought of what's already gone. Are you a phantom limb? Are you a melody defined by your own absence? It's a terminal thought: Did I forget to lift you up, or did you let go?
8.
I can picture you and I in everything Architectured body in a timber frame I'm the doorway hoping you open the same Waking softly you and I in everything I am building symmetry and opening Windows freezing, breathing out engine steam Indigo ink filling out a paper ream Wondering at you and I in everything I can picture you and I Where we're going, I don't mind I am northbound staring at a pigeon wing Visionary colors on a stop light Skyline opens reddish-orange into white I am star-struck you and I in everything Gripping tightly, you and I in everything Simmering still, you and I in everything Coffee's cold now, you and I in everything Radiating, you and I in everything If my hands forget to touch you tell me I'm moving too fast If my fingers forget what they're feeling tell me I'm moving too fast
9.
03:12
I swear my stomach’s gaping wide open; Nothing that I’m eating ever stays in. There’s nothing you can say. Where is my point of reference That never falters when I doubt? And is this thought worth having, Or am I better off without? I swear I’m suffering from elephant skin; Nothing that’s touching me ever sinks in. There’s nothing you can say. Where is my point of reference That never falters when I doubt? And is this thought worth having, Or am I better off without? Where is my point of reference That never falters when I doubt? And if I ever find one, What will I complain about?
10.
02:46
Goodnight, Goodnight my lover Sleep tight beneath the moonbeams Goodnight, Goodnight my lover We'll meet again in our dreams So long ago we met Longer still will we be Together 'till the sun won't set we'll meet again in our dreams Goodnight, Goodnight my lover Sleep tight beneath the moonbeams Goodnight, Goodnight my lover We'll meet again in our dreams

credits

released June 1, 2009

Ryan Little - Vocals, Guitar
Ross Marshall - Percussion, Vocals
Adam Bray - Bass, Tambourine
Matt Bradshaw - Trumpet, Keyboard

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Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by
Devin Ocampo

All songs written by Tereu Tereu

Dave Holt - Additional Engineering
Carol Bui - Additional Vocals on Track 1 and 3
Ed Dickerson - Violin on Tracks 1, 2, 3, and 8
Nathan Masters - Bari and Tenor Sax on Tracks 4 and 7
Jason Frank - Additional Guitar on Track 4

Erin Hall - Art Direction
Shervin Lainez - Photography
Ian Soper - Graphic Design


ATKUT was recorded in 2008 at The Inner Ear, Silver Sonya, The Shedudio, The Treehouse, and UMW's Music Department. ATKUT was mixed at The Treehouse and mastered at Silver Sonya.

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Tereu Tereu Washington, D.C.

Noisy prog-pop by Brendan Polmer and Ryan Little.

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