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by Manna Frost Trio

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Howell Dunlap
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Howell Dunlap I still love this record from 2014. Cerebral guitars, vocals, and beats. Well crafted stories without self indulgent crises. Relevant today as the day it was recorded.
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Day One 03:21
Isn’t it cruel how the future makes a fool of a worthy man who understands he’s living a life with no rules? And when everything ends, as it will do, then it will have to take me, too Slowly we roll on a burning bed of coals The fiercest fight with all your might, and losing, and days in the hole And it only takes one to know the soul that never took the way back home Your tongue’s on the tip of your teeth A soothing truth that hits you on cue
They're Real 03:06
I don’t believe in ghosts but that doesn’t mean that I don’t think they’re real It’s just that I don’t have confidence in them I can’t feel for you but please don’t think that it’s because I don’t care It’s just that I’m not underneath your skin It’s another time following and it’s going down easy Testing limits, all the while smiling It was a mystery to me What is seen isn’t understood and an answer won’t do any good for you or the loss of a friend but in the end you did what you could Cursing the cut, holding the hand too much Another mistake, but it’s just a game And if they’re real, I ought to know by now Scaring me straight, just a way to escape
It is slow and lonely days like these I wish I could remember what it was that made me want to stay in a place so cruel and cold It was no fit but at least I know I never quit until the soul I dearly wanted stopped its dancing in my head It is on the long and sloping roads I almost can recall the times I’ve closed my eyes and lived a dream in a place I’ve never seen It’s not my wish but at least there’s just a little bit of all the stars that fall apart and every ending in my heart Well I was told a reason for leaving I couldn’t believe And the heat with the kick in the teeth well it wasn’t for me Time is never a curse revealing a deal in the works Save it and just empty your head before it all gets worse
I saw the last flash of the taillights on my way home I hope they weren’t alone And all the glowing shows on the highway don’t let me sleep the only thing I need A shadow and some shade a brilliant place to stay with no room to adjust and windows full of dust Shake to stay awake don’t let them take away the scenes you see and keep the seasons on repeat In every little hand a riddle folded up tight to keep it out of sight I don’t need a clue to know it but I’ll play along it never goes wrong The comfort and the clean was colored, was never what it seemed The load was shared, but getting there was half the work Playing out adventures in reverse
Caught in the aftershock buried beneath the bedrock Our thoughts will blot out the sun and everyone knows what we’ve done Words that were hung on the end of your tongue have come loose We get along it’s something in the vision we choose How long could you be alone? How late can you stay awake? until you turn into stone to wait for a simple mistake All along it wasn’t right there was nothing to gain Again the hatred was wasted all the faces were faded in the end And don’t believe it’s true it is enough just to push all your luck There’s something funny in losing everyone is a user once again
Gone Again 03:05
Uprooted 03:32
Cities Glow 04:28
Every time it’s a million kinds so what a way to go And cities glow like slowly dying campfires And all of us loved them And you waited all night long See, now, my heart is on the line so please don’t let me go And friends will sing of ten terrible things And each of us needs them But who’s waiting all night long? It’s another way to lie about it I don’t see the need to hide a dream All to fade away we’re saving waiting for the sky to realign
Treated right and left alone Given the time and somewhere to go I’ll keep an eye wide open turned to the light, shaken and broken Tearing the ground, a place to start Turning around, a change of the heart You will feel the weight and wonder which way is safe and which will go under Straight to the top was the only way Couldn’t finish the job or decide what to say Still, too many ties to get out of hand To leave it is right, try not to misunderstand It’s all in the way that the rules are made Either give it a day or just give it away Try to say goodbye, remember the friends A moment in time kindly erased again Afraid to lose control Show up alone, and let it go And anyone who is taking the time could find a life they might recognize Keep running, that’s all it is And nothing’s funny, stealing the things you miss Cooled down enough and given a chance Leave it to luck and save what you can in advance Caught the eyes, that’s all it took Reasons to lose a night, missing the second you look After all the same, it’s hard to reply It isn’t a game, and I only wanted to try
Ordinary looks you caught in the wind you said it won’t happen again In and out of love you don’t understand Settled down and stuck in the sand A fifty dollar bill you hid in your cuff You said it wasn’t enough to take me all the way You got it today and I took it away Holding on to the wall you said I was wrong You thought it wasn’t that long Inches from the end you stood in the way and I had nothing to say I set out looking to stay It’s easier when thoughts just keep their place are never seen and silently speak The sounds from below A song played just so I’m longing to know how long this will go
Empty Seats 05:16
Always thought it was fine, what I recall But one bad week will change it all Shell it out for a day to drag on the bottom and row alone until they’re gone All wrapped up and out of reach It appears it’s every year So I’ll take up everything, send it to the wind, and maybe hope that a breeze will let me in All the secrets that you keep and all the stories that you read never put you any closer to what you need And I’ll always get sad listening to the Dead Driving down to Assateague in my head Does it ever fade away, all the people and every place, trapped inside of my head at the end of the day? Empty seats it’s often strange The way is straight, long and grey Can’t look away Take a moment that you need, keep it for a week, and find out that the game is not what it seems And I’ll drive a thousand miles to see if I get tired Take a break and give it a try


released August 12, 2014

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Skyco Studios in Chapel Hill, NC.


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