Ships of Sticks and Twine - EP

by Chris Rubeo

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To the incandescent people who helped make this all happen: peace, love, & good weather to all of you.


Chris Rubeo: Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Bells
Dan Whitener: Banjo, Vocals, Piano
Odetta Hartman: Violin, Vocals
Benji Marx: Bass, Vocals
Matt Norman: Drums, Piano, Bells
Finnegan Shanahan: Violin, Vocals
Hsiao-Fang Lin: Trombone, Vocals
Zachary Seman: Accordion
Johanna Warren: Vocals on "Brave"
Maddie Wise: Vocals on "Ghosts"
Alana Skye Campbell: Vocals on "Ships of Sticks and Twine"

All songs written/arranged/and recorded by Chris Rubeo
Mastered by Greg Calbi
Album Art by Delicious Design League


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released September 2, 2011

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Track Name: Snow Pt. 3
Hum, hum, a rowin' tune
set soft against the pale moon
paling at the wild and blue
Dumbstruck gaping while she moves where she moves

She was called, called to her winter tomb
Nestled in her bedroom
Socks and a book and red hue
If you'd ask me I would rescue you

She fell down laughing into a pile of snow
and said I wonder where the leaves go
and how anything could ever grow
in the frozen earth buried beneath the cold.
Track Name: Ghosts
Oh now I've let this get into my head again
The ghost of a ghost of a friend of a friend
And I don't believe in you anymore
And I won't believe in you again

But lately I've been thinking of you

Since you left I've kept my place at the table
Planted trees in the yard for shade in the summer
And I don't believe in you anymore
And I won't believe in you again

But lately I've been thinking of you
Track Name: For You In Confidence
This is for you in confidence so open it alone
so I can earnestly reveal my thoughts to you.
Imagine each word spoken low in a comforting baritone recall them if you're feeling lost or blue.

The message is somewhere in the middle and though the end may hurt a little in the beginning you will find your faith renewed.
In a love that conquers ignorance and a truth that bares an evidence when it feels as though the world has conquered you.

Though someday they may publish this, this is for you in confidence, stripped of vagueness simple plain and true.
You were to me the only thing the fullest chord the softest string and I only hope that you felt that way too.
Track Name: Brave
Can you take tomorrow off?
I want to see the countryside
I want to feel the breeze
I haven't got the time
I haven't got the time
I haven't got the energy
Let's go some other time and oh

I wish you had told me
your love for this had faded
Shrugging your shoulders
Saying I was waiting
I wish you had told me
Now I'm looking back again
Now I'm looking back again

Can you take to my mistakes?
and like me anyway
I want to feel contained
I want to see the country
to sit and look inside you
or just to sit beside you
to read my lover's thoughts
or love what I've been thinking
I want you to feel brave
I want you to feel brave
I want you to feel brave
I want you to feel so brave

I wish you had told me
your love for this had faded
Shrugging your shoulders
Saying I was waiting
I wish you had told me
Now I'm looking back again
Now I'm looking back again
Track Name: Ships of Sticks and Twine
Kara, child bright as the lights that stained the glass
who could there forget
who there was given?

Corn and cider warm till the long light lingers last
and know I'd be there yet
wearing woven mittens.

Thaw wakes the world and all voice for song and bark for sap
and winter knows the world
all a rest and reflect.

Chase and call running through the tall bur grass
ships of sticks and twine
fasten leaves for a mast.

Some clouds are ships carrying on the westward path
but some are anchored fast.