twoheartsone

by about a girl

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released April 29, 2012

about a girl is gabriel chapman [vox, guitar, synth], tim williams [percussion], james ross [bass], glenn demichele [pedal steel], emi tanabe [violin], kristine sorum-williams [vox]

additional scott williams [piano, organ], brad turgeon [trumpet]

recorded by james auwarter at rax trax, kevin ford at fullerton recording | mixed and mastered by kevin ford at fullerton recording

girl image by lauren feece - laurenfeece.com

all songs written by © 2012 gabriel chapman

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about a girl Chicago, Illinois

about a girl is gabriel chapman [vox, guitar, synth], tim williams [percussion], james ross [bass], glenn demichele [pedal steel], emi tanabe [violin], kristine sorum-williams [vox]. the band is based in chicago.

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Track Name: beautiful day
I am lying on a bed alone
In a lonely hotel room
And I am dreaming of your breath on my face
And your weight pressing down, pressing down
So down without you

Can’t wait till I get home, can’t wait to see your face
Then it’s a beautiful day
Can’t wait till I get home, can’t wait to see your face
Then it’s a beautiful day

Endless meetings and airports and strangers who
Persist in failing to keep my mind off of you
I draw on pads of paper designs that make no sense
Three days is just too long, too long, too long, my darling

Can’t wait till I get home, can’t wait to see your face
Then it’s a beautiful day

Do you remember saying we’d never be apart?
Every return I feel a soldier to your warmth, to your warmth

You are lying on a bed alone
With a book across your chest
I hate to wake you, for a moment I just stare
You’re so lovely, I couldn’t care
Couldn’t care about nothing else ‘cause you’re here

And finally I’m home, so glad to see your face
It’s such a beautiful day
Track Name: everywhere
It is late and I’ve been drinking
Got me thinking about everywhere
Here at 3am, the streets are thinning
Someone is coming, I am sure

In Amsterdam, they are out
Walking their dogs in Vondelpark, while
In Amman, that cab driver
Is stopping for some tea

And my baby says, oh, won’t you come to bed?
I cannot guarantee if you don’t hurry up
In Baghdad, sober soldiers
are sweating in the sand

And I don’t-- even know their names
No I don’t-- even know your name

On the Ganges, they are washing up
Someone is dying, they push the boats to the sea
While in Kyoto, they’re celebrating
Eating with friends and folks beneath the trees

While in Guangzhou, they are working
Well that’s what my little brother says
And in Christchurch she is breaking up
An awkward conversation at best

Then my baby says, oh, won’t you go to sleep?
Would you quit making all that god-damned noise?
‘Cause in Portland, it’s after midnight
And some little baby's being born

And I probably won’t ever know his name
No I won’t ever know her name
No I won’t ever know your name
Track Name: car crash in reverse
Just let your skin fall like you’re taking off
Your robe at the foot of your lover’s bed
And grip your heart out and give it to him
You already know what he will do

‘Cause you’ve already been here before
The past throws shadows on the wall

Then let your knife prise your precious eyesight
You see there is something you can do
Grasp your tongue tightly and pull it silent
There will be no fighting anymore

You already know that I’m a fool
The past throws shadows on me and you
You already know that I’m a fool
I’d do anything you ask me to
Track Name: prisoner of war
There’s a black boy in front of me on the train
And his mama is teaching him how to count to ten
Tell me how long, oh, how long

Oh will his teachers have time for him, I wonder
When there’s 34 other kids in the room to reach
Oh, tell me how long, oh, how long
Tell me how long, oh, how long

Well I know things could be different
If we wanted them to be different, sometimes I think we do
Well, he’s a victim of our neglect, a martyr for politics When so much money goes military, he’s a prisoner of war, prisoner of war

Her books are last century and she buys supplies with her money
Then they go and tell her, “You’re gonna be held accountable”
Oh, tell me how long, oh, how long
Tell me how long, oh, how long

Well I know things could be different
If we wanted them to be different, sometimes I think we do
Well, he’s a victim of our neglect, a martyr for politics When so much money goes military, he’s a prisoner of war, prisoner of war

Oh tell me you’re listening
I know somebody’s listening
Please tell me things will change
At least give us the military budget and some change

Now the White House is clamoring for 72 billion more While kids in Chicago won’t finish high school, they pay for war
Oh, tell me how long, oh, how long
Tell me how long, oh, how long
Track Name: just like that
Just like that the world reached up and pulled you to the ground
You could have denied, been consumed and let the ones that you love drown

But, oh, darling, you could be the most courageous Angel that I’ve ever known

Just like that you fought off a hundred demons at one time
From the depths of your own sorrow you made the darkness shine

Oh, darling, you could be the most creative
Angel that has ever flown

And we’ve no glimpse of the storms that lash behind a stranger’s eyes
And I just can’t see the storms that rage behind your lonely eyes,

Just like that your grace and power overwhelmed the void
You took a family that was so lost and helped them find their joy

Oh, darling, you could be the most courageous
Angel that I’ve ever known
Oh, darling, you could be the most creative
Angel that has ever flown
Track Name: it's cold in this car
Just like a baby in your arms
You’ll never let her come to harm
Just like a baby in your womb
That wants to exit much too soon

It’s cold in this car
And I say I don’t care where you are
It’s cold in this car
And I say I don’t care

Just like the words we had to choose
To chart our course and still not lose
Just like a melody in your mind
You have to grab it ‘fore it flies

It’s cold in this car
And I say I don’t care where you are
It’s cold in this car
And I say I don’t care

The photographs tell a story that I Almost convince myself to believe
Packed up all of my belongings, books in boxes stacked up on the passenger seat

It’s cold in this car
And I say I don’t care where you are
It’s cold in this car
And I say I don’t care

Just like a baby in your arms
Just like a baby
Track Name: because i love you
Loud voices break the sanctuary that is our home
We wake up like we haven’t slept at all
I wish I could comfort you with my mere presence
It’s hard to hold each other from such emotional distance

You cannot go because I love you
You cannot go, I’m thinking of you all the time

I could never forget the face you made when you and I met
You bent yourself toward the ground with a look of success at the lost and found
The weather turned northwest, too many things to get off our chests
Still in spite of the storm, I dream it’s you when I open the door

You cannot go because I love you
You cannot go, I’m thinking of you all the time

I made this look like anyone else’s song
But it was only yours

No words or smiles can concea the miles of space between you and me
We might press our bodies near but we cannot move this mountainscape
So, I trust nothing now except that maybe the hands will change
I just missed my plane, I was staring into space

You cannot go because I love you
You cannot go, I’m thinking of you all the time
Track Name: caroline
Caroline, pick up the line
I know that where you are it’s the middle of the night
Please pick up the phone, Caroline

Caroline, I know it’s been some time
And that your new boy is right by your side
I’m so sorry to wake you tonight

But you know you’re my only connection to everything Van

Well I get it, yeah, I got it
I know what I’m supposed to do
Yeah, I know, I know, I know

Caroline, I feel emotionally blind
I hope that you don’t mind too much
Please pick up the phone, Caroline

Caroline, I’m standing outside
Of her apartment, I really need some advice
Please pick up the phone, Caroline

‘Cause you know you’re my only connection to everything Van

Well I get it, yeah, I got it
I know what I’m supposed to do
Yeah, I know, I know, I know

I think she cut, I think she cut her hair
Track Name: how to be dark
They’ll strip you naked, burn your robes
Bury your memories with your songs
They’ll outlaw your beliefs
And pave over your history

Until you learn how to be dark
Until you learn how

They’ll twist your language, erase your words
Turn your women into whores
They’ll pit their children against yours
Until you’re frozen to your core

Until you learn how to be dark
Until you learn how

And I listened to your song 17 times by myself
I listened to your song 31 times by myself
I listened to your song 59 times by myself
I listened to your life 97 times by myself

Until, until...
Until one morning, you feel a sudden calm
The sirens blaring in your head have stopped
You see the smashed skull of a uniformed man
And blood crawling down both of your hands

Until you learn how to be dark
Until you learn how...
Track Name: dutch girl, in summer
I like to think of the sunlight slanting
Through you window catching the strands of your hair I like to think about the contrast
Of the straps of your white dress against your brown skin

That’s my memory, you tattooed on my skin
Oh, so long ago
Yet it will last forever

And I like to think about the weight
Of your body rising before you fall
I like to think about the tears
That broke so softly between our cheeks

That’s my memory, written on my tongue
I can’t get the taste of salt
Out of my mouth
Out of my mouth

And I like to feel the pain of loss
I’m very good at conjuring you up
I like to feel the depth of self-doubt
I know that someone will try to pull me out

That’s my memory, tracing through my veins
Your saliva coating
Always to remain
That’s my memory, you tattooed on my skin
Oh, so long ago
Yet it will last forever
Track Name: ooh la la ohh
I love waking up next to you
You have this funny way of being happy in the morning And I love it when you touch me with your feet

Please don’t stop staring at me
‘Cause I love you, baby

Singing, ooh la la ohh, ooh la la ee
Ooh la la ohh, ooh la la ee

You never hide your love, you’ve no disguise
Even though your bangs hang down over your right eye And your dimples state honesty

Please don’t change a thing
‘Cause I love you, baby

Singing, ooh la la ohh, ooh la la ee
Ooh la la ohh, ooh la la ee

We’ve had our ups and downs, girl
But you make this a much better world
I hope you feel it when I speak with you
I’m so in love with you, baby
Track Name: looking up at you
You are all I want to be
I love the way you dress, you are so fancy
And I took a shot oh at guessing
I’d do anything to get your blessing

And I didn’t know it was cold where we go
I was holding so tightly on to your coat
In the throes of this world, we had to throw those bonds away
These momentary fears not going to stay

You’re not much for talking
You prefer a man who acts over one who speaks
Sometimes you have this scowl upon your face
A mathematical intensity you can’t displace

We are branching out from this tree
We are branching out from this tree

You are immersed in what you do
Sometimes I feel that I am so far from you
But on every morning of every big day
You never fail to be the first person who calls me

And I didn’t know it had to be cold where we go
I wanted to hold oh so tightly on to your coat
In the throes of this world, I should have thrown that bond away
The fears will go, but you always meant to stay

We are branching out from this tree
We are branching out from this tree
Track Name: let's take it down
Inaudible, your eyes are down
Scars on your face, you kick the ground
You will not say what’s on your mind
Yet somehow you’re joking half the time

But someone is knocking at your door
And you cannot even hear it
‘Cause that wall has been built up for so long
You’re closed down, you cannot feel it
So, let’s take it down, let’s take it down

You like to fight with your hands down
You had to be tough, you’re daddy let you down
You’ll say I’m not true, not here to stay
I’m just stopping by to say, ‘Hey.’

But the truth doesn’t lie outside of you
And your you it isn't hollow
And what your heart is telling you might be unclear
Might be hard for you to follow
So, let’s take it down, let’s take it down
Let’s take it down, let’s take it down

And these cold winds will always be here
Beating us from different directions
And I’m sure that I don’t understand
But if love is real
Well I know it’s something you’ll feel

Where’ve you been? I haven’t heard
Not a text message, not a word
Your brother’s in trouble, that much I know
But that’s not the way you’re meant to go

There’s no one who can tell you what to do
Your story has not been written
And while I will surely pray for you
I can’t sit and watch life happen
So, let’s take it down, let’s take it down
Let’s take it down, let’s take it down

And these cold winds will always be here
Beating us from different directions
And I’m sure that I don’t understand
But if love is real
Well I know it’s something you’ll feel
Track Name: under the cars
It must be cold under the cars
On a concrete and cardboard bed
With newspapers folded up beneath your head
And all your belongings at the foot of your bed
There’s a mess of cloth concealing your eyes

The bones in your mouth are no longer there
Below a grizzly web of hair projects
Smoke-stained from second hand cigarettes and
Beer and greasy crumbs tumble down
Like dogs running through a field filled with burrs

Why’s it so easy for me to walk by?
Why’s it so easy for me?

You work down at the Wabash Street station
Collecting change beneath the train
And clear glass bottles and aluminum cans
With all your belongings packed neatly away
Then push them back to your home

Under the cars
Under the cars