Welcome to Earth

by Four Eyes

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“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies: God damn it, you've got to be kind.”

-Kurt Vonnegut

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released May 26, 2016

Words & Music by Erin Lovett
Produced by Erin Lovett & Patrick Brick
Mixed by Patrick Brick
Stem Mixing and Mastering by Jesse Mangum (@ The Glow Studio)

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Track Name: This World Is Large
Go set your sights on Reading, Colorado
You'll change your mind, spend winter at your mother's house
Oh, this world is large, larger than you can imagine

You'll break your heart in Elder, North Dakota
You'll turn out fine, spend summer at your mother's house
Oh, this life is long, longer than you can imagine

We are fragile beings in a fragile universe
You recall a steady song on mornings at your mother's house
Oh, her heart is large, larger than you can imagine
Track Name: Old Sedan
I think I'd rather be a private detective,
and you're a police chief and we're drinking black coffee

I think I'd rather be studying Egyptology
and you're a high priest removing a curse from me

But here I am, I am a waitress
And you are a driver of an old sedan
What are we to do?

I think I'd rather be the heir to a fortune
And you are a jewel thief waiting patiently

I think I'd rather be learning marine biology
And you are the ocean, you surround me

What are we to do?
Track Name: You Are a House With Every Light Left On
You are a house with every light left on throughout the night
I saw it just beyond the roadside in Florida one drive

Yours is a name that I recall in moments I am quiet
We couldn't save a single life, though god how we have tried

I wish that you would haunt me
I would not be afraid
I am always left so wanting
By what I could not change
Track Name: St. Francis Loves All The Animals
You are not a bird, but I will love your song
Of stature quite small, but like your mother, strong
You could've had feathers on, but your wings are just arms
Let birds have their feathers then, and you can have my songs

St. Francis loves all the animals, when they cry out, he's listening
St. Francis loves all the animals, and your father named you for him

A moth in the floodlight, its wings lit up like fires
and your eyes alight when you learn your own powers
A deer in the driveway, the headlights leave her blind
She's still as a memory of something left behind

St. Francis loves all the animals, when they cry out, he's listening
St. Francis loves all the animals, and your father named you for him
Track Name: Heavenly Dimension
One hundred and nine times she made up her mind to rise in the morning
And I would peer through her fence posts along with my brothers by my side
When she lost her last eyesight she said she saw angels bathed in white
And we were quiet around her as if to receive our holy rites

Oh, the nails in our tires, and we saw the shotgun in his hands
But what good is a lightness without the darkness to compare?
We would travel the middle of streets in our bare feet as we dared
When we knew nothing of life as a creature whose teeth are always bared

All of my life I have spent blinded by my divine ego
And you had your own direction, a heavenly dimension
Track Name: Monsters (I Am Scared)
Nobody loves a vampire
Nobody wants to feel their little fangs on our collarbones
Nobody loves a monster
Nobody wants to hear one breathing low under your bed

Oh, don't be scared
Don't be frightened of the dark
There is something moving there but it's just as scared of us

Nobody loves a zombie
Nobody wants to feel a rotting hand on their ankles
Nobody loves a monster
Nobody wants to think such awful things could be real

Oh, don't be scared
Don't be frightened of the dark
Yes, there is something moving there but it's just as scared of us

Oh, I am scared
I am frightened of the dark
Yes, I am scared, I am frightened of us
Track Name: Dig To China
Don't put your shovel down
You'll dig so far you reach the ocean, so far you dig to China
So far you'll find what you've been looking for

Don't put your shovel down
You'll dig so far you'll find the ruins of maybe pyramids or something
Ancient mysteries that only you can solve

Don't put your shovel down
You'll dig so far you become famous, you'll give interviews in China
You will die at age 100 loved by all

They will write it on your gravestone:
"She Was Beautiful, Adventurous, & Graceful"

They will lay you in your own hole
Oh, the cyclical is beautiful, you know
Track Name: Charming Footprints
Slept through another eclipse last night
And I couldn't even dream in such a curious light
Couldn't we take our old bicycles back to Edisto?
Cus I feel the pull of the undertow calling to me

I'm just a mess of old phantom limbs
But why blame the moon and its charming footprints?
I keep my head down, my shoulders bent
Cus all I see when I look up is where I've been, over and over again
Track Name: Life Lines
Dropped you in a parking lot when you were just a child
Took you to the hospital, your mother’s eyes were wild
They told me you had died for just an hour or so
You said heard caterwauls and voices speaking low
Calling you home

They tore down our old high school and put up steel and glass
The kids are freaking out, they smoke too much to laugh
Of everything we knew, we soon inhale its dust
Embedded in our life lines, it’s all that’s left of us.
Track Name: All Year I Did Nothing But Think Of You
On weekends I sleep in, make coffee, feel lazy
And all the time I'm wondering why I was so slow to appreciate moments like these with you

All year I did nothing but think of you
Somehow my days have never felt so full
The old me is freaking out to see me so easily happy

I shed my old comparisons between myself and others
I used to play that game a lot and nobody wins
And all the time I could've been making a list of accomplishments
I'm with you instead with a lightness setting in

All year I did nothing but think of you
Somehow my days have never felt so full
The old me is freaking out to see me so easily happy