DRIFTWOOD ALLEY

by Dylan Halberg

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with pears in case we're hungry and feet that know the path questions we've rehearsed and never asked the leaves are wet and chiming the sound i remember now water rushing past us underground and all the lights stay open and all the cars are stopped and each and every mailbox comes unlocked and never is the moment every once in a while the quiet goes away and then you smile where all our pleasures go and all our thoughts recline and half of what is yours will now be mine where all our pleasures go
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i love a stranger's smile, i love a friendly dog i can have fun with a racket and a tennis ball i like an early night, like maybe 5pm i love a middle night phone call from my friends i see a lot of folks doing a lot of good i choose to think that we would do this better if we could i like a little salt, i like a quiet song i love it when the answer's been there all along i like a leisure stroll, i dig a piece of pie i'm not worried about a list of stuff i want to buy i love a little nap, i like a licorice pipe, i dig an underwater wheelie on a motorbike i like the foggy nights, i love the starry sky i love the pillow where i get to look into your eyes so should i throttle back, or should i hit the gas? there's only one of you, there's only one of me i love to stunt and make a friend out of an enemy i love a....
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meter maid 03:15
they flew through the gate and ran up the stairs all the way back and all the way there lovers inside and a little bit scared and feel something good would soon happen down the path, over the wall was that a fox or an otter they saw? wherever you love is wherever you fall but who's really brave when they're falling? hands keep touching in accident hands keep touching on accident it wasn't no accident, it wasn't no accident back though the lane, STEP the hour is late the guard at the station is closing the gate of a sudden all the traveler's goodbyes made them melt and a lump in their throat 'cause they knew what they felt and they turned around and kissed them 'cause that night was all there was it was bigger than them, bigger than love bigger than anything and that's why i don't know if it ever really matters which way you go who got the compass tell you what direction love is? love is and that's why i don't know if it ever really matters which way you go they don't know half of what they say they don't know why it works this way we keep running from day to day and do more biz but love is
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first branch 04:25
man, don't take me for a ride i've got business back inside the way is bumpy, yes i know and yes, we've still got miles to go miles to go, miles to go and miles before we even know if all these sacrifices made can turn the tide and win the day so we could all just head on home but no we've still got miles to go i remember but not quite when we just used to sleep at night and sometimes i would take my coat and wander out into the road staggering under the stars and knowing all of them were ours and knowing i should be asleep or else tomorrow i'd be beat and keeping my voice low, i'd say 'we've still got miles to go' miles to go, miles to go and we might have to build the road miles to go, miles to go i'm going to go down this road as far as it goes i don't care if i end up flat broken-hearted i'm not one to stop when i've already started
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real fuzzy 03:17
loosened hem, soft and reckless eucalyptus, late for breakfast idle strolling, sidewalk barefoot parked the car, still no haircut drop on by, door was open beautiful and out of focus open window, sudden smile tangled sheets, lips on fire humming loud, almost singing feet up, leaned back, phone keeps ringing hello, hello! and then a smile friends reach out after a while easy steps, loose in my sleeves that feeling: it feels good to breathe necklace out, too flamboyant brand-new i try to avoid it disappointment, sudden loss when morning comes its all forgot one more day, one more hour one more daydream in the shower
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boatyard 02:31
give me an old boatyard with shady sand let all the awkward seabirds land i'll park my car and give away the key make sure it's quiet there but i don't mind if the wind makes all the branches chime i like the smell of coffee from the camp the squeaky sand, twelve kinds of green the smell of old stale gasoline the faded paint yeah that's my favorite kind if there within my reverie my hundred lives came back to me i'd greet them all and walk them around and lay this foolish self on down
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i saved my coins and bills and bought that ticket train my baggage were my smiles what of them i don't know became all along the way, every mile it seemed i thought about you dear not on purpose, more like dreams i was keeping to myself keeping this alive i tend to open too much doors but i keep it all in stride creatures don't hold hands black holes just eat stars the things we never did they're lined up like parked cars a blessing on my books and a blessing for you dear lets take up these reins and plow what if we only have one year? all along the way, every mile it seemed i thought about you dear not on purpose, more like dreams i was keeping to myself keeping this alive i tend to open too much doors but i keep it all in stride all along the way, all along the way
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meteor 03:05
there you were crouched in the sand like a meteor anodyne mischief co-present cumulative radicals we wanted to sing but everybody else felt differently and the song was just only for that moment so anyways anyways inform that distant keepsake quantum queen from here by the creek in the canyon of the sandy blue evening year feeling so moved by the moment you move and make the breathing right and your hands making motions on the edges of what is almost possible there you were crouched in the sand like a meteor breathing the everywhere-starred and breathing there we knew it would be too late for everything not given free and the comments of the ever-loose verdict file speaking crowd: unraveling boat on the night boat on the night lake forgetful boat on the night lake boat
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why ain't you got the sense to call me, call me? i been waiting for you at the drugstore, sunday, making a call on the payphone, leaning up against the wall when you walked in, shot me a look and i caught it picked up a couple of comic books and bought them turned around and said, 'hey you got a nice bike' 'you want to ride it on over to my house tonight?' all i know is that you're killing this, killing this man i been waiting, i been checking the clock everybody said that this don't make sense but you make the fire, i pitch the tent your eyes bright and your cheeks get red get red get red get red get red why ain't you got the sense to call me, call me? i been waiting for you at the drugstore, sunday, making a call on the payphone, leaning up against the wall when you walked in, shot me a look and i caught it picked up a couple of comic books and bought them turned around and said, 'hey that's a nice bike' 'you want to ride it on over to my house tonight?'
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other stars 03:51
breathe and smile and go slow smile and laugh and just flow laugh and pray and do right pray and shake it all night give and know that you're real know and trust what you feel trust and live because if you live and give you feel love lets break on three and go long keen on maps and shades and ping pong make a date for the afternoon and get gone i've been listening in the dark and quiet so long on the dock in my mind at night for new songs are there other worlds, other stars other dreams, not more than ours? are there other towns, other tribes other fights every night? other queens holding hands and making love with other mens? are there other birds that look below other clues we need to know? could i make it out, leap the fence find a girl who pays the rent and dance along the old canal sharing wine with all our pals or will i be ashamed of what i did not do to help them build a bridge?
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lyrics by məhəmməd araz i may not come to these mountains again farewell to the mist and to the mountain clouds sprinkle drops of rain farewell to summer days farewell to the mist and to the mountain i may not come to these mountains again farewell to the mist and to the mountain and to the mountains... i may not come to these mountains again
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wailaki 03:26

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album descriptions are the worst. when describing a dream, the salutary powers of language behave as water on the ducks back. treat this art as you would a snorkeling tour of the subconscious.

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released May 13, 2019

produced by dylan halberg & myles boisen
engineered by myles boisen
at guerrilla recording, oakland 2018-19
dylan halberg: piano, guitar, bass, vocals
myles boisen: guitar, pedal steel, bass, whistling
charles nummelin: concertina
dave flores: piano
kurt bigler: piano
sheldon brown: flute and clarinet
steve adams: bass flute
corey brown: dun duns
jake lackey: piano, synthesizer
painting © laura letchinger
music and lyrics by dylan halberg except
farewell to the mtn. lyrics by məhəmməd araz
mastered by myles boisen
many thanks to ruby,
stephanie jourdan,
& matt weirauch

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heads up... currently running back and forth to Oakland to work on the new album. doubling down on my strengths and still no drums.

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