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THE DOMESTICS

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released July 17, 2015

all songs written and performed by Michael Finn and Leo London

produced by Michael Finn and Leo London
recorded and mixed by Michael Finn at
Flora Recording and Playback in Portland, OR
additional engineering by Adam Harney and Keegan Curry
mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering

trumpet on All The Time and What A Life by Ryan Wiggans

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Track Name: Jenny Says
jenny says you should get some rest, i know
you could get some things off your chest, just phone
but every time you close the door she goes
waking up two thousand miles from everyone you know

i left a message from a phone in wyoming
she might call back but i don’t know where i’m going
all your hotel lobby friends are ghosts
my memories of the factories are close behind

jenny says that the sky is falling but there’s nothing up above
i’m drawing diagrams of the world you’re dreaming of
i believe in everything that you say
like i believe in our love
and i believe in our love

how many rooms left with nobody to play for
could take a job back home at least it would pay more
all the people we thought we knew so good
faded out but i guess i knew they would anyway

i’m driving west i’m trying to shake off the sickness
we don’t get better it’s just something we live with
the good goodbye’s and the hollow as hell hello’s
every time you close the door she goes, goes, goes

jenny says that the sky is falling but there’s nothing up above
i’m drawing diagrams of the world you’re dreaming of
i believe in everything that you say
like i believe in our love
and i believe in our love

i believe in our love
Track Name: Wait Forever
i really thought that you would call
nodding off on the max
but it don’t bother me at all
it’s just the jingling of the tracks

girls in burkas boys in drag
they’ve got their bags and flights ahead of them
through the cracks in no man’s land
we go together till we reach the end

i’ll wait forever if i
wait for you but i’ll
wait forever baby if i have to
i’ll wait forever if i
wait for you but i’ll
wait forever baby if you want me to

some go alone and some in two’s
it’s getting light out but it smells like rain
and all i think about is you
as the lights flicker off on the train


i hear the buzzer and the bell
i check my pockets and i check the time
it’s getting late but i sit here still
i can wait till the end of the line
this time

so i’ll wait forever if i
wait for you but i’ll
wait forever baby if i have to
wait forever if i
wait for you but i’ll
wait forever baby if you want me to
Track Name: Beauty Contest
who’s waiting in that car
it’s hot as hell today
the boxes are all in storage
i threw the rest away

you are my love

so it goes

this is how it ends
we let it wash away
trying to control yourself
it’s better if you don’t stay

you are my love
Track Name: It Came To Me
it came to me
laying on the grass
it came to me while playing games and listening to you laugh
it came to me
and now i know
it came to me
and now i know

it came to me
walking up your steps
it came to me while laying down and watching you undress
it came to me
and now i know
it came to me
and now i know

that you were waiting for me to go

it came to me
as the evening set
it came to me while watching you cash your last cigarette
it came to me
and now i know
it came to me
and now i know

it came to me
laying on my bed
it came to me while i replayed the last thing that you said
it came to me
and now i know
it came to me
and now i know

that you were waiting for me to go
you were waiting for me to go
Track Name: All The Time
i’m sorry for calling
i just needed someone to know
i don’t know what i mean
i guess they’ll find it here sooner or later
the paper i left by the sink

and you know, i know
you were never alone
left to cry
all the time, all the time
and you know, i know
you were sorry to go
so was i
all the time, all the time

well there must be a scripture
a packed away picture
a light in the blinds i could find just in time
to recite ancient history and tales of my victories
in a war i’ve been fighting for nothing at all

and you know, i know
you were never alone
left to cry
all the time, all the times
and you know, i know
you were sorry to go
so was i
all the time, all the time
all the time, all the time

all the time
Track Name: Tower Blocks
go out the back i’ll clean up the blood and the glass
the bartender’s yelling as she falls on her ass
drive her home, give her someplace to sleep it off

they’re calling the cops while she’s combing her hair with her hands
passing tower blocks in the mirror
you’re checking your breath but you’re in the clear

and you were made to love her

"what’s there to drink?"
she picks out two glasses and a bottle from the rack in the hall
lights a cigarette, makes an ashtray of an empty pack

she tastes like the rain on the sidewalk when you miss the last train
like the start of a dream when you know how it ends
if you close your eyes tight
she feels like home but she’ll be gone in the morning

and you were made to love her

"do you want my number?"
she said "i can get it from a friend
you’re not hard to find now, i know where you live
i don’t keep a phone, that’s just how it is

but you can see me in the faded traffic signs
in the bends in the blinds
in the NEW YORK TIMES
in the misdemeanor crimes
in the soup kitchen lines
in anything else that the looters leave behind"

and you were made to love her
Track Name: Blue Tarp Moon
i work at the service station
she worked at the bank
she saved up all her money
for a move up to the city

it’s not hard to be in love with a brownsville girl
but it’s a blue tarp moon
it’s a blue tarp moon
it’s a blue tarp moon and it’s shining just on me

after school i walked her home and she took me to her room
i layed there for an hour with the reverend’s only daughter

it’s not hard to be in love with a brownsville girl
beneath the blue tarp moon
i took her in my arms
if our love is damned at least it should have scars

i was up for a long time
i was looking at you
i recognized the sadness in your eyes
you can see mine too
we watched out the window as the stars burned out
she said “i don’t want you to go, but you better go now”
“you better go now”

i’m still at the service station, your mom came by today
she told me that you’re happy
and that you’re better off without me

it’s not hard to be in love with a brownsville girl
but it’s a blue tarp moon
it’s a blue tarp moon
it’s a blue tarp moon and it’s shining just on me
it’s a blue tarp moon and it’s shining just on me
Track Name: Slip Dreams
i was waiting for you at the Conoco
palling around with John
we were watching the trains as they rolled away
waiting for you to come

slip dreams of sixteen
blonde girls in blue jeans
you were young and in love
you were young but you’re not the only one

carving your name in the windshield dust
John drove us up to the view
said “it’d be more fun if you close your eyes”
“i’ll close my eyes too”

slip dreams of sixteen
blonde girls in blue jeans
you were young and in love
you were young but you’re not the only one

with slip dreams of sixteen
good girls on ketamine
you were young and in love
you were young but you’re the only one

you were young, in love forever
you were young, but you were old enough to know better

slip dreams
Track Name: What A Life
with love like this, and vitamins
how could i ever go wrong?
just like that, like a cigarette
i let it go

and the name of the game is redemption and shame
so sing along

oh, what a life
to be tired every night
after wasting a day’s worth of time
the sun starts to fade
as my mind starts to play
with the darkness that lives where i lay

spinning out, spinning round and round
how could i ever come down?
just like this, like the one you miss
i let it go

and it’s just as it seems, like the father who leaves
so sing along

oh, what a life
to be tired every night
after wasting a day’s worth of time
the sun starts to fade
as my mind starts to play
with the darkness that lives where i lay

don’t empathize with anyone at all
just go to him, and i’ll stay