Animal Flag EP

by Animal Flag

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Recorded in Boston MA in the year 2014

Personnel:
Billy Centenaro - Guitar
Jesse Denaro - Drums
Jeff Kinsey - Bass
Collin Pastore - Pedal steel
Matthew Politoski - Guitar, organ, vocals
Paige Chaplin - Vocals
Chris Gooch - Banjo
Avery Ballotta - Violin

Broken Family Drum Corps:
Tim Kmet
Joe Bobula
Mike Nevin

Broken Family Mixed Boys and Girls Choir:
Olivia Laratta
Chris Geller
Mike Nevin
Nick Surette
Austin Abbott

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Billy Centenaro
Songs written by Matthew Politoski
A portion of the lyrics to Solace are graciously on loan from Levi The Poet [www.levithepoet.net]
Photo by Chris West
Design by Tom Dauer

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released 09 September 2014

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Track Name: St. Cecilia's
Itʼs coming down hard by St. Ceciliaʼs
Itʼs holy water if you can say
That the chemical reactions
Youʼve been causing
Can qualify me as a saint
Cause Iʼve been feeling like a martyr for the past 2 years
Iʼve been trying very hard to be brave
But every time I kneel down to meet my maker
The only thing I see is your face

So I hope for both our sakes
That things donʼt turn out this way
And I apologize for what Iʼm about
To say to you, to say to you
But you wonʼt find another love like mine

Iʼve over heard a number of conversations
Of people bitching about the rain
So Iʼve learned to love the storm clouds and hazy weather
Cause Itʼs just another thing we canʼt change
Iʼve been listening to prophets, the broken hearted
Iʼve been learning something new everyday
And thereʼs a lesson thatʼs been ringing for weeks in my head
Donʼt ever trust a heart you canʼt break

So I hope for both our sakes
That we can see it this way
When the water falls from the sky it does so in ways
We canʼt anticipate
So maybe we can learn to love the rain
Track Name: Solace
Solace, I fear the man I might become
Your hypocrite, your hired gun
I count my demons one by one
And you chase me as I run
I've seen your face in every bar
And all those late nights in her car
I heard God meets you where you are
Not just an apathetic hand out in the stars

Solace, we are a broken family
At least we have sincerity
Let us rejoice and not deceive
There is hope out there for you
Like there's hope out there for me

Solace, please send a crash to wake me up
The sound of your insistent drum
I need to know that you're enough
I am a skeptic and a son
If you are bigger than belief
If you are more than eyes can see
Than show me how I am to be
And from the roots I'll learn to breath

Solace, we are a broken family
At least we have sincerity
Let us rejoice and not deceive
There is hope out there for you
Like there's hope out there for

Cut me like a sword, cut me like a sword
I wanna show off my battle scars
Who I was before, who I was before
I'll drown him in an ocean of my father's blood
Track Name: Sensation
It's a sensation
It's coming out your eyes again
How'd you let it get like this
An anchor for your sinking chest
No one wins
Your hands are tied, your head it spins
And every life you've ever lived in former bliss
Comes back to make you sick

I don't know which is worse
The fact that you're gone or the fact that it hurts
And I've been trying to keep you down
But the way you resurface makes the loveliest sound

So in the past you'll stay
Assuming a familiar shape
Now happiness is just a way to hide your shame
It's just a face you've learned to fake
And it's not okay when anger keeps the tears at bay
When forgiveness is met half way by guilt and blame
And when apologies are delayed

I don't know which is worse
The fact that you're gone or the fact that it hurts
And I've been trying to keep you down
But the way you resurface makes the loveliest sound
Track Name: Borrowed Bones
On that river bank
On the 4th and St. Patrick's Day
Well I saw the truth and it shook my faith
She and I were born to change
Tennessee, you thief
You took what I believed
And you showed me things that I'd rather not see
That everyone eventually must leave

And as I watched the moon undress
Well I heard the stars profess
Some things are better left unsaid
When it dies don't look back on it
But out here on the road
Between Georgia and Chicago
I found a pardon in my soul
For everything
For even things unknown

So in a body made of borrowed bones
I am learning to forgive
Cause I still have a ghost that haunts my home
And she gave birth to bitterness
So in the trenches of this war zone
I know that someday I'll forget
And I'll set fire to these borrowed bones
And rid myself of selfishness
Track Name: Mercy
Today I woke to find myself an orchestra with broken bells
And the sounds I made, they could have come from hell
Because hell is a place that I found inside myself, not underground
And it all comes out when I open my mouth
Because I've held notes with a chorus of thieves
And I've begged for mercy on hollow knees
So when I say, I'll change my ways
It's a promise that I will not keep

I saw heaven with my own eyes in a dream I had late last night
But it slipped away with the morning's light
So now I curse the rising day as she pours into my painted grave
That crown of fire, she cleanses everything
And the civil war has found itself brand new grounds on which to dwell
My heart and mind
Through space and time
On the fringes of my fragile shell

So impart to me everything that I do not deserve to see
Please extend the vision you have given me
Purge my greed
And I will become the sea
Despite my doubts, I will travel toward my fears and live them out
And stand up to the demons that I've kept around
Through ups and downs
I will watch them drown

In mercy's arms what I have learned
Is that I don't get quite what I deserve
It seems that I am measured on a curve
And all I've claimed to know of love
Are fruitless words from a foolish tongue
It's nothing I can really speak of
Because I was not there when the stars were hung
No, I did not arrange the moon or the sun
So who am I, what silly pride
To think that I am someone