Midnight Parade EP

by Midnight Parade

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released 19 January 2013

Andrew Nino: Vocals, Guitar, Piano
David Frandsen: Violin, Group Vocals
Kendra Atleework: Accordion, Bass, Melodica, Flute, Group Vocals
Krista Coppedge: Trumpet, Keyboards, Glockenspiel, Harmony Vocals
Pete Chase: Drums, Percussion, Group Vocals
Troy Kokkinis: Bass, Melodica, Glockenspiel

Additional guitars, bass, and vocals performed by Jerry Lee Melton

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Jerry Lee Melton in Los Angeles
Also produced and engineered by Clay Schmitt in Los Angeles
Mastered by Alex Estrada at The Earth Capital in Los Angeles

Artwork by Midnight Parade

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Track Name: Stowaway
STOWAWAY

You’ve placed a thousand pennies on those rust-reddened tracks
Just to hide the flattened copper in your pockets
You watch the caboose fade to dark horizon
Bound for places so far from your own

Cause that black sky has the answers
Spreading over miles and miles of buildings, faces, cars, and railroad tracks

Old smoke stack and pilot tear the air
Across acres of desert sage
Cities rise and glow beyond flat mesas
And in your mind you too are moving fast

Well you know those wheels can snap your limbs like hallow bird bones
But that doesn’t dim the promise of flight
Still you stay earthbound, flapping against this dry town
While the vagabond rolls unseen through the night

Cause that black sky had the answers
Back when trains held more than freight and stowaways could ride out the stars
Track Name: Favor Of My Daughter
FAVOR OF MY DAUGHTER

There’s no promise of a future in my last view
Still I know someday you’ll lift what I must set down
When my darkness falls
Remember sunlight
And look for me towards something beautiful

For you will be my eyes
Track Name: Haley
HALEY

Haley can you hear me?
I’ve lost you in the snow
Your long coat, so pretty
Your yellow paws are cold

I shoveled powder to you
You jumped and snapped and glowed
Then ran away from me
My dog, your bones are old

But you’re too soft to be so still
Beside the porch, the icicles
Fur frozen, nose frozen, eyes closed and...

Your bed beneath the table
Rawhide in my hand
The porch, sagging steeply
My shovel, buried low
Track Name: Song You Won't Hear
SONG YOU WON'T HEAR

Lie awake in bed next to sobs and tears
As mother waits for father at the front door
I can hear your keys open locks and years
You started this family, left it torn

Well our father-son blood ties
I would give them up
If I had a choice

Brother and sister try to make you a dad
But we know we're just pictures in your wallet
As for you and I, our deepest bonds are dead
So go on with your life, I don't need your regret

Well our father-son blood ties
I would give them up
If I had a choice
Track Name: Right Hand
RIGHT HAND

Lend me your ears and I’ll fill them
With all the years gone by
Take our right hands and align them
Talk through the end of the night

As we lie down in this grass field
The sprinklers around send us home
Take our right hands and align them
It’s better with you than alone

Streets are calling for morning
There’s no ounce of sleep in our eyes
Take our right hands and align them
I’ll walk with you for miles

I’ll search you inside
Search you inside
Search you inside
Track Name: Summer Peak
SUMMER PEAK

Dirty boots in the mudroom
Climb summer peaks in his mountain home
From Wheeler to Crystal and Morrison

And his children went away
But with his bike and skis he stays
And the big house is lonely only some

Though he has seen sorrow
He can still find joy
Like a season that knows its time to change

So he practices trombone
On winter nights after clearing snow
From the driveways of neighbors and old friends

Fire burns the fallen pine
The warmth takes him to a different time
When a family chopped kindling at day’s end

Though he’s spread her ashes
Beauty he can see
Like a season that knows its time to turn

Though he has seen sorrow
He can still find joy
Like a season that knows its time to change
Track Name: Snow Line
SNOW LINE

Swallow falls in the first snow
Too late for south, too small, too light for storm

The mountain flank is muffled white
Over creatures buried safe and deep

To know peace like this cloud covered sleep

Feathered wings grow cold
Beating breast grows still

Accepts, as truly wild things will

The tender violence of winter death
Lets the ghosts out of frozen rivers
We don’t wait for spring here
We don’t wait for spring
Track Name: For Sure
FOR SURE

Well this morning
I read the news and it made me
Feel small and untrue and I wonder
Here on my hill, like a fool

So I walked out
Under the sun and I saw the
Fox and the wren and the cougar
Watched me where I couldn’t see

Is there one thing I know for sure?
No God, nowhere to hide anymore

Well my family
Is mostly okay and we work but
Also we play so we’re lucky
Even if only to breathe

But it’s cold and
I am alone with my boots, here
Buried in snow and I wonder

Can I just go under the ice?
Skin blue, unscrew the world from my eyes
There is nothing I know for sure
For sure
Track Name: Boy
BOY

Hey old friend, they called me in the middle of the night
Your parents, panicked, crying, saying look at New York Times
They beat you and dragged you through city streets—tied you on the ground
Police baton above your head—your fist raised higher, proud

Boy, we’re on your side
We’ve seen worse—will we see better?
Boy they might break your stride
But we’ll get up all bruised and violet
Boy they’re taking names
They won’t get yours—they won’t get mine

Hey old friend, I heard your back there in Zuccotti Park
Camping, dancing, canvassing—our generations mark
Now, I’ll never see a more beautiful site, than that human chain
Hands and elbows, arms and legs, beneath the city’s towering frame

Boy, we’re on your side
We’ve seen worse—will we see better?
Boy they might break your stride
But we’ll get up all bruised and violet
Boy they’re taking names
They won’t get yours—they won’t get mine