Minimally Decent People

by The Counterfactuals

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Recorded at various locations in Northfield, MN and New York, NY. Special thanks to Mike Morris of Rice County Records for extensive use of The Barn.

Digital Downloads and CDs coming December 10th.

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released 10 December 2013

Daniel Groll: vocals, rhythm guitar, drums (trks. 1, 2, 7)
Andy Flory: bass, organ (trk. 9)
Mike Fuerstein: drums (trks. 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9), Wurlitzer (trk. 4), saxophone (trk. 6)
Jason Decker: lead guitar, synths (trk. 1)

With:
Anda Tanaka: flugelhorn, trk 3
Tyler Wood: Wurlitzer, trk 8

All music and lyrics by Daniel Groll, except "I Remember" (lyrics: Edna St. Vincent Millay)
Mixed by The Counterfactuals
Mastered by Jason Decker
Album Art: Amy Campbell
Album Photo: Lisa Beth Anderson (Spark + Tumble Photography)

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Track Name: Running dry
Don't treat another word, as something less than said
A phrase will twist you round and round
You feel, you fold, you cry
I'm running dry
I'm running dry

A drive up to the north, where radio signals fade
Then burst with mighty noise
You feel, you fold, you cry
It's enough to keep you around
To feel, to fold, to cry
I'm running dry

Turn the signal. Turn it up, and then turn away
Wordless noise, wordless noise is enough to tell
Of an ocean where the weeds pull you down to play

I, I'm running dry (repeat ad nauseum)
Track Name: Look up at the light
Look up at the light of the street lamp before it goes out
Out on the street we were laughing we were having a shout
Oh me I love the truth, 'less it's likely to get in my way
Oh you, you love lies, they make sure you've got something to say

I once knew a boy that was certain of the state of his mind
He once met a girl whose sweet love was what made him go blind
"Boy you're better off dead, than apart with a mind of your own."
"Ah girl," he said, I was nothing when I was alone

We look up to the sky, watch the birds as they're flying away
I'm holding your hand, not too tight see I'm ready to play
Oh I've heard it before, that the birds will be back every year
You just heard the bells, and they bring back the worst of your fears

The moon has gone by and we're sitting here time out of mind
The nights are too long, but the nights are when I feel fine

Saturday night, and we're dancing to songs oh so slow
You brushed out your hair, so the spins and the twirls would show
You spin, and you spin, while the world around settles down
I'm holding on tight, just to keep you down close to the ground

I mean what I say, and I'm fond of the clothes on my back
I'm ready to play, so you work to keep me off the track
Oh my, my sweet love, will you ever just say it out loud?
Oh my, my sweet love, are you open or are you too proud?

The moon has gone by and we're sitting here time out of mind
The nights are too long, but the nights are when I feel fine
Track Name: Indiana
I knew when we met there was trouble ahead
To someone like you, I'm a target that's true
You got in my head like it's yours and not mine
You can take what you need just leave something or someone behind

It's a shame that you love me it's shame that you're loving at all
Yeah, your river's too twisted, I feel lost, yeah it makes me feel small
Someone so good loving someone oh someone so bad
Well, if that ain't a sin then I think, oh I think, we've been had

Indiana, oh, Indiana.
When I heard that she left, I said, "Indiana"
Drinks on the shelf in the house on the hill
We drank there together, she's sitting there still
Oh, Indiana, Indiana

I've been to the sea., I've watched the tides as they play
With the sand and the stones, how it swells and smashes and sways
I've looked at myself, I know the look of my lot
But the current's too strong, with what little strength that I've got
Hold the line, and I'll try to grab it strong
Yeah, we'll try to move along

Went for a drive just to clear out my mind
Saw an old man out walking, his dog slowly marching behind
As I pulled past the pair I felt nothing but shame
I was pulled straight behind and I ran at my name
Oh, Indiana, Indiana
Track Name: Hindsight
I might, looking back in hindsight,
be a better man, tie my tongue and listen to the world
The fish eye was warping my perspective,
had to look around, had to get my tangled thoughts unfurled

Yeah I skipped out on being good,
on a simple line, on living as I should
For a long time it seemed to me that the world was mine, was mine
to do with what I would

Takes a small cut to get the river flowing,
just a sharp word I'm tacking round to get out of the wind
It's a small space to lie in when you're bending
Had to look around, see that there was nothing to rescind

Yeah I skipped out on being good,
on a simple line, on living as I should
For a long time it seemed to me that the world was mine, was mine
to do with what I would

I want my world to be over
I need my shoulders to be lighter
I want my world to be over

If they tell you I'm being too repentant,
please just look away and take my tears as payment you deserve
If I march 'long without a steady drummer,
oh girl that's proof enough I've got a steady nerve

Yeah I skipped out on being good,
on a simple line, on living as I should
For a long time it seemed to me that the world was mine, was mine
to do with what I would

I want my world to be over
I need my shoulders to be lighter
I want my world to be over

The shutter speed's too fast.
Oh take my hand and let me do it all again.
Forget about the past
'Cause my face hasn't changed, hasn't changed

I want my world to be over
I need my shoulders to be lighter
I want my world to be over
Track Name: If you go then you go it alone
"Hold on." That's the final word from over the phone.
Go on. When the last link breaks they'll see how it shone
I doubt, when the miners say they're going for gold

If you go then you go it alone
If you go then you go it alone

Drown out when they tell just how it's gonna be
Don't write. It's just one more line for someone to read
March on. You know looking back will turn you to stone

If you go then you go it alone
If you go then you go it alone
Every night brings a new kind of dark
If you go then you go it alone

Find all the closed-up rooms wherever you go
Mind, what you find in there I don't want to know
Climb to the top where no one's holding you down

If you go then you go it alone
If you go then you go it alone
If you go then you go it alone
If you go then you go it alone
If you go then you go it alone
Track Name: Should've known
Walk me out by the fire, have a drink maybe two or maybe more
Watch the smoke rise up in the evening, I hear Sophie say she's been out here before

Feel the fire down to your bone, clear my mind I should've known
Should've known, I should've known
On that night

I'm as good a man as I want to be. I know better but I know they're plenty worse.
Ah, the picture of you by the maple tree. It's a blessing, but of late it's been my curse.

Feel the bark against your bone, clear my mind I should've known
Should've known, I should've known
On that night

Feel the fire down to your bone, clear my mind I should've known
Should've known, I should've known
On that night

Oh my my. Oh should've know. When I heard your voice, when I heard you sigh.
Oh my my. Oh should've know. When you sat me down by the fire.
When you sat me down by the fire (ad nauseum)
Track Name: I remember
We were very tired, we were very merry
We'd gone back and forth, all night on the ferry
It was bare and bright and smelled like a stable
So we looked into a fire, we started across a table

We were very tired, we were very merry
We'd gone back and forth, all night on the ferry
And we sat on a hilltop underneath the moon
And the whistle kept blowing and the dawn came too soon

We were very tired, we were very merry
We'd gone back and forth, all night on the ferry
And you ate an apple and I ate a pear
From a dozen of each that we had bought somewhere

We were very tired, we were very merry
We'd gone back and forth, all night on the ferry
And the sky turned wan and the wind blew cold
And the sun rose dripping a bucket full of gold

We were very tired, we were very merry
We'd gone back and forth, all night on the ferry
And we hailed "good morrow Mother" to a shawl covered head
And we bought a morning paper that neither of us read

We were very tired, we were very merry
We'd gone back and forth, all night on the ferry
And she wept "God bless you" for the apples and the pears
And we gave her all our money except our subway fares
Track Name: Hold on for the sign
I'm a willing wonder, won't you let me in?
I'm a foreign fighter, fixing for a win
Keep my levels steady
Hold on for sign

If a rushing river rises to your head
If the numbing numbers nail you to your bed
Keep your levels steady
Hold on for the sign

If a might memory makes you mighty tired
If a single sentry stops you at the wire
Keep your levels steady
Let your mettle shine
Keep your levels steady and hold on for the sign

Looking in, I'm missing what you've got
You once said, dear, "Be happy with your lot"
Oh but I might, I might just go ahead and cry

If I miss the scenery, there'll be another day
To open up my eyes, and let it have its way
But I keep holding out, for the sign
Track Name: Bottles and saddle
Part 1

If you leave a light on, I won't mind
If you leave a light on, I will find
All my bottles and saddle, gonna ride
All my bottles and saddle, gonna ride

I won't fight the battle, though you're not on my side
I won't fight the battle, though I'll die
Want my bottles and saddle, gonna ride
Want my bottles and saddle, gonna ride

Yeah, I won't right the tall ships, even if they've capsized
I won't right the tall ships, let 'em lie
Want my bottles and saddle, gonna ride
Want my bottles and saddle, gonna ride

Tell the stars to shine, I don't, I don't see the moon
Walk to mark the time
Oh my baby, oh my soul is fine, and it's mine.

I won't light the candle, it's too bright
No, I won't light the candle, not tonight
Want my bottles and saddle, gonna ride
Want my bottles and saddle, gonna ride

I won't turn the handle, to look inside
No, I won't turn the handle, not tonight
Want my bottles and saddle, gonna ride
Want my bottles and saddle, gonna ride

Tell the stars to shine, I don't, I don't see the moon
Walk to mark the time
Oh my baby, oh my soul is fine, and it's mine.


Part 2

That's me coming out of fire
That's me walking on the wire
Hold tight, the wind is blowing cold
Hold tight, the embers now take hold

What's fierce about loving you so strong?
What's fierce about wanting to hold on?
Times change, but still I stay the same
Times change, one day nothing will remain

Take it in, but don't you take too long
Take it in, all the times that you've been wronged
Most folks do their wondering out loud
Most folks treat their thoughts just like a cloud

I heard about a little child
I heard how he drove his mama wild
I'll meet you somewhere down the street
I'll kick you and then I'll watch you bleed

Graceful and mighty full of peace
Graceful and frightened now of me
Ah the bother of living with the truth
Ah the bother of loyalty like Ruth's.

Look back to look at what you were
Look back, go on, take another tour
Face up, to look at lights so bright
Face up to the pain of living right

Oh me, oh my
Oh me, oh my