The Mockingbeards

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Special thanks go out to all of our friends and family for their support in this and every musical endeavor. We also owe a tremendous thank you to the talented engineers we worked with including Trevor Thorpe for his expertise as a recording enginer, Corey Kunzman and Howl Studios for providing space for our two nights of recording, and Ian Stewart for his microscopic attention to detail and wealth of talent of in the mastering process. Thank you to Kim Shifrin for creating the beautiful album art and Leah Galant for providing her skills in wizard photography.

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released June 3, 2016

© 2016
All lyrics by Alex Ford, Jeremy Betterley, and Taya Win
All music by The Mockingbeards
Recorded at Howl Studios by Trevor Thorpe
Mixed by Jeremy Betterley
Mastered by Ian Stewart at Flotown Studio

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The Mockingbeards Ithaca, New York

The Mockingbeards are a folk-rock quintet from Ithaca, New York featuring guitars, mandolin, violin, and vocal harmony. Their influences include Michael Hurley, The Decemberists, Pavement, and Pete Seeger.

The Mockingbeards are:
Taya Win--guitar, vocals
Alex Ford--guitar, vocals
Jeremy Betterley--mandolin, vocals
Megan Silverstein--violin, bass
Paul Vidovich--drums
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Track Name: Bring In The Others
Lyrics by Alex Ford

New Year, new socks
Already got, already got holes
In my heels
Holes in my heels

Where’d you, where did you go
Yeah I want to know
I want to know
Don’t think I could ever let you go

So bring in the others,
And bring in their mothers
Searching for some true
Harmful hopeful disappointed youth

Taken, taken for granted
Carved from the granite stone
So alone
So alone right here at home

Talk to, talk to new people
Under the steeple
They take your hand
What they know you’ll never understand

So bring in the others,
And bring in their mothers
Searching for some true
Harmful hopeful disappointed youth

Wander, turn to the right and turn off your light
And waken, to your strange alarm
I still don’t see the harm

Careful, reckless
For come what may I’m happy to say I know
You won’t be long
No you won’t be long

So bring in the others,
And bring in their mothers
Searching for some true
Harmful hopeful disappointed youth
Track Name: Salty Air
Lyrics by Jeremy Betterley

it's time to go back once again
to breathe the salty air
feel sun on my skin

let the car roll down the road
find out where it goes
hear the lobster boats

I'll be there in the morning
and you'll be right behind
dip a paddle in the water
feel that warm sunshine

though you feel so far away now
I won't forget how
it feels to be there
realign my furrowed brow

I'll be there in the morning
and you'll be right behind
dip a paddle in the water
feel that warm sunshine
Track Name: Cannonballs
Lyrics by Jeremy Betterley

Why do the stars resemble animals?
No one ever knows, no one ever knows
Why don't we all just live like cannibals?
No one ever knows, no one ever knows

Why don't we all just live like cannonballs?
Crash Into the walls, crash into the walls
Leave nothing behind us but a smoky pall
Crash into the walls, crash into the walls

Let's walk our dogs to the peninsula
In Siberia, In Siberia
I think I'd like to get to know ya
In Siberia, In Siberia

Let's walk our dogs to the peninsula
In Siberia, In Siberia
It's hard to tell what's a peninsula
In Siberia, In Siberia
Track Name: Date Me Again
Lyrics by Alex Ford

Wait for your phone call
Listen for sounds outside my window
Oh, nothing ever works out
So call your bookie now

Call me when you’re drunk
I’ll put paste onto your toothbrush
Oh, love me like your books
Oh, give me a second, third, or fourth look

Date me again, So I can be miserable
Date me again, I want to be miserable

Lonely already
At least I have a reason
Oh, make me wait til five
No, you won’t be home tonight

One night we’ll be drunk
I can lay there you’ll just hold me
Oh, love me like your books
Oh, give me a second, third or fourth look

Date me again, so I can be miserable
Date me again, I want to be miserable
Date me, date me, oh oh, date me again
Date me again, so I can be miserable
Track Name: Trout Pond
Lyrics by Taya Win

You voice is the first thing I hear through the drear of the morning I was to be leaving
Amid recollections of solemn processions I dwell on our next chance meeting
And the warm rain was pouring as if it was mourning the day of our parting

As I walked away unperturbed by the rain while my mind played the ghost of a love song
Out the window you gazed through the blue and grey haze over fields where we know we just belong
And I swear in the air I can hear the faint whisper of words I wished I could say

So I sing to the empty seat you’d watch from if you were here today
And I close my eyes cuz the lids insides can remember the shape of your face
But when we unclasped our hands and went on to separate lands there was only so far we could stray
If the universe is so big and the world is so small then we’re not that far apart anyway
Not the far apart anyway

And as we walked together
Up the hill Fall hadn't yet claimed
We made our way up to the lake
As blue as the perfect day
We stood a moment on the shore
And then at the same time
We ran and jumped and swam toward
A little rocky isle
And on that rocky isle we sat
For how long I don't know
Pretending that we were stranded there
But we really didn't want to go
And though we swam back over
Walked back down and said goodbye
There's a piece of us together
Stranded on that rocky isle

So I sing to the empty seat you’d watch from if you were here today
And I close my eyes cuz the lids insides can remember the shape of your face
But when we unclasped our hands and went on to separate lands there was only so far we could stray
If the universe is so big and the world is so small then we’re not that far apart anyway
Not the far apart anyway
Track Name: I Want You
Lyrics by Alex Ford

Stiletto heels and fire wood
Ended up here like I knew we would

I want you so bad
I need you, what we had

Mosquito bites all down your back
Photographs, a full wine rack

I want you so bad
I need you

Growing plants out on my roof
Leaves fall down, it's the proof

I want you so bad
I need you, what we had
Track Name: Skyline
Lyrics by Jeremy Betterley

I was looking out across this town
Where the skyline met my eye as I looked down
and saw the carpet of cracked pavement
Does anyone have the time?
Does anyone have the time?
Does anyone have the time?

I was looking out across this field
Where kids kicked soccer balls wearing cleats with worn out heels
And I saw that neat lawn stretched so wide
Does anyone have the time?
Does anyone have the time?
Does anyone have the time?
And where did it go?

Another day slips away from our reach
And I'm not sure where they float off to
Maybe they pass the asteroids and join the stars
Or stay somewhere in our hearts

I was walking alone down by the shore
Where the seagulls called like harpies and the boats bobbed on the surf
And I sat a while and watched the tide
Does anyone have the time?
Does anyone have the time?
Does anyone have the time?
And where did it go?

Another day slips away from our reach
And I'm not sure where they float off to
Maybe they pass the asteroids and join the stars
Or stay somewhere in our hearts
Track Name: The Toaster Song
Lyrics by Taya Win

The Toaster Song
There was a toaster in the kitchen
Who always followed all the rules
He said to no to drugs and petty thugs
And stayed in Toaster school

Every morning he'd be waiting
For the misses and the men
They would come on down in their dressing gowns
And breakfast would begin

There were marmalades and syrups
There were breads and buttered rolls
He would toast them all
He was ten feet tall
The ruler of the fold

But then one dreary weekend morning
The people left him all alone
they went away when they came back that day
They brought a new microwave oven home

the microwave said to the toaster
Hey man you think you're pretty cool
But I can cook all this food if I'm in the mood
Go back to toaster to school

The toaster oven answered
Who do you think you are?
I will toast this place right up in your face
You've gone a step too far

There was panic in the kitchen
A cloud of fear among the fruits
the starches were inconsolable
They were shaken to their roots

And so there was to be a contest
To see which appliance was best
The toaster understood his enemy was good
But he was up to the test

The microwave said to the toaster
I'll one-up your toast
For I was chosen to heat that which is frozen
The new appliance did boast

But the toaster oven answered
With pride in his voice
Try to wrap your head around heating bread
You're just gonna make it moist

And os it was decided
that who the people cooked with next
would be crowned the lord of the kitchen horde
and the loser would be second best

But they forgot about another
All caught up in their self-loving
The people didn't want toast or defrosted roast
and they used the conventional oven

The wise old conventional oven
Soft-spoken and seldom used
Baked a cake so sweet for the people to eat
and said my friends you are confused

We appliances in the kitchen
Both electrical and gas
We all have our way of making someone's day
Now show a little class

So the toaster said to the new guy
Hey man welcome to the crew
I'll make it golden brown but for the quickest in town
I'll send them straight to you

And so from that day forward the kitchen lived in harmony
Everyone threw down to make the best food in town
And the people lived happily
Track Name: Itches You Can't Scratch
Lyrics by Jeremy Betterley

I have a habit of finding
Itches I can't scratch
But you always seem to know
Where on my back
Needs attention but lately I have been sensing
You my dear need to go
And find what it is that you have been missing
You won't be gone too long I hope

And I have a habit of minding
Things that I can't change
The future's so distant, you tell me I know
And I can't rearrange
My life in the present for every second that
I could be throwing away
But darling I fear that if I let you go
I'll still feel this way

But itches you can't scratch never seem to go away
They find me at night while my mind wanders
And keep me awake
And sleep is hard to find when losing love is on your mind
But it's always on my mind

And I have a penchant for trying
To keep my eyes away
From the problems I see when I walk by them
Almost every day
and I try to remember the world looks much better
when you practice selective attention
But I've always found that it seldom works to ignore my initial perceptions

And itches you can't scratch never seem to go away
They find me at night while my mind wanders
And keep me awake
And sleep is hard to find when this hard life is on your mind
But it's always on my mind

But please don't go
Please don't go
Please don't go
Please don't go
Or I'll be like a broken string
Or a songbird without a tree
And my guitar won't ring
If you don't come back to me
Track Name: Oh What A Day
Lyrics by Alex Ford

Fall reached its peak a week ago
The North winds caught a cough
Cried all night my window crack
I couldn't shut him up

Maybe just maybe I'm crazy
Maybe saying it makes it so
Wandering around and I don't know where we are

My lips are chapped they're bleeding
Still I bike on through the night
Angel halo headlights
Burning fierce and bright

So let's make believe that we're sailing
Across a green salty expanse
There's nothing to drink and I don't know where we are

Oh what a day
for a one-way ticket Bombay
Oh what a day to commiserate
Lonely nights, lying in the same bed both of our tongues tied
I won't steal your blanket tonight

Dear girl I might start walking
Leave this town behind
You'll not get hide nor hair of me
I'll be that hard to find
Maybe just maybe we're crazy
Maybe we're just two of a kind
I'll butter your toast and you'll get there on time
I'll butter your toast and you'll get there on time

Oh what a day
for a one-way ticket to Bombay
Oh what a day to commiserate
Lonely nights, lying in the same bed both of our tongues tied
I won't steal your blanket tonight

Oh what a day
for a one-way ticket to Bombay
Oh what a day to commiserate
Track Name: Tonight In My Dreams
Lyrics by Alex Ford

Well a rubber band and a paper plate
were waddling down the road,
Said the rubber band to the paper plate,
honey there’s something that you should know
Cause by the time we reach the turnstile
it’ll be time for me to go
But I love you, I love you

Someday baby we’ll be happy,
It’s closer now than it seems
Someday we might be happy
But I’ll see you tonight in my dreams

Said the paper plate to the rubber band
likewise there’s something that you should know
Cause lately I’ve tried to hide something
but I’m afraid it’s starting to show
I love the things you do and your colors
I love the clove cigarettes and your rubber
But I love you, I love you only you

Someday baby we’ll be happy,
It’s closer now than it seems
Someday we might be happy
But I’ll see you tonight in my dreams

Well honey I think you’ve convinced me
And it’s better behind than ahead
And darling tonight when you’re wrapped up tight
I’ll put sweet somethings into your head
But I love you, I love you only you

Starting today we can be happy,
It’s closer now than it seems
Starting today we can be happy
But I’ll see you tonight in my dreams
Track Name: Pokey And The Prophecy
Lyrics by Alex Ford

Bending the rules like Gumby used to
With Pokey behind him
Wondering what to do

Your grandfather's itch
He'd move and I'd twitch
Sullen old eyebrows
Never no never did smile

I remember the time you told me
That somebody someday would break my heart
Well it happened today
And I'm happy to say
That it hurts less every time
I want to be lonely, and I want to be fine

Bail out the boat
Tell me I'lll write a not
A wide briny graveyard
Empty fathoms of smiles

So come out of the night and come into my life
And we'll walk hand in hand toward the morning
Leave your cares at the door like you did once before
And I'll take all your troubles away

I'll take a look back
The miles of track
The track that did leave me
Away from your arms
The future's unclear
So I'll sit by the pier
and hum while I'm waiting
For Old Lady time

I remember the time you told me
That somebody someday would break my heart
Well it happened today
And I'm happy to say
That it hurts less every time
I want to be lonely, and I want to be fine
Track Name: Old Blue Heron
Lyrics by Taya Win

Hand in hand we watched thee fire
as its flames danced towards the sky
Wondering if we'd ever meet again
All those years ago it seems
we looked at the night and screamed
You cannot end and apprehend this thing we had

So one day in late summertime
I appeared among the red pines
Acting like I'd been there all along
What I saw was such devotion
To bring anyone to emotion
With those precious days that slip away
No matter how we try

I hear the stories and the sing alongs
The echoes of the ringing gong
I see the shooting stars who picked up guitars
and grew up before my eyes
somewhere out there on the water
the old blue heron smiles and nods
So one more circle game and one last refrain
Of sammy's bar is song

It was finding the old hidden roads
to the hilltops I had longed to know
It was finally capturing the flag
Staring down the jabberwocky
As it stares at Interlocken hands
And friends it cannot hope to rend apart

As the years go by I realize
It was the PurpleLilacs all this time
The hobbit homes and granite stones
and thoughts among the pines
I still carry these things with my
I walk along in decent company
But I know deep down inside I havent been inside

So it's time for bollywogger to sip coffee with his logger friend
It's time to kiss the elephant stone
It's time to face the world and make them see
This love wil not go quietly
It's finally time for me to come home

Hey the last boats are leaving
Haul away the daighso
Track Name: Whiskey Afternoons
Lyrics by Taya Win

She knows where to find me
I was clear where to look
In the tempting perfumes
of the whiskey afternoon
Dipped in moss-covered brooks

In the woods of New England
In the crack of a stone
Where a young maple tree is just trying to be
even if it means being alone

But she looks in the evenings
Dressed in khaki and grey
And in vain we both gaze through the chains
That we've only ourselves to blame for

We will meet in the morning
I told her midday
In the notes of a song someone wrote
To a tune that has never been played

I will be with the snowflakes
That fell yesterday
As we proudly regale our unusual tales
Before we are all melted away

Where we roll down the hillside
To a river below
And it welcomes us home like we're one of it's own
And we don't need to know where it goes

But she looks in the fables
And the movies and stores
That take pains to portray the details of today
That we may or may not choose to ignore

I will be in the fabric
of an old favorite t-shirt
In the clink of a glass raised to present and past
and a future that no longer hurt

She knows where to find me
I was clear where to look
In the tempting perfumes of the whiskey afternoons
Dipped in moss-covered brooks