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Very special thanks to my beloved brothers who contributed their love and passion to this album:
Chris Birchard, Jason Gabbard, and Justin Repath.
And my dear brother Charlie Kiene generously allowed me to borrow a very special microphone for this album. Thanks, Charlie!

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released January 19, 2016

Front cover painting, "The Dancer" (acrylic on canvas, 21" x 35") by Chris Birchard, copyright 2012.

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Tim Birchard is a musician, engineer, composer, and producer who loves a good story. He loves the unorthodox.

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Track Name: my guitar
I work every day just to get nowhere
Hoping for a good life that never seems to come
Hoping and praying that around the next corner
Something's gonna change

Always seems like the next big thing
Is always just a step ahead of where I am
Sometimes at night I don't sleep
Wondering where and how I'm gonna eat

(CH)
My guitar takes me to a place, if only for a moment,
Where everything is fine

Like warm water poured through my soul
But as high as I can go in the morning,
I'm still in the same hole

Some things are too painful to say
So my guitar speaks for me

(CH)

Sometimes I'm so tired of struggling
I just wanna lay down and die

Sometimes my worry's so heavy
I can barely take a step
Sometimes I can't open my eyes
Because I'm afraid what's coming next

(CH)

Everything's gonna be all right
All my troubles fade away
Track Name: starless sky (part 2)
"Freedom or death"
It's what I've always said
Tiny capsule
I keep bumping my head

Peek out my window
Into memory
Looking for answers
Dark is all I see

Under one starless sky

Not sure where I'm going
I'm out on the road somewhere
Successful liftoff
Look up, you can find me there

Under one starless sky
All my instruments are useless
Under one starless sky
Got to keep this heart moving

From the safety of my airlock
I could only see the blackness of space
From the safety of my airlock
I could never feel the sun on my face

See the stars below me
Like I could reach out and touch them
Careful what you wish for

Not sure where I'm going
I'm out on the road somewhere
Track Name: knocked down
You were talking to a long-haired dude
with a ponytail
Was he a cousin, friend, or a husband,
I couldn't tell

(Bridge)
Your eyes told me that maybe you'd seen
an apparition from the past
Then I knew I was wrong...
Some 20-odd years have gone
since I thought your beauty wouldn't last

(Ch)
Wow! I just got knocked down by a little girl
I knew 23 years ago
Wow! I just got knocked down
by the acceptance in her eyes

If you were able to put together
the pieces of that little puzzle
It's called "out of here" (and she soon was)

I snuck back along the aisle
to see if it were really you
You were gone, of course, by then
like Cinderella's shoe

(Bridge)
(Ch)
Track Name: my so-called mexico
(Ch)
Oh, my little girl ain't a little girl no more
Oh, my little girl ain't my little girl no more

She's got all the answers
Got it all figured out
Beyond all the shadows
She don't have a shadow of a doubt

(Ch)

"Disconnections must be made
And judgments of your cheap charade
You are bad and I am good
Welcome to your parenthood"

(Ch)

"No longer crying in my crib
You're the one now who'd wear a playful bib
Still you stand there with your empty plate
As never to me could you ever relate"

I'm going to my so-called Mexico
Track Name: she goes on loving me anyway
Dancer flying on a backdrop of pink
Smiles regardless of what I think
A heart the size of the sun in the sky
What is your secret? What makes you fly?

(CH)
Dancer comes to visit my dreams
Bursting at her beautiful seams
I try to figure out what it all means
But she goes on loving me anyway

She don't care about my past
Or if there's a risk that my love won't last
She goes on loving me anyway
Have I ever fallen so hard for beauty?

(CH)
Track Name: alles ist still
Soll ich hier den ganzen nacht blieben?
Das weiss ich nicht
Ich weiss nicht
Ich rauche zu viel
Ich setze zu viel
Alles ist still

Should I stay here all night?
That, I don't know
I don't know
I smoke too much
I sit too much
Everything is quiet
Track Name: chainsaw etiquette
Elmwood burns, best friends part
Laughter yearns, love is tart
Hard words fly from the start
Laughter yearns, touch my heart

Chainsaw etiquette
We're all tragically flawed

Elmwood burns, best friends part
Laughter yearns, love is tart
Best friends die, heal my heart
Lovers cry from the start

Chainsaw etiquette
We're all tragically flawed
Track Name: wild dates and scarabs
I see the road you walked
I see the path you made
I see the life you lived
Over and beyond

I see the pain you felt
I see the tears you cried
I see the sacrifice
Over and beyond

Space was such a lonely place

Come home into my arms
Come home away from harm
Come home back where you belong

Surviving on wild dates and scarabs

I see the road you walked
I see the path you made
I see the life you lived
Over and beyond

Wild dates and scarabs
Track Name: knocked down again
You were talking to a long-haired dude
with a ponytail
Was he a cousin, friend, or a husband,
I couldn't tell

I just got knocked down by a little girl
I knew 23 years ago
acceptance in her eyes

I snuck back along the aisle
to see if it were really you
You were gone, of course, by then
like Cinderella's shoe

I just got knocked down by a little girl
I knew 23 years ago
acceptance in her eyes

I just got knocked down
Track Name: monkey shines
hey, wake up
i think we were dreaming
you were tossing and turning
kicking and screaming

monkey shines in the shadows
monkey shines in the dead of night

step through my portal
and we'll dance the days away
there's plenty of room
i'm sure we could make it work

monkey shines in the heavens
monkey shines in broad daylight

don't try to tell me
i'm a figment of your imagination
don't try to tell me
that i don't exist

don't try to tell me
that it's all in my head

wake up
i think we were dreaming