Acres and Continents

by Dialectic

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1.
hey hey everything she ain't got no lightning she ain't got no gold she ain't got no arrows she ain't got no bow she ain't got no mountain she ain't got no milk she ain't got no circles she ain't got no guilt (hey hey) she got everything she needs (hey hey) she got everything she needs (hey hey) she got everything she needs because she got me she can't count by sevens she can't make it rain she can't tell direction she can't taste champagne she can't fake a smile she can't play mahjong she can't help her devil's charm she can't bite her tongue (hey hey) she can do everything she needs (hey hey) she can do everything she needs (hey hey) she can do everything she needs and she does it for me
2.
you came to the city like a virus you hid your weapons in open hands you left us crying under the cypress the lonely last of our clan everything is shiny and new they built it all up just for you they bought a choir of angels to sing welcome to the new kings i can’t count the people i lost before i ever found the camps south of bernal i never needed anyone to point out the cost i just needed people i knew i could turn to everything is shiny and new they built it all up just for you they bought a choir of angels to sing welcome to the new kings i spent so many years just trying to get by that i forgot there’s more to life than just breathing oh, but love has opened my eyes and now i want it all, i want my life and my freedom see, the woman who shares my bed she wants to change the world i should have known better than to fall for a militia girl can’t see a thing through the fog can’t see the sun up above this is for my mother and father this is for the city i love everything is shiny and new they built it all up just for you but deep down you know, none of this is yours and it will be too late to run when we knock on your door everything is shiny and new they built it all up just for you i can’t say what the future will bring but i promise, there won’t be any kings
3.
À Montréal 04:51
my window's a sieve this city seeps in a heat and a friction we can't help but breathe in the door is wide open we're both feeling trapped both of us hoping there must be some kind of way back je te retrouve à montréal laisses tes soucis à brooklyn, ils sont pas réels* i know you well and you know me but this city treats us like strangers dangerous like bankers all of that changes when we go back to montréal goldie and i at the outpost café brooklyn's so heavy this time of day she tells me you're trouble i should run far and run fast but she don't know, everything will be alright if we can only get back je te retrouve à montréal laisses tes soucis à brooklyn, ils sont pas réels i know you well and you know me but this city treats us like strangers dangerous like bankers all of that changes when we go back to montréal i stand up to leave you pull me back down you cry as you kiss me you cry as you kiss me but something is missing we left it in montréal and there ain't no going back there for us now je te retrouve à montréal laisses tes soucis à brooklyn, ils sont pas réels i know you well and you know me but this city treats us like strangers dangerous like bankers desperate like angels all of that changes when we go back to montréal
4.
this place is black market they steal and they sell they’re dressed up like the angels when the angels all fell this place is black market to them you’re just meat don’t let them touch you or sing you to sleep get me out, get me out get me far, far away this place, it don’t mean me no good get me out, get me out get me back to the bay you know i’d do it myself if i could they think that they got him but he ain’t the one the real one is coming to finish what he’s begun the newspaper’s dying and i’m dying, too i wish i could tell you the things i’ve been through get me out, get me out get me far, far away this place, it don’t mean me no good get me out, get me out to tokyo or santa fe you know i’d do it myself if i could every dream is a nightmare every nightmare is real trying to see the truth through water and steel trying to see the truth through opium and fear wish i were anywhere but here that was years ago now but i can still feel that black-market place where they sell and they steal get me out, get me out get me far, far away this place, it don’t mean me no good get me out, get me out while there’s still light left in the day you know i’d do it myself if i could
5.
sign says i have nothing left to give but you can't read, now can you? i'm desperate for some quiet, but you don't know what that is i've stayed here longer than i planned to your honey words, they hold no meaning i can't even feel it when we kiss you’ve confused the dawn with the evening me, i have nothing left to give i'm never gonna love you you can never make this right it's time for me to leave now no one's gonna win this fight i'm never gonna love you you can never make this right it's time for me to leave now goodnight, goodnight, goodnight the things you want, you won’t find them here and, really, you don’t even want them you ride these rails like a phantom engineer you can’t even remember why you haunt them i’ve burned your letters, buried your graphs i’m not going to need them anymore yesterday is over, today has turned to ash find something new to look for i'm never gonna love you you can never make this right it's time for me to leave now no one's gonna win this fight i'm never gonna love you you can never make this right it's time for me to leave now goodnight, goodnight, goodnight
6.
it started with a side glance put me in a trance i got a taste for disaster i know i’m not a slave but i smell it on your neck, girl you taste like a master you try to look away but your gaze stays caught on the corner of my smile it started with side glance put me in a trance desperate just to be defiled for one night — one night to change it all one night — one night to bring the fall just because we shouldn’t don’t mean that it ain’t right i may not be good for you but i know i’m good for one night i’m tired of love i’m looking for something cheap you can throw me away when you’re done, little girl i know i ain’t the one to keep my life is a cage i’ve been dying to escape kindness will never set me free it started with a side glance put me in a trance that’s exactly where i think i’m supposed to be for one night — one night to change it all one night — one night to bring the fall just because we shouldn’t don’t mean that it ain’t right i may not be good for you but i know i’m good for one night let me break my heart upon the anvil of your back your tongue can be my rubicon, the border on my map i’m never going home again, i hope someday i miss it but tonight i’m here, lost with you, my weekend in the district i run and i run like a shadow from the sun but i haven’t found a way to slip my skin i pause to catch a breath feel the mourning in my chest it’s time to start running again
7.
Highline 04:30
i see you tonight the fog of years is nothing you and i move fast but baby we ain’t running nothing to get away from nothing left to chase vodka coats my tongue and throat but that’s not what i taste give it, give it to me // give me your highline give it, give it to me // yeah, give it to me now give it, give it to me // give me your highline give it, give it to me smothered in the heat of the city smothered in the heat of desire slick skin, sly grin laughing as you dance, and you dance like a fire i can trace the curve of your laugh with my finger your fingers trace shapes, put me under your spell you never learned to whistle but you can sure can ring that bell give it, give it to me // give me your highline give it, give it to me // yeah, give it to me now give it, give it to me // give me your highline give it, give it to me it’s getting late, i know it it’s getting late, i know it it’s getting late, i know it but before you go, just give it, give it to me // give me your highline give it, give it to me // yeah, give it to me now give it, give it to me // give me your highline give it, give it to me
8.
you wrap your arms around me while you stay just out of reach you keep it hidden just so you can watch me seek my dizzy hands could never hold your crooked smile still, my fingers bear your teethmarks—the scars of my denial you set the rules but you won’t say what they are how could i ever hope to win? it’s the agony of almost it’s the longing for what’s near it’s knowing that no matter how close you are you’re not here your body tells your secrets your silence tells your lies you make me ask the question then you offer no reply you laid the trap but now both of us are caught you don’t know how it started, you don’t know how to stop your castle’s crumbling, hercules can’t keep you safe what are you going to do now? it’s the agony of almost it’s the longing for what’s near it’s knowing that no matter how close you are you’re not here your castle’s crumbling hercules can’t keep you safe what are you going to do now?
9.
Fair Play 05:08
you’ve worked your magic on more than one of my friends i should have seen how this was going to end why did i think it would be different? i’m just another helpless man i used to wonder why you do the things you do now i know, you just do them cause you can i try to play fair, but every time i do you take everything you want and do anything you want to i’ve heard you say the words, but girl, if this is love well, it isn’t worth the trouble, i swear i’ve had enough run away—it’s what i’ve gotta do run away—it’s what i’ve gotta do run away—babe, i’ve thought it through you taught me more than i ever wanted to learn i try to forget but your lessons always return i didn’t think you had it in you when we started you were warmer than the sun but somewhere along the line you turned so cold, now i find myself alone how could you leave me so undone? i try to play fair, but every time i do you take everything you want and do anything you want to i’ve heard you say the words, but girl, if this is love well, it isn’t worth the trouble, i swear i’ve had enough run away—it’s what i’ve gotta do run away—it’s what i’ve gotta do run away—babe, i’ve thought it through the secrets that i keep for you the lies you believe for me i don’t know what it means to be free but i know it’s not this i try to play fair, but every time i do you take everything you want and do anything you want to i’ve heard you say the words, but girl, if this is love well, it isn’t worth the trouble, i swear i’ve had enough run away—it’s what i’ve gotta do run away—it’s what i’ve gotta do run away—babe, i’ve thought it through
10.
your pigeon came yesterday with word of your return my eyes began to water my throat began to burn come home, come home your wife is waiting come home, come home you touched her tender cheek that was not the touch of love your hands stayed clean your boots were slick with blood come home, come home your wife is waiting come home, come home you chose the wind over your own flesh and bone surrounded by a hundred thousand men she died alone and you will too wait till you see what i have planned for you it’s been so long i feared the worst you, another body in the field you, safe from your curse come home, come home your wife is waiting come home, come home
11.
that wheel was spinning like the witches knew that it would and everything your parents tried to do to protect you none of it did you any good you felt the spin of the wheel you fell hard to the floor and nothing and no one could make you move anymore come on, come on—open your eyes come on, come on—see through this disguise that lies upon this land that the world forgot it’s not sleep if you never wake up it’s not sleep if you never wake up the world grew up around you you shrank back in your skin the sun never touched you you never felt the wind your mother kissed you and held your hand your sister stood guard at the gate your father sat at the foot of your bed and said, “awake. awake.” come on, come on—open your eyes come on, come on—see through this disguise that lies upon this land that the world forgot it’s not sleep if you never wake up it’s not sleep if you never wake up but for you, there will be no kisses from knights on white horses, or young and handsome princes this fairytale of ours, this fairytale is fractured and you and i will never know a ‘happily ever after’ your father carved your name in his breast your mother cried as she kissed your face your sister watched the snow falling through the window and wondered how the thieves had escaped come on, come on—open your eyes come on, come on—see through this disguise that lies upon this land that the world forgot it’s not sleep if you never wake up it’s not sleep if you never wake up
12.
fuck you truck, i win

credits

released June 8, 2015

DIALECTIC IS
ying-sun ho: vocals, guitars, programming
mario trigueros: vocals, guitars
ian kim: piano, organ, keyboards, vocals
nora barrows-friedman: cello, vocals

FEATURING
jason slota: drums, percussion
doug stuart: bass guitar, upright bass
laura dean: vocals

PRODUCED, ENGINEERED, AND MIXED BY laura dean [ ledrecording.com ]
SECOND ENGINEER derek schultz
ENGINEER ASSISTANTS jen markovics and veronica simonetti
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER sam ho
MASTERED BY michael romanowski at michael romanowski mastering [ michaelromanowski.com ]
RECORDED AT tiny telephone recording [ tinytelephone.com ] and ying-sun’s house
MIXED AT tiny telephone, except ‘fuck you truck, i win,’ mixed at new, improved recording [ newimprovedrecording.com ]
ART DIRECTION BY justin warren, james q. chan, and james dirito
DESIGN BY james dirito [ healioscope.com ]
LAYOUT BY ying-sun ho

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK...
our families—sam ho, jennifer o’day, dona hirschfield-white, min trigueros-hirschfield, zach wyner, ciel mckay, sunjung cho, minju kim—for incredible support in every possible form and manner. laura for an expert hand and a kindred ear—and those vocals! samantha for being samantha. xochi for helping to kickstart the writing of this record. james d. for a gorgeous cover. justin for helping us think about this album visually. jv and tiny telephone for providing independent musicians with a place to make imaginary music real. liam and nate for bringing the richness of horns to the record. san francisco for being home, and san franciscans for fighting for it. and you, very much, for listening.

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