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by Slow Gherkin

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When I woke up you were crying You were reading someone else's diary Laid my head against your shoulder Like I was asleep Oh life is taking years off my life Let's just stay under the covers All weeping wounds and hardened sinew 'Cause there's nothing that can snuff out The light of life that's in you Oh life is taking years off my life And if it's years off mine How are you still alive? But I think it's going to work out I can see it in the notes you send her Don't know when the end is coming But we're going there together There are parts of us that never stop growing We're not stopping We're not stopping Like fingernails inside a coffin We're not stopping
The time and place where we come from It’s lost it’s gone for all, never gonna happen again I know that nothing ever lasts It happens much too fast, it’s gone, we left it all in the past Do you remember when we toured the land The radio was blasting and We sang along our favorite songs Who knew those were gonna be The best days of our lives Memories make me cry [with] teardrops in our eyes [we] said all our goodbyes, but Real bands are for life All things come to an end But we’ll always be friends, I know we’ll play again, ‘cause Real bands are for life And now, we’re gettin’ on in the years With all our hopes and fears The words we left unsaid We all gather and reminisce The days we’ll always miss and how We wish they never had to end Do you remember when we didn’t know Which way our lives we’re gonna go The pain was more than we bargained for, whoa-oooh Somehow we came along, we made it through The pain is gone, the songs are too The past, some words we thought we knew Like these are gonna be The best days of our lives Who is to say things aren’t better this way The clocks ticks on, but what have you done today? Now who are you, and what are the debts that you pay And we all move on


Recorded Jan–Feb 2016 at Dead Oak in Santa Cruz, CA
Engineered and mixed by Evan Nolen
Mastered by Greg Saunier
Songs by Slow Gherkin

Zack Olsen: drums
Rick Godnick: bass
Peter Cowan: keys
AJ Marquez: vocals, guitar
James Rickman: vocals, guitar
Phil Boutelle: tenor sax
Ross Peard: alto sax
Matt Porter: valve trombone
Achilles Poloynis: slide trombone
Nick Bianchini: trumpet
Eric Johnson: trumpet

Thank you Mike Park and all at Asian Man, Dan Potthast, Adam Levin, Dan Randall, Brendan Thompson, Zack Kent, Josh “Monty” Montgomery, Rob Pratt, Sean Noyce, Kuumbwa Jazz Center and the Phoenix Theater (where we first played these songs), and our families.


released June 9, 2016


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