Lives

by Slow Gherkin

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Peter Weisberg
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Peter Weisberg Words can not describe how happy it makes me to hear new slow gherkin tracks. I need to see you guys live because you are one of my all time favorite bands. I know it's unlikely but I hope you tour. I'd love to see you in Michigan and would even happily make the drive out to Chicago if you played there. Thanks for rocking and being awesome! Favorite track: Years Off My Life.
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John Flynn Blast from the past, and they sound like they haven't aged a day. Favorite track: Years Off My Life.
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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.

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released June 9, 2016

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Track Name: Years Off My Life
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
Track Name: Real Bands R4 Life
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