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Human Question

by The Yawpers

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1.
Little child of mercy I’m living in a quiet room Blind to every reminder that everything goes too soon Please wake me up when the night is over When it’s safe to come outside I’m lying down in my broken home Like a child again All I need, everything I own, met every possible end Little child of mercy All the shades are drawn Wires on the walls All the furniture's gone Please, give me something that I can believe in Something that takes it away I’m lying down in my broken home Like a child again All I need, everything I own, every possible friend Little child of mercy I guess maybe the angels are deaf To the wants and needs of the weary To the chronically bereft I’m lying down in my broken home Like a child again All I need, everything I own, every possible friend
2.
In the struggle since the altar The world has taken shape I’ve found the words I’m looking for but they came a little late Could you believe that I haven’t stood in years? I’m on to greener pastures But my neck is in the weeds I’ve taken all the medicine but I’ve still got your disease Written out my story Knowing that when it bleeds it leads Even on these broken bones I’m dancing on my knees As focused as a navigator, when he hears the siren’s call Lyrical as a cardinal before the branches I’m finding out that you can make just what you want It wasn’t what I asked for But it’s exactly what I need You said there’s growth in agony and we finally agree If nothing really matters We can finally let it be Even on these broken bones I’m dancing on my knees
3.
The beauty of desperation On a neutral ground With the signs of every nation Where the body is bound Can there ever be an answer? Such an elegant fear Each conviction feels so fluid Every effigy fades No priests, no guides, no fathers Where the body is laid What is this human question? What can we hold up beneath an empty sky Folding inside a lover’s sighs Sounds that comfort and destroy what we wanted from the noise Traveling up the mountain Past the Catherine Wheel The only children see where The body’s revealed There is no hesitation How do we mourn as the silence fills our heads There’s so much time now to forget Sound that comforts and destroys what we needed from the noise
4.
Man As Ghost 03:37
No one else is here, my body has no violence left to give I’m neighbor with another man who moves where ever I decide to live She could’ve known be better, but while she slept I left her for the night How I look in darkness is what makes me quiet in the light This is the opposite of vision A heart carried to the center of something real Past the victim and the perpetrator, inside a body that needs to heal I’m a ghost This is a vicious world of poor design I’ll build one of my own I’ll make Jerusalem, Arcadia, or Meropis Because I have no home I’ve always been a visitor but you were such a quiet place to breathe I saw you as a vision, where the hungry go to feed I’m a ghost, in a world of loss In my memories you’re next to me A limbless jury and my host I’m finally taking ownership, I’m a better lover as a ghost
5.
My head is empty The center cannot hold I’m studying solitude, and I’m the only one enrolled My mise en scene, went in front of the court The coterie deliberated with nothing to report But every man is a monolith The shadow is shortest with an audience Interrogate my future, divorce my pride Open up my windows, when it rains in side Who but you could bear your name? May as well be a beggar, looking for a change of course Living like a man adjudicating over all the things he’s lost Give a man a future, give a man a past Or a list of questions, that no one is allowed to ask You’ve been the brick, but not the wall You’ve been the throat, but not the call Put the gavel away Pull the bucket from the well Too soft to stand up straight, or douse an arid hell Who but you good bear your name? You earn your heaven here Ladies and gentlemen, I wanna welcom to the crucific Mr. Harry Connick Jr. You earn your heaven here You earn your heaven here You earn your heaven here You earn your heaven here
6.
Been an imposter But I’m trying real hard Asking for forgiveness But I’m doing it wrong You can take the high road Or do what you please But the map is fading The setting doesn’t read Or maybe I’m living on the ocean Where the water gets deep Where the nights get cold And the days last for weeks There’s nothing even here, child And that’s a relief So put away your anger And put away you grief I’m going down to the river That flows through the valley below I’m bathing in the frigid waters Learning things I should never know I don’t have many things, but I’ve got a reason to believe That I’ve got the symptoms, but I’m cured of the disease I wanna go to Paris Don’t wanna end it all I want a conversation To add to my oeuvre Take me to the school of the Avant Garde Gonna need a master To help explain it all I’m going down to the river That flows through the valley below I’m bathing in the frigid waters Learning things I should never know I don’t have many things, but I’ve got a reason to believe That I’ve got the symptoms, but I’m cured of the disease
7.
Carry Me 05:35
You left on plane It’s true, I’m in so much pain But it’s alright, this moment will carry me Your face is so cruel Makes me a waste and a fool But it’s been so nice to see you around This moment will carry me Please, I need my lover’s hands To dance on my skin To harvest my garden Won’t you let me suffer your touch? You know it doesn’t matter much Whether you wake me Or remake me I’ll be alright This moment will carry me So take me Or break free I’ll be alright for awhile This moment will carry me I don’t need an answer Just your breath to fill up my lungs I’m clinging to your raft The only thing I ask Is save me From the waves in this sea Won’t you take me into your arms, if only for a moment And carry me Lie to me as a little mercy Lie to me, it’s all I need Tell me you love me, in this moment And you’ll carry me through
8.
Take out your grandmother’s China Bring the old Waterford Crystal Down Bring out your three piece, prepare us a feast A visitor’s coming to town He knows everyone in your family They’ve been acquainted for years He’s never invited, you can’t close the door He’s got all of the clout around here He’s out on the prowl for some violence Looking to cause some pain So bring out what kills, your liquor and pills This room needs to be arranged Bring out your finest champagne Nothing to lose or to contain He’s not a friend, but he’s here until the end And to teach you forgiveness through pain He’s never wanted for anything Whatever he needs he takes He lives on the love you’ve been burying deep And then left by the garden gates So take out all of your money Call your mother to tell her goodbye Ask the priest for absolution Call the police to report a crime You couldn’t blame your caller for trying And judgement just wouldn’t be fair When it comes to your passenger, what could you ask of him It always costs too much to care Bring out your finest champagne Nothing to lose or to contain He’s not a friend, but he’s here until the end And to teach you forgiveness through pain His prophecies all speak about you From his dark bench in the yard The leaves all fall around him, and he passes without a word He’s a collector of all that you’ve lost All the things you’ve left behind All of the things that you thought that you’d see But instead they just rendered you blind Bring out your finest champagne Nothing to lose or to contain He’s not a friend, but he’s here until the end And to teach you forgiveness through pain
9.
Can't Wait 03:38
Take it as it comes The orchestra is set up downstairs There isn’t anyone watching down below And you can see it all From your perch in the projector room See the film’s distortions as it slows Every moment where you stood stunned Where the officials raised there guns You only get them once before they go Can I move it back, are all these faces really gone Should I even ask, these reels are spinning on and on I’ve been feeling nothing, so wrap me up around your knees I’ve been looking for some comfort in this world that’s escaping me I’ve been riding these bannisters for weeks I’ve been chasing you through the dirty sheets I’ve been waiting for the lights to go out on me There’s no need for actors Or tickets at the start of the show The marquee will remain unchanged as it glows They’ll bring up the spot And then bring down the snow Every fear will take the stage, and then disrobe And your teeth will find each other And stay locked in a rigid row The music starts so softly, but it grows Can I move it back, are all these faces really gone Should I even ask, these reels are spinning on and on I’ve been feeling nothing, so wrap me up around your knees I’ve been looking for some comfort in this world that’s escaping me I’ve been riding these bannisters for weeks I’ve been chasing you through the dirty sheets I’ve been waiting for a quiet time to leave I’ve been waiting for the lights to go out on me I can’t wait
10.
May your seasons find their end May your crowns change on your head May you learn to walk with the dead, And feel the living hand in kind May your mouth find every word May your ecstasies be heard May you always continue to burn, And to warm the ones you need Take me to the place where the winters stop We dug with our hands, and buried our love I know we only left if there for us But we’re getting older May my voice continue to rise May my arrow find ever lie May I never avert my eyes And find comfort in the dark Take me to the place where the winters stop Where I held your hand, and locked away love It’s wet and warm and hidden in the leaves I know you wouldn’t want it left beneath When we were young, it sheltered my belief I know we only left it there for us But we’re getting older

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released April 19, 2019

Produced by The Yawpers
All songs written and performed by The Yawpers
Published by The Yawpers LLC (ASCAP)
The Yawpers Are:
Nate Cook - Jesse Parmet - Alex Koshak

Additional performances by Alex Hall:
Earn Your Heaven - Wurlitzer
Carry Me - Piano
Can't Wait & Where The Winters End - Vibraphone

Engineered by Alex Hall
Mixed by Alex Hall & The Yawpers
Recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago, IL
Additional recording and mixing at Reliable Records in Chicago, IL
Master by Jim Wilson Mastering
Album Layout & Design by Alexandre De Meyer
Album Photography by Anthony Nguyen

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The Yawpers Boulder, Colorado

The Yawpers formed 2011 when guitarist Jesse Parmet and singer/guitarist Nate Cook played together at the only speakeasy in Boulder, CO. In August 2018, the band announced that Alex Koshak would be stepping in on drums as they headed into the studio to record their next album. The band’s name is a nod to Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”: “I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. ... more

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