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We Were Kids

by The Ames

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Although conventional tools (Keys, Banjo, Bass, Drums, & Voice) may be the form of expression on the newly released E.P. 'We Were Kids', The Ames continue in their exploration of originality; both in musical and lyrical communication. The beauty of the album lies in the simplicity of what the band does best; play the instruments as they were made - no tricks or gadgets - simple hands and minds to create a music unique to itself. Thus, 'We Were Kids' remains constant to the changing path the band strives for from beat to beat, song to song, and now, album to album.

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released April 20, 2013

Recorded and Mastered at B Natural Studios by Gary Lanz. All songs except 'He Must Of Fell In' produced by The Ames and Gary Lanz. 'He Must Of Fell In' recorded and produced by Samuel Carlton at The Utter Street Kitchen.

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The Ames Bellingham, Washington

"Three-piece collective The Ames - drummer Michael Lanz, bassist Dan Swan, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Carlton, who contributes lead vocals, keys, banjo, guitar, harmonica, and the occasional kazoo - make a type of music that fits their hometown of Bellingham: quaint, charming, and a little off-kilter...

Erin K. Thompson - Seattle Weekly
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Track Name: To The Heart
Boy I wouldn’t ever do that, Lord wouldn’t even
try
Standing in the way dear, with that blood soaked
eye
And you held that crooked tooth
Scrapin’ long the ground with that screech
What would the neighbors think dear, if they saw
you?
What would the neighbors say dear, in the night?
Well should we all just make believe okay dear?
Well should we all just make believe all’s right?
We’ll noose the hardships and decay
We’ll disregard the only way
And say
Yes I can make this! Yes I can do this!
Yes I can love this! Yes I can make this all right!
But I’ll have to give, to the heart, to the love, to
receive
All the change I wish, for the world, which needs
to be
Separate from that greed
Of the gods, of the kings, and their queen
So we may awake, to a soul, which lives
And breathes
Yes I can make this! Yes I can do this!
Yes I can love this! Yes I can make this all right!
But as I hit the ground dear, You turn to walk
away
And as I scream for hands dear, You turn to
slowly say
You turn to slowly say
The truth is that we only cope, We disregard to
maintain hope
And so the world is ending, lets say goodbye my
friend
Perhaps it can be mended, before we reach the end
Lets hope we’ve done our part to stay
Lets disregard the only way
And say
Yes I can make this! Yes I can do this!
Yes I can love this! Yes I can make this all right!
But I’ll have to give, to the heart, to the love, to
receive
All the change I wish, for the world, which needs
to be
He wasn’t very old, I’m told!
Hard not to notice the fingers move
Hard not to believe in the muscles you choose
But carving the face up just to make you smile
And tearing the limbs off just to take more for a
little while
Just lay me down with the wind and the rain
Separate from that greed
Of the gods, of the kings, and their queen
So we may awake, to a soul, which lives
And breathes
Yes I can make this! Yes I can do this!
Yes I can love this! Yes I can make this all right!
Track Name: The Good
Hard not to notice the way the fingers move
Hard not to believe in the muscles you choose
But carving the face up just to make you smile
And tearing the limbs off just to take more for alittle while
Ain’t the way, you know, to save a friend
But when that day come, when I will meet my end
Just lay me down, with the wind and the rain
So the world will never know, just why I came &
how I’d go
But the soul can stay to resonate the good
99 more years to go, 120 years I’m told I’ll be
‘til they believe in me to be, safe for you & safe
for me
99 more years to go, 120 years I’m told I’ll be
‘til they believe in me to be, safe for you & safe
for me
Remember when we killed the other man?
What was his name again my friend?
Bet he had a family! Well, just a few kids I’m
told!
Remember when we took the other one?
Shot him down just to have a little fun!
Bet he had a family! Well, he wasn’t very old, I’m
told!
Bet he had a family! Well, just a few kids I’m
told!
Bet he had a family! Well, he wasn’t very old I’m
told!
Bet he had a family! Bet he had a family! Bet he
had a family!
Well, just a few kids I’m told!
Bet he had a family! Bet he had a family! Bet he
had a family!
Well, he wasn’t very old I’m told!
So I’m told, so I’m told, so I’m told, so I’m told,
so I’m told, he wasn’t very old, I’m told
Track Name: Scratch The Night
We’ll start with the knife and cut down to your
toes
The blade’s a bit dull but we’ll push hard and see
how it goes
It’s just the pain that’s got you down
It’s just the way these holes
In my heart, tend to bleed
For that sweet serenade
And the golden dreams of faded days
Well I remember, early mornings
When you would wake up
Crying just to share our love
And we would go out
Into the garden
Just starin’ at the dirt
In between our toes
But the glass, still cuts even when I’m cold
And we’ll both wash away in the oceans of old
And the ghosts will come to scratch at the night
So I kick and scream
I pry and pull
Chiseling out my human frame
‘till I finally come to know
I must breathe and breathe
till the whites of my eyes
break the shadows of the veins
to clearly live this life
So, let them come
Leave them be
Let them do
What they may
I only wish I had something more
I could have gave
We’ll start with the knife and we’ll cut down to
your toes
Track Name: Ballerina, Ballerina
Well I could sing you the gospel
If you please, if you please
Yes I could sing you the gospel
If you please, if you please
But somehow the lady made me love you
More than I could, more than I could
Yes somehow the lady made me love you
More than I could, more than I could
But I could sing you the gospel
If you please, if you please
Well it read just like a caption
Like a head misunderstood
Well it gave such satisfaction
Like a heart only could, sayin’
I’m gonna borrow only the bits that I want dear
And I’m gonna take all the good
that I can by the end
Yes I’m gonna borrow only the bits
that I want dear
And I’m gonna take all the good
that I can by the end
Well Frankenstein had a lover
Her name was Gildred-Sue
Well she had three toes and a freckle
And a great big lover’s caboose
She says, “I’m gonna love you,
If it’s the last thing that I do!
Yes I’m gonna love you,
If it’s the last thing that I do!”
But I’m gonna borrow only the bits
that I want dear
And I’m gonna take all the good
that I can by the end
Yes I’m gonna borrow only the bits
that I want dear
And I’m gonna take all the good
that I can by the end
Well I could sing you the gospel
If you please, if you please
Yes I could sing you the gospel
If you please, if you please
Track Name: Dirty Britches
I’d like to grow a garden in the Sun
But this world is making me crazier everyday
I’d like to share a dance with the moonlight
But they told me not to dream away the day
And hey there Gerald
do you remember when we were kids
How we dug that hole into the earth
Well that’s where we was told China hid
Alls we had was sticks and hands to break our
backs
I wish I may, I wish I might
Find my peace in the cold dark night
But the city lights surrounding me
Create a fear instilled within deeply
I left my home far behind
Back with the dust where I once laid
But now the urge is to roll in the mud
For to resurrect the spirit I once held
As a loose tooth, dirty britches little kid
Now I sit and wait for the closing light
Which is falling all around me
And I thank the world for a second night
To right my wrongs for which I see
And hey there Gerald
Do you remember when we were kids
How we dug that hole into the earth
Well that’s where we was told China hid
Alls we had was sticks and hands to break our
backs
And we was loose tooth, dirty britches little kids