We All Go Up the Mountain Alone Together

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We recorded this album at a lovely studio called Tiny Telephone, where bands like Death Cab for Cutie, the Mountain Goats, and Jenny Lewis have recorded some of their albums.

The talented James Riotto was our recording engineer, as well as our co-producer. Special thanks to Tiny Telephone Founder John Vanderslice for excellent advice and good company. Kudos to Chicago Mastering for putting on the final touches. And, as usual, we are indebted to Courtney Blazon for the album's gorgeous cover art.

We hope you enjoy listening to We All Go Up the Mountain Alone Together as much as we enjoyed creating it.

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released 23 May 2015

All songs written by Rosa del Duca and Will Decher
Vocals: Rosa
Guitars: Will
Strings: Lucy Giraldo
Bass: Roy Felley
Drums: John Maurer
Piano: David Finn

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Track Name: We All Go Up the Mountain Alone Together
Here we go
Step off on the right foot
Here we go, leave your fears behind
We're all climbing toward a sense of an ending
It's the climb of our lives

We all go up the mountain alone together
Here I go, on my own, but you're with me
We all go up the mountain alone together
Singing the song "I hope you'll miss me"
Please say you'll miss me
Track Name: Stutter
You add up in compulsive ways
One two, ten ten, two ten
You count the nails in the floor
Like you're keeping some kind of score
It didn't used to be this way and I wonder what ever changed

Every single time that I open my mouth I find a stutter
Every singe time that I try to tell you, it's stu stu stu stu

You watch the news every morning
With paper and pen, keeping track of what's said
As you nod and shake your head
I watch you watching and I try to say something real

But every single time that I open my mouth I find a stutter
Every singe time that I try to tell you, it's stu stu stu stu

You say that I should take better care of myself
You say it makes you sick to rearrange even the slightest things
You say that I should say more to you
What? Am I afraid?

But every single time that I open my mouth I find a stutter
Every singe time that I try to tell you, it's stu stu stu stu
And I, I, I

I'd like to say of this world, say of this world say
I'd like to relate
But some things don't translate
Some things don't translate (repeat)
Track Name: Minotaur
An underlying curiosity brought me to your door
Unannounced was I, and you were anything but happy

Suddenly you are a dragon, razing the tops of the trees
I wonder what you’re hiding, what this all means

Explanation, let’s just say it’s not your forte
Over-analyzation leaves you paralyzed, so you play passé

I don’t give a damn where you lie down to sleep
I’d just prefer it’s was next to me
In this maze I can’t find you
I can’t get forget the time you
Told me you hated ambiguity

Suddenly I am a dragon razing the tops of the trees
I know what you’re hiding
You think I haven’t had a broken heart or two or three?

Do I gotta strap on my armor (to be with you)
Could you take off that armor (to be with me)
I don’t want to strap on that armor

I’d like you to have me over
The nights are colder and colder
Last chance, I’m getting closer
I’m back at the maze door
And we both know you’re no minotaur (4x)
Track Name: Firestarter
This was a systematic rejection of the automatic,
How he found the breakers, no one knows
Tired of the autocratic, the smooth high-tower somatic
That’s how the story goes

When the board rooms, you know the wide, white tombs,
Went dark at the stroke of ten
The call went out, a rally cry, to bait the lines
To all the king’s horses, all the king’s men

Firestarter, hot under the sky-blue collar
Sidewalk busker turned big game bounty hunter
Judge and jury call "criminal" in a hurry
Call all the king’s horses, all the king’s men

Starting fires never felt this good before
Before you know it he’s back for more
Forget the cloak and dagger, he’s got something better
The high relief of knowing what he’s after
Welcomes the prying eyes, broadcasts worldwide
The sin eater up from the coal mines

Firestarter, hot under the sky-blue collar
Sidewalk busker turned big game bounty hunter
Judge and jury call "criminal" in a hurry
Call all the king’s horses, all the king’s men

This was a systematic rejection of the automatic
How he found the breakers no one knows
Welcomes the prying eyes, broadcasts worldwide
The sin eater up from the coal mines

Firestarter (repeat)
Track Name: Ghost Town Blues
Down on Route 66, there is a man walking
His legs like crooked sticks and to himself he’s talking
“Remember the glory days, when all you had to do,” he says
“Is put on your suit and tie, but who knew the well would run this dry.”

Ghost town blues they are hard to shake
When the town’s boarded up and the bars have got bars on all of their windows
Ghost town blues they are hard to break
When they all want to sell what’s left or hell just follow which way the wind blows

Down on Route 66 there is a scarecrow running and
All the lizards are sunning
Themselves from the rooftops and from the sidewalks
The tops of the mailboxes
Cause postman don’t come around here no more

[[CHORUS]]

Ghost town blues they are hard to shake
Ghost town blues they are hard to break
So many have lost their way, on this lost highway
So many, so many, so many...
Track Name: Snake Charmer
None of your, none of your, your stolen poetry
None of your, none of your, your visions you say you see
All of your lines, they took so much time to deliver

They don’t work on me (2x)
You can dress it up any way you want to (2x)
But you got your head, you got your head in the sand
Trying to figure out how to use your hands

None of the books you say you read make a lick of sense to you
None of the speeches you keep preaching move me in the slightest
All of the snake charmer tricks you picked up this past year...

[[CHORUS]]

None of the principle gets from the head to the heart in you
Sweep all the shards under the rug you don’t want me to see
Tackle the fight, turn off the lights so you can
Hide in the shadows thinking that

I’ll work on you, that I’ll work on you
But you can dress it up any way you want to (2x)
You got your head, you got your head in the sand
You never figured out how to use your hands
Track Name: Painting the Roses Red
The talking heads
Are talking 'bout the war they said
That they warned us against
Didn't make any sense
At the time we were told
Stand in line to be sold
Now they've all got a book
The pages say how we didn't look

Jabberwocky’s coming through the mirror over the piano tonight
The push-pull sunrise of a rear-view sunset can make it seem all right
Jabberwocky's coming up the stairs, down the hall, his tail tearing up the carpet
What they said had a clean bill of sale, blame it on the free market

Breaking ranks
Seemed so very criminal
No need to bear your soul
To the people you know
No, keep your lips locked
Cause they don’t even know how to stop
And the talking heads say it’s okay now
To bring’em to the light of day

[[CHORUS]]

I feel like Alice in Wonderland (4x)
Stay, one more night
We’ll paint the roses red
And then we’ll paint’em white...
Track Name: In Love Out of Luck
Take, take me back
Take me back into the quiet places where
Where we can steep in the farther away from home
Meet me in the undertow

Take, take me down
Take me down to the higher places where
Where we are shifting shapes in deep black moonscape

In love out of luck
It’s the sound of the new down and out
I can’t give you what you need
In love out of luck
The train-track voices tree-branch noises
I can’t go back to where I've been already

Take, take in the town
Take this city like a backseat daydreamer
Where no, no better plans were laid than these
And please don’t beg me please

CHORUS
Track Name: Wild Lonely
This dream I have
You’re standing still a stone
“Tear down this wall” echoes in my ears
And then I’m all alone
A sun-dried lion stalks you
Belly low to the ground
You flinch, I flush, scared out of our minds
As he rakes his claws across us

Pull me like a bowstring and I’ll get us out of here
So many dreams feed on our fears
Of the wild, fear of the wild

I’m searching the jungle floor for
A place to call our own
To find my fingers melted down to the bone
But this detail it doesn’t surprise me
Every try to explain falls apart in the crush of the rain
The crush of the rain falls apart on the mainline out of town
Where we tumble down the hillsides
And show’em what we’re made of
Show’em what we’re made of
I’ll show you

I know now, what this is all about (repeat)
Pull me like a bowstring, out of here
Don’t fear, the wild lonely is near (repeat)
Track Name: Orion
After the war is “over,” so-called
After the glare of the desert falls away
Come back to Boston, Raleigh, Abilene
Come back to Stockton, Casper Aberdeen
Move in with anchors, no one who knew you
Move in with long lost homecoming kings and queens

He says: look the sky is falling down on me
The constellations aren't where they used to be
It makes sense, the cold I've been feeling
That space is closer, pulled by the things I've seen
Man down

After the questions move into ordinary
Lately the nightmares hold new territory
They have a name for the flinching
They have the answers under lock and key
Shadows don’t stay put, you find them creeping
Shadows are spreading over the ceiling
Of the world, of the world

She says: look the sky is falling down on me
The constellations aren't where they used to be
It makes sense, the cold I've been feeling
That space is closer, pulled by the things I've seen
Man down

It’s a case of Orion the Huntsman
Troubled past of blindness, and come to pass,
He falls in love with Artemis, the goddess of the hunt
Takes up his bow and arrow, out to impress
Time after time, he does what he does best
Man down, from a scorpion’s sting

Orion says look the sky is falling down on me
The stars above aren't where they used to be
It makes sense, the cold I've been feeling
That space is closer, pulled by the things I've seen
Man down
Track Name: We All Go Down the Mountain Alone Together
We don’t know what we’re going to find
Don’t know how many of these ties will bind
My path is not the same path as yours
None of us have done this before
So let’s hear it for:

Goin’ down the mountain alone together
I'll hold your hand for as long as I can
Goin' down the mountain alone together
Knowing exactly where we all land
Some kind of never never land

We all go up the mountain alone together
Here I go on my own, but you’re with me
We all go up the mountain alone together
Singing the song "I hope you'll miss me"