Promised Land EP

by Lauren Tronick

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released March 12, 2016

Lauren Tronick: Vocals, guitar, violin, viola
Elena Saavedra-Buckley: Vocals
Hans Bilger: Upright Bass

Cover photography by Kendall Lawren Rock (kendall-rock.com).

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Sam Koolhoven, with production support and snacks from Jessie Chipps.

Unquantifiable amounts of gratitude and love to Kendall, Raph, Jenner, Abby, Liv, Martha, Ashley, Rachel, Maddie, Sarah, Onagh, Alex, Judith, Mom, Dad, Ellie, Joni.

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Track Name: Coat
I surely should be carried up a mountainside
Placed upon a bough
High up above
No one can reach my feet
I’d stay away

Up in my tree you’d be so free
So free from me
‘Cause mountainsides
They’ll draw you down
I know you’re safer on ground

Lay low
I can lay low
I’m the coat to your summer
So I’ll lay low

I surely should be set out to sea
I’d drift away
On all my waves
They swell and moan
You are my float

Out at sea
I’d sink so quickly
And you’d be so free
In our sea
I sink you more
I know you’re safer on shore

Lay low
I can lay low
I’m the coat to your summer
So I’ll lay low

Silence is golden
You always told me so
But my trade is never silent
And I’ve been around enough to know
That she’s beautiful and young
And you’re so beautiful and young
And I’m quicker with my tongue
Track Name: Emily
I do not have a sister
Nor do I a brother
I’m left with too much soul to give to another

Emily, she wept
On the velveteen steps
From a film we saw in midtown about a boat

So I took her hand in mine
And helped her on my shoulders
She screamed
You can’t move boulders
But you sure as hell move me

Leave the rest for me
She said farewell
I said no one says that anymore
I’ll go home and that’s alright

Emily, she knows
To wave on country roads
To drivers coming toward her
Just like she learned to do

Now the bones in my hand
Are heavy with the knowledge
Of what they’ve written of her
And what’s been written to them

Leave the rest for me
She said farewell
I said no one says that anymore
I’ll go home and that’s alright

I do not have a sister
Nor do I a brother
I’m left with too much soul to give to another

And you do not have a sister
Nor do you a brother
Perhaps we steal the pieces from each other
That were meant for them

Leave the rest for me
I said farewell
But no one says that anymore
I’m going home
And that’s alright
Track Name: Princes & Kings
There’s gold on the walls
You need gold on your teeth
I could peel it away
Cover the holes underneath

But as my skin turns brown
Aren’t you proud of me now

Liquor you up
And I’ll put out the sun
With the blanket your mother made for me
You remember the one

Woven of princes and kings all mouthing the letter O
Oh no

Your dog watched as we sang
Different parts of the same song

You’re anything but
A simple man
And a case would knock me flat
But I drink what I can

What kind of shape are you in when it’s not night
Cause I like the light
I like you in light
Do you like you in light

Will you watch as we sing
Different parts of the same thing
Am I just wrong
Tell me I’m wrong

You’re still not old enough to avoid
Dying young
You’re still not old enough to avoid
Mm

I can’t watch as we bring
The same comforting
I’ll see you at dawn
Are we too far gone
Track Name: Promised Land
Hold out
Can you feel it coming
It’s cold out
I can feel it coming
The way this will go is only what I know
So step on up to the promised land

Hold on
I can see it coming
I’m not sold on what he’s pitching
But I know we both see it coming

But fear not friend
There is no end
So step on up to the promised land
I’ll follow through
I promise, man

I pass the years gluing splinters to floorboards
For our home
I cannot say what makes me stay
But his bellowed laugh has its way with me

I love her
My dearest mother
But when he looks at me I could give up
I could give in and become her

I am a doe
Further into the woods I go
Out of fear I guess
But I don’t know
‘Cause I like the woods
And I like this show

I’ve wished upon him rain
And I have wished upon him silver
If playing stems the pain
Then as children we think clearer
Think clearer

All the little things about him
All the little things
Spotted eyes and skinny thighs
He stole me first but that belies the point

Hold out
Can you feel it coming
It’s so damn cold out
But I know you see it coming too
But fear not friend
This is not the end