Statues

by The Tet Holiday

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1.
First Light 01:47
(Instrumental)
2.
Here and Now 04:18
I never would’ve called you if I knew you were just home for the weekend I never would have called you back if I was thinking at all The start of something new, trying to forget about you Now we’re sitting here together having ourselves a ball What can I say? It could feel like it did if we let it What can I write that I haven’t written to you before? I don’t wanna waste another minute Been composed but reached my limit I don’t know what I’m doing but at least I’m being sincere Why can’t you admit you miss me? Why can’t you admit you’re confused? Why can’t you flash that grin I love? I haven’t hidden anything about the way I feel from you I confess that days like these tend to feel just a little more potent I’m holding onto something that just doesn’t exist here and now I still remember when I’d trace the lines in your skin We would get away with whatever circumstance would allow I shouldn’t complain, I’ve already apologized for my crimes I should’ve known better than to trust you, I chose to ignore all the signs We’re together in so many memories that crumble into dust, leave a trail to see Half-asleep and dreaming to the knell of the wind chimes When I say I don’t care what you think, I do When I say I don’t care how you feel, I’m lying to you I could never be that way tonight When you’re here with me, everything is all right (x2)
3.
Heard the footsteps walking backwards Fill the outlines and run in place Queen Deceiver, Make-Believer Anesthesia wore off today You don’t have to give an answer Line ‘em up one by one in a row Take a picture, give your number Hallelujah, I loved you so An amusement today, inconvenience tomorrow Sweep me under, wonder, beg and borrow Clean the cobwebs, low ebb, tangled and true Entertainment for three, what more could we be? Out with the old and in with the new Expectations, knew your rhythm These old habits die cold and alone Left a warm place, now it’s bone-dry Skin on skin, touch as stiff as a stone Left the blinders on, believed we were strong Let the poison soak into the stings Things happen for a reason, hang me for treason I’ll walk, not tangle, the puppet strings Back me up against the wall, too weary to be stunned Corner me and tuck me in, I’d hate to fuck and run Build me up to tear me down, you’re so fucking mature Leave me here, alone and scared To shiver, I despise you Hope you choke on the words you plagiarized Take me away (x4)
4.
Statues 05:40
We met in 3/4 time, our edges smoothed by sea and sand Our glances sly, our wells ran dry, we waited patiently For what we knew lay in the ground, could you feel my heart pound? When it happened and you held yourself so close to me? That was six years ago, it feels like trans-Atlantic flights And endless blues, colorful hues, half-truths lie in-between We made decisions without thought, kissed in public, lost the plot To the play of everyday we didn’t pay to see As the world turned, we stood like statues As the world slowed, we moved as sunbeams And I knew everything about you And you knew everything about me As the trees swayed, we held like pillars As the trees bloomed, we spun a cocoon Wove a wall between new expectations Wove a wall to climb and stare at the moon You were a vision of exquisite grace and nervousness My hanging jaw, I wish you saw your blinding radiance Oh, it wasn’t easy to say no, so we never did and how it showed In the lazy flight of endless nights’ experience
5.
I would have given anything to you Sometimes I did and all I knew Was darling, I got nothing back at all We're tried and true I let you break my heart to pieces Before you go, could you sign the releases? So I know that this won't go on haunting me Rip bandages off wounded knees It's so hard to look you in the eye When you have me by the throat and by the heart I don't know where to start Be sure to wipe your shoes off on the mat Step inside if what you have to say can match the crushing impact Of the day we touched for the first time And we fell apart in each other's arms Put it back together though we were blind by sight We learned every inch of each other that night And we'll always know the truth of how we're made And how we're fragile and afraid Trembling as the night fades With the bright sky overhead I'll stumble down an empty street By starlight feel just like I'm floating above the glistening concrete My dancing partner's silhouetted on the ground I tread upon As my feet return to earth I'll dash across the damp front lawns and sing
6.
A Million 04:34
Tick tick tick, another minute Wasting precious, precious time Pull the cord and now I'm spinning Set the cast and read the lines Living apart, we've done this dance before I feel inept, makes me only want it more Well-treaded paths will only wash away I was given so many chances, begged for answers Was it me? You wouldn't say I wish that I could be a better man than what I am Enough with silver linings, won't pretend to give a damn Come on, die young with me so we won't learn To grow old gracefully and burn Our eyes out staring at the sun A million songs we should've sung I can't stand it any longer Who's got leaving on the mind? Linger 'til the room is empty Breathe in whiskey and orange rinds The longer I wait, the sooner you will leave We blink, we miss our reasons to believe Sad punk, punch-drunk, fail to rest The world is ours, born to be stars Come on, we all can't be so blessed today I'll be awake for hours now So easy to forget somehow The empty page and written word Tethered by the ankles, dancing all alone with the absurd A million lines, a million faces, a million lapses in good graces A million ways, a million fights, a million dollars rolled in dimes If I could live a million years, a million miles away from here I would, I could, I should allow it to soak in, we'll stand and take a bow Nothing matters now
7.
Camera's Off 03:38
You are with me when I don’t want you to be When the camera’s off, when the red light stops, when I think I’m free Oh-oh-oh-oh You are with me when I think I’m by myself When the dial tone says I’m all alone And you’re with someone else I think about you all the time, I just can’t help it Feel guilty when I do If we are speaking off the record You may find that though we’ve changed, I still love you I do, I do Oh-oh-oh-oh I was open to letting you back inside Where you had spent years unblemished, at least I tried Oh-oh-oh-oh Shades of mystery give you the upper hand Or so you thought, play those games you know I just can’t fucking stand I thought about you all the time, I couldn’t help it Hoped you felt the same way too If we are speaking off the record You may find that though we’ve changed, I still love you I do, I do Oh-oh-oh-oh
8.
Sighing 04:54
If I could write a letter to say what I’m feeling, I would send it the next day Send it first class all the way Because when I am around you, I lose my voice to speak, and I lose my thoughts to think I stare at you and blink I just can’t help it sometimes, you’re more beautiful than twilight Dancing off the ocean’s surface as the sunlight melts away To its bed in the horizon where we lay our heads together Because everything is ours and everything is you You’re more fragile than an orchid Your skin is like its petals, soft as ivory is white As black holds hands with night I want to hold your hand in mine, let our fingers intertwine As ivy coils its way up old stone walls, our bodies coil like the vines I’d like to be alone with you I’d like you just once to follow through On the promises made to the stars above Broken plans, broken hearts, are we still in love? No, no, no, no No, I don’t think so
9.
Sunrise Daybreak Open up your eyes Dawn’s breath blowing Wake up, it’s morning Moonlight, shadows Shatter with the sun Misty snowmelt Teeth chatter Pitter-patter
10.
A New Day 04:21
You went to sleep in tears last night Your eyes were shiny mirrors last night And with the sun you’ll be all right Wake up, it’s a new day You thought that it would never stop The tears would stream and never stop Your pillow caught the final drop Wake up, it’s a new day You went down with a broken heart A shattered, smashed, and broken heart You couldn’t wait for a fresh start Wake up, it’s a new day I wish I could have changed it I wish I could repair The damage that was done to your heart I’ve given you my soul, too much to bear But it’s all right, it’s over now The book is shut, the damage done Just open up your tired eyes And catch the first rays of the new day’s sun

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released February 12, 2016

Austin Gibbons - Bass, backing vocals, piano, handclaps
Andrew Ledford - Lead vocals, guitars, backing vocals, handclaps
Robert Pruett - Drums, percussion, backing vocals, synthesizers, handclaps

Recorded at Mission Recorders in San Francisco, CA on November 9-12, 17, 19, 2014
Additional recording on tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10 at Highlander Studios in Danville, CA
Produced by Jeff Mark and The Tet Holiday
Engineered by Jordan Sobolew
Mixed by Jonathan Deutsche and The Tet Holiday at Deutscheland Studios
Mastered by Michael Romanowski at Coast Recorders

All songs by Andrew Ledford
All music by The Tet Holiday

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The Tet Holiday Oakland, California

The Tet Holiday is Andrew Ledford (vocals/guitar), Austin Gibbons (bass), and Brandon Farmer (drums). Swirling The Jesus and Mary Chain's noise-pop melodicism, Ride's shimmering dreamscapes, The Stone Roses' dance-informed psychedelia, and Japandroids' pack-the-room punk energy, The Tet Holiday balances bittersweet introspection with anthemic, crushing rock 'n' roll. ... more

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