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This is the eighth Danger Painters full-length album.

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released February 29, 2016

Recorded in Washington DC, Cranston, RI and Brooklyn, NY
February 1-29, 2016 in response to the 2016 RPM Challenge.


Danger Painters:
Michael Barron, Vocals, Guitar, Bouzouki, Bass
Bob Boilen, Synth, Aural treatments, Drums, Guitar, Mountain Dulcimer
William X Harvey, Bass

Music by Michael Barron & Bob Boilen
Lyrics by Kevin Lay Except * by Michael Barron and ** Kevin Lay & Michael Barron

Produced and mixed by Bob Boilen

Album Art & Design by Michael Barron

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Danger Painters Washington, D.C.

Danger Painters formed in 2008 by Michael Barron and Bob Boilen. William X Harvey joined the group in 2009. Kevin Lay began contributing in 2013.

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Track Name: This
This**

When I was born
I wasn’t breathing
When I was 10
I was struck dumb
Nothing left to say
No way to say it anyway

When I was sent to bed
Painful as teething
I was turned into a thumb
Are you going my way
Are you going all the way
Yes I’m going your way
I’m going all the way

There is nothing
Better than this

There is nothing
And I mean nothing
That’s better than this

There is nothing
Better than this
Better than you
Better than now

**Lyrics By Kevin Lay & Michael Barron
Track Name: You Didn't Fight Fair
You Didn’t Fight Fair (Lyrics by Kevin Lay)

And here you are
My new sparring partner
So freaking fit
Like I stand a chance

Oh here we go
My new fire starter
Having a moment
If I can choose – let’s dance

I never wanna be a fist
I just wanna make my point
I’d like to be a tourniquet
When the need arise
Pressure applies

You didn’t fight fair
But you never said you would
I don’t know why
I don’t know why
I thought you would

Instead I feel my sores
All purple and ointment
You didn’t fight fair
But you never said you would

It’s always been a tournament
But we didn’t used to
Do it like this
Once there was time
For a rebound
Once there was time
For a hey - look around
Once upon a time
There was time
To make a stand

You didn’t fight fair
But you never said you would
I don’t know why
I don’t know why
I thought you could
Maybe just for me
I thought you would
I don’t know why
I don’t know why
I thought you could
Track Name: 5 Seasons Motel (Just Kiss Me)
5 Seasons Motel (Just Kiss Me) (Lyrics by Kevin Lay)

If I recall we were kids
And kids like to hide
We’re goofing at some family function
In an old motel
You took me by my mittened hands – Because it’s Winter

You looked into my eyes and said flat-out
One day I’m gonna marry you

(we moved away, you cried -
are you even gonna miss me)

Chorus:
Go on I say, go on and make me yours
Go on that way
Just kiss me now

It’s more years later
I see you in a sweater – because another Winter
We’ve checked into this same motel
For the weddings of some separate friends

We talked and laughed about the way things sometimes
Begin and sometimes end

(I had put my heart away
since someone done unhitched me now)

It’s two years on I see you in a parking lot
Near that same motel can you believe it
Things are blooming – because it’s Spring

We laughed again
Bout how you said that thing
You made a joke bout how some bells
Ya just can’t un-ring
(we push away
we say hey this is you and me here
now now)

(Chorus)

It’s one year on, I’ve met someone online
That I adore – it’s you
And you have too – it’s me
Now it’s boilin’ like neckbones –
Because it’s Summer

We’ve checked into this same motel
We hit the sheets- forever friends
You look into my eyes and flat-out say
I’m gonna bury you
Then I’m gonna marry you

(go on I say, go on and make me yours
just kiss me now)

(Chorus)

It’s so many years on
We’ve checked into this same motel
Still standing but gone to hell
Still golden to us – because it’s Autumn

We’ve come to honor our mutual friend
Who’s going in the dirt

Eyes full of hurt
We hold each others hand
And say baby I don’t wanna ever carry you

(what‘s that you say
I’m deaf to any rhyme beyond your
boyhood vow)

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Parading
Parading (Lyrics by Kevin Lay)

Looking up
At dislocating horizons
Skinning my knees
Falling down for salvation
Digging for texture
Like miners
Dealing for god

Gazing down
For ground that is viable
For devotional dancing
In that published maze
Reflecting my portrait
Like sand
In my passway

Accruing air
Short-circuiting carbon
Damning the army
I wanna know who’s in charge
Besides rushing imposters
Chewing to belong

Fishing hole
Assembling the system
Infinite unions
In a banquet of lumps

The fuckable land
As if you designed it
The frightening contract
We’d never revive
The threatening swim
The flail of promotion
Well who includes who
And what can you lend
In the end.
Track Name: Lonely & Lucky (for AW)
Lonely & Lucky (for AW) (Lyrics by Kevin Lay)

I don’t know
Whose skin I’m in
I don’t know
Whose shirt I wear
I recall when I was
Fast and thin
I wouldn’t trade
It for the wear and tear

I’m lonely
Cuz I’m so lucky
I’m lucky
Cuz I’m alone

I never been married
I’ve hardly been courted
I had that companion once
But he got deported

I’m not handy
But that’s been reported
I need assistants
But who can afford it

I’m lonely
Cuz I’m so lucky
I’m lucky
Cuz I’m alone
Track Name: Seagull
Seagull (Lyrics by Michael Barron)

Well they say we mate for life
I never looked at it that way
In this morning’s light
I am awake and you;re beside me
And I’m grateful
And it’s today
And we have today
And we have the sky
And we have the water
And we have today
And we got each other

And I’m grateful
And it’s today
And we have today

And we got each other
Track Name: Three Things
Three Things (Lyrics by Kevin Lay)

Don’t that boy look lonely
Don’t that gal look lost
Both thinking
How if only
I could make it across

Did I ever lie to your face
Did I ever sell you dope
Did I ever promise you clarity
Or was it just some rope

I know I shoulda come
I know I shoulda cared
I coulda been your mirror
If only
You were there
And I coulda prayed
But I was scared
I’d be left to hang
Left to hang right here

Did I ever cheat your faith
Or ever deny you hope
Did I ever steal your charity
Or was that just some Pope

Now that mirror’s broken
Now that star done fall
Don’t go thinking
If only
We hadn’t tried at all
No don’t go thinking
If only
We hadn’t tried at all
Track Name: Ghosts
Ghosts (Lyrics by Kevin Lay)

Is there waiting
Near the basement
Is there
An earring lost
When I’m passing
Thru a doorway
Do I really
Smell frost
And how can I believe in believing
When I know it’s all
Just tempest-tossed

It’s a little strong
To say I’m feeling something
It’s a little weak
To say it ain’t goin’ on

Maybe you were awful
Maybe you were a square
(but I’d like to think that you weren’t)
Maybe there’s even a picture
Of you standing right here
How can I deceive my reading
When I know it’s all
About wanting you near
Track Name: Glazed
Glazed (Lyrics by Kevin Lay)

Sitting by the stream
Your pretty hands dangling
Are just two things about you
I could look at forever

Wandering the fields
I let you pull ahead
So I can ponder all the things about you
I could follow you forever

A perfectly formed vessel
On her maiden voyage
You are on fire
On a sea of glass
You are perfectly glazed
My dear
My dear

Standing by the railing
Your pretty heart shiny as gold
That little thing beating inside you
That I could listen to forever

Staring at stars
The stars that we are
When I’m with you
I want to burn forever
I want to burn forever
In your sky
Track Name: Drop Deaf
Drop Deaf (Lyrics by Kevin Lay)

I was counting raindrops
Until I lost count
I was counting cuts
Until I lost track

I was counting cards
Until I ceased
I was counting time
Till it ran out

No ears left
No ears right
That’s what I heard them say

I was counting raindrops
Until I lost count
I was counting cuts
Till I lost track

No ears left
No ears right
That’s what I heard them say

I was counting cards
Until I ceased
I was counting time
Till it ran out

No ears left
No ears right
That’s what I heard them say

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Track Name: Northwest
Northwest (Lyrics by Kevin Lay)


Do you see
That plane gone by
Of Course you don’t
That was another sky

How do you do
While you are here
Waiting is creating
Things to put away
On the course you stay

They’ve all gone away
Caring for others
I drive northwest
And tend this garden
Where no one lives
Nothing holds the eye
Or holds the heart
Where all is stain
And falling apart
Or falling
Just falling
Just falling