Famous Graves

by CHEAP GIRLS

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The fourth full-length album, released May 13th, 2014 by Xtra Mile Recordings Ltd. Bandcamp download includes two free bonus tracks from the "Famous Graves" recording sessions.

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released May 13, 2014

Adam Aymor: Guitar
Ben Graham: Drums & Backing Vocals
Ian Graham: Vocals, Bass & Guitar

Produced by Cheap Girls
Engineered by Rick Johnson at Cold War Studios; Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Additional engineering by Jeff Dean at Million Yen; Chicago, Illinois
Mixed by Jeff Dean with Cheap Girls at Million Yen; Chicago, Illinois
Mastered by Jon Drew

Bass guitar on "Turns" performed by Rick Johnson
Additional vocals on "Man in Question" & "Style" by Craig Finn

Craig Finn appear courtesy of Washington Square Records

All songs by Ian Graham, except "7-8 Years" written by Sean Bonnette, additional arranging by Cheap Girls. "Style" written by Evan Dando.

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Track Name: Slow Nod
Slow Nod
I wouldn’t even be here if I didn’t think I’d last
Then the air got thin and I was thinking my time would pass
With everybody spacing out and taking the kick-out in
And they slow nod along along and on and on.

And I’m always thinking of myself; always in the past tense
And how all of my elevation is all mutual disconnection
See me? I’m always spacing out and taking the wrong shit in
And I slow down to a slow nod along along, and I’m not done.

What do I have to do for me to convince myself and you
That I’m fading out, I’m falling down, legs giving out, head on the ground.

And me? I’m always spacing out and taking the wrong shit in
And I slow down to a slow nod.

And me? I’m always spacing out and taking the wrong shit in
And I slow down to a slow nod along along and on and on.
Track Name: Short-Cut Days
Shot Cut Days
I’ve been doctoring a failing heart
Got it together ’til it comes apart
Can’t you see it? I’ve been waiting too long.
And I’ve been living on short cut days;
I’ll make ‘em mine ’til they’re famous graves
Can’t you feel it? I’ve been falling too hard.

And my head keeps screaming to go.

If I keep moving on at this speed, think I’ll find god before I’m thirty-three
But I’ll need it to get a different view.
We keep making the same mistakes;
they do the talking, we don’t have to say what we’re feeling
Because it’d cut too close.

If it don’t feel right, then it must be wrong.
I don’t know.
I don’t know.
I don’t know.
Track Name: Knock Me Over
Knock Me Over
And I’m on the bed wasting away
Recovering’s what I think and I say.
Still I can’t seem to shake the pain,
Down the steps feels like going down the drain.
TV picture’s turned to nothing again,
Fake surrounding that I pay to keep.
Might as well be whites, black and grey,
‘Cause there’s too much mystery in all the fiction.

I let the world just knock me over.

And love & connection are the toughest of friends;
All starts with an interview, turns into a job.
But I’m not above at least checking in
A slight reality that I’ll stick around.

I let the world just knock me over.

And I’ll write down everything that’s been keeping me from standing on my own,
blurring all that I see.
And these are all the wrongs that you don’t get for free,
Try to delay all of their constant punctuality
But it’s flying right over me.

And I walk the ground, muscles are frayed,
My grip is just falling away.
I’d do anything to loose the pain.
I’d do anything to loose the pain.

I let the world just knock me over.
Track Name: Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace
When you start to think of little holes you dig,
Did you ever stop to think of me?
Of course you did.
Now, I’m the last one on earth that you should call.

Now you sit and wonder on a dressing couch,
If a word for what you’re feeling has been figured out
As you watch the walls around you start to fall.
Oh, and you want to be taken into it all.

And all the things that we’re now able to justify
In the name of the need to be getting by
Without always being asked if we’re alright
Can’t dismiss if anyone is wrong or right.
And the days just take forever now,
The days just take forever now.
So go on world, because I’m old freight.
And go on world, ‘cause I’m old freight.

I’m the last one on earth that you should call.
Track Name: Pure Hate
Pure Hate
Even if we tried to drive, I wouldn’t know left from right
Or the guardrail to the center line, I’m bouncing back and forth,
Like some kind of survival game.

And you’ve got twenty dollars that says I’m full of shit;
Let’s put it on a receipt spike and we’ll spend the last of me.
Let’s spend the last of me.

And I, I’ve been breathing pure hate into everything
And I only wanna stare you down.
I only wanna stare you down.

And even if I had a light, I wouldn’t know which to use
‘Cause there’s something that’ll put me straight to sleep
And there’s something that’ll wire me and make me pace around on every fucking floor board in this tired place.
And it’s been so so long since something didn’t come too late.

And I, I’ve been breathing pure hate into everything.
I only stare you down.
And I only wanna stare you down.
And I only wanna stare you down
Because it’s the only thing that ever feels okay,
Yeah, it feels okay.

And I, I’ve been breathing pure hate into everything.
I only wanna stare you down.
And I only wanna stare you down.

And even if I got it right, I wouldn’t know, no no.
I will never know, no no.
Track Name: Man In Question
Man In Question
Saw you climbing up the rope that’s tying me lately,
And keeping me in place.
I don’t think I have the room to vouch for safety
When it comes to letting me in.

So, I’ll remain
The man in question through your day.
The one who might have something right for you.

Saw you start to pick a part that I had been missing and
Fill it with what dissolves.
And I know I’ve got no room to speak of danger when
I’m looking right in the mirror.

And I know I can’t compete with what’s been pushed on you.
And I know I can’t reverse all that’s been done to you.

So, I’ll remain
The man in question through your day.
The one who might have something right for you.

Saw you climbing up the rope that I’ve been wrapped up in.
And it’s hard to separate from one another but you might find you’re way down now.
Saw you climbing up the rope that I’ve been wrapped up in.

So, I’ll remain
So, I’ll remain
The man in question through your day.
The one who might have something right for you.

(additional backing vocals by Craig Finn)
Track Name: 2nd Floor
2nd Floor
2nd floor, I’ll be without
All of the worlds I can live without.

And if you go, it just shows
It’s not so bad being alone.
I’ll take all of the blame and pin it right to me.

So now what’s the use in figuring out
All of the word’s I don’t know by now.

‘Cause twenty times I’ve thought back
How my mind’s just got one track
And I am long-gone on excuses for the questions that don’t have solutions
To how I’ve slipped so far away.

Still the answers come up missing,
And my friends are all insisting,
Got together their predictions,
They can see I’m just so far away from it all.

And when I go, it’s too far below.
I’m just cobwebs, I’m ice & smoke.
And I am long-out of conclusions to the questions and my void solutions
To how I get so far away.
And me? I’m just so far away.
And now I’m just so far away from it all.
Track Name: Splintered
Splintered
Would you still be shocked at this point if you found out that I was god?
Because I’ve been trying,
All my time & energy,
To make you think that life’s all about me.

Then we wake up with our parallel days
We see everything the exact same way:
So complicated & high,
Heads dead on arrive,
And looking like we might have an answer
For why I take what’s good and throw it away,
Never finding out which one’s would’ve stayed.

So find me driving home in the slow lane,
Find me coming up with impressions,
And I’m trying to be the new modern sinner.
Just don’t be fooled by me - I’ve always splintered away.

And will you be so surprised?
I’m clinically fed-up on a new string.
And it just tightens when I’m pushed in to the breeze.
To think you thought I might be an answer
Or a wake up, or a break on your knees.
But me, I’m still around and you’re feeling everything.
Fascinatingly higher than barely alive,
And looking like we might need an answer
For why I take what’s good and throw it away,
Never finding out which one’s would’ve stayed.

Find me driving home in the slow lane,
Find me coming up with impressions,
And I’m trying to be the new modern sinner.
Just don’t be fooled by me - I’ve always splintered.
Don’t be fooled by me - I’ve always splintered away.
Track Name: Thought Senseless
Thought Senseless
Yeah, it’s clear.
You can see it in my eyes with their lack thereof.
No one’s here.
Still no vacancy for nothing but a constant fear,
And I’d just float myself down river if it went somewhere.

While hesitation - it’ll stop you before you start, it’ll buckle your knees.
While suffocation will more times than not be brought by you.

It don’t suit me to stay too long,
I’m not doing any favors if I forget the part
Where it started feeling overdone.

Don’t spend your time trying to impress the enemy.
A mess is better than a wreck.

And we’ll both fake until we fade back to what we know.
But it’s time I start accepting it’s alright to breathe
‘Cause I keep it in my lungs until it kills my ears,
I’m always starting running before it goes somewhere.

It don’t suit me to stay too long,
I’m not doing any favors if I forget the part
Where it started feeling overdone.

Don’t spend your time trying to impress the enemy.
A mess is better than a wreck.
I know that a mess is better than a wreck.

One more
One more is all I took ’til I finally found I’m thought senseless.
Track Name: Turns
Turns
It seems I’m always waiting on a connection.
Or a reach that I made hours ago wherein someone went and lost the directions.

So just take those turns for me,
And keep your lights up on my street.
Just take those turns for me and I’ll be around.

And it still feels as if I’m dying of a little of something.
Maybe it’s all up in my head or hanging out like a secret for later?
Still, I should take you out one last time,
Show you to all the dicks in this fuckhead city of mine.

Just think that way for me,
And move until you find your speed.
Just take those turns for me and I’ll be around.

Just take those turns for me,
And keep your lights up on my street.
Just take those turns for me and I’ll be around.