Live at Element Studios

by Teach Me Equals

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released January 27, 2014

Recorded in October 2013 at Element Recordings in Kansas City, MO by Joel Nanos. Special thanks to Jodie Platz, Clinton Martins, and Not A Planet.

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Teach Me Equals Olympia, Washington

Formed in 2011, Teach Me Equals is Greg Bortnichak (cello, sequencing, vocals) and Erin Murphy (guitar, violin, vocals).

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Track Name: Lullaby for Piano (Live at Element Studios)
Heavy winds point spectral fingers where no one remembers / recounting over brown bag lunches and in the trenches / when little whims birth psychic powers that tread on like iron / still many yet could stand to wonder those words from elders / but who could find the words to say those hardships yield the finest clay

use your knife / be polite / wait your turn / stay in line

place your bets on this lost cause / rest your head in this lost world
Track Name: As the Crow Flies (Live at Element Studios)
A masterpiece of cracked paint / thus far saved by cloth’s decay / you know you feel too much when only your heart breaks / so blow your mind on make believe / fondle every hair you can lay / just to show how lifelike they can be made to ache

with both backs turned and thoughts unread / they’ll mourn the loss with other men / with sighs a fitting farewell for a little death

so turn a cheek and mouth (dear) / when you hit your peak I hope to feel / as the crow flies over barren fields / you’re thinking of me, you’re thinking of me / when the music they play on cloud nine / isn’t in a key you like / I’ll laugh so hard I’ll cry
Track Name: Swallow the Smoke (Live at Element Studios)
Walked in, soaking, hungry, hunting / gaze locked, molten, unrelenting / pull the shades down, draw the curtains / your move, my turn, I win, you learn / oh..

past lives haunting your breath, my skin / no light, all in, almost nothing / oh…
Track Name: Red, Royal (Live at Element Studios)
It feels like summer’s always a ways away / will you be taller? will you love me the same? / I wrote you letters but threw them all away / it feels like summer’s always a ways away
Track Name: More Where That Came From (Live at Element Studios)
See the bad man on the front page / read about him and his mistakes / got the facts wrong, silly puppet / put a big dent in the budget / got accounts owed, bite the bullet / roll your sleeves up to the elbows / grab the layman by the collar / sign the contract, get the bill passed / ‘cause the bank knows all the loopholes / all the dust lies through the vault door / all the numbers in the paper aren’t enough to pay the reaper

see the red rise, hear the man pound / on the counter ‘til you break down / just a moment, tough decision / do or die now, better listen / cut the grass or pay the fine, girl / start the chainsaw, hone the crosshairs / get acquainted with the system / it’s the law here, don’t resist it / got a complaint, see the red ink / you ain’t worthy of a damn cent / you’re a failure, you’re a letdown / give the keys back with the apron / quit your cryin’, better swing hard / make them feel small with your big words / use a set jaw like a bulldog / eat your dinner or you’ll get more

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