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Beautiful Motors

by The Goodbye Party

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1.
Falling 02:42
You waved goodbye Floating like a moth in Summer to sharper light You don’t see In my dreams, you’re falling over and over In a perfect line over and over lose an inch at a time Waking up, the television was glowing dim If I tried, I couldn’t tell you where I’ve been I couldn’t name the animal that hunts me I only heard it circling above me When I saw it falling over and over In a perfect line over and over lose an inch at a time over and over
2.
You left before I was awake The bed was warm I dreamt that you had stayed before we were Pinned to the night Unlucky stars were shining down And Now you’re reaching out With sailor arms Arctic white Cold as hell I hope that I find another way Through all the landmines you left buried in your place we were two different films On the same screen A miracle our eyes could ever meet til golden hours were cold and strange on the last time you tried to look my way You were holding back With sailor arms Arctic white Cold as hell I hope that I find another way Through all the landmines you left buried in your place A new kind of alarm to wake me from my sleep Telling me what I’ve been given’s not the same as what I keep and I paid for every good day with a night beyond control Telling me that forgetting’s not the same as letting go Of sailor arms Arctic white Scared to death
3.
No Reason 03:29
You pulled me through the streets New Orleans in the heat 3 AM, the mausoleum steps were gray and wet the crowded photobooth The picture as our proof Of you and I in bloom before we tumbled down like jets There’s no magic feeling Just the trick you’re dealing there’s no reason to believe There’s no reason Plywood in the door frame, a ghost in the yard Passing through on highways where the dash light shows my age Nothing on the air could make me listen Counting up my fictions til they spill in a parade There’s no magic feeling Just the trick you’re dealing there’s no reason to believe There’s no reason For all the time you’re stealing The hours disappearing there’s no reason to believe There’s no reason Bathing you in light you’re disappearing Like the flood drinking you in the shepherd to the sea Both my hands are tied My hold is slipping Falling further out of sight To the rushes underneath You see me disappearing
4.
Storms 02:45
I was staring out into the west And The frozen lake was sailing overhead And it blocked in everyone that tried to leave It took its toll and drifted out to sea I’m never gonna roam I’m not that kind of storm The streets run quiet, softly pale and white In the tired parts of town in the twilight Where I ached for distant places like a curse Where I started to glow in reverse I’m never gonna roll I’m not that kind of stone And I was drowning in stardust And the birds buried in my chest The birds buried in my chest Start to build a nest
5.
Trouble 02:59
Trouble, Trouble you threw your arms around my body Trouble, trouble You made god out of nothing Trouble, trouble Now you won’t leave Trouble, trouble You won’t let me be
6.
Wounded soldier, alone in defense Hung a flag of surrender instead where I see it tonight Twisting in the wind Fraying at the end of the line All the voices pulled into the waves softer echoes, so tender and faint Where I hear it tonight A son is pulled back in Sinking at the end of the line Now it’s my turn a dance that I never could learn To a song in decline Taking my part Feeling my way through the dark At the end of the line Waiting at the end of the line Waiting at the end of the line
7.
Blue December night Waited for your train to arrive You appeared through the crowd and walked over to me And we drove down the road and wound all through the city I remember on the radio December boys got it bad I remember the starlight pouring into our room In December Red October dawn In the morning, you were gone I will wait for you to come home again You and me dance alone in the kitchen We were dancing to the radio December boys got it bad I remember the starlight pouring into our room In december
8.
Rust 04:08
Sunken highway, the rain fell in sheets you slept, clouding up the window pressed to your cheek Running backward, from where you split in two One part safe and warm that weighed on the rest of you I followed every soul out on the road Like blood along a vein But tracing all these familiar things Just doesn’t feel the same Do you want to start again without the rust in our machine Do you want to start again With both our hands around the key and your eyes on me Sun in a grey sky, like a glowing bruise We were counting up our injured pieces in two’s Running backward, pulled inside your dream I hoped the winter sun could fold us into her heat One thin ribbon to hold along the road Tied when we began Driving away, I was afraid It would slip right through my hands Do you want to start again without the rust in our machine Do you want to start again With both our hands around the key and your eyes on me Sharp, early dawn came crashing down Through the windshield, we could Carve our names in the light Little wishes to hold inside Do you want to start again without the rust in our machine Do you want to start again without the rust in our machine When our garden was ours to grow When our motors were beautiful Do you want to start again with both our hands around the key and your eyes on me
9.
Lost 02:58
On the roof in summer hues Apartment lights flooding into you The jet-black tar On your palm Traced a line of where you’ve gone It was not enough to have you like a habit I remember flowers laid across your doorstep Burning engine red I’ve been getting lost white noise inside my head I’ve been getting lost A cloud surrounding every little thought The starving wolves Up all night I pulled the teeth Out of their bite And you brought me Another start And quarters for My phonebooth heart It was not not enough to have you like a habit I remember flowers laid across your doorstep Burning engine red I’ve been getting lost white noise inside my head I’ve been getting lost A cloud surrounding every little thought The light that follows me into the fog Shining down on me in the dark
10.
One jet glowing red into dusk Someone’s always leaving You try not to think of it much Like trees holding the ash in their leaves Born in a fire Alive in the eyes of defeat all of this time I’ve been letting it go You tossed me aside to make room for your throne All of your dances I thought I knew How was I wrong about you I keep telling you things I don’t mean my voice like a harp after pulling out all of the strings all of this time I’ve been letting it go You tossed me aside to make room for your throne All of your dances I thought I knew How was I wrong about you Out where the sailboats glide I thought I would lose your fight The water churned to mist a slashed sunset across The coral-painted sky A twilight you forgot all of this time, I’ve been letting you go all of this time, I’ve been letting you go All of your dances I thought I knew How was I wrong about you
11.
Snow 04:04
All night it snowed I waited Put on my coat Every step I took stayed a little longer Every single light had a halo on it All night it snowed I listened No one to know I could hear the trains get a little further Every single life in a different corner Slow Desolate and alone Half-erased in the cold I walked through tracks of birds that have flown The quiet home, before dawn Pink clouds in rows The stillness hung like smoke from a burning forest I wanted the purity of a promise Slow Desolate and alone Half-erased in the cold I walked through tracks of birds that have flown I tried to sell you lines I just knew you wouldn’t buy I was a cheap cover story Torn apart too many times Everyday pacing, frantic and dull Punching like a spotlight blowing the bulbs I knew I was alone Only for a little while

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released October 9, 2020

All songs by Michael Cantor
Recorded Dec 2018

Nov 2019
Engineering and mixing by Kyle Gilbride at Wherever Audio, Folcroft, PA
Additional recording at home in Lansdowne, PA
Mastered by Ryan Schwabe, Philadelphia, PA
Vocals, guitars, bass, piano, synthesizer, noise, cassette tape by Michael Cantor
Drums by Joey Doubek
Synthesizer, aux percussion by Kyle Gilbride
Additional vocals by Maryn Jones, Sam Cook-Parrott, Emi Knight and Kyle Gilbride
Pedal Steel by Zena Kay

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