Fire flames

by Anna McClellan

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released October 15, 2015

Drums / electric bass / guitar / organ / vibes / other : Ben Brodin
String arrangments / performance : Megan Siebe
Upright bass on "Pull the Pin" and "Here" : James Maakestad
Saw on "I was In" and "On your On" : Greg Elsasser
Pedal steel on "Fire Flames", Mandolin on "Fire Flames", "On your On" and "Here" : Mike Mogis
Back up vocals on "Fire Flames" : Conor Oberst

Recorded at ARC studios and Ben's apt and Dan's house in Omaha, NE
Late '14 to early '15

All songs written and performed by Anna McClellan

Produced and engineered by Ben Brodin

Mixed by Ben Brodin and Anna McClellan

Mastered by Carl Saff

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Track Name: Fire flames
Fire blood and fire veins, and a fire house and fire flames
It cannot be contained in all this mess we made
I did not make it up, I just wrote it down that's enough
I'm just apart of the fire, I don't want to fly higher I can't breathe
I cannot think of anything I'd rather be
I just want to be apart of that flame you see, it's in me
Fire blood and fire veins and a fire house and fire flames
It cannot be contained in all this silly mess we made

Cause in an attempt to fight the flames
I watered my brain and froze
And in an attempt to block the light
I made me blind and died
There's nothing about it that's frightening I realized
There's nothing about it that's frightening I realized
Fire blood and fire veins and a fire house and fire flames
It cannot be contained in all this silly mess we made
Track Name: On your On
On in the day you were on someone else's lawn longing song
Fortress and porch on your wrong, level-headed not, I'm not gone
Next to the point you had made, made another um, bon bon drum
Oh not yet we had feel
Oh not yet we had failed
But I'm not here now
I'm a meadow'slark
I'm not here now
It's just way too dark on your on

And when you look away I hear your footsteps
Everything you do and say
And when you start to chatter my brain moves slowly
Everything starts to rattle me
Everything starts to pick up speed
And so I fight it
And that's why
You're better off
On your on
Track Name: Oh Well, Now
Now that all this energy
Circles around my body
I can't see
It just stands right next to me
Licking at the front seat of my car, now
Oh well, oh well, now
Oh well, oh well, now

Cyclically my shoulders cling to me
Forcedly I feel the energy in me
I can't possibly be made of only energy
Anxiety
Me
And if you want to stay, that'd be all right
But if you got to go, I wouldn't mind
I could do this all night and I'd be fine
But I don't know what you like now
Oh well, oh well, now
Oh well, oh well, now
Oh well, oh well, now

And if you want to stay, that'd be all right
But if you got to go, I wouldn't mind
I could do this all night and I'd be fine
But I don't know what you like now
Track Name: Pull the Pin
My god, I am so hungry, waiting for my food
Staring out the window, straight directly at the moon
What will quench my thirst and bring me to the light?
Could I really understand all the reasons why?

My god son you're so funny for thinking you could be
The one who finally figures out the point of all this living
We're an ocean of mystery and regret
Nothing can save you from the demons in your bed

She's right at night I lay awake and wonder why
Everything seems to pass me by

So I'm just a mortal living on this earth
Hoping for a chance to pass on along my worth
To a younger generation quickly getting old
Clinging on to hopes I have, getting on through the cold

This semblance of a life is really not that grim
To live out of context is the only way to fit in
And to know what you want and who you've got
You'll have to stare them in the face and show them what you're not

If your heart just wants to explode carefully pull the pin out

Do you know what you want?
Do you I know what I want?
Well I'd like to and I'd like it to be you
And if it could be then it should be
Everyday I hold on, hold on
Everyday I hold on, hold on
Everyday I hold on, hold on
Everyday I hold on to you

Everyday I hold on
Everyday I hold on
Everyday I hold on
Everyday I hold on to you
Track Name: Loom
Crestfallen shadow lodged inside my throat
It doesn't matter much until I hit that note
And that one day I remember
Being longer than November
And so bare
While you were lost at sea all day
All day
All day, all day

Bare trees of sky line looking as they did
When I was younger, they tower over my head
Rise out of the ground
So tall and profound
They can see everywhere
Bald of leaves, no hair
And I all that I have I gave to you and feel better
Track Name: I was In
Saturday I was in
No one ever made it through the years
I grew up in the west
Casting doubt on all the openness in the spread
Always looking down into the ground where there's death
Everything falls down and lays to rest in the end

Last year day it was good
Making all a fuss about understood
Then I turned into wood
Rigid as a stool met my fate as a fool
Nothing stays the same but that's okay, we forget
I was like a rock that never changed, an idiot

You don't wanna know what it's like to be so upsetly disturbed as me
No you don't wanna know what it's like to be so upsetly disturbed as me
But that's all right
Nothing stays the same but that's all right
Nothing stays the same but that's all right
No I don't wanna know what it's like
No I don't wanna know what it's like
Nothing stays the same but that's okay, we forget
Track Name: Let's Be Quiet
That you love me, it's the only thing I need
I'm on my knees begging for the life you heed
And I know that you may never believe me
I know that I may be contantly a lie
But I can still try

You were made to be the only one I've ever seen
You look so damn good in a pair of jeans
And I like that
Yeah I like you

Your head held high waving like a flag
And your feet on the ground
and your resting hands
There's no where else to go
Nothing else to be done
I'll stare in your eyes as this realization
That I'm happy
To be silent
In your arms babe
Let's be quiet

Calculating life
Be gone and out of my sight
That's right, you don't know you won't ever know
You can't know you can't ever know what you are
Track Name: Possessions
Is the light turned on?
Is the lightbulb glowing?
Are you a human being?
Or are you just pretending?
I'd be better off in a house where I don't live
I'd save all my possessions for someone who couldn't give
Me what I want and need
I'd sell all of my things if it meant I'd believe
That there's one special thing
That makes us all real
And that's how we must feel
All of the time

Please open me
Please where's the key
Please open me
Take me to the beach
So I can finally live out all of my fantasies
Life is much too heavy
To live in reality

I know what you need
It's in your genes
Check inside your pocket
Open up your wallet

It's not all too heavy being just what it is
Life is meant for people living just to live
Track Name: Here
I see you drive
You use your headlights
To see the night
And all that's outside of the car it's a big place it goes really far

And then I go down where I go
I go so far down oh so low
Oh my, oh my friend there's a road there
It leads me straight to here
Oh my, oh my friend there's a tunnel
That brings out all my fears yes I have fears and I see and hear
But I don't know why
This world craves light

I see you ride
You sit so nice
In the backseat
Of the car you once drove but now I'm the one who's driving

I'll take us down there so low
But it goes much further than we can go
Oh my, oh my friend I'll dig a hole there
But it will not go anywhere
Oh my, oh my friend there's a road there
It leads me straight to here

Here, here, here here here
Here, here, here, here here here
Here, here, here, here, here, here, here here here
Here, here, here, here, here ,here ,here here here
Here, here, here, here, here, here, here here here
Here, here, here, here, here, here, here here here
Here, here, here, here, here, here, here here here
Here, here, here, here, here, here, here here here
Track Name: Midnight Storm
Waking up at midnight to a giant storm
I just want to get some rest but it won't stop pourin
All this lightening calling me to act
It won't stop til something snaps
I hear the wood crack

Get me to the porch where I can watch the storm
I can make the leaves out as they're getting torn
I step off the covered ledge I stand
Into darkness save that flashing strand

And the thunder's loud
And it's all mixed up
And I cannot tell what I'm thinking of
But I could if I ever asked

Please now, whisper in my ear
Please now, get inside my head
In the dream-state of you
In the only thing you do that could be you
That I'd see you

Now I don't know where I am
Now I can't stand on the stand

I just want more from myself
To be what it is
That makes a person live a life
And do more than, more than that