The Elephant Upstairs

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The Elephant Upstairs was recorded over the early winter of 2011 at The Space in Lowell, MA. Recorded, mixed and engineered by Brian Redmond. Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA. Assistant mastering engineer: Maria Rice.

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released September 3, 2011

All songs written by Andrew Seminara(c)2011, except Red Light and Advice on Love, written by Keith Valcourt and Justin Pilat(c)2011. Produced by Sun King. String arrangement on Could You Be The Wind by Vincent Pedulla. Cover art by Corinne Felicity Pedulla. Photography by Christine Elliot.

Andrew Seminara - guitars, vocals, keys, percussion
Justin Pilat - guitars, vocals, keys, organ, slide
Keith Valcourt - bass, vocals, percussion
Fred Carleton - drums, percussion

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Andrew Seminara - guitar, vocals
Fred Carleton - drums
Keith Valcourt - bass, vocals
Justin Pilat - guitar, keys, vocals

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Track Name: Black Tear Rain
Black Tear Rain

you got black ink dripping from your eye
look up your skirt into the sky
ah, Janie what's the problem what's the situation
i can't give you a ride
she wasn't born with any hesitation
from the moment she opened her eyes

you got that bad graffiti mind
look in your ears into your life
ah, Janie what's the worry, what's your newest fear
i can't turn on your lights
she wasn't born too far from here
on the morning she opened her eyes

and black tear rain it falls
black tear rain it falls
black tear rain it falls
black tear rain it falls
Track Name: Stomp On My Heart
Stomp on my Heart

can i take you out to the pictures
tell me if you would like to go
she said she doesn't care for the theatre
i guess she and the theater's are kind of cold

i said maybe we could get some dinner
there's this little place i know
she said she ate a little while earlier
and now she really has to go

stomp on my heart
stomp on my heart just a little more
stomp on my heart
grind all my feelings right in to the floor

i said oh girl well you must be crazy
i'm the man you been waiting for
she looked at me alone just saying
that i've broken much bigger hearts before

stomp on my heart
stomp on my heart just a little more
stomp on my heart
grind all my feelings right in to the floor

step on my heart
step on my soul
push over my rhythm baby
you can murder my hope
run me right up your tree now
and send me a rope
tell me what's so wrong with me
cause i would really love to know

i said girl well we should go dancing
there's this swinging place i know
and when her mind appeared to be changing
she said maybe never and i should go
yeah i should go
you know that i should go
you know that i should go
Track Name: The Elephant Upstairs
The Elephant Upstairs

i can hear an elephant upstairs
every time i go to bed
i can hear an elephant upstairs
and i wonder well

what he's doing now
on his thunder ground
is there a jungle up there?
well that's how it sounds

i can hear a symphony at times
like when i close my eyes
but something's always waking me
you know who it is

what's he rolling around?
what's inside his memory?
why does he sleep all day?
to wake up the night
wake up the night

for the midnight stampede
trample your midnight dreams

i can hear an elephant upstairs
every time i go to bed
i can hear an elephant upstairs
i can hear an elephant upstairs
Track Name: Weekend in Transit
Weekend in Transit

Jane arrived from an unknown place with
half a smile and a dimple on her face
half asleep in her bright red pants
tell right away that she does or used to dance
stepping out of her pontiac with
everything she owns stuffed in the back
she ain't to proud to steal
she said

let me tell you about my little brother
oh god he makes me smile
we used to be in the circus together but
he fell asleep and died

well i saw Jane turn red
when this guy asked her if she's got a boyfriend she said
no, not at the moment though i
wouldn't mind having my heart broken
she studies the ground at her feet she said
my life's a weekend in transit incomplete
nowheres my home
she said

let me tell you about my little sister
oh god she's just like me
we used to be in the circus together but
she wanted to be free

i'd love to tell you why
but i know you'll never keep up with me
i'd love to tell you the reasons why
but i know you'll never wake up with me

let me tell you about my little brother
oh god he makes me smile
we used to be in the circus together but
he fell asleep and died
you know my life is a weekend in transit
i'm lucky to survive
another night alone i can't stand it
waking up in drive
alone waking up in drive
alone waking up in drive
Track Name: Tired of Thinking
Tired of Thinking

i have heard trouble calling my name too long
i have a mind that's scattered across the lawn

well i'm tired of thinking
i'm tired of thinking
i don't wanna think no more

if you would let me in to your door
we could begin to turn it up a little more
if you would invite me into your night
that just might make me feel alright

i have heard promises that dissinagrate
i have found early signs of finding out too late

still i'm tired of thinking
i'm tired of thinking
i don't wanna think no more

if you would let me in to your door
we could begin to turn it up a little more
if you would invite me into your night
that just might make me feel all right

i'm tired of thinking
i'm tired of thinking
i don't wanna think no more
tired of thinking
tired of thing
i don't wanna think no more
Track Name: Turntable
Turntable

yes i know, you don't have to explain
just let it go, it was only a bad dream
look outside, seeing all the trees in line
turn off your mind and turn it on tomorrow night

won't always be bottom of the barrel
i've been told so many times
my ears are ringing in the ruble
i just wanna hear
the record play in my ear

and time again, it seems to reoccur
we're miles from, the place we just were
stumble, stagger and step into the bright
and disappear into another lost last night

won't always be bottom of the barrel
i've been told so many times
my ears are ringing in the ruble
i just wanna hear
the record play in my ear
yes that's all i want to hear

turntable
turntable
turntable
turntable
Track Name: Advice On Love
Advice On Love

never trust a beautiful woman
especially one who says
that her heart belongs to you
that you are not a phase
never trust a beautiful woman
your love love will be betrayed
your love for her will grow with ease
while hers for you it fades

never trust a beautiful woman
don't be distracted by her disguise
she wears that mask so beautiful
to help conceal her lies

now do i waste my time being alone
will that question ever be answered if i move on

never trust a beautiful woman
she'll wait until you let her in close
and strike when you expect it least
and where it hurts the most

now do i waste my time being alone
will those questions ever be answered if i move on

never trust a beautiful woman
she could seduce the strongest man
it's foolish for you to think
your love is that high in demand
never trust a beautiful woman
you'll be like putty in her hands
and never take advice on love
from a lonely man
Track Name: Picking Up Speed
Picking Up Speed

i'm picking up speed i'm picking up speed
i'm shaking like knees i'm shaking like trees
and when i feel the wind
pull the tears out of my face
lips forever cracked
in a frozen Elvis way

i can hear the music again
i can hear it speak to me
i can hear the music again
i can hear

i'm losing my feet i'm losing my sleep
i'm losing my grip i'm tasting the street
and when i feel the wind
running through my hair like hands
try to find the words
but no one understands

i can hear the music again
i can hear it speak to me
i can hear the music again
i can hear

it suddenly so clear
like the day that summer dies
it always leaves me here
with a hand over my eyes

where i can hear the music again
i can hear it speak to me
i can hear the music again
i can hear
i can hear
Track Name: Could You Be The Wind
Could You Be The Wind

i don't know why i'm feeling cold tonight
the windows are closed and my doors are locked up tight
i been shivering
and could you be the wind

i wasn't sure many moons before have been brighter
i've never seen hollow wind and trees look finer
i been shivering
and could you be the wind

all my mind is paper
all the leaves i believe
vacancies have all been paid for for
could you be the the wind

i don't know why i'm feeling cold tonight
the windows are closed and my doors are locked up tight
i'm still shivering
and could you be the wind
could you be the wind

all my mind is paper
all the leaves i believe
vacancies have all been paid for
could you be the wind
all my mind is paper
all the leaves i believe
vacancies have all been paid for
could you
could you be the wind
Track Name: Primitive Love
Primitive Love

you live your life under the stairs
and now that you've come up for air
you want to be loved
you want to be loved
primitive love
primitive love

they made your bed on your summer house on the moon
it won't be available till the last week of june
you want to be loved
you want to be loved
primitive love
primitive love
love
primitive love
primitive love

you live your life with the hourglass
just turn it over when you want it to last, right
Track Name: Waiting for a Train
Waiting for a Train

i became defensive
thought you were looking my way
she's not expensive
she's just got expensive taste

just a fool for attention
did she notice not to mention

i'm waiting for a train
i'm waiting for a train
i'm waiting for it

i could feel vibrations
coming up under my feet
she's become impatient
she's got some people to meet

just a fool for attraction
is she waiting for a reaction?

cause i'm waiting for a train
i'm waiting for a train
i'm waiting for a train
i'm waiting for a train
i'm waiting for it
Track Name: Red Light
Red Light

red lights flashing but my brain keeps crashing
and the signals never reach my body
i've been known to take some risks
good night maybe lullaby's can save me
so i need you to sing me to sleep
i've been known to throw a fit

don't shine the light
don't shine the light
don't shine the light
in my face
don't shine the light
don't shine the light
don't shine the light
in my face

wake up Mary this is Jesus baby
and i need you to sing me to sleep
oh i learned something but oh i am too drunk and will
forget it the next day
well i've been known to take some risks

don't shine the light
don't shine the light
don't shine the light
in my face
don't shine the light
don't shine the light
don't shine the light
in my face
Track Name: Stained Glass Heart
Stained Glass Heart

you can't tell her everything all at once
you might scare her away
so you wait for the right time to say

that she's you setting sun
but she still looks around
cause she's got eyes for everyone

stained glass heart
breaker
stained glass heart
breaker
stained glass heart breaker

think you might be the one, to change her ways
well it's not that easily done
so you wait for the right time to tell her again

that she's your setting sun
but she still looks around
cause she's got eyes for everyone

stained glass heart
breaker
stained glass heart
breaker
stained glass heart breaker
stained glass heart breaker
stained glass heart
stained glass heart
Track Name: Bird on a Wire
Bird on a Wire

just a bird on a wire
looking around from up higher
an observation from the sky
another eye in a tree
seeing only what is there
and the surroundings that may care

and do you ever get high?
like a bird on a wire
and do you ever get up only to get down?

always a song to sing
and another dawn
always a sun that's setting blond
over an empty town
not a lot going down
but still you sit there patiently

and do you ever get high?
like a bird on a wire
and do you ever get up only to get down?
no, and do you ever get high?
like a bird on a wire
and do you ever get up only to get down?

could you ever wish to be
the red, in a sunset
and could you ever think to be
the red, in a sunset

and do you ever get high?
like bird on a wire
and do you ever get up only to get down?
no, and do you ever get high?
like a bird on a wire
and do you ever get up only to get down?
only to get down
only to get down
only to get down

and do you ever get high?
like a bird on a wire
and do you ever get up only to get down?
Track Name: Meteor Eyes
Meteor Eyes

you looked twice and twice looked once
you say twice is more fun
you can't take another double take
cause i'm already on a train that's heading out of state

i got everything in my suitcase
all my clothes and me a new face
i got meteor eyes
saying what did i leave behind
what did i leave behind
what did i leave behind
what did i leave behind

i left once, once i left, only to come back
but now i'm sure, as sure i'm now
well i'm already in the sky on a motionless ride

i got everything in my suitcase
all my clothes and me a new face
i got meteor eyes
saying what did i leave behind
i got meteor eyes
saying what did i leave behind
what did i leave behind
what did i leave behind
what did i leave behind
what did i leave behind
what did i leave behind
what did i leave behind
what did i leave behind
what did i leave behind