Small Souls

by Small Souls

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Small Soul's debut studio album

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released 25 January 2013
Brian Rozendal – vocals, guitar
Bryan Daste – vocals, pedal steel, banjo, 12-string acoustic & electric guitars, Ashbory bass, electric bass, saw, harmonium, percussion

Featuring:
Jessie Dettwiler – cello
Kyleen King – viola
Patti King – violin
Adam Mack – drums on "Lines Are Breaking"
Josh Millard – piano
Christian McKee – mandolin, mandola
Scott Pettitt – drums, percussion
Ezza Rose – vocals on “Promises”

Written, performed & produced by Small Souls
Recorded and mixed by Bryan Daste at The Magic Closet
Mastered by Rick McMillen at Cloud City Sound
Artwork by Wilder Schmaltz
Design by Jon Ransom

Executive Producers:
Cindy Bouné, Gary and Dana Budd, Dan and Jackie Daste, Taylor Fisher, a Friend, David Robert Griggs, Robyn Hercey, Henry and Bambi Hill, Luke Holladay, Kendall McClellan, Susan McClellan, Christian McKee, Anthony “29” Michael, Mike and Phyllis Minadeo, Sarah Phipps, Raj Sapru, and Josh Smith

Bonus tracks recorded August 2011 at Knappy Street House

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Small Souls Portland, Oregon

"Bryan Daste has transformed the lean, appealing songs of bandmate and songwriter Brian Rozendal into elegant, near- symphonic folk."
--Portland Mercury

"It’s solid, it’s tight, it’s well-crafted and meaningful. The album drips over some of life’s more quietly intimate moments."
--Wend Magazine

Contact us at smallsouls@gmail.com
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Track Name: Please Don't Give Me What I Want
One man leaps from a steel crane
220 feet to ground
Prays to god as he's going down
to lift him up again

Oh my god
Oh my god
Oh my god, please don't give me what I want

One boy pulls at a knotted string
from his wrist to a balloon
Prays to god as it leaves the room
to come back down again
Track Name: What It Means
Waking up with my slippers on, on my front lawn
I went out walking in my dreams
We were talking in your room about nothing new
about nothing new

Have you heard them say
a river splits in streams?
Have you heard them say
an ocean in between?
And everyone it seems
knows what it means

Your father was a quiet man
and when I ran up the hill and rang your door, he let me in
I heard that you had twins, a boy and a girl
Maybe you've heard, I've got two girls of my own
Track Name: There You Were
At the end of my line, when my thoughts turn to threads
and the strands seem so fine, could I find love again?
Dragged down by a stone to the ocean floor
until I severed the line and swam to the shore

There you were in a dress
and the wind beat in my breast
as you moved across the surface of the sand

All the promising words that once filled my lungs
like coughing up dirt until you came along

There you were in a dress
and the wind beat in my breast
as you moved across the surface of the sand

I gave my sword to the sea, I gave my blood to the ground
My kingdom crumbles complete when you are around
Track Name: Christmas Begging
You're opening a store where our house stood
knickknacks and more

I moved here to grow old without you
These bible-thumping hands are worn through

Burden on my back
loose sand underfoot
I bend and walk the hill again

You're lost inside the pain of angels singing
But I'm copper penny stained from Christmas begging

Burden on my back
loose sand underfoot
I bend and walk the hill again
Track Name: How Great Thou Art
You dug your heels into the earth
and in your footprints flowers sprouted
You leaned across the mountain peaks
roots wrapped around your calloused feet

You breathe, you sigh, you lift your eyes
You clear your throat and sing
The chorus starts, how great thou art
The congregation sways

The plastered walls have spider-webbed
and you find loose paint chips in your tread
You lean across to cover the cracks
The ladder shakes, you lose your balance

You breathe, you sigh, you close your eyes
You hear the angel sing
The chorus starts, how great thou art
The ground beneath you sways

How great thou art
How great thou art
How great thou art
until it falls apart

Maybe god forgot his seed
maybe he just got too busy
Jesus, if you can still hear me
Prepare yourself, your son is coming

You breathe, you sigh, you lift your eyes
You clear your throat and sing
The chorus starts, how great thou art
The congregation sways

How great thou art
How great thou art
How great thou art
until you break my heart
until you break apart
Track Name: Promises
If promises are obvious
why do I feel this deep twisting in my chest
promises, promises
I don't believe what I don't understand yet
on my own, on my own
calling around but nobody's home

If endings are obvious
why am I beautiful only like a sunset
promises, promises
I don't believe that I know how to fix this
on my own, on my own
asking around but nobody knows
Track Name: What Now?
Sometimes the devil takes hold
and treats you like an animal
you try to tie him down
but he gnashes at the leashes

I know I took too long
looking for the answers
I lost you like a song
that got stuck in the branches

What now?
What now?
What?

Before you learn to breathe
the devil takes apart
what you think you need
You can feel the devil's heart

What now?
What now?
What?
Track Name: Weathervane
A weathervane, the copper stained green
spinning around, spinning around
Your attic walls, lined with your old throwaways
that once were found, that once were found
and they gave you comfort

I know it broke you to think you
had wasted all that time

The frozen fields where crops have withered
You know that ground, you know that ground
The darkening sky where clouds have gathered
You know that sound, you know that sound
and it gives you comfort

I know it broke you to think you
had wasted all that time
but darlin you've been spinning, whirling,
and breaking the curses in your mind
Track Name: Serena
I thought I saw a blinking light
beyond the shore, inside the room
behind your eyes, where old trees bloom
and silhouettes of lovers sigh
In the tape deck of your hatchback
she sang of love lost in perfect time
out of nothing, into nothing
like images from satellites

I broke the song
when I held the notes too long

When you left me, I knew you loved me
You pulled the rip cord when I was bound
by blind emotion, I was broken
before I landed on the ground
Now every hour I'm digging deeper
to the center of the earth
past the diamonds and the anchors
and the loved ones in the dirt

I am not afraid
of keeping what you gave

Serena, I release you
I know I loved imperfectly
but I can finally hear you singing
like a kite without a string

And I am not afraid
In every moment, we are remade