Into the Nest Again

by Sneaky Little Comet

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released October 9, 2012

Caroline Orlin: songwriter, vocals, ukulele, handclaps, percussion, kazoo, most likely to get tricked into singing songs faster than intended

Ben Orlin: songwriter, kazoo, triangle, backup vocals, most valuable kazoo soloist

Jess Haggett: piano, upright bass, backup vocals, additional arrangements, local musical genius

Evan Flury: guitar (acoustic and electric), electric bass, mandolin, percussion, simulated strings, backup vocals, additional arrangements, imported musical genius

Ashlee Burgener: violin, upright bass, additional arrangements, most talented hostage

Ilana Goldstein: backup vocals, last minute superstar

Jenna Orlin Laib: handclaps, simulated strings, backup vocals, cover art designer/editor, mixmaster general

Zac Cataldo: producer extraordinaire, superhero

Temari 09: cover art designer, incredibly awesome person

Recorded over six days in the summers of 2011 and 2012 at Night Train Studios in Massachusetts.

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Track Name: More Than My Name
This is the diamond where we used to play
The grass still is green but the sky now is gray
The throw’s not as long as it was in the day
Oh, I wish I could bring back the game
I need somewhere where someone knows more
More than my name

This is the twilight where we used to talk
And this is the park where we used to walk
And that is the sidewalk we’d cover in chalk
Oh, it’s rained and now nothing’s the same
I need somewhere where someone knows more
More than my name

And that one’s the star that we’d wish upon
We’d pray that we’d wake up together at dawn
And that we’d build castles like the ones we had drawn
Oh, it’s my job to shoulder the blame
I need somewhere where someone knows more
More than my name

This isn’t the life that I thought was in store
They’ve drawn all the curtains and shuttered the door
You don’t even live in this town anymore
But that’s not the reason I came
We went back on the promise we swore
And it’s selfish of me to be sore
But I’m no one if no one knows more
No, I’m no one if no one knows more
No, I’m no one if no one knows more
More than my name
Track Name: Perpetual Motion
It's the glare off the ocean
and mental commotion
and forgetting suntan lotion in the car

It's a blistering sunburn
watching a sundial turn
walking with the waves and not knowing where you are

Perpetual motion
Let it fall, let it fall, let it fall
Perpetual motion
Let it fall
Perpetual motion
Let it fall, let it fall, let it fall
Perpetual motion
Let it fall

It's catching buses to see him
and wanting to leave him
but it's never really worth it any given day

It's getting tunnel vision
and putting off decisions
forgetting what it was that you wanted anyway

Perpetual motion
Let it fall, let it fall, let it fall
Perpetual motion
Let it fall
Perpetual motion
Let it fall, let it fall, let it fall
Perpetual motion
Let it fall

It's broken sea shells, breaking waves
sandy winds on roads unpaved
sandal blisters, whispered dares
salty food and salty air
swinging hammocks, swaying trees
sweet and spare as summer breeze
sleep till two and fight till dawn
now it's here and now it's gone

Perpetual motion
Let it fall, let it fall, let it fall
Perpetual motion
Let it fall
Perpetual motion
Let it fall, let it fall, let it fall
Perpetual motion
Let it fall
Track Name: Morning at the Market
Morning at the market
and they're crowding on the corner
and the merchants shout their prices
while the children shove and play

And I'm somewhere in the middle
of the crowd upon the corner
feeling sun and seeing colors
I don't have a dime to pay

But hey
Ain't that always the way?
You can pile on your scorn
or you can throw me to the thorns
but I'm not moving from this corner today

Next day at the market
and they're crowding on the corner
and I claim my patch of pavement
at the margins of the street

Now I"m just another merchant
in the crowd upon the corner
smelling bread and hearing music
I don't have a bite to eat

But hey
Ain't that always the way?
You can pile on your scorn
or you can throw me to the thorns
but I'm not moving from this corner today

I'll be coming back tomorrow...
(I'll be waiting, I'll be fighting, I will never go away)
I'll be coming back tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
(Like the tides, I will rise, I will never go away)
Track Name: Until
I know
I move like a glacier, I'm so slow
a mountain of ice, rock, and old snow
I look like I"m standing still

And you know
You're pressure and heat, a volcano
rumbling deep, swear you won't blow
but the ground shakes as if you will

And our love
our love will last
until...

I hide
fortress of stone, and a cold pride
family and friends, shut them outside
the gates rust atop the hill

And you run
scorching the ground like the red sun
burned every bridge, now you've got none
and running has lost its thrill

And our love
our love will last
until...

And I'm taking a breath
facing a fear
laying it bare
Someday when I
am ready again
will you be there?
Someday when I
am ready again
will you be ther?

And our love
our love will last
And our love
our love will last
Our love
our love will last
until
Track Name: A Modest Wish
On shooting stars, on wishing wells,
on birthday candles' glow
on summer rains, on distant trains,
on falling flakes of snow

I wished for stardust on my trail
I wished for faith to never fail
I wished for love like fire, loud as a choir
I always went for shit like that

So if I’ve got to pry a wish from these crumbling walls
in the tangled streets where the traffic crawls
I’ll wish for nothing at all

On fireflies, on frozen lakes,
on faces in the crowd,
on New Year's Eves, on changing leaves
on mists and thunderclouds

I wished for stars to light my way
I wished for faith to always stay
I wished for love to seize me - not just to tease me
I never got back shit from that

So if I’ve got to pry a wish from these crumbling walls
in the tangled streets where the traffic sprawls
I’ll wish for nothing at all
I’ll wish for nothing at all

If I could make one wish
If I could make just one wish
If I could make one wish tonight
I know a black old heart
that faith has torn apart
a darkened street that needs a light

So snuff out all the candles
and forget the hollow cheer
No guests or cake, I need to make
a modest wish this year

I wish for stars to flicker out
I know that faith just leads to doubt
I want a life that's steady; change when I'm ready
I won't give up on shit like that

And if I’ve got to pry a wish from these crumbling walls
In the tangled streets where the traffic stalls
I'll wish for
na na na na
na na na na na
na na na na na
Track Name: Fighting in the Wrong Direction
A voice has faltered
somewhere in my chest
a guiding voice
has lost its breath

and my confidence is shaken
like a wobbling crown
I'm looking up
and heading down

I feel like my compass is broken
I can't tell right from wrong

I've been fighting in the wrong direction
I've been fighting in the wrong direction
I've been fighting in the wrong direction
for so long

An empty tunnel
on a frigid night
the miles pass
and still no light

I'm a mess, can't express
I've regressed this year
felt solid ground
just disappear

The flow of the music is broken
I can't tell sound from song

I've been fighting in the wrong direction
I've been fighting in the wrong direction
I've been fighting in the wrong direction
for so long

People change
and some change for good, but
People change
don't know if they should, but
People change
wish I understood what
People change into

I've been fighting in the wrong direction
I've been fighting in the wrong direction
I've been fighting in the wrong direction
for so long

People change
and try to change back, but
People change
defend and attack, but
People change
just wish I could track what
People change into

I've been fighting in the wrong direction
I've been fighting in the wrong direction
I've been fighting in the wrong direction
for so long
for so long...
Track Name: Twins
We share a womb
for nine long months, then boom
we share an earth

And from the start
they're tearing us apart
we're split at birth

In two different families, we'll try to see
will you turn out the same as me?
Will genes or family history
decide who you and I will be?

We go to school
in different states, that's cool
we've never met

We both like red
and hate going to bed
play clarinet

In two different families we help to test
the research team's hypothesis
our parents send the data sets
and neither knows one more exists

I start to smoke
and you do too, no joke
it's DNA

I settle down
but you still date around
my husband's gay

From two different families, we're unaware
that we have got a match out there
another half, a perfect pair
the research team just doesn't care

And then a letter comes
'cause some new law requires
I know the reason for
the study I was in
And I feel distant drums
and I smell distant fires
I don't know what's in store
I see your name and start to grin
I'm a twin
I'm a twin

We share a womb
then thirty years, then boom
a strange embrace

And when we meet
from across the street
I see my face

From two different families, we have to laugh
you're me but down a different path
compare our yearbook photographs
my other body, my other half
Track Name: Deadline (Never Waste)
It's all right to waste a minute
It's fine to waste a day
Just send the seconds spinning on
Their swift unthinking way

It's fine to burn an hour
just to watch its ash go gray
The calendar compels us, yes
But we can disobey

So waste the whole allowance
that eternity now grants
But never waste
But never waste
But never waste a chance

It's all right to waste a weekend
The weekend won't complain
Time is born for wasting
Just like water's born for rain

Time is not that fragile
It's survived for all these years
And every time a moment dies
Another volunteers

So waste your fleeting lifetime
in a stupor, in a trance
But never waste
But never waste
But never waste a chance

Leave till later
stacks of papers
plans you meant to write
so what if that'll
lose the battle?
get some sleep tonight


It's all right to waste a minute
It's fine to waste a day
Just send the seconds spinning on
Their swift unthinking way

It's fine to burn an hour
just to watch its ash go gray
The calendar compels us, yes
But we can disobey

Let the deadlines shout their warnings
as the centuries advance
But never waste
But never waste
But never waste a chance

Leave till later
stacks of paper
plans you meant to write
Let your bosses
cut their losses
get some sleep tonight

So waste the whole allowance
that eternity now grants
But never waste
But never waste
But never waste a chance
Track Name: To the Stars
To the stars we will turn when the earth has been spent
To the stars when our bones have grown thin
To the stars in a vessel that’s crumpled and bent
To the stars in a bucket of tin

I’ve sometimes stayed late in the office I work
The parking lot empty and dark
They say that with faith you can light up the world
I never could capture that spark

To the stars we will turn when the earth has grown cold
To the stars when our bodies won’t heal
To the stars in a vessel that’s battered and old
To the stars in a bucket of steel

I’ve sometimes gone driving when sleep won’t come
The wind brushing clouds through the night
They say there’s a power that urges us higher
One way or other, they’re right

To the stars we will turn when the earth has run dry
To the stars when the sun isn’t there
To the stars go the primates who learned how to fly
To the stars in a bucket of prayer

I’ve traced out constellations
I’ve read my future in the sky
We’ve planted flags on moon rocks
We’ve left graffiti in the sky
We speak a thousand languages
We build a tower to the sky…

The sky is ours, the sky is ours
Next to the stars, next to the stars...
Track Name: One Last Time for Angela
The news came down the other night
a girl I used to know
I found a vigil in the park
a sea of candleglow

One last time for Angela
a murmur loud and low
a name scratched out in ash and dust
someplace long ago

Are you afraid? I'm not afraid
I just don't want to go

Ring of faded photographs
and flowers 'round a tree
a stranger asks why we're all here
but words won't come to me

One last time for Angela
a debt we can't repay
a prayer unanswered in the winds
someplace far away

Are you afraid? I'm not afraid
I just can't bear to stay

One by one we emptied out
by midnight we were gone
I climbed in bed and shut my eyes
and lay awake till dawn

One last time for Angela
a girl I used to know
a fate traced out along a vein
a pain hid far below

One last time for Angela
a girl we didn't know
a fate carved out of rock and bone
someplace long ago

Are you afraid? I'm so afraid
I'm so afraid to go
One last time for Angela
a girl I used to know
Track Name: Not in Vain
If I can stop one heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one life the aching
or cool one pain
or help one fainting robin
into his nest again
I shall not
I shall not live in vain

If I can give one mind a teacher
or open wide one brain
or shield one frightened creature
from wind and rain
or lead one wayward child
to mother's arms again
I shall not
I shall not live in vain

If the storm comes in tomorrow
and waters flood the plain
and your soul absorbs a sorrow
that it can't sustain
I will bring you leaves and branches
We'll build a nest again
I shall not
I shall not live in vain
I shall not
I shall not live in vain
I shall not
I shall not live in vain