Show Me the Sign

by YR LAD

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Yr Lad's Sophomore Full-Length: A meditation on love, falsehoods, waiting, and mortality.

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released August 16, 2018

Basic instrumentation for tracks 3 and 8, and strings for all tracks recorded by Elliott Elsey at Truphonic Recording, Charleston SC.

Basic instrumentation for all other tracks and all vocals recorded by Phillip Cope at Jam Room Studios, Columbia, SC.

Various guitar overdubs recorded by Harper Marchman-Jones at NBS Media Systems, North Charleston, SC.

Mixed by Phillip Cope at Jam Room Studios, Columbia, SC.

Mastered by Zach Bodtorf.

Zach Bodtorf - Electric Guitar
C. Casey Atwater - Bass Guitar, Tenor Vocal, Tambourine
Harper B. Marchman-Jones - Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Baritone Vocal
R. A. Raffield - Violin, Viola, Contrabass
J. Wesley Schneider - Percussion, Team Spirit

Orchestral arrangements by Raffield and Marchman-Jones

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Track Name: Show Me the Sign
We've been chilling since July
And I never thought I would say
That a lonely teardrop stung my eye
And rolled down my cheek when I heard
You were moving away.

Are you moving away?
Cause we've had a month or two,
But I'm in love with you.

So won't you hang around?
I know you hate this town, and I know that I'm out of line.
Oh, but life could be so fine if you would give me the time.
Would you give me the time?

Now our walls are overgrown
And I never thought I would say
That I can't do this on my own.
I'd bury my pride
If only you'd stay.

Why won't you stay?
I made a mistake or two,
But I'm still in love with you.

So won't you hang around?
I know you hate this town, and I know that I'm out of line.
Oh, but life could be so fine if you would give me some time.
Will you give me some time?

Because this town is way too small
But it expands when we're apart.
Girl, my world is in your hands.
A man can't live without a heart.

Won't you hang around?
I know you hate this town, and I know that I'm out of line.
Oh, but life could be so fine if you would give me some time.
Will you give me some time?

Won't you hang around?
I know you hate this town, and I know that I'm out of line.
Oh, but life could be so fine if you would give me some time.
Will you give me some time?
Will you show me the sign?
Track Name: Do What You Want
You got a flamin' lip and something to say
And you think that it could be pretty cool.
Head full of radio shot into the cosmos.
Now you're off to fuck-up school.

Let's hope that life is a simulation.

Do what you want.
Act like a star.
But when the going gets tough, don't complain
That rock & roll leaves a scar.

You got an attitude and a little habit.
Well, you can take it on the road.
And a wise man said you can't catch no rabbit
Carryin' a heavy load.

Everyone you know is makin' love to Cecilia --
She don't return your calls no more.
She won't give you nothin' without your devotion
Because she ain't no-one's whore.

Let's hope that life is a simulation.

Do what you want.
Act like a star.
But when the going gets tough, don't complain
That rock & roll leaves a scar.
Track Name: Crush the Moon
Stay tuned.
Crush the moon.
Truth wakes
Well-darkened rage.

Take apart this book:
Its bindings are worn straight through.
My skin becomes
Mealy, and worn straight through.

Dead sea.
False prophecy.
Seer's lore
Foresworn to soot.

Take apart this book:
Its bindings are worn straight through.
My skin becomes
Mealy, and worn straight through.
Track Name: Salt the Earth
There's a place where we have been too long --
Long enough to know we don't belong
Among the omens known
Among the bound
And helpless when they go.

And we feel the ravens at our heels.
And we feel the cartilage grind and crack
And hear the tendons shear
Away like chaff.
We execute our craft.

Any overlord would salt the earth.
Any fucking god would show his hand
And smite me where I stand
But there's no god.
Track Name: Imperial Ease (Wild Ivy)
You penetrate with imperial ease
Before the markets open.
You sharpen tongue and talon to tease
The bastard till he's broken.

You keep me down in the South
In a marshland of ghostly fear.
I can't keep my tongue in my mouth
When you're near.

I hear whispers of you pulling my chain.
What are you trying to sell me?
Is it sincerity or legerdemain?
Would that you'd only tell me.

You keep me down in the South
In a marshland of ghostly fear.
I can't keep my tongue in my mouth
When you're near.

And if I'm not the only,
I could be one.
Why would I be lonely
When I could be having fun?

One more time, baby, won't you divide
The haze before your hollow?
Will we lie where the wild ivy winds,
Or will the field lay fallow?

You keep me down in the South
In a marshland of ghostly fear.
I can't keep my tongue in my mouth
When you're near.
Track Name: Kaitlin, Don't
There's a side of me no-one had seen
Until you drove down
Bedroom shadows against the glare
Of a whispering crowd.

Ooh, I should've brought you home
Before the whispers grew to loud.

Over airwaves and over land,
You didn't tune me out
When you heard me for who I am.

And through all my weirdness and shame,
Because you knew my pain,
You held me like a sister.

Kaitlin, don't misunderstand.
I'm only trying to be your man.
And it don't mean you've been untrue
If you let me talk to you.

And we learned boundaries remain unseen
Until they're carved out.
Yeah, we drew those distasteful lines
With our dirty little crutch.

Ooh, I should've dialed back,
But you had the devil's touch.

Half a day driving in the driving rain --
You didn't answer the door
Or come when I called your name.

And through all this anguish and doubt,
And though you've tuned me out,
I'd still let you use me.

Kaitlin, don't misunderstand.
I only wanted to be your man.
And it don't mean you've been untrue
If you let me talk to you.

The fascination's dead, and we don't speak.
We bled it dry by being weak,
And it isn't right. It isn't fair.
You wouldn't be so mad if you didn't care.

Kaitlin, don't misunderstand.
I only wanted to be your man.
And it don't mean you've been untrue
If you let me talk to you.

Won't you let me talk to you?

Kaitlin, don't you understand?
I know I can't be your man.
Track Name: Turn the Worm
If I should die of cancer,
My body will crumble around me.
Ash to ash, and dust to dust --
Turn the worm, and answer:

That day! The wind will take me away.

Will I be beyond knowing?
Will I slumber in the void?
Will I think to find myself
Breaking ground and growing?

That day! The wind will take me away.
Track Name: Idyll Collider
To night-train eyes,
A drop betrays a gallon
By the arc-lamp moon.
The object sighs,
The subject swoons.
Desire turns the final screw:
She bends like yew

Idyll collider.
The sensors render her sublime
Quanta breaking through the walls of time.
The speed inside her!
A billion bells and buzzers chime.

To maintain her is a brutal science:
A thesis in hardcore.
As thrills in trembling passion
Quicken to ash,
So wither the fast.
Her cloak is cast.

Idyll collider.
The sensors render her sublime
Quanta breaking through the walls of time.
The speed inside her!
A billion bells and buzzers chime.

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