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Gravity and Friction

by King Ropes

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1.
Saint Peter 04:00
SAINT PETER saint peter left st louis in search of something better he’s still looking for something that may never be his cousin’s not right in the head never has been he finds answers to all of his questions on daytime tv It’s fine i don’t care it don’t matter whatever nevermind mostly i’m quite aware of the mess i leave behind i fly real close to the sun i keep getting burned i don’t know why sometimes it’s confusing but mostly i’m used to it i keep getting burned i don’t know why It’s fine i don’t care it don’t matter whatever nevermind mostly i’m quite aware of the wrecks i’ve left behind saint peter left st louis in search of redemption
2.
BUTTERFLY JOINT you say that you will but you never do you never do you don’t even try you don’t even try something inside has kind of died it’s kind of died and you don’t even try you don’t even try sitting on the sidewalk southeast of western southeast of western and I got nothing to lose I got nothing to lose It takes a butterfly joint to hold me together to hold me together I’ve come unhinged and unglued i’m unhinged and unglued those big ideas they just keep kicking you around son standing on the south side facing toward the north and i can’t see nothing can’t see nothing of course i’m standing on the south side facing toward the north and i can’t see nothing can’t see nothing of course i’ve got these big ideas they keep kicking me around son my big ideas they just keep kicking me around son
3.
CALIFORNIA STARS clark flipped his hayrig into the river lucinda singing trying to save his soul i did some time there in the devil’s half acre lucinda singing trying to save my soul now i can’t shake the feeling i’m running out of time i can’t shake the feeling i’m running out of time becky left brooklyn a three time loser setting her sights on those california stars she got hung up here in the bitteroot valley gave not one more thought to those california stars those california stars they shine and shine those california stars they shine and shine becky’s still standing here in wild eyed wonder at the land and the water and wide open skies and all of the wrong turns that finally brought her here to clark who left his mark on pipeorgan bridge i can’t shake the feeling i’m running out of time i can’t shake the feeling i’m running out of time i can’t shake the feeling i’m running out of time those california stars were yours those california stars were yours those california stars were yours and mine
4.
Brown 07:32
BROWN she bust right through that door flashed a smile like the open sky sunlight cut like a knife through that cold november day brown that’s the color of my true loves eyes she gave me all kinds of warnings right from the very start said i’ll bring you trouble i’ll bring you all kinds of trouble brown that’s the color of my true loves eyes now she’s wrestling her demons yeah they’re tough little suckers she pins their arms and rubs their heads till she gets em to settle down then at night their heads burst right into flames she was just a little girl hand caught in a slamming door standing there silently weeping standing waiting and weeping all alone in this big wide world joy i heard you calling my name all these years joy now that i’ve found you i pray you’ll stay pray you’ll pray you’ll stay now this one’s looking for jesus and i think that she’s found him but he can be tricky just like all the rest of em brown that’s the color of my true loves eyes and they all think that they’re the one and every one of them’s right and every one of them’s wrong ‘cause we’re all one and we all ain’t nothing brown well you know what kind of eye’s she’s got joy i heard you calling my name all these years joy now that i’ve found you i pray you’ll stay pray you’ll pray you’ll stay
5.
MOUTH FULL OF BEES a mouth full of bees a pocket full of teeth you stand there and find you’re a stump your heads all a flutter it’s crammed and it’s cluttered suddenly you find you’re a stump you’re smart and articulate but you’re not right no you’re not right no you’re not right hiding behind the clouds the stars shine bright the stars shine bright the stars shine bright he say’s darling i guess my love it’s obscure it dances and hides from the light so don’t look too close don’t hold too tight the beast it skitters off in the night the beast it skitters off in the night you’re smart and articulate but you’re not right hiding behind the clouds the stars shine bright the bump and the grind the whispering pines they’ll tell us all we need to know we may feel some panic as our time draws near and suddenly we find we’re just stumps as suddenly we find we’re just stumps we’re smart and articulate but we’re not right no we’re not right hiding behind the clouds the stars shine bright the stars shine bright
6.
GRAVITY AND FRICTION a late september night south of provo i pull in at diamond creek to sleep a couple hours before driving north cold on the ground und billions of stars i’m overwhelmed by the possibilities life offers the hope the heartache the beginnings the middles the ends i think of you under a blanket of stars the sky it’s a cathedral it’s a chorus of beating hearts the milky way spread thick like tapioca i dream of you under a blanket of stars don’t be amused by misery and heartache god knows for sure you’ll get your fair share the hard knocks and kicks and hits that life throws you they’ll knock you down go find yourself go find yourself your blanket of stars expect to be affected by gravity and friction though sometimes you’ll find the rules won’t apply you won’t be immune to weather or heartbreak go find yourself go find yourself your blanket of stars
7.
GIACOMO’S ASSISTANT giacomo’s assistant she kept them wrapped right around her finger pulling strings the way no other girl could do she’ll read you her scars like she’s reading dostoevsky you try to keep the names straight but still you can’t let go giacomo’s assistant she loved francisco’s paintings she called him little priest for the way he held his hands throwing rocks out in the courtyard and of course one hit his forehead and it bled so much the other kids were sure that he was dead and all the world it’s laid out there right before her she can see it but she can’t reach out and touch the things she loves and nothing is real they’re just stories we keep repeating repeating over and over until they all come true and all the world it’s laid out there right before her she can see it but she can’t reach out and touch the things she loves
8.
These Days 06:41
THESE DAYS i’m not a loaded gun i’m not the only one staring into the sun these days swing your hammer hit your thumb it leaves you deaf and dumb it’s happening to everyone these days a flatbed ford and a fistful of bills we’re dreaming some american dream and falling apart at the seams hey hey we’re falling apart at the seams hey hey we’re falling apart at the seams these day broken promises all that jazz you don’t have much no one has we’re ugly and small and mean these days you choose your words you pick your fights you try to do what’s right you’re small slights come back in spades these days a flatbed ford and a fistful of bills we’re dreaming some american dream and falling apart at the seams hey hey we’re falling apart at the seams hey hey we’re falling apart at the seams these day we took a page from the book of nothing there’s going to be hell to pay and nobody knows what it means hey hey we’re angry and bitter and mean hey hey we’re falling apart at the seams these days

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released July 26, 2019

Written and produced by Dave Hollier
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Chuck Goodwin at Sinik Sound, Bozeman, MT
Dave Hollier: Guitar, Vocals, Synth
Jeff Jensen: Drums
Aaron Banfield: Bass
Ben Roth: Guitar, Baritone Guitar
Sam Hollier: Cello
Lucy Hollier: Trombone, Vocals

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KING ROPES Bozeman, montana

When Dave Hollier spins records at a party, he plays stuff that’s all over the map. The Meters, The Knife, Boston, Bowie, Buck Owens. It could go very wrong. But it doesn’t. Finding the thread that leads from The Cars to The Beastie Boys to Van Halen to Prayers, he tells a long, beautiful, cross-cultural, multi-generational story. Hollier’s band King Ropes is doing much the same thing. ... more

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