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1.
Wheel Around 03:58
Did I lose my cover? Should I take a number? Down and up and over, wheel around me now Stuck inside the middle, don’t know where to turn, oh High above the ground, oh, wheel around me now Look, take me into the nightlife, tell me stories I don’t know why Spin me into the history now Look, I’m inside the picture frame, looking out but it’s not the same I don’t have the answer now You speak words, and lies come out, I hear no truth I could take a guess but I’d be lying to you Did I lose my cover? Should I take a number? Down and up and over, wheel around me now Stuck inside the middle, don’t know where to turn, oh High above the ground, oh, wheel around me now Now, I wake up to the sunrise, streaming down from the bright blue sky Wash away in the amber sunrise Now, you forget the words to say, goodbye, hello, and walk away You don’t have the answer now I speak nothings hoping I can make them true If you said a word then I’d be lying for you Did I lose my cover? Should I take a number? Down and up and over, wheel around me now Stuck inside the middle, don’t know where to turn, oh High above the ground, oh, wheel around me now In light of the situation, I think it’s fair to say I won’t stick around to remind you how you got played But when the smoke clears and you can see what was real You won’t lose the memory of how I made you feel Guess I lost my cover, should delete your number Used you up and over, wheel around me now Guess you had to learn, oh, don’t know where to turn, oh High above the ground, oh, wheel around me now Guess I lost my cover, should delete your number Used you up and over, wheel around me now Guess you had to learn, oh, don’t know where to turn, oh High above the ground, tumble slowly down, wheel around me now
2.
Boundaries 05:47
Place your arm discreetly ‘round my waist Hold me close, but never out of place Whisper soft in words of spinning gold Things I’ve heard that never do get old I should have thought this through, but I thought I was safe If I’d have known the truth, I’d turn and run away So I stand here, and I’m thinking, how did we get this far? From talking and listening to Radiohead sitting in the dark? But it shouldn’t have to be this way Your words mean nothing anyways But you were such an honest man I thought that you were good, I can’t pretend This should be going differently I shouldn't feel your hands on me But I can taste you on my teeth I’d rather that than watch you bleed But it shouldn’t have to be this way It shouldn’t have to be this way Kick your feet up on my easy chair Run your fingers gently through my hair I should have thought this through, but I thought I was safe If I’d have known the truth, I’d turn and run away So I stand here, and I’m thinking, how did we get this far? From talking and listening to Radiohead sitting in the dark? But it shouldn’t have to be this way Your words mean nothing anyways But you were such an honest man I thought that you were good, I can’t pretend This should be going differently I shouldn't feel your hands on me But I can taste you on my teeth I’d rather that than watch you bleed But it shouldn’t have to be this way It shouldn’t have to be this way You’ve got a serpentine tongue and it’s full of lies And you were just trying this on for size You should know better, you should know better You’ve got a serpentine tongue and it’s full of lies And you were just trying this on for size You should know better, you should know better You’ve got a serpentine tongue and it’s full of lies And you were just trying this on for size You should know better, you should know better So take your serpentine tongue and your mouth of lies And burn it all away, set the sky alight You should know better, you don’t know better But it shouldn’t have to be this way Your words mean nothing anyways But you were such an honest man I thought that you were good, I can’t pretend This should be going differently I shouldn't feel your hands on me But I can taste you on my teeth I’d rather that than watch you bleed But it shouldn’t have to be this way It shouldn’t have to be this way It shouldn’t have to be this way It shouldn’t have to be this way
3.
What I Do 03:41
So you say you think I'm cute as I'm telling you the news Doesn't matter what I say; I make you smile anyway If you watch me work and play, I'm all curves, you wish you may I'm all lines in which you lose right angles to me and you But I'm not just a pretty face, I run fast to win the race I am the best at what I do, and that's got nothing to do with pleasing you Keep yourself in check; you stumble like a wreck, dear If you want me true, love me for what I do Don't give me that stare, I don't dance for anyone, dear If you want me true, love me for what I do You loop your arm around my waist, tell me “don't be getting hasty” Doesn't matter what I say; you think I like you anyway Well I hate to break the spell (or maybe not, it's hard to tell) But take your hands off of me now, I'm telling you you're not allowed But I'm not just a pretty face, I run fast to win the race I am the best at what I do, and that's got nothing to do with pleasing you Keep yourself in check; you stumble like a wreck, dear If you want me true, love me for what I do Don't give me that stare, I don't dance for anyone, dear If you want me true, love me for what I do Don't mind the feeling in your stomach that you might have played this wrong I promise your intention has been noted; move along And keep yourself in check; you stumble like a wreck, dear If you want me true, love me for what I do Don't give me that stare, I don't dance for anyone, dear If you want me true, love me for what I do Yeah, if you want me true, love me for what I do Oh, you can't have me, true, love me for what I do
4.
There was a city, so I was told Where everything glittered, but nothing was gold “You have to come visit, and sit by the shore, Follow the river, to what you look for” But I found the streets crowded, and I couldn't breathe When your fortress rests on other people's dreams Your city isn't what it seems When your towers stand where lovers used to lie There's only shadows on your side I flew to Jersey, a man drove me in Said he got married yesterday, but he's working again I saw all the people too broke to get by Trying to live beneath a golden lie I found the streets crowded, and I couldn't breathe I felt my heart pounding in my chest and the worries got to me When your fortress rests on other people's dreams Your city isn't evergreen When your towers stand where lovers used to lie There's only shadows on your side And all the trains make grating sounds Too loud to let love out Too loud to let love out (let your love out, let your love out) When your fortress rests on other people's dreams Your city isn't ever clean When your towers stand where families lived and died There's only shadows on your side There's only shadows on your side There's only shadows on your side
5.
Why 04:23
Honey I'm home, did you notice I was gone? Or were you sleeping too well in the empty bed to care? Darling I missed you; did you think about me too? Or when I reach for your hand, will it already be gone? I wandered the streets of a new land And all I wanted was you to hold at night But I didn't even get you speaking through the phone So don't you wanna be with me? Don't you love me like you say? Do you feel as lonely as I did after I had gone away? Don't you wanna see the sights? Don't you wanna get away? Or is all of it a lie? Did you never tell me why? Honey, I'm online; did you like my posts? Did you read the one or two that might have mattered most? I filter through the truth, but I never tell a lie But do you care to know the story that lies behind? So don't you wanna be with me? Don't you love me like you say? Do you feel as lonely as I did after I had gone away? Don't you wanna see the sights? Don't you wanna get away? Or is all of it a lie? Did you never tell me why? So don't you wanna be with me? Don't you love me like you say? Do you feel as lonely as I did after I had gone away? Don't you wanna see the sights? Don't you wanna get away? Or is all of it a lie? Did you never tell me why?
6.
I've never seen the world; I just want a peek Do the trees all look the same, state to state, and week to week? Does the sun rise in the west in California? And does it set over the mountains in Peru? If I can't take you with me, will you let me go find out the truth? I'll find you where the streets have numbers And the places have names Where the kettle's always boiling And the people don't change I'll find you in the sunsets lakeside Or in the daylight drinking tea I always swore that I'd come home But will you wait for me? I'll find you where the streets have numbers And the places have names Where the kettle's always boiling And the people don't change I'll find you in the sunsets lakeside Or in the daylight drinking tea I always swore that I'd come home But will you wait for me?
7.
Incendiary 07:24
You weren't alone, but neither was I We could have moved on, but nobody tried I lit a match, you asked for a light We started with names and occupations Cold and impersonal explanations But I felt you simmer under the light We were in love, and everything felt fine But we are restless bathing in moonlight And nobody's looking, so we don't need a reason to hide I felt the touch of your lips on my skin, but it wasn't you I Needed, wanted; we fell for a lie and I've only got one Chance left to do this right, and you're not the one for me So I apologize but I didn't lie, I still want you close to me So if it's your words in my ear, telling me things I'm missing or your Fingers drawing near, to pull me in closer, and tell me you want more We're too hot to last, two burning hearts too close We catch fire and we never let go We burn and we never let go I was alone, staring at the starlight You were just searching for the right time I lit a match, you asked for a light We started with names and occupations Moved onto hopes and dreams If we took a walk, where would we go? And how do they know what they don't know? I felt the touch of your lips on my skin, but it wasn't you I Needed, wanted; we fell for a lie and I've only got one Chance left to do this right, and you're not the one for me So I apologize but I didn't lie, I still want you close to me So if it's your words in my ear, telling me things I'm missing or your Fingers drawing near, to pull me in closer, and tell me you want more We're too hot to last, two burning hearts too close We catch fire and we never let go We burn and we never let go I felt the touch of your lips on my skin, but it wasn't you I Needed, wanted; we fell for a lie and I've only got one Chance left to do this right, and you're not the one for me So I apologize but I didn't lie, I still want you close to me So if it's your words in my ear, telling me things I'm missing or your Fingers drawing near, to pull me in closer, and tell me you want more We're too hot to last, two burning hearts too close We catch fire and we never let go We burn and we never let go
8.
Girl in the picture frame, are you alive? Give me a signal, love, look with your eyes Is there a window for you to see through Or just a reflection to stare back at you? Girl in the picture frame, are you a dream? Weightless and fragile and not how you seem Are you a person, as real as me? Or do you change to what I think you'll be? Open your eyes, love, open them wide Look to the sky, love, look to the light Reach for the sun, love, reach for the moon Shut out the dark, love, never too soon Girl in the picture frame, does your heart beat? Can you begin to even move your feet? Is there a rhythm, a sound, or a song? Is there a verse to which you sing along? Girl in the picture frame, do you believe I could have saved you, could be your relief There is a good outside of your frame Where someone will love you, and not your pain Open your eyes, love, open them wide Look to the sky, love, look to the light Reach for the sun, love, reach for the moon Shut out the dark, love, never too soon Girl in the picture frame, can you hear me? Calling your name but you just can't see
9.
Radio Song 04:49
I drop out, tune out tune in Move up, back, depart again I don't play games with life, I don't play I flick on and off and in Click X, tabs, begin again I don't play games with life I don't play games Listen to the radio now Make your momma's stereo proud Turn the music up and get loud Tune the world out If you have a chance to let it out Make it worth your while and shout We could be united now Fall to our ground These words fly from side to side Not one true, a world of lies I don't play games with life, I don't play I feel so desensitized I'm numb to this violent price I don't play games with life I don't play games Listen to the radio now Make your momma's stereo proud Turn the music up and get loud Tune the world out If you have a chance to let it out Make it worth your while and shout We could be united now Fall to our ground I unsubscribe from war and all its spoils I resist the water as it boils I want no part in how this ends Let's pack it up and start again Listen to the radio now Make your momma's stereo proud Turn the music up and get loud Tune the world out If you have a chance to let it out Make it worth your while and shout We could be united now Fall to our ground
10.
I hear a voice inside my head; it whispers insecurities Half truths and lies and in betweens, hypotheticals and shoulds and would have beens I do believe this chatter kills me, or it will if I don't try Fight back with love and endless light; replace the pessimist with yes and good and right If I had known that I was loved I might have thought to climb a mountain I would have soared above the skyline I would have bathed in endless sunlight If I had realized the truth I'd have yelled it from the summit I would write on every wall That we are loved, love one and all And with this voice inside my head that tells me lies and old deceits Could I pretend to let it be, or should I try to forgive these little things? I know this rhetoric will end me, it sets a tone that I don't like Learn from the old mistakes and see how far I've come from being lost and incomplete If I had known that I was loved I might have thought to climb a mountain I would have soared above the skyline I would have bathed in endless sunlight If I had realized the truth I'd have yelled it from the summit I would write on every wall That we are loved, love one and all If I had known that I was loved I might have thought to climb a mountain I would have soared above the skyline I would have bathed in endless sunlight If I had realized the truth I'd have yelled it from the summit I would write on every wall That we are loved, love one and all Now that you know that you are loved Would you think to climb a mountain Would you soar above the skyline Bathing in endless rays of sunlight Now that you've realized the truth Will you yell it from the summit Will you write on every wall That we are loved, love one and all

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Chelsea and the Cityscape's first full-length release. Sounds of the city, and the people who inhabit it.

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released June 9, 2016

Chelsea and the Cityscape is:

Chelsea McBride – woodwinds, vocals (What I Do, Paint and Gold), handclaps (What I Do)
Mara Nesrallah – vocals, handclaps (What I Do)
Kevin Stolz – piano, keyboard, vocals (Paint and Gold), handclaps (What I Do)
Paul Barton – acoustic and electric guitar, vocals (Paint and Gold), handclaps (What I Do)
Dan Minchom – bass, vocals (Paint and Gold), handclaps (What I Do)
Jordan Zagerman – drums, handclaps (What I Do)

Additional musicians:

Alex Gambrel – trumpet and flugelhorn (tracks 2-7, 10)
Crystal Lee – violin (track 10)
Adam Filaber – cello (track 10)

Recorded at Metalworks Studios (November 8, 2015), Revolution Recording (November 29, 2015), Bonneville Records (October 2015-January 2016), and Paul's apartment (December 2015-February 2016)
Recorded by Andre St-Denis and Paul Barton (with assistance from Luke Schindler at Revolution
Recording)
Mixed by Andre St-Denis with Paul Barton
Mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering
Produced by Chelsea McBride, Andre St-Denis and Paul Barton
Cover art by Andi Trepanier; album design by Jesse Mackay

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