Looking Up

by The Summer Januaries

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released 13 April 2013

Sean Michael Robinson-- vocals, guitar
Rachel Erin Sage-- vocals, fiddle, guitar

with-- Tim Franklin-- piano, vocals on 3

Produced by Tim Franklin with the Summer Januaries.

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Joel LeGros, with additional editing by Tim Franklin.

Tracks 1, 5 written by SMR
Tracks 2, 4 written by RES
Track 3 written by B. Dylan

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The Summer Januaries Seattle, Washington

Rachel Erin Sage - fiddle, vocals
Sean Michael Robinson - guitar, vocals

The Summer Januaries formed as a busking duo in Seattle, injecting fiddle tunes into harmony laden arrangements of their favorite songs. These inventive arrangements soon became the defining element of their sound. They have continued writing original music, performing throughout the Pacific Northwest and Europe. ... more

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Track Name: Two Little Clementines
Two little clementines in the bottom of a bowl
turning slowly to the sunshine
two little clementines, the offering unfolds
steepled fingers open to the two inside
and the world is just a fruit
suspended in the black
it's yawning on all sides
of those two little clementines

and they'll find a way to come back to you
in the summertime, in the city
in their ragged clothes and their army boots
only to disappear with the season

two little clementines laying side by side
ripe and ready for the peeling
two little clementines will never say goodbye
the absences the others were concealing
they find their comfort in revealing

and there's no separate place for your suffering
you just take it in with your breathing
but don't hold it there, just let it out again
it's not part of you, but it's part of what you're making

two little clementines in the bottom of a bowl
turning slowly to the sunshine
drink in the morning light and never let it go
seekers of the ways of love, and lovers there in kind
leave nothing but impressions on the shoreline
Track Name: Looking Up
once again I have found myself alone
time to sit back and see what I've become
turned to someone who walked down the same road
wondering where I went wrong
and she said

"he might bring you flowers or write you love letters
he might hold you close every night
but take it from someone who's been there before
it's not in a smile
it's not in a kiss
there's one thing to hold onto
when you're with him

can you sing out?
can you breath in?
what do you know,
what do you dream?
what kind of life
has this come to be?"

looking back, I can see the way we were
how he broke me to keep me
gave him something that he could not return
but I'm finding it now as I sing

I'll buy myself flowers
I don't need love letters
I kind of like sleeping alone in the night
I say this as someone who's been there before
it's not in a smile
it's not in a kiss
there's one thing to hold onto
when you're with him

can you sing out?
can you breathe in?
what do you know,
what do you dream?
what kind of life
has this come to be?

looking up, I can see the day will come
I'll meet someone who walks right by my side
holds me sometimes and watches as I run
we'll be free and alive
so go on

buy me a flower or write me a letter
you can hold me so close in the night
I'll remember the one thing that matters is
I need to keep feeling free and alive
feeling free and alive
we need to keep feeling happy and free and alive
feeling free and alive

when I'm with you
I can sing out
I can breathe in
and now I know
at night when I dream
I'll dream of the life that I've come to lead
Track Name: I Like Your Hat
I said "I like your hat"
"I like your face"
my face was smudged and dirty
I saw your eyes
and I thought
that maybe this is something

but you probably drink too much
need too much
love too much, or not enough
and I'd
think too much
give too much
want too much, or not enough
and I'd leave you someday
I couldn't stay
I'd leave you someday
I couldn't stay

there always was some comfort in knowing how to love him
now that he's gone, what's to be done
with this useless information?

cause you know he'd
drink too much
need too much
love too much, or not enough
and I'd
think too much
give too much
want too much
I always knew that I'd
leave him someday
I couldn't stay
I'd leave him someday
I couldn't stay

I wake up now, all anew
don't want what I used to
now I've come to mourn the loss
of the many things I clung to
find that I can
pick them up
and hold them close
then I let them fall and watch them go
and I see them on the ground below
but there's still one thing I long to hold
and I'll find it someday
and I'll wanna stay
I'll find it some day
and I'll wanna stay

I said "I like your hat"
"I like your face"
my face was smudged and dirty
I saw your eyes
and I thought
that maybe this is something.
Track Name: All the Angels Have Gone To Sleep
all the angels have gone to sleep
and it seems that God's not watching anymore
the water's shallow but the sky is so deep
the clouds dark and heavy with the storm

one last look at the empty place
where we loved and fought and kept each other warm
we cleaned it out then we left the state
to forget the faults that others'll be glad to confirm

and there's no point in wishing
there's just doing and being done to
and some of us humans just can't help but wondering
what is it He's trying to prove
and there's no point in praying
when the emptiness falls on the room
and as for myself, I just sleep through their suffering
please don't wake me up
in sleep I am satisfied

a proud procession of lazy days
the meals they mark the passing of the time
and poor is a costume my mother made
from the little scraps my father left behind

and there's no point in praying
it won't stop Him from swallowing you
we were made from the stars, we were made to reflect Him
and He, He was made to consume
so until that day
when our dreams have all turned towards our dooms
I will take all the love and the pleasure that comes to me
but don't wake me up
in sleep I am satisfied
in sleep I am satisfied