East to West

by The Bottlecap Boys

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Luke Borsten, guitar and vocals
Ross Becker, mandolin and vocals
Mike Raley, upright bass
Adam Willumsen, violin and vocals

Special thanks to Athena, Cat Folly, Lyz Luke, Rick Borsten and Kim Crane, Laura Willumsen, Robert Watling and Jessica Murray, and Matt and Kali of There Is No Mountain.

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released April 19, 2013

engineered and mixed by Kendra Lynn at Jackpot! Studios
mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic
album artwork by Thea Berns-Janousek
photography by Brighthouse Films

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Track Name: East to West
EAST TO WEST

And there ain’t no way I’m coming home this week.
Forty dollar tank, and I’m in transit half the time, my reasons all flown out the window.
Somehow those distances kept growing, but it just goes to attest
We’re acting off the cuff, we’re trying out what seems to be the best.
So wrap yourself around me, what’s going on here?
I haven’t had a chance to stop and rest this whole year.

We ride down the highway.
Illuminate these flashes headed our way.
We ride down the interstate.
Electricity, it never seemed so easy to make.

And there ain’t no way I’m missing out this week.
Invisible. Ephemeral insouciance, we unite our beliefs.
Yeah we’re running somewhere. We’ll build our own damn fire.
Bottom line: the only way to go is to go anywhere at all,

And we ride down the highway.
Illuminate these flashes headed our way.
We ride down the interstate.
Electricity, it never seemed so easy to make.
Track Name: Try to Try
TRY TO TRY

They say the good things, they happen to good people, but they also say people ain’t no good.
Best thing you could do is help me find a reason. This town, these city lights, they strike me as
the same.

You said what I did not want you to say.
I did what you did not want me to do.
If I could take this any other way.

I would try, try, try.
I’d try again tomorrow.
I would try, try, try.
The rest ain’t really up to me.
I would try, try, try.
Save the thinking for the bottle.
As much as I would like to find a way around inside your mind, darlin’ help me clean up this
mess inside.
But all that I can do is try to try.

And thank you for the patience that you’ve shown.
You know I’ve always been a little slow at picking up on things like this.
I don’t want to play this game no more, by the rules we’ve all learned from the movies.

You said what I did not want you to say.
I did what you did not want me to do. If I could take this any other way.

I would try, try, try.
I’d try again tomorrow.
I would try, try, try.
The rest ain’t really up to me.
I would try, try, try.
Save the thinking for the bottle.
As much as I would like to find a way around inside your mind, two and two and one is five.
But all that I can do is try to try.
Track Name: Bridges
BRIDGES

You’re thirteen months out to sea now.
Still not too far from where I stand.
One day soon you will come back.
Set both those feet down on the ground.

Each move you make is sacrificial, as I try to dive into the water without making a splash.
How do I do that?

‘Cause my blues always roll in from the northwest.
These cities have everything and nothing in between.
Least I’m still good for one thing: to pick up the pace.

There ain’t nothing wrong with aiming high.
‘Cause if you don’t put yourself out there, who knows what’ll pass you by?
So darlin’, would you mind if we just forgot about everything behind us.
There ain’t nothing wrong with aiming high.

You ain’t gonna get no help from god.
But the power of the people comes from just carrying on.
So don’t rely upon something that you are so much stronger than.
You ain’t gonna get no help from god.

There ain’t nothing wrong with feeling low.
When everybody in this world’s just trying to settle their own score
So darlin’ don’t be unkind if your friends sometimes act with their own best interests in mind.
There ain’t nothing wrong with feeling low.

But it would be better if I could just see the future.
Or if I could find a single sentence to explain
That the opposite of embarrassment is usually called pride, but with you I call it serendipity.

And when it rains, I will take the blame so that you and I can carry on.
Sing our songs out from the rooftops to the sky.

But when it hails I will shut down.
I’m all locked up inside.
Track Name: Song for Sara
SONG FOR SARA

I’ve lost my faith in you.
I’ve lost my faith in the strength of your heart.
If our history means nothing, might as well rewrite the past.
I’ve lost my faith in you.

I wish that I’d done wrong.
I wish I’d offended, betrayed, or I’d lied.
For at least there’d be a reason for the ache you’ve left behind.
I wish that I’d done wrong.

Winter’s come and gone, time has changed that old familiar song.
Noise begins to blow, but silence only seems to grow more loud.

Your room is up for rent.
Your room that remained even as time took its toll.
As empty as you left it, your echoes on the wall.
Your room is up for rent.

Winter’s come and gone, time has changed that old familiar song.
Noise begins to blow, but silence only seems to grow more loud.

I’ve lost my faith in you.
I’ve lost my faith in the strength of your heart.
If our history means nothing, might as well rewrite the past.
I’ve lost my faith in you.
Track Name: Roots
Roots

Please don't tell me that I'm different when I say I want to face the world alone.
I wrote ten thousand pages, but I sure can't call all of them my own.
When we are young, we raise our glasses most every night.
When you are done, please turn out the light.

The truth is relative, and I know there's so much that I gotta learn.
My folks have different accents, and I'm not sure which one to call my own.
So kiss me, stranger, who moves through the night.
When we are done, we'll turn out the light.

As much as I love runnin' round, sometimes I get the most of holding still.
Think of all I've done, but also of the things I probably never will.
Frightened of growing old, seeing memory evaporate.
You know I'm in love with this feeling of being too late.

I know a sweet song is still simply relative
To all that I have ever known.
You stood behind me while I looked out across that precipice.
You buried your face in my neck and you told me things I'd never hear again.

If Carolina's in my blood, well, don't it seem a little strange?
When all that I am dreamin' of is you, my Oregon rain.
And Florida, you enigma. Palms turned into pines.
And if roots can grow this easy, who am I?

Chorus

So, how do we define ourselves?
Is it our lovers, foes, or bank account numbers?
The temperature droppin' don't mean you can't count on the sun.
So we sail on, just tryin' to keep our heads, our heads above water.
And somehow our coordinates, they always end up the same.
Track Name: The Lone Optimist
THE LONE OPTIMIST

Well I know, it happened so fast, and I strictly understand that it doesn’t go past this night.
Least I hope not.

Can’t understand why it would take me so long to figure out who I am, what I want, and what
I’m dreaming about.
Just wait and see.
It’s there right next to me.

So get away because I’m done with you, what would you be if you could come back to me?
Strange how cyclical time breathes and brings you back to where you began.

So travel on, but in this case stick to the facts, ‘cause those projections in your head make it hard to relax.
They’ll run you on up out of town.
That’s how it happens.
No need to ignore who you are, what you want, and who you’re dreaming for.
And don’t let this time get you down.
Track Name: The Dream
THE DREAM

You are still painting the walls in my dreams.
These mysterious symbols are not what they seem.
When I go to sleep, I cannot keep you from me anymore, anymore, 'cause you're gone.
Almost stayed, but I walked out that door.

So here I go walkin' round, its the same drill.
But with you, my feet always kinda stayed still.
Is it better to walk lost than stay in one place?
Well, potential's the word, its always my saving grace.

Now you're searching your memory for times I done wrong.
And should I fill this void with a girl or a song.
The image is skewed from below and above,
but the image I have ain't at all what it was.
Track Name: San Juan River
SAN JUAN RIVER

Oh the San Juan River, it flows for you and I.
Runs swiftly through the valley and through the mountainside.
It rages through it’s mascus seeking silent deadly force,
and for the countless mean its eaten, feel it’s cold and steel remorse.

A village on the hill is slipping slowly towards decay.
With lines and lines upon San Juan with mills that still remain.
A somber blanket wraps around the men in pubs that fill the town,
‘cause spilled beer only runs one way: down.

When the river floods it’ll wash the blood, wash the blood.
Echoes on the rocks will still remain.
A man atop the bluffs cries, it’s not enough, it’s not enough,
for centuries of rotting and decay.

Oh the San Juan River, it reveals what you will hide.
Stirs up ancient ruins like the glares of passers by.
Approach it without blade or gun, an honest man’s a peaceful one.
But fools will feel the weight of fifty thousand metric tons.

Oh the San Juan River, it was made for you and I.
Scorched up ancient ruins up on the mountainside.
Don’t try to find an answer to your hopeless question, why?
The rippling reflection shows what still waters can’t hide.

Confidants and critics, heed the signs that say beware.
Friends and flows will ebb and flow with meager threats to pay.
A life forgotten is life lost, with sheds of buoys left untossed,
and plots of land with nameless graves uncrossed.
Track Name: The Year
THE YEAR

I am a fighter, despite what it seems.
You can take me at my word, is that what it seems?
I’m gonna make it harder for myself to get by.
I surround myself with faces that I don’t know,
who are these people? I’ve been here before.

Are you or I the stranger?
The theme it holds steady.
Come away to where you want to go.
I won’t stop you if you don’t stop me.

I like being around people I don’t know.
Won’t you take me with you, I don’t know where to go.
And this year is over, we gotta start it again.
You can write yourself one more time, but it’s the last time, I swear.

But the reservoir’s empty.
We got left high and dry.
But it’s always been: autumn is easier.

I like being around people I don’t know.
Won’t you take me with you, I don’t know where to go.
Do I like being around people? I don’t know.
Won’t you take me with you, I don’t know where to go.
Track Name: Rust
RUST

Her eyes gravitate toward the horizon.
History, what it is ain’t what it ought to be.
We all pray for rain.
All her philosophies, so essential.
Packed up in boxes, await the next century.

Tell me how this is.
Take me back to feeling.
Take you anywhere.
Take you back to feeling.
Take me anywhere.

Best foot in front of me, stepping sideways.
You take care to not be the one left behind.
Tell me how it goes.
But all her philosophies, they’re so essential,
And they’re packed up in boxes await the next century.

I know how this ends.
Take me back to feeling.
Take you anywhere.
Take you back to feeling.
Take me anywhere.