they don't love the songs

by Dear Rabbit

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SIDE A
1. Thatrattlesnakeyouphotographed 2:59
2. They don't love the songs 3:40
3. Dear rabbit 3:02
4. Can you break this? 3:27
5. Oh! you pretty deer 4:25

SIDE B
6. A song about ants 2:09
7. Coffeetastedgreatuntilwespilledit 6:56
8. Watching spiders crawl 5:11
9. The scar that they made 3:27

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released August 6, 2011

Mike Clark - banjo (4) |
Shawn Stafford - drums/percussion (1-4, 6-8) |
Paul Keen - guitar (1-3, 6), mandolin (1-2) |
E.J. Swider - bass trombone (1-2, 4, 7), tuba (6) |
Chris White - trombone (1, 7) |
Brian Arnot - clarinet (2, 3, 7) |
Rence - vocals (1-9), accordion (1-4, 6-7), cornet (1-2, 7-9) , piano (3, 5, 7-9), french horn (5, 9), organ (3-4, 8), field recording (9) |
Uncredited friends sang additional vocals at the end of 'they don't love the songs' at a party.

All songs written by Rence. This album was produced by Conor Bourgal and Ian Bourgal, except 'Oh! you pretty deer' and 'The scar that they made' were recorded by Rence and mixed by Ian Bourgal and Conor Bourgal. Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering.

Cover art desgin by: davothart.com

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Track Name: thatrattlesnakeyouphotographed
we knew it struck at you
from that photograph
Track Name: they don't love the songs
bring me a sweet melody
the songs we used to sing
when we had sweet harmony
before they sifted to deep

they talk at the shows
outside they smoke
they don't love the songs

streets that they pave
scars that they make
they don't love these lands

bring me a sweet memory
pre-false-technology
find us a nice shady tree
sing how things might-could-should be
Track Name: dear rabbit
oh you hop hide under that tree
why must you fear me?
there's a snow storm coming our way
i hope or so i pray

you'd best get in from that storm
you'd best try to keep warm
there's coffee in the house
coffee fresh and now

pour a cup for me
watch leaves yellow
i'll sing for you
while we dream of snow

little bird high up in that tree
would you sing a song with me?
there's a snow storm coming our way
i hope or so i pray
Track Name: can you break this?
a beggar in the streets
he asks for food to eat
even dime to spare
i walk on still as if i never cared

oh Lord change my heart
you gotta break it so far apart
i'm getting old
yet my heart is cold

can you break this?
Track Name: oh! you pretty deer
as i sit i wish i was not here
somewhere else i'd sit and watch prancing deer

what's that out the window i see?
glisten of snow behind the big old tree

oh you pretty deer
what drives your fears?
oh you pretty deer
we got so near
Track Name: a song about ants
when we were young
we would play with ants
make them crawl on sticks
they rode on just like boats

crawled on sticks that float
and they rode like boats
they sailed some distant streams, distant streams

mother told me don't torment the ants
they work hard
they work very hard
Track Name: coffeetastedgreatuntilwespilledit
coffee's tasting great today
brewed in such a special way
pour a cup here while i read
feel the fresh air that we breathe

that we?

coffee tasted great then
but we made it spill when
chores caught up with the fun

records spinning 'round were
grand before the sad turn
spilled coffee now it's gone

so where's the coffee what'd you say?
could it be a pleasant day?
spilled the coffee oh you say
my dismay

laundry and the bills they
they don't make it okay
spilled coffee got me down

quite a clumsy spilla
so grab a mop there will ya?
and wipe this mess up from the ground
Track Name: watching spiders crawl
sing a song with me can you sing?
can you sing?
i miss the winter like i miss the spring
so long spring
as school kids pack the bus outside no more july
so long july
as times like this fly by fly by fly by fly by

i'm watching spiders crawl
on this old blank white wall

i think about her every now and then
now and then
but like before again she's with new friend
he's her new friend

now my brother with his wife
a happy family life
my sister's job she found
our parents she makes proud
i'm watching spiders crawl
i watch the spiders crawl
on this old blank white wall
it's still a blank white wall

sing a song with me can you sing?
can you sing?
i miss the winter like i miss the spring
so long spring
Track Name: the scar that they made
i'm reminded every single day
i look out the window and see
and see the scar that they made
how i miss thee
i miss thee
old tree