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stay above

by The Small Calamities

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stay above 04:48
LYRICS you were glad you didn’t grow up in the midwest with republicans and storms ‘cause you knew that you might chase them--the storms, i mean--that chaos in your bones every time it rains i just want to fade away your reflection laughs in the puddles on the freeway slow and then sudden the raindrops fell try to stay above water, trust yourself ‘cause nobody can save you if you don’t want help try to stay above water we didn’t start to drown until we got back from your dad’s house on the lake even though you hate your dad you cherish any moment you can take` when the highways flood, we will swim home side by side the clouds speed by so much faster than the time no one will save me i just exhale you knew the day would come when you would sink into the city and the sounds a year ago i hoped you got the plague now i just hope you stay around with every cell phone ring, i shudder and inhale and the sirens blare inconsiderate and pale
hey cat 03:35
LYRICS: i was wishin’ you would be the one that got away, not the one that got away with all the shit you did. ‘cause i could write you songs with fairytales or violins but carry on believing all the lies you need to win this oh, we were more like a pop song ‘til, baby, it went wrong and now we’re just static on the radio oh, you’re a voice in a memory that keeps me pretending that i might make my way home hey cat, what you gotta say about that? one dance, bet it on a heart attack one day your eyes glow cold and we woke up so much older hey cat, blame me when the seasons change these days i’m trying to forget your name don’t wanna sing along to some sort of stupid love song looking back it’s kind of funny in sad way or so damn tragic that there’s nothing else to do but laugh but i remember how you giggle when you’re nervous so maybe all you taught me is there’s not really a difference oh, we were deep in a cliche: it starts with a bad day and ends with a chorus on the radio oh, you’re a storm in a small lake that buries the good days from when i knew my way home but faith got broken on a friday night one day you’re here the next you’re drivin’ to run and flee or fall and fight... but all it took for me was to catch you smilin’ don’t blame me if your feelings change i was begging to forget your name don’t wanna sing along to some sort of stupid love song


stay above was written by charlie wolf and crystal dunning (both BMI)


released June 10, 2022

performed by the small calamities
recorded at stairway, clear lake recording, and opaline
engineered by chris hughes, fernando perdomo, and charlie wolf
additional engineering by logan heftel in san francisco
mixed by michael brauer in new york
mastered by greg calbi and steve fallone at sterling sound in new york

the small calamities are:
charlie wolf - guitar, vocals, hammond organ, juno
christian kalafut - bass
crystal dunning - harmonies, art direction

additional personnel:
matt johnson - drums
scarlet rivera - violin
annie afrilu - choral arranger
steve deutsch - additional bass

cover artwork by crystal dunning and charlie wolf.


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