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stay above

from stay above by The Small Calamities



written by charlie wolf and crystal dunning (both BMI)


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


from stay above, 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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