Water Dog

by Kelly McFarling

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1.
03:44
2.
03:49
3.
03:01
4.
04:25
5.
04:15
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05:02
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04:09
10.
04:27
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released June 16, 2017

Recorded and engineered by Avi Vinocur and Alan Rothschild in San Francisco, CA and Asheville, NC
Additional engineering by Andrew Brennan, Sea Cave, San Francisco, CA
Mixed by Scott McDowell
Mastered by Jonathan Kirchner
All songs by Kelly McFarling except 1, 6 and 10 by Kelly McFarling with Avi Vinocur
Lyrics written by Kelly McFarling


Kelly McFarling - vocals, guitars, banjo, claps
Avi Vinocur - mandolin, drums, bass, guitars, banjo, vocals
Tim Marcus - pedal steel, dobro
Oscar Westesson - upright bass
Andrew Brennan - guitars
Graham Patzner - fiddle
Andrew Laubacher - percussion
John Elliott - piano
Whiskey Shivers - vocals

Photos by Danielle Krudy and Bridget Savage Cole graphic design by Matt Fleming

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Track Name: Both
smaller than a drop of rain / smaller than a seed / smaller than a word without a sound / bigger than an open sky breathing on the sea / big as my heart beating out loud / both / I am just an animal, an impulsive thing / burning up my turn upon the earth / navigate the size of my meandering / here upon the ground in the dirt / where I can only see the forest from the trees / I can only stand beneath their branches / and listen to the leaves whispering to me / don’t you know that all the ends are loose ones / both / there is not a loophole baby there is not a string / this is not a practice run / I was just a fool to think that I could come clean / everybody comes with what they’ve done / And I can only see the forest from the trees / I can only stand beneath their branches / and listen to the leaves whispering to me / don’t you know that all the ends are loose ones / both are happening
Track Name: Records
waking with the rhythm and the chemicals in bloom / the bodies of the water and the phases of the moon / there are so many ways for the day to arrange when it breaks on you and me / so open up the windows you can put a record on / wrap your arms around me / wrap your mouth around a song / there are so many ways for the sounds that we make / and I take the sound with me / everyone around this table occupying / I know that we’re living / I know that we’re dying / every moment a new one is arriving / it’s rolling over me just like a pen upon a page / a dog out in the grass it’s like a light upon the stage / there are so many ways for your love to behave / for your hands to be laid / for the bed that we make / for the chances we take / for the light to arrange, for a light that we make / it’s a life that we make you and me / everyone around this table occupying / I know that we’re living / I know that we’re dying / I know that we’re living
Track Name: Spring Clean
oh the fog is rolling in / not to cool or to darken / not for any old thing it’s just breathing / oh the fog is rolling in / I spent the afternoon / moving half empty jars round the room / all this water to drink / all this friction in the spring / I spent the afternoon / but life is long / life is long / but it’s going by just like a song / this path is an open field / with an echo behind the wheel / bouncing off of the sides / ricochet in my mind / this path is an open field / life is long / life is long / but it’s going by just like song
Track Name: Tantrum
oh my darlin’ / let’s go walking in the trees / you and me / give me your tantrums / put them in my hands I still believe / I believe / oh I still see you I still see / oh I still see you I still see / oh my darlin’ / sun will come and set the water free / you will see / holes for swimming / not for filling / you are complete / oh I still see you I still see / oh I still see you I still see / and I know you want roots / and I know you want wings / but you sank like a stone and you fell like a tree / and the bridge that you came in on / always breaks at its weakest rung / but you’re right back where you belong / here next to me / oh my darlin’
Track Name: Country
maybe when it’s all said and done / I find the only thing I want / is a place in the country / maybe when it’s all done and said / belly stove and a feather bed / in my place in the country / don’t you want to find a place to stay with me / don’t you want to find a way to stay / we’ll have a porch for sleeping on / when all the cooler nights are gone / and the dogs come out to greet me / and in the kitchen light comes through / for all the growing up we’ll do / if you come here to meet me / don’t you want to find a place for sinking in / don’t you want to sit and watch the rain begin / cause I’m getting tired of the speed of things these days / and I want to take my time and not give it all away / my distance from the fire’s what I’ve earned / and I think that a slow burn is what will be keep me warm / we can fill it with instruments / the legacy of time we spent / all the places in this country / desert varnish on the stars / love songs and passing cars / all the places in this country / don’t you want to find a place to stay with me / don’t you want to find a way
Track Name: Caney Fork Overlook
in the back of the van lies a gold hearted man / he is sleeping like a log / at the caney fork overlook on the later side of august / we are five thousand feet and six hundred more / and the range of light is an ocean / we are sitting on the shore / and I’m thinking about the quality of the metal in my chest / shining copper in its common / shining silver at its best / but I feel the alchemy / we are liquid at the core / here at five thousand feet / and six hundred more / and the range of light is an ocean / we are pushing off the shore / to the sound of summer ending / the sound of summer ending
Track Name: Gather And Grow
harvest moon / I’m a fool / I’ve got so much growing to do / growing to do / I did not tend / my garden / now the winter’s coming in / it’s coming in / do you think I have time to pull up the weeds / to clean out the bed for the winter seeds / I’ll stay up all night in the silver light and / gather and grow and survive / harvest moon / in your view / I can see the shadow in me / the shadow in me / do you think I have time to pull up the weeds / to clean out the beds for the winter seeds / I’ll stay up all night in the silver light and / gather and grow and survive / and survive / harvest moon / I’m a fool
Track Name: Survivors
someday the desert will return / to the bottom of the ocean / old survivors of rotation / old survivors of reunion / they don’t use straight lines / all our dust and our vibration / making up the constellation / old survivors of rotation / old survivors of reunion / I try to make straight lines / I try to map the time / I try / but the moon doesn’t use the door / the moon doesn’t know what that’s for / it just pours / someday everything returns / someday everything returns
Track Name: Box
thinking on this life you made / I’ve been looking through it lately / at pictures of me / red clay dirt and sticky hands / the day I fell to understand gravity is a real thing / and I know I scared you half to death / diving has its consequences / everything is learned it’s true / but not if no one teaches you / love is an action / love is a verb / and mama I’m just out here looking for a way / to give it back and also make it stay / cause mama there is a man out here / making gravity disappear and I can’t see the bottom but I’m diving in / just like the child that I was back then / thinking on this life you made
Track Name: Pacific
pacific is bigger / than I ever knew / until I got in her / and the water it moved / yeah it moved me / and if I was frightened / out there on the shore / well I had good reasons / but I don’t anymore / yeah it moved me / there’s nowhere to go where the earth doesn’t quake / it moved me
Track Name: The Storms Are Getting Stronger
late the morning when I rise / I have never seen the water so high / how it’s coming up the wall / coming up the wall / and the splashing in my chest / is an ancient current / and I am trying to connect / trying to connect to it / and the bells of alarm can be a song / ringing out until the dawn / until all at once they’re gone / and how do they know / when to come back and when to go / and how a bird will be a bird / and how a bird will make a bird / how the bells of alarm / sound like a song / ringing out until the dawn / until all at once they’re gone / pendulum how do I trust / something swinging with such distance / and now the storms are getting strong / the storms are getting stronger