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released 28 August 2009

WPA is:
Luke Bulla (Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals)
Glen Phillips (Guitar, Vocals)
Sean Watkins (Guitar, Vocals)
with:
Davey Faragher (Bass)
Greg Leisz (Pedal Steel)
Benmont Tench (Piano, Organ, Vocals)
Pete Thomas (Drums)
Sara Watkins (Fiddle, Vocals)

Produced by WPA
Recorded and Mixed by Jim Scott at Plyrz Studio
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering
Additional Mastering by Paul Elliott at The Sound Lab

WPA Records / Umami Music

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Track Name: Always Have My Love
I'm not here for your confession
We've said all there is to say
This house was made of tinder
And we both set off the flames
I went wild in the wreckage
You were wandering off into the smoke
There shouldn't be a chance we could recover
I shouldn't be holding you so close

But I still see you as you are
Before the tears, beneath the scars
Kisses sweet and words so rough
You will always have my love

I've no interest in perfection
I just want some honesty
And our little indiscretions
Are just spittle in the sea
Why'd we think that we were different
Everybody knows it's nothing new
So someone might've spent the night beside you
But he can't love you like I do

'Cause I still see you as you are
Before the tears, beneath the scars
Kisses sweet and words so rough
You will always have my love

I can see you in my mind
With half a smile and hungry eyes
And it may never be enough
But you will always have my love
Track Name: Good As Ever
Maybe I was switched at birth
Or a doctor dropped me on my fontanel
It might explain a couple things
But probably not, or at least not very well

I'm doing fine now, good as ever
Never been better
Shut my mind down, pulled that lever
Make me forget

A bassinet with tiny blankets
Maybe I'd be set afloat
And a lovely barren princess
She would pluck me like a flower from my little boat

I'm doing fine now, good as ever
Never been better
Shut my mind down, pulled that lever
Make me forget

So I won't regret
The razor blades for tiny cuts
And the milk of kindness you bleed off
I feel too much and I'm sick of feeling
Help me hit bottom, not the ceiling

Maybe it's a kind of genius
Finding fault in everything
If I had a palace in utopia
I'd obsess on the cracks beneath the sink

I'm doing fine now, good as ever
Never been better
Shut my mind down, pull that lever
Make me forget
I'm doing fine now, good as ever
Never been better
Shut my mind down, pulled that lever
Make me forget
Track Name: Cry For You
What happens when you go
Who's gonna cry for you
What happens when you go
Who's gonna cry for you
Who's gonna cry for you

Strike blood upon your door
They're gonna come for you
Clean the blood up from the floor
He's gonna come for you
But who's gonna cry for you

Every demon was an angel discarded
Cast from heaven
I need you
But I can't forgive you yet

All your acres and your gold
Who's gonna cry for you
You awaken to the cold
Who'd ever want to hold you
Who's gonna cry for you
Who will love you when you're old
Who's gonna cry for you
Lies to save him that you've told
Who's gonna lie for you

Oh you demon
I can't forgive you now
Angel
If you don't know what you've done
You don't know what you've done
How I pity you

If you can't hold your head up
Then don't hold hour heart out
If you can't hold your head up
Then don't hold hour heart out
If you can't hold your head up
Then don't hold hour heart out
Track Name: Rise Up
You seek an end to the questions
A ladder to the sky
A children's dream where we never die

There is a fog in the canyon
A vapor in the keep
Lulling us gently into sleep

And we will not wake ever
Unless we rise up early
Rise up early

They cast your brother as a demon
Your lover as a whore
All manner of lies justify our wars

They sell the water in the well now
The stars in the sky
There's nothing so sacred that we won't buy

And it will not change ever
Unless we rise up early
Rise up early

Rise up, rise up

There is a silence in the bedroom
A rustle in the hall
In the shadow of a love that became a wall

And it will not fall ever
Track Name: Paralyzed
Just another wasted day after another wasted night
Perfect empty hours fade out of another wasted life

Worship at the screen all night
Eat what you are fed
Well you might as well be paralyzed
Till you stumble off to bed

Just another wasted day after another wasted night
Perfect empty hours fade out of another wasted life

Racecar drink to kill the night
Go where you are led
Well you might as well be paralyzed
Till you stumble home to bed

Is potential not a word you know
Is there one dream left in your head
Well you might as well be paralyzed
Till you stumble off to bed

Well you might as well be paralyzed
Yeah you might as well be paralyzed
You might as well be paralyzed
Till you stumble off to bed
Track Name: Remember Well
Waiting by the stair
The years have caught up with her
Oh God, it's cold down there
If only she could see the light
This late December night

Once I asked her name
And I could see her searching
No words, her eyes explain
If she could, she would tell
But she don't remember well

We wear our wounds for all to see
The reasons for our memories
Oh what happens when they go?
Are they healed or are they bleeding slow?

She can see so clear
The changing world around her
But the passing of the years
Is faded with the failing light
This late December night

We wear our wounds for all to see
The reasons for our memories
Oh what happens when they go?
Are they healed or are they bleeding slow?
Track Name: End This Now
I could end this now
I could leave you cold
I could break your heart
With a single blow
I know your softest spot
You shouldn't trust me so
Oh it would be so easy
I could end this now

I know a song so sad
That when you heard it sung
You could never return
To the life you had known
In your dreams it would haunt you
Like a siren's call
It's on the tip of my tongue
I could end this all

Oh love, oh fate
I'd save my soul
But it's too late

I have a knife so sharp
That when it kissed your breast
You wouldn't feel it cutting
Just a wind through your chest
I have a heart so dark
As the blackest coal
But then you brought this spark
Sent it raging through my soul
I should end this
I should end this now
Track Name: Already Gone
I would pull you close and kiss your mouth
And say you're the only one
And how I need you now
But you're already done
I'd finally say the things
That you should have heard before
I'm through with in-betweens
But you're already out the door

I would run down to the depot
And beg and plead in pain
For you to come back home
But you're already on that train
I'd cry and look into your eyes
And tell you I was wrong
Eleventh hour try
But you're already gone

Already gone
You're already gone
You're already gone
You're already done

I'd sit and write a song for you
And call you when I'm done
And try and sing in tune
But I've already sung
Already gone

You're already gone
You're already gone
Track Name: Not Sure
How long will it take
For these ties to you to break?
They're much stronger than I thought

I'm not sure that I'll get over you
I'm not sure that I want to

How long till you're gone
From every troubled thought
'Cause you're still here to heal what's wrong

I'm not sure that I'll get over you
I'm not sure that I want to

We both made the call
But is was only my fault
Such a beautiful view
With a long way to fall
I was afraid how it could hurt
To leave the safety up above
But if it doesn't it's not love

How long till I don't feel
Like you're still right here
Reminding me of what is real

I'm not sure that I'll get over you
I'm not sure that I want to
Track Name: A Wedding or a Wake
I pour a glass of hearty wine
I set the tables straight
I wear my jacket and my tie
And at the door I wait
The guests arrive in finery
And start to load their plates
But someone tell me if you could
Is this a wedding or a wake

I stand before you all my friends
We hold our glasses high
We drink a toast to life and love
And all that surely dies
To love revealed and hopes concealed
And who we need forsake
But tell me now am I the host
Of a wedding or a wake

The guests are gone
The hall is bare
I'm alone with my mistakes
And the answer still remains at large
Was it a wedding or a wake
Oh, a wedding or a wake
Track Name: The Price
What a wreck we've made of our sweet love
What a sorrow and a shame
To reject a gift from God above
To throw it down and walk away
An angel sheds a tear from high
To mourn a wonder lost
And to mark the petty victories
Won at such a cost

What a rare and fragile thing love is
So delicate and fine
If you tend to it with tenderness
Then it will pay you back in kind
But angry words from bitter lips
Wither love away
Broken hearts and empty arms are the price we pay

And I would give what's left of my small worth
For it not to end this way
Broken hearts and empty arms are the price we pay

Now I'm standing on this empty shore
Watching ripples on a lake
How they spread and grow from one small stone
Like echoes of our sad mistakes
Can you find forgiveness in your heart?
I'll look for it mine
Or was our sweet love just a wishing star
That's fallen from the sky?

And I would give my world for one sweet ray of hope
To light your face
And to lie again in your sweet arms
There's no price I would not pay
Yes to find again the love we've lost
There's no price I would not pay