The Names of Things

by Karen & the Sorrows

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    Limited edition LP pressed on 150-gram coke-bottle green vinyl. Designed by Liz Dagger with photographs by @gothamr of abandoned North Brother Island in New York City's East River. With beautiful full color lyric sheet.

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1.
2.
Asleep at the Wheel
3.
4.
The Names of Things
5.
One Hand in Debt
6.
Black Box
7.
Tender Buttons
8.
Tami's Broken Bones
9.
04:55

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releases 27 May 2014
All songs written by Karen Pittelman.

Recorded and mixed by Charles Burst at Seaside Lounge, Brooklyn, NY. With additional engineering by Jon Altschuler.

Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering, Brooklyn, NY.

Cover and back photos by @gothamr

Album design by Elizabeth Daggar, Electrofork

Karen Pittelman: vocals, acoustic guitar
Elana Redfield: pedal steel guitar, electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
AJ Lewis: bass, banjo, backing vocals
Tami Johnson: drums

With:
Benjamin Leavitt: Hammond organ on “Black Box” and “One Hand in Debt,” Rhodes on “The Names of Things”
Jim Altieri: mandolin on “Asleep at the Wheel”
James Wilson: piano on “Just a Little Heartbreak”
Rima Fand: fiddle on “Tender Buttons”
Kurt Leege: bass on “Tami’s Broken Bones”
Robert Maril: cello on “Star”
The Queer Country Family Band: backing vocals on “Star”

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Track Name: Around the Bend
Around the Bend

Everyone wants you to say
That it was meant to be, that you’re better off this way
Cue the sun after the rain
And reveal the sweet surprise that was just gift-wrapped in your pain

I’m not tryin’ to poke a hole in your romantic fantasy
I’m sure that my misfortune has no bearing on your destiny
No, I wouldn’t mind to wind up as your proof of happy ends
But for now it’s looking dark around the bend

Everyone wants to believe
That there’s a purpose to the fall of every lonesome leaf
Cue the ledger in the clouds
Where it’s written down in stone how it all magically works out

I know that I’m supposed to say I think this life has got some weight
That it can’t just bust wide open till it’s all been blown away
And maybe there’s some cosmic scale that’s balanced in the end
But for now it’s looking dark around the bend

Is that a sliver of light up ahead?
Or just some desperate mirage?
Don’t make me get my hopes up yet
If it’s the headlights of some oncoming car

Everyone wants you to be
Even better than before, your wounds sewn up expertly
Like some Frankenstein of fate
Reanimated with the bits of all your best mistakes

If the future’s flying toward me on some cheerful bluebird’s wings
Why does it feel more like I woke the hive and all its angry stings?
I know you’d like me to confirm that sorrow turns into a friend
But for now it’s looking dark around the bend
Track Name: Just a Little Heartbreak
Just a Little Heartbreak

My old friend, forgive me if I cross the line
If it’s not for me to say
But I fear we might be running out of time
And I’d rather risk you hating me if it might keep you safe

I know you don’t want me to know
But I’m begging you to finally let go

It’s just a little heartbreak
Nothing you can’t handle
So hold your head up and walk out that door

It’ll be lonesome
But you can manage
Your heart needs so much more
I know it’s love but this ain’t what love is for

You say you can’t just turn your back upon a vow
You remember how it used to be
But can’t you see that was then but it ain’t now
And the past you share don’t mean that you can’t leave

I know you’re scared to go
But you don’t have to do it all alone

It’s just a little heartbreak
Nothing we can’t handle
So hold your head up and walk out that door

It’ll be lonesome
But you can manage
Your heart needs so much more
I know it’s love but this ain’t what love is for
Track Name: Star
Star

You could wait your whole life for what’s safe
Board the windows up and walk away
Or let the cards be played
Again

And if the dark is a given, so’s the light
I see them both there in your eyes tonight
But there is just one sky
One end

If I wander off too far
I’ll still know just where you are
The city lights are bright
But they can’t hide your star

If my ship gets washed away
I won’t even be afraid
The ocean’s black but I can
Map it by your star

What if this world doesn’t want us here?
Uses all its might to make us disappear?
My love shines just as strong
And clear

If I wander off too far
I’ll still know just where you are
The city lights are bright
But they can’t hide your star

If my ship gets washed away
I won’t even be afraid
The ocean’s black but I can
Map it by your star