Human Album

by Whitherward

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Whitherward created a collection of art and music that studies seven unique human stories. We wrote and recorded seven songs in seven states for over seven months. From our mobile studio, we finished what feels like a complete collection of all things artistically human. Through Arizona, California, Washington, Illinois, Nebraska, Utah and Montana, and with a collaboration from oil painter Michelle Penington and graphic artist Aaron TM Bauer. We give you: “Human Album.”

credits

released April 7, 2019

Ashley E. Norton: vocals (1, 2, 3, 5, 6), acoustic guitar (1, 3, 6), bgvs (1, 2, 5, 7)
Edward Williams: vocals (2, 4, 5, 7), acoustic (1, 2, 4, 5, 7) & electric guitar (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7,) bass (2, 3, 5, 6, 7), bgvs (1, 2, 3, 5, 7), engineering (1-7), mixing & mastering (1-7.)
Stephanie Groot: violin (2-7), mandolin (1 & 6) bgvs (3, 6, 7)
Daniel Mock: drums & percussion (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7)
Andrew Hake: bass (1)
All songs written & produced by Norton/Williams.

Michelle Penington: original paintings, oil on canvas
Aaron TM Bauer: graphic designer & illustrator
Howard Ignatius: cover photo

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Track Name: Ghosts Of Germantown
I wanna sit at a bar
And figure you out
In climactic conversation
I wanna make up a song
And write it about
Our endless worn conclusions
That's just who we are

And I hope you wrote
Every note you slipped under my door
And I hope to God that you know
Someone will study the dent in my wall
Wondering what happened here
And where we are now
That we're ghosts of Germantown

I wanna ride in your car
And drive to the edge
To figure out all of our problems
And I wanna sip on your beer
And sit way too close
And forget that we can't solve them
That's just who we are

And I hope you wrote
Every note you slipped under my door
And I hope to God that you know
Someone will study the dent in my wall
Wondering what happened here
And where we are now
That we're ghosts of Germantown

I wanna be in your house
And listen all night
To all of your haunted stories
And you would put me on the couch
Because I shouldn't drive
That's just how it goes
That's just who we are

And I hope you wrote
Every note you slipped under my door
And I hope to God that you know
Someone will study the dent in my wall
Wondering what the hell happened here
And where we are now
That we're ghosts of Germantown
We’re ghosts of Germantown
We’re ghosts of Germantown
Track Name: Sleeping With Shadows
I wish I believed like you wanted me to
I don’t know anything, but I’m glad that you do
Your chariot awaits but is it real enough for you?

Everything is quiet
Everything is fine
It’s all going like you rehearsed in your mind
I don’t know where you’re going
But you’re holding on tight
You’re sleeping with shadows tonight

How do you deal with the shame of the truth?
That praying isn’t something that feels right to you
You go through the motions ‘cause it’s just what you do

Everything is sacred
Everything is true
If you grew up with it
You’d believe it too
But the questions still linger
Until the morning light
You’re sleeping with shadows tonight

But what if we believed
In everything you sold?
We’d live in candy castles
On clouds made of gold
The loved ones we lost
Are waiting there for us
Yes wouldn’t that be fine?
To suddenly change my mind

Everything is perfect
Everything is wrong
Everything is just like it had been all along
I don’t know where I’m going
But everything is right
I’m sleeping with shadows tonight
I don’t know where we’re going
But everything is fine
I’m sleeping with shadows tonight
Track Name: Razor
I've been using this razor
For over 6 months
I should probably change it
But I like the rust
And I'm wearing Omaha
Again like a hat
Over-thinking about you
But I'm used to that

I played Lori McKenna
from the bathroom floor
She was singing right to me
through the walls of your snore
And you didn't know that
But I guess now you know Everyone's got a compass
And nowhere to go

Don't miss me too little
Don't miss me too much
Dont miss me too little
Don't miss me...

Too much I've been wondering
Where you have gone
I've been sleeping with someone
I'm used to his song
He's a musician
He plays Cash on his uke
He's probably good for me
But he isn't you

Don't miss me too little
Don't miss me too much
Don't miss me too little
Don't miss me too much

So you go your way
And I'll go inbetween
Something like heartache
And living the dream
Cause I am the traveler
You're Robert Frost
Everyone's got a compass
And everyone's lost

Don't miss me too little
Don't miss me too much
Don't miss me too little
(Take this razor)
Don't miss me too much
(Cut me loose)

Don't miss me too little
(Take this razor)
(Everyone's got a compass)
Don't miss me too much
(Cut me loose)
(But everyone's lost)
Don't miss me too little
(Take this razor)
(Everyone's got a compass)
Don't miss me too much
(Cut me loose)
(But everyone's lost)

Don't miss me too little
Don't miss me...
Track Name: What I Knew
The moon revolves around the earth
The earth around the sun
The sun revolves around you
Because you are the one

Who dominates the lifetimes
Of thoughts I can’t subdue
I have a love both young and old
That was what I knew

Fire burns and also cleanses
Tears do much the same
Both of them were inside of you
And set my heart aflame

But the fires were put out fast
And tears left a sickly hue
You never were the same again
That’s just what I knew

Did I ever feel bad?
For the urges that I had?
Were they real or misdirection?
Were they given without discretion?
It was the real thing I felt for you
That was what I knew

Time heals the wounded
Medicine works too
Where do you hide your bottle?
I already knew

Sleepless nights and restless days
Trying to hide from your sunny gaze
The past was cruel, but I was, too
That's just what I knew

Did I ever feel alive?
Had I already died?
What is life without your voice?
Did I give you a choice?
It wasn’t my design to fall for you
That’s just what I knew

Stubbornly, I toss and turn
Woken by the sound
Of the thought police again
They must be gaining ground

And so I leave a letter
By the fireside for you
I would have done it differently
I would have done for you

I would have loved you differently
That’s just what I knew.
Track Name: Hurts To Be Human
It hurts to be human
It’s painful to breathe
When you break a bone, a heart, a home
Or me
It don’t pay to have passion
When you’re playing for free
It hurts to be human
Cause everyone bleeds

Everyone’s got a problem
Everyone’s got a scar
Everyone’s got a secret
They hold in their heart
Guess I shoulda known
That’s how the story goes
In the end

It hurts to be human
It’s painful to breathe
When you break a bone, a heart, a home
Or me
It don’t pay to have passion
When you’re playing for free
It hurts to be human
Cause everyone bleeds

I remember that feeling
Your skin on my skin
Bu the thing about moments
Is they’re gone with the wind
It cuts like a knife
But I know I’m alive
Guess I shoulda known
That’s how the story goes
In this life

It hurts to be human
It’s painful to breathe
When you break a bone, a heart, a home
Or me
It don’t pay to have passion
When you’re playing for free
It hurts to be human
Cause everyone bleeds
It hurts to be human
Cause everyone bleeds
Track Name: Vagabond Road
Make it steady make it fast
Make this steed
So it's gonna last

Take me places
I've never been
Only in my imagination

All the highway angels wave
They pass by me on parade
I saw them in Montana skies
And Vegas where they go to die
I've bled on strings and over you
Found sanction in a Subaru
All I know
Is the Vagabond Road

When she calls me
I'm coming home
I can't stay away from the open road

I've conquired mountains
Now I want the ocean
I want confidence in motion

All the highway angels wave
They pass by me on parade
I saw them in Montana skies
And Vegas where they go to die
I've bled on strings and over you
Found sanction in a Subaru
I don't have much
But this is true
All I know
Is the Vagabond Road

All my other lives can wait
I pass them on the interstate
I saw them when I blinked an eye
In Vegas where I went to die
I've made a big mistake or two
Found sanction in a Subaru
Cause all I know
Now all I know
Is the Vagabond Road
Track Name: The Sanctuary
We had a choice to make
We had a world to save
A sacrifice was all that it would take

Without a pause for thought
A soulbound weapon sought
To vanquish evil from this sacred place

Her life
Was given up
So that we would endure
The world we had was base and impure

Anew
Remade with love
We plant the seeds and tend
The sanctuary
Would grow again

Sunshafts dart through the trees
And dance among the breeze
They strike my face with a familiar ease

This forest gave me life
And opened up my eyes
Here I was born, and here I hope to die

The sun
To catch the sun
I climb the redwood arms
To guard the canopy from our foes

It’s true
I knew that I
Had been immortal once
But this was not the fate that I chose

Stoic resplendency
Enshrined among the leaves
Their veins connected to the history

A thousand thousand years
Embracing nature’s tears
To give their shelter to the creatures here

This light
I give to you
They gave to me before
To ward the forces
That can restore

My son
My only son
Today becomes the day
The sanctuary
Calls you a man

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