Gospel Flat

by This Old Earthquake

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Recorded at Saltwater Studios, Bolinas, Ca. by Damien Rasmussen. Additional tracks recorded by Ethan Okamura at Saltwater Studios.

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released July 18, 2012

Steve Trivelpiece - Guitar, Vocals
Ethan Okamura - Guitar, Vocals
Taylor Cutcomb - Bass, piano, vocals
Michael Pinkham - Drums

Engineered by Damien Rasmussen

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This Old Earthquake Bolinas, California

West of west, where the west never ends. This is the territory occupied by This Old Earthquake, an indie folk trio based in Bolinas, California, an eccentric small town on the coast of Marin County just north of San Francisco. Described as “West Marinicana” and “sophisticated back porch music.” The sound is intimate and sparse, a pick against a string, a breath anticipates a lyric. ... more

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Track Name: Another Earthquake
Another earthquake at your back

freight trains run off their tracks

run down a stairway to a place you've never been and I will let you in


When this old world becomes a trap

skyscrapers collapse

jump out the window on the 31st floor
and I will catch your fall


ooh I've got my eye on you


When fires rage across the land

and meteors turn us to sand

swim through the angry seas 
onto another shore and I will meet you there


and I will meet you there
Track Name: All Alone
and then one day his mind was blown up high
he finally saw the writing on the wall
he shook his head and laughed instead of cryin'
he said "I think i took my eye off of the ball."

and it don't feel right
to be so wrong
and all alone

he found himself up scraping the sky
he never knew there was something to fear
he peered over the edge to his surprise
he said "It's a long way down from way up here."

and it don't feel right
to be so wrong
and all alone
Track Name: The Old Home
She ran to the canyon, met a man
And the old home is falling down
I ran to California, thought I’d warn you
The old home is falling down
I slapped some paint on the siding, that ain’t hiding
The old home is falling down
Ran an ad tried to find a tenant
To mow the lawn and to pay the rent
But it ain’t easy in this town
And the old home is falling down
Nothin’ but weeds in the garden
The oak tree fell in the yard
And another winter is comin’ round
And the old home is falling down
And I couldn’t bear to sell it
Momma I don’t know how else to tell it
It broke my heart to let you down
And the old home is falling down
Track Name: I'm Not Here
A veritable feast of emptiness
Awaits in the grand ballroom
A big band of ghosts under red balloons
Destroys your favorite tune
And I can see this now
I’ll find my way somehow
And oh by the way
I’m gone today
Excuse me my dear
But I’m not here
And all of the voices inside your head
Won’t hush til they’re satisfied
“Stop what your doing, come play with us
and we’ll have the time of our lives”
And I can see this now
I’ll find my way somehow
And oh by the way
I’m gone today
Excuse me my dear
But I’m not here
Track Name: Box Of Reds
The invitation stands
But you won’t make no plans
And you won’t show til it’s time to go
And one shot is too much
Ten it ain’t enough
If you don’t cough then you don’t get off
The girlfriend in your head
She kicks you out of bed
you storm out and pass ‘em out
like a box of reds
Track Name: Beautiful World
It's a long way down from the top of the world

so if you're southward bound would you mind a passenger

and we'll sing ooh ooh ooh it's a beautiful world


when I descend and I hear the last call

just lay me down on a beach in Portugal

and then sing ooh ooh ooh it's a beautiful world


It's a long way down from the top of the world

so if you're southward bound would you mind a passenger

and we'll sing ooh ooh ooh it's a beautiful world
Track Name: Perfect Storm
West of west where the west never ends
Might not be best to swim towards the sunset
No no not yet
Tied to a tree
And I’m waiting for the sky to fall down on me
Eventually there’s nowhere else I’d rather be
No there’s nowhere else I’d rather be
I need you here to keep me warm
While we wait for the perfect storm
We are waiting for the perfect storm
If I could fly I would sail upon the clouds as they float by
But they’re too high now I’m waving bye bye bye
Now I’m waving bye bye bye
I need you here to keep me warm
While we wait for the perfect storm
We are waiting for the perfect storm
Track Name: That's Where It Lives
That’s where it lives without a name
A hundred faces come and gone
Too many homes without a home
A few close friends who share the pain
So don’t ask me where I’ve been
Cuz where I’ve been is long since gone
And where I am can never be
A place for anyone but me
Please don’t ask me who I am
Cuz who I am is what I’ve been
And what I’ve been can’t be undone
And what I have is what I’ve won
And it keeps going round
Up and down in and out all around
Breaking down forever and I’m following
Upside down high and low inside out
Breaking down persuing
Please know you’re mind is in your heart
Not in your head
Please don’t ask me what I see
Cuz that’s a vision long since done
And what I see is what I know
And that’s a thing that stands alone
Please don’t ask me what I’ve done
Cuz what I’ve done can’t be re-born
And still it lives inside me now
And like the inside is unknown
That’s where I live without a name
A hundred faces come and gone
Too many homes without a home
A few close friends to share the pain
Track Name: Checkmate
Angel falling into place
Balancing an act of faith
You get yours when I get mine
The space between is a lonely line
The strange decay of ancient wine
Empty nights and empty days
I’d love to baby but we’re too late
Space without time, time without space
An empty bed that’s been disgraced
A distant dream I can’t erase
Love needs love the missing ace
Close your eyes and there’s my face
Take what you get cuz you got what it takes
There’s plenty of accidents but there ain’t no mistakes
Track Name: Gospel Flats
Down on gospel flats
You look for the man in a pork pie hat
He’ll tell you his tale of woe
But he won’t tell you anything you need to know
Down on gospel flats
Up on horseshoe hill
The coyotes hunt for a Labrador to kill
And vultures circle the sky
It’s the only place left up there
That money can’t buy
Up on horseshoe hill
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Down on gospel flats