Pedestrians

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released September 3, 2016

Shane Mitbo: Vocals // Piano // Guitar // Bass
Cal Bailey: Drums

Connor Haines (Corruption Recordings): Production // Recording // Mixing

Max Slade (The Cautious): Vocals on "Jake"
Emily Murray: Vocals on "Nova II"

Lyrics by Shane Mitbo. Music by New Fossils.

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Track Name: Valentina
A couple midnights back
I called you from
A parking lot relapse
Manic and fussed
You begged and pled with me
“Don’t do something stupid”

I turned my phone off turned
The engine on
And climbed the asphalt curves
Til my car stopped
On highway seventeen
Underneath the moon this
Is my Gethsemane
And I’m my own Judas

You intervened from my pocket
Drove out and called off the guards
Then you managed to convince
Me down from the precipice
And got me into your car

Sorry for having a breakdown
Sorry for frantic phone calls
Sorry I couldn’t surmount
All my frustration self doubt
All of my vices and flaws
Sorry for crashing at your house
When everybody had gone
Sorry for my broken vows
Sorry for suicide counts
Sorry for ruining prom

Valentina know I let my
Boutonniere wilt by the bedside
So that as the time comes when I
Wither and fade away
That night will do the same

A few years back I start
-Ed counting days
And kept my tally marks
With razorblades
Though I’ve spent so long clean
I still hear the sirens
Their coaxing melodies
Bring me to submission

Oh what a waste of a blood clot
Oh what a waste of a fight
Oh what a waste of resolve
When all I saved is now scrawled
Across the porcelain tile
But I’m not wasting a blood clot
I’m gonna put up a fight
I’m gonna heal up my scars
I’m gonna stare down the stars
And tear apart the moonlight

There’s a permanent means to
Get out from beneath this moon

Though I’ve spent so long clean
I still hear the sirens
Their coaxing melodies
Bring me to submission
Track Name: Molly
We were running through the ether of a youth
That the world could never seem to convolute
When I looked into your eyes I saw a blue
Unadulterated by the loss you knew

I remember when you told me there’s a god
Agree to not
All the houses of the holy couldn’t keep
You safe from me

Molly let’s run far from the sirens
Leave the doldrums far back behind us
Red lights dance across the darkened street
Following me
Molly let’s run this avalanche is
Looming above and growing rampant
This disaster of our own design
Is yours and mine

We were running from the smoke that we had left
Rising from the ashes of your ex boyfriends
We were running through the grass at one AM
Whispered through the neighborhoods and barely fled

I remember when you broke it to your mom
She prayed and sobbed
Even in the bleaker moments of your faith
I’ll keep you safe

Molly let’s run far from the sirens
Leave the doldrums far back behind us
Red lights dance across the darkened street
Following me
Molly let’s run this avalanche is
Looming above and growing rampant
This disaster of our own design
Is yours and mine

I remember on the day you got confirmed
You gave your word
If the father that you pray to listens then
Thank him we’re friends

Molly let’s run far from the sirens
Leave the doldrums far back behind us
Red lights dance across the darkened street
Following me
Molly let’s run this avalanche is
Looming above and growing rampant
This disaster of our own design
Is yours and mine
Track Name: Jake
We got a phone call
Your father sounded distraught
I felt a sad shock
No one knew how to respond
We all hadn't seen you since
July in Greenlake three years past
I was left to reminisce
On humid mosquito attacks

In retrospect
I should've let
Those Wisconsin
Bugs take my skin

That way at least I'd be in the Midwest with you
We'd congregate in your Carterville living room
Sometimes I wish that my folks
Had never moved to the coast
We'd have more in common than
Last name self hate and Granddad

In your hospital sheets
I hope you recall we
Wandered through a frozen
January forest
Our eyes slowly gazed up
At the snowy treetops
Maybe now the same cold
Has blossomed in your soul

In retrospect
I should've let
Illinois breath
Freeze me to death

That way at least I'd be in the Midwest with you
We'd congregate in your Carterville living room
Sometimes I wish that my folks
Had never moved to the coast
We'd have more in common than
Last name self hate and Granddad

I am just the way my father raised me
He is just the way my grandfather raised him
I am just the way my father raised me
So then why are you and I so different
Cousin can't you see we share the same blood
But the two of us do not share the same skin
Cousin all the things that you abstain from
Are the things I find myself indulging in

Jake I am stubborn and selfish
With the best of intention
And deceitful execution
Shane I am anxious and rigid
With a shy polite kindness
Extroverted yet secluded
We share this Scandinavian vitriol
That's only weaker than a family's bond
We lived for sixteen years before we forced our
Two thousand mile separate paths to cross


Our fathers who art sharing beers
Share laughter despite the lost years
Why do we share homes so seldom
When life’s joy’s with whom we share blood

Maybe it’s because they moved from Napa
To Decatur
Through Aurora
In time they learned
To remain in
Their uprooted
Self sufficient
Self seclusion

Maybe it's because when carcinoma
Took their mother
My father was
two years younger
They grew from it
Differently
Left us cousins
Different beings

In retrospect
I should've let
Those Wisconsin
Bugs take my skin
In retrospect
I should've let
Illinois breath
Freeze me to death

That way at least I'd be in the Midwest with you
We'd congregate in my Carterville living room
Sometimes I wish that my folks
Had never moved to the coast
We'd have more in common than
Last name self hate and Granddad

In retrospect
I should've let
Those Wisconsin
Bugs take my skin
In retrospect
I should've let
Illinois breath
Freeze me to death

Now that we’re facing again
I wonder what all this meant
Track Name: Nova II
Little Nova
As soon as you get older
You’ll find a world of love and pain

Your mother was hopeful and glassy eyed
The day that she packed up both of your lives
You spent your first year clinging to hillsides
And time petrified in the black and white

She loaded the van and
She buckled your car seat
Gripping to your small hand
She drove onto our street

Little Nova
As soon as you get older
You’ll find a world of love and pain
You lost the world before you came
Little Nova
Rest your head on my shoulder
You’ll find a home in our embrace
These redwoods will hold back the rain

My childhood memories stand upon
This driveway, this front porch, and this dead lawn
At night, they project onto the drywall
And I watch him smile like he’d never gone

Teaching me and my brother
How to ride a skateboard
Gripping onto my small hands
And guiding me forward
Talking sweet to your mother
With his arms around her
And envisioning their plans
For futures together

Of which you were the one
That never could fall through
And after the nine months
We finally saw you

Little Nova
As soon as you get older
You’ll find a world of love and pain
You lost the world before you came
Little Nova
Rest your head on my shoulder
You’ll find a home in our embrace
These redwoods will hold back the rain

He towers in my mind
A constant pinnacle of
Charity sacrifice
And indivisible love
I wrote to you a note
Just after his departure
Through all of this still know
He’ll always be your father

Little Nova
As soon as you get older
You’ll find a world of love and pain
You lost the world before you came
Little Nova
Rest your head on my shoulder
You’ll find a home in our embrace
These redwoods will hold back the rain