Sink or Swim We'll Go Together

by Stenobot

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Come on a beautiful journey through joy and sorrow in this poignant new release from Stenobot. Better known as the musical force behind Seattle's Supercommuter, Stenobot brings a unique blend of quirky Game Boy sounds and dreamy pop melodies on his first solo album. Featuring a guest vocals by Jen Wood of the Postal Service.

This special edition of the CD is limited to 50, and includes a handmade, hard-bound photo book—one photo for each song on the album. All proceeds go directly to Child's Play.

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released 12 October 2010

All songs by Andy Myers, except tracks 8 and 13 co-written with Matt Kennall. Produced by Joshua Myers. Guest vocals by Heidi Alayne, Jeff Suffering, and Jen Wood.

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Stenobot Seattle, Washington

Although Game Boy is at the heart of Stenobot's music, it's a combination of various strange instruments and quiet melodies that make up the whole. As one third of Supercommuter, Stenobot applies his formula to hip hop. As a solo artist, he takes it somewhere undefinable. ... more

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Track Name: Far Too Far (feat. Jeff Suffering)
Far too far for us to wander
Will this tempest last much longer?
Much too much for us to weather
Sink or swim we'll go together

Without warning without reason
Out of breath and out of season
Summer rain and Winter warming
Hold on tight the worst is forming

Bracing for the Western Wind
Torn apart and wearing thin
Take me away

To the edge and back again
No beginning and no end
Take me away

Fight the storm from deep inside us
'til the chaos has subsided
Come tomorrow hope will find us
Breaking over the horizon

Conquering the Western Wind
To the edge and back again
Take me away
Track Name: Counts
Lizards from the sky have descended upon the land
Wreaking only death and destruction is their intent
Circling like vultures around us, they pierce our souls
With fiery eyes of hatred and malice
There's nowhere left to run

Even the darkest night can't hide their gaze upon us
Circling day and night ignites the fear within
We are but simple mice gathering for the winter
Nothing can save us now, the end is nigh

The lizard king has landed among us with eyes ablaze
Tribal Counts he calls to a duel to stake his claim
Helplessly we scatter for cover beneath his wings
One emerges unlike the others against the king
Armed with only cunning and reason
He fells the king and drive off the legion

Even the darkest night can't hide the light within us
As we give honor to our newly christened king
Only the heavenly light could architect this victory
Crushing the powerful and lifting up the weak
Track Name: Black Clouds
Black clouds overhead
Black birds circling the trees
Waiting for this storm to end
It won't settle, there will never be peace

Wearing thin, fever sets in
We will grit our teeth through the worst of it
We will kick and scream through the worst of it

Blue sheets on our bed
Bluebirds whispering in the breeze
We imagine what they said
Is what lies behind the curtain just a dream?
Track Name: The Dark, Dark Cave
Rock patterns dripping, caught in the dim light, blinding
like constellations hidden in plain sight, shining
Trapped in this dark cave, hunting without eyes, sensing

Nothing left to run from in the dark
Nothing to be scared of in the dark
Living side by side, striving to survive
Everything is safer in the dark

Into the daylight, senses adjusting, slowly
Outside is danger, all of our flaws, exposing

Outside the cave, we are the prey

Nothing left to run from in the dark
Nothing to be scared of in the dark
Living side by side, striving to survive
Everything is safer in the dark

We do not have an identity
Outside nocturnal community
Even within this our lightless pit
Every last breath is a precious gift
Track Name: Fallen Leaves
Let all the city kids play
Way past the light of day
When the sun is sleeping
The railings are monkey bars
The street lights are made of stars
Life was made for living

Fallen leaves on the ground
Miss the trees and the sound of blowing wind
When everything is out of bounds
It's only time till the wind picks them up again

Let all the sick kids sleep
Connected to loud machines
Here inside the hospital
Watching it all unfurl
Cut off from the outside world
Waiting for the leaves to fall

When you stop, then you see the right from the wrong
When you stop, then you see what was there all along
Track Name: Our Bodies Are Fragile
Our bodies are fragile vessels in troubled water
Capsized by foreign peril
Lost at sea, lost completely
Oh captain, my captain, the sun is setting swiftly
Save us from this darkness, lest it consume us wholly
Track Name: Butterfly Wings (feat. Jen Wood)
Wake up to the morning rain
Take a walk around the lake
Feed the ducks who are away
They're asleep but we're awake

There is a light in you

Cut out shapes and paper wings
Tape them to our backs and sing
Watch a video of our friends
Fall asleep before the end

There is a light in you

Falling means letting go completely
The worst is already defeated
Where we will land is ever pending
Enjoy the book without the ending
Track Name: Veil
Live, love
Without regret
Lift the veil from our eyes
I was blind in my mind
Now I see what truly matters

Looking forward never looking back
Just enough to separate the wheat from the chaff
Fog is lifting never coming back

Through wreckage we must sift
We will find the perfect gift
Disguised as pain: saving grace

Looking forward never looking back
Letting go of rope that slowly slips through our grasp
Fog is lifting never coming back
Just enough to separate the wheat from the chaff

Looking forward never looking back
Learning how to recognize the now from the past
Smoke is clearing never coming back
Only in HIm will we see the life from the death
Track Name: Dancing Shadows part 1
The world falls apart before our eyes
Take me away
Save us from this
Take me home
Track Name: Dancing Shadows part 2
Rain beating down
It's voice sharp and nimble
Light of the moon is dim through the window
Give everything we have to the darkness
Fight, but we cannot win on our own power

Dancing shadows in a darkened hallway
On the creaking floorboards
They will find you

Dancing shadows underneath the stairwell
In the heart of darkness
They will find you

Night will turn to day (Like the stars in the morning)
Light the sky again (His bright crown adorning)
Shining from our King (They will shine in their beauty)
This is why we sing (Bright gems for His crown)