Elmer and the Ceramic Trees

by Elmer and the Ceramic Trees

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Elmer and the Ceramic Trees' self-titled debut album is a diverse collection of 10 tracks marked with the influence of artists such as The Cure, REM, The Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire, and The National. The album features two of Elmer's most popular original compositions, "Drive Away" and "Problem Child".

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released January 2, 2014

All songs written, recorded, performed, mixed, and produced by Robbie Haas.

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Elmer and the Ceramic Trees Janesville, Wisconsin

Conceived in the summer of 2012 by Janesville, Wisconsin singer-songwriter Robbie Haas, Elmer and the Ceramic Trees blend the lush melodies of bands like The Beatles and Big Star with the doom-and-gloom pop of The Cure and The Smiths, the college rock jangle of REM and The Replacements, and the big choruses of u2 and Arcade Fire, to form a style of indie pop that is both catchy and honest. ... more

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Track Name: Loveless In Lala Land
I can't believe all the things that she said
With her face flushed red
I'm sorry but
There were times he never stopped by
And it made her cry and she gave up
What could she do?

That kid
She never wanted it
But her crucifix wouldn't let it go
Jail stints and drama queen fits
With the tissue rips and scars to show
All that she knows.

Nothing ever seems to make her happy
Six foot down now babe how bad could that be?

She said I'm down
And I'm tired of this stupid town
Nothing to do but sleep around
Get me out of this old town.

I can't believe all the things that she said
With her face flushed red
I'm sorry but
There were times he never stopped by
And it made her cry and she gave up
What could she do?

The I.V. needles only get her so far
Passed out in the backseat with some poser rock star.

She said I'm down
And I'm tired of this stupid town
Nothing to do but sleep around
Get me out of this old town.

Gotta get away
She don't wanna wait another day
She's gotta get outta this place.

The I.V. needles only get her so far
Passed out in the backseat with some poser rock star.

She said I'm down
And I'm tired of this stupid town
Nothing to do but sleep around
Get me out of this old town.
Track Name: Hey Marigold
Marigold, the kids are all in bed
And the summer's almost dead
You know September's coming soon
Take me to the living room
I wanna show you something new
We'll get it on like back in '82

Lisa Jo walks in at half-past twelve
We'll pretend we didn't notice
She's a lost cause anyways
I'm overweight you drink too much
But we'll recreate our summer love
By finding something together we can hate

Then we try to feel the same
As back when we were seventeen
But all the thrill is gone and we both know
I wrap my arm around your back
You duplicate my nervous laugh
Well are we going stale or growing old?

Then we try to feel the same
As back when we were seventeen
But all the thrill is gone and we both know

Marigold, let's look up at the stars
How they used to be burn for us
But now they only burn
The minutes pass we fall asleep
To the sounds of gunshots on TV
This life is hell but I guess it could be worse

Then you wake up on the couch
Complain the TV's way too loud
And it's off to bed without another word
I crawl beneath the sheets with you
Your cheek wet with a residue of tears
I dry your face off with my shirt.
Track Name: Drive Away
Turn around she said
I've been waiting for years
To get this far
And the twilight breeze
Makes me weak in the knees
'Cause it's changing who we are

Softly blowing memories away
There's her barefoot in the sand
With a fistful of cobwebs in her hand
Away...

In the space between
Her face and the moon
I found myself
At the water's edge
She looked at me and she said
Now there's no way out

But look who's holding back the tears today
Look who's falling way too fast
Waiting for her crystal heart to crack
Away...

You can drive away.

So let me in your door
It's getting colder here outside
And I've got no place to stay
And I was hoping that you'd find a way
To ease my mind.

Then she took my hand
At the edge of the earth
Where we used to play
She said don't look down
'Cause you're falling right now
And you're fading away.

And now we've no one left to take the blame
Now we've nothing left to lose
And you're gone now even if you chose
To stay.

So you can drive away.
Track Name: Problem Child
Everything lost in the storm
Everything I'd held close
And pieces of everything
Hang over my head like a ghost
And I waited up late
With her song in my head by the phone
As I tried to remember
The words that I'd practiced before

And I'm just a boy with a problem
I'm just a boy with a problem
I'm just a boy with a problem that won't go away

And I think that her picture's
Still somewhere in the back of my drawer
Though I never quite knew her
I'd swear she was here once before
And I slept with her words in my mouth
And it felt good to know
That no matter how far I may fall
There's no ground left below

And I'm just a boy with a problem
I'm just a boy with a problem
I'm just a boy with a problem that won't go away

And I'd wait here for you
If there was something left in it for me
But a heart that gets broke
Is the one thing that you'll guarantee
Yeah, I'd wait here for you
If you were who I thought you should be
But appearances lie
And people never quite are what they seem

And I'm just a boy with a problem
I'm just a boy with a problem
I'm just a boy with a problem that won't go away.
Track Name: Lifelines
Well I tried to change her mind but I came up twenty seconds short
The rings of smoke she blows around her head
I'll inhale, although,
I know I'll choke

I carved her face into the back of my heart
Now it's all I think about
'Cause everytime I feel it beating
I get the urge to rip it out

She makes me feel I'm at the bottom of the ocean
With the weights chained to my feet
And I'm looking for a lifeline in every other word she says
She makes me feel I'm at the bottom of the ocean
With the weights chained to my feet
And I'm looking for a lifeline in every other word she says

So I looked her in the eyes and I said
Never mind
I'd rather see just a piece of the puzzle
Than a picture I knew couldn't be mine
Always tangled in the moment I feel my confidence erased
By an aching awkward silence that's like a slap across the face

She makes me feel I'm at the bottom of the ocean
With the weights chained to my feet
And I'm looking for a lifeline in every other word she says
She makes me feel I'm at the bottom of the ocean
With the weights chained to my feet
And I'm looking for a lifeline in every other word she says

In the middle of the shakedown
Communications break down
A simple twist of fate, now
Communications break down

She makes me feel I'm at the bottom of the ocean
With the weights chained to my feet
And I'm looking for a lifeline in every other word she says
She makes me feel I'm at the bottom of the ocean
With the weights chained to my feet
And I'm looking for a lifeline in every other word she says

Word she says...
Track Name: In A Room All By Ourselves
So happy we were face-to-face
In a room all by ourselves
With empty gestures filled with love
And a feeling I couldn't sell
We're falling over each other
And I'd try to laugh it off
But I wouldn't know how to do it

We locked the door took off our clothes
Prepared to show our scars and scabs
Then I wrapped the sheets around myself
Until the night had passed
A silence harder than pavement
And if you felt there was something there
Well then why couldn't you just say it?

You were never mine to lose

As the palace burned our love decayed
With its beauty still intact
When the smoke had cleared I kissed your face
You put your clothes back on and ran
And I still breath for your closeness
But I'm running out of breath because the situation's hopeless

You were never mine to lose.
Track Name: Shine On You
Buy a flower
Buy a frame
For the picture
We won't take
This tie will choke me
Half to death
This shirt is soaking
In nervous sweat

The way the lights
They shine on you
Shine on everything you do
Pulsating backbeat shakes the floor
It's got me aching that much more
When they shine on you

On the outside
Looking in
The room around me
Seems to spin
In the corner
Face in hands
Tears they dry
I'm half a man

The way the lights
They shine on you
Shine on everything you do
Pulsating backbeat shakes the floor
It's got me aching that much more
When they shine on you

And they shine, shine, shine, shine on you
And they shine, shine, shine, shine on you

Walk home alone
To a bed
Empty, cold
Dark and dead
On the mattress
Face in hands
Tears they fall
I'm half a man

The way the lights
They shine on you
Shine on everything you do
Pulsating backbeat shakes the floor
It makes me want you that much more
The way the lights
They shine on you
Shine on everything you do
Pulsating backbeat shakes the floor
I'm hurting so much more
When they shine on you.
Track Name: Girl From The Southside
From her perch upon the barstool
She searches for a friendly face
As every nightmare plays itself out inside her head
And she slouches through the crowd
With her hands down in her pockets
And she wishes she was home instead
An empty corner ain't a bad place to stand
When you know there's no room for you
In anyone else's plans

So she waits for something better
But better never comes
She tries to think of something clever
But clever never comes
So she orders a shot 1,2,3,4,5
It was 11 o'clock and she was feeling alive
Now she's losing control and she's down on the floor
And she's crying like she's never felt this before
Let it all out
Let it all out they say
Then they turn and start walking away

And the head that she came in with
Is off floating someplace else
Oh how she loves this sense of lost control
With her apprehension gone
There's nothing standing in her way
Except the nagging thought that she still isn't whole
An empty corner ain't a bad place to be
When you're holding onto things that
No one else can see

So she waits for something better
But better never comes
She tries to think of something clever
But clever never comes
So she orders a shot 6,7,8,9
It was ten after one and she was feeling alive
Now she's losing control and she's down on the floor
And she's crying like she's never felt this before
Let it all out
Let it all out they say
Then they turn and start walking away
They're walking away.
Track Name: Low Light Lit
Low Light Lit
flickers in the distance
Waiting for an instant
to shine on through the fog
And bring me back to home

Low light lit
Like a star that's dying slowly
It was put there only
To be just out of reach
And to keep me here alone

And now I've wasted half my life
Shuddered in those rainy nights
Watching as the light keeps on dimming
Wondering why the vultures keep on winning
But I guess I'm not surprised
You cry, you cry, you cry
You cry, you cry and you cry.

Low Light Lit
flickers in the distance
Waiting for an instant
to shine on through the fog
And bring me back to home

Low Light Lit
Leaves me cold and heartless
When it exits into the darkness
Like everyone I've known
And I feel so alone.

And now I've wasted all my life
Shuddered in those rainy nights
Watching as the light keeps on dimming
Wondering why the vultures keep on winning
But I guess it seems fit
Low light lit.
Track Name: Nightflight
She zips up her raincoat
As she heads out to the airport
And she waits to make her way across the sky
Inside a yellow taxi
I watch her walk out through the exit
Without so much as a smile or a wave goodbye

And the street light shown down
On the bridge burning slowly to the ground

The raindrops on the windshield
Dance a rythm that's cold and without feel
Obscuring the glow of the firey city sky
And she boards upon the airplane
With a one way ticket away
To a place I fear is only real inside her mind

And she'll say she's going home
But the only way she gets there is alone

And she fades into the skyline
'Til she's one with the stars in the night sky
And I'm just one of the million faces passing by
And I've got nothing to show for the heartache
But the words that I know were just mistakes
But the rain falls
And it hits me like a drug

That I know I'm going home
And I know that when I get there
I'll be alone.