SaturdayNight Satellite

by Elmer and the Ceramic Trees

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released December 16, 2014

All songs written, performed, and produced by Robbie Haas
Cover art by Karinna Rangel
Copyright 2014
This album is dedicated to the memory of Shadow.

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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: Untold Hours
Valentine
This world is bleeding on my magic carpet ride
With vague regret
I clasp the outstretched hand of time
These desperate moments that I can't describe

Valentine
My lips are twisting in the wind tonight
My empty body stands before your light
These desperate moments that I can't describe
And from your mountain top I leap and pray for flight

When we've spent hours and hours untold
To free our heads of memories old
In the lazy hours our lives unfold
With a satellite kiss from my lips to yours

Valentine
Caught in the violent sea I close my eyes
I find my body taken shore-bound by your tide
These senseless motions that I can't defy
As I bleed my spirit for a home in this design

When we've spent hours and hours untold
To free our heads of memories old
In the lazy hours our lives unfold
With a satellite kiss from my lips to yours
Track Name: SaturdayNight Satellite
If you listen in the distance
This boy is calling out your name
And though he misses you so clearly
He'd hardly recognize your face
And as the miles grow between you
You'll swear they're only inches deep
But if the cause of death is certain
Then there's no reason to lose sleep

I hope you feel a mile high
Because Saturday nights just make me wanna cry

And you're a broken college love scene
Caught in an unfamiliar bed
And they may promise that they love you
But you know they're sleeping with your friends
If you're a cynic you're a bastard
But the young idealist is a fool
And so you coat your skin in plastic
And hope somebodies notice you
What's a man supposed to do
When main street's coming down on you

I hope you feel a mile high
Because Saturday nights just make me wanna cry

If you listen in the distance
The fair is back in town again
The colored lights may make a heart glow
But cotton candy won't pay rent
And all the summers burn together
'Til winter's all that's left behind
And as the moon blooms like a daisy
Your fears parade across the skies
The circus clowns in suits and ties
With painted grins and hollow eyes

I hope you feel a mile high
Because Saturday nights just make me wanna cry
Track Name: Virgo
In the center of the battlefield
She sang me off to sleep
My wounds were red like roses
Her arms a canopy

She set my fears upon the clouds
And left them to the wind
And turned my eyes up to the sun
Into her ear I sang

Oh my love, my love
The ghosts are calling me to sleep
Oh my love, my love
I've started wars to find my peace

So I cried to her for meaning
And I cried for all I knew
She said, "there's no room for meaning
"There's only room for truth"
And the sun will rise tomorrow
And just as quickly it will fall
In the nighttime you'll reach out for me
To find that I am gone

Oh my love, my love
The ghosts are calling me to sleep
Oh my love, my love
I've started wars to find my peace

I'm stranded in the chaos
Of the morning that we made
Tears cling to my fingers
The dawn is cloaked in gray
At the will of gravity
I let my body fall
'Cause there's nothing here to keep me
And I'd sooner die than crawl

Oh my love, my love
The ghosts are calling me to sleep
Oh my love, my love
I've started wars to find my peace
Track Name: Gentle Hands
Sleeping with my socks and blue jeans on
Belly up and wasted
The flavor of regret clings to my teeth
And the morning light won't chase it
On a death march to the drumbeat of my own heart
This scene so wonderfully scripted
That I almost believed it when I said
That I was over the moon when you left

We can go up and we go down
Turn this shit around and around and around
We can go up and we can go down
Turn this around and around and around

The Sunday morning sun rays scorch my skin
As they trickle through the curtains
The memories explode inside my chest
My body is an ocean
I write you a Hallmark symphony
And leave it on your nightstand
We're dancing around the fall again
And then we kiss and we pray we connect

We can go up and we go down
Turn this shit around and around and around
We can go up and we can go down
Turn this around and around and around

And I won't forget the smile on your face as we drowned
As your gentle hands were pulling me down from my cloud
No I won't forget the smile on your face as we drowned
As your gentle hands were pulling me down from my cloud
Track Name: Evening Prayer
Fall
On the wings of a whisper asleep
As the venom of a vision seeps into my brain
My fears set the stage
Unchained

Fall
From the grace of the clouds in her eyes
With a slip above the surface
Our shapes dissolve into light
Swallowed whole by the night
Dissolve into light
Swallowed whole by the night

Hot sleepy nights two worlds stretched apart
On the backs of the angels we leap from the stars
The voices of the shadows surround us
As they echo our fears in the dark

Please
Because I wanna be clean again
And I want what was
So let me belong
Let me belong again

Please
I'm in over my head with the scene
And this story line is making no sense to me
So let me be clean
Let me be clean

Hot sleepy nights two worlds stretched apart
On the backs of the angels we leap from the stars
The voices of the shadows surround us
As they echo our fears in the dark

I wake up paralyzed
I feel my heart start to race
Let me go
I'm so at home inside this paradise these shadows create
But I'm so cold
Track Name: Winterlong
December wind
Fractures the silver sky
The snowflakes dot your eyes
And through
A picture frame
With frosted finger tips
I trace across your lips

And the winter takes so long

A dream, a song
Collapses with the dawn
Cold whispers through the halls
Her ghost above my bed
She hovers over me
And dances through my head

And the winter takes so long
Track Name: Take Me Drain Me
I had a thorn in my heart
I had an ace on my tongue
I never meant for the crash
I only meant to be strong
I shed my skin and roll over and turn out the light
Guess everybody's gonna sleep in their own bed tonight

So if you wanna take, take me
Take me for what I'm worth
And if you wanna save me, save me
Pretend this doesn't hurt
And if you wanna drain me, drain me
Drain me for all I'm worth
And if you wanna erase me, erase me
Send me to the dirt

I cried a staircase
Leaned over and looked out below
Where you restlessly slept on the arc of the globe
And as you sobbed through your sleep
I knew that I should have known
That every word you had wept
Was as pure as the snow

So if you wanna take, take me
Take me for what I'm worth
And if you wanna save me, save me
Pretend this doesn't hurt
And if you wanna drain me, drain me
Drain me for all I'm worth
And if you wanna erase me, erase me
Send me to the dirt

We fall asleep with our hearts in our throats
And a planet between what we feel and we hope
I wrap you up in the peddles of a rose
To keep you clean from the ashes that rain through my soul
And when the water's come up to my waist
And the cosmos have laughed off the plans that I've made
I only ask that you stay

So if you wanna take, take me
Take me for what I'm worth
And if you wanna save me, save me
Pretend this doesn't hurt
And if you wanna drain me, drain me
Drain me for all I'm worth
And if you wanna erase me, erase me
Send me to the dirt
Track Name: The Way We Fall
My friend I need entertaining
This place is boring
There's not much to see
But all the faces replacing
The ones I miss that have forgotten me
And when I'm backed in a corner
Without a voice that I can call me own
You know I start to get lonely
Still I don't expect that you come running home

'Cause that's the way we fall

We spent our spring in October
December comes you can't recall my name
I've tried to brush off my shoulder
All of the wreckage from that time and place
And as our roads come unraveled
Frayed by these dreams that we could not sustain
I long to wilt in your background
There's no use trying now anyway

'Cause that's the way we fall

I feel the rush of the ocean
I feel your smile coming into view
But for all the commotion
Things aren't the same as what we thought we knew
But I still float on your whisper
I ride the wave of every hazy word
The feeling starts to grow distant
But I still need it even though it hurts

'Cause that's the way we fall
Track Name: A Kiss Goodbye
I knew I'd find you here in the evening
The glow of the halo over town's so deceiving
My head is a highway of ghosts
And they've come to the surface to coast
Thoughts flow from ear-to-ear in the darkness
But regardless
I'll keep my tongue harnessed
'Cause my memory is a cage
And the creature inside it longs for escape

In the shadows of our youth our lips depart
When you take me then it's understood
That in the autumn moon we'll play our parts
Then you lift me and you cut me loose

Trembling hand draped around your shoulder
Now we're older but not an inch bolder
And my memory is a cage
Then we fall and we laugh like the angels
We collapse in the purest of angles
I wanna live in the moment for once
I wanna make with the cracks in the rust

In the shadows of our youth our lips depart
When you take me then it's understood
That in the autumn moon we'll play our parts
Then you lift me and you cut me loose

Surrendered to the stars we close our eyes
And seal them with a kiss goodbye
It's a lifetime
It's a lifetime
I've waited a lifetime

In the shadows of our youth our lips depart
When you take me then it's understood
That in the autumn moon we'll play our parts
Then you lift me and you cut me loose
In the shadows of our youth our lips depart
When you take me then it's understood
That in the autumn moon we'll play our parts
That in the autumn moon we'll play our parts
Track Name: The Letter
Out of a dream
And into the black
Fumbling for the words
To blunt the attack
I'm just a note
At the foot of your bed
The summer left me burned
The fall left me dead

I've crawled through the years
More secure in my fears

So I'll send you the letter
From my crystal cocoon
Tied to the string of a heart-shaped balloon
And if my words should escape me
Let them float to the moon
And I send all of my love
My love to you

The sun had arisen behind a mountain of smoke
Your eyes were in flames
And your hands were cold
And like a stream
Down every freeway you flow
Searching for the stars
In the headlights glow

And you crawl through the years
More secure in your fears

So I'll send you the letter
From my crystal cocoon
Tied to the string of a heart-shaped balloon
And if my words should escape me
Let them float to the moon
And I send all of my love
My love to you

I lost you back
Before we had known
That this road we walk
Could never lead home
And if the wind should carry the songs of our youth
The planks in our eyes will remind us the truth

And so I retreat into the eye of the storm
Still trying to feel like the day I was born
But my eyes are dry
I swear to you
This is not goodbye
And there's nothing to prove

And we'll crawl through the years
More secure in our fears

So I'll send you the letter
From my crystal cocoon
Tied to the string of a heart-shaped balloon
And if my words should escape me
Let them float to the moon
And I send all of my love
My love to you