Two Piece Orchestra

by The Comforters

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released 03 August 2010

Sound recording © 2010 Big Timbre Records.

Produced and engineered by Jason Robbins and Pia Robbins at Big Timbre Studio, Eugene, OR. Additional engineering by Eric Fritsch at Eastwood Studios, Nashville, TN.

Mixed by Dave Chalfant at Sackamusic, Conway, MA

Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice

Original painting and graphic design by Dave Snider

All songs written by Jason Robbins and Pia Robbins (Big Timbre Songs, ASCAP) except “Strange” written by Jason Robbins (Big Timbre Songs, ASCAP), “The World Has Room For Me” written by Jason Robbins (Big Timbre Songs, ASCAP) and Martin Borsanyi (ASCAP), and “Redbird in the Rain” written by Dan Jones (BMI).

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Track Name: Two Piece Orchestra
I play air timpani with the Boston Symphony, hello
You are first chair violin
Me, I’m too undisciplined, I know
Double bass, clarinet, vibraphone, castanets
I see you’ve met Mr. Glockenspiel

We’re a two piece orchestra, smile for the camera, hello
We both played in Julie’s yard, where we studied air sitar
Sympathetic strings plucked by the wind

We’re a two piece orchestra, smile for the camera, hello
I’ll go back to timpani to complete our symphonissimo
Lest we anger classicists, you and I will end this with a long, long, long,
Long, long, long, long, long rest
Track Name: The Fall of Fall
I saw the fall of fall and winter won
One red leaf still hanging on
It fell like blood upon the fallen snow
End of war, the final blow

I saw the fall of fall and winter won
No redress, what’s done is done
The sky’s a battleship shade of grey
Dispatched to keep the sun at bay

Snore, snore, the brown bear’s bound to snore
Soar, Soar, the bluebird’s bound to soar
And o’er the land, the seeds, like spies, are planted in the underground

Snore, snore, the brown bear’s bound to snore
Soar, Soar, the bluebird’s bound to soar
And o’er the land, the seeds, like spies, are planted in the underground
Track Name: Gibraltar
Broken down out of town
On America-go-round
Engine makes a choking sound
First a lurch, then a jolt, like a stray lightning bolt
Started our unstable colt

And like the rain came Gibraltar’s way
The roof above the plains quickly melts away
Here, take me I’m yours
Do as you please
Take me, I’m yours

Every kid loves balloons
Wants to sail them to the moon
Old folks sing a different tune
Underpaid, overdrawn
Broadcast on the intercom
Endless, till one day it’s gone

And like the rain came Gibraltar’s way
The roof above the plains quickly melts away
Here, take me I’m yours
Do as you please
Take me, I’m yours

Remember the scene?
The narrow escape from in between troops closing in
Shouting, “Stop right where you are or we’ll shoot!”
Or we’ll shoot

Well here, take me I’m yours
Do as you please
Take me, I’m yours
Do as you please
Do as you please
Take me, I’m yours
Track Name: Scenes From A Sleeping Car
Tomorrow morning we ride the rails into the sunrise
Washington to New York
Changing clocks and our history
Crossing the country

We can read all the books that we meant to
Make a list of things we intend to do

Wake up to the sound of light conversation
Too faint to discern the words
Probably nothing we could use to extort a ransom
Paid to save the name of a handsome man

So we’ll keep this book of sketches from our trip
See what it fetches

And honey, I love the way they’re turning out
Money is lovely when you’re in a drought
And suddenly the seal on our dream
Is broken to reveal what it means

Tomorrow morning is close at hand
Sleep if you can
Washington ain’t going anywhere anytime soon
Where would the sun go?
Still needs a place for setting
When it leaves where we’re heading

And honey I love the way they’re turning out
Money is lovely when you’re in a drought
And suddenly the seal on our dream
Is broken to reveal what it means
Track Name: Would It Break Your Heart?
The fading light
The lone house on a beaten road
The makeshift cross
The children gather round below

Go slow, nice and easy
Tip toe, what’s the hurry?
When you know, you know, you know

The hollow fir
The pall of dust behind the door
The cavalry
The empty show of reverie

Go slow, nice and easy
Tip toe, what’s the hurry?
When you know, you know, you know
And you know, you know, you know

But what about you my love
What about you my love
What about you my love
Would it break your heart?
Would it break your heart?
Would it break your heart to see this through?

Go slow, nice and easy
Tip toe, what’s the hurry?
When you know, you know, you know
And you know, you know, you know

But what about you my love
What about you my love
What about you my love
Would it break your heart?
Would it break your heart?
Would it break your heart to see this through?
Track Name: Upside Down
I’m way down, upside down
Like a bat inside a cave
What a strange way to behave
I’m way down, underground
Cut out from the outside world spinning round

Winding back road
Desert front door
That old mail slot never did close
Put my ear to it like a nosey nose

And now I’m way down, upside down
Like a bat inside a cave
What a strange way to behave
I’m way down, underground
Cut out from the outside world spinning round

Winding back road
Desert front door
That old mail slot never did close
Put my ear to it like a nosey nose
And now I’m way down

Oh, it’s the only, only blue I never knew
Oh, it’s the only, only blue I never knew
Oh, it’s the only

Winding back road
Desert front door
That old mail slot never did close
Put my ear to it like a nosey nose
And now I’m way down

Oh, it’s the only, only blue I never knew
Oh, it’s the only, only blue I never knew
Oh, it’s the only

I’m way down, upside down
Like a bat inside a cave
What a strange way to behave
I’m way down, underground
Cut out from the outside world spinning round
I’m way down, way down
I’m way down, way down
Track Name: Strange
Saw you today
You were miles away
Soaked to the bone with youth
Wasting away
When the warning came
Soaked to the bone with you

Isn’t it strange nobody came?
It’s such a nice day outside
Isn’t it strange this little game?
Having a good day, but it’s so strange
It’s so strange
It’s so strange
It’s so strange

Needed the world
When the world didn’t come
I settled for a smile
Should have held out and pushed for you
I’m soaked to the bone with you

Isn’t it strange nobody came?
It’s such a nice day outside
Isn’t it strange this little game?
Having a good day, but it’s so strange
It’s so strange
It’s so strange

It’s so strange no one on the bus is going my way
I said to myself, “My god, that’s strange.”
Wanna get happy, not get away
I wanna get happy, but there’s no way

Isn’t it strange nobody came?
It’s such a nice day outside
Isn’t it strange this little game?
Having a good day, but it’s so strange
It’s so strange
It’s so strange
It’s so strange
So strange
Track Name: Rolling On
Wish on pinpricks in the night
Worn out curtain rising
Too awake to fall asleep
To beat to rise

Short blast whistle, long decay
Nothing echoes
Only silent worries stored inside empty silos

Why sigh if you’ve air enough to speak?
Why not cry if you’ve tears enough to weep?
It’s rolling on
It’s rolling on

Pillow, porch step, and a plank
Restless windmill spinning
Single light from all them cars
What’s she reading?

Why sigh if you’ve air enough to speak?
Why not cry if you’ve tears enough to weep?
It’s rolling on
It’s rolling on
It’s rolling on
It’s rolling on
It’s rolling on
Track Name: Redbird in the Rain
Up in the air like a roman candle on a summer night
Out in the yard just like a redbird in the rain
Stuck inside on a snow day with a box of art supplies
Magic marker, paper, glue, and tape

Is it true, what they say about California
Being where young men of promise run and shine?
It is true, what they say about trying anyway?
Though your heart and soul might shudder
when situations call for spine

I need you like a mixed up kid needs to find another school
I need you just like a teacher needs a rule
I need you like a life guard needs a whistle and some shades
I need you just like tomorrow needs today

Is it true, what they say about California
Being where young men of promise run and shine?
It is true, what they say about trying anyway?
Though your heart and soul might shudder as you watch the days go by

Feed your faith; your doubts will starve
It’s written on the wall
Twinkle, twinkle little star
But surely that ain’t all

I need you like the police need a riot in the street
I need you just like the Raiders need the Chiefs
I need you like a sparkler needs a summer night so blue
Do you need me the way that I need you?
Do you need me the way that I need you?
Do you need me the way that I need you?
Do you need me the way that I need you?
Track Name: The World Has Room For Me
Open up to the world that welcomes you
Said my sweet love to me, it’s true
If he only knew what I would do
To know the world has room, room for me too

Spent the better part of the summer here
Weighing my choices on the pier
Sitting in the sun, what do I fear?
For now, I know the world has room for me, dear
There’s room for me now

And happiness, happiness is something everybody’s shooting for
And happiness, happiness is something nothing ever can cure

When you know the world has room, room for you too
The world has room, room for you too
The world has room, room for you

Happiness is something
Happiness is nothing
Happiness is something nothing ever can cure

Happiness is something
Happiness is nothing
Happiness is something nothing ever can cure