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Release the Dogs

by Joyero

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1.
03:52
I told you I wanted to be part of it and I told you I want it to be part of it You told me you want it to be a part of it and you told me you wanted to be apart It’s a light in the dark and it’s gone You were right on the mark and you’re wrong And I lied in a part of the song to be part of it
2.
04:05
You can twist me in the wind, don’t tell me where you’ve been You can make me ghost again And you watch my head spin, make me sit for my dinner You can make me ghost again Make me a ghost again While you’re away, I wait outside the house Lift an ear to every sound I sleep all day like a dog whose master’s out I don’t know up from down If you think about it again, maybe you’ll feel different then Maybe I’ll feel different then There’s a little opening, enough for me to slip in Enough for me to slip in You can twist me in the win, make me sit for my dinner You can make me ghost again Make me a ghost again
3.
04:20
I’m falling down, my love is opening now Unpack my mouth, leave light off on the way out I watch the road, I hold the holy see to bring it home and bathe in constant heat Unfold the town, dig up this plot that I found You pull me ‘round, your glove is holding it down You’ve got some starts, you’ve got some mouths to feed to fill the yard and bake in constant heat It’s happening, they’re turning green in spite of me The bed is made, we pull the sheets, it’s neighborly and sofa queen, we live between the good and the bad dream You hold it close, you keep an ear to the ground You kneed the dough, my oven’s opening now. There is no art, it rises constantly or flies apart and dies in constant heat It’s happening, you’re turning green in front of me The bed is made, we pull the sheets, it’s neighborly and teetering, we live between the good and the bad dream
4.
When you come out, you’re going to fall down the steepest stairs you’ve ever seen When you crawl back to the starting line, you’ll be the weakest you’ve ever been And the hours will pass with your breath on the glass, looking in on the last of the old dream Come down the stairs and meet me here Darling, I got your message loud and clear Hold on tight dear When the voice grows in broken echos so thick you can’t get nothing through When they haul you out with a punch to the mouth and you’ve got no friends to carry you And when you die, with a bug in your eye, and the empty prize that was offered you Come down the stairs and meet me here Darling, I got your message loud and clear Hold on tight dear
5.
04:27
On the banks behind the salt mine We gather up around the water line Drop rocks in pockets and leave the body behind And then fall back to the empty night And you put it away but the body knows And it’s coming back from down below At daybreak will be dredging time pulling up yours and I’m pulling up mine As the light fades we’ll be throwing more lines Leaning into waves, unfolding crimes And you put it away but the body knows And it’s coming back from down below What’s coming up when you look there? What’s coming up when you hear that word? Okay, but what’s coming up when you walk that like, look what you find. What’s coming up from the salt mine?
6.
03:41
You want a man I talk about hardness Leave the engine on Pull on the harness, I’m gone You want a man What a man I fall into darkness on the short drive home I know where to park this conversation I love my daddy sending messages But there’s still a part of me, amen You want a man You want a man A real man What a man What man
7.
Small town death coming out of the blue I can’t begin to understand you All that’s left and what you’re willing to do I feel cold as I hold the remote in a hotel room Small town fake on a TV screen I’ve no idea what it’s supposed to mean Small mistakes leave you in between a dead end road or an opening Toss up the dinner plate Shoot it out the air I’d like to demonstrate All the ways you’ll be cut down It’s a long way to the next town Small town debtors are coming to call They’re pushing us all against the wall And training their sites on the brightest star I feel cold as I behold the center of it all Toss up the dinner plate Shoot it out the air I’d like to demonstrate All the ways you’ll be cut down It’s a long way to the next town
8.
05:09
I want to hold your robe in high tides I want to hide you from black skies Don’t want to lock the door at night but I can see the dust slipping through I’m writing down my name after you I’m leaning as I stand, the wind blows I’m holding out my hand, eyes closed I wake up and I’m hanging upside down but I’ll enjoy the view I walk across the wire after you After you, there is a pause After you, watch as the bomb falls After you, nothing at all So lets release the dogs on the lawn And let the peace dissolve, all gone Don’t ask to quote because it can be hard to say what’s right and what’s true I’m climbing up the wall after you
9.
02:48
I walked out to the edge of town in the golden days Time don’t bend like it did back then, it was commonplace I’m gonna waste another day with a broken face Felt the hour near Watched the hands turn Didn’t know dear, how to answer I got out and drove around but nothing came Thought I’d see it differently in the new terrain But time don’t move backwards, it only moves forwards Time don’t move backwards, it only moves forwards Time don’t move backwards, what a shame Felt the hour near Watched the hands turn Didn’t know dear, how to answer How to answer How?

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released August 23, 2019

Written, performed, recorded and produced by Andy Stack at Last Kiss in Marfa, Texas; Marfa Recording Co. in Marfa, Texas; and Huse St. in Durham, North Carolina.

Additional vocals on “After You” by Madeline Kenney.

Mixed by Andy Stack and Brandon Eggleston at Pet Cemetery in Vancouver, Washington.
“After You” mixed by Andy Stack and Ari Picker at Goth Construction Studios in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Mastered by Sarah Register.

Photographs by Andy Stack.
Design by Daniel Murphy.

All songs published by Slow Vessel (ASCAP).

Thank you to my family, Jenn, Will, Brandon, Maddie, Ari, ANC, Martin Anderson, Rusty Sutton, Thomas Costello, Shawn Nolan, Meath and Sandy, Gory Smelley, Logan Caldbeck, Colt Miller, Joe Cashiola, Ross Cashiola, Trey Many, Ian Wheeler, Ryan Matteson, Merge family, dear friends in Marfa, Durham, Portland, Baltimore and beyond.

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Joyero Durham, North Carolina

Joyero is the new songwriting project of Andy Stack of Wye Oak (Sounds like Joy Arrow. Or Joy Air, Oh!).

In addition to his role as one half of Wye Oak, Stack has gained notoriety in recent years as a multi-instrumental collaborator with Lambchop, EL VY, Helado Negro, Madeline Kenney, and Thor Harris, among others.
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