The Limited Abilities of Man

by The Lovely Few

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released December 21, 2010

The Lovely Few is Taylor Bray, Alan Davis, Emily Franklin & Mike Mewborne.
Featuring Austin Crane, Brandon Miller & Haley Shaw.
Recorded & engineered by Taylor Bray.
Produced by Taylor Bray & Mike Mewborne.  Mastered by Hans DeKline.
All songs copyright 2010 The Lovely Few.
Music by The Lovely Few.  Words by Mike Mewborne.
Help from Steven Fiore, Rick Harris, Dan McCurry, Nathan Poole, Hannah Smolinski, Caleb Weathersby & Kate Mewborne.
Album art by Ben Walker.  
Photos by Reid Mewborne & Pat Wright Photography.

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The Lovely Few Columbia, South Carolina

Mike Mewborne, Alan Davis, and Kate Mewborne explore the sonic space between ancient history and a sci-fi future.

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Track Name: The Ghost Returns
Will you be like a sheet on the sinking tide?
Curtains blowing in the breeze at night?
Will you be like snow in the street light?
A comforter or a soldier on the ride?

I'm a man with a list of heavy crimes
against you so you come to take my life
but will you come to claim me for your bride
and love me though I am selfish and unkind?

Feel you close so I know it must be time.
I think I know so it must be a lie.
But this thing is a know I can't untie.
Would you fix my wrongs and become my broken eyes?
Track Name: Hollywood to Bath
I spent my life on the open ocean
I didn’t know how to walk upon the shore
I chose the coast though it bruised my heal
Traded my ribs for the surgical steel
So my organs don’t give out
to the atmosphere the lock or my doubts

We keep checking for the cops
While our debts are adding up
All for you

You are both the perpetual motion
and the stationary, fast, immutable core
Feel my feet on the warm sidewalk
the tender feeling and the mundane talk
you are the sun in Hollywood,
the jagged coast of maine on which I stood

Austin is making a gun
With his forefinger and thumb
Oh my God,
How I owe you all so very much

But the friction of distance can
Take it’s toll on your head
Eroding those riverbeds
Yeah even they are all going to change
Gas liquids and solid states
But I made my mind to stay
Track Name: Change Your Mind
Tell me you haven’t been happier
the past couple days
the city saw some snow, I came home,
and it all melted away

You change your mind
Promise me you’ll give me a try
I just told you a lie
When I said I wasn’t excited

You change your mind
I promise you we’ll be just fine
I can’t even lie
I’ve gotta tell you I’m pretty excited
Track Name: All
Try and write down each word that I say
Act like I prayed,
And if I died today I’d be okay

Sore sides and I pause in your door
With my face to the floor
I’ve lots to ask forgiveness for

You don’t put me in the margin
You somehow haven’t forgotten at all

Take a washcloth and scrub it away
Try and erase
Or see through this veil on my face

But I keep dragging my feet everyday
I thought they were rakes
But Sinner just can’t be my name

You don’t put me in the margin
You somehow haven’t forgotten

It’s difficult sometimes
To know that I can’t see you with my eyes
But God, I know You’re good
But Your goodness is all I find

All I can find
Track Name: Astronaut
Up above the clouds I could see you but I don’t look down
Listening for you I could hear you but I hear every sound
I am just a raindrop, I am just and astronaut
I am just the one who loves you though we are apart

You call and I will send postcards from wherever I go

We both see the lightning, do not close your eyes baby
The stories I could tell you, they are very hard to believe
But that’s no excuse the sky is really blue
I feel something much like gravity pulling me to you
I want to set my feet on something true
I saw the dinosaurs and ghosts coming up through the floor

So take care of my brother, take care of your sister please
All this time away it is passing so very slow so slowly
Four months four thousand years or four days
it does not make a difference to me it’s the same
where you are it where I want ot be

I feel the tug and the pull strings back to you green and blue
everything starts over new with you

I am just a raindrop, I am just an astronaut
Track Name: Puzzling
the street names
a new date
your friends face
it's a different place

either way

the late rains
the coming train
the leaves change
you are here again

I admit it is puzzling

and what am I supposed to do
now that my toes are turning into roots?

and my limbs are stretching out
trying to put fingers on what they have found

as the city starts to breathe
it is looking for a song to sing
Track Name: The Limited Abilities of Man
I can see the window over the garage
where we used to play when we were young
Tried to keep the pictures but there’s no room
I was drowned in the flashflood

Oh, Saint Johns parish would go out to the same fate
Perishing in a progressive wake
my mother always told me it was man-made
burying in The Rocks and Black Oak graves

I saw a snake lying on its back
Felt my knuckles clinch around an axe
Clinging to these papers in the wind
the limited abilities of man
Track Name: Wakeupstate 2.0
if you’re tired, turn out the lights

I’m growing weary of my covers
I push them off, where are the others
I am brave, even if I am alone
the yellow sun illuminates
and darling I can barely wait
to see those maple leaves
I’m reaching for my phone
it is dead, I am not,
and I’m not at home