The Whole Bolivian Army
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C R E D I T S

Mary Beth Kite, vocals; Matt Kite, guitar, piano, vocals, Theremin; Greg Strickland, bass, Elmo piano, vocals, Theremin; Chris Gorczyca, drums. Produced by Scott Ross & TWBA. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Scott Ross at Elliott Bay Recording Co. (Seattle, WA). Cover art by Michaela Eaves. Guest musician: Gibson Kite, Theremin. Music by TWBA. Lyrics by Matt Kite. 2011 Gargantuan Records/TWUBBA Music (ASCAP).

T R A C K   L I S T

1. Bells
2. Love & Gravity
3. Easy
4. Return
5. Maybe
6. The Best of Me
7. It Rescues Me
8. Every Color
9. Hold Me Up

V I D E O
The making of Bells: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
"Love & Gravity"
"Hold Me Up" - a tribute to Occupy Tacoma
"Maybe" - live at First Night Tacoma, 2012
"Maybe" - a second tribute to Occupy Tacoma

S T U D I O   P H O T O S
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Greg Strickland, TWBA listening...
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Greg on the toy piano
Bells

you can smash your love onstage
you can drink yourself to death
you can stay a boy forever
you can burn with every breath

the bells still ring
the bells ring

you can cut your hand to pieces
you can choke on the plastic spoon
you can bet the future forgives you
maybe… you can shoot the moon

the bells still ring
the bells ring

sanctus dulce


Love and Gravity

she found her G-spot in outer space
disappeared without a trace
she was the last of the human race
launched a moon-shot dressed in lace

she said:
I'll be right here, baby
with the sun, the moon, the stars surrounded
I'm coming home, honey
where love and gravity keep me grounded

she left her virtue on the bedroom floor
like a girl dancing off to war
as if there'd never be anymore
as if she'd never been here before

she said…

she wore her love like a charm
like a bracelet on her arm
she felt a million miles away from here
she saw color in the galaxy
a black hole inside of me
she knew exactly where to look for fear


Easy

easy
don't let the voices drown you
shake it off
you're not the first to fall through
temptation
truth is a naked clear cut
stripped away
no way to close the book shut

get off your knees
don't need sympathy
get off your knees
you don't need me

beauty
broken and lost, still standing
saves me
I'm not the one pretending
temptation
truth is a naked clear cut
stripped away
no way to close the book shut

get off your knees
don't need sympathy
get off your knees
you don't need me

everything you want is so clear
but everything you need is right here


Return

the more I know
the less stays true
the future's running
away from me
from me

from me
the future runs away
from me

preacher says
we're through
there's nothing new
under the sun
if that's true
I'm doomed
'cause I live
to be reborn

I live
I breathe
I need the same things you need
I bleed

wisdom grows
like a circle goes
return again and again
never leave
never arrive
return again and again


Maybe

I took a walk at a quarter to three
the sound of static chasing after me
a freakin' army couldn't sing me to sleep
I took a walk at a quarter to three -- yeah
I hit the sidewalk with the wind in my face
a pair of earrings and a can of mace
the city's hungry for another disgrace
another girl who doesn't know her place

maybe it starts with me
maybe we can break free

I took a walk at a quarter to three
the sound of static chasing after me
a freakin' army couldn't sing me to sleep
I took a walk at a quarter to three

maybe it starts with me
maybe we can break free

maybe it starts with me
it ends with me
it blends with me
maybe it fails with me
it bleeds with me
it sleeps with me

I hit the sidewalk with the wind in my face
a pair of earrings and a can of mace
the city's hungry for another disgrace
another girl who doesn't know her place


The Best Part of Me

I don't care what they say
you can hold my hand
I don't care what the fake girls say
you can hold my hand
I'll take you home to my room
take you between the sheets
we can be together if we want
nothing else competes

you're free to be with me
the way God meant you to be
you're free to be with me
a love that opens secretly
a love that reached for the best part of me

I don't care what the preacher says
he never knew love
I don't care what's safe anymore
I'm ready to go above

you're free to be with me
the way God meant you to be
you're to love me sweetly
a love that opens secretly
a love that reached for the best part of me

waking
breathing
becoming
free
dreaming
screaming
unleashing
me


It Rescues Me

you stole my electrons
you stole my heat
you stole everything I had that made me ...me
you stole my cigarettes
you stole my Jesus
you stole everything that helped me forget us

don't stop now, it rescues me

you stole my intention
you stole my voice
you stole everything I had to make a choice
you stole my fever
you stole my creed
you stole everything I had to keep me free

don't stop now, it rescues me

I see my Father walk away
Holy Mother fades away
I see the mask that covers me
I see the lie that rescues me

I see myself opening
like a flower
all petals and stamens, unbroken power
I lean with the wind
blooming and scattered
waves of grass and thistle shattered

don't stop now, it rescues me


Every Color

I'm like my mother
a broken record
I guess I'm stuck in one groove
I'm like my sister
my tender sister
still got something to prove

and I feel all alone
I see every color

the world's changing
horizon's shrinking
everybody connects
that's why I'm staying
that's why I'm paying
tell me… what's next?

and I feel all alone
I see every color

I'm like my only son
my foolish flower
we jump in with both feet


Hold Me Up

what… what are we shooting for?
what are we dying for?
what are we lying for?

hold me up
don't push me down

I… used to believe in us
I used to dream for us
I used to pray for us

hold me up
don't push me down

put my foot down
all my weight on it
and I walk away from here…