Courage

by Vox and the Hound

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released 30 November 2012

Produced by Eric Rogers and Vox and the Hound

Engineered by Chris George and Daniel Majorie

Assistant Engineer: Ross Farbe

“Madeline Kahn,” “Slingshot,” “Tabernas,” “Sandcastles,” “Cheap and Out of Place,” “Lucky Us,” and “Sweet Solanum” mixed by Chris George and Daniel Majorie

“Red Clay,” “Fake It,” and “Mom’s Origami” mixed by Chris George

Mastered by Daniel Majorie

Vinyl Lacquer cut by Lucky Lacquers

Recorded in February, 2012 at The Living Room studios in beautiful Algiers, LA.

Album Artwork by Debbie Payton

Album Layout by Alex Hertz

All music by Vox and the Hound except “Sandcastles,” which is by Cory Schultz and Vox and the Hound

Vox and the Hound are:

Rory Callais - Guitar, Vocals
Leo DeJesus - Vocals, Guitar, Mellotron, Percussion
Andrew Jarman - Bass, Vocals, Guitar, Jaw Harp, Baritone Guitar
Daniel Ray - Keys, Vocals, Trombone, Whistling, Melodica, Percussion, Jaw Harp
Eric Rogers - Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Keys

Of course, certain sounds on this album would not have been possible without the exemplary contributions from the following:

BJ Blue - Clarinet
Jack Craft - Cello
Sam Craft - Violin
Stephen MacDonald - Tenor Sax
Alexis Marceaux - Vocals
Persis Randolph - Flute
Cory Schultz - Trumpet

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Track Name: Madeline Kahn
The fire took away the home that we made
That our parents bought and paid for
With the money we always knew we'd get
The fire started late in the evening
After all, that's when the bottle makes the call
Her name was Alice
She don't look like my wife at all
Somebody tell us, one and all
What exactly does it solve to lock your doors at night?

Whoa-oh, it burned
With all the children inside
So many children inside
Whoa-oh, Whoa-oh
Flames don't pray for rain

The fire took away, took away what the wedding brought to be
This lumber wasn't meant to ride an ember from the outside
Hide your little eyes or sit and watch it die
Round and round we go

Whoa-oh, it burned
With all the children inside
So many children inside
Whoa-oh, Whoa-oh

The fire took away, took away what the wedding brought
The fire took away my happy home

Whoa-oh, it burned
With all the children inside
So many children inside
Whoa-oh, it burned
With all the children inside
With every one of us inside
Whoa-oh, Whoa-oh

Flames don't pray for rain
Track Name: Slingshot
It's a conflict of interest in a mundane sort of way
And the windows keep the wind close
But the sick of stillness won't go away
And the traffic is just traffic
It's no call to arms, no call to anything
But your mind goes where your wheels won't
So you slingshot, torch bit, obit off the interstate

The weight of the world is here if you need it
Never look far, it's here where you are
Just scatter the pieces, and then you can see it
You gamble your time and recite this line
"I'm fine"

The weight of the world is here if you need it
Just scatter the pieces, and then you can see it
Track Name: Tabernas
Instrumental
Track Name: Sandcastles
Wake up, the sun is down now
Take up and run downtown
There's nothing in the air
No nothing anywhere
Just keep your footsteps covered
No need to wake the others
Just leave them to their rest
It's how you'll make your best escape
From one sky to the next without cleaning up the mess you left

I've been building castles in the sand

You took your sticks, you took your stones, left me alone
That's alright with me
I thought it'd be hard to build the walls up with you gone
But it was so easy

Don't take your time deciding
Don't make your mind up now
Just leave and then regret
You'll bleed and then you'll second guess
But I'm quicker to forget
Well even when my walls are kept

I've been building castles in the sand
You took your sticks, you took your stones, left me alone
That's alright with me
I thought it'd be hard to build the walls up with you gone
But it was so easy
Track Name: Red Clay
Deep stares that I tumble right through to
Your open mouth is the mouth that I'm used to
Deep stakes that I gamble my losings to
I may be dumb, but at least I can find you

You're always there

I'm dead
You're taking flight away from my bones
I start to move on, and you circle right back 'round again
Wings spread, ready to run down your prey
Not much of a chase when I mostly just give up

You're always there

The one you love's the one you know
The one you know's the one who knows
How to keep you coming back for love

You're always there
Track Name: Fake It
My saving grace, she has this face my eyes have yet to see
My heart will go, I know my eyes will snow
And once again, I'll be swept off my feet
And maybe, maybe, I think to myself
My heart isn't ready yet
You see, my last saving grace, she ran out of this place
With her hands swinging over her head, oh no
So I go to Jesus, I said, "Jesus, can you tell me what
Can you tell me what is best for me?"
He said, "I couldn't tell you, son
You must be crazy or something
I've been dead since the first century"

"Times they change, people they change
Son, you'll change some too"
He said, "Go out and have some fun"
I said, "I don't know if I can have some fun"
He said, "Just fake it, just fake it through"

So I go to Jesus, I said, "Jesus, can you tell me what
Can you tell me what is best for me?"
Track Name: Mom's Origami
What's white is sure to fade
What's faded will stay that way
With every quarter fold you calculate
Mother, may I speculate?
Oh mother, may I deviate?
Father, force the folds until I lacerate and stay that way

I've seen the most to say the least
And every fold will leave a crease
I'm telling you now, that legend is not a myth
To all the girls I left behind
The future is what's on my mind
And to future girls, my past is coming with
"Do you know what you've done?" I asked

She answered with a quick pass
She said, "I'm doing it all wrong, but I don't want to change, no"
What's done is done, we've made amends
But you wonder why I'm still tense
Well I'm just holding my breath 'til you pull this shit again

Is it the paper, or is it the folds
That keeps us strong enough just long enough
To keep this bird on course from young to old
Drop your banners, mind your manners, forget what you've heard
You're an escaper
But quick flights and hollow bones are for the birds

We live to fight another day
I'm not walking away, but I got nothing to say
If you want me to break, you'll be waiting a long time
And we've been folded once again
And I got a new shape
And you got a new shape
And we gotta gotta fly away
Track Name: Cheap and Out of Place
Beyond the stained glass window panes
The son of sickness tries to lick this problem where it stands
But we keep putting in our hands
With every fistful of two cents
The money stacks until it cracks the ceilings and the floors
The windows and the doors
The family's seated
The choir's leading, singing, "Oh my my"
The priest in white and black dress grandma
Singing, "Oh my my"
Crying, "Oh my my"

Wise man say

Keep it, feed it, make sure that you bleed it dry
Love it, squeeze it, but only if you need it to fly
That's how you get your loved ones to die

A mother licks her living lips
And goes to stick a dying kiss upon her young boy's face
His casket cheap and out of place
And no one should ever ever ever have to weather
The storm of the death of a child who was left alone out in the rain
The hail storm beating at his brain

Keep it, feed it, make sure that you bleed it dry
Love it, squeeze it, but only if you need it to fly
That's how you get your loved ones...

Now you're filling up your head with every funny thing he said
Wondering why you never laughed more than you had
Now it just seems sad

Wise man say

Keep it, feed it, make sure that you bleed it dry
Love it, squeeze it, but only if you need it to fly
Keep it, feed it, make sure that you bleed it dry
Keep it, feed it, make sure that you bleed it dry

Selfish, hellbent, they gave you every reason why
Just pull the plug yourself and say goodbye
Yeah well, maybe then your loved ones will cry
Track Name: Lucky Us (Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark)
Must she scatter back when she arrives at the fact that she is not the only
Just because I said I want to be alone doesn't mean I want to be lonely
If you want my heart, you should probably ask the tart who took it from me
casually
Sun is up, they're walking tall
Sun is down, they beg to fall
So I shove
And I round 'em up when they can't see me
Cut 'em down and make 'em love me
A kind of lustful love, oh love

In the day, we push away
But in the night, we don't quite put up such a fight

Tell me, how'd you find your bruises?
I thought I put them where you wouldn't see them
And now you're scared of me
These arms are full of holes
And when they hold you, no one told you that you were going to marry me
We take the hurt that's given to us, hand it out to rid it from us
Doesn't work, oh no, oh love

In the day, we push away
But in the night, we don't quite put up such a fight

In the day, we push away
Most every way
Until the day gets late
Track Name: Sweet Solanum
And then one bit me in the face
I turned around, and what I found
Would make any man just turn his tails and run
But then one bit me in the face
Oh he must have known
I must have shown
For me it would be better off this way

When I was alive, I barely lived
Now I'm dead, but I won't give death a chance to slow me down, no no no
If this is my chance to finally break free
I don't care what it makes me
I'll sink teeth into flesh, meat and bone

It got pretty cold pretty fast
I felt my blood just turn to mud inside my veins
But hey, it really ain't that bad
Everything seems so clear
It's just hunger pains and "eat the brains"
And "where's my next meal?" and "who's it gonna be?"
What kind of monster have I become

Hey, I'm not the only only one, alive or dead or undead
Who's shocked at what they are today

But every one deserves a second chance

When I was alive, I barely lived
Now I'm dead, but I won't give death a chance to slow me down anymore
If this is my chance to finally break free
I don't care what it makes me
I'll sink teeth into flesh, meat and bone
When I was alive, I barely lived
Now I'm dead, but I won't let my death, my pain, my grief, my love
To bring me down
Anymore