High as the Stars

by Sneaky Bones

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© 2017 Matthew Bean (ASCAP)
Corporate Sloth Publishing (ASCAP)

High as the Stars was recorded at Inifinty Studios in Victoria, BC by SAM WEBER

Additional engineering by HAMILTON BOYCE

Produced by MATTHEW BEAN & SAM WEBER

Mixed by JOSEPH CHUDYK at Mockingbird Studios in Rochester, NY

Mastered by RANDY ROOS at Squam Sound in NH

Artwork by GOLD SUNDAY CO. from Portland, OR

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released August 9, 2017

I couldn’t have even come close to making this record without the week of all-night sessions that Sam put in with me. And then there was the musicianship of Sam and Marshall. And then there was the month of remote listening hours and kicking the minutiae and revision ideas back and forth with Joe. And then an evening of overdubs with Hamilton. And then bringing artwork to life with style masters Julie and Megan. And then polishing the final sounds and getting HATS ready for primetime with Randy. I am surrounded by talented people who put their time and energy into my art; I am forever grateful. Thank you all.

Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the record and made this physical release possible. Thank you to my family and beautiful partner Sage for putting up with long trips, late nights, and the career I chose. Thanks to my friends and fans that come out to shows, stay out late on worknights, and continually buy my ever expanding line of clothing; this new record is especially for you.

Thanks to those that I got to bounce mixes, artwork, masters, and ideas off of and who offered their artistic and realistic opinions when called upon: J.Story, Mario, Josiah, Dan, SamP, Jim, Daniel, Sage, and Harry.

This record and all the art I make is dedicated to Malcolm. You showed me how to make music and for that, I’ll never stop. Catch you somewhere down the line my friend.

Here’s to at least 20 more.

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Sneaky Bones is a Seattle-based folk outfit that is weaving new textures in folk music. By combining instrumental dexterity with lyrical depth, Sneaky Bones gives form and shape to a new folk landscape filled with warm acoustic instruments and heavy pedal steel. It's Ryan Adams meets Paul Simon. ... more

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Track Name: High as the Stars
Sometime I’ll break
These lonesome kind of days
Crashing straight into night
Headlong, swift as the time

High as the stars
The moon won’t survive
It’ll make it through the night
But day will arrive
And carry on its back
A heavy, heavy sun
The weight of new
Of time yet to come

Wondering what it’ll bring
A yawning dawn promising spring
And a penchant for hope
That unlived seconds seem to evoke

High as the stars
The moon won’t survive
It’ll make it through the night
But day will arrive
And carry on its back
A heavy, heavy sun
The weight of new
Of time yet to come

And the hardest part of it all
Is feeling nothing when you fall
No big hit when you’re out
So reach for me quiet night
As I toss around these doubts

High as the stars
The moon won’t survive
It’ll make it through the night
But day will arrive
And carry on its back
A heavy, heavy sun
The weight of new
Of time yet to come
Track Name: Settle
I’d settle for some time
Round here
Taking
In all of the scenery
Light slipping through the trees
Trying not to touch the rain
I’d settle for some way
To go
Back in
Time so I can be right here
Watch the ground disappear
As the green takes its place

Theres some folks that try
To ask me why
Why I move like I do inside
Paint some pictures to hide behind
And dream of another place
But round here sleep echoes
It won’t stay on your pillow
You learn quickly to settle
If you wanna lose the weight

I’d settle for some time
Away
From all
All the moments in the day
Moments that you can’t escape
As the noise takes ahold
I’d settle for some way
To take
Us out
Maybe two or three years
Out to where you can’t here
Any noise but you’re own

Theres some folks that try
To tell me why
Why I need to step in stride
Ink the contract, let it dry
And start living life
But I don’t wanna hear the echoes
Off of buildings, through tunnels
I want to hear it grow
Against the quiet of the night

I’d settle for a grave
Round here
Under
The boughs of the tallest tree
Roots kindly cradle me
As everything turns to green

Round here sleep echoes
It won’t stay on your pillow
You learn quickly to settle
If you wanna lose the weight
But I don’t wanna hear the echoes
Off of buildings, through tunnels
I want to hear it grow
Against the quiet of the night
Track Name: Inbetween
I’m awake in this dream
Where the visions just keep coming
And the memories aren’t mean
Everyone around me stares
Right in the same direction
Cause the lights are over there

Somehow in this moment
There’s enough to go around
Don’t need a single thing
Except right now

So let’s go
Make it last forever
No, you can’t forget
That it’s all the in between things
That lead you to the stars
So go find your inbetween
And let it take you far

Had a friend long ago
Who killed everyone with laughter
And lost everything he owned
Followed him around every turn
To love every second
Take on every urge

Somehow in that moment
I think I was learning how
To drop everything
Except the right now

So let’s go
Make it last forever
No, you can’t forget
That it’s all the in between things
That lead you to the stars
So go find your inbetween

And let’s go
Make it last forever
No, you can’t forget
That it’s all the in between things
That lead you to the stars
So go find your inbetween
Track Name: Future Coming
Brought up to socialize
With those business types
Money never dies
Son take my name
And go onward

Never gonna recognize
We’re losing limbs
Though we try and try
Son close your eyes
It’s not getting any closer

We’re living for the moment
We’re lost in the time being
We paid for it all with our futures
Spared no expense
For you
Nothing but the best
Let’s have another round
On me

I don’t really like these terms
We’re raising cain just to watch it burn
Somehow we can't see
Much farther than that

Hey where we headed?
That’s not your concern
Just keep your mouth shut
And maybe you’ll learn
Seems about time we took our voice
back

We’re living for the moment
We’re lost in the time being
We paid for it all with our futures
Spared no expense
For you
Nothing but the best
Let’s have another round
On me
Track Name: Amelia
Headed for a landing somewhere in the
Pacific Ocean
Broke through the clouds and saw the
green atoll
Half drowned ship clinging to the reef
With the bones the sea hadn’t dissolved
Not the best sign
But we had nowhere to go

I broke the wings on touchdown rather
smoothly
Snapped clean off right as we hit the
sand
Watched a wing sink into the reef
As we came to a stop
Flipped on the radio
With my shaking hands

Hello there
Is anyone listening?
Hello there
Can you hear my call?
I said mayday
We’re not gonna make the next check
point
But we’re breathing
And feeling rather small

Maps and blood seemed to cover the
entire backseat
At least what was left of a plane that
split in two
Salt water’s only good for washing the
sand
Out of these fresh cuts
Gonna need something else
To heal our wounds

Noticed all the birds and the trees and
the crabs around me
Thinking for a second someone could
live here
Last time I checked we didn’t even know
Half the world around us
So I started walking
And began to yell

Hello there
Is anyone listening?
Hello there
Can you hear my call?
I said mayday
We crashed here on your island
But we’re breathing
And like to get home

Hammered on the short wave to nothing
but static
Drifted to sleep with the waves and reef
and white noise
I was up high gazing at the colors
Of endless expanding water
No place to crash
Nothing to avoid

Awoke right as Freddy went to sleep for
good
Made me kinda jealous that I was just a
little dazed
I guess I could look at this
As a permanent vacation
But I gotta survive
So one more time I’ll say

Hello there
Is anyone listening?
Hello there
Can you hear my call?
I said mayday
I’m not gonna make the next checkpoint
But I’m breathing
And feeling rather small

A little housewife with a hobby in a
Texas basement
Heard something new and called the
FAA
Lost my signal
Never found it again they said
Don’t you think that’s more than a little
strange
Track Name: Shut
Screeching tires on asphalt rocks
Wet cement smells like cars don’t stop
Twisted roads making sense to me
Drive enough and you’ll see

Crack the window, let the heat escape
I feel it coming on – that beautiful haze
To let it die would be such a shame
So we're just speeding up

Take me I won’t complain
Longing for you
Like rhythm in the rain

Take me won’t give you up
You are the door
I can’t keep shut

Hypnotized by mirrored glass
Driving all night not a car to pass
Listen close for the engine sigh
I’m talking to myself

Tilt your head let the wind shape you
Never worry if you can't move
Close your eyes, you still got a view
So watch us speed up

Take me I won’t complain
Longing for you
Like rhythm in the rain

Take me won’t give you up
You are the door
I can’t keep shut

Take me I won’t complain
Longing for you
Like rhythm in the rain

Take me won’t give you up
You are the door
I can’t keep
Can’t keep
Shut
Track Name: Hit the Ground
I could live in your eyes
Build a home where we could stay
We would live off our dreams
As they slowly grow each day

But I never knew that I wanted it
So bad till I fell into into
Falling for you was the last fall I’ll do
The last time
That I’ll hit the ground

I could stare at your smile
Till the fall turns into fall
Years would just be a moment
Stretched over a lifetime
With you of it all

But I never knew that I wanted it
So bad till I fell into into
Falling for you was the last fall I’ll do
The last time
That I’ll hit the ground
Yea the last time
That I’ll hit the ground
Yea the last time
That I’ll
Hit the ground
Track Name: Alive
After I’m dead and gone
After I’m dead and gone
The birds will still be singing their songs

After I’m dead and gone
After I’m dead and gone
The birds will still be singing along

As they lay me in the ground
As they lay me in the ground
The rain will still come pouring on down

As they lay me in the ground
As they lay me in the ground
The rain will still fall down

After they bury me
After they bury me
The wind will still come rustling the
leaves

After they bury me
After they bury me
The wind will still shake the trees

As my soul begins to fly
As my soul begins to fly
I’ll look back on the people wondering
why

As my soul begins to fly
As my soul begins to fly
I’ll learn why I’ve been alive all this time
I’ll learn why I’ve been alive
Track Name: Weary Eyes
Weary eyes
Weary eyes
How can you see with those eyes
Everytime you look up
You’re so down

It's no surprise
No surprise
You’re lost all the time
Following around
Those old weary eyes

They don’t fit your age
Or your point of view
There used to be colors
And now there’s just blue

They’ve seen way too much
Probably more than they should
But don’t shut em tight
Cause you’ll miss all the good

Weary eyes
Weary eyes
How can you see with those eyes
Everytime you look up
You’re so down

It's no surprise
No surprise
You’re lost all the time
Following around
Those old weary eyes

They always take you
Where you never want to be
You end up all stuck
Like a wet magazine
Trying to stay dry
Seems to take all your work
But when the water is high
At least you won’t die of thirst

Weary eyes
Weary eyes
How can you see with those eyes
Everytime you look up
You’re so down

It's no surprise
No surprise
You’re lost all the time
Following around
Those old weary eyes
Following around
Track Name: I'll Be Here
I'll be here when you're old and gray
And when you fall down
When the world's not there to pick you up
I'll be around

I'll be here when you make it
More often when you don't
So nevermind the waterline
You're always gonna float

I'll be here when you've had enough
And when you want more
Whether something or nothing
Whatever it's for

I'll be here when you find it
And everytime you're looking
And if you think it's gone
I'll find out who took it

You don't have to say a word
I'll be right here
Nevermind the day or time
No matter the year

So if you're somewhere far away
Far in the unknown
Well I'll get to know it
And then we'll both be home

I'll be here when you're old and gray
And when you fall down
When the world's not there to pick you up
I'll be around

I'll be here when you make it
More often when you don't
So nevermind the waterline
You're always gonna float

You don't have to say a word
I'll be right here
Nevermind the day or time
No matter the year

So if you're somewhere far away
Far in the unknown
Well I'll get to know it
And then we'll both be home
Track Name: Sleep
I wanna close my eyes
I want to close my eyes
I just wanna go to sleep
Meet the darkness in the deep
Won’t you let me close my eyes

I'm not waiting for dawn
I don't want to wait for dawn
If I wait here too long
Don’t think dawn will ever come
I’m not gonna wait for dawn

So let me lay down my head
Won't you let me lay down my head
I’d take a pile of dirt
Even underneath the earth
If you let me lay down my head

I feel a dream coming on
I can feel a dream coming on
I can see it all right now
I will make it there somehow
Won't you come on dreams
Come on

I wanna close my eyes
I want to close my eyes
I just wanna go to sleep
Meet the darkness in the deep
Won’t you let me close my eyes
Won’t you let me close my eyes