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released May 22, 2016

members of free space:
abi brown: vox, bass, synth
josh mays: vox, guitar

all songs written by abi brown and josh mays.
recorded, mixed, and mastered by abi brown and dylan thomas.

special thanks to dylan thomas for guitar parts on glowmont drive and sororities never liked me, to jack sayler for guitar parts on i wish i was plural, and to shea mccollough and reed mclean for letting us borrow so much equipment. we love you all!

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Track Name: glowmont drive
isn't it cool
running down dark hallways
bouncing rubber balls
because no one comes to church on a weekday

race you to the water fountain
quietly make me clean
silent as a lamb
we skinned our knees under the steeple
you said don't be scared
jesus is there
or is he in heaven?

light drips heavy through the pines
there's nowhere that I can hide
i'll trade a quarter for your soul
that's a quarter I don't own

isn't it weird
they wrote your name up on the glass
when I saw it I got cold
i forgot that you had passed away

i remember a dream
you were a great big river
i was a little fish
warm but slowly sinking
Track Name: sleeping in dorms
where's my head at
conveniency out the window

when i see you
do you hear me

and i fall
downfall
and i fall

where's my head at
out that window

when i see you
huddled down, eyes to avenue

is this better

you know it's all the same to me
Track Name: trying
if i borrowed your makeup
would it cover up the fact that i'm still terrified to look you in the eyes
promise me that you won't laugh unless you think i'm funny
i am a fool
you wouldn't even recognize me

i love when the paint chips from your nails
i mostly keep my hands to myself
i have trouble knowing me
in the face of adversity
i keep it cool
as cool as i can be

i'm trying
i'm trying
i'm trying

i played it out in my head
all the stupid things i said
i only recognize myself
'cause i'm not whatever else
and i'm a mess
and that's to bad
i think that you know that best
i'm sorry that i spelled your name wrong
once again, i lose my voice

i'm trying
i'm trying
i'm trying
Track Name: sororities never liked me
have you heard about the war in iceland
i haven't either but
there must be one 'cause a place can't be that perfect
do you think that
my world can be round
when your affect is so flat

and i'm not a quitter
but i'm surely not a winner
you say i'm the latter
but i know better
when you say that
you should have wrote a letter

have you heard about my story
it's surely not boring
but you might wanna skip a few pages
do you think that
i don't see your face
when you and your friends think that i'm
disgracing your idea of womankind
or something like that
that i could never get behind

i'm not a quitter
but i'm surely not a winner
you say i'm the latter
but i know better
i know you flatter
me with those kinds of words

have you heard about the skeletons in my closet
they may scare you but
i think you could take some advice from them
Track Name: people
I found some footprints in the back yard
I heard some sounds in the closet
If we put 2 and 2 together
I think we can assume that we're haunted

(i think you have a point when you say i have changed
i lost the key to my old house
and i know much of anything

there's universes inside of my mind
i like to live there most of the time
but if the past is the past
feel free to come and visit)

i tripped on cracks in the tennis court
where the weeds grow higher than your knees
let's follow the path on the treasure map
under the bleachers through the trees

time and time again
you disappoint me
time and time again
I disappoint me

you looked cold as a polar bear
walks in the snow were your favorite things
you've got flowers inside of you
they're holding out for spring

you called to tell me you loved me
that you'd be proud no matter what
i hear you crying softly
how can I ever repay that much

(i thank the moon and the stars
for not letting me back into your arms
i think we're best off just packing up and leaving here
i think you have a point when you say i have changed
i lost the key to my old house and i
don't know anymore)

time and time again
you disappoint me
time and time again
i disappoint me

you don't know me
i don't owe you a thing
you don't know me
i don't owe you a thing

even if i lived in obscurity
i would still be interesting
there's too much that you don't know
about me
Track Name: bible names
do you want to build an alter together
i know a shady spot out in the woods
you can sacrifice me to the forest spirits
we can prove to each other that we're good

ooh ooh show me I'm real (x4)

sometimes you cry when your father hits your mother
sometimes you cry when there's garbage on your lawn
let's make a game we can play with each other
grab the brooms and I'll grab the soccer ball

ooh ooh show me I'm real (x4)
Track Name: i wish i was plural
wish i could collapse like a star
or maybe just into bed
there's laundry all over my floor
what day is it

wish i was the click of the heat
trying to keep you warm
i'd set myself on fire
but you're cold
i've never been too flammable

i wish i was plural
i wish i was plural
i wish i was plural

i wish i lived on the highway
by the side of the interstate
watching cars go by
with nothing to solidify my fragile mind

i wish i lived in space
slowly floating away
watching stars go by
'til i was nothing but a distant point of light

i wish i was plural
i wish i was plural
i wish i was plural

now i wish i was grass
now i wish i was leaves
now i wish i was wind
now i wish i was everything
and everything
and everything