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released February 21, 2013

Credits:

Produced by Mark Garrison & Charles Mansfield
Engineered by Mark Garrison
Recorded at Soundgarrison, Buffalo, NY

All Songs written by Charles Mansfield

Vocals / Guitars / Bass / Keys: Charles Mansfield
Percussion / Keys / Trumpet / Additional Programming: Mark Garrison
Additional percussion: Peter Lund

Mastered by Mark Garrison
Photography: Brian Demski
Layout: Mark Garrison

Thank You: Mel, Caz, Linnea, Pete, Jeff, Brian D, Billy, Daniel, & Mom

Contact: charles.mansfield@gmail.com

charlesmansfield.bandcamp.com

Copyright 2013

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Charles Mansfield Brooklyn, New York

Charles Mansfield's sound has been compared to the likes of Neil Young, Frank Black and The Mountain Goats. The past few years have seen Charles in New York playing clubs largely shoulder to shoulder with the Antifolk scene at Sidewalk, GBM (now Looking Glass) and the house-show scene. He recently released a new acoustic based EP titled Birthday Card at Sidewalk Cafe NYC on 7/29/16. ... more

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Track Name: Snow
See the snow falling, slightly, through the streetlamp
Do you want to go to the park someday?

I couldn't sit down, I couldn't reach out. I just went straight to bed
I couldn't forget, but I couldn't remember, ever, being so in my head

See the snow falling, slightly, through the streetlamp
Do you want to go to the park someday?

I said to him, you look like, a guy who, knows how to have a good time
Swing in Vegas, laugh all night, make everyone feel all right

See the snow falling, slightly, through the streetlamp
Do you want to go to the park someday?

I won't smile to make you feel comfortable, me i'd rather choke
But i'll let out my best NPR laugh, to let you know I got the joke
Track Name: Ghosts
Ghosts
lyrics- charles mansfield

Ghosts with lipstick and small shoes,
with buckles, straps not much to choose from
swimming sheets and trailing scents just underneath most every thought

And the buildings floating on the water and I am floating on the buildings;
and the ghosts are floating over me ,
as the boats leave their sea of foam, for a minute I feel free.

Floating powder gliding over wood floors with no sound
but never leaving, always hinting compromises we'll all be here....

And the buildings floating on the water and I am floating on the buildings;
and the ghosts are floating over me ,
as the boats leave their sea of foam, for a minute I feel free.

But as soon as the smoke leaves my lungs I breathe in what's always inside of me.

For all the lonely souls without a home a heart a page to write on
before the paper cuts and stinging sighs....yawns like yells, and laughs like cries.

Buildings floating on the water and I am floating on the buildings;
and the ghosts are floating over me ,
as the boats leave their sea of foam, for a minute I feel free.

But as soon as the smoke leaves my lungs I breathe in what's always inside of me.
Track Name: Flowers of Evil
Flowers of Evil

What is up? Are you asking me? What is up? I'm asking that too
My head's a little spongey today; work kinda sucked. Yeah, yeah
A guy got fired and left some stuff behind, I didn't know how to do
and I had to work with Hugo Havermeyer; he knows his shit cold and suffers no fools


And I came upon a book of poems; named flowers of evil by charles baudelaire


Our heads are hard and the floor is cold and I can see the river through the glass
and the sun shines on the ripplin waves that carry the barges out to sea


And I came upon a book of poems; named flowers of evil by charles baudelaire
It had a hardcover it was just lyin there


Leave us with a litte culture here I was talkin to my friend named billy mark
about poetry which I never got much of I always thought myself less for it.
And he said he reads poems like normal books, yeah, page by page, cover to cover
you don't skip ahead to the juicy stuff you take those words as they come
Track Name: Animals Lo-Fi
Animals

Where'd he go this time? Every time that I pick up my guitar
He runs away

People say animals are, perceptive beyond comprehension, but I want her attention, still she walks away

Where'd ya go? Where'd ya run to? You make me feel blue
When you run and hide away

I know that, it's just silly, it's just too loud for those pointy ears
But still the same, I'd wisheeed stay

Where'd ya go? Where'd ya run to? You make me feel blue
When you run and hide away
Track Name: Pray to Make it Ok
Pray to Make it OK

He bought some flowers today
He threw them away; after they wilted in the trunk

He said he didn't believe in that
Cause she knew it was lame
But I feel so weak, and if it's all the same
To you

What are you wearing, tonight my dear
Well I don't know; well, I don't know about that; anymore

He said he didn't believe in that
Cause she knew it was lame
But I feel so weak, and if it's all the same
To You

I don't know what I want, but I want you

Pray to make it ok
Track Name: Green Lightning
Green Lightning, it's so frightening.
It calls me. It came calling

It came up from the snow and woke the people below
it came crashing, it was smashing

8x10x2 and there was nothing we could do, when the

Mayor woke at night to clean up that unearthly sight, in the night. in the night

The press, they had a field day, and took the place of what we'd say
that is power, unchecked power
an injunction was won, but the damage was done, when..

The Mayor woke at night to clean up that unearthly sight, in the night, in the night.

And the little town that could, just tore down all that wood. and another attempt failed, the cooler heads they bailed

So another city said what's the problem with you head? Won't you ever learn. we never learn.......
Track Name: Ocean
I drove past the Ocean, eyes off the road and it looked back at me, with the blackest pool of eyes and said, "you don't know loneliness, not even by a mile, but you might, even with your smile."

And the longer i stared into the darkness, i felt it's words were planted and every event that ever happened dissolved to nothingness.
I felt hollow, and cold, but i wanted to hear everything it told.

On the top of a building,looking down at the tar and there's no cars. Strange for this or any other time. Just silence.......No look, No advice, No joke; is this worthwhile? That ocean can still make me smile
Track Name: Snow (slow)
See a sliver of light through the crack of a bedroom door right here
The books, the light, a public sight for all of us to see.
Feel your warm breath, speak your new words, stairs to unfamiliar rooms. The glowing hallway, the backdrop for the last best thing we wanted but ended to soon. Now I....

See the snow falling , slightly , through the streetlamp


Do you want to go to the park some day?