Assemblage

by Ellis Ashbrook

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credits

released October 1, 2008

Ellis Ashbrook is:
John Barber - vocals, guitars
Jonathan Granoff - bass, keyboards, samples, turntables
Natalie Lowe - vocals, keyboard
Alex Major - drums, electronic percussion

Additional musicians:
Ryan Gildea - guitars throughout
Mike Forst - keyboards on track 11
Joseph Lemerise - guitar ambience on track 7

Produced by Ellis Ashbrook

Artwork by Tom Deininger
Layout and Design by Schnar

Recorded at Studio G, Cranston, RI and Excello Recording, Brooklyn, NY
Engineered by Jonathan Granoff, Nathan Rosborough and Hugh Pool
Mixed by Hugh Pool, Nathan Rosborough and Jonathan Granoff at Excello Recording, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Sarah Register at The Lodge, New York, NY
Sound Design by Jonathan Granoff

Lyrics on Track 1 by J. Barber/ N/Lowe; Track 2 & 4 by N. Lowe; Tracks 3 & 6 by J. Barber; Track 5 by Ellis Ashbrook with R. Gildea; Track 8 by A. Major. Music by Ellis Ashbrook with R. Gildea except Track 2 by H. Mancini (arranged by N. Lowe); Tracks 7 and 10 by J. Granoff.

This album exists thanks to: John A. and Barbara Barber, Rick and Marcy Granoff, Chip and Julie Lowe, Winfield Major and Susan Starkweather, Ryan Gildea, Doug Shineman and Region 9 Productions, Nathan Rosborough, Hugh Pool, Lincoln Major, Tom Deininger, M. Connor, Dasmico, H, Pups, Left Hand Does, The Shills, Honest Thomas, The Rectangle Club, Babies in Limbo, and Joe at Barcade.

© 2008 Ellis Ashbrook, LLC,. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized Duplication is a violation of applicable laws. Lyrics and Music © & ℗ 2008 Ellis Ashbrook, Ellis D Music (SESAC)

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Track Name: Therefore, However, and So Forth
Therefore, I'm trying to get my fill

I'm so lucky that I'm not blank

Responsability Awaits

But when I think too much about it

I can't change fate



However, we wish to fantasize

We wait to find the compromise



I've never been to the future but I see it everyday

It comes down like acid rain on a 21st century day



And so forth we now control the tide

In blinking time the pressures change the sky

Passive masses watch and don't ask why

but I walk by and wait to see inside
Track Name: A Shot
Its fallen down,

upon the reign,

of my emotions,

If its about me,

Why can't you see that,

I don't want nuh-uh

please no, not me,

help me,

save this,

safety,

far from.



I saw a man it was too hard to see what he had,

In his left hand, all the sudden A Shot in the Dark.

As the silence fell I was relieved not to hear it anymore,

and as I left all I saw was A Shot in the Dark



And my wounds are just ringing,

oh that gunshot just stings me,

I could see it so clearly,

all the sudden there was the blood,

I knew my life was in a bind.



If its about me,

why can you see that,

I don't want nuh-uh,

please no not me,

help me,

save this,

safety,

far from.



I saw a man it was too hard to see what he had,

In his left hand, all the sudden A Shot in the Dark.

As the silence fell I was relieved not to hear it anymore,

and as I left all I saw was A Shot in the Dark



Cold, dark and shady,

it was cold and ever raining,

and it was black and grey, black and grey

To save me he just left

and I was dead, yes I was dead, alone, and I was blown.
Track Name: $avior Self
Looking for somebody to save

The corporate, religious politicians all know what is right

But they're better off just looking at their own Selves

Instead of at mine, we're probably both blind

At least I know that I know that I don't know



Riding on the radiowaves

Put it all in a box

Trying to sell it to me

But I'd never buy your fear-driven propaganda

There's blood on your hands

Money in the bank

It's all one in the same

Insane to me

Not even trying to see



I don't have to believe

Whatever it is you believe

I'll be fine with what is mine



That's all you need to know
Track Name: Hard 2 B EZ
He makes it so hard,

You see he lives with bars.

Playing the parts,

and buying trends he'd never start.

But don't take it heart,

its all the things that people think

and say you are.



Hey,

The red light's on you face,

you've learned to levitate,

Now everything is great.

But some, they've got no time for this,

they've got their make-up shift,

I think their wings are clipped.

We're parked outside the court house

in a pocket full of lies,

just made of all the things that rot,

and bring all of the flies.



So stop, check your diagnostics

its not too late to change.

Sleep when you are sleepy.

I think you're beautiful.

You sane, you deranged.



So watch and learn from me

it isn't hard to be easy.

Sometimes when its free

it doesn't see to be me.



Hey baby, its not easy,

to live for free, cause you've got to eat.

Oh I know that pointillism's fine,

but you'll be working all the time,

and your progress as it slows

cannot possibly stop the show.



So stop, check your diagnostics

its not too late to change.

Sleep when you are sleepy.

I think you're beautiful.



So watch and learn from me,

it isn't hard to be easy.

Careful with the free

it so hard to be so cheap now.



My heart silenced every time you walk by,

and oh even more,

when you walk through that door.

I've got something that you wanted to share

and I've been thinking,

that its not I don't care.

I'd die waiting.

Hell and hating.

Loving every minute of you.

Can't describe it.

Will not hide it,

can't you see

I'm in love with you.



So watch for me to say if

this is really that easy.
Track Name: Skunk!
Get in the rotation

Have a revelation

Make a contribution

To our evolution



When you get convoluted

You know you can dilute it

Just break up the confusion

It's really an illusion
Track Name: When Will This End?
Do we live for pain

and are the mistakes we make exactly the same

Just with seperate names



And if it's true

who am I

and who are you



When will this die

and if there is no linear time

then when



And if it goes when I feel

then why



Is it any wonder when you call?
Track Name: Mr. Anyone
I've been planning me a family vacation vacation

Living in the nation of freedom we beat 'em read 'em and weep

Stop pretending I'm not talking

It's not too often you find a full time job

So honey have another Crispy Crunchy



I've been sinking listening to weekly opinions

But the rewards that I will reap will beat the thinking jacket off this racket

Please, please give me lots of paid vacation time

And maybe, just maybe I can begin to get my feet wet



I don't want to lose my mind

I don't want to stay in line, there's no time

I don't want to lose my mind

Why is time so hard to find?



So I'll head down low

Call me if you know where to go



Living for the weekend's got me working in a window office

I'm no novice but that doesn't mean that I don't have no vice

Please, I want my mint julep or hurricane

Any little lovely thing to take away my sober pains



Waking up without a care is something I could never bare

Why is it that waking up is never what it seems like?



So here I am down low

Call me if you know where to go

Things here move real slow

Call me if you know where to go

Got a friend down low

Call him Mr. Anyone