All Saints' Day EP

by Kitchen Table, Illinois

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1. A MAN HAS NEEDS (G. McElwain) A man has needs He needs to feel sun on his neck and leather at his heel A man has needs He needs to smell some sweat and dirt before a job's done well He might be proud He might not mention it out loud He might deny it but when push comes to shove A man has needs He needs your love A man has needs He needs to see that you're provided for financially A man has needs He needs to hear that you respect his work so make that clear He doesn't need his every whim obeyed He doesn't need his trousers tailor-made A man can fight and tie a knot and ply a trade He's not afraid to open doors for ladies A man has needs He needs to know you're coming back to him each time you go A man has needs He needs to taste your lips and wrap his arms around your waist
2.
Molly 02:37
2. MOLLY (R. Stark) Get your boots on we're going to Tucson Gonna join a rock and roll band Gonna drive all night down the highway built in the sand Open window, occatillo and the scent of the ocean still in my hair Gonna drive all night through the cold dark dry desert air San Diego, California down through Yuma, Arizona You can feel that sun, by golly Onalaska, go Dakota, I'm writing you from Minneosta To dedicate this song to Molly Get you hat on, we're going back on the red eye red blood express Gonna wind our way through the silver high wilderness Stormy weather, we're together and the sound of the mountains still in my ears Gonna drive all night through the salty slick summer tears
3.
I ONLY HAD EYES FOR YOU (G. McElwain) Today it's ten lonely weeks and change since I watched that taxi have its way with you Remember when it wrestled you inside and punched me in the face? and I waved goodbye? I watched you disappear as if my eyes were going bad And I gave that last look everything I had What can I do? I only had eyes for you Wish I could say I held my head up high and took it like a man but I can't lie It didn't go that way I cried my sockets raw You were the last sight I ever saw
4.
CALIFORNIA II (R. Stark) You went down to Mexico, I'll be here when you get back to California And I wonder if you know that I'll be here when you get back, I wonder if they warned you You like women and fast cars, drinking whiskey, smoke cigars out on your own And you been on the road so long that when I ask you where you're from it don't sound like home Don't you know that I don't fly no clay kites I'm cold as stone and drowning in your headlights Barstow, Arco, Sholow, I know you meant a lot to me before But I don't want to see you any more You got on the road tonight just about two hours behind and kept your lights low And the stars were shining down, cast their will upon the ground and light the snow You like whiskey and fast cars, drinking coffee, smoke cigars to keep you warm I can't help wondering if I'm waiting for the sun to rise or riding out the storm Don't you know that I don't fly no clay kites I'm cold as stone and drowning in your headlights Barstow, Arco, Sholow, I know you meant a lot to me before But I don't want to see you any more Flagstaff, Carlsbad, Moab I know you meant a lot to me before But I don't want to see you any more
5.
GOLD MEDAL FLOUR (R. Stark) The truck is packed up and the books are in boxes You hop in the cab and put the thing into gear You're going to leave town with the things you rolled in with but the things you collected are staying right here They say far from the shore there's a sea of forgiven who keep you afloat with their hands to the sky And you try to forget them, you try and you fail And it's Gold Medal Flour and heavyweight rail Don't let your love hold on to me keeping me close to you Let me go far away like I was born to do And I got this boat, now I got to go When I was young I made all kinds of choices Some I remember and some I regret But since I met you I don't regret nothing Nothing I've done since the day that we met They say far from the shore there's a sea of believers who'll eat up your hopes and they'll spit out your lies And its all there before you, so how can you fail? And it's Gold Medal Flour and heavyweight rails
6.
Sassafras 03:23
SASSAFRAS (G. McElwain) I've lived here all my life but it seems longer This town's so small a man can't lie down flat I tried to stretch my legs when I was younger but there weren't no gettin' away and that was that Oh, they've got trains on the tressel Ships on the river Trucks on the overpass Ain't no station, ain't no pier Ain't no ramps up out of here You're stuck for good once you set foot in Sassafras They fenced stearns quarry off with razor wire Throop bridge went out and won't be coming back Each street's a string of dead ends since the fire Even the smoke don't get much further than the stack World-famous once upon a time for making something It's been so long no one remembers how or why The stores are shuttered and the factories are crumbling It's just empty pockets and houses and prayers to an empty sky The water in the South Fork used to wander Now it's a swamp too sick to ebb or flow They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder But I'll have to take their word for that 'cause I'll never know

about

These songs were recorded at Breakfast Nook Studios in 2009 and 2010, if I'm not mistaken.

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released April 9, 2010

Kitchen Table, Illinois is:
Gabe McElwain & Becky Stark

Joined on this recording by:
Danny O'Brien - banjo & vocals on tracks 1-4, 6

Recorded by:
Travis Carter

Mixed by:
Travis, Gabe, and Becky

Mastered by:
Michael Ubaldi

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Some of Kitchen Table, Illinois' favorite United States of America include Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, California, Oregon, and Idaho.

Some of our favorite geographical features include freshwater islands, brownlands, steep grades, ravines, tunnels, and horizons.

Some of our favorite emotions include love, heartbreak, and anger.

We write songs about all of the above and more.
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