Independence Day EP

by Kitchen Table, Illinois

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Our modest debut recording, featuring several songs written by our friends.


released September 25, 2009

Gabe McElwain - guitar and singing
Becky Stark - mandolin and singing

Danny O'Brien - banjo (1, 2, 4) and singing (1)

Recorded by Gabe and Becky in a coach house on S. Loomis St. in Chicago, IL on July 4, 2009.
Mixed and Mastered by Mr. Travis Carter at Breakfast Nook Studios


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Kitchen Table, Illinois Chicago, Illinois

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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Track Name: Don't Say You're Sorry

What did I tell you?
What did I say?
Didn't we have this conversation yesterday?

Tears wellin' up inside those puppy dog eyes
I can see 'em comin'
You say that I deserve to know the truth
You keep trottin' it out
It keeps gettin' longer in the tooth

I don't know who you think you're foolin', dear
But you ain't foolin' me
You can cry those crocodile tears
and beg on bended knee
I been forgivin' and forgivin' you
until my heart was sore
Don't say you're sorry, I don't buy it anymore

What did I tell you?
When will you learn?
I let you have your say now you give me a turn

I think I've seen this same routine so many times
I could recite it
Don't understand how it keeps getting worse
given every opportunity that you've had to rehearse


Least you could do's make an excuse that holds a
thimbleful of water
The devil might have whispered in your ear
but he didn't twist your arm or unhook anyone's brassiere

Track Name: Electric City

I've been down every one of the streets in this town
too many times, too many times
If I could fight I could make me some money tonight
with these hands of mine, with these hands of mine

I've told lies and I've known some lying men
but I swear to God I never lied to him
He turned around, blew a hole in the solid ground
electric city's got me down

One hand fits where the other one don't
One foot follows where the other one won't
If there's a bad man driving the train won't stop but it'll pick me up

I've been down to the dock at the edge of town
just to ease my mind too many times
If I was all right I could make me some money tonight
but I can't decide, I can't decide

Cause there's a task at hand down where all of those buildings stand
built six feet wide and ten stories high
I could see them all shot to shit with a wrecking ball
in the dead of night, no one in sight
Track Name: Now Yer Gone
NOW YER GONE (G. McElwain)

If you'd 'a told me you were leaving
I'd've understood
I'd been cold to you; the talking to'd 'a
done me good
I wouldn't 'a tried to change yer mind
not even if I could
If you'd told me you were leaving
Now yer gone

If you'd 'a told me you were leaving
I'd 'a packed yer things
I wouldn't a wanted 'em around here
once you spread your wings
But now you're everywhere I look
You gotta know that stings
Wish you'd 'a told me you were leaving
Now yer gone

I'm haunted by the memory of your face
even though I know that you are in a better place

If you'd told me you were leaving
I'd 'a let you go
It's a woman's right to leave her man
and tell him so
But why you tried to sneak away
no one will ever know

If you'd told me you were leaving
Wish you'd told me you were leaving
Should have told me you were leaving
Now yer gone
Track Name: Walla Walla, Washington
Track Name: Prickly Pear
PRICKLY PEAR (C. Loughridge)
Track Name: Take Back Your Name

You can keep the ring
I left it on the table
You can keep the table, by the way, that's fine
You can open any mail addressed to both of us
Take back your name
It looks awful next to mine

You can keep the sheets
we slept on if you want them
and that undershirt that I liked sleeping in
I am getting the tattoo removed this afternoon
Take back your name
It feels awful on my skin

Keep my cigarettes 'cause I could use breather
I know I said some awful things but I'm
not taking those back either

You can keep the
memories we made together
of the times we had before this thing went south
You can keep the promises we made with someone else
Take back your name
It tastes awful in my mouth

You can keep the ring and when you take the ring back then
take back your name
I won't be needing it again

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