Great Elk

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released June 22, 2010

GREAT ELK is - Paul Basile, Patrick Hay, Bryan Trenis, Tommy Harron and Adam Christgau




GREAT ELK EP Liner Notes:

All songs by Paul Basile, except "Down in the Willow Garden", Traditional.

- Paul Basile – Vocals, guitars
- Patrick Hay – Guitars, keys, backing vocals, percussion

with...

- Adam Christgau – Drums and percussion
- Jon Estes – Bass
- Bryan Trenis – Accordion, percussion
- Casey Shea – Backing Vocals

- Produced by Great Elk

- Recorded by Bryan Trenis at Vacation Island Studios, Brooklyn, NY and in beautiful Belmont, VT, October 2009 – March 2010.

- Drums and Bass recorded by Ian Love in Brooklyn, NY, September 2009

- Mixed by Bryan Trenis at Vacation Island Studios

- Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA

- Package Design by Erica Rudy, photos by Paul Basile

- Casey Shea appears courtesy of Family Records


THANK YOU,
Bryan Trenis, Casey Shea, Matt Singer, James Preston, Mike Cook, Paul and Margie Whyte, Kathryn Musilek, Erica Rudy, Lara Ewen and the entire Local Correspondents community. And Katie. And special thanks to all of our friends and family whose names we can’t we fit in this little space. Without your support none of this would have ever been written, performed or recorded.

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The New Yorker says - “The Brooklyn rockers Great Elk display the control and restraint of a band with deep chemistry, as they sway gracefully between gentle ballads and mid-tempo indie-rock tunes.”

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Track Name: Down in the Willow Garden
Down in the willow garden
where me and my love did meet
There we sat a'courting
my love fell off to sleep
I had a bottle of burglar's wine
my true love did not know
and I did murder that dear little girl
down on the banks below

I stabbed her with a dagger
it was a bloody knife
and I threw her in the river
it was a dreadful sight

My father often told me
money would set me free
If I would murder that dear little girl
whose name was Rose Connolly
Sits alone in his cabin home
wiping the tears from his eyes
waiting for his son to come home
up on scaffold high

My race is run beneath the sun
Hell awaits for me
For I did murder that dear little girl
whose name was Rose Connolly
Track Name: Bow Echo
Slick smile says,
"storm's blowing in
Disaster at best
oh, kiss it good-bye
kiss it good-bye."

"Waters will rise
to shame old flood lines
doom, falling skies."
There's fear in his eyes,
there's fear in his eyes
The ratings are high

Anchor weighs in
drama begins
"Goodbye my dear friends
I've loved my life
I've loved my life."
The ratings are high

And outside my window
barely a wind blow
an absent bow echo
the prophet is hollow

Audience cries
static in their eyes
Go on to love your lives
come, give it a try
give it a try
the ratings are high

And outside my window
barely a wind blow
an absent bow echo
the prophet is hollow
Track Name: Further North
A week long and bent
my body half-dead
but that look you give
could keep me feeling alright

When you're sitting at the bar
in the morning, full of stars
you look like a bitter-
hearted divorcee

With your menthol cigarettes
alcoholic coffee drinks
mopping up a morning
lost to lust

Blue Rodeo
on the radio
roping love-lost tears
down your face

And sad, jealous eyes
of sad drunken guys
checking my
every move

Oh, come on baby
come on, one more time
There's seconds left
they're only yours and mine

I step outside the door
to the morning full of stars
and streetlights
pissing in the snow

I'm leaving love behind
for the last fucking time
and I'm never talking
to any of your kind again

Oh, Beverly
you crept up on me this time
a sneak attack
a two verse lullabye

Oh, Beverly
you crept up on me this time
a sneak attack
a two verse lullabye

I'm leaving town
I'm walking out tonight
I'm going further north
to go and hide
Away from any sort of love
I'll build a life
out of loneliness
and lust
and what little's left of pride

I'm leaving town
I'm walking out tonight
I'm going further north
to go and hide

I'm leaving town
I'm walking out tonight
I'm going further north...
Track Name: Jester & June
Sitting on cold floor thinking of soon
behind locked door under iron-striped moon
I can be alone if I thinking of you
when I was your Jester and you were my June

I'd sit on the platform waiting for you
to walk past me daily, not noticing too
there's nothing inside me if I don't have you
I'm a cyclops seer, I'm a killer, I'm a fool

I'm holding your memory, dear
I'm holding your memory, dear
It's been two years since the bastards put me in here
I'm holding your memory dear

I picked up your penny I tapped on your arm
you looked, you laughed, you scoffed and walked on
It was just a kind gesture to return what was yours
but you saw a jester and love turn to scorn

A flash, an impulse, a pulling on my mind
pulling, pulling, pulling from inside
If I'd waited for my heart, oh, we wouldn't be so cold
with you so dead and me nearly so

I'm holding your memory dear
I'm holding your memory dear
It's been two years since the bastards put me in here
I'm holding your memory dear

I sit in my cell and wait for the noose
sometimes I still love you sometimes there's no use
Well, if I had two hearts I'd give you half of one
then I'd take it back and I'd do it again
Track Name: Vibrations
Your cool eyes
could lie
and warm hands
could carry knives

A sunrise
passed by
and all our plans
good night

It's just vibrations and air
passing through my teeth
And it's all inert
no, don't mind me
It's a waste of air
a waste of heat
To be taciturn
might comfort me

If one light
hit her eye
and one man's
for one life

It's just vibrations and air
passing through my teeth
And it's all inert
darling, don't mind me
It's a waste of air
a waste of heat
To be taciturn
might comfort me