Places We've Broken Into EP

by Fingers Lift

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Songs from the "What Never Kills Me" sessions. Recorded in February 2010 at Box Fort Knox and Bad Elk.


released February 2, 2012

Written and performed by Brandon Welch

Engineered by Timothy Walker

Art by Ben Aldis



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Fingers Lift De Kalb, Illinois

Fingers Lift is a band of scarecrows with jack o' lantern heads staked in a plot of dark midwestern soil in a town where it's always night. when the wind is just right their corn-husk fingers lightly brush and tap against the stringed instruments that some unknown soul thought to hang on them as a perverse joke. wind sighs in and out through their eyes and mouths and with the wind comes words ... more

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Track Name: Bookshelf Battlecircle
It was 1984
And Tender was the night for Betty Zane
A Light In August she was
Shaking off the Trail Dust
Of her Noble House
And with her friend The Rocketeer
A Companion to Shakespeare Studies
They were On The Trail Of The Ragged Fox
The Ragged Fox he was a Warlock
The Devil In The White City
The Spirit Of The Border
They felt The Return Of The King
Was really in order
But The View From The Bridge
And The Omen over the ridge
Could easily have told her
Clearer than Hornblower
That the sun always rises on the Battle Circle
The Sun Also Rises on the Battle Circle
Track Name: Places We've Broken Into
It's great to be here
I've hated every moment but this
There's blood in my hair
And a silver orchestra in the pit
This venue is haunted
This evening is pure
Places we've broken into
Let's kick down some doors

We'll tuck the guitars
Under the van seats and drift of
Beneath the bright stars
One million embers, one million
The shape of the mountains
The drift of the clouds
Places we've broken into
Let's burn the battery out

What's left but going home?
And where did the symphony go?
Remember clearly
The shape of things under the snow
Let's run from the shallows
Let's jump off the rocks
Places we've broken into
Let's see if they're still unlocked

Never switch off
Never sleep when you're awake
Track Name: Words On The Verge Of Sleep
I wake up and there's a song in my head
I get off work and my hands are dead
How the day does fill my head
It leaves my ringing
And it leaves me with
Words on the verge of sleep

I wake up and there's a song in my head
About a place where the houses are too big
And everything stands on the edge of cliffs
Leaves me falling
And it leaves me with
Words on the verge of sleep

Don't wake me up
I hope that you don't wake me up