Mt Joy Sings: One in a Million and Other Songs for Finding Love and Making Enemies (UNMASTERED)

by Mt Joy

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"Mt. Joy Sings: ..." Is a collection of songs written between 2009 and 2013 that all revolve around themes of love and loss.

Production after recording stalled in several stages but found this album passing through the hands of many different people who all added something special to this one-day-record from the Summer of 2013. Mark Doubleday provided his home studio for the initial recordings and all following sessions for each musician who performed on the record.
It was from there that "Mt. Joy Sings: ..." laid unfinished until in 2014 when they met Ryan Morgan and Jason Ringelstetter who mixed the album down at The Tonic Room in Boise.
Their skill and ear took the wild recordings from that little room and polished them further leaving them ready for a final master and ultimate release but Mt. Joy has been on a break after changing the lineup into a rock trio and performing in the 2014 and 2015 Treefort Music Festivals.
It has been such a waste to have these fantastic performances by everyone who made this album just that much better with their love of music go unheard in this time.
Each person found something new in the songs they touched from Grandma Kelsey's haunting harmonies, the subtle guitar work of Michael Limbert on Berlin, Heather Meulman's fiddle finesse, and Mark Doubleday's cello and charmed talent for whistling.

Also included with this record is a mastered copy of the song Berlin.

credits

released August 15, 2016

Guitar, Tenor Banjo, Songs. and Lyrics by Aaron Christensen (Mt. Joy)
Additional Vocals by Grandma Kelsey
Drums, Tenor Banjo, Electric guitar, and so much more by Michael Limbert
Recording, Cello. and Whistling by Mark Doubleday
Mixing by Ryan Morgan and Jason Ringelstetter
Art by Beau Van Greener

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Mt. Joy Boise

Mt. Joy is the songwriting project of Boise based artist Aaron Christensen. Imagined in 2009 as a space where Aaron's songwriting can meet with the talent of local musicians and friends Mt. Joy is now gearing up for the release of it's first full length album, "Mt. Joy Sings: One in a Million and other Songs for Finding Love and Making Enemies." ... more

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Track Name: Make Us Bright
The wind is warm
And life is good
I breath it in just as I should

And I wake up
Just to spit out the night
I live for the morning's light

ooooooooohs (chorus)

How we are worn
Down to the bone
My darlin' may I hold you close?

For I've come know
In love we grow
But selfish words will leave you alone

(chorus)

So make us bright
And make us breathing
All lovely flesh we swallow whole

And make us right
And make us living
In some god's form we've come to roam

(chorus)
Track Name: Hold the Line
How are you
I miss those eyes
For them there is
no compromise

I lost my sight
in northern heights
Thoughts of songs
I'll never wright

But I'm okay
I'm just fine
I'll be alright
Just kiss me or leave my mind

I must say
It's no surprise
The trouble I find
Still on the grind

It's come to pray
For another life
I drank away
Several months behind

But I'm okay
I'm just fine
I'll be alright
I'll hold the line

(x2)
I'm okay
I'm just fine
I'll be alright
I'll hold the line
Track Name: Airport
Got a red eye flight so late at night even the moths refused to show
Just you and me with a place to be overdressed and underclothed
For heaven's sake we made the gates
There's not too much farther to go

Four crossings bound they counted down the others had lost their way
To another scene in a limousine that none of us could pay
And there's no steady wait for the high this drug can make
Just don't forget a tip for the valet

And so you in your veil and I in my coat tail
Watch the city become like flecks of gold
Just spare the blouse the drinks are on the house
Seems like there's far too much time for growing old
Track Name: Evil
Evil
It seems like Evil
To me

And people
Will be callous
Will be grudging
Will be evil

And my life
In good standing
Is burning
Is Evil

It seems like Evil
To me

But I will be
All that is good

And I will see
You as I should

In loving
In loving
Where I am Evil

and in my Evil
I am good
Track Name: Berlin
Lord, send me back to Berlin
Oh how I want to be there again
I can't wait another day
So please just send me on my way

I want to walk those streets
See the boats as they float the river Spree
I'll drink absinthe in the bars
And I'll find a girl to break my heart

(chorus)
Oh Berlin, I'll see you again
If only it weren't so long
I don't know where I am anymore
I lost myself somewhere in you

And I want to roam and wander
From KaDeWe to Lola's and farther
From the Reichstag to the Gardens we'll go
And in Prenzlauer I'll find a home

Right down the road from the cafes
On the street where they drink away the day
We'll converse with women of the night
The city's alive in lamplight

(chorus)

Put me on a plain
Fly me away
Please just get me past the gates

Fly me half way
I'll find myself a train
Please just don't make me wait

Lord, send me back to Berlin
To the bars, the lights, and the women
I daydream of Hackescher Markt
And the music we made in the dark

(chorus)

I lost myself somewhere in you
I lost myself somewhere in you
And I found myself somewhere in you
Track Name: I Find No Peace
I find no peace in the thought of your love
And I find no rest in your kiss
So darlin' can you tell me why I crave
The taste of your bitter lips

Well I know it must be wrong but my heart is yours to take
And for that kiss we were there and gone could you feel my heart break
So baby, let the whiskey do the work and please tell me truth
As I held you close was your heart breakin' too?

Take from my cup a final draw
Take my heart and break my jaw
Grab my arms and bend them to the floor
So I may dream
Of holding you
No more

I find no peace in the thought of your love
And I find no rest in your kiss
So darlin' can you tell me why I crave
The taste of your bitter lips
Track Name: Our Last Page
It was two weeks and we were lovers
Three months and left for others
Babe, I've been dying for so many years
Except now I have the comfort
Of Bourbon to hold above her
And I've been calling on all my petty fears

(chorus)
Maybe there's a place another time another day
Where we will find the trace of where we left off our last page
and the words say
"I love you"

I've been writing love letters
Address marked return to sender
And these are the only words you'll ever hear
They say, "Remember how we watched the writer
The night we walked downtown together and
I was too afraid to make a move.
We saw the parks this city over
Making laughs and punching shoulders
And me holding tightly onto you
Then the last night before you left me
Back arched, arms out, lookin' lovely oh
What were you thinking as I gazed at you?"

Was it?

(chorus)

It was two weeks and we were lovers
Three months and left for others
Babe, I'm still holding on to every kiss
We don't have time for eachother
You go your way and I'll recover
But I'll always be haunted by your perfume

(chorus)

"I love you"
Track Name: The Day I Close My Eyes
Will I wake and hear the ocean
On the day I close my eyes
Below my body ring the fog bells
and above a thin grey sky

And we wake into a tangle
Like the day we met our eyes
That simple gift was our to handle
It's funny how things fall aside

But looking back through the window
I see just how we never learn
Strange to see it standing human
Naked and proud for what it's worth

Now it seems a distant memory
Like all the things we said we'd do
The words were taken right from me
Never Learned how to follow through

But I never forgot how to love you
I only learned not to care
Your warm breath was once above me
My fingers locked into your hair

But I remember summer rain
It felt like glory and it felt like fame
In a German house built for three
Where you proclaimed that you never loved me
Track Name: One In A Million
I once said you're one in a Million
But honey, now I've come to see
That all that talk ever said is, "Yippee!
There's more out there for me!"

(chorus)
Cause there's nine of you in Paris
At least one of you in Rome
Three-hundred seven in the United States alone
Three of you in Berlin
Four in Toronto
Twelve of you in Beijing
Twenty Eight in Tokyo

And I'm gonna be okay
I said I'm gonna be okay
I'm gonna wander on my restless feet
And see every one of you there is to see

Well in Trevi there's a gal serves food that's never cold
There's a blonde on the Seine in my arms I'd like to hold
Down in East Berlin they go walking in the rain
Then party in the platz where they take away your pain

And for all we twisted and turned
My darlin', my lesson is learned
It's looking nice in Manhattan today
But I'd rather be flirting on the Champs-Elysees
And of all these girls I loved you first
Can't say you're the best but you sure could be the worst

(chorus)

And I'm gonna be okay
I said I'm gonna be okay
You're one in a million and the world's got seven billion
I think I'm gonna be okay
Track Name: Villain
Hey there bright eyes, how ya been?
How I fear that old flame's still burning
The wax burnt down but the wick doesn't dare to find it's end

Oh I can firmly say I am lost
I loved you but baby at what cost
Took my heart and like a pitcher struck a pose and tossed

You swung and I was smitten
The first one flew into the stands
But what a perfect game you were hittin'
Never back into my hands

Well my brother finally up and left the farm
Leaving you my only, my greatest harm
But through all the mistakes I never once saw the cause to raise alarm

And you go down so bitter sweet
Like the drinks my old ghost bought me on the street
Guess it's the trouble that comes from the place where we meet

And oh I swear your like a villain
Where we are I fight to hard
But know you're my favorite kind of woman
You hit me hard
Track Name: Alone
My, my baby she never walks alone
Cause we, we go the same way home
But we will bend, will twist, and bow
And my, my baby will walk home alone

And I, I will always will forever be alone
Locked inside of my one my only living home
But I, I've come to be quite old
And still, I will always will forever be alone

And they will judge us for being alone
For letting our hearts grow distant and cold
and our minds now bitter to what they know
To err is human so learn to let go

And my, my baby should never walk alone
And I should open my heart and my home
But my, my baby walks alone
All because we never learned how to let go
Track Name: Berlin (Master)
Lord, send me back to Berlin
Oh how I want to be there again
I can't wait another day
So please just send me on my way

I want to walk those streets
See the boats as they float the river Spree
I'll drink absinthe in the bars
And I'll find a girl to break my heart

(chorus)
Oh Berlin, I'll see you again
If only it weren't so long
I don't know where I am anymore
I lost myself somewhere in you

And I want to roam and wander
From KaDeWe to Lola's and farther
From the Reichstag to the Gardens we'll go
And in Prenzlauer I'll find a home

Right down the road from the cafes
On the street where they drink away the day
We'll converse with women of the night
The city's alive in lamplight

(chorus)

Put me on a plain
Fly me away
Please just get me past the gates

Fly me half way
I'll find myself a train
Please just don't make me wait

Lord, send me back to Berlin
To the bars, the lights, and the women
I daydream of Hackescher Markt
And the music we made in the dark

(chorus)

I lost myself somewhere in you
I lost myself somewhere in you
And I found myself somewhere in you