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1.
Wildflower 02:53
WILDFLOWER Something down the road didn't happen yet Something you'd forget Like that night in the shower You got that tattoo on your lower back You said you'd regret In a month or an hour Don't speak too soon You might lose your breath or your fear of death Or the way that you went to your mother's house After you ran out on me while I Was in the shower I'm stuck here still Like a wildflower on the side of the highway Your fingers grip the wheel As you're pullin out your parents driveway You're staring down the road Burying your heart in the ash tray You think it's gonna grow Like a wildflower on the side of the highway You got stopped by the cops putting lipstick on For the junior prom You looked so pretty he let you off You always said that it creeped you out And it let you down And it made you think less of the law We can sleep on the floor cause you're scared of heights And you see yourself turning into your mother I'll sleep on the floor facing your headlights on a school night i'll be outside your front door I'm stuck here still Like a wildflower on the side of the highway Your fingers grip the wheel As you're pullin out your parents driveway You're staring down the road Burying your heart in the ash tray You think it's gonna grow Like a wildflower on the side of the highway
2.
Lace 04:29
She is the one with the diamond colored smile Raspberries dripping from her lips Sapphires and rubies between her hips She never cared for lovers of old She never cared for diamonds or gold She admires the friend that keeps her from the edge Side of the tracks at 3 AM while the others dangle their feet off the yellow ledge She was too scared of the fall She was too scared of it all Tying lace around her neck like the chains around her thighs There’s mace behind her back and there’s blood behind her eyes She says tell me about all the things that I can never be When all I wanted was to be a little bit free It won’t be long ‘til she’s walking into the pool in her white dress and her satin shoes Yelling this is the life that I happen to be living But it ain’t what i choose She is the one with the flowers in her eyes Her silk billowing over the river All you can do is stand there and shiver She wasn’t scared of the fall She wasn’t scared at all Tying lace around her neck like the chains around her thighs There’s mace behind her back and there’s blood behind her eyes She says tell me about all the things that I can never be When all I wanted was to be a little bit free
3.
Chains 01:11
4.
Just As Well 05:23
JUST AS WELL Their bodies lost borders and night lost it's dark In the cold heat of winter their hearts hit their marks He said I may be strong But be gentle, I'm weary and low She laid beneath him and sometimes she cried and said baby this love makes me terrified My heart is so dark and my candle blew out long ago He said it's useless to mention cause it's not your fault But you told me that you'd never leave me is all And I told you that I couldn't lay beside anyone else But please love another, and love her just as well Oh, please, find another, and love her just as well She never favored sleeping alone Although he didn't mind being there on his own 'Till he saw a strand of hair on the place where she once laid her head He said it's useless to mention cause it's not your fault But you told me that you'd never leave me is all And I told you that I couldn't lay beside anyone else But please love another, and love her just as well Oh, please, find another, and love her just as well He said it's useless to mention cause it's not your fault But you promised that you'd never leave me is all And I told you that I couldn't lay beside anyone else And she said, you'll move right along in your time Love me fiercely forever and all will be fine But please love another, and love her just as well Oh, please, find another, and love her just as well
5.
Bloody Money 03:54
BLOODY MONEY Hold on to your resolve And your leather book of lies you tell yourself to sleep at night I hope you choke on the smoke and the smog While you tell all the parishioners stand up and fight the good fight It's a vicious cycle, it's a cheap suit wearing sisyphis it's just people, it's their way Do you people got the guts to say— I don't want your bloody money You sell your souls and say it's us who need redemption, ain't it funny You lick it up, that bloody money bloody money bloody Sweat and simmer and seethe You repeat the words, you play the part Watch the bullet hit the heart Sit and heel and take what you receive Puppets in the darkest little comedy we've ever seen It's funny and its tragic It's disgusting, somehow beautiful so we cant look away and It's spineless, you can never say I don't want your bloody money You sell your souls and say it's me who needs salvation in the land of milk and honey, just look at all that Bloody money bloody money bloody Snorting lines of teenage tears Watch them lose their golden years watch the headlines feel no shame taking money, not the blame Call me the one thats blind But we both see the bodies left behind Because of all the bloody money You wash your hands but You're still spoiled to the core All the souls what is it for? The bloody money bloody money bloody You don't remember all their names You turn your face and take your pay The bloody money bloody money bloody
6.
MUSCLE MEMORY Clenching your fists on the wheel Saying it's fine, hold my hand, say you're mine Reflexes kick in, my ex lover's words from your mouth Baby you're okay We're okay The song that plays on as the titanic sinks The look in your eye when you're lost in your drink The anchors ain't sinking, we're drifting to sea When saying I love you becomes muscle memory Muscle memory Fingers they fumble for answers Push down the keys like it's nothing to me Saying i'm sorry, i play to make up Make the call take the fall and wake up Baby wake up The feeling you get when it hurts just to be Letting the ocean just push and pull me The anchors ain't sinking we're drifting to sea When saying I love you becomes muscle memory I can keep saying it's fine but it won't break the tide And it won't make you mine I could keep lying to you but we both know it's true That all that we do is muscle memory Muscle memory Muscle memory

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released August 27, 2021

Vocals & Bass: Mel Bryant
Lead Guitar: Conor McCarthy
Rhythm Guitar: Aaron Hicks
Drums: Brendan Bird

Produced by Gar Ragland and Mel Bryant & the Mercy Makers
Recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios (Asheville, NC)
Engineers: Kenny Harrington and Dowell Gandy
Additional tracking at Electric Church Records (Nashville, TN) by Conor McCarthy

Mixed by Gar Ragland at Citizen Studios (Asheville, NC) and Conor McCarthy at Electric Church Records (Nashville, TN)
Mastered by Calvin Lauber

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heart breakin' soul shakin' indie rock band comprised of lovers and friends making songs for their lovers and friends.

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