Never Love A Stranger

by Pushmi-Pullyu

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"Madison’s Pushmi-Pullyu has evolved over the years from a sparse electronic-pop solo project to a full-band vehicle for John Kruse’s wandering, frequently morose songs. The five-piece comprises Kruse on keyboards, glockenspiel and vocals; Corey Murphy on keyboards; Luke Annear on drums; Tom Teslik on guitar; and Sam Ludwig on saxophone. Stream the band’s first album, Never Love A Stranger, for free in its entirety until its release on July 2. The album is available through Mine All Mine Records, and the band will celebrate with a July 24 show at the Memorial Union Terrace." - Arts Extract (Scott Gordon, Madison, WI)

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released 02 July 2013

Recorded, mixed and mastered at House Arrest Recording Co. in Madison, WI by Brian Nolan (American Hi-Fi). Album art by John Praw.

All songs arranged by Pushmi-Pullyu. Lyrics on Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rosesetti, sometime before 1872. Lyrics on Past by John Galsworthy, sometime before 1933. Howl III written by Cassidy J. David-Weber, sometime before 2010. All other lyrics by John Praw.

John Praw – Organ, Glock, Trumpet, Vocals
Corey Murphy – Keys, Trombone
Luke Annear – Drums, Chicken
Tom Teslik – Guitar, Delay
Sam Ludwig – Saxophone, Dancing

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Track Name: I'm In Love Again
I'm in love again
I'm a dead man now
I'm a severed vein
I'm a project

I'm in love again
I'm a story song
I'm alive and well
I'm an object
Track Name: Fried Chicken
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Where We First Sat
I was late
To catch my breath
You won't wait
Until you see death

I was late
To catch my breathe
You won't wait
Until I'm dead

And I sang
My last shepherd's song
By the lake
At the break of dawn

And you whined
Like a creaking wind
But I cried
Just to let you win

It was dark
And my eyes were blurred
But your heart
Made the sounds I heard

And we strained
Just to reach the path
To find the stone
Where we first sat

Someone once told me not to wait
But I chronicly do
Am I patient to a fault
Or am I just scared
Track Name: Morning Undone
I am the repetitive rhythm of a morning undone
Tapping my toes the basic beat that's spilled on my floor
Clean it up
Pick it up

And she watches 6/8 time bars going by
And she catches D.C. al Coda before it is over

And you're scared, but I'm with you.

3036
That's my number
Come up whenever you want

I will be there
Just remember
I'm not forever
I'm not

Just like the first time
You saw your reflection
In the waters of Nama
Up in Delta County

Twenty yards from the shore
Still only knee-deep
The fish swimmin' 'round your cold feet
Track Name: Bleak Midwinter
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But your mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshiped her beloved with a kiss.

What can I give you, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man, I would do my part;
Yeah what I can I give you: give my heart.
Track Name: Lost Ponds
My night is like a lost cause
Lost ponds with jasmine and plum
To overlook them all

My night is like a soft call
Of "that's all" from midnight to dawn
To shelter them all

My night is often dead gone
Palm fronds distinctly dead wrong
Decidedly against them all

Keep me inside
Keep me on this side
Of my lost ponds

Oh night, you little mistress
Stopped short of mystery, danger
To save me from them all
Track Name: South Africa
Down
Down the coast
Down we walked
Collecting stories forgotten by our tongues

You were older and I was not
You were ready to tie the knots
To hold together
The fabric we've woven
Don't you worry
It won't be stolen
Tell the story

And don't
Don't you be afraid
No one was lying when they told you
That they'd be dying just to meet you

And I
I walked away from you
To South Africa
'Cause I know people there
Who make things with their hands

You'll be stronger
Recording songs
They can't remember
The words so long
That you can't forget them
No matter how long you try my dear
They'll just keep on ringing in your ear

Down
Down the coast
Down we walked
Collecting stories forgotten by our tongues

You were older
And I was not
You were ready
Track Name: You Are Dead
Outside the age of bitted staging
There's a man who lies broken dead and waiting
For the things to come
After the zero ones
Have fallen from this pitted daydream

And if a face so pitted all in aging
He knows that the world is done uncaging
And he is sunk
From all that's drunk
Before you know it you are dead

And if I am alone now
Who will know to stand down
Who will keep me interested
When I lose all that I have invested
Track Name: All I Wanted
She's sorely littered
All torn and dry
She's super scattered
Before the high

I lost my mission
Hooked on the sky
I crossed decision
You, me and mine

All I Wanted
All I Wanted

Let's make a moment
Out of this word
Let's stick to cement
Don't draw the bird

If you are holy
Don't cross your heart
Or pretend to show me
Your wicked parts

All I Wanted (Whatchu want, John?)
All I Wanted (Whatchu want, John?)

All I wanted in this moment was to hold you but you left me
Track Name: Happy Birthday
Happy birthday
Don't you worry
No one's here to
Take your last year away

But every birthday
Is a new beginning
Gotta take what you've been spinning
And let it play

I don't believe
It ever works
To pull your hair out
Even if your head hurts

So please take pity
On misunderstandings
It's not easy on this side either

Try to catch your breath sometimes
Cuz maybe there's a reason
Today we stop and stay with you
Instead of seein' the season
Track Name: Past
The clocks are chiming in my heart
Their cobweb chime;
Old murmurings of days that die,
The sob of things a-drifting by.

The clocks are chiming in my heart!

The stars have twinkled, and gone out
Fair candles blown!
The hot desires burn low, and wan
Those ashy fires, that flamed anon.

The stars have twinkled, and gone out.
Track Name: Howl III (Bonus)
Every heart that is beating
Is a fist pounding on a door
And we're screaming
And we're screaming

Let me in
Let me go
Oh my god
I need something

And the ones that stopped beating
Weren't the ones that gave up
They're the ones that got free
I want to be free

I want to be the marrow in my bones
When my marrow turns to mud
So I can dance in that blessed river
Flowing through a sacred earth

In the heart of the heart
Of the diamond in the rough
In the heart of the heart
Of the diamond in the rough

Every heart that is beating
Is a fist pounding on a door
And we're screaming
And we're screaming