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    Limited edition cassette tape featuring "Vacant" by Steven Michael Holmes and "Metanoia" by Matt Langlais. Hand screen-printed album packaging, original artwork for "Vacant" by Monica Dubray.

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released December 30, 2013

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all songs written and performed by Steven Michael Holmes
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engineered/produced by Andrew Benda & SMH
mixed by SMH
mastered by Ben Lau at Double Phelix
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additional personnel :
Marie Orttenburger, violin / cover art lettering
Kevin Johnson, drums on Rural Hymns (reprise)
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my endless thanks to the following. without them
this album would not have been possible :
John & Brian Christensen, Lindsay Groeneveld,
Andrew Benda, Arthur James LaFave,
Kevin Johnson, Lorna March,
Marie Orttenburger & The Entire Smith Family

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Track Name: Stay Warm
stay warm, don't go outside
don't leave the light on, don't even try
to say i'm sorry
for yesterday
when all our problems are still the same

can i follow you down that trail
my brittled bones might break, my red skin reads like braille
can i sleep in your bed
when you leave
i'll wash the sheets, my temptations i won't relieve

for what i've got i give and i give but i never get
of all your problems i'm glad that ya put up with it
you sink like ice, i float like a broken brick
if you're not home stay warm tonight
whether or not you ever come home at all

the same thorn pulled from my side
was found five counties west of where you run and hide
it's how the east was won, the northern freeze
december rain came hard and froze us to our knees
Track Name: Six O'Clock SAY Soccer Game
hunker down, sing a little tune with me
press rewind, erase everything
red hydrant sprinkler, hook line and sinker
water balloon fight. rubber wound finger.

she's a six o'clock SAY soccer game
she's hotter than a midsummers day
and i'm wilting away in the shade

last in the treat line i remain
capri sun glory for my rotten aim
nothing's ever going to be the same

corner crust piece queen, the jammed printer paper ream
hide under stairs clenching nerf gun weaponry
running from cops after ding dong ditch knocks when
the good times were measured by the mud on our socks

she's a six o'clock SAY soccer game
she's hotter than a midsummers day
and i'm wilting away in the shade

stayed out late after the hockey game
our mothers worry and our fathers blame
but nothing's ever going to be the same

behold vacant iron mountain,
one day together and four days left.
behold vacant iron mountain,
where the awkward sun was born.
Track Name: Still, There Is You
does it even make you cry
does it even make you try at all
i know i do. i know i do.

if only you knew
everything that i didn't do
i know you do. i know you do.

in a forest of empty trees
a nest and a broken seed
in a forest of empty trees
the cold earth beneath our feet

when nothing's left - still, there is you

maybe you knew
this was one thing you couldn't see through
i know you knew. i know you knew.
Track Name: Everyone
everyone wants it to be true
so why don't you
breathe like i do
where do you crawl into?

everyone looks the same
through blurry, broken outdated prescription lenses framed
except for you, you sang the truth
you played the chords that we always knew


sing a little louder
pretend that you can't hear my voice
the ground is getting colder
every day that you aren't here

speak a little softer
pretend that you can't hear my voice
the leaves are getting older
every day that you aren't here


like how i always knew
that i'd find out lying down without
a buckler or a steed.
it came too soon, the end
your grand finale has just began
Track Name: Remember June
you dream so fast asleep
so fast to comfort me
can you spare a couple sheep?

have you seen god lately
he owes me a couple drinks
that cat's been haunting me

it's not like you to run away from this
turn back now or suffer consequence

you breathe so quietly
i stutter, shake, i wonder if
she'll never leave

my quilt, my tent, my wreath
the broken boat under the stream
that carried me

it's not like you to run away from this
the prairie moon under which where we kissed

i can't believe i caught you
i can't believe i guessed

you dream so fast asleep
so fast to comfort me
can you spare a couple sheep?

have you seen god lately
he owes me a couple drinks
that cat's been haunting me

it's not like you to run away from this
remember june when december hits

i can't believe i caught you
i can't believe we kissed