Don't Envy The Wheels

by The Road To Ruin

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1.
Build A Day 03:36
A burned out house, an angry man. a chlldhood dream Sneaker on a wire a block up Troutman Street A plastic form, a cloud of gas, too scared to ask The silly teacher won’t explain the painted scene Getting so entrenched in knowing how to say the right thing You don’t say anything and you forget what you mean Being so enslaved by losing, feeling so afraid of choosing Don’t stop to think, you forget what you need These are things you take away change a minute build a day These are things you take away change a minute build a day A pile of ash upon the floor and failure’s door Another train wreck on the news at half past midnight So run away from jay walkers and hit parades Appalachia turns into the New York sky line Camouflaging slowly with the colors in the backdrop When the movie’s obscene and your crush has turned green Waiting for a tragedy to shake you out of normalcy The back of your head during a beautiful dream These are things you take away change a minute build a day These are things you take away change a minute build a day These are things you take away change a minute build a day These are things you take away change a minute build a day
2.
Dark Cloud 03:06
Dark Cloud, storm so tame The wind is dancing like a bullet train Two fold as the crush of the sea brings A young man home and mends his knee And each time that you tumble round, you don’t let your shadow bring us down It’s a fact we can balance fine In flurry insane and burning shine Dark cloud come on strong, show us your power with your lightning storm Dark cloud keep the fire warm, keep the roof above us leave no branches torn And we’ll love you like a clear blue day, grow our fields with your skies of grey Dark cloud, holy hurricane, Bring on your justice like the old men say Drown out the evil but keep us safe, Bring us to shore with your thunder and waves Dark cloud come on strong, show us your power with your lightning storm Dark cloud keep the fire warm, keep the roof above us leave no branches torn And we’ll love you like a clear blue day, grow our fields with your skies of grey
3.
Dizzy darlin' with your stepped on blues open up the gift I gave to you you may find it’s something you can use and you are so lucky You keep nagging like a spoiled child Our conversation walking single file Don’t you remember how I used to make you smile don’t run from your family You’ve balanced work and health and wine You’ve got good taste and you made good time Now you can afford to love Hey you comfortable and fair no one see’s you, no one’s there now you can afford to love now you can afford to love now you can afford to love Just take the help and feel the way you like, these days the chemicals get it right It’s not a tranquilizer, it doesn’t blur the fire Just guides your good side You’ve balanced work and health and wine You’ve got good taste and you made good time Now you can afford to love Hey you comfortable and fair no one see’s you, no one’s there now you can afford to love now you can afford to love now you can afford to love And when you slide and when you grind I can be your safe side You’ve balanced work and health and wine You’ve got good taste and you made good time Now you can afford to love Hey you comfortable and fair no one see’s you, no one’s there now you can afford to love now you can afford to love now you can afford to love
4.
You won't hear no whistle blownin', on the old freight line, The calfornia airports, replaced that old Carolina whine And you can't find a needle, to fit your old time groove The record's long since out of print, but it still plays as part of you At the times when new improvements feel a lot like being beat When you’re just as good as you used to be but you still feel obsolete when you wish they’d work on you before they go build some something new Don't you envy the wheels for charging through, just trust your own two feet In the allies there's still cobble stone, though the main streets have been paved and all towns best regulars still haven't changed their ways I still hear them late at night singing ballads of times gone dusty And the old piano may be out of tune but your fingers are not rusty At the times when new improvements feel a lot like being beat When you’re just as good as you used to be but you still feel obsolete when you wish they'd would work on you before they go build some something new Don’t you envy the wheels for charging through, just trust your own two feet Don’t envy the wheels for charging through, just trust your own two feet
5.
Peter never needs a coat, he sees the clouds through his telescope Hey hey thats ok He loves to stay inside his house and from his window looking out He can see the rain coming down and he marvels at the height of the sky Nancy’s shades are always drawn, she doesn’t care what’s going on, Hey hey thats ok Her head’s a better place to be but sometimes when she’s high and free She dreams of places she’s never seen and she marvels at the height of the sky The sky, the sky, the beautiful sky The sky, the sky, the beautiful sky The sky, the sky, the beautiful sky she marvels at the height of the sky Me I’m building a flying machine, with twigs and glue and bicycle chains While and I may well fall and die, I’m gonna marvel at the height of the sky I’m gonna marvel at the height of the sky I’m gonna marvel at the height of the sky And my fall will be my flight Charlie loves the corner seat, he’s there at every meet and greet, Hey hey thats ok But though his cloths are sharp and neat and though his mind is so elite He never finds the heart to speak and he marvels at the height of the sky The sky, the sky, the beautiful sky The sky, the sky, the beautiful sky The sky, the sky, the beautiful sky he marvels at the height of the sky Me I’m building a flying machine, with twigs and glue and bicycle chains While and I may well fall and die, I’m gonna marvel at the height of the sky I’m gonna marvel at the height of the sky I’m gonna marvel at the height of the sky And my fall will be my flight
6.
Natural 05:09
You’re easy to want, you’re a comfortable daydream Dancer dangling on a wire But you hurt yourself all the time Cause you know who you are and it’s not who you want to be And all you’re desire, is hurting your power You fight so much you can’t keep on winning And I know you’ve never been one for quitting But you’re getting tired and I don’t want to see you get weak You’re a natural, babe you’re a natural You radiate so easily And as long as I’m nearby you You’re all I can see, you’re all I can feel And magic is real while my old wounds heal You’re a natural, babe it’s unnatural So won’t you please just let yourself be You’re lonelier than you tell me sometimes You’re true love keeps changing hands one day you’re making plans and the next you’re banging your head on the ground But through all the bumps, all the grinds and the stumbles You have a royal way, You’re proud and brave, eloquent and brief And you mean every word that you say You’re a natural, babe you’re a natural You radiate so easily And as long as I’m nearby you You’re all I can see, you’re all I can feel And magic is real while my old wounds heal You’re a natural, babe it’s unnatural So won’t you please just let yourself be And life may reward you Right after it thwarts you You don’t have to cry at every scrape of the knee You can’t just ask for a little help from me, yeah You’re a natural, babe you’re a natural You radiate so easily And as long as I’m nearby you You’re all I can see, you’re all I can feel And magic is real while my old wounds heal You’re a natural, babe it’s unnatural So won’t you please just let yourself be
7.
Tie my hands, drop your weapons We played a game I’m handing you the flag Give your 84 cents to the carpenter Cause the hangman is happy just to brag And don't gripe bout the finer points of sportsmanship For thirteen years I was your good little thorn Please let me be as I prepare to die And you can honor the oath you have sworn And I haven't had a place in a heart or on a range In a hideout or a faith from which i haven't run I used to bow to instinct, I closed my eyes and fired my gun But now i have grown weary of what I have become So sheriff come for me, as I walk to town alone And anywhere you hang me will be home Hurry dust off the last of the fireworks My arrest will be big news in the town Bring your children so they can remember When the trap door came a’ tumbling down Overnight your bellies will be full again And they’ll soon find a cure for the common man's cold So rejoice for the brave politicians They've finally caged the big bad wolf And I haven't had a place in a heart or on a range In a hideout or a faith from which i haven't run I used to bow to instinct, I closed my eyes and fired my gun But now i have grown weary of what I have become So sheriff come for me, as I walk to town alone And anywhere you hang me will be home So sheriff come for me, as I walk to town alone And anywhere you hang me will be home
8.
Feel It 02:49
If you’ve got a pencil, break it in half If you’ve got something to say, take out the trash If you’ve got somewhere to be, don’t change it for me I’ve got nothing to do, but I won’t count on you Let it show, just let yourself feel it Let it show, oh oh Just let yourself feel it If you empty the closet I’ll know what about I wear a pair of your shoes but I wore them out You don’t have to say that you’ve been feeling cooped up in here Just run down the street in the rain let it cover your tears Let it show, just let yourself feel it Let it show, oh oh Just let yourself feel it You’ve been sharing more than a bed with him Soon you’ll be in love Let it show, just let yourself feel it Let it show, oh oh Just let yourself feel it
9.
I know you walk the tightest rope, you hide your pride behind your careful hope You’re a sign of the times cause you’ve learned to to cope with violence and obligation I’ve seen you straight faced in a deal, you tricked the dealer with your face of steal I’ve seen you quietly conceal, all your moral observations May you know when to agree and what to refuse May you pay back in full all those people you used May you cross your fingers like a new recruit May heaven bend the rules for you May heaven bend the rules for you I’ve seen you save the ones you love, with the devil’s hand and your neighbors blood We all know that it was you who stopped the flood, how can we linger on your calculation I’ve seen you sharpening your tools, I know your rules and the ways they’re cruel I have seen the things you do to fools, with only quiet conversation May you know when to agree and what to refuse May you pay back in full all those people you used May you cross your fingers like a new recruit May heaven bend the rules for you May heaven bend the rules for you May you know when to agree and what to refuse May you pay back in full all those people you used May you cross your fingers like a new recruit May heaven bend the rules for you May heaven bend the rules for you
10.
When you pick up a guitar, what’s the first chord that you play When you wake up in the morning freeze, what are the first words that you let get away Who’s got a right to know what you're saying in your sleep, And you can’t hide that from your partner, no no no, but you can hide from me And he never says a word, he likes to keep it easy You don’t have to face yourself so every morning is a trophy, You love him cause he’s healthy, you love him cause he’s happy, You love him like an actor and you love him like a movie, It doesn’t change your burden, I just can’t put it gently When we kissed behind the curtain that was you looking straight at me All the things that we don’t say, will add up one day When you pick up a guitar, are you ever at a loss, When you eat your bread and butter do you only taste the cost Who’s got a right to hear, the songs you sing behind your door Well maybe he was listening in last night, or maybe he just read the score Maybe you show it in your eyes maybe he know’s when your not looking Maybe all your comprisinings all you need to keep you going, Only you know if my guessing, is catching on to something As I’m reaching through the dark, and I pray to god for lighting, Are we only doing damage to get high on all the hurting, Do we share the same horizon is that why we both keep searching All the things that we don’t say will add up one day All the things that we don’t say will add up one day All the things that we don’t say will add up one day
11.
Hall Light 01:56
Don’t cry, I’ll stay with you as you fall asleep Hall light, brave like a soldier he won’t desert you But I’ve never fit right, in this old uniform So I’m saying goodbye but I promise to crack the door You’ll be fine You can write down, all of the questions you never asked me But sometimes, the things that we keep are what keep us angry So as I string up my tie, I won’t look in your eyes too long I’ll wink as I kiss you goodnight and I’ll promise the monster’s gone You’ll be fine
12.
Hey, I sorted through the paper plates and plastic forks you saved When the china in the dinning room grew too far away, Then the silver did too Hey forget about the good ones its the greats, you can hide your life learned lessons well, you can hide them in heaven you can hide them in hell but that don’t keep them safe Thinkin' bout you Now that your gone I’ve learned to trust your absent minded faith Now that your gone I’ve learned to trust your absent minded faith Now that your gone Hey, throw out all the "what if"s and "too late”s A few more things you used to say, a put on voice, a still sad face A year goes by and no one waits Thinkin' bout you Hey it’s not about the good ones its the greats, you can hide your life learned lessons well, you can hide in heaven you can hide them in hell but that don’t make them safe that’s the thing about you Now that your gone I’ve learned to trust your absent minded faith Now that your gone I’ve learned to trust your absent minded faith Now that your gone

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released September 7, 2018

Miles Stenhouse: Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Percussion
Sam Lubin: Bass
Erik Sandfort: Backing Vocals, Keyboards on "Don't Envy The Wheels"
Rob Fragnito: Drums on "Don't Envy The Wheels" and "Anywhere You Hang Me Will Be Home"
Hyoung Yoon: Drums on "The Height Of The Sky"
Adrian Bourgeois: Keyboards, Bass, Drums on "May Heaven Bend The Rules For You"
Mike Sposato: Lead Guitar on "The Height Of The Sky"
Katie Ortiz: Backing Vocals
Julia Halitgan: Backing Vocals on "The Height Of The Sky" and "Anywhere You Hang Me Will Be Home"
Genevieve Faivre: Backing Vocals on "Dark Cloud"
Megan Horan: Backup Vocals on "May Heaven Bend The Rules For You"

Produced and engineered by Miles Stenhouse
Mixed and mastered by Andy Freeman

All songs written by Miles Stenhouse, copyright 2018.

Cover painting by Leslie Ragan, public domain
Cover text and design by Scott Stenhouse

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