Great River

by Children

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"Great River is an entirely cohesive set that doesn’t feel like an unnecessary look backwards—it’s far too lovely for that. The kaleidoscopic guitarwork and analog haze that spills over everything on Great River is masterfully executed, filling a deep pool of lush sounds to dive into."
- LAist

"In the midst of the revival of 60's psychedelic sounds currently on the music market, it can become difficult breaking away from primarily being thrown under this genre. The bands that are capable of standing out and defining a sound of their own will be the ones to rise above the sea line. Children is one of these bands."
- Girl Underground Music

"Children’s attention to detail shines, with chiming guitars ushering in some vibrant lyrics: “I watched the grass emerge / from the clutches of the earth / And all the while it grew / Never met an ocean blue as you.” Pull up a beach chair and watch the waves."
- Buzzbands LA

"The album continuously streams a smooth tenor of echoey guitars and hazy keys as if dancing in a daydream on a lonely beach."
- Free Bike Valet

"Children use subtlety as a weapon and in the process have created an album that provokes thought and packs an aural punch."
- Lo-Pie

"... there is not only top notch musicianship here, but a definite chemistry is present. Definitely a must hear if you are into progressive dream-surf, with a bluesy old school touch."
- The Active Listener

credits

released April 24, 2015

all songs written and performed by Children
engineered/Mixed by Graham Walker
mastered by Alan Demoss at The Pie Studios
drums recorded by David Benitez at Culver City Music Factory
everything else recorded in a house in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
layout and design by Mark Yates
flower paintings on back cover by Darice Wallace
released by Future Force Records
special thanks to Dagher Dagher

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Children Los Angeles, California

Children is:

Tom Gil
Jeff Steiskal
Mark Yates
Graham Walker
Trevor Wallace

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Track Name: Salamander
Sundown
Sets so slowly
Taking the time
Listen to the sun say, “Surrender.
Let me in your mind.”

Salamander

I still live in the house I grew up in
None of your concern
Someday I will wander through the valley
Never to return

Sundown on the horizon
Bring me to the moon not far behind
Spinning on a spindle
Out of sight, out of my mind

Lonely as I am I need my solitude
to be numb to the end
Lonely as I am I need my solitude
to be numb to the morning

Such a long day
Such a long day for a salamander
Track Name: Vigil (Strange Gods)
Gathered around their vigil
speaking glossolalia
Sacrifice a virgin to honor their strange gods

Business men and oligarchs
gathered around holding hands
Sing the ancient ode for to summon their strange gods

She was not afraid of them
Swaying like seaweed
And as she jumped into the fire I could faintly hear them pray:

Spring is drawing closer now
Winter comes to a welcome end
Grant us much to yield for to save our families

Periwinkle, lavender
Scarlet, vermilion
Colors of their robes signify how far they'll go for their strange gods

Run, run, run
Run, run, run.
Track Name: All to Myself
I watched the grass emerge
from the clutches of the earth
And all the while it grew
Never met an ocean blue as you

I sleep and I wake and I reap what I take
from knowing unattainable delights
Only for a moment
Until it's time

Don't fly away from me
'Cause if I loved you I would let you go
But I don't

I traced your spine
Imaginary line
Sincere and yet untrue
Never seen an ocean move like you do

Meridian moonrise
Red as your eyes
I sleep and I wake and I reap what I take
It's the only brief serenity I know
Only for a moment
Until it's time

Don't fly away from me
'Cause if I loved you I would let you go
But I don't

I just want you all to myself

Gotta keep it on a shelf
Don't give it away
For the time being

Don't fly away from me

If I loved you I would let you go
But I don't

I just want you all to myself.
Track Name: Doowaddadoo
I've got something to say
but the words escape me
But what good are they anyway
when you can just read my mind?
Suffice it to say that
a ray of light shone on me
So I took what I could from it and brought a little back for you, yeah

Only for you do I do what I do
Only for you do I do what I do

If I were to die, would you moan and cry for me?
Pull me down from the heavens, bring me back to the earth again?
If the answer is yes then I confess
I feel the same
But what good would telling you do if you ain't listenin' to me?

Only for you do I do what I do
Only for you do I do what I do

Walking on egg shells
Walking on egg shells every night
We're walking on egg shells every night
Track Name: Incantation
Killer with a conscience
Murder by monotony
Time keeps slipping on up and away from you

Oh my

Incantation
Don't be so cantankerous
Constant struggle between impermanence and you

Oh my
Oh my

Under the apricot tree
I will wait for you patiently

Death by summer
Smoked by a cigarette
When did fun become slow suicide?

Oh my

Under the apricot tree
I will wait for you patiently.
Track Name: Don't Take All Night
Who's side are you on?
Ain't no wrong or right
Don't take too long
Don't take all night

When all that I’m asking you is
Would you die for me
like I died for you?

No time to blow time
We're on the run
What you write in the rain, sing it in the sun

I heard it all before
but in a different way
Dandelion tomorrow, seed today
This is what they say

I died for you so many times before

I said I never asked to be born into this world
Said it once and I’ll say it again
Sometimes it feels like I never left the womb

It's beginning to feel like it's the end
It's beginning to feel like it's the end

I heard it from a shadow of a former self
She's on the rooftop spying on the neighbors

Don't tell me that you know the score
I died for you so many times before
I died for you so many times before

I said I never asked to be born into this world
Said it once and I’ll say it again
Sometimes it feels like I never left the womb

It's beginning to feel like it's the end.
Track Name: You're Gonna Get It
You been waiting
I been waiting, too
Hesitating
Now what you gonna do?

I been waiting
You been waiting, too
Hesitating
Now what you gonna do?

You'll get yours yet

Oh, let it go
Don't feel low
I got a spaceship in the yard and it's ready to go

You'll get yours yet

If you find you're wondering where the sun went
Well, you're on your own
You have to open your eyes and see
Too many days I don't remember
Wait until they're gone

It's just a matter of time to be

So get behind me if you want to be free
Don't worry about the government
It's so easy just turn on your TV
And forget about the shape you're in.
Track Name: Skin You
What's on your mind?
I wanna know
There's no more time
It's tangible

If it's alright with you
I'll tell you what I’m gonna do

I'm gonna skin you alive

Underneath your skin
Do you feel it?
So deep within
I'm dreaming it

Something lies dormant in you
Better wake it up
I'll tell you what I’m gonna do

I'll take your eyes
So that you can see me
And I'll take your hand
So you can feel me
I'll take your heart
So you may learn to love me
For the killer that I am

I'm gonna skin you alive.
Track Name: Samantha
If you're going
to the rock and roll show
Can I hitch a ride?
It'll be alright but
I won't know a soul there but you
Samantha

We could stay all night
or we could leave early
I leave it up to you
But if I had it my way we would stay
the whole night through
Samantha

The sun's coming up
Don't take a picture
Sleep on my shoulder
and maybe we're older the memory will have survived
Samantha
Track Name: Good Things
If you feel sad and everything's wrong
You got a good thing coming along
Used to be alright but it ain't the same
Bet you got a good thing coming your way

So many peaks and valleys
Easier said than done
So hard not to turn away
It's here today then it's gone tomorrow so fast

Can't find your love, it won't be found
Bet you got a good thing coming around
You lost your will to survive
Good things are bound to arrive

So many peaks and valleys
Easier said than done
So hard not to turn away
It's here today then it's gone tomorrow so fast

It won't last

Good things are bound to arrive

You got a good thing comin'.