Howth

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released February 5, 2011

All Songs Written by Carl Creighton

Performed by:
Carl Creighton- Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Drums
Blake Luley- Electric Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Piano, Drums, Background Vocals

with appearances by our wonderful friends:
Rachel Epp- Vocals on "White Lights" "The Wind Blows Cold" and "Alexander Hamilton"
Jesse Newkirk- Vocals on "Needles and Pins" and "David"
Aviva Stampfer- Vocals on "Keep Me Away From the Mirror"
Neil Acharya- Saxophone on "Cooperstown"

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Blake Luley @ 81 Bleecker St in Brooklyn, NY
Additional recording and mixing done by Blake Luley in various other locations in Brooklyn, NY + Plainsboro, NJ + Portland, OR + Boca Raton, FL as well as on planes and trains to and from said locations.

Drawings/sketches up top by Scott Porcelli
Each CD sleeve is individually done by Carl Creighton, Blake Luley, Jonny Leather, or the select few limited edition sleeves done by Ashley Blanton.

Released by Mecca Lecca Recording Co.

*Special limited album sleeves illustrated by Ashley Blanton

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Howth Brooklyn, New York

Our band name is not Howth it's Howth!!!! It's important!! Don't embarrass yourself!!

Now that that's settled, Howth (long O) is a town in Ireland but also our band.

The only thing we're described as routinely is awesome.

Carl Creighton - lead singer, guitar

Mike Seidenfeld - drums

Robin Pahlman - guitar

Joe Reichel - bass
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Track Name: Cooperstown
My father says every working man
Does what he don't wanna and does the best he can
So when he reach the end of life he'll get a big surprise

Maggie in HR call me on the phone
Tell me that my job don't exist anymore
When I'm being so easily erased
I wish the bitch had told me to my face

My baby be one year old today
Been about the same time been going without pay
When my old lady sends pictures of her eyes
I barely feel alive

There's a radio mast outside of Cooperstown
The second tallest thing that man has made
The only thing worth noting for miles and miles around
I don't think my story ever played
The day I fell from its arm
Track Name: Needles and Pins
Needles and pins I feel them sticking in my skin
Needles and pins I feel them sticking in my skin
Is it a sin to outlive your limb?
Now that that part of me is gone I can begin to reimagine who I am

What was part of me is now lying dead on the floor
Heart giving blood to a gift that's giving no more
It makes you wonder what else the body has in store
What once was me is now lying dead on the floor

Needles and pins I feel them sticking in my skin
Needles and pins I feel them sticking in my skin
Is it a sin to outlive your limb?
Now that that part of me is gone I can begin to reimagine who I am

There's nothing in coming out of those nerve endings
I feel a feeling but it's just pretending
My brain ain't getting any message their sending
Now that that part of me is gone I can begin to reimagine who I am

what makes my body my hands my feet or my head
Will there be anything no there will not when I'm dead
This isn't a beginning this is only an end
What wakes my body my hands my feet or my head

Needles and pins I feel them sticking in my skin
Needles and pins I feel them sticking in my skin
And I will worry when I no longer feel them
Just another part of me that's a ghost limb
Track Name: The Wind Blows Cold
You're my best imaginary friend
You don't exist outside my head
And the conversations that we have may not be real
But they ain't half bad
They make me feel
Less sad and alone
Like a telephone with someone else on the other end

In my dreams we walk the pier
I hold your hand you pull me near
I kiss the flesh behind your ear
And it's so sincere
And I have no fear
That you'll disappear
Cause you were never here
And this had to come
Even pretend things have an end

And the wind blows cold
On the soulless soul
And my heart's on fire
And I cannot breathe

You're my best imaginary or real friend
You don't exist outside my head
And the conversations that we have may not be real
But they ain't half bad
They make me feel less sad and alone
Like a telephone....

And the wind blows cold
On the soulless soul
And my heart's on fire
And I cannot breathe
Track Name: The White Lights Up at Bloomingdale's Bring Me Down
The white lights up at Bloomingdale's bring me down
So down the homeless are fighting and stuff
Delighting in violence and silent nights I know they'll never have
The hot apple cider at union square makes me sad
So sad the worst day I ever had
I'm glad I'm not home alone cause I'd be lonelier there still

And I don't know about you but I think it's true of all humanity
The one place you want to go is the only place you cannot be
It might sound sad but I'm quite satisfied with my melancholy
Sadness is enough for me
More than enough for me

The hidden cemetery on 6th and 21st cheers me up
I'm so happy there's dead people in this town
Not just the ones walking around but dead Portuguese Jews in the ground
The hope that someday I'll be a body keeps me going strong
Just knowing someday I'll be gone
Makes all the things that were wrong suddenly belong

And I don't know about you but I think it's true of all humanity
The one place you want to go is the only place you cannot be
It might sound sad but I'm quite satisfied with my melancholy
Sadness is enough for me
More than enough for me

That's why the white lights up at Bloomingdale's bring me down
Track Name: David
I want my own David to kiss
It doesn't matter who he is
The name alone means quality
I want his love inside of me

The sun won't shine
The moon won't glow
The stars won't show
The way to go
I'll have noone else on my lips
I want my own David to kiss

His hair is wild and Galway black
He lives his life behind his back
I write these chords and sing these words
My lonesome Bill, his wayword girl

The sun won't shine
The moon won't glow
The stars won't show
The way to go
I'll have noone else on my lips
I want my own David to kiss
Track Name: Timeless Square
Will there ever be anyone who only wants to love and be loved for the sake of that love?
I know that it's possible but it's unbearably distant and so near and dear to me
I'll go to the ends of the earth I'll deny my self-worth give up all my dreams like a curse
And go to every filthy place that you've graced your sweet face and erase every trace of me

But tonight
as we walk amongst the lights that seldom go out
I highly doubt that we'll notice
this flickering moment
Snuffed out in the prime of this Timeless Square

The sidewalk before you adores you like I do it knows that your road can go anywhere
But I only live to walk your road beside you a thorn or a thistle stuck in your show
I will not trouble thee I will not probably I only want to see what you see
I will not interfere please don't you leave me here I will just disappear like the wind

But tonight
As I look in your eyes and smile with delight
I know I might not remember this dying December
Snuffed out in the prime of your Timeless Square
Track Name: Idaho #1
I can't sleep too many deep thoughts
Dragging me out to sea
So let's go to Idaho
Watch the tall grass grow
Cause in Idaho

Nobody'll care
We'll have everything we need there
Hours to spare
To stare blankly like two escaped mental patients
At tall, tall
Green, green
Grass

You're swimming with sharks, I'm swimming inside my head
Wonder if I'll feel peace when I am dead
But instead let's go to Idaho
Where nobody else is
Cause in Idaho

Nobody'll care
We'll have everything we need there
Hours to spare
To stare blankly like two escaped mental patients
At tall, tall
Green, green
Grass
Track Name: Hecksher Field #3
Heckscher field #3 is closed forever
Or at least the winter months
I once saw a game on that field

I sat in the back
On the sunwarmed bleechers
Trading quips with the other girls
Whose men played on that field

You rotate your bat
Three times behind your shoulder
And when it came time to swing
You sent that ball sailing
And your body was moving
And your team, it was cheering
And your face, it was smiling
And for once you were winning

Heckscher field #3 isn't closed forever
And when the summer comes
Let us play a game on that field
Track Name: Keep Me Away From the Mirror
Keep me away from the mirror
And everything else fragile
At least until I'm acting more like a sober, adult person

I'm breaking every effort
I've made to make myself better
Now I'm resigned to ever be that kind of man
Noone can

Threw my phone out the window
Heard the faceplate shatter
Scattering names over the plains by the wind
And back again

I broke my HDTV
With a plunger and most of my body
Took my foot out of my mouth and put it to work
I went bizzerk

And what would my family
My family have to say
If they were to see
See me acting this way
They'd say he's ok

Just keep him away from the mirror
And everything else fragile
If you can keep him from himself, that's probably best
Track Name: Alexander Hamilton
As I stand on Alexander hamilton's grave I find a way to pass the time
Smoke a joint and slowly undo my mind
This street was named after a big wooden wall that didn't take that long to fall
People think it was concrete, no it wasn't

And I'm sure there's a drug test I c(sh)ould be taking
I'm breaking many a law
I feel like an ice skater on a lake that's melting
Or a snowman that's only a carrot nose and buttons after the thaw
I am a man of straw

As I stand over here there's a cemetery
People here are dead buried
For a century or two. That's a long time
This poor guy died on 9/11, but it's not of that same year
It's a hundred years before
Before that date was taken and hijacked forever

And I'm sure there's a drug test I sh(c)ould be taking
I'm breaking many a law
I feel like an ice skater on a lake that's melting
Or a snowman that's only a carrot nose and buttons after the thaw
I am a man of straw

I don't have to work tomorrow or the day after that
Or maybe never you know
But someday I'm gonna run out of student loans
My grandma's in the hospital, she's probably dead
Cause I don't call my mother and I don't know what she said
But I really love my grandma and I'm using her quilt and I hope that she knows this

And I'm sure there's a drug test I should be taking
I'm breaking many a law
I feel like an ice skater on a lake that's melting
Or a snowman that's only a carrot nose and buttons after the thaw
I am a man of straw

My homework's not getting done, I'd rather play this here guitar
It's worked for me this far
It's a system at least. I play and then I pretend to study.
But my teachers are all masters students and they don't care what I do
They just want to see themselves through the system
They don't make very much, they don't get health insurance or anything

And I'm sure there's a drug test I sh(c)ould be taking
I'm breaking many a law
I feel like an ice skater on a lake that's melting
Or a snowman that's only a carrot nose and buttons after the thaw
I am a man of straw

I only write to sing, I only sing to write
And I play guitar in between those things
And I can't get a trumpet player if I sold my soul for one
A girlfriend, who wants a girlfriend?
A boyfriend, who wants a boyfriend?
Who wants anything at all
Who wants to be big, who wants to be small
Who wants to be ugly
Pretty people have their problems too
And I'm not rich,
I am a Christian not a Jew
But I wish I was a Jew then I could go to barmitzvahs and get free food
And if I was thirteen I would be considered a man
I don't think I consider myself a man
I'm 25.
Oh man that's really depressing.
My whole life is window-dressing.
I don't mean to make my mother all stressed out
But living in new york will do the trick I guess

And I think everyone in this cemetery knows I'm high
And I think when I left Minnesota I forgot to say goodbye to everybody
I've been back 10 times on the holidays and I still haven't said goodbye
I still haven't said goodbye.

And I think everyone in this cemetery knows I'm doing something illegal
They probably think I'm gonna sleep here and stay the night and steal people's clothes
How can I steal people's clothes when they're buried/wearing them
I'm high. Hello I'm high. Hello I'm high.

I went to Hollywood to get some weed.
I went to Hollywood to get some weed.
I'm not even sure that this is weed.
Josh's weed sucks.

And i'm sure there's a drug test my mom wishes I was taking
And I'm breaking many a law
I feel like an ice skater on a lake that's melting
Or a snowman that's only a carrot nose and buttons after the thaw
I heard the tinman died from the makeup he had on
And the guy got asthma, the man of straw
And the horses that were colored green...

Well they're all dead now.

I don't know if it was the makeup or old age but even if it wasn't the makeup those horses would have to be like 1oo years old now
I don't think horses live that long.
Most people don't live that long.
I hope I live that long.
I hope I live that long.

As I stand on Alexander Hamilton's grave I wonder what he'd say about this song
I think he was for peace and I think he wanted us independent
And I think he'd be happy knowing that I wrote a song about him
Track Name: 7A
Your clocks are all telling different times
I will go by the slowest one
Safe in this bed
Safe in this room
Safe from the cold of this New York sidewalking life

The news is always giving different sides
I will go by the accurate one
I guess I'm in love, I guess I've got friends
I guess it depends on this New York sidewalking life

I will meet you at the corner of a random crossstreet random avenue again

My folks are always giving bad reviews
I will pay attention to the positive ones
Pretend that they're proud
Pretend I'm allowed to have some fun
With this New York sidewalking life

I will meet you at the corner of a random crossstreet random avenue again
I will meet you at the corner of 7th street and Avenue A
The A stands for.................

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