Honeycomb

by Summer Underground

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released November 25, 2014

Honeycomb was recorded by Summer Underground during the summer of 2014 in the living room of Valley View Studios in Ligonier, PA. Additional recording was done in Pittsburgh, PA, and bedrooms in the Lower East Side and Queens, NY.

Chrissy Sandman: vocals, grand piano, MicroKorg, Roland keyboard FP-7F, vocoder, flute, djembe, toy piano (Jaymar), claps, whistling

Grant Carey: vocals, grand piano, drums, bass, electric guitar, nylon & steel string acoustic guitars, MicroKorg, ukulele, melodica, percussion, fake drums, fake strings

Additional Vocalists on “Overture”:
Kathryn Allison, Kelsey Beck, Davis Blout, Alexa Cepeda, Devon Solorow-Cox, Kate Cough, John Johnson, Emily Manna, Jack Radley, Daniel Ryave, Mike St. Germain

Music & Lyrics by Summer Underground
Mixed & Produced by Summer Underground
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music
Queen Bee Producer: Lynn Miyamoto
Original artwork by Caitlyn Knepka
© ℗ 2014

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Track Name: Overture
You were holding your chapstick like a cigarette
Sitting in the backseat of your best friend's car
You were looking out the window at the fast food chains
Or were you looking for a way out from tradition and shopping malls

You screamed:
"There is more to life than just the suburbs
And though we might miss our parents and our sisters
There is someplace calling me, drawing me and fucking up my sleep
And I am not one to resist temptation

I wanna go where everybody looks the same
And nobody knows my name
And I don't have to answer anyone
Take all the space that I know well
Trade it for a tiny cell, live inside and start another life"

Well, if there is an answer to our prayer
Surely it lies between two rivers there
Everybody's talking about how they wanna die young
But I wanna live forever

I used to tell you many things
about the way the future would bring us answers in bags with bows
Now I don't know what's in front of me
I don't know what's right behind me
Paranoid incessantly thoughts of us evanescing
into a nest of muscle and bone

I will always be beside you in Sunnyside on stormy islands
Somewhere in the miles of code

This might feel strange for a while
Leave it to me I'll save the files
There's a glitch in the hall
She won't answer the call
Self belief razor-thin, a history filled with sin
And the rat at the door, I can hear him and he's clawing for more
Let me out of the cage, I have plenty to say

Where does it end? I live on an island!
Where does it end? I live on an island!

The room has never felt so still
The curtains drawn, the creature falls, the current stalls
Your eyes have never looked so blue
I love you now, I love you now, I love you now
now, now, now, now....
Track Name: Honeycomb
I moved here in the year in the afterlife of my youth
I found a room in a cell of this honeycomb

And to make myself at home I tried to
hang your picture on the honey wall
took a slip and had a honey fall
bought some bandaids at the honey mall
Now I'm flying again, trying to send a message to you

In the walls of a honeycomb
people breathing and people eating
and it's sweet and sticky and it's always crowded
and the buzzing never stops

Unemployment is high, conversation is low
Three hundred and eighty nine years old
I'm thinking about dying here alone
That's how much I like it inside of the honeycomb

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ring that bell for me
Ooh, ooh, ooh, save a cell for me
Ooh, ooh, ooh, you do well for me
Slow sweet sting, like a honeybee

In the walls of a honeycomb
Lovers loving and preachers preaching
Beggars begging and the rich kids who never had to verb

Unemployment is high
Conversation is low
Three hundred and eighty nine years old
I’m thinking about dying here alone
That's how much I like it inside of the honeycomb

Over and back
My body picking up slack
Buzzing from flower to flower
Hour to hour

We were swimming in the summer
sweating under sheets and covers at night
We were spindles under-loving
dangling naked in the pale moonlight

Honey you move me
how do you move me like honey
how do you move like honey
how do you move?
Track Name: Beacon
Skip the subway, hail a taxi
take the BQE right down, you know the drill
Friday night and things are happening
Hat, gloves, sweater get right at me

But everywhere we turn it's like a living Urban Outfitters ad
Just an observation - I don’t know or really care if it's good or bad

It's as if you were just a beacon in a river that I couldn’t have
Now you've got cracks and fault lines in your pavement but I could be fine with that

I was in love with you
I was in love with you

When we were standing on the roof
Overlooking our neighborhood
I could tell you were nervous
From the way that you stood
We were lookin at the houses and the lights and the cars
I was only watching you
I know you knew!

But you kept climbing higher

Here above the wires I will hang my heart
From the laces of your shoes
I will play my part
And promise not to move - I will hang very still

Aren’t they moments like these that you see in your head
Stop writing them down take me to bed
Its been a long time I’ve waited to be alone with you

It's as if you were just a beacon in a river that I couldn’t have
Now you've got cracks and fault lines in the pavement but I could be fine with that

I was in love with you
I was in love with you

I see your spire through the trees
The twisted metal in the leaves
There's thunder in this very need
There’s something waking up in me

I know that you’ll appreciate
your power to resuscitate
a soul that couldn’t run the race
and now I’m staring in the face or a facade
is it a place or a mirage
I don't care
just put me there and take my clothes but don't tell god

Off the map and into the stadium
Gladiators swingin like they famous

You were just a beacon in a river that I couldn't have
Now you've got cracks and fault lines in the pavement
But I could be fine with that
Track Name: Garden State Parkway
Following a boat named Christine
down the Garden State Parkway
Passive in the passenger seat
I sit in wait patiently

This summer in limbo
A period of life
Molecules spin faster
than the loops in my translucent mind

I could waste my days on you
in the highway haze
I could waste my rays on you
and not think it was a waste

Passing by carnival rides
all folded up on moving trucks
It didn’t take us long to realize
that travelin feeling was creepin up

Our summer in limbo
a period of life
Molecules spin faster
than the loops in my translucent mind

well can you read me
at 300 word speed
the gas tank’s empty
but we’re not worried
well honey should we be?

I could waste my days on you
in the highway haze
I could waste my rays on you
and not think it was a waste
Track Name: Coyote
Standing on the Hudson’s edge
I watch these crystal lights don their nighttime skin
I don't think I've ever felt winds this strong
I watch them balance all the chaos
into bliss-filled, untamed song

I cry in time with her:
"Hosannah, Manhattan"
I was alone with her
breathing her stillness

oh but I - I wanna step out to your front porch
I wanna listen to the wolves in your back yard
Take me now I’m ready
The evening's running steady and I’m all alone and ready for your arms
Isn’t it wonderful to feel so alarmed?

In the morning when you wake your bones
Who will you see outside your window?
I don’t need an answer
but I won’t be the cancer
that destroys you all and leaves you to rust.
I can believe in anything if I must.

But I'm here
this beautiful prison
I feel like a child
and you are a novel

I turn your pages
the bears and the caverns
The Earl after work’s out
Hudson St. and the third house

Or being too high
in your winter cabin
the casino in Pittsburgh
the bridges and real birds

The American flag planted
next to a gravestone
the earth and the ocean
and Aquinnah at sundown

You help me see it:
the beauty in all things
but not ‘til they're ending
what would the point be?
to realize i’m grateful
before its too late for
feelings like that
to wash over me
I'm sick of the rats -
just let them free

and we sing:
"Hosannah, Hosannah"

I can feel everything change
Track Name: Hangover Blues
Tired of this room
so I go out walkin
down Steinway

Oh the noise and the rhythm
something thats bigger
something so tough
That I can’t grasp it

Who do you think you are
Lovin me like you do?

If I were you I’d’ve walked out a long time ago
We both know there ain’t nothin beneath this city but an old rail road

Man, everybody’s shoes be hurtin them these days

Here in these walls
our bodies engrave
stone and sand

Who we are to each other
Can’t be defined, no
It ain’t programed
It ain’t planned

Who do you think you are
Lovin me like you do?
Track Name: Stranger
Something in the room
and you know that you are scared of it
It's like a message sent from hell
a river rips in through the cells

Who have I been sleeping next to every single night?

Shock sets in, the couch distance gets even greater
There’s a force between the lies
Some things we cant recognize

What else have you hid inside your pretty little mind?

When you were a stranger
somewhere in Pennsylvania
You had fallen off the map and into memories distilled

Every time you hurt me you bring bandages and lemonade
and I’ll be coming around for you
like I always do

But don’t expect it every time, it's getting old and fast

When you were a stranger
somewhere in Pennsylvania
Fallen off the map and into memories distilled
These voices that told me
run when you’re lonely
But I could never run from you
You’re everywhere and everyone and everybody knows

But babe I swear that you know me
I ain't got secrets for you
What, you think i’ve been lying about how much I love you
Babe I swear that you know me better than I know you

When you were a stranger
You we’re nothing if aimless
You’ll probably be famous
But I'm so sick of the language

So come on and thrill me
This is your chance to fulfill me
How do you feel about:

You and me and human beings?
Track Name: Rats of New York City
You were raised inside the Roosevelt Hotel
Your parents knew to treat you and they treated you well
You never had to apply yourself to anything at all

But girl you make it work, you wear it well
A combination of fabrics held together by the spell
That everybody falls into
When you walk into the room
Everybody drops their glass and swoons

Here come the Rats of New York City!

Well your daddy was a banker and your momma was a painter
But you never shared those sorts of goals nah
You worked the other 9 to 5: good posture drunk out in the cold

When it’s time to die remember this
When your paradise has faded and your bones are wearing thin
Remember the garden walls
and the volumes of rare novels
Not to mention all the alcohol
It’s a fucking miracle we ever even lived

Here come the Rats of New York City!

Now everybody break it down and clap:
Oh when the rats come rushing in
How I’ll hope to be in the Lord’s favor
When the rats come rushing in

When the towers start to fall
How I'll hope to be in a basement
When the towers start to fall

And when the sirens start to wail
We'll cut in line with the sinners
When the sirens start to wail

When the earth gets swallowed up
How I’ll hope to God I’ll be riding towards the sky
With Rats of New York riding up behind
And when we rev our engines and reach the other side
We’ll release, we’ll release, we’ll release.

And then we’ll close the turnpike - transfiguration day
open the car doors - let the radio play
We’ll be dancing softly in the light of day
til the ferry comes and takes you away
to an asylum in the river where you’ll waste away

Now your final procession starts at Avenue A
We march your ashes through the borough towards the West Side Highway
you were the savior, the invader, you had the right of way
your soul gets swallowed by the hudson
It’s the river you hate
the preacher signals to the choir
and the boardwalk starts to shake
Now everybody bow your heads and pray: “Thank God for Rats”
Track Name: Fable
we ran away one sunday morning
early in spring
far from the city we crossed every border
the three of us things

out in the fields
we wed and we waded through the deepest of streams
toward the jungle of steam
where the sun burns so hot
we spend hours in water
letting the toxins out of our skin

I made you clothes out leaves
we spend our days roaming
because here in the forest there’s no art and no money
so while nobody dreams, no ones in debt

your mother and father
your possible daughter
the blood orange sun
beating down on your chest

I will never love you
more than I loved you
when you were the bravest person I’d ever met

before we know it
the sacrament’s over
why build a fort and burn it down the same day
these are the things we cannot explain
only a feeling

here in Brooklyn we march from the center
eyes covered, head down
nothing about it is grand or unusual
everything feels like its breaking
Track Name: Dinosaurs of Broadway
The dinosaurs who roamed broadway in the summer
Found a second kind of home reincarnate city lovers
Now we’re still just meat and bone drawn to one another
With the rise and fall of the ancient island’s call

All the the carnivores who moaned at the storming of the thunder
some massive flying stone look at what now we just have uncovered:
I don’t wanna die alone
Can I please bring a friend to the meteor show?
I will kiss you in the glow

I’m in love with the bodega man
And the guy who works in the guitar shop down the street
I’m in love the with collective unconscious
And all the characters I meet
I’m in love with your body of knowledge
I’m in love with the body itself
And I wanna hold onto this feeling
Bottle it up on my shelf

I don’t like anybody else
I’m in love with your every self
take your fears put em on the a shelf
they’ll get dusty we’ll rot in hell
Track Name: Truce
Back in Pittsburgh
I traced time with a finger down your spine
Maybe it's time I settled on a truth
I was changing everything about myself to please you

Here in New York
We waste time
We don’t even
Go out any more
There’s a reason
I lock the door
I've been changing everything about myself to please you

In your bedroom
we’re on fire
There’s a ringing
but we don’t mind
Maybe it’s time we figured out a truce
I’ve been changing everything about myself to please you

We’re gonna break out of here -
the most comfortable prison I’ve ever spent time in
and the light of the world
will swallow us whole

You’re a brilliant girl
and I always felt lucky with you by my side
but it's just me in the ring
and I need to swing
Track Name: Heaven
You were right about the end
It was hard and it was tense
Nearing fast the rivers end
This is it babe let's pretend we’re on an escalator to heaven

Wake up cradling your head
turn the shower on again
well the weeks they never end
quit your job babe let’s pretend
they have a lot of wine in heaven

In a hundred years
will you be right here
will I have lost the fear
of losing myself in freak accident
or will I still be irrationally afraid of everything?

But I'm Procrastinator Major General
as your superior
I command you to do nothing with me till we die

When you stand there
and you look that way
I feel like a cheap champagne bubbling up
(to heaven)

I’ve been standing in this river
I’ve been waiting for you
I’ve visualized the afterlife
I’ve punctured all the clues
and I’ve been lining them up
(to heaven)

I know you don’t want to hear it
but I gotta tell the truth
Don’t know how it'll happen yet
I haven’t set the rules
But one day I'll be losing you
(to heaven)

When you stand there
and you look that way
I feel like the first of May
covered in flowers and rain

When I get to heaven
If I get to heaven
gonna live forever
on caviar and lemons
Track Name: Borderline
Borderline, I see you
Though the image is incomplete
I watch you through the window from 70-thousand feet

Oh isn’t it time to carry on?
Oh isn’t it time?

Listening to the Dark Side
As we whiz past the moon
Through a headphone splitter
connecting me to you

Oh isn’t it time to carry on?
Oh isn’t it time?

Tipsy, tiltering turbulence
A peculiar powwow of nerds
Inventing fake curses
Discussions of delicate discourses

Oh isn’t it time to carry on?
Oh isn’t it time?

Paralyzed by fear I watch incessantly
The latitudes dividing
the parting of the seas

Oh isn’t it time to carry on?
Oh isn’t it time?
Track Name: Montage
A phone call from Midtown to Queens
nearly ended everything
you are cemented in my thoughts
The light on in the dark

Now I can’t remember how
September used to bring about
an independence pending on
just how dependent our bodies are

You had nothing left to say
right before you
I was evolving

We weren’t meant to stand the flames
Time is a concept
Everyone knows that

Almost crying in a bar is always strange
I never win these sorts of games
you think I'm quiet and detached
The sugars there, can’t reach the latch

I know you need me to explain
the riddled truth - the turning game
I can’t take sides i fear the sum
the question asked told me to run

I have nothing left to say
this is the theme song
let the credits roll

I say its time for a montage
video rewind

I’m walking down your driveway
swallowed in the silence
I enter through the basement
a pile of your laundry

Make the corners of your bed
I'll watch you from the den
oh the rhythm of your shoulders
i’ve never had a friend - a friend invite me over
who listened like a lover

My eyes glued to the mirror
something becomes clearer
in the quiet of your bathroom
There are things I cannot tell you
things that might compel you to kick my shins

I had nothing left to say
right before me I saw a lifetime


you are the rope!
that I can hold on to
I cant ever make plans my brain doesn’t work that way
I'll swim if the water says

When she rolled over
and whispered in your ear
"Do all rats go to heaven or just the ones who care?"