Riveter

by Duckspeak

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released May 27, 2016

For Nikki

Recorded & Produced by Catherine Anderson at Thump Recording Studios

Mixed by Catherine Anderson
Mastered by Amar Lal

Giovanni Colantonio - Guitar, Vocals, Keyboard
Andy Hanold - Guitar, backing vocals
David Flamm - Bass, synth, backing vocals, additional percussion
Greg Schulz - Drums, additional percussion, backing vocals

Trumpet & Flugelhorn on Tracks 1 & 6 Performed by Matthew Block Additional Effects on Track 10 by Joe Reichel

Photography & Design by David Flamm

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Duckspeak Brooklyn, New York

Duckspeak is an NYC-based folk-rock band. Originally a solo project for singer-songwriter Giovanni Colantonio, they have since expanded out into a full 4-piece featuring Andy Hanold (guitar), David Flamm (bass, melodica), and Greg Schulz (drums).

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Track Name: Any Change in Weather
There must be more to what the wind’s saying,
I think it whispers when it’s blowing, speaking hidden languages,
And there must be more to why the world is green,
Or why the water in our bodies is the same that flows upstream.

There must be more landfall we have not seen,
Than what cartographers are writing down in maps and atlases,
And there must be more meaning that we can glean,
We cannot just decompose within this natural beauty.

Any change in weather’s just a sign the weather’s changing,
You don’t have to be so brilliant, you don’t have to be so clever.
Track Name: Worn Black
Are you looking for trouble?
You’re wearing your heart out on your sleeve,
It’s been such a long time since you’ve caused a scene.
I was looking for closure,
To find out what happened with you and me,
I’m as aimless as a ghost trying to leave this place.

And your lipstick’s still on my collar from two Halloweens ago,
Shoulda worn black, shoulda worn black, shoulda worn black, worn black.

Were you looking to break free,
Out of the chains of decency?
It’s a lonely path to perfect purity.
I was looking to climb in,
Into that life I thought we’d lead,
It’s a safe and picturesque white fenced in dream.

But your lipstick’s still on my collar from two Halloweens ago,
Shoulda worn black, shoulda worn black, shoulda worn black, worn black.
Track Name: Tigers
You made your bed at night and slipped under the covers,
To hide from morning light, the harsh sunrise of winter,
Brave those brutal streets, then brave that hometown pressure,
But don’t tell ‘em where you’ve been.

And your family they won’t stop asking how much cash you make,
And your family they won’t stop asking when’s that wedding date?

Sharpening their knives, they’d cut you for a dollar,
Then take out your insides to see if they could pawn ‘em,
Killing to survive, you know it’s in their nature,
But I don’t think it’s in mine.

And your family they won’t stop asking do you need more clothes,
And your family they won’t stop asking when are you coming home?

I don’t stand a chance,
I don’t stand a chance,
Tigers run this land,
We don’t stand a chance
Track Name: Ohio
You said all our favorite thinkers went on quests out west to find themselves,
And when they came back they had such nice things to say about the rolling plains,
But when I went out to the gem state, I held my lover by the waist for the last time.

If there’s such great beauty to see, is there a great beauty in me?

You said all our favorite singers wrote such lovely odes about Ohio,
They sang “Carry me, bury me, love me and marry me Ohio!”
But we stand still with frozen feet, the brutal winters of the north east,
Have put a bounty, on our heads.

And they say we will never leave, we’ll never see the redwood trees,
But if there’s such great beauty to see, is there a great beauty in me?

I am tired of waiting, I am tired of waiting,
I’ll never see Ohio, see Ohio,
I’ll never see.
Track Name: Through a Black Hole
There are billions upon billions of stars you cannot see,
Shining just as brightly in distant galaxies,
And maybe yours will be the one to light up the whole place,
A supernova, a spectacle in space.
There are those who treat you badly, there are those who’ll treat you well,
There are those who’ll try and make your life a living hell,
But if they try and hurt you, throw it right back in their face,
A ticking time bomb, a firefight in space.

There are times you need to be alone, there are times you need to hide,
And I know it drives them crazy when you lock yourself inside,
But everybody needs some time to escape the milky way,
Through a black hole, into the depths of space.

The night sky’s filled with endless possibilities,
But they’re still telling you what you should be,
They’re making up a list of all the things you don’t need,
Like all you want is to be loved, unconditionally,
Unconditionally.
Track Name: Starlings & Cardinals
Finally, I’m okay with your leaving,
‘Cause I’ve convinced myself that you’ve never existed,
I’ve purged your presence and your scent from my apartment,
Even lose the scarf you made me at a drunken party.

And if I can’t see you, are you really breathing?
Sometimes it takes the death of something to end all of your grieving.

Only concern yourself with what you know is living,
Go find something beautiful beyond these city limits,
But it’s such a sweeping world for one with narrow vision,
And I just keep finding you everywhere I’m looking.

Now all I see are starlings and cardinals.

And every time I hear your name, it makes me sick to my stomach,
Yeah it makes me, physically ill,
I can’t stop wondering what you’re doing in your home in south New Jersey,
Sleeping with the box fan on, do you still sleep with your box fan on?
And when you went on that vacation to LA, did you hate it?
Wanna ask you everything, did you hate it like I hate it?
And when you look outside your window at the starlings and the cardinals,
Do you feel the tragedy? Does it strike you like it strikes me?
That every second we don’t speak, the world keeps spinning casually,
Indifferent to human needs and indifferent to me,

Your life goes on and on and on and on,
On and on, on and on,
On and on, on and on without me.
Track Name: So It Goes...
Well your life’s not working out just the way you planned,
You wanted to be married by now, but you’re not,
No you’re not!
You’ve still got some time to go.

O, but all of your old friends, they are getting hitched,
And posting photos on the internet,
Have they no shame? Don’t they know,
What these things can do to lonely souls, like yours?

And now you’re getting invitations to all these wedding days,
And you’re wondering, who will be your date,
12 months away!
Who will share that piece of wedding cake with you?

But there’s no use worrying about it,
When the right thing comes along, you will know,
Or maybe you will die before it ever comes your way,
So it goes.

Back when you were young, you told yourself,
You would never work in a cubicle in your life,
Your whole life!
Now you’re staring up at florescent lights everyday.

And when you look back down to the papers on your desk,
It breaks your heart to know you were so ambitious,
And now you’re not! And it breaks your heart!
You had plans to set yourself apart from the world.

But there’s no use worrying about it,
When the right thing comes along, you will know,
Or maybe you will die before it ever comes your way,
So it goes.

They say your fears are silly because you are so young,
But getting older with every setting sun,
The morning comes, the day moves on,
And by nighttime, you wonder how it’s gone so fast.

‘Cause it’s true that we are only here for such a short time,
A second hand is ticking off a human life,
Before you die, you’d like to try,
To give ‘em something to remember you by.

But there’s no use worrying about it,
When the right thing comes along, you will know,
Or maybe you will die before it ever comes your way,
So it goes.
Track Name: Martha's Coming Home
Martha’s coming home,
From the hospital they said there’s nothing wrong with her,
They made her fill out forms,
Asking “Do you want to kill yourself?” She said “No I don’t,
It sounds like too much work,
Don’t want the hassle or the grief, I just want to be dead.”

Martha’s coming home!

Now all the stubborn boys,
They are casting all their nets, think she’s an easy catch,
But they don’t know about the war,
That’s been raging in her head, now she ain’t taking it,
‘Cause she ain’t the same girl,
As she was before she left, now unafraid of death,
And she don’t care ‘bout them,
Try and break her if you want, now she’s impervious.

Martha’s coming home!
Track Name: There Will Come a Day
She said, “There will come a day,
When an asteroid or solar flare would come out of nowhere and it,
Would be curtains for us all,
It’s not supernatural, it’s just a thing that happens.”

And I know that you’ve been scared that there will come a day,
When we would see the ending of the human race.
Said, “If we get old and gray--
Though it’s unlikely ‘cause the rate of cancer’s just too massive in my family--
But if it happens anyways,
I want you to be the one to pull the plug on me.”

And I know that it’s been hard to watch her fade away,
But as she sinks below the pressure, you can hear her say:

“I don’t think I’ll be around much longer,
But if you stay with me, you’d calm my nerves.”

“We won’t make it anyways,
Although I love you dearly, but dear clearly, I sincerely think that you’ll find,
Someone better some day,
But if you stay with me, I’d try to be as happy as a girl could be,
And try to have those basic dreams about having a family,
And you could take me to Thanksgiving and show me off to all your cousins,
Just help me ease the pain of living,
Help me ease the pain!”

“Of living in a world where there is so much hate,
Where fear and desolation ring out on the streets!
Where bullets meet the old concrete,
The bodies stacked up on the streets,
All the failures that will come of me,
They will weigh on my soul, they will be the death of me!”

“I don’t think I’ll be around much longer,
But if you stay with me, you’d calm my nerves.”
Track Name: Tunnels
Mother, don’t be scared,
There’s a light at the end of every tunnel,
You were working for 25 years,
And the darkness had taken over you,
But don’t listen to voices in your head,
Telling you that this must surely be the end,
O, dear mother, don’t be scared,
There’s a light at the end of every tunnel.

Nikki, don’t be scared,
There’s a skyline outside every hospital window,
That cancer buried deep within your chest,
It is trying to take control of you,
Just like the men who are so sex obsessed,
They will break you down until there’s nothing left,
But dear Nikki, don’t be scared,
There’s a light at the end of every tunnel.

Carrie, don’t be scared,
There is grass on the top of every graveyard,
You had to bury your best friend,
And I can’t even begin to understand the pain of it,
You went out west to get away,
But I’d imagine that kind of baggage will travel with you always,
But dear Carrie, don’t be scared,
There’s a light at the end of every tunnel.

There’s a light at the end of every tunnel.