Happiness

by A Relative Term

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released January 20, 2010

Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice

Artwork by Jeffrey Vincent
Layout design by Steven Ansell

All songs written, performed, and recorded by Mark Longolucco with exception to "So Hard To Be", "This Fair City", "Blown Around", "Truest Form" bass guitar performed and recorded by Jake Bernhardt and Peter WIlliams. "This Fair City", "Wisdom & Yarn" violin performed by David Adamczyck. "Wisdom & Yarn" accordion performed and recorded by Paul Kozlowski. "Low Points", "32" backing vocals performed by Haley Stats and Rachel Heckl. "Low Points" electric guitar performed by Aron Meyer. All songs written between and including 2007 and 2009.

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Track Name: That I Might Find
You said you had to run
from this place as stale as us
When I read the words you wanted back, the words that said something more than just the places you had seen or people you'd met along the way
and that you were off today, to see the light fall across Athens, GA.
They said you knew I'd stay,
said you already knew anyway.

As you wrote down the words and eyed the times,
were you looking back at all the ghosts and shells and dreams and wells
filled with dimes better spent on lies.
And babe you knew I'd lie
and babe you knew I'd lied

But from this stationary point that I might try
to see the distance you have covered and all your reasons why,
a map made of you stretching land and time
to show a place that I might find
a place that I might find
a place that I might find.
Track Name: Low Points
So I couldn't see you,
it's not the worst it could be.
Tomorrow will start and the day will end so what does it matter if I don't see people
and they don't see me 'cause what's the use in seeing when gray's the only color you see.

Show me sun light. Show me a street light. Show me something, 'cause this view is killing me.
Show me your kindness, if to show me a weakness, just show me something 'cause I know you and you're losing me.
Track Name: 32
It's a long ride
on the 32 crossing Main St to decide my way.
I watched the sun die and everything is dying like I feel trapped inside this day.
I walked ten minutes with my face in freezing wind and shaking hands to guide my head.
And I thought of you this morning as you read your paper and joked of the matters of this place we find ourselves stuck in.
As the illustrated man floated around my head and laughed at my barren skin.

It's a long ride on the 32 crossing these faceless streets, dead by any other name.
So I'll get off here in the middle of nowhere, lost and I'll find myself tracing steps I've already been in.
Leading me through the darkening skies with nothing but home on my mind and no sense of its place in this night.
Track Name: Happiness Is A Dream
Happiness is a dream
Happiness is a dream
'Cause all I see
are gray skies and other people telling me that soon they'll go away

Happiness is a dream
Happiness is a dream
'Cause all I see
are doll people hiding their subconscious faces behind a mask of self-conscious paint

Happiness is a dream
Happiness is a dream
'Cause all I see
are happy people in their cars driving to their happy homes, while friends become just neighbors moving further and further away

Happiness is a dream
Happiness is a dream
'Cause all I see
are grass lawns growing so fast and so green
to shift our eyes from the dying trees

Happiness is a dream
Happiness is a dream
'Cause all I see
are $500 phones giving people directions to a place just across the street, on their own street.

Yeah happiness is a dream
Happiness is a dream
'Cause all I see
are gray skies and other people shoving me and saying that I too should believe
that happiness is a dream
Happiness is a dream
Happiness is a dream
Happiness is a dream