Remembering Houses

by My Little Hum

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1.
Wake up it's time to have some fun The dawn chorus is stirring up the sun Flock to the latest fling Fly with those fancy wings Wake up and you can see If you want a piece of me Shake the leaves off my tree I dare you to climb... Up, over, under and through (There’s a bird's eye view) V – E + F = 2 (Of that side of you) Didn't you calculate We all hesitate Wise up and you can see If you want a piece of me Shake the leaves off my tree I dare you to climb up and up and... Rise over run A little further you will find Distance is a state of mind Stir up the sun Perched somehow High above the highest bough Wake up it's time to have some fun The dawn chorus is stirring up the sun E = mc2 The energy of a perfect pair Get up and you can see All sides of you and me Sing from the same old tree La la la la la la la Rise over run (A little further you will find) Rise over run (Distance is a state of mind) Rise over run (Over under and then through) Stir up the sun (And I'll wake up next to you) Next to you, next to you…
2.
Steep Ravine 02:58
The elevation dropped so fast We took a plunge into the past Deep down a steep ravine Pride of Madeira bends Our candle in cabin 10 Made light last in a night serene Mere mammals Through hemispheres they leave White capped tracks In the path of the sea Mere mortals Through scope and lens we preen For a glimpse to see How to swim home… Antennas from a nearby station Telepathy of whale migration Waves bounce off the atmosphere Mere master Sailed the harbor one day To the mouth of babes by the bay (Get out his way) King for a day He’ll dare to declare The home already there And sell it square by square The elevation dropped so fast He took a plunge to make it last Finding freedom and let it ring Long live the king (You wretched thing) Long live the king (We’ll break your wings) Long live the king (And tie your tongue in knots with string)
3.
Chicken Song 03:04
You’re in the middle of the road, chicken In the headlight of a big decision But the scales just are not tipping In a way that favors you Your little wings never grew You’re a creature of good intentions Another day, another extension To navigate the exception That I will make for you What’s a chicken to do? Standing there with nothing to say Is just another way to run away Keeping the dial on delay Is just another way to run away Another way to run away Put an ear to the ground and listen To the sound of what is missing Fire up the transmission With three simple words You silly little bird Let’s play red rover, dear C’mon c’mon c’mon over here The sky is falling and it’s clear I think this may be it Such a little chicken… Standing there with nothing to say Is just another way to run away Keeping the dial on delay Is just another way to run away Another way to run away from Love There’s a sign from above So hold my hand Let’s draw a line in the sand Let the tale be told We’ll swallow our pride On the other side of the road C'mon! Standing there with nothing to say Is just another way to run away Painting the sky so gray Is just another way to run away Another way to run the other way from Me
4.
Original song by The Buzzcocks. Used with permission.
5.
Sideways 02:36
I'm staying uptown It's the new downtown I'm gonna wear my crown And shadow you It's sunny on the east side And foggy on the west How do we decide between the two? I'll take a step sideways And walk along the creek side You'll speed along the highway And fall along the wayside... I'm headed northbound You're headed south I'm gonna turn right back around And follow you It's sunny on the east side And foggy on the west How do we decide between the two? I'll take a step sideways And walk along the creek side You'll speed along the highway And fall along the wayside... You'll ride on through Until I step all over you
6.
The story goes that rivers flow Into an ocean calm and deep Sediment of stone, sunken ships and bone Shaping our bathymetry You're a mystery Estuary Deep in disguise Those twinkling eyes (they make me) Sigh for mama's milk so warm A bottle filled with dreams You tie me up and hold me down Until I stop to scream. Did the monster in me make a beast of you And the devil made three then an angel flew 52 stories high Her wings scraped the sky She said: "That's one for each week of the year, my dear." Derelict disaster check I don't expect we'll win Mother Nature's planning caper Her tilted axis spins (on and on) On and on (on and on) I'll measure the sky (on and on) Many stories high (on and on) The altimetry (on and on) Between you and me (on and on) And before our eyes the sea will rise From dusk to dawn we'll go on and on Until we're gone
7.
I’ll wait inside the car Don’t fret we parked just far enough away From London, Paris, Lisbon then Madrid Why did we do what we did when we were just kids Every house on this hill Has a room without a view But from the street the City glows And this is how I know I’m not alone. You’re on the corner still Don’t fret the neighbors will draw down their shades From Naples, Vienna, Athens then Moscow Why did we only love the way our mothers taught us how Every house on this hill Has a room without a view But from the street the City glows And this is how I know I’m not alone. Edinburgh at Italy You mean the world to me On the path from Prague to Peru I will take care of you We take the goods and run Don’t fret I’ll save you some for a rainy day From Brazil, Persia, Russia then to France Why did we take a chance with that give and take dance Edinburgh at Italy You mean the world to me On the path from Prague to Peru I will take care of you And bring you home So I’m not alone
8.
Move a little this way Just a little from that Some place west of Medicine Hat All we gotta do is drive Somewhere east of the Frank Slide Stop and take a photograph It's such a shame One after the other There's another Forgotten, run down, prairie town With a funny little name. Same old sky Virgin soil Moist or dry It's a ready-made house for you and me The crops will drink from Chin Coulee A public utility that bears our name A civic compartment A department just for snow and rain Same old sky Virgin soil Moist or dry And we're counting down By prairie town Remembering houses Same old sky Virgin soil Moist or dry Take root or fly away Propellers drown The screams and sounds Warning him To clear the wires It's ready-made yet fancy free A house for you, a farm for me We'll have our very own family We'll double down on Alberta Three girls and two boys They'll give us love and so much joy There will be wheat and corn and soy We'll double down on Alberta
9.
Isn’t the wheat pretty But I’m still gonna move to the city This is what you get Plain old respect A kiss goodbye With a bushel and a peck Isn’t this town lovely Windows stacked above me Through them I can see Plain old opportunity Just close your eyes And let me be Isn’t the sea lonely The edge of the world in front of me Now I understand Plain old sand You can’t wave goodbye And still hold my hand Stars hide behind The city lights I wish I may I wish I might I wish upon this satellite You’ll let my wings take flight Stars hide behind The city lights I wish I may I wish I might I wish upon this satellite Sweet dreams, goodnight

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released September 8, 2017

My Little Hum is...
Yuri Jewett - vocals, bass
Dan Jewett - guitars, bass

With a little help from...
Gabriel Coan - drums
Bob Vickers - drums
Myles Boisen - lap steel

Remembering Houses
Produced by Allen Clapp and My Little Hum

Engineered and Mixed by Allen Clapp at Mystery Lawn Mountain, Boulder Creek, California from March 2016 to May 2017

Mastered by Myles Boisen at Headless Buddha Mastering Lab, Oakland, California, May 2017

All songs by My Little Hum except "Ever Fallen In Love" by Peter Shelley. Used with permission

Illustrations by Yvette Buigues at Heavy Black Line
Graphic design by Allen Clapp
Band and cover photo by Lenny Gonzalez

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My Little Hum is a husband and wife music duo featuring Dan Jewett (guitars/bass) and Yuri Jewett (vocals/keyboards).

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