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Quinta del Sordo

by Finn's Motel

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Rock into the waves of sound and wade into the night Don’t leave it to your bleeding sons, now waiting For what it takes to tell you this An open fist, the aching not to know Has filled the hall Why don’t you just say it? You can swallow all your sons but one and he will overthrow you Fire all your guns into the sky Caught in a race to paint these walls Darkness falls and silence fills the mind Don’t listen to dead men as they whisper For what it takes to cross the lines and latitudes and Make another way To fly above the refugees and marksmen You can swallow all your sons but one and he will overthrow you Fire all your guns into the sky Don’t lead the sad parade of wailing wanderers and witches Find your freedom from these demons in the wall This lonely naked night There’s only so, only so much time For you to leave your mark, find your freedom from Quinta del Sordo Rock into the waves of sound and wade into the night, but Don’t mistake your drunkenness for dreaming The will of The Fates will cut the ties in time To free the hands to swim the tide but Be ready dog, a bigger wave is coming You can swallow all your sons but one and he will overthrow you Fire all your guns into the sky Don’t lead the sad parade of wailing wanderers and witches Find your freedom from these demons in the wall
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I believe these beams were raised for more than this But, all the evidence betrays a celebration Waves of wounded warriors waiting at the window Tiny cracks in failing ancients Gold and silver slivers slipping in In this scene we stand with faces close and shoulders pressing Against the elements the enemies approach The ground below is shaking Get the sense of something shifting Catching rumors, hearing whispers You were standing upon your hill With a light around your face Behind your eyes a secret smile Into my mind you wrote a thousand years of history Every minute, every moment The beginning and the end all as one I believe these beams were raised for more than this But, the place I’m in is narrower and tangled From beyond the trees you call to me The sense of being chosen In a failing ancient language You were standing upon your hill With a light around your face Behind your eyes a secret smile Into my mind you wrote a thousand years of history Every minute, every moment You were standing upon your hill With a light around your face Behind your eyes a secret smile Into my mind you wrote a thousand years of history Every minute, every moment The beginning and the end Gold and silver slivers slipping in
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Clif bar and coffee You may be surprised to find I do not always side with the skeptics, but I’m rooting for you to prove it Because I got no skin in the game While I sit here next to your well waiting for water
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Don’t give another reading from your book of Revelations Don’t complicated the scripture when it’s plain Baby, it’s time for a change Don’t wait a thousand seasons in your Church of Easy Reason Don’t pray for confirmation when it’s plain You didn’t need to be ordained to underline the undermining phrase A PhD in Theology won’t illuminate the page Baby, light a candle Don’t sow the seeds of dragon’s teeth and wait for consecration Don’t paint a darker picture when it’s clear That this can’t go on for another year Don’t wait for all your warriors to spring up swinging Up to the knees and sinking in the sand Either way, you’ll be damned The club it’s swinging swings from your own hand A PhD in Art History won’t accelerate the change Make the call and help is on the way Don’t make it harder than it has to be Make the call and help is on the way Don’t make it harder than it has to be In paintings from the seventeenth century A PhD in Theology Don’t make it harder than it has to be Help is on the way
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In a rush to find it You could walk right by it and not even know In the race to climb You call fall back flying a pitch to a stall If you knew when they were falling would you catch them where they land? Or would you stay in the line all the time? Bringing it back to One Stay in the line all the time Don’t hesitate and wait Be the wheel rolling out of town Don’t ruin the beginning thinking about the end Recognize the moment and you’ll find That’s all now, there is no then See it clearly, train the Sideways Eye In the time that it would take for you to reconcile Another time and place has passed you by In a rush to find it You could walk right it and not even know
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I wanted to relate to you with all the filters off Speak to you directly from the heart, but Honesty is reckless running naked waving arms down the hall Pulling all the paintings off the wall How can I explain it when I still don’t know myself Which picture is a proof or wish remembered? A vision sent in black and white and moonlight silver slips Down the sidewalk Flashing from the streetlight back to dark The shadows in the study never talk What’s truly known? What’s truly known? You know but you can’t say Memories will fade and paintings take their places What desires animate these archives? What wanting climbs its way back up these walls? This gallery is haunted by a longing to possess and guard Stories changed to suit my restless heart The truth a moving target after all What’s truly known? How can you be sure? What’s truly known? You know but you can’t say What’s truly known? Stories always change The truth a moving target after all What’s truly known? What’s truly known? You know but you can’t say What’s truly known? How can you be sure? What’s truly known? How can you be sure? Memories will fade and paintings take their places
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What did you think I’d say? Minds can move through time and space? If one is two then four is eight You can’t separate it My head feels like an empty house Crawl around inside it like a mouse I think it’s time I tore it down I gotta tear it down Tangles in the string bring down the kite A moth into a street light Looks like there’s no way to fade out now I’m moving like a mako now Bouncing off the windows around the house I can’t stop moving and I can’t get out No, I can’t get out Oooh, something’s moving me Spinning faster, spinning faster gaining speed We dissolve, resolve into a single scene There’s nothing left for me now Tangles in the string bring down the kite A moth into a street light Looks like there’s no way to fade out now
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There was another room right here all along I felt it calling me back brave and I belonged There was another room right here and I could hear a party going on So I started to crawl through the rafters in between Climbing up through the walls Reaching down through the ceiling, he said “We’ve been waiting for you to find us, where had you gone?” “We’ve been waiting for you to find us, welcome home” There was another room Surprised to find it, a blue door down below It was a graceful basement place where we could know It was another room we had never used and I couldn’t wait to show you So I started to crawl through the mud, blood and the bone Climbing under the walls Moved the Lazarus stone and he said “We’ve been waiting for you to find us, where had you gone?” “We’ve been waiting for you to find us, welcome home” “We’ve been waiting for you to find us, where had you gone?” “We’ve been waiting for you to find us, welcome home”
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I finally put it back All the pieces in place To where it was before the shit hit the fan But did it get resolved Or did it get reduced To a previously unsolved equation Making the way for some simple math Retreat to low expectation All in the name of simple math I fell into the numbers Falling into the words Drowning soul to surrender I received a confirmation message from the Sun Haloed kings wait for my return Now awaiting consecration, Pilot gives the nod But did I save the skin or the soul? Sneaking past the sleeping watchman Slipping past the guard Did I save the skin or the soul?
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Dive down through the trees, down to the darkest part Dive down in the sea, down to the deepest part A million miles ahead A million miles behind Leave it all fall asleep and dream Sleep well tonight Your dreams are just like dying One step into Heaven
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Drawn in and out Counting smokes was counting time ‘til Saint Joachim On the thirteenth day of the seventh month You made your way back home Felt my heels were sinking down Into the tiff rock ground Counting my breaths Drawn out, breath drawn in No graceful way to play it (Drawn in and out) Eights and aces in clubs and spades (Stones that mark the places of our time) The shape of your fingers and hands (Count the rings in our trees) My dad’s fingers and my hands (The shape of your fingers and my hands) Feel my heels sinking down Into the tiff rock ground Counting my breaths Drawn out, breath drawn in Breath drawn out, breath drawn in
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released December 16, 2017

Produced by Matt Meyer and Joe Thebeau

Recorded by Joe Thebeau and Matt Meyer
Mixed by Matt Meyer, except "Still Got Time" mixed by Joe Thebeau
AD/DA conversion via BURL Mothership by Mario Viele at Cowboy Technical Services, Brooklyn NY
Mastered by Matt Meyer

All songs written by Joe Thebeau [Victory Over Gravity Music (ASCAP)], except:
“What’s Truly Known” (Thebeau/Meyer) [Victory Over Gravity Music (ASCAP)/IBC Shadows Music (BMI)]

Joe Thebeau – vocals and guitars
Steve Scariano – bass guitar
Patrick Hawley – drums and percussion
Matt Meyer - supplemental guitars, backing vocals ("Halo's Glow"), string arrangements ("Sleep Well Tonight" and "Still Got Time"), and other sounds conjured via earthly sources
Toby Weiss – backing vocals on “Halo’s Glow”
Chris Grabau – guitars on “Sons of Saturn”
Jenn Malzone – piano on “Simple Math”
Eve Abaray – violin on “Quinta del Sordo,” voice over in Spanish as well as translation of poems

String quartet on “Sleep Well Tonight:”
Sarah Velasquez – violin 1
Alyssa Avery – violin 2
Joe Gutowski – viola
Jake Brookman – cello

Special thanks to Liz Wolfson for lyrical inspiration on “What’s Truly Known”

Cover art: Gina Dill-Thebeau

© Ⓟ 2017 Victory Over Gravity Music all rights reserved

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Finn's Motel St Louis, Missouri

Finn’s Motel started as the brainchild of Joe Thebeau, a home recording geek. It has evolved into a rock band and production collective, making albums and videos. In the early days, musicians checked in and out of the Motel as needed. But in 2018, the lineup solidified with the addition of Jack Petracek and Scott Roever alongside Steve Scariano, the only other permanent resident of the Motel. ... more

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