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TRACK LISTING

1. Time Travel

2. I Don't Mind

3. Darkness and Decay

4. Happy Camper

5. Eiffel

6. It Makes Me Smile

7. Snore

8. Strange Month

9. Ghost (There Is a Girl)

10. Sonyasaurus

11. Winterspring

12. Late

13. Dreams & Doing Errands

Songs 1, 2, 6, 8, 10, and 12 written by Jim Pace

Songs 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13 written by Aaron McQuade

CREDITS

The Ampersands were:  

Aaron McQuade (Bass, Drums, Guitars, Keyboards, Mandolin, Harmonica, Voice), Jim Pace (Guitars, Voice) & Corrine Gonzales (Drums, Percussion)

Featuring:
 

Evie Nagy - Voice on tracks 7 and 9

Pokey - Voice on track 7

Bryce Goggin - Keyboards on track 11

Produced by:
Aaron McQuade with Bryce Goggin

Mixed by:
Bryce Goggin, Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY

Mastered by:

(honestly I can't remember. Probably someone
Bryce recommended, but I really have no idea.
)

Recorded at:

HappyFactory, Jersey City, NJ
Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY

Some guy's rehearsal space in Queens, NY 

Cover Photo by: Aaron McQuade

Winterspring Music Video by: Maya Erdelyi

Astronomical Clock

TIME TRAVEL

Do you believe in time travel?
Do you believe we exist through time

It is impossible

What if I misstep and I've never born?
Another lonely dimension

one where I don't exist

And if this can't help you, I don't know what will

We're collecting dark matter

To convert the holes into traps

Then we'll tunnel around

Forget the paradox in all that we've found

Traveling through wormholes,

Well that's not for me to say

And if this can't help you, I don't know what will

Energy for radiation

It's a beautiful combination

Bend it, kick it, nothing is here

In the wheel effects of hanging around

Don't believe in the new high

We're all in holograms

And if this can't help you, I don't know what will

 

 
Sunny Afternoon

I DON'T MIND

So you talk to me

As if I haven't left the room

You know I never really cared

Those words you whisper too

Flooding all the shadows we despair

I felt the anger hanging by a thread

It's okay, I've got rain to wash away

I don't mind, the sunny days are all I know

Is it you or is it me I justify?

I don't mind, the sunny days are all I know

Try and smile now

When it's much too late because I know

Know about the things you've done

So forget those words

Those words that slapped me across the face

They hurt the most when they're not heard

It's okay, I've got rain to wash away

I don't mind, the sunny days are all I know

Is it you or is it me I justify?

I don't mind, the sunny days are all I know

 

 
Dark Fortress

DARKNESS AND DECAY

Hard for me to find a peaceful place in my mind

Hard for me to start but if I fall apart

Maybe it'll be okay

There's no graceful death for every wasted breath

Can't believe I've stayed both fearless and afraid

Of darkness and decay

If you could bestow

How the future would grow

With the devil I know and the angel of status quo

It's not like we're so Gaugin on Van Gogh

The master, painting the master, painting

How can I break free, it sounds so familiar to me

Yosarian and Boo in a funny deja vu

On evacuation day

 

 
Camping

HAPPY CAMPER

Falling, all I do is falling

Slipping on the sidewalk

Tripping over footsteps
 

Crawling, answer every call

But I can only stall

My inevitable fall-down
 

Training wheels are only training

Doggy-paddle potty

Baby steps and first words

Wonder, view it all with wonder

Wonder if I'll ever be a happy camper

I resign to pull back blind

I am fine, never you mind

 

 
Eiffel Tower

EIFFEL

Eiffel, you are wonder personified

It's so amazing this can coincide

Eiffel, you are perfect symmetry

I wonder what if you shift polarity

Now I can't believe this incredible something

This awkward and dumb thing

This beautiful silence and staring

This mending and tearing

This splitting and pairing

Is this?

Eiffel you are what this chance became

Tried to check out, fell flat, eyes went lame

Would you see the Mona Lisa

And remember anything about the frame?

Now I can't believe this incredible something

This awkward and dumb thing

This splitting and pairing

This mending and tearing

Is this?

 

 
Beautiful Smile

IT MAKES ME SMILE

If you're someone that I love

It's just a little late, a little late

And I try to hold it back 

And hope it goes away, please go away

It's really been a chore

To stand aside for you, for you

But it seems as if my life's

Been leading up to this

It hurts more than you know

To watch you sit so near 

When I can't care

I get the sense my world disintegrated me

Into this

Don't you want to be forgiven

Don't want you to be with me?

Don't you want to be forbidden

Don't you want to hold me near 

But I know that won't be

 

 

SNORE

Bed Cover Fabric

Green with envy, how you can be

Still so sound asleep

Jealous arms will hold you until

You are mine to keep

Snore

Softer falling morning calling

I will hold you still

Slow your breathing, dream of sleeping

Quiet wish fulfilled

Snore

 

 
Japanese Calendar

STRANGE MONTH

This is consuming me, it's consuming me

Yeah it really is

It's all I think about, all I think about

Yeah it makes me ill

Maybe another time on another time

On another plane

Free world, darling you're a free girl

And everything you do

You know you want to do

It's not like I'm in charge of you

I feel so empty now, feel so empty now

Oh, disruptive void

Maybe I ought to go and I ought to know

That I bother you

Free world, darling you're a free girl

And everything you do

You know you want to do

It's not like I'm in charge of you

So many circumstances

The circumstances, they don't relate

I'm feeling better now, feeling better now,

Man but what a month

Free world, darling you're a free girl

And everything you do

You know you want to do

It's not like I'm in charge of you

 

 

GHOST (THERE IS A GIRL)

Car

Time has stopped its carnal flow

Seized by hands around its throat

There is a girl, there is a girl, there is a girl

Logic, cease your reign on me

Thought and reason set me free

There is a girl, there is a girl, there is a girl

And my fortune lets me come inside my

Extra special all-important ride

Shadows fleeing from their fates

When her smile illuminates

There is a girl, there is a girl, there is a girl

(A goal, a guess, a gift, a ghost)

And the breeze that once had made me shiver

Lifts me up with arms as soft as clouds

 
Kids in the Museum

SONYASAURUS

Sonya made it out, she could have been a boy

Got caught up in a mild melancholy state

Sonya made a mess, and someone cleaned it up

We'll tease her all about it when she's a little older

Time to rest, it's almost naptime

Sonya walked to class and all the neighbors clapped

And stood there in amazement she made it there and back

Sonya got an A and put it on the fridge

You got a golden star shining in the sun

Time to eat, it's almost dinner time

Never wanted more once you crawled through that door

I love the Sonyasaurus

Sonya went outside, she's playing in the park

She's running all around you, didn't she just learn to walk?

Sonya made a friend and took him to the dance

She got a limousine to take them there and back

Time to go, it's almost time to leave

Never wanted more once you crawled through that door

I love the Sonyasaurus

 

 

Music Video by Maya Erdelyi

Winter

WINTERSPRING

Winterspring, my six-moon grey

All canary flown away

And left is only coal, the bitter coal

Winterspring, why you insist

Telling me you don't exist

When I can feel the cold, persistent cold

I was climbing up, you were falling down

Mental photograph pulling me around

You decide to keep, I will throw away

Whiteout snow in March brings a brand new day

Winterspring I bought you then

Followed you through sword and pen

Pretended it was gold and never told

I, too dumb to go, you, too scared to stop (fly)

Mental photograph, shiny purple top (high)

I will throw away, you decide to keep

Whiteout snow in March

I am still asleep (follows us like sheep)

Winterspring

 

 
Sunset

LATE

It's getting very late

The sun is shining

I'm getting very tired

From all your whining

You're going down, down, down, down

Down, down, down, down again

You're going round, round, round, round, 

Round, round, round, round again

I don't care what you say about me

It's only fools who believe you

 

DREAMS AND DOING ERRANDS

Public Transportation

The imagery of blindness appears before my sun

The cold and desperate longing

Of a real man for his gun

There's too much work to rest here

And it all remains undone

Your strange and twisted reason

You're having too much fun

Lock me out with talk about revolution

Take me in, let's write ourselves a constitution

Let us sing and dance and pray and frolic

In the rusty rain

The daydream stops tomorrow

We're getting off this train

Excitement of a young boy
When he thinks his dreams are real

A cat before a hurricane, a bear before a meal

So try to fly away boy 

You're too young to catch my heel

Join the captain's love parade 

I'll teach you how to feel 

Lock me out with talk about revolution

Take me in, let's write ourselves a constitution

Let us sing and dance and pray and frolic

In the rusty rain

The daydream stops tomorrow

We're getting off this train