Valor

by The Long Shadows

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This is the first full length album from The Long Shadows. It has been three years in the making (drama), but now it's finally here. ...and shit yeah its cool, and shouldn't it be? ...or something like that.

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released January 12, 2012

CREDITS AND FINGERPRINTS

Adam McIntyre Guitar on 6,12,and13
Bass on 12 backing vocals on
1,2,and 6

Will Raines drums and backing
vocals on all tracks,
guitar on 1,2,and11,
keys on 2,7,8,9,and11
vocals and lyrics on 3 and 10
soundscape between 4 and 5

Colin Taylor guitar on 3,4,5,8,9,10,
and14

Montanus Trammell vocals and
lyrics on all tracks except 3 and10
bass on all tracks except 12

All music by Will Raines and Montanus Trammell
Except tracks 5 and 8 by Will Raines, Colin Taylor, and Montanus Trammell

Tracks 2,4,5, and 6 recorded at Railroad Earth
Mixed by Andrew Walker, Paul Warner, and
Neil Freid. Engineered by George Trotter, Andrew Walker and Neil Freid Track 14 Mixed and engineered by Neil Freid and George Trotter at Railroad Earth

Tracks 1,2,6,7,11,12, and 13 Produced, mixed and engineered by Adam McIntyre at Killybegs Sound Recordeing.

Tracks 9 and 10 Mixed and engineered by Cayce Means
at Wonderroot Atlanta, and Cayce’s house.

Mastering by Jimmy Either at Headphone Treats

Cover art “Monty” (the raccoon) by Emma Adair; “Valor text” and back photograph by Montanus Trammell.

Design, formatting, and editing
by Kathleen Brennan


Major thanks to Brent Jay, Trevor Michael Vick,
Jody Burt, Will Sanders, and Janet McKee
for lending their talent playing shows with us

Thank you Marian Dennis, Danny Floyd, Daniel Young, Patrick Hill, Damon Hare, Alex Weiss
Ben Trickey
Clair Maxwell, Tom Taylor, Tyler Nelson
THE E.A.R.L.
and all our friends who helped make this record possible

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Track Name: Falling Rays of Sun
Under the falling rays of sun
We have no shadow we’ve just begun
Moments we can’t see from where we stand
But when they’re gone we’ll understand
That what’s innocent can’t kill you
What’s magnificent can’t lie
But we all just hold them both back
Keep ‘em buried deep inside
And the surface
We can’t get by

Pearls made from sand under your tongue
When you say words I’ve needed for so long
But I know why you keep control
Cause you were living in a drain hole
Where you leaned to mind your manners
Where you learned to keep your cool
to the authoritarian figures
Who have treated you so cruel
And their surface
We can’t get through

Under the falling rays of sun
Track Name: Part 51
Just like you is how I wish I was made but those parts must have gotten delayed someone fell asleep at their job they're very sorry didn't mean to do harm and now part 51's in some dumb warehouse collecting dust in a box on some shelf and the workers pass it by they don't know why its there anymore. So I borrow 51 from you it makes me such a better person its true and now why you gotta go away it makes the other parts of me go insane and yes I know its awful selfish but dont you know I cant help it I thought I could become your hopeless cause the one that you never gave up on and fight the revolution till your fucked up friend is saved. And yes I know you're going places I'm not allowed to come but out of drowning desperation I'll fight for with you to belong you cant hear me. just like you is how i wish i was made, just like you is how I wish i was made, just like you is how i wish i was made, just like you is how i wish i was made....
Track Name: Too Many Too Much
i got the feeling that i read too many magazines
i got the feeling that it doesn't mean what i thought it means
to you or to me

so what do i do?
what exactly do i say to you?
before i mess it all up by saying something like i like you

i think i'll take another look at what the experts say to do
before i put my foot in my mouth like i always do
in front of you, in front of everyone

so what do i do
spend another night talking to you?
talking trash about our friends instead of saying that i like you
but maybe it's all for the best
god knows i've really messed this up before
but i could have sworn you showed an interest in me too
Track Name: Take a Gamble
Well come on take a gamble
Living forever is over rated I know
Fear of failure well it never
Helped anybody ever find their way back home
Well I know

Stability that we need doesn’t exist in this world of change
Even if the man that you love is trying his best to be strong
And everything you want
He just wants to belong
At least throw him a bone.

You drank up all the water
And when the well went dry
You wanted an answer
I thought that you were sleeping
And didn’t realize you had been drinking
I fooled myself for so long
I didn’t realize that you and me’d
Gone wrong we just held on
Until the bough broke

I lost you so long ago
That I don’t even know if you ever saw me in the first place
I was too scared to let go
made a promise to you I would be there always
I’d been screwed so many times
so I guess it didn’t really hurt when you nailed me
I forgot what it was like to grow

Put me into the cardboard
Pack me in with the Styrofoam
Seal me into the plastic wrap
You can not save someone who won’t change

Well come on take a gamble
Living forever
Is over rated I know
Track Name: The Yesman
Is this part of the plan
Is this part of the plan
You said you’d really like to know me
You said that you could really show me
Just who it is that I am
And then we could be friends

You don’t know who I am
You do not know who I am
You said you like my personality
You said you didn’t mean to hurt me

Oh but this ditch that you’ve left me in
Doesn’t compare to the places we’ve been
Oh but it’s lonely I could use a friend
Even if you don’t quite fit the description

You say that we’re best friends
And stick it through till the end
How do I say I need affection
I’m left alone crying and shaking
I found a flint with a spark
To keep me warm in the dark

I tell you I’m okay
And you don’t know what to say
Cause deep inside of this ocean
There is something that is broken

And I know you see through my broken clock
You just keep pretending for me I’m a rock
So solid and sturdy and strong like I’m not
But why break illusions when you can just let me drop
Track Name: Moth Into the Light Bulb
When the people that you care about start being cared about
By people more important than you
It gets hard to say to yourself try not being selfish
With the way that you feel about them
You get scared when you’re alone and they’re gone
Oh yes you’re scared when you’re alone and they’re gone
I know

Well I tried talking to you to see if you can’t feel better
Cause your life is so much bigger than these things
But the pain in your chest when your heart’s on fire
Can not be snuffed by logical debate
And you will argue with yourself this case
And you will argue until you’re blue in the face
All night

But I’ve never seen you do anything like this before
And the rest of my whole world seems fake
No I’ve never seen you do anything like this before
Why you got to go and make my universe shake.

More moths they fly alone straight into light bulbs
But the glass protects them from the blaze
I want to be burned by you but the glass that you use
Is impenetrable grade A
I want to crash into your fire and light
YES I WANT TO CRASH INTO YOUR FIRE AND LIGHT
ALL NIGHT!!! ALL NIGHT!!!
Track Name: Sunk
Its mighty hard when you hear the words that you’re not going
Your friends climb the stairs but you’re not coming
Where’s the list, your name’s not on it
What a bitch, the truth so hard hits

They’ll have a good time
They’ll have a great time
Without you.

Your face fills the blanks of your thought bubbles
You try to stutter the words that you’re not troubled
Do they know the devastation they’ve caused you
Do they care how much they have harmed you

And they’ll have a good time
They’ll have a great time
Without you, without you, without you

Everyone’s told you what you’ve done wrong
But you can not change you’re backed up against a wall
Don’t it make you feel sick

Its mighty hard when you hear the words that you’re
Not going
Track Name: Saddest Song
When your threads come undone
And you live your saddest song
And you’ll never go home
It’s just a bed where you sleep alone

So you’re working all the double shifts you can
just to keep yourself away from nowhere land
and the people there they don’t understand
that you work so long because they’re your friends

it’s your saddest song

and the daylight shows
that there could be somewhere to go
and you’ll search it out
because you yearn for what it’s all about

but it’s not like on that damn TV
where such pretty faces greet you with glee
at the beach house there they don’t have a care
they’re just belly rings and they never sing

about your saddest song
oh it’s the one that you’re running from
just to keep your self numb
to the past which you come from

turn and face the self you’re running from
turn and face the self you’re running from

and money would help but that’s not the thing
it just fills the void while you stroll and sing
and it blinds you from the awful truth
that you never learned how to cut loose

from your saddest song

turn and face the self you’re running from
turn and face the self you’re running from
Track Name: Neutral
I drink a lot of coffee
And it goes right up to my head
You talk about the future
I won’t be able to make the rent
Even with the lights off
And the heat down low
It ain’t enough to turn the whole thing off

Maybe I was right
Maybe this is endless
It may not take an hour or two it may take my life
Maybe I was wrong
There’s gotta be an end to all this
If everyone can have their own place now

I try to drink a bit less
I still lose out to other guys
You say that times are tough now
The watch your wearing says otherwise
Even when I try hard
Hard tries back
It ain’t enough to call the whole thing off
Track Name: Mirror
I’m in need of reminding of who I am
And I’m in need of reminding of where I’m from
All day I deal with your neglect
I’m too scared to leave and I get upset
But I know at leased I’m being held when you hold me down

And you’re the mirror who says I’m lazy
And you’re the mirror who says I’m crazy
And when my mirror says I’m crazy
I grow numb

Cause it’s clear to see
You and me
We’re not friends not really
And you lay claim
That I’m always the one to blame

I’m in need of reminding of who I was
And I’m in need of reminding of where I am
All day I wait for someone to come
And open the door to let in the Sun
But I know at leased I’m being held when you hold me down

And you’re the mirror who says I’m lazy
And you’re my mirror who says I’m crazy
And when my mirror says I’m crazy I grow numb
Track Name: No Big Deal
You’re taking way too long get in the car
Expose the negative of what you are
I know that everyone has a good side
But the nerves you’re getting on is ruining mine

The pain this time is too much to receive
The eye is blind that you turn to the scene
Return to your world of make believe
Which doesn’t even seem to dream

All the same I think things could be better
All the same I wish you would try
All the same I think it gets us nowhere
All the same it’s another burden of mine
All the same it’s another waist of time

You’ve really gone and messed it up this time
Trying to help but drunken yourself blind
I know that this is not really who you are
But the irritation caused is leaving scars

The pain this time is too much to receive
The eye is blind that you turn to the scene
Return to your world of make believe
Which doesn’t even seem to dream

All the same I think things could be better
All the same I wish you would try
All the same I think it gets us nowhere
All the same it’s another burden of mine
All the same it’s another waist of time
A waist of time
Track Name: Unendangered Species
Anything you want we will make it available
Everything in life is fully attainable
Your problems and your strife and what makes you miserable
is gone

Ill say right from the start that we’re here to protect you
Because you’re our biggest heart and if they ever break you
Then we’ll show them who’s in charge flex our big muscles
And crush them all

That’s how we make it go, yeah
That’s how we make you grow, yeah

If you’re feeling sick and tired we can go get wired
If you’re feel exacerbated we will keep you sedated
And we’ll act awkward in pubic and think nothing of it at all
If you’re in trouble with the law we will get you a lawyer
If you’ve been humiliated we will bribe the reporters
So that you can save face among all the disorder
You’ll overcome

That’s how we make it go, yeah
That’s how we make you grow, yeah

Dream of extraordinary things we can do
There’s nothing ordinary we’ll make of you
This ain’t no charity case our love is true
This ain’t no sissy contest we believe in you
Anything you break is completely replaceable
Cause you’re the one at stake and we’ll make it possible
For you to make mistakes and get back on your feet again

That’s how we make it go, yeah
That’s how we make you grow, yeah
Track Name: Hindsight
Well silence isn’t always gold
When you’re alone and self hating
You feel your heart is over flown
And pain seems only escalating
I’m sorry if I let you down
And if your heart is really breaking
I’m sure you’ll always remain sound
And calm even when you’re raging inside

And although you’ve grown up
The child inside you’s still so cold
Yes although you’ve grown up
the child inside you’s still so cold

I must have done something wrong
You never let me see you breaking
We didn’t mean to do us harm
Those hollow smiles that we’d been faking
I know to you it’s all just words
Never backed by any meaning
Your defenses hear the words
And your heart never stops sinking
I know

And though I really tried
I never felt the love come back
I thought I really tried
But damaged goods are only that

I guess we never healed from
All the shouting and the shaking
Back from when we were so young
Life only seemed to be taking
Our love
And if you wait it out
Life is gonna give it back
If you’ll just wait it out
Life is gonna give it back
It’s gonna give it back
It’s gonna give it back to you