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released May 5, 2013

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Track Name: New Song, Old Love
This is a new song. It’s for my old love.
I’m sure it’s no one you’ve ever heard of.
I called that kiss mine. I held that heart once.
Once in a lifetime; two and a half months.

Carolyn, I wrote you songs back then,
but I didn’t know how.
Carolyn, I loved you way back when,
but I didn’t know how.

You deserve a good song. You deserve a good love.
I can do the first one. I hope it’s enough.

You broke my heart, dear. You made the right choice.
But even twelve years and all those nice boys
can't change what we had. “All’s well that ends well.”
I don’t believe that, but I’m glad we’re friends still.

You taught me how to love. You taught me how to lose.
Now I know that stuff. That’s why I’m thanking you.

Even then, you were a catch.
I tried to craft a love to match.
The first I’d ever made from scratch,
And everything was wrong with it.
Couldn’t keep me from turning green,
from calling you late and calling you mean,
and being an all-around drama queen.
I couldn’t even write a song with it.
Track Name: If My Love
If my love, if my love, if my love,
if my love is a curse--
Honey, you've got it bad,
but I've still got it worse.
If the cure, if the cure, if the cure,
if the cure is a pill,
well then wash it with whiskey.
Let it work what it will.
And do that drug and that drink
make you shrink, make you grow?
(A wink.) The latter, methinks,
and here's how I know.

The broader your back,
the more troubles can be heaped upon it.
The thicker your heel,
the rougher the stones think you want it.
The larger your brain,
the better to grasp this truth:
the bigger your heart,
the more bits it can break into.

If my life, if my life, if my life,
if my life is a thread,
then where does it end?
And what shall I use it to mend?
If the tear, if the tear, if the tear,
if the tear is too wide
for this strand to span,
for the tailor's hand to hide,
then what shall we, shall we, shall we,
what shall we wear?
And what do we risk
if we leave ourselves bare?

The broader your back,
the more troubles can be heaped upon it.
The thicker your heel,
the rougher the stones think you want it.
The larger your brain,
the better to grasp this truth:
the bigger your heart,
the more bits it can break into.
So I've got a piece for each and every one of you!

Yes, I've got a piece for each and every one of you!
Track Name: You're A Fox
I've got a crush on you,
because you're fine.
Your breath is a wicked wind
blowing my mind.
Your mouth moves in and out of view,
your hair tossed to the side,
and I don't know which is lovelier,
what's hidden, or what hides.

You put every strand in place,
and you smooth the folds of your dress.
And you sit just like a lady, and everyone's impressed.
But I don't know who you think you're fooling in those human clothes.
You're a fox, and everyone knows.

Ah, those windows to your soul
are just the skylight to my cell.
I'm just one more poor joe
fallen down your well.
Oh, but that man you keep around,
handsome devil, charming too.
I'd probably want him
if I had anything left after you.

But when I see you coming, I freeze still as the air.
I know my clock is running, and I haven't got a prayer.
You're sure to sense my terror, if you only use your nose.
You're a fox, and everyone knows.

What's more lethal than a siren?
A siren with a microphone.
We're a crowded hall of soldiers
silenced by an infant's moan.
And I don't believe in spirits
but you've spooked me more than once.
That time we talked for twenty minutes
shook me like a damn seance.

But all of it's recorded, so I know it's not just me.
See, I've taken notes, done interviews, and all of us agree.
The doctor you ruined, the saint you drowned, the eskimo you froze--
You're a fox, and everyone knows.