Footnote

by Adam Tressler

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released March 1, 2015

Louis Cato: Bass/Drums/Percussion
Will Herrington: Keys/Synth
Jessalyn Brooks: vocals on “Before I Lose It All”
Recorded by Max Coane at The Fortress, LA
Mixed by Chandler Harrod
“Claim to Fame” recorded/mixed by John Spiker
Mastered by Ian Sefchick
Artwork by Kelley Bozarth

otherwise produced, written, and performed by adam tressler

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Track Name: Hurry Up and Wait
I can book my flight, I can find a ride to the airport
I checked in online that should save some time
I always get to the gate too early but that’s okay
Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up and wait

The air is one big road, air traffic control gives us the go ahead
Pilot says we’re close, city lights below
I know that we’ll get there safe but I’m nervous anyway
Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up and wait

The world has grown impatient
Either brand new or ancient
We want more and more and more for less and less and less
We take pictures of our food
We complain on the internet
Like we’re searching for a place
Hurry up and wait

I’m done making lists, I’m done rubbing sticks to get a fire going
Everything has gone to sh*t, it wasn’t always like this
But I don’t expect a change before I get to the baggage claim
Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up and wait
Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up and wait
Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up and wait
Track Name: Downtown
I take the freeway every time
But I know that the side streets could offer the shortcut I need
I stay inside the lines
Watching the traffic creep towards exit 23, that drops me off Downtown

I’ve been spending more of my time downtown
I keep a piece of my heart above a boulevard
A boulevard downtown

I speed through yellow lights
Skyscrapers and history, Sidewalks and poverty
I leave my car outside
There’s somebody waiting for me
She lives next to a factory, a factory Downtown

I’ve been spending more of my time downtown
I keep a piece of my heart above a boulevard
A boulevard downtown

Someone I want to be with makes it worth the trip
It’s worth the gas I burn, the parking tickets I’ve earned
ATM fees to pay, to pay for expensive drinks
In my favorite part of town
Sit there until the place shuts down

I take the freeway late at night
I’ve got to be up early
I’ve got to be getting to sleep, I have to leave Downtown

I’ve been spending more of my time downtown
I keep a piece of my heart above a boulevard
A boulevard downtown
Track Name: The Bridge
Built to last
Not everything is built to last
“And yet the bridge is beautiful”
And yet the bridge is beautiful

The towers stand straight,
Strange to think that
Those stones go down
All the way under the ground
And they’re not going anywhere
They’re not going anywhere

Just above the sand
A river that never ends
And yet the bridge will never fall
And yet the bridge will never fall

The towers will not shake,
It’s strange to think that
Those stones go down
All the way under the ground
And they’re not going anywhere
They’re not going anywhere
Track Name: 31 Days(the story of William Henry Harrison)
Born in the winter of 73
Third down the line in the family
A young man carrying an old book, written in Greek
Made friends without making enemies

He gave a long speech in the cold rain
He rode a white horse in the parade
Everyone got a handshake
For thirty one days

He lived a long life, had a good wife, had kids of his own
Nine that lived to be full grown
He carried the banner, he was born to lead
Led his army to a victory

A general and a fighter
A gentleman and a father
He fell when he couldn’t go higher
After thirty one days
He was just getting started
When he joined the dearly departed
It seems that history forgot him
After thirty one days

Spoke his last words with his last breath
A sense of satisfaction right before
He passed away
After thirty one days

His grandson got the same job
William Henry would have been proud
But he never found out,
After thirty one days

The last words of a man who fought in three wars:
“I ask for nothing more” – William Henry Harrison, April 4, 1841
Track Name: Do You Remember Elmer Ellsworth?
do you remember elmer ellsworth?
he met his maker in the first verse
of an epic battle that we pass on
so we don't forget it, we won't forget it
he saw the colors from the window
the enemy flag put on a free show
he led a march through the front door
because he couldn't let it, he couldn't let it fly

he ripped the flag from the flagpole
one month after turning twenty four
if you have your faith at the right time
then you won't regret it, you won't regret it
on the way out the front door
he became the face of a new war
one to the chest and he went down
he died in a minute, the first minute

the first of many to make that fall
the first of many to answer the call
the first of many to make that fall
the first of many to answer the call

word got out and spread fast
there was a battle cry at last
shot down in cold blood
they won't stand it, they were ready
when the president sat down
he knew how to make a mother proud
wrote a letter with his own hand
he addressed it, then he sent it off

the first of many to make that fall
the first of many to answer the call
the first of many to make that fall
the first of many to answer the call

do you remember elmer ellsworth?
he met his maker in the first verse
of an epic battle that we pass down/on
so we don't forget it, won't forget it
a funeral in the white house
in the east room he drew a big crowd
his name was shouted out loud
so we won't forget it, we won't forget him
Track Name: Magellan
I was not born under a rock
But I was born under the moon
I know that doesn’t make me special
My mother said I had potential
I know that doesn’t make me special either way

When I pushed off of the dock
I could feel the ocean starting to move
Something underneath the surface
Telling me that I found my purpose
Something underneath the surface to help me along

If I make it far enough
I’ll finish where I started from

Like Magellan sailing to the edge of the earth
I’ll be coming back around
Like Magellan sailing to the edge of the earth
When I come back around, I’m gonna kiss the ground
Thankful that the world is round after all

I look up to all of the stars
Over open water deeper than blue
Somehow I got lost thinking
Mentally I started sinking
Somehow I’m not sure that thinking will bail me out

Like Magellan sailing to the edge of the earth
I’ll be coming back around
Like Magellan sailing to the edge of the earth
When I come back around, I’m gonna kiss the ground
Thankful that the world is round after all

After all, Someone has to be the first
After I’m gone, I need you to pray to God that this works
If I make it far enough
I’ll finish where I started from

I was born on top of a rock
Now I sail under the moon
Somewhere over the horizon
I know that the sun was shining
Somewhere over the horizon either way
Track Name: Before I Lose It All
I hold myself accountable
I always try to be responsible for what I do
But I can’t take the fall
I think I am reliable
I could say what you already know
But I won’t before I lose it all

I place my bet
I check my hand
I place my bet
I check my hand
I should fold what I hold
I should fold what I hold before I lose it all

The sun is rising on another road
I change directions and I lose control
But I’ll come back for more,
I dive deep but I sink slow
My lungs are burning but I won’t let go
Can I stall before I lose it all ?

I place my bet
I check my hand
I place my bet
I check my hand
I should fold what I hold
I should fold what I hold before I lose it all

I place my bet
I check my hand
I place my bet
I check my hand
I should fold what I hold
I should fold what I hold before I lose it all
Track Name: Claim to Fame
I grew up near a sign that read:
“This marks the spot where a President
Was born and raised”
My only claim to fame
Legend has it they were so poor
He did not own shoes til he turned four
In the past this was a different place

As for me
I must have walked past those same oak trees
Back then they had fewer rings
So much else has changed
But some things are the same

A landscape James would not recognize
Dirt paths covered with painted lines
There’s a parking lot by the cabin in the woods
A man of science, an optimist
In a time when this was the wilderness
Now the rolling hills hide mansions behind gates

As for me
I must have skipped rocks on the same creek
Back then the water was safe to drink
So much else has changed
But some things are the same

Left town at twenty eight
It’s a big world out there, and it’s getting late
He had dreamt of this
In the quiet of the night
Like it was written in the stars


As for me
I found myself under that same sky
Back then Ohio had darker nights
The stars are out of reach
But it doesn’t hurt to dream

Be careful what you don’t wish for
You just might get it