Please Come Home

by Stray Mother

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Please Come Home is Stray Mother's debut album. Recorded at home and in Andy's home studio studio from December 2015 - September 2016.


released October 24, 2016

Andy Arciniega - Vocal production, mastering, trumpet
Michael Garcia - Preproduction
John Bouchard - Album photography
Ryan Vrhel - Additional guitar
Bowen Armour - Additional vocals

THANK YOU: Ryan, Keenan, Bowen, Andy, Altman, Darby, Roger, Juan, Gabe, Kinda Rad Kinda Sad, Emmett

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Track Name: Lemonhope
Oh, the memories
Contorted by time like old November street lights
I can feel the pain being lifted towards the white
A sage green energy born of pine trees and lunar moon beams
I wanted your face to be the last thing that I would see
Ma, my heart hurts
Track Name: Face Thief
It was the first time in a long time that I felt more than a little bit alright
I had this dream that it snowed outside and we felt it before you said goodbye
And I wonder if you'd care that I still think of you all the time
Old friend of mine

Such a shame
I have nothing to say
I'm so sick of this place
Such a shame
I have nothing to say
I watched this sickness tear at your grace

I didn't want to say goodbye but I certainly won't forget
How could I just watch the embers that burned in your chest cool and not give you breath
This place is summer days and memories that escape faster than they're made
I can't even speak to anyone that has your face

Some days are harder than others
I just don't to want to lose my embers

I want the guts to say I love you before I lose you forever
I want the heart to say I need you before I can't say goodbye
Track Name: Wishing You Well
"I can see the hospital from here" we sing as the sun begins to sink
It haunts the city with its shadow beneath a skyline turning pink
If I stay here any longer they'll bury me beneath San Marcos cemetery

A holy ghost
I drank the water
This is me wishing you well
I made the most
Of losing a barter
But you could never tell

I didn't want to be a bitter thing
I would brave the loneliness that Autumn brings
I'm trying to find some in-between
The gluttony, the suffering

It's like shattering your kneecaps
And breaking both your legs
It's praying to a god that doesn't hear a fucking word that you say
On clear days I can see the ocean from the hills that we used to climb
I could drain the shoreline
I can't feel anything at all
I turned out to be nothing
Oh, God

Will we ever reclaim our souls from the ashen ring that sleeps beneath Double Peak
Only time can tell
From phantom lips that speak
"I'm over this, it's just memories"
This is me wishing you well
Track Name: Please Come Home
I miss the old days
When we were young
Silent embers drifting beneath the setting sun
I ruin any good I ever have
I've been a terrible friend, and I'm sorry for that
I wanted to apologize, I want you to know
That I'm sorry, so just come home

It's days like today
We understand the price we pay
For passing time
For wasting mine
While you drown in the barley up north
While you drown up north

'Cause I'm scared enough
To hate everyone I used to trust and love
To watch those memories turn to dust

You don't know what it's like
The hospital halls, the flickering light
I don't want do this alone
Please come home

You chose to drive the whole way home
With the gaslight on
Yelling over your stereo
Learning what it means to be alone
I don't have the guts, and we don't have the time
I'm sending you my love

I felt your grace even as your soul began to trace the sea
We are all always close to the end, and I can feel your presence as a distant dream
Track Name: Winterpinion
Dark and distant cold
What are you doing here all alone
You need to pull yourself back together
You need to find your way back home

Follow the pine trees
Snow drifting
Crescent glowing

You've dreamt of fatherhood
But you'll always be a son
Condemned to follow the same constellations
I'm trying to make it home
I see the light between the snow
If these letters never send
Just know
You're my friend to the end