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Half Full 05:01
I dug in Inhaled Absorption Then took flight To reclaim My fortune I flew straight Then figure eight Unfocused Touched down To rethink My motives With no wings At least I Had purpose This one wing Flies me In circles I'm worn out Exhale Indifference It's too late To leave Unfinished Somewhere I swear There's someone With one wing Worn out Unspoken We'd link arms Take off Together Two wings Rise up Unfettered
Doctors Note 04:37
If I don't lose this I can't lose If I do choose that I'm a fool . . . It's only God punching holes in the walls And Jesus lending a hand when I fall It's nothing much But I won't give this up It might have mattered And maybe for your sake If I could have managed To stay wide awake There's a bright light in my rear view Every time I get near you The motion behind Tugs the corner of my eye Highways and byways You can tear them all down Send a postcard to my folks I'm going to stay in this town I'm bound to let the dagger linger Till I'm whittled unfamiliar Take a stab at that piece That protects my beliefs Then take up my trade On the crest of that wave With both hands on the shovel That digs my own grave I'll divvy out my passion In an unorderly fashion Dissolve in the folds Of the Untainted Soul I know that each and every one of you has got a grasp on it I don't care if it's a lot or just a little bit But one thing that's for sure is it hurts And what's worse, it shows So bad you're going to need a doctors note To move on, study for your next role And then the second that it's over it goes immediately under the microscope But if I don't lose this . . .
The Stranger 03:08
It's a crude hard life For the crew in the quarry Muscles and brawn Squander wages on whiskey The men are piling rock Relying only on brute force To fill a heavy cart Pulled by Old Nell the horse It's another long day With the sledge and the crowbar But out on the point There's a man in the water On the opposite side you will find what you need Return to the shore if you find you can't breathe Out on Fish Head Point Someone spied a stranger Trying to cross the bay He says he wants to go to Pittsburgh On the opposite side . . . Take him to the bridge By the entrance to our road Show him Baileys Harbor Tell him that's where he should go On the opposite side . . . The next day on the bridge Still a curious sight Playing with his vest He evidently stayed all night If you get up close And if he lets you near Concentrate real hard You might even hear . . . On the opposite side . . .
The Word 06:53
I'm not ready yet To break down Silence I'm still reading up Working out Practice But if your stakes are found On this stone Cancel And if you'd stick around I'd be so Thankful I like being cursed Left behind Crippled I may be unsure We'll get by Simple 'Cause this is my last chance To remove Garbage And with this minor change We will lose Our baggage More Than Once I've Said The Word Love Though I Know I Did Not Mean To So For Next Time When I Say Love Close My Eyes Now Till I See You There is no hosanna, no hosanna Where is my hosanna, no hosanna Take me to hosanna, no hosanna Make me hear hosanna, hosanna
Why 05:45
I'll do all I can, sir To get you the answer But the Father and Son Don't need no reason I can't count the days I Thought I had proof If people'd unite We might work this thing through I knew it'd be tough when on closer inspection My treasures reside In the opposite direction I chased and erased and rewound and retraced Till I found my way back to the very first page I'll do all I can . . . I think I got stuck when I wrote that equation With all those unknowns And false information I plugged and I chugged and I pushed and I shoved And I lost 30 years as if that weren't enough I'll do all I can . . . I almost gave in when I laid up to rest and Dreamt I had won Completed the lesson I tossed and I turned and I lived and I learned But oh then I woke up and I've never felt worse I'll do all I can . . . The worst thing of all is my half-wit confession The worst thing of all Is my whole-heart confession I searched and I searched and I searched and I searched But I never once looked in the place where it hurts
I saw the picture In the Ladies Home Journal One afternoon Well the very next minute I begged my Mama And Granny too, "Oh won't you please make me This pretty pink dress No don't take long 'Cause I really must wear it When I go dancing At the firemen's ball I'll wash all the dishes Fold all the linen Scrub down the floors I'll beat out the rugs and Polish the silver Or any old chore I'll rise up early Do all the milking Fetch all the eggs I'll fix all the meals and Take out the garbage Make all the beds I'll come home from school and Do all my homework And get high marks I'll put dry pants on The itty-bitty baby Lord bless his heart I'll shine papa's shoes and Dust off the bookshelf Or any odd job I'll even take a toothbrush And I'll clean the toilet I'll never stop." Well it took forever Till it was finished I couldn't wait I tried it on and Waltzed around and I danced all day Then I did my hair up And I put my face on And sweet perfume I took your arm and Now I'm dancing Right here with you


released January 1, 2006

Maxel Toft & Andy Deitrich made most of the sounds, including singing, guitars and basses, drums, keyboards, and some percussion. Maxel played drums on Doctors Note. Andy played drums on The Word. Maxel played bass on Why but Andy played bass on The Stranger.

Other contributors include Janelle LAH and Jane Deitrich, who both sang. Jane sang on The Stranger and The Word, while Janelle sang on The Word, Doctors Note, and The Firemen's Ball. Neither of them sang on The Magnificent Voice.

The horns were played by Hans Lindemann and Jon Boyd. Hans played tuba, trombone, and clarinet, and Jon played alto and baritone saxophone. Auckland Bach played electric guitar on The Word.

The songs were recorded in the second half of 2005 at Hidden Wave and Maxel's apartment in Chicago. A couple tracks that were lost, and had to be re-recorded in January, 2006. Everything was written, arranged and produced by Maxel Toft and Andy Deitrich, in cooperation with Comfort Cartel.


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