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Everything's Incredible

by Port Arthur

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released 15 May 2015

Tracks 1-8, 10-12 written by Luke Shefski
Track 9 written by Christine Oglesby
Performed by Port Arthur

Horns arranged by Harry Forlenza-Bailey, Glenn Gifford, Luke Shefski, and Ello Shertzer

Album art by Joe Shefski

Luke Shefski - vocals, guitar, banjo, keyboards, synth, cello, doumbek, glockenspiel
Christine Oglesby - vocals, guitar, tambourine
Harry Forlenza-Bailey - trombone, backing vocals
Glenn Gifford - trumpet, backing vocals
Ello Shertzer - tuba, violin, whistling, backing vocals
Kevin Stairiker - banjo, guitar, auxiliary percussion
Kevin Paschall - drums
Adam Walker-Serrano - accordion, ukulele, backing vocals
Matt Deery - lead guitar on "Mountainside"
Chet Williams - electric bass on "Vanish In Smoke" and "Fire"

Engineered and produced by Doug Raus at Brighton Sound Studio

Mastered by Jeff Hiatt at Turtle Studios

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Port Arthur Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Port Arthur stands at the crossroads between folk and jazz, between the earth and the sea, between matter and mind. Singer- songwriters Luke Shefski and Christine Oglesby, in extraordinary collaboration with a most remarkable brass trio, take inspiration from the untamed energy that simmers just below the surface of the ocean, and from the darkest, wildest corners of the forests of Pennsylvania. ... more

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Track Name: Going
Don't you be angry at what I'm about to say
I know it seems tragic
I want to slip away

I'm going to where the sun shines
I'm going to where there's no past behind me

Some people tell me I've got to get on board
Where are they going?
They did not tell me before

They're going to where the sun shines
They're going to where there's no past behind them
They're going to where the sun shines
They're going to where there's no past behind them
Track Name: You Once Were Mine
Found a job next to your house
You go there often I found out
Think that I might be obsessed
And I recall our night of rest

Don't know where or why I am
You know I'm not an honest man
It's right that you were so unkind
And that's just fine
You once were mine

Everything's incredible when your eyes meet with mine
All the world's own pretty pictures hang there in a line
Observing God's creation though you know he is a lie
And that's just fine
You once were mine

Understanding comes to slow
For now I'm feeling pretty low
So leave for now but come back soon
'Cause you're in love
And I'm a fool

Everything's incredible when your eyes meet with mine
All the world's own pretty pictures hang there in a line
Observing God's creation though you know he is a lie
And that's just fine
You once were mine

I'll be there for you when we are old and we are through
Our lives having been lived not knowing love so pure and true
Heirless elders sitting on their thrones of what to do
And nothing's new
And nothing's new

Everything's incredible when your eyes meet with mine
All the world's own pretty pictures hang there in a line
Observing God's creation though you know he is a lie
And that's just fine
You once were mine
Track Name: Blind Birds
A golden goddess dressed in white
Makes feathered wings for flight
Her apple-scented robes go free
Her beauty makes you want to be
Closer, closer, you cannot fight
And you lost yourself that night

And if she wanted you to die
You need only look to the sky
There the birds of love fly 'round
They are spirits singing loud
And they will fall down to the ground
Wondering not what was lost but what was found

Too many days pass too soon
Too many lies echo through your room
Beyond the walls to find her there
Among the birds up in the air
In the air

I must be gone my time is soon
I'm a wolf, I'm howling to the moon
So do not mourn the love that's lost
You are a man but at what cost?
Track Name: Mountainside
Mountainside
All the children hide
Sun on the skyline
Run in the springtime
Grassy fields
Animals animals
I walk around the world
I look for you
Can't find you
What am I going to do?
I walk inside your house
You're nowhere to be found
Shoes by the door tell me you're around

Oh they'll chase you
Oh they'll kill you
Oh they'll eat you

Oh you poor boy
Oh you wretched thing
So far from your home
Track Name: Vanish In Smoke
I see no reason to be kind
When you're acting all the time
Like I'm a pool of slime, slime
I'm just an ordinary man
You thought I had a plan
Now the curtain's coming down, down, down

Yesterday I thought I knew the truth
But today all I want is you
Lived for twenty years with your neck in a rope
Now you must learn to with yourself cope
Da-da-da

You'll go down at the helm of your ship
You won't remember who the hell you were with
When your brain is fried and your parents have died
And your children have cried for the life they're denied

When you're old and broke
And you're addicted to coke
And you only play folk
You will vanish, vanish in smoke
You will vanish, vanish in smoke
You will vanish, vanish in smoke
You will vanish, vanish in smoke
Track Name: Contrition
Separate yourself into your basic parts where everything is red
Feel the subtle sting of breakthrough after breakthrough
Before you go to bed

There your dreams will take you to the place where all you want to do is sigh
When you can almost hear her breath and feel her hand upon your thigh
Though you wish she could be there to make sure that you stay alive
She's in another place you couldn't even begin to contrive

It's everyone all in a row
You can't take even one more no
It's love so unrequited
That you don't even feel slighted

It's everyone all in a row
You can't take even one more no
It's love so unrequited
That you don't even feel slighted

There your dreams will take you to the place where all you want to do is sigh
When you can almost hear her breath and feel her hand upon your thigh
Though you wish she could be there to make sure that you stay alive
She's in another place you couldn't even begin to contrive
Track Name: Fire
You could feel the entire world
And you could breathe when the fire curled
Around your legs and in your skin
Your soul could win
Your soul could win

Your will could break the strongest bars
Your love is near, your love is far
You bend the rules and make your vows
And break them when your time runs out

We make so many plans and we chase them all away
We distill the distant future and we don't know why it's late
You're breathing all the smoke around
Your throat is red
You're bleeding out

We make so many plans and we chase them all away
We distill the distant future and we don't know why it's late
You're breathing all the smoke around
Your throat is red
You're bleeding out
Track Name: Often (in the Summertime)
Often, in the summertime, things aren't what they seem
Lovers running 'round and 'round
Clinging to their scene
I don't want to be like them
I don't want to need
Often, in the summertime, things aren't what they seem

Apprehension brings me down
I won't go out tonight
I'd rather stay inside my head
If I go out I'll fight
I'll fight myself to be secure, ignoring you all night
Apprehension brings me down
I won't go out tonight

You're not mine anymore
I've got pesticides on my hands
And a broken heart
And a broken heart

Land of wisdom, land of hope
I'll be there someday
Tired of reigning in my thoughts
I haven't got a say
All these newborn people cry
It's the only way
Land of wisdom, land of hope
I'll be there someday

Often, in the summertime, things aren't what they seem
Lovers running 'round and 'round
Clinging to their scene
I don't want to be like them
I don't want to need
Often, in the summertime, things aren't what they seem
And your life is a dream
And I'm not what I seem
Track Name: Repair
I will go to Lancaster
I will stroll around the city
I will leave you at a party
And I will go to Montreal

I don't care what you do or what you're doing
I will do what I want without you
I will repair myself from your doing
I will do what I want without you

I will go to Tanamoria
Where I will be an eladrin
I will go to Barcelona
And I will sing for them

I will take you to my home
I will share my friends and furniture
You will live with me for two months
And then you will write a song for me

I don't care what you do or what you're doing
I will do what I want without you
I will repair myself from your doing
I will do what I want without you

I don't care what you do or what you're doing
I will do what I want without you
I will repair myself from your doing
I will do what I want without you
Track Name: Love At First Sight
Seven years before I moved next door
Looked through your window
Fell on the floor
Love at first sight soon turned to blight
Your fight was just a show
You know where to go

Monsters in the night
Evolved without side
How lucky they are never to be harmed
It's in the holy book
It's everywhere you look
They say it's in my heart
I don't know how to start
Track Name: Warmth
I looked into the orange sky
I lost my sight but I gained a friend
I jumped into the waterfall
Hoping my soul would find a new home
Onward it traveled, over the sea
No longer me

Leave my memory intact until I come back, born into wealth
What am I doing until then?
I'm just spinning my loom
Wondering how all of these ghosts could live in you

Carry me back to the place that was warm
Tuck me in, read to me, 'til you get bored
I know that when I dream I'll think of the answer
But when I wake up I'll freak out and go shower

I'll step out so clean with clarity in my mind and in my eyes
Forgetting problems of mornings long-gone
Put on my shoes, humming a song
Track Name: Dreamer
This boy, this boy is tired
Tired of waiting, waiting around
For something, something to grow here
Here in his garden, his garden of trust

When it grows, he'll be lucky
When it shows he's one of us
People say he's a dreamer
He responds, "I'm just like you"

As his thread unravels
The road less traveled belongs to him
Missing, what is he missing?
He knows what he's missing
It lives behind a stone

When it grows, he'll be lucky
When it shows he's one of us
People say he's a dreamer
He responds, "I'm just like you"

Into the woods, up through the fields he'll follow you
You're crying aloud
He'll make it better somehow
He's waiting for your call

This boy, this boy is tired
Tired of people who just mess around

This boy, this boy is tired
Of those who don't hear him
Who can't hear his call

When it grows, he'll be lucky
When it shows he's one of us
People say he's a dreamer
He responds, "I'm just like you"