Engine

by Austin Miller

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1.
Curse the Road Your bags are packed and you’re set to go The future hangs in the palm of your hand And there you stand, with your head held high The half moon lights the highway and it’s all you know The road ahead looks clear, and it looks bright And with all your might, as you effortlessly fly But when the road spits you out and kicks the dust back up in your eyes Don’t second guess, don’t lose your step, whatever you do, don’t comprise When the winds won’t seem to stir, and the days all start to blur And the engine that’s been driving you is stuck Try not to curse the road when it has you feeling down on your luck With your dreams and what is real and a grip on each But it’s easy to lose track when you’re on the run And some damage done, but that’s all it ever was So the half moon and horizon seem so out of reach But that never was a reason not to try Or wonder why the road unravels like it does But when the road spits you out and kicks the dust back up in your eyes Don’t second guess don’t lose your step, whatever you do, don’t compromise When the towns all look the same and you’re forgetting why you came And the line that cast you out begins to reel Try not to curse the road when you can’t remember why you’re at the wheel So when you’re down and out just try your best to remember All the splendor and let it wash in with your love Because you know there will never be another way For you to dream of But when the road spits you out and kicks the dust back up in your eyes Don’t second guess don’t lose your step, whatever you do, don’t compromise When your cover's all been blown, and your weariness has shown And you feel the fear start running all your dreams Try not to curse the road when you feel like you are running out of steam Try not to curse the road--I swear it’s not as long as it seems
2.
Bags at the Door I watched the sun go down on that quiet Midwestern town One that I could barely pronounce the name of I didn’t know what to expect, when the nighttime came in full effect I felt the stars aligning up above So leave your bags at the door And in the morning they might be there no more And at the very least, you’ll have spent some time without them But when the morning came to get its fix It hit me like a ton of bricks But two thousand pounds of feathers would have been more or less the same I washed the shame all off my skin As I felt a new day come again Lost my voice trying to convince you That this was more than just a game So leave your bags at the door And in the morning they might be there no more And at the very least, you’ll have spent some time without them As I set off in the night, I began to question wrong from right With the words you’d written down stuck in my pocket Just cause you close a certain door off to everyone else in this world You shouldn’t close your eyes until you lock it So leave your bags at the door And in the morning they might be there no more And at the very least, you’ll have spent some time without them Yeah leave your bags at the door And in the morning they might be there no more And at the very least, you’ll have spent some time without them
3.
04:18
Dandelion The city started raining on me The skyline had darkened far as my eyes could see The streets were running rivers and my mind was sending shivers For more reasons than I could ever speak The city started raining on me So I thought of your clean face and a new pair of shoes These things never mattered much to you With your thick skin and our wandering hearts Will they find a way, will they find a way? So I snuck into Georgia where the pines grew in a line Fields of red and blue and green Lingered longer than anything I’d ever seen But the pines hadn’t seen the rain for weeks So I thought of your clear mind and a stranger with the blues These are the things that mattered most to you With your thick skin and our wandering hearts Will they find a way, will they find a way? You’re just a girl in California under a sky I’ve never seen I’ll say I’ve found a way To your dandelion heart, if we weren’t so far apart But if you’re just a dandelion blowing in the breeze Dandelion blowing in the breeze Dandelion blowing in the breeze Would you blow towards me?
4.
03:40
City Dweller You’ve been tied to a chair, and I don’t hold the key Well I guess I’m coming to you Because I know you sure as hell ain’t coming to me You were tired of the way The way that people drove slow You were wondering why They were even on the road in the first place But now you don’t have to drive at all The city’s not for me The city’s not for me But I have reason to believe that you might be That you might be Like that quiet park in Chelsea From your voice over a wire, to the letters I never sent But now we’re singing all your favorite songs in the rain In the street outside your rent control apartment A piece of me has died, but far more’s been brought to life And I think it’s the first time cause if you left, walked away You know I might try The city’s not for me The city’s not for me But I have reason to believe that you might be That you might be The oasis that I need
5.
Long Lost Friends Don’t wait for a better time Don’t look for some foolish sign Begin, begin, begin Your heart is alive and well I won’t deny that it’s been through hell Through hell So look for another flame And not someone else to steal your blame And I know you’ll find yourself again As the paper reunites with the pen Like long lost friends Long lost friends Your heart always finds the good But not always in the ways that it should Because your head longs for something real It won’t act on what the heart says it feels And it feels But your soul is a special kind As it knows that the head and heart will find Somewhere where they all can sing For the love and the joy they will bring As long lost friends Long lost friends Long lost friends Long lost friends
6.
Ghosts in Carolina The ghosts in Carolina, they are close friends of mine They stick with me through the night They’re always there to lend a hand And keep my bones from dry land But I think I should let them go Cause I don’t want these ghosts to be the only thing I ever know So tonight I’m sleeping with the light on Yeah tonight I’m sleeping with the light on I’ve always done my best when I had no one watching me When I’m swimming in a sea of unfamiliarity But when I feel that gaze, I find myself trying in ways That I simply never have before So shut the blinds and lock the door Because tonight I’m sleeping with the light on Yeah tonight I’m sleeping with the light on There’s a big moon on the rise It hangs above my thin disguise I hear the voices with the light And they’re all coming out tonight So tell the ghosts in Carolina and the ones in Tennessee That I know now what’s best for me And when I find myself alone On those darkened mountain highway roads Tell them just to leave me be Leave me be, oh leave me be, leave me be Leave me be, oh leave me be, leave me be Because tonight I’m sleeping with the light on Yeah tonight I’m sleeping with the light on Yeah tonight I’m sleeping with the light on Yeah tonight....
7.
Burning Building All the things that you left in the past They must stay there Because your past is a burning building And your skin is beautiful All the plans that you have made You must not change them For anything or anyone Because your mind is beautiful All the roads that you used to take You must find new ones Because your enemies await And your face is beautiful When the papers land at your door You must not read them Because they won’t give you a reason to sing And your voice is beautiful All the things that you left in the past They must stay there Because your past is a burning building And your skin is beautiful Your skin is beautiful Your skin is so beautiful
8.
01:40
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9.
Sittin’ on Top of the World It was in the spring, one sunny day
 My sweetheart left me, lord she went away And now she's gone, and I don't worry
 Cause I'm sittin’ on top of the world She called me up from down in El Paso
 She said "Come back, darlin, lord I need you so"
 But now she's gone, and I don't worry
 Cause I'm sittin’ on top of the world If you don't like my peaches, don't you shake my tree 
Get out of my orchard, let my peaches be
 And now she's gone, and I don't worry 
Oh lord, cause I'm sittin’ on top of the world So don't you come here runnin', holding out your hand 
Gonna find me a woman, just like you found you a man
 But now she's gone, and I don't worry
 Oh lord, cause I'm sitting on top of the world It was in the spring, one sunny day
 My sweetheart left me, lord she went away
 And now she's gone, and I don't worry 
Cause I'm sitting on top of the world And now she's gone, and I don't worry
 Cause I'm sitting on top of the world
10.
Skeleton Keys Well you’re making lots of noise with your brand new bag of tricks As if silence was a ploy to keep your position fixed When you’re living on the run, your bones begin to shake When you hold it up to the sun, that’s when you’ll know if it’s a fake In a world where what you can do outweighs what you once could A pocket filled with skeleton keys, that won’t do you much good So now the view becomes obscured when you’re told all that’s at stake I will rest when it’s assured that I have no reason to be awake So now you’re trying all the doors with intentions in plain sight What they keep was never, ever yours, and now they’re closing out of spite In a world where what you can do outweighs what you once could A pocket filled with skeleton keys, that won’t do you much good So now your sprint becomes a crawl, just like everybody else I don’t want nothing, nothing at all, just go and prove it to yourself But if peace is what you seek, then you won’t have to look too far Every journey to it is unique, but they’re all lit by the same stars

about

Engine was recorded at the woodshop, Medusa Studio, and at home. All songs were written and recorded by Austin Miller, except for Sittin' on Top of the World, written by Doc Watson. Mixing and mastering by Christopher Bell. Artwork by Lauren Kirk. Cover photo courtesy of State Archives of Florida. All other photos by Michael J Acevedo. Special thanks to Mom and Art, Kevin, Laurie, Dave Melosh, Jordan Schneider, Dave Simons, Logan Rooney, Greg Hughes, Craig Sinclair, and to everyone who continually provides support in one way or another.

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released March 18, 2016

Austin Miller - voice, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, electric organ, percussion
Kyle Miller - upright bass, electric bass
Christopher Bell - cello, baritone guitar, lap steel, clarinet
Matthew Fowler - voice, electric guitar
Sam Coplin - drums, trumpet
Daniel Hanson - drums
Devon Sproule - voice
Tanner Johnson - fiddle
Adam Goodrich - trombone
Matthew Mendel - voice

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