All those Slippery Things

by il gato

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A collection of songs recorded with the "All these Slippery Things" sessions. It was recorded at Tiny Telephone studios (with overdubs recorded at home). "It's Not the Way" was engineered by Ian Pelicci. "Blue Skies", "Contemplation Blues", "All these Times we tried to See" and "Watching Cars Drive By" were mixed by John Flores at Studio SQ. Album was mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering.

Daimian Holiday Scott: Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Piano on "Contemplation Blues"

Matthew Souther: Piano, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Vocals, Various Percussion

Johnny Major: Drums, Vocals

Andrew Thomas: Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Vocals, Various Percussion, Mandolin

Yates Brown: Banjo on "Blue Skies"
Rima Ash: Violin on "Blue Skies"
Annabel Ibanez: Viola on "Blue Skies", Violin on "All these Times we tried to See"
Howie Cockrill: Violin/Fiddle on "Blue Skies"
Jen Grady: Cello on "Blue Skies", Vocals on "It's not the Way"
Andrew Marine: Accordion on "Blue Skies"

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released June 28, 2011

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il gato Gainesville, Florida

IL GATO is a folk-rock band from Gainesville, Florida who had their start in San Francisco, California. Their newest album is titled "Tongues & Teeth".

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Track Name: Blue Skies
"Blue Skies"

Before you just walk out the door please let me finish
because I know the enormous cavalcade is just beginning
to grow as the big-bellied women eating their broccoli begin to gloat
as they know the nights will fade into sunrises and they sense the days are so close
when our tangled tongues and the lightning bugs will all knowingly begin to glow
as they shout out that our time is now!
The walls are all falling down!

Blue skies.
Blue skies.
Blue skies.

The lights were low and all I could do was scrape the floor to find them
underneath the chairs and behind the stares all these slippery things were unwinding
to grow as the big-bellied women eating their broccoli begin to gloat
as they know the nights will fade into sunrises and they sense the days are so close
when our tangled tongues and the lightning bugs will all knowingly begin to glow
as they shout out that our time is now!
The walls are all falling down!

Blue skies.
Blue skies.
Blue skies.

But now all the sun is folded into my skin as the skies bend low and my heart rests on my hand
And now you will see as the dreams they rise slowly and the shadows so tenderly float out past belief
They float on by as the dreams they sigh as the clouds they part to reveal blue skies
They float on by as the dreams they sigh, as the clouds they part to reveal blue skies

Blue skies.
Blue skies.
Blue skies.
Track Name: It's not the Way
"It's not the Way"

It’s not the way you blow-dried your hair, out on the stairs, and reappeared on your favorite red chair as I sat and watched the game.
It’s not the way you called your mom in a break from our conversation or even the fact that, of course, she said the same.

You looked at me and said, “It’s not the way the stars align, or dreams define the hand of the divine, all we have is right here in our hands.”
I looked at you and said, “It’s not the way I’ve known life to be; to loosen my teeth, open wounds to bleed. I know it will all float right down to our feet.”

It’s not the way I complimented your dress, under duress as you forgot the mess that we had made last night in the living room.
It’s not the way I drove your car, or prayed to the stars in the dark for just one sign to show we grew.

You looked at me and said, “It’s not the way the stars align, or dreams define the hand of the divine, all we have is right here in our hands.”
I looked at you and said, “It’s not the way I’ve known life to be; to loosen my teeth, open wounds to bleed. I know it will all float right down to our feet.”

It’s not the way you blow-dried your hair, out on the stairs, and reappeared, spoke in my ear of all your fears, while I watched the game! It’s not the way!

It’s not the way I drove your car, or prayed to the stars in the dark, for the sake of our hearts, to be just one part of all these slippery things!

It’s not the way the stars aligned, or the gods entwine, the way our lives will unwind! We’ll keep upright if we know all of time is right here inside!

It’s not the way!
It’s not the way!
It’s not the way!
It’s not the way!
Track Name: All these Times we tried to See
"All these Times we tried to See"

As your raven hair covered your eyes and shielded what up to then had been our biggest surprise:
A look from beyond you don’t want, but, god-dammit, I don’t mind.
All these slippery things are alone again while I am wiping my heart on someone else’s handkerchief.
Now it’s all dripping on the floor, and I don’t know anymore when to say when.

Please tell me, tell me it’s true.
Please tell me, tell me I grew.

I never bought you one thoughtful gift, I was stuck spinning in circles on the waves of whatever is
hoping to get something transcendent, so I would know what it all meant.

But I saw the blood that comes out of you, a day of reckoning now raining down upon us like we never knew
and the gleam in your eyes, waving goodbye, as our final adieu.

Please tell me, tell me it’s true.
Please tell me, tell me I grew.

Oh, but all these times we tried to see!
Oh, but all these times we tried to see!
Oh, but all these times we tried to see!
Track Name: Watching Cars Drive By
"Watching Cars Drive By"

I’m left walking outside, but inside of the rain, watching cars drive by.
Waiting for those clouds to feel a little bit of my pain
Waiting for that sky to cry.
Because you never even took the time to take a step out of your little, little lie.
So I’m left walking outside, but inside of the rain, watching cars drive by.

I’m left looking right through your ghostly eyes, hoping my mind’s deceived.
Questioning everything that I might have ever felt and everything that I once believed.
Because you never even took the time to take a step out of your little, little life.
So I’m left walking outside, but inside of the rain, watching cars drive by.

Watching cars drive by.

Watching my life.