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Could This Be the End

by Golden Shoulders

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buzz247 Why do we love this album? Because Adam Kline plays and sings on it, Duh! We love you Adam! Favorite track: Golden Gates.
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1.
Well thank you very much for putting forth your theory it's neither grand nor unified though delivered succinctly and sincerely your petition is declined one could make an argument for optimism that requires no translator a rationale that's free from vulgar euphemism someone will add that part in later There was a plan and it was followed with devotion everything was in its place you had a goal to go and get inside the ocean see how much ocean you displaced are you beholden to the plans you once considered preemptive limits to your options could be the sweetest way of ending up embittered no sense at all, no sense of caution what could possibly what could possibly there are some faces that you would like to go near put down roots and stay forever so you say, but the world may never know, dear you've got to stay to stay together but who can stand to hear the critical consensus finding fault with how you've fallen a helping hand from your ambitious apprentice a little push to help you crawl in but how'd we get here and how quickly can we get out back to familiar terrain the warning signs too obvious to point out the symbolism unrestrained have I arrived upon a credible conclusion or I have been away too long marching a theory towards that theory's execution it's not ideal, but is it wrong what could possibly what could possibly what could possibly what could possibly
2.
Old Country 02:38
this was the old country, son that day is done and it's been too long now since the gold rush and though I'm glad to be here it's become clear there's something in the water and it's us and it survived for a while just a brief postponement of lifelessness they put the whole town on trial for possession and suspicion of being possessed getting here took a little longer than I'm accustomed to and the mountain air is a little stronger, that's something you'll have to grow into this was the old country, kid and what we did was we thought it'd always be that way and though our prospects were good from where I stood we lost the land within the day it had survived for a while just a brief postponement of lifelessness they put the whole town on trial for possession and suspicion of being possessed getting here took a little longer than I'm accustomed to and the mountain air is a little stronger, that's something you'll have to grow into getting here took a little longer than I'm accustomed to and the mountain air is a little stronger, that's something you'll have to grow into
3.
Part Of Me 02:21
No, it didn't kill me but part of me's gone gone gone yeah technically I'm still me but part of me's gone gone gone I lost every battle so I lost the war and I forgot the reason what the fighting was for what the fighting was for what the fighting was for or or it's counterproductive at best it's impolite to be fighting all the people who are fighting the good fight they are fighting the good fight they are fighting the good fight all No, it didn't kill me but part of me's gone gone gone technically I'm still me but part of me's gone gone gone what's left of me concedes and changes plans revisions to the list of my demands resolved to be resolved to resolved to be resolved to understand resolved can mean determined resolved can mean complete like the ending of a story that ended in defeat I am ended in defeat I am ended in defeat I'm beat No, it didn't kill me but part of me's gone gone gone technically I'm still me but part of me's gone gone gone No, it didn't kill me
4.
Golden Gates 02:07
I can't believe it; you tried to end me and it's not what I needed; I'm sad you succeeded Of this I am convinced, though I can tell you disagree: this is not the time nor place for the end of all time and space Golden gates are closed to me now some how could this be the end Golden gates are closed to me now some how could this be the end and if it is the end, I'll hold out hope we'll be revived it's an unlikely prospect when you've had it and lost it cause if it's up to me, you see, we'll make it out alive I swear on the grave of everyone I have failed to save Golden gates are closed to me now some how could this be the end Golden gates are closed to me now some how could this be the end Golden gates are closed to me now some how could this be the end
5.
Dig Me Up 03:11
please if I'm not around dig me up if I've gone underground dig me up if I've gone underground in the event I get sent overhead or the other place let it be known I went fully grown, calm and straight faced all right, I'll admit that's the least-likely thing that I've sung get my foot out the grave god knows it's no place for the young please if I'm not around dig me up if I've gone underground dig me up if I've gone underground dig me up if I've gone underground dig me up if I've gone underground or scatter my ashes in the eyes of my enemies 'cause after a hard year I'll need a victory I have got a lot left to think about now so I'm not about to stop thinking right now please if I'm not around dig me up if I've gone underground dig me up if I've gone underground dig me up if I've gone underground dig me up if I've gone underground dig me up if I've gone underground dig me up if I've gone underground dig me up if I've gone underground dig me up if I've gone underground
6.
looks like a bad time for me to reappear I'm killing time it's a crime to kill a whole year I cannot wait 'til the weight's off my shoulders and then at last unencumbered I'll shrug them again and again it all falls apart somehow I think I'm at peace with that now I think I'm at peace with that now it all falls apart somehow I think I'm at peace with that now I think I'm at peace with that now my pretty good enemies went to great lengths to learn my only weakness a total lack of strength I carried a grudge, I was nudged, the grudge was retired I resigned in disgrace as was required it all falls apart somehow I think I'm at peace with that now I think I'm at peace with that now it all falls apart somehow I think I'm at peace with that now I think I'm at peace with that now
7.
you didn't have to burn it all down you left nothing but the ash and ground you took your time, you took your time and mine you could have spared a thought for where I am you could have chosen someone worth a damn you could've not done, you could've not done what you did you wouldn't tell and so you showed me that none of the wrong you did was done slowly as though that would make it fine you took your time and mine and in the end there's nothing at least nothing worth discussing it's wasted, it's wasted on me you wouldn't tell and so you showed me that none of the wrong you did was done slowly as though that would make it fine you took your time you took your time you took your time and mine
8.
come on, please, we're in this together the flowers on the family tree no, never turn your back on your people, no never in front of me we were warned by the prognosticators, wizened sages, soothsayers, et al. no silver lining for these sad spectators maybe the end times'll be good for morale come on, please, we're in this together the flowers on the family tree no, never turn your back on your people, no never in front of me we're one day further from the day the walls got scrawled on and one day closer to the day the walls come down the day the story stops being about you the day you're on the wrong side of the ground come on, please, we're in this together the flowers on the family tree no, never turn your back on your people, no never in front of me it only ends if it ends for a reason but in this case there's no reason at all I believe we have grieved what's worth grieving and falling down will not be our downfall come on, please, we're in this together the flowers on the family tree no, never turn your back on your people, no never in front of me come on, please, we're in this together the flowers on the family tree no, never turn your back on your people, no never in front of me come on, please, we're in this together the flowers on the family tree no, never turn your back on your people, no never in front of me
9.
Quit Talking 02:16
that which doesn't kill us must try harder and will one day get it right so I'll propose a truce the very second I am done winning this fight don't question it don't question it it's just like I've always known and what I'm hearing now it's no wonder you're alone quit talking, I beg you you've got a lot to learn; you might be dumb I don't wish that on anyone quit talking, I beg you you've got a lot to learn; you might be dumb I don't wish that on anyone that which doesn't kill us still annoys us it's a shame but it's a fact and I don't take the slightest bit of comfort that a knife has got my back don't question it don't question it cause it's just like I've always known and what I'm hearing now it's no wonder you're alone quit talking, I beg you you've got a lot to learn; you might be dumb I don't wish that on anyone quit talking, I beg you you've got a lot to learn; you might be dumb I don't wish that on anyone yeah it's unlikely you've got something to say I know you'll say it anyway quit talking, I beg you you've got a lot to learn; you might be dumb I don't wish that on anyone quit talking, I beg you you've got a lot to learn; you might be dumb I don't wish that on anyone quit talking, I beg you you've got a lot to learn; you might be dumb I don't wish that on anyone
10.
Setting Sun 02:38
oh what a time oh what a time that's where I'm coming from where the night waits all day for the setting sun how it started out how it started out and what it's become I had such high hopes for the setting sun it might take a second your eyes will adjust but it's never darker than well into dusk it wore me down and it wore me out it's easily done this sorry excuse for a setting sun there's no end in sight now the end is near look, the end has begun it's conspiring against the setting sun it might take a second your eyes will adjust but it's never darker than well into dusk there's no downside there's no downside it's the ideal outcome extinguish and bury the setting sun
11.
I try to be a good man, honey but sometimes I just want to kill it's only down to my upbringing that I probably never will you'd better take a moment some time to consider it all we both know I've got your number written on the back of my wall 'cause I told you before that this would mean war and there'd be no one standing at the end of that fight you know I'm right it's a habit of mine you thought you'd illuminate me but you're not that bright you know I'm right it's a habit of mine it's a habit of mine it's just a habit of mine that was the first sign of trouble and this is the last warning shot and the last line of a long list of good jokes that you never got and I told you before that this would mean war and there'd be no one standing at the end of that fight you know I'm right it's a habit of mine you thought you'd illuminate me but you're not that bright you know I'm right it's a habit of mine it's a habit of mine it's a habit of mine it's just a habit of mine I try to be a good man, honey
12.
it may not go as I'd intended I'll accept any outcome I've every right to hope it's starting you've every right to say it's done 'spect you came here for a reason but if you harbor any doubt if you feel at all uncertain I will show you the way out but I'd hate to see you grapple with potential regret I've seen the wrong side of that blade I'm not qualified to tell you how to live your life respectfully, I'd prefer you stayed I'll just let you weigh your options you're entirely unbound but if you're up for what I'm thinking honey, you can stick around I hate to see you grapple with potential regret when the bill's already paid I'm not qualified to tell you how to live your life respectfully, I'd prefer you stayed I hate to see you grapple with potential regret I've seen the wrong side of that blade I'm not qualified to tell you how to live your life respectfully, I'd prefer you stayed
13.
Verbatim 01:53
You held still while they took your measurements you were fitted for a net and promptly caught I've suffered for my sins you've suffered for no reason I don't know why that is you don't know what you've missed it's a matter of fact there is no in-between all you need is love and several other things did you ever get the feeling you've been had? 'cause you've been had did you ever get the feeling you've been had? 'cause you've been had did you ever get the feeling you've been had? 'cause you've been had did you ever get the feeling you've been had? 'cause you've been had there's the point you tried to make and the point you made instead we've met the enemy and it's everything you've said but if I mock your words and in some cases hate 'em it's 'cause I heard those words in context, verbatim You held still while they took your measurements you were fitted for a net and promptly caught
14.
xo A 02:44
last things last at last, the valley's been paved with grass oh well if it's too long or commercial, we're too late for rehearsal put your bodies on the levers and gears there's something in brotherhood that I've always understood I know a rise and a decline, then I thought that I could chime in but no one understood a word dogs and mad englishmen, the garden and the den that's so there's no good way to say, love, just what these are the days of but it's too late now it's seven to two and I don't know why but I still find the will to try and fail I did not come to conquer but I'll do it for an encore I said it doesn't end at all some burns are uncontrolled, I am both blue and gold be true a simple act of service from the bottom of the birdsnest please remember I was always kind go ask the establishment just what it was they meant slow down when I said you made a mistake that was my half of the handshake it was either that or not at all waiting until the end is something I recommend I do I was happy where I rooted unprovoked and undisputed and increasingly beyond repair my first words were whats the hecks my last ones will end with xo A during the dark parts, you were the glow part I was the glow part too

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This is the fourth full-length Golden Shoulders album.

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released September 13, 2019

Adam Kline - lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Jonathan Hischke - bass guitar
Brett Shady - vocal harmony
Todd Roper - the drums, percussion
Jonathan Hansard - trumpet, additional vocal harmony
Davia Pratschner - violin, vocal harmony
Ehren Haas - electric guitar, backwards electric guitar
Josh Klinghoffer - electric guitar, piano
Ariella Daly - piano, additional vocal
Alison Schmidt – wheeze
Joanna Newsom – piano
Rich Good - electric guitar
Rob Kieswetter - additional vocal
Rusty Miller - electric guitar
Kelley Stoltz – mellotron
Ike Frazee - pots & pans

Recorded by Tim Green.

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