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released October 8, 2010

Munny Townsend - Vocals, Guitar
Jonah Sol Gabry - Guitars, Bass, Drums, Piano, Vocals, other stuff

Mixed by Tucker Dalton
Mastered by Woods Drinkwater

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Munny & the Cameraman Portland, Oregon

Born out of an acoustic tradition, Munny & the Cameraman incorporates a uniquely textured mix of instrumental musings and lyrical intensity. What started eight years ago has grown into a "beyond-acoustic" partnership - carefully blending styles of Americana folk, blues, jazz and indie-rock. M&tC is a sonic experience that feels strangely familiar, like you've known them all along. ... more

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Track Name: Tattoos
painted  words  on  a  table  mean  nothing  
but  carve  them  and  bleed  
burned  into  place  we  slept together  
you  were  on  your  knees  
she  is  out  there  somewhere  
begging  for  our  grief  
broken  lines  dot  the boulevard  
on  the  way  back  home  
she’s  tucked  into  a  pocket  sewn  shut  
just  so  no  one’ll  know  
i  can  hear   them  laughing  
but  i  knew  you’d  go  

i  can’t  stand  still  
and  you  can’t  hold  back  
i’m  gnawing  on  your   tattoos  
you  paint  your  windows  black  

conversations  beat  
my  eardrums  cadence  on  their  own  
i  wish  you   were  here  instead  of  out  there  
sewn  shut  and  stoned  
you  have  to  hold  on  while  i  go  down  

the  degree  to   which  she  becomes  a  character  
in  my  mind  is  the  degree  
to  which  she  becomes absent  from  my  life  
i would  starve  to  watch  you  crawl  
Track Name: I Had A Say In This
Early to mid to late July
The plane will land the sky will die
And when this happens you will see
A brewing storm inside of me
A faceless cloud within the moon
I say something important a week too soon

In the time between then
And when I should’ve said
I had a say in this
I had a say in this

And under the belly of the great great moon
A face I see in a small balloon
A smile a wave your hands in mine
Is just my dream in this glass of wine

And in the time between then
And when I should’ve said
I had a say in this
I had a say in this

Beneath my sleeves there is a scar
That I gave myself in an old brown car
Fading fast into my skin
A last excuse for a life of sin

In the time between then
And when I should’ve said
I had a say in this
I had a say in this
Track Name: Revolutions
two  revolutions  forward  
one  revolution  ago  
i  held  a  secret  between  my  thumbs  
but   had  to  let  her  
go  wheels  beneath  the  burning  sky  
finish  where  they  started  
and  when  does  returning mean  
you’ve  already  departed  

start  a  revolution  baby  
change  your  mind  
start  a  revolution  maybe  
you’ll   feel  better  inside  

it’s  the  silence  between her  words
as  she  looks  at  the  sky  
moving  on  to  come  back home  
baby  take  me  for  a  ride  
rock  me  back  against your  chest  
let  me  never  stop  falling  
comfort  with   the  endlessness  
is  better  off  than  crawling  

there’s  an  ocean  inside  of  me  
filled  with  words  she  never  said  
i  swim  in  it  to  know  all  
the  places  we  never  met  
staring  at  the  edge  of  loneliness  
in  a  city  far  away  
do  i  dare  eat  a  peach  
as  i  stumble  stagger  and  stay  
Track Name: Like Rocks
i  wake  up  in  the  afternoon  
after  a  morning   of  not  sleeping
 ‘cause  my  feet  were  cold  
and  i  turn  on  the  radio  
and  hear  the  announcer  say  
it’s  a   beautiful  day  in  buffalo  
i  think  of  all  those  before  me  
who  walked  away  just  to  roam  
it’s  a  pulse  that   moves  us  or  keeps  us  
it’s  a  rhythym  you  cannot  own  
half-­drunk  and  half-­said  
carries  words i never wrote  
and  i  never  meant  
all  these  replacement  words  
they have  no  heft  
only  stark  reminders  of  what  we   have  left  
behind  beneath  between us  
it’s  the  space  i  needed  
we  could  pull  at  each  other  
like  this  all  day   long  
lobbing  back  and  forth  our  reasons  
for  our  own  secret  songs  
but  baby  when  the  sun  go  on  and   disappear  
we’re  left  only  with  ashes  
made  mud  by  our  tears  

so  i’m  building  a  mud  brick  house  
a  new   place  to  live  
change  all  the  locks  
and  pour  a  drink  to  forget  
how  much  i  hurt  you  
and  how  much  i   changed  
and  how  all  of  our  lives  
have  been  delicately  rearranged  

at  the  end  of  the  day  i  scrub  my  skin  
watch  it  swirl  down  the  drain  
and  beg  to    start  over  again  
it’s  that  dirt  under  my  nails  
that  i  just  can’t  rid  
so  i  wait  for  the  poet’s  moment  
when  i  will  finally forget  
that  night  that  night  i  heard  her  sing  
was  the   night  i  knew  i  needed  
to  start  untethering  

so  i’m  building  a  mud  brick  house  
a  new  place  to  live  
change   all  the  locks  
and  pour  a  drink  to  forget  
how  much  i  loved  you  
and  how  it  felt  when  i  stopped  
and  how  the  words  that  i  left  you with  
fell  heavy  
like  rocks      
Track Name: E.B. White
A cup of coffee and a cigarette
I’m stuck in a glass house
Looking through myself again
There will be no not jumping
Among the lonely and the thieves
The lovers are daedal
And the widows just grieve
Sometimes I only want
To paint everything
At the edge of a city one night I kissed a girl
Who swore like a sailor she’d never leave this world
Her arms held secrets between them and her tattoos
Pockets of love I never knew she used
Maybe it was the city, living in the city
That made her feel how queer everything was
And that it was something else
There will be no not jumping
Among the lonely and the thieves
The lovers are daedal
And the widows just grieve
Sometimes I only want
To paint everything
There will be no not jumping
Among the lonely and the thieves
The lovers are daedal
And the widows just grieve
Sometimes I only want
To paint everything
Track Name: We All Wanted Something
i  got  coffee  stained  fingers  
and  a  memory  stained  mind  
i  can  hear   your  footsteps  behind  me  
but  i  don’t  know  which  way  to  run  

we  all  wanted  something  baby  
but  i  wanted   you  
we  all  said  the  same  thing  baby  
but  i  know  that  you  wanted  me  to...  

i  can  hear  the  thunder  rollin’  in  
just  like  every  afternoon  
something  about  these  storm-­ridden  summers  
makes  me  wanna  be  close  to   you
Track Name: Hey, Stranger
i’m  moving  on  
moving  on  a  wire  
i’m  dying  
dying  on  fire  
don’t  forget  to  watch  me   burn  
one  day  she  whispered  
we’ll  all  be  set  free  
chained  to  the  wind  
stirring  up  my  feet  
don’t  forget  i   watch  you  sleep  

why  are  you  here  
and  what  was  your  name  
nice  to  meet  you  i’m  on  fire  
nice  to  meet  you  i’m  on  fire  

we’ve  gotten  stranger  
as  the  years  roll  on  
we’re  different  people  
at  the  ends  of  these  guns  
hey  stranger,  hey  

i’m  a  tightrope  walker  
in  this  secret  charade  
you’re  a  midnight  stalker  
who  got   lost  on  their  way

hey,  stranger  hey
Track Name: J.A.L.I.F.
i  walked  out  into  a  field  of  stars  
and  i  looked  up  to  find   where  you  are  
but  the  blinking  lights  told  me  to  move  on  
to  a  world  where  i  can  sing  my  song  

we’ve  got   no  answers  for  the  lives  we  lead  
sometimes  baby  sometimes  we  just  need  to  believe believe  in  me   believe  in  me  too  

where  was  she  when  i  needed  a  walk  in  the  rain  
and  where  was  he  when i was staring   through  my  pain only  the   devil’s  awake  at  3  a.m.  
except  for  another lonely  insomniac  friend  
i  try  to   escape  the  image  of  you  at  my  door  
but  in  my  sleep  it  only  bleeds  out  more
Track Name: Help Me, November
there’s  a  broken  avenue  
in  this  city  of  hours  
take  a  stroll  late  at  night  
just  to  look  at  all  of  the  stars  
and outside  my  window  
all  the  leaves  are  turning  old  
the shedding  of  another  year  
makes  all  of  us  grow  so  cold  

and  oh  help  me  darling  
help  me  let  go  of  you  
and  oh  help  me  baby  
is  there  nothing  we  can do  

i  took   down  all  our  pictures  
and  carefully  tucked  them  away  
for  someone  else  to  stumble  upon  
on  another  sad   rainy  day  
i  loved  you  to  pieces  
which  is  why  we  finally  broke  
both  holding  on  too  tightly  
to  all  those   words  we  misspoke
Track Name: Baby We Were Still
hungover  in  the  afternoon  
with  the  sun  hung  on  a  string  
it’s   been  a  while  since  i  saw  your  face  
since  i  even  knew  your  name  
wonder  if  you  would  know  me  now  
now   that  everything  has  changed  

we  were  still  together  
still  against  all  that  weather  
we  were  still  together  
baby  we  were  so  still  

i’ve  had  so  many  faces  
in  too  many  places  
and  one  too  many  names  
i  slept  in  her   shadow  
under  your  window  
but  there’s  no  one  left  to  blame  
chasing  down  that  old  dream  
from  a  new   direction  
than  where  i’ve  been  
it  ain’t  about  lonely  
it  ain’t  about  heartache  
that’s  all  over  now  
it’s  about   hearing  my  heartbeat  
and  only  my  footsteps  
underneath  the  stars
Track Name: Your Mother's Laughing
Instrumental
Track Name: Saint in the Streets
i  left  with  my  instructions  
printed  on  your  skin
hungover  under  the  olive  trees  
wondering  where  you’ve  been  
the  bosses  fold  us  like  sheets  into  ourselves  
there’s  a  saint  in  the  streets  
he’s  got  healing  hands  he  needs  to  wash  

darling  won’t  you  come  with  me  
to  the  next  prayer  meeting  
lift our  chairs  above  our  heads  
and  dance  like  true  believers  

i  left  under  surveillance  
the  bishops  know   where  i  live  
i’ve  got  your  razor  in  my  pocket  
and  a  shadow  you  won’t  forgive  
the  bosses  come  while  i   sleep  
slip  a  file  beneath  my  door  
they  know  how  hard  she’ll  weep  
when  they  have  her  on  the  floor  

i’ve   got  the  ghost  in  a  cage  
as  a  bargaining  chip  
i  wrote  your  instructions  on  a  page  
with  the  blood  from  my   lip  
you  will  find  me  disguised  as  a  story  
in  three  days  i’ll  burn  these  robes  
and  we  can  share  in  the  glory