Sneaking up on the Moon

by Gentle Hen

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released September 10, 2017

Henning Ohlenbusch: Songs, Guitar, Keyboard, Singing
Brian Marchese: Drums, Percussion, Singing
Max Germer: Bass
Ken Maiuri: Guitar, Keyboards, Singing

Lesa Bezo: Singing on College Town, Guitar on Sneaking Up on the Moon
Andy Goulet: Pedal Steel on California Brown
Dave Trenholm: Saxophone on Willing to be Forgiven

Tony Westcott: Consultant

Recorded by Henning at Rub Wrongways Records
Mixed by Mark Alan Miller at Sonelab and Henning at Rub Wrongways Records
Mastered by Mark Alan Miller
Photography by Henning
Design by Max

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Track Name: The Hold Out
Early on you developed an immunity
Found a way to stand apart from the community
Distracted eyes always seeking opportunity
Yeah you do it all the time, you’re the hold out

Your record shows that it can just take one to tangle
You prove the point with all the friendships that you’ve mangled
Instead of listening are you working out the angles?
Cause, you do that all the time, you’re the hold out

Are you just delaying cause you’re scared of being wrong?
You keep holding out until something better comes along

You claim you’re blind but you got twenty twenty vision
Locking in with a laser-like precision
You call it independence but it’s indecision
Yeah you do it all the time, you’re the hold out.
Are you just delaying cause you’re scared of being wrong?
You keep holding out until something better comes along
The hold out
The hold out
The hold out
Track Name: We're All Stars
Well, I’m disgraced every time a face doesn’t look at me.
Trying to find my place in a world where everybody’s a celebrity.
I’ve been commended, I’ve been coddled.
I’ve pretended I’m a model for most of my life.
This is a different world than the one in which you grew up.

I’m going to scatter my photos from a plane and let them rain over you.
Everybody gets a copy and a print out of everything I’ve been up to.
My name is gonna be famous
You can’t blame us, you can’t shame us.
This is what we were taught.
This is a different world than the one in which you grew up.

We’re all stars.
We’re all stars.
We are all stars.
We’re all stars.
We’re all stars.
We are all stars.
And nothing really matters if there’s no proof.

You’re invited to a party and you better dress smartly so the pictures are good.
We’re editing our memories and we only keep the cool ones, that’s understood.
Are the pictures of the party?
Is the party for the pictures?
It doesn’t matter to me.
This is a different world than the one in which you grew up.

We’re all stars.
We’re all stars.
We are all stars.
We’re all stars.
We’re all stars.
We are all stars.
And what’s the point in doing things if there’s no proof?

What are we supposed to do?
Who do we think we are?

We’re all stars.
We’re all stars.
We are all stars.
We’re all stars.
We’re all stars.
We are all stars.
And what’s the point in doing things if there’s no proof?
Track Name: We Didn't See Them Until We Did
We didn’t see them until we did
Now we see them everywhere
If they had told us when we were kids
Maybe we’d’ve been aware
Maybe we’d’ve been prepared
For bright blue lasers in our eyeballs

Oh here they come
As cute as a hook
They’re one of the ones
Try not to look

We didn’t see them until we did
Now we see them everywhere
If they had told us when we were kids
Maybe we’d’ve been aware
Maybe we’d’ve been prepared
For bright blue lasers in our eyeballs

Oh here they come
As cute as a hook
They’re one of the ones
Try not to look

Oh no
Look out
Here they come
They’re one of the ones
Here they come (repeat)

We didn’t see them until we did
Now we see them everywhere
Track Name: Made up Stars
Lying on your back at night
Pointing out a satellite
A dim distant made up star
Slowly fades out of sight
Kind of like your appetite
Who you were and who you are

Don’t ask us for our suggestions
We’ve all got the same questions
Don’t ask me what my advice is
Every day’s a midlife crisis

Button on your workplace face
Like a helmet made for outer space
So no one can hear you scream
Meeting bleeding into lunch
Everyone’s talking at once
No one can see you dreaming

Don’t ask us for our suggestions
We’ve all got the same questions
Don’t ask me what my advice is
Every day’s a midlife crisis
Crisis, Crisis
Christ, this can’t be all we are
Dim distant made up stars

Don’t ask us for our suggestions
We’ve all got the same questions
Don’t ask me what my advice is
Every day’s a midlife crisis
Don’t ask us for our suggestions
We’ve all got the same questions
Don’t ask me what my advice is
Every day’s a midlife crisis
Crisis, Crisis
Christ, this can’t be all we are
Track Name: Life of Leisure
We just want to live
Live a life of leisure (that’s all we want)
How, how can we live
Live the life we choose?
Aw doesn’t it seem
Like life should be longer (We feel that way every day)
So we, we do what we can
To do the least we can

Some people take more
While other people get less
Which are we?
If we want to live
Live a life of leisure

We’ve been
Tapped out
With not much to show for it
What are we working for?
We don’t know.
We, just want to live
Live a life of Leisure

Some people take more, honey
While other people get less
Which are we?
If we want to live
Live a life of leisure (that’s all we want)
We want to live
Live a life of leisure (that’s all we want)
We just want to live
Live a life of leisure
Track Name: Exploding the Past
Pile into the car in the middle of the night.
Everyone’s coming along so pack in tight.
We might be the only ones awake in this whole town.
The hottest night of the year with the windows rolled down.

Running through the forest lit by the moon
Don’t know where we’re going I don’t care if we get there soon
Following the voices of friends with a towel in my hand
For the first time in my life I think I understand

And it happened so fast
We don’t need permission
We don’t want to stop
And think things through

Exploding the past
Yeah, we’re on a mission
Forgetting the future
To make this one moment true

A shimmering sliver of silver fades into sight.
It’s the moon shining down on water on a perfect night
It’s brighter down here by the lake than it was in the trees
And for the first time in my life I don’t care who sees.

And it happened so fast
We don’t need permission
We don’t want to stop
And think things through

Exploding the past
Yeah, we’re on a mission
Forgetting the future
To make this one moment true

Back up, back up.
Get a running start.
Back up, back up.
This is the easy part.
(instrumental)

And it happened so fast
We don’t need permission
We don’t want to stop
And think things through

Exploding the past
Yeah, we’re on a mission
Forgetting the future
To make this one moment true
To make this one moment true
To make this one moment true
Track Name: Sneaking up on the Moon
Space, hanging over us
Space, if we could just
Feel it when we need it
That’d be great

Time, hanging over us
I’m doing my best to bust
Out of this routine
You know what I mean
Babe, we should be sneaking up on the moon
Trying to catch a moment off guard
Come on, let’s get out of this room
And into the yard

Earth, it can be so sweet
When you notice
It’s just below your feet
Spinning, you can feel it
If you want

Babe, we should be sneaking up on the moon
Trying to catch a moment off guard
Come on, let’s get out of this room
And into the dark

Sneaking up on the moon
Sneaking up on the moon
Sneaking up on the moon
Sneaking up on the moon

Babe, we should be sneaking up on the moon
We should be sneaking up on the moon
We should be sneaking up on the moon
We should be sneaking up on the moon
Track Name: California Brown
If I’m gonna stay in this New England town
I’m gonna paint my house California Brown
Gonna add a little color to the winter grey
Gonna carve a little depth into the frozen day

Breaking off the edges of the sidewalk ice
The crunch beneath my boots sounds so nice
But I’d trade it in a second just to hang around
While the sun’s shining down on California Brown

California Brown
Where the gold trail ambles through the bone dry ground
I’m the lion in the brambles just outside of town
Staring down the valley but not making a sound.
Waiting for the sun to go down.

When the leaves are all gone and the branches are spikes
And the neighborhood kids pack away their bikes
And staring out the window is like staring at a frown.
I try to remember California Brown

California Brown
Where the gold trail ambles through the bone dry ground
I’m the lion in the brambles just outside of town
Creeping towards the valley but not making a sound.
Watching as the sun goes down.

Sun settling down.
Orange and blue above brown.

California Brown
Where the gold trail ambles through the bone dry ground
I’m the lion in the brambles just outside of town
Creeping down the valley but not making a sound.
Watching as the sun goes down.
Track Name: Sit on Roofs
There’s a poem about a painting
In a book I got for free
Don’t remember where it came from
I like the poem
I don’t know from poetry

Took my car a couple thousand miles
It was pretty warm when we got down there
Gatorland I love your capybaras
Don’t want to leave them there
Don’t want to come home

Something makes me want to sit outside
Something makes me want to sit at night
Something makes me want to sit on roofs

Is winter gone forever?
I hope it never comes back
We can go out walking again
Is winter gone forever?
I hope it never comes back
We can go and sit outside on roofs.

I always want a different season
But you can only drive so much
So I keep my eyes on trees and
Things will eventually change
And we can sit on roofs

Something makes me want to sit outside
Something makes me want to sit at night
Something makes me want to sit on roofs

Is winter gone forever?
I hope it never comes back
We can go out walking again
Is winter gone forever?
I hope it never comes back
We can go and sit outside on roofs.
Track Name: A Northern Lake (Erin)
Standing on the shore of a northern lake,
The rocks beneath her feet, it feels like home.
She left her shoes in the house on purpose,
Dips one toe beneath the surface,
Sending circle signals to the moose and the woods and the moon.

Sitting on the bed in a northern room
The window’s open wide so she can hear the loon
Who’s call comes in like it has for years,
The dog at her feet perks up his ears
They’re growing up together on the shores of this northern lake.

And the sun loves to rise as the moon loves to glow
And the clouds love to part as the breeze loves to blow
And the time loves to stand on the tall grass and watch
As she stands on the rocks on the shore of this lake she calls home.

Floating on her back in a northern lake
Staring at the sky, late afternoon,
When the water splashes into her ears
The sound of glaciers is all she hears.
The smell of dinner cooking blows across the lawn and lands in her smile.

And the sun loves to rise as the moon loves to glow
And the clouds love to rain as the snow loves to snow
And the time loves to sit on the back porch and watch
As she stands on the rocks on the shore of this lake she calls home.

This is home.
Feels like home.
This is home.

And the sun loves to rise as the moon loves to glow
And the clouds love to part as the breeze loves to blow
And the time loves to lie on the hammock and watch
As she stands on the rocks on the shore of this lake she calls home.
Track Name: College Town
Bend the desk lamp down to block the hated light
Roommate rolls around clock says it’s late at night
Grab a pen
Glows out the window through the leafless trees
Illuminates the bricks on the campus underneath
Where they’re all asleep
Put your head in your hands

And the space between the letters
Well it’s so much more than paper
And I swear I can’t believe you’re on your own
And the letters start to make words
And the words complete this sentence
I swear I can’t believe you’re on your own
In this college town

A lot of years have passed, I’ve only moved a mile
Still cross the campus every once in a while
If it’s on the way
To my apartment

And the space between the letters
Well it’s so much more than pixels
And I swear I can’t believe you’re on your own
And the letters start to make words
And the words complete this sentence
I swear I can’t believe you’re on your own
In this college town

The bus stop bench, the courthouse steps
The pizza place with the emergency slice
The day time bar, the beater car
The short cut across the railroad tracks

This college town
This college town
This college town
Track Name: Willing to Be Forgiven
Maybe you forgot
Or maybe it was nothing
I can’t fight the feeling that
I might be the reason for some suffering.
A lot of years have passed
And we are both much older
When I’m back in town
I look around
Don’t want you tapping on my shoulder

Can’t you see
That’s no way to go on living
Take a look at me
I’m willing to be forgiven

If you can find it in your heart
If we can put aside our egos
If we start from the start
Maybe you and me can be amigos

Can’t you see
That’s no way to go on living
Listen to me
I’m willing to be forgiven

Enemies
That doesn’t seem right
It’s a strange definition for
You and me
When I’m out at night
I will change my position
Put a...put a wall behind me
Cause I never know where you’ll be.

I know you didn’t forget
I know it wasn’t nothing
I can’t fight the feeling the I might be the reason for some suffering
The feeling ain’t pleasing realizing I’m the reason for some suffering.
Track Name: Misdirection Octopus
Calling octopus.
Misdirection octopus.
Help me, octopus
And get me out of this.

I need octopus
Confusion octopus
Save me, octopus
And get me out of here.
Please.

I don’t want to be the one to break the news
I don’t want to be the one to let you know
Any which way I choose looks like I’m gonna lose
We’re never gonna get anywhere if we don’t start
Oh no, I don’t want to be the one to break your heart.

Calling octopus.
Misdirection octopus.
Awe some on, octopus
Get me out of this.

I need octopus
Confusion octopus
Save me, octopus
And get me out of here.
Please.

I don’t want to be the one to break the news
I don’t want to be the one to let you know
Any which way I choose looks like I’m gonna lose
We’re never gonna get anywhere if we don’t start
Oh no, I don’t want to be the one to break your heart.
I don’t want to be the one to break the news
I don’t want to be the one to let you know
Any which way I choose looks like I’m gonna lose
We’re never gonna get anywhere if we don’t start
Oh no, I don’t want to be the one to break it
I don’t want to have to instigate it
I don’t want to be the one to break the news
Track Name: The Best News of Our Lives
If you want me to stay
I could stay all night
I got something to say to you, darling
Will make you feel alright.
‘Cause I got, I got the best news of my life.

If I can pull up this chair.
If I can take off my coat,
In the white of the bright kitchen light
I’ll tell you all that I know
How I got, I got the best news of my life.
Yeah I got, I got the best news of our lives.

We’ll sit still and unravelled,
And try to count the roads we’ve traveled.
Work out how we ended up right here.

Grab a paper and pen
Draw a vertical line
Arrange family and friends
Doesn’t matter if they’re yours or their mine
We got the best new of our lives
We got the best new of our lives

We’ll sit still and unravelled,
And try to count the roads we’ve traveled.
Work out how we ended up right here.

And when the people find out
Everything’s gonna change
But that’s the point, that’s the beautiful plan
To go from normal to strange
Yes we got, we got the best news of our lives.
Yes we got, we got the best news of our lives.
Yes we got, we got the best news of our lives.

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