Three​-​Dimensionality

by Crystal City

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released April 19, 2019

Crystal City is Dave Helmer and Sam Drella
All songs written, arranged and produced by Dave Helmer

Songs 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 engineered by Luke Tweedy at Flat Black Studios, Lone Tree, IA
Songs 2, 3, 9, 10, 11 engineered by Dave Helmer at home, Iowa City, IA

All songs mixed by Luke Tweedy at Flat Black Studios, Lone Tree, IA
Mastered by Todd Rittmann at Shy Diamond, Chicago, IL

Players
Brian Cooper, Drums (1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12)
Randall Davis, Guitar (1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8); Baritone (3)
Max Lipnick, Mandolin (9)
Dan Padley, Guitar (1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12)
Andy Parrott, Guitar (3, 9)
Dan Peterson, Drums (2, 3, 9, 10, 11)
Sean Seaton, Keys (1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12)
Blake Shaw, Double Bass (1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12)
Dave Zollo, Keys (9, 10, 11)

Album artwork by Drew Morton.

Thanks to all of our families, friends and fans. We couldn’t do this without your support.

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Email: crystalcitymusic@gmail.com

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Track Name: Three-Dimensionality
If you’re never coming forward
But you’re always looking back
Trying to piss it all together
Try to cut a little slack
And you’ve never known nothing
Like those moments in your dreams
All the doors they slam together
Three-dimensionality

I ain’t got a dollar in the bank
All I got is what you think
I ain’t got a gallon in the tank
No, I just stink

So we left that summer
Thinking that we’d grown up
Yeah I’ve seen a few things
And I had a little luck
And we moved on outta town
Far from our home
Yeah we’re working really hard
And we’re always so alone

And there ain’t no plan on the books
And there’s oh just time and silly looks
Got new friends and I got no foes
And here I am there’s just crooks
Track Name: Circus Came to Town
Well hey there darkness
I’m happy to see ya
Ain’tcha feeling lucky
On the other side
I never felt like
The moon was shining
Hiding in the shadows
Of what was there

And don’t you see that it’s you
That’s crawling after me
Ah--- what would you do
Well the circus came to town
A little bit sooner
Everybody’s acting strange and high
Hangin’ upon their dreams
Hey there darkness

Well hey there sunshine
We’re happy to feel ya
No one’s feeling cloudy
On the other side
I never seem to
Hear whatcha saying
Yell a little louder then catch the train
Track Name: All Gone South
How does it feel
That it’s all gone south?
Just ironic as that may sound
How does it feel
That it’s all gone south?
You can’t hide the blood
It’s all been let out

Now what you’re telling me is
We can’t rewrite the history books
And we sure as hell can’t look at our past
No matter how it looks
And our souls move so slow
Compared to consciousness
So you defend a way of thinking
And disregard the mess

I’m hearing all that you say
And seeing all that you do
As you paint with your religion
Like the broadest of fools
And your smugness gets old
Like sand with a line
Because color means culture every single time
Track Name: Fairfield
I remember the night we met
You were playing a basement bar
People packed like sardines
On a Monday how bizarre
And we talked a little while
Got your number and you made me smile

So I drove on, down to Fairfield
Where your heart was
For me to steal and
I don’t know how I’m feeling ‘bout you

Don’t you know I fall in love
Way too quick as you rise above
And then you got me
Tied up again
You didn’t want me around
Why’d I come round to your hometown

So we decided that we
Wouldn’t meet again
You were moving on out west
To the legal greener lands
And I’ll think about you
From time to time
As you’re surfing and smushing grapes
Under your toes

So I drove on, out of Fairfield
Where your heart was
Not for me to steal and
I don’t know how I’m feeling ‘bout you
Track Name: Searching for You
I can’t understand
Why you’d fade on me
Like cracks in the sidewalk
Of who you used to be
And you led me down
A dirty one way block
The city never sleeps
My love doesn’t stop

I’m searching for you
In my heart
My head is a mess
While I stumble through the dark
I’m searching for you
In my dreams
Stars in the sky
While the harvest moon it screams
Out for you

You could follow me
Down the path alone
Without a prayer or plan
Of ever coming home
Nothing ever changes
When I’m wide awake
Like the promise of the future
And what we’re gonna make
Track Name: Big Jar of Money
I saw you hanging
At the bar tonight
You had a few stiff drinks
But you look alright
Then your eyes were sunk
And words got blurred
You got a big fat lip
And nowhere to turn

But we love you
Yeah we do, yeah we do
Oh, it’s true
And we miss you
Yeah we do, oh, it’s true
And there’ll always be
Another time

I saw you stumbling
Home last week
You had a big jar of money
Nowhere to keep it
I can’t understand
Why you are
The best in the land
And the worst by far

But we hate you
Yeah we do, yeah we do
Oh, it’s true
And we miss you
Yeah we do, oh it’s true
And there’ll always be
Another time

Well the party ain’t done
Unless everyone is leaving
And the truth ain’t told
Unless everyone’s believing
And your life gets over
When no one is speaking
I can’t seem to understand it
Everything is sinking now
Track Name: One-Way Train
I see you’re waking up
The sun ain’t on your side
Well it’s over your shoulder
Bet you’re glad you’re alive
You never knew the reason
Why you close your eyes
Well I found it life size
That you’re never feeling fine

Just shake it off don’t worry
They want the world to burn
Well they waited a lifetime
Can’t you see that it’s their turn
You can’t interrupt it
Cause there’s poison in their veins
Well they bought a ticket
On a perverted one way train

And then you blinked and missed
The world as it goes by
Well it don’t really matter
Cause you never said goodnight
You’re stranded when you’re thinking
This is all for show
But you keep on roaming
Can’t you see that I don’t grow

Well you deleted me from your life again
And I ain’t gonna let this go to waste
And everyone is down here waiting for you
You know they just want a taste
As you’re trying to find me out there honey
I ain’t gonna let this come to life
No one’s gonna come hang with you
Don’t you love to waste my time
Track Name: You in the Morning
Somedays I’m lonely, somedays I am not
Sometimes you’re ice cold, sometimes you’re so hot
Somedays I love you, somedays I get caught
Sometimes it’s simple, sometimes it’s a knot

But it’s you in the morning
And it’s you after a long hard day
Well it’s you that keeps me adoring
All that you do, and all that you say

Somedays it’s easy, somedays it’s a job
Sometimes we’re awesome, sometimes we’re just slobs
Somedays it’s sexy, somedays it falls flat
Sometimes paradise, turns into a rat
Track Name: Public Square
You’re hanging too much in the public square
You’re talking ‘bout things and you don’t even care
Well maybe the reason was meant to be
Shattered in your mind out of necessity
So you blindly hold on to so much you don’t share

And you can’t take all that to hell with you
It’ll burn out like all you do

You’re bitchin’ so much that you can’t even smile
As you’re sewing a stitch every quarter mile
Well maybe the needle was meant to be
Threaded through your mind inconsistently
So you piss and moan all the time without any style

You’re working so much and you feel let down
So you buy everything in this one horse town
Well maybe the money just ain’t enough
So you purchase the power to be real tough
And you bury yourself everyday
Do you like what you found?

And you can’t take all that to hell with you
It’ll burn out like all you do
And you can’t take all that to hell with you
It’ll burn out like me and you
And you can’t take all that to hell with you
I’ll see you there and we’ll both be blue
And you can’t take all that to hell with you
It’ll burn out like all you do
Track Name: You & Me
It’s you and me and you and me
And everybody else that we’re gonna be
It’s you and me and you and me
Fuck ‘em they’re talking shit
On the other side of the street

It’s you and me and you and me
Can you call back later when we’ve self-destructed
It’s you and me and you and me
As the hopeful think that they’re maladjusted (x2)

It’s something here, it’s something here
With all the thoughts that we’re trained to fear
It’s something here, It’s something here,
Best of luck to you now in your world that’s too austere
It’s something here, it’s something here
Can you please just leave you’re too convoluted
It’s something here, it’s something here
As the world thinks respect should be disputed (x2)

You thought of that, you thought of that
And all the changes you make well they just fall flat
You thought of that, you thought of that
Overblown don’t you know that you’re just a copycat
You thought of that, you thought of that
Well it makes no sense that you’re so disgusted
You thought of that, you thought of that
As the hateful think that their hearts have rusted (x2)

You’ll be alright, you’ll be alright
Cause everyday you’re willing to put up a fight
You’ll be alright, you’ll be alright
They can’t take it from you cause it is you’re birthright
You’ll be alright, you’ll be alright
Well I know its bullshit that you’re persecuted
You’ll be alright, you’ll be alright
As the whole world watches it being looted (x2)
Track Name: See Thru
I don’t wanna see you move on
If there’s something waiting there
I ain’t worried ‘bout the timing
I just wanna scratch the scar again

You won’t find out
Why I’m see through
You won’t listen up and I
I’m here with the blues

I don’t wanna see you dancing
If the music’s all died out
I ain’t worried bout the back beat
I just wanna hear that song again

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