The Atlantic Recollection

by Andrew White

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This album was recorded in Morlautern, Germany, over the course of several months. I recorded all of these songs in my room.

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released April 7, 2012

All songs were recorded and produced by Andrew White.
Thank you for all your help Becca, Tait, and Cory.

Art and design: Cory Uehara

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Andrew White Portland, Oregon

Bred more by wandering than by his native Ohio, Andrew White weaves pop-folk tune-stories that feature enough personalities to populate a small town. Armed with his sister's haunting falsetto, he renders scenes and stories of staggering emotional variety. His multi-instrumental blends of the ordinary and supernatural provoke the thinking mind as much as it will the dancing feet. ... more

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Track Name: We Rely
Will you hold my hand on the long walk home?
Will you be my friend? Will you be my own?
Will you warm me up when I'm getting cold?
Will you love me when I'm still getting old?

I know you'll do and be all of the above
So it's you, my dear, whom I choose to love
But that was long ago. My heart's long been sore
I just don't think I can be with you anymore

You were unrealistic, oh you were so very kind
But see nothing lasts forever in a world obsessed with time
Everything you love is gone after you blink your eye
But it's not God stealing from you; it's Him saving your dear life

My muddled mind is clear now after you rearranged
My priorities. I will love all you name
Save me from this Earth, God. You're all I wanna know
She sure did take my heart, but Lord you take my soul
Track Name: The Flood (Part 1)
I didn't know what you were gonna do
I didn't want a part of you
You see my body and you see the thread
You see my house and you see me dead

No one knows about the other song
I sang to you and you sang along
Passion grows until it thaws
A tower is built until it falls

You didn't wanna see me
You didn't wanna see me there

Father, Father would you hear me out
Didn't need her then, but I need her now
No, my boy, you have it upside down
The flood, it came, but didn't make a sound

Can you hear the river flow
Turn the bend and watch it go
Follow it until you see
The reason she let go of me

You didn't wanna see me
You didn't wanna see me there
Track Name: The Atlantic Confession
I see how things evolve
It'll never get better
I see how things evolve
It'll never get better

No, don't care for me
You'll only waste your time
I'm dying with the sun
Sitting on a good man's dime

You say you wanna help
So maybe you ought to leave
'Cause I can't care for you
When baby you care for me

I'm sorry for myself
And everything I do
My friends exit the hall
Going out two by two

No, go on ahead
I'm only gonna slow you down
I say I miss the lake
You say we gotta meet the crowd

You say you wanna help
So maybe you ought to leave
'Cause I can't care for you
When baby you care for me

I'm living on my own
Maybe you remember me
Find me on a slope
Living in an Alpine tree
Track Name: See the Sickness
Either way you look you're looking past me
We're not the same, friend, we're not the same anymore
You are alone in this world
That's not my problem; you looked past my shore

Oh, you're out at sea now looking for me
I'm a year gone, going the other way
I tried to catch your rope as you went by me
Your hands were busy, you screamed out, "I was too late!"

The sun is beating down upon your skin
Your getting burnt friend. Cover up before you die
You drink up all the water that's around you
You're getting sick now. You pass out face to the sky

"Oh, won't you rescue me my love?
Come and pick me up."
Your words stopped at the stern
You waved your hands and called my name
I'll be the one to blame
'Cause I will never turn

Water's splashing up onto your deck
Your getting wet but you don't even know
You walk around in circles with your compass
I know you're lost and you don't know where to go

I tried to steer your boat from a distance
And now you're missing my hand upon the wheel
You pushed away my hand with loathing
I felt it burning through the things I used to feel

"Oh, won't you rescue me my love?
Come and pick me up."
Your words stopped at the stern
You waved your hands and called my name
I'll be the one to blame
'Cause I will never turn

I am so very far away
And that's where I'll stay
You'll be Captain of your boat
You know that this is what you want
I'll be forever gone
You can now be alone/I hope you are alone
Track Name: Forlorn Prophecy
You don't know me, but I want you to
I would do the things that you would do
Follow me and maybe you will find
Beauty in the meaning of the rhyme

You will move on; one day, I will too
But think of me and I will think of you
Winter is my forlorn prophecy
This is where I'll always have to be

Darling, would you want to have me here
I would care you without the fear
Of staying down and living life alone
I can help you up and be your home

Now I know that I can't be with you
Theories of the thought of something new
Keep you from the repetitious life
Living in the moment and the night
Track Name: The Atlantic Recollection
No need to be fearful
It’s just what you get down here
Everything is a circle
You end up where you appeared

"It's all wrong," invading your mind
Do you know her anymore?
No need for explanations
It's been made holy by the Lord

It's bad to be forgotten
It’s just like you thought it feel
Piercing darkness with your thoughts
Makes the darkness feel more real

In the beauty of illusion
I thought you were one of a kind
Then my mind came to wander
To find it all to be a lie

So run

Can you stand to be a man?
Do you know how to love?
When their love has been abandoned
Will you, too, say you’ve had enough?

Can you keep your well-known promise?
To yourself and to you friends
To hold and love and treasure
Not her until the very end.

So run

You’re running faster
Oh then she could
And in the beauty of denial
You simply pass the place you stood
Track Name: Impalpable
Oh, your shadow was polite to me today
She kissed my hand then went on her way
And that's what I expected from her

She was harsh to me, but it was alright
All I wanted was a little time set aside
And I waited long until the night

You're elusive, you know

Oh, you're a shadow in the dark
And I offered you my heart
Oh, you're a shadow on the prowl
But I will take my heart back now

And if I ever see it coming after me
Sure as hell you're gonna see me flee
So don't you dare look at me

I was trapped in a boa's hold
I was dying but didn't wanna be let go
And I thought she only did it to her foes

But I was wrong

You were always on my mind
In the morning or at night
Oh, my dear boy don't follow me
See, I struggled so much just to breath

And I choked for hours, choked for days
The mirage love gives just took my place
I accepted her forlorn embrace
And I said I loved her poisonous taste

Oh, you're a shadow in the dark
And I offered you my heart
Oh, you're a shadow on the prowl
But I will take my heart back now

Oh, you're a shadow in the dark
And I offered you my heart
Oh, you're a shadow on the prowl
But I will take my heart back now
Track Name: Pitch
The flowers on your porch
Resemble nothing more
Than the consequence of life, death
Pounding on your door

It entered in your bed
It caught you off guard
Swimming in the sheets
With your lover in your arms

And then you knew
That death is all we are
We live and then we part
And it takes its toll

All that you live by
Turned out to be a lie
You never even thought
That there's death after this life

You trusted that your mind
Said everything true
You trusted all you saw
All the lies it told you

And time
And time made you cry
When it consumed your mind
And kept you up at night

And then you knew
That death is all we are
We live and then we part
And it takes its toll

Through loss we comprehend
All we hold dear
And the regretting of time
Spent wasted all those years
Track Name: What I'll Believe
There are some things over here
I choose to disbelieve
There is something right in front of me
That I choose not see

You can carry it around
Like it's your only light
My dear, I just can't find another way
To make it right

I followed you a while
But I know I ought to lead
My love, I am a man
And that's the way it ought to be

Won't you give me your hand
I'll take you to our home
But I know you're just not ready
For the place we ought to go

It's like a story I'd never plot
It's like a color I never saw
It's like a picture inside of me
That I'm too scared to draw

It keeps me in my home
And I often wonder why
The secrets of the world
Tend to keep me up at night

She tells me what she thinks
But I tell her what I know
The beauty of the world
Tends to save or break your soul

Every now and then
I wander to the peak
Of a mystery inside of me
That never gets relief

I tell it to appear
In a form of something new
For a chance to rediscover falsity
Or something true

It's like a story I'd never plot
It's like a color I never saw
It's like a picture inside of me
That I'm too scared to draw
Track Name: The Mourning Dove
You went ahead of me; congratulations
On your wedding
You didn't even see
The presentation of where you're heading

I'm up against the wall, but you sing to me
In the tree above
You're in and out of love. You're the absentee
And the mourning dove

You'll make it out, you'll make it out
Yeah, you'll be alright

You said it was the snow and the thought of flight
But did you even know
I would keep you warm by the firelight
Do you need to go?

You'll make it out, you'll make it out
Yeah, you'll be alright

We'll make it out, we'll it out
Yeah, we'll be alright
Track Name: The Flood (Part 2)
Father, Father would you hear me out
Didn't need her then, but I need her now
No, my boy, you have it upside down
The flood, it came, but didn't make a sound

Can you hear the river flow
Turn the bend and watch it go
Follow it until you see
The reason she let go of me

You didn't wanna see me
You didn't wanna see me there
Track Name: What I'll Believe (Bonus Electronic Version)
There are some things over here
I choose to disbelieve
There is something right in front of me
That I choose not see

You can carry it around
Like it's your only light
My dear, I just can't find another way
To make it right

I followed you a while
But I know I ought to lead
My love, I am a man
And that's the way it ought to be

Won't you give me your hand
I'll take you to our home
But I know you're just not ready
For the place we ought to go

It's like a story I'd never plot
It's like a color I never saw
It's like a picture inside of me
That I'm too scared to draw

It keeps me in my home
And I often wonder why
The secrets of the world
Tend to keep me up at night

She tells me what she thinks
But I tell her what I know
The beauty of the world
Tends to save or break your soul

Every now and then
I wander to the peak
Of a mystery inside of me
That never gets relief

I tell it to appear
In a form of something new
For a chance to rediscover falsity
Or something true

It's like a story I'd never plot
It's like a color I never saw
It's like a picture inside of me
That I'm too scared to draw