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"These songs were recorded in a wooden and red tin cabin that my dad and I built on a farm where my grandpa Cletus worked his entire life like his father before him. The place matched the songs or maybe I should say that that place made those songs."

Ian Fisher - Ste. Genevieve, MO, USA - March 6th, 2012

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released March 1, 2013

Ian Fisher - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Ryan Thomas Carpenter - Vocals & Guitar
Engineered, Mixed, & Mastered by Ben Majchrzak
Produced by Majchrzak, Carpenter, & Fisher

Jarred Gastreich - Photographer
Anna Kohlweis - Painter
Ollie Samland - Layout

Recorded in Ste. Genevieve, MO
All Songs Written by Ian Fisher

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Ian Fisher Berlin, Germany

A prolific songwriter and touring musician, raised on a farm in the US, living in Europe, with over 1000 songs and just as many concerts behind him.

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Track Name: Change of Heart
change of heart, change of mind
I’ve been through so many changes
that I can’t decide
what’s my heart and what’s my mind
and what’s just a part
of these changing times

there was a fault and I believed it
was no one’s fault but mine
and after searching far to see it
I brought back pictures for the blind
I started pointing to a sign
like it was their town on a map
but those people did deny
that that was where they were at

then came a change of heart,
change of mind
after so many changes some did decide
that their hearts and their minds
would be more than pawns
in these changing times

look how it turned as I expected
as I changed inside myself
and that truth people once neglected
I have long since put on the shelf
should I take it down and dust it off
try believing in something again
try to revive a hope I lost
or just go on living oblivious

with this change of heart, change of mind
I’ve been through so many changes
that I can’t decide
what’s my heart and what’s my mind
and what’s just a part of these changing times
what’s just a part of these changing times
am I just a part of these changing times?
Track Name: Why Do I Go
if today were just tomorrow
then things might be just fine
but if tomorrow does not come
right now I don’t think I’d mind
I’ve said no and yes to many
questions I’ve been asked
but it seems like most my answers lately
have been based only on circumstance

how little things remain around me
how little of me remains
the great big things I once believed
now mean little too nothing
is this love that I give you
or is this pain
and is my lack of love for you
or just for everything

where am I going
why do i go
and what’s the use of knowing
when you don’t wanna know?

if today were just tomorrow
things might be just fine
but I’ve said those words to myself
one too many times
that I know that it’s a lie
Track Name: Regret
only skin, only skin you are to me
waiting for it to turn into something
more than skin and a regret in the morning
and a way to get without ever giving

we were strangers then
we only shared a bed
and what’s to come instead of love
will probably be regret

...is already regret
Track Name: Doubt
it’s pretty clear that you love me dearly
know I once loved too
but saying those words now sincerely
makes me feel I’m lying to you
what should I do if a feeling is gone
I tried to stick it out
but it seems like months waiting for a dawn
to a day when I awake without doubt

[chorus]
you may love enough for two
but just one in love don’t make it true
so if you really love me
then lady let me leave

I don’t know why
you would stay with me
when you try to give me love
and I give back maybes
if I were you it would be plain to see
I am just a fool and
you’re foolish to love me
but unlike me you love yourself
so it’s hard for you to understand
I can’t love someone else
so what I do is I put you on a shelf
and I put on the fence
and I put you through hell

[chorus]
Track Name: Rotted on the Vine
I’ve traveled round seen a thing or two
crossed the ocean wide
so many times, so many times
and if I learned from every turn
of pages I did bind
then I’d be fine, I’d be fine

but I forgot when I got caught
to keep my laces tied
so I got left behind, I got left behind
and I was chained and I was beat
but it was nobody’s fault but
no one’s fault but mine,
no one’s fault but mine

[chorus]
but what once put my mind at ease
soon did bring me to my knees
and everything I touch with these
fickle hands of mine
rotted on the vine

we made wine of rotten fruit
how it tasted bittersweet
stained in the sheets,
where we didn’t sleep
and we were young
and we were drunk
so it did not mean a thing
not a single thing,
least not a thing to me

then you forgot when you got caught
trying to tie my tie
about these fickle hands of mine,
these rambling hands of mine
and you gave love and you got lost
it was nobody’s fault but mine
no one’s fault but mine,
no one’s fault but mine

[chorus]

no one’s fault but mine,
no one’s fault but mine
I forgot what I was taught
it was no one’s fault but mine
Track Name: A Year and a Little Change
a year and a little change
I can’t say I got anything
that I miss about you
though it’s hard it’s true
to say this and not wonder
why I stayed with you

and if you’re out tonight
I hope that you don’t mind
me writing about you
while you’re with someone new
fucking to forget
while I drink for two

yeah there are a few things I miss
but it ain’t nothing I can’t get
from some other chick
who puts up with my shit
long enough for me to feel guilt
when I split

two months and a little change
and now all that remains
of what I felt for you
long before I left you
is regret for not leaving you soon
and doubt that I ever really
loved you
Track Name: Fear
I’m afraid of something I can’t see
I’m afraid of just being
someone I can’t help but be
but I’m trying my best to believe it

I’m afraid of what I think I need
and that fear it possesses me
so I guess that my necessities
are just things on which my fear feeds

[chorus]
sometimes it causes me
sometimes it causes me
sometimes it causes me
to tremble

alone I’m afraid of the dark
when I stand out and look at the stars
and wonder just how small we all are
and if we are really apart

I thought I could show the light
but I’m starting to doubt I was right
I can not change you you must decide
between fear and love

[chorus]

I’m afraid I’m a hypocrite
for filling your ears full of shit
preaching about all the ways
you should live
while doing none of them

I’m afraid of something I can’t see
I’m afraid of just being
someone I can’t help but be
so if you don’t like me, then leave
Track Name: Autobiographies
In all those autobiographies
that I keep telling myself I should read
I'm sure I'll find many chapters on
things that great men once did wrong
But didn't know it then and I'll feel like them
But for now I'll write the manuscript
of a chapter in my life that'd I probably skip
If I could

Although I know I should not complain,
sometimes I just cannot refrain
From justifying means with ends,
while lacking direction
But I guess I'm on my way
towards another day
Where I will wake and I will sleep
and look for meaning in between

There was a dawn and it broke
and the sun reflected off my windows
The air was blue and green
and purple were there too
The grass covered in mist just like little kids
Fast a sleep in their own beds, how I need that
How I can't go back

I guess a man can have many homes
I guess that's different than homeless
And I suppose that I'm not alone
But that don't make me less restless

I'm gonna pack the car and
leave while it's still dark
And watch the dawn break
in green and blue
Over blurred, sleeping cities
that I pass through
Track Name: Too Close
I still have your smell on my skin
I would wash it out,
but I don’t feel like losing it yet
I never let myself let myself
get too close to somebody else

I still have your hair in my bed
you too would be there
if I hadn’t gone and ruined it again
and let myself let myself
talk myself out of loving somebody else

what would your flatfeet do
with these wore out shoes
but break, ache, bruise
you should leave
so I don’t have to chose
between a head and a heart
that are both quite confused

I still have your name on my mind
tried to get it out,
but it got a little louder every time
I told myself, myself
I was better off all by myself
Track Name: Regret (Single Version ft. PHIA)
only skin, only skin you are to me
waiting for it to turn into something
more than skin and a regret in the morning
and a way to get without ever giving

we were strangers then
we only shared a bed
and what’s to come instead of love
will probably be regret

...is already regret