We Are All Still Friends

by the Dancing Hats

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released October 1, 2013

COREY O’HARA, sings/guitar/banjo
JULIA COSGROVE, sings/bells/tambourine
SHOHEI KOBAYASHI, guitar/sings/mandolin
CATE MARGESON, violin/sings
JENNY LOUTHAN, trombone
RICARDO HUERTA, banjo/mandolin/guitar
CANAAN SCHLESINGER, drums
JORDAN BUYSSE, bass

Recorded at KLC STUDIOS
Portland, OR, USA
Spring Break 2013

Engineering
NICK PIMENTAL
ALEC SPECKENBACH

Music
the DANCING HATS

Lyrics
COREY O’HARA

Mixing and additional production
PAUL LAXER

Mastering
ADAM GONSALVES
TELEGRAPH MASTERING

Photo
CANAAN SCHLESINGER

*Featuring the DANCING HATS EXTENDED
FAMILY BAND including:

SHELBY CAMPBELL
SARAH CHAMPERNOWNE
GRIFFIN GRAIL-BINGHAM
EMILY KRAUSE
MADI MANSON
JEREMY NICHOLS
ALEX NISHIDA
MADDIE RILEY
MAIA SAKRADSE

This album is dedicated with love to NICHOLAS IAN SYLVESTER.

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the Dancing Hats Portland, Oregon

The Dancing Hats is a folk-rock n' roll outfit out of Portland, O.R. and they have the most fun. Forming over a weekend excursion to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and soon adding anybody they could find (violins! trombones! mandolins!), the group stays up late playing anytime they can and would love to sing for you whenever you would like. ... more

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Track Name: Hospital Year
It's been a long hospital year
The Lord's been testing my fear
And everywhere reminds me that I'll die

It's been a long hospital year
Nobody I remember is here
And everywhere reminds me that you died

It's been a long hospital year
Sick bugs buzzing my ears
And everywhere reminds me that you die

It's been a long hospital year
It's been a long hospital year
Track Name: Big Welcome
Hey do you remember me?
We used to share a house
It was big and had no heat

I must've been so stupid then
Of course I'm gonna cut my hair
How could I have made that bet?

Hey I kept myself away
from long a-losing place
keeping nothing on my sleeve

But you know I've got your number babe
And it's okay
How could I forget that face?

We are all still friends
We are all still friends
We are all still friends
We are all still friends
Track Name: Pushing
Well we tore up the tables and broke out the lights
Got down on the floor to see everything right

I saw what I'd left and I couldn't stay down
I got shaky and scared and dropped what I found

But washed out of all color, the sky was too bright
I fell over backwards and burnt out my eyes

I remember the feeling, the sights and sounds
But the actual words I should've written down

Keep me alive for my blood and not for my skin
Keep me alive for my blood and not for my skin

I swear I'm better than that I just can't seem to stay
In one place long enough to make it okay

I'm trying to polite and keep my distance
But this casual dancing's got my stomach all flipped

Keep me alive for my blood and not for my skin
Keep me alive for my blood and not for my skin

No, I'll go
No, I'll go

I left it boxed in a house - you should burn it to soot
Don't let it sit wet rot till you gotta open it

You can take what you want but I probably pissed on it
Cause my body is going - my mind's got nothing to do with it

If I'm pushing up things tear 'em out from the roots
Who knows what they are - could be dangerous

That girl's got bat-shit eyes like she's won
And I know that she has and I know that I'm done

Keep me alive for my blood and not for my skin
Keep me alive for my blood and not for my skin

Keep me alive for my blood and not for my skin
Keep me alive for my blood and not for my skin
Track Name: In Morning She Turns
In morning she turns
In morning she turns
Bark pillow floating
On her back porch bed

In morning she turns
In morning she turns
Heat cracks her open
As breeze trickles in

The morning clear covers
Softly rustle while
Stretching branches stayed still
All night

In morning she'll stay
In morning she'll stay
Birds of brown feathers
Calling her name

In morning she'll wait
In morning she'll wait
Owned comfort coming
From her earth underneath

Blood flows like water
Through wooded veins
And through the bed that's a little
Too big

In morning she turns
In morning she turns
Sun ribbons tickle
Her eyes into light

In morning it's hers
In morning it's hers
She stands on her sleep-place
Her Earth at her feet
Track Name: Here Comes
You and me
suffer from the same disease
Darkness causing greener skin
And cotton in the air

The sun will sink
Into an unsuspecting sea
But morning light will come okay
Because she'll turn again

Turn again
Turn again

Getting sad
For California warming beds
Everywhere's got colder air
And nothing quite as soft

But here it comes
Hopping over sullen hills
Keeping us alive and willed
To keep on keeping on

Turn again
Turn again

Here comes
Here comes
Here comes
Here comes
Track Name: Change In Weather
Oh nothing
Your eyes are symphonies
Oh nothing
Catalyst of catastrophe
But people are talking about you like you're one of them
But you're mine

Oh roamer
Your path is a windy road
Oh roamer
No and everywhere is your home
But people are wandering like it's their place to be

You slowed it down, where's your crown
You changed your paint
You've broken down without a sound
Not a minute too late

Oh stranger
Your posture is different
Oh stranger
Your spine is straight but your back is bent

Oh neighbor
You're just like them all
Oh neighbor
You were different if I recall
Ringing the doorbell like there's somebody home

You slowed it down, where's your crown
You changed your paint
You've broken down without a sound
Not a minute too late

Something
Is a-moving
In the water but
I'm going in
I'm going in

And people
Say they're doing
And I'm not sure just
How I feel about it
How I feel about it

Oh it's so cold
Oh it's so cold
Track Name: Rain-Weather Song
Rain weather walks until the cars stop in the road
Can't see the sidewalks and the gutter's overflown
Takes from the lampposts and scatters over town
Can't see in front of me, the light runs on the ground
The light is on the ground

The car is cold and so our bodies try to heat it
We put our hands together, not for prayer
The window stops seeing but neither of us are warm
We don't have voices so we listen to the storm
Just listen to the storm.

I don't know
I don't know
I don't know
how

Your breath is lingering, I can see right where it goes
It's hard to keep breathing when the cold hurts your lungs
The earth is heavy, it'll make your shoulders sore
It's harder to drop it all, throw it to the floor
Just break it on the floor

I don't know
I don't know
I don't know
how

Oh look, it's light out
Oh look, it's light out
Track Name: I Can
What a day
This dehydration's got me feeling strange
And I can't sleep like I've got eyes on me
Like these walls are only paint

And it's okay
But heat is getting to me and I think
My lungs are small and the window won't
No, the window won't stay up

There seems to be
A faulty countenance
Of stacked cement and bricks
So make sure to roll the windows down
Before the bridge collapses

Driving out
My back is sweaty and I'm all alone
Sometimes I think I'd rather never go
To sleep than to an empty bed

Where'd it go
The summer moves so fast, if I were home
I think it would've lasted longer, oh
It'd still be early in July

It's a long way out
To all those old places
The ones where we were kids
Yeah I love you
OKLAHOMA, COLORADO, CALIFORNIA, TEXAS

I'd sing about how I woke up this morning
But I didn't go to sleep last night
So instead I'll dream about a bird who's
Got patterned feathers and sunflowers in her eyes

Oh and if you say the word that I'll never make a movie
And I'll sleep sad every night
Well I'll tell you that you're wrong and that I don't need sleep
No never, and You can't sing but I CAN

oh
I CAN
I CAN
I CAN I CAN I CAN I CAN I
Track Name: We Are All Still Friends*
Take one last breath before tide rolls out
You gotta pack up boys! We're a-heading south
Cause we out in the water where there ain't none else
Hold on everybody! I'ma comin back home

You gotta row!
You gotta row!
You gotta take that boat back home
You gotta dive in the ocean
Gotta find you a pearl
Gotta bring it on home
To your landlocked girl

This is my grand gesture
This is my grand gesture
This is my grand gesture
This is my grand gesture

We are all still friends
Ain't death or nothing ever going take that away
We are all still friends
Ain't death or nothing ever gonna take that away

We are all still friends
We are all still friends
We are all still friends
We are all still friends