All Fours

by Swamp Baby

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Primary recording at SRV Universal Temple in Greenville/Westerlo, NY, on August 10 & 11, 2009

Additional recording and mixing at Collar City Sound, Troy, NY, Fall & Winter 2009/2010

all songs written & produced by Swamp Baby
engineered by Frank Moscowitz
mastered by Larry DeVivo, Silvertone Mastering, Saratoga Springs, NY

Released by Collar City Records (


released April 27, 2010

Nick Matulis - guitars & vocals (electric bass on New Year's Eve)
Meg Hotter - violin & vocals (mandolin on New Year's Eve)
Mike Hotter - guitars & vocals (mandolin on Baby on Board)
Frank Moscowitz - keys, vocals, drums (acoustic guitar on New Year's Eve)
All - percussion

crickets and guineafowl - singing and chirping

Special thanks to Swami Bruce Hilliger for use of the Temple (aka the Luminous Vehicle)


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Track Name: Economy of the Unlost
I shot the Moon - DOA on the lake
I shot the breeze - asleep in Summer trees

Economy of the unlost - tie my shoes, 1, 2
Scares the daylights out

I saw a snake, a sneak in the grass
I covered it with my laugh out loud

Economy of the unlost - tie my shoes, 1, 2
Scares the daylights out (2x)
Track Name: Seeing Stars
Love is in the air
Anvil like a cloud
Where tether-less I once was held
The wind knocked out

And as the sunrise lights the dust
I see stars for us

Today a slap in the face
Intended to kill
Yet by some stone living ballast, we,
We are standing still

And as the sunrise lights the dust
I see stars for us

(Don't die in my arms)

And as the sunrise lights the dust
As the Moon breaks on the rocks
I see stars

(Don't die in my arms)

I see stars for us
Track Name: New Year's Eve
Who couldn't be cut by all the lines we're bisected by?
Who could be seen by all the eyes we walk under?

It's new year's eve
not new year's day
It's new year's eve - we celebrate

Who could believe all the tail we chased 'round and 'round?
Who could believe all the TV we watched when we were kids?



Who could believe all the jobs we took just to live?
who could believe in all the jobs that just about did us in?

It's new year's eve
not new year's day
It's new year's eve - we celebrate
Track Name: Hell in Sparks (a night that may have been about dying)
Hell in sparks - fire works, oh I am bored
So lay me in the dark
We'll watch the candle drop the blade

In the book of holes
Same old spell for every face
A young girl's lips
Keep rotten teeth there in my head

Now I watch TV - I wander the apartment remote
Why so close tonight -
clutching my heart there in your fist?

May I make believe you are a cat on me asleep?
Teeth purring in my lap
I run my knuckles down your back
Track Name: Maine
I want so bad to hear some whisper of your steps in the sand
and have a little talk over the crying rain
I want to feel your fingers turning over shells to wear
And feel your weight upon me like water on the sunken bridge
Along the coast of Maine

Here - I sing a little line
that I can get behind and say
You know Dylan's right, the sweeter ships sail to Spain
Though it's just like he said, the lovelier words are yours off the coast
Track Name: Victoria
You can sleep all day in the chair
with the radio on
Overrun with the flowering vines

Oh, Victoria, you sprained your foot
So go and rest that, I think you should
Now, Victoria, you broke your jaw
My my, how far you fall

Oh, Victoria

Now, Victoria, tell me what to do
I drew an old Queen, but it ain't true
The black forest we're crawling around
Oh Victoria, I don't feel proud
of anything I've done sketches of,
My love,
All broken up, black lines
Track Name: Sin Pan Alley
Held a dance, and we all laid you
Down the carpet beneath
Christ, you got 3 kids, but you don't look it
Well, the oldest boy said she was beauty
She put her hands on me, and the sky was green

Across the bar, the convict swore
Waving his crutches in defense of our words
you turn
and called wives soft-spoken
While down the hall, at the cheerleader convention
Making letters with their bodies

(Let a wave live a little - let your mind talk to mine)
G - O
R- - U - -N

Swear to God, the Captain called it
Sweethearts hell
the dance you turned around
and the sky was green
and I blew it - the house broke apart
at all its wooden joints and all its fine China
Track Name: Red Skies
Red Skies, if you take me out tonight
It's gonna be a good night

When I sail, if you don't remember my name
that's OK . . .

That's OK