Stealing Time

by Sidewalk Atlas

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Made over the course of 9 years, "Stealing Time" is a meditation on time-travel, summertime, and futures that might have been.

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released May 31, 2013

All songs written, recorded, produced, and mixed by Danny Greene

The following friends played on this record:

Danny Greene- lead vocals, backup vocals, piano, EPs, organ, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, ukulele, synths, theremin, and many other instruments that have since been forgotten (tracks 1-10) -- click specific tracks for more info
Pat Kelley- bass (tracks 2, 4, 5, 8, 9) electric guitar (track 2)
Vince Paglione- acoustic & electric guitar (tracks 2, 3, 5, 9, 10) bg.vox. (track 2) spoken word (track 10)
Ian Lander- electric guitar (tracks 2, 3, 4, 8)
Michael Kalaras- bass (tracks 2, 3, 10) bg.vox (track 2) beatbox and whistling (track 10)
Carl Bahner- drums (tracks 4, 8)
Ben Jones- drums (tracks 2, 3)
Dan Cooper- drums (track 9)
J.P. Feenstra- drums (track 5)
Brian Fitzgerald- violin (track 1)
Bruce Greenwald- clarinet (track 1)
Tom Hampton- pedal steel and dobro (track 8)
Marissa Lesnick- chorus backup vocals (track 9)
Cate Obert-Thorn- ending backup vocals (track 9)
Rachel Macleod- cello and co-string arrangement (track 6)
Lorenzo Raval- viola (track 1)
Michael Gilbert Ronstadt- cello (track 1)
Jeremy Sawruk- trombone (track 5)
David Willis-Lorenz- bass (track 9)

Mastered by Alan Douches. Assistant Mastering Engineer Mike Piacentini
All songs engineered by Danny Greene
Additional engineering- Vince Paglione (tracks 2,3,6,9), Andy Swan (track 5), John Mondick (tracks 4, 8)
Recorded mostly in Danny’s apartment, dormroom, and basement. Other recordings took place at Range Recording Studios, the Penn State Music Building, and Vince’s basement.

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Sidewalk Atlas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sidewalk Atlas is a summery, sci-fi pop band from Philly. We like long walks on the beach and playing the SNES.

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Track Name: At Least We're Here Together
Lyrics:

[instrumental]
Track Name: Remember When
Lyrics:

I remember how it used to be like.
I remember how it used to be so free.
Nothing’s good enough for no one.
But everything is just falling apart now.
Even my own dog won’t answer my call.
I can’t believe how far we fall.
But now the opportunity’s gone.

Raise your hands up and scream for something.
Pray to God that it don’t mean nothing.
When you’re working so hard.
Keep afloat when the money’s tight-tight.
Keep those morals when the waters rising.
When the world won't let you be.
But now the opportunity’s…

Gone! But I’m here.
Oh, I swear oh God, I swear I’m gonna be free.
Yes I’m on my way.
Now the opportunity’s…
Gone! But I’m here.
Oh, I swear oh God, I swear I’m gonna be free.
Yes I’m on my way.
Now the opportunity’s…

Oh Susan you're the perfect girlfriend.
So pretty and not so talky,
when I'm trying to sleep.
Point your finger if you want to darling.
Lord knows that’s the way things go these days.
Nothings good enough for nothing.
But now the opportunity’s…

CHORUS
Track Name: Margot
Lyrics:

Its just the story of:
Margot and the nuclear so and so's.
Margot and the nuclear so and so's.
Margot- You’re not so special.
Margot- You might be nuclear.
Margot- Can I be special now too?

Algebra just held no fun for Margot and her friends.
So they walked along to the power station,
even though they might be found.
The glowing lights, with all their tricks,
convinced them to move along.
And while they danced so loud and free,
radiation filled their BRAINS…

CHORUS

So the very, very next day Margot went out to play.
She found the things, she couldn’t do, she could do...
with ease!
So she went up to that dodgeball king,
and she challenged him that day.
But little did that bully know what she had in store.
Cause Margot and her cosmic friends,
were powered by the sun.

CHORUS

Walkin home, after school,
the kids are all there to clap along.
Cause today's the day the war was won,
the school bell broke,
so lets have some fun…

CHORUS

Oh I can't. No, I can't be...
Margot…. Margot… Margot…
Track Name: Gone For Now
Lyrics:

Gone for now and I won't be long.
No I can't be long, if there's love to be found.
Gone for now, and I won't be long.
No I won't be long, if there’s love to be found…

You're the only one who listens to me.
You're the only one who entertains my dreams.
Dreams of frustrations, internal combustion,
keeps playing my head, keeps play in my head.
You're the only one who calms me down-
calms me down, without even a word.

CHORUS

“Stay by me,” she begs and she pleads.
On bended knees, she flops like a fish-
she is gasping for air, as she flounders to find
the words that so often are plaguing her mind,
“You're the only one who unpuzzles my pieces,
so why are you leaving my side?”

CHORUS

This bed where we lay is comfy for sure,
but we're facing catastrophe, certainly atrophy,
if we stay here its-- coming quite clear,
the world could be ending-- and we'd still be dying.
But something's not right-- The feelings all wrong.
Holding my body-- from feeling so lovely.
Centripetal motion-- the waves of the ocean,
regardless of weather-- I'm losing devotion…

CHORUS

But I can't stay much longer,
or my life will be squandered --
Crushed by your radiant waves.
Won't you let me go, girl?
I'm dying to know
if I'll ever just make myself proud.

And though I may love you, much more than I have to,
there are things that I just have to do.

Gone for now, and I won't be long.
Won’t be long, now there's love to be found.
Gone for now, but I promise you,
I’ll be back real soon, as soon as I take out the trash…
Track Name: Mom's Minivan
Lyrics:

I’m sorry Mom, I’m sorry Dad.
I should have told you where I was going.
But if I did, I knew that you
would find a reason to hold me back...

Nick and Matt and Brad and Dan,
we’re all cramped in Mom’s minivan.
Daft Punk blarin' in our ears
thought we were wiser, than the years,
but where we were going, we’d never know-
it only mattered that we went.

I just can’t go back in time, no matter how I try.
The roads are blocked and the names have changed,
I’m scared what I might find.
Just throw me in the car.
I need someplace new.

Newfound car, a newfound license,
a license to discover what’s around this town,
and every town we see. I eat up everything.
The quests for that softie shake.
Nothing would do to feed our hunger.
Simple people with simple goal.
To stay out later, much longer than we should.

CHORUS

I’m sorry Mom, I’m sorry Dad.
I should have told you where I was going.
But if I did, I knew that you
would find a reason to hold me back...

CHORUS
Track Name: City's Not Enough
Lyrics:

Everything I ever do is wrong
I just can’t get my self from you
I just can’t get myself from you
I just can’t get myself

But everything went wrong this time
Your lies have ruined all the lines
You don’t even know what’s wrong this time
Oh it’s time…

One more time
We’ve got just one more time

This city’s not enough for you always tried to run from it
And when we talked of futures, your heart was not into it
And every time you choose to run away
You didn’t know where it was too
No you never know what you should do
No you never know what you should be

Now don’t pretend that you’ve finally found yourself
This new facade is as flat as the last one
And every time you chose to change
Its too late, no its too late

CHORUS

One More Time
We’ve got just one more time
Before I go... back....
on my way... home...
Track Name: Requiem Aestatem
Lyrics:

(instrumental)
Track Name: (For Your Consideration) a Car Breaks Down in Bryn Mawr
Lyrics:

Funny,
I never though I’d be back here
That dirty Bryn Mawr Theater, where we
saw that Bob Hope movie
You laughed. You smiled.
I didn’t have to work real hard
To make you smile
To make you want to love me.
The projector is haunting me
Or maybe echoes calling me
(but I) swear I see your face beneath the marquee

Quiet down,
There’s nobody else around.
So hold on tight, before you fade away
I’ve got this feeling that you’ll soon be gone
I’ve been waiting for you for far to long
And I don’t wanna lose you now

My car, my mind
One of us is breaking down
At least I know the rest stops in this town
Oh tell me,’
How did I arrive here?
The recent past is not clear.
I know I didn’t steer
I remember,
Leaving for a business trip
These meetings always make me sick
It seems I’ve found an exit

The grades, the raise,
Said I’d only leave here for three years,
then I’d buy that record store.
... ...
Staying up at night,
It didn’t mean a thing to you,
the raise I might be getting.
Oh Maybe,
It’s what I just deserve
Trying to be o everything,
when all I need is here...
Track Name: Terra Calls Me Back
Lyrics:

A waitress blinded, picks up the pieces
unaware of fire going on below.
As if we’d never know
...

The foam rises, the sound breaks
interesting, the speeds so fast,
the crushing and popping, the churning below,
the sound, the earth, the rain, I feel it now

The morning quake, toppled buildings,
triggered landslides, and cut the power,
broke the water mains, and shorted
transportation

At least one person was killed in action
2 0 4 or more were injured the
nation’s coast guard brushed it off
now they missed their warning

Give up – now can’t you hear her
Give up – with a voice so lovely
Give up – that have you answer
When Terra Calls You Back

I struggled to find a place to hide
until I stumbled upon a petrified
forest that will never quiet
until this raining stops

The dogs are howling, the cats are screaming,
They know that something’s wrong
But the gears keep rolling, and the clock keeps ticking
No sign of bottom line

Give up – now can’t you hear her
Give up – with a voice so lovely
Give up – that have you answer
WHEN TERRA CALLS ME BACK