To Have You Around

by Zach Winters

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released June 30, 2017

Aaron Strumpel: trumpet
Amber Mattfield: violin
Caleb Friesen: drums (1, 2, 3, 5, 7)
Jason Barrows: some electrics (12)
Jesse Proctor: drums (6, 12)
Lane Winters: vocals (1, 2, 5)
Wilhelm Koenig: percussion (3, 11)
Zach Winters: accordion, acoustic guitar, banjo, chest, electric bass, electric guitar, kalimba, mandolin, nylon-string, percussion, piano, slide guitar, snare, tenor banjo, ukulele, vocals

All songs written & produced by Zach Winters /// Mixed by Zach Winters & Dave Wilton /// Mastered by Dave Wilton /// Engineered by Zach Winters, Dave Wilton (drums on 1, 2, 3, 5 & 7), Jesse Proctor (drums on 6 & 12) /// Photo by Theresa Fryer /// Recorded at The Winters House in the side room between September 2016 and April 2017, with additional recording at Coalesce Audio (drums 1, 2, 3, 5 & 7), Shovel Studios (trumpet 5 & 7), and The Bonner House (piano 12)

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Track Name: Everything a Part of Me (Sweet Companion)
Watch us stir a flame from ashes—
everything a part of me, everything inside of me—
make our bed beneath the aspens—
everything a part of me, everything inside of me—
afternoon, a rain is passing—
everything a part of me, everything inside of me—
pack our bags — we’re leaving tracks here—
everything a part of me, everything inside of me

Sweet companion, break bread with me
We’ve miles to go, let’s hold steady

And as another summer passes
we scatter its ashes to the wind
And with every path we travel homeward
seeking wonder seeking rest—
this is how we live

Where's a friend, my memory's haunted
with someone who can comfort me
someone who confides in me
I've always wanted a companion,
someone who's a part of me — someone who's inside of me

Sweet companion, break bread with me
We’ve miles to go, let’s hold steady
Track Name: Knock Kneed & Lead Lunged
When I have stated all that I want
will you answer? will you answer?
When I have chased you through every haunt
will you tell me it doesn't matter?
Sometimes I can't see it as a game — what we're playing

And the wind plays across the tall grass in the fields
and the fruit of the orchard how it tugs
and the trees they all know how to dance one together
but as for me, I'm knock-kneed and lead-lunged

It is just those thoughts I ignore
turn back to what I'm thinking
those are the ones that would waken my heart
but I am drowsy, and they surprise me
Sometimes I can't see it as a song — what you’re singing
Track Name: Sometimes I Wonder
Can you even hear me?
Sometimes I wonder
Can I really feel you
out beneath the thunder?

Cause there’s what he said
and there’s what she said,
but our love won't survive on the words of others
so I want to hear you
with your own lips
say "come on — come be near to me"

Can I really see you
if I hide behind my brothers?
Climb a tree to meet you
You picked me out (red-faced) from the others 

Will you even catch me?
Sometimes I wonder
Stumbling through the darkness
Out beneath the thunder 
Track Name: If the Sun Is Shining
If the sun is shining down on me
if the world is spinning naturally
just squeeze my hand so I know you’re there
But if darkness covers over me
and the world is pressing down on me
just squeeze my hand so I know you’re there

Cause time is gonna come
So take my hand — let’s run
Or why do we hold hands at all?

Ooooooo, squeeze my hand

If the road is rising easy
if the rain is falling gentle
just squeeze my hand so I know you’re there
but if we’re lost and breaking down oh baby
and the sky above just storms like crazy
just squeeze my hand so I know you’re there

Cause time is gonna come
So take my hand — let’s run
Or why do we hold hands at all?

Ooooooo, squeeze my hand

So if the sun is shining down on me
or it burns out and we’re about to freeze
just squeeze my hand so I know you’re there
Track Name: Do You Really
Taking a shower with a known carcinogen
knowing you will never live again
and your brevity is awesome
and you feel it and you wait

Stop trying to worry about it
time goes by tells things that you don't know
while you're trying to worry about it now
Stop trying to worry about it
troubles they will come and they will go
while you're trying to worry about it now

Another year another fear to feed
you feel the frays in your mortality
and the gravity is awful
and you feel it and you wait

Stop trying to worry saying
Hey what will we drink what will we eat
while you're trying to worry bout it now
Stop trying to worry bout it
Father knows already what we need
Why you trying to worry bout it now

Do you really want something else?

See the birds passing winter
Blooms back from wilt and wither
Don’t let the worry of tomorrow
get in to steal from us today

Do you really want something else?
Track Name: Begone! Old F(r)iend!
And I don’t need you now
your clinging wrist that used to hold mine
I used to feel so sick, and maybe I was
but you poisoned my water
And now that I can see
more than I did, though incompletely
I’m turning you out,
cause I don't need you now
Oh, I don’t need you anymore

Why do we love
things that we know
things that we’re used to?
I always let you in
gave you my bread
and you took my breath
And you were such a thief
taking what I had
and you gave me nothing
And now that I can see
more than I did
Oh, I don’t need you anymore
Track Name: Evening Light through the Window
What did you mean when you said "love"?
I had hoped for something a little more tangible
It's not as if I haven't heard something like this from you—
guess I never understood before

But you turn it on me — "what does love mean to you?"
And it comes in like evening light through the window
Track Name: Night Coloring
Night takes my worry off the leash
oh that sorry wounded beast still bites
Autumn steals the courage off of me
like the icy fingered breeze strips the branches

And the trees so tall
do they feel it at all
with their hard hard skin?

Someone, oh just tell me who to be
I will listen carefully to someone
Doubled, my mind is doubled over maps
but I've forgotten who to ask which way

And the line that you draw
does it circle my heart
or color it in?

Summer and I'm a man of some repute
but will I remember you or tighten the noose that lifts me?
Darkness — I’ll keep my wonder close to me
the stars make blinded eyes to see if we’ll let them

Like a child I lie
set my worries aside
as you take me in
Track Name: To Have You Around
We won't say a word — unless we write it all down
but I don't want nothing, but to have you around
Words, they get lost between me and the sound
that's why I don't need nothing, but to have you around

Oh, I wait for a ghost — an empty chair

If they raise me up, or they cut me down
hey I don’t care nothing, but to have you around
And I don't even mind if I'm a friend or your clown—
cause I don't want nothing, but to have you around

You cut the cloth of the skin where I’m bound
that’s why I don’t want nothing, but to have you around
Track Name: Love My Woman
10,000 miles behind us and 10,000 more to sing our love
and I ain't trying for a chemical reaction I was hoping for more from our love
And the spring brings the rain, after blossom comes the fruit—
and then love is our drink — and love is our food

I love my woman, love my woman

Sometimes when we are apart and my thoughts turn to you, my love
I'm reminded of a vision of a highway that diverges for a time, my love
but every good separation shall come to an end 
and we shall see the good, oh my lover and my friend

I love my woman, love my woman

And the sun might shine down tomorrow
or the wind turn cold and grey
but I'll keep my heart for you whichever way

I love my woman, love my woman
Track Name: Ocean Sunset Motorcycle
And the sunset lingers last on the ocean
oranging those patches of clouds, and then the blue falls/follows hard

And the summer leaves a note for the autumn
gently closing a door somewhere in the sky

And I cannot leave you alone
and I can't get you off of my mind (no, never)

And I watch the waves crawl up to the sand
as high as they can and return their salt to oblivion

And I lay there eyeing the stars through the window
figuring it can't be that with us when holy love fills the void

And I can't get it all sorted out,
but you were the first one to call (and I missed you)