suits for children

by youth in a roman field

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for family and memory


released 20 October 2014

claire wellin- vocals, violins, guitar (track 2), tenor uke (track 4)
tiffany topol- vocals (tracks 1 & 2), baritone uke (track 3), wurlitzer
cassidy stirtz- vocals (tracks 1 & chorus of track 2), viola
connor jon o'sullivan- upright bass
ben magnuson- cello, accordion
stuart ward- guitar + vocals (track 1)

songs written by claire wellin
recorded + mixed in san francisco, ca by connor jon o'sullivan
mastered by rob ruccia of uptown recording, chicago
photo (front) of warren wellin circa 1938
photo (back) of marc wellin circa 1966
photo (cd) of the wellin family circa 1963
album layout by kelsey henderson



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youth in a roman field New York, New York

youth in a roman field is the project of singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist claire wellin. frequent collaborators include tiffany topol, scott stangland, cassidy stirtz, katrina lenk, and jamie mohamdein. their debut album, 'of grit and grace,' was released in may of 2012, and the EP 'suits for children' was released in october 2014. they are currently making a home in new york city. ... more

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Track Name: waves
the heart, it overflows
stand by my lady, by my man
the heart, her courage grows
yet i'm terrified to overstay my welcome

his love, it comes and goes
treading lightly on its toes
he vows not to overstay his welcome

waves me over, shallowly to breath no longer

through my fingers, there he goes
like the rest of time to pass
since i've come and gone again
fall has seemed to slip my grasp

and as the moon has come and gone
though close at heart, he's gone along
it's how the story carries on
if our story carries on

waves me over, shallowly to breath no longer
waves me over, shallowly to breath no longer

not mine to take, to have, to hold
but my dear, you know you know
oh my dear, you know i know
Track Name: cinereous
i've no room in my heart for you
nor space to miss you when you're gone
call me cruel, but the joke's on you
see me laughing
oh who am i

given my tendency to fly
you'd think these wings and i would have a clue
not today, soiled, faded gray
if they were white what would you have me do
oh take them, good for you

patch me up and then
see what rots and when
start again at zero, maybe one
oh you'd have all the fun

something isn't at home
and everything is fuzzy
something isn't at home
yea, i'm feeling that these days
and oh, how quickly these things change

there's such romance in the air
but i'm not showing up for you
all this romance in the air
yea, you're not the right mistake
oh i'm not yours to take

please don't stare into my eyes
i have nothing for you there
Track Name: m.m.e.
i don't think i'm gonna wait for you
it's not time for me to say what's true
but if someday a shining-armored ride
you took to me, well i would be your bride

la la la la
la la la la
la la la la la

and when the days of laying on the line
have come and gone to rule another's mind
as birds in time must need a place to land
if open i'd rest in the palm of your hand

you'll walk in with me
i'll walk out with you
when there is the time
if there is the time
Track Name: suits for children
once he was, and as he said: longing just to breathe
laid awake, the sun to break would end his misery
would it all just pass him by, would it pass him by?

scrape the paint, patch the door
what is all this fighting for?
leave at six to tuck him in
oh, the car still smells like him
will it all just pass her by, will it pass her by?

will it all just pass her by, will it pass her by?

when at last the war is won
what does it mean to get things done?
stories told, worries none
oh you were a loving son
how you were a loving one

will it all just pass him by, will it pass him by?
will it all just pass him by, will it pass him by?

oh this room, it smells like you
rest your eyes in gold and blue