Storm Conductor

by Youth in a Roman Field

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Storm Conductor is the second full-length album from Youth in a Roman Field.

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released April 20, 2018

Produced by Claire Wellin and Stewart Lerman
Engineered by Stewart Lerman and James Frazee
Track 06 engineered by Connor O’Sullivan

Mixed by Stewart Lerman
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music

All music © 2017 Claire Wellin. All rights reserved.
Published by Permission Slip Sounds (ASCAP)
Cover photography © 2017 Anthony Mulcahy
Art design @ 2017 Steve Ponzo

Claire Wellin: vocals, violin, wurlitzer (06), piano (08),
baritone guitar (10), synthesizer (11)

Tiffany Topol: vocals, baritone and concert ukeleles,
featured vocals and wurlitzer (01), percussion (02),
piano (03, 04, 07), hand claps (10), vocal arrangement (11)

Scott Stangland: vocals, acoustic, electric and baritone
guitars (02, 03, 04, 07, 08, 09, 11), twelve-string guitar (01), piano
(08, 11), toy piano (05), trumpet (03), cajon (10), accordion (12)

Cassidy Stirtz: vocals, viola, percussion (02, 10), viola parts and
arrangement (03, 04, 10, 11), vocal arrangement (07, 10)

Katrina Lenk: vocals, viola, featured viola (01), hand claps (10),
viola parts and arrangement (11)

Jamie Mohamdein: vocals, upright bass, electric bass, baritone
guitar (06, 08), percussion (02, 05, 11)

Brian Griffin: percussion (02, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12)
Zander Meisner: clarinet (07)
Stewart Lerman: guitar (01)
Connor O’Sullivan: bass (06)

YOUTH IN A ROMAN FIELD is Claire Wellin,
Tiffany Topol, Scott Stangland, Cassidy Stirtz, Katrina Lenk and Jamie Mohamdein
www.youthinaromanfield.com

Thank You to Ann Mishler, Richardine Mishler, Thomas Wellin,
Helen Wellin, Patrick Wellin, Christopher Wellin, Nate Kreichman, Stewart Lerman,
Alan Douches, Lindsay Sanwald, Brian Griffin, Connor O’Sullivan,
Zander Meisner, Chris Faroe, Brad Stirtz, Carter Stirtz, Steve
Ponzo, Seth Keim, Anthony Mulcahy, Chris Koerner, Rich Mhlaga,
Jim Kilkenny, Bob and Laura Cole, Rob Moose, Anna Vogelzang,
Todd Sickafoose, Nolan Brian, Anne Leone and Dan Ludwig,
Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Thomas Winkler, Dr. Linda
Carroll, Dr. Chandra Ivey, Dr. Rumi Teneva, and to our 332 Kickstarter backers and
subsequent donors.

In memory of Linda Slack.

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Track Name: Your Hand in Mine
Oh, to hold your hand in mine
Oh, to take you up in my arms
Oh, to hold your hand in mine
Oh, to take you in my arms
Oh, to hold your hand in mine
Track Name: Target On My Back
Breathe out, breathe in
Free me from sin
Be good, begin
Becomes the win

I’m getting better, getting better
I’m getting better, better all the time
I’m getting closer, getting closer
I’m getting closer, watch me walk the line

See red, see signs
Rewire the lines
Stop lights, stop time
Remaps the mind

But I got a target, got a target
I got a target, target on my back
And for the record, for the record
And for the record, we are well under attack

I know that you’re on the run
I will find you when all is said and done

And under pressure, under pressure
And under pressure, did it go just as you planned?
You’re off the record, off the record
You’re off the record, bein’ you’re a self-made man

Be soft, be still
He knows you will
Must be quite a thrill
If looks could kill

I hit the bottom, hit the bottom
I hit the bottom and the bottom hits me back
Hits me back
Hits me back
Hits me
Track Name: Town Hall
Oh gods, change me into something new
Cloudy, cold, and standing at the moon
How am I, how am I here again?

Given all the things I shouldn’t feel
Given all the things you shouldn’t hear
Here, here we are

Back and forth again
Has me wondering when
I’ll stop coming here to see
Parts of me

And though things are looking up from here
Cloudy, cold, and darker by the year
I don’t know if I’ll go with you

Give me something I can do today
Give me hope that there’s another way
Don’t you tell me that the power lies in my hands or head

Back and forth again
Has me wondering when
I invited you to follow me
Leave me be

And no matter what I do with you
Could it be that I’m not through with you?
See you soon, or many moons from now
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

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’d walk in with me
I’d walk out with you
When there comes a time
If there comes a time
Track Name: Solid Ground
Oh my New Orleans, I’ll write you a tune
As if I have known you forever
Take me away and I’ll weep for the day
I return to you for worse or better

Oh my New Orleans, you’ve colored me blind
Or perhaps things are clearer than ever?
I’ll get a drink just to spill in the streets
Take my hand, lead me into the morning

We’re, we’re on solid ground

Oh my New Orleans, you’ve broken my heart
And you’ll do it again, won’t you please?
Take me away; bayou, river, or Lake Pontchartrain
Will suffice for the wreckage

We’re, we’re on solid ground
Come and stay

Oh my New Orleans, I’ll visit the edge
Just to chain smoke and write nasty letters
Rattle my bones, send me searching for home
Show me, save me, then lay me down strangely

We’re, we’re on solid ground
Haunt me
Track Name: Sixth & Crescent
First the ice, and then the gin
Heavy door, please invite me in
Crawling back, all hands and knees
Even though it’s up to me

So I’ll go then, since you don’t agree
With all I’ve thought is true
As it happens, you’re not needing me
Like I think I need you

In my wild and reoccurring dreams
I am your lost and found
And each morning I am getting by
Hoping that you’ll come around

And I’ve known the verdict would be near
For this body, heart, and voice
As it turns out, stars are not aligned
And meaning is a choice

Stories end and stories pass us by
Stories often are a lie
And this story doesn’t satisfy
At a certain place and time

So I’ll go then, since you don’t agree
With all I’ve thought is true
As it happens, you don’t need me
Like I think I need you

So I’ll go then, if you promise me
That when I go you’ll stay
I’ll go looking for another one
Is there any other way?

Oh, if it were enough
The wolf in your chest!
If we had been animals
Could I put it to rest?

And if you had wept for me
When we stood at your car!
And if you had wanted me
Would we have gotten this far?
Track Name: The Departure
Let me sit with this awhile
Back of left, front of right
Wrap my legs, wrap them tight
And I’ll rise with a secret this time
Yea we’ll rise with a secret this time

Skin to skin and skin to the floor
Who is in, who’s wanting more?
Clumsy lovers, are we surprised?
Wrap me up, million dollar disguise

I’m alone as I can be
Do you know, what can you see?

Was it everything that you imagined?
Did you leave your head?
Tell me is it everything that you imagined?
Oh god, to leave my head!

If you will, if you could rise
Stronger still, I’d wipe these eyes
And these hands, how can they be mine?
Heavy fingers and heavy goodbyes

All these days, all this time spent
Do you know how it will end?

Was it everything that you imagined?
Did you leave your head?
Darlin’ is it everything that you imagined?
Do you know how it will end?

Be an animal with me!

Dip me in, toe to thigh
Pour me out, wipe me dry
Make me weak, make me sigh
Wake me up with a lie
Then take me back to the lights
Track Name: Slings in the Air
I go down swinging
Sure of signs every time
Track Name: I Saw You
I saw you, I saw you
It was a, it was a dream
I saw you, I saw you
Was it a, was it a dream?

Have you been walking all night?
Have you been listening all night?

These days I wake in the night
Is it you just passing through?
I greet you in putting up a fight
Door’s open, I’ll unfold for you

Have you been walking all night?
Have you been listening all night?

Things in the footage
Use the mask, use the mask

Your letters, your turns of phrase
Sometimes they’ll find me, they will
In the air or below the graves
Handprints, handsweats, footsteps, and still

Where they’ve been walking all night
Where they’ve been listening all night

Have they been walking all night?
Have they been listening all night?
Track Name: Storm Conductor
Carry it all up the stairs
I am avoiding the mail
Take all the time that you need
I will try not to pull strings

Carry it all down the stairs
I am avoiding the mail
Given the time that you’ll need
Given I’ll do it again

I can get along by myself
I can get along by myself
I can get along by myself
It was an accident
An accident

I can get along by my
I can get along by my
I can get along by

You can see the way he stands with his arms
You can see the way she holds you in her hands
You can see the way to run from the storm
It’s an accident
An accident

I can get along by my
I can get along by my
I can get along by my
I can get along by

And I am not alone at the end of the night
Track Name: The Fool
I just as well could play against the rules
I just as well could lay the cards in line
Convince me I’m in need of every word
I’ll do the rest to suffocate the mind

Turn me inside out
I’ll be crossing over

I’d be in your shoes had I your feet
Tables turned and dancing in the street
Met and matched and well beyond my means
I can’t give back what you take from me

I’ll be crossing over
I’ll be crossing over

Make a home of being on the run
Make you think that you’re the only one
Make up rules when all is said and done
Make a heart from games that can’t be won

I’ll be crossing over
I’ll be crossing over

Spin the wheel, let circumstance decide
Stop me at a certain place and time
Siren’s flaring, strange and angry child
Struggles doing only what’s required

I just as well could play against the rules
I just as well could lay among the stars
Turn me inside out
I’ll be crossing over
Track Name: When the City Goes Quiet
When the city goes quiet, and the footsteps are few
My ears, they are listenin’ for summons, for clues
I puzzle the pieces, I rewrite the rules
But even though listenin’, would you refuse?

When the city goes quiet, and the footsteps are few
My eyes, they are lookin’ for outlines of you
If just by the lookin’, if just by these eyes
I could appear you, would it be by my side?

When the city goes quiet, and the footsteps are few
My hands, they are freezin’; my hands, they are fire
My body’s an orphan, my body don’t lie
Lay me down strangely, I will oblige

When the city goes quiet, and the footsteps are few
My heart goes a-wand’rin, my heart knows the view
How will you know, dear, how will I prove
If it’s forever or if it’s to lose?

When the city goes quiet, and the footsteps are few
My ears, they are listenin’ for summons, for clues
I puzzle the pieces, I rewrite the rules
But even though listenin’, would you refuse?

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