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All songs written by Elena Loper © 2019 BMI
“Suitcase” written by Elena Loper and Cooper Stoulil © 2019
All songs performed by Dravus House ℗ and © 2018
Produced by Dravus House and Johnny Bregar © 2019
Recorded by Johnny Bregar at The Brickyard Studio, Bainbridge Island, WA
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering
Album Art © 2019 Claire Mack
Graphic Design © 2019 Kelsey Stoulil
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
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released April 19, 2019

Songwriting, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano: Elena Loper
Electric Guitar, Organ, Piano, Glockenspiel: Cooper Stoulil
Banjo, Bass: Johnny Bregar
Media Consultant: Desiree Jones
Special Thanks to: Mickey Pierce, The RamDamblers, The Stoulils, The Lopers, and Mark Jordan

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Track Name: Bang
You have measured out your life in tablespoons
For a galaxy of stargazers,
Lusty for your golden bands.

Your body was never your own
And your story will be a fable soon,
To a galaxy of stargazers
Enamored by your hologram.

And when it ends, with a bang
With a bang,
Will you reach for the bottle?
But because it will end,
Will you slow dance?
Will you slow dance on your own?

Us wide-eyed girls, we grew up fast-
No word in our lexicon for "harassed".
Eyes fixed on you
Up against a wall,
We thought that was the only way
To get it
At all.

I felt it end
With a bang
With a bang.
Then I took to the bottle.
But because it will end-
I can slow dance.
I can slow dance
On my own.

And am I selfish-
For wanting you around?
With your wit, and your wisdom, and your dancing.
I am impatient
For my coming is slow
But the ending is advancing,
Yeah the ending
Is advancing:

And when it ends, with a bang
With a bang,
Will you reach for the bottle?
But because it will end,
Will you slow dance?
Will you slow dance on your own?

You have measured out your life in tablespoons.
Track Name: Easier
You only stayed 'cause it was easier,
It was easier than saying goodbye.
Since I left you I breathe easier,
Do you breathe easier?

Do you remember the morning
We stayed inside all day,
At the Craftsman house
Up the coast in Monterey?

Remember that day, windswept in the car
In love with your freckles and all that you are?
You ran your fingers through my hair
And you said that you made such a perfect pair, but

You only stayed 'cause it was easier,
It was easier than saying goodbye.
Since I left you I breathe easier,
Do you breathe easier?

You'd traipse around the city,
Working 15 hour days,
Misery for company
Weary, never met my gaze.

You'd push me away, and whisper, "beware,
If we kiss out on the street, the strangers will stare."
The truth was that you had ceased to care,
And I clung to something
That ceased to be there.


You only stayed 'cause it was easier
It was easier than saying goodbye.
Since I left you I breathe easier,
I know you breathe easier?

You laughed at my accomplishments,
Rejected all my compliments,
Diminished all my confidence oh

I passed you on the street today,
At first you tried to look away,
But then you had the nerve to say,

You only stayed 'cause it was easier,
It was easier than breaking apart.
And now you say you never loved me,
You never loved me,
You're breaking my heart.
Track Name: Meg
Meg,
I didn't know
It was possible to be as happy
As I do in your arms.

Meg,
I've been afraid
To tell you that I've been spellbound
By your alluring charms.

'Cause when I close my eyes
It's you I see at night,
And I'm happiest when I see your face
In the morning light.

Meg,
Forgive me if I stare
At your sun-kissed shoulders,
And the curls in your hair.

Meg,
'Been living in my head,
But I come alive inside my body
When I'm wrapped in yours in bed.

'Cause when I close my eyes
It's you I see at night,
And I'm happiest when I see your face
In the morning light.

Can you forgive my silence,
Can you forgive my distance?
Can you forgive my agonizing
Cold resistance?

Cold resistance

'Cause when I close my eyes
It's you I see,
It's you I see at night

Can you forgive my silence
Can you forgive my silence
Can you forgive my
Silence

It's you I see
It's you I see at night
Track Name: Fix Your Broken
There's light on the landing
But a grim misunderstanding
Of what it means to feel, to write, to be

Yes, you're a heavy-hitter
And heartache's made you bitter
And I'm naive in ways that I can't see

I can't fix your broken
I can't live on words
Live on words unspoken
Your love has got the best of me,
The best of me
the best of me,
But your bitterness,
It gets to me
It gets to me
It gets to me.

I'm predisposed to self-deprecation.
I live in constant states of fearful hesitation.
I hold you in such high esteem
That when I sit to write, to dream,
I hear your judgement in my head,
Telling me it's shit instead.

I can't fix your broken
I can't live on words
Live on words unspoken
Your love has got the best of me,
The best of me
the best of me,
But your bitterness,
It gets to me
It gets to me
It gets to me.

I can't fix the part of me that burns for your relief.
But I can't live under the shroud of my own disbelief.

I can't fix my broken.

I can't fix my broken.
I can't live on words,
Live on words unspoken.

Your love has got the best of me
The best of me
The best of me,
But your bitterness, it gets-

I can't fix your broken
I can't live on words
Live on words unspoken
Your love has got the best of me,
The best of me
the best of me,
But your bitterness,
It gets to me
It gets to me
It gets to me.
Track Name: Oakmoss
My head is a project reel
With you in pastel hues on replay.
Your laugh, a distant memory,
As you're backing away,
You're backing away.

La di da da da,
La di da da da,
La di da da da,
La di da da.

In the spring, we walked through the Sequoias
Those silent sentries,
Surveying the salt spray.
In the mists of autumn, now,
The oak trees are tinged with grey.

And I'm kicking myself
For getting carried away
Again.

La di da da da,
La di da da da,
La di da da da,
La di da da.

You and I had different plans,
And who was I to make demands?
Who was I
To make demands,
Who am I
To make
Demands.

Sorrow isn't an illness you can cure.
It's an affliction
You gotta endure...
You gotta endure.

It's not a feeling you 'just get over,'
It's breathing
While rapidly losing
Composure

La di da da da,
La di da da da,
La di da da da,
La di da da.

I get lonely
As the lamplighter inside this lighthouse
But I am learning
How to ride out the in-betweens.
Before the kerosene runs out,
Before I'm overtaken by my doubt.

La di da da da,
La di da da da,
La di da da da,
La di da da.
Track Name: Suitcase
I'm going on an adventure,
The likes of which I've never known.
I'm taking the next train out of this town,
And this time I'm going alone.

How well will I fare?
I'll admit that I'm scared,
As I wait at the station alone.

Cause there's no room for you in my suitcase
There's no room for you
No there's no room for you in my suitcase
There's no room for you.

I've packed up my little blue valise,
My horizons are clear but my mind's not at ease.
I left you behind without saying goodbye,
I can't find the language to tell you why.

Cause there's no room for you in my suitcase
There's no room for you
No there's no room for you in my suitcase
There's no room for you.

My doubt's closing in like cloud-cover
It's a singular journey
Unearthing the soul.
What fathomless depths will I uncover
On my singular journey unearthing the soul.

Cause there's no room for you in my suitcase
There's no room for you
No there's no room for you in my suitcase
There's no room for you.

Where will these rails take me,
And what if they take me back?
How will I know if I've found my track?
Track Name: Tributary
FInd stillness
By your riverbank
The creek is dry
I have the sun to thank
Lilac will show you what you seek
You will find
I am no longer meek
I am no longer meek
I am no longer

Meek. I am still a tributary
Rushing, un-ceaselessly,
Toward your restless waters.

Lilac has fortified the ground
I'm alive
Inside these ribbons of sound
Where in me
Does emptiness reside?
How can I
outrun the rising tide?
Outrun the rising tide
Outrun the rising
Run the rising
Run the rising

Tide. I am still a tributary
Rushing, un-ceaselessly,
Toward your restless waters.

You'd better stay away,
You'd better stay away, darlin,
You'd better stay away.
Track Name: Mosaic
Although I'm still hiding
Behind
My collage of 'scared fears'
You, alone, have brightened my darkest years.

Your mind often occupies the stratosphere of the sparrow
And I am staring in the blue sun
A quiver, without an arrow.

These mosaic arms are a whole,
Are a soul,
That can hold you.

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