In Defense of Cosmic Altruism

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released September 29, 2017

Words and Music by Andrew Grossman
Horn Arrangements by Jonathan Parker
Recorded and Mixed by Peter Larkin at Lighthouse Studios
Produced by Andrew Grossman and Peter Larkin

My Understanding
Jonathan Parker – flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone
Jonathan Barnes – flugelhorn
Ben Ford – trombone
Bill Mulligan – bass clarinet
Andrew Grossman – lead and backup vocals, organ, glockenspiel, guitar, synthesizer

Ardor in D
Andrew Grossman – guitar, lead vocals, organ, synthesizer
Aaron Glaser – bass
Nick DePrey – piano
Leah Gage – drums, backup vocals

Say The Word (And It Ends)
Andrew Grossman – guitar, lead vocals, synthesizer
Aaron Glaser – bass
Nick DePrey – piano
Leah Gage – drums, backup vocals, sleigh bells

E-Meditation (Forever, Forever)
Andrew Grossman – guitar, vocals, piano
Aaron Glaser – bass, vocals
Nick DePrey – keys, vocals
Leah Gage – drums, vocals
Austin Blanton - vocals

Island
Andrew Grossman – guitar, lead vocals
Aaron Glaser – bass, backup vocals
Nick DePrey – piano, backup vocals
Leah Gage – drums, backup vocals

O Elizabeth
Andrew Grossman – guitar, lead vocals
Aaron Glaser – bass
Nick DePrey – piano, organ, keys
Leah Gage – glockenspiel, backup vocals

Respectably, Desperately
Andrew Grossman – guitar, lead and backup vocals
Aaron Glaser – bass
Nick DePrey – piano
Leah Gage – drums, backup vocals
Jonathan Parker – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
Jonathan Barnes – trumpet
Ben Ford – trombone
Bill Mulligan – baritone saxophone

I’ll Take A Chance on You
Andrew Grossman – guitar, lead vocals
Aaron Glaser – bass, backup vocals
Nick DePrey – organ, backup vocals
Leah Gage – drums, backup vocals

Other Side
Andrew Grossman – guitar, lead vocals
Aaron Glaser – bass, backup vocals
Nick DePrey – piano, organ, backup vocals
Leah Gage – drums, backup vocals

The Last Curtain Call
Andrew Grossman – piano, lead vocals, slide guitar
Aaron Glaser – bass
Leah Gage – drums

Special Thanks to Conor Whelan, Sean Barna, Elizabeth Sell

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Track Name: My Understanding
My understanding of the world as it is
Is of the world as I hope it can be
How strange it is to be anything at all
How embarrassing to be human being
The tragedy of crossing lines
We draw and called divine
Imagination aplenty
But will is lacking when you’re
Twenty two

I want to tear apart my membership card
To the American Distraction Regime
I don’t believe in things like evil or good
Only the wandering around in between
I wasn’t made for these times
I’m guilty of the crime
Of conscious self-edit
Insufficient line of credit
Holes in the knees of my jeans

My understanding of the world as it is
Is of the world as I hope it can be
Track Name: Ardor in D
We’re the archives of all the regrets
That are written in the lines upon our face
We’re all the love that we reject
And all the love that we choose to embrace

We’re the edits that we make
To pages of our own history
We’re truths that we chase
And the truths we choose to stay a mystery

We’re the people that we think about
When we think about how much things have changed
We’re the ardor of our innocence
Turning to the martyrdom of age

We’re all the things we hold
And all the things we chose to leave behind
We’re memories that when we we’re old
Awaken us in the middle of the night

We’re the people that we think about
When we think about how much things have changed
We’re the ardor of our innocence
Turning to the martyrdom of age
Track Name: Say The Word
Peel back the blinds and then you’ll see
1000 eyes staring at me
Connect the wires and we’ll become
The everything for everyone

They’re out to get me
They’re out to get me
They’ll make me one of them
They got the money
You want to the money
Just say the word and it ends

Take all the credit you deserve
Those were some very clever words
Enjoy all your integrity
In a life of poverty

You got your envy
So use your envy
We’re just trying to get ahead
It doesn’t matter
Nothing matters
Just say the word and it ends

Peel back the blinds and then you’ll see
1000 eyes staring at me
Track Name: E-Meditation (Forever, Forever)
I feel the infinite touch
I see the unending everything
I taste the infinite taste
I hear the sweetest melody

On and on and on and on

Let it come and go
Track Name: Island
If I could lay upon and island
And wash my cares away
Of all the little things
That never came my way

How many times do I wake up to
The sign it’ll all be over soon
Ask myself what have I done
What have I done with my life?
Track Name: O Elizabeth
O Elizabeth
I feel alive again
O Elizabeth
I feel alive again

O Elizabeth
I want to try again
O Elizabeth
I want to try again

But the weight of it all
The passage of time
Delusions of self
The unholy crime
But your hand in mine
And you by my side
Is all that I
Need

O Elizabeth
Track Name: Respectably, Desperately
Time is an arrow
Flying like a sparrow in air
Love is taking chances
In spite of circumstances, feeling unprepared

A chance encounter, a knock at the door
A hope they’re different from the others before

You’ll get the best of me
So respectably

Fear of commitment,
Wondering what it meant when you
Said that you were a mess
And I said that I guess I was one too

Let’s keep it casual, we’ll keep it the same
Whoever cares first can shoulder the blame

You’ll get the best of me
So respectably
All of the mess of me
Oh so desperately

When this is over you’ll go your own way
And I’ll be sitting here with nothing to say

You’ll get the best of me
So respectably
All of the mess of me
Oh so desperately
Track Name: I'll Take a Chance on You
I’ll never love the way I loved at 21
That doesn’t mean that I roll over and never have any fun
Oh what the hell
Ain’t it swell
To be
Careless and free

So I’ll take a chance on you
I’ll take a chance on you
What else can I do?
I’ll take a chance on you
I’ll take a chance on you

My generation is chained to a screen
An individualistic boredom guillotine
Forget what’s on
Let’s drop a bomb
And start again
We can be friends

So I’ll take a chance on you
I’ll take a chance on you
What else can I do?
I’ll take a chance on you
I’ll take a chance on you
Track Name: What's on The Other Side
What’s on the other side?
What’s on the other side?
What’s on the other side of all the things we are
What’s on the other side?

What’s on the other side of the sun?
What’s on the other side of the moon?
What’s on the other side of the child who sleeps with hunger
And the child who eats with a silver spoon
What’s on the other side of the goodwill we have
That evaporates always too soon

What’s on the other side?

What’s on the other side of life?
What’s on the other side of death?
What’s on the other side of the memories we hold
On the moment of our final breath?

What’s on the other side of the down and out?
What’s on the other side of the up and in?
What’s on the other side of the walls they built between us
From the fear of the color of your skin?
What’s on the other side of the people we become
From the things that we hold within?

What’s on the other side?
Track Name: Last Curtain Call
On the last
Curtain call
When the lights
Finally fall
Will you be
Waiting there?
Will you be
Will you be waiting for me
After the show?

When the tour
Goes and goes
And I’m out
On the road
Will you be
Waiting there?
Will you be
Will you be waiting for me
When I come home?

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