Past Lives

by Yaquina Bay

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Recorded between January and April 2015 at The Dyer Family Farm and the Ghost House.

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released September 12, 2015

Yaquina Bay is:
Chris Ward - Vocals, Guitar, Ukelele, Accordion, Piano
Kirstin Demezas - Violin, Vocals
Michelle Reed - Violin, Vocals
Kendra Schmal - Pianos, Vocals
Aaron Schmidt - Bass, Synthesizer, Pipe Organ
Shawn Thornhill - Percussion, Pipe Organ, Vocals

All songs performed by Yaquina Bay
Produced & Mixed by Chris Ward and Aaron Schmidt
Mastered by Adam Gonsalves - Portland, OR
Art Layout by Aaron Schmidt, Chris Ward, and Michelle Reed
Photography by Chris Ward
© & ℗ 2015 Squared :: Recordings & Documents (ASCAP)

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Track Name: Old Foes
I tried to fall out of line
A song, a stolen rhyme
Spiteful passions flow
Our premonitions grow

A war lost long ago
At the hands of ancient foes
This burden I have borne
Both our faces warm

And we'll talk of the past and the nights that were warm
O’ winter's never long
Because we'll always be young in the summer again
There's a place where youth has won
Track Name: Confessions In San Francisco
It came to me last night alone
I’ve turned a stranger in my home
Afraid of what it was, our fears
How California’s lent her ear

And how we stumbled ‘round this town
Drunken
Our aching grief was laid to rest
All through the night
Our feet will lead us to the sound
We will break out
O’ how I know it’s just like me

Take this cup and drink it slow
The night you’ve made will finally fall
We’ll walk for miles and long to stay
But California has her way

And lo’ we will find
(I can’t be seen)
Our way tonight
(We will be safe)
Our calls over the sea
(They will return)
And I always dream
Track Name: Cleanse
We’ll go it alone, we’ll make it up fast
Just different accounts of the past
I wish I could be a different man
Just hope for me now, if you can

The desert is full of old ghosts
And Pendleton’s where you first broke
There’s the old church
There’s your old road
This is the house you called home

I was so sure of myself
I knew what I wanted to be
But now I’ve become your mistake
And seven years later, you wait

I was so sure of myself.
Track Name: Catalunya Pt. II
Danger came, followed you
Felt you breathe through the cold, soaked snow

Darkness wanes in West Berlin
Your son against your silver skin

Play the part (You’re asking for it)
It’s a long way down (But I know you’ll make it)
He had a name (On my grave, I swear it)
You’re just like me
You brought this on yourself

I still can feel her ghost within these walls
I know she lives within me as I breathe
Her music and her memories, I recall
How she’s wanting something more
Track Name: Sickness
Carried by your hearts you moved to the city in the summer
You wouldn’t be fettered down by the sins of your fathers
And I know you’re half the man you used to be
Yet I know that deep down you’re just like me

The August air stuck to your lungs in the shade of the willow
Yet summer’s embrace, to you felt like the warmth of your pillow
And I know somehow we’ll have to find our way
The cloudy news that never, ever fades

Always, we wait for you
Always, it aches for you
Always, we wait for you
Always, it aches for you

Sickness is never far (It’s calling)
Try not to be alarmed (Stay calm, now)
Each year I’m passing by (Unknowing)
The day that I will die
Track Name: Past Lives
From the start of this I’ve never had a wandering heart
It’s just never been around
Hidden deep in this work of art
Some hidden relic I have found

And at some point in the past, maybe in an ancient life
I must have known who you were
Maybe we were married
Maybe we were family
Maybe we were friends and no more

When she’s away from me I tend to inflate her
I’m so much bolder when I write her a letter
Don’t write it out, don’t ever put it on paper
And here I am just seven years later

Here I am just seven years later