Since Grazed

by Eleventh Dream Day

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1.
No sleep in the dunes Among rotting ruins The morning too soon, at least there’s a breeze But back on the street A much tougher feat The friends and elites intensify the degrees I’m feeling so blessed I needed the rest I’ve lately regressed, but the tones are unphased The frequency hums Where are my old chums? The scattered alumns, not cut but since grazed
2.
My mistakes fly in the face of reason I don’t know why I can’t fill in the cracks Cracks in my smile, I know It makes no sense Face to face I’m out of place and time I go straight back to where I can’t comply I crack a smile, I know It isn’t right I can float above us all and disappear Gravity will pull me back thank god I love you more, than you know The cracks in my smile The fissures widen I rely on sanity I can’t resist what takes me to the edge I crack a smile I know how to bring it back Because I love you more Than you know The cracks in my smile
3.
I’m missing you already We barely got to talk The space between us may have shrunk But it’s still too far to walk The shortest distance may not be A straight line And the brightest star that you can see Is not always a sign I just got home in time I just got home in time In time to say goodbye I guess that I just missed you But it’s so much more than that I chased the windmills down the road Now I don’t know where I’m at I’m hoping that my message finds you Before you go to sleep I’m watching all the falling stars And the river’s edge willows weep I just got home in time I just got home in time In time to say goodbye
4.
I’ve been laid off I’ve been paid off I’ve been grounded I’ve been surrounded I have floundered the warnings sounded The worst unbounded I’m left astounded But my county’s seated I’m undefeated My forehead’s beaded no crutch is needed The garden’s weeded The lawn is seeded but yet I’m pleading Maybe I’m just greedy I want to wear the Tyrian Purple I want to feel the power Bathed in moonlight and pulled into the night The brothers and sisters get what the gist is got with the mystic spun the pandemic flamed all the fans blamed all the bans kicked all the cans damned all the damned I want to wear the Tyrian Purple I want to feel the power bathed in moonlight And pulled into the night
5.
Yves Klein had the blues Halley had his comet All I want from you Is to be known as your other So Sousa hold the phone Baby make me your own Catherine hold your wheel Munchausen quit your grousin’ All I want to feel Is to be known as your other So like Windsor with his cravat Baby let’s tie the knot Bernoulli you lifted more than just some airplane’s wings You made me sing Gallup take a poll And Hammond play your organ I just want to be whole To be known as your other Nabokov had his butterflies Just make me your guy Bernoulli you lifted more than just some airplane’s wings You made me sing Yves Klein had the blues Halley had his comet All I want from you Is to be known as your other
6.
Nothing’s Ever Lost things just disappear An echo in your ear that never fades Nothing’s Ever Lost like a kiss upon your lips Or when you lose your grip and walk away Nothing’s ever really lost Nothing’s Ever Lost I’ll see you in my dreams Although the plot may seem Too thick to understand Nothing’s ever really lost It’s not time to panic now My patience will allow You will come back to me I don’t know what to say except I know that I can wait I stumble but i always find Those things I left behind Nothing’s ever really lost
7.
Take Care 06:26
Take care of me And I’ll take care of you Take care of me And I’ll take care of you Black ice formed sometime in the night Waiting on the road in a starless sky You Can Dance, you can dance, on the radio played A car spun out, contradictions laid It’s just like me to dislocate evaporate and dissipate But just like these forgotten fields you needn’t wonder what I will yield Take care of me And I’ll take care of you Take care of me And I’ll take care of you It’s better when we do The windmills pass and the stillness reveals The coming storm and what we feel So rolling thunder, let roll away The choice was never not to stay Take care of me And I’ll take care of you Take care of me And I’ll take care of you It’s better when we do
8.
Matter 06:14
In the connection of things something was frayed Lost souls and apparitions could not be contained There were rusted machines and stalled limousines In the dark web of things there was a small patch of green The car veered off the bridge and plunged into the river A bubble rose to the surface, a message delivered Way down in the depths it was icily calm As he waited for the pressure to even there was no cause for alarm There were rusted machines and old limousines The sun cut through the surface and found a small patch of green What’s the matter with you, did you not see the light bloom?
9.
Gravity you let me down Darkness you forgot me I could not see the steps ahead the floor came up behind The fatal stairs beneath my feet Michael came before me He waits to greet me one more time Be steady he’s imploring Look Out below, look out below Believe, believe in what you know Look out below, look out below A premonition, less a dream Don’t self-fulfill your prophecy A hand upon the steel rail May be all you need Look Out below, look out below Believe, believe in what you know Look out below, look out below Take care, beware
10.
The turkey buzzards overhead tell me that I’ve been left for dead To make a case to carry on To drone or not to drone I think We ponder as we sip our drinks And make a case to carry on Cut off your nose to spite your face Who thought of that must have had a case A case, a case to carry on Leave on a jet plane tears on my face No one’s gonna give up any space For a case, a case to carry on I’ve got twenty ways to Sunday I’ve got a dozen ways to fail I always make it through to Monday I find a way, a way to fill the sail It gets so hard, so hard to win You learn to take it on the chin To make a case to carry on I thought this day would never come When we would sing it out as one And make a case to carry on To make a case to carry on
11.
Wish Too Far 03:19
A clover or a coin A pebble or a grape A penny or a lightning strike I have a wish that I wish to make tonight A candle blown out A dandelion blown Seven waves jumped I have a kite to fly above a grave tonight Ramcharitmanas Held in my left hand A red thread, a black thread My eyelash found by my love held to my lips Wishing stones and honey Seven hundred eighty-six an ax thrown a wishbone snapped a length of it to decide who gets their wish A wish too far Take all these wishing things And throw them in a pot Stir them with a feather And then you'll see what it is that you have got or maybe not
12.
Got up at ten, that was kind of late Made some breakfast, cleared some plates I wondered aloud what the hell am I doing Time to make a plan, get something brewing Every Time This Day it Rains Today was the day the Sandhill Cranes Flew overhead on the way to the plains They made a racket a glorious sound They beat their ancient wings until the rain came down Every Time This Day it Rains I’m moving along, I’m making some noise Got things to shout I’m making a choice Time to make a racket, stop using my brain I know I’m headed home on the sandhill exchange Every Time This Day it Rains

about

“A dark, mesmerizing beauty.” - Greg Kot

"One of the most sublime and engaging works in their nearly 40-year history." - Chicago Reader

“It’s gorgeous. It's laid back, it's twangy, it's sometimes orchestral and often beautiful and definitely heartfelt. It's Eleventh Dream Day.” - Brooklyn Vegan

“Since Grazed is fantastic. ‘Just Got Home (In Time To Say Goodbye)’ rides the country-storytelling line, ‘Yves Klein Blues’ is a frantically propulsive that name-checks the king of minimalist art, and ‘A Case to Carry On’ is the R.E.M. song that Peter Buck wished he wrote. Just when you think the album is about to slide to a permanent slow down, you get uptempo tracks with pop inflections like ‘Cracks in My Smile’ or spacey freak out likes ‘Take Care’. But it all comes back to that country shuffle, and album closer ‘Every Time This Day it Rains’ is a beautifully bittersweet send off.” - Far Out Magazine

“A quiet, jewel of a record.” - Dagger

“It’s hard to truly exalt upon the world just how good it is.” - Concrete Islands

"Since Grazed shows off the breadth…of experience, filled with songs that are twangy and dynamic and have a sense of community, making full use of everyone in the group” - Stereogum

“It shouldn’t be a surprise that Eleventh Dream Day have turned in something as strong as Since Grazed after thirty years of musical vitality, but that they did it by expanding and reshaping their sound is remarkable in its own right.” - Rosy Overdrive

It’s been a good five years since Eleventh Dream Day released their last record, Works For Tomorrow, and while good may be the wrong adjective to describe the time that has passed, tomorrow has indeed arrived with their new double album, Since Grazed (cmo051).

Where the last decade of EDD music has been defined by the work of a band honing their live roar in the studio, Since Grazed contemplates what isn’t there, and builds the songs from the bottom up, relying on long-lived friendships and trust. While Works barreled down the highway, conscious of and trying to outrace the past, Since Grazed takes the long way home, spacing out a bit, and reveling in the journey, celebrating those along for the ride. Not all have made it, but this is not a record about what is lost, it is about what is still there, however grazed it may be.

You know the story by now. Boy meets girl in 1983 Louisville, Kentucky punk rock house rendezvous, start band, learn how to play on the fly, find like-minded types to make noise and follow the Econoline dream. An EP and Prairie School Freakout record on Amoeba Records / New Rose get the word out, and next thing you know it’s Atlantic Records time times three with the orange, green, and white label spinning and the band on the run to every corner of the rock club universe. Band burns out, but doesn’t fade away. Why stop now? It’s too much fun. Put records out every once in a while as Freakwater and Tortoise forge new territory.

And that’s the way it’s gone.

Fourteen or sixteen records so far depending on how you count them.

The line-up for Since Grazed is now intact for consecutive albums, featuring Janet Bean (drums, vocals), Rick Rizzo (guitars, vocals), Douglas McCombs (acoustic and electric bass), Mark Greenberg (piano, organ, synthesizers, vocals, studio wizardry), and James Elkington (guitars, piano, synthesizers).

With Nick Macri (bowed bass) and Peggy Rizzo (flute).

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released April 2, 2021

Recorded and produced by Mark Greenberg at The Loft, Chicago.

Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering.

All lyrics by Rick Rizzo, except A Wish Too Far, Janet Bean.

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Eleventh Dream Day Chicago, Illinois

Since first hitting the road in a battered Econoline van in the 1980s, Eleventh Dream Day continues to build on their history by moving forward musically, while never forgetting what inspired them. On "Since Grazed" Rick Rizzo, Janet Bean (Freakwater), Doug McCombs (Tortoise, Brokeback, Pullman), and Mark Greenberg (The Coctails) are joined again by Jim Elkington (Tweedy, Steve Gunn). ... more

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