Ghost Guest

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Ghost Guest's *first* and *last* album recorded live at Wachusett Recording.

Our self-titled album is a testament to growth; to strength and weakness, to breaking ourselves down to the grit in our bones, this is a story of survival. Over the 4 years since these songs were written, we've been traveling and learning so much about ourselves, other people, and the world we live in. The troubled times are affecting all of us, but we come together to create a reflection of those emotions in order to help ourselves survive, and in the hopes that we can give others our solidarity and they will be able to relate through it all with us. Our struggles are different, but they do intersect – and to keep going, we must intertwine ourselves, we must come together.

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released March 17, 2017

Ghost Guest is

Alex: Bass, Guitar
Caitlin: Vocals, Guitar
Heru: Vocals, Tambourine
Jake: Guitar
Momo: Synth
Scott: Percussion, Piano


Recorded live at Wachusett Recording
Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Mike Harmon
Featured guitar on "Hardwood Floors" written by Alan Day
Poem on "surely I will stay awake" Written by William James

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Track Name: Shakey Knees
Do you still hurt?
Because sometimes I let my guard down
I know it’s just a habit
I need to break down
But when you give someone years
and let them fill the blanks
it’s shattering
when they pull away

I set my ribs on the table
and my fingertips are touching my palms now
I brought all that I could,
but these are things we carry with us now

You left me to draw my own conclusions
despite my infatuation, you were as transparent as they came
You know how I feel about assumptions
I wish you could of told me face to face

Because now you’re written down
in my history
as the lover who had
shakey knees

I set my ribs on the table
and my fingertips are touching my palms now
I brought all that I could,
but these are things we carry with us now

These are the things we carry
with us, with us now
Track Name: Commitment Man
I know you don’t think too much of yourself
You left your spirits out to dry and not a penny left for my thoughts
I know the rules, even if you don’t
I know that your opinion of yourself is worth more than mine
Will ever be

You say you’re not a relationship guy?
But baby you know that you can’t lie
I felt it in your kiss
I felt it in your kiss last night
And when you gave me your hand
I’m sorry to go off and ruin your plans
You know that you’re a commitment man
Commitment man, commitment man

Remove yourself I know you’re scared to realize,
Scared to feel right, scared to defy, you
Keep yourself tied up, keeping me out of
Your straight American lifestyle

Cause I will never understand how you stand
Under those flashing lights
Giving so much of yourself to this job
Giving so much of yourself to everyone else
Never attending to your own needs
Never resting your engine
When I tell you I love you, you won’t listen.
You’ll get a call and speed off to the rescue

Who told you that you were worthless?
Who told you that you’re not worth it?

You say you’re not a relationship guy
But baby you know that can’t lie
I felt it in your kiss
I felt it in your kiss last night
And when you gave me your hand
I’m sorry to go off and ruin your plans
You know that you’re a commitment man
Commitment man, commitment man

You say you’re not a relationship guy
But baby you know that can’t lie
I felt it in your kiss
I felt it in your kiss last night
Track Name: Knuckles
I broke my knuckles on the pavement
Cause my knees just gave out on me
It might be just as well
That the road met my skin before you called out to me and

I never act out of anger
But some of the things you said,
I would have rather had put holes through the wall again
Than cripple my own head

Just like the leaves in autumn-
I am burning from the outside in-
i am, i am, i am

You are the humming In my head-
You are the static in the gaps
i am, i am, i am

Just like the leaves in autumn-
I am burning from the outside in-
i am, i am, i am
Track Name: Palms
Well I've been gone for so long
I've been gone for so long
All but the bristle of your beard
has washed from my palms

Well I've been gone for so long
I've been gone for so long
I'm quick to set myself on fire
when I think I am wrong

Don't try to tell me what it means
to be a good friend
As you stand on the side
and watch over again

I see you there,
I see you there
I see you there,
I see you there

Well I've been gone for so long
I've been gone for so long
She says her fingertips
fit between my rib bones

Well I've been gone for so long
I've been gone for so long
As she measures
mountain tops in between them

So show me where you think
home is
You pointed down the street,
but I felt it in your hands

I see you there, I see you there

Cause I've lived and died in so many ways you will never understand
But that's alright, yeah that's alright
Track Name: Love in the Time of Police Brutality
well the candles are making scents as I
remember the few nights we spent together
and the cameras are finally catching them
the games they tend to play with our lives
maybe I just needed some support
you never looked me in the eyes

your invisibility, disguised
but skin dictates, don‘t delegitimize
sadness, stress, and limited time
I can't even walk outside at night
I know I cried, but why would you lie
and sever all ties

i'll never hear you walk over
never a morning kiss goodbye
my fist was subtly glossed over
you never looked me in the eyes

i'll ride your bike across the boardwalk
i'll bang the door, you're sleep on the couch
i'll believe when you say we can talk
surprise on the stairs, a kiss on the mouth
Track Name: Albuquerque
[I was born facing the mountains,
and I haven't looked back
But now I'm standing in the ocean, ocean
I've got my old name back]

[I haven't felt this warm outside in a long time
Albuquerque sun I can't look at the skyline
Five days ago I was in your car feelin' fine
feelin' fine]

[I fell between the branches, branches
I fell with good intentions, tensions]

[I haven't wanted to be alive in a long time,
All of those scars still so fresh in my mind]

But I can tell that you felt the impact,
I can see right through what you lack
I can see right through what you lack
Track Name: Lockjaw
I've got a scar across my cheek
dividing lockjaw and lack of sleep
I'm spitting blood between my teeth
with all the fire I will speak

I've been on the road so damn long
that home has become where my feet are
Don'tcha know that's how it's always been?
Home is where the heart is -

Not in a house but between my ribs
caught in the spaces kept from your hands
and fingertips

My god the air is getting bitter.
Something I could never sustain
Even with the way your voice echoed
with my cries reflecting off the bathroom sink

My god the air is getting bitter.
Track Name: Hardwood Floors
I'm still wiping
the grit from my eyes
from the night I came over
to say goodbye again

I'm still wiping
the grit from my eyes
from the room full of smoke
you left me in last night

I can hear it now
I can hear you beat,
beat down the door
I found rhythm in the footsteps on the hardwood floors upstairs

I haven’t been blind for a while now
the static faded black for such a long time now
but it came back somewhere around the time you left
and I woke up and it was cold outside
I saw everything, mid-January ice
And I walked out on the lake for the very first time

i can hear it now
i can hear you beat,
beat down the door
i found rhythm in the hardwood floors upstairs

i woke up today,
I woke up to the cold, cold weather outside
and I walked over
the lake for the first time

I’m still wiping
the grit from my eyes
from the night i came over
to say goodbye again
Track Name: Out of Your Eyes
by now i know what decay is,
by now I know
by now i know what decay is,
by now I know, I know

As I'm sitting in the skull growing towards where the light is
Out of your eyes and into the wilderness
Without reason and without forgiveness

The antlers cut by the saw in the garage
I wonder if one day I'll see my nature fall apart

Without the presence of your hands in the corner of my eyes
Without the tremble of nurture riding up my spine

By now I know I’m decaying, by now I know
Out of your eyes and into the wilderness
you have all my reason and all my forgiveness
Track Name: surely I will stay awake
Two in the morning, my apartment a perfect pitch black, and I bolt upright from a dream. Sweat forming beads of hard ice across my brow. I’m thinking about hell fire. I’m thinking about Pascal, about his concrete proof that wagers I have more to lose should my unbelief be proven a house built on a flawed foundation than if it goes the other way around. Fear of damnation that creeps into my conscious like a thief in the night. Like a returning messiah come back when I am the least prepared. A flash flood of uncertainty and fear. I’m shivering in panic, because I know that I’m a sinner, though I’ve tried to live my life clean. Tried to honor a code, to never willfully cause anyone harm in any way. I think that should be enough, or at least that’s all any of us can ever hope to achieve, but what if I’m wrong? What if a drapery of fire and sulfur falls like acid rain? What if earnest sincerity and the will to leave the world a better place than it was when I was born into it is not enough to keep the flames off of my skin? There’s no light in my room at this hour. Even the windows are blacked out, swallowed by a suffocating darkness. And it’s true that I’m afraid sometimes. And it’s true that guilt and worry gnaw at my ribs like starving rats on a sinking ship. And it’s true that I shake in my sleep, fists clenched, teeth already gnashing, preemptively drawn up in the pugilist’s pose as if to save the Judgment Seat some time. But now look here, I’ve fallen asleep again and woken up to the sun. The literal dawn of a new day, and I can breathe after all. There’s no trace of smoke in my lungs, no taste of brimstone to be detected anywhere in the air, and my eyes are clear, and my hands are flat as a windless lake, peacefully laying at my side.