California Memory

by The Douglas Fir

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released September 16, 2016

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The Douglas Fir San Francisco, California

The Douglas Fir's new album "California Memory" was mixed by Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Pete Yorn, Sunny Day Real Estate). The band's moody-pop songs have garnered praise in Magnet Magazine, Village Voice, Boston Globe, The Big Takeover, and the band has shared the stage with Metric, Pinback, Rob Dickinson (Catherine Wheel), Pernice Brothers, The Church, Grant Lee Phillips, The Wrens and many more. ... more

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Track Name: Brand New Dress
Brand New Dress - The Douglas Fir

Fake your way to the front of the line
And forget about all those friends that you have left behind
Break away from this fate you’ve self-designed
Arguing with you makes me feel like I’m alive
Buy yourself a brand new dress
Buy yourself a new old coat
Buy yourself a brand new dress
That’s something that you’ll never outgrow
Complicate the simplest day of the week
You’re a dramatized dress rehearsal of the future bleak
Day of wine, lullaby yourself to sleep
I misinterpret everything that you repeat
Buy yourself a brand new dress
Buy yourself a new old coat
Buy yourself a brand new dress
That’s something that you’ll never outgrow
I said please, don’t you ever outgrow
Unlike me, yea you’ll never outgrow
Track Name: California Memory
California Memory - The Douglas Fir

On the first that she arrived in town they all started staring
Black raven’s hair that looked like licorice was what she was wearing
And with a fist full of fright and a temper electric
She candlelit up the room and commanded all our attention
A California memory is all that you will ever be
Someday you’ll fall into the sea in California, memory...
With her bags unpacked she settled down near Lake Silver
And all the copycat kids strayed right to her
And with a soundtrack out of time the silent movie moved her
This town grew cold, she had a frostbitten sunburn to prove it
Your California memory is all that you’ll have left of me
And someday you’ll come back you see,
In California, a memory
Track Name: How Soon Should I Let You Go
How Soon Should I Let You Go - The Douglas Fir

How soon should I let you go?
Get yourself together my friend
Get yourself together again my friend
This time you ought to know
Don’t disguise your disappearance again
Don’t disguise your disappearance again my friend
This time you ought to show
How soon should I let you go?
You’ve lost your composure again
You’ve lost your composure again my friend
This time you should have known
Like a Polaroid you fade in the end
Too much overexposure again my friend
This time it’s going to show
The truth you’ve been seeking
The lies you’ve been told
The life you’ve been leading
With eyes halfway closed
The truth is deceiving
Come in from the cold
Entangled forever, together alone
Track Name: Daylight
Daylight - The Douglas Fir

Everyone gets laid off in daylight
Everyone gets laid off in sunshine
With the view unseen I’ll remain close
But her continental lash left me feeling lachrymose
Everyone gets laid off in sunshine
Everyone gets laid off in daytime
In the view I see you’re overexposed
Afraid of what you might see now that things are juxtaposed
You’re using me with my eyes unclosed
She said “I just want to sleep alone, although I’m alone”
If you could complete me our life’s lie would be grandiose
And I would be completely overwhelmed but we both know
Stop using me with my eyes unclosed
She said “I just want to sleep alone, although I’m alone”
Track Name: I Know That You Don't
I Know That You Don't - The Douglas Fir

When you go back over everything
Don’t you know that I never meant those things
Was it too much, too soon, did we rush in?
Right before my eyes you are vanishing
We met last summer, after years of trainspotting
I felt like I’d known you forever, and a century
Long days together, bound tight, joined inseparably
We star in our own silent film, no need to say anything
I know that you don’t miss me now
I know that you don’t
In winter’s arms you tremble with anxiety
And forget last summer as the cold creeps in quietly
With glycerin tears I look away and apologize
And watch my honor escape on the wind that blows through terrified
Track Name: Excuse Me
Excuse Me - The Douglas Fir

She never owned a phone
The television broken
Her record player skipped
The needle danced across her favorite b-sides and singles
A flat tire on her bicycle built for two
Days she complained and filed this formal complaint
Excuse me I don’t hear a word that you say
Your voice drowns all sound
Can you whisper, I’m afraid?
She never flew alone
She was afraid of heights when solo
Current whereabouts unknown
They lost the trace the lead went cold
Somewhere over Tokyo
Or maybe on the Continental Divide
By all your lies, subtract the truth, then multiply
Excuse me I don’t hear a word that you say
Your voice drowns all sound
Can you whisper, I’m afraid...
And if I run away please don’t give chase or say anything
And like John Cusack said, I won’t “say anything”
Toulouse you lose at the Moulin Rouge
Hide your drink inside your cane
You bid farewell to the old fool
As the watercolors wash away
Track Name: Lucy
Lucy - The Douglas Fir

Lucy come quickly, someone’s on the phone
It’s America, she’s hysterical
Isolated, my forgotten home
We fight in full collide
And sight unseen, I follow
We fight and forget why
And where we’ve been, I don’t know
If you lose me you will soon see
That I was never one to roam
We’re caught in a tailspin
A backwards Cheshire grin
Forget the money, let’s call it a loan
We fight in full collide
And sight unseen, I follow
We fight and forget why
And where you’ve been, I don’t know
I give you everything that you want
I give you everything that you need
I give you everything that you want from me
Track Name: In Case of Emergency
In Case of Emergency - The Douglas Fir

Sometimes I fear fright
When you yell I run away
With wings clipped I still take flight
With hands tied I still escape
In case of emergency
In case I emerge and see
What we’ve become no longer suits me
In case of emergency
Track Name: At the Moment I'm Torn
At the Moment I'm Torn - The Douglas Fir

At the moment I’m torn
My tongue grows tired from asking too much
At the moment I’m torn
And when you run, I don’t follow with heart
Wipe the drive, a bulk erase of the heart
All evidence of you and I is now considered lost
On that day when you leave
My heart grows tired from asking too proud
On that day you deceive
And when you run, I won’t follow with heart
Left of the dial, I tuned in right from the start
Your Midwest smile, it always missed the mark
And with the rain you lose your way
And if the rain should lose its way, oh so slowly...
Track Name: Alamo Square Hill
Alamo Square Hill - The Douglas Fir

When the day winds down
And night falls on Fillmore and Grove
As dusk drowns sound
You climb the hill to that place where you go
Alamo Square Hill
All alone
Whispered secrets from cypress trees
The sound of shadows echo in your favorite place
San Francisco she sleeps below
I miss that freckle on your face
Alamo Square Hill
All alone