Dear Starling

by Pumpkin Bread

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1.
Pepitas 03:38
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You wanted me to know that you'd heard my new song You told me that it was clever, I said that you were wrong I thought that we had something special, maybe I was right But I didn’t really care just then, because we got along How'd we get to know each other? What did we each say? I don't know but somehow you and I just started talking everyday But I remember where it started With that silly line So just go ahead sing one of yours, and I'll sing one of mine Remember when we met that friendly winter night You were showing us your songs and I often caught your eye I seemed to know right then and there that you'd be in my life But I didn't really know what that might mean or what it might be like How'd we get to know each other? What did we each say? I don't know but somehow you and I just started talking everyday But I remember where it started With that silly line So just go ahead sing one of yours, and I'll sing one of mine It sure is special meeting you, that's clear as day to me Sure is hard knowing you without knowing what you need What'd we choose to care about, what questions did we ask And how in the hell are we to know when good is good, and when the past is past How'd we get to know each other? What did we each say? I don't know but somehow you and I just started talking everyday But I remember where it started With that silly line So just go ahead sing one of yours, and I'll sing one of mine
3.
Jackie 02:54
Jackie I knew you best In the spring When we had everything we ever wanted Jackie There was a song We used to sing ‘til we knew the words so well we felt them Jackie There were times Back in May When the days would go easily Jackie Do you see the apple blooms Do you remember when the scent Would drift into our room in the spring Jackie We both know The sense of ease will come and go Like the tide, we go out to sea So take my hand once more We can sing just like before As the tide crawls back up the shore
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Did I Ever 03:57
Yesterday you called me To ask me if I ever really loved you And though it was so balmy I felt a chill come over me inside You were at a low point, The kind that makes you question anything (everything) And I knew there’d be no point where I could reassure your worried mind But I said yes, absolutely I’m sorry that’s something you’ve had to question Yes, absolutely Though you’re not someone I casually mention After you called me The world spun, my vision blurred, my heart was pounding I tried to reflect calmly Staring at the ceiling for a while But I said yes, absolutely I’m sorry that’s something you’ve had to question Yes, absolutely Though you’re not someone I casually mention I said yes, absolutely I’m sorry that’s something you’ve had to question
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Bright sunny morning Ooo It seems all the world has aligned Why can’t all mornings be so gentle and kind Bright sunny morning Ooo I move through the hours with ease Thinking how perfect some mornings can be As day stretches on And I’m drenched by the sun The truth I assembled starts coming undone And in desperation I reach for someone Hoping I might find some way to settle and unwind All sunny mornings Must come to an end With a bump in the road or a spike in the wind That leaves me uncertain and blue And that’s when I find myself reaching out for you Reaching out for you
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Paint me a picture; I'll write you a poem Because I know you get restless when you are alone Though the snow covers leaves, in the spring they remain And you paint them with yellows and reds Sometimes I can’t tell if they’re leaves or they’re flames I’m so far away that it all looks the same But when the chilly burnt breeze arrives in the fall I can still smell the leaves in your hair And I was talking about you tonight Brought back memories of time spent together And it’s only takes one night alone to find You resting In the corner of my mind Of my mind When the evening got cold we would hurry indoors And fill up the kettle from the tiny thrift store Our hands they were cold but our faces grew warm And we’d sit there talking for hours I was talking about you tonight Brought back memories of time spent together And it only takes one night alone to find You resting In the corner of my mind Of my mind
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Moments 03:35
He spends his days walking back and forth along these narrow streets Passing by old houses, lazy storefronts, and the sleepy solemn sea The years move by quickly and he's feeling it again Thinking of where he might’ve gone, who he might have been Caught in restless wandering as moments keep on tumbling away Always disappearing, like the glisten of the light upon the waves The ships are rocking back and forth above the choppy sea It all looks bare and empty like the branches on some winter maple tree The tide’s rolling in Come morning, it will go back out again Go back out again It’s another grey December day, he feels the bite of early winter’s snow In his mind a stroll along the coast, many years ago With the salty breeze, a gentle tune drifts into his head Thinks of the dusty fiddle case and pulls it out from beneath his bed And the tide’s rolling in Come morning, it will go back out again Go back out again There are moments of joy and concentration Where he becomes a god singing to the world He becomes a god singing to the world
12.
Settle Down 03:17

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released March 8, 2019

Aidan Scrimgeour: piano, accordion & vocals
Conor Hearn: guitar & vocals
Jackson Clawson: piano, accordion, organ & vocals
Maura Shawn Scanlin: fiddle & vocals
Steven Manwaring: mandolin & guitar (track 5)

Additional musicians:
Nate Sabat: bass (tracks 2, 3, 5 & 8)
Sean Trischka: drums & percussion (tracks 2, 3, 7 & 8)

Produced by Courtney Hartman
Recorded and mixed by Dan Cardinal at Dimension Sound Studios, Boston MA
Mastered by Dave Sinko

Cover artwork by Laura Baisden
Album design by Loren Witcher
Photography by Louise Bichan
Generously supported by Nine Athens Music

Special thanks to Jim Hearn, Teri Behm, Xanthi Scrimgeour, Christine Scrimgeour, Michael Cafiso, J.D. Scrimgeour, Charlie Baker, Jennie Sadler, Roger and Cathy Manwaring, Tom Lockard, Tim & Maureen Scanlin, and Margie Pertchik for making this project possible.

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Pumpkin Bread Boston, Massachusetts

Pumpkin Bread, a folk quintet based in Boston, MA, plays original acoustic music that blends influences from traditional folk songs and fiddle tunes with modern sensibilities and intricate arrangements.

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Maura Scanlin
Conor Hearn
Steven Manwaring
Aidan Scrimgeour
Jackson Clawson
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