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Pumpkin Bread

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Maura Shawn Scanlin — fiddle & vocals
Steven Manwaring — mandolin
Conor Hearn — guitar & vocals
Jackson Clawson — piano, accordion, melodica & vocals
Aidan Scrimgeour — piano, accordion & vocals

1. Factor's Row — A jig by the harmonica legend Brendan Power and a reel we composed one rainy day in New Orleans. The melodica is not a toy.
2. Pushes Back — This is a song about an old lady who feels kind of stuck. The old lady might be Aidan.
3. The Brunch Party — We like to eat brunch. We also like to party. Sometimes we try to do everything at once, and this happens.
4. Try To Understand — Aidan wrote this song at 2:30 a.m. as he drifted off to sleep. We finished it on a rocky cliff in York, ME. It is a very hard song.
5. A Nap Tune — Conor brought this to the group one day when everybody needed a nap. It has taken on a Pavlovian effect at this point.
6. Song For A Friend — Our first original song. The moment it came to life for us was when we started singing the fiddle tune like we were from Quebec.
7. Shower Boots / Spacetown — A triumphant tune that Jackson wrote while driving over the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Shower Boots are recommended for some of the less clean showers — the kinds one might encounter in certain apartments in Medford, MA.
8. Shine On Through — Aidan wrote this song on a cold and cloudy winter hike. We finished it together in New Orleans when we needed the sun to come out. It is a mandatory sing along.

credits

released May 21, 2017

All tracks composed and arranged by Pumpkin Bread, except: the jig in “Factor’s Row,” written by Brendan Power.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Sam Margolis, Riverview Sound, Waltham, MA.

Artwork by Kate Clawson, Jackson Clawson, and Maura Shawn Scanlin.
Art direction and design by Jackson Clawson.

Special thanks to Yann Falquet for lending us his artistic guidance and experienced ears.

We would like to thank Chuck Honnet for his unprecedented support, tremendous generosity, and unconditional trust. He kept us motivated (and well-fed), giving us the opportunity to create something we will be proud of for a long time. We could not have done it without you, Chuck.

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Track Name: Pushes Back
She used to dance in summertime with lilies in her hair
But now she doesn’t dance too much at all
There’s something bout those summer days that feels so far away
She wonders if it’s gone forever

She feels each year that passes by fall upon her chest
She pushes back with everything she has
She pushes back with everything she has

She wanders through the city hoping anything will catch
She knows every street oh too well
She looks out at the buildings, how they stretch up towards the sky
But none will ever make it there it seems

She’s on the rooftop singing for nobody to hear
Singing all the songs that have home inside her mind
But she hasn’t thought about the words in years

Some people tend to wander, some choose to settle down
But she’s not sure where she’s headed anymore
Still some days she smells the scent of lilies in the air
And thinks about the days that came before

She feels each year that passes by fall upon her chest
She pushes back with everything she has
She pushes back with everything she has
Track Name: Try to Understand
Won’t you sing me a song for a while, I wanna see you smile, I just wanna see you smile
Won’t you read me the book in your hand, I’ll try to understand, I’ll try to understand, try to understand

Won’t you look in my eyes for a change, I don’t think think its too strange, don’t think that it’s too strange
Won’t you show me the words that you guard, I don’t think its too hard, dont think that it’s too hard, don’t think that it’s too hard

You can spend every day in the shade of a tree
Reaching for only the things you can see
But winter’s a comin’, unfriendly and cold
you‘ll need someone to hold, you’ll need someone to hold, need someone to hold

Don’t you stay in your room for too long, come sing me a song, come sing me a song
Won’t you tell me the tales of your day, i promise it’s okay, i promise it’s okay, promise it’s okay

You can spend every day in the shade of a tree
Reaching for only the things you can see
Winter’s a comin’, unfriendly and cold
You‘ll need someone to hold, you’ll need someone to hold, need someone to hold

And when all that you have fades away, I hope you’ll be okay, I hope you’ll be okay
When you find yourself fading away, I hope you’ll be okay, I hope you’ll be okay, hope you’ll be okay
Track Name: Song for a Friend
I can see you’ve drifted further from the stream where you were floating
And it seemed that you were getting on just fine
You walk and talk and fake a smile, sing some songs for a while
But I can see you’re trapped inside your mind

It was an early summer day when you began to drift away
It was an early summer sky I saw you go with empty eyes

Remember when I saw you last, by the river in the grass
Talking bout the days come and gone
Hours passed and evening came it brought with it a gentle rain
That fell upon the river till the dawn

The rain kept falling all the day washing people’s dreams away
Down the rushing river they did flow
Now leaves are falling to the ground, patiently without a sound
In time they will be covered by the snow

Your hope has found a resting place with a veil to hide it’s face
But seasons change dreams reappear, singing songs that you might hear
If you listen closely for a while

Our songs will send up in the air, notes will scatter everywhere
Our words will fall into the ground, waiting one day to be found

There are things we just can’t see so let’s just let life be
And feel the gentle touch of the breeze
Every wind has a song and some days we’ll sing along
To the voices that rustle in the trees
They whisper everyday if we don’t hear them it’s okay
Cause tomorrow they’ll whisper once again
Tomorrow they’ll whisper once again and we might hear them
Tomorrow they’ll whisper once again
Track Name: Shine on Through
Shine on through, shine on through, cause the rain clouds have parted for you
Won’t you show them your light, shine it happy and bright
Shine on through shine on through shine on through

It’s another rainy day and the storm clouds they get in your way
And you want them to disappear
And go to a place far from here

Shine on through, shine on through, cause the rain clouds have parted for you
Won’t you show them your light, shine it happy and bright
Shine on through shine on through shine on through

And another season begins, and it feels like it never will end
And you look to the clouds up above,
When you’re so far from the ones that you love

Shine on through, shine on through, cause the rain clouds have parted for you
Won’t you show them your light, shine it happy and bright
Shine on through shine on through shine on through

Shine on through, shine on through, cause the rain clouds have parted for you
Won’t you show them your light, shine it happy and bright
Shine on through shine on through shine on through