Sing the Rest

by The Sunshine Patriots

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The Sunshine Patriots are:
George González: guitar, voice, banjo, harmonica
Clara McMichael: harp, voice, piano, cello
Cameron Stedman: clarinet, voice, melodica, dulcimer
Martin Pitt: mandolin, voice

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released August 15, 2013

All songs written by The Sunshine Patriots, except "Chinese Translation" by Matt Ward.

Produced by Brendan Smith and The Sunshine Patriots.

Recorded July 29th and 30th in the living room of Brendan Smith.

Recorded and mixed by Brendan Smith.

Distributed by Native Samurai Records.

Photo by George González.

The Sunshine Patriots would like to thank:
Brendan Smith and his family, Richard Brinkerhoff, Cole Holland, Daniel Wend and Barbara McMichael, Lillian González, and the Art Commision of Normandy Park.

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The Sunshine Patriots Seattle, Washington

The Sunshine Patriots is a group composed of four musicians with very different influences, very different instruments, and very different personalities who play folk music together.

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Track Name: Fruit Bats
The ice caps melt and drown the polar bears,
And because they’re cute and furry people care,
And there are fruit bats flying around dispersing seeds,
And we’re taking away the habitat they need to live

Take some time to review your memories,
Don’t let them become what you want to see,
Leave the constellations mixed up there in the stars,
Let the charismatic vultures park their cars on the street

When disappointment creeps in through your door,
And people line up in a random order,
You took your things but left the old suitcase,
I've heard it really only takes one face with a smile

When you’re not pulling triggers but you’re pulling all the strings,
When your head is full of hearts and you can’t sing,
When you’ve been replaced by your strange disheveled twin,
Find the person you need to be with to breathe
Track Name: August, North & South
Since I met you I can’t sleep at night,
Now I’ve left town and I can’t change my mind,
I know you think it’s crazy but otherwise,
All I do is run around in circles

Chorus:
And if this is a rat race,
I just want to break out,
If there’s no finish line,
How do I quench all my doubt?
I know you think it’s crazy,
But my blind ambition’s,
Finally wearing me down,
It’s finally wearing me down

Work at my summer job spilling over through the year,
It’s just the face they see that’s kept me here,
And I thought the problem was that I couldn’t fall in love but it turns out,
That this was just too small-town

Chorus

Now I can’t wait for the year to be over,
And now I can’t look at everyone else the same way,
The summer is the same temperature it was in the winter,
And you’re going backwards

No destination I’m finally changing my mind,
You’re so invasive that I can’t find the time,
And I try to stop what I’ve started,
A dangerous experiment,
Why do I feel so fine?

Chorus
Track Name: Chinese Translation
I sailed a wild, wild sea,
Climbed up a tall, tall mountain,
I met a old, old man,
He sat beneath a sapling tree,
He said now if you got some questions,
Go and lay them at my feet,
But my time here is brief,
So you'll have to pick just three

And I said,
What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart?
And how can a man like me remain in the light?
And if life is really as short as they say then why is the night so long?
And then the sun went down and he sang for me this song

He said I once was a young fool like you,
Afraid to do the things that I knew I had to do,
So I played an escapade just like you,
I played an escapade just like you

I sailed a wild, wild sea,
Climbed up a tall, tall mountain,
I met an old, old man,
Beneath a weeping willow tree,
He said now if you got some questions,
Go and lay them at my feet,
But my time here is brief,
So you'll have to pick just three

And I said,
What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart?
and how can a man like me remain in the light?
and if life is really as short as they say then why is the night so long?
and then the sun went down and he played for me this song
Track Name: Why I've Never Had a Birthday Party
I sit on my porch and look to the sky,
Full of sparrows and warblers all passing me by,
There are mountains at my fingers, green grass at my toes,
And a sea full of flowers that die and then grow

I go back inside and what do I see?
But my family with presents all waiting for me,
A surprise I’d imagine, but I’m not all too thrilled,
There’s a sea full of presents, all run of the mill

I’ll tell you my brother, there’s one thing I know,
That all this bright paper is all just for show,
It’s something I’ve taken from dusk until dawn,
That you need to know when to move on,
If a gift's just that simple, and if a gift’s only free,
You’ve got to get what you’ve been given, and it’s all the same to me

I look back behind me and gaze to the outside,
Whose beauty and majesty have nothing to hide,
But I imagine my party, with the presents so lame,
Hold similar beauty; they’re one in the same

I’ll tell you my brother, there’s one thing I know,
That all this bright paper is all just for show,
I’ve thought on it some more from day until night,
And I know what I’ve seen is the light,
If a gift's just that simple, and if a gift’s only free,
You’ve got to get what you’ve been given, and it’s all the same to me

I see people striving for more,
The public eye contorting all,
I long for a more primal beauty,
But if we don’t understand that we’ll fall, fall, fall

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight

When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right

I’ll tell you my family, there’s a lot that I know,
But all your bright paper is surely for show,
You all must look forward to that one special day,
Where you throw all your troubles away,
And your gift may be simple, and your gift may be free,
You’ve gotta take what you’ve been given,
Or else, my friend you’re surely missin’,
That one feeling we call livin’,
And it’s all the same to me
Track Name: Stay in the Shade
I'm headed northwest with some fair-weather friends,
So here is my last will lest you forget

Read what you know,
Write what you don't,
And sing the rest

Stay in the shade, darling, stay in the shade,
Just as the sound of the marching men fade,
Won't you stay in the shade?

Consider young Icarus and his waning hubris,
His beating heart beats no more

And a prophet named Jonah, well he stretched in the heat,
The vine that provided now lay in defeat

Stay in the shade, darling, stay in the shade,
One day in St. Peter's voice we'll wade,
Won't you stay in the shade?

Read what you know,
Write what you don't,
And sing the rest