Houses

by Pet Lions

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    Two years after Soft Right, Pet Lions returns with their debut full-length Houses (release date May 10, 2011), bringing warmth, depth, and maturity to the punchy pop of their debut EP. Produced by Neil Strauch (Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, Iron and Wine, Bonnie “Prince” Billy), Houses shows Pet Lions moving from home to home, sharing auditory real estate with power-pop mainstays Phoenix, art stars Deerhunter and Sonic Youth, and synth nostalgists Tears For Fears and OMD. With Houses, Pet Lions has channeled regret, desire, and hope into a noisy yet melodic whole – for the first time, they feel right at home.

    Tracklist:
    1. The English Room
    2. When I Grow Old
    3. Slow Wave
    4. Mexican Cigarettes
    5. Sleeping
    6. Comeback
    7. To the Coast
    8. Trinidad
    9. Southern Arms
    10. Thieves

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Two years after Soft Right, Pet Lions returns with their debut full-length Houses (release date May 10, 2011), bringing warmth, depth, and maturity to the punchy pop of their debut EP. Produced by Neil Strauch (Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, Iron and Wine, Bonnie “Prince” Billy), Houses shows Pet Lions moving from home to home, sharing auditory real estate with power-pop mainstays Phoenix, art stars Deerhunter and Sonic Youth, and synth nostalgists Tears For Fears and OMD. With Houses, Pet Lions has channeled regret, desire, and hope into a noisy yet melodic whole – for the first time, they feel right at home.

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released May 10, 2011

All songs written by Pet Lions. Produced, recorded, and mixed by Neil Strauch at Engine Studios in Chicago, IL. Mastered by John Golden. Cover photo by James P. Morse.

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Track Name: The English Room
The English Room is much like an old house
Couldn't forget your scent if I tried to
A simple tavern nestled in a slow town
I'm sure I've thought of you more than you've thought of me
The Monday clientele is quite substantial
I'd like to have you if I could somehow
Upstairs is quiet, there's less than a handful
But what is love if I can't be with you now

Must you leave oh so soon

Bartender broke his neck but he walks now
Your gentle snoring feels reassuring
The type of bar with a shower in the bathroom
Some things I'd tell you but I'll wait till you leave
They're playing darts, but we don't pay attention
Seems like we're moving in different directions
It's getting late and I wish we had more time
But what is love if I can't be with you now

Must you leave oh so soon
Track Name: When I Grow Old
When I grow old I'll still belong
I'll still belong here
When I grow old I'll still belong
I'll be waiting for you here
Drank all night with a stranger
But I found all you left me back home
Felt my temperature rising and
I just want you to call me

When I grow old I'll still belong
I'll still belong here
But you let go, you still belong
I've been waiting for you here
Drank all night with a stranger
But I found all you left me back home
Felt my temperature rising and
I just want you to call

Take me with you

You never left my mind
Since the day you were gone
You broke your mother's heart when they found you at dawn
You never left my mind
Since the day you were gone
You broke your mother's heart as you laid in the lawn

When I grow old I'll still belong
I'll still belong here
But you let go, you still belong
We'll be waiting for you here
Drank all night with a stranger
But I found all you left me back home
Felt my temperature rising and
I just want you to call

Take me with you
Track Name: Slow Wave
Ran out of time
About an hour ago
I hardly tried
I'll never leave it alone
Fourth of July
Aquatic as you could hope
In our attire
Another season to go

I've always wanted you
More than anything

And you laugh
Every time
When you say
You'll be mine

Drank all the wine
And stayed at your parents' home
Your hand in mine
Before we're sleeping alone
I've spent some time
I've spent some time on my own
And we'll both find
And we'll both find it so slow

I've always wanted you
More than anything

And you laugh
Every time
When you say
You'll be mine
Track Name: Mexican Cigarettes
Dressed up for you in my navy jacket
Heart full of shells and mind made of coast lines
You were so perfect in your sunglasses
With every hour we felt a long time

You could be mine

I fell asleep that night with a new love
I spent the next three weeks in a cold light
Until the next time I feel the same rush
The thought of you keeps me in a dark mind

Drove from Texas for Mexican cigarettes
Hold me closely, hold me closely

You could be mine
Track Name: Sleeping
So conversation's somewhat sparse and disconnected
But I'm glad we had this brief exchange so unexpected
I'd like to stick around and try what you've suggested
Why don't we take a trip and find a new perspective

The ocean between us
Makes it hard to feel your warmth enough

So maybe I've been unassertive or misleading
But I think I might know what you and I've been needing
I've imagined coming home at night to find you sleeping
My daydreams float around the thought of our next meeting

The ocean between us
Makes it hard to feel your warmth enough
Track Name: Comeback
I'll call off the wolves
If you crawl back in pieces
Every sign of progress
Leaves me still defeated

There's no comeback

Everybody talks
Everybody's leaving
Stayed inside for hours
Staring at the ceiling

There's no comeback
Dance around with me

Kiss me in the park
Kiss me like you mean it
All across your bedroom
Leaving your apartment

There's no comeback
Dance around with me
Nobody has to see us
Systematically
I will let you down
Track Name: To the Coast
Still frozen forty walls is a home
We'll run through the woods like fake animals
Hydrosis at this time of the year
Won't bring your dark brown eyes over here
East wing like a spy in your estate
Medieval cartography on display
Let go I can wait for you in the hall
Don't care tell me everything you want

Follow me to the coast
I've only been there once before

Front door left open like a ghost
Frontiers we filmed on home video
Upstairs in the bedroom where we grew old
Downstairs in a colorless studio
Back there for you these red cigarettes
Two left with your old Stiv Bators cassettes
Don't go there's so much I still haven't said
Still no do you miss me more I don't know

Follow me to the coast
I've only been there once before
Follow me to the coast
This time we'll stay for months and more
Track Name: Trinidad
Stay home safely
Symptomatic of aristocrats
By the time you reach thirty-three
Condescending in the heartland
Please come quickly
You've already got the upper hand
Lemonade iced-tea
Bringing back your southern contraband

Listening to the same songs
When I was in the backseat staring at cars from another
And the only thing that I can remember
Is that anybody's face would do

Essex Elementary
I found a picture that your brother had
Franklin Road Academy
From your vacation back to Trinidad
Expectation is a luxury
A luxury you never had
Do you want anything to do with me
Or could you meet me at the newsstand

Listening to the same songs
When I was in the backseat staring at cars from another
And the only thing that I can remember
Is that anybody's face would do

We could pick a Saturday
And I could meet your sister too

Life is easy
If you never go to summer camp
If you watch enough TV
It'll make you wish you never had

Listening to the same songs
When I was in the backseat staring at cars from another
And the only thing that I can remember
Is that anybody's face would do
Listening to the same songs
When I was in the backseat thinking of you

We could pick a Saturday
And I could meet your sister too
Track Name: Southern Arms
And from your bedroom door
Saw the cathedral, saw holy wars
Across the golden grass
So far from heaven, far from the past

Run if they let us
My Carolina

And from the ocean side
Somebody saw the fear in your eyes
If I could hold you now
Don't make a noise here, don't make a sound

Run if they let us
My Carolina

All along you found your charms
In southern girls with southern arms
All in all you found yourself in bloom
Track Name: Thieves
Everything should be perfect
Everything should be perfect
All your heavy sunlight
Skews my time line
Kiss me with your bitter lipstick
Kiss me with your bitter lipstick
Keep a hand on my phone
On my way home

Every time I wake up at your place
I can't help thinking 'bout
How much longer I'll make it this way
Tell me to stay
Maybe we could start it over
Maybe we could start it over

Maybe we could start it over
Maybe we could start it over
When I come back next time
Damen Blue Line
Wait until I'm feeling sober
Wait until I'm feeling sober
And I'll stay up all night
Changing my mind

Every time I wake up at your place
I can't help thinking 'bout
How much longer I'll make it this way
Tell me to stay
Stay

On a boat
For the weekend
Saw a fight
Big city living
In the car
In the guestroom
Up all night
I can't forget you
I can't forget you