Whaling Wails

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Recorded in a garage over the course of one weekend; this album tells the abstract tale of a small fishing town who's waters become hunting grounds for a mythical whale, and the young man who sets out to destroy the beast.

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released January 12, 2010

Songs written by Philip Hirzel.

All instrumentation by Philip Hirzel and Zach Schroeder

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Wailing Whales Cleveland, Ohio

From the depths the Wailing Whales arise. A folksy rock group with grooving lo-fi inclinations and conceptual lyrics, we ramble and rock and get you on your feet.

Indie folk-rock with true grit.

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Track Name: Open
There's a town
Along the shore
It's a run down mess
It's a god damn bore
And it's full of people
Who hate this town
If you asked them all
They'd love to burn it down
But it's their home
And while the old complain
about the young
They don't catch the last train outta here

And there's a man
living in this town
he's handsome smart and strong
he can't be brought down
and he tells the town
he's going out to sea
to hunt the whale
he's doing it for you and me
and so we held
a big parade
to see him go
until his boat fade

out of sight
out of heart
out of soul
god rest his soul

and as our hero sails
away from us
we'll hold this town
we'll do what we must
its an open book
Track Name: Even God is Leaving This Planet
Well man went walking down the path
Decided which road he had to take
On one side, there was God and Lord
and the other, was man's brain

Mankind, down the path
Looking forward, looking left
Never look right, never look back, you don't

Well God said, come on guys, this way
but man, he said, oh maybe not today
And God said, well who am I to judge?

Man looked back, he looked left
And then took the right way for sure

And then comes down, the choir of angels
Reminding us how we used to live
But now it seems we left the way
for sin and we've all swayed
Oh Lord

Man said I'll just stay here where I'm at
I'll let the eagles, show me where I can go

But then came a light shining down
And the man in the front said look out, we're getting out of this town
Track Name: Alcohol
alcohol
alcohol

I wake up almost every morning
the sun is always bright and I feel like it's scorning
me or at least something I had done
the night before when I was into some heavy drinking
well can you blame me? it's life and I've been thinking
it's too short, but yet it's too long
so I look around there's some girl lying next to me
she's passed out gone, and my vision must be hazy
cause she's not nearly as pretty as she was the night before

so I sneak out of the backroom window
make my down town then uh oh
well I forgot my wallet

al-al-al-al-alcohol
al-al-al-al-alcohol
if its so good why does it keep screwing up my life?
al-al-al-al-alcohol
al-al-al-al-alcohol
there seems to be nothing that can stop my strife

well I've been seeing things lately!
I think that black wolf is gonna carry me away!
but I keep on drinking!
well I know these bottles are gonna put me away!

so sneak attack, the tiger is back
he's not holding out, he's cutting no slack
it's a party, and it's gonna kill him
and he wakes up every single morning
and the sun always feels like it must be scorning
something that he has done

and I think, I just might
try to start a fight
Track Name: Insomnia
I'm awake
Through majority of every body else's sleep
Even though your ships at port
You're out swimming in the deep

Take your pills
And let yourself slip into the dark

While I am the one and only lark

Insomnia
It's keeping me awake
Insomnia
I want to close my eyes for heaven's sake
Insomnia
Insomnia

And the cries of the children
Can only get quieter
While the snores
They keep getting louder
And in the quiet of the moon
You couldn't
You couldn't come to soon
Don't worry I'll never scorn
I”ll be with you till the morn

While the birds
They may sing softly in the day
But at night
It's as quieter than they say
Dark things dance
And the monsters they put me in a trance
And they sing
God awful lullabies
And my only friends
Are the shadows that move and sway

Insomnia
It's keeping me awake
Insomnia
I want to close my eyes for heaven's sake
Insomnia
Insomnia

And the cries of the children
Can only get quieter
While the snores
They keep getting louder
And in the quiet of the moon
You couldn't
You couldn't come to soon
Don't worry I'll never scorn
I”ll be with you till the morn
Track Name: Carry Me Away
If you carry me away
What the hell are you gonna say
When you're standing face to face
Left with out a single trace
And if you catch the last train
Make sure to have me do the same
We all eat different cakes
Then compare our belly aches
They're going to try to put us down
Turn our puppy smiles into frowns
Well we all can't fight the man
When we're not in the plan
These facts are crazed and depleted
And no one here's even needed
'Throw them in the fire' the man said
And next thing we were dead

--

Hey! If I were to go to the moon

Would that be to soon?
Cause it's cold out there in space
But at least the moon only has one face
And the ice on the south pole
Doesn't seem to freeze at all
Well my heart's just thawing out
And my mind doesn't have a doubt

And I feel
I feel my beliefs
Ripped and torn
Scattered amongst all the atmosphere
And you
you carried me away
threw me out to breath in
the wastes you're breathing out
and there's nothing
and there's no one
and we're not going anywhere anymore
and when we reach it
we'll teach it
no one will make these mistakes anymore
Track Name: This Town, It Waits (Burn it to the Ground)
this town it waits
for someone to make
one small mistake, then it eats them up
one giant gulp
then you're really outta luck
alone down the manhole
and I'm tired of these crowds
and these white clouds
these skies no longer seem so blue
but you know who does?
everyone
at least all of those that I've seen

and I can't wait, to burn it down
when this town's burnt, it won't be found
and I've been dreaming of this day for so long

and the moths they wait
for some tender bait
they beat their wings, and they beat down the air
but it wasn't fair
the county fair was closed, no one could pay the fare
to cross the river on on a ferry boat
well then why did they build this moat?

and I can't wait, to burn it down
when this town's burnt, it won't be found
and I've been dreaming of this day for so long
and I can't wait, to burn it down
when this town's burnt, it will be underground
and I've been dreaming of this day for so long

and they take up all the air
hey well that's not fair
but nobody seems to care
well I think I'll take the stairs
and with all this talk they rise
higher up into the skies
while the dogs run wild on the ground
it's good cause they don't belong in the pound

and I can't wait, to burn it down
when this town's burnt, it won't be found
and I've been dreaming of this day for so long
and I can't wait, to burn it down
when this town's burnt, it will be underground
and I've been dreaming of this day for so long
Track Name: Soft Cries of Her Child
Sighing she speaks so softly
To the neighbors in the morn
They ask and she replies
Twenty years since he was born
But to his dear mother
He is still but a babe
And now he's out there on the sea
To save this town from misery

And as his poor dear mother
Every night when she goes to bed
She still hears that baby crying
Its so clear there in her head
And every single morning
She looks out to the sea
But she doesn't see anything
Her sons gone to save you and me

And every night in her dreams
she hears the soft cries of her child
and every day when she wakes
She hears them yet again
'my babies gone to his death, of this i am sure'
she says to herself more and more

and as the waters calmly
come in and out in tide
the ocean has it's own laws
of which man has to abide
it will help you or break you
but that you cannot decide
when you're out on the ocean
it is the judge and you are tried

Curled up next to the fire
The boys mother she sits alone
while her son was once a child
now he is grown
And while most grown boys run off
they usually come back home
but for her son she knows
that now there is none

And every night in her dreams
she hears the soft cries of her child
and every day when she wakes
She hears them yet again
'my babies gone to his death, of this i am sure'
she says to herself more and more

While the town worships and may praise him
and this of course makes her proud
she cannot help but look out
but only see the clouds
but to herself she thinks
maybe just one more day
and she cries again for she knows
there is no other way
Track Name: Homemade World
o!, I can't believe the looks on their faces
when they finally saw relief
o!, half the people were so excited
while the other half were at peace
o! that's only cause they finally saw the light
and the half gave up the fight

have you found your heart
I seem to have lost mine
In some other space and time
Maybe we were just pulling
on it a little bit to hard
well God just left his calling card
and said 'so long children
I'm giving myself a break'
I kinda always knew he was a fake

so you implode, and I'll explode
and together we'll make perfect harmony
put together mountains and fill in seas
then we'll add life, add the birds and bees
lie in the grass watch time pass
from young to old in the heat and cold
leave this feeling out in the snow
we'll never know, we'll never know
the water and the dirt and the wind blows your skirt
as you dance around our new world
sing along, but not to this song
it's a big wild world and somethings bound to go wrong
just point it out, and then wait and see
and when God comes back then we'll just flee
so you implode and I'll explode
and together we'll make perfect harmony

and for the first time we'll
build it for what it's worth
and for the first time we'll
learn what it's like not to fall
even though we came up short
even though we stood to tall
it was beautiful
cause even with the slightest brush of your nose
it sends a shock to my toes
it was beautiful
I promise I will wipe the tears from your face
I promise I will not fall from grace
anymore
anymore, no

so you implode, and I'll explode
and together we'll make perfect harmony
put together mountains and fill in seas
then we'll add life, add the birds and bees
lie in the grass watch time pass
from young to old in the heat and cold
leave this feeling out in the snow
we'll never know, we'll never know
the water and the dirt and the wind blows your skirt
as you dance around our new world
sing along, but not to this song
it's a big wild world and somethings bound to go wrong
just point it out, and then wait and see
and when God comes back then we'll just flee
so you implode and I'll explode
and together we'll make perfect harmony
Track Name: Pretty Face, Ugly Mind
You have a pretty face
but and ugly mind
and to be quite honest
I don't want to waste my time
Cause time moves so fast
but life's so short
in the long run
It's not worth a dime
No it's not worth a dime

drifting by in the plane
Well if it's just the same to you
I'll just step out for a bit
let the cool breeze clear my brain
you were so into yourself
that you forgot yourself
and now you're getting jealous of you
and with clear blue skies
God fills us with little white lies
but I guess it's about time
But time made a fool of you
and now you don't know what to do with yourself
just lay down too

were you were done, done, done?
Well so am I, so am I
And when it blew, blew, blew
Did you think the Lord thought highly of you?
well same for me too

Well you have a pretty face but and ugly mind
and now it's time to wipe yourself clean
wipe yourself clean

And for a second, we thought that we could blame them
We thought that we could blame them
but the blame's all on us
Track Name: Sleeping in Angels' Beds
I keep calling
But you don't ever answer
I call, but you make all the calls
Well my soul's getting tired
Better head off to bed
We're sleeping in angel's beds now

And I find that the deepest desires
Usually go unfulfilled
Is that why they're so deep? if so may we weep
For the millions that have gone silently before

Sleeping in the angels' beds
Well the world shouted my name
But I wasn't there
no I'm without a care
may this world forget about me
Well when I looked in your eyes
All I saw were porcelain skies

and this girl that I once called my lover
I think she's moving away
well that's ok I can't really blame her
there's nothing going on here anyway

but all these bastards and beggars who try to
bring me down and take all I have
well I'm just sleeping in an angel's bed
and they can just get out of my head

Well the doctor lost his pride now
Think he left it inside me
Along with a pair of scissors and a new heart
But it's not quite cutting it
These scissors do more damage than good
and I can't even feel it beat

Sleeping in the angels' beds
Well the world shouted my name
But I wasn't there
no I'm without a care
may this world forget about me
Well when I looked in your eyes
All I saw were porcelain skies

Cause when you sleep in Angels' beds
It doesn't mean you wear the halo
And when you rest your weary head
It doesn't mean you're an angel

and now I could cry
but I might unexpectedly die
and then who would be at the blame?
so I carry on with this torn up heart
and I know that I can't be a part
of anything

Sleeping in the angels' beds
Well the world shouted my name
But I wasn't there
no I'm without a care
may this world forget about me
Well when I looked in your eyes
All I saw were porcelain skies
Track Name: Cornerstone of History
I cannot cry
And I will go
Where the water will flow
Your shaken ships, those broken hips
These tender lips

I flee to the sea
it beckons me
I set my sails
and thus starts my tale
and eventually, hopefully
I find that beast, that renegade whale

And the wind it howls over me
Filling my soul and these sails
and the millions who are marching down the street to see me go
Where to they ask?
Well I don't even really know
I'm just a corner stone of history

Weeks have passed
let me tell you son
sailing is hard, when your crew is but one
but you keep pressing on
even when things get thin
this ocean's a home
and she's taking me in

And while this is that
And to each their own
I'm sure hunting down whales never seemed
So alone

And the wind it howls over me
Filling my soul and these sails
and the millions who are marching down the street to see me go
Where to they ask?
Well I don't even really know
I'm just a corner stone of history

then one night that beast
took my boat
rocked and tossed it, but it kept a float
through most the night
but when it was day
I saw that my boat had been taken away
I was left out in the water
no one was around
I cried and I shouted
but I couldn't heart a sound
and as I watched that whale go, I felt so old
I realized it was so stupid to be so bold

and I let go and sank deep
deep into the sea
let go of my life, and let the water fill me

and the fish they swam around
and the water fill my soul and lungs
and the millions who ran as this town burned down
won't ever even hear this song
no they won't ever hear this song
I'm just a sinking part of history
Track Name: Shipwreck
you were just going
you were going too fast
and the wind it was blowing
like time, was blowing past
but you never stopped running
and for that you are blessed
and while in the morning
your mother you did kiss

we should have shouted
those rocks were coming near
but while the ship it shuddered
in our dreams there was no fear
but when we awoke
I could have swore I was still asleep
And when your ship it broke
We truly in the deep

but you kept on running
you kept on
way ahead of us
we should have known that you were gone