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about

This was a labor of love.

Production on this record started the day the GLOW Ep was released in 2009. To finally see it released is a huge relief for me, as it was plagued with re-tracking, song cuts and logistical nightmares.

This album tells a story. You can enjoy the songs individually but we recommend listening to the record as a whole from start to finish to get the full effect. (Plus, there are a few hidden surprises if you buy the whole thing) It will mean something different to each of you, and we welcome your interpretations. Send your thoughts to hi@curiousquail.com

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If you're listening to this, thank you. If you purchase this, THANK YOU. We did it ourselves. There is no label. There is no support mechanism other than our loved ones, friends and family.

Curious Quail is:

Mike Shirley-Donnelly
Joey Guthrie
Alan Chen
Erin Keely
Abe Myers

Also - Check our YouTube channel for all manner of fun things:
www.youtube.com/user/CuriousQuail/videos
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released June 30, 2012

> PRODUCTION NOTES

MIKE SHIRLEY-DONNELLY - Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Programming, Orchestral Arrangements
SEAN NOLEN - Guitar, Vocals - (1,2,3,4,6,7,9)
JOEY GUTHRIE - Drums, Vocals - (4,7,10)
ALAN CHEN - Violin, Vocals - (2,3,6,7,9)
MARCEL MENDOZA - Vocals - (4,5,6,7)
ERIN KEELY - Vocals - (2,6,9)
MAGDALENA TRENKNER - Vocals - (3)
NICHOLE GARBER - Vocals - (10)
JESSICA SHIRLEY-DONNELLY - Cameras - (9)

~- SONGS WRITTEN, ARRANGED and PRODUCED
~- BY MIKE SHIRLEY-DONNELLY

>Recorded at CASA SHIRLEY-DONNELLY, BIRD IN WILLOW STUDIOS, and MENDOZA'S CLOSET in San Jose,
California.

Engineers: MIKE SHIRLEY-DONNELLY, STEVE GARBER, and
SPENCER WEST.

Assistant Producers: SEAN NOLEN, ALAN CHEN, MARCEL MENDOZA, JOEY GUTHRIE, and GREGORY KEENEY

Mastering: AARON HELLAM, CASTLE ULTIMATE STUDIOS in Oakland California

Polaroids by JRSDPhotography
www.jrsdphotography.com

Huge special thanks to BORIS BURTON and JEREMY ZIMMER

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Track Name: Once in a While
Tell me this year's right
Tell me time's on my side
and give me skies of grey
the chance is lost for me today

Don't tell me life is a crime
I'm done bein' sad all the time

please tell me
that I am wrong
Please tell me
that I am wrong

Once in a while

and tell me
that I am wrong
please tell me
that I am wrong

Tell me cuz it's the way I wanna be, baby
don't you see this is wrong
please
tell me won't you
tell me
fuckin'
tell me I am wrong...

Once in a while.
Track Name: Disappointed Smiles (Formula for a Generic, Academy-Award Nominated [But Not Winning] Ron Howard Film)
Time ticks by
bringing us close
To another dose of
disappointed smiles

You say we're 'friends'
A funny little word you toss around
I guess it depends on what he needs from you

Cuz if all you are
is this burnt-out star
then I'll take my resentment another way
Like to his face

I'm down and out but it won't be long
till I'll be that guy that gets you down
cuz' I don't need this

But you say we're friends
The kind that always call an hour too late
I guess it depends
baby, I pretend

Y'don't have what it takes
to truly appreciate
all the ways this union is killing you
and the result so far
is this mess that you are
and you'll leave these scars on each other's face
and be replaced...

Cuz breakneck speeds go words through the armour that brings us down to our knees.
Time, of course, is everythin' now that we're beyond sympathies
'Cuz one mis-step and another false statement will turn ya into enemies
Oh, One mis-step, another false statement

he didn't know
No he didn't know
He just didn't know
I could hear him
He didn't know
No he didn't know
He just didn't know
I could hear him
Hear him
Hear this
I bear this and turn ya into
enemies, I'd Hear this
Hear this
Track Name: When the Cats Learned to Speak
Stop
Why hesitate
when everything is poised to go your way?
It's foolish to assume that won't relate
if there are ears out

Many sized and shaped
Information is a hot commodity and
we've waited for this most patiently
with all ears out

but I can barely see you through
this rat's race that's appeared
a relay for our litter box

You've waited for those rats that sprung the leak
when it turns out it's your cats that learned to speak and
we've waited for this most patiently
with all ears out ears out

many sized and shaped
information is a hot commodity and
we waited for this most patiently
with our ears out

but I can barely feel you through
this rat's race that's appeared
a relay for our litter box

Somethin's got to give
and all of us is ''give'' if there's a part of me that
comes off when you say,
''Are you low? Are you low, Are
you low, are you alone?''

and somethin's got to give
and all of us is ''give'' if there's a part of me that
comes off when you say,
''Are you low? Are you low, Are
you low, are you alone?''

Somethin's got to give
and all of us is ''give'' if there's a part of me that
comes off when you say,
''Are you low? Are you low, Are
you low, are you alone?''
Track Name: Survivor's Guilt
She's waitin
for somethin' to believe in
and it starts
with her teeth
as they're shinin’
he's still dyin'
on his crutch
and he can't get relief 'cause he's

waitin'
to break with the dark and turn it into clouds but I'm
healin'
this brick wall's a little bit louder and
Failin'
He hurts though he says he don't want it to
and beaten
and he says

''I'm bitter, I'm bittersweet built.
I'm torn up with survivor's guilt
I'm bitter and yet worst of all
is I can tell
you don't know me at all''

''I'm bitter, I'm bittersweet built.
I'm torn up with survivor's guilt
I'm bitter and yet worst of all
is I can tell you don't know me at all
I can tell you don't know me at all''

He's dyin
she's tryin'
but I'm open
if it gets him
relief
time is flyin'
but here I am
like a crutch
on the wrong side of grief cuz I'm

waitin'
to break with the dark and turn it into light but I'm
Healin'
this brick wall's a little bit louder and
Failin'
I hurt and I don't fuckin' want it to
I'm beaten

and we say

''We're bitter, We're bittersweet built.
We're torn up with survivor's guilt
We're bitter and yet worst of all
is I can tell you don't know me at all
and I can tell you don't know me at all
and I can tell you don't know me at all
I can tell you don't know me at all.''
Track Name: The GLOW
''Match Point'' he says aloud
cuz if it's not one thing then
it's always another
I'm packin’ up my luck
'cause everything
in his eyes is out of touch
''I'm all in for me'', he whispers like it's somehow secret anyway
I'm boxin' my brains
but I won't stand and fry

Oh no
What did you do?
Oh no
It's like I see
right through you
Oh no
What did you do?

Lately
It feels as though you blame me
for everything that's
one by one and I’ll tell you openly that
nothin's ever gonna be like this
If I'm man enough
there's nothin' to it
I'll add it up and I'll take you through it step by step, the GLOW
It's comin' up faster than you would know
You ready for this?

''Tie game'' said brazenly
cuz if it's not one thing,
(HEY) I'm always the other
you don't care that much
cuz everythin' in this word is not enough
''I'm all in for me,'' He shouts it like it's somethin' to be fuckin' proud of
I won't feel anythin
‘cuz bastards don't cry

but Oh no
What did you do?
Oh no
It's like I see
right through you
Oh no
What did you do?

And lately
it feels as though you blame me
for everything that's
one-by-one in a graveyard full of these introspective mannequins you're sellin'
If I'm man enough
there's nothin' to it
I'll add it up and I'll take you through it step by step, The GLOW
Is comin' up faster than you would know, you ready for this?
If I'm man enough,
there's nothin' to it
I'll add it up and take you through it step by step
Oh you know, you know you're glowin' like an open hole

Oh no
What did we do?
Oh no
It's like they see right
through you
Oh no
What did we do?

And lately
It feels as though you blame me
for everything that's
one by one and I tell you openly that nothin's ever gonna be like this
If I'm man enough
there's nothin' to it
I'll add it up and I'll take you through this step by step
oh you know, you know you're glowin' like an open hole
Track Name: Hidden Track
Hidden Track
at the end of your record

You say all those things
you couldn't before

So you hide a song
At the end of your CD
and hope maybe the die-hards
or someone
will notice that track ten
isn't ten minutes long

You're just too damn afraid
to say what you mean
Or are ya too damn afraid
to say what you feel?

'cuz there's nothin' worth livin' for if you
can't even afford to be honest with yourself

grains of salt are fallin' around you
snow-globin' like it's on
do you own
the words that you say?

or are ya too damn afraid
to say what you mean?
or are ya too damn afraid
to say what you feel?
Track Name: Something Under the Bed is Drooling
Stop now, listen here, cuz everything I try to do just breaks
It's only been like this for a few weeks but this horror I can't shake
I'm lockin' all my doors, I've barred the windows to keep everyone else safe
and you think I'm alone in this

Creepy, crawly, tentacle, how many legs I'm sure I'll never know
Escapin' won't be easy if it sees me when it's my time to go
and I'm lost here
cuz last time I believed the sum of all my fears
was still that I'm alone in this

so hold me
cuz somethin' under my bed is droolin’
I've been schooled in this, but I don't really know
what I'm supposed to be afraid of right now

cuz all this “outside in” and “inside out” has got me upside-down and ass backwards
there's got to be a way to set this right
I've gotta find it quick or die tonight
I'm goin' back to where this all began
cuz I think it would help

and I'm in love with this
and I'm in love with this
and I'm in love with this
I'm in love
with my huge, fuckin' mess

So hold me
cuz somethin' under my bed is droolin'
I've been schooled in this but I don't really know
what I'm supposed to be afraid of right now
Right now, right now, right now
Track Name: Honestly, Honesty
She wakes up
he's sleepin'
the tears are dryin' on her sheets
no place can
redeem her
the words are dyin' on her teeth but
it's just the latest
a string of incidental fears she's
fallin' apart now
with pieces goin’ everywhere
and we all lie
we all lie to ourselves

The mornin'
comes quickly
there's sunlight in his coffee's face
his spirit is broken
there’s shards of her fillin’ the space
the timin'
so perfect
it leaves him here without a trace
a bitter reminder that
'permanent' is total waste
if we all lie
we all lie to ourselves
and if we all lie
we all die by ourselves

Wrap me up and turn me out,
" I never wanna be your face in
the mirror again,"
he said it
well he meant it
wrap me up and turn me out
"I never wanna be your anything again"

They speak now,
in silence
there's awkward that's just palpable
I’m bitter
he's gone now
there's nothin here
but all the wrong and
I don't believe you
when you say "it's all okay"
and if we all lie
we all lie to ourselves.
and if we all lie
we all die by ourselves

"And Honestly, honesty. I never wanna see your face in the mirror
again"
he said it
well he meant it
"Honestly, honesty. I never wanna be your anything
at all
cuz we
all
had everything we need to be happy,"
he says
"We've
all
had enough"
Track Name: The Turnaround
Crashin' through the gates you are the newest
usurping the limelight like a whore
these camera's clickin', shutter's turnin'
flashbulbs burnin', film it's whirrin'
on and on
they'll say we don't belong

Lights come down and you become the brightest
weeks no longer made of seven days
this lavish thinkin', wardrobe’s beamin'
expensive is just a dream and
on and on
they'll ask what took so long

and it feels now
watered down
does it feel somehow
watered down?

Time will pass and you become the fallout
of glamorous design and broken lives
these cameras clickin', sides are turnin'
perception, it's so appallin'
on and on
you'll ask
''what went wrong?''

''What went wrong?''
''What went wrong?''
What went wrong?

and you'll feel now
watered down
does it creep you out
the turnaround

and it feels now
watered down
does it freak you out
the turnaround?
Track Name: Playground
Marched on
armed with plastic swords and matchsticks
it's easier than
the first-name basis,
I wish it could stay this safe
until the summer comes and washes it away but then
everything now
has got consequences

I know
You're waitin' for the snow to fall but there's no snow around here
I know the lights are long
they're on their own

Marched on
armed with backpacks and lunch in brown sacks
we're tramplin' on
the words of elders
as if they could smell her face
until another comes and washes her away but then
everything now
has got consequences

I know
You're waitin' for the snow to fall but there's no snow around here
and I know the lights are wrong
they're on their own when she says

“You ask me questions that I can't answer, it's bringin' us down
and the time it takes to get here from nowhere I just won't hang around”

cuz I know
and you know
How this Ends
How This Ends

And I know
You're waitin' for the snow to fall but there's no snow around here
and I know those lights are long
they're on their own when I say

You ask me questions that I can't answer, it's tearin' us down
and the time it takes to get here from nowhere, I just won't hang around

We ask these questions that I can't answer, it's tearin' us down
the time it takes to get to this warzone I just won't hang around

Inside his mind
she won't hang around
Inside
she won't hang around
She won't hang around

She won't hang around
She won't hang around

Every hope you smashed in my tomorrow
must have seemed like such a waste when my tomorrow never came
Track Name: The GLOW - Radio Edit
''Match Point'' he says aloud / cuz if it's not one thing then
it's always another / I'm packin up my luck / 'cause everything
in his eyes is out of touch / ''I'm all in for me'' / he whispers
like it's somehow secret anyway / I'm boxin' my brains / but I won't
stand and fry

Oh no / What did you do? / Oh no / It's like I see
right through you / Oh no / What did you do?

Lately / It feels as though you blame me / for everything that's
one by one and I tell you openly that / nothin's ever gonna be
like this / If I'm man enough / there's nothin' to it / I'll add it
up and I'll take you through it step by step, the GLOW / It's comin'
up faster than you would know / You ready for this?

''Tie game'' said brazenly / cuz if it's not one thing,
HEY I'm always the other / you don't care that much
cuz everythin' in this word is not enough / ''I'm all in for me''
He shouts it like it's somethin' to be fuckin' proud of / I won't
feel anythin / cuz bastards don't cry

but Oh no / What did you do? / Oh no / It's like I see
right through you / Oh no / What did you do?

Lately / it feels as though you blame me / for everything that's
one-by-one in a graveyard full of these introspective manequins
you're sellin' / If I'm man enough / there's nothin' to it
I'll add it up and I'll take you through it / step by step, The GLOW
It's comin' up faster than you would know, you ready for this?
If I'm man enough, there's nothin' to it / I'll add it up and
take you through it step by step
Oh you know, you know you're glowin' like an open hole

Oh no / What did we do? / Oh no / It's like they see right
through you / Oh no / What did we do?

Lately / It feels as though you blame me / for everything that's
one by one when I tell you openly that nothin's ever gonna be
like this / If I'm man enough / there's nothin' to it
I'll add it up and I'll take you through this / step by step
oh you know, you know you're glowin' like an open hole