From the Lower Landing

by Mischief Makers

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Recorded in the late spring of 2013 at Shadelite Studios in Champaign, IL.

David Belcher: drums/vocals
Will Bywaters: piano/keyboards/vocals
Cody Carsella: bass/guitar/vocals
Michelle Gao: vocals
Yang Liu: violin

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released July 12, 2013

Producer/Engineer: Ross Robinson
Album Art: Alisa Rantanen

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Mischief Makers Champaign, Illinois

Mischief Makers was formed at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2011 by Will Bywaters (keys-vocals-songs) and David Belcher (drums-vocals-songs-lyrics), who were soon joined by Michelle Gao (vocals), Cody Carsella (bass-vocals), and Yang Liu (violin). They recorded their first album, From the Lower Landing, during the early summer of 2013 at Shadelite Studios. ... more

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Track Name: Lime-Colored Carriage
6:10 in the morning
I've got a date with another silhouette on the floor
Oh no! This date is on me.

8:10 in the morning
I'm beating odds, but the sun is beating down on my ears
And I lost my pessimism
'Cause my body is a prism

(Colors)
(Of A-)
(Nother)
(Universe)


(Music) Violet, you're Indi-goin'
(Under-) Somewhere, tonight so don't you look so Blue
(-stands The) Green and Yellow, envious and mellow
(Way I Feel) The Orange in your head that I have just Red

Fast-forward or replay,
I'm in a lime-colored carriage, bit the side of my cheek
Cops know about the diamonds

But let's give 'em the slip now
We'll make a dash for the other corner grocery store
Let's just leave the stash here
With that withdrawn thrifty cashier

This all really happened!
I saw the colors of a rainbow through the back of my eye
Back and forth in the morning

Not going to complain
The alarm sound massages the side of my brain
And I lost my pessimism
When my body became a prism

(Colors)
(Of A-)
(Nother)
(Universe)

(Music) Violet, you're Indi-goin'
(Under-) Somewhere, tonight so don't you look so Blue
(-stands The) Green and Yellow, envious and mellow
(Way I Feel) The Orange in your head that I have just Red
Track Name: Time and Place
I know the time
and I know the place
I feel the climb
but I

Run by like fear
but don't stop to gaze
Fae, we are here
now Fly

I can feel it in every little finger
My
Fall through feelin' and turn off the light just
Sigh
Walls don't creak and I can't speak so good-
Bye

In this parade
I can't see my friends
Fae, make the trade
don't Cry

Far from the door
is where Bleaker ends
Write something more
or Die

You know all I can see is the face of the
Saints and I can relate to those that pray
But I don't know how you can know who to know

Sing me a bird
and shout the refrain
Hum every word
oh Lie

There is a cup
that melts all the pain
Fae, drink it up
to Sky

I can feel it in every little finger
My
Fall through feelin' and turn off the light just
Sigh
Walls don't creak and I can't speak so good-
Bye

Good-bye
Good-bye
Good-bye
Track Name: From the Lower Landing
From the lower landing, I could understand them
His words turned into violence; she let out a fake laugh

I held my breath, and started to climb the staircase
Disguising all my footsteps in passing cars
I heard them talk, and what could I do but listen?
She stamped her foot, and he started to scream

“I can hear you sneakin' around now
Do you know what that does to me most every night?”
She said, “I can't sleep with your pounding footsteps
You're inconsiderate and it makes me sick.”

I heard them talk, and what could I do but listen?
I never knew they were talking to me

I wanna back away from this one
But my legs are frozen stiff
I wanna back away from this one
But my legs are frozen stiff

In this apartment, so old that the floorboards echo
I should have known they could hear me so well

They came running thinking they had caught me
Too bad for the couple though, I had the edge
And late that night I came back to my place
"Eviction notice." I thought, "That's fair."

But if they'd known about all the pictures I took
You'd think they'd learn to lock their front door
Track Name: Sin Day
Last call for the devils hidden in the moving tides
Join the ride
Blockade every door in sight
We’ll spread by word of mouth in time

Just come into our world
Exposing your true self

Right now we take a moment to observe a perfect time
This day that happens once a year
Where you can lose your mind
No charge

Just come into our world
Exposing your true self

On

Sin day, there’s no cause for alarm
‘Cause we’re stop motion
No discretion between the sinners and us
No, none
Sin day, where your troubles are bound to become
Your virtues
Yes, whether to do right or wrong is your move
You choose

There’s wine flowing through the streets
Come get your favorite glass
Lose your past
Nobody can tell you, “no”
No one can hurt you now
Oh-h

Just come into our world
Exposing your true self

You’ll never forget the time you spent
Inside this dark carnival
Next year, you’ll be craving it
And we’ll be back again
For you

Exposing your true self

On

Sin day, there’s no cause for alarm
‘Cause we’re stop motion
No discretion between the sinners and us
No, none
Sin day, where your troubles are bound to become
Your virtues
Yes, whether to do right or wrong is your move
You choose
Track Name: Lair
If I wanted to get out of here,
Don't you think I'd have
Come up with an escape plan by now?

‘Cause I've been in this lair too damn long
With no purpose
Don't need to see the light of day

Truly, there's no better way
To rot away
Than waiting inside these four walls

When I could remember the outside
There was nothing
Don't need to see the light of day

Fallin’ back on hiding
Floors of sand
Only support trees with
Sleight of hand

Truly, there's no better way
To rot away
Than waiting inside these four walls

When I could remember the outside
There was nothing
I let my mind just fade away

Fallin’ back on hiding
Floors of sand
Only support trees with
Sleight of hand

Caught in a cold lair
Between here and there
You could stop and stare stare stare
Straight into thin air
Caught in a cold lair
Between here and there
You could stop and stare stare stare
Straight into thin air

If I wanted to get out of here,
Don't you think I'd have
Come up with an escape plan by now?

‘Cause I've been in this lair too damn long
With no purpose
Don't need to see the light of day

Truly, there's no better way
To rot away
Than waiting inside these four walls

When I could remember the outside
There was nothing
I let my mind just fade away

Fallin’ back on hiding
Floors of sand
Only support trees with
Sleight of hand

So stand up with your neck straight
Not gravitized
Don't be afraid to start the roar
The roar...
Track Name: Skeleton Heart
Take apart my skeleton heart, and
See if you can find a beat
No one knows if it ever may restart
And it couldn’t matter less to me

The hands stopped reaching some time ago
And the eyes remain cast down
The mind started taking over alone
The heart started giving ground

And the liver started working overtime
Trying to keep the system clean
But it couldn’t keep up with the acid grime
That took over the whole machine

What does it take to turn a heart all into bone?
Does it start when rhyme and reason are torn up and overthrown?
Does it continue when sins fester and there’s no way to atone?
My chance is blown
My skeleton is overgrown

Then the lungs filled up with smoke and dust
Led to coughing to detoxify
Then the whole body had to readjust
And love started to ossify

What does it take to turn a heart all into bone?
Does it start when rhyme and reason are torn up and overthrown?
Does it continue when sins fester and there’s no way to atone?
My chance is blown
My skeleton is overgrown

Take apart my skeleton heart
See if you can find a beat
See if you can find a beat
See if you can find a beat

A beat (x 8)

What does it take to turn a heart all into bone?
Does it start when rhyme and reason are torn up and overthrown?
Does it continue when sins fester and there’s no way to atone?
My chance is blown
My skeleton is overgrown
Track Name: Haley, Here We Are
I lose it every time I think about it too much
Soft to the touch
and covered in blue

I never thought I'd see the day, but, here at my door,
just like before,
your smile is new

And I say, “Haley, Here we are
We've come so far
Haley, here we are
We've come so far
Are you still with me?”

I lose it every time I think about it too much
Soft to the touch
and covered in blue

And I say, “Haley, Here we are
We've come so far
Haley, here we are
We've come so far
Are you still with me?”

And now that man has shown you what he can do
And now that man has shown you
And since then I have seen your face
So, Haley, here we are again
Track Name: The Vinyl
Did you see her dance across
the vinyl? I did.
Love it or not,
She could really move!
Could not deny.

I can't walk to where she goes.
when it speaks, it says:
"You Ain't Nothin-"
Suddenly she stops.
That's all it says.
Before she's gone

Record player
Can you hear me?
Inside you the
Voice of Elvis
Waiting for you,
Spinning master
Stationary
Is your dancer (x2)

Look along the tabletop
A hand moves-
Lift her

Love it or not,
She could really move
Could not deny

He leans in closer
She tightens up and
His hand just pulls her
further away
Off with the record
Off with the vinyl
Let's make room for a
New stereo!
Off with the record
Off with the vinyl
Let's make room for a
New stereo!

Record player
Can you hear me?
Inside you the
Voice of Elvis
Waiting for you,
Spinning master
Stationary
Is your dancer (x2)
Track Name: Doodominant Hymn
Another day, another morning in the car
Merge to the right, cancel my flight

'Cause my favorite song just came on
Doodominant Hymn!
Wanna sing along night-to-dawn
Doodominant Hymn!
Infinitely drive, just to hear
Doodominant Hymn!
(As) long as I’m alive, I’m singin’ it
Doodominant Hymn!

Running outta gas, (it’s) gettin’ dark
Doodominant Hymn!
Better than the rest, each reprise
Doodominant Hymn!
Infinitely drive, just to hear
Doodominant Hymn!
(As) long as I’m alive, I’m singin’ it
Doo, doo-doo doot doo doo….

This is DCR News Chicago, I’m Cody Carsella with traffic. Watch out for backups on the Eisenhower near Harlem. There seems to be a car parked in the middle of the road and the driver appears to be singing. Wait! We’re being told that this is also happening on I-88, The Kennedy, Lakeshore Drive… we’re hearing that this phenomenon is also taking place in Detroit, Atlanta, San Francisco…. London! Tokyo! Cape Town! Bogota! Melbourne! And they’re all singing the same song!

Chorus on the side of the road
Doodominant Hymn!
Chorus of the world, everyone
Doodominant Hymn!
Infinitely drive, just to hear
Doodominant Hymn!
(As) long as I’m alive, I’m singin’ it
Doo, doo-doo doot doo doo….
Track Name: Mile O
No shoes, asleep on the highway
You used to be so aware
No way you know where you came from
What’d you do to your hair?

Walk fast, you feel like an island
A jet ski without handlebars
No food, it doesn’t feel hungry
Blacktop circles on Mars

Almost at the silo
On my way to Mile-O
(4x)

This road, the joke’s always on him
As cactus turns into sleet
You count backwards high as you can think
Someday, you two will meet

Vital as all of this seems now
Fit all you can in your hands
Wondering if you’ll need the cure, well
Who can really be sure?

Almost at the silo
On my way to Mile-O