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Performed by Fletcher Van Vliet: Guitar, Harmonica, Voice. Robin Carine; Lead Guitar, Voice. Taylor Jamison; Bass, Voice. Lucas Carine; Percussion, Voice. Jesse Sparhawk; Harp. Evan McGonagill; Cello. Aubrey Van Vliet; Voice.

Recorded at Sex Dungeon.
Mastered by Ryan Schwabe.
Songs and artwork by Fletcher Van Vliet.


released May 9, 2015


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On the Water Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Founded in 2008, On the Water is a strange and heavy "folk" band based in Philadelphia.

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Track Name: Born in Reverse
Autumn leaves are falling to the ground. They decay but they are becoming something else. All will be and all will be born again. Finally all will be formless. All things must go. All things must go that way.
Track Name: Varsity
I feel free when I'm out of control but I like that you'll be right here, solid as stone. What have I to fear but my fear alone? What if I can’t reach you when I'm far from our home? If I can’t be a man, what then of my soul? I've been waiting for something to change but it's high time that truth be told. It's time I stepped up to plate. Now I can't let the games go on un-played. I am still. Waiting.
Track Name: Keymaster
I am still water in the well. You are the stone from which I draw the power. Wild and out of control, the wind howls and it shakes the house. The waves roll, folding over and over in an endless motion. The moon glow, it passes through us all. The voice that pulled us from the ocean... and it never stops.
Track Name: Gatekeeper
One day all the life from our bodies shall fly. The sun and the moon, the beauty that's in you are all a dream I can't hold onto. I'm still alive, I'm still breathing. I can't hide when the wind is whipping across my face. I feel a change coming over me, an unchained mind.
Track Name: Kahuna
Sweet little bird, we've made a nest to rest our bones for the winter. It's cold but our bodies are warm. The spring will come calling the wanderer.

For now we are one but we are bound to get lost some. This river will rage and our fate will get swallowed down. When the water calms, I'll still hear your song. If the light we left burns out, I'll find a way home. Alone in the dark. I have no fear. My way is clear.

Over rivers and oceans. We have passed through the gardens. Now our path is set on our way up the mountain. A big wave is gonna come and flush us back down. The water is rising. The mountain is drowning.
Track Name: Ignorabimus
My daddy was born with a wild wild heart. He was a rambler from the day he first could walk. He told me life keeps moving faster every day until you die and that there is no way to know what is waiting down the road. Well he is gone now, only words. That damn clock keeps ticking onwards, gnawing like a worm through my heart. There are days I feel that I am so much like him. I just wanna ride until I have worn this body down to dust, dead and done.

Sometimes everything feels cold to the touch. Alone at night I can't help but wonder where this is going. I always get to the point of knowing and still know nothing. I still know nothing.
Track Name: Slackers Paradise
I take the time to find the words but they all come out wrong. I fucked it up somehow. I played the game. I ran the race but it makes no difference. We make our mistakes and we pay for them. Maybe I am not such a fuck up. Maybe I am alright. I'm alright.
Track Name: Faint Ink
Why does my mind wander when I know that I could be in your arms? You're so close but so far away from me. You've made my life just as sweet as pie. Still I can't set my head straight. I've wanted to die. I've wanted to live a modest life, alone and quiet. I've wanted to see once in a lifetime things every moment that I have left alive. I've wanted to be everything that I've been and will be at once, all together.

We'll all be singing the same song. It keeps me awake until dawn, over and over. I can hear it... but I'm still looking for the doorway. I can hear it. All together. Forever.
Track Name: Curtains
I can climb the mountainside. I can guide the wheel. I can learn to live my life free from fear for the last time. I can thread the needles eye. I can find a way to steady the shaky hand and sew my fate finally. We can't escape what we are. We can’t escape what we are. Each soul is a great, great light hanging in the void.

I can hear the voices singing. Whispering through the door of every house that stands down the halls of man. Tell me, when will it end and where are we going before then? Tell me, where are we going before then? The question begs the answer.
Track Name: Cordelia
I lifted the stone from the ground. There in the garden. Slipped it into my pocket. Carried on, nearly forgot it. Until the wind drifted in with a song. It was plucking the strings of my heart, like a harp. It was something familiar. As if it had happened a long long time before. I could remember she wore feathers. The rims of her eyes painted black like death. She held the stone in her palm outstretched.