bee a bear

by rushmore beekeepers

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released March 11, 2012

All songs written by Zach Fountain.

Album art / design by Amanda Hawkins!



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rushmore beekeepers Austin, Texas

rushmore beekeepers brings an original take on folk, Americana, and indie rock. Zach Fountain usually performs solo on guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, banjo, autoharp, ukulele, and other instruments. He has been writing, recording and performing since the late 1990s, and has released nine albums of original material. ... more

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Track Name: gorilla masks
nothing is wrong with me i can’t repair / nothing is wrong with me when i’m not there / yeah, sometimes i can’t wait to be home / get so scared whenever i go out / have to talk a lot and smile around / hoping i don’t say something out of turn / all the people that i know, and all the people that i see / wonder if they know the effect they have on me / the girl at the diner said no gorilla masks / don’t want to rob the place / just don’t want to be asked, hey how are you on this lovely afternoon / don’t answer the door when i’m home alone / could be someone important, always someone i don’t know / let them ring that bell, and i won’t move / all the people that i don’t know, and all the people that i don’t see / i know they know the effect they have on me
Track Name: almost fall
cooling down a little bit, almost fall and we will sit / in our backyard in our long scarves / watching dogs chase aeroplanes / words we both say will dance and play / we will kiss and they will stay in both our hearts / as we part and as we join together again / dance around my pretty lady to a song we both know well / close your eyes and when your rise i will be right there by your side / when winter comes it will be fun to be cold for a month or two / the desert’s strong, cold won’t last long / we want to wear jackets every day of the year
Track Name: all these things
if i were a boat i’d sail the open sea and i’d always be sure to take you with me / if i were an animal, i’d want to be a bear and i’d scare away anyone who wanted to do you harm / da da, da da, da da, da da da da / if i were a dog i’d probably be a mutt and i’d look really funny but i’d give you all my love / and if i were a house i’d be this house, here for you no matter how bad your day was / i’m just me but i want to be all these things / all these things, and everything you need
Track Name: always and never
always remember my nightmares / never remember my good dreams / but when i wake and you are next to me / nothing’s as bad as it seems / never remember the things that you say to me / always remember the way that you say them / but i want to give you more happiness than you could ever spend / always like it complicated / never looking for some simple thing / but when i see that look that you give me / i have no trouble believing / so let’s go out and lie in the park / always and nevers lost in the dark / i’ve made more promises than i have told / but never more than my hands can hold
Track Name: quiet here
it's so hard without you here, i don't know what to do with myself / it's so easy to stay busy and not do much of anything / it's so hard to stay at home, but i don't want to go out / it's so hard to stay at home and not make lots of noise / and i make lots of noise / it gets so quiet here / it gets too quiet here / i can hear myself / i take things apart and put them back together, not in a way that's smart / they're never quite right afterward / it's so easy to get distracted by things that do not matter / some things they do not matter / it gets so quiet here, it gets so quiet here, it gets too quiet here / i can hear myself / i can hear myself think
Track Name: if you got old
when i read what you said about christmas, you were just listening to records and drinking / oh, when i heard about you, that’s all i was thinking / when i saw your picture in the news, smiling from the local obituary / was like your ghost was there, looking at me / well, i can’t remember the time and place i was talking to you / was it about bob dylan, or did i say something rude / well, i might hear one of your bass lines in some song that i’m playing / you might turn to me and smile / what’s that you were saying / put on my morning jacket and went for a walk in the desert cold / and spent my day wondering what you’d look like if you got old
Track Name: the playing field
the new year came and i wasn’t ready / over halfway over and i’m holding steady / there are some things I’d like to do / don’t know what they are, it’s true / i’ve never made a resolution / there are times i want to tell you everything i can / but i stop myself from acting stupid because i don’t understand / what it means to rise above this playing field / these teams we’re supposed to be a part of / i’d rather sit out this whole game / there are mornings i wake up, i can see more years in my face than i can own up to / i hold steady at this erratic pace / these years have come and gone, though i tried hard to hold on / i’ve never made a resolution / these people have come and gone, though i tried hard to hold on / i’ve never made a resolution
Track Name: the list
not sure i believe it yet, i keep hoping you faked your death / hoping it’s all a big joke and you’ll reappear in a cloud of smoke / i’m reading all these goodbyes online, i’m not ready to say mine / looking for your name in the paper, just to see / not really sure if you meant it, i’m really hoping that you didn’t / thought more people would beat you to the end / but the list wraps around and back again / once i can’t find you anywhere, i’ll admit that you are nowhere to be found / maybe in the sky or in the ground
Track Name: the happiness we've found
come now my darling, shed all your fears / anything we might need is already here / you watch the sky, i’ll keep my ear to the ground / we’ll discover nothing like the happiness we’ve found / the gamblers throw everything at the hope of a win / but you were a sure bet from the very beginning / and show lines they form long after we’re gone / we don’t need entertainment, we can sing our own songs / ambiguous waiters, gondolas, evening light, or Mexican restaurants in the middle of the night / the time we have together, it is always spent well / our love is like a sweet take on some fairy tale / six hundred miles from what was our home / we mixed our possessions and made our own / the years they come, they come and they leave / for each one we have, that’s one less to grieve
Track Name: glad new day
main street is heaven tonight / my car is the only one on the road / i could close my eyes and go through all the red lights / and make it home / up too late with nothing to say / and i left early even though you asked me to stay / the morning light is far too blue for me not to be with you / and i wish i had stayed / but there will be another day / there is something wonderful about everything you do / and never enough ways to say just how i feel about you / nothing feels quite the same / now that you’re around to blame for this good feeling / and my door opens to a glad new day / the stars shine like dreams / and the galaxy spins exactly as it seems / for the first time in a long time, i feel all right
Track Name: fade into view / sleepyhead
kids are playing in the street / the neighbors are pulling the trash cans in / i can hear dogs barking, cars driving by / you are sleeping in the next room / i’m whispering so i don’t wake you / just want you to know you make anyplace feel like home / with all the lights left on at night / the stars don’t have room to shine / we will see them on the road, they’ll fade into view / you are waking in the next room / and i’m whispering to softly wake you / and you should know you make anyplace feel like home
Track Name: the road between
i’ll be leaving in the morning, i’ll be gone and on my way / i’ll be looking for you, darling, every single step i take / the road may be long and winding and i’m no good at directions / but i will find my way across, yes, i will find my way / i’ll buy a bag of flower seeds and when they finally bloom / i’ll tie a ribbon ‘round the stem and deliver them to you / the soil’s bad and water’s scarce and the weeds they grow so tall / but they will find a way to blossom, they will find their way / this trucker’s atlas is too old, these roads are all shut down / the planes have all been grounded but the buses they got out / may take some time to get there and my feet are worn and sore / but i will find my way to you, yes, i will find my way / saw each other on the road between nowhere and nowhere else / you were with your dogs and i was by myself / my map was torn and faded but you had one of your own / and we will find our way across, yes, we will find our way