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All music by Justin Carter with arrangement by Greg Heffernan on Great Destroyer and Know It All and arrangement by Benjamin Tierney on With The Old Breed

All lyrics by Justin Carter except A Presence, which is an excerpt from William Wordsworth's "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour. July 13, 1798"

Recorded by Josh Druckman at Outlier Inn in the Catskills with additional recording by Marcos Cabral in his apartment in Greenpoint and Justin Carter at Eamon Harkin's house in Bed-Stuy. Mixed by Benjamin Tierney in Venice Beach. Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy in London.

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released February 24, 2017

Photography by Robert Malmberg. Styling by Andrea Lord. Design by Nimmo.

Thanks to Jeralyn, Eamon, Mark, Marcos, Josh, Benjamin, Greg, Matt, Gareth, James, Ben, Nimmo, Kirby, Keith, Daniel, Dad, Mom, Laura, Andrea, Rob, Brendan and The Presence.

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Track Name: Great Destroyer
Great Destroyer,
Why do you want to see my blood?
All the blessings,
All the love,
They were made to sedate.
They were only a drug.

Are you listening?

Great Disappointer,
Breathe me in, and spit me out.
What's more suffering?
To live with faith
Or to live with doubt?

Are you listening?
Track Name: Infinite Pieces
Infinite pieces
Alight
In flight
On air

Fuse together
Disintegrate
Fall into
Rise out of
Your head

Ideas are born
To fill our hearts with
Perfect harmony
But as they break
A pious hope
Transforms to tragedy

Infinite pieces
Explode
Erode
Burn down

Ruination of paradise
Creation
Melt into the ground

Ideas are born
To fill our hearts with
Perfect harmony
But as they break
A pious hope
Transforms to tragedy
Track Name: Know It All
Know it all, know it all, know it all.
Know it all, know it all, know it all.

What do you do when you don't have a clue what to do?
What do you do when the one you love most says it's you?

Know it all, know it all, know it all.
Know it all, know it all, know it all.

What do you do when you lose and the shoe doesn't fit?
What do you say when what's good and what's fair wants to quit?

Know it all, know it all, know it all.
Know it all, know it all, know it all.

You bet we all got wise
Thanks to your sage advice,
But now you see
That everything's
Not painted black and white.
Know it all.

What do you at the end when you know you were wrong?
Changed what you thought about what it means to be strong?

Know it all, know it all, know it all.
Know it all, know it all, know it all.
Track Name: With The Old Breed
Tell me not about the truth,
I can see just fine.
Buried in the shallow mud,
Floating in the rain and blood:
To dangerous to save
To young to die.

The little whisper in my ear
Has gone away,
Murdered with a bayonet
Lost to the cold and wet,
Left me to wonder why
And did not say goodbye.

Though it is impossible,
I still believe.
I believe in hell and pain.
I believe in hate and strain.
I believe that Jesus saves,
But I don't know why
Track Name: What Can You Tell Your Children About Hope?
I did my giving.
Did you get it?
It looks like you on the news,
Crying,
Holding a baby.
It's hard sometimes to know who is who.

I sent you a letter.
Did you read it?
I saw you on the news,
Speaking,
Stirring emotions,
But what could you really do?

What do you tell your children about hope?

I am awake lying
With the one I love,
And if you're lucky, you're still on the news,
Dreaming,
Dreaming of mercy.
But I'm here, and you're there, so what can I do?

What do I tell my children about hope?

I sent you for a miracle.
Did you get it?
It looks like you on the news,
Quiet,
Holding your baby.
It's hard to tell if you're fighting or if you are through.

What can you tell your children about hope?
Track Name: Leaves
My optimism is running out
Like I'm lost in the woods with no voice left to shout.
How do I ignore the flames of the facts
When I get too close for the trees to distract?

Under my sight lines and out of my view,
It's hard to believe what is happening is true.
Will I be caught in the snares of my trust,
Or will I escape being burned by the brush?

The leaves fall.

I see what's ahead with my own two eyes
Every time I get close to the words of the wise,
But then I get back to the stalks and the shade,
And it's always easy to explain it away

The leaves fall
After they die.
Track Name: A Presence
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,

And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man;
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,

And rolls through all things.