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Alpenglow

by Trampled by Turtles

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1.
It’s So Hard to Hold On There’s a branch lying still by the ocean Time goes fast, grab your lover and hold them it’s the same Oh, the years come rushing back Yeah, I don’t remember that Stuck at dawn falling fast like the weather Sing a song in a way that you never did before Oh, the screens have all gone black and they won’t be coming back It’s so hard, it’s so hard to hold on It’s so hard, it’s so hard to hold on Steady now, it’s a long way some days just won’t go Turn around don’t tell me what I’m missing I already know, I know what this isn’t Hold it down, just pretend for a minute Man it crawls, yeah it crawls when you’re in it Man it crawls, yeah it crawls when you’re in it Man it crawls, yeah it crawls when you’re in it It’s so hard, it’s so hard to hold on It’s so hard, it’s so hard to hold on It’s so hard, it’s so hard to hold on It’s so hard, it’s so hard to hold on
2.
Starting over Starting over ain’t so bad Not the home you thought you had Amputating heart to heart, burn it to the ground Make the beds up go to work fall to pieces have you heard Prairie breaking full of nerve let’s get out of town Oh it’s draining a change of pace Hasty visions hide your face Don’t let go Don’t let go Clouds above me clouds below Where’d you come from where’d you go Wear your boots out on the road, you could break my heart At the airport up all night Blurry vision what a sight Get me through just one more night then I’ll turn it off Sure as hell I’ll get back to you Pieced together ran right through Don’t let go Don’t let go Don’t fool around and fall apart Silhouette dreams right from the start Cards that play now let me stay now I’ve been gone so far away I still stay up much too late, here we go again I found love it was for free Singing oceans drowning me Can you hear it, can you see You could break my heart My address you know it don’t change Out of time out of range Don’t let go Don’t let go Don’t let go Don’t let go
3.
Central Hillside Blues Alone for a while, I guess it’s true I lose everything at the sight of you Take me alive, I dare you now I’d beg for forgiveness but I don’t know how Shaking leaves an empty frame You left without warning in the pouring rain Tear it apart and look inside Your poems and polish ain’t no way to hide Perched on a limb, yeah it’s killing me Not much to accomplish nowhere to be Hallelujah broken glass A song ain’t worth nothing if it doesn’t last Something building drinks are spilling on a floor in a town I love So far from here They ripped up the streets in old Duluth A violent reminder of an older truth Nothing’s the same, how could it be? When I’m not the devil that I used to be There’s a simple blinding light That left without warning on a summer night
4.
On the Highway Outer reaches come and go and I’m forever grateful Come and tell me long and slow exactly what I’ll wait for Better times yeah better times somehow I don’t believe it Built a house up long ago just to up and leave it There’s a bright light in the cold dark night so bloom where you’re planted Still I pray to the summer rain and every heart that’s slanted Border lines and severed ties and the crickets in the meadow Form a line and say goodbye to such a lucky fellow Out on the highway Like a portrait in the rain Out on the highway We’ll never be the same again Whittled like a mousetrap queen of the sky oh tell me i’m forgiven Simulated pilgrims why oh why won’t they take me with them Sell me something bright and shinier than I can imagine Parting ways those summer days so happy to have had them Out on the highway There’s a storm out in the west Out on the highway Oh god I’m such a mess, once again Out on the highway It all comes crashing down Out on the highway Yeah where would we be now, I don’t know
5.
Lifetime to Find Oh death oh death I was just getting dressed The place is a mess I was hoping you’d forget But iI can feel you in my chest, I can feel you in my chest Oh yes, oh yes, death never rests I can see you've done your best The problem is just this, it is too late for regrets I am here to collect It takes a lifetime to find a life like the life you had in mind It takes a lifetime to find a life like the life you had in mind Now you’re mine Oh death I confess I should've known what to expect But you're so hard to accept last time that I checked I was neck and neck As happy as the next Yes yes yes you were blessed Blessed in the past tense But it's too late now to make it make sense It is too late to pretend this day won’t ever end It takes a lifetime to find a life like the life you had in mind It takes a lifetime to find a life like the life you had in mind Now you’re mine So alright today’s the day and tonight is the night There’s no reason or no rhyme It’s just time to go goodbye Oh but why can’t you try to ease what’s on my poor mind Oh let’s not obsess it's the best i can do to help you see the light And help the light to see you It’s true there is a truth there was you and only you, never knew It takes a lifetime to find a life like the life you had in mind It takes a lifetime to find a life like the life you had in mind It takes a lifetime to find a life like the life you had in mind Now you’re mine
6.
Nothing but Blue Skies There’s nothing but blue skies Ain’t it strange how a heart dies Tied up on the inside with nowhere to run Part dirt from the dark woods And part of a greater good I know where I’m going By the look in your eyes My lights are not blinking And my ship is not sinking Oh but lately I’m thinking I’m not the same anymore I drank more than I should I can’t help it, it felt good I’ll see you tomorrow, if you open the door I’m out where the wind blows I fell for it I know I think maybe I’ll go But I always stay But there’s nothing but blue skies Ain’t it strange how a heart dies? Tied up on the inside With nowhere to run
7.
Burlesque Desert Windows Ooh Sandy little pasture rolling like a wave in the middle A pony in the sunset will break your pretty heart just a little I see what never left and I put the paintbrush back inside Ooh Buy one of everything there’s a car waiting for you and it’s raining Maybe I’ll see you in the spring with those hard headed pills that you’re taking Go on and tell me it ain't love as I wipe the tears right off the wall Empty locker freedom I’ll see you in a little while Yeah honey you should see em their faces take up half the night Draw a portrait of a pilgrim put it under plow in the summer Cook it till its real done I been looking over and under Yeah we sing with everyone and we like to keep those kids outside And I remember breathing a solitary light in a hovel Hot and surely bleeding now can you get me out of this bubble I’m in a disappearing town where everyone grew strong and tall Isotonic freezer, honey can you feel me die Blankets in the breeze were silhouetted by the fire Ooh Ooh Go on and tell me it ain't love as I wipe the tears As I wipe the tears right off the wall
8.
All the Good Times are Gone Hold out in the blackboard autumn Sit down right where you want em High tide, on a yellow morning Besides all the good times are gone Homesick I left Cincinnati Take it just don’t point it at me Right now might be all that matters Look out all the good times are gone Paintings on a wall so sober Night rings like a blanket over Your head, yeah it don’t come easy We’re blood red all the good times are gone All the good times are gone All the good times are gone All the good times are gone All the good times…
9.
We’re Alright Brainchild sleeping made of glass In a room near the overpass Smokestack music whines from long ago Yeah the streets are soaking in a summer night I grab the bus to a former life Selling heirlooms, you got to learn to let it go And we’re alright We’re alright Pine trees swaying like hula girls You woke up in another world The sky was purple in the worst possible way A flying pheasant with razor wings A small green house what a joy it brings I can only hope for one more day with you And we’re alright We’re alright Under most conditions I would bleed There’s a lunch bell ringing in the factory I would quit right now if i had somewhere else to go But i met you at the perfect time With a switchblade knife and some cheap red wine I could love you baby till the wheels fall off you know And we’re alright We’re alright Yeah we’re alright We’re alright
10.
Quitting is Rough I hear voices everywhere Partly gone and partly there Sing that one you used to sing to me I was worse on summer days I don't know why it went that way An inside job, well who’s to say What’s right or wrong Yeah quitting is rough you know it is I can't love you more than this Climb out, climb out See the stars up high above Love me with a painless love Someone might pull the rug out any minute Jack and Lucy Eden too Two from me and one from you I don’t know just what I’d do without it Yeah quitting is rough you know it is Come and show me what I miss Climb out Climb out Climb out Climb out All the dark departments I know that I love to say that I won’t be coming back Swallow every inch of life Rooster crows but that's alright He’s got no idea now what’s coming Confidence in decaying leaves there’s a whisper on the breeze There’s a poet on his knees in the gutter Yeah quitting is rough you know it is What’s the point of any of this Climb out climb out climb out climb out Climb out climb out climb out Climb out
11.
The Party’s Over Old dirty floors and old smoky barrooms There’s someone on stage Can you please let me in I used to sit there When I was a young man It’ll be real good just to see you again Horses and forces beyond my horizon They push the world right on by Yeah the party’s over and I can’t believe it It’s time to say goodbye I mounted a pony The curtains were swinging I once was a writer of disparate means The landlord is smoking a butt in the hallway My instincts get duller the more that I drink Hi-ye hi-yo the hands are all singing The ominous weight of it all Yeah the party’s over and I must be dreaming I went right over the wall I’ll get us a taxi or an old wooden sailboat Inside it’s pouring but outside it’s fine The sweet breath of chicory in your light prairie garden We were drunk on each other and Croatian wine The music remembers intelligent forces The wet city sidewalk in June Yeah the party’s over And I’m left here thinking Of the dogs and the moonlight and you Yeah I’m left here thinking Of the dogs and the moonlight and you

about

Produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Alpenglow is the Minnesota-based sextet’s tenth album. The album, named after the optical phenomenon that takes places when the sun casts a reddish glow across the mountains at dawn and dusk, opens with the wistful beauty of “It’s So Hard To Hold On”. The narrator contemplates the passing of time and how imperative it is to savor it while you have it.

10 of the 11 tracks on Alpenglow were written by lead singer Dave Simonett, whose introspective and literate songwriting is the foundation of the unwavering connection the group’s music has with its fervent and ever-growing audience. “On The Highway” expresses a longing to wander but struggles with the value in maintaining roots. “Central Hillside Blues” addresses nostalgia and loss while “Quitting Is Rough” deals with having inner strength to not lose sight of what is real, with its beautiful and inspiring refrain “climb out, climb out, climb out” The Tweedy-penned “A Lifetime To Find” features a simple back-and-forth dialogue with Death, which ends as one might expect.

credits

released October 28, 2022

Dave Carroll: banjo, vocals, thumb piano
Dave Simonett: vocals, guitar
Eamonn Mclain: cellos, vocals
Erik Berry: mandolin, mandola, vocals
Ryan Young: fiddle, violin, viola, vocals
Tim Saxhaug: bass, vocals

Additional Musicians:

Jeff Tweedy: acoustic guitar on, “It’s so hard to hold on”, “quitting is rough”, “on the highway”, and “nothing but blue skies”.

Background vocal on “a lifetime to find”.


Produced by Jeff Tweedy
Engineered and Mixed by Tom Schick
Recorded and Mixed at The Loft, Chicago
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering
Assistant Engineer - Mark Greenberg


All songs written by Dave Simonett except “A Lifetime to Find” written by Jeff Tweedy (c)2021 Words Ampersand Music (BMI).

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Trampled by Turtles Duluth, Minnesota

Trampled by Turtles are from Duluth, Minnesota and were initially formed in 2003. While the members were newcomers to playing as a fully acoustic band, they quickly began carving out a fast, frenetic sound that owed as much to rock & roll as bluegrass.

They've gone on to chart on Billboard, appear on TV, major festivals and tour relentlessly around the world.
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