Forever and Ever Amen

by Building Rockets

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This record was recorded from Summer 2010 to Summer 2013 by Sam Heath and Building Rockets in living rooms and bedrooms in Gainesville, FL, Austin, TX, and Woodstock, VT, and one ill-fated, short-lived home studio (RIP) in Quechee, VT. Several instruments were harmed during the making of this album.

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released October 5, 2013

Building Rockets: Sam Heath, Chris Johnston, and Paco

Mixed at Just Like a Studio, Woodstock, VT by Sam Heath. Mastered by Michael Maines at Arkain Studios.

All songs were written by Sam Heath and are copyright 2013 Noise Resembling Music (ASCAP) except “Neurotic Anthem,” which was written by Sam Heath, Chris Johnston, Scott Littler, and Paco.

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Building Rockets Austin, Texas

Building Rockets is occasionally a band and occasionally a bedroom recording project.

It sounds a little like The Pixies and Wilco covering Fountains of Wayne songs while “Abbey Road” plays in the background.

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Track Name: Song for the Universe
In my dreams, you’re always there
And in my dreams, you never die alone
You never stop, the car rolls on,
You let it carry you until you’re safely home
So what’s the point in even going out tonight
What’s the good in all the good we do
If every single moment’s just another one that’s stolen
And all we love is all we’re bound to lose
Do you see your life before your eyes
Before you close them for the final time
Like a tiny hell that we give ourselves,
To realize all that we’ll leave behind
So what’s the point in even going out tonight
What’s the good in all the good we do
If every single moment’s just another one that’s stolen
And all we love is all we’re bound to lose
Track Name: The Light
Lay down your defenses and just swing for the fences
In the book of your life you’ve got to bleed on every page
Fill in the margins and empty spaces
Ask the great lovers; they’d say, God, it’s a struggle
It’s tears and it’s trouble
But there is a light that never fails to bring the ships into the harbor
Don’t you worry about a thing, my darling
All your tears can be forgotten now
Tonight’s a sailor’s moon
But you just sit here in your room
All the words in the OED but still you hold your tongue
‘Cause the right ones never come
Ask the great lovers; they’d say, God, it’s a struggle
It’s tears and it’s trouble
But there is a light that never fails to bring the ships into the harbor
Don’t you worry about a thing, my darling
All your tears can be forgotten now
There is a light that never fails to bring the ships into the harbor
Don’t you worry about a thing, my darling
All your tears can be forgotten now
Track Name: Love Comes to Us All
In a dream after the end
Blood is washed from our skin
Dirt is brushed from our eyes
And no one speaks ill of us
The shimmer-shake of your laugh
Confined now to summers past
As they tear through our clothes
For once we are not alone
Because love comes to us all
Love comes to us all
Track Name: My Exploding Head
I’ve got all these thoughts running though my head
It’s getting so sometimes I wish I was dead
And I’d like to replace them with you instead
So get out of my dreams and get into my bed
Someday soon I think my head will explode
Just like on that Unsolved Mysteries episode
That we watched on your TV that I lost the remote to
I wonder if there are things I maybe shouldn’t have told you
Now I’m drinking whiskey by the gallon
Looking like Jim Morrison but I’m feeling Woody Allen
I want to be your bodyguard but you want to be my pal
And I’m thinking that maybe it’s time to throw the towel in
Someday soon I think my head will explode
Just like on that Unsolved Mysteries episode
That we watched on your TV that I lost the remote to
I wonder if there are things I maybe shouldn’t have told you
I’ve got all these thoughts running though my head
It’s getting so sometimes…
Track Name: Neurotic Anthem
Lead me on, for just a little longer
Though I know you don’t belong to me, I’m already yours
And your ears are tired, but put a record on
And we’ll both just play along ‘til it runs out
You don’t have to stay
I’m just asking you to fake it for a little while longer
You don’t have to stay
I’m just asking you to fake it for a little while longer
Lead me on, ‘cause God, I’m terrified that you’ll leave
I don’t know why you stayed so long
And while I sing this neurotic anthem
I imagine your eyes scanning for a new shoulder to hang on
You don’t have to stay
I’m just asking you to fake it for a little while longer
You don’t have to stay
I’m just asking you to fake it for a little while longer
Track Name: The Price
You’re gonna die alone, she said
And when you’re gone, they will forget you
You’re gonna die alone, she said
And when you’re gone, they will forget you ever lived
And that’s the price you pay for going your own way
And that’s the price you pay for going your own way
Track Name: Song from a Bowery Opera House
I’m dreaming of the days when you tread upon the stage
And your voice tore through the hall like the screaming of an angel trapped in wire
Remember how the sweat clogged the pores upon your neck
And the boards’ creak down beneath your feet rose to meet the organ player’s tune
Oh, Eliza, how I wept at your curtain call
And the way the people spat your name upon that dusty floor
You must have felt the sting as the blackness of the ink
Was drawn up through your veins into the hardened muscles of your heart
And the brown tobacco haze on the window that you raised
Held impressions of your fingertips that faded with the coming of the fall
Oh, Eliza, how I wept at your curtain call
And the way the people spat your name upon that dusty floor
Track Name: Brother John
Brother John was a car mechanic
And every night, he’d go home and panic
As he’d watch the evening news
He’d read the Bible from cover to cover
But he’d skip chapters and usually Numbers
And he feared God and the Devil just the same
At Sunday school he’d teach the kids Revelation
All seven-headed monsters and Horsemen and damnation
And it was the only time when he felt really proud
The kids, they’d go home and grind their teeth
Dreaming of the hands reaching up from the deep
And in truth, it was the beasts and the blood
And the fire that Brother John loved
It was the fire that Brother John loved
It was the fire that Brother John loved
Track Name: When This Winter Ends
You told me that you’d marry me come the springtime
And you told me that you’d wed me come the thaw
But the nights are getting longer
And the days are getting shorter, it seems
When will this winter end
The frost on the glass is getting thicker
And I haven’t seen your face in such a while
But the nights are getting longer
And the days are getting shorter, it seems
And the snow on the ground is getting thicker with every hour
When will this winter end
When will this winter end
Track Name: Summer of Love
Hey there, baby, you’re crying all the time
But doesn’t somebody love you
There must be someone who cares
Hey baby, you’re crying all the time
But doesn’t somebody love you
There must be someone who cares
So keep your chin up, fake a grin
You can’t be cryin’ through the summer of love
Keep your chin up, fake a grin
You can’t be cryin’ through the summer of love
You can’t be cryin’ through the summer of love
You can’t be cryin’ through the summer of love
Track Name: I Can't Take You Anywhere
Oh, I can’t take you anywhere
But you make me laugh like I was young
The days and nights are so much fun with you
Oh, we could take this anywhere
And we could race the setting sun
And it would never set on us, it’s true
But what’s the point in even going out tonight
When today’s a day like any other day
We’re just counting down the minutes
We’re just racing for the finish
We’re just counting down the minutes of the day
We don’t need to go anywhere
We might just put down roots and leaves
Build a house of old cars and live in the back seat
Oh, I can’t take you anywhere
I can’t take you anywhere
Track Name: The Sun Porch
I don’t want to knock down the walls
I don’t want to live in the sun
I just want to live out my days naked and warm
I wish I could live on the sun porch
I don’t want to leave an arm between us
But I’m scared not to just go it alone
I just want to live out my days naked and warm
I wish I could live on the sun porch
On the sun porch
On the sun porch
Track Name: The Light (Reprise)
There is a light that never fails to bring the ships into the harbor
Don’t you worry about a thing, my darling
All your tears can be forgotten now
Track Name: Song for You
When I have come and gone
You may still have this song that I wrote for you
I wouldn't take it back
I wanted to give you something that would last
It’s the best my dizzy, crippled heart could do
If you leave me far behind, at least make a place
For this melody and fragile chords and the memory of a day
When someone loved you as hard as they knew
When someone loved you as hard as they knew
When someone loved you as hard as they knew how to
And everyone could go to hell but you