Getting By

by Arrowleaf

supported by
/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $10 USD  or more

     

1.
She’s a pretty powerful thing You can’t even see what she’s making you be Til it hits you in the eye She’s a pretty powerful thing She’s dragging you in, she’s nagging again You better follow her this time Attached or not, you’re all wrapped up In her mysterious ways You can try to escape But every time, you’ll end up in the same place Making mountains out of metal, spinning circles in your brain You can try to escape But where will you go? And every time, you’ll end up in the same place Making mountains out of metal, spinning circles in your brain
2.
Surprise 03:52
You and me, we're not the same Whittled from a different grain Carved from two different bricks of clay Not that it’s a tragedy That you’re not just like me In fact I prefer it to monotony Surprise, surprise That you could look me in the eye And tell me you don't give a shit bout any of this Surprise, surprise I can't believe my eyes I really thought that line would stick Your mama said Leave it better than you found it You and me, we're not so strange Though we're from a different age Since 1932, a lot has changed You're from an old dusty town With no neighbors around Entertained yourself with stories and songs So I have to admit I'm Surprised, surprised That you could look me in the eye And tell me you don't give a shit Bout any of this Surprise, surprise I can't believe my eyes Weren't you the one who told me this? You might as well Leave it better than you found it
3.
Hey you, in your thrift store dukes Acting like you own the moon And everything the night consumes Hey you, hoping for a tragedy To catapult you into fame And help you make your name Romanticizing all of this Like it’s a novelty or something Well you’ve never been broken, or left wanting for a thing Hey you And we’re all just getting by But you gotta cry out over me Seems like you don’t have a single qualm Why don’t you invent your own See if you can pass it off In time, it’ll all come back to you Don’t you know your blood runs blue And not a single word is true Romanticizing all of this Like it’s a novelty or something Well you’ve never been broken, or left wanting for a thing Hey you And we’re all just getting by But you gotta cry out over me
4.
Sitting staring at a screen, passing time, wasting space I never remember to call, I got nothing to say Been staring at a wall So what are you gonna do about it So what are gonna say? Finding my way around, stumbling in the dark Cuz the light burnt out Maybe I’ll just go to sleep, I’m too tired to change And it won’t work anyway So what are you gonna do about it? So what are you gonna say? I don’t know how I feel about it So I guess I got nothing to say
5.
Unbeliever 04:50
When I told you what you didn’t want to know And you heard it and crumbled to the floor I regret that it had to go this way Cuz I know that isn’t what you wanted I don’t, I don’t believe it, I don’t, I don’t I don’t I don’t believe it So we waited hanging helpless in the sky Staring blankly and we’ll never know why I remember exactly what you said And I promise I won’t ever forget I don’t, I don’t believe it, I don’t, I don’t I don’t I don’t believe it You said you wouldn’t leave me I won’t I won’t I guess you didn’t need me I don’t, I don’t
6.
Middle Name 04:48
I’m holdin onto too many things And I can’t take anymore Or something’s gonna fall by the way I can’t do this another day Stubborn is my middle name I’d rather shed some skin before I let you go Oooh Been carrying too much weight I need to take a break But no one else will pick up the load And I’m staring, staring Into the abyss while you march circles round my fist And in my mind I’m letting go Oooh
7.
HDYK 03:49
How did you know where I came from Following closely or from afar Watching me slowly offer it up How did you know where I came from? Laying it out like a magazine Side by side visions of my life Fill it with color and blur the lines How did you know where I came from? House of mirrors Everything looks the same How did you know my name How did we find our way Stuck in my skin like a parasite Can’t seem to quit or get it off my mind House of mirrors Everything looks the same How did you know my name How did we find our way How did you know my name
8.
River 02:08
Fierce as a fist Swift as a current Soft as your lips Stronger than stone Sharp as a knife Carving through canyons Carry the life of the world to the sea No one tells a river where to run When men try to harness her power She fights back with fury and flood Raises her temperature, boils her blood Roiling and angry she calls out to me No one tells a river where to run
9.
Mtn Peak 04:27
Mountain peak and valley floor A familiar place we've been before I'm sorry, but I know I'm sure River wide and tumbling You must get lost to find what you need And what I need is room to breathe And make up my mind about what I believe Sky so high and big and blue It was not my intention to hurt you I'm sorry, but I know I'm sure
10.
I've been so patient, I've understood Every explanation, I take your word Got me believin your heart is kind Deep down I know that you've got me on a long long line You string, string me along I only hear your bad promises Tired of hearing just hold on tight I cling to every chance Knuckles gripped white You oughta know I won't go down without a fight Don't try and justify, don't tell me it will be just fine You string, string me along I only hear your bad promises
11.
Dirty Pain 03:31
My eyes are heavy, my love is wide I did all I could to keep you from the fire The waters muddy, I lost my way So I’ll wallow in the filth of dirty pain So why is it so difficult I tried to dismantle The Rube Goldberg machine that you built to keep People like me from ever breaking through My eyes are heavy, my love is wide For the thousandth time I’ve failed before I tried You throw the first dart, I got the next 25 Now just walk away and leave me where I lie My eyes are heavy my love is wide I did all I could to keep you satisfied So why is it so difficult I tried to dismantle The Rube Goldberg machine that you built to keep People like me from ever breaking through
12.
Used to Pray 04:07
I used to pray Every time I heard the sirens wail away Didn’t second guess, maybe I thought that I could save I’d count to five Every time I saw lightning strike When the thunder clapped I’d know that we were safe from fire I used to think I was special, I was different, I was right Something moving through me wouldn’t let me tell a lie I pushed and pulled Hammered you with questions til you broke Yelled until you cried in the name of the holy ghost I ran away To a place where no one knew me, tried to put this all behind me Tried to flee my memory One early morn I was wrestling with a dream when I heard Sirens closing in, couldn’t even count to one But I was rushed And how could talking at the sky even help So I hurried on my way, and when I got there I found out

about

In relinquishing the desire to control the world around her, Arrowleaf songwriter Sarah Marker abandons the patterns of frustration and hopelessness triggered by those things outside her control. Arrowleaf’s forthcoming album Getting By focuses simultaneously on Marker’s exhaustion and hopefulness as she recognizes the importance of keeping her frustration from getting the best of her. Its songs act like post-it notes on a bedroom door reminding the listener that there’s a big difference between giving up and giving in.

It’s a constant barrage, so the cycle is seemingly endless, yet Getting By tacitly and pleasantly reconciles the unfolding of shared events with specific stories and feelings. Recorded in Marker’s home studio, Arrowleaf pairs washy guitar work, humming bass, and the occasional riotous trumpet line with delicate anecdotes; dreamy conversations with wide open spaces that address stories of loss and grief on a larger scale.

Bolstered by the supportive and diverse Missoula scene, which exists across a broad variety of liminal venues and helpful communities, Arrowleaf’s pensive sounds gleam tonally and crackle dynamically while they survive in lyrical cycles of hope and frustration; control relinquished and regained over and over in seemingly every song.

The core band of Sarah Marker, Amanda Ceaser, Jon Filkins, Jim Riach, and Brady Schwertfeger are bolstered by Missoula musicians Kira Bassingthwaite, Sean Burress, Bethany Joyce, Kaya Juda-Nelson, Peter Puczkowskyj, Dan Weiss, and Jake Whitecar to create something languorously comfortable and imminently sensory.

credits

released April 23, 2021

Produced by Sarah Marker, Jake Whitecar, and Jon Filkins
Recorded by Jake Whitecar and Jon Filkins at RedBall Recording Studio in Missoula, MT
Mixed by Jake Whitecar at Orangutan Sound in Missoula, MT
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago, IL
Photography by Kayla McCormick
Album artwork design by Amanda Ceaser

Supported in part by a grant from the Montana Arts Council, an agency of the State Government, and the National Endowment for the Arts

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Arrowleaf Missoula, montana

Arrowleaf is an indie rock quintet from Missoula, Montana. Featuring the introspective songwriting of Sarah Marker, the band is filled out by the thoughtful work of Brady Schwertfeger, Jim Frazer Riach, Amanda Ceaser, and Jon Filkins.


Associated acts: Mendelssohn, Norwell, dead glaciers
... more

contact / help

Contact Arrowleaf

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Report this album or account

Arrowleaf recommends:

If you like Arrowleaf, you may also like: