Independent (debut album)

by empire garrison

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released July 4, 2005

Recorded at Source Emission Studios, Minneapolis, MN
Spring of '03 through Spring of '05 by Jim O'Neil
Mixed by Jim O'Neil and Craig Holmquist
Mastered by Luke Harper at Magneto Mastering

All songs and lyrics copyright City Farmer Music, ASCAP

Craig Holmquist - Vocals, Guitar
Tom Gerde - Bass, Vocals
Steven Turtle Hahn - Drums
Tim Oesau - Keyboards

Empire Garrison would like to thank:
Jim O'Neil and everyone at Source Emission Studios for their hard work and accommodation
Our family and friends for everything they do
Shane Reese for his diligent and all too patient work
Mr. Hooper...John Kerns and Kevin Dragseth for their inspiration
Jeremy Jones for the name
Jake Langevin and Mark Harrington for their equipment
Greg Mazzuco for "of Awesome"
Christian Nesheim
God
And you for your support

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empire garrison Minneapolis, Minnesota

2001: empire garrison is formed as a power trio.
2003: eg increases in size by 33%.
2005: eg releases Independent on the fourth of July.
2007: eg again inflates by an additional 25%.
2009: eg releases Goodbye Singing Songs on Valentine's Day.
2012: eg continues to release songs on holidays, but stands fast at 5 members at the time of this missive.
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Track Name: Board
Calling trumps they fall down dead
Seeing things they know
Carving trunks into a bed
Stealing what's his home

Utensils shown
Glimmer shown
Feeling unknown
What is left?

Moving trunks and closing books
Starching lines and hooks
How I look and what I say
Arbitrary flay

Feeling unknown
Glimmer shown
Redemption tome
What is left?

Spend a lifetime just growing old
Track Name: Trifle
Maybe somewhere down the road
You'll know what it means
To be waiting for the curve
Maybe someday when it's dark
You'll know what it means
To have the match, but not the spark

I know that the road is getting slick
I know that the ice ain't very thick
I know that I think more than I should
I know what it's like to be good

Maybe somewhere down the road
You'll know what it means
To be waiting for the girl
Did you love her from afar
Thigmotropic dreams
Get you ready for this world

I know that the road is getting slick
I know that the ice ain't very thick
I know that I think more than I should
I know what it's like to be good

I know that I know more than I say
I know that you like it more that way
I know that I think more than I should
I know what it's like
I know what it's
Like I know the road is getting slick
Like I know the ice ain't very thick
Like I know I think more than I should

I know what it's like to be good
Track Name: Learning
And you know I never ran out on you
And you know I never could be untrue
I hope you know I never will be the same
Never would be the same

And I know I never ran out on you
And I know I never could be untrue
Now I know I never would be the same
Never would be the same

And I know I've never set eyes on you
And I know I never could be untrue
I hope you know I never will be the same
Never will be the same

And I know that it's not over 'til it's done
And I feel that I'm a loner 'til I've won
Somebody's love and she'll mean more than the sun
I'll write about her, think of her and me as one
Track Name: Relevant
I was far more relevant
When all of my friends
Had nothing better to do
Now, I look around
Listening for their sounds
Expectant of nothing new

Finding something more
A clamor 'yond the door
Of droves planning escape
To where, I don't know,
But it stands to show
It'll be somewhere that I ain't

You used to care, and me, I know you will

I know that I shouldn't bitch
About these problems which
Have nothing to do with you
But I sense you listen
Not in exhibition
But for your greatest of fears

Tearing down your walls
Hearing no footfalls
And sensing no one is there
Then you look around
Listening for the sounds
Seeing nothing, you stare

You used to stare at me, I know you will

Come on back around
I let you down somehow
And if I get it right this time
Will it all fall down?
Track Name: Stuck
I went for a walk that seems like for miles
I'm getting further from your smile
Should I turn back? I still say no.
It's been a while since I've been around
What did they do to my little town?
Shall I turn back? I still say no.

I cannot see your face
It's all I have of you some days

Do you know me? It seems that I had
The best times that I ever will have
In your arms? You still say no.
I heard there's a bride with a wedding gown
And a ring with no money down
Will he come back? She still says no.

I cannot see your face
It's all I have of you some days

Turning back and sticking around
The further I run, the closer to home

It's been a while since I've been around
What did they do to my fucking town?
Learning that and sticking around
The further I run, the closer to home
Track Name: Faith
God knows what you've done
God knows what you've meant to me

Yeah, I see you've taken away
Nothing I held (back from) you
You are left nothing to say
I can't feel my (hands or) feet

God knows that we've talked
God knows that I've kept away
God knows how you've lived
"God knows what I know" you'd say

I feel you slipping away
Slowly I get (numb and ) free
You, I know you've nothing to say
I can't feel my (hands or) feet

God knows what He wills
God knows what it is to us
God knows what he hears
God knows what I meant to say

When you're right, you are right

I walked through the garden, fell on my knees
I saw you in Heaven, dona nobis
Pacem, requiem domine
I will take you down


You are right when you're right
Track Name: Footnote: The Theme
And I think about the day that you changed and left LA
Looking back, I wonder why I was scared of your reply
Knowing how I was so wrong wanting you to come along
Sighing more and breathing less
Now, I've learned I'm not scared
I'm not scared

People tell me that I'm not too bright
And I don't know so I suppose they're right
But there's nothing I can do now
I'm so in love with you now
And I'm much too old to think I'll be okay

Anywhere you go, anywhere, the fool follows

And then, when I finish My Book
I'll ask you to take a look
At sing-song lines of treacly prose
And cloying verse that I have chose
To signify a deeper feel
Of things I did to try to heal
Footnote: the theme is lost on me
But I know I'm not scared
I'm not scared

People tell me that I'm not too bright
And I don't know so I suppose they're right
But there's nothing I can do now
I'm so in love with you now
And I'm much too old to think I'll be okay

Anywhere you go, anywhere, the fool follows

If you told me that I'd still carry this against my will
I would tell you not to change or your life to rearrange
I'm not scared

People tell me that I'm not too bright
And I don't know so I suppose they're right
But there's nothing I can do now
I'm so in love with you now
And I'm much too old to feel I'll be okay

Anywhere you go, anywhere, the fool follows
Track Name: Map
Wherever you go I'll be there with you
Whatever you do I'll be there for you
Whatever you say I'll remember it for you
Whatever you know must come from within

Yourself and with an ardor you do what you mean
It's not your fault it's just and without malice I say
You're not alone

Wherever you go, well then, there you are
Whomever you know will only go so far
Whatever you choose will soon fail you somehow
Whatever you loose will come back soon anew

To you and to your memories. I know that it will
It's not your fault. It's just and without malice I say
You're not alone

Wherever you are

Wherever you are I'll be there with you
Whatever you've been through
Wherever you are
Track Name: Topography of Awesome
Comic girl, you mean the world to me
But I can't find the words to tell you so
What I can't live without is your topography
Of awesome

Sub-shop girl, you might remember me
I'm the one you asked "white, wheat, or whole?"
What I can't forget is your topography
Of awesome

I'd like to take you so far away from here

Bait-shop girl, you don't remember me
And we're better off if you don't know
What I can't figure out is your topography
Of awesome

You're my bait-shop girl
Track Name: Strength
Driving into the sun, taking her back where she came from
Driving into the sun and we will never , oh, no never
Ever come this way again
Driving into the sun

There's a ring on her hand, a stone for each one of her loves
And now all are here except for one who couldn't be here
Because the mom outlived the son

And it feels like Heaven isn't so far from home
No, heaven isn't so far from home

Driving into the sun, taking her back where she came from
Driving into the sun and we will never , oh, no never
Ever be alone again
Driving into the sun

And it feels like Heaven isn't so far from home
No, heaven isn't so far from home
Heaven isn't so far
Track Name: Third Person
"Why does he give away the easy stuff?"
She acts so tough. She's had enough today
She turns away and doesn't hear him say
"It's not too late."

Scratching the scar until it opens up
He loosens up enough to feel okay
He turns away too scared to hear her say
"It's too late."

Holding it back until he knows he'll burst
Expect the worst and promise not to blink
It makes him think that he's more scared that he
Will be okay

Changing her mind, she never knows what's next
It's a good guess he won't. He is that way,
But she won't say and now she needs him more,

But it's too late
Track Name: Queue
I waited a long time to see your face
Oh, such a long time to see your face
Don't know what it was back then
But I know that it can be that again this time

Because the only thing that's in my way is me this time
But I'm the only thing that's me

I stuck around to hear your voice
Still not long enough to have a choice
I don't care how long it's been
Just a bit longer and then I'll quit this time

Because the only thing that's in my way is me this time
Like I'm the only thing that's real

If you know, then why did you want to know?

Do you want to stay away?
Do you want to stay?

I waited around to see your face
Such a long time to see your face
If you knew, then why did you have to go?
I wait around to hear you say, "This time"

Because the only thing that's in my way is me this time

'Cause you're the only thing that's real
Track Name: Home
Even though my heart is ready
Even thought my will is steady
I know I have to go home

Even though my head is ready
Even though my faith is steady
I know I have to go home

If you know, don't let it show
Don't save me
Save me

Even though my rhyme is heady
Even though my act is petty
I know I have to go home

If you know, don't let it show
Don't save me

Save me
Track Name: My Book (Demo)
I know I've read this one before
But I'm still in love with you
I don't remember how it ends
I know we start as friends
But I'm still in love with you
I know my hero's arc is weak
Your heroine is meek
But I'm still in love with you

I feel magic in the air when I remember you there