On This Day Last Year

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Lay Low Moon's first full-length effort! Produced by Daniel Radin of The Novel Ideas, and featuring New England favorite Hayley Sabella & others!

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Dedicated to the memory of Philip Harrison

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released August 17, 2018

Performed by:
Seán McKenna
Daniel Radin
Hayley Sabella
Karl Grohmann
Danny Hoshino

Produced & Engineered by Daniel Radin
Recorded April 2016 – August 2017 at Brighton Hills in Brighton, Massachusetts. Additional recording at Bearded Drummer Recording in Needham, Massachusetts & Brighton Hills West in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Mixed by Sean Cahalin, March 2018 at Q Division Studios in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Mastered by Nick Dragoni at M Works Mastering in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Cover Photo: Will Radin / www.willradin.com
Design Concept: Seán McKenna

All songs written by Seán Andrew McKenna, © 2018 ['All Affirming' © 2014] Smoldering Boulder Music (BMI) – with the exception of "Simple Man," written by Graham William Nash, © 1972 Nash Notes (BMI), used by permission.

℗ 2018 Battlement Records, all rights reserved.

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Lay Low Moon is an Indie-Folk-Pop collective built around the songs of Seán McKenna and is comprised of Seán and various friends around the Greater Boston area.

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Track Name: Late July
You met me on a Saturday night in late July
when I could believe in you, and you me
and I could fly, every time your blue eyes would look my way

But you had your doubts, and I had my chances
and I don't ask why, but I could barely stand it

'Cause I was someone else
I was breaking promises to myself
I was yours, for a little while
or so I thought, or so I thought
Track Name: All Affirming
I drive through four lanes of strange and you said, "magic"
and I'm aware that nothing about this situation is tragic
and I would like to get to know me
and I look to you as you're asleep in the passenger's seat
I believe, yes I, I believe that I have to go away for a while

I strive for concepts and change that I'm not sure of
and I admit that I've lost all the things I liked the allure of
and I would like to tell you everything
but I know how things works and I don't mind waiting
I believe, yes I, I believe that I have to go away for a while

I fly through five miles of mange that is the highway
Going, I've never seen it like this on a Friday
and I could not just travel aimlessly
I know it would take some time for amnesty
I believe, yes I, I believe that I have to go away for a while

If I were at my home
I'd sit on my couch that smells like cigarettes
inside my house that isn't finished yet
and I'd speak to you as if you were in the room

I smile on all those who estrange themselves from this pavement
Knowing I can't even see, this road's too fragrant
And I could not just be a slave to this
to all the other steel boxes and radio bliss
I believe, yes I, I believe that I have to go away for a while

If I were so honest
I love the scent of the suburbs in
the summer time and your sun soaked skin
but I would know better than to be all affirming

And I drive through four lanes of strange and you said, "magic"
and I'm aware that nothing about this situation is tragic
and I would like you to believe in me
now you're awake and you look at me like you don't know me
I believe, yes I, I believe that I have to go away for a while
Track Name: Second Floor Apartment
You went walking now down by the beach
until your feet would no longer
until your hands would no longer

You were always now just out of reach
if only my arms were longer
then maybe I could wait longer

But I just could not leave Washington Street
no I just could not leave
while I was in love with the occupant of the second floor apartment
and you know I'd love to earn your trust
but that's not my department, is it now?

There's a man upstairs with a ring on his hand
who thinks he has you
who hopes he has you still

but i just could not leave washington street
no i just could not leave
while i was in love with the occupant of the second floor apartment
and you know i'd love to earn your trust
but that's not my department, is it now?

My memories of us are walking through snow
Maybe i just had no way to know
that all these footprints on Washington Street
would melt down into the sea

While I was in love with the one who's truth does lie
deep beneath her shoreline
and you know i'd love to be your one
but I don't think I could be, one of two
if you knew

There's a man down there who knows not what he has
who thinks he has you
Track Name: Knew
I don't think that I belong
it surprises me I'm not already gone
and I don't know if I know you
and I don't think that I do
and I don't think that I can hold you
and I don't know if you knew, just what I knew

I don't think that I can help
but feel a little bit like hell
every time that I look at you
and every time that I do
I don't think that I could leave you
and I don't know if you knew, just what I knew

'Cause your eyes are so god damn blue
they remind me I never really had you
but please tell me that isn't true
that there's something I didn't do
but I knew

You came as such a fine surprise
that happened right before my eyes
about as quickly as you came to be
and I don't know if you can be
just what I need

'Cause your eyes are so god damn blue
they remind me I never really had you
but please tell me that isn't true
please tell me that I'm just going crazy
that there's something I didn't do
maybe that I was just being lazy
but I don't know, I don't know
but you knew
Track Name: On This Day Last Year
We started our day
with American Yellows and our coffee black
but before much time
we switched to red wine that comes in a silver can

and we carry our shame in our hands
and unlit cigarettes in the sand
and I don't know you but I wish
that you could loosen up your grip
Track Name: Merideth
I don't where you are traveling to
but I know your life is moving too
and I don't know that I believe in you anymore

And I don't know where you're supposed to be
but I'm pretty sure it's not with me
but I'm not sure that I believe in me anyway

'Cause Merideth, I'd like to hug your hips
but I'd love to kiss your lips, your lips
and Merideth, I'd like to be there too
but you know it isn't true, for you

So come with me over to buzzards bay
Jump off the rocks and we'll float away
for a while now it'll be okay in my head

'Cause Merideth, I'd like to hug your hips
but I'd love to kiss your lips, your lips
and Merideth, I'd like to be there too
but you know it isn't true, for you
for you
Track Name: Much Obliged
I spent summer in the city without you
watching the pavement heat up
and it feels so good to walk into the place
with my headache down in knees

I want you, yes I want you
I want you to know that I want you

Walking down fourteenth street
will always remind of your name
and watching the sunset in Chelsea
will always make me think of your face

I want you, yes I want you
I want you to know that I want you

and I feel much obliged to stare
and I hope you feel much obliged to care
and I hope you feel much obliged to stay
Track Name: Shadow On My Ceiling
You moved up from Arizona or somewhere just as dry
and you looked higher than the sky, and believed you still knew why
it's all too bad I met you in Rhode Island
to the rising sun

You've got black hair so it shows and it's all pulled back in braids
and it ain't got nothing to say, it just slays your shoulder blades
it's all too much I still look for your former
in the rising sun

Why can't I, I can't be the one to see?
Who I am, who am I supposed to be?

I've got your shadow on my ceiling, you're still held up with tacks
and I can't mask the things I'm saying
and you don't care to ask
I don't know if I can fall out of this
is the damage done?

Don't you know, you don't know just where you went
who you are, who are you to be content with this damaged one?

I am human, I am durable
I am hopeless
hear me roar
hear me roar
Track Name: Without You
I don't know how the time defies
If I told you once then I've told you twice
But that don't mean a goddamn thing
And I don't mean a goddamn thing without you

So tell me now, if I do my best
while my heart, it shakes inside my chest
Do I stand a chance? Do I get your best?
'Cause I don't know if I stand a chance without you
No, I don't think that I stand a chance without you

Can I let you know? Can I just own up?
That I don't dream of another face while I am slumbering
And I'll tell you now, honey, I admit
To fall asleep is to fall behind is to fall so hard for you

I guess I should not be surprised
If in the morn when I open my eyes
You're on my mind as I lie awake without you
But I just don't think that my sun will rise without you
without you
Track Name: The Bottle
It seems I lost you in Chicago
and I don't know just where the rain falls
but I emptied the bottle into my stomach
and I tell you everything I need to hear
to make it clear

And I don't just where the time goes
but I don't need to, to keep me sober
but I emptied the bottle into my stomach
and I tell you everything I need to hear
to keep you near

And I don't know where I've been
I don't know where I am
I don't know where to go
all I know is that you feel like home
like home
like home

Do I look familiar? Do I sound familiar to you?
I can't breathe the air

So I let it all out, onto the pavement
and I don't know, just where it all went
but I empty my lungs out into the thin air
and I tell you everything, I need to fear
'cause it's been ten years

And I don't know where I've been
I don't know even where I am
I don't know where to go
all I know is that you feel like home
like home
like home
Track Name: Thru & Thru
I don't know if I know me
Through and through and through again
I don't know if I have the right to
but I believe in you, you do

And so I'm going away
I'm not coming back until I'm better
But I'm not sure that I'm through with you
And I don't think that I see through ya
So please just ask me to stay
and tell me more about the weather

'Cause I don't know what it is I'm saying to me
I don't know what it is I'm saying to myself, but
the fact of the matter is that you may very well be all I need

I don't have much more to say
'Cause I've been bruised and I've been battered
and I don't know if I get through to you, Ann
But I just hope and I pray that you follow through
that you follow through
that you follow through