In the Beginning

by Billy & Dolly

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1.
Younger Days 02:58
In our younger days, you never heard the telephone, They had to call your name at least three times before you came To the sidewalk where the bulbs were pushing up for air I can’t tell you how, because you’re just a story now In our quiet days, overcast and empty miles Kept the volume down, until we found a broken cloud Then the rage was on, but mother’s heels had come and gone I can’t tell you how, because you’re just a story now They called your name At least three times Before you came In our younger days, exiles from the common roses And violence, too, and too much time to waste with you On your practice runs, spying on the ones we loved I can’t tell you how, because you’re just a story now
2.
Knock Knock 03:25
Knock knock, I know you're home Never answer your telephone I'm on to you Know the girl broke your heart Took the car, tore the house apart, I'm on to you Are you going dark now? God damn, just come outside Get rid of your poisoned pride I'm on to you Tell me, tell me why you just can't bend You'll stop the whispering of your friends Are you going dark now?
3.
So it’s back again Hear it rushing in Think I missed the show Was the last to know Are we moving on? Has it been that long? Caught myself looking back at my friends Now I’m tapped in, and trapped in the same Five years on, will I fall for it again Can’t deny all the crimes of present tense So I caved again For a shade of green And a sideways part And a middle name Now I’m standing here Left without a chair Yes, I’m wearing the mark of my crowd But I know not to say it out loud
4.
You'll find a note saying there's food on the table I might be sleeping or watching tv And I know you'll write me as soon as you're able I'll be here holding it down The ships and the planes bring the brand new arrivals But a thousand of them can't replace one of you Coming to practice their skills of survival I know they're just passing through You always used to say If we ever left this place The wind would blow these little streets away Waiting for postcards from friends who have travelled Into the future, or is it the past? I'll keep the world from becoming unraveled Until you come back around I'll be here holding it down
5.
Too many hours have been lost, too much time Still I'm filled with remorse I can't abide Oh my lord, what am I waiting for? I've burned out the light from the dawn Too many hours have been lost, but I've stopped crying I know that it's gone Locked in our old empty home with all the reminders I blocked them out for a while, but I was defeated Oh my my, when will the voices die or at least be quiet for a while Locked in our old empty home, but I've stopped crying I know that you're gone Tell me what I already know, and I'll show some mercy You don't have to hide, you'll be released Oh good god, you never crossed your heart Can't prove me wrong one last time Tell what I already know, and I'll stop crying I know that you're gone
6.
How can it be you never fall You never get the dreaded call Can’t even say what mood you’re in But darling, even so, you always win By little miracles of fate Your friends forgive you when you’re late They see you walking down the street Oh love, they bend like reeds beneath your feet With just a smile, all problems solved Your little cruelties just dissolve And everything turns out okay Somehow, dear, you always get your way
7.
Surely Fade 03:03
We got stuck on the runway one last time Our hearts stuck in a boundary, towing on a line The hardest part, is over now You caught the first train leaving, with a turncoat's smile And your story abandoned, I tear it down know I don't know who you are now Can't help but hear the echo of all these thoughts that surely will fade Like the sweetness that once was, will surely fade Now I'm back at the runway, waiting for a sign Shake the dust and years off, it's been so long
8.
Hard Times 04:48
Fell in love at the end of the Old Great Highway Busted shoals hold the homes that crown my city I've been down every road and watched the gas lights tremble There's hard times on the north side The feeling runs through here There's a sign that the gates are growing wider The sycophants fill the ships and they choke the harbor I've seen it all before and I can't be troubled There's hard times on the north side The feeling runs through here I found my home, I won't leave even though There's hard times on the north side
9.
Anvil 03:03
With the weight of an anvil Brought my old defenses down I lie awake with no answers I lie awake - it nearly killed me Tell me what I'm following Got nowhere to go If this is true Tied up tight to this anchor Fight tide pulling me down I see the coast right behind me I see the coast - I'm barely breathing Tell me what I'm following Got nowhere to go If this is true I'll find out soon
10.
In the beginning, everything was there A girl with brown eyes and a boy with long hair And secrets in treetops that no one would share There were no gardens, and there were no graves Just two children running through badlands and caves Taking for granted what nobody gave In the beginning, there was no love Just two people living, whatever that’s called Like insects that make their whole lives on one wall There was no envy, there was no disease But she grew weary of living with ease And took consolation in whispering trees He followed her out in the cool of the day He saw her talking but what did she say And why did she stand in the grass where they lay And so he learned that the world wasn’t kind He moved to a room in the back of his mind And told her to walk a few paces behind

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released November 17, 2009

Bill Rousseau - Vocals, Guitar
Dahlia Gallin Ramirez - Vocals, Pianos, Organ
Nils Erickson - Guitar
Adam Cunha - Bass Guitar
Alex DeCarville - Drums

Produced by Nils Erickson
Recorded and mixed by Jay Pellicci at Tiny Telephone
Mastered by Roger Seibel at S.A.E. Mastering
Artwork by Christopher Appelgren
All songs by Ramirez and Rousseau

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Billy & Dolly San Francisco, California

"Billy & Dolly" is the musical venture of Bill Rousseau and Dahlia Gallin Ramirez, the singing and songwriting duo of San Francisco band The Monolith.

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