I Have Slipped the Surly Bonds of Earth​.​.​. And Touched the Face of God

by You Rest, You Joy Life

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about

the story of a man whom, dissatisfied with his static life on earth, builds a makeshift spacecraft in his backyard and travels to the stars and silence of outer space. there, he discovers within himself the one thing that kept him more grounded than gravity ever could: love

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on this record you rest, you joy life is:

andrew muller: electric guitar, vocals
josh cowdrey: electric guitar, vocals
brad schmelzer: electric bass, vocals
topher schuetz: drums

credits

released January 1, 2017

all music written and performed by you rest, you joy life except for lyrics on "i think they call this uncertainty" and "wensleydale" written by david sobolak and andrew muller

"high flight" poem written by john gillespie magee, jr.

synth on "high flight" & "cold feet/brief, beautiful" by ethan ehlers

additional vocals on "cold feet/brief, beautiful" by ethan ehlers, tyler keir, and angelo chavez

special thanks to mr. schuetz for being the raddest dad

special thanks to dani stauffer for "go fuck yourself"

engineered 10/28/16 - 11/12/16 by ethan ehlers at cloud ripper studios

mastered by ethan ehlers

produced by you rest, you joy life & ethan ehlers

art by brad schmelzer and liam rush

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You Rest, You Joy Life Detroit, Michigan

big band:

andrew muller
josh cowdrey
lindsey freedman
collin jerue
david sobolak
toper schuetz


header photo taken by alexandria raths

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Track Name: High Flight
"oh! i have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
sunward i've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things
you have not dreamed of --wheeled and soared and swung
high in the sunlit silence. hov'ring there
i've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
my eager craft through footless halls of air..."

-john gillespie magee, jr.
Track Name: I Think They Call This Uncertainty
my hand fades into the darkness of my bedroom
as i lie awake thinking of you
people's voices seem to echo in pain
'cause i'm in pain

staring out the window
watching the rain coming in
(and, oh, it's coming in)

my hand fades into the darkness of my bedroom
as i fall asleep dreaming of a new
listening to the rain fall on the roof
to hide my tears

and i don't need you
maybe i do
but i don't know
Track Name: Wensleydale
how long does it take
for everything to break and go away?
for me to feel new?
to give me a break?

and i don't pretend what's happening to me
when everything is falling apart

and i miss you when we're barely apart
what would i do when i have to restart?

when i go away
it's a chance to be new
that's what they all say
but truthfully, i'd be worse without you

and i don't pretend what's happening to me
when everything is falling apart

even though i'm the only one who ever sees
that it's really happening to me
Track Name: Old Haunt
we have seen better days
we don't talk anymore
it's dark and we liked it that way
when we'd sleep on the floor

my conscious called in sick
and i know i never had it
my conscious called in sick

have you seen all the ways
that i walk through the door?
pull my head from your gaze
i know you loved me before

my conscious called in sick
and i know i never had it
my conscious called in sick
Track Name: Cold Feet/Brief, Beautiful
my room smells like stale beer and memories i won't forget
i wander in my awkward thoughts;
maybe what you're doing or if you're thinking of me too
shotgunning beers 'till we're both falling backwards
talking about your family
or that guy flirting with your friend
but we both know he couldn't get her

my self-esteem's about six feet under
but you boost me up
all i want is your embrace
but it's impermanence caused this addiction

i know it's snowing outside, but i can't cut my arms off
i'm not that strong yet
i'm not that strong yet

sitting on the roof
tattered vans, your dad's sweatshirt, and high ambitions
let's look at the stars and talk about how life sucks
and how i think you're kind of cute

my self-esteem's about six feet under
but you boost me up
all i want is your embrace
but it's impermanence caused this addiction

i know it's snowing outside, but i can't cut my arms off
i'm not that strong yet
i'm not that strong yet

my love, i'll paint the world with the color of your eyes

i built these bridges out of metal so that they'd never burn
'cause wood's just not reliable
i swear that you'll never learn

you'll never learn


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"...up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
i've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
where never lark or even eagle flew --
and, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
put out my hand, and touched the face of god."

-john gillespie magee jr