A Greater Good EP

by Haystack Charm

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  • In the summer of 2010, Nate and Dusty spent their days working terrible jobs. One was selling textbooks door to door to strangers in California and the other was approaching strangers on the streets of Seattle to donate money to a cause. Late that summer Nate messaged Dusty saying that he was coming back to Seattle and that they needed to start a band. Dusty accepted.

    The two worked on some songs together and played a couple shows, but it still didn't feel right. In pursuit of more musicians, a friend sent Marshall their way to play violin. Things were starting to come together. The trio played a couple shows, but it still was not full. Finally, when Patrick and Chase joined the group with drums and bass things finally became clear.

    This 6 song EP is an introduction to Haystack Charm. We are constantly seeking to evolve our sound These recordings mark not only our beginnings, but glimpses at where we want to go. Some songs are meant to make you dance and sway, others are to incite contemplation, and there are tracks used as vehicles to release aggression. Amidst all of this there is a subtle theme of a "greater good."
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released May 8, 2011

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Track Name: Pier 52
Half past eight when we got the word
Significant damage to the stern
Captain's voice on the microphone
We won't be making it back home

Pier 52
Is where I'll find you
You hold your neck
I'll hold my breath

Blue, green, gray, white every hue
Blend inside our watery tomb
Life preserver floats away
Lock our hands amongst the fray

Pier 52
Is where I'll find you
You hold your neck
I'll hold my breath

As we choke our last breaths
Whisper words she won't forget
Before we scream that this is a tragedy
I think some good can come from this

Now we're choking our last breaths
Now we're sinking to the depths
A greater good isn't a lie
Cause I found you, didn't I?
Track Name: Frank Buckles
A left the farm when I was young
I gave my heart to America
The war was fought and the war was won
Still I know time it spares no one

I am the only one
I am the only one

One hundred years and still we fight
And still I don't know the reasons why
I know we can learn, I know we should try
I have to remember those who died

I am the only one
I am the only one
Track Name: Fireweed
Would you stand with me
Amidst the fireweed?
And I'll brush your hair to the side

If you can't be here now
I will wait right here for you
Cause I've got all the time in the world

We can go anywhere
Or stay right here
I don't care, as long as you're near

With the icy backdrop
Nothing can ever take my thoughts
Of you away from me

We can take the river down
You can wear that brand new gown
I bought for you at the shop that you like

We can go anywhere
Or stay right here
I don't care, as long as you're near

In the midnight midst
I will try and steal a kiss
And woe you with my way with words

And when we sit
In Auke bay we'll reminisce
On a summer when we weren't alone

We can go anywhere
Or stay right here
I don't care, as long as you're near
Track Name: Goodbye Letter
She said,
"You'll make a lucky girl happy some day, but darling it's just not me."

A five page letter next to a dull wedding ring
That I'd seen twenty years before
She said she'd moved on to different things
The spark is gone, and you're such a bore

The be professional at the art of love
Isn't a skill, but a waste of time
And if you asked me what I thought of love
And what I think now, I'd say it's a crime

I clench my jaw and I close my eyes
Your perfume still lingers here
You tried to cover this all up with lies
Cover up how this all appears.

The be professional at the art of love
Isn't a skill, but a waste of time
And if you asked me what I thought of love
And what I think now, I'd say it's a crime

You were the reason that I got up in the morning
And now you're why I can't sleep at night
You should have given me some kind of warning
Cause now I know things will never be alright

The be professional at the art of love
Isn't a skill, but a waste of time
And if you asked me what I thought of love
And what I think now, I'd say it's a crime

She said,
"You'll make a lucky girl happy some day."
But darling, I'm glad it ain't you.
Track Name: Bow and Arrow
Bow and arrow, steady your aim
On a different target, cause you already missed this one.
And why do I feel terrible for your mistakes?
'Cause I'm too damn prideful and so are you

If we should meet on the road
And I see you lying there
Gasping for air
Would I show compassion or grace
Would I even know your name?

Could I put out the fire
In this heart of rage
Can I quench this desire
For things to change?

God help me through this mess
God help me to address
God help me to suppress
God help me, God help me
God help me

Bow and Arrow
We are one in the same
Just two different targets
Sharing the blame
Track Name: Paradise
It's not too hot and it's not too cold
But I think I'll wear a jacket
In case the weather turns

The sky is orange and brown
The leaves are on the ground
The air feels good in my lungs this evening

Read a letter from a friend in Colorado
Fold the envelope
And put it in my pocket

I think of how he's been
What a life, what a dream it must be
It's good to hear from him

Meet up with some friends at a house down the street
To eat a meal, share some stories
And slap our knees

I drink a glass of wine
I say "My, this is fine"
We all agree we never want to leave this moment

Drink another glass
Time barely passes us
We've got nowhere to go except to be right here

If paradise is anything like this
I'd be quite okay with that

If paradise is even half as nice
That'd be fine with me