The Palm Tree

by Chris & Mollie

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Chris & Mollie's debut is a feverish affair, moving confidently from blown lo-fi psychedelia to moments of itchy twee transcendence. Don't let the name fool you: this duo is decidedly maximalist, imbuing the record with fuzzy studio embellishment, flute flutters, and swooning orchestral largesse. Indeed, in less capable hands, this would be an overstuffed and overeager record, but Christopher Donlon's work instead feels decidedly alive, sentient even. "Gravity," for example, starts with industrial crashes and eventually devolves into a dubby, heady bridge, but all within the context of what could only ever be described as a pure pop song. This variety of sonic textures and influences is implemented with grace and only in service of the album's greater emotional and narrative arc. Yes, that means this is a concept album -- something about failing to stay together for the kid -- but a decidedly cohesive and loose one, lacking the rigidity or jumpiness of many of its ilk. The Palm Tree succeeds on two levels, then, as both a tuneful and surprisingly funky indie pop record if heard in passing, and as a densely layered, emotionally wrought experience on headphones. - Allmusic.com

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released January 1, 2007

Chris Donlon - Vocals, Guitars, Clarinet, Keys
Mollie Hagar - Vocals, Drums
Kate McLean - Vocals
Mastered by Jason Krane

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The Creepy Crawlies are a humble attempt to transform psychic pain into pop pleasure, turn feeling small into a wall of sound, and celebrate the tiny triumphs amidst tragedy (even if the triumph is solely one of denial).

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Track Name: Slow Sunrise
sunrise so slow
I'm sure to wake though
sunrise warm glow
pour through that window

it does not hurt my eyes
it will not burn my eyes
no matter how it tries

all the short short circuits in my brain
cannot start to begin to explain
these strange beings that surround me
OH are they aliens or am I one of them?
do we share the same sun the same light that shines so bright
still it doesn't hurt my eyes

OH what does it burn for
what do I yearn for?
what is the secret to the glow?

oh the glow

I think it's burning to say
it's okay it's okay to be happy
sad or sappy
so what?
so what?
I'm all choked up
an emotional slut
who can't get it up

can't get it up now
can't get it

two for six eight who do you appreciate?
can't get it up
eight six four two is there anything you wanna do?
can't get it up
Track Name: Gravity
I am so sick of you
are you sick of me
I hope so

in the morning dressing down
it's the season
it's the season to stick
it's the season to stick stick stick
stick around

cause there are many ways to get by
and you're the coolest of lies
lie to me
oh something sugary

don't be a fool for love cause you might not ever find enough of that stuff
i am so sick of you are you sick of me I hope so

and weather or not we planned it this birth is now a planet
a mass which we must orbit around
around

do you remember when we were young?
I would whistle while you played drums
we were happy and we had fun
okay I really can't whistle but we had fun

now we live in a home for the living dead and I'm
so bored I don't care if we die of that stuff

weather or not we planned it this birth is now a planet
a mass which we must orbit around

there are many ways to get by but you're the coolest of lies

I am so sick of you are you sick of me I hope so
I hope so I hope so I hope so

oh even though I hope so we know we're not alone
Track Name: Carousel of Progress
if you wanna be happy you'll leave
you'll leave me for nothing more than an open sore
the worst part of this is what we'll miss if we keep to these sheets
in celibate sleep

to stay with me you know you must be crazy
and that's putting it gently
my love this love is insanity

in paladin skin there's no protection
a corrosive core would cease to exist
listless though it is

to stay with me you know you must be crazy
and that's putting it gently
my love this love is insanity

baby
so what
who cares who thinks we're nuts
even if it's us
NO especially if it's us
we're not nuts
Track Name: Transition Trade
when you walk outside and it's a bright new day
and you start to wonder about the things that you might say
to those people you'll meet
and things that you might do
and how

it'll all seem so trivial when it's through
trivial when it's through
I'm fine thanks and how are you
life is long and life is short
you're anxious and then you're bored
waiting waiting for
someone to cut the cord

we'll did that raven sing a song just for you
was it shrill and awkward or did it ring true
was the life you abandoned worth the penny you saved
was it something you lost or something that you gave
something that you gave
away

5678
life is long and life is short
you're anxious and then you're bored
waiting waiting for
someone to cut the cord

why don't you trash a corporate store
and write a song with just three chords
and start a trend even if it's dumb
and make believe you do it just for fun
I did it just for fun

now, now

do you hate
the hands of fate
I hope it's not, not too late
for the transition trade
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Track Name: Nowhere
my my my my
aren't you uncommonly verbose
for a comatose man

well my head may be empty but I've got breath a-aplenty so I do
(yes you do)
what I can
(what you can)
you've got to use what's in your hand
oh

I feel it comin on it's comin back strong
I feel it comin on it's comin back so strong
I feel it comin on I feel it I feel it yeah

HEY

what does it matter
what does it matter to you
what does it matter
I wonder do you care at all?
(I care, of course I care just not about you)
at a a a - choo!

I get a leak in my veins
whenever I look
whenever I look at a pretty face

it's just my heart too big to keep
let it leak, let it leak

it's just my love so far at sea
let him sink, let him let him sink
let him sink

it's just my will, it's growing weak
I'm gonna let it leak (I'm gonna let it leak)
Oh yeah

entertain your body
but don't lose your mind
on the wayside
or something will die
in your arms tonight

mmmmmm

oh my dear are we now here or are we nowhere now?
(a-choo!)
or are we no where now?
Now my dear are we now here or are we or are we or are we or are we
no where now now now NOW!

Hey pretty lady you know you are lookin better than ever!
Track Name: Mice Eyes
your pupils move like mice
scatter like dice
when you lie
it shows through those lovely eyes
I adored
once now no more
(no no more idle chatter, no more playing shoots and ladders)
it came as no surprise I knew this would die
because time always yields that final prize
well surprise, surprise
getting drunk seems to be the way I cope
with losing hope!

aaaaa aHHHH

Hey, hey
let's get this party started
Track Name: Waltz
the circumstances
dictate
you won't escape the feeling of "I'm okay"
so the sun also rises for one more day
oh don't believe all the shit that you've seen
it makes a pretty picture but such a lousy dream
and all the make-up can't make it better
well maybe marginally

don't believe all the shit that you've seen
it makes a pretty picture but such a fucked-up dream
and all the make-up can't make it better
well maybe marginally
you must try
leave this world behind
you must try
leave this world behind

you tug my shirt I brush your skirt
we dance and flirt, waltzing
you say "everyday I'll miss LA the dirty air and palm trees"
swaying in the breeze
la di da di da
you clasp my hand like a rubber band snap me back and say
we must try
oh
we must try to leave this world behind
Track Name: The First Step
You mean so much to me
My plastic surgery means nothing nothing without you
you know it's true

are you honestly going to leave me
I don't think so I think you are a liar, liar

ain't no one gonna love you out there
the way that I do right here

you're ugly
don't take it from me take it from the priest he told me
my child you are out of luck
god is a superficial fuck
and you're an ugly duck

I took a step
(I took a)
I took a step
(I took a)
mother wept when I
I took a step

it's gonna take awhile for this newborn child
to learn hot to

learn how to dance
learn how to dance
come on

she don't want to see me shining even if my world is dying
she won't let me out for nothing even if my world is dying
dying dying
(I'm dead)
Track Name: The Serrated Lullaby
it was no bother
or was it to you
my fairweather child born in june

too soon to be aware of awful things
only clouds block the sun when you're one
you are numb you are numb

to the gravel beneath
you're eyes are wide
yet all you see
is moon roof and starlight
your head back and lips aglow
teething on the heavens
all that you know
(all that you know)

cause you're too soon to be
aware of awful things
only clouds block the sun

when you're one of one of
one of a kind
love is easy to find
then leaves so quick
once you grow up grow up
grow up to be a dick

my freeway baby aren't you afraid
of all those cars and fuming freights
I told you it's gonna be a bumby ride
so buckle up and try to sleep
try to sleep
try to sleep
(try to seep)
tonight
if you can
though I know I know I know
you can't

sleep if you can
though I know I know I know
you can't

my girl
my my girl
you are your are you are
my world

(falling asleep)
Track Name: The Palm Tree
did you chop off your hand
as part of some noble plan
or was it just something to do
a gesture empty enough for two
me and you
got more limbs to remove
and pliars to use when we follow through
it's the hardest thing to do

so as I leave
please forget me
I'd rather be stranded at sea
hopefully hopelessly

better better it's better this way
better better it's better this way

if you send me your hand
I'll bury it in the sand of some deserted beach
sow the seed so to speak
and in a week I'll no longer feel the
heat

oh

because

palm leaves will be swaying in the breeze
and if I perspire I will lay down beneath
yeah I will lay down to be in the shade
in the shade of your seed oh!

(it's true from see to sapling you grew
and in your shade though too late I knew
I should've stayed
I should've stayed with you)
Track Name: Gravity Reprise (Love Zombie)
I am a fool for love and I might not ever find enough of that stuff

I had to die
my brain to rot
I had to kill the animal of thought
I had to lose my mind
to have the best day of my life

and now the best day has gone by
the coolest of lies