At The Campfire

by The Capitalist Youth

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The Capitalist Youth’s debut album, At the Campfire, contains lyrically driven songs that struggle with love and religion, and music that draws on the strength of friends and community. The album’s friends-in-a-room indie rock may appeal to fans of Pedro the Lion, the Frames and the New Pornographers. The album is both organic and synthetic, combining banjo, glockenspiel, and improvised percussion with synthesizer and distorted bass. While recording in living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens the Capitalist Youth harmonize, clap and stomp through songs about summer camp, existential crises and gubernatorial indiscretions.

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released 01 June 2010
The Capitalist Youth is Eric Heveron-Smith, Frank Wartinger and Greg Kamprath. Album recorded by the Cosmonaut Union. Includes performances from Scott Hallam (guitar and background vocals), Brian Heveron-Smith (percussion), Kelly Kamprath (background vocals), and Seth Faulk (drums).

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Track Name: At the Campfire Pt 2
I found myself at the campfire
With all the passion I could command
And we were singing there for years
Before I started to get tired

Maybe there was some mis-orientation
Maybe there was insufficient effort
But the coals are dark and I'm still looking
For that holy conflagration

I can't believe because I believe
I can't find reasons after settling
The passion was there, the feet left the ground
But nothing lifted them up so they came back down
Track Name: Arcade
When we got to Arcade we pulled off to the side and started to kiss
But we were afraid of the slippery slope so we didn't go far
Later I got a ticket and she thought it was punishment
A higher warning against being together in the dark

If there's a light at the end of the tunnel but you don't fit through
Keep cutting parts off until you do
If you find your body's primary goal is to reproduce
Try not to do what other animals do

At the funeral home people were crying at the service next door
It was explained to me it was because they had no hope
They should have been glad because there's an eternal reward
Provided you do the right things before you go

If there's a light at the end of the tunnel but you're too big
Just leave behind your wife and kids
If you find that you have weeks instead of years
Try not to fear what every animal fears
Track Name: 12 Step
Promise to stop after tonight, promise to stop this afternoon
Write it down, tell a friend, act like stopping's what you want to do

It's a magical time when you find that you're back to where you began
Nothing has moved, much less improved
It's a magical time

You try but something inside gives and you don't try so hard
You start to think it's not too bad, not so bad to leave things how they are

It's a magical time when you find that you're back to where you began
Nothing has moved, much less improved
It's a magical time

Statistically speaking you won't improve
Thinking of this you think you can't move
This shame is growing, growing like mold
This hope is draining, draining like sink water
Track Name: John Cusack's Song
Standing alone in the dark in the woods
You said I could have kissed you but I didn't know I could
Standing in the water in the shower next to mine
I can hear you calling to someone walking by

You're so pure that we can't talk together now
So I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have worked out
But it's something I can't help thinking about

Lying on tables you talk and we see stars
Lying in bed your dreams are familiar and bizarre
There was a report from your mother after the time had passed
Then there was another guy cause I'd been afraid to act

You're so pure there's things I don't want to tell you now
I'm sure it's best that things didn't work out
But it's something I can't help thinking about

Everything looks better far away
It gets distorted when it's right in your face
So which is better is hard to say
It's a decision I'm always having to make
Track Name: Canada
I got you saying you don't want to go back to Canada
You've got me saying I don't want to go back to the way it was before
I've seen there's something that I lack
And maybe it's not something no more

I've got you hoping a hope that I can't guarantee
I think my hoping made me act like a fool before
Looking for something that I lack
I can't and I won't be so rash anymore

You're saying you won't go back
I'm saying I won't go back
We're saying we won't go back to before

You're saying you won't go back
I'm saying I won't go back
We're saying we won't go back to before
Track Name: Mountain Telling
You're going to die
You are going to cease to exist
The woods will grow over the paths you used to take
There won't be memories or future plans to make
You are going to die

You have no control
You're the sum of chemicals
Magnetic waves, history, the food you eat
Decide if you will fail or you'll succeed
You have no control

You're morally adrift
You don't know what to do
Love and truth could help you find what's right
But they're made of DNA and childhood life
You're morally adrift

So try to smile
It's gonna be a while
Or not, but why not try to act like you won't die?
Track Name: State Governor's Lament
I know what I ought to do
But I don't, but I don't
I know what I want to do
But I don't, but I don't

First you're campaigning against immorality
Then you're paying for women regularly
Produce a person with the best to learn how
Whatever goes in, you can't predict what will come out

I know what I ought to do
But I don't, but I don't
I know what I want to do
But I don't, but I don't

Waves align just right inside of you
To create success in everything you do
But then certain chemicals get together and you decide
To do something and ruin your life

I know what I ought to do
But I don't, but I don't
I know what I want to do
But I don't, but I don't

It's a magical time in the morning before the news gets around
Make preparations, look out the window, walk around the house
You will tell them when they ask you, "What do you have to say now?"
"All I know is I got from there to here but I don't know how"
Track Name: Sometimes
Sometimes I think that maybe
You could save me but you just don't care

Sometimes I think that you'd be
There completely but you're just not there
Track Name: April 8th, 2006
I wanted to put into words what's going on
And give our movie script a score
But everything I put down wasn't the truth
And every sentence demanded a sentence more

Fairy tales are bastardizations of real life
The prince and princess get married and that's the happy ending
But we won't fit between two covers
They'd have us end at the beginning while things keep happening

I wouldn't describe this as a fairy tale
Or put us in a movie still
But when I say I love you
I do and I will

Our car starts at A and proceeds to B
And on to C, but we're guessing where that is
Like our trips in the southern tier life's unpredictable
The uncertainty's eclipsed by the princess I'm with

We don't know where we'll end up
We don't know what's over the next hill
But when I say I love you
I do and I will
Track Name: Half Empty Half Full
You were a gift from above, that's what I thought
That we'd be together and that's how we'd stay
Then a man of God came to address the faithful
He said, "The word of the Lord orders throw that boy away"

It cut me in half - empty bottles on the ground
It cut me in half - full bottles can be found

I don't know if God himself gives marching orders
Or why he would want to replace one with two
Maybe your parents gave that prophet a special donation
Whatever the case, there's nothing I can do

It cut me in half - empty bottles on the ground
It cut me in half - full bottles can be found

I heard you're engaged to that boy from our old town
I guess it's true God smiles on those in his favor
You can buy flowers or candy, you can write a song
But how can I argue with orders from the savior?

It cut me in half - empty bottles on the ground
It cut me in half - full bottles can be found
It cut me in half - empty bottles on the ground
It cut me in half - full bottles can be found

Some say it's all in how you look at the cup
But I say empty it and fill it up
But I say empty it and fill it up
Track Name: At the Campfire Pt 1
If I had one piece of advice I thought it would say
That life's not solved by a song, it doesn't work that way
But thinking again I'd say,

"Just keep on singing
You'll have a song too
You'll learn what I do"

You're asking questions, you won't get good answers
If we had the time I could explain it better
But what is there to do?

Just keep on living
You'll grow up
You'll learn what I do

The road signs are missing
For that ancient place where living is simple
Maybe it sank into the sea
Maybe it's hidden at the highest peak
Maybe it's lost, maybe we'll never have that again
Oh, we'll never have that again