Sunsinking

by Sean Pawling

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released January 25, 2019

All lyrics and music by Sean Pawling except 3,5,7-9,11,12 (lyrics by Sean Pawling, Nate Vaughan, Andrea Vaughan),10 (lyrics & music by Sean Pawling, Nate Vaughan, Andrea Vaughan, additional music by Chris Rasmussen). Produced by Nate Vaughan. Album Artwork by Todd Goodman (TGArts.com). Interior photo by Phil Kohl. Additional graphics by Brendan Rice.

Recorded 2016-2018 in a small Chicago apartment & Precarious Rock Studios, LA. Mixed by Nate Vaughan. Mastered by Filip Pietrzykowski at Red Mastering.

Featuring: Will Baker on bass & tenor trombone (1,2,5,6,12); Joe Beribak on percussion (6); Will Gramling on wurlitzer (12); Kai Harney on tenor sax & Jack Cassidy on trumpet (1,5,12); Maggie Hasspacher on upright bass (1,4,6), background vocals (6); Joe Hayes on alto sax (9); Kevin Milner on pedal steel (11); Sean Pawling on vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, electric guitar (5,8), trombone (1,2,5,6,10,12), background vocals (2,3,5,8,10,11), synthesizer (8); Andrea Vaughan on drums, percussion (2,6); Nate Vaughan on bass, acoustic guitar (3), electric guitar (2,4,8-11), synthesizer (5,7,8-10), glockenspiel (6,9), melodica (4), additional percussion (6,8).

Thank you Nate & Andrea Vaughan for letting me stay in your tiny apartment for two summers. Thank you Kevin Milner for making Precarious Rock a truly awesome place to record. Thank you Jim and Marilyn Pawling, Mark and Donna Vaughan, for your loving, unceasing support. Thank you Kristen Pawling for your patience, inspiration, and helping me realize my dreams. I would not be able to do this without you!

In loving memory of my Aunt & Uncle, Cheryl & Ric Pyle.

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Sean Pawling Los Angeles, California

Sean Pawling is a multi instrumentalist who has spent the last thirteen years exploring California's complex geography and ethnography with his songs. His latest album, Sunsinking, refines and expands his alt-pop sound, layering synthesizers and guitars with lush brass. Sunsinking was recorded in Chicago and Los Angeles. ... more

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Track Name: Rio Grande
She wakes at dawn to the same rising sun,
that shone so oppressively in her hometown of Metapán.

She travelled so far, just to be put behind bars,
Freedom never felt so close yet so far.

They gave her a coin so she could call who she wants,
Instead she cries by herself hoping we will hear.


She’s callin’ from the Rio Grande, yea and no one is listening, yea yea x2


Many are called, but few ever make the cut
Sell the prayer of the Migrant just to make a buck.

Oh, she’ll try it again and again and again,
There’s no savior for her in Salvador.


She’s callin’ from the Rio Grande, yea and no one is listening, yea yea x2


She'll try it again and again and again,
She'll try it again and again and again.

She'll try it again and again and again,
She'll try it again and again and again.
Track Name: 100 Lives
How many thousands of beggars must I be,
Before you will love me?
A hundred lives I’ve lived before,
They left me wanting more.

I’ve wandered many distant lands,
So that I could finally ask your hand.
Shall I recite all our history?
You’ve seen it all along, I just want you to know,


These are the days that we have longed for,
So many lifetimes have come before.
Gotta want it, gotta need it, I've been dreamin’ of you for so long.
Gotta want it, gotta need it, I've been dreamin’ of you for so long.


We were there in the first light,
Peaceful in the blinding white.
Part of me and part of you,
Made of something new.

I prayed for you in the darkest of hours,
And dreamt of you while at war,
Passed you on a city street,
And here we finally meet, and I know for sure,


These are the days that we have longed for,
So many lifetimes have come before.
Gotta want it, gotta need it, I've been dreamin’ of you for so long.
Gotta want it, gotta need it, I've been dreamin’ of you for so long.


Lookin’ back on eons long ago,
when we were just echoes in another’s eye,
Waiting to grow.
I want to know.
I want to grow.
Track Name: Last in Line
Take these arms, watch them grow,
into the man who'll keep you warm.

Hold these hands & listen close,
They sing a quiet song.

As a child, I dreamed of you,
And never knew if you’d love me too.


Last in line, I thought they’d steal ya,
First to go because they do not hesitate.
Talk of love when they don’t mean it,
All the while you don’t know I am thinking of you.


See you there, flirting with Steven,
How could I be his even?

He makes you laugh with just a smirk on his face,
Like Dorian he hides his picture.

As a girl you didn't fall for that,
And grew into the woman I love.

Last in line, I thought they’d steal ya,
First to go because they do not hesitate.
Talk of love when they don’t mean it,
All the while you don’t know I am thinking...

now your mine & we both know it.
It took so long, but I loved every single day.
One year becomes a million,
Happy tears they fall because you're thinking of me.
Track Name: Carpenter Brass
The clammering from the pews did offend,
the mantra of the seven hens.
Each proclaimed that they had come before the egg,
and the beginning had an Eye & Head,

And massive Hands made of all the elements,
which pushed forth endless sediment.
Rolling, then coming to a crawl,
Bright stars & galaxies.


Don't close your eyes thinking that you know it all,
It's gone in a moment, just like a dream it will be over.


Sitting on a mountaintop of wrinkled earth,
the skin of which I peeled back to the core
& it revealed golden, molten burning heart,
That counted time & played the part.

While the people screamed & they ran from the flood,
And lovers said goodbye to the world.
A ghost appeared over the pool,
And ash began to rise.

Don't close your eyes thinking that you know it all,
It's gone in a moment, just like a dream it will be over.


The weight of the world, the time that it takes til it’s over. X4

Don't close your eyes thinking that you know it all,
It's gone in a moment, just like a dream it will be over.

It will be over, don't you know?
Track Name: Type A Tango
I just wanna take it slow, I feel like you are pulling me in every direction,
and when it’s not this, it’s that, I’m tired of all these over-corrections, yea

I don’t think you understand, why people do not fit into your perfect plan,
I don’t mind being open-ended, but you wanna keep things closed.


I’m taking my time and I am feelin’ fine,
I was thinkin’ you and I could see eye to eye, hey hey hey


You are always one step ahead, why don’t you share the moves of your Type-A Tango,
I would gratefully learn the turns and show how much I care.


I’m taking my time and I am feelin’ fine,
I was thinkin’ you and I could see eye to eye, hey hey hey

I’m taking my time and I am feelin’ fine,
I was thinkin’ you and I could see eye to eye, hey hey hey
Further along we just may, but until that day, hey, hey, hey
I can do the dance if you really want me to, just don’t drag me along.

I just wanna take it slow, I’ve got no other place to go.
I just wanna take it slow.
Track Name: Heavy Eyes
Heavy eyes, I think too much,
Distracted by my endless appetite,
I wish it’d fade away, but it’s here to stay,
Day by day, it’s all the same & moving much too fast,
Don’t you know that you and I won’t last?

Heavy heart, it’s hard to part,
Two cowards clinging to a sinking raft.
Both too hedonistic, much too realistic,
Neither knows how to let go, holding onto the past.
Don’t you know that you & I won’t last?
Don’t you know that everything must pass?

Heavy head, I think instead,
I’ll try something new, something new,
Before I realize that I’m caught in a life,
Of back and forth with no true north, a ship without a mast.
Don’t you know that you and I won’t last?
Don’t you know that everything must pass?
Track Name: San Simeon
Further down San Simeon,walking by the ocean,
A strange sound reached my ears, beckoning me,
The green dunes echoed with shouts of ecstasy,
And I came upon a party, of skeletons in finery.

Moving to a steady beat, crashing trumpet & tambourine,
Their counterpoint haunting & deep, as night fell upon a blackened sea.


Oh, lighter & lighter, Come float above the ties that hold you down
Oh, higher and higher, rising until our feet don’t touch the ground


A nobleman spoke to me, with tears in his eyes,
Of stories countless as the stars, and truth laced with lies.

A bright-eyed girl took my hand, and we danced until dawn.
As first light came, the on-shores breathed anew, and she turned to dust in my arms.


Oh, lighter & lighter, Come float above the ties that hold you down,
Oh, higher and higher, rising until our feet don’t touch the ground

Gimme one more chance & I’m gon' shake it loose,
To the break of day I ain’t got nothin’ to lose, here we go,
Gimme one more chance & I’m gon’ make it right,
To the break of day fill up my appetite, here we go.

Oh, lighter & lighter, Come float above the ties that hold you down,
Oh, higher and higher, rising until our feet don’t touch the ground.
Oh don't hesitate now, no, for you will join them in the end,
Oh faster and harder, yeah, it don’t make a difference.

Gimme one more chance, gimme one more chance.
Track Name: Sunsinking
Don’t know where I’m going, or where I’ll be,
I’m just trying to pass the time livin’ in peace.

The forces have gathered underneath,
They come with the dark tide darling, washing over me.


I can see they’re twisted, don’t hold true,
I stay with the departed, closely holding onto you.


I can still feel you, your fragile warmth,
Sun eyes shine so brightly, onto everyone.

Where have you gone now? Not sure I know,
When the horizon fades, that’s where I’ll go.


And when I see you there, I’ll be resting my bones,
Floating in the deep end, with the sinking sun.


On and on, it goes too fast, too slow, nobody knows
That’s why I miss you darlin’, that’s why I miss you girl.
On and on, it goes too fast, too slow, nobody knows
That’s why I miss you.


I can see they’re twisted, don’t hold true,
I stay with the departed, closely holding onto you.
And when I see you there, I’ll be resting my bones,
Floating in the deep end, with the sinking sun.
Track Name: Minocqua, WI
everyone's got a reason
you were my reason
I buried you inside my heart

and everyone's got a feeling
you were my feeling
they say I need to find a way of letting go


everything wasn't right before
but now it's all fucked up
sailing to a different shore

tell me how to get to you
you can't have gone too far
follow you to the other side

I am wading in the sea
wading in the sea

everyone's got a favorite
this was your favorite
i come out here all by myself to let you know

i left a note on your pillow
stared out the window
it's going to take some time to learn to pretend


everything wasn't right before
but now it's all fucked up
sailing to a different shore

tell me how to get to you
you can't have gone too far
follow you to the other side

I am wading in the sea
wading in the sea
Track Name: Wait for the Silence
She’s always on my mind,
Yea, she's always on my mind.
Even when I’m lost in time...

Wait for the silence & wait, wait for the silence, hey hey,
Wait for the silence as I lay you down with the stars.


My love, I feel bold as the night, I feel fearless as the day subsides.
As we dance, as we move like the leaves in a parking lot.

We ask ourselves not to move for as long as we can,
Taking in every breath and smile, as we fog up the glass.


Wait for the silence & wait, wait for the silence, hey hey,
Wait for the silence as I lay you down with the stars.


My love, we hold out our hands, tracing shapes in the field of lights,
The city moves and sleeps and drinks and weeps,

And I imagine what it would be like to wander through the skies,
Wake up, pull you close only to let you go, when we are finally home

Wait for the silence & wait, wait for the silence, hey hey,
Wait for the silence as I lay you down with the stars.
Wait for the silence & wait, wait for the silence, hey hey,
Wait for the silence as I lay you down with the stars.


I wanna be a fire in the sky,
Past the outer waste, we’ll find our rest, with all the dying stars,
And I’ll wait for you there, And I’ll wait for you there.
Track Name: Let's Get to the Point
Baby, let’s get to the point, now that we’ve come to the end-
Of the day girl, there’s nowhere else, I’d rather be.

Holding you, so tender your kiss, I admire-
Your beautiful smile, there is nobody, nobody quite like you.


And we’ll wake to the morning sun, when it lights up your eyes.
You will never be the lonely one ‘cause I'll stay here by your side.


When we’re apart, I wait for the stars to arrive at night, but they never come,
‘Cause there’s nothin’ girl, nothin’ that can outshine you.

Baby, the day has ended, so let’s embrace the night,
And make our own sparks,
There is no one here, no one but me & you.


And we’ll wake to the morning sun, when it lights up your eyes.
You will never be the lonely one ‘cause I'll stay here by your side.

I wanna know,
Will you stay with me?
Will you stay?
Will you stay?
Will you stay?
Come stay the night.