Hit the Ground

from Irrelevant (2009) by Mailbox

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Here it is. Big Mailbox hit single. Play it loud.

I wrote the first minute or so of this song and laid down what was to be my final vocal track one day. I didn't think much of it at the time and would have just as soon tossed it. With Joe in town I asked if he'd see what he could make of it and he wrote his verse.

Hot damn. It was coming together. The coolest part of collaborating is when the other person comes up with something you NEVER would have thought up. Joe's vocal style and lyric and 'bone solo took the tune to a new level. Go Joe.

And, yes, that's me singing the first and last verse. I don't know where I found that voice but it is me.


I hear you saying again
that it's all looking up from here
But i ain't buying it man
because it's not what it appears
what it appears

I know that look that you have
when you try to bring me down
But i won't break your fall
when you hit the
hit hit hit the ground

As sure as the silkworm weaves
it's shearing white wisps of floss
I'll wrap a thread around my head for every word you've said
like so much cocoonist's gauze
cocoonist's gauze

I'm aloft in the willow's wilts
suspended by my meshy shroud
This sleep so far sticks both to trunk and twigs
Will you weep when it hits the
hits the hits the hits the ground?

One mile away from you is further than you can see
One mile away from you
is still too close
still too close for me

All those dutch with their diamonds
have been forgiven by time
All those dutch with their diamonds
can't hold a canary
hold a canary to mine

I hear you talking again
but you don't make a single sound
Your words fall out of your mouth
and then just hit the ground ...


from Irrelevant (2009), released April 20, 2009
Adam Rabin: vocals, instruments; Joe Tepperman: vocals, trombone
music: Adam Rabin
lyrics: Adam Rabin & Joe Tepperman


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Adam Rabin Burlington

Where Prog Rock meets Geek Rock. Adam Rabin is a Vermont songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has also played with Elephants of Scotland, Mailbox, and musical improv troupe She Thicc. You can also hear Adam’s music on the podcasts: Improvised Weapons, Improv Overdrive, What The Hell Are You Watching, and Vermont Favorites. ... more

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