My Metal Mother

by Schooltree

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This album was recorded by Lainey in her home studio across the month of February, 2011 for the RPM Challenge, before SchoolTree the band was born.

"Schooltree's My Metal Mother is delicate yet substantial. Heartbreaking yet hopeful. Complex yet comprehensible. A cohabitation of magisterial musicianship and achingly beautiful vocals in precise and profound pop." - Barry Crimmins

"Like Goldfrapp on Broadway. (Or, for slightly different generations, Tori Amos or Kate Bush on Broadway.)" - Cambridge Day

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released 12 May 2011
all songs and parts written, arranged, produced, recorded, performed and sequenced by Lainey SchoolTree
recorded at Studio St. Elsmere
mixed by Lainey SchoolTree
mastered by Scott Dakota
album artwork by Molly Zenobia
back cover photo by Kathy Castro
copyright 2011 by Lainey SchoolTree
www.schooltreemusic.com

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Schooltree Boston, Massachusetts

Schooltree is a theater of music, from heaven-storming baroque rock to cult pop adventure. Melodic hooks, harmonic invention, gritty operatic odyssey. Dark lullabies of the doomed to shredding anthems of the righteous. Kate Bush, early Genesis, Queen.

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Track Name: After You're Gone
do you think it's strange that I already know
what you're gonna say?
do you think it changes from day to day
when we go away?
well, after you're gone
the reasons are clear
after you're gone
I'll be here

you know, you don't show much
you show me only when you're in touch
but you're not in touch that much

oh I don't know why I don't come through
when I try my best to get word, word to you

you know, we're both going down
and I know we'll both still be around
though there might not be room enough in this town

don't know why I don't come through
when I try my best to get word, word to you

after you're gone
after you're gone

and I think it's strange that we already know
how it's gonna be
you'd think that change would come on the road
that we're following

but after you're gone
the reasons are clear
after you're gone
I'll be here

how long we been holding on?
how long can we hold on?
Track Name: You Never Go Through
I've got a penny, got a penny for your thoughts
but by your look I see your thoughts will not be bought
I leave the door I leave the door open for you
you never go through

I brought my raincoat brought my raincoat out today
but now the weatherman says it's not gonna rain
I thought to ask I thought to ask if you're okay
you never will say

I know you'll go like the dodo
please don't go go
I am like the river ran
through your driveway
please come back again someday

I've got a dollar got a dollar for your love
but by your face I see a dollar's not enough
I'll leave the door I'll leave the door open for you
you never go through
Track Name: Foreverish
tell me that you'll love me forever
tell me that you'll always be mine
tell me that our love never severs
not until the end of time
or 'til you change your mind

do do do do da da da da da
do do do do da da da da da

tell me that your heart's mine forever
cross your fingers when you lie
'cause you might change your mind
'cause you might change your mind

do do do do da da da da da
do do do do da da da da da

tell me that you can't live without me
cross your heart and hope to die
'cause you might change your mind
'cause you might change your mind

down each time
i go down each time
down each time
i go down
i may pass you on the way
you go up, you go up
but down, down, down
i go down

do do do do da da da da da
do do do do da da da da da

tell me that our love is forever
love until the end of time
or 'til you change your mind
'til you change your mind...
Track Name: Let You In
if you want to blow my house down
I'll just let you in
I can just let you in

if you want to take my front line out
I can just let you win
I can just let you win

what it takes to fight
I haven't got enough
what it takes to fly
I haven't got at all
Track Name: Ordinary Life
hey, is it the ground that covers you up?
it's the grave that's never enough
is it your heart that's full of blood?

hey, is it the water filling your lungs?
it's the knife that cuts out your tongue
is it the freedom you were robbed of?

we go into holding on, straight to losing control
into love and despair, into bottomless holes
into what you despise, into enemy eyes
into what we all know's just ordinary life

hey, was it the life you wanted to live?
was it all you had to give?
was it the load you couldn't lift?

hey, was it the death you wanted to die?
did you get to close your eyes?
was it all nice and dignified?

we go into holding on, straight to losing control
into love and despair, into bottomless holes
into what you despise, into enemy eyes
into what we all know's just ordinary life

hey was it the joke you didn't get?
does it still make you upset?
you know it's not over yet
you're not dead yet

so go back to holding on, straight to losing control
back to love and despair, back to bottomless holes
back to what you despise, back to enemy eyes
back to what we all know's just ordinary life

oh it's just ordinary life
Track Name: Disappearing
here i am, light is passing through
here i am, but not to you

you won't find an explanation
no magic potion, ring, or cloak

if you can't see me, there is a reason:
i have a condition of disappearing
i am still here, though... at least i think so
it's hard to believe what can't be seen

here i am, light is passing through
here i am, but not to you

you keep looking in your pockets
the places you might find what's lost

if you can't see me, there is a reason:
i have a condition of disappearing
i am still here, though... at least i think so
it's hard to believe what can't be seen

there's nothing so far
i'm off your radar
you've hardly noticed me walk right through your door

if you can't see me, there is a reason:
i have a condition of disappearing
i am still here, though... at least i think so
reflecting the light that hits your eye

here i am, over here
here i am, over here
Track Name: The Orange Grove
don't wake the baby
the baby is asleep
don't wake the baby
from its psychotic dream

don't call it crazy
'cause crazy it might be
don't call it crazy
with its gigantic teeth

into where the nightmare grows
shattering reality
hiding in the orange grove
waiting there for me
go there and you'll see

don't wake the baby
the baby is asleep
don't wake the baby
from its psychotic dream

into where the nightmare grows
shattering reality
hiding in the orange grove
waiting there for me
go there and you'll see
Track Name: My Metal Mother
my metal mother
gives me food and water
to love, she would aspire
but her heart is made of wire

my human father
measures my progress
rates my acclimation to a life of deprivation

oh, but my metal mother
she's an institution
my heart is maladaptive
but
it cries for revolution