YOUNGLING

by the dreaded diamond

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released July 17, 2015

All songs written by Juliana Lydell and Tyler Lydell.

Piano / Vocals: Juliana Lydell
Drums / Percussion / Vocals: Tyler Lydell
Bass: Norman Williams
Electric Guitar: Ryan Tillema
Rhodes / Keyboards: Demetri Wells
Violins: Emiko Bankson & Kumiko Bankson
Trumpet: Dan Schafer

Recorded by Demetri Wells at Capital Studio
Mixed by Paul Haile of Greenhouse Recording
Mastered by Drew Lavyne of A.L.L. Digital Mastering

Album artwork by Eric Mooney

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Track Name: How To Be Cold
Don’t be amazed when the sky starts to drop
Don’t be transfixed by what lies in the road
If it’s not ours to ask why, who checks and balances
The cosmic show

I’ve been off on a bender again
Turning off all the lights in my head
With new friends, if I can call them friends for that
I’m not sure when acquaintances become your friends

My only pet is a mine canary
Who lives in my ribcage and sings her warnings
She bites me when I try to trade my birthright
For dreamless sleep

Coast to coast, can’t find a way to cope
Can’t seem to give up that good time ghost

It will be easier the sooner you stop comparing notes,
Undress in the snow
And learn how to be cold

How to be cold

Don’t be amazed when the sky starts to drop
You will remain through all forks in the road
Don’t be afraid of your role in the cosmic show
Track Name: People On Porches
Is this a bad time
It’s been dark out for a while, I hoped you were still up
Thanks for being up
No, I haven’t read anything lately
At least nothing comes to mind
I’ve just been walking lots
Finding new ways home

People on porches
Are people I should get to know
They settle down and grow a garden
And finish what they start

Are you afraid of living
No, I mean, me either
I don’t know why I asked that
Let me start over
I’m afraid of caring
Of wanting to do well and failing
Do you ever keep low expectations
To avoid being disappointed

People on porches
Drinking their coffee in the yard
When they play, they know their odds
What they are and what they’re not

While I can’t stop apologizing
For things I mean to say
Things I mean to say
I can’t stop apologizing
For things I mean to say
What I mean to say is

I just want a moment in the sun
Without all I’ve known and all I’ve done
All I’ve done...

If I ever grow a garden
I will finish what I -
Track Name: To The Sea
There’s a fist for god in the simple times
Sadistic smiles light up this neon swamp
Paper planes fold and fly in the pupil of my third eye
Speak in hidden hieroglyphic lines

Silent souls distracted by dancing
They smash the concrete floor to the beat
I ask where we are, and they growl through their teeth
Welcome to the land of the free

My cup overfloweth
My cup overfloweth
Is this the good life from now on

Bag’s packed and my memory’s chopped up
The whiskey tone of the weekend goes on
Leave the chemicals in the metropolis
To burn our shadows with the sun

My cup overfloweth
My cup overfloweth
Is this the good life from now on

I don’t believe it detriments my destiny
To be all forms that be
All roads lead to the sea

To the sea
Track Name: Snow Water
Wash my hands with snow water
Bathe my organs in an antiseptic river
Keep them sterile
And scalpel, please
I’ll sign any release to remove all black widow tendencies
Waiting for the feed
Waiting for the feed

I’ll make you honest if you promise to ignore me
I’ll shut my eyes, ‘cause I’m more stable when I’m lonely
But you’re so lovely
Listen close, deceitful heart
Stand up straight and mind your tongue
Don’t you embarrass me
Just do your job quietly

Let the light burn up the darker
Side of me and wind around my crooked soul like ivy
But it’s not so easy
There’s an entire cast and crew pulling my strings
And not all of them are sweet

I’ll make you honest if you promise to ignore me
Shut your eyes and don’t mind me, I just get lonely
Around someone so lovely
Listen close, deceitful heart
Stand up straight and mind your tongue
Don’t you embarrass me
Don’t you embarrass me
Just sing yourself back to sleep

Hope springs eternal like the fount I thought I had figured out
I must be good for something besides burning bridges I built myself
What’s the word for the gift of touching gold and turning it to ashes
If you know, write it down
‘Cause I am pretty sure I have it
Track Name: Armor
It takes unearthly strength to rise above without momentum
When you’re gifted to precipitate your own self-destruction
You’ve paid your dues in full view of your peers
They say you’re a top brass punk
You only trust transients on the fringe
And doubt those who lean in

Take all your armor off
Frolic just like a child
Put stars in your eyes
And feel it all

It takes a steady hand to stitch the wound
A certain kind of cool
But nerves of steel don’t always serve you well
They don’t make you loyal
Picture a breeze rippling a field of wheat
Or sand and an endless sea
Then yourself shaking with joy to be alive
After a roller coaster ride

Take all your armor off
Frolic just like a child
Put stars in your eyes
And feel it all
Take all that armor off
Wonder just like a child
Put stars in your eyes
And feel it all
Love it all
Let it all be

You won’t regret in your latter days
Whatever sweetness lifted your gait
Whatever kindness showed on your face

Nothing lasts, nothing fades away
The only test is how you behave
And no one’s testing you anyway

Put stars in your eyes
Let yourself be loved
Open-eyed on the roller coaster ride