Painted World

by The Soft Hills

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released December 4, 2008



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The Soft Hills Portland, Oregon

Brookllyn-based project The Soft Hills create a visceral take on soft-psych indie rock, calling to mind the hypnotic melancholy of the Red House Painters as well as contemporaries like Grizzly Bear or Radiohead.

Songwriter Garrett Hobba started the project in Seattle in 2007. The band, which has involved a rotating door of friends and musicians, has toured several times through the US and Europe
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Track Name: Apples
grow into something new
roll apples off the roof
and who knows where they go?

and I’m building a fine wooden boat
now we’re sailing the cold northern coast

gone but I’ll be back again
slow walking through the snow
and I don’t mind when the moon shines
Track Name: Spent
don't want to wait outside your door
I can't make it anymore
and it's hard

you've been drifting too far
sifting makeshifts in the dark

as you reach for a spade
at the break of day
yes it's hard to run from
what you are
Track Name: Hills Like White Elephants
Hills like Elephants

waiting for their train
against the side of the station
across a field of grain
she saw the river through the trees
let’s wait and see if it’s the best thing to do

staring at the hills
white in the sun and the country was brown and dry
they drank their beer
the girl looked at the beaded curtain
what’s it say?
a Spanish drink

she waits in misery
that’s the way with everything

let’s try to have a fine time
should we have another drink?
hills like white elephants…

it’s really not anything
an awfully simple operation
you’ll be fine afterwards
just like we were before
like before, happy then

you don’t have to be afraid
many people have gone through the same thing
you mustn’t feel that way
I don’t feel anyway
anyways, they’ll take it away
Track Name: Wandering
here now
out on the road
dreaming about far away clouds

let’s go
where are we going?
out for a wandering

walking alone
swallows in pairs tumble home

learning to swim
gone with the flow we begin
we begin…

roll away the stone, by now

and we’re letting go
of the painted world on the window
now we’re wasting our sweet time
like the elevators in your mind

don’t make a sound

windows painted with blue
mistaking the paint for the sky
ending, where are you going?
no one is there to begin
we begin…

who wants to know
you’ll find a way
just follow the pain
Track Name: Diamond Road
Babe, we’ve got a long long way to go
sliding across midnight snow
all these feelings taking over
your jewelry sparkles on your shoulder

Dave, we got lost on a diamond road
walking past turtle holes
all these shades of mixed emotions
pouring deep into the ocean

blazing light explodes inside an empty space
sends you all the way

Dave, we’ve got a long long way to go
sailing across moonlight glow
trap doors born along the shoreline
takes us where the dream is undying

Babe, there’s something you need to know
I’ve guessed your secret love
hold me close until the sun shines
don’t let go and we’ll be alright

Babe, your love is like water through my hands
I hope you understand

you turn on my soul…