black lab’s first acoustic album features unplugged versions of 13 black lab favorites as well as 3 new songs.the band broke each song down into pieces and then built it back again using piano, acoustic guitar, cello, hand percussion, trap kit and — lots of space. space to hear the vocals, the emphasis on a word, the hammer on piano wires, the pick missing a string, the bow across the cello, a breath caught in the throat. space is the secret ingredient on unplugged. it accumulates and dissolves, building a momentum of its own. it pulls the listener in, lowers defenses, and lets each song cut that much deeper.

focused on the song and what minimal embellishment would best serve it, Paul and Andy drilled down to the core of each one and gave it new life, bringing the acoustic versions they play in clubs directly to the listener.

the band considered how to do an acoustic album for several years. inspired by the classic performances on ‘mtv’s unplugged’ by nirvana, unledded and jay-z, it became clear that the songs required a fuller sound than just the two of them playing live. with unplugged, everything that lies between the listener and the song gets stripped away, while maintaining the dynamics that each song has built into its dna. in many cases this meant andy stepping up to the piano to distill a whole electric arrangement into a single acoustic performance — with paul wailing away on the other side of the studio glass.

unplugged is 16 tracks of goodness, an album full of your favorite songs –and a chance to experience them as if you’ve never heard them before. it’s the best of black lab, genre-free — now your friends and family can share in your black lab fetish without all those loud (or not-loud-enough) guitars.

the CD includes 10 pages of exclusive in-the-studio photos as well as all the lyrics. the CD-quality download includes three bonus tracks and ready-to-print CD artwork pdf’s with cropmarks.


track listing
01 remember free download
02 something you don’t know
03 mine again
04 fall (shadows and blinds)
05 wash it away
06 see the sun
07 keep myself awake
08 this night
09 tomorrow
10 weightless
11 this ship goes down deep
12 the pain is gone
13 learn to crawl
14 circus lights
15 out loud
16 time ago

lyrics

remember. it was wild in the streets wild in the night blistering cold in the cold daylight i could feel your hands pushing hard on me. and all the fights that i tried to fight fair all the nights that you spent with me i swear do you remember? ’cause i remember? do you remember? ’cause i remember what you said to me remember like it was just some dream but i lost my faith did you lose yours too would you bleed for me? i would bleed for you. and the blood gets thick at the end of the night you in my sheets like a sodium light. i could feel your skin coming off your soul reeling me in like there’s nothing you don’t know. and i won’t speak. i won’t write. won’t call you on the phone. won’t listen to my mind if i hear you call me home.

something you don’t know. you bear down live your life in the trenches you take whatever you get i see you and i swing for the fences hand you that homemade cassette well pray hard pray to your gods when nothing else seems to pay off I’ve got a rare gift and I’m willing to give it would you like to go for a walk? you’re a ghost town and maybe I’m a ghost but i will follow as deep as it goes there’s something inside trying to eat its way out from the middle from the back of your mind it kills you there’s something you don’t know something you don’t know I’ll go wherever you go don’t flash that innocent look you give as good as you get and i might need a room for the night yeah, somewhere bury my head don’t let go, go easy on me don’t let yourself tear us apart there’s a strange land hidden inside us and no one knows what’s in your heart there’s a party down your rabbit hole and i will follow as deep as it goes.

mine again. there’s a place i used to go. there’s a world i used to know. there was a light and it was you. every word i say is true. i say every day i will wait till you’re mine again. i will die every day till you’re mine again. there’s no words to explain no beginning and no end. i will dream i will pray you’ll be mine again. i can see you dressed in red all the secret things you said lying barefoot in the grass now my heart is in your hands. it’s just time that runs between us. it’s the ocean underneath us. it’s the picture that won’t fade away. every day i will wait till you’re mine again brings me close to that day when you’re mine again. there’s no words to explain no beginning and no end. i will dream i will pray you’ll be mine again.

fall (shadows & blinds). and the air the air is clear as glass glass that’s smeared with grease everything i see. and the quiet is louder than a roar louder than the ocean. a sound that drowns out everyone and everything. and i fall further than i imagined. falling to my knees. you’re everywhere around me. you’re all that i can see. and the ground it rises where i go up in each direction through seven feet of snow. in the cold you’re faking your laugh you’re faking your warmth i can tell that you’ve got one foot out my swinging door. and i fall further than i imagined. falling to my knees. you’re everything around me. you’re all that i can see. and if one day we’re together after losing all this time. will something fall between us like shadows and blinds. (i fall apart) hey you. hey you. shadows and blinds.

wash it away. wash it in the sea let it soak all night wash it in the sea let the saltwater wash it away. soak it in bleach till it’s white on white soak it in bleach till the blood just washes away. hang it in the wind let it blow all night hang it up high let the high wind blow it away. hang it in the wind let the sun burn bright hang it in the wind till the blood just washes away. i have waited wasted years for the child that’s come and gone today. i have wasted all this fear. how can i just turn and wash it away? if i can then i will wash it away. if she can then she will wash it away. forty years spent one by one forty years of life just slipping away. what i’d give for a firstborn son. forty years of blood just washing away. i have waited wasted lives. i have waited long enough i’d say. say what about what about. how can i just turn and wash it away? if i can then i will wash it away. if she can then she will wash it away. so send me an angel. send me the ghost that i was that i was that i am. i will wash it away. she will wash it away.

see the sun. if i feel this feeling if i tear myself apart again will you stay by my side? cause if i feel this feeling things won’t ever be the same again. if planets collide i won’t mind no i’ll be fine. i can’t see the sun anymore. can’t feel the drugs anymore. i can’t see the sun anymore but i don’t mind you’re by my side and i feel fine. are you my revelation are you the answer to my question have i wasted my time? cause if i feel this feeling will you crawl out of your perfect skin and climb in to mine will you shine will you be my light? i can’t see the sun anymore. i can’t feel the ground anymore. hey michell we’re too young to be alone. hey ‘chell is your heart still made of stone? hey babe i call will you take me home? hey babe i’m calling hear me calling.

keep myself awake. i hate to talk like this, i hate to act as if there’s something wrong that i can’t say i have this dream at night, almost every night. I’ve been dreaming it forever. it’s easy to remember it. It’s always cold it’s always day you’re always here you always say that I’m alright I’ll be ok if i can keep myself awake. i get up early look around me i can’t help but wonder what you mean. cause when I’m sleeping I’m so deep in it’s so much more real to me closer that reality. i get up early i look around me I’m buying coffee by the pound. cause when I’m sleeping I’m so deep in. if i can keep myself awake.

this night. there are things i have done. there’s a place i have gone. there’s a beast and i let it run now it’s running my way. there are things i regret that you can’t forgive you can’t forget. there’s a gift that you sent you sent it my way. so take this night and wrap it around me like a sheet. i know I’m not forgiven but i need a place to sleep. so take this night and lay me down on the street. i know I’m not forgiven but i hope that I’ll be given some sleep. there’s a game that i played. there are rules i had to break. there’s mistakes that i made but i made them my way.

tomorrow. one more hour left to sunday. i know i can’t face monday until i set my eyes on you. i know you’re probably long gone. i know i need to be strong. i don’t know what I’m gonna do. i will sleep, I’ll sleep tomorrow. and i will dream big dreams tomorrow. and i will cry, if i cry, tomorrow. but tonight i wait for you. yeah tonight i wait for you. forget the roses i sent forget the nights we misspent all the things you leave here when you go. i wrap my arms round the steel string. cry my eyes out till they’re clean. sit and wait till you get home. i walk myself up to the edge of us now. but i can’t seem to get myself to jump now. i wonder if you ever feel the way i feel tonight. i guess I’ll always love you. there’s nothing i can do.

weightless. i can see, see you there hanging weightless in the air wind and sunlight in your hair. i can see you there. your olive skin your secret smile betrayed again a secret island in your mind lost forever lost before your time. who is to say who is to know the truth? when no one is left and nothing they said can save you. who is to say who is to blame and who will you give yourself to? when nobody wants more than i want you. broken glass a bleeding wrist a second chance for a simple kiss. i waited for you at the edge. could you take such a risk? on your knees on your back who’d you call when things got bad? did they answer? did you ask? ‘cause i would answer i would tell you this.

this ship goes down deep. i can’t believe when you walk right in. i can’t believe that your temperature’s minus. i still need you to talk me down. i can’t believe that you’d suffer in silence. is it all just a lie that we all still believe in? if you tell me your lie then I’ll know your name. cause i have no shame i have no sadness i feel no blame i stumble forward. this ship goes down deep and i know no way of leaving. you won’t believe what you can’t accept. you can’t accept what is right before you. i still need you to hold me down. you make a joke but it couldn’t be more true. is it all just a lie that no one believes in? if i tell you a lie will you say my name? I’ll find a way to live without you i know it cuts too close to the bone. how can you live without me if i won’t go? I’ll find a way to live without you i know it cuts too close to the bone. find a way to live without me and I’ll come home.

the pain is gone. take a photograph whatever makes you laugh but come on step out of the rain. you’d hate to catch your death all the life that you got left lit up like a candle on your face. there are words that are fading and I’m trying hard to say them before they fall into the fog. but every single day once or twice an hour the shadow falls away and i see you walking in a straight line. and the pain is gone the pain is gone. i recognize it but it’s unfamiliar. now the pain is gone the pain is gone. i recognize it but it’s unfamiliar. yes there’s a place only you and i go. and there are things about me only you will ever know. i didn’t mean to push you didn’t mean to laugh when you fell i didn’t mean to shout when you got hurt. i didn’t mean to argue didn’t mean to criticize you and I’m sorry i said i didn’t like your skirt. there are demons that are screaming and I’m trying not to feed them as i carry water for us through the dirt. i always need you here i always need you near me i don’t know what I’d do if i was walking here without you.

learn to crawl. you can laugh you can feel fine you can dance with a little twist you turn your pretty red head babe you forget that i exist. can you see yourself in my bed at night or would you leave me at the side of the road? would you walk right up to me would you talk to me? i’m already asking down on my knees. already begging begging you please. can you teach me how to fly? can you see i’m scared to die? cause i’ve only just begun to learn to crawl. can you teach me how to fight? will you keep me up at night? will you be there on the ground if i should fall? fall for you. i can feel it like the spider’s sting like a memory in my mouth. i feel like the morning fell like the bottom’s fallen out. i can see what’s up there above it all laying down in the valley below. i can walk right up to you i can talk to you.

circus lights. come on spend the night under the circus lights i want to see you high above the crowd. you know i’ve swallowed fire and i’ve fallen off the wire a million times before. are you asking me to show you more love more light more heat? are you asking me to take you hold you show you more light more heat? if you’re asking me then i’ll be there when these circus lights go out. i’ll be the tattooed man you can be the acrobat i’ll try and catch you when you fall. and we’ll be together then like a pair of siamese twins entwined against the ground. tell me what more could you ask for now. i wake up to the sound of bells a thousand girls in wedding veils but all i want is you do you believe me? cause the one game that i never played the one mistake i never made was to come right out and ask you if you need me. do you need me now? cause i need more.

out loud. there’s a world full of places beautiful places i want to go. and there’s a world full of people beautiful people i want to know. I’ll sing it out loud from high off the ground let the colors play the colors make my whole day yeah they’re making my day. there’s a world i believe in when what I’m seeing is full of smoke and there’s a world full of clapping people laughing at our jokes. yeah sing it out loud your face in the crowd is keeping me awake you know you make my whole day yeah you’re making my day.

time ago. i watch your window for hours moon has set down without us. all by ourselves riding in the front seat watch the sun come up all by ourselves we would run. remember? it was so long ago. remember baby? it was a long time ago. feel your hand close beside me hear the highway behind me. all by ourselves we made love under the sleeping moonless night. all by ourselves we would run. remember? i couldn’t stop you crying or stop myself from fighting back. i tried but never hard enough don’t you remember, love? all by myself i can see it like it’s right before my eyes all by myself time goes by. remember? it was so long ago. it was a long time ago.

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