Readymade

by Cardinal Compass

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released July 12, 2013

artwork by Jack Ceal
formatting by Natalie Quick

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Cardinal Compass Richmond, Virginia

Cardinal Compass has been playing in the Richmond area since May 2011. This three-piece band has an indie Americana sound frequently compared to Grace Potter and Neko Case. The band is shaped largely by the songwriting of guitarist and singer Hannah Standiford. Jake Ziemba lends a unique sound with his fretless bass while drummer Matt Wild brings driving rhythms on the drum set. ... more

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Track Name: Get It Over With
I already knew
There’s nothing left to do
But rip the Band-Aid off and get it over with

Don’t worry bout my pride
There’s nowhere left to hide
Please just make it quick and get it over with

Don’t call me I’ll be fine
Don’t use that phony line ‘It’s not you, it’s me’
There’s nothing to explain
Just let hide my pain I’m losing it and I don’t want you to see

No I’m not mad at you
I just wish it wasn’t true
So please don’t keep me here let’s get it over with

I’m sorry I must leave
Let’s rest assured that we’ve
Done the best we can let’s get it over with

Let go of my hand
I hope you understand I don’t want to linger in your company
There’s nothing to explain
Just let me hide my pain and pretend that it has nothing to do with me
Track Name: Devil
He used to sleep sound all the way through the night
Til the dark coach came in the dim twilight
Ten mares pulling one rider all in black
With thick gray manes and silvery tack
Thick gray manes and silvery tack

The first time it happened he was only eight
Now he lies awake at night to watch and wait
The Black Rider is always bringing more bad news
Says, 'Boy, you've got nothing but sleep to lose'
'Boy, you've nothing but sleep to lose

Wants to run away but his body lays still
Can't move a muscle despite all his will
Can't go to sleep can't get no rest
Can't go to sleep he's got the devil on his chest
Can't go to sleep he's got the devil on his chest

The boy went and told his mama what he'd seen
She said, 'Go back to sleep son it's just a bad dream'
Now it has happened every night for years and years
The boy wakes up when the devil comes near
The boy wakes up when the devil comes near


Wants to run away but his body lays still
Can't move a muscle despite all his will
Can't go to sleep can't get no rest
Can't go to sleep he's got the devil on his chest
Can't go to sleep he's got the devil on his chest
Track Name: Hours Talking About Nothing
I've been spending money on things I can't afford
I've been letting go of friends that once I had adored
I've been hanging hout in the drug store parking lot
Plotting revenge and counting up losses not knowing what I've got

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder
Maybe that's what leads a heart to leave and wander

I've been taking things that don't belong to me
I've been scratching at my wounds when I should let them be
I've been hanging out with people I don't know
We'll spend hours talking bout nothing and I'll leave feeling low

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder
Maybe that's what leads a heart to leave and wander

I've been kicking around by myself
Won't let no on near to me
I've been letting go of friends that once were dear to me
I've been kicking around by myself
Won't let no on near to me
I've been letting go of friends that once were dear to me

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder
Maybe that's what leads a heart to leave and wander
Track Name: The House Where I Grew Up
The house where I grew up had a table built for four
But there’s only one person now who eats there anymore
Fries his bacon in a plan, or whips something up from a can
Says, ‘It doesn’t matter, I’m still the man of the house’

The house where I grew up had a garden in the back
She always had a green thumb but he never really got the knack
Now the weeds are all thigh high, and all the tomatoes are about to die
He says, ‘I could fix it if I would just try, but I won’t’

This house is nothing but a house anymore
Just a place to keep your things that’s all it’s for
I didn’t know what a home I had before
This house is nothing but a house anymore

The house where I grew had dishes in the sink and clutter everywhere
Now you’d think it would stay pretty clean since there’s only one person there
But the sheets all have crumbs in between, and the laundry never moves from the machine
He says ‘I’ve been busy and I haven’t had time to clean, clean up’

This house is nothing but a house anymore
Just a place to keep your things that’s all it’s for
I didn’t know what a home I had before
This house is nothing but a house anymore
Track Name: Readymade
I’m just here sitting pretty looking pretty at the bar waiting for you to pick me up
Waiting for you to take me uptown and see how I look when I’m all lit up
I’m readymade

I’m just barely, I’m just barely, I’m just barely functional
Unless you see something here in me that strikes you as exceptional
Then I’m readymade

I could be obvious and typical
No need to be original
Obvious and typical

I am whatever you take me for, no less no more

It’s not fair, it’s not fair but the lure of bright lights will make me weak in the knee
I can’t wait to see where you put me, can’t wait to see what you make of me
I’m readymade

You’ve got a charm that could melt the coldest glare I ever tried to send your way
I hope I have something to offer you that you’d think twice about throwing away
I’m readymade

I could be obvious and typical
No need to be original
Obvious and typical

I am whatever you take me for, no less no more