The Great Swamps

by The Great Swamps

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01:47
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02:25
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01:43
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02:21
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01:35
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03:13
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02:39
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released November 14, 2016

The Great Swamps are:
M@ Horowitz: vocals, guitar
Sky Kalfus: vocals, synth, percussion

this album also features:
Brian Seidman: bass (track 1)
Maxray Savage: snare drum (track 3), backing vocals (track 5), shaker (track 6), hand claps (track 7)
M@ Horowitz: glockenspiel / floor tom (track 8), bass (track 11)

Tracks 1-7 & 9-13 were recorded and mixed by Maxray Savage in Philadelphia, PA. Track 8 was recorded and mixed by Wes Meadows / Flowerpot Records in Berea, OH.

Album Art by Sky Kalfus

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The Great Swamps Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Great Swamps are M@ Horowitz (they/them; guitar, vocals) and Sky Kalfus (she/her; keys, percussion, vocals).

They live in Philadelphia, PA. They came to this town to make coffee and walk dogs.

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Track Name: Zach Braff
I don't get trapped inside my skin
but I get trapped inside my head
and I'm not always convinced
I wouldn't be better off dead
but I'm not dead
that's important
and I really like you
but I don't wanna be your boyfriend
I don't wanna be your Zach Braff
but I wanna be your something
that's important

In my dreams I am a mascot
with a zipper down my spine
and I'm not always convinced
what I'd be if I stepped outside
but I'm inside
and through these cartoon eyes
I really like you
but I don't wanna be your boyfriend
like in 2004's Garden State
I only know the things I don't want
I think you might be the exception
Track Name: Philly Crush Standard I
Sunset Friday in my bed
saw you on Facebook chat green dot next to your head
wanna tell you how I feel
but I guess I'm waiting for a moment that's a little more ideal
plus I don't want you to know
that I'm sitting alone at home
maybe I'll see you at the show
unless you're too cool to go

Saw you just the other night
with your friends at the taco bar so I ducked outside
wanna tell you what's been going on
but when I see you my head goes blank and my mouth goes numb
so I'll just sit here reading blogs
in my sweats with the space heater on
maybe I'll see you at the show
unless you're too cool to go

I wanna see you at the zoo!
I wanna see you too
I wanna see you at the mall!
I wanna see you at all
I wanna see you at my job!
I wanna see you oh my god,
I wanna end up in a dentist's waiting room with you
but if I did I don't know what I'd do
maybe I'll see you at the show
unless I just don't go
Track Name: Sum of our Love
You were fifteen and you were so obsessive
I liked that you liked me and it made me possessive
you thought my writing was so impressive
and we both had so much to prove

We liked to argue we lived for friction
and every proof you gave to me was proof by contradiction
we fell in love a million times a day
and I tried to outdo you just so you'd stay

The sum of our love as T goes to N is the set of all things I hide from my friends

You're sentimental you're so sentimental
I had no idea you were so sentimental
you gave her a box of mementos
it looked just like the box I gave you

You called me crying you really called my crying
and I biked right over 'cause I'm such a good friend
you tried to do it in the bath you tried to do it
and I tried to talk you through it over IM

The sum of our love as T goes to N is the set of all things I hide from my friends
Track Name: Mid Atlantic
Been a lotta places
to find myself
and then I went a lot of places
to forget myself
I came to this town
to make coffee and walk dogs
make curry for my roommates
sing vapid little songs like
doo doo doo

Been to the Cathedral
of Christ the Savior
been down the Mississippi
thinking of the Delaware
today I didn't go anywhere
don't know what's happening to me
but all of a sudden
I can't stomach
violent movies

Maybe when I'm twenty five
I'll run away to the mountains
til then I'll sit here waiting
for old friends to come around again
feel at ease most days
lonely on the others
but I'm tired of tiring my
self out anyway

I don't sing it often
but I don't want my mom to panic
and I really do mean it
I really like the Mid-Atlantic
I don't sing it often
but I don't want my mom to panic
and I really do mean it
I really like the Mid-Atlantic like
I came to this town
to make coffee and walk dogs
make curry for my roommates
sing vapid little songs like
doo doo doo
Track Name: Werewolf
I wanna remake my body
in the image of a completely different form of valuation
roll up to the greyhound station
you see me
my tongue in the wind hanging
awooo

I wanna wake up at midnight
wanna feel my body rolling in completely strange directions
ever greater in the crater of my subjection
you see me
well now that I have your attention
awooo

honey I could be a heartache!
honey I could eat your heart out!

I wanna run up the mountain
wanna find some corner where no one will ever send for me
live out the rest of my centuries
you see me
remade in your memory
awooo
Track Name: Philly Crush Standard II
I stay home
you stay home
there's no reason we
should be alone
let's hang out
let's talk about absolutely everything

I get sad
you do, too
I want everything to
do with you
if you take me where you're going
I will take you where I'm going

cause it would be so nice
to trust somebody new
I think I want everything to do with you

you should know
my hopes are low,
don't wanna put on
pressure or to
presuppose
I just thought that
you had better know

that when we speak
I get weak
I would really freak
if you'd be free next week
let's get a beer
sit a while
and then let's get out of here

cause it would be so nice
to trust somebody new
I think I want everything to do with you
Track Name: Mashed Potatoes
I don't wanna be a burden
I don't wanna be left hurting
I don't wanna take it too slow
I don't wanna lick my elbows
I won't kiss someone I don't know

I don't want more mashed potatoes
I don't know just where the day goes
I just do what's necessary
I don't eat gluten or dairy
I lie down when it gets scary
close my eyes and eat a berry

If you want to pet my dachshund
If you don't eat any toxins
we don't have to take it too slow
I know you like Tarantino
Track Name: Boxer
you have a tattoo
of a boxer
on your shoulder
I wanna be her
I wanna be her
I wanna be her
call you up
so I can see her
but I don't

when we have sex
it doesn't hurt
when you say no
it doesn't hurt
when we're alone
it doesn't hurt
and when you go
it doesn't hurt

I want you to hurt me
I want you to hurt me
I want you to make me feel so bad
I only want boys
I only want boys
I only want boys when I'm sad

and you're so sweet
and you're so kind
but you are rarely
on my mind

I want you to ghost me
I want you to ghost me
I want you to make me feel unsure
I only need boys
I only need boys
I only need boys when I'm insecure

you have a tattoo
of a boxer
on your shoulder
I wanna be her
I wanna be her
I wanna be her
call you up
so I can see her
but I don't
Track Name: Mahwah
I'm in a fresh new darkness
the sun's abandoned me
I pray for Dunkin Donuts
and Mahwah answers me
I drink my Dunkaccino
it cannot comfort me
I start to feel my heart sink
into Bavarian Creme

and I'm missing you
like normal people do
when they're in love
but I'm not in love

Pull out of Dunkin' Donuts
and head out on the road
drive over the Mahwah River
wish this bridge would explode
the fast food in me'd splatter
and wipe me clean of this slow love
and as my body sank down
I'd find that peaceful place above

where I'm missing you
like normal people do
when they're in love
but I'm not in love
Track Name: Yardsale
of course I want your old clothes
they're yours
and they're old clothes

of course I want that tea kettle
unused bike lock?
that sounds Heavy Metal
of course I want that patio furniture
of course I want this miniature cactus
of course I want those Chinese leftovers
you think that I collect too much?
honey this is just practice.

of course I want your old clothes
they're yours
and they're old clothes

wanna smell like somebody else's personal history
so much that it smells like my own personal history
and speaking of smells
I'll take that soy candle
from your internet yard sale listing
of course I'll take that xylophone
I could learn to play the xylophone
of course I'll take those garden gnomes
of course I'll take that bed frame home
of course I want 198 hours of professional wrestling on VHS!
what did I even do before all this?

of course I want your old clothes
they're yours
and they're old clothes
Track Name: Femme Blues
I like to skate at 2 in the afternoon
when the park is devoid of teenage boys
cause I don't want them to see me like that
but I do want them to see me

and I feel like Britney Spears when she shaved her hair
cause I know I look good in my underwear
but I don't want you to see me like that
but I do want you to see me

and all the girls in cartoons have bows in their hair
all the boys in cartoons don't have anything

when I open my mouth, high pitched sounds come out
and you have no idea what I'm talking about
and I don't want you to hear me like that
but I do want you to hear me

and I could be the star of your private fiction
warm the engines of your late-night cyber sex addiction
but I don't want you to text me like that
but I do want you to text me

and all the girls in cartoons have bows in their hair
all the boys in cartoons don't have anything
and we could be friends if I was taller
Track Name: Birthday Presents
my friends
send me
a small green bear from the crystal store
my friends
send me
a Bonsai tree, cause I complained about the city
it's okay
if I don't see myself in five years anywhere
I'll have knick knacks
when I'm there

I don't
know how
I'm gonna pay a new deposit when my lease expires
I don't
know how
I'm gonna stay in this job for much longer, but
it's okay
I didn't expect this
right?
so I know I won't expect what's coming
I can
stick around

Pancake
Friday
'cause I worked pretty hard this week in general

I can spare some pancake mix on myself once in a while
oo-oo