Say So

by Bent Knee

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Jakob Bakkevoll
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Jakob Bakkevoll This album is truly one of the best rock albums of this era. This is a 10/10 album and everyone should listen to it. The track Good Girl is my personal favorite. It has beautiful instrumentals, fantastic and thought provoking lyrics and the vocals are heavenly as usual.
My second favorite is Black Tar Water. It is such a moving track. Favorite track: Good Girl.
Joe
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Joe Every member put their heart in this and you can hear it. Simply awesome!
🤘😊🤘 Favorite track: Leak Water.
tobias asplund
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tobias asplund My new favorite band. Found them on YouTube a couple months ago, haven't stopped listening. All songs are great, but Hands Up has *that* so I'll have to call it my fave on this album. Favorite track: Hands Up.
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1.
I made myself strong By getting my skin numb And loosening up the thumbs By pumping out the black tar water I made myself real By ripping up magazines And staving off disease By pumping out the black tar water I made my friends leave With tightrope at their knees And laughing when they sneeze I’m throwing up the black tar water I start to tell it wrong While singing in a song Where robbers held up guns They’re shooting out the black tar water Dripping off follicles Seeping out my pores Filling up my lungs Oh my my Dripping off follicles Seeping out my pores Filling up my lungs Oh oh my my My black tar water My black tar water
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Counselor 05:50
I rub elbows with some bad boys They take badgers with their tea And I’m scared of my friends When we wrestle they really hurt me Shots on the block I think not, I think not I keep them close, they show their scars to me I’m a punching bag and a therapist who works for free Kiss me counselor you’re so sweet When we talk I think you love me I could tell you anything It’s nice that someone’s thinking of me Oh me, oh my, I’m feeling lonely Wide open to anybody Give me kisses or something squishy Something softer than concrete Kiss me counselor you’re so sweet When we talk I think you love me I could tell you anything It’s nice that someone’s thinking Street boy, flashlight, window, crowbar Xbox, dog barks, gloves off, rip hard Fake card, back home, tiptoe, good kid While they don’t know, close mouth, don’t leave me alone I rub elbows with some bad boys They take badgers with their tea And I’m scared of my friends When we wrestle they really hurt me
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EVE 09:12
Every lawn is green Every fence is white You’re the only thing I see When I close my eyes I touch your gears, I see green lights I taste your tears, they’re just like mine I kiss your joints, I smell your skin You hear my voice collapsing Collapsing I have a finished basement with a thick carpet So my footsteps stay quiet as I tip down the stairs At four in the morning while the kids are all sleeping I’m busy assembling a secret worth keeping From buckets of legos, a trunk full of gaff tape Arms, legs, a mouth, it’s finally breathing I kiss its right angles and crackling joints You’re sweeter than Sophie, more caring than Lisa Now back in your cupboard, the sun is soon rising Must be driving my children to school At upon each stoplight or choke point in traffic I’m dreaming in daylight of last night and romance I’m dreaming of love so hidden and novel That’s blind to conditions beyond my control Not rude nor suspicious, immune to diseases A love that will last when I’m at last left alone, alone Every lawn is green Every fence is white You’re the only thing I see When I close my eyes I touch your gears, I see green lights I taste your tears, they’re just like mine I kiss your joints, I smell your skin You hear my voice collapsing Collapsing
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Interlude 00:49
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Because the things you love have no pulses, give no hugs They sit inside of boxes Getting buried and stepped on Because the things you love have no pulses, give no hugs You bring home more and more To keep you company Because the things you love have no pulses, give no hugs We all learned shame Like we had a crush on the teacher Because the things you love have no pulses, give no hugs I keep waving for your attention But you just won’t look up The kids show the creases in their foreheads Your husband don’t know what to do He drinks ‘til he can’t see you We’re all scared we’re losing you Because the things you love have no pulses, give no hugs...
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Nakami 05:19
When you were born I was already taller than your mother She gave you your smiles and your curls Wrapping your arms like I was your lover When I tremble you cling to me tighter and tighter Nakami, nakami Only, only When you could drive Come home after sunrise with the windows fogged over You’re wasting your time, dear Whisper to me that you’re finally happy Initials on every tree Nakami, nakami Only, only, only if you really Ko no ki, Ko no mi ki no nakami Only, only
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Commercial 03:44
HEY HEY EVERYTHING YOU HAVE TO SAY IS LURING ME IN CLOSER SO I’LL PAY FOR THREE EASY PAYMENTS I’LL GET MY FACE KICKED OFF MY HEAD RIGHT AWAY THE HOTTEST DEALS ARE GNAWING AT THE TAMPER-PROOF PACKAGING BRIGHT COLORS PREACH THE GOSPEL OF LIFE AS A BARBIE® PHOTOSHOP ME LYPOSUCK ME TWO CLICKS AWAY FROM BANKRUPT I’LL POP ALL THE PILLS TO KEEP IT UP YOGA TOGA ALL THE M.I.L.F. GEAR SHE’S CUTTING ME DEEP LASER SURGERY ENHANCEMENTRY HEY HEY EVERYTHING YOU HAVE TO SAY IS LURING ME IN CLOSER SO I’LL PAY FOR THREE EASY PAYMENTS I’LL GET MY FACE KICKED OFF MY HEAD RIGHT AWAY
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Hands Up 05:40 video
I feel so possessive darling Keep my toes close to you With pointed finger I still Count myself in sets of two We’ll be so progressive darling Solar cell on our roof We’ll renew our vows each morning Hyperloop our kids to school I can be malignant darling When the truth is plain to see I thought you for hours this week I’m your best shot presently I say hands up I say hands down When I look inside me baby You’re throwing me all around I see flash bulbs I see LEDs No matter where I look man You’re the brightest light in front of me I seem so pathetic darling Check my phone constantly Texts loop like a mantra through me Buzzing blasts of dopamine I say hands up I say hands down When I look inside me baby You’re throwing me all around I see flash bulbs I see LEDs No matter where I look man You’re the brightest light in front of me We can see the sea change darling When we touch wirelessly With our sweaty clothes and eyebrows We’ll remember how it feels to feel everything Please don’t go, la la la...
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Show us how you glow That’s a good girl That’s a good girl Touch your toes That’s a good girl That’s a good girl Don’t be a hassle Don’t be a rascal Great minds think too much But you’re not a scholar Nor a philosopher Turn that little light of yours off Sing to me and count to three Soon it will be over Say goodbye and smile real wide That’s a good girl We love our good girl Don’t be a hassle Don’t be a rascal Great minds think too much But you’re not a scholar Nor a philosopher Turn that little light of yours off I dream of beauty I dream of peace I dream of family I dream, I dream I dream in color I dream in day I dream of hillsides Rolling away Don’t be a hassle Don’t be a rascal Great minds think too much But you’re not a scholar Nor a philosopher Turn that little light of yours off

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released May 20, 2016

Bent Knee is:
Ben Levin - Guitar
Chris Baum - Violin
Courtney Swain - Vocals & Keyboards
Jessica Kion - Bass & Vocals
Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth - Drums
Vince Welch - Production & Sound Design

Say So
Written and performed by Bent Knee
Produced and mixed by Vince Welch
Engineered by Matt Beaudoin at Q Division Sound
Additional engineering by Chris McLaughlin and Vince Welch
Assistant engineering by Grace Reader, Griffin Bach, Jamie Rowe, Joel Edinberg, Matt Carlson, Michael Healy, and Steven Xia
Mastered by Randy Roos at Squam Sound
Recorded at Q Division Studios, The Record Company, and Converse Rubber Tracks Boston
Album art by Greg Bowen. Proofread by Mark Chapman
© 2016 Bent Knee
℗ 2016 Cuneiform Records

Additional performances by:
Andy Bergman (alto sax and clarinet), Ben Swartz (cello), Bryan Murphy (trumpet), Geni Skendo (flute & shakuhachi), Geoff Nielsen (trombone), James Dineen (voice acting), Keith Dickerhofe (cello), Nathan Cohen (violin), Sam Morrison (bari sax), and Rebecca Hallowell (viola)

Group vocals for "Counselor" and "The Things You Love":
Alessandra Cugno, Andrew Humphries, Anil Prasad, Celine Ferro, Clint Degan, Curtis Hartshorn, Geni Skendo, James Willetts, Jeri Schibelli, Jessie Vitale, Josh Golberg, Kelsey Devlin, Leilani Roser, Leo Fonseca, Mary Freedlund, Max Freedlund, Michael Vitale, Mike Razo, Miriam Olken, Peter Danilchuk, Rebecca Hallowell, Roland Rotsitaille, Ryan Jackson, Sam Swan, Stephen Humphries, Susan Putnins, Tim Doherty, Toni Schibelli, Tori Bedford

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Bent Knee Boston, Massachusetts

A band occupying sonic territory entirely their own, Bent Knee continues to break ground with each successive album, a record maintained with 2019’s extraordinary "You Know What They Mean". The Boston outfit’s myriad influences are distilled into a deeply moving art-form that defies categorization, merging texture and style into music that’s thrilling, addictive, and unapologetically original. ... more

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