Having No Alternative

by The Hathaway Family Plot

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The Hathaway Family Plot has still not discovered the meaning of life. This, their sixth album, is further documentation of that.

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released January 12, 2016

All piano, keyboards, smart learning centers (tm), vocals, kazoos, snake charmers, psalteries, etc. performed by Kevin

All songs written by The Hathaway Family Plot

Grand piano recorded well by Chris Jacobs
Everything else recorded poorly by the musician, at home

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The Hathaway Family Plot Buffalo, New York

The Hathaway Family Plot is a musician living in Buffalo, New York, whose mission is to make music with whatever is at hand. This is not "important" music, nor is it particularly functional. It is simply honest and urgently felt.

All music is under an "Attribution - Non-Commercial - Share Alike" Creative Commons License.

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Track Name: The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new
The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.

You must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on.
Track Name: Mountain
I want to be a part of you
I'm just what I observe
I am only what I taste
but I want to be a mountain
I want to be an ocean
I want to be inside of you.
Track Name: Mercator
I just want to draw a line,
measure out the distances.
The shortest path from A to B
can warp into a curve
when we stretch the real space,
the globe into the map.
Any time I draw a line, it's a distortion.

A distortion

And when I try to speak to you,
to tell you what my worries are,
I convert all my thoughts into
imperfect words and gestures.
The moment that they leave my mouth,
are pulled into the air I breathe,
it's a distortion.

A distortion
Track Name: Every stupid thing I've ever done
I regret every stupid thing I've ever done.
I can't forget any stupid thing I've ever done.
Track Name: Ghosts in the wood
The haunted places are made of wood.
It traps and keeps the voices of a home.
Echoing for centuries,
"Do you know what I have seen?
Do you know what I have done?"

I want any house we live in to be made of wood.
I want your voice captured next to mine,
held and trapped in time as the world
around us falls.
A reminder,
A presence

I never want to lose you.
I never want the world to lose us.
Track Name: Spirituality exhibition
We're taking pictures of you.
We're leaving halfway through.
We like to think we're spiritual, too.

But there's a parasite living down in my gut
and he's emptying me from the inside.
I'm hollow, I'm weak,
I'm not like you.
I'm not like you.

We're taking pictures of you.
We're taking pictures of statues, too.
We like to think we're spiritual.
We like to think we're spiritual.
I'm not like you.
I'm not like you.
Track Name: Anynothing
You're absolutely right,
I can't do anything.
You're absolutely right,
I'm destined to fail.
Just look in my windows,
just look in my eyes,
but don't look in the basement, no,
don't look in the basement.
This house is falling inward,
the mud and rocks and water,
this house is caving inward,
hell above, sky below,
and I can't do anything.
I can't do anything.

I can't do anything,
but I can't do anything else.
Track Name: I love you and you are safe
You are scared, I know,
but understand
that I love you
and you are safe.
Track Name: An easy winter
I'm suspending disbelief,
I want to be convinced.
The leaves are turning, now.
The days are darker, now.
Tell me that it's going to be
an easy winter.