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Knock Hard

by Yours Are the Only Ears

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1.
Saturn 04:03
Leave it alone Nightmares come and go And I’ve got no one left To tell me where to go And please don’t Leave me here alone Give it some time Maybe they don’t realize And can I Do it on my own If I Forgot how to be alone I don’t belong here anymore A shadow of who I was before Weak heart melting on the floor Sweetheart knocking at the door Follow your heart Love your own art Just maybe you won’t Have to restart If time heals You won’t fall apart
2.
I’m sitting inside The room that is now mine It comes in waves I wanna take care of you some days Do you want to sit in my room And listen to music? I had something to tell you But I forgot it Will you try not to lie? Ignore the sword between your thighs The womxn that you’ve compromised Ignore the fire in my eyes Do you want to go on your roof And stare at the pavement? I imagine my body on the ground Am I a good persxn? Am I a good persxn Am I a good persxn I recall my hands around your throat In the darkness of our hole The colors are all muddy now My angry footprint on your mouth. Do you want to sit on a hill And fall down with me? We could make more coffee Or just fall back asleep
3.
She spoke to me today Her and Bobby are swimming Her heart is like a map Each vein is a river And the past is painted black Her lover is above her Pouring peace into her soul Somewhere faraway He left a hole Because he couldn’t stay I hope I didn’t say All of the wrong things But when I was drowning Paws upon the death around me I knew I was not alone Cuz we are nature’s loom… Even in the dead of winter The naked branches exposed Are the cyclical bones Of our wings So all I can do today Is dream of flying south to be With you and Bobby And imagine the water scaling my legs In a sacred creek in Georgia Where my heart will always stay
4.
Seeds 03:00
Dear god, If I close my eyes And sleep tonight Will you show me the light? Dear mom, I slept in your bed And he wept when he read That I was gone My brother Came into my room When I came to And I thought he was you But the bark around my heart won’t peel off As my body slowly rots I’m sorry but I want to be alone I love you but all of my seeds are sewn Your eyes Widened in my dreams And your smile was complete But I am empty I was lost In my hollow nest When she told me That I’d never be happy I remember When she laid in the dark with me And we gave all of the ghosts we could see A name But the bark around my heart won’t peel off As my body slowly rots I’m sorry but I want to be alone I love you but all of my seeds are sewn
5.
To Be Alone 02:34
Is this my curse To be around you? To be around you Your voice is so sweet You must know how it hurts me. How it hurts me Oh where does it all go? Oh where can I be alone Now? To be alone now I don’t know what is real Or how to feel How to feel I don’t want to be like them I won’t be able to be your friend To be your friend Oh where does it all go? Oh where can I be alone Now?
6.
Enter Me 02:19
The little death of me in time Leaving only my breath behind My love is like The passing of time Letting god know what is mine Before I wake up and realize My whole life Is based on your light The memories aren’t real to me I give up half of my leave me alone And climb my fine line To my soul Only to make myself vulnerable It’s a question unanswered A lifetime of Grazing pasture And comfort makes A funny face When it goes away
7.
And in your garden of sounds I wait buried in the ground Troubling that strumming taste And what might surface through my veins It’s the numbing out Take the pill and wait around Braving punch after punch Baby I can’t get enough I’m waiting love A swallowed hug Is my crutch Fool You pester cruel You fester underground So I can’t hear you now! It’s the numbing out Take the pill and wait around Braving punch after punch Baby I can’t get enough I’m waiting love The sort of drums They beat me up
8.
Hole Again 03:04
Your hair turns black when you take a bath And your eyes turn blue when you tell the truth But you will never bleed In front of me And my heart unraveled in your nest And you don’t know that I left But I will never bleed When I leave I am surrounded by Everything And it speaks to me Although it can’t breath And I fall asleep Although I can’t breath Your frozen heart you’re taciturn Once a cradle now a mirror A forever veiled in fur And sleeping through the winter Your shoulder blades a silhouette The shape of regret in our empty bed But the silence is a map However foreign the path I am surrounded by Everything And it speaks to me Although it can’t breath And I fall asleep Although I can’t breath I thought I was alive But I was just hovering
9.
Low 02:44
Oh where Does the time go? I’m so high And so low I can listen to Your song about me Wallow in Self pity and guilty But does it Make a difference If anyone forgives me? If anyone forgives me I used to Make decisions But these days They seem to make me And I wondered, “Where does it all go?” And now I know

about

Susannah Cutler is a songwriter and producer raised in both Manhattan and Upstate New York. She began writing songs from a young age and her emotional connection with music never ceased.

Her love for music compelled her to teach herself all of her favorite songs on guitar. In high school, she suffered from an onset of depression and anxiety. Feeling isolated in her own mind, songwriting offered relief and became a necessary emotional outlet for the musical storytelling that seemed innate from her earliest days.

In 2014, she gave her private universe a public name and began playing shows in Brooklyn as Yours Are the Only Ears. Naming the project created space for Cutler’s collection of deeply personal and surreal poetry to flourish and take new shape. Around the same time, she decided to continue her visual art education at FIT. Her first semester back landed shortly after a traumatic breakup and social tumult that catalyzed a time of incubation, retreat and reflection. Forced to investigate ways in which she was and was not caring for herself, an emotional journey incurred. Although spread thin by school in a transformative time in her life, Cutler taught herself how to record out of a desire for autonomy and decided it was time to make her record. Now, on the cusp of graduation with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textile Design, “Knock Hard” is a triumphant testament to self love.

Team Love is proud to release Yours Are the Only Ears debut album, Knock Hard, in May 2018. The album's cover art, vinyl, cassette, and lyric sheets are also illustrated and designed by Susannah Cutler.

credits

released May 11, 2018

All songs written and recorded by Susannah Cutler in her makeshift studios in update & Brooklyn, New York. Mixed by Mike Ditrio in Olympia, WA. Mastered by Rich Gaglia in Queens, NY.

Susannah Cutler sings, plays acoustic & electric guitar, bass & keys.
Dave Benton plays drums, singing saw & sings & plays electric guitar on "Fire In My Eyes." Jong Min Lin plays keys on all songs except for "To Be Alone" & "Seeds." Dan Goldberg sings & plays keys on "You & Bobby." David Cutler plays bass on "Saturn." Stew Cutler plays lapsteel & mandolin on "Seeds" & electric guitar on "Hole Again." "You & Bobby" is dedicated to Amy. Thanks & endless love for family and friends who encouraged me.

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