Tone Poems

by All My Pretty Ones



Thick with vocal harmonies, folky guitars, classically influenced piano, upright bass and oboe, unconventional percussion, and a mystery instrument or two.


released January 1, 2008

Produced and recorded by Dan Wool

Derek Schmidt
Genessa Kealoha
Jocelyn Bentley-Prestwich
Jesse Wade
Matt Payne
Michael Carreira



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Track Name: Do or Don't
Do or Don't

When you hardly know where you want to go
well your thumbs already out
do you really want to go for a ride, well
you do or don't

do you want to live in a pretty world
where the doors are closed?
is it really any wonder then
you always choke

you can stack your papers higher
they hold up your sky
careful when they come raining down, though
all you ever did is try
all you ever did is try

and after all you've tried and won
you never will be sure
all that you hold in your hand
is fire to hide or lure
fire to hide or lure

where you think you're gonna put that foot down, sir
first you need to stand
you've been thinking on a few different styles, but
do you need a hand?

and is there only room for the smaller dreams
well you've got those in spades
but the secret's gonna pass your lips someday
and it'll be a scream

and you can talk a real big game
so big it wins
when your mouth is all done and shut, well
are you out or in?
are you out or in?

and out or in or high or low
you always come back here
if you do or if you don't
there only is one fear
only is one fear