All That We Keep

by Kings

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Kings would like to dedicate this album to The Tiny Girlfriends and to our families (the ones we were given, and the ones we’ve chosen).
Kings would like to thank:
Craigslist, for our origin story; the crazy-talented musicians who lent their magic to this record (Justin “Timbersnake” Guip, Sara Milonovich, Emma Alabaster, and Emily Hope Price); Robert Maril; our parents (Avis Bishop, George Bishop, Pat & Lani Beug, Loni Thoreson, Jack & Connie Bielagus); Max Brown; and all the generous folks who funded this record, especially: Scott Baldwin, Paul Binder, John J. Kells, Maureen Zupan, and Timothy Poulin & Andrew Herrmann.



released July 8, 2016

Produced by Kings and Justin Guip
All tracks recorded at Guip Studio in Milan, NY
Engineered & mixed by Justin Guip
Additional mixing by Eric Beug
Cello & bass recorded by Rich Bennet at Acme Hall Studios in Brooklyn, NY Mastered by Alan Douches
Artwork by Sara Berks
Cover photography by George Underwood



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Kings is
Emily Bielagus (vocals, guitar, percussion)
Steph Bishop (guitars, vocals)
Eric Beug (lap steel, mandolin, baritone guitar, and more).

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Track Name: All That You Keep
let’s ride in your car
‘til the road’s small and dark
and the air smells of orchards so sweet
i’ve heeded the call
there’s nothing at all
could cast me from all that you keep

if i don’t make it home in time to meet you
save a space i’m already on my way
it’s just these old sunken stars resting heavy on my heart
weigh me down even as they light my way

if you know of the way to west virginia
pack your bags and we’ll rest among the pines
and our hearts they may break with the promises we make
but we're better than the doubt we'll leave behind

and i know a better way to go
i’ve been told so many times before
if i can run with you i will
chase down the sun with you i will

if the weight of the worry keeps us wondering
about the stories we lost along the way
know we are small and there is time
and your hand fits into mine
and I'll hold it ‘til you know that we're ok
Track Name: Sad Cowboy
when i was little my momma wrote me a song
when i’m lonely she told me to sing along
now that you’re gone i’ve forgotten how to sing at all

take your time walking out the door
i know i won’t be seeing your face anymore
only a fool can forget who she’s crying for

you left your light on i can't see clearly
and all these cold nights have left me weary
and like the tide you pull me tight then roll away

the floorboards keep creaking their way to the space in my heart
dust settles deep in the cracks that I've had from the start
nighttime is darker and longer the brighter the star

i know i'll be crying when all of my laughter’s run out
my heart only knows how to break because you showed it how
but thank you for leaving when you didn't love me at all
Track Name: California
take a breath and i’m leaving in the morning
water’s cold and it's seeping through my skin
wish the wind would carry me to california
‘cause i'm feeling that old darkness creeping in

and you know that i don't listen to those songs no more
for sanity and fear of caving in
but i will not erase them from my half-lit heart
‘cause we are only made of where we've been

and i never ask for answers
they're too small to hold the truth
and i never asked for a love song
cause we never had that much to prove

the way to carry sadness is in pieces
if you're careless then the sadness carries you
the truth will come to you without a warning
and to make it out you have to wander through
Track Name: For Dolly
took a ride on my bike
in the late morning light
too warm for the season
i can’t wait for the freeze
these can’t be tears falling out of my eyes
’cause i smiled when you said goodbye

you took your time
citing reasons for why
you ain’t living your life
all your days passing by
you cast me aside
and i had to comply
and i smiled when you said goodbye

i don’t know why
i don’t know why
you think i’d cry
i smiled when you said goodbye

now she’s right by my side
and i’ll hold her real tight
i won’t dream of your kiss
i won’t even try
i don’t miss you tonight and it’s no big surprise
cause i smiled when you said goodbye
Track Name: The Holding On
hold me like a honeybee in the palm of your hand
cause i’m tired and i’m trying to get home
you told me that you’d wait for me on the edge of the sand
and here i am walking alone

i ain’t scared of the time i’m losing
i ain’t scared of the holding on
i will walk with you if you want me to
but i can’t hold the things you say

if i could draw a map for you on the palm of your hand
it would lead to the wreckage and rust
the places i’ve tried to go but i can’t understand
and the currents that stir beneath us

i never wanted to whisper
i never wanted to wait
i never wanted to whisper
i never wanted to wait
Track Name: To You
you make me wonder if my heart’s going under
and i’m coming back, i keep coming back to you
days feel like hours and the rain turns to flowers
and i’m coming back, i keep coming back to you

when we take a walk wish i was holding your hand
every time we part it’s like the sea from the sand

i’m no good at lying, but i guess i’ll keep trying
and i’m coming back, i keep coming back to you
don’t know what’s required for this love to expire
and i’m coming back, always coming back to you

every time we part it’s like the sea from the sand
i told you from the start i hold my heart in my hands

i’m sorry for saying oh that darling i’m praying
you’ll come on back, i keep coming back to you
Track Name: A Love That's Gonna Last
brush my teeth with coffee grounds
wash my face in whiskey
that’s what’s been going down since you said you don’t miss me
i’m cruising down the highway going nowhere fast
i’m trying to find a love that’s gonna last

i’m spending all my money on the women on the corner
they’ll tell you that they love you for a bottle of Four Roses
i found a gal with your face on, she keeps me coming back
i’m trying to find a love that’s gonna last

i’ve been wrong before
i have opened up all the wrong doors
i’m too weak to fight
i will lay down all my weapons of desire
i will wave a flag of white
i’ll pray with all my might
that you’ll come home tonight

my momma always told me there will always be another
if it don’t work with sister you can always try with brother
i should have said i’m sorry but now the moment’s passed
i’m trying to find a love that’s gonna last
Track Name: If I Wanted To
inside these ribs is a beating beast
they don’t call it a cage for nothing
i’ll hide you a key if you want to come in
you gotta promise to leave me something

every time i turn away
i still feel the sun

if i wanted to
well, i could
if i wanted to
well, i would

i drew a line for you to cross
could you see it in the dark?
without a light or a hand to guide you
would you know where to start?

every time i close my eyes
i still feel the sun
every time i close my eyes
i still feel the sun

well i know that i lied
and i know that i’ve been unkind
but i walked through the fire with my eyes open wide
and it rendered me blind
i wanted to
Track Name: Walking Down The Line
i’ve been walking down the line
finding footsteps where i thought that there were mines
i ain’t never been this far
sometimes the road comes up to meet you where you are

and i’m trying my hand
scared to death i might land
on my feet again

i’ve been rolling up my sleeves
to find the places where the good and bad agree
throwing ropes at distant stars
fading lights that flicker when they get too far

when you wake up with nothing to lose
then you wake up with nothing to hide
i can’t sleep with this weight on my chest
i can’t sleep with a space by my side
Track Name: Siren
sun poked its rays through the lengthening days
and i never smelled nothing so sweet
lilacs have bloomed so i’ll find my way soon
to the path where the wildflowers meet

you can’t sit still
and i’m going down
this train we’re on
don’t know where it’s bound
when i get home
i’m gonna make my bed
well i know i should be sleeping but i’m doing the best i can

tall maple trees and a wandering breeze
think i’ll go stick my feet in the lake
branches may bend so i’ve got a few friends
who will catch me if ever they break

oooooh, sounds like siren
oooooh, sounds like a rallying cry

let’s let the batteries die
let’s watch the dust floating by
it gathers slowly on the beams
we’ve been picking at the seams
selling stories to survive