Feets

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Although it has taken longer than I expected, I love how this album came together - in bits and pieces. These songs were recorded all over the place - in my bathroom, in noisy bars, in friends' closets - some in Brooklyn, some in California - and somehow it sounds like we're all right there.

For example, 'Ships At Sea' has a simple piano part that was recorded at my local bar. A friend let me drop by in the afternoon one day, and i setup a mic right by the piano. The ice machine and a/c are crunching away in the background somewhere. And the female harmony is my friend Erica singing in my bathroom. Vive le DIY!

Other songs have a similar story, of pieces cobbled together over time. The songs themselves echo themes of love and loss but what was especially unexpected in creating this album was the harmony that comes from working with great friends. I really want to thank Aaron and Max for keeping the faith, and for making it all come together.


'Feets' is the second release from Secondstar, a Brooklyn-based folk-pop band.

The album was recorded in Brooklyn and California.

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released March 26, 2011

all songs written by liam carey
produced by aaron estes
mastered at engine room audio, nyc
thanks to erica buettner, madeleine corliss, aaron estes, and max diez

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Track Name: Ships At Sea
Ships at Sea


I waited and watched by the sea
I looked for you, you looked for me
still ships they pass, how can that be?
ships they pass, how can that be?

Out from lights that blinded you
Out among the stars that guided you
It's colder now with one
Than it ever was with two

Before you turn away
There's no shame like regret
Curse this modern day
This life is to....forget.


The single cloud that covered the sun
Ending all that had begun
When you think of it now, what would you have done?
When you think of it now, what would you have done?

Hands that hold precious hearts
Hearts that fold and fall apart
If we knew the end
Would we even start?


Before you turn away
There's no shame like regret
Curse this modern day
This life is to....protect.


I raced you up to the sky
The first to fall was the first to die
I wondered how, I wondered why
I wondered how, and wondered why

Hands that hold precious hearts
Hearts that fold and fall apart
If we knew the end
Would we even start?


Before you turn away
There's no shame like regret
Curse this modern day
This life is to....forget.
Track Name: Rider Ride
Rider Ride

Rider ride from this home
A widower, at last alone
Take from me all I own
I've walked this earth through fire & snow

Not all conditions have their cure
Not all fates written are for sure
This hand is strong, this heart is pure
But this decision is not yours

Like Jonah in the whale
who kept his heart but lost his sail
i don't pray but i will
keep you safe when all else fails

We are all hearts and bones
The parts we love, we've carved in stone
But one day soon, the stone is gone
And all our works have come undone

Like Jonah in the whale
who kept his heart but lost his sail
i don't pray but i will
keep you safe when all else fails
Track Name: Devil In The Head
Devil in the Head

The ice is thin, I think we'll all break out
I let you in but I still have my doubt
The wind that shakes the tree I'm in
I fall down
The ground that shakes beneath my feet
We fall down

I know I know devil in the heart
I know I know devil in the head
I know I know devil in the heart
I know I know devil in the head


You said I will, and I still hold to that
I love you still, and I still want you back
The wind that shakes the tree I'm in
I fall down
The ground that shakes beneath my feet
We fall down

I know I know devil in the heart
I know I know devil in the head
I know I know devil in the heart
I know I know devil in the head


A map that you found so long ago
You wear your love just like an arrow
All that you found, give tomorrow
A map that you found so long ago


Devil in the head, devil in the head, devil in the soul
Devil in the head, devil in the head, devil in the throat
Devil in the head, devil in the head, devil in the soul
Devil in the head, devil in the head, devil in the soul
Track Name: Crooked As Crows
Crooked As Crows

ten, for your toes
as crooked as a crow's

nine, for the time
that i took off all your clothes

eight
i realized you were brave
the courage to fight
and the courage to stay

seven for the tatoo
you hide behind your back
flowers of our youth
we talk about and laugh

six
your heart and your lips
parts that i kiss
parts i would miss

five for the time we almost died
five for the time we almost died

four is your laugh
wide as the sky
i recall you chipped your tooth
you didn't even cry

three is your eyes
a gray/green sea

two for the day
that is just you and me

10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2...1
we've just begun.
Track Name: No Return
No Return

Our hearts will mend as best they can
If we give more than we get
There's no time quite like the present
Do it now lest we forget

I don't want to say...goodbye

Brace yourself for the coming storm
La la la la la la
If we make it through the winter
I believe we'll all get by

I don't want to say...goodbye

All we have is all we get
No return and no regret
Track Name: St. John
St. John


Well who is puppet,
And who is master?
Hear this trumpet call all gamblers to their knee

To saint john of the cross
Saint of all bastards
Rubs his fingers and cries this plea

Would I were a sailor
On the high seas
Sailing through danger
In better company
Or better still a martyr
And you'd wear black for me
Wish I was the man I used to be

Who is master and who is the master's son?
Where have you been when it's been so goddamned long
To saint john of the cross, saint of all bastards
Cradles his hands and sings this song


Would I were a soldier in the great war
Or that I had the wisdom to know what it was for
Your love was a cruel mistress not easily ignored
Still I wish the man I was before
I wish I was the man I am no more
Track Name: Death At Last
Death At Last

The day i was born the trouble started
Mum did die of a broken-heart
A sailor did I become
And sailed the seas by star and sun
And when the sailing it was done
I'd take to land where trouble runs

I had a wife, I had a son
I'd court the devil and drink his rum
On the land I was a fool
Drank and cursed and gambled too
The night was long and the day was cruel
I lived to die but I failed that too

One fine day in desperate need
I joined a crew for Barbary
The fiercest storm came right crashing
Through our bows southern bearing
Well I fixed my boot, I turned my ring
But I was lost until I heard you sing

We lashed our spines to the mast
And heard the maidens sing at last
At last, at last they sang to me
And as the ship went down at sea
Well I was glad and right happy
That death at last had come for me
Track Name: Let Me Down Easy
Let me down easy


Let me down easy
Despite the trouble I've made
Let me down easy
When I go down in my grave

You could've done better
Like father like son
God bless the goddamned
More than anyone

So I let you down easy
Despite what you done
I let you down easy
When you go and when you're gone

It ain't all been
Sweet flowers and sin
Still I would come back
If you would let me in

So let me down easy
Despite the trouble I've made
Let me down easy
When I go down in my grave

When I down in my grave