Talkback Tambourine

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released July 27, 2017

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The Preservation Society Seattle, Washington

Indie-folk duo, The Preservation Society, is home to Seattle's Jeremy Wingfield & Dana Little. With a combined two-dozen years of songwriting, arranging, performing and music-collaborating under their belts, Wingfield and Little are sharp-shooting lyricists and melodic story-tellers with a knack for obsessing over the details. Talkback Tambourine, recorded in 2016, is their first release. ... more

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Track Name: My Confession
I have a confession to make
I sing too much about the booze that I've drank
And if you want to know the truth
In my bourbon there's a bit of vermouth

It's not a story it's how it goes
I didn't want to write it I just deal with the blows
So I always try and tell the truth
Cause I figure I got nothing to lose

Well maybe it's the person I've become
Or maybe it's just the water in the rum
Maybe it's becuase I'm falling apart
Maybe just becuase I have a broken heart
Well either way you break it down
There's always one less bottle around

When I try to write a new song
I think about my life and all the things gone wrong
And then I try and write it down
But it helps if I have poured my first round

Then I'll drink bout seven more
And all the real problems I can start to ignore
So I'm probably not telling the truth
I figure maybe I've got too much to lose

What matters most is my honesty
So I am trying to sing with integrity
Every time I make a genuine try
I add a splash of bitters to my bourbon and rye
This is how I write a song
It's no wonder they don't sing along
Track Name: Fun to Forget
Colored hair and pretty eyes and hands that will console
There's kindness in her heart and still there's dither in her soul
I find it odd her views about the metaphysical
Though strange to me I have been known as being cynical

Well it's fun to forget about the things that I hold true
And more fun to forget about it when I'm holding you
Even though there are conclusions that I have come to
As for now I'd rather not think it through

Dark brown eyes and curled hair at the age of twenty-two
There's purity and lasciviousness about the way she moves
Her voice is like a singing siren summoning for me
I'll think of her and know it's better she's across the sea

Well it's fun to forget about the things that I hold true
And more fun to forget about it when I'm holding you
Even though there are conclusions that I have come to
As for now I'd rather not think it through
Track Name: Twenty/Twenty
Should've said I missed you before you said anything at all
I should've said I loved you
Should've said I missed you before I said anything at all
I should've said I loved you

You can't believe how my mind plays tricks on me
So I'm telling you before you tell me
You're telling me nothing I don't know

That I'm never gonna love you if I can never get over me
It's the last thing I wanna do is push you out
No I'm never gonna love you if I can never get over me
It's the last thing I wanna do is push you out
You can't believe how my mind plays tricks on me

Even good intentions don't do me any good at all
'Cause if I'm hurt I won't pull the punches
Even when you tell me that I'm everything you want
In another heartbeat I'm waiting for the breakup or breakdown

So I'm never gonna love you if I can never get over me
It's the last thing I wanna do
No I'm never gonna love you if I can never get over me
It's the last thing I wanna do is push you out
You can't believe how my mind plays tricks on me

I should've said I missed you before you said anything at all
I should've said I loved you
Track Name: Bourbon
Situationally I find that what I need
To get me through the eve is liquor
Every time I weigh the cost of what I pay
With reason my case grows thicker

If it were not for this bourbon I would never find reprieve
If you think that I'm a fool then I think you're naive

The places that I go though there's people that I know
My mind begins to race my hands begin to shake
I tell myself to breathe as my body starts to seethe
I hang upon my face a smile that is fake

If it were not for this bourbon I would never find reprieve
If you think that I'm a fool then I think you're naive
Track Name: The Elephant
Calling out for rain
Singing life's so grey
Are you crazy or can't you feel the pain
Speaking of the pain
Aren't you wondering
If I'm not sober then why I'm not ashamed

Cause I don't like to think about the way
It feels to be when I'm not covering
The elephant with low shelf bourbon

If you're worried now
About the alcohol
Pour a drink and I'll tell you about the fall
About the government
About republicans
About the pickle that your life has been in

I've got the wisdom and the words to say
The things that make you understand the truth
In ways that won't offend unbelievers

The elephant hides in the corner of the room
With lights out he hopes that you ignore him

Well it's over now
Feeling better bout
All the ways that your life has not worked out
Now you're talking loud
You should slow it down
To tell the truth I know your brother won't be proud

You need to learn to be convincing
It will take a lot of practicing
Every single night and most afternoons
Track Name: Don't Fear the Fire
I know it's hard to understand though I've explained it all before
It was not like me to be the one to leave things on the floor
Cause I picked up most things you knocked out of my hand
I was tired of bending over at your commands

You see that every time I woke up I thought of how I could escape
That constant criticism and emotional arrays
When confronted with the truth of it you played the victim's part
That's why you cannot trust that woman's heart

For all those who are wondering how I could be that hard
Let's have a conversation and a drink in my backyard
If forgiveness fuels the fire of unconditioned love
Then fire it has no proof to have fear of

The fire was blazing hot
Though I tried my love was not
The train was moving in all directions
The two of us had no connections
Even though I tried my best
I was blind to what came next
The fire burned with a heavy cost
But all the fear would soon be lost

There's another kind of holy fire that reigns down from above
It likes to burn down houses and wipe out condemned love
When a house has stood divided divided it must fall
So there ain't no damned good reason to fear at all
No there ain't no damned good reason to fear the fire no not at all
Track Name: Courage
I saw you on the other side
A beer and bourbon would be nice
We talked about ex-loved ones and my kin
Even though we laughed a while
I could see it in your smile
As courage masked the agony within

Though I'm not that perceptive I can read what I can feel
I won't feel a thing if I don't think it's real

The night we had a drink or three
You threw the arrows left of me
We would play until the break of dawn
I asked you for your honesty
You responded quietly
A few more months before I travel on

Though I'm not that perceptive I can read what I can feel
I won't feel a thing if I don't think it's real
Track Name: Lost Control
I saw you there standing on the other side
We told each other stories had some laughs and told some lies
Since the day we met and I know this part is true
Not a day has passed I have not thought of you

Oh I've lost control
She races in my mind and stirs within my soul
And oh the way she moves
It makes me feel so good but leaves me so confused
I must admit it
I cannot quit it
Let's get on with it

It hurts like hell when my expectations fall
It makes me wonder why I ever had them at all
I say to myself it could never be her fault
Then I drown myself with my love for single malt

Oh I've lost control
She races in my mind and stirs within my soul
And oh the way she moves
It makes me feel so good but leaves me so confused
I must admit it
I cannot quit it
Let's get on with it
Track Name: Digging in Our Heels
Every day we count our money
Every day we watch it go
We take another hit now
And then we make another go

We even laugh when things aren't funny
We keep our head up off the floor
Oh, we'll take another hit now
And then we'll make another go

We're digging in our heels that there is so much more than hope
It's getting old and lonely at the end of this rope
So we're digging in our heels that there is still much more to love
It's only hope that holds us and it's still not enough

You mix the drinks and set the mood light
I turn the music up to ten
While recapping every story
That reminds us where we've been

Another evening another surprise fight
Another making of amends
It doesn't matter where we started
It only matters where we end
Track Name: Your Man
I waited by the phone on a Friday night
Watching all the clouds as they rolled by
I was thinking about the day I would die
And wondering if that day was tonight
Then I dreamt about you and your beautiful smile
I searched for all the memories that I could compile
Then I fought not to wake just to lay here a while your man

When we were young it made a lot of sense
We fooled a lot of people but in our defense
We were having lots of fun just at others' expense
And if I would have had any common sense
I should have held you closer to me
I would have traveled the Atlantic Sea
I could have given every thing to be your man oh man

The time I spent with you made the record unfair
To all the other dames I had to compare
You loved me harder than I could hardly bare
Then I broke what we had with no time to compare
For the face of hardship the unwritten score
Though I've made it this far my mind can't ignore
When dusk sets in there's nothing to live for
Oh man
As evening turns to dread
I'll keep on drinking til I'm almost dead
Oh man...
Track Name: My Immodest Girlfriend
My immodest girlfriend will be my immodest wife
The ebb and flow of my immodest life
Inconsequently I broke from the fold
To search out the depth of my immodest soul

The courage it takes to know when I'm wrong
Or is it just fear that keeps me from harm
And regretfully I struggle to see
The view from a lense that is foreign to me
Track Name: Abstracted Bliss
A shooting star reaching for his daddy's hand
Fingers his scar a mark the remnant from a distant land
A life on Mars longing for abstracted bliss
His avatar a ghost the victim of a savage kiss

So just stop
And breathe
Then fall asleep

And should you wake shrieking for your father's name
With what's at stake the beast will suck your marrow from your frame
You'll feel no pain falling from your soaring grace
The perfect game the con the bloodless man without a face

The countdown started before it had begun
The missing heart the love resistant to the morning's son
You'll see no gain with thoughtless words in tyrant's hands
The march began to stop the loveless and the faithless man

So let's start
And dream
Don't fall asleep