Skyscraper Queen of the Midwest

by Lindsay Weinberg

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Engineered by Marlon Aguilar at Marlon Recording
Mastered by Peter Andreadis at All City Mastering
Photography by Ben Chandler at Still & Moving Pictures
Design by Judy Higgins at Union Design

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released 01 July 2012

Lindsay Weinberg: piano, guitar, vocals, glockenspiel, marimba
Jarod Facknitz: drums, shaker, vocals
Heather Perry: bass
Anna Suechting: trumpet, french horn
Evan Jacobson: trombone
Arielle Luckmann: fiddle
Bailey Doyle: cello
Jonas Friddle: banjo
Elizabeth Breen: vocals
Aerin Tedesco: vocals

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Lindsay Weinberg Chicago, Illinois

Lindsay Weinberg's enthusiasm is childlike, but it's balanced by the knowing glint in her eye. Her voice is big, her songs honest, her piano punchy. Her debut album blends complicated progressions and cheeky lyrics into effortless hooks, bringing a harmonic energy as strong as the wind whipping off Lake Michigan, focused down city streets, and channeled directly into your heartbeat. ... more

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Track Name: Bad Habit
I may be drenched in good intentions / My feet are firmly on the ground / But once my thoughts have veered off down that dark direction / I’ve worn the path too well to turn myself around / It’s like when you start tap tap tapping your pack pack packet of cigarettes / Or how you just can’t can’t manage to quit scratch scratching that itch / Although you know it’s setting you back, further off track, you’re gonna go for that familiar fix / I’m guessing we’ve all got bad habits to kick / Bad habit / I’m not moving but I’m still spinning / If you’ve stopped scoring you can’t keep winning / The joke’s not over yet I’m grinning anyhow / You try to keep yourself productive / Making the most of day to days / We want to do this lifetime justice / Nobody’s got the time to waste / But you're gonna keep tap tap tapping your pack pack packet of cigarettes / And I know you just can’t can’t manage to quit scratch scratching that itch / Although you know it’s setting you back, further off track, you’re gonna go for that familiar fix / I’m guessing we’ve all got bad habits to kick / Bad habit / Not moving but I’m still spinning / If you’ve stopped scoring you can’t keep winning / The joke’s not over yet I’m grinning anyhow / At the way you keep tap tap tapping your pack pack packet of cigarettes / And I know you just can’t can’t manage to quit scratch scratching that itch / Although you know it’s setting you back, further off track, you’re gonna go for that familiar fix / I’m guessing we’ve all got bad habits to kick / Bad habit
Track Name: Skyscraper Queen of the Midwest
Yes, she’s responsible / But still susceptible to recklessness / She keeps her bases covered with little slips under her dress / Never failing to impress / Skyscraper queen of the Midwest / And she says / Baby, save the baby talk / Honey, don’t be so sweet / Look me in the eye and tell me what you’re gonna do with me / Next, she’s unstoppable / Though it’s quite possible she’s helpless / She’s bitten through her lip to keep from crying out under duress / Never getting any rest / Hearts breaking clean across the chest / But she says / Baby, save the baby talk / Honey, don’t be so sweet / Whisper in my ear and tell me what you wanna do to me / Was it something she ate / A little potion she drank / Got her greeting the dawning day after day? / Baby, save the baby talk / Sugar, stop being sweet / Take me by the hand and tell me what to do / Never giving it a rest / Never failing to impress / Call in a citizen’s arrest / Skyscraper queen of / Yes, she’s responsible / But still susceptible to recklessness
Track Name: Mid Day Dream
The afternoons are taking over / And by the time I’m hitting my stride / Inside I’m hoping for a little break in the day / When I could get to know your style / Get to know your style / So maybe soon I’ll take a lover / Cuz in my head I’m hitting the bed / Instead of contemplating I could be wasting my days / On something more worthwhile / Than this mid day dream / I guess it’s true; we’re getting older / It’s in your eyes—they’re watching me / Side by side as we compete in a race through the days / Coming faster the harder we ride / Coming fast / Mid day dream / Don’t have to fall asleep to dream / Dream / And once we’re through this sweet October / We’re keeping warm in spite of the storm / The more we try, the more we can make of the days / Why don’t you follow me inside? / Come on in / To my mid day dream
Track Name: When I Was Little
When I was little, we’d drive for a lesson at Mrs. McKenna’s house / I learned to play the piano at the foot of her carpeted stairs / The light would shine down on my hands and she’d hold up the books and my mother would watch from behind in a chair / Now that I’m older, I like to remember when I was little / When I was little we’d walk round the corner for lunch at my grandma’s house / I’d play her my songs and then flip through the channels to find shows for kids / The strange taste of buttered peanut butter and jelly, and milk from the Donald Duck cup with the plastic yellow lid / Now that I’m older, I like to remember when I was little / Cousins and big wheels and My Little Ponies / Brewers on the radio next to the grill / Watching the ceiling while listening to stories / Sounding out lyrics that I couldn’t spell / When I was little, I’d run with a ribbon, and Fradycat chased me round the house / I had a Fisher Price tape player I’d bring to sing on my swings / Primary memories in primary colors through Snoopy sunglasses and my baby brother asleep / Now that I’m older, I like to remember when I was little / The flood in the basement that ruined my playhouse / Waiting so long to play one April fool / Laughing and bouncing the springs of the mattress / The ridges of rubber on top of my stool / Drawing a heart on the leg of the table / The hand of the nurse in the hospital hall / My very first taste of garden tomato / Such a big world for a person so small / Now that I’m older, I like to remember when I was little / Now that I’m older, I watch you, and I wonder what you’ll remember from when you were little
Track Name: Let It Burn
There’s a certainty in tinder / When it’s caught the spark / You can see it spread unhindered / Eating up the dark / Reaching for its fellow fires / Raging up there in the stars / Let that fire burn / Let it burn / This is not your second or your third chance / There is nothing left to try / And we’re standing a circle in some crazy kind of dance / As we watch the flames grow high / Well it’s been so long since I’ve seen that flicker / That is glowing in your eyes / Let that fire burn / Let it burn / Keep it under control / Keep the secret inside / Keep it together / Keep the flame alive / Let that fire burn / Let it burn
Track Name: Partner in Crime
Looks like we’re here / The coast is clear / Both of us know what to do / We’ve been doing it year after year / Keep your ear to the floor / I got my eye on the door / If we keep our senses / We’re gonna get away with just a little more / Partner in crime / I’m on your side / What are you cooking up for us tonight? / I dream a little dream / You scheme a little scheme / You and me, we are gonna be all right / Keep on working that friend / Tell that story again / I got a feeling / We are making out like bandits in the end / We got nothing to hide / I’m Bonnie to your Clyde / Billy the Kid wasn’t kidding / When he decided how to make a living / Partner in crime / I’m on your side / What are you cooking up for us tonight? / I dream a little dream / You scheme a little scheme / You and me, we are gonna be all right / Well now you’re crawling ‘cross the floor / I’m barricading the door / Well baby, if the cuffs come out / We’ve struggled with restraints before / Maybe we do have something to hide / But I’m still Bonnie, you are my Clyde / Billy the Kid wasn’t kidding / When he discovered just what makes life worth living / Partner in crime / I’m on your side / What are you cooking up for us tonight? / I dream a little dream / You scheme a little scheme / You and me, we are gonna be all right / Partner in crime / Partner through time
Track Name: Open Skies
Open skies / Open eyes / Overnight greens grew / Bring me to the market / I’ve a taste for something new / Hazy skies / Lazy eyes / What’s the time? No clue / Reach your feet to treetop height / Toe a patch of blue / Summer skies / Lover’s eyes / Fingers tingle through / Hands at rest upon your chest / Guess we’ll get dressed soon / Lightning skies / Brightening eyes / Pass another brew / Clean your plate, it’s getting late / Let’s play one last tune / Morning skies / Lonely drive / Home, known, true / So alive / Still surprised / So much I never knew
Track Name: Before My Light Is Gone
Think I’ll go get caffeinated; It’s one of Chicago’s cheaper thrills / Making eyes at lanky guys and cute T-shirted girls / Keep it coming strong, I like that flavor / If it don’t last long, I can get more later / I’m gonna push my limit and keep on sipping it / The rush is worth the chills / The buzz is worth the spills / I get my kicks where I can get ‘em / The summer sun is from from setting / While the days are long, I’m gonna sing my song / Before my light is gone / But how much risk is worth it to feel breezes in my hair? / Nothing’s ever perfect, so I’m trying not to care / Let’s find out what you can show me that I don’t already know / Say the word, I’m good to go / Gotta get my inspiration wherever it is found / Seeking out each new sensation, the sights, the smells, the sounds / It’s in the evening’s glow, the gut reaction / Drive to go, or the flash of passion / Why must I be justified? / What comes will go around / What’s strummed will still resound / I get my kicks where I can get ‘em / The summer sun is from from setting / While the days are long, I’m gonna sing my song / Before my light is gone
Track Name: Better in the Summer
In the long light of the afternoon I saw your eyes were green / But they darkened with the days and turned out brown / So I’ve learned not to rely on what I think my eyes have seen / Or what change I’ll find next time you come around / I liked you better in the summer / Don’t bother with the buttons, pull the shirt over your head / I liked you better in the summer / I’d swear your hair was a brighter shade of red / I used to know / Where your every freckle seemed to grow / And I had this dream that you and me were lovers / Back when I liked you / I liked you better in the summer / What’s shared seems so enormous / The differences so small / That you wonder if they hold any significance at all / The future’s still uncertain / With happiness this huge / You can’t fathom having anything to lose / It was on inauguration night I saw you at the bar / Your pretty face was looking bleaker than the snow / Your hair was cut and colorless, your eyes were looking tired / And that smile that used to shimmer left me cold / I liked you better in the summer / Don’t bother with the buttons, pull the shirt over your head / I liked you better in the summer / I’d swear your hair was a brighter shade of red / I used to know / Where and when that I could find you till the time you had to go / And I used to think that maybe we’d be lovers / Back when I liked you / I liked you better in the summer / Summer / Now that the wind’s warm on my shoulders / I wish it was your hands / I’m remembering your welcome invitations once again / They’re nothing now but memories / But still it feels like June / So I’ll sink into that sunny afternoon / I liked you better in the summer / I liked you better in the summer / Don’t bother with the buttons, pull the shirt over my head / I liked you better in the summer / That hair of yours, such a brilliant shade of red / I still know / How you sounded when you smiled your hello / And so I’ll happily imagine we were lovers / And that I like you / I really liked you that one summer / Summer
Track Name: Loving New
Status quo is pretty good / So much going as it should / And I know that I’ve got no right to complain / But it seems that I’m always drawn / To the things that can’t live on / Like I’m craving what could never be sustained / Another best friend moves to the coast / In the past year, we’ve gotten so close / But I don’t know why I expected her to stay / I like artists and livers of life / Play all day, dance all night / It’s exciting, but I am inviting heartbreak / I like my loving new and my T-shirts old and I’ll drink this beer if it’s halfway cold / I know I’ll probably drink too fast and come on too strong / And these clothes are gonna wear right off of me before long / I spent last week stuck in last year / Gotta get my head back here / Instead of rerunning memories / What’s done is done / I’m so nostalgic for what has passed / Although I knew all along that it could never last / You can’t reverse the rise and setting of the sun / I like my loving new and my T-shirts old and I’ll drink this beer if it’s halfway cold / I know I’ll probably drink too fast and come on too strong / And these clothes are gonna wear right off of me before / I like my loving true and try on what’s new / And set down my glass after one or two / I know I’ll probably stay resigned to these traits of mine / But I hope I’ll learn to love what’s livable / In time
Track Name: This Dance
Now that we’ve danced / Together / Moved in each other’s arms / Together / I didn’t see the harm / In calling out your name / And now that we’ve walked / Together / Fingers entwined / Together / I didn’t think you’d mind at all / But all the same / After we walked / Together / I took a chance / And after we danced / Together / Our talks together met an end / Now that we’ve talked / Watching each other’s lips / It’s easy enough to miss / The way we used to share / And now that we’ve dreamed / Wondering in the night / What it might have been like / Had we taken any care / After we dreamed / I stole a glance / And after we talked / I’m offering this dance
Track Name: Hoping To Heal
The cat is in the corner and I’m laid on the bed / They said it would be warmer but we’re just about dead / I had a little ice cream that I sipped from a spoon / And I’m hoping to heal pretty soon / I’ve had it with the boredom of daytime TV / Just three or four commercials is all I want to see / What happened to the joy I used to get from cartoons? / I’m just hoping to heal pretty soon / Hazy / Lazy / Crazy / Day after dayzy / I’m chatting on the internet without any clothes / Suppose I’ll reconsider, yet nobody knows / I can’t tell if it’s morning or midnight or noon / And I’m hoping to heal pretty soon / I’m naturally impatient and I don’t like to wait / I hate to be confined inside from early to late / It’s maddening to never see the sun or the moon / And I’m hoping to heal / And to chow down a meal / And we’ll see how I feel pretty soon
Track Name: Where We're Going
Well I walked ‘til I had blisters, and all that I could do / Was wish that you were here to sweep me off my feet / I have missed a lot of misters and I’ve kissed some misses too / To tell the truth, they’d never love me half as sweet / Come in close and I will whisper another truth to you / I’ve learned a thing or two ‘bout how to be discreet / And I’ll brush against the whiskers that I’m so glad you grew / You’re the only one who makes me feel complete / Well there’s a lot I still don’t understand / And as we solve these mysteries / I’m gonna take my baby by the hand / Let him know I love him with a squeeze / Another morning with the tiles feeling cold beneath my toes / Grab a kiss before you head on out the door / And though it always takes a while ‘til I’m finally good to go / I’ll do everything the way I done before / So we’ll make each other smile and continue down this road / I’m not worried where we’re going anymore / So someone’s walking down an aisle while we’re watching in the rows / Hope the food’s good ‘til we bust out on the floor / One day at a time / Well there’s a lot I still don’t understand / And as we solve these mysteries / I’m gonna take my baby by the hand / Let him know I love him with a squeeze