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released August 7, 2015

Lovers Know was produced by Bradley Hanan Carter and recorded all over the world: at Bedroom Empire in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California; Club Roar in Nashville, Tennessee; Dome in the Desert in Joshua Tree, California; Studio 153A in Auckland, New Zealand; Nick + Maiana's Sanctuary in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California; and all along the highways of America that stretch east and west and back again, from Sea to shining See.

All songs written and arranged by Laura Burhenn, copyright 2015 Origami Music (ASCAP) with Bradley Hanan Carter, copyright 2015 Loud As The Ocean (APRA/ASCAP).

All songs mixed by Bradley Hanan Carter, Djeisan Suskov and Laura Burhenn at Studio 153A in Auckland, New Zealand, except for "Believer," "Semantics" and "Wildfire," which were mixed by Jason Kingsland at Frenchtown Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, with assistance from John Rosser.

Lovers Know was mastered in 3D Technicolor sound by TW Walsh.

MUSICIANS:

Laura Burhenn: vocals, piano, percussion, synthesizers of all shapes and sizes

Bradley Hanan Carter: vocals, bass, synths, electronic beats, guitar, miscellaneous sounds and magic

Patrick Damphier: bass, upright bass, synths, backing vocals, drums

Nicole Childrey: drums, backing vocals

Rebecca Marie Miller: backing vocals

Reese Richardson: guitar genius

Album cover portrait by Jess Ewald; additional album photography by Bliss Braoudakis, Shervin Lainez and Laura Burhenn. Album design and layout by Jadon Ulrich.

This album would not be possible without the love and encouragement of my family and friends, the musicians who played, sang and influenced these songs, and all the unknown people and powers who've leant a helping hand along my way. There are not enough words to possibly express my gratitude. Special thanks to Saddle Creek for your steadfast love, to Bradley for his undying perfectionism, Vickie and everyone at Girlie Action for their fierce support, and for everything that changes and somehow, ever so gracefully, remains the same. Also, thanks to William Faulkner for reminding us to take the way of the uncharted odyssey, always:

"You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore."

GO WHERE THE WILD ROAD LEADS.

Love always,
Laura.

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American singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn is a shape-shifter who can’t sit still. Since 2010 she’s worked under the moniker The Mynabirds, releasing three critically acclaimed and stylistically different albums on Saddle Creek: What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (2010) and GENERALS (2012), both produced by Richard Swift, and Lovers Know (2015). ... more

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Track Name: All My Heart
I don’t want half of anything
Not a whitewashed love
Or heaven on a string
And even when it’s hard to breathe
No, I don’t regret it
I don’t regret a thing

Cause when I love
I love with all my heart
When I love
I love with all my heart
When it’s over this hole here
Might tear me apart
But when I love
I love with all my heart

I’d walk through hell
For just one kiss
I’d give everything I have
For a minute more of this
And even if that’s all I get
No, I won’t regret it
I won’t regret a thing

Cause when I love
I love with all my heart
When I love
I love with all my heart
When it’s over this whole year
Might tear me apart
But when I love
I love with all my heart

When the fates start shaking
And the choirs stand to sing
When I’m laid down
I won’t regret a thing
If they say love
Is all I did
No, I won’t regret it
I won’t regret a thing
I don’t regret it
I don’t regret a thing
I won’t regret it
I won’t regret a thing
I don’t regret it
I don’t

Cause when I love
I love with all my heart
When I love
I love with all my heart
When it’s over this hole here
Might tear me apart
But when I love
I love with all my heart

Oh when I love
I love with all my heart
When I love
I love with all my heart
When it’s over this whole year
Might tear me apart
But when I love
I love with all my heart

I don’t want half
Track Name: Believer
This hole
So tired of filling up
Lost nights
Hangovers
And easy loves

I don’t know what I’m doing

You’re gone
I swore I wouldn’t miss you much
Such a shame
Keep changing my addictions up

I don’t know what I’m doing
I don’t know what to say
When you ask what’s in my
Heart these days
You say you’re a believer
But you don’t have any faith
Not even in me
It’s the hardest to take

So long
It’s taking us
So long
To make this road
Wind back our way

I don’t know what I’m doing
I don’t know what to say
When you ask what’s in my
Heart these days
You say you’re a believer
But you don’t have any faith
Not even in me

Not even in me
Track Name: Semantics
You say you always feel half empty
And I’m just a little fool
To think a change in my semantics
Could ever break any rules

Water, my love
We could be changing like water
But sometimes you’re as hard as
The ice in Siberia
You say, “Water or not,
You can call us whatever you want,
But in the light of a thousand suns,
We’ll still dry up.”

My cerulean baby has a way
To make a blue sky feel like rain

You say you always feel half empty
And I’m just a little fool
To think a change in my semantics
Could ever break any rules
You know I always feel half crazy
A roman candle at the water’s edge

Water, my love
Just remember we’re water and blood
It’ll help us see through
Days that are thick
As the London fog
Whether or not
We can weather any storm
It’s just a matter of cooling down
And lightening up


You’re so boring when you talk that way
Or maybe I’m a fool to stay

You say you always feel half empty
And I’m just a little fool
To think a change in my semantics
Could ever break any rules
You know I always feel half crazy
A roman candle at the water’s edge
I’ve played with fire
Keeps me warm
You know I always feel half crazy
I’m still here
You know I always feel half crazy
Half crazy, half crazy
You know I always feel half crazy
And I’m still here
It doesn’t hurt to have a light
It doesn’t hurt to have a light

Tie it to the car again
And drive it off the highest cliff
TOO MUCH TO LOVE
See the wreckage in the water’s edge
You know there’s always something left
TOO MUCH TO LOVE
Come on, let’s tie to the car again
And drive until the sun resets
TOO MUCH TO LOVE
You know our love is always such a mess
I couldn’t love it any less
TOO MUCH TO LOVE
Track Name: Say Something
Struggle in silence to find your ghost
You’re sitting half a world beside me
Something lonely lovers know

Say something, say something now

I put our records on
And played every song
Don’t you remember how we got here?
But now the needle skips
My favorite words

Say something, say something now
Say something, say something now

Fight a war or get back into bed
If you mean it, say it
I thought we’re changing
But you don’t
I thought we’re changing
Spent a long time up in the air
Been a long time waiting
Say what’s on your mind
I thought we’re changing
I thought we’re changing

Do we love to let it go?

Say something, say something now
Won’t you say something,
Say something now

Fight a war or get back into bed
If you mean it, say it
I thought we’re changing
But you don’t
I thought we’re changing
But you don’t
Spent a long time up in the air
It’s been a long time waiting
Say what’s on your mind
I thought we’re changing
But you don’t


Fight a war, fight a war
If we’re worth fighting for
Say what’s on your mind
I thought we’re changing
But you don’t
Listening, listening
You’re never listening
Won’t you say what’s on your mind?
I thought we’re changing
But you don’t

One look and the only way I know
We’re stuck when the only way to show
Our love is holding back
Is it love if it don’t come easily
Stand scared with my heart
In front of me
It’s the only one I have

I thought we’re changing
But you don’t
I thought we’re changing
But you don’t
I thought we’re changing
But you don’t
I thought we’re changing
But you don’t
I thought we’re changing
But you don’t
I thought we’re changing
But you don’t
Track Name: Orion
Baby, you’re all I want
I’ve known from the start
Watched you from every window
My light in the dark

So many others fell
But you never have
I just need to get to you, love
Any way I can

Calling out your name
But are you listening?
Calling out your name

Orion
My strong man
I dream of you
As real as I am

Oh baby, why?
I been let down again
Another heart
Too human
I’ll close my eyes
And wait for the night to send
These arrows to you

Calling out your name
But are you listening?
Calling out your name

Orion
My strong man
I dream of you
As real as I am
What’s wrong then
With our secret
Tied up safe in the night
Where heaven can keep it

We’ll meet by the Pleiades
Every night at ten to three
We’ll make eyes at the sisters
And no one will see

Calling out your name
Calling out your name
Calling out your name

Orion
My strong man
I dream of you
As real as I am
What’s wrong then
With our secret
Tied up safe in the night
Where heaven can keep it

Who do you love?

Orion
My strong man
Keep me safe in the night
Safe in the night
Keep me safe every night
Track Name: Velveteen
Baby, go easy on me
I’m fragile as fragile can be
I been torn at the seams
I been torn at the seams

Baby, just say what you mean
I’m threadbare velveteen
Where lovers have been
Where lovers have been

Can you put me back, put me back
Put me back, right back?
Am I real yet, real yet?
Am I real yet?

Can you put me back, put me back
Put me back, right back?
Am I real yet, real yet?
Am I real yet?

Baby, go easy on me
I need a soft touch
Where the lions still feed
I been torn at the seams
I been torn at the seams

Can you put me back put me back
Put me back right back?
Am I real yet, real yet?
Am I real yet?

Can you put me back, put me back
Put me back, right back?
Am I real yet, real yet?
Am I real yet?
Track Name: Shake Your Head Yes
Have I won the west?
It’s anybody’s guess
If we were ever wild
Shake your head yes

You ask me how I am
I’m always such a mess
Hiding a heart attack
Under a party dress

Shake your head yes

Cover it up
Cover it up in style
Cover it up
Cover it up

I watch you hold your breath
You watch me guard my heart
A stand-off or a dance?
It’s classic cinema

Shake your head

You ask me how I am
I’m never satisfied
But I just shake my head
Am I a liar?
Am I an optimist?
If you just read my mind

Cover it up
Cover it up in style
Wear your mistakes
Like they’re your greatest disguise
And if it tears you apart, it’s fine
Cover it up
Cover it up

Have we won the west?
It’s anybody’s guess
If we can still be wild
Shake your head yes
Track Name: Wildfire
Hold your fire
Hold your tongue
Save your breath for
What you love
Ashes to ashes
We’re born to rust
But there must be a little iron left
Left in us

I’ll light a candle
You fan the flame
Kiss in the darkness
Just to chase it all away
I still believe in the choirs in the sky
Singing, “Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire!”
We are a wildfire

We are a wildfire
We are wild wild wild wild
We are a wildfire
We are a wildfire
We are wild wild wild wild
We are a wildfire



Into the night
We’re burning
Into the night
Into the night

Hold your fire
Hold your tongue
Save your breath for
We are a wildfire

We are a wildfire
We are wild wild wild wild
We are a wildfire
We are a wildfire
We are wild wild wild wild
We are a wildfire

Into the night
We’re burning
Into the night
Into the night
Track Name: Omaha
Omaha, will you still call me darling?
Omaha, will I still be your girl?
When I come home from the thrill
Of hunting lions
Mining ruby-throated riches
From the world

I don’t know if my cup
Will ever be full
But the moon, I know she will
Hanging over our hearts
So heavy they could break
Like a thundercloud so full up
It could spill

I won’t blame you if you stop
I won’t hate you if you quit
You gave me your medicine
Made me strong enough to leave you
And I did

Omaha, will you still call me darling?
Omaha, will I still be your girl?
If I never bring you back
A single lion
Find the ruby-throated riches
Of the world

So many miners
In gambling cities
So many miners I’ve seen
Putting all their money down
And panning for gold
Fools with impossible dreams


No, I won’t blame you if you stop
And I won’t hate you if you quit
You only turned your head
Long enough to leave you
And I did
Again and again
And again

And if the whole thing
Goes down in flames
We’ll burn out bright
And if my whole life
Is a string of mistakes
You’ll be one thing
I got right

Omaha, will you still call me darling?
Omaha, will I still be your girl?
Oh, your clouds they are so full
Of silver linings
You’ve got the richest sky I’ve seen
In all the world
Track Name: One Foot
Call up the roses
Tell them I’m coming
To the west
Won’t be long
Until we’re running

See how my hands shake
Everything’s changing
I’m tired but still
I’ll drive all night to you

We’ll move on beyond the rain
One foot in front of the other
California, be my lover
One foot in front of the other

What keeps your heart beat?
And where’s your North Star?
Those clouds can hang back there
This is a new start

Over the mountains
Like water running
I won’t sleep again
Until I’m laying with you

We’ll move on beyond the rain
One foot in front of the other
Soon enough, soon enough
I’ll be there soon,
There’s no other
One foot in front of the other

We’ll move on beyond the rain
One foot in front of the other
Soon enough, soon enough
California, you’re my lover
One foot in front of the other
Track Name: Hanged Man
I’ll paint the ponies
I’ll paint the ponies
If you ride
I’ll paint the ponies
I’ll paint the ponies
If you ride

August came on like a love song
Like the way that she does
Glint of gold in her hair
All her devil-may-care
But she never stays long
I held her there by the light
Of a dying sun
She just smiled and said,
“The golden hour
Is only one.”

I AM I AM
THE HANGED MAN
CIRCLING AROUND AGAIN LIKE
A PAINTED PONY FIXED ON
A CAROUSEL RIDE

August looked up, said,
“September will keep you
Good company.
You must treat her with kindness
Even though you may miss me.”
If not for the dawn,
Oh, if not for what’s gone,
We’d have nothing.
For as sure as the sun
Oh, as sure as it comes
Is its going.



I AM I AM
THE HANGED MAN
CIRCLING AROUND AGAIN LIKE
A PAINTED PONY FIXED ON
A CAROUSEL RIDE
I AM I AM
THE HANGED MAN
PULLING ON THE REINS
OF A WOODEN PONY
NEVER DID HOLD TIME

I’ll paint the ponies
I’ll paint the ponies
If you ride
I’ll paint the ponies
I’ll paint the ponies
If you ride

I AM I AM
THE HANGED MAN
CIRCLING AROUND AGAIN LIKE
A PAINTED PONY FIXED ON
A CAROUSEL RIDE
I AM I AM
THE HANGED MAN
PULLING ON THE REINS
OF A WOODEN PONY
NEVER DID HOLD TIME

I’ll paint the ponies
I’ll paint the ponies
If you ride
I’ll paint the ponies
I’ll paint the ponies
If you ride
Track Name: Last Time
Spring is just around the corner
I can feel it in the dark
A million diamonds pressed up
Just beneath the soil
From when the days were hard

The watercolor sky in Venice
Is breathing into dusk
And as the color drains
Slowly to the sea
It swallows both of us

Oh, if we’re wrong
If we’re wrong
We’ll wear our shock until it’s gone
But if we’re right
We’ll know we tried
We held our love until it breathed
For the last time

And if the ocean wants the rain
The storms will come
The ships will shake
And if we live for one more day
Then wake me up
For the last time

Oh, if we’re wrong
If we’re wrong
We’ll wear our shock until it’s gone
But if we’re right
We’ll know we tried
We held our love until it breathed
For the last time