Conscience is a Gift

by Mammal is a Mountain

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Recorded at FLCC Studios November 2010 / February-April 2011. Heavily influenced by the lake effect snow. Undermined by beautiful relationships. Strictly exercises in tonal breath control. Remember where you came from, for the wolves are just mirrors.

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released 17 December 2011

Dan Lynch - guitar, vocals, banjo, organ
Cameron Mitchell - drums
Jameson Dunham - bass

Dylan Snyder - organ, harmony (tracks 5, 10)
Seth Sullivan - wind chimes (track 3)

Recorded at FLCC Studios
Engineered/Mixed/Mastered by Dylan Snyder
Additional engineering by Seth Sullivan

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Mammal is a Mountain New York

Indie basement ensemble from the Upstate New York area. Heavily influenced by lake effect snow, Conor Oberst, Bob Dylan and Josh Ritter. Seeks audible bliss in the albums of The Band and The Low Anthem. Performing in Rochester / Syracuse. From behind the eyelids. Recording / Mixing new album currently. ... more

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Track Name: New England No.2
I’m not leaving new England, all those seasons i call my home
if i go i got my reasons, but from there my roots shall grow
taste the salt from the ocean, the great Atlantic sea
soft waves move in motion, they sail you back to me

and i’ll take what’s given to me, but after that its mine
change to what i need to be, drinking those three jugs wine
collect call you from where i am, i hope you answer as well
remember i’m not the one you hate, but the one who will drag you to hell

Portland Maine down to Boston, down the coast, New York City
To the Adirondacks we won’t get lost in, cross Champlain like we are free
Was born here on my mother’s birthday, in new England i shall die
well all my questions and poor decisions, don’t mean shit new England at least i tried

and i’ll take what’s given to me, but after that its mine
change to what i need to be, drinking those three jugs wine
collect call you from where i am, i hope you answer as well
remember i’m not the one you hate, but the one who will drag you to hell


I Can’t Leave, I won’t Go

and i’ll take what’s given to me, but after that its mine
Track Name: Wasting Wine With War
Hannah, hiking the height to heaven
almost with whole notes in her eyes
gently conquering Moroccan skies
Dance, damning the day of destruction

And I, wasting the wine with war
always falling so far behind
maybe i too should make that climb
Swift, swaying with sun by savior

Remember, when we said no more?
I was lying, right through my teeth

Free fall, forever flying free
trying to ride those heart beats of yours
if I followed, would you say "of course"?
soon, sailing so subtle by the south sea

Us both, binding before so blindly
you say the night sky is the purest thing
well capture it, with my egyptian red ring
rest, receive rivers running so rapidly
Track Name: Wolves Are Just Mirrors
The wolves walking with you made your eyes dark
Like sinking moonlight as the morning starts
Scars on your arm begins to bleed tears
Letting us know the wolves are just mirrors
Letting us know the wolves are just mirrors


At the waters edge, rapids rushed at a level three
Stole that canoe and set ourselves free
You forgot how to paddle so you just jumped in
I couldn’t leave you, but I realized that when
You just give up and want to drown
Your mother still loves you in that little town
Don't you know?


So Anna went and died, her wolves stayed behind
she never knew the definition of time
So Anna went and died, her wolves stayed behind
they reflect everything i hide.
they reflect everything i try and hide
Track Name: Sleep Easy
Always lived on the finger lakes, took my time when winter came
it comes and it goes we like it that way, for not much else, can i say the same

she was living in Burlington, across Champlain she fell in love
the hearts okay it says “this can be done” our love is easy when the mind is one,

we sleep easy when our days are done
love easy, distance is not a gun
we sleep easy when our days are done
love easy distance is not a gun

June’s sun led us astray, just so we could honestly say,
“there is hope yes your hands shall stay, our love is easy when your voice remains”

had the summer till the leaves turned brown, had no more of this searching the ground
for the girl who could keep me down and never let me be turned around

we sleep easy when our days are done
love easy, distance is not a gun
we sleep easy when our days are done
love easy distance is not a gun


remember where you came from, not what you’re told
Track Name: Conscience (A Simple Need)
It all started with the liquor we drank and the tabs we took spun poison like ink.
The tent where we kept, you undressed your new blue dress
No need for us to speak those words, we our both our hearts guest

We took the time to mistake the sky for cloudy wars the suffer into the night
And I said, with my hands, there’s only one, true sky
Its deep blue, even when it rains, it’s the color of your eyes

Conscience there is simple need, don’t throw me so hard back into reality
For the one, that I love, I will sing to morning come,
My throat is worn, but the message lingers as its sung

Kimberly, im spinning, we have no time, so we’re winning
I know, what you give, you should take all I have
If you don’t, yeah I’ll still stay, like our shirts all flannel and plaid
Track Name: She's An Artist
She’s an artist, be my artist. but what can you paint for me?
colors in sepia tone, the fall scenery
four years ago you drew your way, right into my heart
four year ago, my babe is this the start?

She’s an artist, you’re an artist, can you sketch the sky?
the eight o’clock sunset, the color of your eyes
four years ago, but babe we still got time
four year ago and i still, hope you’ll be mine

She’s an artist, be my artist, erase bad memories
blow the pink dust, way into the breeze
cuz all i need to remember, is the good
yeah all i really do remember, is the good, good, GOOD

She’s an artist, be my artist. but what can you paint for me?
colors in sepia tone, the fall scenery
four years ago you drew your way, right into my heart
four year ago, my babe is this the start?

she’s an artist she’s an artist, she an artist….
Track Name: Really Your Sunshine?
in the city on a Sunday, all me and Welcher do is walk
haven’t been here since last May, no I have not forgot
that the one that I love will be proposed to at the top
of the rock, of the rock. of the rock

we rode down on a coach bus,
just wasn’t the same this time
instead of me and you just holding hands,
going down the Hudson river line
and you sang so good it killed me,
was I really your sunshine?
your sunshine, your sunshine, your sunshine?

went straight past the iridium,
I recall what went down
three guitar players and just us two,
under the table flirting around
and remember in your hotel room
what we did before our show?
I never wanted to leave that bed

danced all night beneath a cruise ship,
then went on the top deck
and I said “Hey Ooo, the statue of liberty,
if you would please just look left
and you said the skyline frightened you,
for something was not there
was not there, was not there, was not there
and you said the skyline frightened,
WTC was not there
was not there, was not there, was not there
Track Name: Blindness From My Eyes
the blindness from my eyes has all gone away
i can see, lord i can see.
i don't know if i like it today,
all these colors around me
i used to keep the light at bay,
looking through black symmetry

the blindness from my eyes has all gone away
i can see, lord i can see
i just don't know which path to take,
each one feels like the wrong one.
but i could make it if i fake,
then end up no one.

the blindness from my eyes has all gone away
i'm on my knees, lord listen to me
is there another way,
lose all this responsibility?
or can my thoughts be remade?
give my lover tranquility.
i'm glad though your voice has stayed
i'll give you everything