The Autopilot Knows You Best

by Amy Annelle & the Places

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1.
do you long for something you could take care of or it to take care of you? a small thing a whole thing little flimsy parody what you think you know think you need never was supposed to be like this don't hold back this time you're getting what you ask for you could own your own home own your own home own your own home dead stretch of miles so far back it's not yours could you hold out for more? hold out for more something bigger than you or me place where we can rest our weary heap of bones own your own home
2.
cast your shadow long halfway into his arms and you know you don't belong here don't you know you don't belong? pleased to meet this perfect you close my eyes and see you painting blue please don't leave me perfect you 'cause I believe touch me with your laser beam cut me open wash me clean whiskey sour sweet coffee cream it's all a dream
3.
crazy baby where'd you go? tripped at the gate now you're up and running left too soon like all lovers do you turned off your phone and you won't check your messages mailbox is full of folks who want a piece of you and I want mine too I couldn't fix you if I wanted to a date to keep a place to be and there's no room for company and I'm sorry maybe next week? dragging that weight around jaws are flapping all over town was it heaven sent? or an accident? they couldn't fix you though they wanted to you could turn off the projector and I'll put my screen away but if you don't want to I won't ask you you don't want to I won't ask you crazy baby where'd you go? tripped at the gate now you're up and running left too soon why'd you leave so soon?
4.
a see-through soaring lucid true girl writing stories on a floating blue world falling in love with distant quasars when you fall hard you see the prettiest stars mirrors perfectly aligned flashing signals to the blind reeks of empty space all the boring days in-between things showing up on the radar screen is not enough to break me bring it back bring it back bring it back bring it back bring it back smoke a hundred cigarettes a hundred little deaths a spiral arm to wrap around I tried to be patient I tried to be good but it's too hard I'm too rough it's too much it's not enough
5.
so pretty a fish out of water so lucky to think that you caught her now there's this condition to attend to but soon hauled onboard again can't get oxygen the proper assistance has been called in just keep your distance sir and let us work we know what we're doing we'll take care of everything now you just sit back try to relax and give us the facts try to relax and give us the facts
6.
Will Try 04:12
hey look at you my dear from out here things look clear you turned around to talk to someone and found nobody there so you walk out alone and you walk home alone open the door a crack never to go back boxes falling to the floor I thought I'd thrown out long before but I won't be afraid no I won't be afraid how could you see a different moon? there's only one to find strawberries will come in June and maybe you'll be fine will try I will try I will will try will try
7.
No Mystery 04:05
save your breath I'll be back wait for me and take your sleep without dreams by degrees we took ourselves out on drives through desert sage and pine we touched the sky but we were wrong to thinkwe'd ever get to see the future now it won't go away it fades open or closed open, oh there is no mystery open or closed open, oh there is no mystery don't trouble yourself friend love's rarer even than touching the sky reaching the end again again and she won't go away she just fades open or closed open, oh there is no mystery open or closed open, oh there is no mystery open, oh there is no mystery open or closed open, oh there is no mystery
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Ships At Sea 04:41
the august moon was long and full til it met an empty December you knew it all along you knew it all along you're looking through canyons for things that left on your last pass through you're stopping to chat with the very same sirens as last time I can't touch anything without it breaking oh ships at sea using their two-way radios blinking what's the other one thinking?
9.
it's late and your head is aching it'll work itself out if you'd just be patient get up and go to the window radio tower flashing what you already know to be true is not such a hard thing to do not such a hard thing let go it'll all come back to you would you think or would you do what your heart's been telling you? close the door and open a window listen to the traffic go you're broken bad and blue it's late and your heart is aching it could be so easy if you'd just stop faking let's go it'll all come back to you what you say and what you do is that what makes you true? there's nothing wrong with you there's nothing wrong with you
10.
so long so long since you've gone and oh so far away out in space it's all wrong that you could come this far and still have nothing to say and you can't stay I knew just where to find you every night in the black sky you're the brightest streak of light but now it's getting fainter every day always moving farther away comets in jars one-way ticket to mars billions and billions and billions and billions of stars I thought that I could make it on my own I thought I'd see more clearly alone but now the only thing I've ever loved is gone the only thing I've ever loved is gone comets in jars one-way ticket to mars billions and billions and billions and billions of stars
11.
Late Night 05:18
when I woke up today and you weren't there to play then I wanted to be with you when you showed me your eyes whispered low at the skies then I wanted to stay with you inside me I feel alone and unreal and the way you kiss will always be a very special thing to me when I lay still at night seeing stars high and light then I wanted to be with you when the rooftops shown dark all alone saw a spark spark of love just to stay with you inside me I feel alone and unreal and the way you kiss will always be a very special thing to me

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all songs © High Plains Sigh Music/BMI

"like a slow dance at a favorite dive; a sensual two-step between lovers with warm bodies and contented hearts...I've never floated through an album before, but listening to 'The Autopilot Knows You Best', I felt as if I were buoyed on the zephyr of Annelle's ivory-pure voice, passing through the vapor of flawless, narcotic clouds of music"--John Dark, Pitchfork

"each song rolls with a narrative that is both facile and experly complex, the way a back flip looks easy and elegant when executed by a seasoned gymnast. A track like "Lazy Days and Castaways", a languid, liquid tapestry of accordion, guitar and voice over a heartbeat of percussion, is folkloric, natural like a stream. It's followed up by songs like "The Projectionist" and "Mission Impossible" which showcase The Places penchant for the slightly bizarre, mixing typical technques of pop with eerie, out of place sounds and breathy, running out of time vocals, that add texture, depth, curiosity. Amy Annelle's singing is tender and adaptive, easily transitioning between delicate serenades and bold crooning laden with charisma. They balance innovation and tradition, reinventing folk music and rock in glorious litanies that are elegant, sometimes accidental, poignant and pensive."--Pop Matters

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released January 1, 2000

recorded and mixed by Adam Selzer at the Old Type Foundry, Rob Jones at Jealous Butcher, Larry Crane at Jackpot! Recording and Amy Annelle at the ghost of Laundry Rules in Portland, Oregon
mastered by JJ at John Golden Mastering in San Francisco, California
post production/editing by Rob Jones
cover artwork by Eric Mast

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Amy Annelle Austin, Texas

A prolific writer and interpreter of songs, Amy Annelle maps out the farther reaches of American music, while conjuring visions of our restless musical past. Over the course of ten albums & thousands of miles logged on the road, Annelle has cultivated a rarified voice and repertoire that "blooms with open-hearted, lustful vulnerability and a harrowing naturalistic solitude”(Crawdaddy). ... more

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