Diving Bell

by Spelling Reform

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"Live Well" music video: youtu.be/aOQgUROTagg
"The Boy Who Can't Read" music video: youtu.be/0X1TklOx1cI

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released July 17, 2015

Spelling Reform:
Andrew Ciampa: lead guitar, backing vocals
Thomas Howley: bass, backing vocals
Mark Rybaltowski: drums, backing vocals
Dan Wisniewski: rhythm guitar, lead vocals

All songs written by Dan Wisniewski and arranged and performed by Spelling Reform.

Recorded at Sunnyside Studios and Ardmore Music Hall from June 2014 to January 2015. Mixed by Jesse Soifer of Galactic Cat Audio. Mastered by Jeffrey Hiat at Turtle Studios.

Cover photo taken by Dan Wisniewski.

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Spelling Reform Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia. Like The New Pornographers fronted by John Darnielle from The Mountain Goats. Debut full length "No One's Ever Changed" out November 18 on Black Rd Records.

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Track Name: Together Apart
They showered early and caught the 9 p.m. train
We were late again
We had no shadows left on the dock
And sometimes the you is not the you you think
It can be something else
The lonely alternative
to the unwritten rules
and the wine on the floor
You left it but I felt the need to clean it up
Haven’t I had enough?

‘Cause you can be Together Apart
‘Cause you can be (you can be) Together Apart
‘Cause you can be Together Apart

I drove home early with a bag full of rocks
and some blue napkins I stole from the restaurant
Everyone there was younger than me
and I felt out of place
but I’m not that old yet
I don’t even own a pair of glasses

But I put my napkin in my lap and I knew all the wine (I hid it well) but
Did you think you knew which you wanted?
Ah, did you think long and hard about it?

‘Cause you can be Together Apart
‘Cause you can be (you can be) Together Apart
‘Cause you can be Together Apart

Now that I realize that there are no rules
I can do whatever I want
There’s nothing to think about

‘Cause if you stop to reflect
then you’ll pause, and you’ve lose it
As soon as you recognize you have to act

‘Cause you can be Together Apart
‘Cause you can be (you can be) Together Apart
‘Cause you can be Together Apart

You don’t have to destroy yourself
You can wait for somebody else
to do it for you
You just have to keep a straight face and realize
that everyone’s breath is ruining everyone’s else’s otherwise perfect life

And there’s nothing you can do
Track Name: Fake Conversations
I stopped listening to your songs some time ago
It’s not because I didn’t like you
But pretend you’re me
in the Diving Bell you built for me

You’ve got other things to say
so why don’t you say them?
Your body is haunted, your brain is broken
I step outside everyday and rarely think of you
Even when you’re falling asleep
You should, too

I can tell that the story that you tell yourself
ended a long time ago with a perfect shrug
But I was one of the few, wasn’t I, who could say
that she really knew you?

You’ve got other things to say
so why don’t you say them?
Your body is haunted, your brain is broken
I step outside everyday and rarely think of you
Even when you’re falling asleep

The library is closed, the shuttle bus has left
They wouldn’t let you on anyway I guess
And I grant you the inalienable right
to have as many Fake Conversations with me as you like
But I won’t be there to hear them
That’s the price
Track Name: The Boy Who Can't Read
My desire to be marked as a defeated man
haunts me like only you know it can
And the great stench of failure that springs from my breath
is just too hard to keep down

An overbearing scowl glued to my face
A well-intentioned albatross that I shooed away
Oh, and once again it’s you, the captain of the ship meant to obliterate
just me
The Boy Who Can’t Read
Track Name: Live Well
Oh, mama, you’ve got to hear where I’ve been
and what great shape I believe that I’m in
I may be a shadow
but they can’t hurt me now, they can’t hurt me now

Well, I’d be lying if i didn’t want
the news of the war, a dispatch from the front
‘cause I was a plan, an experiment
but I can’t hurt me now, I can’t hurt me now, no

Sing loud of the ending hours
Live Well in the coldest towns
Remember your one love?
She can’t hurt you now, she can’t hurt you now