Rachel Aumiller and her Illegits EP

by Rachel Aumiller and her Illegits

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released April 26, 2014

All songs by Rachel Aumiller

Produced by James McIver and David Rizzuti

Recorded by David Rizzuti at Strong Recording in Somerville, MA

Mixed & Mastered by Eric Kilburn at Wellspring Sound in Acton, MA

Rachel Aumiller: lead vocals & baritone ukulele
Kirsten Lamb: harmonies & upright bass
James McIver: banjo & keyboards
David Rizzuti: pedal steel & electric guitar
Ariel Bernstein: drums & percussion
Jake Baldwin: trumpet
Jenn Bliss: accordion

Cover Art & Design by R. Scott Whipkey
Photography by Amanda Danziger
Hair & Makeup by Jessica Pineda

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Track Name: Back in the Day
I’ve got a porch swing
And I’ve got my four strings
I still have a little song to sing
I know all about your misery
And I’m your favorite company
So why not stay with me.


Back in the day--
all I had to do was think of you and you’d come running
Back in the day--
I could always have my way with you
You listen here--
cause I’m still extending the invitation
Don’t be a fool--
you know that I still know what’s best for you


Now’s your chance run away
Make each day a holiday
Come away with me
We’ll make ourselves a little home
No more this world to roam
Darling, won’t you please


Back in the day--
all I had to do was think of you and you’d come running
Back in the day--
I could always have my way with you
You listen here--
cause I’m still extending the invitation
Don’t be a fool--
you know that I still know what’s best for you


Here on my porch swing
We speak our minds openly
and do just as we please
Some days we don’t speak at all
Just watch the world go by in awe
So why not stay with me


Back in the day--
all I had to do was think of you and you’d come running
Back in the day--
I could always have my way with you
You listen here--
cause I’m still extending the invitation
Don’t be a fool--
you know that I still know what’s best for you


Now my old porch is miles away
And all your days are worn and gray
I tend to let you be
But if your thoughts should drift to me
Don’t turn away the memory
Let them linger for soft and free


Back in the day--
all I had to do was think of you and you’d come running
Back in the day--
I could always have my way with you
You listen here--
cause I’m still extending the invitation
Don’t be a fool--
you know that I still know what’s best for you
Track Name: Give Me the Word
Sister, give me the word
and I will follow you across the world
Along the Nile into wild lands
make my bed the desert sand

Tuck the kids into their sheets
and when my man is fast asleep
Steal into the city streets
I won’t be coming home again


There’s a place you say
Beyond the reach
of the noise and the crowds
and this old way
Where I’ll stand to speak
and the clouds will weep
Trees bend to their knees
Mountains will creak
their sounds of praise


Cut my hair and sell my ring
Won’t be no one’s pretty thing
With my fancy in the lead
I won’t look back, won’t be in need

Step out of this life of mine
I’ve made my peace, I’ll let it shine
I don’t need a happy home
So long as I can be my own


There’s a place you say
Beyond the reach
of the noise and the crowds
and this old way
Where I’ll stand to speak
and the clouds will weep
Trees bend to their knees
Mountains will creak
their sounds of praise
Track Name: Sevilla
Spanish sun lasts just so long
but night is for our keeping
When solstice gray obscures the day
We waste our nights just sleeping

Peel me back an orange
Don’t it taste less sweet than bitter
When I’m thinking about that dark-haired girl
And how I wish I’d kissed her

Lend me your parasol and I will have green cheeks
With juice of lemon and lime
Your words like little fish swim all around
Ay, me--there’s no love to be found

On our park bench in a public square
Siesta silence fills the air
You and I are full of sighs
As children chase the pigeons

We’re sitting by the barren sea
Where there’s no fruit for you or me
Just fiery light of Spanish nights
How I’m going to miss them

Lend me your parasol and I will have green cheeks
With juice of lemon and lime
Your words like little fish swim all around
Ay, me--there’s no love to be found
Track Name: Phantom Friend
Don’t you know I love you
When I greet you cordially
As proper as can be
Waiting in parenthesis

I’m still dreaming of you
and those nights we were alone
So deep in wine we’d never find
Our way back home

I’ve been shedding tears
Praying to my gods who only
Repeat to me words I love to hear
I think I see my phantom friend
And I’m lying in his arms again
Sing to me and I’ll know you’re near

Everybody knows that what is
Gone is gone but me
I’m still grasping at the breeze
Waiting for your company

The evening is ripe and heavy
But I’m not ready to move on
To fall and drift along
And leave behind my sorrow song

I’ve been shedding tears
Praying to my gods who only
Repeat to me words I love to hear
I think I see my phantom friend
And I’m lying in his arms again
Sing to me and I’ll know you’re near
Track Name: Sleepwalkers
Green, I want you--I still want you
That’s just the way it’s gonna be
We sleep walkers got a price to pay, for all those wasted
Days we spend a wishin away thinking subjectively
In those if, would, should, could possibilities
the only space where there might be
a little place for you and me

I’m Lonesome for a sweetheart that I never really had
Cept when we were walking in our sleep
But he’s someone else sweetheart and I am sick with greed
Now I’m awake and through with slumbering
Now I’m awake and through with slumbering

Green, I want you--swore I had you
When your heart was beating like a boy’s
I can’t start confessing all those blessings that occurred
Wasn’t tracking all that happened when my eyes were closed
Now I’m on my best behavior and you still haven’t return
Guess it’s for the better to leave you to your own

I’m Lonesome for a sweetheart that I never really had
Cept when we were walking in our sleep
But he’s someone else sweetheart and I am sick with greed
Now I’m awake and through with slumbering
Now I’m awake and through with slumbering