If​/​When

by The Tea Club

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Ghigigi This album’s stronger moments take punkish energy and fuse it into weird guitar lines and soaring synths.

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simontidehouse A modern lament to an eternal tension in the human condition. Music simply doesn't get any better than this. Favorite track: If I Mean When.
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Stacy Godfrey I love listening to this prog album that doesn’t sound like a prog album. Favorite track: Came at a Loss.
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released July 30, 2019

The Tea Club:

Daniel McGowan: Vocals, electric, and acoustic guitars.

Patrick McGowan: Vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, 12-string guitars, and mandolin.

Jamie Wolff: Bass guitar.

Joe Dorsey: Keyboards.

Dan Monda: Drums and percussion.

Recorded and Mixed at Big Blue North by Jeff Aderman.

Produced by Jeff Aderman.

Mastered by Dr. Timo G. Less at Surgical Sound.

Lyrics by Dan and Patrick McGowan.

All songs written by The Tea Club.

Album cover, art, and design by Kendra McGowan.

Dan Monda would like to thank his wife, Anastasia, and the rest of the Monda and Panagakos family for the constant support! Love you guys!

Jamie Wolff would like to thank Alicia.

Joe Dorsey: Special thanks to my parents, Erica, and my brother Sam who helped me shape some of my melodies in "Creature". Additional thanks to Jeanne Wernly, who taught me piano for 10 years, Butters, Nic Giordano, Matt Price, Sam Bower, Marisa Mirani, and Luke Tarleton; fellow keyboardist and role model Tom Brislin, and Dark Machine for the technical wisdom, guidance, and inspiration.

Dan McGowan would like to thank Kendra, all of our Patrons, Tony Davis, Kirby, Bryce and Kim, Scott, Pam, Tom, Sal, Alicia, Stacey, Ben, Kevin, Jackie, Stanley Schenk and The Music Club, Jen, and Finn.

Patrick McGowan thanks Jen, Finn the Riverman, Kendra, Jeff, Pam, Eric, Tim, my brother Dan, the boys in the band, and the Great Creator.

This record is dedicated to Tim Gilles, who believed in the band from the very beginning, and without whom none of this would likely ever have come to see the light of day. Into the fray, Tim.

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Track Name: The Way You Call
The way you call, as if I don't already know
The morning sun can share a cup with this child
The way you call and shed a tear with my own
And though it's far when I believe it's like Home, Home
And in the heavens there's a fire returning my friend
Melting away the ruin of another age
We cried at the Lion and swam against the stream
To flow like water and lay down in peace
Hear my prayer, remember it when I am gone

The way you call, as if I don't already know
The morning sun can share a cup with this child
The way you call and never leave me alone
And though it's far when I believe it's like Home, Home
And in the heavens there's a fire returning my friend
Melting away the ruin of another age
We cried at the Lion and swam against the stream
To flow like water and lay down in peace
Hear my prayer, remember it when I am gone.
Track Name: Say Yes
I put my head into the sand
I didn't wanna see the ghost no more
It came unannounced and burned in my mind
Now I'm afraid of what I'll think of next
And if I keep my head submerged under the ground
Then maybe it's already gone
But no matter how far I bury myself, I can still hear a voice, I hear it say

When you see with your new eyes
You’ll know the old with a new mind
What a beautiful morning
Free your chemical warfare
I do believe that that’s how it’ll be
Rise from your grave, as if out of a dream

You will be the one escaping through the fire, excavating me
Say Yes, Say Yes

I took my head out of the sand
And put it right into the Lion's jaws
He carried me in his mouth to a stream of rushing water
And told me to swim across
I told him I didn't know how to swim,
And he said, "There's no other way, and there's no other stream"
And he said, "There's no other way, and there's no other stream”

Say Yes, Say Yes

When you see with your new eyes
You’ll know the old with a new mind
What a beautiful morning
Free your chemical warfare
I do believe that that’s how it’ll be
Rise from your grave, as if out of a dream

You will be the one escaping through the fire, excavating me
Say Yes
Say Yes to the fear
And Yes to the trembling
Yes to the lifting up your eyes to see
Say Yes, Say Yes

You will be the one escaping through the fire, excavating me.
Track Name: If I Mean When
I'm just being realistic, I'm not hoping for a cure
Soon there'll be no time to laugh away our sorrows anymore
There'll be nothing else to live for if we're fighting to survive
I say if, I mean when

I'm just being realistic, I'm not hoping for a cure
Soon there'll be no time to laugh away our sorrows anymore
There'll be nothing else to live for if we're fighting to survive
I say if, I mean when

I say if, I mean when
I say if, I mean when
I say if, I mean when

There's a buzzing up above me and I don't think it's a bee
I'd like to know what it is there for but then again it's only me
Someone says they fucked up good this time and left behind a clue
But it's recently outdated, then again, what else is new?

I say if, I mean when
I say if, I mean when
I say if, I mean when

And I swear we clung to every word, believing it was true
But it's recently outdated, then again now so are you
So are you, you

I say if, I mean when
I say if, I mean when
I say if, I say if,
I say if, I mean when
I say if, I mean when
I say if, I mean when
I say if, I mean when
I say if, I mean when.
Track Name: Rivermen
When the sun sets
When the rain falls
When the clouds roll right in
When the gravel crunches beneath your shoes
And the streetlights they come on
I will be there
God willing, I'll be there
I will be there
When the gravel crunches beneath your shoes
God willing

When the trees dance
When the waters crash
When the dog dies, I'll be there
To call out
To fall down
To get the hell back up
I'll be the Riverman
I'll be the Riverman
I'll be the Riverman
When the moment is never ever right
God willing, I'll be there

When your mind fevers
When your soul is broken
When your skin is open to the air
When the snowman is strong
When the snakes are singing
When the loneliness drifts in
I'll be there
God willing, I'll be there
To walk through the flame
And pick up the heaviest weight
When your mother comes in from the rain
And the moment is never ever right
I'll be the Riverman
I'll be the Riverman
I'll be the Riverman
When it's your turn, Kiss your mother’s head
Warm yourself in the river
I was there

We'll be the Rivermen.
Track Name: Came at a Loss
One more then I'm done forever
One more then I'm out
Tomorrow I'm starting over
Tomorrow I sort it out
Sit back and enjoy this moment
Sit back and relax
Tomorrow it'll all be different
Tomorrow I clean up my act

Yet I can't help but notice
How could I be so misunderstood?
It came at a loss
Am I the only one who noticed the cost?
I've been here before
It came at a loss
I used up all our firewood to carry this cross

One more then I'm done forever
One more then I'm out
Tomorrow I'm starting over
Tomorrow I sort it out

Yet I can't help complaining
How much it's changing who we were
It came at a loss
Am I the only one who still thinks of us the way we were?
It came at a loss
I traded in my only love for somebody lost
And it came at a loss
And it came at a loss
Everything that I did
And everything I didn't do
It came at a loss

When I turned the page, it came at a loss
And when I stepped into that role, it came at a loss
And everything I did, it came at a loss
And everything I didn't do, it came at a loss

And it came at a loss
And it came at a loss
Everything that I did
And everything I didn't do
It came at a loss

Now I'm awake for the sun, But I still dream of the moon.
Track Name: Sinking Ship
Here am I
Young man zero in his shell
Soon will be the rise of your goodbyes
Will my name be changed to yesterday?
The long time is on
Funny how I turned here after all

Here am I
On a sinking ship
Of old enemies
Still wondering how it all went wrong
And I wink and blink and nod
At a better day
Still wandering 'round that old front door

'Round that old front door, 'round that old front door
'Round that old front door, 'round that old front door

Here am I
Young man zero in his shell
Soon will be the rise of your goodbyes
Will my name be changed to yesterday?
The long time is on
Funny how I turned here after all

Here am I
On a sinking ship
Of old enemies
Still wondering how it all went wrong
And I wink and blink and nod
At a better day
Still wandering 'round that old front door

'Round that old front door, 'round that old front door
'Round that old front door, 'round that old front door.
Track Name: Creature
Call me the pulse and I will fill your veins
Turn with me, stay with me, rich in my blood
Against any reason other than I may fill you again

Cast me in stone and I will weigh you down
Knuckles white, carry on
Resigned to wander, without any longing other than
I may flow through you again

Unwinding of the thread
The needle of the curtain
The hour of the glass
The forest of amorphous
All your creatures long for the new creation
Where boundaries of death are ever failing

Cast me in stone and I will weigh you down
Knuckles white, carry on
Resigned to wander, without any longing other than
I may flow through you again

Call me the pulse and I will fill your veins
Call me the pulse and I will fill your veins
Call me the pulse and I will fill your veins
Call me the pulse and I will fill your veins.

How
How long
In the dark?
I close my eyes
I hear that noise
How long have I heard that knocking?
How long have I heard that knocking?
How long have I heard that knocking?
How long have I heard that knocking?

Do you dare enter this place?
You wanna meet the devil face to face?
Do you hear what I hear now?
Well these fucks laugh at everything
Hey hey hey, No mercy
They're screaming ‘til their throats are ripped and raw
They're screaming in the name of God
But these fucks laugh at everything
No mercy in this place
Somebody needs to put them down
Like a wounded animal out of their misery
Hey hey hey
No mercy in this place
Somebody needs to put them down
Like a wounded animal out of their misery
Hey hey hey, what do you say?
You wanna meet the devil face to face?
You wanna watch your show about the living dead
well I can introduce you myself

Do you dare enter this place?
You wanna meet the devil face to face?
Do you hear what I hear now?
Well these fucks laugh at everything
No mercy
They're screaming ’til their throats are ripped and raw
They're screaming in the name of God
But these fucks laugh at everything
I'm just being realistic, I'm not hoping for a cure
Soon there'll be no time to laugh away our sorrows anymore
No time to flow like water or lay down in peace.

The Chime of the Age of Gold has called all creatures bold
The seeds in the water have burst
The tentacles reaching out
Arm after arm after arm
Each one a different dance
No longer wound like a thread
They reach for a beckoning stream
Now they flow through it again...

If the time of my age has come
If you’ll call this creature home
If I learn to lift up my eyes
Or If the When tells the Why
If you’ll flow through me again
I say if, I mean when
I say if, I mean when
All will be revealed
All will see the wisdom
All will be restored
All will know forgiveness
All your creatures long for the new creation
Where boundaries of death are ever failing
All your creatures long for the new creation
Where boundaries of death are ever failing


The way you call, as if I don't already know
The morning sun can share a cup with this child
The way you call and shed a tear with my own
And though it's far when I believe it's like Home, Home
And in the heavens there's a fire returning my friend
Melting away the ruin of another age
We cried at the Lion and swam against the stream
To flow like water and lay down in peace
Hear my prayer, remember it when I am gone.