Thimble, Needle, and Thread

by The Hill in Mind

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Thimble, Needle, and Thread is The Hill in Mind's debut full length and was released in Spring 2015.

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released June 14, 2015

With: Joshua Hill, Sir Jonathan Lang, Max Knouse, Jacob Eary, and Nat Theobald
With help from Emily Dolliver, Erica Low, Bob Hoag, Alex Holste, Meredith Hall, and Jordan Tompkins
Compositions by Joshua Hill, and Henry Purcell (When I am Laid in Earth)
Arrangements by The Hill in Mind
Recorded, Mixed, and Produced by Bob Hoag
Mastered by Jason Livermore.

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The Hill in Mind is an eclectic indie band based out of Phoenix, Arizona. A strong emphasis on storytelling makes their music seem cinematic with many surprising twists and turns.

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Track Name: Seedy
There’s something growing in your head.
but I cannot fear what happens next
We got fair warning from the men,
for all the things we’ve done in life
I’ll try to keep up with your stride.
As we journey to that special site.

I will take your seed and plant it in the earth.
I’ll take it to the mountainside and show you what I’m worth-

There’s something growing in my skin and even now it’s shaming me
I was looking for a friend impatiently I searched for you
A visage lay there in your stead
Filling me with lust. Regret.

Will you take my seed and plant it in the earth?
Take me to the mountainside and show me that I’m worthy of you.

If you’ll take the thing that grows in me,
I’ll take the thing that grows in you
We’ll grow together as two trees
Upon the mount-the world destroyed
We shall live in entwined
We shall live entwined in the end.
Track Name: The Cave
Imagine men living in an underground cave
They are bound by their heads and by their feet
They only see the flames’ shadow on the wall

“Oh, these strange prisoners do seem like a
Strange image to me.”

Behind the men a road extends in front of the flames
Travelers pass with animals and objects held over their backs
The puppets make the flame shadows on the wall

“But these strange prisoners don’t see
How strange their lives do seem!”

Imagine now that someone comes to set one free
The prisoner turns to face the flames and back to his old reality
Confused and dazzled the flames reveal things as they’re meant to be
As they’re meant to be seen
There’s a passage! past the shadows
to somewhere new
He starts to see
A strange beacon brighter than his eyes have seen
A blinding light can mask more than the darkest screen
At first the shadows, reflections then objects, then the stars above
At last! At last! At last! He can see the sun!

But if he goes back to tell the prisoners what he’s found
Well they’ll take his life when he stumbles back to his former self
Track Name: Dual Case
One day, I fell in love with the moon
The sparkles in her eyes
The craters in her face
Oh! That mysterious frown.

Stop keeping me up!
I’m trying to sleep.

I have fallen in love
with the sun burning my face
With her smile
I will burn

Stop keeping me up!
I’m trying to sleep

I thought my big mistake would be little
I should have listened to the birds.

Who said
Track Name: When I am Laid in Earth
When I am laid, am laid in earth, May my wrongs create
No trouble, no trouble in thy breast;
Remember me, remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
Track Name: Achilles, Muss es Sein?
The winds-they didn't want you to sail
You thought that you sought honor in the god's petty tale
You found your hearts could only kill
For futile glory of a girl

When Achilles is at your back
You say, "Don't worry,
He cuts his foes in half"

You thought the man he'd meant to fight
Would end the war outright
When Hector slew the hidden man
Now a lover's wrath with deadly hands

When Achilles is at your back
Your say, "Don't worry,
He cuts his space in half"

He'll drag your body through the town.
For a week
Until you're bruised and battered
Bones are shattered,
Scattered round the earth
You open up your eyes
and you scream
"This can't be!"

Must it be?
Muss es Sein
Es muss sein, es muss sein.
Track Name: Statues
This seems harder than before
to do the thing that I’ve loved for so long.
In the past I’d just start going
And legends would come to walk along

They would sing of their life
As they guided me on their way

Every voice seems to find its end. 
Every voice does find its end.

At first, you’ll find the road is cluttered
The voices clamor for you to go the way they’ve been
Soon you’ll find their voices falter
Their limbs grow stiff as marble.
Oh, their end!

In the halls of the rich man stand statues in a crowded maze.
He’s collecting all their inscriptions
To show the world he has something to say.

Someday your find yourself in a lonely place
With no one to guide you on your way
You’ll hear a voice that you thought you left behind calling out your name

Some voices don’t seem to find their end
Their statues just start moving again
(Some statues just start moving again
Some statues just aren’t moving again)
Track Name: Fortress of Blood
Why do I feel like I have something to hide?
First, my clothes then you take me aside
To a private room where no one is around
Your hands all over, nothing is found

None of this is real
This world you’ve built is frail

Inside your walls you have the rain
The children run about, they have no pain
The beautiful girl takes her picture again
Preserving a life which sees no end.

None of this real.
No
This world you’ve built will fail

Outside your walls there is a desert
Where people only have the water in their skins.
Beneath the walls the red river flows
While the price of blood sits within
Please move your hands and let me be
I’d rather soak in blood and leave.

Why do I feel like I have something to hide?
First, my clothes then you take me aside
To a private room where no one is around
Your hands all over, nothing is found

None of this is real
This world you’ve built is frail
None of this real
This world you’ve built will fail
Track Name: Touria
You didn’t have to buy me bread
I’ll eat yesterday’s instead
I think my clothes will be just fine
I like to wear them more than twice

You can rest your eyes
They needn’t work for me
Please compromise

Sparkle, Sparkling Touria

You worried when I was out late.
Calling me back home where it’s safe
You did give me all your love
I felt that I was your son

You did praise your God
I am sure you found His paradise

Sparkle Sparkling Touria
Glisten, Gleaming, Beaming, Shining Touria

Pedro was sure that you were a flower.
I didn’t see until you wilted away
I didn’t see
That you were a flower.

Sparkle Sparkling Touria
Glisten, Gleaming, Beaming, Shining Touria
Track Name: Moses
Never once before has the sun ceased to set
For a man, Except for me

I walked with Moses to Sinai
The moonlit path we strode
I almost found enlightenment
Until the Russians brought the cold

The souls of Sinai
All trapped in a scream
Moses wants ten bucks from me

Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
Surround the walls the trumpets blare.
Track Name: Pill
If we’re going to be honest now
Last night before I went to bed
I took a pill to help me sleep

If we’re going to be honest still
After I took that pill
I felt that I didn’t want to wake up
But I Did
Track Name: Rex
Oh, Rex!

When shrink is on his binge
Rex, he goes to talk with him

He was sayin
“I was sitting in the tub when my wife came up
To the bathroom door. It was shut
She began to yell as she opened it up”

Oh, Rex!
I just divorced your ass!

He said
Good, Who’s moving out?
Back at the bar he begins to shout.
I’ve been married six times and I just can’t figure it out!

The shrink says
Tell me about your father
Tell me about your mother

Rex says
There was a great explosion in my father’s barn
My mother ate rat poison as her means to mourn
My mother ate rat poison when my father did burn
My mother ate rat poison after I was born

The shrink says,
Oh, Rex!
Oh, Rex!
Can you love your mother?
She was doing the best she could.
Track Name: Two Joes
Early Sunday morning setting up for church
Big Joe, he got surprise.
Boom, boom, BOOM
And the roaring engines.
Screaming like hell from the skies

While the men lay sleeping in their beds.
Fighting off their drunken sleepy heads

Two Joes who nobody knows aren’t coming home for Christmas this year
Big Joe is staying in the chapel in the field
He’s never going to leave that paradise.

Walking back from breakfast seeing what they’d done
Little Joe, he let out a cry
As he took up arms
As he fought for his friend
Those two joes didn’t get to say good bye

While mother boils cabbage in the vat
And sisters stuff peirogi plump and fat
And from the door a knock was heard, oh so lightly.

Two Joes who nobody knows aren’t coming home for Christmas this year
Little Joe is staying at the foot of old glory
He’s never going to leave that paradise.

Two Joes who nobody knows aren’t coming home for Christmas this year
They are staying in the music of their nephew
And they’re never going to leave that paradise.
Track Name: N.O. Kinslow
Bill was 50 when he learned
About the man who grew up in the south
He had a farm in Sadler town
Selling cotton, a prosperous business man

But now his farm is under water
When they released him saying he was recovered
They didn’t know
They didn’t know
what would happened

N. O. No No No Kinslow

Now father, He wants me
To write a song to sing.
So I can find some meaning
To why you took your life

N. O. No No No Kinslow
Track Name: Guardians of the Galaxie 500
We’ve been guarding ourselves from each other
Guarding ourselves for as long we can remember
This picture reveals that we once could trust each other
As I lay my head in your arms
Quietly sleeping

You’ve been guarding us now.
Me and my brother
Guarding us from the wars of your father
You’ve broken the cycle it seems
Of a family trapped in that sea
But you’re left
Quietly sinking to the deep

Your father never saw the war
Is what he said
They didn’t know the tide
Would keep them stuck in the sand
The bullets fire and death
May have stayed within that bay
But he brought home something more
When he got stuck in that day.

Let’s stop guarding ourselves from this water
Guarding ourselves
We’ve proven this vessel can keep
The currents trapped in the deep
But let’s sink it
Piece by piece
Peace by peace