GRAD SCHOOL (the album​)​: Part I

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Recorded April 11, 2015, Live in Peter's Attic: www.youtube.com/channel/UCJXAdSK4D4f-8T-iUUEW2xw

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released May 31, 2015

Peter Felsman: guitar, vocals, songs
Betsy Soukup: bass, vocals, arrangement
Evan Laybourn: cajon, vocals, arrangement, shakuhachi (tracks 5, 9)

Additional shakuhachi/arrangement (tracks 3, 6) by Ryan Wolfe!

Engineers: Mac Porter, Alex Miller
Mixed and Mastered by Peter Littlejohn
Cover Art: Drawing by Meredith Hickson, Editing by Max Branigan

For additional help/support/inspiration, major thanks to:
Gabe, Sonya, Sam, Theo, Joel, Cam, Prince, Nicole, Jackie, Henry, Max, Macklin, Baker House, Living Room Music, Karen, Petey, Annika, Joe, Conor, Jonathan, Dick, Paige, Pam, listeners, friends, family

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-pf is Michigan-based multi-instrumentalist Peter Felsman and friends. The collective's Grad School (The Album): Part 1 and I’m A Professional: Limited License, celebrate Felsman's journey towards a doctorate in social work and psychology. Think doves smoking cigarettes, singing to hummingbirds with the sweet humor of Barbara Glassman. ... more

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Track Name: Rom-Com
She told me it was nice to meet me
and she said it kinda creepily.
Her eye contact was good.
She stood closer than she should...
She told me that I "looked familiar"
and had I "been playin billiards?
or what's the word?"
Well she wasn't sure

But in the movie version we would fall in love.
We'd fall in love.

She told me that her Greek was brilliant.
Well I showed her I was resilient;
I said I wasn't Greek.
And she didn't believe me.
She asked me what I'd like to drink
and would I hit on anything
of her's tonight?
Well it wasn't right

But in the movie version we would fall in love.
We'd fall in love.

Met a girl from West Michigan
We started hangin' out again
down by the shore,
wonderin what's in store.
Never had a whole lot in common
but back in college we both ate Ramen.
How we loved to hate it.
Then we graduated

But in the movie version we'd first fall in love.
We'd fall in love.
Track Name: Dreamy Driver / One Love
When I dream of you
and all that we will do
I see it clearly (he clearly doesn't)
I see it clearly (clearly)

When I wake up to
that saying "it's no use"
I close my eyes again (closed eyes).
I close my eyes again (closed thighs)
and I wonder when I'll wake to somethin new
(He wonders when the women will wake too).

When we met on the bus
I thought I'd won you over
with my puns about the other kind
of love that we would never have

(Since they met on the bus
she may have met another man who won her over
with the types of puns she could be won over with)
One love (one love)
won love (weak pun)

(He waited but she never called him back)
I waited but she never gave One love
One love, won heart

Let's get together and feel alright
Track Name: Therapist
Some people are humans.
Some people are boys.
They don't know what they're missin.
They're missin it all.

Some people are humans.
Some people are boys.
They don't know what they're missin.
Don't expect me to tell

Cause I don't know
I'm only a man
I don't know
I hope I never understand
I like just one half of a song
Track Name: Underneath My Clothes(pile)
Apple butter and cinnamon, raisin bread and you
Appetites and cold sweats honey if the foot don't fit the shoe

I'm left all alone underneath my clothes.
Underneath my clothes...

Life cycles with all your friends
when the Tide comes to fall.
when the timing is off and you come fold my arms again...

I can't stand it here, underneath my clothes.
Underneath my clothes

Cigarettes and cannonballs and one-night stands and three-way calls
and maybe i can't bear the weight of such a heavy load.

I'm left all alone underneath my clothes
underneath my clothes
Track Name: Easy
It's so easy to close your eyes
It's so easy to bite your tongue
It's so easy to be afraid
With a little work and open eyes you'll be okay

You can sleepwalk in your sleep
Talk in your dreams, speak to her softly
Or you can cry into your pillow, weep to your bed.
Or you can pray over your head, facing the east
What does it mean? Where is the west?
Over the mountain away with the sun

It's so easy to close your eyes
It's so easy to bite your tongue
It's so easy to be afraid
But get to work, with open eyes you'll be okay

You can hide out in the woods next to your best friend on the earth
holdin your breath, hand in hand, under the sky
Or you can pray that mother nature will always keep you both in her hearts
but you won't ever feel them beat til you open your eyes

Or you can slow down to your feet
feelin the earth under your toes
Even the blind open their eyes through alternative means
Or you can sit close to the clothesline
Dampen the old mind the rest of your lifetime
and you can grow your feelings of lovetime and see it all

It's also easy to open your eyes
It's also easy to taste your tongue
It's also easy to feel the earth beneath your feet
With a little work and open eyes your life will change.
With a little work and open eyes your life will change.
Track Name: Cameo
Thanks for playin that character on my show
Thanks for such a lovely cameo
You sure played the part
You broke my little heart
You deserve and Emmy for the episode

Thanks for such an unsuspecting scene
We both dropped our lines it was such a dream
You pulled me into bed
Then you went to work instead
That shit's what all the people want to see

So thanks for playin that character on my show
Thanks for such a lovely cameo
You played the part so well
You gave me heart some hell
You deserve an Emmy for the episode

Thanks for movin out of my hometown
Thanks for movin out to west LA
With nothin more to write
and nothin left to say
My show must go on with you away

So thanks for playin that character on my show
Thanks for such a lovely cameo
You sure played the part
You broke my fuckin heart
Get this girl an Emmy for that episode!
Track Name: Suri's Brother
When I lost ya to the river
I knew I'd never be the same
God'll wonder bout the weather
But he will not forget your name
No he will not forget your name

When the police told our mother
and she came runnin through the farm
She said not to worry brother
She said that God had worked his charm
She said that God had worked his charm

But why the water? God won't tell me.
Why the water?! God don't know.
Holy water, drownin my feet
Holy water, let em go
Holy water, let em go!

When I lost ya to the river
I knew I'd never be the same
God'll wonder, I'll know better
that he will not forget your name.
No he will not forget your name.
Track Name: Take Off
Is this place good enough to end?
Would it satisfy your closets full of cliffhangers?
Don't take off that summer dress
Don't take off that summer dress.
Take off.

Take my hand and thank it, shake it nice and soft
Take off
Gently close the door for me

Is this the ending you'd prefer?
Would it vitalize our lives or just make em easier?
Don't take off that summer dress
Don't take off that summer dress
Take off.

Take your dresser drawers of memories from my loft
Take off
Leave some by the door for me

Am I the last one standing
or did you just send me that message from the other fucking room?
I hope you'll wear that summer dress
I hope you'll wear that summer dress