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released May 1, 2012

Trebuchet is:
Lauren Haile: Vocals, Keyboards, Ukulele
Paul Haile: Vocals, Drums, Ukulele, Cello, Percussion
Navid Manoochehri: Vocals, Guitar, Pedal Steel, Banjo
Eliott Whitehurst: Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Omnichord, Percussion

Recorded at Guitar Heaven Studio in Vacaville, CA by Paul Haile
Mixed By: Paul Haile
Mastered By: Judah Nagler
Produced By: Paul Haile & Trebuchet

Music By: Trebuchet © 2012
Lyrics By: Eliott Whitehurst & Trebuchet

Album Artwork By: Jef Overn
Album Design & Layout By: Josh Staples

Thank You:
Our Families, Ned & Mollie Bressler, Josh Drake, Richard Haile, Craig Tierney, Devan Paddock, and you for supporting us.


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Trebuchet Petaluma, California

Many years of studying and working on various other musical projects together have afforded its members a strong musical chemistry: one that has helped them achieve a level of honesty on their second album, Volte-Face, which reflects the two years of drastic change in the life of lyricist Eliott Whitehurst that inspired it. ... more

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Track Name: Fast Asleep
You're fast asleep
Your pillow's cold next to me
In the deepest dark, in the shallow light, I'm here,
but I can't feel that you are near

Swallow one feeling at a time
Be sure to wash it down with a bottle of cheap wine

‘til all at once, it spills upon the ground
You've managed quite a mess, now leave what you have found
Track Name: Close Only Counts
Under his breath;
“What a nice change of scenery” he said
as she wrapped her arms so tightly ‘round his head
and pulled him in close, like a scarf on a winter night
What a nice change, such a nice change

Then the winter turned to spring
and the layers started stripping off with the heat
and they couldn’t keep the pavement beneath their feet
So they took to the sea, where they learned for her it was far too cold
but for him, he knew that he was home

He would be buried along with his name
He knew it all along
She would be married
God, what a shame

So she left him with the night
and a feeling so familiar
of a loss and an emptiness compounded by the frost
and another love fades,
just as the ones before it had
through a life of horseshoes and hand grenades.

She would be married
God, what a shame
She knew it from the start
He would be buried
along with his name
God, what a shame
Track Name: He Ran
Light's down Saturday night
Through the window did come full moon's light
Ear held to the door, silence telling him now was the time

Without a sound and without a plan he ran alone

Wet grass under his feet as the city lies fast asleep
Past blocks blurring to one, claiming stake on the land, his to keep

Without a sound and without a plan he ran
through the chill of the night making his body light, so light
and the sting of his sweat getting into his eyes
made the world seem so bright

Without an end soon enough he'd lost count of the bends
Without consequence, confidence in his stride, the world ahead distends
Track Name: The Seafarer
I was born on a riverbank
I was raised amongst the green
When I came of age I raised my anchor and I set to sea

I’ve been to the places men could only dream
The things I’ve seen

Many miles above the ocean floor
where the blue extends for years
I would man my post unwavering in my solo chanticleer

All alone without a compass rose
at the luck of gale force winds
I could travel only where I wanted, I didn’t know it then

At the port of a foreign land
where the natives took my hand
where their tongue contained no word that I could liken to “demand”

But I could never drown the ocean’s call
it was riding on the wind
In a few months time I’d be on deck to raise my sails again

and to chance for another shore
or to lead my life so free
as to know that my remaining days would be spent at sea
Track Name: Joel's Wife
The pews had all been filled the night before
but on this day he'd woken early,
dressed himself rushed to the chapel door
With keys in hand he took the knob
and slowly he began unlatching all the locks he'd turned a thousand times before
but his hands trembled at the thought of what laid just behind
the gates that he had tended since his father passed in '39

And so he forced himself inside to get the programs folded thin
Straighten up the front room, check the lights, be sure to test the organ
Greeted all the guests as they arrived
Helping them to find their seats as good friends read their eulogies
when he picked up a piece of paper
gently slid his finger in its crease, and as it did unfold
revealed a youthful picture of her face,
how she adored him and this place

The services were coming to a close
and time was passing much too quickly
as each pew before him slowly rose
With saddened eyes they’d take his hand
but soon he was alone and then reality just seemed so apropos
He stood beside the casket "I just want to take her home", he said
as he looked down upon his loving wife, recalled the vows he'd read
Through death they'd parted, as he'd said
Track Name: Honesty is the Best Policy
Please be discreet, I've wanted this so long
Between you and me, I've never been too strong

A better man would surely still his hand
A better man would surely draw a line in the sand
I feel your eyes and read your lips, no way

Please don't misread, the nights can be so cold
Though my heart's spoken for, I'm lonely now, truth be told

And I'm stuck with a man to love, whose love for me is all dried up
To leave him now, I couldn't run away no way

I can't believe
it's been you and me from the start
What I have done
has brought you closer to my heart

After all I really meant to say: please stay

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