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Starting this project feels good. Sitting on all these songs for so long has made it difficult to begin anything new. Revisiting old lyrics conjures old feelings and memories, some fantastic, some difficult. With the beginning of this project, I feel a great sense of release, and a forward momentum I hope I can continue.

This is January, the first window into the last eight years of my life. I hope you get something from it.

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released January 26, 2018

Words and Music by Quinn Henry Mulligan
Produced by Finley Mulligan and Quinn Henry Mulligan
Mastered by Gus Elg at Sky Onion Mastering

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Quinn Henry Mulligan Portland, Oregon

QUINN HENRY MULLIGAN is a Portland-area solo artist with deep roots in contemporary folk, classic rock and roll and indie pop.  

Quinn is currently embarking on an ambitious mission he’s calling "GET THEM OFF MY CHEST.”  He will 12 albums in 12 months; the first of these albums, JANUARY is set to release January 1st and will kick off a year of discovery, passion, and inspiration.
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Track Name: Someone's Son
I was fathered by a foolish man
Who feared the blood left on his hands
So he drank himself to sleep at night
With memories of firefights

Echo endless dreams of these
Friends that haunt him in his dreams
And military men are strong
But they never seem to last too long

And codeine dreams induce the sleep
That bring him to an ocean deep
Where fire doesn’t burn at all
And all the death can be forgot

And this broken man, he had two sons
Of which I am the younger one
And I spent my years believing he
would come on back to talk to me
But he died alone one night
In the San Francisco light

And when I grew to be fifteen
I found out where my dad had been
And so I tried to seek him out
But god I know I had my doubts

I didn’t know what I should say
But I went to meet him anyway
And something just felt good to know
He cared enough to even show

And seventeen’s that lonely age
My drunken father passed away
So to have his dreams of death
And I’m still trying to catch my breath

And this broken man, he had two sons
Of which I am the younger one
And I spent my years believing he
Would come on back to talk to me
But he died alone one night
In the San Francisco light
Track Name: Spaceman
Taking control of me
They are surrounding
They are around me
Hoping I can strike gold
Stop my worry
I am learning

He’s not the only one who’s dying
(In and out)
He’s not the only one alone
He’s not the only one who’s dying
(In and out)
He’s not the only one alone

Crumble will in time
Give me freedom
Give me something
Turn in late again
I am slipping
Falling, failing

I need some room to breath
(In and out)
I need some room to breath
(In and out)

One thing that makes me at ease
Warm and burning
We are learning
Do what I need to do
Find your freedom
In the city

I need some room to breath
(In and out)
I need some room to breath
(In and out)

Give me your comforting hand
Stop my shaking
Stop my taking
I need to stand on my own
No more leaning
Find some meaning

I need some room to breath
(In and out)
I need some room to breath
(In and out)
Track Name: These Are My Friends
Please, take this load off of me
That’s not how I should be
Light and color symphony
Taking hold of you and me

Don’t you leave me
(Don’t you leave me)
Don’t you leave me
(Don’t you leave)
Don’t you leave me
Don’t you leave me
Don’t you

Yes, you have been born again
In the place you left a friend
Now that you’ve come to the end
There’s no one else to offend

Don’t you leave me
(Don’t you leave me)
Don’t you leave me
Don’t
Don’t you leave me
Don’t you need me
Don’t you
Track Name: Adam, Sleep
Lie, Adam, lie,
Lie to your friends
Don’t let us in
Wounds that never mend

You are sinking
You are sinking

Kill, Adam, Kill
Kill away the pain
With alcohol and pills
Nothing’s quite the same

You are sinking
You are sinking

Fight, Adam, fight
Fight away the tears
Bury them inside
Lock away the fear

You are sinking
You are sinking

Sleep, Adam, sleep
Close your tired eyes
Pain will disappear
Peace will come in time

You are sinking
You are sinking
You are dying
Track Name: Quiet
Home, where I’m from
see them come
Sweat on my skin
it begins

Oh, my love
my face is raw
I can’t be in this
cold, cold wind

Relax your mouth
speak without
hold deep your thoughts
what you’re taught

Oh, my love
my face is raw
I can’t be in this
cold, cold wind

Tell me I’m wrong
Please, be strong
Hold up your fist
Just like this

Oh, my love
My face is raw
I can’t be in this
Cold, cold wind
Cold, cold wind
Cold, cold wind
Cold, cold wind
Cold, cold wind
Cold, cold wind
Track Name: Flower
So you thought that you’d let him go
Without ever saying no
Now you don’t know who wears the crown
And you don’t know what made that sound
Oh, no

So you’re painting your eyelids black
And you make sure you can’t look back
Never asking what they like to do
Or what they will do to you
Oh, no

Find a place you can rest your head
Get you off to your mother’s bed
If the sky is rotting much too fast
Find a way to make the flowers last
Oh no

Give me what you needed, dear
Find out what gives you so much fear
Fall down for something wonderful
Give in to something beautiful like love
Track Name: Overgrown
I met a man with nothing left
Inside his breath but thoughts of Death
And in his chest, a gaping hole left Open
He screamed to me, his eyes were Wide
“You’ve got to live before you die,
I’m old and I have wasted all my Time
And I’m left hoping

That if I’m buried deeply in the Earth,
I’ll have the chance to be
The seed that I was once before Conception
And let the rain come find me there
And rot away my earthly cares
And all my flesh will once again be broken
And open to reincarnation”

And so he died one quiet night
His body could no longer fight The burden that his money had Put on him
And this man he would have died alone
Inside his big and empty home
With none to love and no one to Console him

I met a girl who loved too much
Her body now required a crutch
To prop her fragile frame up while She’s standing
And she stumbles blindly in a Room
Packed full of bodies, like a tomb They didn’t seem to care that she Was moving
And trying to get to the doorway

And when she fell an broke her Neck
They all turned back and watched Her stir
Until her body slowly stopped it’s Moving
And apathy grew steadily
And no one in the room could see
A reason to get up and try to help Her

And I will turn my thoughts to You
My body knows not what to do
I want to feel the earth and trees And winter
We moved away from what we know
And grow until our guts explode
And die because there’s too much food left over

And so I need to pack my things
The sting of leaving what I’ve Learned is painful
But I was wiser as a child
I’ll search knowing nothing else
But how to live and love the Wealth
Of resource that this world has Provided

And when I leave the city lights
And find myself beside a lake
I’ll take my clothes and burn them In a pile
And all the while I’ll sing and Scream
And dream of how I’d like to be
And ask the lake if she’ll let me Surrender
I never meant to offend her
Track Name: Sleep
Hometowns are old now
And seem tired of being around
My old house is gone
Taken down by some rich clown

So I’m looking for your face
But I can’t stay on my feet
And I can’t find anyplace to be
And I’m trying to get some sleep

Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep

Sleepless and broke down
My bars have all shut down
Replaced with some new crowd
Who'll search for what’s gone Now

And I’m falling out of touch
And I’m slipping from my friends
And I can’t find anything to eat
And I’m trying to get some sleep

Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Track Name: Monday, Late
4:18 in the morning
And I am still mourning
Take this weight off my arms
Tell me to set down my arms

Why did you have to
Leave me anyway?
Why did you promise
That you’d Always stay?

On my back, I will lie
When to my face, you lie
In my eyes you were fine
In your eyes I am mine

Those red eyes always
Gave your heart away
You loved me even
When you went away

I was blind when you left
I did not know right from left
When you died in a daze
I do not know days

I found a reason to
Go home today
I don’t think I can
Find another way
Track Name: Okay
Take off my dress
I am a mess
Tired and high
Closing my eyes

To my freedom
To my freedom
To my freedom
To my freedom

I am a woman
Independent
Drug binging weekend
When will it end

With my freedom
With my freedom
With my freedom
With my freedom

Smile for a photo
Moving me so slow
Dancing in rhythm
Try to attract them

With my freedom
With my freedom
With my freedom
With my freedom

Dead in a bedroom
Can’t seem to move you
Breathing but empty
You left without me

For my freedom
For my freedom
For my freedom
For my freedom

When I was just a boy
I fell into a riverbed
My brother grabbed
Me by the hand
And pulled me till I
Came ashore

And then the years
Were moving by so fast
I couldn’t breathe, my eyes
Were glazed with all
The things I’d seen
That haunted me
And followed me

Where do you come from?
What do you see?
How can I tell you
You’re all that I need?
Winters are long where the north meets the sea
But I don’t need sunlight, you’re all that I see

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