howl youth

by kate can wait

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released February 14, 2019

Thanks to La Mesita,my parents and other rad friends.

All songs written and recorded by m. kate rodriguez.

mastered by nancy kells
artwork & design by liz owens
Thanks to La Mesita,my parents and other rad friends.

Proceeds from all cassette sales of full length version of howl youth go to the True Self Foundation, located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a non-profit supporting the LGBTQIA+ community with various services and programs:

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Track Name: howl youth
Chasing feathers one at a time
problems in the house
were settled with wine

A carnival spirit
in love with the light
The moon only takes from the soul
in the night

A body found gagged
his face in despair
a moment in time
where the smiles in our faces were fair

A child in bed dreaming of space
left alone in his room by his parents
for days

lover's quarrel turned into hate
but lovers don't squander a turning of fate

The boy in his bedroom grew to despise
the dark weathered world
the rising tide
Track Name: summer vibez
last summer we decided to take it slow
I never stopped to ask you where you wanted to go
that night at the beach you turned to light
and I guess I proved that you were right

will this feeling go away
the feeling that I don't belong
in the hands I yearn to hold

would you ask me to stay
if I packed my things and left
without a word

I remember when you dove into the lake
stunning in the air,you defied fate
surrounded by fireflies we kissed under the moon
my entire world passed me by as you left the room
Track Name: déjame
La noche pasada
Miraba por mi ventana
Astros bailan
Estrellas aúllan
Por ti

Escojo los colores
Para pintar nuestros alrededores
Y me hundo
Por ti

No sé qué decir
Nunca he sido buena en conversaciones
No me digas que me quieres
No me ilusiones

Yo creo cualquier cosa
Si viene de ti
Déjame vivir

Nos recostamos en las nubes
Yo me bajo y tú te subes
Y me caigo
Dime algo
Sobre ti

Querubines a mi guardia
Cuento los lunares en tu espalda
No me miras
El mundo gira
Por ti

Me levanto de mi cama
Ay mi vida está en llamas
Qué tengo que hacer
Para salvar mi corazón
Track Name: puppy love
driving down this winding road
I was the saddest dame that you had ever known
All alone by the snow
Got nobody to share with or to show

I called you lady
on our first date
and when you smile
it still feels like the first
that we met

when we were young
I called it puppy love
but now I call it spending my life with you

a tale as old as heaven
girl meets girl a love to last forever
next time we meet I'll have a lot to tell you
the winters are painful ever since you left
Track Name: stormbreakerz
Baby don't squander the feeling
Cuz heaven's a lonely place
I picked you up at a quarter to 8
I was running a little bit late

We both need a break from the storm
life didn't warn us at all
and we both need to see
what's the best we can be
and is it worth the trouble

Blasting the Surf man on our radio
he could light even the faintest horizon
we both sing along cuz we both know this song
his words mattered a lot more in the long run
Track Name: licantropía
Por ahí viene el hombre lobo
Me escondo en mi habitación
Debajo de las frisas
Calentada por su protección

Quejas a la luna
Rebotan por las paredes
Esta noche siento el miedo
De no encontrarme cuando salga el sol
Me esfuerzo contra mi cuerpo
Mi último disfraz
Esta noche siento el miedo
De no encontrarme cuando salga el sol

Las arañas de mi mente
Me atrapan en sus redes
Desplazan mi cadáver
Y lo tiran al amanecer
Track Name: lady hydrangea
I miss you so much
a chasm in your heart
please don't go
lady hydrangea

I lead you home (to heaven)
to kiss you farewell
charon guides my pathway
to darkness and love (hell)

Dusk embraces us
My world revolved around you
lady hydrangea
Track Name: swanson
Deep in her embrace
with a thousand words to say
I can't help but feel that
I won't get away
And I can't tell if you're serious
baby look me in the eyes
you were always good at reading
right between the lines

If you can't tell me
write it down for me
I won't let you down
I swear I won't flee
and I'll keep on feeling
the way I do
about you

A wise man once told me
to never half ass 2 things
you gotta brace yourself
and whole ass one thing
and that's the type of living
that I'm all about
and baby hold my hand
we're going down down down
Track Name: vesti2
Siento calor
Debajo de tu vestido
Y veneno en tus labios

Ardor y dolor
Se hacen uno
Ay, mi amor me despido

Yo no entiendo qué hay que hacer
En las manos del placer

Yo me sé el camino a tu casa
Pero no me sé el mío

El cadáver de la noche
Resplandecen mis vivencias

Vivo del brillo de tus ojos
Y el espanto de los míos
Track Name: faros
Me destaco por mi ausencia
Y el oscuro de mis ojos

El camino se despega
De mi destino, ¿qué tú piensas?

Yo no entiendo la fragilidad
De lo que debe ser absoluto
Me deslumbraron los faros de mi ambición
Que sea la última vez

Yo brillo por mis defectos
Y mi supuesta tranquilidad
El miasma de mis fallos

Le sumas mis arrepentimientos
A mi alma y tienes la trinidad
Track Name: below the sea
Orange glow collapse the sky
a guilty fledgling meant to die
dull my senses

I'm not really happy but I guess this will suffice
affairs of the heart they lead to strife
dull my senses

a choir of anguish
conquers me
day after day
I hope to be
buried 7 leagues below the sea

I box all my emotions and store them in the corner
between numbness and joy I tend to prefer the former
erase these moments

there are sights that always astound
the tv in the room won't make a sound
enjoy these moments

In the autumn of my life
I'm meant to fall
if I go
I'll never come back
this I swear
Track Name: chinese takeout
The first time I died
awakened by the sirens in my mind
the many tears I've cried
blossomed into flowers on your grave

The innocence I've found
I held you tight in fear that you too would go
a memory we saved
laughter into sadness over chinese takeout

I tried to
keep on
moving on
I failed

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