Eavesdrop & Elevate

by Erik Jarvis

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Eavesdrop & Elevate is a collaborative project between Erik Jarvis and Kelly Marie Musselman. It is the first full length release from our basement studio, Yorick Studio in Omaha, NE.

We are so grateful for all those who supported the Kickstarter project and to all who support and participate in the Omaha music community.


released June 8, 2014

Produced by Erik Jarvis, Kelly Musselman, and Justin Carter
Arranged by Erik Jarvis
Engineered by Justin Carter, Caleb Neubauer, and Erik Jarvis
Mastered by Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering in Omaha, NE

Tracks 1-5 lyrics by Erik Jarvis
Tracks 6-10 lyrics by Kelly Musselman

Erik Jarvis-- keyboards, guitar, bass, vocals, percussion
Phil Smith-- drums, percussion, drum machine, guitar, horn
Michael Everson-- guitar, bass, vocals, guru
Justin Carter-- guitar, vocals, percussion, bass, laptop
Caleb Neubauer-- vocals, laptop, magic
Leah Meyer-- violin, vocals
Katelyn Kukoly-- violin
Axelle Verboon-- viola, string contractor
Mindy Dauner-- cello
Blake Deforest-- trumpet
Pat Peters-- trombone
Brandon Bakke-- alto sax, vocals
Ben Eisenberger-- tenor sax
Sam Bertino-- clarinet, bass clarinet
Christine Price-- flute
Johanna Murray-- vocals, resident artist
Kat Jarvis-- vocals
Kyla Jerousek-- vocals, merch
Erin Higgins-- vocals
Derek Bird-- percussion
Karalee Sutton-- album art, percussion
the McMahon children-- vocals
Joe Lacina-- album art, merch, and a billion other little and not so littles

special thanks to Logan Reising, Jo De La Cruz, & Matthew Everson.



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Track Name: Feel So Good
You know I feel so good
I'm starting to unwind
I feel so good
and I bet I can tell you why
I feel so free
Like I've got all my senses charged
Got my motors off parole
My vessel pointed at the stars

Feels like I just found a new body
but it was mine all this time
maybe my body likes to hide

This time I'm comin' up (comin' up) strong
it's time to thaw these frozen brittle bones


This time I'm headin' for the cosmos
you know I'm runnin' every day
I got my heartbeat on display

Take that
I'm comin' out-comin' outside
no need to hide
I'm gonna advertise my scars
no need to fear if they're alarmed

Track Name: Won't Fall Down
I want a great big bed in a house I own
not this mattress stack I have overgrown
I want a couple of goats I wanna be my own boss
Wanna grow a fat 'stache make sure to always floss

And every Saturday we can watch the game
you know the more I gamble the more I pray
I've got 50 down and the risk, I have found
always brings my knees to the ground

And if I ever do win I'll take my money and leave this town
I'll take my money and leave

And if I have a kid what if he's a wimp
Oops! I assumed it'd be a boy, I know that will annoy
my feminist wife for the rest of our lives
Maybe she can teach him to run from the fights

But if he ever does stay he'll take those hits but he won't fall down
he'll take those hits but he won't fall down
Track Name: Object of Your Pride
You're my mirror
you're my bad dreams
you're the moon I once bathed beneath

you're a cigarette
you're the sheets on my bed
you are the singer that plays in my head

You're all these things that mean something to me
Make me wanna stay alive
Let me keep you satisfied
Let me be the object of your pride

You're the mustard
you are the lampshade
you are the sidewalk to the penny arcade

You're the circus
you're donuts at 2
you're a bird to south
and you're the color blue

Track Name: Keep the Stew
There outside the tree by my window starts to wither
here inside child bring my robe and slippers
it's the devil's wind that howls through the front room chimney

When you have to bear the chatter
when your lips turn pink to blue
when your sweater turns to tatters
I'll keep the stew hot for you

Let's be like bears
Haven't you always wanted a cave?
Let's be like bears
so righteously warm and safe
None of that wind is ever gonna come my way


As you lay your head upon my shoulders
you can see the stars
Signs your dreams are still existing
far from where you are

How can I keep from sleeping in?

I'll keep the stew hot for you
Track Name: Lady Tuck Me In
Lady tuck me into bed
Please won’t you tuck me in
Tuck me into my nice warm bed
Don’t let the monsters win

Read me the one about Ella
the one with the bird on her shoulder
the one about the tattered girl
with the cinders and birds on her shoulder

Lady tuck me into bed
Please won’t you tuck me in
Tuck me into my nice warm bed
Don’t let the monsters win

Read me the story of the juniper tree
and the boy who turned into a bird
the one where his head falls off among the apples
into the trunk where he was lured

Tell me the tale of the fitcher’s egg
and the girl who rolled in feathers
the brother-selves aggressive
in the spring wedding weather

The more you tell the more I’ll sprout
the stories are such fertile seeds
“I can be Jack, Jan, and Jill!”
I’ll shout, “I’m not just a boy in blue jeans.”
Track Name: All Day Long
All day long I’m working in this cubicle
in front of my computer
Looking up at all the cubist people
working in this skyscraper

But I can see her tripping down the lane
in her bright white dress
With Rosalie and Jane
and her hair is just a mess

And I could chance upon her dancing in the street
with Rosalie and Jane and white shoes on her feet

And everyday for lunch I eat a turkey sandwich
in front of the computer
Practicing the words in the higher (or perfect) pitch
while working in this skyscraper

And he can see her tripping down the lane
in her long blue dress
With Rosalie and Jane and her hair is just a mess

And he could chance upon her dancing in the street
with Rosalie and Jane and Doc Martens on her feet

Part of my life is so like a box
But somehow it’s still aaaa wheeel
(Is that what you’ve heard?)
No... that’s how I feel

And so someday soon I’ll throw off my suit and tie
in front of my computer
Cause if I stay in this machine I’ll die
I’ll die working in this skyscraper

And so you’ll see me tripping down the lane
in my polka dot dress
with Rosalie and Jane and my hair is perfect
And you will chance upon me dancing in the street
With Rosalie and Jane and loafers on my feet
Track Name: Sound the Alarm
His hair is like hawkfeathers
damp from spring rainclouds
and it lies over his eyes
to shield him from harm

And he’s freckled and pale
and his nose is so tiny
but it’s our noses that grow
for the rest of our lives.

His elbows wing out as
he scribbles on paper
he’s drawing a portrait
of a horse in mid-throw

And soon he’ll be whistling
once he figures his lips out
and tapping out rhythms
and dreaming of cat-gut

Now he’s list’ning to Schubert
and putting on sneakers
then dodging the twisters
and learning to strum.

He’s been writing love letters
to a political girlie
and slipping from school
to walk home with his sister

And the girl, she’s a catch
but he’s begun to believe
that her kisses are evil
and he knows he’s not cool.

And he’ll figure it out
that she’ll leave him for labrats
but the god-fearing kids
are the ones with the devil.
Track Name: Loud and Little Bird
Loud and little bird,
stretching tail feathers,
wing feathers,
shouting “it’s here, it’s here, it’s here
it’s finally here!”
from the tinsel-top of that
tree outside.
Loud and little bird,
you can afford to alight and leave
and alight again
and I can afford,
today, to watch you.
Today, I can
eye the caustic crow
taking your place,
mincing along
the filament winter
branches against that
grey and smoky sky.
Track Name: Crawl Inside Your Heart
You might think we're leaving this dry spell for heaven
and you might think our farms are a poor excuse for pavement
and it's too late to change it
and you're too young to start
so just crawl inside your heart.

So you'll first see the shadow of the crow and then the crow
and the ripple on the water and then the stone
and you're too sick to stop it
and you're too shy to call it art
so just crawl inside your heart.

you'd jump rope with the mothers
and start businesses with babies
and you could fall by the wayside
or drop out to be smart
or just crawl inside your heart

you might eat lunch at midnight
and at noon lose a fight
but I'll let you walk beside me
and I'll let you play a part
so just crawl inside my heart