The Willow & The Builder

by The Willow & The Builder

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Ben Ott I was introduced to this Album by a friend while on a Road Trip. When I listen to it, it reminds me of all the great memories from that trip. Favorite track: Heartache.
Rebecca Pope
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Rebecca Pope I love the delicate complexity of Teahouse Treehouse and the rest of the album. Richard, Adrian, and gang have produced something delightful and yet tragically expressive.
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Jennifer Sweet, refreshing melodies. Hear it once and you can't help but to give it another listen. Favorite track: Teahouse Treehouse.
Dylan Kuhn
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Dylan Kuhn High spirited, tells a moving story, with fresh, appealing compositions. Favorite track: Teahouse Treehouse.
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Lars Engemann Lovely indie pop at its best. Favorite track: Oh Willow! (Why Wallow?).
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Where we go and where we know Helps us grow and grow I set my sights on the willow tree In the back of my backyard I knew it wilted, so I stilted it With wood that I had carved I hammered nails and measured things And built a sturdy floor It took me six or seven days Until it needed nothing more Let's have tea up in my tree And see the world below There's playing cards And jars of jelly beans And candles all aglow We've got a place up there up in the sky And though it's really not that high It's somewhere, it's somewhere to go It's somewhere to go I climbed up there with a beanbag chair And I almost lost my grip I threw it in and turned my chin And there were her two lips She said, "Are you alone?" I nodded yes, and then she took my sleeve She said, "This house was made for two" And then fell in on top of me The wood was strong, it held us both We made the night away And then with glasses raised We toasted to the coming day People come and people go And sometimes I'm alone I think it's funny how it took me Just a week to build my home She said before she left, "I've spent a lifetime on the ground, I never though of, never dreamed of, What a magic place you found" And I said, "I don't find, it finds me I combine magic things and you, You were the missing piece"
Heartache 03:43
Heartache Don't come near me Dark days Stay away from me Willow Lay here with me Sadness Don't come closer Longing Your days are numbered Willow hanging over Stay here as long as you like Bow your branches lower Guard me from the night Heartache Don't come near me Willow you can have me Keep me from the crow And if those calicoes come scratching Don't ever let me go Willow! Willow! I was there when your branches broke
I'll grow and grow and grow and grow Stretch my back up high Reach my arms out wide and low Hanging over you, my little one, you can hide here, Be quiet now, be careful now You'll climb and climb and climb and climb 'Til you're high enough to meet my eyes And look out at the evening lights And see what I see, a vast emptiness, a great loneliness And I'll say, "There's no one like you, kid" But seasons change and children age And don't have time for trees like me But the moon and I get along And the winter's not too long, right? So I'll sleep and sleep and sleep it off And wake when you return Then one windy winter's eve You came walking strong and tall And chopped me down, limb by limb And built a fire out of me And in the fireplace I burned and turned 'Til I was smoke that rose up that old chimney And I laughed and laughed "Oh to be free!" I said And floated up into that vast emptiness And disappeared
Mansion Man 03:17
Let's get in your bed now We spent a long day in the snow We can watch the sun sink Through your window I have got a heavy head And you a growing heart We always intertwine And then we part And you, you built me up into a mansion man And I can't stand to let you live inside me I did all I can to set you free Go collect your wood And build yourself into a shining palace Like we knew you could Think of what you need And I'll collect it all for you I'll dive in the pond and find Those pebbles that you threw But I can't wait around like this I'm starting to cave in And I am tall And you, you built me up into a mansion man And I can't stand to let you live inside me I did all I can to set you free Go collect your wood And build yourself into a shining palace In my neighborhood
Rosaline 04:14
Got your picture, Rosaline The hardest part of leavin' Maybe somewhere on some city street She's waitin', she's waitin' And prayin' lord Bring him back to me But I ain't comin' I ain't comin', no Carved our names in The willow tree To prove that we been livin' 'Cause this ain't no life that's permanent Now is it? Now is it? 'Cause roots rip up and turn to walkin' feet Believe it, believe it 'Cause every day's gettin' harder still I can't forget it and probably never will 'Cause I left my heart across that river wide On the Brooklyn side Give me sunlight, give me sympathy No soul goes unforgiven Oh sweet sorrow hangin' over me I need you, I need you You help me write all these songs I sing I love you, I love you Rosaline, oh Rosaline You're still in that willow right there next to me So if you see that girl, tell her I'm standin' by On the Brooklyn side Rosaline, oh Rosaline I did what I done so I could set you free And you can find my heart in that river tide On the Brooklyn side
What's Next 03:31
Your bedroom light is on What are you working on? I shouldn't be on your lawn I wanna see You have got a mind You always hid behind But when it all unwinds A melody And I don't know what's next You have got the tools You're breaking all the rules Spinning through all your spools You're alive Look at the colors that we just discovered On our ride home from town You saw a purple golden brown And you smiled And I don't believe there's a time in my life When I've ever learned so hard That love is something you can guard For a long, long, long, long while Where do I hold on?
I was lying down beneath my favorite tree Thinking of the days when you were in love with me And with that memory I slowly fell asleep Then there you were again inside my dream And we were walking through a winter wonderland But then the seasons changed And summer came and brought the rain again I heard you whistling while you wore your favorite dress You blew a kiss to me And whispered things that I did not expect Then we went dancing at the bottom of the sea A band of barnacles all hummed and strummed And drummed for you and me And all the bragginflies and humble bumble bees Abandoned land to dance on sand and rest their wings When I awoke I was alone and day had gone But in my sleepy state I softly sang this song Willow, why, why, why wallow? You've never known a broken heart Willow, why, why, why, why wallow? Just close your eyes and let it start
Cut It Down 06:10
Fall in love, let it die Not enough, nevermind Heard a voice from another time Fell asleep on the floor What were we looking for? Hollow hearts, open door We love, we love to build it up We cry until we've had enough We let love grow and cut it down again And when all of the tears have dried The builder's broken body lies Alone, in love, with nothing left to hide


The Willow & The Builder grew from the roots of its title. Over several windy winter weeks, Richard Miron and Adrian Simon set about crafting a collection of songs and stories about growth, sorrow, trees, and the determination to create happiness from the world that surrounds them. The result is an 8-song debut, a sprightly exploration and reflective meditation on the themes and images conjured by the phrase "The Willow & The Builder."


released October 10, 2011

The Willow & The Builder is...
Richard Miron :: Vocals / Guitar / Piano
Adrian Simon :: Vocals / Guitar / Piano / Drums

Featured Musicians:
Connor Frost :: Trumpet [7,8]
Max Gilbert :: Oboe [3,8]
Oliver Hill :: Viola [1,4]
Adam Levine :: Group Vocals [1,5,6,7]
Shir Levy :: Violin [8]
Andrew Marshall :: Drums [6,7,8]
Michael Solotke :: Trombone [7,8]
Alice Taranta :: Flute / Baritone Flute [8]

All songs written by Him & Me / Me & Him
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Andy Smith

Cover Photography by David Wilson
Band Photography and Video by Adam Levine
Thank You to Adam Levine, Andy Smith, the featured musicians, and our parents.

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