What We Make

by The Bigness

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What We Make is a reflection on what we all, individually and collectively, create—the art we make, what we make of our lives, and what we make of our world. We’re honored and humbled by all the makers who have been part of this process. We love you and thank you.


released November 2, 2018

All songs written and performed by The Bigness
Cello arrangement and performance on “Enchanting” by Rachel Icenogle
Additional backup vocals on “The Rest of the Sky” and “Our Ghosts” by Liz de Lise
Additional backup vocals on “What We Make” by: Jessica Bigness, Jennifer Grieco, Caitlin Kenny, Katherine Seifarth
Recorded at The Headroom in Philadelphia by Mark Watter
Produced by The Bigness and Mark Watter
Mastered by Ryan Schwabe, Philadelphia PA
Designed and curated by Kristin Bigness
Contributing visual artists: Sarah Messina, Paige Gausman, Robb Leef, Jon Weed, Estelle Barrett, Roderick MacNeill


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“[Time Traveler] is a glorious pop record in the vein of Belly and 90s R.E.M.; recorded with the prolific Jeff Zeigler, the album’s songs are a radiant reflection on life and death, on the temporal onslaught and the things left behind in its wake.” -John Vettese, XPN/The Key ... more

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Track Name: Surprise
Hold me up against the light
Can you see the blood course through my veins?
Can you see the highways of my brain?
Afraid of what I’ll find
When I finally take a look inside
When I face what’s hiding in my mind

To my surprise
I’ve forgotten how long it’s been since I tried

Call you up
Am I the same?
Am I close to who you used to know
When we spent our summers on the road?
In Maine and West Virginia
In a crowded van we sang so loud
Thought we had the world all figured out

To my surprise
I’ve forgotten all I have done and who I’ve been
To my surprise
I’ve forgotten how far
I’ve traveled since then

Sit alone
Think of Grandpa
How he saw me through his dying eyes
How he’d feel if he could be alive
To see me at his funeral
Would he close his eyes and nod his head?
Smile softly at the way I read?

To my surprise
I found everything I needed in goodbye
Track Name: The Rest of the Sky
We tell ourselves, “Our day will come”
Another favor not returned
A music begging to be chased
A song that always eludes us

Why do I wish upon the stars?
I’ve got the rest of the sky
To waste my dreams on, and
Why do I come back to this place?
I’ve got the rest of my life
To waste my time

The ceiling’s caving in again
Another rich kid in his cups
Offer apologies to all
And scavenge what they leave behind

I could wait another year
See what opens up for me
But the only thing I ever see
Is another goddamned routine
Track Name: Terra
Bought us both a haunted castle
Didn’t think it’d be a hassle
To show you around
When you’re not around
Thought I’d find another purpose
Didn’t like the look of the surface
I went into the ground
Far underground

Don’t look down at the walls
Leave the photographs in the frames

Drinkin’ ‘til the sun comes back
Runnin’ out of friends to track
They never return my calls
So why do I call?
Throwin’ rocks up in the air
Tryna bring you back down here
The rocks fall back down
Or do you throw them down?

Out in space, there’s a planet I keep
It’s full of life, but frozen
Sees the trash piled outside
Figures out that I’m alive
The threats never end
How will they end?
Took a boat out to sea
Held my breath and counted to three
Without you, I will not breathe
So now I cannot breathe

Who’s to cry if I go on like this?
A drunken smile carved hollow
Track Name: Our Ghosts
I know the way we’ve been flowing
It might seem benign
But something tells me there’s an irony at work here
As patient as it is divine

We’ve got feet to turn our backs to those we don’t believe in
We’ve got hands to cover up our eyes
We’ve got knees to fall upon, although it’s probably useless
And no strength to make up our minds

Our ghosts are gonna haunt this place tonight
They will see the lightning from our firefight

Sparks fly, mix with stars up in the sky
Illuminating sins we should forgive
Flames die with the hours passing by
As all the days we’d rather not relive

I think it’s finally sinking in
A feeling of warmth beneath my skin
Affirming the choices we have made
In spite of stormy weather, let’s decide to stand together
I know there’s a lot worth being saved
Track Name: What We Make
I trace my mother’s name
Back to her father’s father
We are what we make
Still, I can’t help but long for
A word, a label for her strength
A title void of someone’s claim
You’ve always made your way
Ownerless beast, wild mustang

I feel two eyes on me
My body knows the routine
Weave through the herd quickly
And with each step I’m wondering
How fast can I walk before I run?
Can I make the light at Norris?
Check my reflection to see
That shadow still behind me

This fever radiates
With chilling repetition
See how it escalates
To this, to our existence
Little boys who do bad things
Grow up to win the country
And the girls they tried to break
Get up and keep on running

Mankind, you’re not that kind

Come on, run circles round em
Track Name: Enchanting
Look at all these enchanting assholes
Hanging lights in the trees
Living room windows open
Cars parked on one side of the street

Even if we try to stay
They’ll always make us leave
Then again, we’re not the kind of
People they can see

Look at all the people stumbling
Hunting for sharps and a man to pay
Making their way to the old cathedral
Nodding off what they bought today

They all say if we closed them off
They’d all find their way home
Then again, the ones we love
Are pulled in on their own

Look at all the money printing
Clearing out spaces, filling lots
Rich men in hard hats cutting ribbons
Tying neighborhoods into knots

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