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What We Make

by The Bigness

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    Four-panel digipak with custom lyrics booklet. Designed and curated by Kristin Bigness. Contributing artists include: Sarah Messina, Paige Gausman, Robb Leef, Jon Weed, Estelle Barrett, Roderick MacNeill

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Hello 00:53
Surprise 04:43
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
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
Terra 03:52
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
Our Ghosts 04:22
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
What We Make 04:11
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
Enchanting 04:08
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
Goodbye 00:57


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, Rev Gausman, Robb Leef, Jon Weed, Estelle Barrett, Roderick MacNeill


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The Bigness Ithaca, New York

Indie pop/rock. Currently in Ithaca, NY. Roots in Philly, PA. Kristin Bigness, John Bueno, David Kovach, Kevin Brosky.

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