The Royal We

by Dolour

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1.
Yes and No 03:26
Tell me why did everything change? When did you become so aloof? Suddenly you’re acting so strange Now I have the burden of proof There’s too many questions Not enough confessions I’ll try to understand if you only just… Don’t say yes when you mean no And don’t say stop when you mean go Don’t say yes when you mean no And don’t say stop when you mean go It’s just not fair anymore It’s just not fair Your love for me is never the same It changes from day to day You’re treating everything like a game Still afraid I don’t wanna play Oh, there’s too many questions Not enough confessions I’ll try to understand if you only just… Don’t say yes when you mean no And don’t say stop when you mean go Don’t say yes when you mean no And don’t say stop when you mean go It’s just not fair anymore It’s just not fair I can’t read your mind It's changing all the time But you know… The answers are confined to... Yes and no -solo- Oh, there’s too many questions Not enough confessions I’ll try to understand if you only just… Don’t say yes when you mean no And don’t say stop when you mean go Don’t say yes when you mean no And don’t say stop when you mean go It’s just not fair anymore It’s just not fair
2.
I was your love But I broke your heart I’m coming back let’s restart I was the one who taught you how to be the one that you are today But everyone you know is giving me the snake eye Your sister and your friends the snake eye Co-workers and your cats are giving me the snake eye i was your first you were my best we were so young you know the rest we made our own rules now we must break them who would you be if you never met me But everyone you know is giving me the snake eye Your sister and your friends the snake eye Co-workers and your cats are giving me the snake eye But I don’t blame them… no…. We’ll run away from all the judges If we stay, we’ll always carry our grudges It’s up to us if we can make it I don’t know if I can take it I was your love but I broke your heart I’m coming back Let’s restart But everyone you know is giving me the snake eye Your sister and your friends the snake eye Co-workers and your cats are giving me the snake eye But I don’t blame them… no…. But everyone you know is giving me the snake eye Your sister and your friends the snake eye Co-workers and your cats are giving me the snake eye
3.
Drunk Dial 02:52
Would it pain you if I wrote another song about you I’ve spent a year and a half forgetting what I already knew At first I thought we were both just going through a bad bit But I cleaned up and you nose-dived in the worst of it Now all I got’s your drunk dial Now all I got’s your drunk dial Well, I was fast asleep finally thinking everything’s okay But I hear the phone ring, how are you, I can’t say I pray to God that you’re alright but it’s late at night It rang again and again until finally you gave up at daylight Now all I got’s your drunk dial Now all I got’s your drunk dial - solo - Well, I was fast asleep finally thinking everything’s okay But I hear the phone ring, how are you, I can’t say Now all I got’s your drunk dial Now all I got’s your drunk dial
4.
Wake up the sun The rain is done Let’s have some fun On the run No more school No more classes to take No more rules To break Before you know The moon’s aglow The stars like snow The air’s gently blowing Ah Ah Ah Ah Get on your feet Get off the street Feel the heat On the beat Before you know The moon’s aglow The stars like snow The air’s gently blowing Ah Ah Ah Ah -solo- Get on your feet Get off the street Feel the heat On the beat Before you know The moon’s aglow The stars like snow The air’s gently blowing Ah Ah Ah Ah Wake up the sun Ah Wake up the sun Ah…
5.
The Gambler 02:48
Say what you wanna say Do what you gotta do i took the only pathway That put you in my view ew ew I’m placing all my bets on you You woke me from a nightmare To something bright and new The images still haunt me But those dreams won’t come true ew ew I’m placing all my bets on you I’m placing all my bets on you It’s hard to believe The angels up above Didn’t orchestrate this love Say what you wanna say Do what you gotta do i took the only pathway That put you in my view ew ew I’m placing all my bets on you I’m placing all my bets on you I’m placing all my bets on you
6.
I can quit at anytime But stopping on a dime Is easier said than done And never any fun So who wants to see Me Face down on the street I can quit at anytime But is it such a crime? I know it’s still my move But what am I trying to prove? And I need your advice Coz my vice Has only hurt me once or twice It’s a bully sport, it’s an open fight It'll keep you busy both day and night It’s the toughest kind of a game you’ll find To make your body obey your mind You’ll never know what is meant by grit Unless there’s something you’ve tried to quit I can quit at anytime But it looks like quite a climb Dangerous as well And I’m only fooling myself Coz it’s almost a disease A conceit That makes my life complete I can quit at anytime But I’ll take it with a lime I can’t give up so soon And why would I want to It’s the only joy I get I admit I die a little death Each time I try to quit
7.
Last week you stopped me Walking out of the bar You whispered something And then you got in your car I thought for hours What could it have been Your smile said something But where you been since then? Still I’ve been waiting All my life to hear the words The words I thought you said I love you When I first saw you You freaked me out You were so pretty No chance, no doubt Still I’ve been waiting All my life to hear the words The words I thought you said I love you Your smile said something What could it have been You were so pretty But where ya been since then Still I’ve been waiting All my life to hear the words The words I thought you said I love you
8.
I'm Over It 03:21
Oh, I'm over it Didn't take a long time Oh, I'm over it Gimme back my sunshine Not so long ago You were my everything But now I know Everything changes Everywhere I go I see you mingling Acting oh so free But don't look at me I'm not over it Oh, I'm over it Didn't take a long time Oh, I'm over it Gimme back my sunshine You can have your fun But in my heart we're done You will want me back But I won't answer that Feeling way too strong I don't need you at all When I see your man I'm feeling two foot small I'm not over it How are we to deal With this love just dying You've moved on and I'm Still here just crying I was holding out Hoping that you'd wake up and come home Oh, I'm over it Come on home, girl I'm over it Oh, I'm over it Didn't take a long time Oh, I'm over it Gimme back my sunshine
9.
The heat is warm on this side of the glass The summer’s here and it’s going to last All year long Everybody’s chasing the summer sun Everybody’s chasing the summer sun Everybody’s chasing the summer sun Everybody’s chasing the - Summer sun The air-conditioning is on full blast Not a drop of rain on the forecast Let it shine Everybody’s chasing the summer sun Everybody’s chasing the summer sun Everybody’s chasing the summer sun Everybody’s chasing the - Everybody’s chasing the - Summer sun -solo- Everybody’s chasing the summer sun Everybody’s chasing the summer sun Everybody’s chasing the summer sun Everybody’s chasing the - Summer sun Summer sun Summer sun
10.
You and Me 02:48
Could this be what they call destiny? An ancient melody Plays in my dreams Now I see It’s you and me If I could go back and change everything I wouldn’t couldn’t change A single leaf On a tree It’s you and me It’s you and me It’s you and me Woke up bright early fresh in the morning A distant harmony Eternally Falling free It’s you and me It’s you and me It’s you and me

about

After a decade of exploring his unique take on American roots under his own name, Shane Tutmarc hit a tipping point. “I learned and grew so much in those years, played with some of the best musicians in my hometown of Seattle and adopted hometown of Nashville, but I was ready to get back to my own roots. Recording music alone, at home, just having fun with overdubs and letting things get weird.” This era began with a new project - Solar Twin. Tutmarc produced Solar Twin much in the same way he made Dolour’s breakthrough releases Suburbiac and New Old Friends, and it made him made him curious if there might be a way to return to the world of Dolour. When Tutmarc ended Dolour originally, he left behind sketches for hundreds of unfinished songs, but hadn’t listened to that material since. One night he decided to dig through those archives and see what was there. “I was truly taken aback. These demos still had so much vitality and life to them. It helped me realize all the twists and turns in my musical journey were more connected than I thought, and I didn’t see any reason to turn my back on any part of my journey anymore.” Tutmarc began to envision a way he could approach this music, imagining that a 24 year Tutmarc had come to him to produce a new album.

The title, The Royal We is a sly reference to Tutmarc writing, producing and performing the entire album himself. The lone featured guest comes in the wistful voice of Luella who shares the mic with Tutmarc on the bossa-nova flavored, Wake Up The Sun. With the sharp wordplay of I Can Quit At Any Time, Tutmarc chronicles some of the struggles of his lifelong love affair with his muse, while the lush sound of I’m Over It also features lyrics that could be applied to Tutmarc’s full circle journey. “A theme I was surprised to see emerge, was my relationship with music itself. Almost every song relates to that in one way or another.”

What Tutmarc ended up with is as a fresh take on a style he had started crafting in his late teens, but without any pandering reliance on nostalgia. The album is home to some of the most timeless melodies and arrangements Tutmarc has ever produced. The answer is clear when Tutmarc sings in the album closer, “Could this be what they call destiny?”

- Diane Nguyen

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released June 19, 2020

Written, Produced and Performed by Shane Tutmarc
Featured vocals on Wake Up The Sun by Luella
Engineered & Mixed by S.T.
Mastered by Dan Coutant

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