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All songs were written and performed by Kurt Bielema, and recorded by Ryan Groff at Perennial Sound Studio.

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released June 17, 2016

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Kurt Bielema Urbana, Illinois

... Kurt’s blend of indie, pop, and rock music draws from folk traditions over the past 50 years. Often fingerpicking with an infectious rhythm and sensitive melodies, Bielema’s strength is sincerity that never verges on the saccharine. Straightforward yet poetic, the songs have a very quaint and charming quality to them—they don’t feel too huge, but they touch on timeless emotions and ideas. ... more

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Track Name: 1x1
Now that I have all your attention
Could you guess what all this is for
break in to the only thing that I know

The loneliness won’t kill you, I think you ought to know
one by one we all fall for someone

Now the words I use maybe, somewhat dated
But I truly believe there isn’t much to say
Memories of quiet things, that I know

The loneliness won’t kill you, I think you ought to know
one by one we all fall for someone

And for you I do my best work
Track Name: Run Away With Me
Wheels that spin turn slowly inside, and I know you can’t read my mind.
The door that opened and then closed, I know you are one who knows.

Half way home, and half a mind, to look and finally see
Our paper moon has blown away, now what do you believe?

What we show and what we hide, what can I do to help you to decide?
To run away with me.

And when we rest, by the waters edge and we burn the cardboard sea
If years go by, and we’re still insane, run away with me.
Track Name: Forest of Two
feeling one with the noble sun
feeling blue with the humble moon

as our bodies awake, for the first time that we knew,
and by letting our hair down, we chose to follow through.

in a forest of two, there's one of me and one of you
the dangers, that we knew, well they just weren't true

Now we're up on the hillside, looking up, and falling down,
tumbling over, rolling sideways, til our hearts slam on the ground

in our forest of two, and all the danger we knew
walk hand in hand through the fire and sand, to the light of the moon

feeling one with the noble sun
feeling blue with the humble moon

Now alone, we're together, the snow keeps us quite amused,
when we come back, maybe next year, I'll remember falling through (thin ice)

In a forest of two, I’m asking you to choose,
silver or blue, well they’re all for you.
Track Name: Folsom Blues
The rolling sidewalks, were my gift to you,
and the friends that gathered, thought my gift was you

And I walk the frozen miles, to the tune on my breathe,
past the lights that look like eyes, and these trees, look like death,
Folsom Blues…

The floating faces, candles start the tune,
and the friendly voices, hope your wish comes true,

And I walk the frozen miles, to the tune on my breathe,
past the lights that look like eyes, and these trees, look like death,
Folsom Blues…
Track Name: Armed & Dangerous
They call you the regular, where ever you show up.
I know that you think, that you’re onto me.
Tho I’ll never give you up.

It’s true I have a bed of nails, and you should lighten up.
Don’t be afraid of the end times baby,
I’m not someone who knows.

Armed and dangerous, she’s tied in the kitchen, running out of time
World on fire, he talks to the hushes, she doesn’t lose her mind

I know it hard to recognize, the truth about ourselves,
I know we should speak honestly,
I just rather make things up.

I love when you sing heart of glass, or the way you slowly blow out the match,
Don’t be afraid of the good times baby,
I’m not someone who knows.

Armed and dangerous, she’s tied in the kitchen, running out of time,
World on fire, he talks to the hushes, she doesn’t lose her mind.
Track Name: You Came Along
You came along and found someone you didn't expect to
you came along and you found someone to save
you say hello, I say hello, we didn't say much else,
you say hello, well, I'm going to move away

Thick smoke began to rise, beneath the 30th floor
panic sounds echoing, a fire alarm is pulled

You came along and found someone you didn't expect to
you came along and you found someone to save
you say hello, I say hello, we didn't say much else,
you say hello, hey, you wanna walk this way?

Roll on our backs until we reach the fire escape
embers fly to the moon, we watch them disintegrate

Sirens cut through the night, and reach the blackened frame
charcoals falls on the page, and burns the past away

You came along and found someone you didn't expect to
you came along and you found someone to save
you say hello, I say hello, we didn't say much else,
you say hello, I think I'm here to stay
Track Name: Passing Phase
Better off dead I remember you, living it up one crazy summer,,
and I’d say anything to soothe the bruise
You know that I’ll call you up, even if it’s dangerous
when one day we make things true, you’ll know that I care about … us.

When the point is made and goes against the grain all in for the passion play,
and I won’t back down, no I won’t calm down

Yesterday was strange, what’s more so the times have changed,
but it’s only a passing phase

You swing at my head, any time I move, you missed me in bed, so I took off my shoes,
and I’d say anything to stay right here with you
You know that I’ll call you up, even if it’s dangerous
when one day we make things true, you’ll know that I care about …

When the point is made and goes against the grain all in for the passion play,
and I won’t come down, no I won’t calm down

Yesterday was strange, what’s more so the times have changed,
but it’s only a passing phase

The broken glass we save, for to use again one day,
but for now it’s a passing phase

Yesterday was strange, what’s more so the times have changed,
all in for the passing phase
Track Name: Rocinante
I would not oppose anymore or suppose any less.
like a bullet shot in to the night, your aim was true but no call was in sight and the ring has set in.
like a bullet shot in to the wind, one will die while another begins.

I could not propose anymore or compose any less.
like a spirit i have been reborn, knowing the weight of failing at love and falling in deep.
like a spirit i have been reborn, but knowing what lies ahead of me.

I would not destroy with my love, or deploy all the rest.
shallow streams that run to rivers deep; the one you hold is the one you keep,
and our shadows are one. ride your Rocinante to the sun.