Testing

by The Salt Flats

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The "Testing" LP and "You've Got Eyes" EP were produced between December 2010 and December 2012. They were recorded at The Bakery in Athens, GA, Huff Studios in Good Hope, GA, and Eli Truett's home in Athens.

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released April 11, 2013

all songs written and produced by Eli Truett
engineered by Matt Yelton, Tate Huff, and Eli Truett
additional engineering by Bronson Tew
mixed by Bronson Tew, Tate Huff, and Eli Truett
mastered by Tate Huff

Eli Truett: guitars, vocals, bass, drums, keys
Thaxton Shepard: guitars
Jojo Glidewell: keys/synth
Bronson Tew: moog on "On Anon"

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The Salt Flats Athens, Georgia

Eli Truett: Vocals and Guitar

Jarred Forrester: Bass

Nick Sullivan: Drums

Jason Trahan:
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Track Name: Pro Cheerleader
know a girl who was always blessed
wanted for and got the best
growing up she was out of reach
bright career-bound Georgia peach

and the girls held her up in the air for all to see and applaud
and the boys with the hundred-yard stares felt suddenly flawed

everybody who knew her was lucky to meet her
she wanted to be a professional cheerleader

she took off, story of her life
sure someday she'd become a wife
kept her schedule, arose at dawn
fortune favored and smiled upon

and we all knew it wouldn't be long before she got that call
and the day that it came she did handsprings down the halls

everyone who did see her so wanted to meet her
she wanted to be a professional cheerleader
she wanted to be a professional cheerleader
finally a professional cheerleader
happy to see her, lucky to meet her
living and breathing professional cheerleading
Track Name: You Know I Know
tell me what you want
tell me why you want me to
you know I hate to ask
but I know you know I'm going to
and in the past
I know it may have been a waste of time
I just want, at last
to take off your pantomime

and you know, I know something
more than you can say
but you know, something tells me
more than you could ever say anyway

and so it goes the way of ancient history
hot on the trail of an ancient mystery
I'm the earth
you're the sky that exposes me
rain or shine
I am soft or hard accordingly

and you know, I know something
more than I can say
but you know, thought compels me
to say these things and play the fool anyway

and you know, I know something
more than we could ever say
and I know you know I know
you've told me so in oh so many ways
Track Name: Don't Care
ask me please
if I think you're really great
and if everyone else agrees
would it only be too late
to say that you
don't ever seem to be much help
because everything you do
is for yourself and no one else

and you don't care
and it's written in your callous glare
the independence you declare
and in everything you wear

to you
with all the strength that's in your hands
because there's so much you can do
the world is all yours to command
and you're wrong
but that don't seem to faze you much
cuz as long as you think you're strong
you ain't never gonna need a crutch

and you don't care
and you think you've got so much flair
cuz you've got a date to the fair
and you know exactly what to wear

you don't care
and you don't know because you don't compare
you're just climbing up Heaven's stairs
still you say the world's unfair
and you act like you're not scared
are you completely unaware
or is the truth too much to bear?

so now
can you face at least one fact?
that when it all comes down
it's a matter of how well you act
or what?
what else can you say?
the truth is everything but
the price you're willing to pay
Track Name: Forgive Me
there was a night I can't forget
you reached out so I took your hand
the light was low, we laid our bet
hard to say what happened was planned

forgive me, I'm sorry
I'm trying to atone
you're crying out my curses
but you know I wasn't acting alone

and for my side, I'll tell the story
of how I wound up lost in fantasy
catastrophe defeated glory
a long time ago in my reality

so forgive me, I'm sorry
no victory, no hand won
survive me in your memory
we know so little can be undone

and there's no afterglow
at least not any that I can see
and there's no way to know where I need to go
and so there's no escape in being free

and what I've done you may requite
every debt a burden to repay
nothing I can do can make it right
I can only try again in uncounted ways
so I try again in uncounted ways
Track Name: Bear
I'm a bear and I read the air
I own the only land I know
time to care for with time to spare
I groan as my blood starts to slow

but I'll protect what's mine
from foreign or my kind
cohabitate with care
I'm a bear

tracking down on my stomping grounds
I seek the sustenance I need
fish or fowl, honey, pound for pound
the weak, the strong and from the seed

I'll catch the scent for miles
leave remains in piles
and fear no hunter's snare
I'm a bear

cold again and I'm holding in
to keep as much warmth as I can
the summer heat went and left me and
I sleep in variable spans

beneath the thickest fir
contented I won't stir
safe inside my lair
I'm a bear
Track Name: Landspeed
feels like the weather's changing
violent winds atop uprising seas
has nature left us hanging?
or did we fall asleep reciting pleas?
please, please

oh no, blinded by night
don't know if I should go on
Dear Love, light of the skies
will we find our way in time?

the salt flats are the fast track
if you're testing for land speed
but standing still reminds me
sometimes we journey from land to sea
see, see

oh no, blinded by night
don't know if I should go on
Dear Love, light of the skies
will we find our way in time?

feels like the weather's changing
disasters gaining, and more each year
is nature rearranging?
or just another thing for us to fear?
fear, fear

oh no, blinded by night
don't know if I should go on
Dear Love, light of the skies
will we find our way in time?
we will find our way
in time
Track Name: Can You Do
how has keeping cool been treating you?
pretty good or not so much?
do you measure up, and if so can you keep it up?
how are you to the touch?

you have been known to stew and carry on
all things through and through
and you don't know what to do but carry on
what else can you do?

do you have faith in a greater good?
some people call it love
are you too cynical to see you're ecumenical?
struggle fits you like a glove

there's little you can truly settle on
short of two and two
and you don't know what to do but carry on
what else can you do?

you don't know what to do but carry on
but this I know is true
there's plenty left for you to frown upon
but what else can you do?
what else can you do?
Track Name: Clear
"none of this concerns you" is what you said
just before you lost the strength to stand
so much pain and it weighed like lead
the truth was in your head and in your hands

and it's clear
things are just how they appear
it rushes like a well of tears
cried for a cursed seer

some would say "you were weak in your mind
and taking your own way out is always a crime"
but nothing they gave you and nothing you could find
could ever save you
so we've been told by time

and it's clear
things are just how they appear
it rushes like a well of tears
cried 'fore a broken mirror

and I can't but sing all these sad love songs
for days gone so long ago
and still I'm trying to work it out
all you went without when you said "I must be going
see you in Heaven
that's where I'm going"

so long now since you've been gone
so long
I hope we meet again
Track Name: Waiting Here
well I know you're far away
still I will be closer to you some day
but will I ever go somewhere I can stay?
knowing I can't plan ahead for every day

but I'll be waiting here
as time sets us free
it's just as fair to you as it is to me

and our paths have crossed and they've parted ways
I've found you in another time with another face
and I've gotten lost and cold in deep space
sometimes it feels as if my life's being laid to waste

but I'll be waiting here
in time I've seen
it's just as well as love could ever mean

waiting here until my dying days
in time it starts to shine that I am in my place
and as my heart beats along it sets the pace
when it sets the clock and when it starts to race
Track Name: On Anon
life began when you were born
your tie to the womb was shorn
and you learned the word "forlorn"
and it made you feel so torn

and you lived among the swarm
and it helped to keep you warm
but you lost them in the storm
and you set out to perform

in a frame you look upon
it goes on and on, anon

a revolving door conceals
one more turn and it reveals
all the days are only reels
and the reels are rolling wheels

long after you're long gone
it goes on and on, anon

so a deadly web was spun
and a bastard had a son
all that's done is surely done
it goes on and on…anon