The Way of Most Resistance

by lewis knudsen

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credits

released 23 July 2015

Lewis Knudsen – piano, guitar, vocals
Kris Keuning – drums, percussion, co-producer
Jake Lyle – bass guitar
Gretchen Sink – violin
Callen Brown – trumpet, vocals
Alex McFarland – saxophone

Thank you to my wife Alexey, for your inspiration and support.

Thanks to Josh Busch for the permission to use his awesome art for this album. To see more of his work please visit joshuabuschart.weebly.com

The title of this album is based on a quote by Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy:

“The line of most resistance is the only criterion for the correct choice. Whenever you want to pick your vocation, your wife, your predilection, your party from the line of least resistance,
you have ceased to be a human being.”

To learn more about the life and work of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, please visit www.argobooks.org

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Track Name: Death and Cats
split hairs becoming atom bombs
she calls her friends, he calls his mom
her friends say follow your own heart
mom mentions making a fresh start
by driving his car really fast
she tries to prove that she's okay
and buys some cats

so death and cats are taking over
yeah death and cats are taking over
he never looked over his shoulder
now death and cats are taking over

through all the years through all the guys
the promises all turned to lies
she shrugs her shoulders and throws her
hands up in the air sayin' who cares

Don't have the time don't have the strength
for a modern drama of this length
when I'm the one who's trying hard
but villains get the leading parts

why spin through these revolving doors
why should I suffer anymore
And now she's headed to the pet store

so death and cats are taking over
yeah death and cats are taking over
he never looked over his shoulder
now death and cats are taking over

In every kiss there does exist
a silent and persisting plea
to know what it is to be loved
and what it feels like to be free

in every misunderstood word
these battles fought with bravery
we start to comprehend
the beautify and the heaviness we seek

I've had my life and you've had yours
I know that we are not the same
but at the shelter
if they memorize your name

Then death and cats are taking over
yeah death and cats are taking over
you better look over your shoulder
or death and cats are taking over
Track Name: Fire Inside Me
I've had about enough of all these sad songs
I'm not going to keep singing right along
Let's find something to make us sing and shout
let's find something to get fired up about

Smooth soft lines, calm emotions
Posh resorts on cool ocean
Wrap me up, pull me in
And I gather moss
But there are two opposite lines
they go up and down and side to side
I'm arriving at a loss now

I have a fire inside me
I did not start it, and I cannot put it out
and how it burns, ooh
ready or not
my heart gets hot

I know how I feel, but what is true
I know how to talk, but how do you do
I know if I leave it all to you
catastrophe shall ensue

So the place is here, the time is now,
please let's have no more discussion of how
and how and how and how....
Arriving at a loss now

I have a fire inside me
I did not start it, and I cannot put it out
and how it burns, ooh
ready or not
my heart gets hot

Oh you who lived before me, light the way ahead of me
yeah you who lived before me, light the way ahead of me
Track Name: 100 Parking Lots
Parked in a hundred parking lots
Killed time in a hundred coffee shops
Waited in a thousand subway stops
Looking for you to finally show up

I took the long way cause it's not a race
with hairpin turns all over the place
took pointless side streets all just in case
looking for you
to catch a glimpse of your face

In all my searching have I found you get
From the sunrise to the time it sets
it's taken so much searching but I'll bet
Soon I'll be seeing you
Then I can rest

Oh I wait, but I just can't wait
I wait, but I just can't wait
Oh, I wait, but I just can't wait
til you appear to me

Oh I wait, but I just can't wait
I wait, but I just can't wait
Oh, I wait, but I just can't wait
til you appear to me
til you appear to me
til you appear to me
til you appear to me
Track Name: Oh Those Eyes
Oh how I love her
Oh how I care
but it's too late now
Now that she's not there
It's no use trying to forget about her, cause
Oh those eyes

I try to stay too busy
But my heart still wants her
And I want to try to fix this
But how I'm not sure
Oh I never shoulda got my hopes up
But oh those eyes

Oh those eyes they go from freezing dead of
winter to the surface of the
Sun, they change seasons and I can
always tell when a new one's begun
I wish I could stare into them
And never be done

All summer that picture
Repeats in my mind
Like a movie that will not fast forward
And it won't rewind
And I ask why can't I just give it up, but
Oh those eyes
oh those eyes

Oh those eyes they go from freezing dead of
winter to the surface of the
Sun, they change seasons and I can
always tell when a new one's begun
I wish I could stare into them
And never be done
Track Name: Crumble Under You
How many times can you get hurt before you die
How many times can you be pushed before you cry
how many times will I have to give in to you
before I throw my hands up and crumble under you
crumble under you

How many times will I bow to you although you're not god
how many miracles must I show you before you're finally in awe
how many times will I say you're right when we both know you're not
before you even begin to give it a single thought, a single thought

There's nothing like a woman to teach a man
to take things he doesn't care about and make him understand
I built up a tower lmost touching heaven
She confused my languages and sent me to a distant land

So if your heart's not in it, yeah if your heart's not in it ooh
Well if your heart's not in it, then go home
Track Name: The Law of Love
The red light stops you and then green means go
but what about when it turns yel - low
do you step on the gas or do you slow
asking what about the law
what about the law

They tell you not to be a hero
let it get handled by authorities
but if you call them and they don't show
what about the law
what about the law
what about the law
of love

put your laws on me
my arms are around you
put your laws on my body
I know I belong to you
Write it down on my hands and my heart
I don't need a sign
If your laws are on me
That's how I know you are mine
Track Name: Something Good
I'm not gonna let that rain cloud
ruin my sunny day
Can't let that little rain cloud
put a stop to my parade
put a stop to my parade

Can't let a little weather
cancel our scheduled games
no we're not gonna let that rain cloud
won't let it get in our way
won't let it get in our way

Something good is gonna happen I know
Something good is gonna happen I know
It's gonna happen I know

It's gonna happen I know

Something good

you might say it's cabin fever
after all the ice and snow
I know you don't believe me
but that's not what this is
I know

As sure as the day is long
and as sure as the river flows
joy gets here in the morning
and tears will have to go
tears will have to go

Something good is gonna happen I know
Something good is gonna happen I know
It's gonna happen I know

It's gonna happen I know

Something good

When it's gray, through the day
and a fight, through the night
we will search for the sight
of the light on the other side

Something good is gonna happen
something good is gonna happen
something good is gonna happen
something good is gonna happen
Track Name: Will You Love Me All the Time
So if you see me staring past the circus lights
In a busted up parking lot, on an early summer night
I am probably remembering when you first came to town
And how you took the ground and turned it completely upside-down
If anybody tries to take what's mine I'd say here have some more
I've got everything I need, yeah I'm rich even if I'm poor
I don't need any money or applause for what I've done
All I need to know is no matter what I ever did I'm still the one you love

Oh yeah mama, will you love me all the time
Oh yeah mama, are you gonna love me all the time
Oh yeah baby, I'm gonna love you all the time, so
Oh yeah mama, will you love me all the time

There was a time I wore a castle around me
To protect me from the darts of the Devil and the arrows of the enemy
But it was so heavy, and no use anyway
Cause my heart was growing colder, and the devil always finds a way
So I tore down the city wall, I tore it down brick by brick
Learned a thing or two about love and how I'd been missing out on it
Saw your silhouette before the setting summer sun
And that's when I knew you were going to be the one

Oh yeah mama, will you love me all the time
Oh yeah mama, are you gonna love me all the time
Oh yeah baby, I'm gonna love you all the time, so
Oh yeah mama, will you love me all the time
Track Name: The Way of Most Resistance
The way of most resistance
the truth that is not seen
the life that comes from dying
snow covered seed
the might that comes from being crushed
the love that crushes hate
whatever you do

whatever you do
you can't get around that wall
and whatever you know
you can't get around that wall

The heart full of believing
whose faith is trampled ever more
the alms sincerely given
which help to fund the liquor store
the sweet sweet taste
which makes your stomach sick
the wall that breaks
the boots that kick

Whatever you do
you can't get around that wall
and whatever you say
you can't get around that wall
you can't get around that wall
Track Name: Your Love Lifted Me
Your love makes me wanna be something
I never thought that I could be

Your love set the standard,
and now that you've shown me I must
rise to the occasion I know

Your love lifted me
Your love lifted me
When nothing else could help
your love lifted me
your love, your love lifted me

I was suffering
Lying there wondering
if anything could help me stand

And even with me asking
everyone was passing
until you stopped and gave me your hand

Your love lifted me
Your love lifted me
When nothing else could help
your love lifted me
your love, your love lifted me