Are You With Me

by Little Yellow Dog

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released September 8, 2016

Guitar / Vocals: Dakota Buyka
Bass: Alden Beaman
Guitar: Deven Elion
Drums: Gaspare Stabile

Artwork by Stephen Piculas
Recorded / Mixed by Dakota Buyka

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Little Yellow Dog Chicago, Illinois

Little Yellow Dog is the creative outlet for Chicago-area musician Dakota Buyka. Accompanying Little Yellow Dog during live performances is Gaspare Stabile on drums, Deven Elion on lead guitar, and Stuart Beaman on bass guitar.

The story-like writing of Little Yellow Dog aims to tell tales of friends lost and gained, romance, heart break, and ambition.
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Track Name: American Race
Do you feel like you’ve got to make a change?
Everyone looks so different, but you stay the same.
That’s when you know you’ve got to switch up your game.
It’s the American Way.

I know I’ll fit in if I just hide my face.
In some random circle in a far away place.
I know I can keep up the pace
With the American Race

I know I’ll fit right in. Somebody let me in
I know you’ll fit right in I bet I’ll let you in
Track Name: Annalie
I don’t care if I’m doing wrong. I know you’ll soon move along.
My speeches will never make sense when I’m protecting my true innocence

Oh Annalie. I saw you close your eyes
The second time, this is goodbye.
Goodbye.

When I met you I was just a kid.
Your skin was fair. I was scared. I ran and hid.
Why does time have to change? Every single thing is never the same.
Anna you’ve changed. You lost your way.

It’s such a shame to see you this way. You’re down and out with nothing to say.
It’s been too long. I know, I know. We’ll get together to see how we’ve grown.

Oh Annalie. You light up my sky.
But I know even stars die.
It makes me cry.
Track Name: Throw Up Your Future
The future is a pistol I swallowed for dinner last night.
The future is a lunch I couldn’t hold down today.
The future is another aching meal.
The future is pain that I can’t feel.

If you want to go there you can be my guest,
But I’m just fine staying in the wild, wild past.

The future is a song I already wrote.
The future is a song I know how to sing.
The future is playing in your back yard.
The future is singing at your corner store.

If you want to go there you can be my guest,
But I’m just fine staying in the wild, wild past.
Track Name: A Request For Time
I’m waiting on you to brighten my mood, brighten my day, and brighten my life.
Shine your warm light on me and place me into your spotlight
With the warmth of your rays my body will float.
Your essence will be my drug, a ticket for a cloud nine flight.
As the earth spins our bodies will hang above.

In line taking short steps forward.
My list, all those names will be removed.
My patience is difficult to hold steady.
Why can’t it be my turn already?

I’m waiting on you to brighten my mood, brighten my day, and brighten my life.
Happiness will be aplenty, even death will seem cheerful.
As our existence fades from the physical
And our minds will soon follow. I fear
History wont recall we were ever here.

In line taking short steps forward.
My list, all those names will be removed.
My patience is difficult to hold steady.
Why can’t it be my turn already?

Why can’t it be my turn already?
How long must I hold on for?
Why can’t it be my turn already?
Will you give me your, will you give me your time?
Track Name: Worms
I know you’ve seen this a million times before,
All those dirty vultures at your back door.
All they can scream out is “more, more, more.”
Yeah, they want your money, but they’re not sure what for.
They’re not sure what for.
They’re not sure what for.
No they don’t know what for,
What it’s for, what, what it’s for.
No they don’t know what for,
What it’s for, what, what it’s for.
No they don’t know what for,
What it’s for, what, what it’s for.
No they

And then I thought to myself,
“I’d pick a penny out of anybody’s chair.
If you name the right price, no I won’t care.
You could feed me slugs and you could feed me worms.
If it works out for me I won’t squirm.
No I won’t squirm. I won’t squirm.
I won’t squirm. I won’t squirm.
I won’t squirm if it works out for me.
I won’t squirm. I won’t squirm.
If it works out for me,
I won’t squirm. I won’t squirm.
If it works out for me
I won’t squirm. I won’t squirm if it works.
Track Name: Predictions
You thought of what to say, oh didn’t you?
Picked through all of my words, you little sleuth.

You made all of your predictions
About how you and I would lay in the sun.

Well you can’t tell the future, the future,
No matter how hard you try.
And one day you will lay down and you’ll die.
But don’t cry.

Well you can’t tell the future, the future,
No matter how hard you try.
And one day you will lay down and you’ll die.

But don’t cry that you’ll die.
Don’t you cry that you’ll die.
‘Cause babe so will I.
Track Name: Ruin
If my body is a temple
It’s slowly falling to ruin
I begin to rot. I begin to decay, no matter who I make swoon.

The art I’ll leave behind
Of what this world once was
It was a simple life filled with death and corruption

We pushed our work onto the little ones
Every day making a better civilization oh no
We’re the civilized ones oh no

Men made us rich
Shoveling dirt into a ditch
They want to serve, they want to run forced into confliction

We’re artifacts of our father’s blood
We’ve been filled with his vision
Your god’s a liar. Your god’s a cheat. Every man killed on his mission.

We pushed our work onto the little ones
Every day making a better civilization oh no
We’re the civilized ones oh no
Track Name: Stick Around
Smoke hangs in the doorway of the place you used to call home.
Still it hangs up in the air even though you’re twenty-twenty-twenty years gone.
Plants and animals sing for you to come back to town.
I wish you were like the dreams I had when I was young. They come back once in awhile

Thank you for sticking around.
You were right. You were right. You were right, right to leave.
Thank you for sticking around.
You were right. You were right. You were right, right to leave.

If I see you again, I’ll know not to get my hopes up like before
And if I see you again, you’ll know you never meant anything

Thank you for sticking around.
You were right. You were right. You were right, right to leave.
Thank you for sticking around.
You were right. You were right. You were right, right to leave.
Thank you for sticking around.
You were right. You were right. You were right, right to leave.
Thank you for sticking around.
You were right. You were right. You were right, right to leave.
Track Name: Toothpaste
I saw the toothpaste smeared across your yellow teeth, your yellow teeth.
I saw your mustache growing for weeks and weeks, weeks and weeks.
It’s not that you couldn’t shave it off oh no, oh no.
You had yourself convinced you weren’t girly enough oh no, oh no.

Girl you’re so damn confused.
How’d you get so used?

You’re suffocating in your self-sacrificing doubt.
Lucky you have so many friends to pull you out.

I saw you falling asleep for days and days, days and days.
I saw the garbage pile up in the same way, the same way.
It’s not that you couldn’t take it out oh no, oh no.
You had yourself convinced you weren’t strong enough oh no, oh no.

Girl you’re so damn confused.
How’d you get so used?

You’re suffocating in your self-sacrificing doubt.
Lucky you have so many friends to pull you out.
You’re suffocating in your self-sacrificing doubt.
Lucky you have so many friends to pull you out.
Track Name: Crucifix
I still can’t think of the right words to start this song.
I thought I was in a circle of people who could do no wrong.
I am supposed to be the fuck-up, the one you can let go,
But when you forget how to breathe oh yeah I’ll let you know

I’ll let you know. I’ll let you know.
I’ll let you know. I’ll let you know.

I’m not scared there won’t be a you and a me, no.
I’m just scared there won’t be a you for me to see.
There won’t be a you for me to see. See?

I knew a friend, she called a friend he was the junkie in our town.
He had blonde hair sleek and shining he talked so very loud.
I knew he was a problem that I just couldn’t fix
So I laid in my friend’s bed, clutching her imaginary crucifix.

Oh I just held on.
Oh I just held on.

I’m not scared there won’t be a you and a me, no.
I’m just scared there won’t be a you for me to see.
There won’t be a you for me to see. See?
Track Name: Are You With Me
I’ve been travelling for days and days and days searching for you.
I’ve been whispering in ways and ways and ways I never knew how to.
I’ve been travelling for days and days and days searching for you.
I’ve been whispering in ways and ways and ways I never knew how to.

Are you with me? Say you’re with me now.
Are you with me? Say you’re with me now.

I’ve been sitting in the same damn place. This is all in my head.
I’ve been shaking from the look upon your face and those notes I never read.
I’ve been sitting in the same damn place. This is all in my head.
I’ve been shaking from the look upon your face and those notes I never read.

Are you with me? Say you’re with me now.
Are you with me? Say you’re with me now.
Track Name: Time Machine
Forgotten words on a page left back home.
They’re never growing up; they’re never getting old.
It’s probably for the best we lost that time machine.
I couldn’t stand to bare seeing those hazel eyes stare back at me.

So we’ll build a new ship.
Out of moments we can’t quit.
Out of everything we want to be.
Out of anything, but you and me.

But before that happened, it got too late.
My skin felt hotter. She’s still an alcoholic’s daughter.
As dawn drew in, I couldn’t find sleep.
My body fell cold from those lies she told.

So we’ll build a new ship.
Out of moments we can’t quit.
Out of everything we want to be.
Out of anything, but you and me.