Let the Little Things Go

by Robby Grant

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I hear you leave for work before I wake You give more than you take You want to erase all of your memories But you got a lot to see Like when they all were babies  And drooled on your best shirt sleeve Like when they all were babies And they had to ask you to leave The clock hangs high so you know when he’ll be home He says he lost his phone I know if you could take it back you would It never was that good Like when they all were babies  And drooled on your best shirt sleeve Like when they all were babies And they had to ask you to leave
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it comes to us when we’re down to out with nowhere left to go the city feels so small like there’s no one left to know go somewhere everyone’s a stranger we could even change our names i would call you Shelly baby and you’d call me Shane ok - maybe that’s insane, but let’s move away yeah we gotta move away way out west would be ok we just got to move away your mom would probably be kinda mad mine would be ok they could visit us because no one is ever too far away how about niagara falls where the winter’s are real cold somewhere south of mexico, well either way i’m sold let’s not wait til we’re too old to move away yeah we gotta move away i think london would be ok we just gotta move away i wouldn’t miss the hot ass summers but i’d definitely miss my friends it would be kind of hard at first but we’d settle in let’s move away yeah we gotta move away invite our friends to come and stay we just gotta move away
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if you’re gonna hurt them i don’t want that you should keep it to yourself what i know now is wrapped up in a secret i’m not gonna let it out when the damage is done and you have left none you should talk to yourself my advice to you was wrap it in a secret and never let it out
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you just bought something on the internet no need to brag you just had lunch at a place we've all been before please don't brag you went to a public beach 300 miles away i bet that you will brag finally changed the lightbulb that's been out for weeks not an opportunity to brag please don't brag [check out this solo!] you went to south america and ate a rare bug ok - that's your chance to brag on your way home you drank 23 beers you see - THAT is not an opportunity to brag please don't brag
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about

Sometimes ill-fated relationships can linger years past their expirations. Not because denial is easy. But because goodbyes are hard.

With Let The Little Things Go—the fifth and final LP under his Vending Machine moniker—suburban attic pop songsmith and multi-instrumentalist Robby Grant manages to say goodbye to his longtime pseudonym in just under 20 minutes.

Not that Little Things is a breakup record. Or that Grant is severing ties to his signature rock/folk/electronica sound and angular (don’t say “quirky”) arrangements. Likewise, his Salingeresque flair for turning profoundly simple observations into simply profound statements is on full display. But there’s an undeniable thread of restlessness this time. From the first haunting jangle of the opening track, “Ask You To Leave”, there’s a sense that something big is coming.

Even radio ready moments like the string-tinged “In America” and the sunshiny “Move Away” (about a not-so-imaginary couple contemplating life in another city) take on a different tone given the underlying Dear John theme. In this context, it’s easy to hear Grant’s suggestion that “We’ll go somewhere where everyone’s a stranger/We could even change our names” as an artist bubbling with curiosity about the prospect of life outside his 15-year comfort zone.

There are side trips too. Like the decidedly Vending Machine-y “Don’t Brag,” which lurches forward like a bear on a unicycle, outing the kind of water cooler narcissism that possesses people to boast about such formidable accomplishments as eating lunch.

But the occasional detour isn’t enough to distract from the overall feeling of a guillotine being gradually raised. When the blade finally drops, Grant seems more relieved than grieved. In the end, his tightest and most accessible solo work to date isn’t so much a record about how hard it is to say goodbye, but how necessary.

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released February 17, 2015

Written and PREformed by Robby Grant
Backing vox on "In America": Sadie Grant and Julie Schepman
Move Away recorded at Easley McCain Recording.
Art & layout: Dima Drjuchin
Sequencing consultation: @sloganeerist
Contact: @fourgrant | vendingmachineband.com
All songs: BMI-Peeled Out Sounds | 2015

Thx to Rae, Five, Sadie and all my family and everyone that's played in the band over the past 15 years.

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Robby Grant Memphis, Tennessee

Making music at various points in time as Robby Grant, Mellotron Variations, Vending Machine, Mouserocket and >mancontrol<.

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