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about

This is not really an album. This is an idea.

I am lazy, and I don't write songs when I have other things to do. And like most people I always have other things to do.

But in recording and releasing the very old songs featured on the two EPs of originals preceding this release, I enjoyed the process of writing and recording again, and I decided it was time to pony up and be a songwriter if I'm going to be a songwriter.

So this year I'm going to write and record a song a week and release them all as part of this album/idea/whatever. From April 2011 to April 2012.

Many/most/all of these will be very rough demos, given the time constraints, but if all goes well, I'll end up with at least 8 to 10 decent songs, and will go into a studio in 2012 and record them. Maybe.

Most will be originals, however, I will also be covering Prince's Dirty Mind in its entirety, both because it will give me 8 weeks where I don't have to write a song and because it's one of the best albums ever made and I probably can't mess it up too badly. I should probably find some wood to knock on now.

Anyway, if you listen, thanks for listening, and if you like, thanks for liking, and if you love, tell someone else about it.

Chris
5 April 2011

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released April 5, 2011

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In which I make indie rock songs, sometimes by myself, and more recently with some other people. Some of them are pretty OK.

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Track Name: For Tonight
You shouldn't take it so seriously.
We're only here for tonight.
But you've chosen your corner,
and your look is a warning.
It's the perfect time to start a fight.

Once you asked me to dance.
It was the start of the longest night of my life.
But now you dance in the corner,
saying this moment is all we need.
We're only here for tonight.

So let's not waste our time.

And I say:
You shouldn't take it so seriously.
You shouldn't take it so seriously.
We're only here for tonight.
So come on out of the corner,
you know I didn't mean a thing.
We're only here for tonight.
We're only here for tonight.

So let's not waste our time.
So let's not waste our time.
You shouldn't waste my time.
You shouldn't waste my time.

You shouldn't take it so seriously x3
We're only here for tonight x3
Track Name: On Fire
The kids say it isn't worth it.
That's why they dance all night.

And we're all scared when the day comes,
that we didn't do it right.

When no one's watching, we put our feet up,
when we should be running it down.

But maybe tonight. Maybe tonight. Maybe tonight. We'll set it alight.

I know you tried your hardest,
but a half-day's never enough.

Only the good die young,
and everyone else has it tough.

And if you want some sympathy,
then you better stop fucking around.

And maybe tonight. Maybe tonight. Maybe tonight. I'll help you set it alight. And everything will be all right.
Track Name: Sister
I imagine if you were here, you'd have a few things to say about how I live my life,
and we'd figure out how to split our holidays.

I imagine if you were here, the times we spent together would be the times we both remembered, and our kids…

Would play in the sunshine but also in the rain, the way I once did with you.

I imagine if you were here, the weight of our history would outweigh the things I didn't like about you. Or you about me.

I imagine if you were here, we'd take a long vacation and wonder what it would be like if we were alone. And our kids…

Would play in the sunshine but also in the rain, the way I once did with you. It's true.

But of course you're not here, and I'm used to that.
And it's been a long year, but I'm used to that.
And I wish you were near, and I'm used to that.
But I hope you can hear me tonight.
Track Name: Last Night, Remembered
On the other side of you is where I walk into a room,
even when you're not there.

And our theme can be erased and disappear without a trace,
every day is so unfair.

Can't you see I'm waiting?
Can't you hear me there?
Can't you see I'm waiting?

"However long I ever stay I never really go away,"
those were the words you said to me.

And if I took it kind of hard, that's how you know you hit the mark,
but I don't know any other way to see.

Don't you know I'm waiting?
Do you even care?
Don't you know I'm waiting?
I can see so clear...

One more time you came to me with a gift I couldn't see,
it was ok just to alive.

Blowing softly on my skin, the only way we can begin,
and you knowing not to cry.

Can't you see I'm waiting?
Can't you hear me there?
Can't you see I'm waiting?
Always blowing signals through the air.
Track Name: On Waiting
Usually I wake up in the middle of the night and I make myself some coffee before I call you.

And your voice comes on the phone, tired and confused and I hang up before you can hear me breathing, because I know that you're waiting.

It's true, and I know that it's still there. And why should I apologize for anything at all if you care? If you care.

Sometimes when I'm waiting in the bushes by your window, I get a little tired of pretending. And so I move towards the door like every time before, pausing for a second while you answer.

Because I know where this is going. I do, but I need these minutes with you. And I know what you would call this.

But that doesn't make it true.
Track Name: Custer's Last Stand
All the times you said to me, "I don't like where this is going."
I couldn't tell anyone but you could feel it in the air.

Close the door behind you.
Don't let the cold air out.

Aching hearts know what they need. Salted landscapes are decisions.
And every word you hear me breathe, it was chosen for a reason.

Open up the air vents.
The gas is seeping in.
We're here for the duration.
So call your next of kin.
Track Name: A Song.
So if you find the answers out,
you shouldn't ever write them down,
and print them out for anyone else to see.

Cause they will take it away from you,
and they won't ever tell the truth,
as they come back home and wave their arms by degrees.

And they'll say:
"We knew it all the time and you only made it rhyme, and that's as easy as ABC."
"We knew it all along and you nearly got it wrong, but we found the truth for ourselves and set it free. No thanks to you."

So this is a poem, or maybe a song, or it could be a leaflet.
But if it's true, no thanks to you - I think I'll keep it to myself.
Track Name: Sweep the Leg, Jonny
You'll never find someone who cares this much about you.
I spend all my time just making sure that is true.

Sweep the leg, Jonny.
Figure out just what is what.

Just the other day I came over right when you called.
It's the little things that sometimes mean nothing at all.

Sweep the leg, Jonny.
I know someday you will deserve it.

And only I know what you want or what you need.
The others they don't understand you.
That you give them the time of day makes my hair stand on end,
and I don't know what to do.

I can overlook the many ways you're letting me down.
But it's almost the same as if you were watching me drown.

Sweep the leg, Jonny.
I think you might as well.

And if this is the end,
I don't have time for it.

I only have time for you.
Track Name: Plans
Only the counting will keep me awake,
and the gathering darkness is too much to break,
so you're talking and talking and talking and I'm feeling lighter.

And the spectre of innocence is too much to take,
if you think much about it, you'll feel your heart break,
but there's a cadence of years to get through before this makes sense to me.

So.

Hold me and keep me and tell me I can stay forever,
or as long as I want to.
Kiss me and set me down lightly and try to stay close.
I wish it wasn't so dark in here. But I trust you completely.

But I won't forever.

It's the thing that you learn when you try and stay sweet,
that the roughest of corners are the hardest to beat
into shape.
And the ones you most want to.

And the simplest things in which you place trust
will turn out to be the ones crumbling to dust,
and I'm sorry for all of the things about which I'm powerless.

But.

I can promise eventually that you'll come back to me,
if I do this right,
and there's a very good chance that none of this will be your fault.
I'll take the blame as I gave you your name and I'm sorry for whatever you needed from me.
For whatever you needed from me.
Track Name: Rough Steez (version)
I want to be there with you.
I want to be there with you.
I want to be there with you.
But it's not the only thing I'll do.

Because I'm alive,
and I can see all the streetlights,
and I can walk in the darkness,
but I know that everything will be all right.
Track Name: For the Living
You know you try the hardest when there's nothing on the line.
Something I try to distract you. It works every time.
You play the part of the pure at heart, then peer around the bend at what's coming.

Do you see what's coming?
Do you see what's coming?
So do I.

You pull the snake out of the basket and kiss it on the mouth.
We shut the gas off and turned the locks, and headed for the south.
This hotel room has an empty bed. You know we told them only one.

But they saw what was coming I bet.
They saw what was coming.
And so do I.

The eulogy is the easy part. I didn't hold your hand.
I had a crutch on either side, so I didn't have to stand.
The walk home's when it hit me - how I thought it was your fault.

But I saw what was coming.
I saw what was coming.
And I didn't turn away.
Track Name: The Only Way It Gets Better
The only way this gets better is if you promise to do what's right.
If you promise to do what's right.
If you promise to do what's right.

I found you there, in the open air like always.
And I couldn't figure out why.
I couldn't figure out why.

We understand, you understand, I understand almost nothing at all.
And mostly, we don't even try.

But we move along, silent and strong, like a thousand waves hitting the beach.
With the dry sand just out of reach.
Just out of reach. So.

The only way this gets better is if I promise to do what's right.
If I promise to do what's right.
If I promise to do what's right.

And I ask a question and you ask a question to the open air all around us.
And each of our silent replies.
Each of our silent replies.

But every once in awhile. You see a smile.
And you try to do what's right.
You have to do what's right.
Track Name: Same Cars, Same Bars
I got to thinking about the things you said to me.
I got to thinking about the ways you did me wrong.
And all my friends say it's ok, we've got the better disease.
But if that's the case, then why do you always have to be the one who's strong?

I don't know...

I got used to waking up in the morning right next to you.
I got used to always having you around.
And now the same cars and the same bars that used to hold us in, share space with everyone else, even though we both know they're just fucking around.

I don't know...

I got over feeling like the rain had something to say to me (because come on).
I stayed away from the places we used to haunt.
And now we talk sometimes, and "honesty isn't everything," you say.
But I think it's the only thing I want.

I don't know...
Track Name: Rum is a Bad Idea
You can feel sorry for yourself,
standing on the back porch, overlooking
your better self.

If it isn't easier to imagine when we both were here.
Then make me disappear.

And summer is the best time,
to leave it all behind,
when you ask me,
in your smallest voice:

"Will you stay over,
will you stay over,
or do you have to go so soon?"
It isn't a problem until it's a problem for you.

You can clap me on the back,
as you pour us another drink from the endless sea.

But I can hear how scared,
how along you think we can be.
When you say to me:

"Will you stay over,
will you stay over,
or do you have to go so soon?"
It isn't a problem until it's a problem for you.

When you feel sorry for yourself,
take a long walk to another place,
if you can't outpace,

that almost certain feeling you get,
that every thought is such a waste.

And you'll notice that I never said,
the way you feel is out of place.

And when I stay over,
when I stay over,
I don't have to go so soon - I don't work till noon.

And I'm sorry for all we had to drink,
it didn't help me think.
Track Name: A Warning Sign, at Best
Every day, I see the light come through the door.
Another way you chase me out.
The times we settled, the times I started to have my doubts.

You didn't know. You didn't want to know. You didn't know. You didn't want to know. I think this is a warning sign at best.

What I know about the things we left behind,
let's make sure they're safe.
I wouldn't want to think we were careless with what we loved.

But I see the smoke is rising, and the fumes are from your hands. I think this is a warning sign at best.
Track Name: Trying
We run like small fishes.
We run like small fishes.
And the only thing we can take away is ourselves.

We try small wishes.
We try small wishes.
And when the candles go out, we go out.

Will you go out with me? It might be too dark to see. But we can try.

We know but aren't saying.
We know but aren't saying.
It's the closest thing we have to control.
Track Name: The Drive to Phoenix
"This is where we get off," you said.
"I don't want to drive all night."
And I didn't have to look at the map to see you were wrong.

But maybe a night in Phoenix will tell us what we need.
It couldn't be worse than today.

It was quiet enough to hear the wind as it blew slowly through your hair.
We put the top down in Dallas, when things were looking brighter.

I pulled into an empty spot, under the bright halogen lights.
And turned to you with no idea of what I should say.

But then you took my breath away,
the way you always do.
And the stifling heat between us lit the way.

That one night in Phoenix.
Track Name: Why I Kept Moving
When I saw the way that everything worked out,
I knew I was dealing with a professional.
And after the day I had had up to then,
I wanted him to know I was grateful.

So I pulled up a chair and I ordered a drink,
and I asked him what he was having.
But I could tell by the tilt of his mouth and the glass
it wasn't much use settling in.

But at least I tried.
At least I tried,
which is more than you ever do.

That place off of Lawrence, where it all started,
I passed by it the other night.
And it was all boarded up with the roof coming down,
like it's given up trying to fight.

So I brought in a hammer and some two-penny nails,
and I set to work propping it up.
But it wasn't too long before the whole thing fell in.
I knew I was wasting my time.

But at least I tried.
At least I tried,
which is more than you ever do.
Track Name: Why It's Over
The easiest thing you'll ever do is get away from me.
The easiest thing you'll ever do is get away from me.
Cause I don't hold on like I should - I don't have it in me.
And I don't know where you are, even when you tell me.

1, 2, 3, 4 - la la la la la la.
1, 2, 3, 4 - na na na na na na.

The times when you walk away leave me colder
than anything I'd admit to you when I'm sober.
And I shouldn't need a reason for what I do.
You should just understand when I separate myself from you.

1, 2, 3, 4 - la la la la la la.
1, 2, 3, 4 - na na na na na na.

There must be a reason why it's over.
There must be a reason why it's over.
I know you'll go looking, tell me what you find.
We both know I'll stay behind.

1, 2, 3, 4 - la la la la la la.
1, 2, 3, 4 - na na na na na na.
Track Name: Grow Wings Like Everyone
Water can't take us where we need to go.
Sinking with a paddle always comes too slow.
Grow wings like an angel and take to flight.
And I'll try to catch you when you hit the light.

Stop signs and hard crimes never made you lame.
But you tried to convince me of another name.
And when you need a jetstream, you know I will provide.
Lifting and falling with the smallest ride.

Once you were true, but now an alibi
takes the place of the memory that you tried to hide.
And I might have an answer I found in the dark,
but you have to ask me, you have to ask me, you have to ask me.

And everyone can see what you do to me.
And it's getting later and we're getting older, like everyone.
And this is a waste of time, but it's also the answer. It's the answer.
Track Name: The Lions
When the lions show their teeth,
and open doorways like their jaws,
you aren't getting any farther than the corner where I left you.

And don't you know I told you?
I told you to be scared.

When you set off on your own,
you think you can move faster,
but that's why they're there, to remind you that I'm here.

And don't you know you need me?
To navigate this jungle.
To take you where it's quiet.
To where we've always been.
Track Name: Taking Chances
You know the cover. You know the drill.
And I can't wait.

Around the corner, we get our fill.
And I can't wait.

And taking chances isn't taking off even though you promised.
But you knew I'd settle for close enough so you take advantage.

The way you leave me, we both agree,
you can't wait.

The other option - too sad for me.
You can't wait.

A little balance will tip the scales, but I don't really care.
A mark on me, a mark on you. Everywhere.
Track Name: Misanthropic
Here goes something that you said.
Is it ok to write it down?
And in a breath, yours to repeat.
Your meaning clear, but far away, from what I hoped to hear.

Thank you. I get the point. Emphasized. By his presence.

A little later, standing near.
Warm and soothing, beyond reproach.
I'll try the other room, to change.
But here you are again, and you will drop as quickly as you can.

Thank you. I get the point. Emphasized. By his presence. Take a step. In my room. And she says. But I need you.

Do you really think that this solves anything, and,
do you have the answer any more than I have control?
I would like to let go. But you would first have to accept.