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released October 30, 2008

recorded by Todd Tobias at Waterloo Sound Kent, Ohio

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Track Name: New Corner (for Kandinsky)
triangle* wants to turn the corner
caress the walls behind the painting
discovering all new colors

painting it bright!

we’ll watch the city burn so slowly
imagine things behind the (t.v. set) framing
denying all the new horrors

in a dream
in the night
is something scrambled, sublime

painting it bright!
watching it rise!

come on, let’s do the “turn the corner”!
creating something bright to remember
we’ll squeeze the blood from all those cymbals!
and i wanna turn a new corner
sea, the fire flash from your i’s,
see the water burn from those letters,

painting it bright!
watching it rise!

*see kandinsky’s “concerning the spiritual in art”
Track Name: The Library is Underwater
it was a good book while it lasted
i knew it wouldn’t last much longer
there were some parts we just could not read
there were some parts that needed to be stronger

now it’s aflame
like it never happened

a shame we never got to know you
and we know it won’t last much longer
we’ll be the chapters you cannot read
who think we can go on forever

now it’s aflame
like it never happened
and what you say
it never happened

i’ll let the pages burn so blasted
i’ll write and write and sing, my strangers
keep drowning in the ink on the page
the library is underwater
Track Name: Pink Rock (in The Front Yard)
she buried the flame
while she was painting her way out
did not want the same
as she would blind me with those

charms in her eyes, they were bright
but could not hide what i knew
it’s a sign of the times, it’s a
floating away brown balloon,
like those scars you can’t hide
and they won’t be going any time soon.

i destroyed the tape
unraveled the oxide on the ground
the rust ribbons stained
i could not turn off all the

storms in the sky, they were leaving
such a drastic tattoo,
so i went straight for the eye,
there was nothing else i knew how
to do, but even i don’t know why
it slammed like an onyx wall
with no way through

now everybody loves a scandal
some people really want to watch you fall
to see you flying off the handle
to watch you stumble as you drop the ball
but none of them could hold a candle,
no one could take the flame i felt from those

stars in her eyes, they were bright
but could not hide what i knew.
Track Name: After All
all as the seasons passed so slow, she came in winter
snowfalls and saying, “i know who you are”
the grass beneath the ice was waiting to be summer
so softly still her eyes would sway beneath the stars

after all its not easy to find help
to find your way
you could even blame yourself
keep those things that you can’t tell

the spring would blossom all too fast
the day was draining, it seemed to say
“i don’t know who you are”
the lake beneath the storm was waiting to freeze over
the fire behind her eyes burned slower to a char.

after all, it’s not easy to find help
to take the pain,
you could even blame yourself
take those things from off the shelf

the summer slipped so slowly past
a moment waiting with nothing
new to find, a failure on the floor,
a friend who left behind every single reason
to make you lose your mind and wonder
who you are

after all its not easy to find help
to find your way
to lose the hand that you been dealt
forget the way you always felt

the fall would falter all too fast
the day was fading, to hide behind
the night and watch it from afar
to hide behind the night and watch
the angels leaving, they’d wave goodbye
and say, “we know who you are.”
Track Name: The Foolish Fire
i got you right where you want me
to haunt the nights you don’t got me
i got in tight where you got me

and i’ll be the lover of your foolish fire

you got me right where you want me
you got in tight where you got me

and I’ll be the mother of your stupid desires
i’ll be the lightning from your foolish fire

(i’m a careless girl and you’re mine.
i’m a careless girl and you’re all mine.)

and i’ll be the mother of your stupid desires
i’ll be the lightning from your foolish fire
you’re so tired.

(i’m a careless girl and you’re all mine.)
Track Name: Anything But Concrete and Grey
i see the boxcars and the trains all running down the tracks
the seconds slip through into minutes never coming back
and all those people that i knew who slipped right through the cracks
just left me bitter and confused but all nostalgiac
but no one ever got as close to me as you did
i do not think no one has ever dreamed so lucid

but you used it all to pretend, and i lost it all

just let me win
let the tempests and the bedpost fires fall again
let the greenest grass bloom forth and let the fragrance in
let the sweetest water roll right off my tongue again
unleash the lions and the tigers and the bears within
just do it for me one more time so i can take it in,
now do it for me one more time…because

you lose it all in the end.

another day starts growing dim
another life starts setting in
burning bright but you don’t quite
know where to begin
you don’t know where because…

you lose it all in the end.
you lose it all…
Track Name: Ashtray
you don’t wanna wake up thinking
you’ve done something you shouldn’t have done
that someday maybe i’d let the eyes closed smiles begin
but lately lately you’ve got a sickness under your skin
and maybe maybe it’s too late to bring to an end

sure what you tried on fit so sweetly
in the now, dancing to that wonderful sound
but this town, you filled it up like an ashtray
like some clown, thought she would have you coming around again…

and you don’t wanna wake up stinking of
something you know you shouldn’t have done
some Sunday morning that leads you to some ultimate sin
i think we both know everything must come to an end
i think we both know that

sure what you tried on fit so sweetly
in the now, dancing to that wonderful sound
but this town you filled it up like an ashtray
knocked down, she don’t want you coming around again…

see them shooting holes at each other’s panicked souls
in the dark, darts aiming at each other’s hearts and
they’re so off the mark, masking all that could have
been in store, bull’s eye – but nothing like the target
they asked for

that town you played it out like the airwaves
broke down, fleeing from some horrible sound
but this town you filled it up like an ashtray
were denounced, she don’t want you coming around again…

she don’t want you coming around again.
Track Name: Charlie Bear
you sought those weak emphatic lips
then you held on so tight at two to two
it’s true they’ll make you
it’s true they’ll make you

king of the zoo in all your quips
it’s so unstable that from lies to true
it’s blue they’ll make you
slave to a crew that never fits

it’s true they’ll make you
it’s blue they’ll make you

you sought those weak emphatic lips
king of the zoo in all your quips
the yellow tables turn from green to blue
it’s blue they’ll make you

it’s true they’ll make you
it’s blue they’ll make you
Track Name: Dream Of Patti Smith #4 and #5
dream of patti smith #4 and #5

i had a dream of patti smith upon the shore
and woke up drunk at night outside the tavern door
i heard the church bells chiming from the tavern green
though i was young i knew the one thing it could mean

that it was only a dream

i shivered from the cold wind of those city streets
and tore my jacket on some subway rodent’s teeth
i doused my body in the blood of rock’n’roll
saw from the stage salvation in her shining soul

it was only a dream
it was only a dream

i had a dream of patti smith upon the shore
and woke up drunk at night outside the tavern door
i doused my body in the blood of rock’n’roll
saw from the stage salvation in her shining soul…
and gnossos* lost his cool, so soon to quit the scene
took a wrong turn riding down to see james dean
i saw a vision of st. francis** speak to me
shot off his blue eyes live on national tv

but it was only a dream
it was only a dream
it was only a dream

dream #5

scene: a field in northern iran


*papodopoulos, protagonist of richard farina's "Been Down So Long, It Looks Like Up To Me"
**of assisi, also loosely refers to kurdt cobain and richard brautigan
Track Name: Tomorrow is A Day I Might Not See
when we met on the steps of that crowded college hall
it was so inept, it was something like the fall
and maybe i was wrong, to think we could get along
oh it felt so wrong
it was such a sad song

i had a dream that day of a distant universe
not where we were still together,
just where we weren’t so cursed.
of a place where i was fine, where i hadn’t
tread that fine line of to be or not to be.

but i must have been high to think i could
make you understand, instead of a blind eye
i got a glad hand, and you just couldn’t let it be
you had to prove you were harder than me
that you could take care and i was not fit to be there…

and it hurt, and it hit me so hard
you know there’s been people around my head
and they left me so scarred
to the points where i was weak
those were the ones that they were seeking
you said you were seeing someone else

and now i’m out on the lam
And i have flown out of the fold
with no place to land and nobody’s hand
to hold, and anymore i just don’t care
You don’t expect no one to be there at all
when you’re against the wall

or out in the dirt where it’s another cloudy day
and everything i kept somehow got lost along the way
but the memories of you, and in my head they all
turned blue
and it was so wrong, it was such a sad song

that i had to sing, that i had to scream out loud
and though it has nothing to do with you, oh
you’d be so proud.
cuz you’re not even worth this song
no you’re not even worth this song
oh you were so wrong, how you said so long

since you won’t forgive me, oh,
for my evil ways, i’ll blow you a kiss
and i promise a brand new day
and at least i have been set free
even if tomorrow is a day i might not see
oh, i might not see.

you gonna find out sooner or later

i had a dream when i was young,
at the top of the stairs and everyone i knew was at the bottom
there was a man there and he sung
it’s over it’s over it’s over

and you gonna find out sooner or later
you gonna find out where you stand
you gonna find out sooner or later
these kinds of things go hand in hand

i watched a brother die so young
and in his wild dreams were fishes in the wild waters
but something charmed his face and sung
“it’s over it’s over it’s over”

and you gonna find out sooner or later
you gonna find out where you stand
you gonna find out sooner or later
these kinds of things go hand in hand.