Songmonth II

by Alex Arrowsmith

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released December 8, 2017

Every song on this album was 100% written and recorded from scratch in one (1) waking day. Alex did this for thirty (30) days, from October 10, 2017 until November 8, 2017--exactly one year after the first Songmonth.

Alex recorded and mixed everything in his Basement of Solitude in NE Portland, OR. All piano parts were recorded at the PDX Live Studio in downtown Portland, OR. Alex played, programmed, and sang all things.

All songs written by Alex Arrowsmith, and published by Alex Arrowsmith Music (ASCAP).

Cover design and layout by Alex.

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Track Name: Wake You (10/10/17)
There’s no time to be righteous
So here’s a roll call for the spineless
You try to yell, you can’t wake ‘em
You can’t shake, or break, or earthquake ‘em

What’s it gonna take to wake you up?
The alarm is never loud enough
What’s it gonna take to wake you up?
You never even hit the snooze

You hear the Z’s
Yeah, they’re snorin’
Their dreamscape is somewhere too foreign
You hear the teeth
Yeah, they’re nervous
No shirt, no shoes, and no cervix

Oh yes, come Mister Sandman
I don’t wanna be awake
Track Name: Reality Test (10/11/17)
Look down at my hands
Look up at clock hands
It’s not any secret we didn’t know
Old cage, new cage
Read on, a new page
It’s not any secret we couldn’t keep

Give it away
Give it away
Look at the world as it turns away
Give it away
Give it away
It’s only a dream we let run away

Test one, test two
I can’t know I can’t do
It’s not an enigma we didn’t know
Red light, red light
Wait for a new flight
It’s not any secret we couldn’t keep
Track Name: Castaways (10/12/17)
I’m on the road
I’m on my way
I cannot wait another day
I’m in your dream
You saw my face
I have to prove I’m not erased

I’m not erased

Before the dark
There was a time
I heard your call
I heard the chime
Before the end
Let’s pick a day
We’ll strand ourselves
As castaways

As castaways
Track Name: Friday the 13th (10/13/17)
Too bad
Now we’ve all run out of time
Too late
To keep the world from boiling over
Too slow
I know you can’t keep it up

Text me if you’re gonna stop by
Come in if I don’t hear the doorbell
Oh no, that was just a thing I dreamed

Too hot
Now my hand is on fire
Too much
A little is too much
Too fast
Vaporized in a flash
Track Name: I Know the Feeling (10/14/17)
Oh see what I could be
And you could be like me
Lay down and ease your mind
It’s better the second time

There’s nobody laughing
And I know the feeling
It’s nothing that I couldn’t hide
There’s something inside me
That keeps me from feeling
The feeling I had all the time

Oh dream a dream of life
A dream of some old love
Stay here while I go back
And never open the door
Track Name: Periodicity (10/15/17)
Now is the time, just a distance away
We’ll go to a place where times an array
Impossible things surround Skara Brae
See how it sings with Elsie in May

I put all my hopes in a star dust kissed
I correlate eyes with something I missed
Who watches me when I’m checked off the list
I only heard light when the snake, it hissed

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Track Name: Sunk (10/16/17)
Been thinking all day about the worst of our kind
What would it take for me to turn heel?
Do I have it in me to worry about nobody else?
I won’t be sunk

Been up overnight with a weirdness in me
Could this be the night I regress?
Do I have it in me to go back to square two-thousand-one?
Well I got sunk

As scared as I am of the dark, now I’m underground
I try to keep my head up, now I’m sunk
Track Name: It's Not a Dream (10/17/17)
I’m sleeping on the ceiling
So I have to change the lightbulb
Just make me do it slowly
So I can get some rest

I run into the courtyard
To find where I’ve been walking
I’m walking in my sleep now
Cuz it hurts too much awake
I’m not too good awake

But I don’t need your sympathy
I hallucinate these tasty treats
Everywhere I see ice cream
But I know it’s not a dream

If you see my astral me
Try to get my spare key back
My house is haunted by ghostly doors
And also sometimes ghostly floors
Sometimes also floors
Track Name: Slow Hopes (10/18/17)
It only took two hours and forty
To sink to the bottom of the Atlantic
It seems to take much longer these days
Maybe 271 days

No, I guess I’m wrong again

This one has to be the moment
To bring the empire crashing downward
It goes, it goes, it goes, it goes
It can’t keep this up very long now

No, I guess I’m wrong again

I’m not just singing
Track Name: Lightholes (10/19/17)
Now I know this can’t be easy
Open up your lightholes
No I know this can’t be easy
So open up your lightholes
I can always be left here on my own
I can always be left here on my own

Now I know you want to reset
So open up your lightholes
I know you want to reset
So open up your lightholes
I can always be brought back from the edge
I can always be brought back from the edge

Yet sometimes I get a little thrown off gait
A transit occurs
Not a dust mote stirs
And maybe then when I can open my holes
And see what they stole
While in the dark like a mole
That’s why I open my lightholes

Open up your lightholes
Track Name: Better Than God (10/20/17)
Well let me start with some blasphemy here
A good old-fashioned piety smear
I blame you and you and you and you
For making me part of your medieval views

I can do better than God

It’s never about the real nuts and bolts
Instead you arrange into hateful cults
No surprise twisted dogma has led
To a festering fear of The Other instead

I can do better than God

When you threw out the baby, you left the bath water
To seep into our infected wounds like otters
God helps those who help themselves
Said Supply Side Jesus to his racist elves

And Allah
And Jehovah
And Xenu
And Yahweh
And Poseidon
And Odin
Track Name: Ship In a Bottle (10/21/17)
Putting an end to laughing
Up to my neck in laughing
Once it’s out you can’t stop elation
Putting an end to sniffing
Up to my neck in sniffing
Once it’s out you can’t stop from smelling

You can’t take me along
I’m a ship in a bottle
Leave me where I belong
I’m a ship in a bottle

Putting an end to sighing
Up to my neck in sighing
Once it’s out you can’t stop the gasping
Putting an end to motion
Up to my neck in motion
Once it’s out you can’t stop emotion
Track Name: False Nothing (10/22/17)
We can’t be made nothing
Nothing is as untrue
Nothing plus is nothing
Something in time
Something in here
Track Name: Curse In Reverse (10/23/17)
Step into my machine
It’s a time one
Hurry back here in time for the space fun
I couldn’t do this alone
Just without you
Feel my drift
There’s a rift out in spacetime

I’ll take the day
There’s a monolith in my way
So come on come on
All you have is my word
Come on come on
It’s the great leap forward

I’m bored of holes, black and white
And all the dwarves too
Can’t wait around long enough to see the heat death
The multiverse was a curse cast in reverse
Let’s open strings
Let’s eat up what uncurls
Track Name: A Quirk of the Universe (10/24/17)
If I could waste your time
I’d suck you dry so fast
You’ve given me a chance
And I took two

You caught me in my sleep
And evil men don’t dream
There is no tomorrow or yesterday

I was not meant to be here
I was not meant to be here
I was not meant to be here
I’m just a quirk of the universe

It all comes crashing down
And everything turns brown
I’ll nail you to the ground because I can
Track Name: Cold Moon Pt. 1 (10/25/17)
Something’s knocking on my head
The frost consumes the spider’s web
6 AM and much too slow
It can’t be long until the snow
Oh underneath the cold moon
Oh underneath the cold moon

The shivering stars fill up the night
But how long til the sun ignites?
The frostbite in the mare snaps
The numbness felt in our handclaps
Oh underneath the cold moon
Oh underneath the cold moon
Track Name: Cold Moon Pt. 2 (10/26/17)
The only dude in orbit here is me
You ever see a cat in zero-g?
If this is what the future of humanity’s to be
Then go ahead and begin World War III
Yeah might as well just kick off World War III
Track Name: Cold Moon Pt. 3 (10/27/17)
Oh Triton
Is this what I was waiting for?
Is this what I fell for you for?
Are you too cold for me?
Are you too cold for me?

Are you too cold for me?
Track Name: I Cannot Find Another Way (10/28/17)
I’m under oath but there’s nothing to say now
You can probe but I whatever I think, I say
You took the words out of everyone’s mouths now
You start to think that our brains are made of clay

I cannot find another way
I can’t remember anyway

I’m on the clock but there’s no work to do now
You can’t fire me unless I fire first
You took the thoughts out of everyone’s minds now
I watch the birds and their songs until I burst
Track Name: Awkward Stance (10/29/17)
On the southern island, no scars can be seen
Over every island, there still can be rain
Wonder every circumstance
If never asked to dance
Were you in an awkward trance
Yeah

On the eastern island, hold up your one-two
Overy every island, no plains can be seen
Wonder every circumstance
If never asked to dance
Were you in an awkward trance
Yeah
Track Name: Decidedly Deciduous (10/30/17)
Here we go into the night
What’s the use when the Moon is so bright?
Out of luck, out of road
For a second, it seemed the Earth’s spin slowed

I don’t remember what I said to you
But you know it had to be untrue
No I don’t remember what I said to you
It was everything you already knew

One in chains, paints the scene
The other raging at the television screen
Out of hope, out of rope
It must be hot under the microscope
Track Name: Light of Day (10/31/17)
I know there’s something missing

I hear there’s someone hissing

Don’t blame me, cuz you want it this way
It’s all in here in the light of day
Track Name: Stranded On a Timeline (11/01/17)
One year ago to the day
The Chicago Cubs came to play
A black swan event that changed everything

The world’s grown more absurd
An improbable universe
We’re stranded on a timeline we were never meant to take

One week from now to the day
Shockwaves ripple our way
A black swan event that changed everything

The world’s grown more absurd
An improbable universe
We’re stranded on a timeline we were never meant to take
Track Name: Elon Musk Will Save Humanity (11/02/17)
Well we picked the wrong capn
What did you think would happen?
Past the point of no return
Now to watch the whole world burn

But if we could upload our minds
And if we could never die
And if we could settle Mars
We’d sail among the stars
Elon Musk will eventually be the one who saves the entire human race from a slow and agonizing painful death

Well we took the wrong turn here
Exited too soon
But if we had a self driving car
Then it wouldn’t feel so far
Track Name: Excited and Indicted (11/03/17)
I came home excited
You came home indicted
And home is where you lay your crooked head
Everywhere, excitement for justice and indictments
The truth is blinding when you will not hear

Oh you see there’s no one there to save you
You might have bit off more than you can chew

Everywhere, excitement for justice and indictments
All I want to hear is that sweet silence
Track Name: Dumb Illusions (11/04/17)
Seventeen years down the only road I’ve ever known
What-ifs and could-bes and somedays, all etched into stone
I never believed I could do anything but be me
But sometimes I don’t think that you see what I’ve always seen
So if you walk through me
Our dumb illusions agree

This decade is mine, I will claim it if nobody does
The last one was wasted, a puzzle I could never puzz
I invented a system that works for nobody but me
I made no decisions, no careful incisions to breath
So if you walk through me
Our dumb illusions agree

Our dumb illusions agree
Track Name: Tree of Heaven (11/05/17)
She thrives where you won’t survive
Pops in where you least expect
Bright green where the train was wrecked
Oh oh

I’m climbing a tree of heaven

She needs no why to be
Knows all what it’s like to breathe
Her birds always in the palm
Oh oh

She’s not so heavenly to me
Track Name: Just Listen (11/06/17)
You know that feeling inside?
You know that image you hide?
You know that dream you had when you were just a lad?
This is the part of you you fight
Just listen to yourself tonight

You know that place in your mind?
You went before you resigned
To this life that ran dry and poked you in the eye
This is the you you must ignite
Just listen to yourself tonight
Track Name: Turtle Rock (11/07/17)
You don’t need to go but you can if you want to

Or you can come to me
See if the cats agree
We could meet in the middle too
Gotta super glue my shoe

I can catch the bus in ten
Arrival I don’t know when
We can go to a place you know
And watch the whole world blow
Track Name: Put It Back (11/08/17)
I don’t even want to know why
We’re all so far beyond repair
But if there’s one shining hope
It might take a lot of soap
Still the circle’s now a square
We can clean up the spills
Maybe learn to rebuild

Put it back
Put it back
Back how you left it

We don’t even have the answers
It’s all too big to get it right
But if music can trickle in
We can shed our older skins
Make a circle form a square
And come out around the bend
Maybe stave off the end

Put it back
Put it back
Back how you left it