Songmonth II

by Alex Arrowsmith

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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 0111011101100101001000000110000101110010011001010010000001100010011101010110011101110011
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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
13.
We can’t be made nothing Nothing is as untrue Nothing plus is nothing Something in time Something in here
14.
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
15.
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
16.
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
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
18.
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?
19.
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
20.
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
21.
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
22.
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
23.
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
24.
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
25.
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
26.
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
27.
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
28.
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
29.
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
30.
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

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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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