The Dying Art of Living

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released August 22, 2013

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Track Name: All the Nights
The sky was falling here; stars were raining down
A twilight symphony, a carnival of sound
Colors disconnect and settle on my tongue
A melody of all the songs I’ve sung
I tried to reach for them, a ghost of a dream
I could almost taste what I could almost see

It was a Starry Night
A Rhapsody in Blue
A Day in the Life
And all the nights with you

The night is static now; the dark is full of snow
Covering the images of everyone I know
The silences whispers in memories and dreams
Everything is so much more distant than it seems

It was a Starry Night
A Rhapsody in Blue
These dreams of Wild Things
Were really dreams of you

I want something more than always wanting something more
I want to touch the storm again
Life is more than television, credit cards, and forms
Oh life is more
Take me back to where I believed in me
I want to know life is more
I need to know…
Track Name: Gone
The rivers are on fire
It’s raining molten lead
The scholars all are liars
The priests are all in bed
The dogs of war are howling
The Prince of Peace is dead
One hundred thousand canons
Echo in my head

I’m not the man I thought I was
Don’t like the man I am
I put a gag over my mouth
And shackles on my own hands
I’m standing on the sidelines
While the weak and poor are bled
And a hundred million canons
Echo in my head

CHORUS
See what we’ve done
In the name of the son
I try to find my way home but
Everything is gone

The city is a desert now
It’s empty and it’s cold
We thought that we got old and wise
Instead we just got old
The politicians promised that we’d
Overcome these days
The philosophers just shook their heads
And slowly walked away

CHORUS

Your heart has turned against me
My heart has turned to stone
I’m leaving here without you
I’m leaving here alone
And I will be the one who wanders
To the distant sea
And you will be the one who wonders
What became of me
Track Name: Stay Away from My Heart
And I guess this is the end
I guess we’ll always be friends
But I won’t come around anymore
I got some letters to send
And you can call on me and you can comfort me
Anytime
While we’re apart
Just stay away from my heart

I guess our love has been unkind
I guess we both need a little time
To find out what we’re looking for
I understand, I don’t mind
But if you get the urge again to let me back in
Sometime
Wherever you are
Just stay away from my heart

And all the sunsets and all the moonlight
And all the Sunday mornings we shared
Like umbrellas in the rain
Just souvenirs you take away
You can have anything you want
Just stay away from my heart

And if I call on you give me a smile or two
In the night
Under the stars
But stay away from my heart
Track Name: Nowhere and Everywhere
Everything comes down
Cascading waves of sound
And colors far away
All around

Nothing seems to fit
Everything’s the opposite
Of what it is anyway
Isn’t it?

And there are spirits
In the air
Threading their way through the rain tonight
And I am nowhere
And everywhere
An echo of a distant tide

Everything is gone
Ideas can't hold on
To anything that’s real
Anymore

Nothing seems to fit
Everything’s the opposite
Of what it is anyway
Isn’t it?

And in the end
This moment never ends
And all we are now
Is all we ever are
Track Name: The Irony of You
You’re still in high school if you know what I mean
You’re somewhere in your forties but you think you’re seventeen
You wanna be a princess but you’ll settle for a queen
Of a nation humbled by the wisdom of your tweets

But you know you know the truth
Oh the irony of you

That plastic sassy vapid Barbie thing you do
With your crocodile tears and your alligator shoes
All combine to define the beauty of your truth
So uou don’t realize your lies apply to you

We all need your common sense
All wanna be your Facebook friend
They all know you are the news
Oh the irony of you

Your clock reads fourteen-fifty-nine
Yeah, you’re running out of time
So make the most of your good-bye
Please come again!

I can read your crooked smile
It shows the substance of your style
It shows you know you know the truth
Oh the irony of you
Track Name: Before I Sleep
Another town, another show
Frank Sinatra on the radio
Got a guitar to play the blues
But I can’t sleep until I talk to you

I got lots of reasons to stay away
Got lots of things I gotta do today
I got distractions to get me through
But I can’t sleep until I talk to you

I need to tell you that I was wrong
I need to see if you're holding on
I need to hear you say you love me
I need to talk to you before I sleep

Got a story in a magazine
Got half a bottle left of Jim Beam
Got this piano to play the blues
But I can’t sleep until I talk to you

In the silence of the falling snow
There’s a kind of psychic undertow
And I’m not sure what’s really true
But I can’t sleep until I talk to you

I need to tell you that I was wrong
I need to see if you're holding on
I need to hear you say you love me
I need to talk to you before I sleep
Track Name: Sad Eyed Rose
She was an artist because she said so
No one ever saw her paintings
She tried to be a mystery, she tried to be a ghost
Sad eyed Rose

She read The Bell Jar and A Room Of One’s Own
Yeah, she was literary
She was a poem in a book full of prose
Sad eyed Rose

There are mysteries in the shadows we’re not supposed to know
Words we’re not supposed to speak
We don’t go where everybody goes
Sad eyed Rose

She said goodbye and then said hello
She was somewhat distracted
By the feel of the sand that clung to her toes
Sad eyed Rose

There are mysteries in the shadows we’re not supposed to know
Words we’re not supposed to speak
She don’t go where everybody goes
Sad eyed Rose

Like a mummy unwrapped, like a sheep in wolf’s clothes
Like a photograph outside the darkroom
I melt in the glare of her secrets exposed
Sad eyed Rose

I’m a prisoner, I’m a fool I suppose
I guess I’m ordinary
‘Cause I believed there was more to the pose of
Sad eyed Rose
Track Name: Alive
It’s a tired world
The television plays
In the darkness
Swimming through the haze
A pale shadow
Of some younger day
A fleeting glimpse of
Something far away

I see a face I recognize
I see the sunlight in your eyes
It reminds me I’m alive
Oh it’s good to be alive, yeah

It’s a tired world
A radio cries
A disconnected noise
A Rush of useless lies
A pale shadow
Of a distant night
Something lost
Something out of time

I hear a voice I recognize
Like the laughter in your eyes
It reminds me I’m alive
Oh it’s good to be alive

I see a face I recognize
Daisies crazy in your eyes
I wanna live like I’m alive
Oh, like I’m alive yeah

I want to live like I’m alive
Every moment, every night
With the flowers and the trees
Bending with the breeze
Sitting in the dark, underneath the stars
Living is a dying art….
Track Name: Making Out with Kate
I used to watch TV
And play video games
I used to be a renaissance man
Until I fell in love with Cate

The way she wears her hair
The way she dots her eyes
And every time she kisses me
It takes me by surprise

I’m just
Making out with Kate
Making out with Kate
I could spend a lifetime
Making out with Kate

I used to have free will
I used to get my way
I used to be a man of destiny
Until I fell in love with Kate

The way I always know
Just what her smile means
And every new day Kate is
The new girl of my dreams

I’m just
Making out with Kate
Making out with Kate
I could spend a lifetime
Making out with Kate

It’s always something new
Somehow it always fits
And every time I kiss her
I taste another girl’s lips

I’m just
Making out with Kate
Making out with Kate
I could spend a lifetime or two
Making out with Kate
Track Name: Waiting All This Time
I've been waiting all this time
Waiting to see you again
Waiting to recognize that smile
Waiting until we can be friends again
I've been waiting all this time
Sitting drunk in front of the fire
Remember the stars and how they shined?
Remember the Island of the Sun?

Do you wonder where I am
A world away around the bend?
Our love was universal and true
Do you know I still love you?

I've been waiting all this time
Feeling dangerously free
In a world swallowed by desire
It doesn't matter much to me

Do you wonder how I am
Writing letters in the sand?
Our love was colorful and bright
And I still love you tonight

I've been waiting all this time
For all my dreams to come true
But all my memories conspire
To bring my dreams back to you
I will always love you
Track Name: The Superhero Song
You never gave me credit, baby
You never game me a chance
Said I had no rhythm, baby
Said I couldn’t dance
But I’m dancing on your grave now baby
I’m dancing through the night
Rocking like Doc Octopus
I’m feeling alright
I wish that I were Spiderman
I wanna walk on walls
I need to be mysterious
To make you wanna call

CHORUS
I wish you could see
I’m secretly better than me
I’m secretly saving the world
I’m secretly getting the girl

I never got my PhD
I never got too smart
I never got to the end of things
I only got to start
But I’m drinking on your grave now, baby
I’m drinking Bullshit Light
Things are getting shaky
But I’m feeling alright
I wanna be Superman
I wanna learn to fly
I need to find an alter-ego
And live before I die

CHORUS

I guess I’m no one special baby
I guess that’s how it goes
I got no secret night life
For a villain to expose.
And I wanna be Spiderman
I wanna walk on walls
And feel tingling in my Spider-sense
Every time you call
I want you to call
I need you to call
Track Name: These Blues
In the evening got these blues in my soul
Can’t sleep in the evening got these blues in my soul
My baby left me and these blues got nowhere else to go

There’s an empty space where my baby used to be
Oh, there’s an empty space where my love used to be
We were dreamers now my dreams are memories

Been night for so long man the sun ain’t gonna rise
Been dark for so long man the sun don’t wanna shine
Our nights were sweet love and now my nights are wasted time

In the morning got these blues in my soul
In the morning still got these blues in my soul
My baby’s left me these blues got nowhere else to go
Track Name: Dreamland (Julia's Song)
If you close your eyes
I’ll sing a lullaby
And I’ll fill it with stars

There’ll be no goodbyes
Under the dreamland skies
Deep in your heart

And the sky will be blue there
Like the trees will be green
As the ocean waves reach for
The land of your dreams

If you close your eyes
You’ll hear seagulls cry
And you’ll feel a soft breeze

And the moon will shine
Along the waterside
In the land of your dreams

And the night will not fade there
And we’ll always be free
Under the Milky Way
In the land of your dreams

If you close your eyes
I’ll sing a lullaby
And I’ll fill it with stars

There’ll be no goodbyes
Under your dreamland skies
We’re never apart