Somnambulist

by Wisdom Tooth

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released May 9, 2011

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Track Name: I Found It
I feel I’m entering a new dimension
Oh did I mention I found it so hard
And now that it’s been brought to my attention
Oh did I mention I found it so hard

I learned that the feeling holds no promise
Oh answer isn’t there
I learned that the feeling holds no kindness
Oh the wide world doesn’t care

-doesn’t care-

The big and the small, envelope it all, envelope it all
The windows and walls, demolish them all, demolish them all
Change me for good to the person that I intend to become
And then I will lay in the coastal sun

I heard an unfamiliar name
And oh did I mention, I found it so hard
Time and again, babe, it was the same
And oh did I mention, I found it so hard

I watched rain fall out on the bay
I hope that you know that I swallowed my pride
I watched and I wished I knew how to say
I hope that you know, you know that I tried

-that I tried-

The big and the small, envelope it all, envelope it all
The windows and walls, demolish them all, demolish them all
Change me for good to the person that I intend to become
And then I will lay in the coastal sun
Track Name: Southern Cross
And maybe it’s time now
To take that bus ride into town
The seasons rise and fall
And the changing wears us down

Oh and for your share
You roll into your old despair
But it’s just the world and we’re just alive
And it’s just a truth that we live beside

And I waited for you to finish
Two bodies so unfinished

Maybe we’ll go mad
Thinking bout the things/lives that we never had
But if I’m your northern star
Then you’re my southern cross

And the light is pure
But you’re not in it
And God says he’s sure
But you’re unrepentant

Take me up, take me up
With you when you rise
Take me up, take me up

Maybe we’ll go mad
Thinking bout the things/lives that we never had
But if I’m your northern star
Then you’re my southern cross
Track Name: Station Wagon
Always you must start by starting
You must fold your flag in five
You must dress yourself each morning
You’re a bird nesting in a beehive

And again you’re faking fever
Going for a Sunday drive
Late November scattered showers
On the Douglas fir and the bishop pine

Stored away your summer garments
Mourning still for girls gone by
But the body, yeah, is so resilient
Every day it manages to rise

Could produce a final wonder
Infant thing with untrained eyes
My expression is embarrassed
Parentless and paralyzed

Saw her at a Christmas party
At the house of an old friend of mine
I am still prepared for plenty and
I am prepared to improvise

Her car was a station wagon and the
Defrost was turned on high and the
Driveway was wet with old snow
And black in places with the melting ice
Track Name: Low Tide
From goodbye to goodbye
When it’s high time, you know it’s high time
You could sit by and watch high tide
Turn low tide in no time

You drove down to the parking lot
And walked alone into the oxbow woods
I can’t believe you never got caught
I woulda been killed right where I stood

Yeah your old man on the telephone
Saying why don’t you ever come home
Saying where did you run off to
You know you don’t have to go it all alone

Get up, get gone, where will you go
It’s a deadlock, it’s a no-go
Driving fast over the overpass
The old timers wanna take it so slow
Yeah the old timers wanna take it so slow


I dreamt of a different town
Where the cops never came around and
I dreamt of a midnight choir
I loved the way the hymns resounded

I would like to be so high
I’m so low when I’m the one in need and
I would like to come inside
Take inventory of your diseases

You drove South on the freeway
In California, you are never alone
A thousand demanding notices
Your rent, you car payments, your student loans

I know it’s smart to be honest
But I don’t wanna give anything away
I’m putting all my money down on this
I wanna hear you say you’re glad you stayed
I wanna hear you say you’re glad you stayed
Track Name: The Sun Giveth
the sun giveth and the fog taketh away
the summer giveth and the fall taketh away
oh somnambulist, oh somnambulist

the night giveth and day taketh away
the ground giveth and the sky taketh away
oh somnambulist, oh somnambulist

the mouth quivered, it forgot how to relay
the face flickered, it forgot how to convey
oh somnambulist, oh somnambulist

the moon lingered throughout the bluest day
why you hanging round? no one said that you could stay
oh somnambulist, oh somnambulist
Track Name: Everything's Green
We are closing the space between us
All year everything’s green
We are losing the ground between us
And I can walk down to Ocean Beach

Oh the midwest
To the winter you succumb
You are nowhere
And it’s your turn to newly become

And what would you go back to
No one lives in the place where they’re from
How you longed to hear
You are the only one

It’s a wild card
An unlikely turn of events
Well you’ve come this far
You can’t possibly be homesick yet

And where would you go home to
No one lives in the place where they’re from
How you longed to hear
You are the only one
Track Name: Lake Companion
Lake Companion where we stayed
Wind that weaved the sky in braids
Time released and time delayed
Tentative but not afraid

Maybe I will just go wild
Oh some people go wild and they don’t come back
And when I have been gone a while
Know some people go wild and they don’t come back
Cause you can’t come back looking like that

Lake Companion ten miles east
Where we sleep our double sleep
Love withheld and love released
Double dream of summer heat

Maybe I will just go wild
Oh some people go wild and they don’t come back
And when I have been gone a while
Know some people go wild and they don’t come back
Cause you can’t come back looking like that
Track Name: Other Acts of God
Why want what one needs?
My love is traveling far from me
Oh and by degrees
We become people we had not foreseen

Fight, flight, flee or flow
Oh and I’ve never known a friend from foe
I find me alone
I don’t mind, it’s a nice walk home

You would halt the coming of the night
But I can sleep through
You’re awake and feeling for the light
But I can sleep through

You just hang around and weigh the odds
But I can sleep through
Fires and floods and other acts of god

Fight, flight, flow or flee
My love is traveling far from me
Oh and I can see
A bright thing dimming at the heart of me

Fight, flight, flee or flow
Oh and I’ve never known a friend from foe
I find me alone
I don’t mind, it’s a nice walk home

You would halt the coming of the night
But I can sleep through
You’re awake and feeling for the light
But I can sleep through

You just hang around and weigh the odds
But I can sleep through
Fires and floods and other acts of god
Track Name: The Source of The Light
Oh not quite, I'm always almost but not quite
Oh the light, I swear you're the source of the light

Blue and white, and for gold holding desperate to light
Until night when your shoulders stay steady despite

Come on fight, oh such sacred unshakable pride
Oh the shine, such a vivid and volatile shine
Track Name: Dad's Guitar
It looks so warm in there where you are
I would like to hold my hands over the fire
I would like to hear you play you dad’s guitar
I would like to feel my hands, I would like to feel my hands

We will all be dead and gone, we will all be dead and gone
By the time the poisoned grass grows back on the lawn

It looks so warm in there where you are
I would like to hold my head inside the fire
Maybe someday I can play your dad’s guitar
I would like to feel firsthand, I would like to understand

We will all be dead and gone, we will all be dead and gone
By the time the upstairs neighbors cease to carry on
Track Name: All to the Wind
July turns in
Like it just might never return again
Love goes astray

And the thing within
That she’s so busy protecting
It’s no use trying to get her to say

And I know deep down
That I shouldn’t be hanging around
The ones left now are the ones who refuse to leave

If I knew its shape
I’d go feel for it myself
Out in the street down on my hands and knees

Headlights, dead nights, all right
The same cloud came down, drained the sky of light
Give and gain, wax and wane, and cast it all away
And fan your shy flame at least once every day

Great heights, blues and whites, all right
Answer right, and you might, all right
Gather round your lost and found and cast them all to the wind
And fan your shy flame at least every now and again