Into the Weeds

by Tom Gavin

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Recorded in Brooklyn, NY, 2006.


released October 30, 2007

Trumpet: Alicia Godsberg
All else: Tom Gavin


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Track Name: Same Mistake
Strain has taken its toll
playing all the usual roles
time on the road, all alone

rain is expected tonight
wait for the river to rise
and wipe all the stones off the road

no signs
no lights
but old lines don't lie

time on the road
is causing the same mistake as before
stay true
to the root of the cure
wipe all the stones of the road

no signs
no lights
but old lines don't lie
time on the road
is going to let you know

no signs
no lights
old times
old lines

time on the road
is causing the same mistake as before
Track Name: Take Some Time
If you take some time
slow into a crawl
everything delays around you
and the same tired eyes
passing through it all
never have a way to find you
every day some kind of invisible barrier grows
and I know
that you'll walk and find
fastened to the door
all your worldly weights have found you
and followed

it's a long day's ride
half a moon or more
all around the sound of oceans
and you know by now
how to choose a course
where to move without commotion
and it's only right if you're already waiting to go
but I know
if I change my mind
how could you be sore?
every path is always open
to follow

if you take some time
if you take some time
and you change my mind
and you wait...
Track Name: Mystery Doctor
Mystery doctor
what have you done?
Blessing me feet first?
I know when to run

slyly arranging
calling to say
listen to me and
I'll do what you say

no more watching birds
no more open hands
I'm left floating my feet in lonely oceans

la la la la la la la la la

calling to see you
hoping to draw
attention to me
well, I know what you saw

lay out your right hand
hmmm, I don't know

trace all your lines and
well, I don't know

name all your vices
still I don't know

take off your lining

no more spoken words
no more holding out
I let go of my dreams and holy notions

la la la la la la la la la
Track Name: Solace in the Lie
You don't have to leave this town
to find a place apart
all around the names align
count them as they change their minds

no friends allowed
and leave your conscience well behind
climb aboard and say goodbye
promise on the way to write

well, you don't have to call in
or to know your reasons why
'cause there's solace in the lie
there's solace in the lie

you don't have to talk it out
to find a common ground
all the oldest faces lie
fashion doesn't reason why

all drunk and buying
something precious, something nice
sweet and soft to woo you right
only long enough to bite

well, you don't have to quarrel
if it's sung a bit too bright
'cause there's solace in the lie
there's solace in the lie

and I remember
the city broke your heart long ago
well now remember
the way you hoped to prove a fit it

you don't have to fall in love
to know what's on your mind
'cause there's solace in the lie
there's solace in the lie

maybe now
while the street's on fire down below
tell the children
the coast is calling
Track Name: Queen of the Rioting
If you would be queen of the rioting
then I could be king by decree
oh yeah
we would be home now
we would be home now

there by the roadside
nobody knows
nobody knows them all

don't worry--why should we?
impatience is just a sign of need

no further time to lose--
accept the results I choose

all lowly cards will soon
embrace with disgust
the final clues

out on our widest wing
we'll let the insults fly free

even the queen's eye can see why
the evidence grows by the day
oh yeah
you should be home now
you should be home now
Track Name: Drag You Down
Are you sleeping?
open your eyes
I stopped a while to wait for the sun to rise

moonlight shining
low hanging clouds
it won't be long before this painted town
loses priceless ground

you were right all along

come on, blindness
turn me around
no longer hoping for a bit of ground

feels like teasing
sells like a smile
but I walk along you now for a patient mile
in a single file

you were right all along

you were right all along

underneath the twilight
this moment seems too finite
it only drags you down

all around us
hollow desires to chase tomorrow
they only drag you down

walk into the weeds and
I may believe your reasons
but they only dragged you down
Track Name: Run Away
Lazy waiting upon your arrival
summer's promised to stay true
but I know it won't

warming thoughts dissolve in a daydream
frozen slowly by sleeping
in the evening cold

if I say to run away
will you?

send a letter home when you're leaving
talk of what you've been dreaming
all the things I don't

while I wait and mope like a smart child
stoic, hoping to freeze time
long enough to grow

did I say to run away?
did you?
Track Name: Lost Son
lost son of the south
don't cross my name out
we've grown apart
but don't doubt where you are now

lie with your own

our lines cross
somewhere that's way off
but too close to drive
come out
break the line now

part with your own
there all alone
Track Name: Only a Ghost
Allow this broken rhyme to ease your woes
of all these wasted lines, believe this one
that I saw in a headline
it's too foolish to quote

dissolving in the air
I followed it tonight
listened on the celing
and talk into the light
but as I wander home
I know it's only a ghost
it's only a ghost
wearing the right eyes

unhand this stolen heart
and lay it down
it haunted all my dreams
until we found it
still, I thought you would stay mine
but you couldn't be sold

the fall of millionaires
has taught it to you right
so pick another reason
that's causing you to fight
'cause as I often don't
I know it's only a ghost
it's only a ghost wearing the right eyes

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