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(the birds are still singing)

by Dylan Rodrigue

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1.
I got a daily routine and it gives my life meaning I make my body sweat then I stare at the ceiling Got a SM58 and Mexican Strat Got protein powder and a yoga mat Got a lovely little life in a middle class home But I'm sick of going it, sick of going it, sick of going it alone I made myself money when I made the song sappy But nothing I do ever makes me happy When I feel real low I can meditate And when that doesn't work I self-medicate I can lower my heart rate, I can sit like a stone But I'm sick of going it, sick of going it, sick of going it alone Every time I think I've figured it out alright I wake up making out with myself at night Can't fall back asleep I just cry and moan Yea I'm sick of going it alone, I'm sick of going it alone No one should have this much introspection You look outside and all you see is your own reflection I get myself dirty then I clean myself up Cigarette after sex, pour the wine in my cup I made myself king and I built my own thrown But I'm sick of going it, sick of going it, sick of going it, sick of going it, sick of going it, sick of going it, sick of going it alone
2.
(Hall) [The] 02:02
He just shrugged when you told him you've been seeing someone He said, "We were never in it for the long haul" Well two years seems like a long haul to me but I guess it's all relative Now there's a weight in the air but I only half care I'm tired of reading too much into these things If it doesn't feel right we'll just let it unravel like shoe strings I guess we'll never really know When it's time to go For the long haul We always try to be friends then I end up in your bed Contemplating the meaning of everything Given any ideal I don't know how to feel about anything You say you don't know what to do then I say, "Me too" If I was certain I would tell you right now, babe But nothing's ever clear, it's so far yet so near, it's so grey, babe I guess we'll never really know When it's time to go For the long haul I guess we'll never really know When it's time to go For the long haul
3.
Forgetting 03:03
Didn't mean to make the wrong impression In and out again Seem to push in the wrong direction I piss where you've just been What slipped your mind was having fun What slipped my mind was hit and run But maybe forgetting was our biggest mistake Maybe forgetting kept us from that lucky break, lucky break Cheap denial makes the world go round It helps you love yourself I forget the silence, you forget the sound Til we're strangers to everyone else What slipped your mind was making love What slipped my mind was the place above But maybe forgetting was our biggest mistake Maybe forgetting kept us from that lucky break But maybe forgetting was the best mistake to make To make
4.
(soandso) 02:26
I play music with the son of so-and-so And I smoke weed with the daughter of so-and-so And I'm best friends with a friend of so-and-so So don't call me a so-and-so, don't call me a so-and-so, no I met so-and-so a the Zebulon She got me back stage at the Terragram She introduced me to her so-and-so So don't call me a so-and-so, don't call me a so-and-so, no I made out with the sister of so-and-so She said she'd get me in the video Was totally in with the hang at the studio So don't call me a so-and-so, don't call me a so-and-so Cause I've got big things coming my way I've got got big things coming my way You'll all say you knew me when I was just a so-and-so So don't call me a so-and-so, don't call me a so-and-so, no I got drinks with so-and-so's booker She likes my stuff and she's a real good looker So now I'm a rock star, no longer a hooker So don't call me a so-and-so, don't call me a so-and-so Cause I've got big things coming my way I've got got big things coming my way You'll all say you knew me when I was just a so-and-so So don't call me a so-and-so, don't call me a so-and-so, no
5.
You called me on my birthday, now I know you're alive Yes and I'm still alone but with a means to survive And if you still think of me as a regression Then it's about time I learned my lesson If there's something to be said I better say it quick Cause everything I touch does the vanishing trick I slept for forty days and forty nights Turned my room to a cocoon, shoot out the lights And yes I did some comfort drinking A swimming pool full of liquor to sink in I was only halfway lying when I called in sick Cause everything I touch does the vanishing trick What about you? How have you been? What about you? Are you happy again? What about you? Are you really living now? Good, good, good for you I got a picture of you left on my phone And sure I pull it out some nights when I'm home alone Some call it self-sabotage, I call it therapy The only evidence left of you and me It's a memory candle I've burned to the wick Cause everything I touch does the vanishing trick Everything I touch does the vanishing trick Everything I touch does the vanishing trick
6.
She said, "I just need some space" I said, "That's all you ever want" She said, "That's just what I need" I said, "I want to die" She said, "That sounds familiar" I said, "That's just how I feel" She said, "That's so sad" I said, "That's just life, baby" She said, "Who knows, maybe one day" I said, "Maybe one day what?" She said, "We will be together" I said, "I'm sick of hypotheticals" She said, "You make me feel pressured" I said, "God, this should be easy" She said, "It's never been easy" I said, "That's just life, baby" And it's a beautiful beautiful world and baby I love you, yea And It's a beautiful beautiful world and baby I do I said, "Tell me what's wrong" She said, "Nothing's wrong" I said, "I can see it in your eyes" She said, "You're just tripping" I said, "I'm sorry, nevermind" She said, "It's all cool" I said, "I really want you back" She said, "That's just life, baby" I said, "There must be a reason" She said, "A reason for what?" I said, "The love that I feel" She said, "I wish I could help you" I said, "You know you can help me" She said, "I'd only be lying" I said, "Since when does that stop you?" She said, "Well that's just life, baby" And it's a beautiful beautiful world and baby I love you, yea And It's a beautiful beautiful world and baby I do She said, "I'm sorry I hurt you" I said, "I'm sorry right back" She said, "It'll all be okay" I said, "Oh yea, I know" She said, "I get crazy sometimes" I said, "No shit, babe" She said, "I wish things were different" I said, "Well that's just life, baby" She said, "I wanna move to Africa" I said, "I wanna move to France" She said, "Well, that won't work out" I said, "I guess I'll move to Africa" She said, "You're such a pushover" I said, "It's only cause I love you" She said, "Love somebody else" Well ain't that life, baby And it's a beautiful beautiful world and baby I love you, yea And it's a beautiful beautiful world and baby I love you, yea And it's a beautiful beautiful world and baby I love you, yea And It's a beautiful beautiful world and baby I do Baby I do
7.
(god) 02:40
Time stops moving when we stop singing, "I'll love you til the cows come home" So we're work work working for the man man man Nine to five baby when in Rome As if we're the dumb little children with nothing to do Fifty cent from the dollar, give the rest back to you So we dream dream dream of a big big love Gigantic, gigantic Seeing animals in the stars above Man, you're such a romantic I saw that look that you gave him as you passed in the hall Supposed to feel something but babe, I feel nothing at all Time will pass and we'll meet in the Eternal Valley But until then I'm done scraping the scent off a lily You're so influential, but I don't mind since I found God God God God God God
8.
I stopped sleeping so well the night you threw me away Me and Jamison cuddled, til night turned to day As our little love nest transformed into a thorny thicket If I said it was easy, you best believe I was lying Professing love for my life, you best believe I was dying Sucking every last drop out of one drink ticket And it's so easy to say that I'm finally one with myself That the forced isolation was a milestone to my precious health You kept the necklace I gave you, I kept the trampoline Wasn't surprised when you left me for a pyramid scheme Took the appropriate actions but it's never enough Now that I'm free of the wrath of your love I wrote so many songs trying get over you Til it started to seem like the wrong thing to do As I looked in the mirror and saw your face in my reflection No friend that I had could ever stop the obsession Any cordial little push in a better direction So you ask how things are, I can't answer, it's a loaded question And it's so easy to say that the Heavens have begun to awaken And that the Almighty light replaced the piece of my heart that was taken But the truth is revealed in the tears in my eyes The lows always outnumber the few and far between highs Still desperately searching for diamonds in the rough Now that I'm free of the wrath of your love They say time heals all wounds but sometimes time wounds the heals If you've ever been addicted then you know how it feels Every lover since you has been methadone to the actual habit And I've lived long enough to know that a good thing was tried You don't truly know the good thing til the good thing has died And then you're clawing at thin air in a last ditch attempt to grab it And there's an unknown destination and I'm trying to get there As the automatic time bomb in my throat says a quarter to nowhere It'll all simmer down like the psychiatrist said Double the prescription and send me to bed But the pain won't subside, I need more of that stuff Now that I'm free of the wrath of your love Now that I'm free of the wrath of your love Now that I'm free of the wrath of your love
9.
Junkie 02:17
She said, "I'm tired of hurting you" And yea I'm tired of you hurting me too But I feel like a junkie when we talk on the phone I feel like a junkie crying all alone But I would take you right back cause I'm a junkie for you I never loved nobody as much as I've loved you And if you love him more then I guess there's nothing I can do Cause I feel like a junkie when you leave me in the dark You took my Blue and my Court and Spark But I'd take you right back, cause I'm a junkie for you Stupid addiction, got me fighting a war I won't ever win Stupid affliction, just a holding on is my worst sin I'm a fish out of water every time that we talk You're the air I was breathing through But I would take you right back cause I'm a junkie for you So forget those words, forget that stupid thought And I'll forget this mess that I thought I already forgot Cause I feel like a junkie when the feeling comes back My sky turns grey and my heart turns black But I would take you right back cause I'm a junkie for you Cause I'm a junkie for you Cause I'm a junkie for you
10.
I think I saw you somewhere in a dream In a place where no one cares about what's right or wrong I think you caught me out there, singing someone else's song You looked up from your dirty magazine I think I saw you somewhere in a dream I think we met before I was conceived Dancing round a motel in our underwear It's an inside joke that no one gets cause no one else was there It's a tale I told that nobody believed I think we met before I was conceived But we all need something, something To get us through the night And I've decided, decided That for me it's you So give me something, something Tell me everything's alright Tell me all these nightmares ain't as real as they seem Cause I swear I saw you somewhere in a dream I think I might be crazy but that's alright Small hallucinations, they get the best of me But I'll take these delusions if it means they'll set me free Anything just to shed a little light I think I might be crazy but that's alright And all these thoughts can boil into steam But I swear I saw you somewhere in a dream
11.
Rest your weary head, little angel Soon the pain will slowly fade away I know the good life takes a toll on you And it hurts just to walk it out for one more day But do you know how beautiful you are? How beautiful you are as I lay you down? You should know how beautiful you are How you beautiful you are as I lay you down You can rest your tired eyes, everything's okay When the thing that you love is what ails you And a fever is hanging over everything When the darkness tries to lay its dirty hands on you To make it go away I would do anything Just so you know how beautiful you are How beautiful you are as I lay you down You should know how beautiful you are How you beautiful you are as I lay you down You can rest your tired eyes, everything's okay Do you know how beautiful you are? How beautiful you are as I lay you down? You should know how beautiful you are How you beautiful you are as I lay you down You can rest your tired eyes, everything's okay
12.
Took the training wheels off the bike The trampoline is folded up by the trash We run outside, then I play dead Some things don't change We still want attention To prevent the low And sustain the high Just like we used to So young, so dumb Repeat, repeat, repeat From toys to laptops, from racecars to fetishes It comes around, you're still a little kid From Capri Sun to Jamison The poisons change, but the birds are still singing Prevent the low Sustain the high Just like we used to So young, so dumb Repeat, repeat, repeat I pick the memory that's not so mean You and I on the trampoline I pick the memory that's not so mean You and I on the trampoline Now there's dirt where it once stood The birds are still singing

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Songs from the belly of a whale. Oh the joy of certainty in the face of utter chaos. Jesus and futurist glory child. My journey enters the proximal urethra with open bowels and broken arms. So thankful for the love of what lies within.

Special thanks to my messy boys: Malachi DeLorenzo, Robbie Landburg and Jason NeSmith. And thank you to the Mint Man, Ian Lipson... Mint for days. Damn that mint is fine as fuuuunky little dandy. Also much thanks to the bad boys in the sanctuary (you know who you are) and the record label who loves this album (I don't know who you are but I think you're sexy). Thank you to all those who wear nothing when something is required. Thank you for being you. Don't you EVER stop. Go go go gurl! Remember, even TIME is temporary.

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released February 14, 2022

Cover Art by Robbie Landsburg
Produced by Malachi DeLorenzo and Dylan Rodrigue
Mixed by Malachi DeLorenzo
Mastered by Jason NeSmith

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