Pop​/​Art

by Adrian Bourgeois

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1.
04:04
Someone plays and his love sings along It's all she can do to remember the song So she makes up words That he feels he's heard Leaving footprints they won't see again A self imposed exile but why not pretend The nostalgia burns Like the bridge they burned So goodbye summer It's all snow tomorrow But before we're away Let's pray for the new December She makes him laugh and he laughs like a child Who would have thought laughter could grow in the wild But they feel at home In the great unknown And it's only the weather That shapes their forever And grants them this day To pray for the new December They held in their hands the keys to the underground But they sold it for daylight Now she's holding his hand as he tells her she can keep the crown With her back towards the kingdom she looks like a queen tonight He shakes his head at the words that she sings Those same words betrayed both the coup and the king Just the day before All for love for sure Now the winter's screaming And the last boat's leaving But before we're away Let's pray for the new December
2.
I saw you at the airport Sitting on the carousel You were waiting to be chosen From the menagerie of shells Oh what a strange tradition How can you fly so well If you take along your baggage You said your number one advantage Was playing piano with your toes And when I asked what it was good for You said you didn't know Then you cried over the question You hadn't thought of that before You knew that it meant something more Let me go back let me go back Go back to the day I was born day I was born 'Cause I'm only getting older But time can't fly a plane I heard you climbed the highest mountain So you'd be close enough to pray But if you fall off of your mountain You will go with God today But if he turns you into a bird Then you could just fly away Oh wouldn't that be something Would you be better off that way? But a bird is a word a bird is just a word Just like on the day I was born day I was born And I'm only getting older But time can't fly a plane Over the ocean See the pilot eclipse the sun As if to say "Oh time don't fly away" Let me go back let me go back Go back to the day I was born day I was born 'Cause I'm only getting older But time can't fly a plane Let me go back let me go back Go back to the day I was born day I was born Just leave me at the airport Where time can't fly a plane I saw you making phone calls To the prisoner on the moon He lost his way to find salvation You lost your way to find salvation
3.
Well it could have been the sea that kept you in your shell It could have been the devil that made your life hell It could have been an angel who blamed you for losing his wings Well it could have been a candle that just burned to quick It could have been a stranger taking treats for tricks It could have been tomorrow that dangled today on a string Well it could have been the summer could have been the spring Could have been the rising cost of a ring Well it could have been any number of things But everybody knows it was me Well it could have been a brainstorm that blew your mind It could have been a timeshare that stole your time It could have been an accident waiting to take control Well it could have been a singer that just wanted a hit It could have been a swinger that swung and missed It could have been the whether or not to stay or go Well it could have been the winter could have been the fall Could have been how you were to pay for it all Well it could have been any number of things But everybody knows it was me It was me who wouldn’t leave you alone It was me who’s so in love with you still It was me who’s gonna be better from now on And if you won’t believe me you know that I will Well it could have been a monster hiding under your bed It could have been a doctor messing with your head It could have been intentions that promised you the sky Well it could have been forever with no time to spare It could have been a crowd but there was nobody there It could have been the myth of a perfect alibi Well it could have been love and maybe it was Could have been a fool who shouldn’t do what he does Well it could have been any number of things But everybody knows yeah everybody knows yeah everybody knows it was me It was me It was me (I’m in love with you still) It was me (I’m in love with you still)
4.
Tell me lies reel me in Don't let me know that you're only fooling When truth becomes the bigger sin Then don't let it be our ruin So humor me a while Slay me with a smile No wonder that that road's less traveled on For the ones who never lie Have all been crucified And so the truth becomes unraveled As I fall in love with the girl in the very front row I found my weakness in the dark I can't see but I'm led to follow I like you just the way you are But as for me I feel so hollow now That's alright I guess I'll get it off my chest And find a place where everything makes sense But even in my pride I can't seem to hide The feeling I betrayed my conscience As I fell in love with the girl in the very front row I used to stare the sunset down Now I know I was only turning And I will wear the thorny crown Because I know that it sure beats burning slow You're too much like wind You will me from within And leave me only pictures of incense And I'm too much like you I believed them too Or maybe I'm just sick of the full scent I fell in love with the girl in the very front row
5.
05:00
Sometimes in the plainest sight I lose things for a while I can't go back to where I left them I cannot force a smile I do not stand among the fools With pockets full of needless holes But then again I cannot find What was here a moment ago Sometimes in a crowded place I cannot hear my voice And in these times I can't believe I came here just by choice And so I raise my voice above The awful din I make it plain That I am not as silent as My silence does proclaim Sometimes in the darkest night I mess around with love The scars behind my eyes do swear I've messed around with love And from your gaze I fled to see I spent three days inside a whale And now I'm free to do your will 'Cause I'm not afraid to fail If I found what I misplaced Would I still ask for more And if I were not a drowning man Would I still love the shore I cannot stay upon this beach I live to catch the perfect wave But still I can't tell if I'm running To or from the grave No I cannot tell if I am running To or from the grave
6.
04:14
Have you ever found yourself or have you just found a companion In everyone who sold you life at a discount And even if the time won't wait do you think you'll still last forever And never dream of sins you can't remember Do you still believe in a past where the future never was better Would you still be dancing if you were sober And even if the time won't wait do you think you'll still last forever And never dream of sins you can't remember So you understand the rain and yet you live your life under cover Do you believe that waterfalls go to heaven And even if the time won't wait do you think you'll still last forever And never dream of sins you can't remember And even if the time won't wait do you think you'll still last forever Do you believe that waterfalls go to heaven
7.
These are the days the days of the flood Where we’re gonna destroy everything that we love woah And the light at the end of the tunnel today Is only the fast approaching train woah We can talk we can talk without any words And be just like wings without any birds I’m losing you woah And now I’m learning to swallow my pride And be put in the ground before I die And you’ll live too woah Let’s betray the truth that fades When love does age I’ll see you ‘round the bend You’re no good at playing pretend But you’re so good at making this end Have it your way Have it your way You and I were just one hit wonders Or the life of a fly or the sound of thunder Then we’re gone gone gone woah And I tried and I tried to change your mind But you’re just so sure that I’ll be fine Well who says you’re wrong? woah We betrayed the truth that fades When love does age I’ll see you ‘round bend You’re no good at playing pretend But you’re so good at making this end Have it your way Have it your way my friend I’m torn by the tears on your face But I know that they won’t leave a trace Have it your way Have it your way The poison you drank You know I drank it first And I was not the one dying of thirst We betrayed the truth that fades When love does age I’ll see you ‘round bend You’re no good at playing pretend But you’re so good at making this end Have it your way Have it your way my friend I’m torn by the tears on your face But I know that they won’t leave a trace Have it your way Have it your way These are the days the days of the flood Where we’re gonna destroy everything that we love
8.
03:10
No words can describe what I have done No one to thank but my imaginary gun So uncivilized have I become The doctor is in but who can tell The doctor must not be feeling very well I despise him so I wish he’d go to hell And I’m saving it for the court and judge Saving it for the Lord above But one more thing I’ll pray That I don’t fall in love on hanging day It’s so nice to meet you or so you say I’d so like to teach you some manners be careful where you stray There are roses here but a thorn puts you away I’ll take your hand if you don’t wash it first You’ll drink my poison until you’ve quenched your thirst Go on read my mind and you’ll see me at my worst And I’m saving it for the court and judge Saving it for the Lord above But one more thing I’ll pray That I don't fall in love on hanging day Day after day inside this tomb Some days I’m so glad I’ve finally given up on you But most days I’m not, I wish you were rotting here too And I’m saving it for the court and judge Saving it for the Lord above But one more thing I’ll pray Don’t give me reason to stay Don’t let me fall in love on hanging day
9.
03:50
So it’s the new year and what a sleepy day it is The puzzles have all been solved the faces can fall in love With themselves again ‘cause there’s always some new beginning To wait for And we are young but that’s no longer new And we will tell you everything, more than you would ever care to know But you can’t say no to fireworks exploding In black and white Some may choose the shining sun Or an ocean over an aquarium And make shadows run but we’ll make fun And we’ll be safe on the bright side of the room So it’s a new day, a day tomorrow will never be And what does it look like and are we more afraid to see Or to dream, but there’s always some new beginning to wait for Or so we believe Some may choose the shining sun Or an ocean over an aquarium And make shadows run but we’ll make fun And we’ll be safe on the bright side of the room No one can tell you how to feel No one can tell you how to feel If you can’t be touched you can’t be healed No one can tell you how to feel No one can tell you how to feel If you can’t be touched you can’t be healed No one can tell you how to feel Some may choose the shining sun Or an ocean over an aquarium And make shadows run but we’ll make fun And we’ll be safe on the bright side Some may choose the shining sun Or an ocean over an aquarium And make shadows run but we’ll make fun And we’ll be safe on the bright side of the room ‘Cause we’re so afraid of beginning
10.
"All that I'm not is now all that you want me for All that I am is what drives you away But all that I am could be chalked on the sidewalk So why not just love me this way?" These were her words to the dark of the TV As she wonders where the night has gone She left it with you and believed you would share it Alone now she waits for the dawn "Don't look away Please Tell me what you want to see instead Please My heart is a thorn to my head Please Don't look away" Heroes and villains can get on for hours Till they become men and just do what they're told And a woman's a girl till she chooses to trust you And she hasn't a friend in the world "Don't look away Please Tell me what you want to see instead Please My heart is a thorn to my head Please Don't look away Don't look away Don't look away" Silhouette surfing the wave of the future She'll disappear when the light is gone You are the wave from which she won't recover And love is a dream with a pillow you smothered And justified all of her fear of the other And as she is gasping for air underwater She admits now the lie too painful to uncover You did nothing so you did nothing wrong Still why does she say why does she cry Why does she pray to the TV tonight "Don't look away Please Tell me what you want to see instead Please My heart is a thorn to my head Please Don't look away Don't look away"
11.
On the dance floor On the dace floor Somebody's blown by the wind In a car chase In a car chase Somebody's going to win In the jungle In the jungle Somebody's singing a hymn In the temple In the temple Somebody's ready to sin And the slave of the rich man beats his wife As the poet of darkness falls on his own knife And somebody's saying stop looking for your life For whoever finds it will surely lose it But we are so respectable Civilization has conquered our minds Waiting in line for the end of the world Fools with too much time On my doorstep On my doorstep Somebody's looking for a score In the courthouse In the courthouse Somebody's pissing on the poor On the radio On the radio Someone will not give up the floor On the internet On the internet Somebody's privatized the war And the children in the classroom learn to not think twice As the church on the hill is crucifying Christ And the ones that he loves most are now paying the price They've been done unto by all the others But we can't be responsible Like any good actors we've learned our lines Waiting for someone to tell us we're right Fools with too much time Fools with too much time On a jet plane On a jet plane Somebody's scared to look down In Africa In Africa Somebody's nailed to the ground In the holy land In the holy land Someone believes he will be found In America In America Nobody's making a sound There's a rumor going round that all the rumors are true And the political tabloids are tangled up in blue Big Brother's only watching, the rest is up to you For man cannot live on bread alone But we are much too practical So it goes is our favorite way to die Waiting for heaven but settling for church Fools with too much time
12.
The silence comes to break your heart You want to run but you know that's Beneath you I can feel you You've tried the needle you've tried the rope You tried to heal and you tried to hope Or did you I believe you Running to the edge of the wall So untamed and so resolved You're so sure I'd take the world from you My sweet enemy The lines are gone to hide the view You wave your wand and still the truth Deceives you I have been you You fly your flag but the battle begins And the only way back is beneath the bridge And you're running too fast to tell That I need you Running to the edge of the wall So untamed and so resolved You're so sure I'd take the world from you My sweet enemy And I'm not changing sides No I'm not changing sides I'm just trying to find you In the whites of your eyes Running to the edge of the wall So untamed and so resolved You're so sure I'd take the world from you My sweet enemy My sweet enemy You know I love you
13.
Tell me what is real Turn a stone into a wheel And I will stay up all night just thinking But every dream that lies And every tear you cry Well I can’t afford to just keep on drinking And I keep counting the ways that I’m Cooler than every square that can’t even fake some surprise I’m still home Under the alias of a self I don’t know Trading hearts for bones But I’m still a believer In everything life can give Though the saddest of memories Are the happiest times I’ve lived Still I’m gonna go deeper Deeper than you can dig For a shot in the dark For a shot in the dark Sailors on the sea Said next time that we meet I will turn to gold all of your emotions But it was not to be As one ship headed east And the other to the bottom of the ocean Some people just shouldn’t talk so loud They say so many things then they don’t make a sound Inside the chamber of my present tense They only raise the rent But I’m still a believer In everything life can give Though the saddest of memories Are the happiest times I’ve lived Still I’m gonna go deeper Deeper than you can dig For a shot in the dark For a shot in the dark And I keep counting the things I say And don’t put into play And all those things I pray and pray and pray and pray and pray With such little faith But I’m still a believer In everything life can give Though the saddest of memories Are the happiest times I’ve lived Still I’m gonna go deeper Deeper than you can dig For a shot in the dark For a shot in the dark
14.
Lay me down I do believe I'm dying Everyday pretends to be the quintessential moment of my life thus far Look how fast the time moves when you're dreaming Maybe all that means is if I'm dreaming what does time really mean Does it change a thing? So wake me up I know I'm breathing Let me live it's only blood If indeed I'm not your favorite Leave me to the howling wind What I'd give to find the source of silence I'd take away its phony crown replace it with a symphony of sound and confidence Don't hold your breath my darling I'm not counting The moments for the air when there's more of it there Because you lay there gasping without reason only will Wake me up I know I'm breathing Let me live it's only blood If indeed I'm not your favorite Leave me to the howling wind There is a girl who sits atop a mushroom She says, "One side makes you smaller and one side makes you wish you were never born" I said, "That's not your line you must be dreaming besides I haven't got the time" She said, "Hey if we're dreaming what does time really mean? No it never changed a thing." So wake me up I know I'm breathing Let me live it's only blood If indeed I'm not your favorite Leave me to the howling wind
15.
04:11
I wanna read your mind I wanna see you shine I wanna spend my dreams inside your field of gold My dear sunflower I wanna stay a child and you to be my smile I wanna take your picture, take you dancing I love my sunflower Beautiful dreamer if you took my picture Could I hang it on the wall Just to see the world through your eyes Just to see things as they really are I wanna know the answers to your questions Mend this cold life make it feel like home For my sunflower Do you want me to mean the things I said inside my head When I first felt the light Of a sunflower My sweet angel if I took you dancing Would you fly me across the floor In the cold light of a mundane melody I swear I will always keep you warm I wanna stay a child and you to be my smile I wanna spend my dreams inside your field of gold My dear sunflower Do you want me to mean the things I said inside my head When I first felt the light Of a sunflower
16.
05:01
I don't want to fight though you've touched me in the wrong way I was up last night just wishing you were dead If I lie nobody hurts but if I cry it only burns me faster I won't say you're mine till you've touched me in the right way I'll just close my eyes as you tear off my head That may sound a little weak but it's my stand against the siege of disaster There's no alibi for swearing your prediction this would kill you would conceal your wish to die And there's no lengths that I won't go to to save you from the sin and the pain of being right But no good friend of mine would touch me like a cold day You pretend that I have lost my will to feel But there's no falser truth than the one you mock with ruthless laughter I don't want to hear you're sorry 'cause I don't regret your eyes when they still believed in sight I don't want to fight though you touched me in the wrong way I'll love you despite all the bitter words we've said If the world refused to turn it would not deter these birds from flying
17.
Do you remember when you were in trouble again And I was selling demons to strangers And everybody said we'd be better off dead Then to leave without our guardian angels But I knew our salvation was near When the music in my head started playing in your head Ain't gonna make a lot of money tonight But if that's alright with you then it's all right Hey pretty girl whatcha doin' alone With the boys who'll drive you mad but they won't drive you home They're gonna laugh just to prove you can cry Hey pretty girl this is no time to die Thought the days are getting darker before they get lighter And there's no time for winners only for fighters Gonna light the way by setting your soul on fire In the land of the lost and the free So this is all that's become of our dream Irony blushing at the beautiful screams Pop music played with a smirk A generation of cynical jerks Where the kids lose their minds just because they get bored The pen is even bloodier than the sword It's just you and me babe on this side of the war In the land of the lost and the free Sweet inspiration I know you've waited To feel loved Life's full of heart attacks and slot machines As the white snow falls on the village green The view from the bridge didn't last too long But this whole town keeps singing its song And we're all going where it has gone Nothing's keeping us here if we don't hold on To God knows what and for God knows how long Though reality is making us a little less pretty We're not looking for vengeance, money or pity We're just trying to find some good in this unholy city In the land of the lost and the free
18.
03:53
I could be searching for answers But I don't want to say I don't already have them I should be a better dancer But I won't give away I have no sense of rhythm On my street they're selling rumors of wars and occupations She says she's not of this world, well that's an understatement I turn around and I'm facing the sound and the fury go round And it's signifying nothing Nobody knows no matter what anybody says They're just wasting so much of your time I just want that feeling again That I know better I know better I know better better better You could be like Charles Darwin Turning wolves into whales and wine back into water While somewhere grieves an angel of Harlem For the palms full of nails of her only begotten daughter Without love it's all a hopeless dream and we won't wake up With only words I won't know what you mean it's just time taken up They're saying things I could never believe You couldn't pay me to see both sides of a heart unbroken Nobody knows no matter what anybody says They're just wasting so much of your time I just want that feeling again That I know better I know better I know better better better Now the kids don't speak And the old don't think Yet we'll somehow sink To heaven Without love it's all a hopeless dream and we won't wake up With only words I won't know what you mean it's just time taken up They're saying things I could never believe You couldn't pay me to see both sides of a heart unbroken Nobody knows no matter what anybody says They're just wasting so much of your time I just want that feeling again That I know better I know better I know better better better
19.
Did you know that the bandage was on fire When you placed it on the burn you received from reaching through the smoke For a flame that would never die Sometimes you heal but you carry yourself home Did you know when they laughed and made you cry They were laughing just to see if tears can come from joy And it seems that they were right Sometimes its real but you carry it alone You carry it alone Now there's poison in the wishing well Poison in the wishing well So you failed to say And I've been drinking it all day But it's so nice to see you anyway You and your picture frame Did you know how to tell me how you feel When I'm painting winter wind as summer breeze but the chill remains so cold And all I say is at least I tried Such faith have I but I cannot make you move Did you know what to make of last night's dream You were visited by angels in your sleep but the angels brought no news And spoke no word but hallelujah Sometimes a dream is nothing more than proof Nothing more than proof Now there's poison in the wishing well Poison in the wishing well So you failed to say And I've been drinking it all day But it's so nice to see you anyway You and your picture frame
20.
03:41
We'll find a way to live through today But as for tomorrow we'll have to borrow All of our time from those left behind The friends we denied before the rooster crowed But love is so much more than letting go It's the heart that beats for someone else's soul We could be parachutes to which the world could hold on as it falls You have no right to sweet dreams tonight But you're tired of talking everyone's talking You weep for no one but you weep for so long So long to every truth that made no sound Now the only sound you hear is here and now The now that you could keep from crashing down We could be parachutes to which the world could hold on as it falls
21.
04:18
Still life Paints the man Pulls back the splendor A canvas uncovered Still life Looks at his hands Won't you title my portrait 'Cause I don't think I can And I hope it's you tonight that I'm thinking of And I'll assume that this is how it feels to be loved Maybe I'm a mountain but I'm still not above this still life Still life Still life Vanity style I could have been someone I should have stayed blind Still life Paints what he sees Cuts out the memories Of auld lang syne And I wish to God you'd let an old painter sleep I don't want another sign to make me believe You can go to hell before you disrupt my dream of a still life Still life
22.
I would walk a hundred thousand miles Just to see you smile Sweet light of mine If I were only given one more wish You know it would be this So Lord let it shine I had a dream that it was judgment day And no one even came Celebrate the news When they say the sky's about to rain I will feel no pain Only doubt All I leave behind here are my chains There is only gain In breaking out And until I find something to lose All I want to do Is celebrate the news Woah any day now any day now Woah the sky will disappear Woah any day now any day now Woah the sun will rise again When they sell my kingdom for a field I'll still only kneel To my king So close your little eyes so full of scorn I have been reborn I'm so free And as we feel ourselves begin to burn Maybe it's our turn So celebrate the news
23.
Sad songs are so very often written So long before you live the words within them How strong do you have to be to change them now Don't wait for time to pass your reservations Don't stay till God decides to turn the station Don't make a promise that you can't lift off the ground Let alone carry it And you're only as strong as your hands can hold And what your hands can't hold you can't claim as yours You're only as strong as your hands can hold And what your hands can't hold you can't claim as yours anymore The rain is getting strong enough to drink And your brain can hardly hear itself to think Your voice strains in your throat for one more note to reach But can you carry it And you're only as strong as your hands can hold And what your hands can't hold you can't claim as yours You're only as strong as your hands can hold And what your hands can't hold you can't claim as yours anymore You bet your heart on that you'd be a star You were wrong you were wrong How lucky you are And you're only as strong as your hands can hold And what your hands can't hold you can't claim as yours You're only as strong as your hands can hold And what your hands can't hold you can't claim as yours anymore
24.
When all that's sentimental's never what is real And you have to go with what is true over what you feel When all that's sacred turns to gold but gold is not what you want 'Cause it reminds you of your friends so easily bought Don't blame the dark you'll have more to fear when it's day Don't blame New York it would just be worse in L.A. Don't blame the sun on the days it goes away And I'll let you ride in my rainy day parade When you've more power now than ever but you haven't the time To do the things you dreamed of doing when you weren't so divine When you play the part of sinner 'cause a saint goes unloved But you still fear the dirty business when push comes to shove Don't blame the dark you'll have more to fear when it's day Don't blame New York it would just be worse in L.A. Don't blame the sun on the days it goes away And I'll let you ride in my rainy day parade When there's no song that can do justice to your pain You'll get no sympathy 'cause you've got no shame When you cut off all your toes just to spite your feet And that's not near the worst you've done to yourself this week Don't blame the dark you'll have more to fear when it's day Don't blame New York it would just be worse in L.A. Don't blame the sun on the days it goes away And I'll let you ride in my rainy day parade

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released February 4, 2014

All songs written, arranged and produced by Adrian Bourgeois
All instruments and vocals by Adrian Bourgeois except as noted

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"Just when a tune has ingratiated itself into your memory, in the way the kind of pop music does that inspires one to whistle, the melody sweeps upward, turning and dancing in that unpredictable way that a flock of birds does when it moves toward the sun." (SN&R)
"Lush with strings, angelic harmonies and melodies that swoop and soar like a hook-laden roller coaster"(Sacramento Bee)
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