From The Bottom Of The Lake

by Paul Piper

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released July 28, 2014

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Track Name: I'm Doing OK
I want you to know that I'm doing OK
Though we don't talk
Maybe it's better that way

You sold out, made a nest
Well take it from me, I am second best
But I'm doing OK
Yeah I'm doing OK

The grass grows taller on the other side
We can talk talk talk it like, like a scythe
But I'm doing OK
Yeah I'm doing OK

I have my body, I have my health
But I left my heart with someone else
And I choose my words carefully
I have my body, I have my health
But I left my heart with someone else
And I choose my words ever so carefully

Baby, I'll follow you through the river
You can wash your skin, hold me under the water
Track Name: Train Upon The Tracks
I'm not coming back
I'm a train upon the tracks
I can slow it down or circle round
but I'm not coming back
Track Name: In Fits And Starts
When I was young, I thought I was cursed
But now I'm older, well it's getting worse
Sometimes I feel all I do is wrong
I'm standing still but I can always run

So what's the point in putting you first?
What's the point if true love waits for you?
What a waste of time taking hate to the hearse
You can take your time if true love waits for you

I am free, I am free
to live my life how i decide to see
Yeah I'm free
to live my life how I decide to be

When I left my broken home
Into a world full of weighted hope
Well I never knew life could be so alone
But I've a voice and I'll call you now and then
Now and again

So what's the point in putting you first?
What's the point if true love waits for you?
What a waste of time taking hate to the hearse
You can take your time if true love waits for you

I am free, I am free
to live my life how i decide to see
Yeah I'm free
to live my life how I decide to be

In fits and starts
In broken hearts
Well I think I'll pass

So what's the point in putting you first?
What's the point in true love waiting for you?
What a waste of time taking hate to the hearse
You can take your time if true love waits for you
Track Name: Grudges
Today I saw a rainbow
But I didn't feel rain
What could my tiny heart know
To pour water down the drain?

I wish I could understand
Teach a man how to hold his grudges
I wish I could understand
I wish I could understand

So I slowly found my way out
Stayed silent as the moon
Cast light upon your fingers
And Threw coins into your womb

I wish I could understand
Teach a man how to hold his grudges
I wish I could understand
I wish I could understand

So don't hold me down
And don't ask to come around
And don't hold me down again

I wish I could understand
Teach a man how to hold his grudges
I wish I could understand
I wish I could understand

See how strong I am
Track Name: Snow Song
Yesterday, the snow fell like rain
It covered the rooftops and the cars
I don't really know if you are who I think you are

That music my grandfather played
I can still hear it playing from the past
I don't really know if you are who you say you are

So tell me friend, do old lovers pretend
And act like they ever gave a damn?
I don't really know if I am who I say I am

In the end, will I comprehend
Or spend my days buried in the sand?
I just wanna know if I am who I think I am

Yesterday, the snow fell again
And we signed our names in the drift
By this, the next day it had melted away
Leaving nothing but twigs and grit
Track Name: Animals On The Street
There's animals on the street
Armed with claws and teeth
Just bodies of living meat
And there's a sky beyond the clouds
Yeah I really should get out
And see what the fuss is all about
All about

Did you hear bout our old town?
Yeah they're tearing it all down
Building shopping malls and factory stalls where woolies used to be
And I loved that little place
I'm getting nostalgic and I'm done
I'm fucking done

Woah, into the night I go
Into this void
This cacophony of noise

It's been said I seem intense
Well blame it on my parents
And ying & yang and Peter Pan. Escapist childhood dreams
I know that sounded odd
But I have to FAWM a song
Been lying here at 6am with the cat (sophie) sat on my lap
Well I'm not coming back
I'm a train upon the tracks
I can slow it down or circle round or take the scenic route
And I think that's what I'll do
This time I'll follow through
I'll make a plan and stick with it
Yeah I'll stick with it

Woah, into the night I go
This blessed void
This cacophony of noise

I always try my best
But I often make a mess
Forget the lines and easy rhymes... errr, something, rest
I'll leave it at that
Maybe I will come back
And finish this
And finish that

Woah, into the night I go
This blessed void
This cacophony of noise
Woah, into the night I go
This blessed void
This catastrophy of noise
Track Name: Farewell (Fire In Your Heart)
As it turns out, that fire in your heart was just a spark
And as I found, the light behind your eyes was only dark

I might as well say goodbye now
I've never said my prayers aloud

And then I found, the amber in your soul was only coal
And the light, the light behind your eyes was a disguise

I might as well say goodbye now
I've never said my prayers aloud
This is the first time
Track Name: From The Bottom Of The Lake
I breathe black water
From the bottom of the lake
Far away from my mother's beating heart
Oh how I rue my mistakes

Such a shame, such a waste, such a tragedy!

Did you know I'd always leave you?
And do you know I have regrets?
I know I said I'd always haunt you (in time)
But a fading ghost will forget

Such a shame, such a waste, such a tragedy!

Won't you lay her next to me
In the rushes and the reeds?
Lay her body next to me
Will you place her by my side
In the glimmering lake light?
Lay her body next to mine

I rest here in the darkness
Beyond the borders of the sun
Beyond the distant call of home
Beyond the beating of your drum

Such a shame, such a waste, such a tragedy!

Will you lay her next to me
In the rushes and the reeds?
Lay her body next to me
And will you place her by my side
In the glistening daylight?
Will you lay her by my side

Such a shame, such a waste, such a tragedy!
Such a shame, such a waste, such a tragedy!
Such a shame, such a waste, such a tragedy!
Such a shame, such a waste, such a tragedy!
Track Name: Stay In Your Car
This ain't a song, this ain't a start
Stay where you are, stay in your car
I ain't gonna stop if you're not looking to part

The heat it radiates my scars
These arguments, they break my heart
I'm not gonna stay if you're pushing me away

Today I miss my little friend
My home is empty, clean and bare
I'm not gonna lie, yeah I miss you being there
No I'm not gonna lie, yeah I miss you being there
Track Name: I Will Make All Things Right
Let's get this shit done
There's some words to be sung 'bout the sad things we focus on
You make your own line by just doing things fine and wrong

And I've been here before
But I hung in the door letting all the warm air outside
Well I'm just a part of the sum of all parts of your life

You
Well I bet you're right
I will stay up all night
Me
Well I'm such a sight
But I will make all things right

Can this just be done
There's a change yet to come, time is running low
Youth owes me no debt I make my own bets with my bones

You
Well I bet you're right
I will stay up all night
Me
Well I'm such a sight
But I will make all things right

Say you do and say you don't
We come in two, we come and go

You
Well I bet you're right
I will stay up all night
Me
Well I'm such a sight
But I will make all things right
And I will stay up all night
Track Name: Happy Birthday (See You Soon)
I'm almost done
I'm out of breath
I can leave my lungs
and lay to rest
I am all burnt out

Stay with me
Hold my hand
I'm not bad
I'm just a man
Who is all out of luck

So happy birthday
I'll see you soon
I'll see you soon

I've said my prayers
And I've sung my blues
I've settled debts
And paid my dues
I am all burnt out

I have nothing left
No cheating death
No surrogates
Or cigarettes
Time for me to bow out

So Happy Birthday
I'll see you soon
I'll see you soon
I miss you too (say it is alright)
I'll see you soon (I'll see you in the next life)
I'll see you soon (say it is alright, I'll see you in the next life)
I'll see you soon (say it is alright, I'll see you in the next life)

So Happy Birthday
I'll see you soon