twoheartsone

by about a girl

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1.
I am lying on a bed alone In a lonely hotel room And I am dreaming of your breath on my face And your weight pressing down, pressing down So down without you Can’t wait till I get home, can’t wait to see your face Then it’s a beautiful day Can’t wait till I get home, can’t wait to see your face Then it’s a beautiful day Endless meetings and airports and strangers who Persist in failing to keep my mind off of you I draw on pads of paper designs that make no sense Three days is just too long, too long, too long, my darling Can’t wait till I get home, can’t wait to see your face Then it’s a beautiful day Do you remember saying we’d never be apart? Every return I feel a soldier to your warmth, to your warmth You are lying on a bed alone With a book across your chest I hate to wake you, for a moment I just stare You’re so lovely, I couldn’t care Couldn’t care about nothing else ‘cause you’re here And finally I’m home, so glad to see your face It’s such a beautiful day
2.
05:10
It is late and I’ve been drinking Got me thinking about everywhere Here at 3am, the streets are thinning Someone is coming, I am sure In Amsterdam, they are out Walking their dogs in Vondelpark, while In Amman, that cab driver Is stopping for some tea And my baby says, oh, won’t you come to bed? I cannot guarantee if you don’t hurry up In Baghdad, sober soldiers are sweating in the sand And I don’t-- even know their names No I don’t-- even know your name On the Ganges, they are washing up Someone is dying, they push the boats to the sea While in Kyoto, they’re celebrating Eating with friends and folks beneath the trees While in Guangzhou, they are working Well that’s what my little brother says And in Christchurch she is breaking up An awkward conversation at best Then my baby says, oh, won’t you go to sleep? Would you quit making all that god-damned noise? ‘Cause in Portland, it’s after midnight And some little baby's being born And I probably won’t ever know his name No I won’t ever know her name No I won’t ever know your name
3.
Just let your skin fall like you’re taking off Your robe at the foot of your lover’s bed And grip your heart out and give it to him You already know what he will do ‘Cause you’ve already been here before The past throws shadows on the wall Then let your knife prise your precious eyesight You see there is something you can do Grasp your tongue tightly and pull it silent There will be no fighting anymore You already know that I’m a fool The past throws shadows on me and you You already know that I’m a fool I’d do anything you ask me to
4.
There’s a black boy in front of me on the train And his mama is teaching him how to count to ten Tell me how long, oh, how long Oh will his teachers have time for him, I wonder When there’s 34 other kids in the room to reach Oh, tell me how long, oh, how long Tell me how long, oh, how long Well I know things could be different If we wanted them to be different, sometimes I think we do Well, he’s a victim of our neglect, a martyr for politics When so much money goes military, he’s a prisoner of war, prisoner of war Her books are last century and she buys supplies with her money Then they go and tell her, “You’re gonna be held accountable” Oh, tell me how long, oh, how long Tell me how long, oh, how long Well I know things could be different If we wanted them to be different, sometimes I think we do Well, he’s a victim of our neglect, a martyr for politics When so much money goes military, he’s a prisoner of war, prisoner of war Oh tell me you’re listening I know somebody’s listening Please tell me things will change At least give us the military budget and some change Now the White House is clamoring for 72 billion more While kids in Chicago won’t finish high school, they pay for war Oh, tell me how long, oh, how long Tell me how long, oh, how long
5.
Just like that the world reached up and pulled you to the ground You could have denied, been consumed and let the ones that you love drown But, oh, darling, you could be the most courageous Angel that I’ve ever known Just like that you fought off a hundred demons at one time From the depths of your own sorrow you made the darkness shine Oh, darling, you could be the most creative Angel that has ever flown And we’ve no glimpse of the storms that lash behind a stranger’s eyes And I just can’t see the storms that rage behind your lonely eyes, Just like that your grace and power overwhelmed the void You took a family that was so lost and helped them find their joy Oh, darling, you could be the most courageous Angel that I’ve ever known Oh, darling, you could be the most creative Angel that has ever flown
6.
Just like a baby in your arms You’ll never let her come to harm Just like a baby in your womb That wants to exit much too soon It’s cold in this car And I say I don’t care where you are It’s cold in this car And I say I don’t care Just like the words we had to choose To chart our course and still not lose Just like a melody in your mind You have to grab it ‘fore it flies It’s cold in this car And I say I don’t care where you are It’s cold in this car And I say I don’t care The photographs tell a story that I Almost convince myself to believe Packed up all of my belongings, books in boxes stacked up on the passenger seat It’s cold in this car And I say I don’t care where you are It’s cold in this car And I say I don’t care Just like a baby in your arms Just like a baby
7.
Loud voices break the sanctuary that is our home We wake up like we haven’t slept at all I wish I could comfort you with my mere presence It’s hard to hold each other from such emotional distance You cannot go because I love you You cannot go, I’m thinking of you all the time I could never forget the face you made when you and I met You bent yourself toward the ground with a look of success at the lost and found The weather turned northwest, too many things to get off our chests Still in spite of the storm, I dream it’s you when I open the door You cannot go because I love you You cannot go, I’m thinking of you all the time I made this look like anyone else’s song But it was only yours No words or smiles can concea the miles of space between you and me We might press our bodies near but we cannot move this mountainscape So, I trust nothing now except that maybe the hands will change I just missed my plane, I was staring into space You cannot go because I love you You cannot go, I’m thinking of you all the time
8.
03:38
Caroline, pick up the line I know that where you are it’s the middle of the night Please pick up the phone, Caroline Caroline, I know it’s been some time And that your new boy is right by your side I’m so sorry to wake you tonight But you know you’re my only connection to everything Van Well I get it, yeah, I got it I know what I’m supposed to do Yeah, I know, I know, I know Caroline, I feel emotionally blind I hope that you don’t mind too much Please pick up the phone, Caroline Caroline, I’m standing outside Of her apartment, I really need some advice Please pick up the phone, Caroline ‘Cause you know you’re my only connection to everything Van Well I get it, yeah, I got it I know what I’m supposed to do Yeah, I know, I know, I know I think she cut, I think she cut her hair
9.
They’ll strip you naked, burn your robes Bury your memories with your songs They’ll outlaw your beliefs And pave over your history Until you learn how to be dark Until you learn how They’ll twist your language, erase your words Turn your women into whores They’ll pit their children against yours Until you’re frozen to your core Until you learn how to be dark Until you learn how And I listened to your song 17 times by myself I listened to your song 31 times by myself I listened to your song 59 times by myself I listened to your life 97 times by myself Until, until... Until one morning, you feel a sudden calm The sirens blaring in your head have stopped You see the smashed skull of a uniformed man And blood crawling down both of your hands Until you learn how to be dark Until you learn how...
10.
I like to think of the sunlight slanting Through you window catching the strands of your hair I like to think about the contrast Of the straps of your white dress against your brown skin That’s my memory, you tattooed on my skin Oh, so long ago Yet it will last forever And I like to think about the weight Of your body rising before you fall I like to think about the tears That broke so softly between our cheeks That’s my memory, written on my tongue I can’t get the taste of salt Out of my mouth Out of my mouth And I like to feel the pain of loss I’m very good at conjuring you up I like to feel the depth of self-doubt I know that someone will try to pull me out That’s my memory, tracing through my veins Your saliva coating Always to remain That’s my memory, you tattooed on my skin Oh, so long ago Yet it will last forever
11.
I love waking up next to you You have this funny way of being happy in the morning And I love it when you touch me with your feet Please don’t stop staring at me ‘Cause I love you, baby Singing, ooh la la ohh, ooh la la ee Ooh la la ohh, ooh la la ee You never hide your love, you’ve no disguise Even though your bangs hang down over your right eye And your dimples state honesty Please don’t change a thing ‘Cause I love you, baby Singing, ooh la la ohh, ooh la la ee Ooh la la ohh, ooh la la ee We’ve had our ups and downs, girl But you make this a much better world I hope you feel it when I speak with you I’m so in love with you, baby
12.
You are all I want to be I love the way you dress, you are so fancy And I took a shot oh at guessing I’d do anything to get your blessing And I didn’t know it was cold where we go I was holding so tightly on to your coat In the throes of this world, we had to throw those bonds away These momentary fears not going to stay You’re not much for talking You prefer a man who acts over one who speaks Sometimes you have this scowl upon your face A mathematical intensity you can’t displace We are branching out from this tree We are branching out from this tree You are immersed in what you do Sometimes I feel that I am so far from you But on every morning of every big day You never fail to be the first person who calls me And I didn’t know it had to be cold where we go I wanted to hold oh so tightly on to your coat In the throes of this world, I should have thrown that bond away The fears will go, but you always meant to stay We are branching out from this tree We are branching out from this tree
13.
Inaudible, your eyes are down Scars on your face, you kick the ground You will not say what’s on your mind Yet somehow you’re joking half the time But someone is knocking at your door And you cannot even hear it ‘Cause that wall has been built up for so long You’re closed down, you cannot feel it So, let’s take it down, let’s take it down You like to fight with your hands down You had to be tough, you’re daddy let you down You’ll say I’m not true, not here to stay I’m just stopping by to say, ‘Hey.’ But the truth doesn’t lie outside of you And your you it isn't hollow And what your heart is telling you might be unclear Might be hard for you to follow So, let’s take it down, let’s take it down Let’s take it down, let’s take it down And these cold winds will always be here Beating us from different directions And I’m sure that I don’t understand But if love is real Well I know it’s something you’ll feel Where’ve you been? I haven’t heard Not a text message, not a word Your brother’s in trouble, that much I know But that’s not the way you’re meant to go There’s no one who can tell you what to do Your story has not been written And while I will surely pray for you I can’t sit and watch life happen So, let’s take it down, let’s take it down Let’s take it down, let’s take it down And these cold winds will always be here Beating us from different directions And I’m sure that I don’t understand But if love is real Well I know it’s something you’ll feel
14.
It must be cold under the cars On a concrete and cardboard bed With newspapers folded up beneath your head And all your belongings at the foot of your bed There’s a mess of cloth concealing your eyes The bones in your mouth are no longer there Below a grizzly web of hair projects Smoke-stained from second hand cigarettes and Beer and greasy crumbs tumble down Like dogs running through a field filled with burrs Why’s it so easy for me to walk by? Why’s it so easy for me? You work down at the Wabash Street station Collecting change beneath the train And clear glass bottles and aluminum cans With all your belongings packed neatly away Then push them back to your home Under the cars Under the cars

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released April 29, 2012

about a girl is gabriel chapman [vox, guitar, synth], tim williams [percussion], james ross [bass], glenn demichele [pedal steel], emi tanabe [violin], kristine sorum-williams [vox]

additional scott williams [piano, organ], brad turgeon [trumpet]

recorded by james auwarter at rax trax, kevin ford at fullerton recording | mixed and mastered by kevin ford at fullerton recording

girl image by lauren feece - laurenfeece.com

all songs written by © 2012 gabriel chapman

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about a girl is gabriel chapman [vox, guitar, synth], tim williams [percussion], james ross [bass], glenn demichele [pedal steel], emi tanabe [violin], kristine sorum-williams [vox]. the band is based in chicago.

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