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A Sleep & A Forgetting

by Islands

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released February 14, 2012

songs written by Nick Thorburn
arranged by Islands
produced by Nick Thorburn and Evan Gordon
engineered by Celso Estrada with Dave Trumfio
Kingsize soundlabs, Glassell Park, Los Angeles,Feb. 2011
mixed by Rob Schnapf at Mant, Glassell Park, Los Angeles, July 2011
mastered by Mark Chalecki at Little Red Book, Glassell Park, Los Angeles, Aug. 2011

thanks: Andy Kaulkin, Matt McGreevey, Brett &
Everyone at ANTI-, Gillian Bar, Andrew Skoikne,
Ronna Bronstein & Kingsize, Colin & Agency,
Rhianon Jones & Montana, Ingrid Renan, Vivian
Corado & Mattie Safer, Mark Charlebois, Derek,
MC, mr. H, Juan, our Family, Kate Perkins

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Track Name: In A Dream It Seemed Real
open up your door for me
and let me in
oh can't you see
how cold i am?

you remain there
unabated
and you refuse to let me lose you
only when i sleep i do

and the sounds forming words
from the wellspring of concern
while my boat in that ocean turned
on the hull i watched the city burn
in a dream
in a dream
in a dream
it seemed real

even in the dream i cried
i'm a giveaway
i could never hide
all the sadness inside

blue
what a funny colour to colour you
love is hard to hold onto
only when i sleep i do

and the sounds forming words
from the wellspring of concern
while my boat in that ocean, turned
on the hull i watched the city burn
in a dream
in a dream
in a dream
it seemed real
Track Name: This Is Not A Song
if Penny rolls away
i will have lost everything
in many subtle ways
i already don't have anything
i hate to watch you go
Nick, if you ever learn it never shows

this is not a song
so why do i find it so hard to move on?
feels a crime to be crying for this long

in upper atmosphere my head comes loose
and in the free fall, i can feel the blues
i hate to watch you go
Nick, if you ever learn, it never shows

if this is just a song
then why do i find it so hard to move on?
feels a crime to be crying for this long
Track Name: Never Go Solo
this is not a band
you are not a fan
no one can tell a man
how to use his hands

dig this little song
dust it off, put it on
no one can tell you how
to return to a burning town
why does it feel so wrong
if everyone was already gone?

now that i'm old
where do my hands go?
i have been told
if you're not careful
you'll never find a way home
you're gonna spin out of control

here, hear the way the players change
near where i reach the end of my range
when i sing, i think of my limitations
in my dreams i've still got that hesitation
but maybe i was wrong
maybe this is just a song

in the same coin, when you feel it you can really love
but that's the main point- can you feel it, can you really love?
my head is stuck in sand
there is no ocean there is no band
i am stranded

now that i'm old
where do my hands go?
i have been told
if you're not careful
you'll never find a way home
you're gonna spin out of control

i remember hovering
stop tap dancing and start shovelling
i remember floating
stop pining and start loathing
so, hold me just a little bit longer
no, that sinking feeling is getting stronger
Track Name: No Crying
I walked right in
I sat right down
listening to the saddest song
if i don't feel bad is there something wrong?

I sympathized, I synthesized
a tear drop from my tired eyes
but i don't feel sad & I cannot cry

and I won't cry for you
i'm not able to
she said "i don't mind, instead think of why"

the chorus wept, the bridge caved in
the verses stung your perfect skin
but i don't feel like it's touched my soul

so i climbed right in, listening
i got so close you'd think i'd been
bonded by a teary eye

but i won't cry for you
I'm not able to
she said "i don't mind instead think of why"

then i heard your voice sang just one note
the sweetest sound came from your throat
and i think i'll cry just a little while
Track Name: Hallways
waiting to get to your room
hallways
always waiting, feels like i've been waiting for days
in these hallways
wait, wait, wait,
wait, wait, wait,
wait, wait, wait, wait, wait

walls cave
turns refuse to waste
hallways

knock knock knock broken lock
i'll just wait in the
hallway
in some small way this can be a
pleasurable phase

then walls cave
turns refuse to waste
hallways

then walls cave
turns refuse to waste
hallways
in the hallways
she turns to you to say
"always"
Track Name: Can't Feel My Face
I miss my wife
I miss my best friend every night
I miss my home
i miss my own bed, my old life

i lost my love
it brought me so low as described above
i lose desire
into my mood swings, into the fire

i can't feel my face
i don't want to know
where the feeling goes
to some better place

i can't feel my face, i can't feel my face
i don't want to know
where the feeling goes
to some better place
i don't want to know
where the feeling goes
to some better place

i miss my wife
i miss my best friend every night
i miss my home
i miss my own bed and my old life
Track Name: Lonely Love
i heard you cry
to a lonesome lullaby
the only love is a lonely love
and now you know why

while aglow in dulcet tones
you heard a low, troubled note
though you found yourself unsettled
by the disquieting sound
it didn't get you down
it didn't get you down

home, where you want to be alone
with your lonely little love
and my how you have grown
have you come into your own?
la la la-lonely little hands
of a lonely little man
la la la-lonely little hands
of a lonely little man

the unkindness of raven love
soon becomes
a hole in your heart
where feelings should be
but where everything's been torn apart

la la la la lonely love
lonely little love
la la la lonely little love
lonely little love
la la la la lonely love
lonely little love
la la la lonely little love

i don't want no part of this lonely love
i don't want no part of this love
i don't want no part of this lonely love
i don't want no part of this love
i don't want no part of this lonely love
i don't want no part of this love
i don't want no part of this lonely love
i don't want no part of this love
Track Name: Oh Maria
oh maria
oh maria

oh maria's in the pasture
with all the people running past her

she said "if every day's a Holly-day"
she said "if every day's a Holly-day"
she said "if every day's a Holly-day
then today must be the day of the dead"

oh maria
oh maria
now that you're all alone, do you remember that song?

she woke up
singing along
the words came quickly
but the melody was wrong

oh maria, is in the pasture
with all the people running past her

she said "if every day's a Holly-day"
she said "if every day's a Holly-day"
she said "if every day's a Holly-day
then today must be the day of the dead"

oh maria
oh maria
now that you're all alone, do you remember that song?

just think of me when you're falling asleep
when you wake up, you'll be able to dream
Track Name: Cold Again
wandering through the cold again
it's been cold outside and it's getting cold again
wondering won't you let me in
it's been cold outside and it's getting cold again

someone is sleeping
drowning out all that screaming
of someone's loved ones right outside
someone is sleeping
drowning out all that screaming
of someone's loved ones right outside

wandering through the cold again
it's been cold outside and it's getting cold again

someone is sleeping
drowning out all that screaming
of someone's loved ones right outside

wandering through the cold again
it's been cold outside and it's getting cold again
wondering why won't you let me in
it's been cold outside and it's getting cold again
Track Name: Don't I Love You
don't i love you?
isn't the sky grey?
isn't the moon blue?

and don't i love you
until one hundred go unfed
don't i love you

and when i turned around
you had gone underground
and when i tried to coax you out
you didn't make a sound
don't i love you

don't i love you?
isn't the sky grey?
isn't the moon blue?

don't i love you
while my arms surround you
like lovers do
Track Name: Same Thing
turned on the radio
so many songs
this one is good, but what else is on?
same thing
same thing
same thing
same thing
i loved a girl
and i will never love again
there is no one in this world
i could ever love again
same thing
same thing
same thing
same thing
i can't wait to see
what becomes of me
the ease with which i sleep
tends to frighten me