Terrible Freedom

by TW Walsh

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released April 28, 2017

Written, produced, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by TW Walsh

All songs by Timothy William Walsh, published by The Moth Eats Walls (ASCAP)

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Track Name: My Generation
You made me lose my concentration
I had so little to begin
Your voice was soaked in desperation
My voice was wet with juice and gin

My mind was on my lack of money
My lack of money was on my mind
My generation thinks it's funny
It will catch up to us in time

My generation

You watch these superhero movies
Buying phones that last a week
Crushing oxys in your smoothies
Looking sideways when you speak

I'll sit right here until it changes
It always changes anyway
My generation's full of strangers
Who wanna stay inside and play
Track Name: Dropout
You stand up like you just fell down
Swimming up river like you know how to drown
And you pave the way
With all your proper nouns

You genuflect when you should take a rest
Bowing to the east and fast asleep in the west
You could change your mind
With the heart in your chest

Just drop out
Go for a drive
Like your daddy used to do
In 1965
And you can listen to the radio
All the way to San Francisco

A lost pause is all that you found
Peeking round the corner for a singular sound
And you stop to talk
When you hit holy ground

The graveyard doesn't care for your type
When you're eating your bananas way before they get ripe
And you peel that green skin
And call your guru on skype

Drop out
Go for a drive
Like your daddy used to do
In 1965
And you can listen to the radio
All the way to San Francisco

Drop out
Hitchin' a ride
Like your daddy used to do
Before he swallowed his pride
But you can listen to the radio
All the way to San Francisco
Track Name: High Numbers
I won't wash a dirty buttondown shirt
Apologize to the woman I hurt
Turn around when I'm in the dangerous part of town

I don't cower every morning I should
Talk about my idyllic childhood
Realize what's going on right in front of me

You can count the numbers high
3, 5, 7, 9
I won't even say goodbye, say goodbye

I won't apply for a government grant
Wear a tie with a presentable pant
Do anything that requires a handshake and smile

I stay up reading yesterday's news
Solve the crime and keep looking for clues
Apply for jobs i never seen the description of

You can count the numbers high
3, 5, 7, 9
I won't even say goodbye, say goodbye
Track Name: Ride It Out
Leaving the lights on
Keeping a bat beneath the bed
Killing your question
Changing a tire to fix your dread

Flipping a quarter
Deciding for once and then for all
Crossing a border
Collapsing the rise into the fall

Keep riding
you gotta ride it out

All the bodies
Every mind a single field
The past and the future
The false, the true, the fake and real
Track Name: Dead Landmines
Sit it out for a single life
Don't ask me why
It might just change your mind

Look past who you think you are
Cuz it doesn't change with space
Or across time

Go straight to the darkest place
And bring the light that makes
The past seem blind

Carry on the memory
Of people loved in dreams
Of future lives

The father lives and the father dies
The heart bleeds out through the eyes
It's fine
The bear sleeps in the forest pines
The child skips through the dead landmines
It's fine
My paycheck's on time

Wait around for the afterlife
But nothing's next but nothing's
Left behind

Trapped on the gentle slope
Of a metal roof
Above the diamond mine

You need dough but your belly knows
The gold's all gone
And the market's in decline

The roof caved, the sun collapsed
But the backward waves
Will show you how to climb

The father lives and the father dies
The heart bleeds out through the eyes
It's fine
The hermit saves a billion lives
While the bats fall from the skies
It's fine
The athlete runs across the line
The corporation just pays a fine
It's fine
The bear sleeps in the forest pines
The child skips through the dead landmines
It's fine
My paycheck's on time
Track Name: Terrible Freedom
Transmission from a dying lion's mouth
Made mute by a simple misconception
By the time you hear it
It's gone

Shoulda listened when the clouds made wisdom
Drawn water from God's own cistern
By the time you drink it
It's dry

Point your eye at the sun that's dying
You could do it if you weren't trying
The void wants the form to stay alive
Recognize a terrible freedom
Whatever comes, just let it arrive

The motor runs despite a shortage
Of a fuel that can burn with justice
By the time you start it
You're on fire

Lift your face to a sky that's weeping
Open wide to the dread that's creeping
Never let your fear turn you wild
Come to terms with a terrible freedom
Whatever comes, just let it arrive
Track Name: Mt. Confusion
Find the strength
To let go of the strength
To be naive
In the face of death
Cross the valley of the self
To climb Mt. Confusion

Take the time
To prepare for the flight
You could lose it
If you're looking for it
You might find
That you cannot find
The universe you were born to

This death is a lever
Stop trying to be clever
You'll be waiting forever

Everything's all right

You made your bed
Out if Indian clouds
But you're sleeping
On a bed of nails
You drive your car
To the place where you buy the cars

Burn the photos
Of your childhood home
And the plans for your retirement
Cross the valley of the senses
And climb the mountain of confusion
Track Name: Don't Come Running
They pour out my guts when I ain't looking
Nothing to prove, the contract is signed
We're just starting the fires the gods use for cooking
Did they turn out the lights or am I blind?

Shut your eyes one breath at a time
Don't come running
Shut your eyes and burn the night away

You can challenge the sky but you better be nothing
The crow never tries to get a job
You're telling a lie but you think that you're bluffing
You're feeling alone at the heart of the mob

Shut your eyes one breath at a time
Don't come running
Shut your eyes and burn the night away
Track Name: Fake Disease
We captured a ghost
But we lost the sheet
Now he won't shut up
He's a little bit cold

His body burned
In a random fire
Some people die
Some people live

I have my doubts
But I can't speak
The spirit's strong
But the body's weak

I drank the blood
I just had to try it
I made an offer
But I didn't buy it

We're bored, but we're lazy too
You're pointing fingers, but look at you
So sick of mind, and ill at ease
Breakin' hearts with a fake disease

The ransom is high
But we don't give in
And the children come
And we make the switch

Blowin' tires on the slightest curb
Throwin' laws at every little verb
Killin' people when we feel like it
We cry in public like we give a shit

You burn your body just to get some cash
Buyin' garbage that goes in the trash
So sick of mind, and ill at ease
Breakin' hearts with a fake disease
Track Name: Is That Wrong?
I won't reveal the things
Dearest to me in song
They're right in front of me
But shining a light feels wrong

Stand and shout about
The places where you belong
But I won't reveal the things
Dearest to me in song

The mirror's everywhere
If you just stop to stare
Forever cradles time
The vacuum holds the air
A view beyond compare

I won't reveal the love I feel
When I'm not alone
I won't exploit the song
I sing when nobody's home

The mirror's everywhere
If you just stop to stare
Forever cradles time
The vacuum holds the air
A view beyond compare

I won't reveal the things
Dearest to me in song
I won't reveal the things
Dearest to me in song
Is that wrong?