Alan Semerdjian

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WHEN THERE WAS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU when there was something wrong with you you bottled it up now didn't you now there's nothing they could see that could bring you down so easily over and over and over time you built it up so good over and over and over time you play it off like it's cool the best was never yet to come you made a pact right from the start to sabotage what we might be but you forgot what I used to be over and over and over time you built it up so good over and over and over time you play it off like it's cool now you're fixed in front of me turn around so you can see how the best is getting better all the time better it just takes time I'll be gone don't wait around all night to see

Alan Semerdjian

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SIREN SONG I tried casting away to float with the other pedestals meaning to sound in my head the only thing that comes back I'm near the sirens like a truck hit by a man I heard them calling when I could hardly hear I'm where the fire is barely breathing out the smoke I'm burning down with when I find out it's all the same I tried lifting my head went at it all day I focused all of my breath but it finally came back near the sirens like a truck hit by a man I heard them calling when I could hardly hear I'm where the fire is barely breathing out the smoke I'm burning down with when I find out it's all the same I tried casting away to float with the other pedestals meaning to sound in my head the only thing that came back

Alan Semerdjian

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CALLING OUT Everyday, my friends are calling me. They say something about how we mean to each other, dear. It's something like the magic we sought after when we were reading about the brotherhood, the sisterhood, that makes up our literature. But you're calling out my name. But you're calling out my name, and it sounds just the same, sounds just the same, something completes the sound - it's the shadow in the light. We write about the stuff we dream about and we remember. I told you so many times I don't see the same as you. What good is it to be alike, we sound the same anyway? Oh well, it's just a little difference that makes the sunset fade that way. But you're calling out my name. But you're calling out my name, and sounds just the same, sounds just the same, sounds just the same, sounds just the same Now look at us, we're forgiven, and it takes all the time in the world for realization. You told me I was the most patient man you'd ever seen, but I'm waiting to prove it to you I'm not what I seem. But you're calling out my name. But you're calling out my name, and it sounds just the same, sounds just the same, oh and it sounds just the same, and it sounds just the same as it'll ever be.

Alan Semerdjian

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BUCKET IN A WELL Isn't that the song I tried to sing resting barefoot on a nest of pins? I've struggled hard, climbed the moonlight, still. If I could finally catch a prayer alive, I'd sing a thousand hymns. Isn't that the dream I spoke about, threw a bucket in a well and wished out loud? I tried to walk on water, but I fell right in; I didn't get a chance to see the divine, but I learned how to swim. I didn't get a chance to see the divine, but I learned how to swim. It's invisible, but we're getting stronger.

Alan Semerdjian

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MELODY  Dinnertime always forging something new Passing your time away in tune Summertime is a neverending funny rhyme Winter wakes you up in blue You've been around the world to see her Taking care of business at hand You cannot wait around to be her Favorite little comedian You walk the line intrigued by her tattoo Get your subjects and objects confused She's so fine, a wonder you never knew You wish she thought about it too Hoping that she might just hear you Building castles in the sand Never close enough to let you Trace the geography of her land If melody waits all night for thee You were meant for she

Wade

03:23
Alan Semerdjian

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WADE  It goes like this, the song it fits, your whole world drifts Inside a ship that's time, that's how it is You stay up all night to make a flag, to dress it up, with something flashy To make it a stand out, something brave And you've done all you can So just wade in a minute babe Before you begin again Wear it out, wear it bright and big, make it smile, make it slick Put it up on the web for the whole world to see And when you're up on your mtv, make a song, make it for me To sing and I'll promise I'll hum along And think of what went wrong Or what went right And left by night light. So pack it up Pack it up This time

Alan Semerdjian

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JOSIE Josie's on my footsteps She don't know what for Josie's on my footsteps She don't know what for Josie's on my footsteps She keeps asking me for more Josie's on my footsteps She don't know what for She said love is a recovery She said love is a recovery She said love is a recovery She said love is a recovery Josie's on my footsteps Trying to even out the score She's calculating mathematics on my mother's balcony floor Josie's on my footsteps She thinks of so much more She's got the keys To my front and my backdoor She said love is a recovery She said love is a recovery She said love is a recovery She said Love is a recovery Josie, there's Josie Playing that guitar Playing it in a band Flower dress She said love is a recovery She said love is a recovery She said love is a recovery She said love is a recovery

Alan Semerdjian

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ALMOST GOOD ENOUGH You take the high road I find my way home You're always saying something that rhymes With my loss of hope And we go running It's almost frightening The way we're sketching circles Of our lives in this city Oh we're the great pretenders We're the best at it All you see Is almost good enough to believe So believe it You better need it These days I'm shaking With every conversation People making up things I'm certain Will soon be forgotten What the hell's the problem With finding something sacred Staying in tune with what's illusion And what's the best intention Oh but we're the great pretenders And there's nothing wrong with it

Alan Semerdjian

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ONLY GETS BETTER All is silent when you're reading Schools of violence are repeating Acts of bending, separating All our feelings, stop your feeling alive, alive, alive, alive, alive I'm alive despite all these contradictions, that stop me from thinking I know Always waiting Anticipating That something's changing And that it will always get better The time is coming I know I can feel it It's in the air now And it can only get better Everybody you know, everybody you meet, everybody you know Everybody you know Start from rising, stop romancing Start me singing, start you listening Always waiting Anticipating That something's changing And that it will always get better The time is coming I know I can feel it It's in the air now And it can only get better Slowly over time I see a better now Open up your mind And think we'll only get better

Alan Semerdjian

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CUT THE CORD You look at the sky now and you see how it reminds you of that place In your mind, another need to take you far away And make some room for a constellation Make some room for imagination It's there for you if you decide you want to make it stay Cut the cord, mom, cut the cord From the same old masks you've been wearing Take it off Cut the cord mom cut the cord It's a perfect storm and you're in it Let it go (all aboard) You clean the messes of masses who don't know your name You sleep in fences and lock up all the stories in your head In your mind are these slight suggestions In your mind possible revelations It's a choice you're making, another chance to flip the page Cut the cord mom cut the cord It's not a mistake I'm singing, It's your love It's a chord, mom, It's a chord, Lay your back into it, All aboard

Alan Semerdjian

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WAITRESS From time to time she thinks about deciphering all the voices I her head Some shout too loud, some talk, too tall, too short all are never mislead And everybody knows the shape of the door she's always swinging through They just wait around to see if has the time for something new (they say) When danni stays, it'll be a miracle When danni stays, it'll be a miracle, but then she'll say goodbye She's dressed in penguin white and black and blue on the inside she's all red Ready to change her life so drastically to see it through what's been making her so mad And you think it's up to you; I think it's up to me too to map a better place for her But she knows your kind, she thinks we're all alike she's got better things to do When danni stays, it'll be a miracle When danni stays, it'll be a miracle, but then she'll say goodbye She's going to say goodbye She's going to say goodbye Nevertheless, I had this dream the other day danni and I we were through Playing this joke that we'd never find island for me and you I'm saying “for you” because you know this song's for you and I know, Danni, you're listening You're reading between the lines with your mind for the time when you'll be willing to say Danni stays, it's a miracle Danni stays, it's a miracle Danni stays, it's a miracle Danni stays, it's a miracle then we say goodbye

Fade

03:30
Alan Semerdjian

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FADE (making a scene out of me) You making such sense of our love Knowing how true it becomes All of this now when you leave Me hiding in pictures and frames Knowing too well what became All of this when you were near And when the dreaming starts to fade away All of your words seem to stay Making a scene out of me Here is where they just tell me to stay Minding my business today Making a mess of this space There are so many things I could say But nothing will get in your way To color the water I bleed And when the dreaming starts to fade away I understand the distance I used to blame All of the that you gave (all of the love that I saved) And when the dreaming starts to fade away All of your words seem to stay Making a scene out of me

Alan Semerdjian

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OLDER, TOO I said it smells like wind in the breeze and I've been spending my time climbing trees so all these consultations in the matter have been taking care of business at hand. I got no voice or subject, no conversation; the reconciliation is over. You'll be older, too. You'll be covered when you're through. Every time you pass by, it feels like a jigsaw in front of my eye. We're circling, circling, circling, deeper into blue. All these interrogations like congregations, constellations making faces at me. I got no say in the matter now. You'll be older, too. You'll be covered when you're through. Icannotspeakinsilence.Icannotspeakinriddles.Igotnounderstandingofthetruthnowwhen you'respeaking.Igotnoone'sattention.Igotnocandidlullaby.Can'tyouseeI'mtryingtobewith you? You'll be older, too. You'll be covered when you're through. And you'll write words that shout like lions inside of you. And you'll fall like the prettiest leaf under this new moon

Lila

05:07
Alan Semerdjian

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LILA I'm caught up in your words, but I'm old enough to say I don't need them anyway. I've been busy writing poems, too wrapped up to hear just what you have to say. We glorify our love, make us out to be some hero we don't need. So you come like Superman when I'm wrapped up in your cape and you arrive much too late. So shout, and don't be afraid to lie. Don't be afraid to lie Everything's alright; It's easy to believe what we never see. Invisibility reaches up for me. I'm empty, but I'm free. Now don't hesitate to join me in this game. It'll never be the same. You can come like Superman. I'll be wrapped up in your cape, and you'll arrive much too late. So shout, and don't be afraid to lie. Don't be afraid to lie

Alan Semerdjian

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FAMOUS Why don't we stop packing boxes? Why don't we start hanging around? We got so much time on our hands To be rushing around. Somebody cried tonight for fame. Was all he knew that Somebody lied tonight? And was he standing next to you? Every story has its way of winding Down to a famous little end Filled with famous little people And all the famous things they said. But, somebody cried tonight for fame. Was all he knew that Somebody lied tonight? And was he standing next to you? Open up the window. What do you see?

Alan Semerdjian

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MEMOIR You thought you could stay up for awhile and write about it You thought you could stay new You thought you could transform everything that you touched You like to think it through You thought you could sell pineapples to oranges and poetry, too You thought the plan was simple when you started before it became true Is this love? You thought you checked your catalogue of smiles to find the right one to show them You thought the feeling would stay young and you'd never crawl out of it You said you like to spin in circles until you fall down but you tell all your friends you liked to spin in circles and you never fell down Is this love? And every single passage leads back to this It's the memory, it's the question that never leaves my head Is this love?