what i saw was not much like today

by stripmine sleepwalkers

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Recorded between June 27th and September 25th 2004 in a homemade studio in Ashurst, AZ

All songs by Lattney B. except "trashcan rip-off" by Blake/Jones

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released September 30, 2003

Dal Svedrowe and Lattney B.: voices, guitars, drum programming
with guests:
Savannah June: voice, Fisher Price xylophone on “all i really want from you”
Alain Zero: voice, guitar on “all the clouds are grey,” “girl,” “ponytail” and “dog”
Brian Malloy: voice, bass on “all the clouds are grey” and “dog,” drums and voice on “girl”
Various personalities: handclaps/voices on “dog”

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Track Name: an introduction of sorts
we are one as we are two
i am half and so are you
and one will win where one will lose
one will accept and one refuse

you are the weak
i am the strong
you’re never right
i’m never wrong
you stop to think
i move along
you wait a week
i will be gone

you fill a need
a need in me
a need to have
a need to see
a need to do
a need to be
to be amused and to be free
free to choose
to be aware
to be accused
to give a care
so share the pain and share the wealth
and introduce me to myself

you are the weak
i am the strong
you’re never right
i’m never wrong
you stop to think
i move along
you wait a week
i will be gone
Track Name: but a second
looks like that’s all we really have to give
i’d beg for more, but i know it’s no use
and anyway, there’s quite the hole here in my head
and nobody wants to see that stuff, man
not much to wade through before it gets too rough, man
it wouldn’t take but a second to read you
it wouldn’t take but a second to feed you

don’t give me all you have if that’s all you have
cos nobody wants to watch our hearts bleed
they’re much too busy telling us exactly what we need
it wouldn’t take but a second to clip them
it wouldn’t take but a second to whip them

gone in a wink, so i think it’s a waste of time
i won’t beg for more, cos i know it’s no use
and anyway, this kind of thing affects my moods
and nobody wants to feel that way, man
too far in, you’ll never be feelin’ okay, man
it wouldn’t take but a second to send this
it wouldn’t take but a second to end this
Track Name: girl
girl, oh girl
i’d like to think
i always was the one who made you smile
oh girl
i’d like to think
we never had a reason to dry a teary eye
and when i’m looking back
i’d like to think we tried
girl, oh girl
remembering the days and nights
and moments in between
oh girl
remembering too much
what did it ever really mean?
and when i’m looking back
i’d like to think we dreamed

girl, oh girl
i’d like to think no-one else
could ever know us as well as we did
oh girl
i’d like to think no-one else
will ever do the things with us that we did
and when i’m looking back
i’d like to think we fit
girl, oh girl
i’d like to think that you still think of me
oh girl
i’d like to think that sometimes
when you’re lonely
you’d like to be with me
and when i’m looking back
i’d like to think you’ll always want me

but all we got from us was pain
and all we’ll ever get from us is pain
and things can never be the same again
and things can never be the same
Track Name: all i really want from you
i’ll tell you what i’m thinking
you knew i would
but you’ve got to listen to me
and listen good
it’s easy to fall into lust
but it leads to loss of innocence
it’s easy for a heart to break
but it builds up good experience
all i really want to say
enough is enough
all i really want from you...

you won’t give your life to me
but you’ll touch your lips to mine
i’m speaking rather bluntly, now
i’m putting it on the line
i can’t quite understand
why your heart’s not in it
i want something that will last much longer
than a minute
all i really want to say
i’ve staked too much on it
all i really want from you
i want to be wanted

i think i understand it, now
i know you’re rent asunder
but is it “out of sight, out of mind”
or “absence makes the heart grow fonder?”
i won’t ask for another chance
i don’t believe you’ll ever really care
and you won’t choose and i won’t share
to which of us is that more unfair?
all i really want to say
this has been rough
all i really want from you...
Track Name: a piece of your mind
i really don’t care if you think
that you want to go home with me tonight
i think you should think about
all that we’ve talked about
all we’ve brought into the light
i want a piece of you i shouldn’t hope to receive
a piece that would mean so much more to me
than any you’ve given me yet
a piece of your mind is all i want to get

i’m really not sure why you think
you can pressure me into submission tonight
or into temptation with blatant flirtations
it’s nothing to do with what’s right
i simply want a piece of you
i shouldn’t hope to receive
a piece that would mean so much more to me
than any you’ve given me yet
a piece of your mind is all i want to get

i really don’t understand why the blood’s on my hands
why this should happen tonight
what you have said here and all that we’ve done
makes me feel that i’m losing the fight
so i no longer want that piece of you
i know i’ll never receive
that piece of your mind i no longer believe exists
i insist we forget
i insist we forget
i insist we forget
Track Name: we don't have time to mess around
worse with each breath i take
this atmosphere offends
your evasion doesn’t make sense
can’t reach you, but i try
and try, to no avail
all attempts to turn the tide fail
hey, pick up the receiver
hey, i never said i’m a forgiver
we don’t have time to mess around
we don’t have time to mess around
we don’t have time to mess around

not getting through to you
could drive a man insane
your behavior is inhumane
my dialing finger’s numb
i monopolize your line
you’ve got to answer sometime
hey, pick up the receiver
hey, i never said i’m a forgiver
we don’t have time to mess around
we don’t have time to mess around
we don’t have time to mess around
Track Name: trashcan rip-off
the times are new, the times have changed
and everyone’s still playing games
and you and i cannot see clearly
cos all our hopes are depleting yearly
but what can i do?
i can’t help loving you

if i were you and you were me
a trashcan rip-off is still what i’d be
the days and nights would keep getting hotter
cos i’d be living with Satan’s daughter
still my soul would be in a stew
cos i’d always be thinking of you
Track Name: all the clouds are grey
how can we ever be like we used to be?
there’s no way that i can see
that i
well, i just don’t think it can be
you know i desire you so
i can hardly bear to let you go
i don’t know what the end will hold
oh, no
well, i just don’t think we can know

you know i think that the world could be
a beautiful place
every time i look down into your beautiful face
but now these eyes see only
static where something’s been erased
this could be the end for us
and what a waste

you know i think the world
could have been a beautiful place
every time i look up at your beautiful face
its marbled sheen bestows a dignity upon the disgraced
but it’s the end for us
and what a waste
and all the clouds are grey
all the clouds are grey
all the clouds are grey
Track Name: crosses
two lives intersect to form a cross
one weak, one dominant and leading
you simply take my side as if a coin were tossed
seemingly without concern for your own well-being
you will end up broken and alone
still you give up everything you own
so with depleting self-respect
and eyes which once were glossed
we move on en masse into the melee
they hang me up so high i cannot see the ground
just the clouds that surround me
the solace that i’ve found
had you looked into my eyes a hundred thousand times
you’d have seen no trace of sympathy
or sorrow for my crimes
so don’t put me on a pedestal
don’t put me on a cross
don’t build your hopes upon a man whose life is lost
don’t put me on a pedestal
don’t put me on a cross
don’t build your hopes upon one man or all is lost
Track Name: dog
a date written at the top of this page
the rest of the page is empty
i don’t have a thing to say but “dear journal”
yesterday i wrote until my wrist grew tired
my hand fell off
and every word was true until today

a night clear enough to read a street sign
from a block away
unless you happen to be blind like me
yesterday i saw today
but what i saw was not much like today
'cos yesterday i thought today looked fine

i’ve dropped my pen
just like you dropped my heart
i’ll bet you planned this from the start
you played a nasty trick on me
i’ll get you back
just wait and see
i’ll teach you good for thinking you’re so smart

you’ve got no family
you’ve got no friends
there’s only one way i can get revenge
so hey: i’m really really sorry
i’m gonna have to kill your dog
i never liked him, anyway
i’m gonna have to kill your dog
since he bit me on our first date
i’m gonna have to kill your dog
it’s a means to an end
i’m gonna have to kill your dog
can’t you see i need revenge?
i’m gonna have to kill your dog