The Farewell Party

by Tomten

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released August 19, 2014

Produced by Jason Quever and Tomten

Brian Noyeswatkins - Piano, Organ, Mellotron, Guitars, Vocals
Lena Simon - Bass, Guitars, Clarinet, Vocals
Jake Brady - Drums, Guitars
Jason Quever - Guitars, Cello
Noah Freedman - Violin
Sarah Simon - Vocals
Galen Green - Tenor and Baritone Saxophone, Flute
Shawn Mickelson - Trumpet

Recorded and Mixed by Jason Quever at Hangar Studio - Sacramento, CA and Pan American Recording Studio - San Francisco, CA in
June of 2013. Additional Recording and Mixing by Andy Meyer at Crackle + Pop - Seattle, WA September-October 2013
Mastered by Paul Gold at Sal Mastering - Brooklyn, NY

All songs written by Brian Noyeswatkins
Tomtenmusic BMI

under exclusive rights to Versicolor Records 2014

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Track Name: Pipe Dream Boy
pipe dreamin' boy
pipe dreamin' boy
neither here, nor there it seems
idling in the sunbeams
not one to know
but are you shallow?
or maybe just a mess of doubts
free, cos' it won't work out

pipe dreamin boy
pipe dreamin boy
neither loud, nor clear
it seems
hiding in the slipstream
and you're bound to go
when north winds billow
time to set the world to rights
while others dim the lights

i've lost my touch
i forgot to much
of who i am
and what i hoped i would be
pipe dreamin' me
pipe dreamin' me
pipe dreamin' me
Track Name: Mother Minnow
take the time you got
allotted to you
be it sad
i've been on that cloud
enough to bleed your ego mad
she said
"i'm glad that you're here."
"so glad that you're mine."
"that hope for the future, well it was only killing time."

give me a reason
tell me why
let me forget my failures
let me sigh
oh baby
oh mama
oh my

is it your despair
on crutch to beg
or cross to bear?
i can see her now
that ruby crown
and gown she wears
she said
"i'm glad that you're here."
"so glad that you came."
"that hope for the future, well it could never lift our pain."

give me a reason
tell me why
why should i rest on laurels
when i can fly?
oh baby
oh mama
oh my
Track Name: Asilomar
here again
seems so long ago
but that was then
and this is now, i know
lower your rope to me
a drowning gull
in the pea-green sea
lesson learned
too late in life, i say
telling sign of the times today
Noel, lower that rope to me
that is all
that i ask of thee

all life's illusions
on my lily-pad
can't say you lost something
you never had
oh no

here again
and not so far to go
more i've aged
the less i seem to know
under the waxing moon
find me there
dead on the dunes
lesson learned
too late in life, i say
it's a part
and one i poorly played
at last, and finally
i sunk a ship
that was willing to be
Track Name: Nothin' Like Bein' No One
watchin' the sunlight
paint colors on my wall
its a windy autumn morning
where the hours tend to crawl
my lady's in north berkeley
at a congressman's ball
left me in a hurry
no fare-thee-well at all
no fare-thee-well at all

and there ain't nothin' like bein' no one
nothin' like feelin' small
nothin' like havin' no one there
to help you when you fall
help you when you fall
help you when you fall

ain't no way of knowing
what's around the bend
you can have a good thing
but it's bound to end

now i don't have agendas
and i don't hold no grudge
i just wanna lay my head
where i won't have to budge
and if i had the notion
if i could thumb that ride
i'd be miles away from here
with fortune at my side
fortune at my side

cos' there ain't nothing like bein' no one
nothin like feelin' small
nothing like havin' no one there
to help you when you fall
help you when you fall
Track Name: Thomasina
she sits on the stairs
minding her air
to be anonymous
and once so saccharine to me
how did i lose her trust?
i'm writing a hymn
to etch my madness in the sun
a lament, and i look on everyday as though
i've only lived through one
without her love
i'm alone

i'm out in the yard
taking it hard
playing the invalid
another burn out doomsday kid
flippin' his lid
and i fell in the holy dark
shrouded and unseen
i loosen my grip upon reality
and crawl inside my dreams
where i can be happy
naive

she sits on the stairs
combing her hair
ever illuminous
the great enigma of our time
will put me to dust
i'm writing a hymn
to etch my madness in the sun
a lament, and i look on everyday as though
i've only lived through one
without her love
i'm alone

i'm standing in line
dressed to the nines
for my deliverance
as aloof as she could be
to my penitence
and i fell in the holy dark
shrouded and unseen
i loosen my grip upon reality
and crawl inside my dreams
where i can be happy
naive
Track Name: She'll Pass Me By
ooh she'll pass me by
upon the early ride
though i'm biding my time
keep it in mind
i know too well
she'll never be mine

ooh she'll pass me by
mmm she'll pass me by
she will pass me by
bye-bye

we've all got places to go
and i'm on the errand of fools doncha know
even if she never acknowledges me
that's ok
that's alright

ooh she'll pass me by
again on the evening ride
maybe if i changed my ways
she'd be within reach
i'd correct my posture
correct my speech

ooh she'll pass me by
mmm she'll pass me by
she will pass me by
bye-bye

we've all got places to go
and solitude becomes a habit you know
even if she only belong to my sight
that's ok
that's alright
Track Name: Wayward Song
there was nothing that you could say
and nothing that you could do
to change my frame of mind
or alter my point of view
i know that i've been away
i know that i've been astray
but now that i'm coming home
i intend to stay

and troubles are over
and done with today
so toll every bell now
i'm coming home
and i wish you well
it's been such a long time
and i couldn't keep mine
i was alone

there was nothing that you could say
and nothing that you could do
but i was unhappy there
separate with the few
lovers that i outgrew
and love that i never knew
when there was no need to roam
so far from home

and high times
will be here
once more today
so toll every bell now
i'm coming home
and i wish you well
it's been such a long time
and i couldn't keep mine
i was alone
Track Name: The Last Hurrah
this is the last hurrah
hip hooray
let all of us disappear
we're all
crumbs of yester-year
anyway, anyway

this is the last hurrah
let people say
i'm building a tower there
to hang
Gilderoy in the air
over you, over you

the things you left behind
remind me once again
the farewell party
here to wildly entertain
but i'm not one of those
who strike a pose
or rattle chains

this is the last hurrah
oh hip hooray
we've grown
very jaded here
it's cheap
and lost in chimneyed sleep
anyway, anyway

this is the last hurrah
it wanes the day
misfits
by the muddy banks
where good humor walks a plank
over you, over you

the things you left behind
remind me once again
all the farewell party
here to wildly entertain
but i'm not one of those
who strike a pose
or rattle chains
Track Name: Love Needn't Try
love has come
and gone from me
how i long for its return
love has made a cross for me
on which i shall be burned

now love can show
a sweet disguise
but love need not try
love can never
fully hide
the weary world that waits outside
Track Name: To Buy Me Time (Bonus Track)
i'm looking for
to buy me some time
got nothing to live for
but i'm scared of dyin'
yes, i'm looking for
to buy me some time
i'd sign on the dole
if it puts my soul on
someone else's dime

who are you
to say i done wrong?
i got nothing to show you
i've been down so long
yes, and who are you
to say i done right?
well i say that i built
that wall of guilt i pace every night

but i ain't nobody's jester
or fool who sits on high
in st. alban's choir
singing in the sky

i'm just looking for
to buy me some time
i got no one to care for
but i keep on tryin'
yes, i'm looking for
to buy me some time
i'd fan at the flame
if it gets my name
upon the dotted line

well, they're making me an offer
but it's one i can't afford
i've been cheated by
the left hand of the lord