Monomania

by Car Seat Headrest

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1.
I didn’t like you anyways You always spoke so quiet I had to ask you to repeat yourself I'd like to explain to all of my friends To everyone involved How it all happened How things fell apart let's reconstruct the scene as best we can and try to figure out what crimes were committed I saw you again last night you were hiding in a poor man's body but I saw your soul slip out of his fingers
2.
Everything you say is a bridge Everything you do is water under it These are not the original lyrics Such a worthless waste of time to write about every bit of you that I don't love is filled up with my hate I was a situation that you were glad went away Move move forward like a human being (sometimes you have to kill things to impress your friends) you probably looked like an idiot in that hat (used to feel bad about crushing ants) (why why why why why to die) I can't go back to not understanding what you mean to me I’m turning into the person that you were afraid I’d turn out to be there is something in me that can only give there is something in you that can only give out when you hear my songs do you get that feeling and if not, what the hell were you hearing? I am not crazy, I am right what do you mean? what are saying to me? I was just another bird you touched whose mother won't take him back I’m sorry I misheard your lyrics (tried to smile but it didn’t show up in the photograph) I was searching for a soul to sell my devils to (all I wanted was sleep and you took it away) [yes yes yes yes yes I dislike I hate] did you do something wrong was there something you did that I could blame I thought I was open I thought I was intimate and then you asked me my name By the time they send the lifeboats I won’t want to leave the island Calling out to distant shorelines Calling out for different basslines I can’t go back to not understanding what you mean to me I’m turning into the person that you were afraid that I’d turn out to be Ooh, it was nothing special ooh, it was nothing sacred just hands held and shoulders rubbed and voices touched in holy harmony
3.
Times To Die 06:40
All of my friends are getting married All of my friends are right with god All of my friends are making money But art gets what it wants and art gets what it deserves (I lost a fight with Trypho Blamed it on my alogia) We’ve all had better times to die Get a job! Job Lying in bed while all his friends chant youmustadonesomethingwrong But he just keeps singing this song: [Job’s song] Worming my way into your heart Worming my way onto the charts I want a deal Let’s make a deal Let’s cut a covenant And when they took him to the temple Oh then they fed him to the devils And when they took him to their temple Oh then they fed him to their devils And when they took him to the temple Oh when they took him to the devils And when they took him to the temple Oh then they listened to his demos most of the time I'm just getting older but I'll get to heaven standing on your shoulders so many people you know that could make you they say kid you're good but do you have what it takes to be invited into the divine council
4.
You used to have a future, now you don’t even have a past You won’t have half an answer if anyone cares to ask You promised to speak to no one, you were lucky that I heard Because without a witness no oath can be assured Somewhere down the line you’ll look back and Say you did the best that you could and you’ll be wrong You’re always wrong I hope you enjoy it underneath the light I hope you can get some sleep tonight Because where you live the sun doesn’t set This is your bed. Hope you enjoy You held me in the sunlight, your interlocking hands Left a photograph on my shoulders, spots where I didn’t tan But my skin was an imperfect film and the negatives were burned Without the evidence there was no need for you to ever return And someone down the line will look back And wonder what you felt for me and he’ll be wrong You’re always wrong I hope you enjoy it underneath the light I hope you can get some sleep tonight Because where you live the sun doesn’t set This is your bed. Hope you enjoy I can’t turn this thing off It keeps following me Used to be so human now it’s just a machine I can’t turn this thing off It keeps following me When’d you say you were leaving? When’d you really leave? I hope you enjoy it underneath the light I hope you can get some sleep tonight Because where you live the sun doesn’t set If this is your bed, how do you do it? I was within my rights, I was behind the line You were dancing in your sleep I promised to hide it under the covers This is my bed, how do you do? Hope I enjoy my no one
5.
Being sad’s so boring I’m taking a vacation I’m driving down to see my old friends tonight Let’s spend the week with rosy cheeks And crush the grapes beneath our feet And stop burrowing through old chocolate boxes Like a heartbroken Bacchus I miss the good old boys They could still find joy in life to talk about So leave that girl behind you Or whatever it is that’s got you We’ve still got time for one more drink tonight Think what the others would say If they saw you in the bathroom, kicking the stall door They’d say “get out of your head for a while Jump into mine, leave it on repeat and it says: If I’d been a parrot I’d have been a very good parrot and if I’d be a parent I’d be my own parents and if that’s not apparent than it will be soon I don’t have any hope left but the weather is nice If you’re trying to live you have to own what you do Jesus Christ, I wish I could talk like that But such is my place in life
6.
Souls 09:42
That wasn’t any better at all That didn’t make me feel any better at all I thought it would, but it didn’t My consciousness is bigger It gives me no pleasure to say My consciousness is bigger than yours It gives me no pleasure And we descend the basement Poorly done murals, the faces If there wasn’t a house, we would build one with our bodies Hang on to my ego Everything is coming loose tonight I’m too nervous for boys now I’m too nervous for girls now every bottle you drink must be recycled and every plastic cup that can't be recycled in this town At the party kids come in and out Talking about T.S. Eliot It starts out fun Because the night is young But then the night gets old And it just gets cold And we go outside And we go back inside And we say what’s the plan And there is no plan so we go La la la la la la la la I just need to wake up burst into motion Raise my finger say aha, say moving is easy I just need to take off, burst into motion I just need to get up burst into motion Raise my finger say aha, say moving is easy I just need to get off It wasn’t fun wasn’t educational It lingered on I put my fingers on you were gone Let’s get away from these despicable people They can’t keep their mouths to themselves I know there’s lots of other guys with my name here But tell me I’m the only one that you will Does anybody use this bathroom in the daytime? Is this a house or the set of a film? Let’s get away from these awful people They can’t keep their minds to themselves I refuse to let go until you're impressed I refuse to let go until I'm depressed I see you reaching out to t-t-t-touch My skin shrinks, I think I’ll be shocked By that static It’s too dynamic Because I never wanted you to change I only wanted you to be different Like, not so distant Cause we are alone in our orgasms But your flesh seems so solid Why does it melt away In the morning dew? I’m sorry, I thought someone was there Like two mirrors gazing into each other’s eyes Like two microphones kissing But oh, that night, that music! The longer it goes, the more important I feel But oh, those lights, those colors! The less I can see, the more I can feel B----- said never to write about what’s in my pockets But that’s where my hands are, and that’s where they’ll stay Because you’re used to a softer touch She’s just used to a gentler touch She is used to a gentleman’s touch But hey man it’s cool when you do it We are alone in our dreams Do we have to sleep tonight? Murmur, murmur! Coward! Building towards a meaning that’ll never come Leave someone beautiful Find someone horrible Dig me I just want to have sex with you When I say stop, stop stop stop stop STOP! Bounce and stretch I stretch into a smile Not just my face, my body, my soul Because I view life as something that I Don’t think I’ll get away with And you think that we’ve already gotten away Yeah we all have dreams, I know I should have forgotten them in the morning (a dead dog painted on the sea) If none of us know the words then only the melody matters I wrote this verse drunk I thought it would solve everything I thought it would BUT IT DIDN’T When everyone was going homewards Did you cry because it was over? Or did you cry because you knew it would never end? As long as we don’t go to sleep yet I promise I can’t go to sleep yet cause the night’s not dead, no the night’s not dead I will not go alone to my single-size bed We could go anywhere but we will always be where we are I waited for you on the eastern shore Watching people trying to act sober on the other side of the sea Until I laughed and headed home I learned my lesson never to roam
7.
Maud Gone 05:36
When did our heart Stop beating? Used up all the heat When did it start? Our meeting It’s been on repeat I know there's a full moon every night it’s just not always bright but it’s been so long since I saw the light maybe I haven’t been looking at the sky Maud Now you’re gone Sweetheart please love me too long My heart’s too strong Love me too long Sweetheart please let me hold on To these old songs I’ve loved too long When I’m in bed I’m dead No one to check my pulse And so instead My head Begs not to be so full and when I fall asleep which part of me writes the dream and which part falls asleep who's running the machine? I know theres a full moon every night When I dress black it snows white Maud Now you’re gone
8.
will anyone be surprised will anyone not say they're surprised where will it be? will I have found a home by then? or is it always in your hometown? will my hanging leave me indecent? will they have to cross my legs? no more throwing the bottle cap into the trash and throwing the bottle into the recycling let nature take its course how long will the casket hold? how long will the old home hold? how many hands will have touched me? how may eyes shut? only two will it be like in the movies? will they play music I like? or will everyone be hovering around the iPod trying to put on their playlist all that oxygen, no more all that senseless rubbing, no more only gravity and it's such a drag and when the night comes who will be lying by my side I never liked sleeping with strangers and when the night comes whose side will I be lying by I never liked sleeping with strangers
9.
You never stopped smoking, but I forgive you My words and my heart were not enough to give you And my words always sounded wrong, it was easy not to listen Still it pained me to see when I left, you never noticed what was missing After all that’s unsaid and undone I know this can’t mean much But I hope that you find someone who loves you very much No, I’ve never slept next to someone who wanted to sleep next to me It was hard to debate, you couldn’t wait to lose your memory And it didn’t take long, you were strong in your resolve to lose your mind It was only a mistake that on the way you happened to lose mine Yes, I know in your eyes we were never really lovers as such So I hope that you find someone who loves you very much And I hope that you find someone you can love just as much Sometimes I wish I hadn’t taken all my notes on your rolling papers But when you burned them the scent was such a bittersweet vapor I watched the flames silence the words I was given in life But if your heart was in it I was glad to be your sacrifice And though I’ll miss or at least sometimes wish for your touch I hope that you find someone who loves you very much (death of the lady man:)

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an album by Will Toledo. 'Misheard Lyrics' features vocals by the stunning Nora Knight, and the sax solo in 'Maud Gone' is performed by sprightly young Daniel Kent.

Album art and liner art by Cate Wurtz. More of her work can be found at lamezone.net

A special thank-you to Billis Helg, without whom this album would be much the worse.

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released August 1, 2012

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