Dear Summer (National Songwriting Month 2012)

by Twin Compasses

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These are the raw recordings of the songs I wrote every day in May for National Songwriting Month 2012. They are in order from the first day of May to the last, which isn't necessarily the best sequence as far as the music goes but it is what it is. None of the songs are mastered or even mixed very well, and many of them have little blemishes. My recording set-up is dumpy.

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released May 31, 2012

special thanks to Helen D'Avanza, Patrick Paterson, Vanessa Garcia, Liz Pinkason, the Henson Company, Neutral Milk Hotel, Thomas Hardy, Bruegels, and W.H. Auden.

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Track Name: Going and Staying
(PS - I'd recommend not turning your volume up for the first minute or so because it will get very very loud)

good things must surely end, or so I've read in some old book.
seems like dead poets never had much faith in themselves.
though candles burn out, though light and life can cease to be,
I swear that somewhere past the sun we'll still be seen.

this rock is made of dust, or so I've heard in some old song.
seems right, but that's no reason to forget about the good.
though time is fading, though death and dark take everything,
I swear that somewhere we are not dissolving.
Track Name: Icarus
well done my son, you've learned to fly
though feathers be unknown to those whose ceiling is the sky
forget these solid bones, forget this bitter ground
we'll steal the empty air, we'll never come back done

(sunlight reaching, always holding down)

though warned about the light, we give it all we're worth
what use are waxen wings to those whose flesh is made of earth?
and so they watch us fall, the ocean swallow whole
without a single breath exhaled to mourn a passing soul

(must be somewhere: ship sails calmly on.)
Track Name: Dear Summer
you've kept me waiting for far too long now
the time has finally come
for barefoot journeys, enjoying sunlight
and friends returning home

no more numbered days, no more early nights
just a summer breeze when we go outside

the sand is warm now, the sea is wide
and not a school in sight
do what you want, nobody can stop us
the next one hundred nights

when the ocean calls, i'll be on my way
it's our only life but we'll make it stay
Track Name: Shoeshiner
down in the boulevard, here the day is growing stale
the rain is falling slowly, turning sidewalks into braille
i seem a lonely soul here, not a hand around to warm
it's best to hurry home now, don't get caught out in the storm

the street's as cold as ghosts, flooded with their quiet glow
i listen to their whispers, tales of horrors sounding low
they tried to kill a king here but just killed themselves instead
condemned to spend forever wandering among the dead

my house is on the corner and i get myself inside
but i still see the road where there's a man who's long since died
Track Name: Church Song #1
when love is over, i won't mourn
i will simply go to tijuana flats
and get some deep fried cookie dough.

a mighty fortress is our jimmy johns
where bread is king
a sandwich built for me alone makes me love everything.

amazing grace, how sweet the sound
of taco bus at night
we'll stuff our mouths with burritos and flan til morning light
Track Name: Russian Parents
i came come home the other day
my parents were both home
they asked me what i was wearing
why i was home so late
i said i'm grown up now mom
and i need tooth paste

saklhdf lkhsflkdh klhsdflkh dhfslkdhf klsdhf kh klfdh

when i turned 18 my parents asked when the wedding was
i told them about my non-russian boyfriend
and they said нет нет нет

нет нет нет нет нет нет нет

sakfhdlskhf lsdkhf skdlhflskdfh s lkhfsldkhf
Track Name: Tea for Two
people don't come by here often;
my neighborhood's out of the way.
but i don't feel sad cause it's not all that bad
sitting out on my ledge every day

i don't have a yard to grow plants in.
my view's blocked by walls made of stone.
the lichens next door never talk anymore,
but I try not to feel so alone.

oh, won't you come inside and have some tea with me?
it's been so long since i made a friend, but i think this could be
something wonderful

the wanderers don't really stay long
they say that they don't have the time
even though i was nice and gave them good advice
how to find their way out of here alive

but i guess there's no way it could work out
my living room's just a bit small
and i think my dear wife would hate me for life
if somebody got stuck in our crack in the wall.

oh, won't you come inside and have some tea with me?
it's been so long since i made a friend, but i think this could be
something wonderful
Track Name: Mosquito Menace
i dont care who you think you are
get out of my life and out of my car
you're the worst thing alive by far
get out of my life and out of my car

if you bite me one more time i swear that you'll regret
i'll smash you with my empty hand, don't think i will forget

i don't care if you must consume
get out of my life and out of my room
i'll put you in your bloody tomb
get out of my life and out of my room

if you bite me one more time i swear that you'll regret
i'll smash you with my empty hand, don't think i will forget
i'm gonna kill you im gonna kill you im gonna kill you yet
Track Name: Murderbus
some men say it rides at night and hunts for those that least expect it
only when the moon is bright and bigger than the sun
it takes its prey down darkened roads
and just before they think they've made it
turns around away from home
swallows those suckers whole

the engine dies, the lights burn out
didn't anyone warn you about the murderbus?
don't stay out late, don't need a ride
or you might find yourself inside the murderbus.

now i've been stuck inside its belly
never thought that i'd survive
it spit me out so i could tell the horrors that i'd seen
the bus will stop on any street
but mostly those you might get shot on
no seatbelt for any seat in case there is a wreck

you realize what a risk you take
when you drive a car, when you hit the breaks
you gotta live like you're ready to die
when you think that you can try the murderbus
don't stay out late, don't need a ride
or you might find yourself inside the murderbus.
Track Name: The King of Indie Bands pts. 1 and 2
the day i listened to this band was really good one
some friends and i went to sweet tomatoes
and with the windows down and the wind blasting in
we screamed our hearts out to holland 1945
though i didn't even know the lyrics

back then i guess my favorite song would be
in the aeroplane over the sea but
i didn't wait long before i found another song
cause they're all so good
even now that i've cycled through them all
and i'm tired of aeroplane
i'd probably still give it a listen

and when i give the disk a spin
i have to lay down on the floor
cause the weight is a just little hard to carry
and i want to know
how did jeff make oh comely's major chords
sound so sad and bitter?

i wish that i could love someone the way that mangum loved anne
cause it gave him everything he'd ever need
just to make the perfect album
i wish that i could do the same
maybe someday i can.
okay.
Track Name: You're Oppressing Yourself
i read the news today, oh boy
obama has declared a marriage war
he hates nice things like love and joy
doesn't want a happy country anymore

well i hate marriage too, i hope i can assist
only thing i wish i knew is where can i enlist?

and now that his beliefs are clear,
the president will not be swayed
he only thrives on hate and fear
all married folk should be afraid
once men can marry other men,
your bond will grow deprived
and once it has dissolved, what then?
how will your love survive?

now things are so unlawful,
and everyone's depressed
it must be truly awful
to be so damn oppressed.
Track Name: Pessimism
so i can't play the clarinet
even though my sixth grade band teacher told me i was born to do so
i think she saw it in my name
and i just had to roll my eyes and pretend this instrument
didn't make me cry

i'm prone to giving up
i abandon ship before it's even sinking
just to save myself the stress
it's safe inside my bed
and somedays i wish i could melt into the sheets
just so i don't have to ever leave the nest

and i'm no good at math
and i might just die from panic if i ever have to work with numbers
so lots of things are lost on me
i could have studied biology and then my degree
wouldn't feel like paper

i'm prone to giving up
i abandon ship before it's even sinking
just to save myself the stress
it's safe inside my bed
and somedays i wish i could melt into the sheets
just so i don't have to ever leave the nest
Track Name: The Types
dont forget the types and you'll do alright.

grass fire water normal rock and flying
psychic ice electric and fighting

don't forget the types and you'll do alright

ghost ground steel, dark and bug and poison
last of all there's super awesome dragon

don't forget the types and you'll do alright slkfhsdklhflsdh
Track Name: The Third 23rd
what do i do without a prompt?
i keep reloading the blog in case one shows up.
but it still says "may twenty-third."
i'm not sure but i think that's not the date anymore.

i normally hate writing songs about
not having anything to write about
the topic of block is just so cliche
i'd probably strangle someone if they chose to write this way
it's not like i'm out of ideas already
i just want to be sure that i can last til may thirty-first.
Track Name: The Shower Principle
if you need a mental boost, don't bother with caffeine
you'll find the train of thought you need
if you spend some time getting clean

if you need a new idea, try staring at the tile
the shower wall will free your mind
if you watch them for a while

if you need a problem solved, just brainstorm in the bath
i guarantee the water will
put you on the right path

don't toil for endless hours,
the answer's in the shower.
Track Name: Tampa, 1991
i couldn't tell you how it was, though i came to life that year
and now that i can read about it, there's nothing to see here
just lots of politics and war, a bunch of things i'm glad i missed
a baby doesn't need that stress when they've just started to exist

i know nintendo powered up, but the super went unknown
took me eight years before i got a gameboy of my own
and i know freddie lost his life after a long and sad decline
but i was born too early to make his soul recycled mine

and that's everything i know about that time.
Track Name: A Song About Anxiety
i keep my toothbrush in my room
cause roaches crawl up through the drain
and i won't swim after a storm
cause frogs get in the pool by rain
and i worry that each band i love
will quit before i see
and there will be no brand new songs
and i won't earn that memory

and i get anxious in the spring
when hurricanes begin to blow
my city's gone if a strong one hits
and i'll lose all that i know
and i don't think that i will find a job
because the country's gotten sour
and lots of people could get hurt
depending who we put in power

and sometimes i think ghosts are real
and i can't sleep away from home
and i know i'd let somebody down
so i'm fine to be alone
and i often lay awake at night and cry into my sleeve
cause things i love are growing old
and soon might have to leave

and i have dreams my parents know
the things i have to hide away
and it kills them that i can't live
their proper normal way
but these things i'll have to face
and try to persevere
cause life's too long to hide away
from every single thing i fear
Track Name: The End
we'll meet every end of the road sooner or later
we'll get back home
it's been a long time coming, this day
the end of may

and now what have we sewn?
a thousand words all freshly grown
another year to go
so keep your strings in tune

i didn't think i could come this far
with just my voice and my dad's guitar
but i wrote a new song every day
the month of may

and now what have we sewn?
a thousand words all freshly grown
another year to go
so keep your strings in tune

if we survive the fall,
well i swear i will hear the call
when may comes back again
my strings will be in tune.