Not Waving But Drowning

by Liam Dailey & the Glass Jars

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released August 12, 2010

All songs written by Liam Dailey and arranged by the Glass Jars.
Recorded in our respective bedrooms and basements.
Produced by David Lee.
Liam Dailey: vocals, guitar, banjo, autoharp, mandolin.
David Lee: bass, violin, pump organ, noise, trumpet, saxophone, recorder, programming, drums and percussion.
Ben Boisclair: electric guitar, organ, drums and percussion.
Lucas Henry: vocals, drums and percussion.
Matt Kennelly: vocals.

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Track Name: Flowers For You
Take my bones take my flesh
burn it all down to ash

Make my ash a little home
bury it beneath the loam

So I can feel the melting snow
so I will know when winter goes

So I can feed the flowers roots
so I can grow flowers for you
Track Name: A Parable
When I hate
I make walls
I build walls

When I war
I forge binding chains
binding chains

Ashes to ashes
dust to dust
we're only dust
it's what we leave behind us

When I'm untrue
my fruits whither and die
they rot and die

When I give up
I dig my grave
I dig my grave

When I love
my love burns bright
a beacon in the night
Track Name: Song For An Ungrateful Ex-Girlfriend
Do you like the way he looks at you do you see what's in his eyes
do you like the things he says to you are you sure they're not all lies
do you like the way he compliments you on your every move
do you like it when he smiles at the big words you try to use
do you think he thinks you're smart or just confused

When he takes you out to parties does he always walk you home
or does he leave you lying there embarrassed drunk and all alone
do you really think he wants you for your heart of gold for your eyes and for your smile or for what's underneath your clothes
don't tell me that you don't really know

When your cheek is on the bathroom floor
who'll be the one who's at your door

Will you finally give him what you never would give me
am I just not good enough is it for his body
I would keep it safe and locked away for you my love he'll drag it round the town and trample it into the mud
if you'd rather have that than my love
take it and be gone

When your cheek is on the bathroom floor
who'll be the one who's at your door
is that all I'm good for
when your heart is on the bathroom floor
who'll be the one who's at your door?
Track Name: This Ain't Your Home
Johnny has gone to dive for missing Atlantis
don't you come back Johnny don't you come
Johnny has gone to dive for buried Atlantis
don't you come back Johnny this ain't your home
but Atlantis it cannot be raised to the surface
don't you come back Johnny don't you come
for to live in Atlantis you must know your purpose
don't you come back Johnny this ain't your home

The world it is sick it is dying some say
and one man can't heal it no matter what he pays
for we'll take all his money and we'll take all his time and we'll blame him for having a mind

Johnny has gone to find the fountain of youth
don't you come back Johnny don't you come
Johnny he'll bring back the fountain of youth
don't you come back Johnny this ain't your home
but the fountain it lies in a desolate eyrie
don't you come back Johnny don't you come
and when you carry it down all your vessels are empty
don't you come back Johnny this ain't your home

The world it is sick it is dying some say
and one man can't save it no matter what he pays
for we'll take all his money and we'll take all his time and we'll hate him for having a mind

Johnny has gone and we don't know where
don't you come back Johnny don't you come
Johnny has vanished into thin air
don't you come back Johnny this ain't your home
We'll know the world's better we'll know the day
I'm calling on you Johnny won't you come
when Johnny walks in with a smile on his face
won't you come back Johnny this ain't your home
Track Name: Farewell To Caroline
She came to town in summer
she came to town in a low cut dress
she came to town looking for a lover
she was the girl I loved the best

She smelt of brandy and wild flowers
her lustrous hair was black as coal
we would lie atop the cliffs for hours
her blue eyes they pierced my soul

She said wait my love
but I've seen enough of this old world
to know she's thinking of not coming home

As August rolled into September
as the grain became so gold
she locked herself up with a decanter
she said she could not stand the cold

Like the birds she flew southwards
like a bird she's here and gone
but I still see her yearning skywards
although she left me all alone

I wish I was in some dark hollow
where the sun don't ever shine
I would find myself a deep lake
and bid farewell to Caroline
Track Name: Light A Fire
The rain it came the rain it fell
the factories all washed to hell
the rain it came the rain it poured
remain at home remain indoors

The castle walls are crumbling down
the castles all are crumbling now
the prison gates are washed away
don't be alarmed don't be afraid

God is taking what he gave
but you can keep what you made
God is taking what you threw away
but light a fire you'll be safe

There are fires burning in the automobiles
they'll keep us warm though they keep still
what transportation there's nowhere to go
remain indoors remain at home

The king's bright robes have been washed away
and you can see his fat and pockmarked frame
but he'll lead us through our darkest days
don't be alarmed don't be afraid

A song rings out through the driving rain
the song always remains the same
it's the song of peoples' hard earned pain
the song we'll never sing again

For when the waters rise they cleanse
gluttony and sloth and then
when they recede they leave the clay
don't be alarmed don't be afraid
Track Name: Picturebook
When I was young I had a picturebook
and it was filled with pictures of all the different animals and every time I read it I was scared

Because somewhere in that picturebook there was a picture of an alligator
and every time I turned a page I thought he'd bite off all my fingers
so I never dared

I guess that's how my life has gone since then
I hesitate at every bend
and I don't know when it's going to end

So I'll keep singing these songs of mine
and maybe everything will work out fine
maybe you'll consent to be my friend
Track Name: First Falling of Snow
Winter is almost done my dear
spring comes to those who wait
winter has had its fun for the year
love's never late

She will find you when you're ready
like the first falling of snow
when you've gathered your wood and you've built a fire only then will it spark
and you'll know

You're a lily growing in the meadow dear
spring comes to those who wait
but if you're plucked too soon you won't bloom all year
love's never late

Your eyes are as deep as a mountain lake
spring comes to those who wait
but I could drown in them and still my thirst not slake
love's never late

I can taste you on my tongue now
like the first falling of snow
I will gather your wood and I will tend you fire
for the rest of my life
Just say so
Track Name: Don't Let Me Be Lonely
I dress you up to drag you down
and I doll you up to play around
but I don't need no centerfold
no perfect skin no perfect lips I just want your soul

Shirtless you're worthless I've seen them before
they all look they all taste the same when you're walking out the door
so keep it on keep talking
look me in the eye can't you hear what I'm saying

Don't let me be lonely

So get drunk if you want to
go home with him
do whatever he wants you to
but don't you ever learn his name

Because if you do
if you let him spill his soul
and rest his head on your bosom
you'll leave me out in the cold
Track Name: Meet Me Tomorrow
I was born to be a sailor
I was born to plumb the earth
born to search the farthest corner
I was born to get there first
I was born a century too late.
The restaurant's closed now
but you can have what's on my plate

I was born to sail through space
I was born to walk the moon
I was born to die for something
but it all ended too soon
I was born a century too late
meet me tomorrow
we'll drink the same thing

I don't want to be a doctor
too much schooling
I don't want to be a politician
too much fooling
there's nothing left that I can be at all
that doesn't end in a room
at the end of a hall

I was born to be an explorer
but there's nothing left to find
the only uncharted waters
flow inside my mind
so I will get there how I can
meet me tomorrow
we'll try again
Track Name: Colors
Last night I had the strangest dream
I was on my back and I couldn't breath
there was a foot pressing down on my throat

and in the darkened room I could not see
the face of my adversary
but I could hear the accusation when he spoke

He said

You are one of more than three hundred million people their hearts are empty their minds are feeble
but they've got an SUV and a big screen HDTV on the wall

What makes you more than another pissed off teenager
hating authority and prostrate to computers
what makes you think you've got anything to offer at all

Here's what

I see see colors
and they're not the ones you see
because you're not the same as me nor ever shall be
I see colors
we're taught to call it red but to me it looks like blue
does anything beyond what we perceive hold any truth

Last night I had the dream again
I was in a room with all of my friends
and they were laughing as I strangled a man on the floor

I looked down and to my horror
it was like I was looking into a mirror
I ran screaming from the room they said what'd you stop for

I have seen them in their big houses
our future presidents and supreme court justices
but all their SAT prep courses don't teach them to sing

They've lost their voices they've lost their vision
and they try to make colors but they just end up making themselves so sick
they can't see anything at all

Not me

I see colors
and they're not the ones you see
because you're not the same as me nor ever shall be
I see colors
and when you're telling me
that I have nothing to see
and that I have nothing to be
and that I have nothing to give
you're telling me that I have no reason to live
you are wrong.
Track Name: Water's Gonna Rise
Let's go out tonight
let's take a bus line down to the water
let's go out tonight
far away from the city's laughter
feel the grains of sand between our toes

Let's sing songs tonight
let's sing songs and lets hold hands
let's sing songs tonight
we'll sing the song and make amends
I promise you'll remember how it goes

The water's going to rise
and wash away everything
so close your pretty eyes
evening's coming down again
and I know that you can't see past the bars
but try to remember there are stars
out there somewhere

Feel the tidal pull
feel it swirling round your ankles
feel the tidal pull
you know the world is thankless
you've already been adrift upon her seas

Hold my shaking hand
entwine your fingers
hold my shaking hand
let's linger here a minute
before the sweet release

The water's going rise
and wash away all we hold dear
so close your pretty eyes
the rushing wave is almost here
and I know that you can't see past the steel
but try to remember there are fields
lush and green to be seen

Feel my beating heart
place your hands upon my chest
feel my beating heart
the rushing waters never rest
not even at the closing of the day

Take one last deep breath
as the rushing waves wash over you
take on last deep breath
if it matters I loved you
as we return to the clay

The water's going rise
and wash away the skyscrapers
so open up your eyes
the rushing wave is almost here
and I know that you can't breath
but please believe me
the sun is rising on a new day
and the morning is hours away