Delaware

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produced and mixed by Mark Nichols
except 14 mixed by Jody Bardacke-Wilson and 11 mixed by Rob Witmer

executive producer: Bruce Oberg

recorded at Avast!, engineered by Jody Bardacke-Wilson with additional engineering by Sanjay Sharma

2, 3, 4, 9, 16 words by Tim Sanders

featuring:
Eric Ray Anderson, Mark Boeker, Tracy Hyland, Brendan Kiley, Mark Nichols, Montana von Fliss

special guests:
Emmy Burns (4), Bill Osebold (7), Laura Etling (14), Matt Fontaine (16), Reggie Watts (16)

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released October 7, 2005

mastered by Mark Guenther at Seattle Disc Mastering
artwork/layout by Tim Sanders

(C) & (P) 2005 "Awesome" / Bandor Smash (BMI)

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Track Name: Delaware
Where did you go when we needed you most

Locked up in the attic room
Back behind the shelves
Disappear through a crack in the wall
Wedged between the bricks
Smaller than an insect dream
And getting smaller still
Approaching the state of zero
But never getting there

Where did you go

Stowed away in the pocket of a man out to sea
But do not look now, there is nothing to see
I’m starting my life over, back to A-B-C
"Estás seguro, senõr?" y dije, "Si"

Where did you go when we needed you most
Where did you go when we needed you
Track Name: When It Rains in the Middle of the Ocean
When it rains in the middle of the ocean

It seems pointless with no one to watch the droplets hit
Or to listen to the sound of water versus water
You could say that when it rains in the middle of the ocean
It’s not raining at all

There is no smell except salt
No windows flying past curtains
Only a single gull lost and laughing
You could say that when it rains in the middle of the ocean
It’s not raining at all

Surface tension spitting
Fish asleep to the sound of droplets on the roof
If no one’s there to hear it, no one has proof
You could say that when it rains in the middle of the ocean
It’s not raining at all

A sky of water becomes a body of water
No lines in between, no touch, no color, no name you can call

When it rains in the middle of the ocean
It’s not raining at all
Track Name: Soliloquy
Something is outside tonight
Climbing over fences and jumping ditches
Getting closer
The air is wet tonight
Can you hear that
It's in the backyard now
Over by the swing set
Listen to it

Something is a ghost
Tracing the volume of an empty room
The clock spins in reverse
Sweeping the numbers like a useless broom

Chase it off
It comes back anyway
Knocks over trash cans
It’s up to something behind the garage
Shh... it's moving
Look
It's staring at us
Track Name: Del
Del
She lived under the world
Such a sad and lonely girl
With feathers for hair and skin made of pearl
She gave her mind a twirl
So her plans would all unfurl
Into a wish ipon the crescent moon curl

What did you do
What did you say
I read the news
But nothing can explain

Del
She didn’t know her own power
She found out at the top of the hour yesterday
And though, at first, it all seems tragic
It’s funny that everyone now believes in magic today

Del
O where did you go
There’s so much that we don’t know
About how you did what you did
Your legend still grows
Track Name: Zeno's Rock
Yes, it's a dream
But when it's happening, I know that I'm awake
I taste my mouth, it tastes just like my mouth

Yes, it’s a rock
But so immense that none can tell which way is up
And stars extinguish when I look at the stars

Don’t move
I’m halfway there

My life will not be long enough
But I know which way is up
I'll travel half the distance
In a single well-placed step

My life will not be long enough
But I know which way is up
I'll travel half the distance
In another well-placed step

I taste my mouth
It tastes just like my mouth
And stars extinguish
When I look at the stars

I know that you’re on the top
The cataclysm came
And I’m the only one
Who went up

Don't move
I'm halfway there
I'm always halfway there

I know that you're on the top
The cataclysm came
And I'm the only one who went up

Yes, it's a dream
Track Name: Cold Water Tune
What did you do the morning you found
Gills below your ears
And little fins under your arms
Was it relief you felt or fear

Where did you go
When air got too thin for your lungs

Water and salt filled your head
As you sloshed and flopped in your four-poster bed

In the air between the piling and the sea
There’s nothing human, nothing left of me
In the dark, cold water I fill my chest
Slip off my body, slip to the bottom and rest

What did it matter they never saw you again
You were at the back of the line
You were out of focus, nobody looked twice
No eyes could read you but mine

That night I drank all the gin
Ran aground on your porch, can I come in

Why did your lips change pink to blue
And why couldn’t I set a hook into you

In the air between the piling and the sea
I watched you become what you were meant to be
In the dark, cold water I look up at the sun
What a curse it is to walk and talk and run

In the air between the piling and the sea
There’s nothing human in me
In the dark, cold water I fill my chest
Slip off my body, slip to the bottom and rest

They’ll find me tomorrow
A closed casket to hide
The skin that couldn’t follow
Your fading white glide

So could you look to my gravestone at the top of the dune
And the man who couldn’t follow your cold water tune
Read my name in the rock by the light of the moon
The man who couldn’t follow your cold water tune
Track Name: Are You Aware
Take it from a doctor of philosophy
Standing here, exactly where you used to be

Every little thing that crosses your way
Has got a little thing to say
I hope you're listening because you're going to need it someday

Look, you're growing smaller exponentially
It's too late, your boat is floating out to sea

This is going to sting but don't be afraid
You've got to learn to swing decay
Come along and sing with me, hip hip hooray!

Are you aware

Take it from a doctor of philosophy
Standing here, exactly where you used to be
Look, you're growing smaller exponentially
It's too late, your boat is floating out to sea

Ing! Ay!

Are you aware
Track Name: Gone
There isn't a sound
The beds are made
Morning gives way to afternoon shade

Dishes unused
Upstairs corner room bare
You're searching for a sign that I was there

You love me only when I'm gone

It's getting late
And, sluringly sincere
Your drink is whispering proposals in my ear

I'm seeing double
And both of you have asked me to stay
My face in your neck, your head is miles away

You love me only when you're drunk
When you're gone
Track Name: American Boyfriend
I dream of a bathroom
Brown and red tiles
Sports-page wallpaper
Instead of urinals, a trough
The sink runs hot water right when you turn it on
There's soap in the shape of an eagle
The hand-towel is an old shirt
There's a tin of chalky grease that I run through my hair
As I gaze into the mirror and flirt with myself
Hey, baby
I wanna be-

I wanna be your American boyfriend
I'll pick you up in my truck I painted black
I wanna be your American boyfriend
Drinkin' gasoline from an old smokestack

I want you to want me
Like I wanna want you
I want to place a want ad in wont for you
To want to want me wantonly too
I wanna be, I wanna be

I wanna be your American boyfriend
Tonight I'll give you the Roman Empire's rise and fall
I wanna be your American boyfriend
I'll cook you breakfast that's high in cholesterol