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released August 12, 2016

written // performed by my dear wormwood,
produced // mixed // mastered by dylan kinker and my dear wormwood,
album artwork by eric kimmel
spoken word performed by matt frier
"vapor" movement 2 adapted from "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" by Isaac Watts

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tommy woodward

overthought / underproduced narrative music

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Track Name: in
in
(instrumental)
Track Name: you will strike his head
you will strike his head
my brother is closer to you
all that i do could not change that
while you push me away
my brother stays in your presence
when will this sun set to darkness
my brother is closer to me
he is my blood he could not change that
he pushes me away
i want to stay in his presence
the sun falls in the west to darkness
my brother’s blood dries now
it stains my skin it stains my spirit
sweat still falls from his face
but in his chest i hear no beating
you could have stopped my knife
you didn’t
i am lost
i am lost
Track Name: to the sky
to the sky
i know (please don’t say) repetition won’t help
i’ll show (can you stay) it’s not superstition i’ve felt
you’ll see (i swear i know) how it feels on that shelf
i can’t be (please don’t go) someone other than myself
i’ve heard (we’ll increase) of your promised paradise
you’ve observed (wait at least)our weight upon the ice
you’re not (you’re deluded)orpheus with his lyre
i’m not (don’t refute it) eurydice in the fire
(let me in where have you been)
let me go you’ll never know
(the music ceased an empty feast one note at least fore you’re increased)
you dream (dreams are hollow) that i fall into the sky
you see (what will follow) an end within my eyes
i long (please don’t) to take wing and fly
keep strong (please don’t) you’re a better friend than i
(let me in where have you been)
let me go you’ll never know
Track Name: no light // no heat
no light // no heat
i left him a heaping mass of clothe
i made him promise to never take it off
keep warm the winter’s unforgiving
and what life with no light no heat could ever be worth living
when i offered him my food he lied i’m not hungry
it’s maybe been one week one month since last i saw him eat
keep warm the winter’s unforgiving
and what life with no light no heat could ever be worth living
(there’s one fate in all things)
i move with hatred in my feet
for this wind is unrelenting it’s resenting it’s preventing any heat
keep warm the winter’s unforgiving
and what life with no light no heat could ever be worth living
(there’s one fate in all things)
when i returned my man was still asleep
his warmth was flowing had flown out into the street
keep warm the winter’s unforgiving
and what life with no light no heat could ever be worth living
(there’s one fate in all things)
Track Name: second star
second star
still don’t know if i can say it out loud
that i’ll never see you in this crowd
singing back at me louder than the rest
i can’t say it i’ll leave it in my chest
look out your window to the night
see her flying to the second star to the right
your father grabbed me holding up the line
wiped my tears looked me in the eyes
you mother joined him and your sister too
they told me what i already knew
you’re burning brighter but you’ll never last
you’re moving faster your time will never pass
(look out your window see her fly)
look out your window to the night
see her flying to the second star to the right
one whole year and i still see you in my sleep
there’s the rub but do you ever dream of me
at the church we gathered and we cried
we knew you fell we didn’t know you’d fly
you’re burning brighter but you’ll never last
you’re moving faster your time will never pass
(look out your window see her fly)
look out your window to the night
see her flying to the second star to the right
Track Name: 8 1/2 minutes
8 1/2 minutes
(instrumental)
Track Name: light // heat
light // heat
i was thrown into the desert
to war with men i’ve never met
how am i to bring them death
when i’d rather die myself
take this world for yourself
i went out into the desert
to see what i could find
mirages everywhere i’ll lose my mind
still i can’t see you
take this world for yourself
i sold you you were my brother
i said that i’d keep you safe
i sold you you were my brother
i gave you away
Track Name: a campfire tale
a campfire tale
in a cloudless land east of the sea
a boneless blowing wind moves a war chief
the camel king betrays his brother
the quiet royal sheep
saying deep beneath the violences toward the lamb
is one who surely brings this fury upon the land
it was not me he lied to the people
it was the lamb he cried to the people
and with stoic reciprocity
one rose against our king’s hypocrisy
with a cry like a vicious wind upon the land
he said i am hated therefore i am
and he led a gang of soldiers out into the field
when the brothers met where abel lie
and the moon brought in the rising tide
both of the brothers knew their first father was on their side
it was not me he lied to the people
it was the lamb he cried to the people
and with stoic reciprocity
we rise against our king’s hypocrisy
we will rise with the people
we will rise with the people
he will fall with the water
he will fall with the water
Track Name: 7 x 7
7x7
look skyward recognize that size
your eyes’ regrets have yet to end our compromise
elsewhere on cold stairs in disrepair
i shave my hair in response to your blank stare
a ditch-dog tethered to a wounded deer
dear G-d this personal storm lasted our longest year
i called your father’s toupee a rococo hoax
with fierce dispassion you reply this is no time for jokes
the music ceased
an empty feast
one note at least
fore your soul’s increased
soliciting heaven seven by seven
the repetition it involves raises a doubt it never solves
soliciting heaven seven by seven
you know i can’t absolve you what would that resolve
soliciting heaven seven by seven
did Icarus commit suicide thinking that the sun was on his side
soliciting heaven seven by seven
to this earth are we bound and tied from falling upward to the sky
1st time i dreamed it’s so pretentious
i want to say but don’t know how to prevent this
you took to flight i couldn’t follow
with hollow bones swallowing air dancing with swallows
i was deluded i felt betrayed
you couldn’t refute it you flew away increasingly dismayed
the sun will burn the water drown
crowning achievements won’t save you now as you fall down
the music ceased
an empty feast
one note at least
fore your soul’s increased
soliciting heaven seven by seven
the repetition it involves raises a doubt it never solves
soliciting heaven seven by seven
you know i can’t absolve you what would that resolve
soliciting heaven seven by seven
did Icarus commit suicide thinking that the sun was on his side
soliciting heaven seven by seven
to this earth are we bound and tied from falling upward to the sky
just to be near you i need to be near you
Track Name: a planet in isolation
a planet in isolation
just to be near you i need to be near you
Track Name: vapor
vapor
invading your garden
still you welcome me
you know of my betrayal
still you welcome me
i kiss you
you tell me in your garden
that you’re the son of man
you promise your believers
that you’re the son of man
i leave you
i wander in your garden
how could this all be true
why did i believe you
how could this all be true
i sell you
shouting in your garden
you did this to me
we both hang from a tree
you did this to me
i loved you
when i survey the wondrous cross
on which the prince of glory died
my richest gains i count but loss
and pour contempt on all my pride
see from his head his hands his feet
sorrow and love flow mingled down
did e’er such love and sorrow meet
or thorns compose so rich a crown
Track Name: from the clouds
from the clouds
your blood drains out
flowing out through my veins now
your blood drains out
and i can’t wash my hands of this mess
i watched you burn
standing now in the ashes
i watched you burn
and i can’t wash my hands of this mess
i’m falling now
out from the clouds with the water
i’m falling now
and i can’t wash my hands of this mess
i’ve heard it said
i’ll see your face and rejoice
i’ve heard it said
but i’m not so sure for myself
i’m not so sure of myself
i’m not so sure of you
Track Name: progress
progress
i can't see you (i can’t see you)
anymore
i can’t hear you (i can’t hear you)
anymore
if i can’t see you how do i know
that you see me
do you see me anymore
i say give me a sign
but i know that i’m blind
and you’ve given me so many
i fall on my knees
and i shout please
take this burden this burden i carry
show me your face
i’m losing my faith