Wake
1995
Epic Records
EK 67326
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  1. Jump In The Water (3:48)*
  2. Expect Me (2:46)
  3. I'll Be Fine (Boones Farm Wine) (3:02)
  4. Broken Oar (4:41)*
  5. You're So Pretty (3:45)
  6. Rain Pours Down (3:54)
  7. I Hear Voices (4:08)
  8. Ed's Song (3:54)*
  9. When Morning Comes (3:47)
  10. A Season (5:41)
  11. Never Going Back (3:23)
  12. Listen To The River (2:54)
  13. Never Crawl (3:07)
Vocals, Guitar: Todd Watts
Guitar, Vocals: Erik Wenberg
Bass: Rob Shaw
Drums, Percussion: Tamer Eid

Music: emmet swimming
Lyrics: Watts

Producer: Marco Delmar
Recorded at: Bebop Productions, Rockville, MD
Engineer: Marco Delmar
Mixer: Marco Delmar
Mastered by: Greg Calbi
*Producer: Glenn Rosenstein
*Recorded At: Long View Farm, North Brookfield, MA
*Engineer: Steve Boyer
*Mixer: Steve Boyer


Jump In The Water

todd was a singer from the suburbs
from a nice family
everybody seemed to like him
just as nice as he could be

now he's dreaming of the shrubbery
he fell down when he was three
everybody seemed to like him
everybody seemed to like him

now he's driving on the interstate
and he starts to feel free
he wishes he were wholesome
juliana hatfield three

he just wants to be famous
see his face on the t.v.
everybody seemed to like him
everybody seemed to like him

don't you jump into the water
don't you cut, don't you bleed
he jumped right into the water
saw all the things he'll never be
and when he jumped into the water
it never meant that much to me
and when he jumped into the water
don't disgrace your family

now he's sitting by the ocean
and he stares out to sea
he was just sinking
he was just sinking

into the water
as he floated out to sea
he jumped right into the water
he gave a shit about his family

don't you jump into the water


Expect Me

now we're tired
i've seen that look before
have i expired
return me to the store
and when i'm high
you've seen me when i'm blue
and when you cry
i don't know what to do

chorus:
did you expect me to say the things you did
did you expect me to stand in line my hand held like a kid
did you expect me to think we were in love
did you expect me to sink below while you rose right above

now i'm down
i can't take anymore
and when you frown
should my heart hit the floor
and i'll get by
you'll see me when i do
and when i fly
i won't know what to do

chorus


I'll Be Fine (Boones Farm Wine)

i've got a photograph of how it used to be
got a picturebook full of things we used to see
now we sit around and never dream
i just sit around thinking about the way we used to be

chorus:
i'm all right
stay up late tonight
i'll be fine
boones farm wine

there was a rocket ship that crashed into the sea
we've got a dog that sits there and watches t.v.
the people next door got books about
some things you wouldn't believe
i just sit around thinking about the way we used to be

chorus

i met a girl outside sitting by a stream
said she couldn't breathe and that she never dreams
built a fence outside and i could never see
i just sit around thinking about the way we used to be

chorus


Broken Oar

i thought i was a poet on a stage
i grew a beard to hide my lack of age
i thought i'd build a boat to sail offshore
i woke up with my hands all bruised and sore

chorus:
come on say it
what we're searching for
come on try again
another boat another broken oar

i tried to be the singer in a band
three times at night i'd step up to the stand
they'd pay to hear me sing of death and grief
it's hard to get by like this in a week

chorus

in this boat you start to realize
it's hard to steer with the stars in your eyes
is there something left for me to try
or paddle circles screaming at the sky

chorus


You're So Pretty

the streets are cold tonight
the cops are looking for another fight
fairfax is a dirty town
where i've spent six years after moving around
maybe i gave you a scare
outside the coffee shop with all your friends there
but i can't be alone tonight
throw your coffee in my face that's right

you're so pretty

i saw you at the planet last night
on the dance floor beneath a crimson light
he was dancing walls around you
but you can be a prisoner on the outside too
he was staring at that mirror put there
at the highlights in your deep breath red hair
and do you like those shell green eyes
just rub your hands against a girl-white thigh

you're so pretty

i saw you on the back deck last night
i could tell you two were having a fight
he looked into those shell green eyes
just begging you to change your mind
i know you really like your red hair
because he was crying into the thin black cold air
you had a certain glow last night
laughing with your friends as he drove out of sight

you're so pretty


Rain Pours Down

a hill to climb
three steps up and i fall
it's going through my mind
as i tumble
a purple matchbox car
i lost when i was nine

maybe i'm blind
but that's okay, sometimes
the world can be unkind
but there's a new world out there
there's a little cafe down there
i just want to sit there

chorus:
every time i see my face there
that will be last time i try to become something else
that's fine, you've got to live your life
that's fine, you've got to do what's right
i'm just trying to be calm
but the rain keeps pouring down

i'll be just fine
just three steps up like before
and the valley's far behind
and should i stumble
hope is not a choice we're given
even if it's raining all the time

chorus

all over me
so blind that i can't see
become what you want to be

chorus


I Hear Voices

you never told me
you could have told me
you should have told me

i guess it's lonely
a daily stoning
but you could have told me

should i have to cry, did i
build a world that walked all over you
and if you ever called me out
they built a world that walked all over you
didn't i try again
to build a world that walked all over you
and every time i called it up
they built a world that walked all over you

you get so ragged
it's more than baggage
and torn green jackets

the piss you live in
is not from my sin
it's just the piss you crave

did i have to fall, did i
build a world that walked all over you
every time you crawl outside
they built a world that walked all over you
didn't i try again
to build a world that walked all over you
and when i had to crawl outside
they built a world that walked all over you

every time i cried at night
they built a world that walked all over you
and every time you crawled outside
they built a world that walked all over you
didn't i die again
and build a world that walked all over you
were you going to call it rough
they built a world that walked all over you


Ed's Song

her bag's in the hall
she's leaving again
i begged and crawled and clawed
my way out to the carport

she's just gone and i'm so gone
i guess she's leaving again
she's leaving...

this time when she's gone
i'll scratch the curtains again
i've tried so many times to hold her
but i found

she's just gone and i'm so gone
i think she's leaving again
i just lost my best friend
she's leaving...

i don't know
what i've done wrong
nose to window as you're waving
i know i'm slow
but when you go
she left me

i guess she's leaving again
and i just lost my best friend
and the man he travels
he goes wherever he can
she's leaving...


When Morning Comes

the blinds are all pulled straight
nothing gets in here
and have you put on your armored plate
nothing gets in here
have you ever dreamed
or is tomorrow just another day
if you've never dreamed
why are you so far away

i'm here
you're here
and we're both here
let's leave this world far behind dear

chorus:
i wake up late at night
and feel you slipping away with the approaching light
where do you go when morning comes
i love you and you like me
we're lying here in misery
where do you go when moming comes

i've checked and locked the doors
nothing gets in here
have you checked and locked yours
i guess nothing gets in there
and have you ever cried
and felt the tears form deep inside
if you've never cried
why are you here by my side
i'm here
you're here
and we're both here
let's leave this world far behind, dear

chorus


A Season

man looks in a forest at his fear
leaves nature laughing through its tears
at everything when he falls down
pulls a brown stone out of his back
then he trips and he falls when he runs down here
as the north wind cries

chorus:
everything has a season
and only time will last
feel the leaves falling fast behind us
men expend their little lives so fast

man grabs for a weapon to beat the tide
leaves his indelible mark an a hillside
and he doesn't laugh when he falls down
pulls a black stone out of his back
then he cuts and he burns when he runs down here
as the animals die

chorus:
everything has a season
and only time will last
feel the strings being drawn behind us
men expend their little lives so fast

a season


Never Going Back

never going back to your mother's farm
there are too many people there trying to do me harm
the poems you write, they make me feel like a whore
there's too many people there they watch me pace the floor

chorus:
talk about, and when you shout
you make me feel like i'm nothing at all
talk it out, and when you shout
you make me feel like i'm three feet tall
we'll tear down the sky and look at the stars
i want to see your face when it shines like mars
tear down the stars and look at the sky
i want to be yours but i don't know why

out across the lake, there comes a distant sound
the sound of wolves gathering and pawing frozen ground
and all that i want is you in my arms and we'll go swimming there
down on your mother's farm

chorus


Listen To The River

have you ever seen it flow
and wonder where it goes as it tumbles
while standing on the shore
there's things you ignore as it falls apart

have you ever seen a raven gasping
dying breath just to go away
have you ever seen a cloud that's laughing
you have to wait for it, it's not to late for it

chorus:
there's a sound on the river tonight
put your head down and you will hear
voices crying the river's dying
no one ever listens to the river

the water that surrounds
forever falling down as it makes it's way
trip upon the shore
keep trying to ignore all the things you see
have you ever watched it rain on Sunday
have you ever tried to stare into the sun
it's burnt on every hill and byway
it's not to late for it you have to pray for it

chorus (repeat two times):
there's a song on the river tonight
put your head down and you will hear
voices crying the river's trying
no one ever listens to the river


Never Crawl

i've seen you walk around,
i've seen your eyes cast to the ground
and i can see you there
front porch on a rocking chair alone

chorus:
funny thing about people
every time you see them run outside they leave you cold
funny thing about people
they laugh as they go away

you never crawl
you never stumble

and now the blood is dry,
do you find comfort when you're high
i know she beats you up and
your whole life's been getting by

and now its night again and
you're locked out without a friend
and i can see you there
building in an office chair alone

chorus