Off The Screen

by Nobody Kid

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released July 22, 2017

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Track Name: Your Empire
What if we’re wrong
all the numbers change
we’re chasing the sun

what if the remains
these precious few odd days
is all we can count on

your horses are coming up big
the ocean couldn’t hold it all in
your empire isn’t worth anything

it wasn’t a lie
it wasn’t the whole truth
it is what it is

for all of the signs
the bricks and the spires
this cadence of authenticity
will open its arms for you

your horses are coming up big
the ocean couldn’t hold it all in
your empire isn’t worth anything

the rain tastes like radiation
your dreams crash; no hesitation
your empire isn’t worth anything
Track Name: Off The Screen
The film began at the drive-in
projecting a life worth living
you compare
you despair

off the screen, no one waiting
satellites, falling failing
the world is dark, getting darker
ghosts we trust go right through us

the actors smile, teeth like ivory tile
hair perfect in any weather
the cars and clothes; the clever prose
It’s all so unambiguously great
a holiday, everyday, a holiday

off the screen, no one waiting
satellites, falling failing
the world is dark, getting darker
ghosts we trust go right through us
Track Name: Freewill Fatalist
The bell rings in the morning
get up get dressed look good look out
go and bathe in the river of information

all these people I see they don't seem to exist
close my eyes one more time counting backwards from ten
get to zero and then
find that something called love
for a freewill fatalist

on a Hollywood hillside
swimming pools of opportunity
a million bittersweet love songs collect like moths, and..

once you're close to the light it's a feeling you chase
when it flickers whatever it gives you will take
second-hand fleeting moments that you still can taste
from forever ago and a far away place

the wallpaper
and bedspread
the take-out menus
the seaside portrait

In the bath
In the mirror
In the steam
written there
a reminder that follows
you always and everywhere

an impossible daydream
the future we will reminisce
on this something called love
for a freewill fatalist
Track Name: Seeds
Moving to the music playing in my head
wherever it leads, whenever it ends
If love is a song; play it again
and away we go

memorize every small crackle and hiss
blue jeans barely hanging on to your hips
stars in you eyes salt on your lips
and away we go

watching the planes take off from the water’s edge
engines’ drowning out my thoughts float on overheard

and the last thing you said
before you left
is the first thing I hear

no matter what the maps my read
there is no distance between you and me

moving to the music playing in my head
wherever it leads, whenever it ends
If love is a song; play it again
and away we go

memorize every small crackle and hiss
blue jeans barely hanging on to your hips
stars in you eyes salt on your lips
and away we go

could we be a love affair played out too long
we're living in a distant world and not in this one

bending the line
body and mind
bending the line

we are just fragile threads
of ordinary elements
become untethered from our skin
we float into oblivion

moving to the music playing in my head
wherever it leads, whenever it ends
If love is a song; play it again
and away we go

memorize every small crackle and hiss
blue jeans barely hanging on to your hips
stars in your eyes, salt on your lips
and away we go

the constellations and planets
like braille under my fingerprints
cracking the code of an ancient text
and away we go

see it all go dark and then
thread it back through the reel-to-reel machine
If love is a song; play it again
and away we go
Track Name: Antithesis
Aiming telescopes into the big dream
flowing golden fields of corn
wondering how the stars were born
so long ago

pack up, pile into a rusted pickup
blast off to a twilight zone
heading anywhere but home
out on the lonely range

we are the lost, we are the crushed, we are the unrequited
we are the dust, the antithesis, a dream worth waking up to

football, classic cars in the garage stall
milkshakes on a silver tray
twist and shout the night away
on checkerboard kitchen tile

we are the lost, we are the crushed, we are the unrequited
we are the dust, the antithesis, a dream worth waking up to

we are the lights, we are the sounds
we are the final frontier, we are the small
scratch on the wall, a dream worth waking up to

nineteen-ninety-nine it was the end times
infrastructure breaking down
thirty years since breaking ground
so long ago

tomorrow with all the time that we can borrow
ditch this dance and grey corsage
the farmhouse for a new mirage
a deep space lullabye

we are the lost
we are the crushed
we are the dust
a deep space lullabye
Track Name: Minutes and the Miles
There's a moment or two
out of every ten thousand that pass
keeps me wondering who
I might meet out there on the tracks
and your name Is like rain on the tip of my tongue
I keep chasing the weather from station to station

listen it's your heartbeat talking
pounding like a train
the minutes and the miles rewinding
back to the beginning
listen it's your heartbeat talking
knowing you so well
the minutes and the miles keep writing
the story you will tell

in the highs and the lows
of the sprawling middle states
in the thick of the throes
waiting for the tide to change
and your breath is the crest of a wave crashing on the shore
whispers over and over What are you waiting for?

listen it's your heartbeat talking
pounding like a train
the minutes and the miles rewinding
back to the beginning

listen it's your heartbeat talking
the minutes and the miles
the minutes and the miles keep writing

listen it's your heartbeat talking
knowing you so well
the minutes and the miles keep writing
the story you will tell

listen it’s your heartbeat talking..
Track Name: First Transmission
Your television is old and dying
it’s waiting in line with
all the future dinosaurs

and so much has been made of the new convenience
and so what has been lost while planning for our own funerals

the postal workers all went to the beach
dogs quit their barking
no more papers or magazines

and so much has been made of the revolution
and so what has been lost in the landfills of dusty pages

go ahead and look back
go ahead and look back
go ahead and look back
so what if it’s gone, oh, gone
so what if it’s gone?
so what if it’s gone?
go ahead and look back
everything that you’re counting on

throw away your microwave
incinerate your video games
roll your car into the lake
it’s only a matter of time anyway
Track Name: Soundtrack of Endless Summer
I'll trade everything I know for the unknown
if it means that we could stay
fall into a parallel dimension
half a heartbeat away

we’re just tiny sparks on circuit boards
flashing along the grid
we can move outside the algorithm
into the infinite

I don't want that quiet house
the front lawn
the cable and the credit cards
the catalogues and mid-range cars, oh no..
all i want is that open road
a landslide of photographs and album covers
a soundtrack of endless summer

we’re living in a golden age
post-technicolor blues
so beautiful and terrifying
we’ve got everything to lose

but you can’t hold on to yesterday
you can’t think too far ahead
so be here in this moment with me
where love is unlimited

I don’t want that quiet house
the front lawn
the cable and the credit cards
the catalogues and mid-range cars, oh no..
all i want is that wild run
a landscape of every song and every color
a soundtrack of endless summer

a soundtrack of endless summer

all I want is that open road
a landslide of photographs and album covers
a soundtrack of endless summer
Track Name: Blue Simpatico
If I had to make
something up I’d say
I never thought of you

I met you once
and every night since then
I never thought of you again

watch the cars on a loop
hoping that the door will open and you will

step out into a night so warm and blue

it’s too easy to deny
all the wrongs that we could right
it’s too easy to lie
so just go on and live our separate lives

hear the river rush
laying in the brush
in the shadows no one knows

and every night since then
I think of anything else
that trickles through

i’m still hoping that you will

step out into a night so warm and blue