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Now We Can See

by The Thermals

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1.
When I Died 03:21
The earth was too hot The air was too thin I took off my clothes I took off my skin I crawled to the sea That was calling for me So I could swim Yeah, so I could swim I was sick of the land I was sick from the heat I was sick of the sun And the sky and the trees Over the air that I needed to breath When I held with my hands When I walked on my feet I took off my clothes I took off my skin Started shedding my arms To start getting my fins Crawled to the sea That was calling for me So I could swim Swim the ocean wide I was only just past the low tide When I died My head did swell I said to myself "Nature sure took her sweet time" I was already losing my spine I was sick with horror When my curtain fell It's the end of the story I was certain to tell Watching their faces As they pulled me from the sea Feeling for the place I thought my gills would be Busted and wrecked Justly infected My body beyond repair Had no objections, sir My only questions were "Where do I go?" and "Will I know when I'm there?" But I really couldn't say that I cared If life was short At least it was short
2.
We Were Sick 02:44
We were sick, sick at the top So far from where we started Too far along to stop We were sick, sick at the thought We'd ever lose our grip and end up Sick at the bottom Fed on the dirt Laid on the land Never gave a day away Never gave a damn Bred all we could Shared all we had Every dirty germ Another lesson and present To man We were sick, we were sick at birth Snuck around, had our fun Stuck a fork, we were done We were sick, we covered the earth Us and all our friends and Anyone getting us medicine We were sick, sick in the brain Too young to kill, too old to contain Stuck out our tongue Catching the acid rain We were high, we were alive We were sick Never pure, never aware Never a cure, never a care Never a need Never a damn for legacy
3.
I Let It Go 03:35
I was lost, I was hurt I was trapped out at sea I was swimming in circles of circles In the last place I wanted to be I was holding on to a love I knew so long I thought it must be keeping me afloat Only when I was down Only when I was drowning Did I finally feel the hands on my throat I looked my fear in the eyes Looked at the water below I knew I could love or live I let it go I walked in the dark I walked in the rain I walked for miles and miles and years All I knew was heartache and pain I was weighted with a hate I held so long I thought it must be guiding me home Only when I was crossed Only when I was lost Did I finally see it left me all alone I looked my fear in the eyes Looked at the cold ground below I knew I could love or die I let it go Four on the floor Two in the air Out of the sand Out of the sky Into the flow I looked my fear in the eyes I looked at the water below I knew I could love or live I let it go I let it go I looked my fear in the eyes I looked at the water below I knew I could love or die I let it go I let it go
4.
We were born in the desert We were reared in a cave We conquered in the sun But we lived in the shade Yeah baby we were savage We existed to kill Our history is damaged At least it was a thrill But now we can see Now that our vision is strong We don't need to admit we were wrong Now we can see But the images don't stick Our enemies lie dead on the ground And still we kick Now we can see The warnings and the signs Read in between the lines Like writing on the wall Now we can see What do we need? We should need nothing Nothing at all We were born on an island We grew out of the sand Never saw another creature Never knew another man Yeah baby we were nothing We existed for less Our present was empty Our history a mess But now we can see Now we do as we please Now we do away with our disease Now we can see Now the image sticks We still need the medicine quick We still take the pill But only for the fix
5.
The air isn't thin The air isn't thick The air isn't anything It doesn't exist It's not what we need At the bottom of the sea The light is gray The light is rare It barely touches us It's barely there for me At the bottom of the sea And I'm barely there for you I will never come up I will never compare Wind to the sand Water to air It's not what I want It's what I need The love is near I hear it speak It's in my sight But just out of reach It slips from my hand Just like it did on the land And I'm barely there for you For the air For the light For the love Is barely there for me At the bottom of the sea It's not what I want It's what I need
6.
We closed our minds We shut our traps We built a house The horse collapsed We sold the wood And bought the farm Now we got a place In the dirt In the backyard We were stronger alive We always smote our foes Won in a landslide Ran unopposed Piss drunk on power and cheap wine We used to waste the world Just to waste our time Now the spirit is strong But the flesh is weak Death is long The living are laughing Spit on our grave, we don't mind We're bad as ash You should have seen us in our prime When we were the earth When we were alive When we were the rules When we were the ends Yeah we were fools But I still had my friends We couldn't stay We didn't try We didn't cry When we were alive When we were alive
7.
Under the sky In the cold morning light I called out your name Nothing I could feel Nothing I knew was real I called out your name Vision a blur, voice in a slur Crying in the rain One thing I knew Baby it was you I called out your name I was dreaming of a place Where my body never aged I called out your name I was dreaming of a time When I never lost my mind I called out your name My vision turned to threat I woke up in a sweat Feeling my spirit drain One thing I knew Baby it was you I called out your name I was feeling so old My body so cold Only you I needed to see I had fallen so low You were all I had known And had to love Before I had to leave Under the sky In the cold morning light I called out your name Nothing I could feel Nothing I knew was real I called out your name My time was running out Still I had to shout I held my refrain One thing I knew Baby it was you I called out your name
8.
Time kept me line Kept me defined It kept me safe when I was afraid Kept me in line Kept me defined It kept me sane when I was afraid Counting the days Pacing the sky Holding every breath I had left in time Gravity, I can't forget You saved my hide a thousand ways Gravity, I can't forgive You let me go I fell away when I was afraid Falling away Out into space Losing all my breath when I was afraid Love, it held me near You held me close I couldn't die when I was afraid You held me close I couldn't die I couldn't live when I was afraid Fear was mine Fear was by my side It kept me well Hell, it kept me alive I counted days as they faded away I only felt sane when I was afraid
9.
Liquid in, liquid out It's what my life was all about It's what my life was all about It was all about Saturate, fill me up Liquidate, empty my cup It's what my life was all about It was all about Salivate, ring the bell Clean the plate, my slate as well It's what my life was all about It was all about Drank the sun, drank the rain Down the river, down the drain I never went I never went without
10.
How We Fade 03:26
I've seen a ceiling of screens Shaped like clouds in the sky I saw a wall, it was all between me And where I'll lie I laid on a bed with my head Spinning zero and one into two Dreaming of you And how we fade I laid in a shower of color and numbers And numbers and words I opened my eyes and my ears and my eyes And I saw and I heard I opened my mouth, nothing came out Nothing at all I could do Dreaming of you And how we fade I dug a hole It was only as deep As the ground I had known I fell asleep Just so I wouldn't be left to die all alone I opened my mouth, hoping to shout Hoping the words were true Dreaming of you Dreaming of you And how we fade
11.
You Dissolve 02:43
You dissolve It's just another way you exist It's just another way you survive It's just another way You dissolve You dissolve It's the only way you depart It's the only way you operate It's the only way You dissolve You dissolve It's just another way to deceive It's just another way you can leave It's just another way You dissolve into steam You dissolve like a dream You dissolve It's just another way

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released April 7, 2009

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