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Matt Nathanson Album


Beneath These Fireworks (10/14/2003)
10/14/2003
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You sounded so good on the phone
All moved up and all moved on
Me and gravity we never could agree
I can almost see the sky
When I need to close my eyes
You're the only thing that's worth holding on to

Angel you sing about beautiful things
And all I want to do is believe
I traded my dreams for this mess of memories
And they just stopped working for me

I'm not a monster I believe
Like a liar would believe
Helps me navigate the wooden smiles, the raging sea
All my heroes pull their heads
Like a fighter would I guess
No one really ever likes getting older

Angel you sing about beautiful things
And all I want to do is believe
I traded my dreams for this mess of memories
And they just stopped working for me

. . .



When you lead me
And fit around my tongue
It's so easy, to forget that I'm lost
Spent all of my life
Waiting for something
To lift me, to numb me, to define it all

Sunshine, I'm beginning to like this

Cause all I want to be is the minute that you hold me in
When you pretend that I'm all that you waited for
Time slips to nothing and I'm better than I've ever been
I'm suspended

With your breathing, filling up my lungs
I can almost believe that I'm almost enough
Spent all of my life emptied of anthems
And bracing for something that never did come

Sunshine, I'm beginning to like this
Sunshine, I'm beginning to like it

Cause all I want to be is the minute that you hold me in
When you pretend that I'm all that you waited for
Time slips to nothing and I'm better than I've ever been
I'm suspended

It's not enough to stay surrounded
It's not enough to stay awake, torn, braced, cornered
And not feel alive

. . .



I've been waiting up for you to rescue me,
To come around and cover everything.
I'm relying on my best memory,
To breathe for me, breathe for me…

So much better than all this, all this..

Tired of singing sad songs in my head,
But I can't find enough of anything to drown out what you said.

And I can still smell summer on your skin,
And I can still remember giving in.
Wrapped all up in your hips, and in your sheets,
It felt great falling, falling..

So much better than all this, all this..
Tired of singing sad songs in my head,
But I can't find enough of anything to drown out what you said.
And sometimes I find I catch myself letting you back in,
I'm so tired of singing the sad songs in my head.

I feel so faded, so far gone..
Nothing surprises me anymore..
So faded, so far gone…
Nothing surprises me anymore..

So much better than all this, all this..
Tired of singing sad songs in my head,
But I can't find enough of anything to drown out what you said.
And sometimes I find I catch myself letting you back in,
I'm so tired of singing the sad songs in my head.

Sad songs in my head…

. . .



And it's amazing
With the look in your eyes
Like you could save me
But you won't even try
And then you tell me again
How everything will be alright

And if I told you
That I'm sorry
Would you tell me that you were wrong
Or would you hold me down forever
If I came to your for answers

And I saw
Pictures in my head
And I swear I saw you opening up, again

And I'm surrounded
You spill
All alive and brand new
And I'll forget about you long enough
To forget why I need to

And I saw
Pictures in my head
And I swear I saw you opening up again
Cause I would be heavenly if
Baby you'd just rescue me now

The days are
Drifting away from me
I still wake up
Burning through everything now

And I saw
Pictures in my head
And I swear I saw you opening up again
I would be heavenly if
Baby you'd just rescue me now
Pictures in my head
I saw you opening up again
Cause I would be heavenly if
Baby you'd just rescue me now

. . .



In the light
In the daylight it's all wrong
To revel in your memory
The smell of your body
And the seconds that it kept me warm

And I'm coming down
Hitting ground
Breaking open
Twisted around
The sweet sound of the lies you told
When you were broken

Cause they've gone away
And I'm so sorry
Cause you're wide awake and
Planning parties now for all the fools
Who've gone and left you bare

And you said
In all your tragedy
You'd rather hide in mine
Oh so warm
So sad you said I made your whole world shine

And I'm coming down
Hitting ground
Breaking open
Twisted around
The sweet sound of the lies you told
When you were broken

Cause they've gone away
And I'm so sorry
Cause you're wide awake and
Planning parties now for all the fools
Who've gone and left you bare

They left you there
And now I'm gone with all the fools
Who left you bare
They left you there
Said so long dear

Cause now I'm coming down
I'm hitting ground
I'm breaking open
Twisted around
The sweet sound of the lies that you told me
When you were broken
Cause you're always broken

They've gone away
And I'm so sorry
Cause you're wide awake and
Planning parties now for all the fools
Who've gone and left you bare

Gone away
And I'm so sorry
Cause you're wide awake and
Planning parties now for all the fools
Who've gone and left you bare

. . .



This time, I'll be sailing
No more bailing boats for me
I'll be out there on the sea
Just my confidence and me

And I'll be awful sometimes
Weakened to my knees
But I'll learn to get by
On little victories

This time, I'll have no fear
I'll be standing strong and tall
Turn my back towards them all

And I'll be awful sometimes
Weakened to my knees
And I'll learn to get by
On the little victories
And if the world decides to catch up with me
Still little victories

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They tied off your arms
With all their pretty charms
And the same bad lines
That always get you
And you hate the way
They wash you down
And summer hums heavy now...
Still you bolded all your best words
So they'd have something to wrap
Their mouths around.

Show me how pretty the world is.
Cause I envy the way that you move
Show me how pretty the world is..
Cause I want something just a little bit louder

All spun awake
Twisted in the heat...
You're always burning up so bright
When there's someone there by your side.
Well just take me home
Cause I'm a mess enough clean
And I'll lie
Until I believe

Show me how pretty the world is.
Cause I envy the way that you move
Show me how pretty the world is...cause i
Want something just a little bit louder
Show me how pretty the world is
Cause you're brilliant when you try
Show me how pretty the whole world is tonight

I never thought that I could be who I am
I never thought that I could see where I was
I always thought that all this was just wasn't me
I always thought that all this was could never be

I never thought that I could be who I am
I never thought that I could see where I was
I always thought that all this was just wasn't me
I always thought I'd wait here for you

. . .



I tried to come down from you
I tried with your voice in my head
Knocking me back
Every inch I moved
I'm a sucker for a good lie
The way you say you understand
and how you always talk of catching me
but never open up your hand

Tell me does the world revolve the same
Tell me do the people all take care of you
Did you doubt the curve of the earth
And every word..
Every word
I'll bet you heard

I know you hear me catch your breath
But I'm not listening for the right words anymore
I'll take what's left
You're vicious like the blue sky
Right before the rain comes pouring through
Tell me does he look like me at all
Cause they're all an awful lot like you

Tell me does the world revolve the same
Tell me do the people all take care of you
Did you doubt the curve of the earth
And every word..
Every word...

Tell me does the world look all insane
Tell me how the people all just scare you
Did you doubt the curve of the earth
And every word..
Every word... I'll bet you heard

Tell me does the world revolve the same
Tell me do the people all take care of you
Did you doubt the curve of the earth
And every word..
Every word...

Tell me does the world look all insane
Tell me how the people all just scare you
Did you doubt the curve of the earth
And every word..
Every word... I'll bet you heard
Did you doubt the curve of the earth
Did you doubt the curve of the earth

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If I bent like you said was best,
Would that change a thing?
If I spent myself... or what's left
Would you still leave me here?

You're so sorry about it all
Now that it's over..
Should I thank you for that dear?
You're so sorry about it all...
And I hope you'll always be.

I remember you best
Hating all the boys who got to you
And all the things they took
That you'd kept for yourself
Every car crash, every misstep, every word

You're so sorry about it all
Now that it's over..
Should I thank you for that dear?
You're so sorry about it all...
And I hope you'll always be
Always be.

I remember you best
Hating all the boys who got to you
And all the things they took from you again...
It's all wrong...all wrong

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Took your words like you said I should
and look at what good they've done me
I've played support system, you played victim
and look at what good it's done
and you trip me up
leave me standing with your awkward, untouchable lips
It's a cruel world, I've found
It's a cruel world, but I'm a lucky boy

You're so glorious, a waste of time
You're the safety in lying
You are radiator heat, you're the winter blankets sleep
You're the excuse that I use when I want to stop trying
And start waiting for the sky to fall
They tell me it's a cruel world that I've found
It's a cruel world and I'm a lucky boy

You're not gold to me
I was wrong
You're not gold and there'll be
Centuries left when you're gone.

. . .



I'm weak when you miss me
When you roll me on your tongue..
When you whisper me your best moves
I almost believe you
But you don't know me at all

I'm covered by lovers,
Who recite lines
Convinced their bodies
Are gonna save mine
But you don't know me at all..

Show me where the sun comes through the sky
I'll show you where the rain gets in
And I'll show you hurricanes
And they way that summer fades...
Underneath the weight of it all

I spent days stupid nailed to your floor
And I spent nights pushed against you
Trying to keep warm
But you don't know me at all.

Show me where the sun comes through the sky
I'll show you where the rain gets in
And I'll show you hurricanes
And they way that summer fades
Underneath the weight of it all

. . .



5 am, undressed
In your static, in your mess
I don't need any new voices
I'm thick enough with superstitions and choices

A little bit of something
Maybe just a way home

Sing me sweet
Sing me low
Say you'll never let me go
Sing me sweet
Say you'll never let me go
Never let you go

Just to stay like this
In the give of your lips
In the dim half-light dawn
Pinned below your undertow
When everything meant everything again

A little bit of something
Maybe just a way home
Way home, a way home

Sing me sweet
Sing me low
Say you'll never let me go
Sing me sweet
Say you'll never let me go
Never let...

Sing me sweet
Sing me low
Say you'll never let me go
Sing we may
And you'll never let me
Never let me go

Sing me sweet
Sing me low
Say you'll never let me
Never let me go
Say you'll never let me go

Sing me sweet
Sing me low
Say you'll never let me go
Let me go
I'm coming down
Coming down

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