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The Thermals
The Thermals


Background information
Origin Portland, Oregon, United States
Genre(s) Indie Punk
Years active 2002—present
Label(s) Kill Rock Stars
Sub Pop
Associated acts All Girl Summer Fun Band
Website Website
Members
Hutch Harris
Kathy Foster
Westin Glass
Former members
Jordan Hudson
Ben Barnett
Caitlin Love
Lorin Coleman
Joel Burrows



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The Thermals Album


Now We Can See (04/07/2009)
04/07/2009
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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 crawling from 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 breathe
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
When I died

Yeah when I died
My head did swell
I said to myself
Nature sure took its 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 objection 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
When I died
When I died

Yeah when I died
My head did swell
I said to myself
Nature sure took its sweet time
I was already losing, yeah!, my spine
I was already losing my spine
But life was short
At least it was short

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 crawling from me
so I could swim...
yeah, so I could swim!

When I died
When I died

Yeah when I died
My head did swell
I said to myself
Nature sure took its sweet time
I was already losing, yeah!, my spine

. . .


We were sick!
We were sick at the talk!
So far from where we started,
too far along to stop!

We were sick!
We were sick at the thought!
We never 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!
Read all we could!
Shed all we had!
Every dirty germ
another lesson that threads into man!

We were sick!
We were sick at birth!
Stuck 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!

Stick out our tongue catchin' 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, the legacy!

. . .


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 did so long
I thought it must be keeping me afloat
Only when I was dead and
Only when I was drowning
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 let it go
I let it go
Oh-oh oh-oh

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 waiting with the hate I held so long
I thought it must be guiding me home
Only when I was crossed
Only when I was lost
That 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
I let it go
I let it go
Oh-oh oh-oh

I looked my fear in the eyes
Looked at the cold ground below
I knew I could love or die
I let it go
I let it go
I let it go
Oh-oh oh-oh
Yeah
I let it go
I let it go
Pour on the floor
To in the air
Out of the sand
Out of the sky
Into the globe

I looked my fear in the eye
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

. . .


Oh way-ow oh-whoa-oh

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 lay dead on the ground
And still we kick

Oh way-ow oh-whoa-oh

Now we can see
The warnings and the signs
Reading 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 nothin'
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

Now we can see
The warnings and the signs
Reading between the lines
Like writing on the wall
Now we can see
What do we need?
We should need nothing
Nothing at all

Oh way-ow oh-whoa-oh

Yeah now we can see

. . .


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 grey
The light is rare
It barely touches us
It's barely there
The need
At the bottom of the sea

And now I'm barely there
For you
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 now I'm barely there
For you
I'm barely there
For you

I'll 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

For the air
For the light
For the love
Is barely there
For me
At the bottom of the sea

For the air
For the light
For the love
Is barely there
For me
At the bottom of the sea

Oh
For the air
For the light
For the love
It's not what I want
It's what I need

. . .


We closed our minds
We shut out traps
We built a house
The house 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've 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

. . .


Under the sky, the cold morning light,
I called out your name.
With 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 dreamin of a place where my body never aged,
I called out your name.
I was dreamin of a time when I never lost my mind,
I called out your name.
My vision turned the threat, I woke up in a sweat,
feeling my spirits drain!
One thing I knew baby it was you.
I called out your name.

I was feelin so old, my body so cold,
Only you I needed to see.
I had fallen so low, you were all I had known
I had to love before I had to leave!

Under the sky, the cold morning light
I called out your name.
With 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! Whoa!
One thing I knew, baby it was you!
I called out your name.

. . .


Time kept me in line
Kepe me defined
It kept me safe
When I was afraid
Kept me in line
Kept me defined
It kept me safe
When I was afraid

Counting the days
Pacing the sky
Holding every breath
I have left inside

Gravity I can't forget
You saved my heart
A thousand ways
Gravity I can't forgive
You let me go
I felt the weight
When I was afraid

Falling away
Out into space
Losing all my breath
When I was afraid

Fear is fire
Fear is by my side
It kept me well, yeah
It kept me alive
I counted days
But they faded away
I only felt safe
When I was afraid

Love it held me near
You held me close
I couldn't die
When I was afraid
You held me near
I couldn't die
I couldn't live
When I was afraid

Counting the days
Pacing the sky
Holding every breath
I have left

Fear was mine
Fear was by my side
It kept me well
Hell, it kept me alive

I counted days
That I made it away
I only felt safe
When I was afraid

Fear was mine
Fear was by my side
It kept me well
Hell, it kept me alive

I counted days
That I made it away
I only felt safe
When I was afraid

. . .


Liquid in, liquid out
It's what my life was all about
It's what my life was all about
It was all about

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
I never went without

Liquid in, liquid out
It's what my life was all about
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

Liquid in, liquid out
It's what my life was all about
It's what my life was all about
It was all about

. . .


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

. . .


You dissolve
It's just another way you exist
It's just another way for survive
It's just another way you dissolve
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

You dissolve
It's just another way you deceive
It's just another way you can leave
It's just another way
You dissolve into stream
You dissolve like a dream

You dissolve
It's just another way

. . .


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