Natural Panic

by Eliot Rose

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released 06 November 2013

Brian Pettit: trumpet
Max Richardson: bass
Darryl Jones: ukulele
Mark David Ashowrth: guitar
RJ Leland: guitar
Megan Pugh: backing vocals

Mixed by Eric Ian Walker and Eliot Rose at Wackoworld
Mastered by Thomas Dimuzio at Gench Audio

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Track Name: Deep Within the Dark
If deep within the dark was distance
A-swimming with the emptiness of ears a-listening
A-humming with the hiss of tiny things existing
Aglow in oceanic nights through which we're drifting
Then you'd know it was all right
Babe you'd know it's all right

If deep within the night were numbers
A-counting down the seconds til you'd wake from slumber
The minutes till the Earth released you from its umbra
And all you ever had to do was wake and wonder
Then for sure it is all right
Child you know it's all right
No honey don't get uptight

I brought the light of language
Illuminating all the secrets strange and nameless
Exhuming all the stories buried in the ages
So we could have a map to lead us through the changes
And you'd know it was all right
Babe you'd know it's all right

If deep within the sky was silence
The ticking of a clock that's counting seconds timeless
The echo of a thought that's drifting mute and mindless
A-spinning through the darkness as if to remind us
That for sure it is all right
Babe you'd know it's all right
Now it's time to bid you good night

If deep within the dark was distance
A-swimming with the emptiness of ears a-listening
A-humming with the hiss of tiny things existing
Aglow in oceanic nights through which we're drifting
Then you'd know it was all right
Track Name: Hey Lover (uh-huh)
Hey lover
Well I had a nice time
Now tell me what would you think about me making you mine
I know I'm just one of the fishies aswim in your sea
But hey you can't get the fruit without shaking the tree
So get to know me
Check my birthstone and sign
And when it all shakes out well I think you will find
You'll say

Uh-huh
All right okay fine
And any other way to say uh-huh that comes to mind
Uh-huh uh-huh
All right okay fine
Cause baby don't you know it's just a matter of time
Before you're mine

Hey lover
I'm a spiritual man
I rock the third eye, the ankh, and the two-thumbed hand
I got a jobby
It ain't nothing profound
Sit at the workstation move the information around
But on the weekends you can find me on the astral plane
And if you wanna meet me there all you gotta do is say

Uh-huh uh-huh
All right okay fine
And any other way to say uh-huh that comes to mind
Uh-huh uh-huh
All right okay fine
Cause baby don't you know it's just a matter of time
Before you're mine
Yeah baby don't you know it's just a little more time

Hey lover
I don't know about you
A poppy song don't groove me like it used to do
It takes a little more nature get that natural high
It takes a whole lotta loving nothing else is worth my time
I need a little more of you and a lot less of me
So take your time and think about it baby
If you agree just say

Uh huh
Track Name: Strike up a Chord
I'm not normally the type of guy
To make a fool of myself but when I see you walk by
I think maybe I should give me foolish side a little freer reign
I get a minute of relief once the moment has passed
And then I spend the next week wishing I had made it last
And thinking 'bout the things I'd do different if it happened again

I try to still the beat of my heart
Because I don't quite know just where to start well
One thing I never lacked was something to say
These words just rattle my bones
I'd rather speak to you in the purest of tones well
Let me strike up a chord and I'll take you away

I'm not normally the type of gent
To think back on what I said and wonder if it was what I meant
But lately the possibility's been filling my head
Sometimes I'm about to lose my patience
And come right on out and make a declaration
But I stop and I think of all the things better left unsaid

Because now
I try to quiet my chattering mind
And maybe listen to the whispers from the base of my spine well
The only place my thoughts ever got was in the way
These words just rattle my bones
I'd rather speak to you in the purest of tones well
Let me strike up a chord and I'll take you away

I'm cool, cool to the touch
But if you ask me what it's gotten me
I'd say not much at all
No, not at all

I'm safe, I'm always right
But what good does it do me
When I sleep through the night alone
Feeling like my chances are gone

I'm not normally the type of boy
To make a fool of myself you know I try to act coy
Indiscretion in my facial expressions just isn't my style
But every time when I see you walk by
I think about what it would be like if I were at your side
And when it happens
I can't help but smile

Because now
I try to still the beat of my heart
Because I don't quite know just where to start well
One thing I never lacked was something to say
These words just rattle my bones
I'd rather speak to you in the purest of tones well
Let me strike up a chord and I'll take you away
Let me strike up a chord and I'll take you away
Let me strike up a chord and I'll take you away
Let me strike up a chord and I'll take you away
Let me strike up a chord and I'll take you away
Track Name: All the People
The cars may contain friends of yours
En route to places where I may have been before
And the lights that shine through the cracks in blinds
The thoughts that pine for you from behind closed doors
They could be strays or they could be mine
‘Cause instead of sleeping on the weekend
I’ve been going out and keeping score

Of all the people who are going out as you are coming in
All the evenings that are ending, all the nights yet to begin
The many ways that we could fall in love or maybe just be friends
Right then or never
All the ladies, all the gentlemen, the girls and all the boys
All the eye contact and phone calls, all the thoughts not given voice
So many ways that we could fall in love it was as if we had the choice
Right then or never

That night our shadows were chasing fast
Swimming laps in pools of light cast by the streetlamps as we strolled on past
Silent a while, then audibly you smiled
Between your teeth were all the questions you could ask
The things I’d say, if I might or if I may
Heavy with the weight of every coming day
Through which this love could last

All the people who are going out as you are coming in
All the evenings that are ending, all the nights yet to begin
The many ways that we could fall in love or maybe just be friends
Right then or never
All the ladies, all the gentlemen, the girls and all the boys
All the eye contact and phone calls, all the thoughts not given voice
And when I told you that I loved you it wasn’t as if I had the choice
Right then or never

Well our eyes introduced our minds
And then our thoughts said how do you do
And they came back and told our bodies
That they ought to come along too
At first our hearts were slow to follow
But pretty soon they got the clue
And in due time our souls intertwined
And then everybody knew
‘Cause we’d read love poems and sonnets
Even limericks and haiku
Written romance novels, mash notes,
Xs, Os, and I heart Us
We sang a lot of stupid love songs
But then we thought, “What if they were true?
Well, I never”
Yeah all the kittens and the tomcats
All the cougars and the coots
All the peacocks flaunting plumage
With the chicks in hot pursuit
Well, they all took to the dance floor
When Pan tootled on his flute
And in the prevailing state of nature
All kinds of romance could take root
All the sopranos sang a sha-na-na-na
The baritones sang shoo-be-doo
Some of the babes resembled Bardot
A lotta the dudes looked like Depardieu
A lotta drama and a little comedy
And the middle, just me and you
Now and forever

I’ve been trying to work it out in advance
Running round town just to catch your glance
A little science and a little bit of circumstance
No I don’t, no I don’t want to leave nothing to chance

I’ve been patient, I’ve been lying in wait
Counting down the hours and blocking off dates
I’ve been waking up early, I’ve been staying out late
No I don’t, no I don’t want to leave nothing to fate
Track Name: Love Don't Make It Better
When I… I was feeling sad and maudlin
Thinking only of my problems
Looking anywhere for help
Then I thought it might somehow console me
If I had someone to hold me
If I wasn't by myself

Because it sounded so sweet that it couldn't be wrong
When they repeated it in poems and in old pop songs
Well they told me that love would make the world go round
I wish it would've stopped turning on the night when I found it 'cause now
It's the morning after and I still feel down
And that's why I believe

Love… love don't make it better
When it's hard to hold together
When it's all falling apart
No love… love don't make it easy
When your troubles are increasing
It only opens up your heart

And if… if I only have one regret
It's that I always kept it secret
The only thing that I ever meant to say
'Cause I told you often that I love you
And that I'm always thinking of you
But in spite of it all I'm still afraid

You know it sounded so wrong but it had to be right
'Cause they played it on the radio night after night
They told me love would lift me up when I'm feeling down
What if disaster strikes and you're nowhere to be found at all
And it's a long long way for me to fall
So I believe

Love… love don't make it better
When it's hard to hold together
When it's all falling apart
No love… love don't make it easy
When your troubles are increasing
It only opens up your heart

Love… love don't make it better
When it's hard to hold together
When it's all falling apart
No love… won't chase away the woes that hound you
When they're crowding in around you
It only opens up your heart
Track Name: My Bright Regalia
If I had a hundred years
And I'd neither fortune, fame, nor love nor money
Just time to ponder why we're here
Well in the end I'd still be wondering
Cause fortune favors just the wise
And the wise they favor wondering over knowing
So I kept my eyes trained on the skies
It's how I knew where I was going

And I sang la da da da di di di da di

If I had a hundred lives
And I'd twice todays and three times the tomorrows
I'd have ample time to cry
To ease my mind and weep away my sorrows
'Cause fortune favors just the brave
And the brave they favor fortune over failure
So though the times were dark and grave
I always wore my bright regalia

And I sang la da da da di di di da di

If I had a hundred lives
Through failure famine, blight, and nasty weather
I don't think that I would mind
As long as you and I lived them together
'Cause fortune favors those in love
And the lovers favor living over dying
So we spent our lives saying hello
And left only a lonely moment to say goodbye in

And I sang la da da da di di di da di
Track Name: Away, Away, Away
Come go with me my little lover
We’ll pack our rucksacks and we’ll go live off the land
We’ll dwell among the greenery like we never knew machinery
And we’ll forage and we’ll gather all we can

And if they really want to reach us
If they have to call and tell us all the news
They’ll have to send us smoke signs ‘cause we’ll never own a phone line
Or a carrier pigeon winging through the blue

‘Cause when we’re in this city
Feeling listless and forlorn
We think of walking through the ancient woods
Where wonder is the norm
So let’s leave behind these modern times
That are getting old and worn
And fly away away away away

Deep in the forest strewn with moonbeams
In the boughs and branches where we make our beds
I’ll be your lover like you’ve never known another
Give you a chest on which to rest your weary head

Come go with me my little lover
We’ll start a family and we’ll pack the caravan
Live our lives among the foliage til the day we die of old age
Two ghosts walking through the forest hand in hand

‘Cause when we’re in this city
Feeling listless and forlorn
We think of walking through the ancient woods
Where wonder is the norm
So let’s leave behind these modern times
That are getting old and worn
And fly away away away away
Track Name: The Natural Panic
I lose my cool when twilight falls
And I see how fast the world is turning
The buildings bend to the sirens' call
Feels like the city itself is breaking free
And I don't know where it's taking me

But when the sun goes down it's a natural panic
A little bit frightening, a little romantic!
The empty streets and the flickering beat
Of your heart
(And I could see it)
The skyline looms and we just can't stay in
We head out for a drink and for a little parlaying
'Cause every day we feel a little more alive
If we die just a little each and every night

I don't know
Who you are
I've only seen
You in the dark

How my heart trembles every night
When I hear the city murmuring
A breath of steam, a blur of sound
A tremor speeding through the underground
As all the subways head downtown

But when the sun goes down it's a natural panic
A little bit frightening, a little romantic!
The empty streets
And the tom-toms deep in my blood
(Could you feel them?)
In the dark things look sharp and stylized
The heaviest of lids couldn't hide my wild eyes
'Cause every day I feel a little more alive
If I die just a little each and every night

I don't know
Who you are
I've only seen
You in the dark

And I don't know
Where else you've been
When you are not
Here in my dreams
Track Name: Heavy Shit Happening
Well I woke up early and I went to bed late
And I spent the long hours in between contemplating my fate
Philosophically
Birth, death, epiphany, depression, romance
I tried to sing about it all but everybody just wanted to dance
Oh baby sock it to me

Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, I heard them say:
If it isn’t our business then it better be pleasure
‘Cause we ain’t got a lot of time and we got a lot of places to be
Don’t you know this nightlife won’t last forever? Uh-uh-uh
And when the sun comes up in the morning tell me where will we be?
Where will we be?

The melody’s sweet, the rhythm is pounding
But it’s hard to get down when
We got so much to say
Normally you couldn’t keep me from dancing
But there’s a lot of heavy shit happening
In the modern day

I was living out a lease in the city by the bay
It was a beautiful place but nobody could afford to stay
It was a real estate dream
We were busy making deals, stacking stories on the buildings
While the schools shut down and they carted all the children away
What a depressing scene

Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, I heard them say:
If it doesn’t get us in the groove we’re gonna keep moving
Cause we ain’t got a lot of time and we’ve got a lot of places to be
We don’t want to dance to it if it hasn’t been proven, uh-uh-uh
And the clock is ticking on our years of living easy and free
Then where will we be?

The melody’s sweet, the rhythm is pounding
But it’s hard to get down when
We got so much to say
Normally you couldn’t keep me from dancing
But there’s a lot of heavy shit happening
In the U.S.A.
In the modern day
In Californ-I-A

Looking out on a dancefloor with nobody there
Sing a simple song like a primitive prayer
Sing a simple song til the chorus is true
A little hail fellow, well met, how do you do
Sunrise, sunset, phase of the moon
Pass a little time with a peppy little tune
Sing a simple song til the meaning is clear
Make a little love, spread a little good cheer
Anything to keep the time from passing you by
There’s so much living to do that we don’t really have the time to die