HOW WILL YOU?
(Released 2/17/2009)

I'm Happy
How Will You?
Away
Laughter Again
Things Gone Wrong
Come William
Lullbye
You Really Knew How To Turn It On (But It's Off Now)
Scylla And Charybdis

All songs words and music by Azita Youssefi
©2009 Streamsdream, BMI

Drag City Records
album credits


I'm Happy

I’m happy you’re happy
These hours never thought to tell
They fall from now to the pockets of past
This job is not untaken too well

Staple on back you get it in bags
Indifferent time either way
Draws his vacuum around as in the shape of a doughnut
I only hope I don’t eat it today

I found a picture lying by your door
Some kind of prophet who spoke through the two of us before
Wasn’t he just another liar?
One of these days you’d have to know

I drowned out the love thought activity demanded
Tell me how can you keep what you knew?
Some days fall all null in the logic of vast
It’s still my love more of a ringing in tune

I found a picture lying by your door
Some kind of prophet who spoke through the two of us before
What if he was alive?
One of these days you’d have to know

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How Will You?

How will you meet your friend where you be so lovely and true?
When waving from the decks our borrowed motorboats kick up the blue
I was supposed to go to Le Dill free and take my holiday still fresh from the grass
When I’m far and you are too oh tell me tell me tell me what you wanna do

On Spanish bells and fire escapes your face of glances falling green
Unwinding through the marshes to find the best spot for a dream
If you’re here with your hand in mine I’m most awake but if not then just get tired
Seeing our time playing out of time staring at nothing sideways towards the pine

When did the morning become like a policeman
Rattling sabres all onto poor Nicole
Advancing blind stormtrooper-timed
So far removed from warm bread

"How will you be what you appear?" the face of day turned toward sun
A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun
You came round appled in the clear oh come to stay come to stay this deepened and sincere
Now trapped in between the window panes drawn to bright things the eye goes but we remain

In the morning he’s up with the Greaseman
Turn in phases out onto poor Nicole
He set out under a Benjamin sky
Darkened a brilliant desire by not turning back

Take my car only going to the corner store
But I wouldn’t want to be you
Driving further indecision
Why do you want to like that?

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Away

Away
He’s gone a lot of the time
To me watching
You can only get so far in your own mind
He’s got a wall lit to the fore
Keeping him low
Making it grow
Stare out at the other
How it looks good when they hide

Away
He’s gone to keep up the dark coverup
With eyes that dim behind risen glass
Made out the serpent over the dove
He’s got his wallet he’s out the door
Keeping it low
Brother or foe
To live in a mirror unsilvered
I’d tape him to the sky

Wouldn’t want to tie us up on the water
Or unfairly bail us from underwater
Let us cycle down

Away
Some dead captain’s word presses him on and on
And I was at the front I had my cup emptied out
The old man said don’t bring her along
He’s on the outside in the fall
Warring alone
Where I’m unknown
Tear out at the other
Say can’t you keep me in mind

He found a hollow cell on the water
His coat of battle don’t never launder
Air that sucker out

Today
Let’s start something we don’t undermine
Maybe I’m not what you want
Only when I’ve had to try
I’m on the onlook by the door
Watching him go
Saying aw no
Take off your wet socks
Come back inside

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Laughter Again

I’m in the dark again
Unless it’s that the door has finally closed
I’m talking heaven’s door
Tell me it’s just another night is all
Always waiting for the other shoe to fall
From the rafter
All lost to the laughter again

I burn my light in the city
Gives me a rush when I’m feeling cold
Took to a man talkin pretty
Till to lift my head was more than I could afford
I’ll go off far to the star-filled hills
Call on the lord there master
To turn me to laughter again

Would you like another drink
To help you ease your hide
So then it’s better than you say
And talk aloud of plans
Whatever you decide
You’ll never believe in anyway yeah yeah

At the end of the day
Never known where you hone in honest

I am that child again
Unfavored by nobody known
The thought that you’d be my friend
Only some wind-chimes from outside my room
Bonafide when the summer calls the tune
In pale alabaster
To be in the laughter again

Would you like another drink
To help you ease your hide
So then it’s better than you say
And talk a lot of plans
Whatever you decide
You’ll never believe in anyway yeah yeah

Then you're on your own
Never known where you hone in honest

The hook and the line that I bought
Tell me I must be sunk again

 

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Things Gone Wrong

Hey you with the lightning eyes and the starry fate
Everything going alright you got it all on your plate
But I’d love to tear you down some

Started a little off and ended up that way
They’re enforcing it every turn you take
I’d love to show you around some

Well there was nothing worth trying to say
We’re hooked into the dada destined today
Nothin ever living up in any way
To be what you want
Long after the juggernaut
Gone were our hot occupations
To dance with a sprig of grass in my ass again
I’d have paid some pretty peso honest
I was gone on the lam
Bumming out on the man
Looking out on the dam
And…

Hey you with the blighted eyes and the sorry face
What was it like for the sidelines today?

Just a novice was the star
He was the star
$10,000 guitar didn’t even know how to play
No not to play not to play

He’ll just get sick of it all y’know
Blowing all the changes can’t make it on time
He’ll get his same as we got yours and mine
And be gone on the lam
Bumming out on the man
Looking out on the dam
And…
Things gone wrong wrong wrong wrong
Things gone wrong
Wrong wrong
Things gone wrong

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Come William

Come William sing a love song
And make honest bid for another day
For when you say our love’s strong
You fake a respite for another’s gaze
To get a foot in the door

Sing when the sound is far off
To take you over to another place
At best they say they want you but don’t owe them
Here’s to warmer wiser days
You get a foot in the door

Run headlong out to space
I’ve had the wows but I can’t stay
Enchanted takes the place of something more
Familiar sounds an old song
I’ve been down so long
And forgetting any other way
Can’t get a foot in the door

I didn’t mean to plug my ears not listen to you
But you see I had to protect my mind
Still I think in the scheme of things that our love abounds

And I don’t want to mean or believe or seem anything
I only want to carry myself along

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Lullbye

Let’s go to sleep my little lamb
In dreaming fields the year began
The soul was seed laying bare
Soon we had flowers everywhere

All of this does what sister says
She takes her seat at evening square
It’s hard to make you see
Was but a type of me

And there was nobody else you had all them eyes on you
Maybe you’ll just call him when you want a little fun
And when the ram returns we will begin anew
Stepping out in the sun

Let’s go to sleep the day be damned
Let waters seep beneath the dam
Lull by till byes will be byes
Ten thousand pairs of eyes

Well there was blood on the floor and there was more on the table
Some of it fresh and some of it getting on
And I was never no never so surely unable
Looking around for the one

When he’s not there in the street
You’ve got your rockin memory
Someone led lacking teeth
You said we’re going where?

Don’t fall asleep my little lamb
He hides a blade within a hand
He seems to call you back
Like ten thousand miles of grass

Soon as there’s nobody else he’ll bring it down on you
Did you think you could just call him when you want a little fun?
And when the ram returns we will begin anew
Stepping out in the sun

When it’s not there in the street
You’ve got your rockin memory
Someone led lacking teeth
You think we’re going where?

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You Really Knew How To Turn It On (But It's Off Now)

Lay down that firearm
Those cats won’t swim
The surf beating them back
Why do you always have to win?
But summer came so easy
You have only to seize while it’s open
And you have to grin

Over the seafoam breaking
The past in bells carried peal on the wind
Some years in the making
You come smiling the same idiot grin
Leave your creatures go blind in the darkness
Even Helios can’t tan that see-thru skin

You really knew how to turn it on
Whether a lie everyone thought that was a good time
Lead on chase mise en place
You play it down
And all the lights that were shining
Just something you found
You really knew how to turn it on turn it on

The barnacle’s empty
The root’s been cut
A bitter taste in your mouth how’s a hint
Why don’t you learn to keep it shut
With summer came unforming
The plans laid then
Anything but

You really knew how to turn it on
Whether a lie everyone thought that was a good time
Like some flickering light out on the waterfront
Mislaid time
Only to dress down your dress ups once again
Or dress up your dress downs
You really knew how to turn it on turn it on
But it’s off now

When friends in the back room
Call out to draw you in
In the brightness of forgetting
What do you remember?
What do you know?
How can you pretend?

Let’s get back to the Novelty Company
And plan our next move
While there’s strength in reserve in these waters
I garner that may be hard to prove
If you stare in the mirror long enough
You can make something yourself
To disprove or defend
If you stare in the mirror long enough
You can make something yourself
Or something them

(You really knew how to turn it on
Whether a lie everyone thought that was a good time
Lead on chase mise en place
Play it down
And all the lights that were shining
Just something you found
You really knew how to turn it on turn it on
But it’s off now
It’s off now
It’s off now)

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Scylla and Charybdis

Honey you say you don’t wanna have me around
Then you cling to me tight
The demon came gnashing his teeth and laying to waste all over the ground
Then the little boy cried
I was fell in two pieces
Standing on my lawn
But it’s Scylla and Charybdis
Scylla and Charybdis

I then said to the fireman I don’t wanna go from the home
When is on fire
If you say I’m so burnt you cannot recognize me anymore
I’d say you preach to the choir

Unfortunate place you find me in
Dodging a dart aim to pin ye back
To where you have been

Well I went south for the mind runs wide and lone
Staring through abysses
Involuntary witness
When what it is isn’t not some kind of joke
Must be some memory gone
Scylla and Charybdis
Scylla and Charybdis

The wolf came in with red nails and a purple tounge
I said take whatever you want
Cause I’m too tired to fight and as it turns out too lazy to run
Only sleeping at the switches

Unfortunate place you find me in
Dodging a dart aim to pin ye back
To where you have been

Unfortunate place you wind me in
The end all around not the faintest of how to begin

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Album Credits

Azita Youssefi: Piano,Organ, and Vocal, Guitar on 1, 7,8, 9
John Herndon: Drums and Percussion
Matt Lux: Electric Bass Guitar
Emmett Kelly: Guitar on 2,4,6
Sam Wagster: Pedal Steel on 3,6

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