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The Things We've Seen

by Lucas Oswald

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released June 15, 2013

Lucas Oswald- Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Hammered Dulcimer, Cello, Mandolin, Penny Whistle, Organ, Keyboards, Programming, and Samples.

Dimon Dixon - Drums
Aaron Little - Bass Guitar (1, 2, 6, 9)
Mason Shirley - Bass Guitar (3, 4, 7, 8, 11)
Wil Reeves - Bass Guitar (10)
Samantha Rhoades- Vocals (4, 6, 10, 11)
Jonathan Meiburg - Vocals (4,11)
Rae Fitzgerald - Vocals (6)
John Galbraith - Electric Guitar (6)
Johnathan Daniels - Trombone (2, 10, 11)
TJ Tomazin - Attorney, Director of Transportation

All songs written, arranged, recorded, and produced by Lucas Oswald

Mixed by Lucas Oswald and Wil Reeves

Mastered by Wil Reeves

Layout by Nick Christus and Lucas Oswald


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Track Name: Battleship at our House
Battleship at our House

Cloud tries to make a plan
it fails, gets blown to pieces
we’re so thankful for the wind in our sails
as this trip will teach us
that I try to tip my hat
when you catch on to my scent
and I make your dandelion crowns
worth your while
tied together by the rules that I’ve bent

I wanna get this right with you
Just leave a list, I’ll see what I can do

Bad blood knows its way around
when there’s glass between our bodies
but take that partition down
ask that pretty boy why he just won’t be naughty
drop, drip, drop anchor on the floor
battleship slips into your port
but when you wash up on that other shore
your bed will be one boy short

I wanna get this right with you
Just leave a list, I’ll see what I can do

Well I have got a name that I’m keeping
safe in my mouth
I held it in reserve for blame
so it’s used to catching a ride
on the wake of my shout
Hey look I made a storm
it’s blowing us off course
what are we even doing out here at sea?
Whatever happened to me?

I wanna get this right with you
And I’ve got your list, let’s see just what I do
Track Name: Death
Death

Death will show up on your doorstep one day
and when you don’t answer, to the window he’ll go
Now not even your mother can save you
She’s probably gone by now anyway

You got a girl to replace that protection, you did
She will take care of you and let you be the boss
So hurry up, take her into the bedroom
Got one last chance to make yourself believe
that she was worth what she cost

I will show up on your doorstep one day
and when you don’t answer, to the window I’ll go
You see, I’ve always liked something about you
Track Name: Bookkeeper
Bookkeeper

Bookkeeper lend me your chair
or whatever it is that keeps you going
these days I count down the years
for words on my tongue that’d be worth knowing
pretty words that speak volumes to me
they come few and far between
and my lips do cease
I’ll say no, I’ll say no, it can’t be

Lover come into my room
I will be living on the road this spring
but we can make our winter warm
before I leave you stuck here in this
big ridiculous human machine
you know I could make you clean
I’ll teach you guitar
and give you words to sing
then you can leave, you can leave here with me


Oh how my mouth is dry
for sweet elixirs you deny
but if you’d let me have my way
I’d believe anything you say
You can take my songs away
but just spare me a few words to say
that we’re still okay

You know I may come running back to you
Thinking it over you have been good to me
So whisper your songs in my ear
Give me your blessing, I’ll steal your thunder
I’ll do anything, you know I can earn my keep

I will play this guitar like you have never seen
draw a line in the sand and
I will shake that fabled hand
and for every darkened day
and for every night I was away
I’ll obey, I’ll obey, I will obey
Track Name: When the War (Within You Ends)
You wouldn’t have to say another word
you made your point, you really drove it home
you really hurt me bad
Now you wanna go and make things worse
What are you gonna do?
You know I worry about you
you’ve been getting so mad

I try to just forget about it
Maybe you’ll come back and be my friend
when the war within you ends

I wonder if it ever crossed your mind
the way you are, the things you say
and how they got you here

You wonder why it never satisfies
well have you lived your life in the name of love?
or in the grip of fear?

I wish you wouldn’t worry so much
You don’t see that something so good is going to begin
when the war within you ends

Whatever happened to your old dream?
the one you followed to here
before you turned around--I wanted you to stay
You say it’s not as easy as it seems
Like it wasn’t the first time you tried to run away

But you don’t have to feel so guilty about it
we can forget the fate that I assigned you
and how wrong I have been
when the war within you ends
Track Name: Last Night on the Town
Last Night on the Town

You’re staring at my watch again,
don’t you fall asleep
our tired eyes are mountainsides
mine just aren’t as steep
I’ll stay awake and try to make the climb
while you are counting sheep
stay awake and figure out why
you’re so hard to keep

Go live it up with your old friends
I won’t make a sound
I know you’ve got it in you, baby
to get one more down
And with every sip may you forget
it’s our last night on the town
yeah, with every sip may you forget
it’s my last night in this town

Now you’re stepping toward that exit sign
it’s hard to see your face
well get out of my crowd
get up here on my stage
‘cause we have got some songs to sing
before it gets too late
yeah we have got some songs to sing
before I go away
Track Name: Halfway
Halfway

You bury your face love, you lay in the dark
give up and roll over, you kick at the stars
you pray on your knees when the world’s got you beat
but halfway is no way to get back on your feet

One final journey, you spoke of too soon
that sugar will send you halfway to the moon
you say you’ll just have a little, it’s pretty weak stuff
but halfway is no way to give something up

A family I knew well lived in a big house
but the man met another when they went out of town
Who would he think of when he’d lay in her bed?
Halfway is no way to love who you wed

Halfway, halfway
As long as I’m here I’ll be headed somewhere
And I don’t wanna end up halfway

The kid who’s so worried just wants to feel safe
he stays in his room, everyone stays away
and though he’s never bothered, no one sees his light
no way but halfway has ever felt right

Halfway, halfway
As long as I’m here I’ll be headed somewhere
And I don’t wanna end up halfway
Track Name: One Night on my Mind
One Night on my Mind

My black and white memory, you are golden now
Sweeter you’ve grown with each hour on the vine
See the wind in her hair, hear that song on the air
If I was ungrateful, I was out of my mind
You know this heart can be so demanding
And all of it’s biddings you oblige
and though you surrender your sharpest thorn
That I may hold tight for all time
All that you get is one night on my mind

Hey darkest shadow, what are you doing here?
The hour is late and I’m turning in
If you’re looking for a fight
you won’t find it tonight
it’s been long, long, long day
and I know where you’ve been
Your voice--so thunderous, like a slamming door
I guess you won this time
but tomorrow’s light will burn into this night
and I’ll swear from now on you are gone
so all that you get is one night on my mind

Sweet revelation
I thought you were done with me
I keep getting lost under stars you align
now I don’t understand
why you’re taking my hand
but I’ll try not to let go this time
So you’re ready to take on this great big world?
And you hope I’ll be there by your side?
But even if I were brave like before
no one cares anymore
No, all that you get is one night on my mind
Track Name: Feather
Feather

I let a songbird into the house
my shadow wasn’t big enough to scare her out
slipped a feather into my pocket
I rarely dip it in ink
pull it down from my cap and I sing

I let a whirlwind carry my name
back on the ground it was one of those days
and though I miss you something awful
I will keep my word not to come down
no, you come to me

It’s not easy, it’s not impossible
when the weight of your heart gets carried away
say so long, say so long
just let it go

In a dream we burn down the wood
and fly straighter than arrows for good
and to all our old captors
you wave a feather and they’re gone
but what happens when we wake up?
Track Name: The Things We've Seen
The Things We’ve Seen

I run around in the same circle
that first bore me my doubt
the paradox of a life spent trying to figure itself out
and these eyes become rubies
when I can no longer rest
all the while kids battle o’er the roots of their flesh

when I’m waiting for everybody to get out of my way
I remember those times with my love
wishing those days would outnumber
nights shameful and long
forgive me my yesterdays and grant me a song

I don’t go around fixing collars
though I may boast quietly
too ashamed to admit most of my friends embarrass me
So I stop believing that around here
I’ll find the light that they lack
so here’s your goddamn piece of fruit
I’d like my ignorance back

When I’m waiting for everybody to get out of my way
I remember those times with my love
wishing those days would outnumber
nights shameful and long
forgive me my yesterdays and grant me a song

I can make you smile
if you make up for what I don’t got
‘cause to live on, you must live for another
or at least give it a shot
so I will make dinner
and you’ll be my best friend
like our love will block the segue
that leads my life to its end

You always sing about the devil
how you’ve been doing his chores
but if you’d really ever seen evil
you’d know it’s just like a war
you walk away with your bandage
and all the things you have seen
and when they ask you what really happened
you won’t be able to speak