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being human

by Rob Lamothe

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1.
Clean 02:56
cleaned up my mind today threw out all the things i hardly ever say won't need the line about the hole in my pocket no one believed it anyway give you my secret words give me a promise to remember them for me poems and pictures and a letter to my daughter every stupid thing i know to keep me clean show you my hiding place i am not afraid to let you know i bleed and if you stick me you will let the air out of me maybe that will make me clean i want to climb into your mouth inside your belly don't spit me out i'm just a dog out in the rain too tired to run, too dumb to stay
2.
Misery 04:07
misery does not love company she prefers to be alone and if she could use a strong hand or comfort in a crowd she will never say the words outloud i remember us laughing at the rain and your face turned towards the sky you were ready for anything the end of the world the beginning of this day but there's so many words that you won't say when i want to fight you you will let me win when i'm cold i can live in your skin when i'm high you won't let me fall but you don't want anything at all and you don't need anything at all tell me everything will be all right just as soon as you are good enough the mirror you look in won't tell you the truth only lies now say this to yourself a thousand times step away from your shadow where your heart can shine and you can give me back mine when i want to fight you you will let me win when i'm cold i can live in your skin when i'm high you won't let me fall but you don't want anything at all and you don't need anything at all
3.
Between 03:45
shadow under my skin blood and salt water high tolerance for pain this remembered sun this impossible sky i am a satellite i flow between the stones like a black river float on these hurtin bones on a black river behind the heroin eyes stream of unconciousness read between the lines try me with your heart come again, come again these are my hamilton blues i flow between the stones like a black river float on these hurtin bones on a black river wouldn't want to see me wouldn't want to be me...
4.
feel the coldness of your fingertips watch the blood and the life draining from your lips separate you from your flesh and bone liberate you….your god can take you home when you go down i believe a gentle soul will float up to the stars and find a place to rest with the forgiving moon and I believe it will only do me good when I can forgive you too but it’s too soon... when you go down i’m so tired…I wonder if you’re tired too here is your beautiful relief now you can sleep but I have so much work to do… you can sleep but I have so much work to do… one step forward, one step back one towards the light one towards the black when you go down…
5.
walk through the market, reach the last stall awning is cranked down as the rain starts to fall two pounds in my pocket enough for one meal but hunger is replaced by the gleam of the steel by the time the first drops fall it’s tucked in my shirt back at the hostel my brain starts to hurt drawn from the scabbard, it shines in the dark with bloody hands and damp with dew I wake in the park there again, the saracen blade cutting down to the clearing i made a clear cut through veils of mystery i’ve laid girl’s faces inlaid in the hilt of the knife this blade is the master of my saracen life some die in the riots of faith some disappear in the confusion of crowds some are crushed under their own weight and some from the silence as the music plays loud I don’t lay blame on the knife cutting down to the clearing i’ve made a clear cut through veils of mystery i’ve laid girl’s faces inlaid in the hilt of the knife this blade is the master of my saracen life
6.
Blue Ray 03:17
well you sang like an angel you sang like hell i know you're out on a big soul ride and i wish you well said a prayer for you last night down on my knees and if you're standin' at the gates of heaven say a few words for me your mama knew you were trouble loved you just the same you thought you could take on the big bad world scream like a rumblin' train
7.
Ship Song 05:19
hotel winston room 303 amsterdam and me i'm high raphael playin guitar in the dark scared of a man with one good eye now i'm on the road from kamp-lintfort to cologne there's cows on the bridge i'm a long way from anywhere 240 miles from an island off the eastern canadian coast where the unsinkable did the unthinkable she went down she went down these thing i know...the world's not flat it's round and riding on a turtle's back and my black mood is causing the weather i know i will always be 240 miles from an island off the eastern canadian coast where the unsinkable did the unthinkable she went down, she went down like some big old rusty whore lyin there covered in blue tonight i'm on that island i'm breathing in the water tonight my heart is on that ship with you i make paper airplanes for my four year old and he's pretty sure it's magic rosemary tells me the moon is in leo so i'm doubly charismatic and i sang my children to sleep again tonight i swear i'm the king of the world i swear i'm the king of an island off the eastern canadian coast where the unsinkable did the unthinkable she went down she went down like some big old rusty whore lyin there covered in blue tonight i'm on that island i'm floating in the water i'm sinkin in the water i'm drowning in the water tonight my heart is on that ship with you
8.
Circus Song 03:43
crashed out on your bed window open by my head and while you watched me sleep i dreamed i was a circus freak you're so pretty on the high wire we bend we break we fall so far don't want to hurt you but i will if you want me to sometimes i scare myself hey i don't need nobody's help any fool can swallow fire we bend we break we fall so far we come together we will come apart my life is strange enough i don't need to make it up... we bend we break we fall so far we come together we will come apart
9.
Mantra 04:10
corner of hess and king thinking about getting my face pierced again i'm wearing a two dollar coat i know it's been three thousand four hundred twenty seven days since a sang a sober note i need another hole in my head i need another beer i need this supermodel to get me out of here hey yeah hey yeah hey yeah four thirty the mornin' i'm drunk and i'm drivin' home i got every green light from queen street to wellington i need a cup of coffee i need another beer i need this tattooed devil to get me out of here hey yeah hey yeah hey yeah bruise under the skin something gives again murderous light of morning my hands look like my father's my hands look like my father's hey yeah hey yeah hey yeah i need my medication i need another beer i need this voodoo bullshit to get me out of here
10.
Twelve Moons 04:49
drive me to some distant solar system i'll sing in the back seat of your car i'm the last one to recognize the irony of a black hole swallowing a shooting star it pains me to spin through this killing blue i can only wait here for you twelve moons of jupiter no sign of the sun orbit is graceful like a monkey with a gun it pains me to spin through this killing blue i can only wait here i am not your bloody supernova burning like a billion suns i am not your bloody supernova if you lose the invisible light will you x-ray my soul i know how to use my fist i don't know what this heart is for it pains me to spin through this killing blue i can only wait here for you

credits

released January 1, 1998

Rob Lamothe - Producer
Rob Lamothe, Michael J. Birthlemer - Engineer, Mixing
Robin Aube - Mastering
Fran Porter- Photography
Fran Porter - Art Direction
Artset - Graphic Design/Layout
Rob Lamothe - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards etc.
Danny Lockwood - Drums
Paul Intson - Bass
Lisa Winn - Harmony Vocals
Additional Musicians - Adam Alex, Chris Briscoe, Les Cooper, Jamie Oakes, Constantina Stehlik, Mike Daley, Ron Elliot, Colleen Power, Raphael Keelan

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Rob Lamothe Ontario

The Toronto Star says I am ‘a mercurial artist who slides effortlessly from rustic roots music to soulful country pop to full-blown rock balladry’. Works for me!

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