Night Songs

by Mr. Manager

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hymns for break ups and make outs and drizzly dark car rides alone.

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released July 16, 2014

mr. manager (in order of appearance)

nick johnston
julianna zachariou
molly bush
pete eigel
josh byrd
katie duiven
mark fine
allan cuva

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Track Name: Nocturne in Blue and Gold
my sweet louise,
please take me back
I've cut my hair short,
learned not to attack.

this house it creaks still,
and I fixed the floor
I find your books sometimes
but I don't read anymore

maybe when the feeling is getting old,
maybe when our love turns a darker shade of gold
then louise, oh you'll see
what've you've been doing to me
in this nocturne in blue and gold

my sweet louise,
the day is done.
we tossed the evening,
we spent the sun.

our fingers held
on fears and faults
I taste your words
they're still packed with salt

maybe when the feeling is getting old,
maybe when our love turns a darker shade of gold
then louise, oh you'll see
what've you've been doing to me
in this nocturne in blue and gold
Track Name: A Slow Fade in on Captain Black
a slow fade in on captain black
his weathered lips, they break and crack
one foot in and one foot back,
the closeup ends on captain black

the camera pans to ms. elizabeth
who finds herself in this predicament
she's two bucks shy and a heart so sick
the camera pans from ms. elizabeth

the next scene cuts to admiral grey
he cries all night and he works all day
the drift wood cracks and he begs her to stay
the credits role on admiral grey
Track Name: Ambition
I know she's got ambition,
but it's filtered through a screen
I know she's got suspicion,
but it sure ain't of me
I know in the end
when it's been coming in so clean,
she'll say "darling, sweet darling,
won't you come home with me?"

the evening shift was ending
and I saw her walking home
I said "darling won't come back,
or at least take my coat?"
she looked me in the eye
and said "when all is said and done,
darling, sweet darling,
I'll have you begging for the sun."

maybe we come back
maybe when we sing all the somber songs of may
maybe we come back
then maybe, I'll have my way

I know she's got suspicion,
but this ambition is killing me
I know her true condition
is she's afraid of being free
with all this contradiction and all this make believe,
darling, sweet darling,
why did you do this all to me?
Track Name: The View From the 4th Floor
logic and coffee
were all that she taught me
the original copy,
unnamed and unatoned

asleep with the lights on
my pictures, still hand-drawn
I'll carve out until she's gone
golden youth and colors fade

she comes to me now

the view from the 4th floor
her lovely black contour
but what is it all for
if I can't runaway

impossible silence
unstoppable progress
an unlikely witness
emerald eyes and crescent moon

she comes to me now
Track Name: Hymn for Hood Canal
bury my bones by the hood canal
I'm in love with the sound
I'm addicted to the smell
wrap them up
to keep the warm,
beneath the evergreens with my broken sword

dawn, dark, rain
could not disguise
the thickness of my bitter lies
when I said
I was well aware
of the gray that crept into your hair
but oh my love,
oh my sweet
I'll need you if you need me

bury my bones by the hood canal
I'm in love with your sounds,
I'm addicted to your smells
I lived a lie
by the shimmering sea
now lay me down and bury me