Before & After Disasters

by Low Swans

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about

originally i made this available as an album by "The Johns", but it certainly wasn't that band playing and the music doesn't represent what that band was about and so I am repurposing it here, with some updates that maybe or may not be apparent.

Before & After Disasters is 10 songs all with their unique character, which i hope come together with a common thread.

the lyrics are much more vague than i'm used to writing, which give the album a quality that i hope translates as either intriguing or at least so meaningless that you get the feeling it has to mean something big... which it might.

the music is crafted in structure, but loose and unconventional in production... which could be a euphemism for "it sounds like it's not done right" or "genius".

the cover photo was taken by Jeremy Farmer(http://www.jeremymfarmer.com)

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released May 15, 2013

cover photo by Jeremy Farmer (www.jeremymfarmer.com)

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Track Name: Little Boy / Fat Man
with us, I lost something
and with you, you could have lost everything
and soon the atmosphere is burning
the little boy & the fat man

and between the lines we're turning up
the situation's gotten fucked
I wonder where and don't come up

I hint at you what I should push
it pushes back and leaves a burn
and the energy of atom bombs unleashes devasting calm
the whole city is out of luck

little boy, fat man
little boy, fat man
little boy, fat man
little boy, fat man
Track Name: Dark Star
Terrorized on a tuesday morning
Again I've missed the step
I was never anywhere close
To where my intel said
its too big a picture
To see the finer lines
The ones that make one
A target in iron sights

I didn't see anything
I was trained to see
Cause it had everything,
Every little thing to do with me

instant headache in the center of the forehead
it's not pain
it's embarrassment
which is pain
take off my glasses
rub my forehead
rub out the embarrassment
forget the future
the future is now


I didn't see anything
I was trained to see
Cause it had everything,
Every little thing to do with me

And maybe I'm the point
of a microcosmic joke
A cosmic low
A dark star's glow
Track Name: Patient / Healer
Tonight's the night I break through
cause my head's smashed up against the ceiling

and my eyes are burned all the way to you
burrowed my way so you could let me it
so you could let me in

open up says me, says you
don't take it personally take it home for food
and she distracts me while she saves me
and she puts the kettle on and calls me lazy
she calls me lazy

and i will swallow up my tongue
i will act my own age
i will comprimise my ideas to the tune of a new rage
and as the tide turns me out
i will sink with the beach
i'm the bed at your feet
make me breathe, make me breathe...
Track Name: I'm Saving the World
i don't know what to do
i don't know what this is for
so i'm gonna save the world

i'm taking mental steps
i'm letting down my guard
i found a way to lose without losing

and i'm on TV everyday
with everyone else who gets paid
but i do'nt like my show
i take it with me when i go home
and suddenly
in front of me...

I know you've been wrong before
someone will lock the doors, but
just come when I call
i'll be home when you call

i'm saving the world
i'm saving the world
i'm saving the world
i'm saving the world
Track Name: Brown Out
lights go out and we lost our heart
the truth was out and our hearts would only keep us apart
i like the dark anyway
cause that is what night is for
i can see you anyway with the light from your face

sun comes out and we learn again
to commune aloud the want and will of a pink heart
we'll find the dark our own way
when the people lie on the floor
cause they gave it up anyway
when they played with the whores
and then washed by the poor

we're just holding on the old way
by candle light in the old days
go get the kettle while i build us a fire
make up a meal and kiss the girl good night
and wait for her to cry
so we can live a simple life

The hood is brown as a bear
the paws are filling up all the streets
cause without the tv they stare
a lonliness a crowd can't defeat
so i will get you back on your feet
and put us back in the clouds
for the pleebs to believe
Track Name: Draft Dodger
grandpa was so noble, didn't question everything
my father was so humble, he taught kids how to think
but i'm a draft dodger, but i'm a draft dodger

my mother was an angel, so fond of everything
and there was food upon the table, but i refused to eat
cause i'm a draft dodger, i'm a draft dodger

war is in their system
i'm a draft dodger
war is in their system
and i'm a draft dodger
i'm a draft dodger...
Track Name: 100ft of Ocean
the ego is shot cause no one will listen
to a kid without a clock, both hands still missing
i'll trace back my own steps
to find them wading in the kiddie pool
my feet are down the drain
akward cough like everything is cool

anyone can drown in 100ft of ocean
but i take myself out in adult swim

i could sell my whole lot
and sail off to the big and blue
and keep what i can't shake
and hope they see it the way I do
but you can't fight off the truth when all you do is face it
you'll sail straight off the earth before you lie down and take it

anyone can drown in 100ft of ocean
i take myself out in adult swim...
Track Name: N Definitum
electron clouds
one in two spots
apearing round
nucleus
and i'd travel time to stop me from choosing
what my other self should have left behind
but what would be lost in that unpredicatble world?

singularity in a multiverse world
we are becoming me
multiversed a chorus in a cloud of pearls
and i'd travel time to stop me from choosing
what my other self should have left behind
but what would be lost in that unpredicatble world?

and i'd travel time to stop me from choosing
what my other self should have left behind
but what would be lost in that unpredicatble world?
Track Name: We All Go Swimming
i'm up all night now
losing every minute now
i'm throwing up my hands to the wind
you and i and you and you
me and myself aren't at all amused

when's the time gonna come?
i'm up to my neck
tying up my tongue
threatening the deck
cause i'm no longer having fun
and i will always uphold your love

and we all go swimming
and we alway hold our breath
when we should be building boats

it's alright now
i'm over dissapointment now
i just threw up my hands and joined the wind
the sky is mine
i try and i try
pay no mind to the man
who lay behind

when's the rain gonna come
it's dry like a joke
control is a mirage
and it's just giving me hope
but i'm no longer having fun
and i will always uphold your love

and we all go swimming
and we always hold our breath
when we should be building boats...