The Thought Chapter

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1.
05:05
Woke up this morning A mix of boy and man Struck with a vision A daring master plan To kidnap your heart in A desperate attempt I’ll take no ransom I won’t accept a cent No I won't give you back for anything No I don't really have a doubt No you won't need to worry about a thing I got it figured out No I'm not crazy Just temporarily insane I’m falling in love and You’re the one to blame You're coming with me You'll regret it if you don't Don't make me force you Because you know I won't You'll be sorry if you try to bust me So I guess that you'll just have to trust me You're feeling doubtful I can see it on your face It's all taken care of Everything's in place Won't let you slip through My fingertips this time I know we'll be happy Is that such a crime? Come along quickly There’s no time for goodbyes I can’t make you love me But I’m sure going to try.
2.
In this rhythm me and you In this rhythm me and you Watching ones and zeros flow Through this sonic scene we drew Shape is sound and sound is mood All emotion crystal clear Layered sine waves speak to me Like a voice inside my ear Why do we always fight For the right of way, right away? Ever the hero caught at a zero crossing In this rhythm me and you In this rhythm me and you Plus and minus dissipate To a common point of view When you're down I bring you up When you're up I bring you down Out of phase I cancel you At the speed of silent sound A flattened line became our sign I sacrificed a dimension for you In this rhythm me and you In this rhythm me and you Words unsaid are deafening Like a charge we hold on to When we touch a static shock Echoes through our fragile past Clashing with a frequency That could almost shatter glass And when we signed the dotted line I sacrificed a dimension for you.
3.
I say I should take you home but you want to stay here On the beach all alone with our blankets and beer In the dark how we ache to fulfill this hunger Cherish it now cause we’re not getting any younger Ashes in fire pits and fires in our hearts as we move Crashing waves in an urgent and quickening groove Consummating the end of a perfect summer Cherish it now cause we’re not getting any younger If I never felt this way again That would be okay I could die right now a happy man Because we had today I peel the tag off a bottle hands dripping with sweat Write a note on the back that says “never forget” The best moments race by in a head-twisting blur Cherish it now cause we’re not getting any younger Just before sunrise we’re caught in a warm summer shower So we climb to the top of a dry lifeguard tower And we’re rocked to the core by the gentle thunder Cherish it now cause we’re not getting any younger We’re truly alive today I’d trade all my tomorrows For one more taste of this naiveté For this naiveté I’d trade all my tomorrows Truly alive today In love with the whole world today.
4.
Imagination is powerful stuff It can get ugly It can get rough Sometimes I dream horrible things Just to try on how they might feel To see what reactions I can reveal I want to know What if I lost you I want to know What would it mean to me If your life were threatened Hypothetically Maybe a car crash Maybe a plane Maybe your heart stops Maybe your brain Would CPR in the ER trigger an SOS in my head Bring my emotions back from the dead It goes without saying I mean you no harm Don’t let these musings Cause you alarm Still if I find my idle mind Conjuring visions of distress It’s an experiment Only a test Yes it’s morbid but I want to know Do I still love you I want to know What would my future be In a world without you Hypothetically I want to know.
5.
In a little while The lines will deepen on our faces As the longest mile Begins to circle home Can’t help thinking that We regulate our deepest feelings Like a thermostat To match our comfort zone As we stand here toe to toe If you kiss me now I’ll know That our happiness is just a matter of permission If not now when It's now or never We've just one life to live together So little time to stop and mourn What might have been If not now when It's now or never All things must end There's no forever So little time to stop and mourn What might have been If not now when In a little while Our world will crack in hairline traces Like a crooked smile A Mona Lisa grin At the very end I’ll liberate these inhibitions But I can’t pretend It’s easy to begin Cause the devil that disturbs Daring acts and candid words Is the part of me that worries it’s too late to love you Maybe on another day Always something in the way Now I realize that life is one long string of somethings.
6.
You said, “I’m sorry if I misinterpreted you.” “I guess I overanalyzed.” But I’m an idiot and you were right all along It’s me who should apologize We kept the stars awake confessing everything 'Til there was nothing left to say And then you turned to me your eyes halfway to a dream What kind of man would turn away? Nobody but me I should've kissed you I should've kissed you Totally blew it I didn't do it But God I wanted to I should've kissed you I told myself when You leaned in closer Here comes my big chance But then it was over And now I miss you I should've kissed you I play that moment back a hundred different ways Each time I kick myself again You had to settle for a hug and squeeze of the hand The consolation of a friend My eyes abandoned you to chase a light in the sky An airplane flying high above I wanted so badly to tell you this isn’t me I need your love – I believe in love Despite how it seems You know this wasn’t What I was intending A tale for the ages A storybook ending.
7.
I'm back from hell and back again To make amends Your pocket swallows up your hand When mine extends All is forgiven Give me the will Give me the way This is the time Leave it behind the Rhine Don't play it back inside your head There's no rewind Guilt has an expiration date A soft deadline All is forgiven Give me the will Give me the way Swallow the pill Empty my head Throw it away This is the place This is the time Nothing to face Leave it behind the Rhine As I lay down my burden by The riverside I vow to never cross again The great divide The darkest part of me still lingers It must survive Without regret how will I know That I'm alive? Leave it behind the Rhine Nothing to face Leave it behind the Rhine Let it all go Leave it behind the Rhine Behind the Rhine.
8.
03:51
I remember when the days were long And the nights when the living room was on the lawn Constant quarreling, the childish fits And our clothes in a pile on the ottoman All the slander and double-speak Were only foolish attempts to show you did not mean Anything but the blatant proof Was your lips touching mine in the photobooth And as the summer's ending The cool air will put your hard heart away You were so condescending And this is all that's left Scraping paper to document I've packed a change of clothes and it's time to move on Cup your mouth to compress the sound Skinny dipping with the kids from a nearby town And everything that I said was true As the flashes blinded us in the photobooth Well I lost track and then those words were said You took the wheel and you steered us into my bed Soon we woke and I walked you home And it was pretty clear that it was hardly love And as the summer's ending The cool air will rush your hard heart away You were so condescending And this is all that's left Scraping paper to document I've packed a change of clothes and it's time to move on And as the summer's ending The cool air will rush your hard heart away You were so condescending As the alcohol drained the days And as the summer's ending The cool air will rush your hard heart away You were so condescending And this is all that's left The empty bottles, spent cigarettes So pack a change of clothes cause it's time to move on.
9.
The silence sets in toward the end of the day When the ringing in my ears dies away Time to slow down A chance to reflect Let’s share a toast An exercise in disrespect To each shooting star that broke its promise to me To every birthday candle wish guaranteed Raise your glass high Dress me in black In memory of The dreams I had I’ll drink to that I stand by my mistakes I did the best that I could do Each hour of the day Reveals a different point of view And when the best years of our lives Have burned away like morning dew I’ll stand by my mistakes I’ll stand by you It would be so easy now to curse at my fate And point at someone else to shoulder the weight No smoking gun To bolster my claim No chain of command I have only myself to blame Over many years our paths became intertwined To form a knot too tangled up to unwind Each move I make Tightens it more Holds me in place Yet somehow makes me feel secure Bow your head down Dress me in white A ghost of the man I thought that I’d be by tonight.
10.
You mumble something cryptic And then giggle in your sleep A smile so wide I know you can’t be dreaming about me The lack of circulation to my arm under your head Makes pins and needles dance as I lie helpless in your bed Want to hear the awful truth? I really do believe That we dance on pins and needles We dance on pins and needles And try to keep our balance though we stumble every day We never stop to wonder what got lost along the way You grip my hand too tightly as you feel me letting go My fingers unresponsive like a mitten full of snow Want to hear the awful truth? I really do believe That love means one thing to you Another thing to me Just the tingle of severed nerves Where feeling used to be We dance on pins and needles We dance on pins and needles You sit down on my lap without a warning or a word And kiss me like a teenage girlfriend waiting at the curb I taste the desperation in you and it makes me blush To find my thighs desensitized to any youthful rush.
11.
Never quite sure when it will come to pass Living each day like it could be my last Cause the planet seems to spin a little bit faster When you wake up every day awaiting disaster Took a long time for me to admit defeat Too many dreams just lying there at my feet But I’m older now it seems A little bit smarter So I won’t go to extremes by playing the martyr If it’s my time to go You should know how much I love you If it’s my time to go I am ready If it’s my time to go Then go on ahead without me Close my eyes Kiss my cheek Let me go Coming to terms changes your attitude Tempers the fear with genuine gratitude I’ve enjoyed some happy years Collected some trophies But the end is drawing near So listen up closely All bets are off There are no guarantees What happens next We’ll have to just wait and see Let this song be my goodbye Don’t try to reject it No loose ends for us to tie We’re interconnected.
12.
05:10
I spent a lifetime chasing shadows Haunting the space where two lives crossed Just when the sun was in alignment The clouds came in and all was lost I thought I would leave you too And say, “This is it – we’re through” But then I saw the dark The alchemy of you and me Our shadow A witches’ brew of me and you Our shadow Can’t tell one of us from the other Our forms and features overlap No light can pass between our union Our bodies blend without a gap Admiring the shade we cast I let go of futures past And watched our worlds combine A safety net in silhouette Our shadow This earthly bond will last beyond A shadow of a doubt We’ll never fade.

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Five years of sonic exploration culminate in eleven new originals and a Death Cab for Cutie classic.

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released November 17, 2008

Color Theory is Brian Hazard

All songs written, performed, and produced
by Brian Hazard (ASCAP) © 2008 except:

Photobooth
Written by Benjamin Gibbard © 2000
Published by Where I'm Calling From Music (BMI)

Backing vocals on 2, 7, 9, 12 by Michelle Hazard
Bass on Hypothetically by Jay Piccirillo
Bass on I Should've Kissed You by Caesar Filori

Drawings by Maya Klein www.bentkey.net
Mastered by Resonance Mastering www.resonancemastering.com

Too many to thank here, but Thomas Hanewinkel, Keith Gillard, and Ken Porter deserve special recognition

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