To the Sky

by Cosmonot

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Recorded January 28-March 18, 2012 at Right as Rain Studios in Columbia, Missouri

For Lucy and Joel — Look what you made!

www.cosmonotmusic.com
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released 18 May 2012

Produced, mixed and mastered by Evan Cottrell at Right as Rain Studios in Columbia, Missouri.

Cover photo by Kaitlin Freienmuth.

Alex Smith - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums
Evan Cottrell - Guitar, Bass
Bridget Stone - Vocals, "All I Know"

All lyrics and arrangements by Alex Smith

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Track Name: Loserhead
Time is slipping like a ghost
Just me, my friends and Captain Oats
I walk alone along the pier
I think I lost my summer here

Look back
For my heart

That night you had too much to drink
I thought you’d get the best of me
But every smile I ever gave
You seemed to bottle up and save

Look back
For my heart

This morning took my boat out deep
I crossed the sea and left the reef
It won’t be long before they call
It’s good to get your friends involved

Look back
Lost my head

Sometimes God puts an angel on your shoulder
And the least that you could do
Is let her know you know she’s there
Sometimes God puts an angel on your shoulder
And the least that you could do
Is tell her that you love her
Track Name: Trading Matches
Don’t assume that rules were made
By those in suits and ties
They could’ve come from wise old messengers
Like rain falls from the darkened skies
And if you trust them
Then it seems you have the faith to go all in
But if you’re playing with yourself
Tell me man just how do you win

Success is in the eye of the beholder
Whether you want it all or you just want to hold her now

Tell me tell me
What’s your name
The one your parents gave
Inform me as to what is yours

Baby babe
Are you a slave
Why then do you behave
With such controlled discourse

Line ‘em up

Those attacked by love with bleeding hearts
Can’t be the men they were to start
The life in which potentially strives
To give the swollen angels life
So hold them now hold them please
The men who see beyond their knees
The world is full of heavy weight
The pressure from tectonic plates

Success is in the eye of the beholder
Whether you want it all or you just want to hold her

Trading matches for futile devices
Before long your truths are your vices

Tell me tell me
What’s your name
The one your parents gave
Inform me as to what is yours

Baby babe
Are you a slave
Why then do you behave
With such controlled discourse

You want to see the man
You’re going home with tonight

Tell me tell me
What’s your name
The one your parents gave
Inform me as to what is yours

Baby babe
Are you a slave
Why then do you behave
With such controlled discourse

Line ‘em up
Track Name: Lost in the Light
I’ve always had trouble
Believing red is the color of love
‘Cause the blue of your eyes locked with mine
Is all I ever think of
Stay with me
Lay with me
Chances are you won’t be too far
To tell me anything
Tell me everything

I wanna get lost in the light
Shining
And the weight the weight the weight of the world
Feels like the summer breeze
I can float so easily

I’ll take your heart if you take mine
Forever
And the way the way the way that you are
Makes me want to hold you tight
Wherever you are tonight

I’m obsessed over you and the way you move
Every dose captured in my heart
The love that I get is the same I return
Your smile is my favorite part
Time will change
Time will change
All the feelings in the world
Except for the ones I hold
You’re way too beautiful

I wanna get lost in the light
Shining
And the weight the weight the weight of the world
Feels like the summer breeze
I can float so easily

I’ll take your heart if you take mine
Forever
And the way the way the way that you are
Makes me want to hold you tight
Wherever you are tonight

Ten thousand ways to feel
But only one phrase to say it all
I’ll pick you up and cradle you close
Never ever let you fall
Give me your trust
Believe in us
It’s a cold world if we can’t
But look at all the love we’ve worn
On our sleeves it keeps us warm

I wanna get lost in the light
Shining
And the weight the weight the weight of the world
Feels like the summer breeze
I can float so easily

I’ll take your heart if you take mine
Forever
And the way the way the way that you are
Makes me want to hold you tight
Wherever you are tonight
Track Name: The Sea
Behind these hollow bones
There’s a sea of love and pain
Be sure to hold on tightly
There’s no telling when you’ll shake
Someone pass the salt
For these wounds are quick to heal
Can’t hold on much longer
It’s losing its appeal

Everyone I know
Thinks that heaven is in their reach
They hold it to them tightly
Won’t let anybody see
Their picture of the end
If they think of it all
They don’t even wonder
What it will be like to fall

Springtime kind of love
Felt like it would never end
I’ve been holding all these things inside
As if I’d actually been
And when I see your angel’s face
You know I’m always sinking in

Red boots
Red, red boots
Turning me so on
With your red, red boots

Red boots
Red, red boots
Track Name: Never Gonna Die
Sun’s coming out up on the north coast
Gravity’s pull has got the world in disarray
So struck by the value of these notes
Keeping time with the waves all on parade
Although this world might seem so tough
There’s most definitely no rule that says you can’t be tough too
So you’re waiting for the part of the song
Where the song takes a part of you

This beat’s gonna take a little bit of your soul
And the keys gonna take a little bit of your night
The only way you’re getting out of the cold
Is to sing this song for the rest of your life

I feel so alive
I’ll be gone
But I’m never gonna die
I’m never gonna die

These days you can find the answers
To the questions you ask in your dreams
This world is a wonderful dancer
She can make you smile then let you bleed
And everytime you hear that voice it’s like
I don’t ever want to know what lies beyond
But this dirt don’t care if you’re around
It sure as hell ain’t gonna care when you’re gone

So that drink’s gonna take a little bit of your soul
And the kick’s gonna take a little bit of your life
The only way you ain’t ever gonna grow old
Is to sing this song to the stars tonight

I feel so alive
I’ll be gone

And it’s a shame
That there’s someone alone tonight
Just know we’ll be here
We’ll be here
We’ll be here
Make a call to your favorite satellite
Maybe someone’s listening
Can you hear me
Can you hear me
Take apart the memories
And throw away the old dreams you had
There’s a light in your tomorrow
There’s a light
Always know there’s someone watching you
But you’ll never know why
You’ll never know why

I feel so alive
I’ll be gone
But I’m never gonna die
I’m never gonna die
Track Name: American Eyes
They say my generation lost its soul to television
I guess it’s hard to argue with that
The way the winds are blowing
Showing us where we are going
We wonder if we’ll ever turn back

Make sure to send a letter to your local representative
He’ll make sure you’re taken care of
But none of my friends
Have a stamp that they could lend me
At least none I’m aware of

We never started a war
We never shot to kill
We never started a war
But we will

They say your generation lost its mind to superstition
It clouded all the ideas you had
All the women in the kitchen
Would sit around and listen
You made all of the good news sound bad

And every time you looked up at the sky
You’d fear it coming down
To make you pay for breaking its heart
But it isn’t the heavens you should worry about
It’s the fact that you’re coming apart

You never thought you’d start a war
No one to fight with
You never thought you’d start a war
But you did

We never started a war
We never shot to kill
We never started a war
But we will
Track Name: Hang
We drove down to the spot of the city
Where many men go to die
Baby I got the Rolling Rock
You’ve got your heavy eyes
Better not think too much
Before you make that sacrifice
Hanging on to what’s left
Before we hit the other side

Bang, bang, bang
It’s all in vain
You keep it all locked beneath
Every true son knows every song
But doesn’t know what they mean

Wrists get slit
Life’s quite the bitch
Can’t always get what you want
Hard to get away from the darkest days
When you won’t admit it’s your fault

Just hang on to those things you left behind
Walk a mile in your shoes

We drove down to the spot of the city
Where many men go to die
Baby I got the Rolling Rock
You’ve got your heavy eyes
Better not think too much
Before you make that sacrifice
Hanging on to what’s left
Before we hit the other side

Just hang on to those things you left behind
Walk a mile in your shoes
Just hang on for those things you’re bound to lose
Find the key inside of you

Swing, swing
Side to side
Keep your arms loose
Let the stiff wind guide

Just hang on to those things you left behind
Walk a mile in your shoes
Just hang on for those things you’re bound to lose
Find the key inside of you
Track Name: Excelsior
There was a day when we went into town to get
A turtle from the pet shop
It was a Minnesota summer there was nothing to do
But wait until the snow dropped

So we did, we did, we did
We waited all July
And there were nothing but blue skies
Nothing but you and I

I remember a guy getting chased by the cops
Down the hill by the billboard

And those hot lazy walks from the school to the beach
That we wouldn't trade the world for

And we'd wade, we’d wade, we’d wade
We'd wade into the lake
And all of us kids loved
Nothing more than being awake

I'll remember Excelsior 'till the day I die
And I'll lay my soul there to rest

I could not imagine a better way
To spend my days and nights

All the memories from sandy shores
Are velcro'd to my mind

And I'll leave , I’ll leave, I’ll leave
I'll leave eventually
But in the core of my heart
I'll still hear the waves crashing for me

I'll remember Excelsior 'till the day I die
And I'll lay my soul there to rest
'Cause nothing shines brighter than that Lake Street sky
And those Excelsior memories are the best
Track Name: All I Know
Sometimes when I fall asleep
I dream of you
And I don’t wanna wake up ever again
But darling if you never do
Who knows what that would bring me to
I’m much too young to be alone

Well I see your point I do
You’ve always been so smart and true
And I can’t argue with that
As long as we can agree
I’ll care for you like you care for me
And ‘til the world do us part I got your back

I just want to say
Thank you for the love we’ve shared
I never could’ve done it on my own
I know someday
I’ll look around
And realize you taught me all I know

Every time I call you up
I lock my door, my window’s shut
I hear every sound you make
You’re lucky that your love is deep
‘Cause sometimes you’re a total creep
But when you’re weird you just make me laugh

Well sometimes you make me laugh too
Like when your nose turns ice cold blue
And you cough for 20 days on end
It’s true my system can’t survive
A degree under 55
But at least I don’t yawn like Chewbacca

I just want to say
Thank you for the love we’ve shared
I never could’ve done it on my own
I know someday
I’ll look around
And realize you taught me all I know
Track Name: The Sun Sets Over Omaha
Last rays leave traces on the window
As the sun sets over Omaha
Distances traveled and roamed
With no home at all, no home at all

The backlight is broken
And hangs by a thread on existence
The minutes go by ‘til there’s no buildings left
In the distance, the distance

Fort Collins beckons
With a cascade of mountains all around
And I feel
The sky like a movie screen
With colors as if to say
I am real, I am real

Every time I see your face it’s like the setting sun
Everything about you tells me you forgot
What can I do in this empty state of loneliness
Try to figure out just what it is I want
But then I’m thrown into the mystery of
Searching on a fruitless plain
I the man who could not open up to let her in
All my dreams fade away into the angry flames
I cannot promise I won’t make the same mistakes again

Everyone is love inside my world
Behind these lonely stars we look the same
Everything that I have ever known
I will see again someday

Last rays leave traces on the window
As the sun sets over Omaha
Distances traveled and roamed
With no home at all, no home at all