Tea And Whiskey

by Matthew Stoker

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released October 2, 2013

guitar/loops/voice: Matthew Stoker
artwork: Jenna MacLeod

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Track Name: Tea And Whiskey
washing down vitamin d pills
with beer swill
from the dimly lit hotel bar

i've got a flask in my breast pocket
for refills
when the 3 am last call cries

i know i will see the sunrise again
but right now i can't believe it

i fell asleep in the graveyard
my back on the hard ground
the soft snow made a sound

when i fell on it in my parka
the wolves howled
and my loneliness abounded

i know i will wake up somewhere warm soon
but right now i can't believe it

so what do you need
so what do you need
to get thru?

tea and whiskey and fine tuning
of your heart strings
in an open key
in the people's key
Track Name: Three (Attrition Warfare)
we could sleep off all the weeks left
to your holiday of choice
leave our baggage at the bedside
& try to dream away the voices

that could remind us that we are here
and we're tangible now
but it's so easy to just sleep off all our fears
& never face them

we could play attrition warfare
in a fortress made of sheets
slowly lose out to the tv
become pixels on the flat panel screen

so give me your hand to remind me
that we are both here and
give me something to hold on to

so give me your word that i am not alone
& that you are all here
give me something to hold on to

so give me your word that i am not alone
& that you are all here
give me something to wake up to

so give me your word that i am not alone
& that you are all here
be my someone to wake up to
Track Name: Long Day
it's been a long day/smoked a joint at lunch/8 hours longer than before/but everybody's gotta have their crotch/to keep their heart from kissing the floorboards/once the training wheels of childhood are rolled away.

it's been a harsh winter/moved my ass up north/it lasted longer than before/but everybody's gotta have their dream/to keep their compass needle forward/when their nightmares take their shape and take centre stage.

so: save me from my nightmares
no! help me face them with a courage unknown to me previously

i'm gonna shine a light on my dark dreams
make friends with the ghosts hiding inside of me

because everyone has got to look themselves right in the eye/and its up to them to decide what they see in the mirror's highlights

had another sleepless night/spent it on a bus to meet an old/girlfriend at the airport/in my mind i was expecting to feel the same old rapport/but i was just setting myself up for heartbreak.

you know that you will always change, you must expect the same of others: your mom your dad, your friends, your cat, and all your former lovers

so don't save me from my nightmares
no i must face them with a courage
that's always been
inside of me

i'm gonna shine a light on all my dark dreams
when all the hidden spaces are revealed
then i can
then i'll go to sleep
Track Name: Separation Anxiety
my love's on the wind in the north
she shakes the pines
she rides on the eastern storms
and she wets their boughs as her
tears rain down / as her
cries ring out / into the night

in the west i hear her voice
in the songs of the ravens / all guttaral
and in the south over the great lakes
i hear the gulls
echo her words
but sentiment is for the birds

i've had this seperation anxiety
ever since i let the wilderness get away from me

& in the mist between the trees
i see her there i see her there

& in the mist behind the buildings
i see her there i see her there