Bubblewonder Abyss

by Dorian Finch

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a collection of old tracks written 2011-2012, released on Mutt Tapes in 2013

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released October 19, 2013

Austin Cook
Matt Summers
Adam Van der Veer

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Dorian Finch San Francisco, California

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Track Name: The Good Things
When you are famous
I'll write you letters
I'll keep your secrets
till someone pays me better

And then I'll tell the magazines all that I know
but only the good things
only the good things

The things you gave me
Without realizing
Your cast-off cargo
kept my vessel from capsizing

Though I regret some of the jetsam that I stole,
I kept the good things
only the good things

You sign sincerely
sometimes Yours Truly
These fifteen pages
will someday sell for money

I'll tear the bottom
off every message
No need for autographs
when I have words you told me in the best of confidence

When you were lonely
Meant only for me
At least I hope so

Will you forget me
as you grow hungry?
Too many questions
for someone who's so busy

Because I know to grow you have to shed the old
Just keep the good things
Only the good things

Will you still keep me?
Do you still need me?

Will you still keep me?
Do you still need me?

and I'll watch you walk across a silver stage
and televise the face that made me change
but I don't know what we became.
Track Name: December 14
You were an animal
I am an animal
You had a hole in your heart
I was a part of a whole
There are no monsters anymore
They all died in the good war
In the good war

You kept a tight, tight ship
I let some feelings slip
You had a TaylorMade
I had a razor blade
But I could never let it fly
In the space of a lifetime
Not even mine

And the coffins call me
And the cops are at my door
And I want to give in
But I won't be forgiven anymore

You teetered on the brink
I must have stopped to think
But you did atrocious things
and I, I am the missing link

And the bathtubs call me
And their blood is in my head
And I want to change, I do, I do, I do
but I am scared
Track Name: The Greatest Escape
You were careful to fasten the top lock
rub your cigarettes out on the sidewalk
I took care not to rumple the napkins
keep the glass bottles out of the trash cans

I made sure to unplug all the outlets
Save a couple of bucks when the month ends
Sweep the loose leaves away from the pavement
Make every payment a day in advance

And then we danced
To a measured drum
You kicked your heels up
on the linoleum
I swung you over
the countertops
You said don't stop, my love, till the hands of the clock
cross underneath each other, to end up as one

You put back all the toys in the closet
Smoothed the comforter out on the guest bed
I made sure that no windows were open
It would be such a shame if they broke in

As we left, I turned back just to look and
make sure the welcome mat wasn't crooked
Then we let the door fall shut behind us
No one will find us, we'll be miles away

And then we lay
Our burdens down
You spilled the fluid
into the ground
I flicked the lighter
and watched it catch
Backed out the driveway
slamming on the gas
And from the corners
of our white eyes
We saw the tide arise, sweeping underneath our tires
to swallow up the squalid lovers that brought it to life
Track Name: TLWFYITE (cover)
you know the lyrics already
Track Name: Missed Connections
You slept on the floor of a church you said
I slept on decisions and a real Ikea bed
You gave me a dollar when I played "No Children"
and I gave you a holler but you weren't there to listen when I called
The other day
I left a message
just to say
To call me back
And let me know
How things are going
if you still go

The second time I met you you were late by far
Some man had stolen all your things, you'd only rescued your guitar
And I remember thinking just how strange it would be
if I carried my whole life around with me, just like a snail
It made me flinch
But you were kind
About my privilege
And none of this
makes any sense
But all that I've left of you
are these shreds of remembrance
you called me brave
I'd no reply
but if I had to answer now
then I would tell you

Julian, Julian
If you'd come back to the city
I'd meet you in the Presidio where
eyes wide, you and I
contemplated our own fate and found a smile

We walked Divisadero and we barely spoke
But shoulder next to shoulder we did share our yoke
You said it had been a long time since you'd seen
Trees and rocks and flowers dressed in brown and green, so I hitched up
My dragging skirts
And hiked the hills
Until I hurt
And then we sat
You smoked a joint
And all the tourists came and went
from Inspiration Point
The sun went down
We hit the road
I said goodbye on Geary
And that's the last time that we spoke in person

Julian, Julian
If you'd come back to the city
I'd meet you in the Presidio where
eyes wide, you and I
contemplated our own fate and found a smile
of a different kind
of a different kind

The one part I omitted
was the moment I admitted
that long ago I didn't want to try
you looked straight ahead and softly you said so did I

Julian, Julian
If you'd come back to the city
I'd meet you in the Presidio where
eyes wide, you and I
contemplated our own fate and found the height of wonder

Julian, Julian,
If you'd come to San Francisco
I would tell you how I missed you and how
some days, when I'm on Haight,
I still check at every corner for a trace
of your face.
Track Name: The Tale of the Egg
You're shipping all your things across the states
A dozen brown boxes marked fragile, a couple crates
some packing tape
You're shipping all your things across the states
To meet their fate
Your personal items, a frightened and silent wait
I hope they're safe

When the big truck comes to pick them up
And the big truck slows to put them down
When the dark walls shake at every bump
At the turns unlearned in foreign towns

Your life is contained in containers to small for it
The remains of your heart and brains after judgment day
By reprobates
And you're crossing your fingers to linger, to hesitate
But don't be late
The meter is minding, and soon you may never make
an honest mate

When the big truck comes to pick you up
And the big truck slows to put you down
When your heart walls shake at every touch
At the turns unlearned on hallowed grounds

You're shipping all your things across the states
You're shipping all your things across the states

You're only alive 'cause the driver's a heavyweight
You're only alive when saliva and metadate
Keep you awake
Track Name: Abort! Abort!
There's ashes on the carpet and there's water on the windshield
and there's fluid in my lungs, my lungs, I think I'm drowning in my own warm blood
I'm gonna hurl

And now there's vomit in the basin and there's monsters in the basement
and there's no sign of escape, escape, it's seven thirty and it's far too late
to leave this world

Evolution's coming for me, I can see the headlights in its
hollow eyes, I keep changing my mind,
but there's nothing inside

And this
is the end
Of the bend
in a life

And this is
the end
of my knife

I can't control my body and I can't be held accountable
for what I do, I do, I swear I want to be all over you
Tonight

But every muscle in me, every bone and every neuron,
every taut and strangled vein, in vain, is screaming No no no
Watch out for your brain

Evolution's coming for me, I can hear the hum of every passing age
It's a stage, I keep changing my mind
But there's nothing inside

And this
is the start
of the death
of a part

And this
is the hole
in my… skull
Track Name: Entropy & Empathy
There's a reason why this song isn't splattered wet
on the concrete behind me, with a mess of love and percocet
There's a reason why you haven't left me yet
But we'll soon forget
But we'll soon forget, thank god
But we'll soon forget
And we won't need it

And I'm starting to think the stones in my skull aren't literate
And I'm starting to think the bones in my hull are gonna sink the ship
I'm starting to think there's a reason for the whole conglomerate
But I'll soon forget
But I'll soon forget, thank god
But I'll soon forget
All the stupid shit

Our epidermis burns
As the world it turns
But the stench is not so bad

And the holding hands
And the balding bands
None of this will stay intact

There's an old man at the bus stop who sits and sits
That line ended years ago but he still waits for it
When the nurse would come for him you'd always cry a bit
But we'll soon forget
But we'll soon forget, thank god
But we'll soon forget

And the sakes we keep
And the beauty sleep
Will be scrubbed out with the stains

And the subtle charms
Fists and folded arms
Will be all that now remains

And there's a reason why this song isn't splattered wet
On the windshield in front of me, with a sheen of blood and tagamet
There's a reason why the day we die will be one we won't regret
But we'll soon forget
But we'll soon forget, thank god
But we'll soon forget
But we
But we