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In Field & Town

by Hayden Desser

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1.
Take it easy, it's what we need to do right now Cruel and weary are just some words I'd use for how I see us around this uptight town With emptiness just weighing us down But when we think of leaving out of the rush and into the slow The clouds let go of the sun and show This city like she took off her clothes And now you know how we feel We're like spokes in a wheel of a bike in some field Or we're riding along Through the streets before dawn, with no sense of what's right, or wrong Take it easy, it's what we need to do right now Cool and breezy are not the words I'd use for how I see us around this uptight town With electronics just weighing us down And now you know how we feel We're like spokes in a wheel of a bike in some field Or we're riding along Through the streets before dawn, with no sense of what's right, or wrong
2.
One day more of you alone There's everyone but no one to show That you're more than alive You're more than alive You drive alone every night Through windows see others who'd like To be more than alright Yah, more than alright If you could have one minute alone With yourself when you were young Do you think you would lie Do you think you would lie Do you think you'd lie For everyone backed in a corer Evacuations are in order And we're leaving tonight We're leaving tonight We're leaving tonight Because we're more than alright We're more than alright And we're more than alive Yah, we're more than alive
3.
The Van Song 02:45
On the way home the rain just washed us up Onto your front door where we talked You went up the stairs as I watched you walk I watched you walk And on the bus before that they looked at us Some of them happy, some of them lost Some of them liked us, some of them not Yah, some of them not And the day before that was the one we met You were sisters, I was with friends I was so lonely, you were so mad Yah, you were so mad You were so mad And we did it for the lovers who were blind And we did it for the others left behind With each other, we recovered in the night And a week before that I drove all day To the Capital City Looking for a van for me A van for me For you and me
4.
Lately you've been so mean, it's guaranteed Your life's a sweet sixteen at thirty-three You've had it up to here with both hemispheres With no one left to revere, you my dear A scientist on TV, said aliens will be The big discovery of the Century And you must be very pleased, this finally could mean There's someone you can deem, worthy of your esteem I've blamed myself for years, but it appears There's nothing I could cheer to stop your tears A scientist on TV, said aliens will be The big discovery of the Century And you must be very pleased, this finally could mean There's someone you can deem, worthy of your esteem
5.
I have been wrestling with the thought of it all Since you left me out in the cold last Fall I wake up lonely and go to bed the same way People they call me just to make sure I'm okay But I think I'm healing, damn this feeling I have been reeling, since last season It's the one thing I had left From everything I'd kept I'm going to miss how bad this has felt Women adored me for the sad look in my eyes Now they ignore me for getting on with my life Cause I think I'm healing, damn this feeling I have been reeling since last season It's the one thing I had left From everything I'd kept I'm going to miss how bad this has felt How bad this has felt How bad this has felt Leaves they are falling, just as I let go of you Winter is calling, and I have no memories to lose
6.
The whole way down you were right When the wrapping fell from the bow I took flight Oh we started out so nice And we ended caught in the traps we thought We're only set on our parent's watch Did I wake up beside you today or not? After all the air we've shared we're almost out And all the good we've had is fading into doubt And now we hold our breath or shout And we lie to get caught 'cause all we want is a shot Of getting out of this bed and being able to walk Did I wake up beside you today or not? Did I wake up beside you today or not?
7.
Lately you've been nowhere to be found But not for the clouds that follow you 'round 'Cause you believe the weight of the world Is on the shoulders of a girl It's just one of those days Don't let me get into your way 'Cause you believe the weight of the world Is on the shoulders of a girl Yah, you believe the weight of the world Is on the shoulders of a girl And you must do what you can to believe That I have nothing up my sleeve
8.
The snow was falling down like pieces of the sky last Friday night I was outside on the street and she was inside to the beat Next thing I know she's watching me write to her in the snow: "Let's go" She got up so close the condensation changed her to a ghost She appeared again, as she wrote on the glass "Well, it depends...where and when?" Where and when? Where and when? Where and when?
9.
Oh so lonely security guard, he looks so mean from afar But when you get up close you'll see He could not hurt a flea He stands there in the heat Looking straight down a his feet And with his hands and an old receipt He makes a swan so real it breathes Oh so lonely security guard, can make you cry with a business card Can make a cricket from a parking ticket Can make a bird from some thrown out words But he cannot control this herd 'Cause he does not look up when he should He relies on the people's good A big mistake in this neighborhood Oh so lonely security guard, didn't notice me at all So I grabbed the first thing I saw And walked right out the front door But he had just made a paper sword And threw me right down on the floor And everyone standing near that store Witnessed a one-sided war Origami Security guard, he looks so mean from afar But when you get up close you'll see That he's no cup of tea
10.
She was flying circles above her room at night While you slept in the bed below, thinking things were alright She was in Alaska, or on the Hudson Line On a beach in Mexico, you farthest from her mind The hardest part of life is love that goes away When one is left there wondering how to make it stay What is there to tell you, apart from hopeful lies Just open up the window wide and watch her as she flies
11.
Just because it went down that way And we're barely friends When I saw you last week at the dance I should have took you by surprise And told you how beautiful the sky Looked with you in front of it that night I should have lied I should have took you by the hand And told you that I was no man Those weeks that you walked on my land In all my reasons there were none Truthful that night I said run And the truth is you just weren't the one You weren't the one You weren't the one Just because it went down that way And we're barely friends When I saw you last week at the dance I had no chance

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released January 15, 2008

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Hayden Desser Toronto, Ontario

For over 20 years, Hayden Desser has been making music on his own terms and on his own schedule. The three-time JUNO nominee has produced, engineered and mixed most of his records at home, creating a world of his own, exploring themes ranging from love lost and found to bear maulings and home invasions. ... more

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