The Sarcastic Dharma Society
Live at Laughing Horse
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    01. Empathy

    If it's two years since I've seen you, I apologize for leaving
    for not grieving, disappointing you, with reason
    but I swear I did the best with what I had

    If you call me with a cell phone from a bridge when you are seething
    desperation in your breathing, open wounds, unfinished feelings

    is it my fault, what you have done?
    If I've moved on, have I done wrong?
    If you forgive me, will you leave me alone?

    You know I don't expect an understanding
    resolute in your meandering, speaking up to hear yourself
    but don't you guilt my heart with your heartache
    You know even on a great day I can hardly break free from the blankets that shelter me.

    And I know you are sad
    the way we are all sad
    I know that you are lost
    and that you think I am your home
    but I cannot take care of myself
    What would ever make you believe I could care for somebody else?

    Is it my fault, what you have done?
    If I've moved on, have I done wrong?
    If you forgive me, will you leave me alone?

    02. 3am

    I'm biking by your house at 3am
    I told myself I wouldn't, but I am
    I know I should be trying to be a man
    but I'm too busy trying to think of the saddest thing I can

    Like, It's probably warm in there
    Clean pillows and your freshly shampooed hair

    Goddamn it's been an awful year
    I can't believe that I'm still here
    Holy shit, I really thought I would die
    And I've fucked up every thing I've tried

    And you're probably warm in there
    With your new person, and their new hands in your hair

    I'm lying in the grass at 3am
    I don't know what I'm waiting for or where I am
    I've no direction, I have no plan
    but I can't think of a single reason that I should stand

    So I'm watching these clouds blow by the moon
    and I'm trying, or I'm trying not, to think of you

    I can't give up on loving you
    but that's exactly what you want me to do
    I wanna be the one who's loving you
    but you don't want me and there's nothing I can do

    Goddamn this is an awful year
    I can't believe that I'm still here
    And holy shit, I really wanted to die
    But I've fucked up every time I've tried

    And you're probably warm in there
    With your new person in the bed we used to share

    03. Never

    I told you that I would never leave
    and what I told you, I believed

    Who knew you could be wrong
    about your own heart?
    How was I to know you weren't the whole
    but just a small part?

    I am in awe of how hard I must fight
    to hold on to a feeling for more than a night

    04. Surrender To You

    Hold back
    I can't say what I wanna say
    and I know that
    but I rehearse it anyway
    Every day, as I wake, when I shower, when I shave
    I rewrite, I rephrase, I rethink what I'd say

    And what I'd say is:

    "I know you.
    You don't believe in love.
    But I'll show you.
    This isn't what you're thinking of.
    This is something new.
    And lord knows I was skeptical, too.

    My head tells me this can't be true.
    It's a lustful impulse gone askew.
    But my heart's been fighting hard for you,
    and I can see its point of view.
    But with all the feelings I've been through,
    there's nothing honest I can do,

    but surrender to you.

    And then you do whatever feels right to you.
    Kiss my face and let me comfort you.
    Or slap it hard and bruise me black and blue.
    Either way I give this self to you.
    And I'm sorry if you didn't want me to,
    but I surrender to you."

    05. This Fool

    There is no way out of this town
    I've followed every train track and road that I've found
    and they circle round and round
    I'm trapped in this body
    Sad, captive, and sorry
    I want to get out and I wanna find the end
    and sever my ties to the people I've been
    and live a righteous life
    or give a selfless love
    or do whatever a good person does
    to end up in heaven above

    You put your faith into this fool
    Gave him a thousand second chances to start new
    But every time he comes back
    saying he would never do that
    with a thousand selfish reasons
    for the thousand selfish ways
    I will hurt you

    You know that people can't be trusted to be good
    Why would you lie and say that you believed they could?

    So you know that I could be the guy
    who loves you every day until you die
    but I am probably just somebody who will make you cry
    It's more than likely that I might be just a waste of time

    My bones are scarred from things that I've done wrong
    And you will learn to hate my face in time
    And everything that we will ever do
    is everything that we have ever done
    And everything that I will ever say
    I'll say with this song:
    That, what I wanted for you and me
    and what happened to you and me
    are two very different things
    And that difference is the reason every singer sings

    And where does that leave me?
    Hoping no one will ever see
    how worthless I am
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    01. The Light

    tonight i can see all the stars
    that are dying or dead, or living well fed
    i feel the light from the things that they've said
    as i walk the blocks to where i know you'll be
    and i kick the rocks and look up at the trees
    wondering, "will you remember me?"

    02. The Giving Tree

    what happened to me didn't happen very long
    less than a moment and something else had begun
    and people aren't the same for very long
    and when i hear you've got a new favorite song

    i fall upon my temporary knees
    and i scream "please please please,"
    that, like the giving tree
    i need to be useful to be happy

    i wanna give away my love.
    i wanna give away my love.

    most of what i have i don't deserve
    and the parts that i do aren't very good
    and if i gave this heart another go
    sold this self to someone i hardly know

    i fall upon my temporary knees
    and i scream "please please please,"
    that, like the giving tree
    i need to be useful to be happy

    i wanna give away my love.
    i wanna give away my love.

    what do i believe? what do i think i need?
    what do i believe? what do i think i need?

    03. My War

    like at the end of a war
    we both walk away
    go back to our lives
    pretend we're the same

    and you said, "go home.
    no more war in my heart."
    and left for wherever you are
    by the dawn's early light

    but that was our home
    at the center of that mad mad fight
    now i see i am alone
    by the dawn's early light
    an aimless and endless refrain
    by the dawn's early light
    by the dawn's early light

    04. Our Lives

    and i crawl into bed when i'm not even tired
    pretend it's five hours from now and you're calling to say
    that you're on your way

    and i will be here when you walk through the door
    and i will come running from out from wherever i'm hiding to say,
    "i know that you've had a long day,
    but these are our lives,
    and these are our good times,
    and i love my life--can't believe that it's mine.
    hold my hand, and feel my body,
    forget that i'm sorry, just know that i'm warm.

    05. Moving On

    your oh so tired eyes falling asleep on me
    the movie on pause while i wait when you have to go pee
    will i forget these things and be happy?
    i should have known something that great would eventually leave

    telling you what you said in your sleep
    listening to your stuffy nose breathe
    the way you burnt yourself on every cup of tea
    the moments apart when i knew you were thinking of me
    will i forget these things and be happy?
    i guess i knew something that great would eventually leave

    06. Molly

    i gave away everything that i owned
    all the few posessions and ambitions that i once that were my own
    because i was confronted by the truth about our lives
    that we are here to love each other
    while we have the time

    don't wait, hold my hand
    i give thanks for whatever i have

    and i became a flower because of you
    because of you i give my fragrance
    i learn to walk
    i reach you
    i learn to talk
    i write my song
    and it goes
    "oh, how i love you. oh, how i have loved you."
    when i met you, when i kissed you
    when i followed and when i led
    through the forest, and the desert
    and the softness of our bed
    when we argued, when we forgave
    called each other the same name
    as we grew up, when you gave up
    when you left me, still i sang, that,
    "oh, how i love you. oh, how i have loved you"
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    The Sarcastic Dharma Society
    Song For A Friend (by Kelli Schaefer)
    Other People’s Songs (Volume Two)

    "there are so very few appropriate words
    and everything that i try to say ends up coming out absurd.”

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  • The Sarcastic Dharma Society
    The Poison (by Pedro The Lion)
    Other People’s Songs (Volume One)

    stream/download: here.

    my old man always swore that hell would have no flame, just a front row seat to watch your true love pack her things
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  • The Sarcastic Dharma Society
    Tonight Was A Disaster (by Casiotone For The Painfully Alone)
    Other People’s Songs (Volume Two)

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  • Couchella - A Music Festival Just For You, Internet
oh hay, this is happening right now. they’re calling it an internet music festival, but it’s probably more of a live youtube mixtape, at any rate they’re going to play a bunch of music that they like and also one of my songs at some point in the next couple hours. could be cool—watch it.
-mat

    Couchella - A Music Festival Just For You, Internet

    oh hay, this is happening right now. they’re calling it an internet music festival, but it’s probably more of a live youtube mixtape, at any rate they’re going to play a bunch of music that they like and also one of my songs at some point in the next couple hours. could be cool—watch it.

    -mat

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  • The Jon Brion Show - Featuring Elliott Smith

    apparently paul thomas anderson put together three episodes of a prospective variety show thing hosted by jon brion that never got picked up by anyone, which is really too bad, because i would love to see more of this. this is the first episode, and as far as i can figure the only one released. it’s the best elliott smith video i’ve ever seen. you need to watch it. he plays 9 songs, with jon brion accompanying on piano/guitar/harmonium/vibes/mellotron. my personal favorite moment, an awesome version of “Everything Means Nothing To Me”, starts around 14 minutes in with some seriously cool usage of the mellotron’s violin samples, which i happen to have been messing around with a bunch while recording this week. so cool.

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  • pretty much.

    pretty much.

    (Source: archive.picturesforsadchildren.com)

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  • story time:
    i recorded this song on the floor of our bedroom during one particularly rainy portland afternoon.
                                                                      (and she left a few days later.)

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  • oh hay, i wrote a song.

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  • short song for the fickle-hearted romantic.

    you guys ever “fall” for someone and then “unfall” for them later? what’s up with that? i mean, seriously, wtf?. also i wrote a song about it. thoughts?

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    a New Favorite Song for Every New Day | #012

    “So You May See”
    by A John Henry Memorial

     i will love you.
    (i will love you.)

         no matter what you do.

    because i know you.
                  (i know you.)

    through.

                      and.

                                  through.

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    a New Favorite Song for Every New Day#011

    “By Balloon or Sinking Ship”
    by Jordan O’ Jordan

    one of the sweeter love songs i’ve ever heard—wanting just to be around a person is probably my favorite part of being around a person. when i used to work at this flower farm picking tulips i would listen to this song and this album four or five times a day on a cd player squeezed into my back pocket that would skip whenever i walked too fast or bent over too far, and i thought a whole lot about where my life was at and where i wanted my life to be at and what i was supposed to be doing and what i wanted to be doing and how long the girl who told me what to do had been telling people what to do and what her kids were like and if she was happy and if anything would ever make sense and how many minutes were left until i got to drink folgers out of a styrofoam cup in the break room again. -mat

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    “the vehicle we’re driving’s                       l
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    a New Favorite Song for Every New Day#009

    “Sauvie Island”
    by Kickball

    the kickball dudes really really need to get back to making music together. so good. this is sort of an un-kickball kickball song, down tempo, comparatively uncomplicated, but so touching! i’ve spent enough time on sauvie island, both literally and metaphorically, hanging out with fruit fields, lying in the sun listening to waves, to know that i haven’t spent nearly enough time on sauvie island. this summer, this year, man—this will be the year. (i wish.) -mat

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    a New Favorite Song for Every New Day#008

    “All the World Is Green”
    by Tom Waits

    this is another song that i used to play a little bit, and love tremendously. tom waits’ voice here, so sad and so sweet, the melody at the chorus, and the way the bass steps back up into the verses, the sleepy clarinet, the vibes!—i really wish that this lineup and this sound was present across the whole album, or some other album, or playing every thursday in a basement down the street from my house. there are so many of his songs that i would love to hear played by this band.

              “the face forgives the mirror.
                           the worm forgives the plow.
              the question begs the answer:
                                                (can
                                                 you
                                                 forgive
                                                 me
                                                 somehow?)”

     and: tears. -mat

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    a New Favorite Song for Every New Day#007

    “Sun in an Empthy Room”
    by The Weakerthans

    john k samson is unparalleled. his songs are novels. i can’t write anything about this song that hasn’t already been said better by the song itself (or by parallelograms of light.) every image hinted at, each object mentioned, moment described, contributes its own personal story and fragment of a metaphor leading up to these most crushing revelations of personal failure, unavoidable shortcomings, lost hopes, disappointed dreams.

    "Take this moment to decide
         if we meant it, if we tried,
    or felt around for far too much,
         from things that accidentally touched.”

    the syllables throughout match up with this heartbreaking magic. they come out liquid, preordained with purpose, carrying themselves forward, carrying me with them. -mat

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    a New Favorite Song for Every New Day#006

    “Wintermitts”
    by Julie Doiron

    like most every song that julie doiron has recorded, the nostalgia warms my heart. pajama pants and blanket togas, space heaters and hot cups of hot coffee. staring out through a foggy window. listening to the rain dripping off of the trees and onto the roof, off of the roof and onto the gravel path by the door. scrabble and naps and cats and cuddles. the sound of the melodica (or maybe it’s a harmonica?) is so breathy and so vulnerable and so human. it’s the most disarming, most comforting of comforting sounds. “..and a chorus from the kitchen sings: ‘I love you.’” -mat

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