Gentle Downward Stream

by Sam Arnold

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1.
I’ve been gone so long I can’t remember where I’ve been gone from If there’s mail waiting there I hope it doesn’t think that I don’t care Any news from there would be history to me You see I’ve been gone a really long time I’ve been alone so long I can’t remember if there’s anyone else to know If you told me you’re only an aspect of me, I’d be inclined to agree Any stories I hear are just autobiographies You see I’ve been gone a really long time
2.
Less than Full Certainty Do you remember when we didn’t know what’s next? Not knowing what tomorrow would be like Not knowing what tomorrow would be like We used to say things like “I wonder” Just imagining how it used to be, having less than full certainty Not knowing where events would occur Not being able to expect for sure We used to say things like “Who knows?” There was a time before the calculator I don’t miss it but it’s worth a daydream And we all knew I’d have that daydream Do you remember when wondering wasn’t illegal Having dreams of the possible Improvising disorganized space We used to say things like “I wonder”
3.
Just another day with too much radiation Many things done without hesitation Time to run away time for the shade Just another day of hiding in the shadows Look at the tree it’s taking one for the team Photosensitive chemical change Star spreads out Stops on skin It warms the seas and streams On which your boat is rowed Row row row row your boat Just another day of keeping in my organs Chemical change of electron proportion Life is but a gentle downward stream Just another crocodile inspired scream Merrily you’ve been sunk into a dream Life is but a lion and a mouse
4.
He turned me into a dog in the rain Who had wealth and health and wisdom He turned me into a machine designed for feelings superior to any squishy person I found him to be transformational He turned me into a plane without a pilot But that thing could really fly itself He turned me into a boy facing the other direction Now my nose is pointed this way and I’m transformed He turned me into a pair of hands that open cans Making places in between
5.
I’m not me. Neither are you and no one is anyone You’re not we. Neither are they and no one needs to be them. I are not me and neither am you She’s never been you and he can’t be even though everyone is everything we’ve tried to be. But never did succeed in the process we broke out of the prisons of the pronouns I are not me and neither am you We’re not here. There is also here so we also aren’t there You’re not we, neither are they and no one needs to be them. I are not me and neither am you
6.
Don’t be afraid. Ok you can be afraid I don’t know where we’ll stay I don’t know what’ll happen today Don’t be confused. Go ahead and be conflicted though Feel the eels with our toes We can wade around with the hungry hippos I wouldn’t mind if we shared a bit of time That’s the thing we spend on being afraid Don’t get too sad. We all lose everything anyway It’s just a matter of time, you know the thing that’s passed since I started singing this song Don’t be afraid, but you can be terrified So I guess you can be afraid if it’s on the way to terrified
7.
Im from the sky can’t see my eye minding that is not a skill I have Yoututammaitcha In a vector traffic tangent curve the airless space can’t travel through Yoututammaitcha The beach is wet. how disturbed can we can we get. lets try and see Dunes are skeptical of the air, but I know they care I’m from the sky and can’t hear my ears But the sounds that reach them are so very near In the street with a little dog. why’s she there? who is she talking about or to? Pick a card, any card is wet, puddle contains an ace of spades and scooter Graffiti rain and the shops are people and the people are shops I have a closed computer The beach is wet how disturbed can we can we get lets try and see Dunes are skeptical of the air, but I know they care I’m from the sky and can’t hear my ears And we’re made up of explosions from a long time ago yes we’re made up of explosions from a long time ago Dog dog dog Yoututammaitcha
8.
Tonight I’m coming home. I’m coming home tonight all right I can’t where I’ve been today The marketplace was crazy and now I am as well So I’ll ask you to make me sane again In case you say no tomorrow These little brains needs soothing These old heads need removing I cant’ say how they got the scratches Experiments were inconclusive and now I am too So I’ll ask you to make me sane again In case you say no tomorrow Tonight I’m going to sleep I’m going to sleep tonight all right I can’t say what’ll be in my dreams Mistakes were made and paid for with my mind So I’ll ask you to make me sane again In case you say no tomorrow
9.
The maximum of every curve can be measured with a spool of string If it waves in the breeze If it disturbs the leaves That is all we’ll need to see A stone was thrown and we wrote ourselves upon its skin Maybe we can do it again Cause stones keeping going unless they’re acted upon On up ed act they’re less un ingo ing keep stones cause Gain a it do can we be may skin its pon up selves our wrote we and thrown was stone a The minimum of each new freeze can be felt in the elbows and knees Air is all that we’ll breath If it disturbs the lands If it disturbs the seas
10.
I want you to cover your toes they look cold Once you find the shoes, that’s a thing that you could do I want you to find your center Should be right between your sides Disappear me and everyone else and find yourself Smoosh together the things you think you know Subtract that and proceed along the only path you have I want you to cover your bases be assured of spacious spaces Get yourself professional help and find yourself You found ways to eiliminate and enclose what not to do Proceed as though you have a will
11.
02:27
Don’t give your heart away Save it for another day At least not the one you use to pump your blood Don’t sell your arteries They’re tubes you’re going to need If you couldn’t oxygenate your extemeties it would be a shame And if your shame were to be dismembered And my foolishness could be erased We could both keep our parts in place And make a living in a different way Don’t give your heart away Not the one connected to your veins Let me surgically remove the shame from your brains And if your shame were to be dismembered And my foolishness could be dispaced We could both own our parts it seems And make a living using other means Don’t give your heart away Save it for another day At least not the one you use to pump your blood
12.
She said hay go your own way. I said OK as the door was closing We’re all on paths that were already laid. Miles on down and the valley closed found a fog upon a pond and lost the hill’s road. I found a toad who rode with me On this worn tire on this worn rim Amphibian convinced me to listen to him Spoke a tale that I can’t re-tell. Open window and the miles away flowers Rode upon the breezes and sold me sneezes bought a sandwich and i bought pills An eagle or an owl who had had a marmot traced the road as we both digested. Shared a path and breathed contiguous air Miles on down and the ocean joined us. Reminiscing of a time when we had tails. And I believe him what he says “i’m not going back” She said “hay go your own way”. I said “ok” but I didn’t mean it The way was never going to belong to me She said hay go your own way. I said ok but I was lying A way is not the kind of thing I’d own She said hay go your own way. I said ok but I was lying We’re all on paths that were already laid

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These songs were written almost entirely in Washington DC over 4 days in December 2018, and recorded in Austin, TX over 4 months in early 2019

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released June 17, 2019

All instruments and voices by Sam Arnold except: 
Drums on 2, 5 and 10 by Michael Ingber
Keyboards on 3 and 6 by Andy Nolte
Mastered by Greg Yancey
Recorded and mixed by Sam except Michael recorded his own parts at Studio 601 and Andy Recorded himself at home
All songs written by Sam Arnold
Suave Entropy Music (ASCAP)

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Sam Arnold Austin, Texas

Metal, Jazz, Art-pop Americana singer-songwriter, electronic and experimental composer/instrumentalist Sam Arnold is a musician living in Austin TX. Sam generally collaborates to varying degrees with some of the best creative musicians and engineers in the Austin progressive art-music scene, including from his bands Opposite Day and Stop Motion Orchwstra. ... more

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