new mexican new year

by Tom Hymn

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Recorded Nov. 8, 2012 by Adam Thompson at Pretty Nice Studios in Grand Rapids, MI.

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released 12 November 2012
Tom Hymn on vox, guitar, mouth harp
Photo by Chad Houseman
Font/design by Jodi Carpenter
Cat by Aslan

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Track Name: I wish you were in the sea
i left the sand for a land full of snow
why i left i don't know
she left me for a tall and skinny man
will she come back? hell i doubt so

i dreamt that i was the king of the sun
when i awoke it was dark and cold
standing in flames and it didn't burn me none
i awoke to a cruel joke

i pulled my covers up over myself and my cat
we tried to sleep through the night
but i kept waking up with pictures in my head
i kept waking up with fright

i know that you don't want me anymore
sorry i didn't want this from the start
we grew together like to crooked stalks of corn
fake breaking up is hard

i know i'm not okay and i'm okay with that
mostly i'm full of fear
and it's been several weeks since we last called us back
what will become of this year?

i know that you wish you could stand up alright
i wish you were in the sea
swimming far swimming deep up in the sky
put your mind at ease

i drove my car down to the riverbank
up to my knees i did sink
into a pool of my own dirty sin
where do you start where do i end?
Track Name: Mancinella
and when we lay at night
will you rub my back till i fall asleep?
and when i wake up i'm in your arms

but you say i'm fragile
you step on a crack and you break my back
well i got news i'm growing up

i see the lines in your eyes
i see the lines run across your head
what's left inside is left unsaid

you're inside i'm coming in
the seasons are changing spring is on our skin

and when you said those words
i felt a river rush over my bones
it's time to cast those demons out

one by one by one by one
you bound and you told them to come out
now day by day i'm moving on

i felt you rising up inside
your days are numbered stop trying to run and hide

and when you take those pills
do they make you feel alive?
or do they keep you feeling numb?

you won't give of yourself
cause your afraid they they're gonna turn and run
you're leaving things hangin son, you're leaving them undone

you're outside i'm staying in
i'd come over but i know just how that ends
Track Name: An unholy fear
i'm just waiting for this day to end
i'm just waiting for this day to end
and start again

i'm just waiting for this creek to rise
i'm just waiting for this creek to rise
and take me away

cause you keep following me around
dressed like a whale
and even when i give in
it still feels like hell
and i keep on chasing peace
but it's an ever elusive thing
i blame myself

i'm just waiting to explode
i'm just waiting to explode
and see what comes out

cause inside lives two different things
inside lives two very different beasts
who won't stop fighting

one wants to love
but has no feeling
the other lives off blood
it's a constant reeling
and i'm not sure which one
is going to win
i guess we'll see

he asked me why i'm scared of God
he asked me why i'm scared of God
it's not a holy fear

it's a fear of who i am i'm not
a fear of who i am
i'm not supposed to be

and i don't want to be
a good christian
i don't want to raise my hands
and sing
i don't want to jump and dance
unless it's real
unless it's me
Track Name: Chapultepec
we drove through the morning
fires to the side of the road
sun was just coming up
nine more hours to go
cafe para los muertos
la cuota in stereo

we made it to the city
stopped by policia
they made us give them money
we gave them more than enough
we lost a lot that day
but we gained so much that way

wandering through fields of agave
its tequila flowing through our veins
surrounded by joshua trees
mountains didn't care for no rain
please don't leave stones in the road
for your family awaits you at home

wading through chapultepec
we were with our friends
swine flu was out to get us
machetes and traffic jams
es una pendejada
but you cared for us por nada

i don't think we know
the revolution we became
i'm not one for politics
but we were ones for change
we headed home
a family we're not alone
Track Name: Bicycle driveby
Looking across the canyon
I can't help the thinking
How you got around
Without falling down

Looking up in the night sky
I got this thought stuck in my mind
And I see stars overhead
But they're already dead

And my feet are on the ground
And my head is in the clouds
And my body is somewhere in between

I don't think that you know
What exactly I hope for
Is it a big house on a hill?
Or a pocket full of bills?
A nice care on my street?
A good name for my family tree?

Or is a soul longing to be free
From the secrets that I keep?
But for now I'll hide behind my crooked teeth

There is hope in the waiting
There is fondness for the past
But I'm so sick of all this waiting
I want these demons to get off of my back
To leave and not come back

I think it's time to be moving
For this flower it ain't blooming
Where it's planted in the soil
It's taking too much toil
And these veins they run with oil
And this heart is wrapped in foil

But all circles come back round
With new beginnings to be found
Find forgiveness for yourself
Take the hard parts and put em back up on the shelf
And just learn to love yourself
Track Name: Compare.contrast.compartir.collide!
I know we are meant for greatness
But who decides what greatness is?
Does it come from our culture?
Or does it come from within?

Cause yesterday I saw you walking down the street
With a frown on your face
I don't know what you're looking for
Will you find it in this place?

Cause I'm gonna conquer this city
Even if it kills me
I'm gonna conquer this city
Even if I die

Cause it would be so damn easy
Just to turn tail and run
But the harder and the right thing
Is to stay here in the sun and let it wash over me

Cause I see guns and I see torches
And the lines drawn in between
We need more conversations on porches
And a world less mean

Cause I'm gonna conquer this city
Even if it kills me
I'm gonna conquer this city
Even if I die

We are so close to being whole
We are so close to being whole
We are so close yet we're still so far away

Cause I'm gonna conquer this city
Even if it fuckin kills me
I'm gonna conquer this city
Even if I die
Track Name: Birds in the thornbush
The birds in the thornbush
Are singing out even though the snow has come
Did they not know that the rest of their kin had already gone?

The birds on the corner
Are singing out to me about last night

No more honeywine for me
No more honeywine for me tonight

How did they know about last night?

What will carry them
Through this season that overstays its welcome?
What will carry us
Through this season of unending dark?

Worn out shoes and tattered wings
Slippery wheels and warm blooded human beings all night
Worn out shoes and tattered wings
Slippery wheels and warm bodied human beings all night
Track Name: Wake up wake up
Wake up wake up the field is on fire
Wake up it's time to go
Wake up wake up the field is on fire
Wake up it's time to go

Grab your buckets and fill em up
Don't forget the brooms
Grab your courage and your pickup truck
We got no time to lose, no we don't

Wake up wake up the field is on fire
Wake up it's time to go

I don' t know what you're looking for baby
But go ahead and roam
If you find what you left behind
Has always been right here at home, come on back

Wake up wake up this house is on fire
Wake up it's time to go
Wake up wake up the flame of our desire
Wake up it's time to go

Everyone come gather round
We got to clear the air
We've been walking around with absent minds
I wasn't always there, but you were

Wake up wake up this city's on fire
Wake up it's time to grow
Wake up wake up this city's on fire
Wake up it's time to go

Governments been trying to tell us how to grow our food
And how to make a living
If they take away this sacred soil
They're messing with my religion, that's church and state

Wake up wake up this world is on fire
Wake up it's time to go
Wake up wake up this world is on fire
Wake up it's time to go