Natural History

by Adrian Morse

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about

aka songs by phone. all the music on this album was created and played on an android phone, save for some minor editing and the addition of vocals (and some extra keys/drums on "Whistles & Bells"). as for the songs, most of these are songs that didn't make _bright smile black eyes_, but a few are new or even written on the phone itself...

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released September 20, 2011

all songs written by AMM and played meticulously by a phone. Pretty Misery Music© 2011

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Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.

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Adrian Morse Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Based out of Philadelphia, Adrian is classically trained in composing for computers and a self-taught destroyer of stringed instruments. He is a veteran of countless musical missteps, unrealized bands, and aborted projects. His latest releases include a solo acoustic EP of (mostly) covers and the power pop band Readership. ... more

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Track Name: Signs
i've been waiting for you to come down there always seems to be a reason your feet aren't ever on the ground take the things we're given baby they won't take us very far take the signs that I'm receiving they won't take us anywhere at all you were the girl in the polka dot dress preacher's daughter grin clever and cruel I must confess yeah your head's on straight it's your heart that is a mess you can smile sweetly twisting a knife inside my chest
Track Name: Disappearing Ink
my recollections are a haze what I remember's just a whirl you know I never got a tattoo for a girl but I wrote your name in disappearing ink and it faded away in a flash and a blink but I swear to you darling it was there and you you wore this starry field of freckles on white shoulders oh I sketched them into little constellations I traced them by your lines to turn the pages over time the story of our shared navigations we are so casual and cruel and I'm the captain of this ship of fools and I remember I said "this isn't our bed but let's lie in it anyway” it didn't take me very far didn't take you anywhere at all it's no mistake it's just another choice you make it's one among millions and everybody's got regrets it can't be that hard to live with it
Track Name: 12 STEPS
they ought to write 12 STEPS to get over you but how could I expect to do something I don't want to do? one foot in this life the other one in the grave I keep on digging deeper but you can't escape the rain so let's go out tonight come on just for old time's we'll drink the delaware river dry and I'll kiss your lips like it's all I wanted my whole life you'll make me feel alive i could write a book I could hum a tune I could paint a picture DOLL you are the perfect muse but half of my heart is safe the other half keeps playing these games I'm always bailing buckets but I can't keep up with the rain please make me feel alive please make me feel alive
Track Name: Fatal Flaws
I've always been anything but a silent movie feels so strange to read this dialogue to myself I sense the blood in our veins the pulse in your quivering lips I feel my world revolving in the motion of your hips I feel the fatal flaw in everything we do my fatal flaw is the way I feel when I'm with you why not smile she said she said she said why not hide it she said she said she said I feel the fatal flaw in everything we do my fatal flaw is the way I feel when I'm feeling for you another minute one more moment to watch the world eclipse in our eyes and in a minute in a moment I could be any passerby now I know you had to make it like that I knew you might play it like that I have to tell you darling I've known it’d come to this all along I’ve always been anything but a silent movie and you are anything but a photograph in black and white
Track Name: 7 Red Lights
I ran seven red lights to get to your house because every wasted minute is a minute I go without you I can't spare a single second that clock is mocking tick tick tick and I never get that time back I’m only running out of it measure it in distance measure it in time measure it in circumstance in excuses line by line separated by a city between freeways and stop signs skyscrapers and row homes trains and planes and highway miles I want to be loved without hesitation I want to feel for you without reservations I want to tell you things without a qualifier I want to tell you what I’m thinking without a modifier there’s no sorta there’s no kinda in the way I feel for you it’s not the way I’m wired it’s not the way my synapses fire for you
Track Name: To Be Young!
I wanna be your zooey deschanel full of secrets and bursting to tell eyes open wide the size of the moon continents are just reflecting pools darling I'm so excited eyes so wide I just can't hide it so come on stay awhile it's not so bad to crack a smile I wanna be your heavy ball and chain lock me down swallow the key again let me be your dog take me out in the rain I'd even be iggy pop if that's what it takes let's get drunk and make mistakes let's say things we shouldn't say let's get lost and hide away let's get drunk and make mistakes I wanna be the armored car you hit untold millions lining the sides of it I wanna be your airbag when you crash I want to see you walk away and laugh
Track Name: Give Up
give up you can't do it your heart's a sieve people fall in and pass right through it give in just do it but if she's the mirror why do you look and see right through it? she'll play the wicked child you're already lost in space while she tries to hide it it just slaps you in the face and it bleeds you when she needs you you know it makes you cry it bleeds you when she needs you it just makes you cry so give up you can't do it her heart's a sieve people fall in and pass right through it
Track Name: Caroline
everyone's a user no one gives a fuck they only want you til they've had enough they just want to use you til they use you up they just want to use you up you could love me if you wanted you know you could love anything instead it's just shooting stars it's sympathy cards it's all these broken things everyone's an actor nobody's your friend they just wanna take you for everything they can they just wanna take you for everything they just wanna take you for everything they can and I wonder sometimes what made you make up your mind do you ever play that mix cd? do you ever sing to yourself and think of me? it hasn't been so long but I've buried you in song six feet beneath some chords and a melody oh the band has taken up our cause sweet jesus listen they are playing our song
Track Name: I've Had It
darling I have just begun to see that we are a hallucinogen a shower of sparks falling all around your face and the shimmer on your skin just satiates I have only just realized you hum along with a smile and closed eyes leaving little bombs along your path you fan the flames and you don't look back you know what you want but it just vanished it's right in front of you you hold your hand out but you just can't grab it you know what you want but you just can't have it but darling I have had enough I'm crying out now please let me up I'm seeing stars all blinking lights I'm hearing birds circling 'round my head in flight are all these words just wasted on you? because right now they all feel so wasted on you and now I feel so wasted for you so turn it off then turn it up my friend we'll build a wall and then we'll raze it down again we're counting cards and turning tricks and here I am the fool still looking for a fix just when I've had it
Track Name: Codebreaking
when I sing for you is it in secret code? caesar ciphers ones and zeroes backward tracks and inverted chords is our rosetta stone somewhere obscured? are you threading a needle between danger and hope thinking I'D DO ANYTHING TO CRACK THE CODE? lord just help her find the note lord just help her find the note lord just help her find the note lord just help her find the note I should just say I'm in love with you you know I should just say I'm in love with you I try to read between my own thin lines holding back my hand when I want yours in mine thinking I'd do anything to pause this moment in time I'd do anything to pause time am I threading a needle between danger and hope thinking I'd do anything to crack the code? lord just help me find the note lord just help me find the note I should just say I'm in love with you you know I should just say I'm in love with you
Track Name: Whistles & Bells
we were a bad match because we only loved ourselves we dressed it up in platitudes on pedestals and shelves we were a bad match because we only loved ourselves I sent for you in the morning told you I was ready to run at first there was hesitation and then there was none I sent for you in the morning but you never did come we were a bad match because we only loved ourselves we dressed it up in platitudes with ribbons and bows with whistles and bells we were a bad match but darling we were whistles and bells we were a bad match but darling we were whistles and bells