Winter Lite EP

by Warbles

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"[O]ne-man wunderkind Tom Curtain's five-song Winter Lite ... evoke[s] other inventive ilk like Neutral Milk Hotel, Jeremy Enigk, Guided By Voices, Olivia Tremor Control, and Arcade Fire, while sprinkling in specks of '60s baroque pop.... [H]is narrative, folky lyrical style even resembles The Decemberists' Colin Meloy, mixed with Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch. But Curtain's pleasant, quivery 'warble' is more apprehensive and impulsive ... as when he addresses an anxiety-afflicted acquaintance on the anthemic, elevating opener 'Flies'.... [A] superb short story collection."

-Mark Suppanz, The Big Takeover

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released November 7, 2015

written, performed, produced and mixed by Warbles

viola on "Flies" by free feral

additional mixing on "The Clown" by Jonathan Corey

mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music

cover art by Scott Melamed

special thanks to Jason Anderson, Ian Axness, Jordan Bell, Jonathan Corey, Alan Douches, free feral, Scott Melamed, Moon, Alexander Overington, Jesse Rifkin, Jamal Ruhe and Patrick

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Track Name: Flies
There’s flies on the inside tryin’ to get out
There’s flies on the outside tryin’ to get in
And if you took one good look outside your skin
You would see all the flies buzzin’ within

There’s flies on the outside tryin’ to get in
There’s flies on the inside tryin’ to get out
And if you took one good look inside your mouth
You would see all the flies buzzin’ without

Everybody’s got a little tick
And you’re no different

There’s flies on the inside tryin’ to get out
There’s flies on the outside tryin’ to get in
And if you took one good look outside your skin
You would see all the flies buzzin’ within

There’s flies on the outside tryin’ to get in
There’s flies on the inside tryin’ to get out
And if you took one good look inside your mouth
You would see all the flies buzzin’ without

You wrote a little letter and you sent it to yourself
And away it flew

You wrote a little letter and you sent it to yourself
And it came right back to you

It said everything you do, everything you do
Everything you do, seal the cracks
But they’re gonna come through

It never ends
She wrote this down

Just stick ‘em with your thumb, stick ‘em with your thumb
Stick ‘em with your thumb, blot ‘em out
But you’ll never be through

It never ends
She wrote this down to forget it again

A floater in my eye, floater in my eye
Floater in my eye, rub it out
But it’s always in view

It never ends
She wrote this down

‘Cause you are the light, you are the light, you are
Feedin’ flies, breedin’ shadows
‘Til the second you’re through

It never ends
She wrote this down to forget it again

But then everything you do, everything you do
Everything returns, here’s a letter
And a sender and

You came undone

It never ends
She wrote this down to forget it again
Track Name: Noble One
She said, “Brooklyn’s too damn cold
It gets hard to warm one’s ears”

I said, “Well, I’ve never been”
She said, “Well, you’ve never been”

So we went down to the place
Where we’re used to feeling good

Did you hear about that actor?
Twenty-eight and in the papers
It was news, it was news

As I took my evening smoke
I stood and stared into your room
Were you home? were you home?

Did you hear about that actor?
Twenty-eight and in the papers
It wasn’t me, it wasn’t you

Let’s fall in love and get married
Oh, you got something
You could be the only one

Let’s fall in love and get married
Oh, my Aunt Polly
Always was a noble one

Let’s fall in love and get married
Oh, you’re so young and
Life is so short and
Oh, you’re a noble one

She said, “Brooklyn’s too damn cold
It gets hard to warm one’s ears”

I said, “Well, I’ve never been”
I lied and said I’ve never been

And you smiled like a mourner
With the crow’s feet in the corners
Of your blues, of your blues

When you heard about that actor
Twenty-eight and in the papers
It wasn’t me, it wasn’t you
It was news but it wasn’t you

Let’s fall in love and get married
Oh, you got something
You could be the only one

Let’s fall in love and get married
Oh, my Aunt Polly
Always was a noble one

Let’s fall in love and get married
Oh, you’re so young and
Life is so short and
Oh, you’re a noble one

Won’t you smile for me
Shake those crow’s feet

And let me take you to the place
Where we’re used to feeling good
Track Name: Everything's A Nightmare
So we ride
Into the mouth
Of the green-eyed monster
With the slick black tongue

From the drones
And decoy trees
Burning searchlights through the
Temples of the young

And in the shoulder is the throne
Of a mighty buck
That kissed the traffic cone fangs
Of a service truck

Nothing is alive here
Nothing is alive here

Everything's a nightmare now

Oh the eggs
Were glowing bright
Incubating in the
Firmamental tar

When a voice
Behind my head
Half awoke me in the
Backseat of the car

Oh I was building to a scream
I tried to turn around
But I couldn't move a muscle
Couldn't make a sound

She could not have been there
She could not have been there

Everything's a nightmare

Lara just tell me everything is gonna be alright
Tell me everything is gonna be alright
Tell me everything is gonna be alright
Because everything's a nightmare

Artificial trees are taking all of the light
Tell me everything is gonna be alright
Tell me everything is gonna be alright
Tell me lies tell me lies tell me lies tell me lies

Til at last
We felt relief
When the eggs were smothered
In a sheet of smog
Track Name: Optometrist Song
Oh it was dark in the den, fingers were flickin’ some ash
You were smilin’ you were shakin’ in two
And you shook with a gentleman that you had just met
But you told me he was someone you knew

Well who am I to scrutinize what friends of the family do

So began my fatal tryst
With the ochre-eyed optometrist
He’ll give you want if you’ve a need for it
He’s the ochre-eyed optometrist

He needed more than you had
So you gave him more than you thought you did
You sacked your soul and you raked your wrists
For the ochre-eyed optometrist

Gotta get out and get on the road

He heads me off at the pass
Just like a snake in the grass
And he tells me ‘bout the trouble you caused

He says, “Your friend’s got a wound
And he don’t know what to do
‘Cause it ain’t the kind you wrap up with gauze”

So began my fatal tryst
With the ochre-eyed optometrist
He’ll give you want if you’ve a need for it
He’s the ochre-eyed optometrist

He needed more than you had
So you gave him more than you thought you did
You sacked your soul and you raked your wrists
For the ochre-eyed optometrist

Gotta get out and get on the road

When you’re down you get high
When you’re high you get down
When you’re down you get high
Track Name: The Clown
Once when I was five years old
They volunteered me at the magic show
The clown made quarters tumble out of my ears
I felt like cryin’ but the audience cheered

Now there’s nothing I would rather do
Than get you in a pair of big red shoes
Paint cheap tears on your made-up face
Won’t you step right up, come and see my place

You should never bend a bough that you wouldn’t break
You should never lay a trap that you couldn’t escape
I’m gonna leave you tomorrow, can I love you today
Why’d you fall in love with the clown anyway

Don’t go
I will hang up this old act someday, you know

Just like Pagliacci did
I try to keep my substance hid
You drag it to the surface like a drowning child
It dives back down with a deadbolt smile

Oh, discount doctor, solve me please
This baited affection has me ill at ease
If the will won’t act, I’ll miss my cue
She wrote me a prescription and referred me to you

You should never kiss a mouth that you wouldn’t feed
You should never claim a victory you couldn’t concede
I’m gonna hurt you tomorrow, can I hold you today
Why’d you fall in love with the clown anyway

Don’t go
I will hang up this old act someday, you know

I will hang up this old act
But not until you get the punchline

There you go