Live at the Black Cat House

by Nick Gerken Music

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This is the audio from my third live performance. Recorded by Jeff Kirby on 11/16

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released November 20, 2014

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Nick Gerken Music Corvallis, Oregon

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Track Name: I'm Set On Fire
How can I compete
How can I do anything but
Let you take what you want
And let you leave?

Don’t you see right through
Can’t you open up your eyes to
See I opened up my heart to you?

‘cause the moment I turn, the moment you speak
The moment you look, the moment I see you
I’m set on fire

Snare me with your skin
And your eyes and angel lips to
Call me soft and strong and break me in

See my burning light
Watch the flame inside me glow
And grow into a blaze and see its life

‘cause the moment I turn, the moment you speak
The moment you look, the moment I see you
I’m set on fire

Take me for a fool
Take me for an idiot
Just take me anything where I’m with you

‘cause the moment I turn, the moment you speak
The moment you look, the moment I see you,
I’m set on fire
Track Name: Drive
Do you call that steering?
Put your hands back on the wheel and drive
‘cause I don’t want to die

Take me anywhere but get me there alive

I cannot believe you
Get your eyes back on the road and drive
‘cause I don’t want to die

Take me anywhere but get me there alive

You’re gonna knock my eyes out of my sockets
If you jerk like that one more time
Don’t pass so close, put down your phone
And pay attention or we’ll die
Track Name: Smile
And when you smile
Your little teeth array themselves to me
Allay my doubts and quell my fears
So tell me that you’ll smile

Seven ravens perched upon the spires
Search the steely skies and live beneath their fire
Gaze down on you

Shadows start to prick you with their fingers
Stick you with their sickness sell you doubt that lingers
Lies so untrue

But from your mind
All of your dreams array themselves to me
Allay my doubts and quell my fears
So tell me that you’ll smile

Creeping charlie whispers while you’re sleeping
Crypsis deep in tears you’re weeping
Don’t let him in

Some other day’s sun will shine
Shine on the webs that have been spun
And the light you thought was gone
You’ll feel it on your skin

Let it warm you, Let it fill you
Purify you and distill you
Let it make you, let it break you
Let it melt you, let it shape you
It's thick and it's warm and incredibly bright
And it's soft and it's strong and flows effortlessly
And each word that you say to me sends me alight
And you’ve made it real for me
So tell me you’ll smile

Your little teeth array themselves to me
Allay my doubts and quell my fears
So tell me that you’ll smile
Track Name: Deer On A Path
I am the shoulders of a proud, majestic stag
I am its antlers and the snow that falls on its back

I am the soft steps of a gentle and frightened fawn
I am timid and I am dwarfed beneath an awesome dawn

I tread thru the woods like a deer on a path
My heart’s full of love and my breath comes fast
I feel so light and I feel so free
I lost you and I found me

I am the kindness of a tender and loving doe
I am fragile, but waiting in my heart I have lots of love to show
Track Name: Drift
If I wrote a song for a girl, would it be you
If I told you what was on my mind, would it be true
If you asked me for the world, would I know what to say
If I didn’t know it hurts to say goodbye, would I wait one more day

These pictures of yours are holding me down
I think about you sleeping in a whole nother town
There’s a tear in our fabric it’s forming a rift
Baby you know I love you but we’re starting to drift

I told you I was going to bed two hours ago
I been thinking about somebody else, someone you odn’t know
I can picture them walking thru the door, yeah I see her face
I can see the two of us sittin on the floor, has she taken your place?

These pictures of yours are holding me down
I think about you sleeping in a whole nother town
There’s a tear in our fabric it’s forming a rift
Baby you know I love you but we’re starting to drift

I think about you comin here and it makes me feel good
I think about you going back home and I turn to wood
Like we’re cleaning our things dusting off the top
Like we’re counting the petals on a rose by pulling them off

Holding me down
Whole nother town
Forming a rift
Starting to drift

If I wrote a song for a girl, would it be you
If I told you what was on my mind, would it be true
If you asked me for the world, would I know what to say
If I didn’t know it hurts to say goodbye, would I wait one more day

These pictures of yours are holding me down
I think about you sleeping in a whole nother town
There’s a tear in our fabric it’s forming a rift
Baby you know I love you but we’re starting to drift
Track Name: See You
The leaves are changing, the wind is high
The sun is setting, the air is dry
I’m thinking of loneliness, I think I will see my friends tonight

This morning hollow, this evening pain
This weekend sober, this week the same
I’m trying to reach out now, but I am so quiet, how, how do I let you know how I feel?
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you tonight
I don’t wanna be pent up here, or I’ll lose my mind
I just wanna see you
I just wanna be with you
I don’t wanna be so alone when I know you might
I just wanna see you

So give me wings, give me something to fly away on
Soar on the wind, from here to the mountains to the ocean
We’ll take to the sky today, tomorrow we’ll find our way back home

Your laughter means so much, so much to me
Stronger than darkness, louder in me
The shadows are strong today, but you help keep them at bay, I think I’d be fine alone, but I’d rather not see

This room feels far away from anyone or anything on almost any day
But I know that you’re with me, I know that you care, I can feel lonely, but I know you’re there
So I just wanna see you

So give me wings, give me something to fly away on
Soar on the wind, from here to the mountains to the ocean
We’ll take to the sky today, tomorrow we’ll find our way back home
Track Name: Get Thru It All
Come on and let your animal crawl thru your air tunnel
Open your mandible and let out the sounds
Feeling the physical fire in your entrails
Sound all the sirens and shout it out loud

Covered in blankets and held by a witch’s hand
Visions of Samarkand piercing the grey
Ice in your teeth from a season of sleep
What you need is to free all your sunlight today

You’re drowning in the deep

Come on and get thru it all
You’re gonna get thru it all
You’re gonna get thru it all

You’re talking in your sleep

Trap doors and tambourines painted in tangerine
Turquoise and amber exploding in blue
Balloons and bicycles, applesauce zydeco
Bubbling and bursting and bouncing thru you

You’re talking in your sleep

Come on and get thru it all
You’re gonna get thru it all
You’re gonna get thru it all
Track Name: Out Of My Mouth
My word, don’t speak
My god, don’t speak
Bare me your heart I’ll rip it out
I’ll rend your flesh with the tongue in my mouth

My word, don’t speak
My god, don’t speak
Bare me your heart I’ll rip it out
I’ll rend your flesh with the tongue in my mouth

Out of my mouth
Shards of glass not human speech
Out of my mouth
Cloud of blood and pointed teeth
Out of my mouth
Tiny blades to you from me
Out of my mouth, out of my mouth

My word, don’t speak
My god, don’t speak
Bare me your heart I’ll rip it out
I’ll rend your flesh with the tongue in my mouth
Track Name: (I Don't Wanna Take) Pills
I don’t wanna get hurt but I’m afraid that I will
I don’t wanna get hurt but I don’t wanna take pills

Got rocks in the tank
Sippin on backwash choking on the blowback
You can try to stop me but I,
I control myself when I’m alone

I wanna let go, I wanna let go

I remember skinny dipping
Actually I’ve never gone
but it’s something that I want to do
Would you do it if I asked you to?

There’s a mist in my mind, fogging up my eyes
But I recall you singing thru the phone

I wanna let go, I don’t want the control

Sometimes when I’m all alone
Or sometimes when I’m not
Darkness tries to wrestle me and take over my thoughts

It takes all I have, it takes all I am
This time I hold it back again

How long can I last, how long can I last

When it’s me against my mind I’ve only got my bones to brace against
The burden of insecurity crumbles beneath the weight of instability

I am a loose cannon when I’m by myself

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Track Name: Rescue Me
Winter’s fingers tripping freezing feet
Plucking autumn leaves and making barren trees
I dream I see you
Could it be you? Could it be?
Have you come to rescue me?

Sick and sinking sun is further south
Daydream honeybees are dancing from your
mouth
To build me wonders
To pull me under in your sea
Flying forth to rescue me

Winter’s pointed teeth are biting little holes into my skin I’m breathing out I hear your voice it’s just the wind I’m breathing in I dream about the way you move your hands to pluck and strum my sinews making music from the way I’ve lost my way I’m lost within you dreamt forever in a forest of two lovers you and me the woods the lake the stars the way our hearts were drawn the dark the trees I felt your kiss pierce through the fog shoot through the night and leave me dumb found an eternity in you that night, I found a shining sun
A sun, a shining one

Throwing silver shining past your lips
Golden gossamer is hanging from your hips
Cascading bluebells
On your half shell floating free
Will you come and rescue me?