The Pixelated Soul

by Goodbye Tiger

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released April 24, 2015

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered at Lakehouse Recording Studios

Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Erik Kase Romero

Mastered by Tim Pannella

Additional Engineering by Evan Rudenjak, Nishit Nandankar, and Matt Bodner

Artwork and Design by Devin Korwin

Executive Produced by Bryan Bove

Special Thanks to Jon Leidersdorff, Mike Kerslake, Mike Caliendo, and all of our family and friends

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Track Name: There You Are
(And from under the immeasurable dust of the universe, I sigh.)

Dry your eyes
Come face the sun
Drown in light
Reveal all you’ve begun
What you lost
Is no matter now

Wake up
Wake up

See the world anew
Track Name: Roads to China
They sing of a place out east
I’ve dreamt of a rising sun
That’ll burn out all the dark unknown
And eclipse what I once called home

(Now) exhale the smoke that clouds your mind
And realize the roads to China are walked alone

Lies in your lungs, choking your breath
Hanging your head to cover your neck
A decade of indifference
My patience is wearing thin
Carry my loss like I carry my love
With heart below & head above
A decade and no difference
My patience is wearing

Exhale the smoke that clouds your mind
And realize the roads to China will guide you home

In the valley of the gods
Say your peace, unlock the gates
All the maps are charred & faded
And I still don’t know my name
In the valley of the gods
Say your peace, unlock the gates
I’ve been on roads less traveled
But the ending stays the same

My father spoke of life long past
He hung his head & cursed his breath
“May the silence speak
For all the love you’ll never see”

From a broken home
Now reminded
Under broken bone
Hope is binded
Give love away, I’ll never need it
Heaven can wait, I’ll never see it
I know this, though long foretold:
Give nothing, take nothing and risk walking alone
Track Name: Blue Marble Carousel
Are you tired?
Can you bear
The weight of heaven?
Your dreams laid bare?

Oh, our souls may hide
Under the weight of stones
But why? Even the birds can make the blue home
Oh, we wonder why
With our fates unknown
The sky can trust the wind to carry them home

Despite our show, we tread like ghosts even in our homes
And can’t say no to anything, nurse wounds we hide by day
Like carousels, we spin without a pause or lull
Held in endless motion, scared of stopping

Something says I won’t
Test the fate of the four winds that blow
Can we chase the words the wind swept away?
Can we be free past this day?

Oh, our souls may hide
Under the weight of stones
But why? Even the birds can make the blue home
Oh, we wonder why
With our fates unknown
The sky can trust the wind to carry them home

(How could we ever know?)

Can we chase the words the wind swept away?
Can we be free past this day?
Track Name: Cabin Pressure
Your pulse was an ocean ripple
It hit like a tidal wave
Held under holy water
Bones waterlogged for days

Well I can feel you here, where
Placed within a frame
Time gave you the courage
To reinvent your name, but
What will come of me now?
What will come of us?
If death'll steal the decent
What will be left in my dust?

As a boy, I breathed fire
As a man, I cough up smoke
Hold my place in the choir
Sing my prayers to a dial tone
What’s my legacy? Are my bones worth no weight in gold?
What’s left of me is a question I can’t hold down:

Who’s last to say my name?

The seeds have been sown
No chance of escaping
No chance to atone
Just endlessly waiting
For light to break through

As a boy, I breathed fire
As a man, I cough up smoke
Hold my place in the choir
Sing my prayers to a dial tone
What’s my legacy? Are my bones worth no weight in gold?
What’s left of me is a question I can’t hold

At all
Track Name: Walls Without Stones
Seek solace in alchemy
Stare up through the bottom of the sea
Take deep breaths, but it won’t help
Keep screaming to myself
Skip stones when it’s hard to tell
Lines between solid ground & wishing well

And the panic fills in waves
Too afraid to say your name
And watch it dissolve into nothing

The holes in the wall
Remnants of desperate minds
All painted over
But never erased with time
So build me a tunnel
To a place where we can bathe in rays of light
A summer in abandon
Leaving behind
Visions of eyes at night

I drew out the poison
The summer’s edge cuts deeper
It never mattered
If only I had known

And the panic fills in waves
Too afraid to say your name, let it dissolve into nothing
But there’s freedom in decay
The broken cross, the hidden cave that we carved from nothing
With no one left to blame
And a soul sucked dry of shame, can I dive without looking?

(In the valley of the gods
Say your peace unlock the gates
All the maps are charred & faded
And I still don’t know my name)
Track Name: A Song About Breathing
Silence found a hollow heart
Pulled in all directions
A click from absolution

Every thought commodified
Tossed away revision
To favor imprecision

The doubt that lives within our bones
Reveals itself in undertones
In every turn of phrase

In truth, we are knotted
Our minds in disarray
Poised upon the chance to slip away
You’ll find that your breathing
Can clear away your fate
The cycle only ends when led astray

Let air fill your lungs
Let it all wash out
And watch your apprehension swirl the drain

The truth that we borrowed
Can never be repaid
Although we often give half of what we take
We never let what’s taken go to waste
The colors, all washed out
The novelty erased
How could we forget what we replaced?

Oh, everything’s in frames
Broken, fractured, out of place
I can hear the echoes through the wall
What do they say? What do they say?
Build new truths, spill heart to page
Never clasp to what fades away

They build what’s meant to break
Track Name: Broken Waltz
Drive the coastline
Lend an hour
Mending wounds I cannot see
Is it lucky
Such a liar
Couldn’t hear the truth I speak?

Slanted skyline
From a cliffside
Lost beneath the dusk’s debris
Heavy hearted
Holding hands while
Flames will dance beneath our feet

And I wonder
If you could tell the story
With a straight face
Every blunder
All the gifts of glory
Fallen from grace

I guess I wore you down
Stole the glow and burnt us out
Though beauty lends a crown
Heaven sent is still hellbound

What a tiny frame
Pulled apart in solemn grace
We walked without a care
Past the pier, in autumn air
Our love beyond repair
All a gift of circumstance

And I wonder
If you could tell the story
With a straight face

I guess I wore you down
Stole the glow and burnt us out
Though beauty lends a crown
Heaven sent is still hellbound

It’s always the same
Her eyes, they pull me down
And I thought I’d found a way to fight it
Track Name: New Nihilists
You always say
‘The feeling will come & go’
But I don’t have the time to work this out
A peaceful cave
A temple of melting snow
Where I don’t have enough to work this out

Hearsay, echoes
It’s nothing but projected shadows
Crawling up the walls
Coming above, as below

And the TV’s on
Laughter always sounds the same
In an empty house
All my love in a microwave
Come & waste away
Let our souls all pixelate
With our hearts vacuums
Swelling static fills the space

Between what I want
And need, all I know now
Is that there’s something I’ve been missing
Shrouded in a layer of irony
Spare all doublespoken eulogy
My couch is a crucifix
So it goes

On and on and on
On and on and on
On and on and on
We’re all just wasting time

With the TV on
Laughter always sounds the same
In an empty house
All my love in a microwave
Come & waste away
Let our souls all pixelate
With our hearts vacuums
Swelling static fills the space

Between what I want & need
What I fight & feed
Swollen hands that bleed
Of all the stories, of all the lies I tell myself

We’re all just liars (with nothing to show)
We’re all just liars (with nothing to show)
We’re all just liars, a silent chorus of nothing but woe
Track Name: Timshel
You lay to waste
All of creation
Under setting sun
Every step veiled in low fog

Wrapped in circled thought
Is the future taught?
Is it already known?

Grasp at strings just like a puppeteer
Games of black & white
When it’s love you rely on

Waiting for a long sigh
And wasting all my time on
A storm that’s never coming
Crimes of invention

Holy beads that hang around my neck
Slowly turn to sweat
At the thought of escape

So pull the ropes, I’ll show you pieces of me
Not too high, you cannot see
Out of frame, there’s a man offstage
Debating to set me free
Oh, I’m dancing now
Coaxing shadows to follow my move
But the light’s never right, the floor crudely
Bends & distorts the symmetry

Haunted by the wayside
And wasting all my time on
Dreams of better answers
When I know they won’t come
No, I know they won’t come
No, I know they won’t

There is a light that never goes out
Illuminates a darkened sea
Many nights, I swam out to meet it
To find my home ablaze behind me

“You are a mountain, a peak in the clouds
I am the wind, quiet in carving you out
And when it comes, when it comes you’ll find out
The fear of God will not calm the storm’s shout”

Am I just a consequence
Of what I was not returned?
(Gave away my love for free)
(Gave away most everything)
(Nothing taken, nothing earned)
(Simple question, lesson learned)
Track Name: There You Were
And from under the immeasurable dust of the universe, I sigh.