Dishes

by Nathan K.

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  • [official video for "Leave Them" - directed by Xack Gibson]

1.
I was stopped at the side of the highway I was stopped at the side of the road I guess I was going too fast, I guess I was going too fast for my own good He let me go with only a warning He let me go with only these words, he said "Son you should try to relax, son you should try to relax for your own good" I spent the whole day just sitting in silence I spent the whole day with the radio off I couldn't think of a good song to sing, I couldn't think of a single good thing to save my life It's been so long since I stared at a sunset I was a kid last time I really felt that The world was a beautiful place, and I guess it's a beautiful place, but it's hard to tell I get so tired of hearing my own voice But I can't ever seem to want to shut my mouth for shit, it makes me sick I can't stop thinking about what that cop said I can't stop thinking about what he told me Said "son you should try to relax", and I really should try to relax for my own good
2.
04:57
Ghosts, they don't exist, except in our imaginations, which aren't any less real than the lives that we're making And most, people can't feel a difference in our dreams and waking So how can you tell if we're here or just faking ourselves out? Without you the world would probably keep on turning, for as many odd years, as the sun will keep burning But when it does explode, we'll all be set free forever To the infinite night, to be part of the endless You are a beam of light, you are a beam of light, you are a beam of light You are an unwavering beam of light You are a beam of light, you are a beam of light, you are a beam of light You are an unwavering beam of light
3.
03:46
There are places in the city that you've always lived, that you've never been before And there are pages of your memory that you've always skipped Like a bill taped to your fridge that you ignore But it's not gonna get paid now on it's own And I've got a sink full of dishes that are never clean Cause I can't quite seem to set aside the time And I've got a long list of good friends that I never see And I'd hate to think I know the reasons why There are days you can't stop thinking of how awful you can be And there's times you feel pure as the fallen snow And there are days that you feel pity for that bum out on the street but he's better than you'd know, but the past few days have been a little cold And I've got a sink full of dishes that are never clean Cause I can't quite seem to set aside the time And I've got a long list of good friends that I never see And I'd hate to think I know the reasons why
4.
04:41
Snowy static floats around like dead leaves in the air, and tangles up your mind Words get crossed out and misplaced and tumble down the stairs, into some other life But don't you ever, don't you ever dare Don't you ever, don't you ever try to go back there Just leave them there Fishtanks in the waiting rooms of doctors offices can leave you hypnotized And that place back in middle school that you smoked with your best friend for the very first time Don't you ever, don't you ever dare Don't you ever, don't you ever try to go back there Just leave them there Silhouettes of people that you always thought you knew can turn out to be wrong And there are going to be times that you forget the words to all your favorite songs But don't you ever, don't you ever dare Don't you ever, don't you ever try to go back there Just leave them there
5.
02:51
I listen to Bob Seger every night before I go to bed Cause if he can make it out of this ugly town then I know that I can I've never been very good at saying things that I don't really mean But I'm prepared to spill my guts, and I suppose that should count for something
6.
I was looking for some kind of answers but all I found were piles of snow I was wondering what all this life's for but everyone said they didn't know And I'm buried right now under piles of debt, and soon I'll be buried with dirt And all these songs in my head never quite pay the bills, but I'm not all that concerned with it I was working on a great big painting to give my grandpa as a gift But he died one cold dark evening and so I threw it in the ditch And who paints the walls in these hospital rooms, cause they only make me feel sick And I apologize if I've ever been rude, oh I promise I'm working on it All god's children are old and grey now, and settled into their corporate jobs And I wonder just what he thinks of all these things that we care about Cause I laugh and I cry like they're both just the same, oh I swear that I'm losing my mind But I read in a book that Bob Dylan he prayed for the lord to teach him to be kind
7.
03:51
Every year I get about 17 phonebooks on my porch And I feel weird throwing them out so I just let them pile up Till winter covers them with snow Every day I think about my neighbors horse that passed away He looked so strange lying in the glass next to that Honda CRV Right in the middle of the road They tore down that old farm before my little sister finished school And in it's place is a drug store parking lot that makes it seem so very cruel But still there's nothing you can do
8.
04:10
I'm not a criminal though I've killed people in my dreams And I've never had to steal though I've been known to dine with thieves And to tell the truth they're just like me I'm not a hypocrite, still I'm not proud of all I've done And I hate to think of it, but often I'll refuse to run When Satan's chasing after me And when he's knocking at my door, there's times I let him in Cause sometimes when you're all alone, it's nice to have a friend to see I'm not a prisoner of anything but my own mind And I've never been to jail, but you could say that I've done time Though time's been pretty good to me And I don't know what I said, more than 15 minutes ago But it won't make a difference some 15 years on down the road I doubt that you'll remember me But that's okay cause I don't think that I'll remember you But I hope that you'd say hello if your memory pulls through for me
9.
03:55
You can't remember being in the womb, but you were for 9 whole months And you never will forget that dingy room where you were for that first touch You try so hard to forget all those times your parents fought, but they're in your blood And you always swore you'd never act that way, but you're wrong, you're just the same You've got such a selective memory You've got such a selective memory You've got such a selective memory You've got such a selective memory You've got such a selective memory You've got such a selective memory You've got such a selective memory But it's not your fault

about

Recorded in the winter at a hospital in Michigan. In the middle of a tour, I had to come home early to be with my grandfather who was dying, and at his request, and I sang and played guitar, violin, and banjo for him during the last few weeks of his life. During the nights, when I couldn't sleep (I slept at the hospital), I recorded on a 4-track recorder to pass the time in the waiting room. After the funeral, I resumed the touring. I forgot about these recordings until it came time to record my 2nd full length. Choosing to record this project with Darin Rajabian (Nightlife), who asked if I had any rough cuts of the songs I intended on recording. After listening to the recordings from that winter, he insisted that these were, in-fact, the album tracks. I added bass to some of the tracks, and he set about the task of mixing the tracks and turning them into a cohesive record which we titled, "Dishes".

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released June 26, 2012

Produced by Nathan Klages and Darin Rajabian
all songs written, arranged, and performed by Nathan Klages
album artwork by Jim Cherewick

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Nathan K. Nashville, Tennessee

"A gorgeous example of Michigan spirit."
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"Crushing, yet life affirming." - Wake The Deaf

"on the cusp of being part of the next generation of artists to achieve success along the lines of Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens, Jens Lekman, etc." - Songs Illinois
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