Farewell Home

by Brian Smith

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"Farewell, Home" is an EP of goodbyes to Corvallis, Oregon. All songs except for "Diamond Jam" were recorded in Room E of The Brick House during July of 2012. "Diamond Jam" was recorded in Matisyahu Rosenberg's backyard on June 14th, 2012.

This EP is a Two Crows Records release.

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released July 31, 2012

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Brian Smith is a geofolk musician on an endless tour around the world.

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Track Name: Living The Dream
I’m living the dream
If you know what I mean
Oh you wouldn’t believe
All the things that I’ve seen

Pass me the map
So I can throw it away
Don’t know where we’re going
But I couldn’t care either way

We’re on the world’s doorstep
And she’s inviting us in
I think we should accept the offer
For who knows when we’ll have it again

We’re living off of nothing
With no plans to go home
We’ve moved out of our dwellings
And we’ve got no where to go
Track Name: Life And Longing
All of my love, was returned to its sender
And I have no idea what to say
And I heard beauty is in the eye of the beholder
So where am I now that you have gone away?

Life and longing walk hand in hand in a quest for a one-night stand
A certain love that is so fleeting and persistent
As the souls mingle for a moment’s time bearing witness to a sacrifice
Only to dress themselves and reassert their distance
A hope for once that they might stay at least until the break of day
When their character is visible with the sunrise
As opposed to the ones that you’ve known who’s lust is so plainly shown
Who seek to fill an unsatisfiable void in their lives

And all of my love, was returned to its sender
Now I have no idea what to say
And I heard beauty is in the eye of the beholder
So where am I now that you have gone away?

Still searching for a stranger’s night followed by a lifetime of emptiness
A longing for a temporary comfort in the dark
Dear why has society made you this way? With a liars tongue they make the claim
That your desires will be fulfilled with a cursed heart
And I saw your ship as it sailed away and left you naked where you lay
Wishing you knew the name of the one left abandoned
The string now too short to even cut; an absence of which you know just what
A solo trek when you wish it could be tandum

And all of my love, was returned to its sender
Now I have no idea what to say
And I heard beauty is in the eye of the beholder
So where am I now that you have gone away?

And even the strongest bonds can be broken
Just as the biggest diamonds can be cut
And the best of all words misspoken
And the deepest love not enough
For what if all you knew was a shadow
Of the real truths to be told?
And your world has viewed from a peephole
In accordance with the perspective that you’ve been sold
Well you won’t find your story in a production
Neither as a play or on the silver screen
For unless you’ve been given the right introduction
You should remain consuming whatever they feed
And if you don’t think, it’s probably for the better
It’s best to remain working diligently
Giving your body to your oppressors
Those that have taught all you need to believe
Track Name: The First Day Since My Death
This is first the day since my death
So apparently I died before I met you
It’s just a little strange how life works out
But I guess I wouldn’t know because I’m dead

This is first the day since my death
So I guess I won’t be making it to your birthday
But just know that I send my regards
And I’d totally be there if I wasn’t dead

This is first the day since my death
And there’s no need to cry your brains out
I mean you can if you want, but I couldn’t care either way
And the reason is because I’m dead

This is first the day since my death
And now I’m down here with the devil
And it’s weird because I didn’t believe he was real when I was alive
But now that I’m dead, we hang out all the time

This is first the day since my death
And if you bought anything for me, you’re wasted your money
So don’t put any flowers or candles on my grave
Just throw my body in a dump because I’m dead

This is first the day since my death
And I guess I was too busy to write an original melody
But the lyrics are okay or at least that’s what I think you’d say
If I could hear you now, but I can’t because I’m dead

This is the first day since my death
And I don’t know why I should still even have to say it
I mean, you must be a really bad listener or something
If you don’t know by now that I’m dead

This is first the day since my death
Which means at one point I was living
But you know a lot of other people have lived too
And like all of them, I’ve found that life is only great because at one point we all die
Yeah at one point we all die
Yeah at one point we all die
Oh at one point we all die
Yeah at one point we all die
Oh yeah at point we all die
Oh it's so great just to be alive
Knowing at one point we all die
Track Name: Life Is Only Beautiful
Four Years of my life spent in one place
And I’m packing up everything I own
As my memories here slowly fade
Through my ventures into the unknown
And I’m sorry that this might be the last time
That I ever say hello
And though I’m glad to have had you in my life
I can’t help but notice that there’s a fork in this road

But Life is only beautiful in that it only lasts for so long
And that it ends is the greatest thing of all
So in these moments that we have we should live to dream to love
Before that moment is longing for what never was

And I can’t speak for the both of us when I say
That I really wouldn’t have changed a thing
Perhaps my memory is selective or there’s something wrong with my brain
But I never want what we’ve had to go away away away away

Because Life is only beautiful in that it only lasts for so long
And that it ends is the greatest thing of all
So in these moments that we have we should live to dream to love
Before that moment is longing for what never was

So I’ve put all I own in boxes and dropped the key back through the slot
And it never really sinks in until it’s gone
That everyone you’ve known is but a dot on a map
A geographical representation of a relationship you once had

But Life is only beautiful in that it only lasts for so long
And that it ends is the greatest thing of all
So in these moments that we have we should live to dream to love
Before that moment is longing for what never was
Track Name: Diamond Jam (With Bo Bestvina, Erika Gabonay, and Gabriel Surley)
I don't need no diamond rings, no fancy jewels, or shiny things; all I want from you is your love.