Shine Out

by Jonathan Segel

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homemade album... that is to say, it was made at home. Almost all of it was recorded out in a cabin by a lake in central Sweden, then mixed in an apartment in Stockholm.


released February 10, 2014

Jonathan Segel played instruments and sang
Sanna Olsson also sang


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Note: 2017's "Superfluity" is NOT available here *yet*, see Floating World

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He plays solo and with Camper Van Beethoven and Øresund Space Collective
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Track Name: The Next Attacking Wave
you step and step and step and
you know the edge is nearing
you run and run and run but
you still haven't left the clearing
you're headed for the trees
at least a bit of cover
something to protect you
something to discover

you're standing in the open, living dangerously
building standing ladders under the flying osprey
the crows already circling
although we're all not dead yet
you blindly put another
foot into the trap net

nothing here stays the same
move a new piece in the game
what are you leaving behind?
is that really true?

--- look at them all run ahead, recede in the distance away
---now turn around and face, every next attacking wave

you can't escape the feeling
the emptiness of winter
the darkness of your thoughts and
the pin prick of the splinter
that pins your living feelings
up against the back board
with all the other subjects
of previous encounters
you think it's turning around
until you change direction
and see the failing foreground
facades of misdirection
the sheer and trembling blackness
temptations seem to chatter
to ease you into nothing
'cuz nothing really matters

the wish to just not exist: maybe it's hard to resist
so many things keep you here, your line is attached to the pier

go on, cast off, just leave your doubt, go on
Track Name: Turtles All The Way Down
if it's turtles turtles all the way down
when transiting worlds
don't get stuck between turtles

we live in a world that's warm and bright
we live in a world that has no night
and the water is cool and nice
and the children all run around outside
they're not wearing any clothes

we live in a world that's cold and white
we live in a world that's always night
everything is snow and ice
the children are bundled up outside,
all you see is their nose
Track Name: The Bolinas Witch
kezar stadium in the rain
who knew a human could take this much pain?
the bands are playing but it's all you can do
to hold it together with the chemical glue
your friends in the family say you're in love with a ghost
you're certain he's followed you up the coast

marin county 1975
hungry and foolish but you're barely alive
war is over, if you want
waiting for it to come to this spot
things are getting creepy and weird
you never know when those ghosts will appear

is this the cost of being free?
I don't know what happened to me
I know the wind I know the sea
I wait for you and you wait for me

flash forward nineteen ninety two
taking down the signs so they can't find you
the leaves in your hair should keep them away
but people try to talk to you every day
you know things that nobody knows
but an incubus follows you wherever you go
you built a nest down by the shore
every day you hide a little bit more

is this the cost of being free?
I don't know what happened to me
I know the wind I know the sea
I wait for the end and it waits for me
Track Name: Leaving Troy
midst falling old stones
rocks heavier still
break body and bone
i falter
can't believe your potential
please use it, not me
o young prophetess
know we both knew
from the first kiss
scary prspect
slid right in that time line
to die not on water
nor on land
not fed nor famished
not naked nor clothed
in character mask, once more to play
this role again, at last the real taste
i see you only go with any doer of real deed
all i am is the memory of deeds done
then am i to be
our wintertime king
not something that
to myself i would bring
but i feel it
tempting fate to go
with it wait, you see us
do we?
o do not dwell
on what might have been
when no-one believes
your future scenes
you see, in depth moving nearer
you are
we've knocked down the walls of your old city
you've known it wasn't your place to dwell
if you should trip when you leave what's familiar
get up, and show no-one that you fell
Track Name: All Eyes
when i see all eyes on you
i wonder what to do
i wonder who they see
when you're standing next to me
who really sees?
it's like a disease

it's like you're sopping wet
but you haven't broke a sweat
the filligree is set
i haven't placed my bet
the odds aren't set

i'm invisible as time
maybe it's only in my mind
you're radiant, you shine
making everybody blind
one at a time
but i don't mind

i wonder what they'd say
if they saw you today
you can wish the world away
and be invisible for just another day

can we stay and be invisible today?
maybe we can start to understand the world
Track Name: Love, and Money
i had a future
i had a past
they shot me down
and hanged me on the mast
but i got soul
yeah, i got soul
soul and money will buy you a pint of beer

I went to school
at the top of my class
tried to teach the people
what came to pass
but nobody cared, and no one was spared
knowledge and money will buy you a pint of beer

I played the fiddle
i was pretty good
i sang some songs
did what i could
then i'd go to work
so we could have some bread
talent and money will buy you loaf of bread

i had a family
i had a wife
i could barely feed them
we had a troubled life
but we had love,
we had love
love and money will buy you a pint of beer

i had a future
i had a past
they shot me down
and hanged me on the mast
but i got soul
yeah, i got soul
soul and money will buy you a pint of beer
Track Name: Dr. Freebird
A bee flies in the window, a bee flies out
you're watching the bee fly in while he he's checking you out
a little dog on the table and it can do tricks
but the real trick is that he's watching how you're digging the mix

and he says the problem is real but it's really no problem at all

he's always writing while you tell your story
he's always smiling cuz everything's hunky dory
look through his glasses, you can see his eyes
they're smiling too, I guess that's no surprise.

And he says the problem is real but its really no problem at all

hey dr freebird
tell me again, tell me again to breathe

he's got a chart to see, he's got a few
they all say the same thing, it's really up to you
there is no medicine, no electric shock
just remember to breathe a bunch and don't forgot to rock
Track Name: Let's Catch Frogs
city girlfriend with your afternoon parties
come home with me, take a month off
a speedy happiness is not what i'm after
a shallow happiness is not what i want

there's too much rain to water the garden
there's too much sun for painting the barn
it's much too windy to rake up the hay
there's too many flies to slaughter the hog

the water's too warm for us not to swim
let's catch frogs and then let 'em go
Track Name: Nice Tree Ice
Track Name: Shine Out
Shine out your bright starlight
burn on though we may be partially gone
ring on your bells of peace
ring out and ring them loud

the crisis of the word i know brings no clarity
to the relative sincerity of people that you see
the good that is behind them all is hidden from our eyes
we know there's something there but we would only be surprised

summer telescopes the years, they all fall into one, this one
i can't imagine loving you more than i do, with the heat from every sun
how did we get so young so fast, how do we stay so old
the paths we're walking everyday retelling tales we've told

Shine out your bright starlight
burn on we may already be gone
how can you see beyond yourself if you aren't dreaming
how could anyone start a new war when they've seen a child safe and sleeping