Post Rock Country

by The Nowhere Man

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1.
I'm going down to post rock country I'm gonna get lost in post rock country I'm leaving town for post rock country I'll find myself in post rock country I'm heading west to the old quiet flatland Out past the cities and their lights and people No more noise just the plains and prairie No more trees just the earth and post rock I'm going to take a trip and head out nowhere I'm going to go until the land looks familiar I'll look around at the fences and pasture I'll see the farmers and their limestone post rock I'm going to a place that doesn't make sense I'm going to a place that might not exist I'm going to visit the Garden of Eden I'm going to see the sins enshrined in stone If I'm lucky I'll find the van with The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things Then I'll see if I can meet the makers Find the house with the weird rock garden See the rebarbs and dolls in the bathtub Admire art made of circuitry and toys Take a break in the fork statue park Wander through a museum for eccentrics Call it grassroots, call it outsider This must be some wonderful anomaly I'm going down to the Garden of Eden I'm gonna get lost in an awesome artcar I'm leaving town for a strange little haven I'll find myself surrounded by weirdness
2.
Alienation 05:34
When you walk around like that, how's it feel? What do you think they think about who you are? Are you worried about judgment and the looks? Do you feel alone or do you feel free? I know how it seems, you think it'd be easy Yet no one wants to understand your thoughts It's not a big deal, or so you would think But there are those that won't let it go You hide nothing from the strangers and their stares You put your heart on your sleeve for all to see You are fighting a fight that you cannot win But you hope that if you try, then they will change You just want to do something positive Try to change the world one mind at a time Or is it just for fun? Some foolish game? Are you really trying to make a difference? Who do you want to be or do you know? Why can't you pick a side and let it go? Why do you have to push on all the walls? Why don't you calm down and just let it be? How far does this go? Why do you stop there? If this is for real, why not go all the way? You could do much more if you had the will Are you a coward or not? Why is this so hard? Just make up your mind, just be who you are If this is what you want, then just live it up If this is about you, not a revolution You shouldn't worry about what others might think
3.
Forever 03:51
When I hear the bells in the darkest night Then I realize I am far from home Maybe I was born in the wrong place I don't know why, but this feels right In the summer, I'm working full-time With a family that's taken me in Living, working, breathing the life Of one who's been here a whole lifetime When the morning comes, I can't get up Sleep still pulls me down, thoughts go racing by Nothing seems quite right, somehow I get up Then I remember where I am now Suddenly it hits: this should be my home Even if it rains almost every day It feels fine when I walk the morning streets Twice before I have been in this land And every time I'm here I know I must come back So why not settle it for once and forever? I must live here, it's where I belong It might seem strange to leave my home But it must be so, I will find a way Somehow I will make this my new home
4.
You think I'd learn sooner or later Expect the unexpected or something like that Every time you push it never works out But if you let it fall on it own into place Suddenly you'll find yourself in a far better place It's too damn easy, too easy to write love songs And when you look at what you made, it's like love itself It comes in a rush and leaves you in a daze It's all been said before, even you're repeating yourself And somehow I've been transported to another world A place I'd thought was so far away from here As it turns out it was nearer than I'd thought Just waiting for the right moment to occur I know I'm treading on dangerous water And I'm scared 'cause I've been near here once before And after all the joy and pain I went through How can I make sure it works out in the end? I sit here captive, even when you're not around My thoughts can wander, and they'll wander to you Our days our numbered and yet I don't seem to care Could I just stay here and enjoy the afterglow? One day you'll wake up and realize it's all a dream Too good to be true, who would want to wake up? But for now it is there and it won't go away So just take a hold and let it go where it may Stay on the bright side, that should be easy for you and Now that it's here you should make the most of it Wander through the darkness and lose yourself everywhere Run around like a madman, that's what life's for
5.
Hey hey, my my, Mr. Rock and Roll Man Who do you think you are gonna be now? Tall man, smart man, all-around guitar man Tell a story, talk about the truth now Try to remember back how it began Stand up tall and look down on the rest of us Tricks and tales and who is just a loser? There aren't many who play as well as you can Hit the first note, don't worry 'bout the rest of it Nobody sees the man behind the mask Hide behind a wall of your self-image You must know that they just want to use you You just let them while you try to seem strong You've got more than they can ever dream of Tell them goodbye and do something better Mr. Rock and Roll, won't you sing me a song? Mr. Rock and Roll, please write me a song
6.
It's not our place to conquer the world It's just so hard to know what next to do You know, it's such a frightful shame You know, it's just a waiting game Who will make the first move? Who will climb the tallest tree? Who will try to reach the stars? Who will climb the distant hill? It's not our place to conquer the world It's just so hard to know what next to do The time has come now, we had better move on Your future beckons, it is time to act You know, you can't read the stars You know, you can't know the cards Last time here the choice was clear Not too many options there Now there is a world at hand Not just windows, now there're doors The time has come now, we had better move on Your future beckons, it is time to act These four years have done us well But their time has come and gone You have grown and you have changed All you hoped and then yet more There are things that you would change We've made mistakes from which we've learned But we have surprised ourselves I think it's fair to call it fine Now it is time for us to be reborn To find a place among the dimmer stars You know, there's a world out there You know, it stretches far and wide Somewhere deep inside this mess Somewhere we must all belong Somewhere 'cross this whole landscape Somewhere we will make it work Now it is time for us to be reborn To find a place among the dimmer stars
7.
Elsewhere 04:10
Sometimes it's good to spend a night with a friend Sometimes it's good to just let it all out It's never easy to open up To be yourself, to let yourself free Sometimes it's good to just take a break To look around and see the changes To step outside and see the faces To realize we're friends for a reason We play a game – we're on the same side We sit and talk – and we talk for hours Obvious or not, we have a common thread We may appear strange, yet we get along It's not too hard to understand You spend two weeks building this up It speeds right by, it goes so fast You worry too much for nothing at all And at the end, it's suddenly gone You feel high, but it's just the mood Everyone's giddy, that's how it works Not enough sleep and constant action See the same faces for two weeks straight You cease to think, but don't care You become irrational, but don't care You're having fun, and you don't care You're working a job, and you don't care It's not too hard to understand
8.
Puzzle 05:08
What do you want from life? What do you want from others around you? Even when it seems clear You won't make a move to get what you want When will you make up your mind? What kind of person do you want to be? Where do you want to go? When will you make your own decisions? You are a mystery to me But that's what keeps interest in you You will remain a puzzle For your own sake, gather your pieces up Travel the earth, travel the seas Travel the air, travel the world Venture all around, venture up and down Venture 'cross the space, venture to your soul Who are you now? Who will you be? Figure out yourself and tell me what you want
9.
Die Suche 06:12
Einmal hatte ich einen Traum gehabt: Ich habe auf einem Gipfel gestanden Ich habe gedacht, dass ich alles wissen würde, Dass ich alles verstehen könnte Ich war da für einen ganzen Tag Ich habe auf dem Himmel, der Erde geschaut Es war schön, es war wirklich furchtbar Dann ich habe mich fallen lassen Jetzt weiß ich, das war kein echter Traum Es war nur ein böser Gedanke Fünf Jahre später ist es völlig verändert Manchmal braucht man nur eine Wende der Umwelt Jeder Anfang muss ein Ende schon haben Und es ist schwer, alles zu verlassen Und ich weiß, daß es wirklich wichtig ist, Die Vergangenheit nicht zu vergessen Ich habe nach Bedeutung gesucht, Und auch nach der Wahrheit Ich habe nach einem Ort gesucht, Wo ich wirklich sicher fühlen kann Ich habe nach Verständnis gesucht, Und auch nach echtem Leben Ich habe nach Antworten gesucht, Die ich noch nicht gefragt hab' Ich will das Ende der Erde finden Ich will unter die Wellen wandern Ich will fühlen, wie es ist zu sterben Und zu sehen, was danach geschieht Ich will alles irgendwie verändern Ich will jeden Fehler verbessern Ich will alles noch verstehen Und am Ende einfach zufrieden sein Translation: Once upon a time I had a dream: I was standing atop a mountain peak I thought that I would know everything That I could understand everything I was there for an entire day I looked up at the sky and at the earth It was beautiful, it was truly frightening Then I let myself fall Now I know that was not a real dream That was just some evil thought Five years later it is completely different Sometimes one just needs a change of environment Every beginning must eventually come to an end And it is difficult to leave it all behind And I know that it is truly important Not to forget the past I've been searching for meaning And also for the truth I've been searching for a place Where I can truly feel safe I've been searching for understanding And also for real life I've been searching for answers To questions I haven't yet asked I want to find the ends of the earth I want to walk beneath the waves I want to feel what it's like to die And to see what happens next I want to somehow change everything I want to correct every mistake I just want to understand everything And simply be content in the end
10.
Collision 04:40
After all this time, it is finally done No one can be glad, now that it's gone What once was grand has lost its charm Doomed or maybe not, it won't be the same Time can only tell what the future brings Things had been strange, but who had a clue? Even with hints, it doesn't quite fit As it unfolds, it only gets worse Two shooting stars have gone by And where once they were one Now they have gone on Two different paths With no chance of return Without complete collision Or total annihilation "All things must pass," said the Dark Horse But, "Long may you run," said the Crazy Horse And I know I'm sad when I see things go Not much to be done but to write this here song Things will get weird When more factors are involved And I hoped it would calm down But when two people dig each other's graves There's no way anyone can now Come out on top of this mess
11.
Falling 03:26
Somehow I always forget When winter comes I know what's next Somehow I always find myself lost I just must remember that seasons will change I can never escape from the beast It will haunt me until the end It doesn't matter how things are I cannot run, I cannot hide I don't want to fall but there's no way out I'm trapped in a cloud of darkness and shame Clarity fades and I'm left all alone Helpless in a flood of half-truths and worse I've tried for years and years and years It's something I must accept as life I know the tricks to try to stay away But from time to time I let things slip I can never escape from my mind It will haunt me forever and ever It does not matter where I am It always looms over my head You'd think by now I'd know what's to come Still somehow I'm surprised each time When nights get long and days grow cold It's inevitable that I'll find myself down
12.
I'm going down to post rock country I'm gonna get lost in post rock country I'm leaving town for post rock country I'll find myself in post rock country I'm heading west to the old quiet flatland Out past the cities and their lights and people No more noise just the plains and prairie No more trees just the earth and post rock I'm going to take a trip and head out nowhere I'm going to go until the land looks familiar I'll look around at the fences and pasture I'll see the farmers and their limestone post rock I'm going to a place that doesn't make sense I'm going to a place that might not exist I'm going to visit the Garden of Eden I'm going to see the sins enshrined in stone If I'm lucky I'll find the van with The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things Then I'll see if I can meet the makers Find the house with the weird rock garden See the rebarbs and dolls in the bathtub Admire art made of circuitry and toys Take a break in the fork statue park Wander through a museum for eccentrics Call it grassroots, call it outsider This must be some wonderful anomaly I'm going down to the Garden of Eden I'm gonna get lost in an awesome artcar I'm leaving town for a strange little haven I'll find myself surrounded by weirdness
13.
Halibut 03:13
Kitty is a boy, maybe three pounds worth Cute, gray tabby with white hazel eyes Blue fingernail polished claws Captured in the underbelly of a dirty, green Lincoln Halibut likes to lay in a baby sling While I walk Ms. Spot Will eventually be scooter trained Maybe with a pretty little helmet Also... happy birthday, I found us a kitty Traveling through the fabric of space-time magic I'm trying to understand what can't be understood Like an orchid express or a river made of ice Like all the stupid things from my long-forgotten life In another world, in the abstract heavens I look back on the middle of an old empire What do I see, but two friends and me Sitting in some room with a shattered-glass head Kitty is a reincarnated angel Sent here to save us from the falling sky Posing as a feline, he'll guide us on our way Through folly and vice and our great ambition Resurrect the past to start things anew Leave the old behind and hope for the best This cat may just lay under our embracing gaze But when he looks back, he knows what is to come

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The Nowhere Man's second album, dedicated to Lucas, Kansas.

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released July 6, 2009

All songs written by Patrick Vacek, August 2007 – June 2009, except track 13: lyrics by Niza Volair and Patrick Vacek, music by Patrick Vacek.

Recorded by Patrick Vacek at the Vacek Family Studio, Washington University in St. Louis Tietjens Hall Room A4, and the Dance Party USA lower level, May – June 2009.
Mixed and mastered by Patrick Vacek at the Vacek Family Studio, June 2009.

All instruments and vocals performed by Patrick Vacek, except for the following: guitar solo on track 7 by Karl Winkler, keyboard on track 8 and the first half of track 9 by James Vacek, and backing vocals on tracks 6, 7, 10, and 12 by Josh Potter.

Thanks to my family and to my friends, including but certainly not limited to the following: Sarah, Keagan, Niza, Karl, Michaela, Josh, Josh, Josh, Brad, Rachel, Greg, Lydia, and Halibut.

Cover photography by Meredith Vacek, near Lucas, Kansas, September 2008.

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