Post Rock Country

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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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Track Name: Post Rock Country
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
Track Name: Alienation
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
Track Name: Forever
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
Track Name: Running in the Darkness
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
Track Name: Mr. Rock and Roll
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
Track Name: Reading the Stars (Moving On Again)
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
Track Name: Elsewhere
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
Track Name: Puzzle
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
Track Name: Die Suche
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
Track Name: Collision
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
Track Name: Falling
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
Track Name: Post Country Rock
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
Track Name: Halibut
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