A Good Enough Time for Change

by The Great Hum

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released February 1, 2012

Mark Watt: Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards
Jay Zucchero: Drums
Kevin Walter: Bass

Guests:
Hal Walker (harmonica: “Up to This”)
Rob Ickes (dobro: “Seaworthy”)
Emily Parker (vocals: “Seaworthy,” “Awake”)

Songs by Mark Watt | Music by The Great Hum
Engineered by Gabriel Swarts at Engine Room Recording
(Kent, OH, USA) | Mastered by Rod Mapes

© 2012 The Great Hum

Cover: Super Kingdom - Mussolini Bird House by London Fieldworks, (2008) King’s Wood, Kent, UK
www.londonfieldworks.com
Photography: London Fieldworks

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Track Name: Up to This
Early morning summer green
Reflected in the gasoline
It’s like the world is still half asleep
Just a flash of time that’s only yours to keep

But then a second stretches to a day
The brightest fires left to burn away
Like a fossil fused & hardened into stone
Just the faintest trace of what you used to know

It’s a good enough time for change
& it all leads up to this
It’s a good enough time for change
& you’re ready to begin again

Digitize your decay
Trying to keep the ghosts at bay
A single day stretched into a year
Of only hearing words that you want to hear

The neon & the cityscapes
They never seemed so far away
But like a storm across a desert plain
When the windmills creak & stark to spin again

It’s a good enough time for change
& it all leads up to this
It’s a good enough time for change
& you’re ready to begin again

You can hardly wait, to open up the door
Find what you’re looking for

It’s a good enough time for change
& it all leads up to this
It’s a good enough time for change
Are you ready to begin again?
Track Name: Apple
You’ve never looked at me this way
There’s some darkness in this sunny little garden
For each trembling little leaf
There’s a shadow hiding underneath
Dying to be free

There was a time when I could see
But the cobblestones are overgrown with weeds
This glowing lamplight’s losing power
The flame is weaker every hour
Dying in spite of me

You’ve never shined like this before
I’m drawn to you like some mosquito
I’d love to get inside of you
But right now I feel so far from you
Dying here for you
Track Name: Flat Black
Flat black & we’re back splat headed nowhere
Got to dig our way up to something better
What once made sense now seems a little crazy
What was black & white’s gone gray & hazy

Everything is wonderful
Hold your breath, don’t you look back down

Slap back & I’m strapped in heading south
Family wagon, shake the glass & venture out
20 years & I’m following trajectory
Homes are gone, lives are changed here in front of me

Everything is wonderful
Hold your breath, don’t you look back down

‘Let if fall, you’ve suffered for too long,’ he said
‘After all, we have your back one way or another’

Big whack & the hens scream out for heaven
There was something there, now it’s just a cold wind
Hold steady, there’s a glimmer something shining
Then a hum stretching out, golden threads unwinding

Everything is wonderful
Hold your breath, don’t you look back down

‘Let if fall, you’ve suffered for too long,’ he said
‘After all, we have your back one way or another’
Track Name: A Little Taste
She makes it feel like freedom
When you’re shaking on the floor
Like it’s your own idea
When she drops you at the door
You know it’s time to stop this
I think you know what’s in store
She’s breathing in your ear now
Just one more

She leans a little closer
Says ‘come on now to a sweeter place’
She’s saying all the right words
‘What’s so wrong with a little taste’

Just press on, press on, press on
Just press on, go on, press on and on and on
Just press on, you must press on
Don't you turn your back again
Don't you turn back, never turn back

It’s like she’s always been there
But you’ve never seen the glow
You could feel her steps behind you
You just didn’t want to know
But she has you in a corner now
& the shadows start to grow
She’s breathing in your ear now
‘Just let go’

She leans a little closer
Says ‘come on now to a sweeter place’
She’s saying all the right words
‘What’s so wrong with a little taste’

Just press on, press on, press on
Just press on, go on, press on and on and on
Just press on, you must press on
Don't you turn your back again
Don't you turn back, don't you turn back
Track Name: Hole in the Hallway
There’s a crack in the concrete
& it wants to be pulled open wide
Just a flash of light reflected
But I’d kill to see what’s inside

Now I’m on my way & I’ll try till I crawl through
Now I’m on my way & I’ll try

Man, this used to be, it used to be easy
Yeah it used to be, it used to be
Now it all comes down to one split decision
It’s breaking free, it’s breaking free

There’s a hole in the hallway
& the patterns keep closing around
My hands refuse to listen
& my feet stuck into the ground

Now I’m on my way & I’ll try till I crawl through
Now I’m on my way & I’ll try

Man, this used to be, it used to be easy
Yeah it used to be, it used to be
Now it all comes down to one split decision
It’s breaking free, it’s breaking free

Maybe I’m the one creating these monsters
Maybe I’m the enemy
Now sometimes I only feel the tremors
Right now I feel everything

Now I’m on my way & I’ll try till I crawl through
Now I’m on my way & I’ll try

Man, this used to be, it used to be easy
Yeah it used to be, it used to be
Now it all comes down to one split decision
It’s breaking free, it’s breaking free
Track Name: Wait for the Breakdown
So strange how quickly it changes
One slip turns into a landslide
One moment she’s golden, radiant
Now she’s just red-eyed & tongue-tied
She had it all
Now she’s fading fast with the sundown
You’re still talking in circles
Leading her round & around

She just needs
Some little sign, one tiny explanation
Counting the steps
Breathe a little deeper, mouth the incantation

Are you through?
So low, enough is enough now
Are you through?
You just laugh & wait for the breakdown

Under a deadwood canopy
Watch the final embers of a bonfire
She braves her way through the darkness
Just to tangle up in the tripwire
She keeps on
Fight through & slowly coming unwound
But you keep wrapping her in circles
Tightening round & around

She just needs
Some little sign, one tiny explanation
Counting the steps
Breathe a little deeper, mouth the incantation

Are you through?
So low, enough is enough now
Are you through?
You just laugh & wait for the breakdown

Don't you know, don't you see?
What you do to her you do to me

Late fall she’s lost on the backroads
Still chasing lights in the nighttime
She’s just searching for a way out
Each curve reveals another landmine
She’ll find a way
You can’t just keep her in the background
She’s had a glimpse & now she’s ready
She’s coming around & around

She just needs
Some little sign, one tiny explanation
Counting the steps
Breathe a little deeper, mouth the incantation

Are you through?
So low, enough is enough now
Are you through?
You just laugh & wait for the breakdown
Track Name: Down to the Last One
I’m trying to be cool, but I feel like a fool
Freedom sounds so free, but it feels pretty cruel
You say this is real, it’s just part of the deal
I’m just trying to forget how it feels to feel

You say that there’s time, I guess I don’t mind
& you’re still right here, but you’re down to the last one

In the night on the lawn, as the sprinklers turned on
You said you could stop, but you were wrong
I’ve been counting the days, by the crash of the waves
Watching stretches of sand as they crumble away

You say that there’s time, I guess I don’t mind
& you’re still right here, but you’re down to the last one

I’m so tired of the games, every day’s just the same
I’m like a moth in a daze flying straight to the flame
Well one day you’ll be alone, empty rooms in your home
I can’t keep waiting around, so just go on & go

You said that there’s time, now I really don’t mind
& you’re still right here, but you’re down to the last one
You’re still right here, but you’re down to the last one
Track Name: Seaworthy (feat. Rob Ickes)
You wonder where the time has gone
It seems like yesterday
Do you remember how our love felt
Now it’s drifted far away

Seems you’ve lost your sense of direction
I’ve watched you stumbling in the sand
Setting sail in stormy weather
When you need a place to land

You’re going through some changes
& it feels like something’s wrong
You’re going through some changes
& you hope there’s nothing wrong with you

You had some big ideas then
Imagination running wild
Now you’re crawling back from downtown
& you’re babbling like a child

I’ve seen the signs of desperation
That you leave along the shore
But early morning when the sunlight hits just right
You can tell there’s so much more

You’re going through some changes
& it feels like something’s wrong
You’re going through some changes
& you hope there’s nothing wrong with you

You let the tide take control of you
But it tossed you up & it dragged you down
It’s your own ship, be the captain
You can turn this thing around
Track Name: What's Around the Bend
The sun may sneak away
& we’ll feel the dark again
Yes, we might lose the day
But tonight is not the end
Now c’mon, we almost lost our way
But we have to see what’s around the bend
Now c’mon, we almost lost our way
But we have to see what’s around the bend

We slip from town to town
The streetlights passing time
Stars sailing out of sight
Watch your fingers tracing lines
Now c’mon, we almost lost our way
But we have to see what’s around the bend
Now c’mon, we almost lost our way
But we have to see what’s around the bend

You know I want to know
I need to let it go
You know I want to know
I need to let it go

The riddles keep my bound
Fill my heart with uncertainty
One look can knock me down
Don’t you know what you do to me?
Now c’mon, we almost lost our way
But we have to see what’s around the bend
Now c’mon, we almost lost our way
But we have to see what’s around the bend

You know I want to know
I need to let it go
You know I want to know
I need to let it go
Track Name: Awake
You tell me all the time it’s just a fantasy
You say it’s just a dream & it can never be
You say what’s done is done, but what if it never ends
& we just need to wake it up & shake things up again?
This is real, don’t give up
This is real, don’t give up

You might think I’m done, I’ve had enough of it
But once it’s in my head, you know I can’t forget
Dig through what’s left behind in search of something new
If there is a way, I’ll find a way to see us through
This is real, don’t give up
This is real, don’t give up
This is real, don’t give up
This is real, don’t give up

Now don’t give up, we need to shake it up
Now don’t give up, we need to shake it up

All these tired distractions keep the truth away
Don’t want to miss a chance to say what I want to say
When it’s all stripped away, what means the most to you?
When it’s all yanked away from you, what’s going to see you through?
This is real, don’t give up
This is real, don’t give up
This is real, don’t give up
This is real, don’t give up
Track Name: Bird in a Box
This mad hocus pocus
I’m fighting to focus
Trying to see through the fog of your spell
It’s a slow motion train wreck
I’m drawn to the defects
All the holes in the stories that you tell

But time & time again, when I’ve almost reached the end
You come circling back around to take me down
The clouds consume the clocks, I’m like a bird inside a box
I can’t see through the darkness all around

Then you turn on your bright, bright light
I forget everything I’m thinking
You’re stealing all the words away

Was it all an illusion?
Let’s kill the confusion
Can we make the suspense disappear?
All the tricks & all the secrets
You hide it & I seek it
I’m lost in the smoke & in the mirrors

But time & time again, when I’ve almost reached the end
You come circling back around to take me down
The clouds consume the clocks, I’m like a bird inside a box
I can’t see through the darkness all around

Then you turn on your bright, bright light
I forget everything I’m thinking
You’re stealing all the words away

I’m trying to make sense
Of this power you possess
Why can’t I just break free from you
I can’t think, I can’t talk
I’m wandering the sidewalks
But each one leads me right back here to you

But time & time again, when I’ve almost reached the end
You come circling back around to take me down
The clouds consume the clocks, I’m like a bird inside a box
I can’t see through the darkness all around

Then you turn on your bright, bright light
I forget everything I’m thinking
You’re stealing all the words away

It’s such a lonely light, it's such a lonely light...