Sea Salt

by Niki Becker

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released 04 August 2012

Recorded at Albatross, Minneapolis, MN
Players: Niki Becker, Shawn Davis
Produced by Mike Wisti and Niki Becker
Mixed by Mike Wisti
Mastered by Jacques Wait

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Track Name: The Woods
i went walking in the woods and i saw you
and when the shock subsided i didn’t know what to do
so i just stood there staring through the needles on the trees
and you just stared right back, you didn’t seem to know me

i guess it’s been 25 years since we were face to face
but still i pictured some recognition, a smile, a warm embrace
but you were never one to give into my strange request
and i was never one to give it a rest
oh, give it a rest

i once thought, that’s all there is
i never know when to quit

i grew up in a home so quiet it made my ears wring
so i picked up a guitar and i learned how to sing
i kept it to myself, i didn’t share with anyone
i thought that it would ruin it, thought it’d stop being fun

and i was left alone most every day
i managed on my own, i think i turned out okay
i learned to smoke a cigarette, i learned to drink a beer
i learned to get a reputation while still in first gear
amongst all my peers

i once thought, that’s all there is
i never know when to quit

yes, i went walking in the woods and i saw you
and it all came racing back to me once you came into view
so i just closed my eyes ‘til it all went away
cuz really what’s the point? what would i even say?

cuz i’m a hopeless realist and i see what i see
and you’re not gonna like it and that’s okay with me
sometimes i get excited, i stutter, i twist my tongue
sometimes i am speechless, sometimes the words just come
oh, they just come

i once thought, that’s all there is
i never know when to quit
Track Name: The Party
i went to the party
i thought you’d be there
but you weren’t at the party
i took that to mean that you didn’t care

you said that you’d see me
you said that we’d meet again
so i went to that party
i guess i misunderstood what you meant

so now i’m sitting here on this couch by myself
drinking from this bottle that i took from this person’s shelf
and i know this is bad
i know it’s not good for my health

so i, i left that party
i headed back home
since you weren’t at the party
i guess i’m better off alone
Track Name: Float
i want to float
i want to float, like a dream
i want to float through life
like the water that surrounds me
is helping me stand on my feet

i’m young enough to know better
but old enough to be scared
that i’ll never see it coming
when life is just staring there
and i’m just staring back
blissfully unaware
that it will look like to you that i never cared

when i did
when i did
oh, boy how i did
i did
oh, boy how i did
i’ll show you how much i did…

when the time comes for me to grow up
i want to be just like you
still living it up
i want to dance at parties
i want to sing along
sleep way past the morning
cuz the morning is all wrong

i want to float
i want to float, like a dream
like a dream
oh, it’s but a dream
Track Name: Can't Even Tell
i’m waiting
oh, i’m waiting
i’m always waiting on you

i’m searching
oh, i’m searching
i’m always searching for you

oh, and i can’t even tell

please tell me
where have you gone
cuz i’ve been looking
i’ve been looking oh, so long
in an hour
i’ll get up and leave
and you’ll be the one left to wonder
where is she?

oh, and i can’t even tell

do you have an answer
an answer for me?
cuz i got a thing or two i could say you
about what i see
i see nothing
where a person should be
when all i want to do is talk
and many for you to come and join me

oh, and i can’t even tell
Track Name: Here
i’ll take the left branch
you take the right
and i’ll swing round your side about
ten o’clock tonight
and i’ll stay here as long as you like

cuz i’ve seen things go terribly wrong before
and i prefer not to see them alone anymore
so i’ll stay here ‘til they head out the door

and i see london coming up ahead
and i can see that it’s just like you said
that everything has all lead to this

and it’s so much more than we planned
and i would do it all over again
and i’ll stay here…
Track Name: Easy to Blame
what did you say
that made me start to treat you this way?
what can i do
to make this all go away
to lighten the mood?

and you, you stand surprised
and i can’t look you in the eye
cuz it’s easy to blame
and you take it, you take it the same

i’m standing in this hole
that i dig deeper every time
i feel like i’m growing cold
you, you’re standing above
and i’m begging for forgiveness
but i’m not looking up

and you, you reach out your hand
but i’ve sunken too far to undo my stance
cuz it’s easy to blame
and you take it, you take it the same

i want to tell you a story
about a time that i left for the sea
i was rocking and swaying and drifting
farther and farther away from everything
but i found, i found the bottom
of an ocean that was rocky and i dug my feet it
the waves, they crashed upon me but
they did not knock me over
they just kept me balanced as i, i took it all in

and you, you tether me to shore
but i’m not sure what you’re doing all this for
cuz it’s easy to blame
and you take it, you take it the same
Track Name: Ramble Song
in a way i’ve been there, too
unsure of what to do
looking past what is there
always pretending not to care
but i won’t take that step
it’s a dangerous ground
you think you always see a mountain
take another look around

i’ve marked up my body with
tattoos full of memories
tattoos that take me back
to another place, another time
they don’t dissolve
no, they don’t dissolve at all
like memories do
memories of youth

but still it has hung with me
since 1985
that was when she left me
she left us all behind
and i can never seem to shake it
no matter how hard i try
never will i ever not regret
never getting to say goodbye

oh, your little divorce
has shown no remorse
you don’t know what you’ve lost
no one’s told you the cost
you 30 for now
you’ll be 40 years later
and you’ll look back and think
oh, god how i love her…

oh, i got a little excited when you
said my name
i’m used to
hearing honey, baby
but out it came
it had been so long
i’d almost forgotten how it sounds
just to hear my name coming
out of your mouth
Track Name: Beg, Borrow, or Steal
if i told you how i feel
would that change your mind
if i didn’t beg, borrow, or steal
your time

if i played it like i cared
would you agree to stay
if i took it to the top
like there was no other way

what would you
what would you say?

if i had to take it back
one big swallow of pride
would you finally understand
if i looked you in the eye

if there was no other way
if there was nothing you could do
if i told you i was leaving
and i actually followed through

what would you
what would you do?

i was better on my own
no one asked you to take me home

if i told you how i feel
would that change your mind
if i didn’t beg, borrow, or steal
your time

if there was no other way
if there was nothing you could do
if i told you i was leaving
and i actually followed through

what would you
what would you do?
Track Name: Flavor
your name is a flavor
it's an attitude
and i don't know what to tell you
but i've fallen for you
and i try to get up
but it's futile
it's no use
your name is a flavor
and i've fallen for you

you're like a cold beer
on a warm summer's day
i love your contradictions
and how your words get in the way
of your mouth and your thoughts
and all you want to say
you're like a cold beer
and i need one today

you're like the last time
i finally got some sleep
it was crazy, it only took me
an hour to fall so deep
and my head hit the pillow
i was rested, i was at peace
you're like the last time
and i've fallen so deep
Track Name: Adore
muscle men make many women swoon
but i prefer someone who looks less like a cartoon
then i saw you
from afar
across the room

what a sight to behold
what s sense of something foretold

and i can remember a time
long before, before you were mine
long before common sense
came to my mind

i was always warned
never let them know you adore them

i adore them
i adore them
i adore them
i adore

my clothes are tangled in a ball on the floor
my jeans have wrapped their legs around yours

and i don't listen at all
except whenever you call
and you called
me
after all
Track Name: Blue Whale
there's a blue whale
that swims in the sea
and i choose
i choose
for it to be
the one last vessel
that carries me
that carries me

past the sparrow
mosquito and apricot tree
whatever name you give them
whatever you wish them to be
i plan to take them all with me
Track Name: Salt
i see you
and i don’t know what to say
you see me
and you act the same
as you always do
you always do

you place your bets
that i’m gonna stay still
i raise my glass
and tell you i never will
i never will

on any day i take
everything with a grain of salt
and i make the most of it
i make the most of it

in my head
i believe it’s all true
that there’s nothing left to be said
when i look at you
when i look at you
oh, look at you

so i take another drink
and let it all sink in
and i tell myself
what i tell myself
over and over again
and again
oh, it’s over again

on any day i take
everything with a grain of salt
and i make the most of it
i make the most of it