Forever and Ever Amen

by Building Rockets

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1.
In my dreams, you’re always there And in my dreams, you never die alone You never stop, the car rolls on, You let it carry you until you’re safely home So what’s the point in even going out tonight What’s the good in all the good we do If every single moment’s just another one that’s stolen And all we love is all we’re bound to lose Do you see your life before your eyes Before you close them for the final time Like a tiny hell that we give ourselves, To realize all that we’ll leave behind So what’s the point in even going out tonight What’s the good in all the good we do If every single moment’s just another one that’s stolen And all we love is all we’re bound to lose
2.
03:40
Lay down your defenses and just swing for the fences In the book of your life you’ve got to bleed on every page Fill in the margins and empty spaces Ask the great lovers; they’d say, God, it’s a struggle It’s tears and it’s trouble But there is a light that never fails to bring the ships into the harbor Don’t you worry about a thing, my darling All your tears can be forgotten now Tonight’s a sailor’s moon But you just sit here in your room All the words in the OED but still you hold your tongue ‘Cause the right ones never come Ask the great lovers; they’d say, God, it’s a struggle It’s tears and it’s trouble But there is a light that never fails to bring the ships into the harbor Don’t you worry about a thing, my darling All your tears can be forgotten now There is a light that never fails to bring the ships into the harbor Don’t you worry about a thing, my darling All your tears can be forgotten now
3.
In a dream after the end Blood is washed from our skin Dirt is brushed from our eyes And no one speaks ill of us The shimmer-shake of your laugh Confined now to summers past As they tear through our clothes For once we are not alone Because love comes to us all Love comes to us all
4.
I’ve got all these thoughts running though my head It’s getting so sometimes I wish I was dead And I’d like to replace them with you instead So get out of my dreams and get into my bed Someday soon I think my head will explode Just like on that Unsolved Mysteries episode That we watched on your TV that I lost the remote to I wonder if there are things I maybe shouldn’t have told you Now I’m drinking whiskey by the gallon Looking like Jim Morrison but I’m feeling Woody Allen I want to be your bodyguard but you want to be my pal And I’m thinking that maybe it’s time to throw the towel in Someday soon I think my head will explode Just like on that Unsolved Mysteries episode That we watched on your TV that I lost the remote to I wonder if there are things I maybe shouldn’t have told you I’ve got all these thoughts running though my head It’s getting so sometimes…
5.
Lead me on, for just a little longer Though I know you don’t belong to me, I’m already yours And your ears are tired, but put a record on And we’ll both just play along ‘til it runs out You don’t have to stay I’m just asking you to fake it for a little while longer You don’t have to stay I’m just asking you to fake it for a little while longer Lead me on, ‘cause God, I’m terrified that you’ll leave I don’t know why you stayed so long And while I sing this neurotic anthem I imagine your eyes scanning for a new shoulder to hang on You don’t have to stay I’m just asking you to fake it for a little while longer You don’t have to stay I’m just asking you to fake it for a little while longer
6.
01:08
You’re gonna die alone, she said And when you’re gone, they will forget you You’re gonna die alone, she said And when you’re gone, they will forget you ever lived And that’s the price you pay for going your own way And that’s the price you pay for going your own way
7.
I’m dreaming of the days when you tread upon the stage And your voice tore through the hall like the screaming of an angel trapped in wire Remember how the sweat clogged the pores upon your neck And the boards’ creak down beneath your feet rose to meet the organ player’s tune Oh, Eliza, how I wept at your curtain call And the way the people spat your name upon that dusty floor You must have felt the sting as the blackness of the ink Was drawn up through your veins into the hardened muscles of your heart And the brown tobacco haze on the window that you raised Held impressions of your fingertips that faded with the coming of the fall Oh, Eliza, how I wept at your curtain call And the way the people spat your name upon that dusty floor
8.
02:53
Brother John was a car mechanic And every night, he’d go home and panic As he’d watch the evening news He’d read the Bible from cover to cover But he’d skip chapters and usually Numbers And he feared God and the Devil just the same At Sunday school he’d teach the kids Revelation All seven-headed monsters and Horsemen and damnation And it was the only time when he felt really proud The kids, they’d go home and grind their teeth Dreaming of the hands reaching up from the deep And in truth, it was the beasts and the blood And the fire that Brother John loved It was the fire that Brother John loved It was the fire that Brother John loved
9.
You told me that you’d marry me come the springtime And you told me that you’d wed me come the thaw But the nights are getting longer And the days are getting shorter, it seems When will this winter end The frost on the glass is getting thicker And I haven’t seen your face in such a while But the nights are getting longer And the days are getting shorter, it seems And the snow on the ground is getting thicker with every hour When will this winter end When will this winter end
10.
Hey there, baby, you’re crying all the time But doesn’t somebody love you There must be someone who cares Hey baby, you’re crying all the time But doesn’t somebody love you There must be someone who cares So keep your chin up, fake a grin You can’t be cryin’ through the summer of love Keep your chin up, fake a grin You can’t be cryin’ through the summer of love You can’t be cryin’ through the summer of love You can’t be cryin’ through the summer of love
11.
Oh, I can’t take you anywhere But you make me laugh like I was young The days and nights are so much fun with you Oh, we could take this anywhere And we could race the setting sun And it would never set on us, it’s true But what’s the point in even going out tonight When today’s a day like any other day We’re just counting down the minutes We’re just racing for the finish We’re just counting down the minutes of the day We don’t need to go anywhere We might just put down roots and leaves Build a house of old cars and live in the back seat Oh, I can’t take you anywhere I can’t take you anywhere
12.
I don’t want to knock down the walls I don’t want to live in the sun I just want to live out my days naked and warm I wish I could live on the sun porch I don’t want to leave an arm between us But I’m scared not to just go it alone I just want to live out my days naked and warm I wish I could live on the sun porch On the sun porch On the sun porch
13.
There is a light that never fails to bring the ships into the harbor Don’t you worry about a thing, my darling All your tears can be forgotten now
14.
02:11
When I have come and gone You may still have this song that I wrote for you I wouldn't take it back I wanted to give you something that would last It’s the best my dizzy, crippled heart could do If you leave me far behind, at least make a place For this melody and fragile chords and the memory of a day When someone loved you as hard as they knew When someone loved you as hard as they knew When someone loved you as hard as they knew how to And everyone could go to hell but you

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This record was recorded from Summer 2010 to Summer 2013 by Sam Heath and Building Rockets in living rooms and bedrooms in Gainesville, FL, Austin, TX, and Woodstock, VT, and one ill-fated, short-lived home studio (RIP) in Quechee, VT. Several instruments were harmed during the making of this album.

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released October 5, 2013

Building Rockets: Sam Heath, Chris Johnston, and Paco

Mixed at Just Like a Studio, Woodstock, VT by Sam Heath. Mastered by Michael Maines at Arkain Studios.

All songs were written by Sam Heath and are copyright 2013 Noise Resembling Music (ASCAP) except “Neurotic Anthem,” which was written by Sam Heath, Chris Johnston, Scott Littler, and Paco.

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Building Rockets is occasionally a band and occasionally a bedroom recording project.

It sounds a little like The Pixies and Wilco covering Fountains of Wayne songs while “Abbey Road” plays in the background.

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