Baker's Dozen Plus

by Sons Of Nothing

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A compilation of singles, covers, demos, and live cuts, ranging from SoN's self-titled debut album in 2001 to a preview of their new album Almost Paradigm, coming in 2019.

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released December 24, 2018

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Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.

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Sons Of Nothing Los Angeles, California

Singer-songwriters Thom Bowers & Matt Meldrum (along with many friends and collaborators) make music that bridges the gap between pop-rock punch and art-rock extravagance.

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Track Name: Atmosphere
I can't remember
when I've ever felt this cold
winter time set me free
turn my lead to gold

atop the tower
see my signal going through
I try to forget
all those things I thought I knew
winter time set me free
look at me looking back at you

my head is lost in the atmosphere
I can see your house from here

I can't remember
when I've ever felt this old
I was a young man
never thought I'd feel this old
more to come where this came from
let's get on with the show
Track Name: Thursdays (with Sweet Marie)
We used to meet on Thursdays
Somehow it felt just right
In the week but not of the week
Anticipation running high
We could escape the world then
Our little time to steal
But there was no middle ground
An all or nothing deal

We never got the hang of Thursdays
Never got the timing right
Leapt in without looking one too many times

We hit the fundamentals
Gathered thoughts instead of things
Under the misapprehension
We were special and unique
I still recall that feeling
The day I lost my faith
Stood in vain upon your doorstep
Stripped of any words to say

We never got the hang of Thursdays
Never got the balance right
Played the tomorrow card one too many times

These days I worry more
About the way my time is spent
Don.t feel much like myself now
I wonder where I went
And my flawless memory
Stages an exclusive show
Of every Thursday that we wasted
Planting seeds that wouldn't grow
Track Name: We Are One
11:46 by my watch
my back breaks slowly
from going it solo
under the weight of the world

when I'm out of the loop
I can make more sense of things
get us to a higher place
and we'll understand

we are the calm before the storm
we are the answers
loose ends tied before we were born
we are the answers
no matter what it takes
we hold out till the weather breaks

so ask me what I'm thinking
cause I've got words to burn
and I don't want to waste them
talking to myself

we've tamed the land, conquered our world
but we stay up all night anyway
peeling back the layers
and counting the rings on our tree

11:46 by my watch
revelation time
and I'm trying to remember
what I'm fighting for

I don't know if I mean what I say
when I say I don't know what I'm hearing anymore
but those words sound so true
when they come from you

we are the calm before the storm
we are the answers
we are the sum of our parts and more
through our mis-steps and mistakes
we hold out till the weather breaks
we are one
Track Name: Nowhere To Go (demo)
maybe you should think about the people that you leave in your wake
maybe you would realize what you've stolen
maybe you should consider giving more than you take
maybe you will learn from your misfortunes

do you think that other people see you this way
do you think that if they knew they wouldn't let you stay
no, no, no, no, no

it could have been so different but you'll never know
you have nowhere else to go

maybe you are too frightened to admit your mistakes
maybe someone else should do your thinking for you
maybe you should take back the promise that you intend to break
maybe there is really no way through

do you really think that people like you this way
do you realize they can see through every word you say
do you think that you know something I don't know
if i gave you the answer you wanted, would you go
now you'll never know

it could have been so different, but you'll never know
sold out by feelings you were too afraid to show
wandering in circles and you'll never find a home
there's nowhere to go
Track Name: Join The Club
I don't see you anymore
long ago we lost the time
you don't know me anymore
I've been out of sight and out of your mind

we were brothers way back when
songs like these were just a dream
a muse that was our staff of life
day and night they could hear us sing

this time will be remembered
till the day that all are one
join up and hold on
to your piece of the song

these things have higher callings
no-name bands and mischief clubs
join up and hold on
to your piece of the song

I don't live for yesterday
time that's gone without a trace
you could say I've seen the light
it's all right, I've found my place

still I wonder, still I dream
I think about what might have been
remember when you ever hear this song
you're free to join in

god bless the bigger brothers
send my love to "bob & thus"
join up and hold on
to your piece of the song
Track Name: Sesame Street
Sunny day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet

Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street?

Come and play
Everything's A-OK
Friendly neighbors there
That's where we meet

Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street?

It's a magic carpet ride
Every door will open wide
To happy people like you
Happy people like
What a beautiful
Sunny Day

Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street?
Track Name: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
o come, o come, emmanuel
and ransom captive israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the son of god appears

o come though key of david. come
and open wide our heavenly home
make safe the way that leads on high
and close the path to misery

rejoice, rejoice, emmanuel

o come desire of nations bind
in one the hearts of all mankind
bid though our sad divisions cease
and be thyself our king of peace

rejoice, rejoice, emmanuel
Track Name: Brave Old World
there's no way this could ever happen
not after we've come so far
suddenly there is more interest
in crossing the line than raising the bar

it's now okay to be the bully
it's now okay to build our walls
it's now okay to find more ways
to separate us and have injustice for all

it's a strange old world we're facing
with the brave new one left behind
those who are willing to open their eyes
might be resistant to being led by the blind

to say that "now's the time to come together
and for everyone to heal"
it feels like having the person who shot you
ask you to pay the hospital bill

it's hard to displace the fear with faith
it's hard right now to believe in evolution
it's hard to see a silver lining
or take consolation in a silent minority solution

don't want to be a part of this brave old world

it's not okay to be the bully
it's not okay to build these walls
it's not okay to find more ways
and say that now's the time to come together

it's not okay to be the bully
it's not okay to keep building these walls
it's not okay to keep on finding more ways
to separate us all

there's no way this could ever happen
not after we've come this far
Track Name: Ricochet
I know that right now it's far too late
And you don't even know who I am anyway
I don't know or care who you are
I don't know why you did what you've done
I just wish I could take us back to the point
Before you hurt anyone

The uncrossable line keeps sliding out into the dark
You watched the line in the rear view and crossed into daylight
Only a moment for the chaos to subside
Into pieces reflective of your fractured mind
Taking a glimpse at a row of random survivors
Petrified and paralyzed

One voice coming up from behind you
One preying upon your mind
One voice that is trying to play on your sympathy
One solely to rationalize

All we want is to discover the answer
And you found a way to take it away
Leaving behind you only the sound of a voice
Being silenced by the sound of a...

Only so many times we can rise from the ashes
Before crossing the terminator back into midnight
Only a moment, and the pluralism divides
Into factions polarized on either side
Taking a shot at the remains of a civilization
Purified and cannibalized

One voice coming up from behind you
One preying upon your mind
One voice that is trying to play on your synpathy
One solely to rationalize

All that's left is to discover the answer
Well, you found a way to take that away
Leaving behind you only the sound of a voice being silenced

Silenced by the sound of a ricochet
Track Name: Evolution
spent too long stumbling into the fall
and blocking the doorway
afraid to say come in

and now i'm standing in front of it all
to say what i should say
and reconcile the things that i can't change

because i traded them away
for moments of madness
i've lived so many days
but sometimes i think i'm not even changing at all

so i'll watch over you when you crawl
and show you a different way
to make your place in the world

a generation may be what it takes to evolve
and give you the seeds to grow
and then you'll know the things that you can change

because you learned from my mistakes
and when the world turns the page on me
having seen my broken legacy
a snapshot of all i tried and failed to do
i hope that they'll see the better me in you
Track Name: Mr Serious (live)
a cold dim flourescent morning in the 21st century
an eyeblink in the slow demise of shared reality
mr serious plants his flag and lets the trickle-down karma fly
and all the way to the roof of the world you hear his mighty cry

the truth is a virus

every day is april fool's
every night is halloween

dancing on the fault lines
heavy water runs through his veins
always been of two minds
always felt a little strange

joyous and pathetic and he won't let go
he's breaking out in hives
he don't need the chemicals no more
he's tripping on the truth of the times

the truth is a virus

every day is april fool's
every night is halloween
for mr serious

a cold dim flourescent evening in the 21st century
the heartbeat between how it is and how it used to be
mr serious paints his flowers and waits for the moon to rise
karaoke calls him out
gonna spill his guts tonight

the truth is a virus
Track Name: Solitary World (live)
objects in space
ripples and waves
the fact of them speaks to me
so far so deep
look underneath
a sea of tranquility

don't be so quick to curse the darkness and the cold
the early silence is a home sweet home

all alone is all we've known
solitary world
no one's pride is justified
solitary solitary world

alien skies
splinter the eyes
louder the freedom rings
lost in the blue
from this point of view
we can see everything

if there's no grand design and nothing we do matters
then the only thing that matters is what we do

all alone is all we've known
solitary world
no one's tried to get inside
solitary solitary world
Track Name: Square One (live)
we stand on the roof
we chase the big truth
the storms in the sky, they just pass us by
no regard for our youth

the fools who can't see
past the old used-to-be
we swear and we trust, that'll never be us
no not you and me

we fight the good fight
we hold back the night
but that's not how it feels, just wheels within wheels
through the flickering light

a lateral move
a spoke in the groove
will the time ever come when the war has been won
and there's nothing to prove

a hero's lament
a chance to repent
to make a new deal, hold on to what's real
and to say what we meant

with fond memories
and found families
when all's said and done, we're still on square one
and that's how it should be

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