Thank You

by Skylar Kergil

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This album contains songs written throughout my life and transition - it is intended to be a bit of my life tangibly recorded for the first time, given out to those who have supported me, and, above all, inspired me to make this happen.

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released December 3, 2013

Mastering done by Chris Graham.
Photography on the album art by Cody Herlihy.
All music and lyrics written, performed, and recorded by Skylar Kergil.

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Skylar Kergil Boston, Massachusetts

24. northeastern nomad. just a little man with a guitar and too many words.

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Track Name: Empty Threats
the holes in these notes have since been boarded up
i made enough mistakes to call it rough
my name is becoming something i've learned to forget
and when i said i'd leave - it was an empty threat

if i follow the moon i'll learn i've done this wrong
there's no expression left in any car radio song
kicked around the thought of us
and the thought of regret
and i have had enough of these empty threats

but love grabs horns and shakes us to the core
just enough momentum to start up from a rest
possibly the most beautiful words
mixed in with all these empty threats

my name is something i'm learning to forget
and when i said i'd leave - it was an empty threat
Track Name: Basements
"don't let it out - if you hold it in only truth will come from your mouth."
and i wear these scars
like badges, like ribbons, like 'hey this is who we are.'

the tide told me if you cross this bridge it will lead you to the sea
but all that's left is land
it's hard to believe but these books say we are sinking

and in the basements we saw
that god didn't care -
they let our friends be pushed so deep beyond any repair
and if it's a heavy hope, you better hold it close
and don't ever let it go

so now take all you know - and show it to the kids who need it the most
with forty percent oppressed and taking lives that were never spent

and in the basements we saw
that god didn't care -
they put our friends down in a world far from fair
and if it's a heavy hope, you better hold it close
and don't ever let it go

all the maps ever drawn are slipping through the lines like decaying songs
everything always changes -
the tide, these scars, these suicides, the lack of rights and the basement nights

cos in the basements we saw that god didn't care.
they let our friends be pushed so deep beyond any repair
and if it's a heavy hope, you better hold it close
until the day you let it all go

and so now, let it out
'cause if you hold it in only lies will come from your mouth
Track Name: Anna
so what was it that you said?
i'll never forget the way you meant it
the wind whispered in my ear,
"i just wish you were here."

the days were dark when you were gone
you always held the sunlight in your arms
so darling, won't you please just share
i just wish you were here.

and i was trying to run away
and i was trying to run away
the most dangerous part is
the first time i tasted summer was on your lips.

don't hesitate
and don't be afraid
what's up with all these dumb rules we've made?
let's just throw em all away.

the days were dark when you were gone
you always held the sunlight in your arms
you've got the most beautiful, well, goddamn, everything.

and i'll miss the home that i knew
and i'll miss the light behind you
but darling i'll be honest here -
i'm just going to miss you.

i'm just going to miss you.

so what was it that you said?
i'll never forget the way you meant it.
Track Name: 8 Million Beats
my darling don't you worry about anything
this will be here singing and swimming in your dreams
and i hold you, like i hold onto the sea
she slips through my arms sometimes but always comes back to me

my darling in 8 million beats you'll be gone
but in 28 million you will be back in my arms
and i see you in the moon, sun, and sky
on the mountaintops where i let my body lie

oh but if you should find yourself doubting my love
just remember i'm yours - i can't say it enough
and out of all these things i say i love, well
it's always you i'm singing of

my darling in 7 months i'll still be here
with empty arms and a smile so wide my dear
and i've seen you always in my day dreams
and i've saved your space so when you return, you can lay next to me

oh but if you should find you never wanna come back
just send me a line - i've got my backpack packed
and i'll walk to you, and bring the new day, hey
i've always needed to run away

my darling, don't you worry about anything
this will be here singing and swimming in your dreams
and i hold you, like i hold onto the sea -
she slips through my arms sometimes but always comes back to me

oh but if you should find somebody new
i'll be ready and i will not blame you
just follow your heart - i'll rewrite my dreams
hold you in my hands, then send you back to sea
Track Name: Don't Say I Say
these walls are thin the paper creaks
and in my house i cannot sleep
but don't say i say, don't say i say i'm coming home

my mouth won't move and my lips won't shake
this could have been a beautiful date
but don't say i say, no, don't say i say i'll take you home

oooohhhh

my pen is drawn and my hammer is out
but i never said i'd build this whole house
so don't say i say, don't say i say this is home

the meadows fold and the rivers roll
this is a good place to grow old
but don't say i say, no, don't say i say this is home

cause as i write these words, my lonely bones creak
and i cannot build a better box since skin doesn't keep
oh what did i say? well,
i quote the silence in my sleep.
what did i say? well,
i quote the silence in my sleep.

this foundation will fall as our faces become caverns
but isn't it funny how this world turns?
don't say i say, no don't say i say i said it first

we're all just as lost, i know i'm not the only one
who follows the rising and the setting of our sun
but don't say i say, no don't say i say i said it first

cause as i write these words, my lonely bones creak
and i cannot build a better box since skin doesn't keep
oh what did i say? well,
i quote the silence in my sleep.
what did i say? well,
i quote the silence in my sleep.

but don't say i say, no don't say i say
don't say i say, no don't say i say i'm coming home.
Track Name: All In My Head
i imagine a world full of all the living
boys and girls and in between - all forgiven
with no discrimination based on race, class, gender
or sexuality - this is what i've been dreaming

but it is all in my head
this can't be all in my.

we're sitting here, waiting here, wanting here no more
hope the answers knock on our door
but our doors closed and our clothes torn
we can't see this clearly anymore
so i say, let's break the divide
open that door, and come outside
less human, more being
oh this is how i've been seeing

but it is all in my head
this can't be all in my
come help me out of my head
come help me out of this mess

the simple path is not always the easy way
but you will, you will get there some day
less human, keep breathing
the simple path is not always the easy way
but you will, you will get there some day
less, more

but it is all in my head
i can't get out of my
yeah this is all in my head
come help me out of this mess.
Track Name: Sweeter Than The Sea
make me coffee, make me tea
make the bed, make love to me
i'll write you songs, tell you stories
maybe even read you some poetry
and we will stagger, we will crawl
but we will never look back at all
you'll run away and i'll be fine
dancing in the summertime

someone asked me, "did you see her last night? she was on fire!"
so i came running with my arms up high, i won't let you die, no.

braid your hair, give and take, yeah this can be our first date
scratching skin, sinking in - oh how i could never let you win
you don't believe in anything, you read my books and laugh and sing
and in the morning we are shy - so it goes - so it goes

someone asked me, "did you see her last night? she was on fire!"
so i came running with my arms up high, i won't let this die, no.

this is sweeter than the sea, oh it is everything we need
pouring nectar in our tea and saltwater on our teeth
yeah this is sweeter than the sea, oh it is everything we need
pouring nectar in our tea and saltwater on our teeth

make me coffee, make me tea
smoke some green, make love to me
i'll write you songs, tell you stories
maybe even read you some poetry
and we will stagger, we will crawl, and we will never look back at all
you'll run away and i'll be fine
dancing in the summertime

someone asked me, "did you see her last night? she was on fire!"
and of course i did, i'm always by her side
she keeps me alive.
Track Name: On Birds and Bodies
yesterday i found out that my bones are hollow,
when did they plan on telling me that?
so today for the first time i'm going to try to fly
don't test me now.
and my body says, "you can't do like you used to, boy,
no you can't do like you used to."

and what part of, "i need this to survive" did you not understand?
did you not understand?
it's hard enough to say "i am alive,"
how could you not understand?
how could you not understand?

and tomorrow, i'll be found eleven miles west in the grass
when did they plan on telling me that?
so for now - i'll just leave my world behind
i'll just leave my wife behind, yeah.
and my body says, "you can't do like you used to, boy,
no you can't do like you used to."

and what part of, "i need this to survive" did you not understand?
did you not understand?
it's hard enough to say "i am alive,"
how could you not understand?
how could you not understand?

i felt like i owned this land -
but now i'm not all i could be, now that i know what i could have been.
i feel like i am whole again -
with solid bones and ripped up skin,
this is all that i've ever been
this is all that i've ever been

and what part of, "i need this to survive" did you not understand?
did you not understand?
it's hard enough to say "i am alive,"
how could you not understand?
how could you not understand?
Track Name: Brake Lines
i was eighteen when i cut the brake lines
from the back of my heel to swim and fly.
i was barely twenty when i realized
pictured myself in fields, pictured you by my side
while the current swore to the windy sky,
don't be afraid - everyone will be fine
on that day i saw those tears in your eyes,
just let em fall. they are so bright.

and one day, i'll cry. i will cry

at all the beauty making a nest in the aftermath of our caved in chests
with our warm hands tangled, salty dust
the kelp and dust - what we become

and one day, i'll cry. i will cry at all the beauty i've seen in this life.
yeah one day, i'll cry. i won't lie.

i was eighteen when i cut the brake lines
from the back of my heels to swim and fly
i was barely twenty when i realized
wanted to live in fields, pictured you by my side

and one day i'll cry, i will cry at all the beauty there's left in this life
yeah one day, i'll cry. i won't lie.

(there's so much beauty left in this life.)
Track Name: Thank You
i am tall, i'm not tall enough
and i am small, this is all "small stuff."
i thank my father for all that you've known.
i'm proud of my brother, look how you've grown.

i am wild, i am wild and free.
so much time to stop being, and just be.
i thank you mother, i thank you for this skin.
i thank my best friends for this happy state i'm in.

'cause i may not have a plan, but i know who i am.
and i may not know my way, still i walk every day.

(thank you so, thank you so much.)
(thank you for these bones that i've grown to love.)

and Kali reads, recites her poetry
about the land of dreams, she says, "just follow me."
we're all alone, we're all together now
thank you for this chance to learn how.

'cause we may not have a plan, yet we know, we can.
while we don't know the way, we still walk every day.

(isn't that beauty? isn't that true love?)
(isn't that beauty? isn't that true love?)
(thank you so, thank you so much.)
(these brittle bones I've grown to love)
(isn't that beauty? isn't that true love?)
(thank you so, thank you so much.)

i may not have a plan, but i know who i am.
and i may not know my way, still i walk everyday.
come with me, my friends, this is a journey with no end.
though we don't know our way, we can walk every day.

(these brittle bones)
(thank you so)
(these brittle bones)
(thank you so)