The Stormy Sea

by Nick seman

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released February 15, 2011

all songs and lyrics written by nick seman

performed, recorded, and produced by nick seman
in august 2010 to january 2011 at stylefire studios in richfield, ohio

mastered by nick seman
at stylefire athens in athens, ohio
in september 2012

art direction / photos by nick seman and delphine gamin
paintings by claude joseph vernet

(cc) 2011-2012 nick seman
distributed by stylefire records (stf-002)

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Track Name: Tired Soul
I could never be the one that I would want myself to be
and I could never be the boy that everybody wants to see
and I could never stand up to this flood that is society
it’s hard to think, but sometimes that controls me

and everybody thinks that I think too but I say it’s just you
and you who makes me want to say what I think you’d like to say
and it feels like I’m getting older slower dumber my changing ways
are over now, cause I don’t change no more

my mind is tired now I want to wake it up
my soul is tired now

how could I say anything when I don’t even know myself
and how could you know anything when I don’t even know myself
people go around thinking they have the answers solutions
but I know that they don’t know they’re wrong

but I’m wrong too and you and you and everybody here in this room
nobody knows what to do and nobody knows how to choose
the right path on the dark and dirty road that we call life but I think
google maps can show us where to go

my life is over now I want to wake it up
my thoughts are over now

my mind is tired now I want to wake it up
my soul is tired now
Track Name: Sailing, Part 2
I was on the boat I was just 15
I was on my way across the sea
I let the wind be my guide not the moon or the stars
cause you can’t steer your boat like you can steer your car

the wind blows free and the wind blows strong
let the air currents take me where I belong
I don’t need help I can go it alone
and I’ll find myself an oceanic home

I set to sail and the sky got dark
and the waves came crashing on the sides of my ark
a storm was brewing above my head
and I tried to deny that I’d end up dead

the wind picked up and the waves got higher
the water extinguished my lantern fire
didn’t even get a chance to breathe
before the stormy sea crashed down on me
Track Name: Valentine's Day
I don’t know where I’m going tonight
but I think I’m gonna go with you
I don’t any better but I don’t know worse
so I think I’m gonna love you too

but you were just a pretty thing that I caught looking at me
and all I could think was this is the way that my whole life should be

well it was cold outside you didn’t need my warmth
when you saw me as you tried to turn away
we kept our distance and we barely talked
on this truly cold and heartless holiday

and I thought my soul had left me as I had never felt before
the awful feeling of a broken plan and the slamming of my heart’s front door

it took me until I found out you hated me
when I finally could forget your name
but still today as I look back on it
I can’t tell if was you or me to blame

well it was the worst time of my life but crucial to my point of view
and if I had the chance to get rid of it all
well I’d probably end up choosing you
Track Name: The Worst
we’re all lost and some of us are never going to be found
so go on get home get back to the place where you belong
if you don’t know where that is please take note of this song

there’s an argument that took place in this house
something about the tension guarantees no relief
broken glass an apparent fumble to make something right

you can try to go home to the place you belong
but the directions are coffee-stained they’re not quite clear
questions are consistent why am I here?

the stiffness in your spine shows your shoulders tighten
as you search for a better place somewhere to go
eyes shift from side to side thought I’d find a better place to hide

you can try to go home to the place you belong
though the directions are coffee-stained they’re not quite gone
I’ve been here in this place for far too long

you’ve been lied to your feelings hardly matter in fact they don’t matter at all
know what matters your status your income that’s what matters we’ll make the call
why do you have everything that you see before it has a chance to show what it can be

the rain got to this book the pages are damp
no use searching for numbers these pages are clamped
I’m trembling I’m shaking I woke up to the rudest awakening

you can try to go home to the place you belong
but your mentality’s weak and your mind is asleep
you think that everything is wrong

but everything can’t be wrong somethings have to be right
I’ll stay here for the morning be gone by the night
Track Name: I Think I'm Scared
I thought love was the meaning of life
right after I turned 16
but there are things that are bigger than us
through the trees
there’s a war over power
there’s a war over god
and all that keeps us away is the sea
I’m scared of the war
I’m scared of the bombs
I’m scared of my car
I’m scared of peace dying out
I’m scared that everything I know will all be gone
when I wake up in america again
I’m thinking I’m scared of your god
and all the problems a god can cause
I’m scared of it all
and I’m scared of the stormy sea
Track Name: August
you laid your head on my and fell asleep
in love with someone else
summertime two-thousand-nine
you didn’t make anything of it
but I went crazy in my mind
it’s really happening this time

but looking back you could’ve rested your head on the dash
and you wouldn’t be in love with that
so I shrugged love off it was teasing me so frequently
but my heart wanted something back

I see pictures you’re out in a dress
I can’t shake the image
slap myself on the hand
cause I know this love is fake
but all my memories can’t be erased
but I’ll try the best I can

there was a time I thought love was always in a straight line
but that seems to be untrue
I wish I knew how you felt cause I think I’m feeling it too
there’s a wall around you

I hate this!
every day I see your face so bright
well I think I’ve had enough of you tonight
there’s nothing to this!
hollow love for just a pretty girl
and she is meaningless to me
yeah she has always been this meaningless to me!

luckily for me you didn’t stick around too long
my heart was granted peace of mind
and I sat around in hopes a better girl was yet to come around
and she will
cause love just takes good time
Track Name: I'd Understand
if you left the world would crumble into your massless silhouette
and I would do the same
if you left my days would be lonely without the sun for company
and I would be to blame
if you left you must have found out that I’m not who you wanted
and I would be to blame

your presence and your sympathy they keep me who I’m meant to be
I’d lose it all if you left me but I’d understand

when you’re here you part the sea for me so I can sail far away from danger
I could do the same
when you’re here the storm subsides and the waters become calm around
I wish I did the same for you
when you’re here dolphins play and whales sing everything in harmony
not imploding toward your frame

your presence and your sympathy keep me who I’m meant to be
I’d lose it all if you left me but I’d understand
Track Name: Who Cares?
life’s full of lies but I’ll find some truth to walk around
lack of sleep has got me down but it’s the past I’m tired of
this whole concept of time only wears me out
and soon I won’t fit into this frequency anymore
so tired but this is only a complaint
we’ve all grown accustomed to the way things are

don’t take this to heart cause it’s no big deal
and we’ve all been hurt
troubles are only important as long as you let them be
so forget about it just go on and be free
still these people making trouble in this world
why can’t they sit back and forget what they’ve heard

being somebody else is the best way to be yourself
but today I don’t think I’ll be anyone
Track Name: September
when the autumn winds come blowing round
the dark and cold devour the town
I sit and ponder what I’ve lost
how it was and at what cost
but then I think of gained anew
the beauty and the radience of you
the glories of what was had and gone
thinking of the new day’s dawn

and I know that this probably sounds cliche
but I’m just a guy with these three words to say
that I love you
and I have reason to assume that you love me too
but I don’t think that you or someone else could love me more
than I love you

regardless of what you think of me
I knew from the start that we were meant to be
the frigid black of what you thought was real
I want to clear it up and make you start to feel

you’re the reason my world spins around!
and nothing’s gonna bring me back down now

and I know that this probably sounds cliche
but I’m just a guy with these three words to say
that I love you
and I have reason to assume that you love me too
but I don’t think that you or someone else could love me more
than I love you

I remember times of days gone by
I was fearing the cold of time’s harsh cry
now I’m disconnecting what time once wrote
for the daylight and the summer bring new hope
Track Name: Life
if your life was a bus it would probably be purple
with a wordmark on the side that said “your life”
if your life was an airplane it would fly so very fast
away from home far from everything you know

if your life was a submarine it would plunge to the bottom
of this stormy sea and never return to me

but a bus can be steered with a wheel and a clutch
but your life well that isn’t up to us
and an airplane it can fly but inside you can barely see the sky
the windows are so small and blurry

your life is what you are inside and outside to the world
make it your own grow your hair and grow your soul

if you bought a guitar at the store next to your house
you would find that singing songs isn’t that hard
having and discovering your life and the whole world
figuring that out well that’s the hardest part

your life isn’t a car and your life isn’t a bus
it’s your own and it’s the only one you’ve got
Track Name: The Lights In The Sky
I think you’re feeling sad today and I think it’s my fault
I heard you’re feeling bad today
and it was all because your boy made you feel like you’re nothing
but that isn’t the way I feel I feel like you’re everything
to me you are the sun and the stars
and all the lights in the sky and I know I’m just a guy but I am

loving you for all the rest of the days in my life
and I will never lose the thought that I am yours and you are mine

I know we all have bad days I wish this wasn’t one
cause I love the way you laugh and smile cause I’m that kind of person
and your sadness makes me sad I want to
I want to cheer you up today the sun is shining bright
and even as the sun goes down
the regolith reflects the sun and that will keep it light and I am

loving you for all the rest of the days in my life
and I will never lose the thought that I am yours and you are mine

I guess you’re feeling sad today and I know it’s my fault
I heard that you were sad today but I’m here to show you happiness
that you can find and I am

loving you for all the rest of the days in my life
and I will never lose the thought that I am yours and you are mine
Track Name: Slow Down
I need to slow down I’m writing too fast
all these songs about nothing these songs from the past
I need to calm down I get stressed out too easily
about all my songs and how they won’t compare

but I’ve been thinking about thinking I’m
writing these songs about nothing
nothing at all I wanna write about
something else something else besides a girl
or my life or me or you

I was listening to a famous album about 15 minutes ago
it was better than anything I’ve ever written and I got
depressed when it finished

I’ve been worrying about worrying about
critics and friends who will hate all my songs when I’m done
and I’ve been thinking about crazy about crazy about
writing a song about something better than this

I need to block out thoughts that go swirling around in my brain
I’ll go dance in the rain I need to stomp out dark thoughts
in my head that my music and I are better off dead

and I’ve been thinking about thinking I’m
writing these songs about nothing
nothing at all I wanna write about
something else something else besides a girl
or my life or me or you