Something Isn't Happening (Digital LP)

by The Golden Seals

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1.
Independence Day is here but it’s in December, not in July this year And there’s a fireworks display but it’s not the good kind so I should get away I don’t want the kids to know tell them it’s for work, and I have to go with all my gear And yeah, I’ll be there Christmas Eve but as soon as dinner’s done ...and dessert..I’ll leave Because you’re colder than South Minnesota and you’re farther away than the sun How’d we get here coming where we were coming from? Nobody told us when we were young that when we got this old we’d still be dumb I’ll pick up my vinyl soon but as it is right now I just haven’t got the room And if you need help with the tile I could come by Thursday, and maybe stay awhile... Because I’m colder than South Minnesota and you’re farther away than the sun How’d we get here coming where we were coming from? I’m older than Handel's Messiah and you’re hotter than heat from the sun How’d we get here coming where we were coming from?
2.
We used to be so tied together like a ball onto a tether like every feather on a bird like every letter in a word Now we’ve lost that lovin' feeling© no more dancing on the ceiling© but let’s not throw in that white towel maybe we’ll get it back somehow I don’t know where you are but I’m coming for you I do not know where you are but I’m coming for you (yeah) In the Big Book of Relationships we’re a footnote stuck in an ellipsis parenthetical (but I’m glad we met-ical) And when they clear the rubble from this mess they’ll find my bones inside a sweater vest with a note that says “I tried—it didn’t matter, I still died.” I don’t know where you are but I’m coming for you I do not know where you are but I’m coming for you (yeah)
3.
I know something isn’t right something isn’t happening in here tonight Say so if you want a fight but something isn’t happening in here tonight Come back, let’s take another tack nothing is impossible when you’re on fire It’s not perfect that I want all I want is tenderness and true desire Oh everything’s the dead of winter when you’re both made of snow But no one in the northern hemisphere could melt me like you though Some scars heal themselves I’ve heard but I’ve never seen it with my own two eyes Time wounds both losers and stars Everyone is even under finite skies Oh everything we do is harder when we’re both made of stone But no one in the western hemisphere could crush me like you though
4.
I’ve been a shell of myself for a while negative energy, deep in denial all my day-to-days take all of my strength all of my nights you get held at arm's length And you say it’ll all work out but I’m leaving me nothing but doubt I’ll never understand me now We miscommunicate half of the time things are okay then they turn on a dime I’m not one to tender any advice but I measure my words once and make them cut twice And you say it’ll all work out but I'm leaving me nothing but doubt I’ll never understand me now I’ll never understand what’s inside of this man I’ll never understand me now And we piece us together with spare jigsaw parts and it’s close, but it isn’t quite right I think we both feel with our heads not our hearts and it starts to get harder each time getting easy’s in sight but I know it’s alright, ‘cause you say it’s alright I’ve been a shell of myself for a while head full of yesterday, heart like a child I don’t think you’ll stay, you don’t think I’ll leave I don’t know which one of us to believe And you say it’ll all work out but you’re leaving me nothing but doubt I’ll never understand you now I’ll never understand what you saw in this man I’ll never understand you now
5.
Idiot Kid 03:37
If you want to see something take a look at a list of mistakes that I’ve made like I’ve never learned nothing like the time that I’ve had’s all been pissed away And I can see in the sunset that the road from here on is more down than up and I’m not given to hoping but I hope that I’ve given you half enough I’ve thought about leaving, but how would I go? What’s left to believe in? I don’t know... I’m an idiot kid I’m just an idiot kid I guess I’m an idiot kid I’m just an idiot kid at best To be totally honest I don’t think I can teach you a goddamn thing but I’m here if you need me and I’ll try not to be too embarrassing But if you can’t revere me, at least let’s don’t fight So long as you’re near me, that’s alright I’m an idiot kid I’m just an idiot kid I guess I’m an idiot kid I’m just an idiot kid at best
6.
She’s getting ready to go to the opposite end of the country This town’s a little too slow not like the opposite end of the country There they do it up right, drink mickeys all night She’s packing all of her stuff for the opposite end of the country Finding work shouldn’t be too tough at the opposite end of the country They love her out there, she’s a breath of fresh air Sometimes you’ve got to carve your own sweet path but with no direction you fall on your sweet— I’ve heard some horrible things about the opposite end of the country They’ve got syndicate rings at the opposite end of the country There they shoot you with knives and give each other high fives You’ve got to figure out yourself what’s best but with no direction you just make a mess And now she wants to come back from the opposite end of the country They’re just a bunch of poseurs and hacks at the opposite end of the country She’s nuts in the head, but we’re making her bed
7.
Vienna 03:51
8.
I feel strongly that I love you and I can’t shake this feeling my heart is reel-to-reeling and my dogs are gone astray By some force of Mother Nature I the-opposite-of-hate ya and I want to conversate ya for a while anyway There is no sun without you no water in the lake no afterlife, no God for heaven’s sake All I ask is that you stand me and I-want-to-hold-your-hand me but if you reprimand me no sweat—I’ll go away
9.
The Takeaway 04:50
Tonight we find we’re on the same side We sit here and drink the kitchen sink dry Drink to remember ended good times Drink to forget that time is unkind What is the takeaway from this? Decades of tilting at windmills What if we’re following our bliss not to Nirvana just to landfills? Tonight we’re fine on borrowed timelines we sit here and drink the Milky Way dry There’s no going back to start the same ride and no stuff could ever fill us inside What is the takeaway from this? Decades of tilting at windmills What if we’re following our bliss not to Nirvana just to landfills? What is the takeaway from this? Decades of pissing in the wind What if we’re following our bliss not to Valhalla just a dead end?

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The 5th album from Canada's best-smelling pop-rock act.

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released October 12, 2019

Recorded at Almonty Hall, Bova Lab and The House of Miracles, all in the Province of Ontario, Canada

1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 mixed at Bova Lab by Philip Shaw Bova
5, 6 & 9 mixed at The House of Miracles by Andy Magoffin
8 recorded to a phone as soon as it was written

Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova at Bova Lab

All songs by David James Merritt
Published by David James Merritt (SOCAN) except “Vienna” by Billy Joel Copyright 1977 Joelsongs (ASCAP)

LP cover: The Divorce, by Marian Williams (2016, mixed media; used with permission)

Album title by Lily Merritt, sister of Jack Merritt, son of Christine Cox

Thanks to all past Seals and all who’ve listened and offered kindness over the years

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The Golden Seals Mississippi Mills, Ontario

Since 1999, Dave Merritt has performed under the moniker The Golden Seals, and has released four critically-acclaimed albums: 2000’s Storybook Endings, 2003’s No-Hitter, 2011’s Increase the Sweetness, & 2014’s Stay Golden. Merritt records with drummer/mastering engineer Philip Shaw Bova. Past members of The Seals include Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara & singer/songwriter Jim Bryson. ... more

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