Don't Know How To Let You Go

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about

On February 10th 2008, I began posting rare and unreleased tracks from my personal collection of recordings on my website with the idea of keeping my band THE WAY IT IS in the front of people's minds on a weekly basis. I called the experiment THE WEEKLY WARBLE and continued posting semi-regularly until August 29th 2009 when I ran out of material.

Since officially pulling the plug on THE WAY IT IS a couple months ago I thought it'd be nice to post a collection of the original tracks for any interested parties. A collection of covers will follow shortly.

If you're interested in my current musical project ELECTRIC DYLAN, you can find that here:

www.ElectricDylanControversy.bandcamp.com

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released August 29, 2012

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Michael R. Sanchez "lives" in Chicago, IL.

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Track Name: Air From A Tiny Hole
The way things have been for me lately,
feels as though I might never see
the light at the end of this...
Tunnel vision prevents me from seeing
the beauty around me and...
whether or not I should see you as...
A threat or a blessing

This blow-up mattress I sleep on is leaking
air from a tiny hole
there's so much shit in my room
my room is not my own
and ironically in this mess of life and possessions
there is nothing to keep me warm...
A thread or a blessing
Track Name: I'm Not Your Boyfriend
I'm not your boyfriend
Your boyfriend's still in bed
I'm just a ghost though your boyfriend isn't dead

I just want ice cream and to get a little sleep
And to have sex more than once a week
I'm not your boyfriend
Track Name: Bittersweet Part One
You never knew what you would do
When the choice to go or stay was put upon you

Put on your best face, puff out your chest
But your patience for me is the true test

I can only stand so much use of words like "bittersweet"
We both know there's no such thing as a compromise

Fair weather friend
Farewell, my friend
It was good to see but better to leave you
And I can stand to do without being
So polite and cordial
Track Name: You Chose Heads
We flipped a coin to decided
Which ice cream we'd take home
You chose heads for Vanilla Fudge
But Rocky Road won

I couldn't stand to see you not get what you want
Track Name: You Chose Heads (Acoustic)
We flipped a coin to decided
Which ice cream we'd take home
You chose heads for Vanilla Fudge
But Rocky Road won

I couldn't stand to see you not get what you want
Track Name: Your Freckles
I'll never know what it's like to have
Your freckles on my nose
Your husband looks sweet in his suit and tie
"But tell me... how did he propose?"

You seem such a match at the parties you throw
With laughs and smiles dipped in wine
But I sense in his gaze there is something amiss
And I wonder if you see it in mine
Track Name: Sewdorky Theme
You can't eat them
Although you might want to
You can't eat them
But you can lay your head
Onto them
Track Name: Somewhere Up North
Abby's hair is red
And all the things she says to you
Make her seem put off
But her favorite color's blue

Or was it green like her eyes?
This girl was born on the Fourth of July, Nineteen Seventy-Six
Somewhere up North

Hello, Dr. Mom
Hello, Dr. Dad
Where there are no spuds to eat
Does Abby get sad?

And if, Heaven forbid, she should die today
She knows exactly what her stone would say, "It's worse."
Death's more like Hell than Somewhere up North

Abby's hair is red
And all the things she says to you
Make her seem put off
But her eyes are green and blue
Track Name: Glass Is Half Empty
She says my glass is half empty
But I'm hard-tied to agree
It's just leaky

And one day it'll break in two
And one day it'll crack in half
And I'll be a big joke
And everyone will laugh
At the man who's glass is half empty
Track Name: Deerborn & Manzanita
This damn dog is running circles all around the kids in the backyard
And the sun is almost down, it's orange rays setting fire
To every leaf on every tree on this hillside that is ours

And all the birds have called it a day
In the only way a bird can call it a day
Your hair smells like silver
If silver had a smell it would be the most beautiful smell

And the wine is all drunk up and our bellies filled with luck of all
The days and nights we've spent together since the day we first met
And I wonder if this is the time of my life

This cat is standing up on the screendoor in the kitchen
And your sitting at the table with your face stuck and your wishing
There was cash enough for coffee
Or the coffee was as good as we remember

And we can not forget about the morning songs the birds sing out
And how our feet feel underneath the blankets and the old laundry
Laughing in each other faces, morning breath and intimacies

You say, "I don't want to have sex.
Push your back against my breasts
And let me wrap my arms around you.
Let me lie here and figure out
If this is the time of my life."
Track Name: Timber
I swear when that tree fell on me
I thought it would hurt more than it did

And everyone around me
Stood in shock and said, "He should be dead."
Granted I did feel a little light-headed
Like I was standing above everybody else
Track Name: In A Strange Place #2
Where do we go now?
Travelled 3,000 miles away from you
And I find myself in a strange place

This timezone's got me all fucked
And I want to call you up
Track Name: Klondike Kate
And the snow
It wont stop falling
It isn't romantic anymore

I can't find my car
Forgot where I parked it
I know its here somewhere
And under the guise of being cool

I'll act nonchalant
Like it's no big deal
Being stuck here with you
And the new guy you've been seeing

Talk about awkward
If only I hadn't come over
Last night to tell you how I feel
Track Name: Dar Williams
Dar Williams

When I saw you at the show
How could you know I was watching you?

You played on your guitar a song about a bar
I’ll never be as cool as you

That day in the store you played
You never knew my mind was made up

And you’re so big now for a folk singer
You must make a killing
You’re a modern version, a humdinger
Just like Bob Dylan says

Last time I could afford to see one of your shows
was when you played with Holly Near
And that was years ago
How could I know your popularity would exceed my fear

That day in the store you played
You never knew my mind was made up

And you’re so big now for a folk singer
You must make a killing
You’re a modern version, a humdinger
Just like Bob Dylan says
Track Name: The Bus Stop (demo)
we held hands
through the crowd
on the way
to the restrooms

we sat close
at the show
arm in arm and shoulder to shoulder

later at the bus stop
you reached for my glasses
and gave me the blurriest smile
i've seen in a while
Track Name: Down In The Bunny (demo)
we share the cat and the kitchen is a mess, isn't it?
i will pretend not to care, i don't give a shit
you are the best friend that i've ever had
and i'll call you a bear

we shared a porch and a homey and bar
he came for you from the farthest of far
you were the best thing that i ever saw
until i saw you for you

we had our nicknames and similarities
you had the row boat scraping up your knees
i was the pinnacle of best dressed men
and then i fell down again

you've got the house and the car, best of luck
i will not pretend to care, i don't give a fuck
you were the best friend that i ever had
and i'll call you a hare

we had our nicknames and similarities
you had the row boat scraping up your knees
i was the pinnacle of best dressed men
and then i fell down again
Track Name: Mint Tea (demo)
She said what are you doing here?
And I said that I wasn't sure
And she said why don't you come inside?
And I asked if it was alright

We had mint tea and sniffed around the kitchen
And blinked at each other in the moonlight
The shadows in Madison feel like a time machine
I have never been high

On anything or anyone like I am with you right now

She said I was forward for reaching forward
To touch her hand
She said I'll be your friend
And I thought that that was fair
Track Name: Romance Is Rubbish (demo)
we used to be strangers before we were friends
and i never knew that you noticed me then
a city without you seems so fucking impossible now

we used to be friends and then we were lovers
like snakes in the cushions or mice in the cupboards and no one could tell where you ended or where i began

we used to be lovers and then we were friends
it was so complicated before holding hands
lie on the bed and we'd lie to each other
and listen to Spoon while we spooned

we used to be friends and then we were strangers
sitting apart in the same movie theater
watching two people do everything
that we used to do
Track Name: Sing Seven Up
You look good with that meat on your bones
And I like your headphones
And I always thought that we could've been
Such good friends

Remember the time called you up
"Come over and sing Seven-Up."
And your pretty blues were just about all I could see

You'll never come back to me
'Cause you never left
You'll never come back to me
Because you never left
Track Name: Will You Ever?
When will you know what you want?
When will you know what you need?
When will you know what you want from life?
Or what you want of me?

Will you ever know what you want?
Will you ever know?
Will you ever know what you want?
Will you ever know?

I remember the time
You were with a boy that you liked
And you rode up and down The streets of our town with him
And you said that he liked you
And you said that you liked him
But only because of "those things he does for me"

Will you ever know what you want?
Will you ever know?
Will you ever know what you want?
Will you ever know?

Now I see that those days are done
Now I see that that boy is gone
But it's only because he wasn't interesting
It's only because he didn't satisfy you

Will you ever know what you want?
Will you ever know?
Will you ever know what you want?
Will you ever know?
Track Name: Another Cigarette
Erin, she's cool, she's calm, she's collected
Unlike me, I'm climbing the ceilings
And I know she's somewhat disconnected
From all that we used to be

And she pulls on another cigarette
She's trying to forget
About all of the wonderful things we could be

Erin, she's cool, she's calm, she's collected
She is tired and sick of trying so hard
And I know she'd love to let me come back
If I hadn't broken her heart

And she drags on another cigarette
And she's starting to forget
About all of the wonderful things we could be

And I say, "Erin, open your eyes my love
Can't you see this is killing me?"
And she says, "Sorry, I know that it hurts,
But I'm not sure that we are where we're meant to be."

Erin, she's cool, she's calm, she's collected
Laying alone on a bed made for two
And I know that she don't think about me
But I wish to God that she would

Maybe she drags on another cigarette
And she's starting to forget
About all of the wonderful things we could be

And I sa,y "Erin, open your eyes my love
Can't you see this is killing me?"
And she says, "Sorry, I know that it hurts,
But I'm not sure that we are where we're meant to be."
Track Name: Best of Luck
"Are you out of your mind, dude?"
I asked as I poured myself another glass

He said, "No, man."
And leaned on the trash can
He stubbed out his butt and
Laughed and shook his head

"How do you know if she really loves you?
its not like you havent made this mistake before."

He said, "I just know.
As sure as the wind blows,
As thin as my hair goes,
This is the real thing."

And later I went home
Feeling a bit stoned
Thought long and hard about
What I said

And either he's stupid
Or dealing with Cupid
As long he's not just out for a quick fuck
I wish him the best of luck