Specks of Dust

by The Painters

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released January 19, 2016

All words by Alex Bourque, all music by The Painters
Performed by Alex Bourque, Raff McMahan, Josh Boguski and Alex Lavoie
Rachel Weldon plays cello on “On the Ceiling”
Recorded at Egg Paper Factory
Mastered by Michael Halls

Cover photo by A. Pontarini




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Track Name: Changes
Come now
Come and see just where I've been

Go out
See just what the day brings in

I was younger then

Lying, funny how I bend the truth
Changes, whenever I am with you
Track Name: On the Ceiling
Cover me, quickly
Sit me on the ceiling
So I can just stop dreaming
Wide awake, without me

Not with me

Run around inside it
Always undecided
Is it just bad timing?
Wish I was excited

Excite me

If I go on lying
Just to prove something
What am I justifying?
Everyone is dying
Track Name: Somewhere
How can I say I'm sorry?
Keep an eye out, look for me

How can I tell if you love me?
Keep an eye out, wait for me
Track Name: Stuck in the Middle
Stuck in the middle
Dead grass and sand in my shoes
I tried to figure it out
I drew a line around you

Right on the surface
I tried to figure it out
Whenever I try to remember
I always end up confused

I know you're still sitting beside me
I hope you don't try to forget me
I always think about you

Down at the bottom
I always knew you were right
I tried to figure it out
I took a look at my life

Backwards and forward
I took a look at myself
Which way I am coming or going
I never really can tell

I never said what I wanted to say
You want ahead and smiled at me anyway
I think you know me too well
Track Name: Through the Blinds
Am I alive?
Just give me a minute while
I open my eyes
I can stay a while

Why do we leave?
The light coming through the blinds
Is all I can see
Wanna go outside

How can it be?
You flew out of nowhere, and
Right into me
Look up at the sky
Track Name: Specks of Dust
I can see how stupid I have been
Is this what I really do believe?
Is it just my personality?

Lie to me
Tell me what kind of person I will be
And I'll find out whatever it means
Just to see what's right in front of me

Tell me why
Are these specks of dust inside my eyes?
Couldn't see it even if I tried
'Cause my head's still swimming in the sky

Still I lie
Say hello when what I mean's goodbye
Or that there's no reason left to cry
I can feel it creeping up my spine

I'm a man
But that sure doesn't tell me who I am
And this job doesn't make a lot of sense
There isn't money in the world I wanna spend

Close my eyes
I'm a big, tall tree inside the sand
You know that I'd be with you once again
If I could just stop blowing in the wind
Track Name: Sam
Walk outside for miles
You always beat me to it
Look out at the driveway
There's something in it

You were always first to laugh about it
I think you could tell how much I need it

Always wish me well
Just to keep me dreaming
Stare back at yourself
In the hallway mirror

Look up, smile and wave
Just to keep believing
Time can slip away
But you will never leave me