A Thirst

by Dorothea Paas

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Here is a digital version of our 8-song cassette.

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released May 31, 2013

/guitar, voice, songwriting: Dorothea Paas
\bass & additional vocals: Neven Lochhead
/drums: Mark Streeter
\arranged by: MS, NL, DP
/recorded to 8-track cassette (courtesy of Christian Simmons)
\at Queen Street jamspace in Kingston, ON by MS, NL, DP
/mixed by MS
\thank you

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Track Name: A Thirst
There is a thirst
The thirst comes on quickly
I am so thirsty
I am so parched
I am so thirsty
I need a glass of water
Water
Track Name: Precious
Honey, if you don't wait for the bus it's just gonna beat you home
Do you want to walk back alone
With the houses in the dark
And the garbage in the streets
And the silence underneath your feet
Oh Oh Sweetie
Sweet, sweet honeypie sugar
I'm gonna cry sugar tears if you don't come back home tonight
Don't let the man follow you home
Why don't you call me when you get there and maybe I can pick you up
Oh Oh Sweetie
Sweet, sweet, sweet sugarpie
I'm gonna cry suuuuuuugar tears if you don't come home tonight
Track Name: Dream Map
i sometimes think that i'm many places at once
like i split myself right up
like i split myself right up
my body's here and my mind is there and my heart is even further away
but i dream across the map i dream across the map
sometimes i go back to the places i miss
from my sleeping to my waking
not sure how i got here or how long it's been
awake or asleep awake or asleep, it's the same thing
place to place
seeing the ones i love then taken away, taken away
still far away when i awake
one of these days i'll try to wake up but it won't be a dream

drive back past the border nearly silent
but when i'm silent i'm not really silent, not really silent
my mind is racing, playing, dancing around images
and borrowed words and phrases from your correspondence
thinking about better weather, always better weather
and vegetables and baking bread to share
and plants growing on my window sill
thinking about hearing records playing
thinking about long hair waving, braiding
it could only be better if you were here
and the rain falling very gently on the roof in the morning

i dream across the map
i dream across the map
i dream across the map
i dream across the map
Track Name: Meaningless
You invited me in
with peppermint tea and records and good conversation
I looked around the room
every item overflowing with items from your full life
We walked around the block
talking about meditation and singing,
"are you gonna let me go there by myself?"

You played me that song you wrote
as I sat on the couch and you on the bed
I don't remember how it goes
I wonder if anyone does,
I wonder if anyone will

And I have learned these things in my meaningless life
I have learned these things in my my meaningless life:
look at the good and the bad from further away
and you will see the balance,
and the way life settles itself

And I have learned these things
Track Name: Same Sun
Riding a bike around town
made up of parts that had been found
I didn't know where they came from but I wondered where they'd been
wearing a sweater that i bought at myrorna and i thought:
how many people have touched this?
and now i get to wear it all over my skin
now i get to wear it all over my skin

everywhere i went i thought about the people and the things connecting me to other people and their pasts

i touched so many people's histories today
i don't mind touching people's histories anyway
cause then i get to wear them all over my skin

everywhere i went i thought about the people and the things connecting me to other people and their pasts

and when the sun touches my face i feel i touch your face
Track Name: Above Average
I know your favourite words
Wrote them in the margin

But the sun was very beautiful that day
and above average
Track Name: The Letter
There are a few things I have missed:
The sun on our breath in the morning,
your place in the chair when I come down the stairs
There are a few things I have missed:
The chance to ask for your advice,
even just to see if you think I'm doing things right

The letter
You wrote me
I found it! I found it!
And it said:
"I hope that
I did alright by you.
I'll miss you
I'll miss you
But go to the city
I'll see you when you get home"

There are a few things I have missed:
The conversations filled with less than words, but more than words,
I won't hang up this time
There are a few things I have missed:
Your hand on my back when I'm tired,
an affirmation that I'm something to you, that i'm something
Track Name: Doing The Best
I don't, I don't want to act like a child
I don't, I don't want to get back at you
I don't, I don't want to have those thoughts
I don't, I don't want to get mad

(But i'm breaking down)

But we're doing the very best that we can

I don't, I don't want to cry
I don't, I don't want to lie, I don't want to lie
I don't, I don't want to get in a mess
I don't, I don't want to stress

(But I'm breaking down)

But we're doing the very best that we can

We're all doing the best, we're all doing the best we can