Space Stuff

by Nathaniel Liles

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This is my very first album, made up of songs I wrote throughout high school, and recorded in my friend's bedroom. It's about being not-exactly-in-love, being alone, being afraid, and being so fucking happy I don't know what to do with my hands to be social acceptable. It's about missing friends and family, insecurity, stealing combs, and most importantly, it's about space, because ever since we were all kids, we've known that space is really really cool and if you're going to make an album, it should be about something really really cool and mysterious and vast and unknown. People are like space. We discover new things about ourselves, we prove ourselves wrong, we change our minds about Pluto, and we spin around a lot. Well, some of us do.

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released June 25, 2013

All music written and performed by Nathaniel Liles

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Nathaniel Liles New Albany, Indiana

I play guitar and ukulele and banjo and piano and melodica and sing songs about space, missing people, walking to Michigan, stealing combs, and being a grown-ass man who's still afraid of the dark. I want to sing to you because I love you, and you know I love you. Just look at me. That's a guy who totally loves you to pieces. ... more

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Track Name: To Start
Not even a thought that I could put into words
Without it coming out completely absurd
I wanna tear down the walls and build up a brand new good outlook,
But I don't even know where to start...

Today I'll go for a walk and look at the world all around me
And look at the people and all the buildings surrounding
I'll feel the city breeze flow from exhaust pipes
Maybe then I'll know where to start...

A pebble in space, a pebble on Earth, a pebble is not much
But the love in your heart can be seen in your art and become such
A similar saying sounds exactly like sayings you'd say to me when
Something you'd say had been saying Nathaniel I think I know where you should start...
I know where you should start.

A city is something you make in your mind to hold the things you need
Like fear and numbers and things you say and remembering recipes
So building a place in your mind that's safe can keep you safe from things
Like being afraid of the dark or not being smart or not knowing where to start

And the world is a place made up of cities of buildings of hope and dreams of
People like me who seem to think that they know everything
When the meaning of life is not a thing you can communicate,
You have to figure it out for yourself to figure out where you should start

As I loop around behind the buildings to see the vines climb,
I think to myself, "You know, they're not so different from power lines,
And power lines are like the nerve cells that make up the brain
That process data like love and colour and fear and falling rain
That send a message down your spine to make your legs move,
and hands paint, and wings fly at night around our room."
So when I get worried, I wonder, so willing to learn where I should start,
I think to myself to paint a picture of a world grown from the heart.
Track Name: Kedrick, Torin, Crystal
I'm sorry that you're joining us at such a bad time
But just wait, because you'll see the world change around you
And it'll be alright if you trust yourself and grow up
To be someone who you know is good
You're gonna be fine

I know the world is scary, and I'm not gonna lie
Because it doesn't get any nicer
But if you find a place where you can be yourself,
Go there, build a house, and settle in
And you're gonna be fine

And I'm sorry I'm always gone
But you're gonna be fine
Live like you're the bomb
Cos someday you're gonna die
Don't waste that precious life

I know you miss me, dude, and I miss you too
But if you wait, I'll visit you a lot more often
We'll play video games and stay up all night
But then I'll have to leave again
And you're gonna be fine

And I know the kids at school are a bunch of pricks
But just wait, because they're wasting their lives on evil
And if they knock you down, just get back up
And tell them to go fuck themselves,
Cos someday they're gonna die

I'm so sorry I'm always gone
But you're gonna be fine
Just live like nothing's wrong
And you're never gonna die
Don't waste your precious time

And I know you're trying and you've settled down
But without you, I'd be a frickin' loser
We'll have lots of fun when I finish school
And I'll never have to miss you again
Someday I'll be fine

You know you raised me well and you made me me
But just wait and I'll make you beam with pride
And someday I hope that things will be
Less insane and hectic
And you're gonna be fine
Track Name: Walking Shoes
When you moved up to the coast of Lake Michigan I thought that I would die
You told me to write everyday, I smiled and replied that I would try
You wrote me once a week, but I never wrote because I didn't know what to say
But if I could send you all my worries, I'd have to write you every day

I've got a new pair of walking shoes, I think that I should
Try them out and walk right up to you
I'll quit my job and sell my Gamecube,
I really feel it's the best thing I can do

When I got up to the coast where your house was at I knocked and you weren't home
I left my stick and bindle there, went down to Big Lots, peed, and stole a comb
I found a bench across the street, got comfortable and waited for you there
You tapped my shoulder, woke me up surprised to see me, I didn't even hear you climb the stairs

I've got this worn out pair of walking shoes, I think that you should
Come with me, we'll take a walk downtown
I'll sing you songs and tell you jokes, you'll fix my
Clothes, we'll hug, and you'll show me around

As we walked back up the coast of Lake Michigan, you asked me how I'd been
I had so much to say, it'd been so long I didn't know where to begin
I played guitar with a homeless man in Nashville when I spent the Summer down there with my mom
I walked around, I roamed the towns, I had a crazy gypsy read my palm

I need a new pair of walking shoes, I think that I should
Stay right here because you're up here too
I'll live with you and sing with you,
I really feel it's the best thing I can do
Track Name: Space Stuff
When I grow up, I wanna live amongst the stars
I wanna sing my songs to aliens and breathe without a helmet on
I wanna piece of paper that'll stretch across the stars just like a scroll
And write a song to fill it up, one that will never get old

I'll fill my stomach every day with dying stars and comets and
I'll never have a bedtime and everything will glow in the dark
I'll have a cool guitar with shiny finish made of space stuff
I'll have a cool guitar with shiny finish made of space stuff

I'll have a planet all my own where people come when they are
Sick of every other place and just want to be alone
And on my planet, you'll be safe from all the things that fucked you up,
And you'll be safe and you'll be sound and you will always be loved

And when you've had enough of loneliness and need a new friend,
Just ring the bell and we'll send down an application
You'll have a cool new friend with similar interests made of space stuff
You'll have a cool new friend with similar interests made of space stuff

And if the planet self-destructs, bodies evaporating,
I won't go power mad like the universe is my new play thing
I'll have a planet all my own where people come when they are
Sick of every other place and just want to be alone

And on my planet, you'll be safe from all the things that fucked you up,
And you'll be safe and you'll be sound and you will always be loved
I'll have a cool guitar with shiny finish made of space stuff
You'll have a cool new friend with similar interests made of space stuff
When we evaporate, we'll all melt down and turn to space stuff, yeah
When we evaporate, we'll all melt down and turn to space stuff

Turn to space stuff
Turn to space stuff
Track Name: Won't You Keep Me Sane Tonight?
Stay up with me at night
When there's not a drop of light around
When I'm scared to death of monsters come to
Take me to their lairs underground
When I can't feel alive unless I kill my self inside again
Won't you keep me sane tonight?
Won't you keep me sane tonight?

Stay asleep with me all day
When there's just no other way to live
When the monsters are the people
And a person thinks that what I've made is his
When I can't get out of bed because the monsters in my head won't leave me alone
Won't you keep me sane tonight?
Won't you keep me sane tonight?

Cos I'm sick of all the things that keep me running from my dreams,
Sick of all the people saying "No."
Sick of all the people who want nothing in the world
More than they want me to go

And please give me a call
When there's just no hope at all for you
Come with me and sing a song to
People who all think it's wrong to sing
And be with me the day when all my monsters go away for good
Yeah, won't you keep me sane tonight?
Won't you keep me sane tonight?
Say, won't you keep me sane tonight?
Yeah, won't you keep me sane tonight?
Track Name: Poor People Don't Deserve Music!
Alritasdoit! Uh, two, three, four!

I had a friend the other day
Who had the nerve to come and say
That I was robbing all my favourite artists

I download music illegally,
An obscene act of robbery (Just disgusting!)
I guess I'm too poor to listen to it

Because poor people don't deserve music
No, poor people don't deserve to hear me sing
Poor people don't deserve music

How dare I think that you guys rock?
Now, this might come as quite a shock...
But I can't pay a dollar a song

But I never would've heard your song
And I never could've sung along
If I didn't rape the industry

Because poor people don't deserve music
No, poor people don't deserve to hear me sing
Poor people don't deserve music
(Super-manly laugh)

So don't come down on all the fans,
I buy my music, but I can't (He can't!)
I'd be in debt all the way up to my tuning pegs

And don't think we should feel the lash
Because we don't have lots of cash
We still love your music

But poor people don't deserve music
No, poor people don't deserve to hear me sing
Poor people don't deserve music

One more time! (Alright!)
Poor people don't deserve music
No, poor people don't deserve to hear me sing
Poor people don't deserve music
Track Name: Waiting For Your Minivan
If I ever learn to listen, put me in a place where no one ever goes
Cos I don't ever wanna ruin the terrible mind that you've all come to know
Ya know, over the years, I've realized that standing in a crowd I damn near lose my mind
Baby, I just wanna keep breathing, and as long as I get the hell out of here I'll be just fine

Just watch me go insane,
You know it's always been my plan
So I'll just stand here in the rain
Just waiting for your minivan
Just waiting for your minivan

And if I ever start to seem normal, fill me with caffeine and lock me outside all night
Don't call, don't text, don't bother me, I'll find my way home and everything'll be alright
And if I act a little bit rabid, I still love you, I just need you to go away
But I'll never kick my nasty habits because you have just as many and I want you to stay

Just watch me go insane,
You know it's always been my plan
To I'll just stand here in the rain
Just waiting for your minivan

Yeah, if I ever learn to listen, put me in a place where no one ever goes
Track Name: Goodbye, Paige
So long, farewell, hope you enjoyed your stay,
But now it's time that we parted ways
You read the script, saw it put on stage,
I loved the show, but goodbye, Paige
You changed your name after all these years,
You've grown up, but you still have the same old fears
My hourglass got knocked right over
I walked through the sand, found a four-leafed clover

The night's almost over to my surprise,
We're all one day older, I can see it in your eyes
The night's almost over to my surprise,
We're all one day older, I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your eyes

Hello, I love you, what've you been up to?
There's no time for goodbyes, there's too much for us to do
I don't want a refund if I overpay
If I can be by your side for just one more day
We sang a song together in A sharp minor
Then walked through the rain to a run-down diner
Stopped by the newsstand, everything's just fine
The world's on fire, but at least you're mine

The night's almost over to my surprise,
We're all one day older, I can see it in your eyes
The night's almost over to my surprise,
We're all one day older, I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your eyes

The fog's getting think, now... It's almost time for you to go
The boat's almost here, I hope it floats real slow
It's not a kiss goodbye, it's a song in sensation
And when you left, it felt like an amputation
I hope she meets someone, I hope he's just like me
I hope she locks her heart, but he has the key,
I walk home alone with my heart beating slowly
Little did I know, I'd get over it someday

The night's almost over to my surprise,
We're all one day older, I can see it in your eyes
The night's almost over to my surprise,
We're all one day older, I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your eyes