Living With It

by Andrew Mura

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released March 9, 2008

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Andrew Mura Farmington, Maine

Andrew Mura moved from Seattle to Maine and began recording in Farmington in 2007. Since then he has completed 21 albums. A few favorites include The Shadows Feel (2010) and Somewhere (2012).

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Track Name: Deeper Waters
Deeper waters pull me in
Surround me like a second skin
Deeper waters drag me down
Don’t forget me should I drown

Nothing to me is more enticing
I ate the cake but left the icing
Icing over like a lake
So paper thin and bound to break
But still I take those fatal paces
Deep water flows to other places
To somewhere where my mind is hollow
The tide will draw me while I follow

Deeper waters pull me in
Surround me like a second skin
Deeper waters drag me down
Don’t forget me should I drown

Waiting skating round the rink
I fearless teeter on the brink
When all your thoughts are out of sync
How grand the promise not to think
And in those waters deep and black
I’m safely shielded from attack
Descending to the darkest dreams
My mind unravels at the seams

Deeper waters pull me in
Surround me like a second skin
Deeper waters drag me down
Don’t forget me should I drown
Track Name: Last Bastion
I don’t know what but I can
Feel it coming on
(Feel it Coming on)
I can be here now but in a
Moment I am gone
(Moment I am gone)
Everything I am is gathered
Up and swept away
(Up and swept away)
No one’s at the helm for when I
Finally go astray

Except you
You’re my last bastion of sense
You are
My defense against the madness

Even now I’m missing while you
Look into my eyes
(Look into my eyes)
I get the sense I should come back
But I am never certain why
(Never certain why)
I don’t know where but I can
Tell I’m far away
(Tell I’m far away)
I’m floating off when all I
Want is just to stay

With you
You’re my last bastion of sense
You are
My defense against the madness
You
You’re my last bastion of sense
You are
My defense against the madness
Track Name: Living Lightning
Catching lightning in a jar
Like the flicker of the flame
Never gets you very far
It seems to leave before it came

That’s the way I live my life
Flowing like the hourglass
Flowing through the joy and strife
Reminding me this too shall pass

We’re living lightning, just once we strike
A wind invisible and free
As falling snow none are alike
As raindrops running to the sea

We’re living starlight in a jar
We come from shining light sublime
And though we don’t walk very far
We walk the good path in our time

Catching lightning in a jar
Like the flicker of the flame
Never gets you very far
It seems to leave before it came

That’s the way I live my life
Flowing like the hourglass
Flowing through the joy and strife
Reminding me this too shall pass

We’re living starlight in a jar
We come from shining light sublime
And though we don’t walk very far
We walk the good path in our time
Track Name: Dial Tone
I got as far as the dial tone
Then I forgot what I was doing
I know I need to talk to someone
But the numbers won’t stop moving

I need help help help but I'm all by myself
I need help help help but I'm all by myself

And I keep pushing all the buttons
But the call just won’t go through
I'm getting worse I have to do something
But I don't know what I can do

I need help help help but I'm all by myself
I need help help help but I'm all by myself

There must be something I'm misplacing
Something that's leading me astray
And my thoughts just wont stop racing
My head's a million miles away

I need help help help but I'm all by myself
I need help help help but I'm all by myself
I need help help help but I'm all by myself
And I'm lost lost lost
And I can't get past the dial tone
Track Name: What Is Real
With all the things I see and feel
I’m never sure just what is real
And everybody disagrees
What one touches tastes
Smells hears or sees

If it’s just the mandate of the masses
Someone like me just barely passes
And all I want is to make sense
And stay right here in present tense
But now and then, again and again
I feel my senses sinking in
And I see things that cannot be there
They must be coming from somewhere

With all the things I see and feel
I’m never sure just what is real
What is the measure if a mind
I'm miles ahead yet worlds behind

When I am high so is my function
Until I finally come undone
And I descend back into hell
Am I only real when I am well

With all the things I see and feel
I’m never sure just what is real
But now and then, again and again
I feel my senses sinking in
Track Name: Four A.M.
Its 4 AM and far from sleep
Already been up half the week
The doctor did all that he could
Nothing I take does any good
And if I don’t come down tonight
There might be an ambulance in sight
And then the hospital again
They say there won’t be any pain
I swear that I did nothing wrong
I just stayed up to write this song
I caught a high for way too long
Next thing you know three days were gone

Its 4 AM and far from sleep
Already been up half the week
The doctor did all that he could
Nothing I take does any good
And if I don’t come down tonight
There might be an ambulance in sight
And then the hospital again
They say there won’t be any pain
I swear that I did nothing wrong
I just stayed up to write this song
I caught a high for way too long
Next thing you know three days were gone
Track Name: Pendulum
I never know who I will be
Too high or low I don’t know me
I never know when I’ll be sane
Or if I’ll ever be again

I have to look to those around
To see if my behavior’s sound
Adrift in what I do and say
So easy to get swept away

I have to wager everything
On how the pendulum will swing
Swinging like a hangman’s rope
Caught between despair and hope

A radio that’s out of tune
Changing faces like the moon
And I may never gain control
Shattered my mind my spirit whole

I never know just what I’ll think
My thoughts are disappearing ink
Shuddering beneath my breath
Hidden like the fear of death

Whispering beyond my ears
Following throughout the years
From deepest dream they will awake me
Threatening to overtake me

I have to wager everything
On how the pendulum will swing
Swinging like a hangman’s rope
Caught between despair and hope

A radio that’s out of tune
Changing faces like the moon
And I may never gain control
Shattered my mind my spirit whole
Track Name: Tomorrow
Will I have to face tomorrow
All I have to face today
Will it cling to my remains
Or will it slowly wash away
Will I ever become more than
Just this bag of jangled nerves
Will I ever get the peace that
Every living thing deserves

I don’t know and there are times when
I don’t even seem to care
And every now and then
It seems I’m not even there
But I know and I have faith
There is a purpose in this pain
That it’s more than just a chemical
Imbalance in my brain

And I know that it’s my calling
To keep pulling down the light
To show the others like me
That there’s more than just the night
That even in duress
There is a measure of success
That living with it doesn’t mean
You can’t feel happiness

You’re a servant of the waves
Until you’re finally dragged below
You might even see some things
That others say cannot be so
And you have to ask yourself
If anything is really real
The only thing you’re certain of
Is how you think and feel

And even that is always in
A never ending state of change
You wonder if it’s you or if
The Universe is strange
But something must be living
Or else you would not be here
And as bad as you may have it
There are people more severe

And I know that it’s my calling
To keep pulling down the light
To show the others like me
That there’s more than just the night
That even in duress
There is a measure of success
That living with it doesn’t mean
You can’t feel happiness

Will I have to face tomorrow
All I have to face today
Will it cling to my remains
Or will it slowly wash away
Will I ever become more than
Just this bag of jangled nerves
Will I ever get the peace that
Every living thing deserves
Track Name: Eat Drink Sleep
When the seekers finally reached
The temple at the peak
They waited so elated
Fasting sleepless for a week
In a haze they asked the master
If the world was in their head
The teacher just smiled softly
And here are the words he said

Eat drink sleep wash your body
Wash your clothes
Walk talk gather things you need
Say some hellos
Even when you’ve lost all hope
Of ever coming back
Chop wood and carry water
Till you are the things you pack

When the seekers finally reached
The temple at the peak
They waited so elated
Fasting sleepless for a week
In a haze they asked the master
If the world was in their head
The teacher just smiled softly
And here are the words he said

Eat drink sleep
Brush your teeth and take a shower
Write down what you are thinking
And update it by the hour
You’ve been high for way too long
Something’s got to pull you down
An everyday routine is bound
To bring you to the ground

Eat drink sleep wash your body
Wash your clothes
Water feed nurture a young plant
Until it grows
After you have learned the secrets of divinity
Chop wood and carry water
To come home from infinity