Unreleased 2009​-​2011

by Chalk Dinosaur

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These are some of my favorite songs from 2009-2011 that slipped through the cracks and were never released. I wanted to preserve them as they are deeply personal and a representation of that time period in my life. Many of them were roughly recorded as demos, but in the interest of preserving the authentic spirit and feeling of these songs, I decided to release them as they were originally recorded.

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released April 27, 2015

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Track Name: It's Time to Feed
How long can you wade the shore
when you don't know what you're waiting for?
You're afraid to open the door.
A blinded venture.

Now you're done and you're well read
but you need a second to clear your head.
What do you want before you're dead?
It's all or nothing.

Waiting for this time to be.
To find your way.
To set you free.
Aim your sight on what you need.
It's your day.
It's time to feed.

Hold on till the light is green.
So close to a pleasant dream.
It's bursting at the seam.
There's something pushing.

You know what you need to do.
Can't stop if you feel it's true.
Right now the sky is blue
when you need nothing.

(repeat chorus)

Satisfaction in my eye,
and you know why.
It's time to fly.
Driving till I reach the end.
I'll pretend
that you're my friends.
Wrap your brain on something new.
Get your shoes
and walk through.
Now I'm waking from my sleep.
In so deep.
Now I'm free.
Open up the silver door
to where there's more.
And I've waited for.
All the time that I will need
to make my read.
It's time to feed.
Waiting for this time to be.
To find your way.
To set you free.
Set your sight on what you need.
It's your day.
It's time to feed.
Track Name: Believe Me
I don't mind little waves across the water
no I don't.
I don't know if you're reading how I'm feeling
no I don't.
I don't think when I'm staring at the ceiling spacily,
but you know me.

Do me favor
and listen to me.
I got no reason
to leave.
You gotta believe me.
I'm telling the truth.
I don't want anybody
else but you.

How can I say it
so you'll understand.
I can't express it
in words.
I need you to feel it.
So you'll understand.
I don't want anybody
else but you.

I don't mind little waves across the water
no I don't.
I don't know if you're reading how I'm feeling
no I don't.
I don't think when I'm staring at the ceiling spacily,
but you know me.
Track Name: Pickle Blues
Sitting in a room all on my own.
Facing the questions that I've never known.
And solutions, they escape me
as I'm staring through the wall.
There's no satisfaction in here at all.

Waiting for the answers to crystalize.
It's pushing 4am and it's no surprise
that my thoughts are stuck in neutral.
My indecision's got me down.
Singing out the pickle blues till I come around.

And the window is no help in this new frontier.
And there is no exit out of this house of mirrors.
And the further I push forward,
I find myself once more,
staring at the peeling paint of my bedroom door.

Well the light above my head won't talk to me.
And the floor refuses to make a decree
of what I need to do now
and where I need to go.
If I keep on talking to my room, I'll never know.
Track Name: Mr. Jamerson
Well I've been searching for awhile.
Doing all that I can do.
I've been sifting through the pile
Down to the tile
Looking for someone like you.

She's smoother than Mr. Jamerson
and she doesn't have to try.
And it's never hard to remember why
when I look into her eyes.
They grab on, and she's all mine.

I was ready to accept defeat.
It seemed like every outcome was the same.
And it was unexpected that I'd meet
someone so sweet.
And then along you came.
Track Name: I See the Sun
I lost track of time
now I see the sun.
I lost track of time
now I see the sun.
And now I'm done.
It sure was fun.
I lost track of time
now I see the sun.

I was grooving
in another spot.
So in tune that
I forgot the clock
keeps ticking.
Yeah yeah yeah keeps ticking.

I was moving
and away I went.
Keep on going
'till I'm all spent.
I keep ticking.
Yeah yeah yeah I keep ticking.

I don't get paid,
but I've got it made.
Keep on ticking strong
'till I see the sun.

I lost track of time
now I see the sun.
I lost track of time
now I see the sun.
And now I'm done.
It sure was fun.
I lost track of time
now I see the sun.

Carry on until
the break of dawn.
Keep on going
'till I got the song.
I keep ticking.
Yeah yeah yeah I keep ticking.

Late at night is when
I make my move.
keep on digging
'till I find the groove.
I keep on ticking.
Yeah yeah yeah I keep ticking.

I don't get paid,
but I've got it made.
Keep on ticking strong
'till I see the sun.

I lost track of time
now I see the sun.
I lost track of time
now I see the sun.
And now I'm done.
It sure was fun.
I lost track of time
now I see the sun.

I lost track of time
now I see the sun.
I lost track of time
now I see the sun.
And now I'm done.
It sure was fun.
I lost track of time
now I see the sun.
Track Name: Wishing Pond
It's time I grab a pole and cast a line.
and find a way that I can hook my mind.
I'd take it home so I could see it grow.
so I could learn something I didn't know.

If I could see it through a pane of glass,
I'd know the answers to the things I ask,
my observations from this point of view,
would let me know what is driving you.

What good is judgement with a fractured mind?
but strong emotion is in our design.
This correlation with desire and pain,
leaves you to wonder is it worth your gain.

You know of someone who has wept to death,
they wept away all their youthful breath,
what can you do but see them to the end,
say "keep your head up 'till your spirit mends"

I see the sorrow in the eyes I meet,
deep in the rubble of a soul that's beat.
next time I come upon a wishing pond,
I'll make a wish to help and keep us strong.
Track Name: You're My Antidote
Oh when I am with you,
I've never felt another love so true.
I look at you and I see
everything I could ever need.

When we're feeling all the weight of the world,
I know that we can keep each other afloat.
In a world full of poisonous people you're my antidote.

I love you (I love you)
I love you (I'll always love you)
And I know that we can keep each other afloat.
I love you.

You're so sweet, and you're tough.
I don't want to hear you say you've had enough.
And it's true, meeting you
has been the sweetest thing the whole way through.

When we're feeling all the weight of the world,
I know that we can keep each other afloat.
In a world full of poisonous people you're my antidote.

I love you (I love you)
I love you (I'll always love you)
And I know that we can keep each other afloat.
I love you.

I love you (I love you)
I love you (I'll always love you)
And I know that we can keep each other afloat.
I love you.
Track Name: Banana Peel
Seven years later and it's still the same,
haven't got a spare dollar to my name.
Searching for a job so that I get paid,
just to tide me over till I get my way.

Falling down the charts of accomplished peers,
though I don't mind pulling up the rear,
I need to find traction for my wheels,
but all I seem to find are banana peels.

Working all the time, working out new lines,
working even though I don't make no dime,
searching for a way I can make my mark,
climbing to the light, climbing out of the dark,

Worrying about all the time that goes,
and all the other things that I still don't know,
All that I can do is trust what I can't see,
and listen to the things that my gut tells me.

Yeah, I think I've got it what I gotta do
I've got to give up what I've got to lose
And do it.
Alright alright alright alright alright alright.
Track Name: What Are You Afraid Of?
Well you think that you know
what direction to go
but the answer is just out of reach.
And you're scared to grab,
to take a stab,
'cause you've not yet gone mad enough.

And you see what you need
but you're struggling to breath
and you can't find the guts yet to change.
And your list goes unchecked
as you start to dissect
what it is that you think that you want.

What are you afraid of?
The chance that you might fall?
Well aren't we all? Aren't we all?
What are you afraid of?
The mountain seems too tall?
You're scared you'll fall? Aren't we all?

And you're finding it strange
that you won't make the change
that will take you to where you desire.
And your actions remain
nonexistent, the same
and you can't figure out the problem.

And you can't flee the past
'cause it's going to fast
and you wish that the clock would take a break.
And you feel you might burst
'cause you're stuck in reverse
and you can't seem to get it in gear.

What are you afraid of?
That you don't know know what's right?
You've lost the light? Can't find the light?
What are you afraid of?
The weighted odds that you face
to find your grace? To find your grace?

What are you afraid of?
Track Name: West Virginia
I heard the water call my name.
I didn't pay much mind.
I can't remember when it started
until I had to leave it all behind.

I don't know when I'm coming home
when I don't even know what day it is.
I don't know when I'm coming home
I think I feel alright,
I think we should stay another night.

West Virginia, I'm so glad.
You make me happy when I'm sad.
West Virginia. It'll drive you mad,
'cause you'll be chasing all the
best of times you've ever had.

I traveled time there with a con man.
He told me of his plans to make a film.
He had an interest in connections
and he shared a brightly colored point of view.

My body's feeling sore today
'cause Benny dragged us through the lake.
And three Arenas saw it happen
seeing how much the both of us could take.

I don't know when I'm coming home
when I don't even know what day it is.
I don't know when I'm coming home
I feel alright,
I think we should stay another night.

West Virginia, I'm so glad.
You make me happy when I'm sad.
West Virginia. It'll drive you mad,
'cause you'll be chasing all the
best of times you've ever had.

We're on the float with Captain Beezer
and Charles is asleep right on the floor.
Cast the rocks and catch a trophy,
the kind that keeps you coming back for more.

I heard the water call my name.
It whispered in my ear.
You know you'll want me once I'm gone.
Remember that when you are leaving hear.
Track Name: Sugar Ring
Remember when
you were out of control
before you dug
yourself out of that hole

Before I knew
what made you feel okay
before I heard
what you don't wanna say.
Your sugar ring keeps you afloat.

When the nights go fast
and the weeks go quick
except when I'm away
and you've got me worried sick.
And I should be frightened
but I feel okay.
I hope you're here to stay
I won't let you go away.

I wasn't scared
I thought that I'd be afraid
that this was false
that this was all a charade.

You're favorite numbers
are playing inside my head.
I think it's funny
the way you walk on your bed.
Track Name: Amberson
Standing along,
hanging his eyes,
up in the sky.
Staring into
a quivering light
that bleeds through the night.

He's the watchman on the roof
he's the closest to the stars
and his eyes are reaching far
he knows exactly where you are.
High above the crowded streets
taking tabs on all he sees
he's the watchman on the roof.

He's watching you now
act out your scene
he knows what it means.
Passing the time
as he waits for the sun.
He knows what you've done.
Track Name: Capri
A spot by the sea
is all that I need.
Just a sandy
surrender Capri.

Somewhere that's hotter
where the water clear
and my problems don't
follow me here.

A place where the air
is good for my hair
where I'd rather
walk everywhere.

Someplace where sun rays
are always your friend
whose warm light
is the gift that they send.
Track Name: Brightest Star
I did not want you to know
I was melting away in the snow.

I had dried with all the leaves
taken away by the sea.

Floated to another world
so far gone was this girl

but you pulled me down you took my hand
and gave me a soft spot to land.

You're the brightest star
that ever shined
and I still can't believe
that you're mine.

I gave up on finding love
I was a stick in the mud.

And then I saw a smile so bright
that brought me back into the light.

Your love to me has come to be
another branch on my tree.

A brand new door, and so much more.
I hope I can return the favor.

You're the brightest star
that ever shined
and I still can't believe
that you're mine.
Track Name: Wake Up
Wake up
and get your head off the ground.
Wake up
so you can make your rounds.

Some day
Some day
Some day
I'll wake up

Wake Up!

Wake Up
and do what you've got to do.
When you snap out of it
get to work so you can pay your dues.
If you know what you want
get to work so you can make your move.

Wake Up!
Track Name: Hawaiian Bistro
(instrumental)
Track Name: Let It Ring
If your heart shouts,
let it out, let it out.
and if your heart sings,
let it ring, let it ring.

If it's around tie it down,
before it escapes,
and soon you'll
be feeling great.

If you need a grin,
let it in, let it in.
If there's one thing you know,
let it show, let it show.

If you can see,
set it free.
wake from your sleep,
so you can live happily.
Track Name: Speak to You
Settle into what you know.
Pick a place and go, man, go.
It's alright to take it slow.
But now you have no reason,
not to start the show.

Trust in the feeling that resides.
believe in it until you hit your stride.
Hold it closely for the ride
and show everybody living
what you've got inside.

What good is the page without a pen?
You let your thoughts flow out of reach again.
What good is a home without a friend.
'Cause isn't that all that matters in the end?
Everytime you look up in the sky
and know another day soon will pass you by.
Hold onto everything you love,
and love before we're taken from above.

Carve a path and don't retreat.
Make a stand or take a seat.
You have the tools set at your feet.
So whittle away until you get to something sweet.

Listen to what speaks to you.
For the words they speak oftentimes are true.
If you're not sure, no, what to do,
listen to the voice of the things that speak to you.
Listen to the voice of the things that speak to you.

What good is the page without a pen?
You let your thoughts flow out of reach again.
What good is a home without a friend.
'Cause isn't that all that matters in the end?
Everytime you look up in the sky
and know another day soon will pass you by.
Hold onto everything you love,
and love before we're taken from above.