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Smoke Signals

from Song A Day: The Album by Jonathan Mann



Smoke Signals

Norman Famous - drums, vocals
Matt Payne - drums, trombone, bass, arrangement
Thomas Hughes - bass, synth programming, vocals
Fluffy - glockenspiel, vocals
Meerenai Shim - flute
Sam Douglass - vocals
Nick Krill - guitar, vocals
Jonathan - vocals, guitar


you build a house brick by brick
then you knock it down
you drain the lake drop by drop
so that you won't drown
if you're overwhelmed, then you're paying attention
but if you're concerned with higher ascension
then you'll miss your stop on the last train out
the temperature drop when winter comes
the fire followed by angry shouts
the smoke signals and distant drums
the end, the end, the end
has come

when you set out you dream of land
for gin and distant and totally new
two weeks in and you wish you had
a place of your own made just for you
when the sails are furled and you step ashore
you won't hear the waves at night anymore
and you'll miss the sound of metal on madst
the kiss of the stars when the morning comes
the speed with which the days fly past
the smoke signals and the distant drums
the end

you dig a hole earth by earth
then you fill it in
you did it for yourself whatever that's worth
and you'd do it again
you'd dig all the way to the moon and back
you'd dig right through a heart attack
and you'll keep digging till the shovel gives way
back to the beginning with the whispered hums
you'd put yourself up on display
with the smoke signals and the distant drums


from Song A Day: The Album, released September 28, 2011




Jonathan Mann Jersey City, New Jersey

I'm a songwriter best known for writing a song a day. I've been at it for 10 years.

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