Be Your Own Mirror

by Jeff Beam

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Recorded January 2011 to January 2012
- Greene, Maine
- Portland, Maine
- Augusta, Maine
- Vinalhaven, Maine
- Somerville, Massachusetts
- Brooklyn, New York
- Syracuse, New York
- Sheboygan, Wisconsin
- Burlington, Vermont


Thank you to all the folks who made this album possible:

The Milkman’s Union, Chris Cambra, Naythen Wilson, Sam Peisner, Jake Wolk, Dan Capaldi, Marcel Hamel, Mike O’Neal, Julie, mom&dad, portlandmaine, craigslist, Tanner Smith, Molly Greening, existence, Jaeger Wells (executive director) and everyone on Kickstarter, and everyone else.


For Maxwell.

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released April 6, 2012

Composed, recorded, & produced by Jeff Beam
Mixed by Jeff Beam & Barry F.
Additional engineering by Naythen Wilson & Dan Capaldi
Mastered by Barry F.

All sounds by Jeff Beam except:
- Tanner Smith: sound collages (tracks 4, 8, 9) / radio (tracks 4, 9) / sitar (tracks 4, 9) / cittern (track 4)
- Henry Jamison: viola (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7) / claps (track 8)
- Molly Greening: cello (track 4)
- Naythen Wilson: trumpet (track 9)
- Grant Brown: French horn (track 9)
- Peter McLaughlin: megaphone fuzz (track 9) / bowed cymbal (track 9)
- Scott Nebel: amplified noise (track 9) / backwards guitar (track 9)
- Dan Capaldi: drums (track 6) / claps (tracks 6, 8)

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Track Name: Whispering Poison in his Ear
these old walls can't hold us all
overflow like urban sprawl

we all went our separate ways
hypnotized by days of blazes



even though we know that they're above
leave them all alone if they're in love



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Track Name: Hospital Patience
if
you only knew
all of the things
they planned to do
to you

tubes
tied to the wall
pretend we don't hear
the screams down the hall
at all

still
i should've known
nobody's home
i'm on my own

cold
look in his eyes
fills me with fear
and soon makes you cry

still
i should've known
nobody's home
we're on our own

one more time
get it right
don't you know
that it's my life
it's mine
yours is fine
but you're not listening
to the words i say
no
to my worried eyes
no
now it's all the time
all the time
all the time
Track Name: Part One
every time i try to go
everyone, they tell me "no"
people tell me to say
"don't you go far away, please
stay with me"

every time i make you cry
good intentions gone awry
hurry up, settle down
no need to show
what you know
what you know
don't you know

i can tell you're not like me
nothing we could not foresee
looking for other ways
jaded by lazy days
tidal waves, aeroplanes
apathy fills our veins
don't you know people see
exactly what they believe
me to be
Track Name: Part Two
(instrumental)
Track Name: Now
i'm going underground
tall buildings make me frown
give me a quiet town
i don't want people always chasing me 'round
city bringing me down

i know i'm getting out
maybe we'll talk about
i'm not believing how
there's no relief, there's no escaping the now
city bringing me down

never trust the shadows, they don't act like they should
you know their feelings seem deceiving 'cause they're up to no good
i must've smiled a thousand times but no one here understood
it's no good
it's going to stifle your life, it's no good

i always wondered how
8 million people sound
i thought it'd be profound
turns out it's just a bunch of banging around
city bringing me down

never trust the shadows, they don't act like they should
you know their feelings seem deceiving 'cause they're up to no good
i'm gonna sleep until my time is up (i wish that i could)
it's no good
it's going to stifle your life, it's no good

i'm going underground
tall buildings make me frown
give me a quiet town
so i can say that i am, without a doubt,
city free; i'm without

never trust the shadows, they don't act like they should
you know their feelings seem deceiving 'cause they're up to no good
i must've smiled a thousand times but no one here understood
it's no good
it's going to stifle your life, it's no good
Track Name: Existentially Speaking
when i was younger, i couldn't tell
better than anyone else
i never thought i would think about
but then i tripped and i fell
i never thought we would figure out
why the hell we are here
but then i realized that we could all disappear

are we just dreaming?
is this a story?
to many others
have come before me
and never bothered
to ponder farther
they never wondered
if it's real

we could be an experiment
i heard we came from above
i heard we might be an accident
capable of love
i never thought i would think about
something so austere
but then i realized that we could all disappear

are we just dreaming?
is this a story?
to many others
have come before me
and never bothered
to ponder farther
they never wondered
if it's real
Track Name: Congratulations on Your Latest Achievement
you did it
you won it
you don't deserve it but you don't care as long as you got it
you got it
you got it
you got it
you got it
you
Track Name: Successful People Who Never Existed
inside is the only way to get it off your mind when it has caused you pain
inside everyone there's something that defines us; inside, there's a brand new way

withdrawn, like a big decision
but they didn't listen
and i know she's missing
everyone, i'll
end up like a cold collision
it's a lonely mission
but they didn't listen

outside, where the blind can follow anyone who's deaf and everyone agrees
outside, it's not hard to find out it's a mean old world when everyone has greed

withdrawn, like a big decision
but they didn't listen
and i know she's missing
everyone, i'll
end up like a cold collision
it's a lonely mission
but they didn't listen
but they didn't listen
but they didn't listen
but they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listenbut they didn't listen
Track Name: Destroy All Solutions
Just before the planets realign
Fix yourself a faulty new design
One that's interested in all our fears
One we can appreciate in 40 years

Jump before you're swept away to see
Something much more powerful than me
First they say that it will all be fine
Then they say it's all just in your mind
Don't tell me it's all just in my mind

Even though we know that they are hollow
They wallow around
While we're doomed

Seems as though there's going to be some troubles
rebuttals, mistakes
While we're

Alone