In Space

by Evening Man

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released November 2, 2012

“In Space” was written, performed, produced, engineered, mastered by Paul Erik Lipp.
Published by Restless Radio Music (ASCAP).
Recorded in Pomfret, CT and Washington, DC, August 2011-September 2012.

Cover image: Klea McKenna, “Center of Gravity #10”.
www.kleamckenna.com

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Evening Man Washington, D.C.

Evening Man is the moniker of singer/songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Paul Erik Lipp. He currently lives and works in Washington, DC.

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Track Name: In Space
It might have been an April day, though I don’t trust my memory,
& I don’t daydream anymore. Dreaming is never enough.
We were wandering in the woods & were so lost for hours & hours.
I just lay there in the leaves like my head was full of flowers.
I was just a kid. I’d been floating through the trees
& all the always open doors. Nothing was always enough.
All around us, such a mess. We wanted so much; we were always so tired.
Our future lay there in the light, but it was set. It was already wired.

The peaceful look you’ve got upon your face.
We will not argue anymore
if you would just come back.
Retribution or attack,
this has got to be because of me.
All the while, you are lost in space.
Something that I’ve heard before
comes rushing back to mind.
Since you were always kind,
this has got to be because of me.

This is just a plea. I think you’ve heard it all before,
but I will call to you again, since nothing is never enough.
Going gently into night after a long institutional tedium.
You gave a tree the gift of sight; I gave my last 20 bucks to the medium.
It gets away from me. I’ll be forgiven for wanting more.
I’ll say repentant prayers and then nothing is almost enough.
Going big, then going out. You close your eyes for hours and hours.
Here comes the latest wave of doubt.

There's a peaceful look you’ve got upon your face.
We will not argue anymore
if you would just come back.
Retribution or attack,
this has got to be because of me.
“All the while, you are lost in space”:
something that I’ve heard before.
Track Name: I Can't Be Your Man
Make me want to throw it all away
& still have nothing to say.
There’s nothing to think about
except for when we’re gonna go out.
I want it all. I want it all
if I’m gonna take the fall.
Want you there, underground.
You’ll be found with me.

The way you stand there in the light, like I never could have found you.
You could evaporate in night. You know I’m gonna have to...

Make me come somewhere outside myself,
or damn the whole thing to hell
since there’s nothing to drink in here,
& all I wanna do is be near you
when you show it all, & you show it all.
I’m in the middle of the longest fall.
You stay there. Not a sound.
You’ll be found with me.

The way you stand there in the light, like I never could have found you.
You could evaporate in night. I’ll do anything that I have to do.

I want you, baby, but I can’t understand how to be a man.
I want you, baby, but I can’t be your man. I don’t understand.
I wanna be buried deep in the ground, babe. I want you to tell me I will never survive.
I get so hysterical about you. I want you to tell me you will eat me alive.

There’s nothing I won’t say & there’s nothing I won’t do.
I won’t get in your way. I’m always inside of you.
As we drive from place to place, as the future turns impossible,
as the night wears on your face, nothing’s ever been so beautiful.

I want you, baby, but I can’t understand how to be a man.
I want you, baby, but I can’t be your man. I don’t understand.
I wanna be buried deep in the ground, babe. I want you to tell me I will never survive.
I get so hysterical about you. I want you to tell me you will eat me alive.
Track Name: Able to Explain
We two children have enough
in common to understand
that nobody likes demands
& everything needs water to thrive.
We two children warp the world
with the force of our fantasy.
I’ll watch as you climb the tree.
Look at me pretending to drive.

For you, there’s nothing that I won’t pretend
there’s nothing that I won’t pretend
to be able to explain.

If I could tell you the future,
that there’s an order there, maybe
you’d stop scratching the sutures.
I’ll tell you anything, baby.
One child’s playing dumb,
but I know that he’ll understand
if you write your name with your finger
on the back, the back of his hand.

We pretend that we are kids & no one seems to mind.
Something gold to bury there for someone else to find.
Something silver for the nest: an offering from me.
You’re gonna have to tell me how you think it ought to be for you.
I’ve done nothing that I can’t defend. I’ve done nothing that I can’t defend.
Did I cause you any pain?
Did I cause you any pain?
Did I cause you any pain?
Track Name: Bit by Bit
My friends have all grown up,
if I can even call them friends.
Out there, they all move on.
In here, all means, no ends.
I’m not inside myself,
not the way I’m meant to be.
I fake it well enough.
In here, all moves, no me.

Bit by bit, when I say that I couldn’t
Bit by bit, what I mean is I wouldn’t,
and best of all, I never even tried.
Bit by bit, I’m becoming a monster.
Bit by bit, I’m becoming my father.
My ceaseless and inexorable slide.

I’m eager to please.
Hold tight my unease.
You break me down, but I don’t belong to anyone
and no one can say they know me well.
You don’t know me well.
Bit by bit, I am staying the same.
Bit by bit, I am staying where I am.
Bit by bit, I am staying the same.
Bit by bit by bit by bit by bit...

Bit by bit, when I say that I couldn’t
Bit by bit, what I mean is I wouldn’t,
and best of all, I never even tried.
Bit by bit, I’m becoming a monster.
Bit by bit, I’m becoming my father.
My ceaseless and inexorable slide.
Track Name: In Dreams
Do you want to read? Do you want to walk?
Do you want to fuck? Do you want to talk?
I can give you everything you've ever wanted, love of mine.
Do you want your fill? Do you want your friends?
Do you want your pills? Are you on the mend?
I would get some sleep, but it seems my house was haunted all this time.

Do you want to eat? Do you want to drink?
Can you hear my voice? Can you even think?
I've been here for days and I'm going nowhere 'til I see a sign.

In dreams, you would have stayed forever, happy with me.
Over the waterfall. Tear down the Berlin wall.
Collapse to the floor wearing nothing but a smile,
not get up until we're done.
You would be safe from any physical harm.
Into my open arms. Nothing but false alarms.
Collapse into love. Say you'll stay here for a while.
I knew you were the one.

I look around at routinized and mechanized pedestrians.
What do they do with the money that they make?
I feel inside my pocket while I'm walking to the hospital.
If I drink this bottle, I will never wake.

In dreams, you would have stayed forever, happy with me.
Over the waterfall. Tear down the Berlin wall.
Collapse to the floor wearing nothing but a smile,
not get up until we're done.
You would be safe from any physical harm.
Into my open arms. Nothing but false alarms.
Collapse into love. Say you'll stay here for a while.
I knew you were the one.
Track Name: Glass Beneath the Skin
Baby doll, there's nothing I can do for you.
There's nothing I can say to make it go away.
Ladytron, there's nothing left to salvage here.
No point in being brave. There's nothing here to save.
But that doesn't mean I won't stay here anyway.
But that doesn't mean I won't stay here anyway.

Something goes very wrong with us.
A gaping hole, and the end of trust.
I took you too far into the woods.
I've taken you too far into the woods.
Baby, I'm no good.

A piece of glass just beneath the skin.
A small device meant to draw you in.
I've taken you too far away from home.
I've taken you too far away from home.
Baby, we're alone. Baby, we're alone.

But that doesn't mean I won't stay here anyway.
But that doesn't mean I won't stay here anyway.
Track Name: In Movies
Spent days inside your heart.
Something I forgot comes back to hunt me down.
I practice my goodbye.
They doomed me from the start.
I'm something that I'm not. I'm what is not allowed.
I practice my goodbye.

I won't be the same tomorrow.
I wasn't the same today.
Waiting all day in the silence.
Waiting for something to say.
It's nothing at all like the movies.
In movies, they know who they are.
I don't give a damn if you listen.
You were born to be a star.

But I just can't figure it out.
What is everyone getting so fucking hysterical about now?
And I can't stop thinking about
you lying there wearing nothing.

Spent days inside your heart.
Something I forgot comes back to hunt me down.
I practice my goodbye.
They doomed me from the start.
I'm something that I'm not. I'm what is not allowed.
I practice my goodbye.

And they bury me deep in the ground.
There's a terrible, terrible sound you can hear in the nighttime.
There's a terrible, terrible sound you can hear in the nighttime.

Here in the nighttime, there's a terrible, terrible sound you can hear in the nighttime, and they bury me deep in the ground...you can hear...