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released October 25, 2012

All songs written and performed by Daniel J.S. Lewis unless otherwise indicated.

Recorded and Mixed by Daniel J.S. Lewis at Dead Dog Studio.

Copyright 2012 CV Music. All rights reserved.

Special thanks to Richard Kegler and P22 Type Foundry, Buffalo NY for help with cover design.

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The Tomorrow File comes at you with smart hooks and penetrating lyrics. A singer/songwriter with an eclectic ability to fuse genres in an originally singular way.

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Track Name: Suicide
Up and down I ride the tide, but I never felt closer to suicide

Lately I've been nervous
About what I've been told
I'm lazy and I'm foolish
Now I'm growing old
I'm confused about a lot of things
Most of them are me

Up and down I ride the tide, but I never felt closer to suicide

Lately I've been thinking
Correct me if I'm wrong
But every day is shorter
And every night is long
And every I try to change
The changes never come

Up and down I ride the tide, but I never felt closer to suicide

Nobody gave me a second look
So I wrote it all down in my mystery book
And when I thought that I would break
I hung my head and I tried to fake

Indifference to the memories
Indifference to the shame
Indifference to all the things I once thought I'd be
Indifference to the memories
Indifference to the pain
Indifferent to the people that I'll never see again

Lately I've been thinking
Correct me if I'm wrong
But every day is shorter
And every night is long
And every I try to change
The changes never come

Lately I've been nervous
About what I've been told
I'm lazy and I'm foolish
Now I'm growing old
I'm confused about a lot of things
Most of them are me

Up and down I ride the tide, but I never felt closer to suicide
Track Name: Salvation
Who's that knocking on the door?
The paranoia shows
Who's that staring at the ground?
Drowning in the sound

You've got a lot of things to do
You don't need salvation to see it through

Who's that hiding from it all?
The second hand just crawls
Who's that dying from inside?
And running out of time

You've got a lot of things to do
You don't need salvation to see it through
Track Name: Song Of L.A.
Strange words in the kingdom of the mind
A hurricane that came unsigned

This the song of L.A.
Never gonna do it now

40 years gone, and you're left with what? (In your mind)
Empty hands and your eyes sewn shut (It's time)
Sad song in the kingdom of the mind (It's sublime)
The hurricane came and it left unsigned (It's only dying)

This the song of L.A.
Never gonna do it now
Track Name: When I'm Gone
A dream in the morning
Where do you go?
With no warning
I just thought you should know

Who will you be?
Where will you go?
What will you see
When the wreathes lay low?

What will you feel, and will you be afraid?
Track Name: Step Backwards
You step backwards
And I state mine
Never knowing your father
To find his way home

Find your way home
Track Name: The White Roots Of Peace
You think the broken bottle hears you crying out
As you raise your arm to stop another blow
Whenever in your life were you taught to suffer in silence
And throw away your knife?

You seem lost in this strange gathering
Where you hide your face behind the paraffin
You run your fingers across your cracked lips and you wonder:
"How can I leave this place?"

Oh, mother tell me: where are the white roots of peace?
When you're lying on the floor
Praying to your wooden god
"Deliver me or let me wander in peace!
For in this kingdom of one word answers I am cowered like a dog
I need someone to believe in me!"

You watch the televisions floating down the street
You sat to my left as the devils and the angels played along
But his hands are heavy, and the world is wide
And you die a little deep inside

Oh, mother show me: where are the white roots of peace?
When you're slamming every door, pressed against the wall
Just pretend and let it go to your head
"For in this kingdom of tears and cancers I am sinking like a fog
I need someone to receive me!"

But I was so much younger then
And though I never saw your pain
It stays with me to this day
And I wonder where you are
And do you ever see the stars
That shine so bright and so clear?

Oh, mother find me: here in the white roots of peace
I'm still lying on the floor (what more can I say?)
For in this kingdom of broken dancers I give to you my song
I need someone to believe
I need someone to receive
I need someone to grieve me
Track Name: The Man Who Was Taller Than God
The man who was taller than God
Stood on my shoulder and saw the common way
He stood in silence and his face grew long
As the life within me slipped away

The man who was taller than God
Held out his hollow heart and drove the flock away
Still your struggle when you hear that song
Rise up, gome home, and face the day

When you are empty and alone
I fill the void with ash and bone
Before me angels turn to stone
See all the things that do not show
Track Name: Maryknoll
Night comes down like a lid
Be careful with what you give

A long, long time ago
Ellen lived on Maryknoll
Track Name: Life After The Hourglass
Instrumental.
Track Name: Wash Me Away
There comes a day
When everything washes away
Wash my sins
In the cool of the river
And everyone knows
It's just the way life goes
You wash me away
Track Name: Queen of the Bleached-Bone Scene
Build me a ship
And I'll sail it in effigy
On a lead gray sea
With the waves washing over me I'm lost

I'm a blank disenchanter
Drinking from a bone decantur
Wondering at the crucifix
Broken, my faith unclicks

Should I sail out from the west?
Would my mother shame me, knee bent?
All I need is to be thoughtless
Like a hatchet and a broken hope chest

You lose what you set out to find
When you kill the strange thoughts in your mind
Never let them go

Go face the Queen of the Bleached Bone Scene
She always says what she means
And I'm alone in the frost
Of my Petersburgh lost
Track Name: Joshua
Joshua says all things fade away
The sunshine lays him low
He's cashing checks from the government
His brother tells me so

Joshua gets by through the U.S. mail
Death by a thousand drinks
The Joshua I knew then was the best of us
No matter what he thinks

Joshua, are you there?
What can I do to help you break
Your thousand yard stare?
Joshua, are you there?

Joshua sleeps through the afternoon
He's writing a lot, they say
An unpainted wall in an empty room
Fading day by day

Joshua dreams of his innocence
All things possible and true
He holds fast to his memories
The mirror is so cruel

Joshua, are you there?
Were love and loss and life all so much
More than you could bear?
Joshua, are you there?

Considering life
Is like staring into the sun.
You missed the starting line
Now you're too tired to run.

There is a time for all things
Every man has his season
Cross-eyed and howling
In a land where hope is treason

Joshua, are you there?
Your photo looks right through me, old friend
Are you beyond repair?
Joshua, are you there?