Ten Thousand Things

by Dash Jacket

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Recorded on August 17, 18, 19, & 22, 2011 with Paul A Rosales at the Orange Julius in Orange, CA. Additional overdubs and mixing done on January 13, 14, & 16, 2012.

artwork made in spring 2012 by Thomas Lucero, from a hi-res scan of a paint splotch. Or, a paint squish, really. Whatever you call what happens when you smash two pieces of paper together with paint in between. A paint sandwich.

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released July 10, 2012

Matthew Towles- guitars, vocals, words, drums
Thomas Lucero- guitars, vocals, words, drums, artwork
Paul McEldowney- bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals
Paul Rosales- engineering, producing, mixing, mastering, guitar feedback, guidance

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Track Name: Not My ♥
When you just don’t wanna be loved—
When yr hands are cold like the outside of a glove:

When you just wanna walk away;
Yeah, you just wanna walk away—
Well you could walk away…

When yr friends all think that yr gay,
but you just wanna be treated the same way:

When you just wanna walk away;
Yeah, you just wanna run away—
Well you could run away…

Yeah, when you just wanna run away;
Well you just wanna fade away—
Well, don’t fade away.
Track Name: Drifting
I wanna be alone:
I’ve been drifting.

I’ve been drifting
close to home.
I’ve been shifting
and I wanna be alone.

I wanna be alone.
I’ve been drifting.

I wanna be alone.
I’ve been drifting—
shifting. I’m shifting;
I’ve been drifting.
Track Name: Warmth
I fear your form.
I miss your form.
I fear your voice.
I miss your warmth.
Track Name: Cool Fantasy
it's not very hard to look in your eyes,
so why am i laughing?
it's not very hard to look at the sky,
when it looks back at me.

a cool fantasy, to see you,
but the reach is a little far for me.
how great is it to be you?
if i could be something, you're what i'd be.

don't try to say you're unhappy, 'cuz i can see your teeth.
i know you're smiling.
how does the mirror know i'm just plastic foam?
is my reflection lying?

a cool fantasy, to see you,
but i have no style, do i?
i could never be you,
'cuz you are you and i am "i"

a cool fantasy, to see you,
but you know we're both just floating away.
i'll never be you,
but maybe i'll meet you someday.
Track Name: Not Waiting
“I guess it’s just a hard life,”
as I’m drowning in the deep blues of yr eyes.
I’ll listen if you tell the truth
(or just wanna talk to me).

“I’ve given up on your lies,
or maybe just the way you try to hide.”
But you know that I’d rather fight
than let you into me.

Could it be you’re still pissed?
I know you can’t make that shift—
“late again.” I swear I’ll never make a fist.
The root is gone—this is all that’s left of our plant.

Turn yourself on your side
just to prove that you’ve got nothing to hide.
“I can hear it in your sigh”:
I won’t ‘make up’ with you.

And when I wake you up again
you don’t listen to a word I’ve said.
Everything [I] do makes [you] “cry,”
so I guess it’s just a hard life.
Track Name: Rosy
I show no interest; I’m likely to destroy.
I liked you better when I thought I was your boy.
I’m getting kind of tired of “hey, let’s run away,”
but whatever comes tomorrow’s better than today.

I’ll never know.
You’ll never say.
I find it makes our lives a bit easier that way.

Let’s flee the underground. It’s cool to be uncool.
I liked it better when we didn’t have these rules.

Don’t waste you’re life with poetry—
we don’t know anything.
It’s all a bunch of lies.
We’re rosy and out of touch,
but with a bit of luck
we can find out why.

I don’t wanna know.
You'll never say.
I find it makes our lies more interesting that way.

I show no interest—I’m likely to destroy.
And I liked you even more when you said, “You’re not my boy.
And it takes a man to admit when he’s not a man.”
I know I’m lying when I say, “I’ll do what I can.”

You never come,
but I always stay.
And I find that I can’t stand half the things you say.

And you’ll never know
‘cuz I’ll never say.
I find it makes our lives a bit easier that way.
Track Name: Glass Half Full
i can't find a reason why
i don't try not to get behind.

but i think i'd lose my mind before i lose myself to lethargy,
and i think i'll be fine just as long as you stick with me,

but ooh, i wanna go too, when you're going out.
ooh, i wanna know too,
what it's all about.
Track Name: Nothing, Beautiful
I wanna get so far away that I forget about this place. I wanna wrap up in wave and have it take me to a new place I can stay. I’m unafraid to taste the blossom. We hate the past until we’ve got none. Let’s wait till night—we’ve no place to be and I feel that in the darkness it’s easier to see.
I wanna get so far away that I forget about this place. I wanna wrap up in a cloud and have it take me to a new place I can stay.
These pooka shells around your neck: I wanna lick ‘em up and put ‘em in your back. I know your kind: still breathing air that you found in a jar and labeled as “DESPAIR”.
Is nothing beautiful as it seems?
(Nothing’s as beautiful as it seems.)
Track Name: January
We used to be “just friends.” Now we aren’t anything. The months flew right by—a blur of photographs and fleece. We needed someone else to bring us home; someone else to tell us we were wrong.
I gave up on March. You gave up in January. Turns out you were smart to get out when you did: you needed someone to show you you were wrong; needed someone to show you the way. You needed someone to show you he was the right one. You needed someone to show you it’s okay: it’s hard to say “I love you.”
You needed someone to show just how good he was. You needed someone to see you missed the signs. You needed someone else to see you were in love. You needed someone else to show you sometimes it’s hard to say “I love you.”