WARM

by Jeff Tweedy

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voidcalledwendy
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voidcalledwendy I think the description of the album nails it quite right. The lyrics of the album in combination with the music are pure bliss. They show how much fun one can have with language, english language in this particular case. Favorite track: How Hard It Is For a Desert to Die.
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Mark Hall Love this new album from Jeff Tweedy. It has the melodic simplicity and catchiness of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco's early records, but with songwriting by a seasoned hand, someone who is emerging on the other side of middle age -- kids raised and out of the house, distractions receding, and existential questions front-and-center. Favorite track: Don't Forget.
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“Certain lyrical flowers sprout up with regularity across the ten song-yards that are this record. A son who has lost a father sings to his wife, his sons, that father. There are apologies, and mirror-twins; threats to enemies (‘I’d love to take you down / and leave you there’) and entreaties (‘Let’s go rain again!’) and dreamy challenges (‘I wonder how much freedom we can dream’) and ornery morphings of language that serve a simple function: they make the listener love language again.”
– George Saunders, Liner Notes for Jeff Tweedy’s WARM

Warm is a solo album of all new material, produced and recorded entirely by Jeff at Chicago’s now legendary studio, The Loft (with help from some of his usual collaborators – Spencer Tweedy, Glenn Kotche and Tom Schick). WARM follows the acoustic retrospective release, Together at Last (2017), and Wilco’s 2016 album, Schmilco.

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released November 30, 2018

Produced by Jeff Tweedy and Tom Schick at The Loft (Chicago, IL). Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering (Portland, ME).

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Track Name: Bombs Above
All my life
I’ve played a part
In the bombs above
The ones you love
I’m taking a moment to apologize
I should have done more
To stop the war
So I’m sorry

I leave behind
A trail of songs
From the darkest gloom
To the brightest sun
I’ve lost my way
But it’s hard to say
What I’ve been through
Should matter to you

A man so drunk
He could hardly stand
Told me once
Holding my hand
Suffering is the same
For everyone
He was right
But I was wrong
To agree

Ahh ahh ahh ahh
Ahh
Track Name: Some Birds
Some birds
Just sit
Useless
Like fists
I wrestle
On TV
But no one ever
Let’s me win
I lean
On the wall
Like a broom
Confused
By the scope
Of it all
Any fool
Can tell the truth

And no I don’t
Think that I should
Add one
To the sum
Of all that you fear

I’d love to take you down
And leave you there

In my window
I have a twin
I look out
He looks in
He has a point
I applaud
Oh my goodness
Oh my god
Is it my fault
The countrysides
Are so full
Of suicide?
I break bricks
With my heart
But only a fool
Would call it art.

No I don’t
Think I should
Be one
Of the sum
Of all that you fear

I’d love to take you down
And leave you there

So why fuss
Why not bend
Like a nail
Hammered in
Times are tough
If I recall
Oh it ain’t easy
No not at all

And no I don’t
Think I should
Complete
The sum
Of all the you fear

I’d love to take you down
And leave you there
Track Name: Don't Forget
Don’t forget
Don’t forget you’ve got a key
Yeah a cosmic key
Oh I love you so much

Don’t forget
We’re all blowing in
The interstellar wind
I’m your little galaxy

Don’t forget
Don’t forget sometimes
We all
We all think about dying
Don’t let it kill you

Don’t forget
I won’t forget the long drive
We arrived in time to say goodbye
And the way my roses shook
I won’t overlook
The willows bending by the graves
The very next day in the shade
Sweating in a new suit

I don’t regret
I don’t regret sometimes
We all
We all think about dying
Don’t let it kill you

Don’t forget
Don’t forget to brush your teeth
Or you’ll have a funny smile
You don’t have to smile at me

Don’t forget
Don’t forget sometimes
We all
We all think about dying
Don’t let it kill you
Don’t forget
Don’t forget sometimes
We all
We all think about dying
Oh
Track Name: How Hard It Is For a Desert to Die
I hear your laugh in my laughter
An old photograph I’ve never seen
Where each set of eyes finds a different camera
Shining like the sun on the rain

I follow the wires to the horizon
There’s zero chance I’m going to cry
I think that fame is a misunderstanding
How hard is it for a desert to die
Track Name: Let's Go Rain
Oh I’ve heard about Noah’s flood
Washed away a world of sin
Some say destruction is an act of love
And think it should happen again

Let’s go rain
Let’s go rain
Again
Let’s go rain
Let’s go rain
Again

Once upon a time I was a Christian
I didn’t know I didn’t need to know
Now when the sky speaks I’m going to listen
And when it’s pissing I’ll just figure I’m alone

Let’s go rain
Let’s go rain
Again
Cmon rain
Let’s go rain
Again

Oh I should
Build a wooden ark
Wouldn’t you rather live
On an ocean of guitars

Aw c’mon rain
Let’s go rain
Again
Let’s go rain
Let’s go rain
Again

Oooooh oooh ooh
Aah aah aaah

Maybe you’re not a believer
Or maybe you don’t have a choice
Or maybe it’s a fever that you haven’t caught yet
‘Cause you haven’t met
Scott McCaughey

Let’s go rain
Let’s go rain
Again
Still no rain
Let’s go rain
Again
Track Name: From Far Away
From outer space
I am you
At distances
You’re me too
From far away
I assume
Everything
Needs less room

My ribs are turned
Like parentheses
And my lips have learned
What I don’t believe
Could I
Find a world just right
Or will I
Always search too high

If I die
Don’t bury me
Rattle me down
Like an old machine
Take my books
And my magazines
My photographs
Of you and me
Everything
I won’t need
Track Name: I Know What It's Like
Far away
From the fireworks display
Quiet and bright
I know what it’s like x 3
To not feel love

When a sunny day
Starts to rain
Keep me in mind
I know what it’s like x 3

Even when I’m wide awake
I keep turning back one page
I can’t find the plot
Something else is taking shape
I know what it’s like
To keep losing your place

My shadow stays
Even when I’m miles away
Waiting outside
I know what it’s like x 3
To not feel pain

When the lights are dim
In my window I have a twin
I’m always looking out
And he’s always looking in
I know what it’s like
Starting over again

I know what it’s like x 2
To not feel love

Far way
From the fireworks display
Quiet and bright
I know what it’s like x 3
To not feel love

Even when it’s years away
I still think it’s yesterday
I can’t find the plot
Something else is taking shape
I know it’s a lie
When you say it’s ok

I know what it’s like x 9
To not feel love

I know what it’s like
To not feel love
Track Name: Having Been Is No Way To Be
Oh I was naive
My shoes were untied
In heaven everything is just fine
But the phones are dead
And so is the light
And so are you
And honey so am I
But the earth still turns
For the unconcerned
Days pass below like train windows
I was a sapling tree
The birds looked like me
So I begged my nerves to kick me something new
From time to time
I’d watch you sleep
I wonder how much freedom we can dream
And I’m sorry when you wake up to me

I just got tired
Shining steady like a spider web
Is an empty stage
Now people say
What drugs did you take
And why don’t you start taking them again?
But they’re not my friends
And if I was dead
What difference would it ever make to them
If I got high
From time to time
I wonder how much freedom you would need
And I’d be sorry when you wake to me

I’m reaching out to you
I’m writing all the time
I don’t see deep but I see far and wide
I see dead trees
But the roots have leaves
Just because I can’t describe it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try
To untwist the knife
To unmake my mind
Having been is no way to be alive
And I’m alive
When I watch you sleep
I wonder how much freedom we need
And I’m here
When you wake up to me
I’m still here
When you wake up to me
Track Name: The Red Brick
My lonely said to me
Love won’t show
It’s a cold case
You’re never going to close
Oh I could never let it go
Oh I could never let it go

So I drank myself
Back into your life
And I cried
On the yellow telephone
Oh I could never let it go
Oh I could never let it go

Then I aimed my scope
Out a broken window
I could feel it in my bones
Oh I could never let it go
Oh I could never let you go
Track Name: Warm (When The Sun Has Died)
Please take my advice
Worry into your song
Grow away from your anger
Distance belongs

Oh I don’t believe in heaven
I keep some heat inside
Like a red brick in the summer
Warm when the sun has died
Track Name: How Will I Find You?
How will I find you?
How will I find you?
I don’t know
I don’t know
How will I find you?
I don’t know
I don’t know

You will know
You will know

How will I find you?
How will I find you?
I don’t know
I don’t know
How will I find you?
I don’t know
I don’t know

You will know
You will know

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