The Dry Season

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released July 15, 2011

All songs written, performed, and recorded by Joe DeGroot

Recorded in Joe's bedroom on June 27th and 28th, 2011

Artwork by Joe DeGroot, Steven Donahue, and Kyle Wilkerson

Special Thanks to Steven Donahue, Brian Foy, and Kyle Wilkerson

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Track Name: Lathrop Ave.
Suburban misery
Trivial tears that I adore
Problems that I can fabricate
Problems that leave us wanting more

Bedroom window situated
Near the radiator
The sun sets on the 90s
And we're lost

Sitting beneath the covered walk
SM is serenading me
I'll leave behind the amber pane
And glorify my legacy

Bedroom window situated
Near the radiator
The decade has begun
And we're lost
Track Name: Streetlights
Standing underneath this streetlight makes me feel
Like we're a sad Midwestern town
It's just the highway hum that's putting us to sleep
We keep the headlights underground

And if you told me that you're staying
Well, I just wouldn't understand

The gates of Heaven shining from outside the gym
The city lights atop the trees
I've had to make up my own memories because
Things were never like they used to be

And if you told me that you're staying
Well, I just wouldn't understand

Standing underneath this streetlight makes me feel
Like you would never come outside
We are the hills, we are the flats, you aren't here
You aren't here, I can't confide

And if you told me that you're staying
Well, I just wouldn't understand
Oh my lord, we haven't changed
We haven't changed
Track Name: I Feel Faint
I want to get past the stripes
And get on with living life
Days and weeks and months and years
Until I overcome my fears
Drawing pictures in the ground
Making love without a sound
Walking backwards through the streets
As wind deprives us both of heat

"That was terrible", you say
"Kiss me one more time today"
I feel faint, I feel so fine
I can't wait until you're mine

This is pain that I can hide
Every time you're at my side
Aching eyes don't seem to mind
When your eyes can be so kind
Awkward silences are laced with
Lovely smiles, your lovely face
It's not over, do not weep
We've not begun to see the peak

"That was terrible", you say
"Kiss me one more time today"
I feel faint, I feel so fine
I can't wait until you're mine
Track Name: Orpheus
You could make it more surreal
So I won't be alarmed
She cries underneath her sheets
But never in my arms

I came so far, but lost it all
When I turned to see
If you were with me
I was told that you had eyes
And I heard they
Could be deceiving

Thirty days until the shores
Expand and set you free
And as I watch you walk away
I'm longing for the sea
Sunday morning pressed me
Back into my bed

I came so far, but lost it all
When I turned to see
If you were with me
I was told that you had eyes
And I heard they
Could be deceiving
Orpheus, come back from Hell
You'll never see her again
Orpheus, come back from Hell
You'll never see her again
Track Name: Grayscale Psychotherapy
I don't want you
But I sure hope you're obsessed with me
Say what you will about it
Barring the windows
They strap me down onto the table
My words are muffled inside plastic

You're laid to rest with the footprints of
The junkies on your face
The rejects on your face

You're allowed to say
Anything you want because
I still think you're beautiful
Pushing the flower pot
Off the ledge onto the street
Grayscale psychotherapy

You're laid to rest with the footprints of
The junkies on your face
The rejects on your face

Don't you say a word to them
Just look as if you don't need anyone
Let them think that you have seen too much
There's the being bored with ecstasy
Lacking the need to be desired
There's the blood sticking to his teeth
Track Name: The Loveliest Drowned in the Creek
I'm not allowed to be upset
If I made the whole thing up
If I made the whole thing up
But if you knew that I was sick
Would that change anything?
Would it change a single thing?

I am lost
I missed your turn, because
I'm clinging on to my youth
I'll give up
You'll never love me, because
I'm clinging on to my youth

Photographic noise invades
My retinas at night
My retinas at night
And we hear the sound
The loveliest drowned in the creek
The loveliest drowned in the creek
Track Name: Pulse
Oh please pulse around my soul
And linger on
Until your gaze has wasted me
Until your gaze has wasted me
Now my head's a monitor
Surround my brain
With images of my demise
With images of my demise

I trust that you are clean
And that you are impaired
Enough to keep me warm tonight
Enough to keep me warm tonight
A primal nuisance has split my tongue
Inside my crib
I'm sound asleep before I drown
I'm sound asleep before I drown

The streets are melting fast
You'll throw this couch away
I've never felt a pulse
I won't feel yours today

Re-interpret whatever
You have said to me
Until your voice has wasted me
Until your voice has wasted me
Track Name: Burning Trees
Why can't you be a stupid teenage girl
For one time in your life?
To satisfy my stupid teenage mind?
Infinitely bothered by these strings
The planes slide past my face
And in this haze my pain in hard to find

For me, this will last forever
Just for me

My eyes remain wide open in the dark
In case you come around
If it were up to you, I'd never change
The boulevard has never seemed so calm
Despite the burning trees
Nothing in my life could feel strange

For me, this will last forever
Just for me
Track Name: Sickness is Pleasure
I've got this feeling that you are in love
I've got this terrible notion that you are in love
I've got this feeling that you've found a man
I've got this terrible desire to destroy a man
Is it appropriate for me to be aroused by the thought
Of your preteen self drowning me during a storm?

Sickness is pleasure
And purity keeps me
From feeling a single thing

You better believe it that I am repulsed
You better be gentle because I am feeling repulsed
What sort of behavior did you plan to see?
What sort of despicable habits did you plan to see?
A beautiful teenage boy cries in a wedding dress
But he should not be ashamed as he waits to be burned

Sickness is pleasure
And purity keeps me
From feeling a single thing
I know that you'll be ruined
But I cannot stand
The specifics on how it'll be

I had this notion that we were in love
But since when have notions been good to me?
We're not in love

Mannequins folded and coppered with generous lies have corrupted my sight
Yet mannequins sunburned by blood on the paneling feign their compassion tonight
Apathy makes me intriguing but I cannot even drive myself to care
I've bared my soul for this woman you love, now I'm wondering if you would dare
Dare to dream
Dream about her
Or dare to be
Be without her

One time I held you and I was content
I never let go of you, but I'm no longer content
Track Name: Brace
I don't mind being ignored
Because it spares me the tension of interaction
You've assumed too much
So brace yourself for heartbreak once again

A sweat breaks out upon the statue's head
The forest trails are now lined with the dead
The rapist hides away his smoking gun
And as the sky is falling, I grow towards the sun

Could I please be there for you?