You Didn't Know Me

by Keith Cooper

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Recorded at The Soul Shop in Medford, MA
Mastered at JLM Mastering in Jersey City, NJ

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released February 23, 2016

All songs and lyrics written by Keith Cooper
Produced by Zach Toporek and Elio DeLuca
Mixed by Elio DeLuca
Mastered by Joe Lambert

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Keith Cooper Somerville, Massachusetts

Arizona born musician. Cooper played in Tucson based band Overcast Off from 2008 - 2011, gigging frequently and touring occasionally, before moving east to continue writing songs and playing with various other musicians. In his free time, he works full time and writes poetry. ... more

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Track Name: For Lila
I'd rather you than happiness
Of the two you've shown me an honest face
I'd rather be with someone who don't love me
Than to be alone in this messy place

But you're gone, you're gone
And I'm done, I'm done
That's it you said, that is all

And now the only thing for me to do
Is to be graceful as I fall

I'd rather breathe your smoky breath
Than to be on top a mountain
Looking out an all that is left

But you're gone, you're gone
And I'm done, I'm done
That's it you said, that is all

And now the only thing for me to do
Is to be graceful as I fall

I'd rather these memories
Take me to a dark place
Than to have the darkness
Take all these memories away

But you're gone, you're gone
And I'm done, I'm done
That's it you said, that is all

And now the only thing for me to do
Is to be graceful as I fall
Track Name: You Didn't Know Me
I don't care
But let's make this clear
I measure my age in seconds
I do not measure it in years

I was born in a coma
I was raised in a coma
I went to college in an a coma
I was unconscious when they handed me my diploma

Finally I awoke
I don't even know how old
They said "Hey son welcome to this world!
But I think it's almost over."

I said "Hey, that's ok!
I don't even have a place to stay"

You didn't know me

Everybody's dressed for success
But success is so cliche
So I hopped a plane to China
To find a sweat shop factory

Amongst the working, starving children
I was an attention starved man
And I said "Please, pretty please can you make me a shirt
That no one else in the world has?"

They were busy and said "No!"
But gave me directions to a thrift store

You didn't know me

The good old english language
Is what I was taught to speak
But soon I realized everyone else was doing it too
And I didn't feel very unique

So one day I invented a language
That was only for myself
It went like "bra blah blah blah"
And they were like "hey man, this kid needs help"

And they gave me a straight jacket
But I thought it made a pretty cool fashion statement

You didn't know me

One day mother earth walked into
An abortion clinic
She said "hey doc you gotta help
I've been feeling sick.

I ain't got much money or resources
Don't tell me I'm going to have twins."
Well the doc took a look and said "Sorry mam
I think you're going to have billions."

She's like "I can't support that."
The doc prescribed a nuclear blast.

But you didn't know me.

I'm so sick
Of being a hypochondriac.
Except I'm not really sick of it
Because I'm a hypochondriac.

And I think that I
Should stop thinking.
Except I'm not totally, completely sure
So let me think on it!

I'm a busy roundabout
These thoughts circle within me but never get out...

You didn't know me!
Track Name: Burning Bridges for Warmth
I won't leave my house today
Unless I also leave this city
Everybody's talking about me
Because I've stopped talking to everybody

My bridges are burning on and on and on
My homeless heart is warming itself up

She is a leader
She leads soldiers towards the dawn
She is a leader
She leads them on and on and on

My bridges are burning on and on and on
My homeless heart is warming itself up

I won't say goodbye
Because that would be the end
I like my ends to linger
Though you won't hear from me again

My bridges are burning on and on and on
My homeless heart is warming itself up
Track Name: Good Old Modern Me
Out my window I can see
A smokestack from the 19th century
It's no longer working
But in that regard it's much like good old modern me

Well I'm free, I'm free to do anything

I cross the morning walking on dew
Coffee taps my shoulder and reverses the world into view
I'm a young earthquake moving from top to bottom
And my feet will be the last to know what they are caught in

Well I'm free, I'm free to do anything
(but I think about everything)

I'll be in the trenches when panic attacks
I got new medicine in my old black backpack
To fight these feelings with which I work best
And sculpt graceful, absent movements

Well I'm free, I'm free to do anything

I was lost, Arizona was everywhere
Kept turning corners 'til I realized it was the same square
So I went east via Denver at the conquering cold
Ready to fight because this aging is getting old

Well I'm free, I'm free to do anything
(but won't someone make me do anything?)

Ooooohhhhhhhhh

Let the perfect, inhuman breeze
Gather up all the bursting, breathing leaves
Let the warnings walked winded without a purpose
Must the storm be against us since it's coming for us?

Well I'm free, I'm free to do anything
In shortsighted eyes of stranded hurricane

And I'll never believe things happen for a reason
Until things start happening that I can believe in
Track Name: Asleep at the Crossroads
My youth was a sleeping off
It was the sounded sleep I've ever had
My umbilical cord was cut off like a bar tab

I remember the dreams I dreamed
And they all consisted off
Dreaming that I had woken up

We are late
So we are speeding towards our fate

My heart woke with a headache
It's a drunken, lazy child
I support and let live in the basement beneath my mind

And it does nothing all day
But watch my thoughts like television
And complains it's too late for it to be in a generation

We are late
So we are speeding towards our fate

I fell asleep at the crossroads
And dreamed I took every direction
But when I woke I was faced with making a decision

So I thought and thought and thought
About every possibility and end
But grew so tired from it all I fell asleep again

We are late
So we are speeding towards our fate
Track Name: Waltham Blues
Time spent in the shadow of a readied wing
The wing of something so large it can never be fully seen
Obscured and weightless now it has taken to the air
My cup held out below hoping a little of that shadow might fall in there

Are you really gone?
For a moment I stopped drifting
But I guess I'll again be moving on

Figures with fault lines, the art of my past has traced
Myself alone in a brand new eastern place
I look into the mirror and I see oncoming headlights called fate
But remember how our hearts lit up when we touched our brakes

Are you really gone?
For a moment I stopped drifting
But I guess I'll again be moving on

There was really was so much left to do and say
I see your lips are moving, they are moving away

Are you really gone?
For a moment I stopped drifting
But I guess I'll again be moving on
Track Name: Elyse
I was wandering around the old pueblo
Glad to have found a town that felt like home
I walked into a cafe I had nowhere else to go
And a girl behind the counter sweetly said "hello"

I was a bit taken aback
I said "hi and I'll just take my coffee black"
She handed it to me and I said "thanks"
She asked "mind if I come sit with you?
I'm about to go on break"

Oh Elyse I just cannot speak
So I might as well just...

We exchanged polite formalities
Then she told me some of here deepest held beliefs
She's written 3 novels, she wrote poetry
But she never, ever shown it to anybody

And then there was talk of some lonesome night
In south Chicago near a railroad line
She hopped a train and didn't know where it was going to go
Well she ended up here in the old pueblo

Oh Elyse I just cannot speak
So I might as well just leave

I might as well just leave
When I find a place to stay I realize I'm a born runaway

Well pretty soon she had to get back to work
I finished up my cup and left shortly after
Giving a wave as I walked out I think
Though I don't quite remember
I just wish I would've said more

Oh Elyse I just cannot speak
So I might as well just leave
Track Name: Acid Rain Dance
I once knew an old man named childhood
He was wandering in a desert searching for food
Though his hair was gray none grew on his face
He wore black clothing that had white, white stains

Acid Rain Dance

I once knew an old man named innocence
But he died and wasn't buried and now there's quite a stench
I remember him only by this smell
That enters my nostrils like a maiden entering hell

Acid Rain Dance

Now a young man is drowning in an unpolluted river
Because as he swims he tries to drink the clean water
So he prays for toxic waste to rain from the sky
But only empty white clouds cover his whole life

Acid Rain Dance
Track Name: Freedom's Confines
Yes, yes I accept
The future has been fenced
But I'm free on this property for at least today

Youth runs around the yard
Like feverish dogs that guard
Against unseen threats but love is the lock on the gate of this age

I like my feet better than my fate

A baby born in prison
Inherits a kingdom
When isolation is your natural condition you learn to love your cellmate

It's tiring to stand on your own
And seats of judgement are available in waiting rooms
But I return the embraces of my shoelaces and prepare for a brief escape

I like feet better than my fate

The journey has now begun
A search party is out looking for the setting sun
But the bridges were lovely and they all fell for me so behind I had to stay

I like my feet better than my fate
Track Name: (Taking a) Nightstand
I was naked and they told me I wore designer clothes
Chaotic, cosmopolitan straight from the runway of the cosmos
Two armed guards stood watch as I began living a story never to be told
And my guardian janitor was a step behind holding a golden broom and his nose
I was showered in praise by the many clouds that loomed over my home
As lightning struck the clocktower in the square of the city as it struck noon

Ahh but ignore the tour guide that lives in your mind

Introspective as a child, an astronomer as an adult
Still doing the same thing just now so removed from myself I need a telescope
The gut is to feeling as the bermuda triangle is to boats
And then there's once hungry spirits now so full of themselves it helps keep them afloat
To become to the world what we once were to the God we no longer know
Seems to them as easy as finding a cloud full of mirrors and famous people

Ahh but ignore the tour guide that lives in your mind

The sun went down on the world when it was looking good what else would you expect?
I will give, I will give anything I can get
Love's like a parking spot, the best one's they fill up quick
I wouldn't have met you if I hadn't met you the moment after he left
But it was a convenient walk to your heart and I thought I was set
Until I saw a sign posted that said I need a parking permit

Ahh but ignore the tour guide that lives in your mind

Every chain store in this city was open but I could find no open arms
Silent brushing by the infinity of the periphery of everything that isn't who we are
I was beside myself but only so I didn't have to be alone in the dark
Finally God answered my prayers but knowing I'm a singer I'm sure he just did it for PR
I've got good traction and I don't care if I've taken a turn for the worst
I will stand my ground until I become the ground that stands for the earth

Ahh but ignore the tour guide that wants to control your ears and eyes
Track Name: Trance Continental
Days are workers, immigrants from the future
And when they are done, they are buried under
The rails of a transcontinental roller coaster

The sun, god's ski mask, crosses the land
Upside down prophets are securely locked in
Training the terrain that is still further ahead

But when I forget who I am
I become my own man
And when I forget where I am
I find my homeland

Light opens no windows in the air-conditioned soul
Luxury forgets itself and remembers the feelings that it knows
In the trance of a trans-generational fashion show

The train of knowledge keeps going on and on and on
Though the passengers aboard it have long since missed their stop
And they're getting more and more lost and then more and more afraid to get off
But when I forget who I am
I become my own man
And when I forget where I am
I find my homeland
Track Name: Dark Blank
I see day and night in terms of black and white
And I see my life in terms of dead or alive

I hear rainbows scream "I know just what you mean"
But anytime I'm speaking I feel like a machine that is leaking

But I'm here
The goodbye that never was
Said goodbye to everyone

Breath taking in my room, it's a cubicle, I work for a vacuum
Life is hard and I suck it up into a phony mountaintop

The clouds hold the rains like I hold my lady's hand
Time dances forward but on this stage I make a stand

But I'm here
The goodbye that never was
Said goodbye to everyone

The older that I get the younger I realize that I am
On one hand I'm charitable, on the other I don't give a damn

The sky opened up for me this dreary morning
A line formed and I was in front holding things up cause I don't know what I want

But I'm here
The goodbye that never was
Said goodbye to everyone