Say It

What To Say (Single)

Released on Warp, 2010.

Tracklisting

  1. What To Say
  2. Plinky Plonky

What To Say

When I wake up I'm speaking slow.
When I get drunk I'm speaking more.
Get too drunk & I don't speak at all.
Get too close to you & I don't know what to say.
The only time I make sense is when I'm talking in my sleep.
But there's nobody around to write it down,
So it gets lost on my books & pillows.
The only time you made sense was when I was talking too.
But we had to take turns, one at a time.
& when it comes to mine I have no idea what to say.

When I'm talking to you.
What to say when I'm standing there talking to you.

Words that don't relate to one another flowing off our tongues.
Fragments, fleeting thoughts get strung together one by one by one.
Things we can't relay to one another.
Smoke goes in my lungs.
I get more from a look than from people when they've spoke or yelled or sung.

People talk
People talk
People talk, but they don't know what to say.

What do you say?

When it comes to you, you look good in your sleep (what do you say?)
When it comes to you, you look good in a heap of images stacked so... electronically.
(what do you say?)
When it comes to you you look to keep no matter what

People talk.
People walk.
People mock.
But they don't know what to say.

What to say when I'm talking to you.
What to say when I'm standing there talking to you.
What to say...
What to say...
What to say now that I'm standing here talking to you.

Plinky Plonky (B-Side)

What if you found out that you weren't so nice?
& you don't treat friends the way you should,
& you don't take enough of your own advice,
& no one likes you anymore unless you get it together & change.
What if you found out that you never die,
but that you'd go on to another life?
But you don't take none of your old stuff there,
& none of the people you care about get to come,
cuz them's the rules.
I need old friends.
I need warmth in the middle.
Oh how I need
Oh how I tried
Oh how I need to know
All that I need
All that I tried
All that I need to know
What if you found out that your father lied?
How there's no such thing as true love for life.
Would you go on looking, your heart in hand?
He just wants his girl to have high standards
& now you're looking for an invisible man.
I need old friends.
I need warmth in the middle.