Katya and Arkady

by Sophie's Dream

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odd tracks are arkady
even tracks are katya
track 1 is the end
track 10 is the beginning
it rains on the same days every year
foray

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released January 8, 2016

sophie's dream is or has been nathan, julian, nick, a.j., a.x., amanda, and andrea.

nathan: vox, guitars, synthesizers, banjo, soundscrubber, songwritering
julian: guitars, bass, drums, synthesizers, soundscrubber, production + engineering, mastering
nick: 1st lord of nord, vox
a.j.: drums
a.x.: vox
amanda: 2nd lord of nord
andrea: violin

written at a.x. and a.v.'s old room in new york, nathan's old room in new york, nathan's basement in cincinnati, nathan's shitty apartment in d.c.
recorded at julian's house in cincinnati, wnyu and wkcr in new york, ultrasuede studios in cincinnati

photos taken by nathan all over the east coast and midwest

the place is always the star of the story. thank you to the places.
thanks also to john curley for his continuing support of the cincinnati scene, and for the use of his studio.

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Track Name: Cold Water
this is the place we know so well
i call it heaven and you tell me to go to hell
well, you didn't call me over here just to talk politics
in a 7/11 parking lot, up to our old tricks

i check it all against my memory, it's some time since i been here
poems of sappho on the passenger's seat and a rosary on the rearview mirror
i guess you think you're clever or you know me pretty well
but i don't pray much anymore and i'll never be a story you can tell

i think that i have gotta get out of here
everything we had, we lost it to doubt and fear
if you won't come, i guess i'll go alone

so i lay my head in your lap and you read me another stanza
you dazzle me with poetry, then you freak out like sancho panza
if you feel like giving up tonight, i could hold you in my arms
but come tomorrow nothing i do will keep you safe from harm

neon lights glow in the rain, i think that you're asleep
i can't move under the weight of you, the lights go out as the night grows deep

i think that i have gotta get out of here
everything we had, we lost it to doubt and fear
if you won't come, i guess i'll go alone
Track Name: το πεδίον
in the field where the chemical plant burned down
there are shards of glass buried in the ground
i dug one out and got a little bit older
i saw your reflection come over my shoulder
what do you think about in in-between times?
do you set fire to buildings, do you memorize your lines?

in the field where i gave what was left to you
the grass would die almost as quick as it grew
you said we could nourish it with our own blood
i thought you were joking, i misunderstood
so maybe you meant it but what did you mean?
were you talking to me or just to yourself in a dream?

in the field where i try to see you as you are
you swim half naked in the municipal reservoir
yes, there's toxic waste in the water supply
if you drink it of course you eventually die
the taste is unusually sweet, so they say
oh what the hell, we've all gotta die someday
Track Name: Fire Eaters
i tell you i'm ok, but i don't feel ok
i tell you i'm ok, but i don't feel ok
let's stop, it's not happening, at least not today

if i perched on that wire, i wonder what you'd do
if i perched on that wire, i wonder what you'd do
would you try to help me down, would you climb up too?

if i'm not making sense, well it's not my concern
if i'm not making sense, well it's not my concern
things don't have to make sense, things just have to burn

i look in the mirror, wonder if i'm alive
i stop by your house and i wonder how you survive
i know that it's mostly just beyond our control
but the flame can't hurt you if you swallow it whole

don't make me nervous, i'll jump out of my skin
don't make me nervous, i'll jump out of my skin
i don't want us to fight, but if we do i'll win

if you're gonna be a coward, don't look me in the eye
if you're gonna be a coward, don't look me in the eye
don't back down, don't flinch, and don't cry

i look in the mirror, wonder if i'm alive
i stop by your house and i wonder how you survive
i know that it's mostly just beyond our control
but the flame can't hurt you if you swallow it whole
Track Name: In Litore
i don't know but i don't like it
take the flint in your hand and strike it
little sparks fly out from your touch
i don't remember that it hurt so much
this is the way you are, i guess
but in my private moments i have to confess
i think we're losing sight of the shore

dart out into this newfound land
try to make me understand
i watch you mark out your new space
hunger on your beautiful face
built for conquest, born to run
our eyes so fixed on the rising sun
that i think we're losing sight of the shore

furrow your brow
like you've caught a glimpse of it now
the water is wide, my limbs are sore
i don't think i can see you anymore

the sky is gold and the land is stained
with the golden blood that runs through your veins
but i, i cannot cross
if i wander too far i get lost
too weak to hold you, too weak to go
you'll found your stronghold but even so
i think we're losing sight of the shore

furrow your brow
like you've caught a glimpse of it now
the water is wide, i stand on the shore
i don't think i can see you anymore
Track Name: Marble and Bone
you stand on my doorstep, two feet deep in snow
hands crammed in your pockets, almost ready to go
it makes me sick to look at you, no i don't know why
so i don't even mention it, i just say goodbye

body of marble, tomb of bone
i've been here all my life and i wanna go home

you lie out beneath me in nothing but your shirt
i don't know where this pain comes from, i guess loving you just hurts
my eyes linger for a moment on the shadows on your neck
i imagine leaving you for a second just to check

body of marble, tomb of bone
i've been here all my life and i wanna go home

and while you lie there, i remember you, and mark your shape
you'd never been so beautiful, i could dream only of escape

out the window don't you see how the burdened trees all bend?
aren't we just like those poor trees, love? or that's what i pretend
crushed beneath the frozen weight we crowd together to stay warm
but staying put won't keep us safe when comes the winter storm

body of marble, tomb of bone
i've been here all my life and i wanna go home
Track Name: Imaginary Nations
tell me how you're feeling and all gentle and revealing
i will let you sleep until it's time to wake up
tell me plans and calculations, build imaginary nations
and i'll whisper little things that i make up

cause someday you'd like to see
the whole wide world but as for me
i have a hard time getting out of bed
shadows at the forest's edge
i rest upon your window ledge
and travel to the places in your head

make another daisy chain and if it doesn't ease the pain
of fearing that you will never leave your home
then take the comfort, at least such as i can give, it isn't much,
that neither shall you ever be alone

berlin, paris, italy
you promise the whole world to me
but i know what i'd rather have instead
you gesture and hypothesize
i smile as i close my eyes
and travel to the places in your head
Track Name: Anywhere or Somewhere
say the dumbest, tritest thing, believe it anyway
tell whatever story's fit to get me through the day
the highway signs talk back when you're driving late at night
we do a lot of things to survive, it doesn't make them right
whenever i hear paranoid, i brace for the attack
the radio on at three a.m., i get scared the second i look back
at the winding road behind me, dissolved in empty space
the world gets dark when the shadows line up, if i could find just one safe place

anywhere or somewhere

a rabbit's foot to ward off harm, a cross for my regrets
and you within a ten foot range, it doesn't hurt to hedge my bets
crash hard when i get home, wander outside
the stars burn like signal flares, some dreams just can't be denied
your voice hoarse on the phone at the breaking of the day
if you'll dare or let me dare, we could get away

anywhere or somewhere

when in this town or in this world there's nothing beautiful or new
when each small light is stifled, i'll come find you

anywhere or somewhere
Track Name: Sacrifice
i don't want but i don't mind
if i don't see you around then i'll see you behind
it's a hard walk down to the killing floor
and i don't think i can do it anymore
a year ago this very night
you said you loved me and i said all right
but what exactly does that mean to you
and what exactly will i have to do

for you
for you

my neck on your bed like the chopping block
you asked permission but i couldn't talk
i wouldn't say that it isn't nice
but some things demand a sacrifice
the crown of my head is soaked with sweat
don't ask me anything you'll regret
you remind me of an old photograph
i didn't mean to make you laugh
in the dawning hours, in the glowing light
next to you, paralyzed with fright
and with desire and limbs gone slack
and if i leave now, i'm not coming back
it's not enough to say i'll stay
to buy a memory, you have to pay
when the sun crests your window you start to sing
i decided i'd give everything

for you
for you
Track Name: Svidrigailov's Last Dream
it rains on the same days every year
what does it take to get a break around here?
fluorescent lighting, linoleum floors
from the high schools to the convenience stores

it all blends together, i can't keep it straight
but i vanish the moment that i hesitate
tilt at windmills all day just to blow off steam
till you wake me up from svidrigailov's last dream

just when i think i'm getting used to me
i find that i'm not the man i used to be
but i take it in stride
keep on moving and i'm bound to find

a little distraction, an open door
i need a reaction, i can't take much more
i get too sick and tired of swimming upstream
till you wake me up from svidrigailov's last dream

pick a fight just to see if i can
wind up bruised and bleeding in a garbage can
make a story for the story's own sake
lo and behold, you're there when i awake

under the train tracks in a thunderstorm
you offer your hand just to keep mine warm
you don't talk much, i don't mind
in a town so small, you were hard to find

i wasn't looking, but i'm looking now
the frozen skyline seems to take a bow
there's not a thing in this town that's quite what it seems
till you wake me up from svidrigailov's last dream
Track Name: Katya's Song
it rains on the same days every year
i never knew i could feel such fear
i stare out the window, the water drips
how many more days till apocalypse?

cause you like to keep on the move
head buzzing with thoughts, something to prove
and you like to keep your hands clean
you're beautiful like you want to be seen

when the house is empty the walls seem to breathe
it's been a few days, i should probably leave
covered in blood you came to me
like a child come drifting down through the reeds

i stand in your room and i feel myself smile
it's strange but i guess it had been a while
you turn around like you forgot i was there
the sun had come shining down through your hair

and a rosary hung from the post of your bed
a reminder of your past, you said
you might not have guessed, but i had a past too
i just seem to forget it when i'm around you

you looked to me for a time like a home in this world
if that wasn't how our story unfurled
i was never that strong, you were never that brave
but something about you makes me feel safe