Sweeper

by aiden

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about

alongside and in response to all of the events of the past few years
belated but genuine

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released June 19, 2016

thanks to elliott smith for recording From a Basement on the Hill
thanks to david bowie for Existing

music and lyrics by aiden
additional instrumentation by rain johannes
additional vocals on Chimney Sweeper by demi, daphne, laszlo and brendan

mixed by aiden and rain johannes
mastered by rain johannes

photo by justin wilde (www.justinarthurwilde.com)
illustration and art direction by aiden

released on the day i turned 19

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aiden New York, New York

Aiden Berglund writes songs and plays them into a microphone, or plugs keyboards into computers, depending on which album you listen to.

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Track Name: Intro
dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun nuh dun dun dun dun du...
Track Name: Fault Lines
enter two men locked in old arguments
the fate of a gemini burning both ends
it's the same old lament with the best of intention
a public confession parading down memory lane

shaken awake to the truth of my state
the flames at my feet like a witch at the stake
so I conquered myself, and admit defeat
but the clock was impatient
no weight to a late apology

the flag that i surrender with
is tattered and weak
not much paler than me
cause when i bear my soul
the world it bare's it's teeth

I went with a fight convinced that I was right
cause words are so harmless, a tongue with no bite
or so i had thought, and then to my surprise
the sentiment lingered and festered inside
and the a blow to the head
and I fell to the side
a monument toppled
the ego swept out with the pride

well i tried my best to cover it
but you cannot hide the depth of fault lines
cause when tectonic plates shake
they break the last straw in the spine

but an eye for an eye
it makes it so hard to see wrong from right
and the knife into my side
it's only a pick in the ice
so i'll make my bed
and they I shall lie
the same grave that i've passed by a thousand time
out of sight, out of mind
whatever it takes to once and for all
make things right
Track Name: I Hate Myself Now
when it rains and rain it rains hard
it's never any different
can't tell how any feel about me
can't say I wanna know
but what i can say is

Ihatemyselfnow
Ihatemyselfnow again
Ihatemyselfnow with no where to hide

I'm moving out
to find some peaceandquiet
you know that i'll find it
I will

cause I just don't know
why I feel so alone
i would figure it out
if I only knew how

Ihatemyselfnow
Ihatemyselfnow again
Ihatemyselfnow with no where to hide
Ihatemyselfnow
Ihatemyselfnow again
Ihatemyselfnow with no where to hide
Track Name: Motor Song
i've been going where i shouldn't in my mind it's a frighteneing place where no one should go inside
yet i remain there on my own terms like a fish back in water
and my heart stands still as my ego grows larger
i can't escape it
believe me i've tried
i'm kicking the pavement
i'm walking the lines
and i wouldn't wish this upon my worst enemy
no i would not
but then again I dont believe that i have any i've only got friends
if that's what you'd call them

so like a car without a driver i spin to a stop
but the motor keeps running
it spitsanditcoughs
Track Name: Never Dealt With Anything (This Hard)
she pulls the rug beneath my feet
exposing floorboards notches and creaks
she's got her hands in my pocket to rattle my keys
trying to open up doors that i'm not sure i'm ready to see

she is consuming my thoughts
i'm pleased to admit
wont say she's my sunshine
but closest to it

now we are building a house
mortar and brick
yet every day it collapses and takes a bit ofmewithit

well i have stitched up some of my scars
and i've always played no matter my cards
and i have led my father out of some bars
and I've lost my faith in an all knowing god

but i've never dealt with anything this hard
this hard
this hard
Track Name: The Hard Way
hold on
time out
breathe in
breath out

hands off
back off
shut up
shut down

they're better off without you around

it was just fine before you came
and now she wont smile the same
the pain you cause without the shame

so leave it like you found it
and keep your head about you
oh they were all so right about you now

absent minded
autopilot
intoxication can't fight it
dissolve desire and be quiet

and leave it like you found it
and keep your head about you
of they were all so right about you
so very right about you
time to realize what you've become
Track Name: I Was a Moth
I was a moth
Eating through fabric
Crawling through attics
Drifting through traffic

I was a squid
swimming through darkness
Rubber and heartless
Shallow and harmless

But what were you before
What were you before
The tidal waves came
And washed down our houses

I was a mail box
Swallowing postcards
Sending my regards
To (old) Hollywood stars

I was a phone call
Always on standby
No one would reply
Just sever the phone lines

But what were you before
What were you before
The tidal waves came
And washed down our house
Track Name: Unlearn
i've gotten so lonely
sitting here on my own
so wont someone please call me
i'd be happy to pick up my phone

i guess
who i thought i was is not the person that others see
my mirror's lied to me
i guess
the world is breaking up with me
i better return my keys
i take it personally

how come no one told me
surely i'll change my ways
try to erase to a blank page
start again

guide me back through grade-school
take a power-tool to drill my brain
whatever it takes to reclaim
the reigns of my fate

take my by the eyes
and pull them by the sides
to replace
and restore my sight

i guess
who i thought i was is not the person that others see
my mirror's lied to me
i guess
the world is breaking up with me
i better return my keys
i take it personally
Track Name: Good Dreams
i want some good dreams (good dreams)
so i can sleep
through the night (through the night)
yeah give me good dreams (good dreams)
and i believe
i'll be alright (i'll be alright)

follow the thread
through the eye of the needle
and out of the cradle, oh

but if the ghosts don't wake me up and
my tired eyes could just stay shut then
i could get some rest
and i'd sleep soundly again

i want some good dreams (good dreams)
so i can sleep
through the night (through the night)
yeah give me good dreams (good dreams)
and i believe
i'll be alright (i'll be alright)

the shadows cast
on the walls of the basement
that are constantly changing, oh

picture frames that wont stay straight and
the tiny sounds the spirits make
just keep me on my edge
the wrong side of the bed

so where does it end
i consciously pretend
the thoughts when i'm awake
are not the thoughts my soul intends

i want some good dreams
Track Name: Chimney Sweeper
deepinsidethroughhallwaydoors
thatleadintothedark
liesamasqueradeball
drownedinwateredalcohol
iswimfordaysuntilifind
anislandinthesun
butitalwayssinkslikestones
intoanunforgivingpond

dadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadad

soiwalkroundwithplasteredsmilesforthepassersby
cantheseehowharditry?
welltheresnoneedtoplaythisgame
relateandsocialize
whenicanseethejudgementinthereeyes

wellifeelsomethinghappening
achangingintheair
thesunisrisingidownseemtocare

dadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadadad

allmyfriendsandfamily
justcantgetaholdofme
allthedrawersareempty
alltheclosetsshut
imcoughingupmysanity
downbeneaththechristmastree
climbingupthechimney
throughspiderwebsanddust
Track Name: // Vacation
i'm on vacation at a swimming pool filled with all the thoughts you're not supposed to think
but all the meanwhile my body tells me i should learn to swim
when i'm quite sure i'd rather sink
go under again