The Atari Star "Selected Tracks: Volume I"

by Johann's Face Records

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The Atari Star is Davey Houle, Marc Ruvolo, Robert Vester, Tim Rich, Seville, Michael Perkins, Casey Olin, and Rob Brandt with a host of others helping out.

Half of these songs were recorded by the wonderful Jeremy Lemos and the other half by the wonderful Greg Norman. Thanks guys.

Like what you hear? All five of the Atari Star records are available on Itunes.

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released January 3, 2013

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Johann's Face Records Austin, Texas

Est. 1989. Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be the Whole of the Law. Love is the Law, Love Under Will.

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Track Name: Somewhere Between Zero and One
You're not enough
To see me through
Transparent skin
Wet and new

King of all I see
All that I survey
Broken tapes and twice-read books
The ends of burnt out days

Here in between
Wintering
The furnace hums
Its quiet sums

King of all I see
All that I survey
Broken tapes and twice-read books
The ends of burnt out days
Track Name: I Don't Know Where to Begin
King of the World is sleeping
His work is let undone
Do you hear him breathing
As he sleeps beneath the sun?
Lately friend I've noticed
Things with you aren't well
Do you feel like I do?
Empty as deep, dry well

I want to believe

The faithful stand together
Their eyes upon the sky
While I sit here with my numbers and words
By logic I am tied
The miracles in their millions
The wind upon my skin
Yet still, I feel nothing
I don't know where to begin

I want to believe

King of the World is sleeping
His work is let undone
Do you hear him breathing
As he sleeps beneath the sun?
Lately friend I've noticed
Things with you aren't well
Do you feel like I do?
Empty as deep, dry well
Track Name: Did It Really Have to Be So Difficult?
Isn’t it funny?
You’re having the time of your life
You wanted to die
You told me the pain was too much
And I said to you
“It’s all in your head”
Isn’t it funny?
You’re having the time of your life

There you are
Little one
How do you feel?
You seem fine

Isn’t it funny?
You’re having the time of your life
You wanted to die
You told me the pain was too much
And I said to you
“It’s all in your head”
Isn’t it funny?
You’re having the time of your life

It’s not very funny
I guess it’s not funny
It’s not very funny
I guess it’s not funny
Track Name: Small Anthem
Default companions, helpless and mundane
Give them water and shelter them from the rain
I'd like to see you again, if that's okay
It's probably better if you say no, well safer anyway

Revolution falls asleep with muddy paws
Earth will cover their heads, martyrs for a worthy cause
I’d like to to take you where pragmatists fear to tread
There’s safety in numbers, and the promise of an early bed
Track Name: La Petit Mer
The darkened train comes quickly
Its rolling roar subsumed
Into the file of memory
Then divided smaller still
We don’t speak of the past
Swimming towards the sun
Blue and golden wavelets
We don’t speak at all

The books are stacked so neatly
Their bending spines exposed
They could be blank and empty
Words vanish as they close
We don’t speak of the past
Swimming towards the sun
Blue and golden wavelets
We don’t speak at all

And when the night lies softly
Upon this sleeping town
I feel the swells beneath me
I will never drown
We don’t speak of the past
Swimming towards the sun
Blue and golden wavelets
We don’t speak at all

The books are stacked so neatly
Their bending spines exposed
They could be blank and empty
Words vanish as they close
We don’t speak of the past
Swimming towards the sun
Blue and golden wavelets
We don’t speak at all
Track Name: The Hidden Measure
Sweet symphonic valentine to a fossil world
Spinning amber notes divine, a masterwork unfurled
Metronome in a breathing box made of flesh and bone

Can you hear that sound?
I think it’s drawing near
From all around
It is becoming clear

I think I hear you call my name everywhere I go
I pause and listen anxiously, foolish, true I know
Metronome in a broken box, keeping time in hope

Can you hear that sound?
I think it’s drawing near
From all around
It is becoming clear
Track Name: Invisible Summers
When you’re young the seasons seem to pass so quickly
You know life loves you
And when you’re young you always know, you always know
Tomorrow’s waiting—you know life loves you, really loves you
But you don’t care

The humming days spread like saplings to the warm sun
You know they’ll be there
And when you’re young you always know, you always know
Tomorrow’s waiting—you know life loves you, really loves you
But you don’t care

When you’re young the seasons seem to pass so quickly
You know life loves you
And when you’re young you always know, you always know
Tomorrow’s waiting—you know life loves you, really loves you
But you don’t care