Arms Around a Ghost

by Nathan Reich

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released August 1, 2009

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Nathan Reich Nashville, Tennessee

"In addition to being a technically brilliant guitarist, Nathan's lyrics put you in a specific place and mindset - it usually has something to do with heartbreak, late nights, and waking up the next day in some new city." - Flavorpill

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Track Name: Somewhere In Colorado
I see it here in the way the leaves are moving
A hurricane will be coming
Though I dont know how soon

I close the window and try
To get some sleep 'til the morning
While the clouds outside are forming
Will I ever feel prepared?

Somewhere in Colorado I am drowning in a bottle
I see the sun but I know it don't see me
Somewhere in Colorado I am drowning in a bottle
I see my home but I know it don't see me

A thousand miles could I make it any farther
I dont want to be a martyr
Is there something I could trade?
There was a time when I thought that we were something
Now we're a little more than nothing
Can you blame me for my fears?

Somewhere in Colorado I am drowning in a bottle
I see the sun but I know it don't see me
Somewhere in Colorado I am drowning in a bottle
I see my home but I know it don't see me

Somewhere in Colorado I am drowning in a bottle
I see the sun but I know it don't see me
A thousand miles from the edge of California
I see my home but I know it don't see me
Track Name: Reason To Stay
The sound of lightning is rattling the house
I hear the radio skip
I feel your heavy breathe burning on my neck
What will you think of next?

You tell me your homesick and hopeless again
I watch the ceiling blink
And I think I'm paralyzed lying in this bed

I hope I didn't push you away
I don't want to lose you
But you need a reason to stay
And I couldn't find one today
I couldn't find one today

She climbs out the window and jumps off the roof
Landing on the grass
I knew a girl like you was never meant to last
Still I tried my best to ask

I hope I didn't push you away
I don't want to lose you
But you need a reason to stay
And I couldn't find one today
I couldn't find one today
Track Name: Parking Lot
I remember sleeping in the parking lot
A fortress of shopping carts and a trash bag bed
It was the night your father tore out all the stars
They laid pulsing in his hands and all across the floor
This is what you get when you don’t listen to anything anybody says

Your face always looked so calm sleeping below the bridge
You told me I should leave but I stayed instead
It was the night your mother went pacing back and forth
I waited for your veins and the moon to run their course
This is what you get when you don’t listen to anything anybody says

You can’t see it because its all in your mind
You’re leaving a little more each night
You think your so alive but to me you look dead
You don’t listen to what anybody says

Now you are a castaway
Always lost at sea
Ill be waiting in the sand bar
Until you drift back to me
This is what you get when you don’t listen to anything anybody says
Track Name: Two Winter Birds
Are you willing to be my pioneer
To be taciturn is a garment I wear
Are you willing to try to be my legionnaire
I watch you on the bed through the bathroom mirror

My love is a fugitive
So we don't have to call this love
My love is a broken bridge
So you don't have to love me

Are you willing to be my radio flier
Can you carry the load with a missing tire
Are we simple and numb
Two winter birds on a wire
I watch the falling snow freeze on the windows

My love is a fugitive
So we don't have to call this love
My love is a broken bridge
So you don't have to love me

Your hands are pulling my shoulder blades
And I don't feel anything
Track Name: Virginia
Those guardian taxis are all alone
They keep on trying to follow me home
It's late for the city but not for me
I've been having some trouble falling asleep

She is reading my palm with the tip of her finger
While the room is swaying from side to side
I pretend we are safe in the belly of a ship
While the sails are at war with the wind outside

Oh Virginia
I didn't know you were selling your time
Oh Virginia
I've been paying with my peace of mind

I was trying not to listen to the things you'd say
But I was lonely enough to listen that day
Now I'm stitching my skull with needle and thread
While removing those splintering words you said

Oh Virginia
I didn't know you were selling your time
Oh Virginia
I've been paying with my peace of mind

Let's go back brave enough to wonder
Two little kinds in love with the sound of thunder
I know you still want to

I must be a fool for holding you
After pulling apart my fragile spine
Watching you sleep in the bow of my arms
Is slowing beginning to break my heart
Track Name: Chicago
You have a pull in your belly and its time to move along
The road is awake and its singing you a song
I wish you wouldn’t leave but I know you have to go
To Chicago

Its the beginning of a season white lights in the tree’s
A thousand little bulbs where their once were leaves
When every bitter branch has curled up and froze
I will visit you in Chicago

If our father were here in the atmosphere would your direction change?
Like a boat without a sail you could end up anywhere
But you don’t have to be afraid
I will visit you one day

You have a pull in your chest and its time to move along
The road is awake and its singing you a song
I wish you wouldn’t leave but I know you have to go
I will visit you in Chicago
I will visit you in Chicago
Track Name: The Size Of You
The sky isn't cheap
But he bought it for you
He harbored the rain in his sleeve and away you flew
He thought he knew
He thought he knew
He thought he knew the size of you

How did you get all the way up there
Stupid him for waiting in the atmosphere
He thought he knew
He thought he knew
He thought he knew the size of you

But I do
I do
I do
Track Name: The Stage
I could tell you've been living in hell
Take my hand I know my way around
This here is my best I sleep under my desk
And when I dream I dream I'm someone else

Now I'm standing on a stage
I play the part ok with my cold steady hands
The crowd is watching my face
I always make mistakes

I'm sorry dear
I've been afraid all my life and now it's clear
It's time to turn off all the lights though I'm scared
Can't you see?
The show's been killing me
But I can choose when I want to leave

This is not what I wanted
Hopelessly haunted by your face
It's everywhere I turn
I see you under the streetlights
Holding onto the cold night
And where you've been is no longer my concern

And now the world is in a frame
And I'm standing far away
I can't help you anymore
The letter never made it home
I don't do so well alone
To the ones I really love

I'm sorry dear
I've been afraid all my life and now it's clear
It's time to turn off all the lights though I'm scared
Can't you see?
The show's been killing me
But I can choose when I want to leave
When I want to leave
When I want to leave
And I want to leave
Track Name: Where The Sun Goes
I pull out my magnifying glass
I'm searching for treasure on a map
If I wasn't as drunk as a kite
Maybe I'd find some tonight

I'm fishing for diamonds in the rain
So I lower my string down the sewer main
I try and I try but the story stays the same
My dirty hands are filled with dirty change

So I want to know
I want to know where the sun goes
Where the sun goes
I want to go
I want to go
Where the sun goes
Where the sun goes
At midnight

I feel like a fish banging my fin on the tank
I'm just floating around praying for it to break
It's cold in here when the light starts to fade
And the only place to be is in the shade
In the shade


I want to know
I want to know where the sun goes
Where the sun goes
I want to go
I want to go where the sun goes
Where the sun goes...