New Constellation

by Toad the Wet Sprocket

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New Constellation is Toad the Wet Sprocket's first album in 16 years.
Hello again. How are you?

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released 15 October 2013

Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Mikal Blue

Toad is:
Glen Phillips: lead vocals, guitars, ukulele, keyboards
Todd Nichols: guitars, vocals
Dean Dinning: bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
Randy Guss: drums, percussion

With:
Zac Rae: keyboards
Greg Leisz: pedal and lap steel
Billy Hawn: percussion
Mikal Blue: ukulele, keyboards
Andrew Williams: string arrangements

Recorded at Revolver Recording, Thousand Oaks, CA December 2012-March 2013 • Additional Recording by Glen Phillips at Ed, Santa Barbara, CA, and Todd Nichols and Dean Dinning at Ellwood Ridge Studio, Goleta, CA. Second Engineer- Jon Marinos • Mastered by Doug Sax and Eric Boulanger at The Mastering Lab, Ojai, CA

Illustration by Ben Ciccati • Design by Kii Arens

Management: Bill Leopold at WF Leopold Management, Inc., Annie Balliro and Jessica West at UNIPHI GOOD
Booking: Adam Bauer at Fleming Artists
Legal: Milton Olin at Altschul & Olin, LLP

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Toad the Wet Sprocket Santa Barbara, California

Named in honor of a sketch by the Monty Python comedy troupe, this 4-piece band of Santa Barbara, CA high school cronies came to be known as Toad the Wet Sprocket in 1986. To this day, their mellow, melodic folk-pop sound made them one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the early 1990s. ... more

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Track Name: New Constellation
Hey, what's that thing I can't remember?
How did I get so far off center?
It's a fractured view through faulty lenses
What do you trust when you can't trust your senses

But I can fly through the heavens on the power of my heart
And thread my way through a string of stars
To write your name in a new constellation
Declare my love to all creation

I need to see the milky way
No city lights, no smoky haze
Just a speck on a speck on a spiral arm
It feels so good to be so small

And I can fly through the heavens on the power of my heart
And thread my way through a string of stars
To write your name in a new constellation
Declare my love to all creation

In darkness it gathers
In sunlight it scatters
My sorrow's contagious
I've tested your patience
Saint Dymphna, Cecilia
Saint Margaret, Christina
We've no faith but hear us
Saint Drogo, Saint Vitus

What's that thing I can't remember….

But I can fly through the heavens on the power of my heart
And thread my way through a string of stars
To write your name in a new constellation
Declare my love to all creation
Track Name: California Wasted
No time, where did the time go?
What was I thinking?
No compass, no maps
No sail on the mast
And this boat is sinking
We're going down

There's too much in my head right now
I've got no way to slow it down
And no one's gonna pull me out
But I still make the same mistakes
California's wasted on me

I'll stare at the sun
Let the fire fill my eyes
See nothing but light
An endless day
To banish the night
I could set this right

But there's too much in my head right now
I've got no way to slow it down
And no one's gonna pull me out
But I still make the same mistakes
California's wasted on me

On the line where the ocean meets the sky
I've been hoping I could see a sign,
Hoping I could see a sign

There's too much in my head right now
I've got no way to slow it down
And no one's gonna pull me out
And I still make the same mistakes
California's wasted on me
I still make the same mistakes
I'm wasted out in California

I'm too much in my head right now
California's wasted on me
Track Name: The Moment
Shame doesn't become you
There are no mistakes in the final view
No blame, how could it be so wrong
That your heart was braver than your will was strong?

For every path you follow there's another left behind
Every door you don't kick open there's a million more to try
And for everything you've taught me here's the one I've learned the best
There is nothing but the moment
Don't you waste it on regret

I'll go, but who will you have to be
Will you just get by or get what you need
Just know that I don't need to fit in
But is there room for you in your life with him?

For every path you follow there's another left behind
Every door you don't kick open there's a million more to try
And for everything you've taught me here's the one I've learned the best
There is nothing but the moment
Don't you waste it on regret

It's out of my hands, out of my hands
But I miss my friend, I miss my friend
So this is the price of honesty
But I'm not sorry

For every path you follow there's another left behind
Every door you don't kick open there's a million more to try
And for everything you've taught me here's the one I've learned the best
There is nothing but the moment
Don't you waste it on regret

The moment is happening now
The moment is passing
How could it be so wrong?
Track Name: Rare Bird
I talk too much, I always do
'Til sense is lost along with truth
Your silence is the harmony
To every word I truly mean

Your mind is like a rare bird
Flying high above the cold world
Slow dancing in the thermals
Singing songs no one's ever heard
So why'd they want to cage you?
Clip wings and try to tame you
You were meant to be free

Through state of fugue and breach of trust
I see you new again my love
You hold so much so gracefully
From miracle to tragedy

Your mind is like a rare bird
Flying high above the cold world
Slow dancing in the thermals
Singing songs no one's ever heard
So why'd he want to cage you?
Clip wings and try to tame you
You were meant to be free

Some shine brighter than the sun
Too brilliant to gaze upon
And rarer than rhodium
Hear me, wherever you are tonight
You better be flying high
You'd better be flying high

Your mind is like a rare bird
Flying high above the cold world
Slow dancing in the thermals
Singing songs no one's ever heard
So why'd I want to cage you?
Clip wings and try to tame you
You were meant to be free
Track Name: I'll Bet on You
Hey, yeah
Ready for the big rain
Hey, yeah
Everything will change in an instant

Slowly the waters rise around you
Quickly, so much washed away

We've all been hurt
It's nothing new
Just bet on me
'Cause I'll bet on you

Hey, yeah
Fire in the canyon
Take what you can
Barely time to get away

You showed me when all you have is ashes
Somehow something still remains

We've all been hurt
It's nothing new
Just bet on me
'Cause I'll bet on you
It's no-one's fault
I'll tell you true
Just bet on me
'Cause I'll bet on you
Track Name: Golden Age
A decade in the wilderness
How'd we ever come to this
Took all we had to just survive
No time left for asking why

Saint Virginia saved your life
An angel and a kitchen knife
When the devil tests your will
You kill who you have to kill

God loves a madman
But I wore his patience through
It's too much to ask of anyone
I could never be as strong as you
I could never be as strong as you

All we are is vanity
Comics playing tragedy
I traded in my sanity
For a dream that soon abandoned me

God loves a madman
But I wore his patience through
It's too much to ask of anyone
I could never be as strong as you

Walls and barricades surround our golden age
We will return again
Some day
Track Name: Get What You Want
Shout up at the sky
In tatters, in tatters
See no use in trying
But it matters, it matters

Spare a little prayer for the broken hearted
How did he feel just being discarded?
But it felt so good to get what you wanted

Hey hey, you're finally free
It's a new day, you're just where you wanted to be
Hey hey, you're finally free
You got what you wanted, you forgot what you need

Each and every one
We want more, we want more
But if we quit when it gets hard
Then what is love for, what is love for?

Blow a little kiss to the innocent
Throw a little bird to the ones you left
Oh it feels so good until it hits you back
You weren't the first, won't be the last

Hey hey, you're finally free
It's a new day, you just where you wanted to be
Hey hey, you're finally free
And it's so strange, it's not like you thought it would be
Hey hey, you're finally free
It's a new day, you just where you want to be
Hey hey, you're finally free
You got what you want now, you forgot what you need

You get what you want, get what you want
You forgot what you need
Track Name: Is There Anyone Out There
A swarm of senses, a shatterstorm
Tangled threads to weave a world
We build defenses and call them homes
Each alive, alert, alone

Is there anyone, is there anyone out there?
Is there anyone, is there anyone out there?
'Cause I don't know how to reach across the breach
So deep between us
Is there anyone, is there anyone out there
Who feels the way I do?

Uncertain language, imperfect words
How can we expect to speak the truth
I need you closer
I need you still
No matter how I seem to disappear from you

Is there anyone, is there anyone out there?
Is there anyone, is there anyone out there? I'm calling
I don't know how to reach across the breach so deep between us
Is there anyone, is there anyone out there
Who feels the way I do?

The world I've seems no-one could ever know
The same as every other one of seven billion souls

Is there anyone, is there anyone out there?
Is there anyone, is there anyone out there? I'm calling
I don't know how to reach across the breach so deep between us
Is there anyone, is there anyone out there
Who feels the way I do?
Track Name: Life is Beautiful
Come wake me up
I have been asleep too long
And I pray, I pray it's time
The storm is blowing over
It's safe to go outside

Life is beautiful, beautiful
I could never imagine turning it away

Love will make you weak
Make you hungry
It'll make you need someone
Who'll break your trust
And call you out
But we never get enough

Life is beautiful, beautiful
Don't you ever surrender to the voices in your head
Life is beautiful, beautiful
I could never imagine i turned away
Track Name: The Eye
We're finally learning to fight
We take to it well
'Til we are pure potential
Imaginal cells
You always were a wild one
You like to bend the rules
But baby when the time comes
I might surprise you too

You laugh like nothing can touch you
The skies might open above you
And the rain pours down and the wind whips high
This love is a hurricane
You are the eye

I can't make a connection
You don't trust it to hold
So we cling to each other
Through the battering storm
Pain passes but slowly
And pleasure gone too soon
A copper manzanita
We have to burn to bloom

You laugh like nothing can touch you
The skies might open above you
And the rain pours down and the wind whips high
This love is a hurricane
You are the eye

I'll stop telling you what you want to hear
Stop waiting for me to arrive
We keep ripping apart the atmosphere
But the change is what keeps us alive

You laugh like nothing can touch you
The skies might open above you
And when the rain pours down and the wind whips high
This love is a hurricane
You are the eye
Track Name: Enough
Missing time
We killed the night
But I didn't want to go
I didn't want to go
Back in to that light

Chemicals
Cloud around the hall
Sting your pure eyes
But it's sweeter than you know
It's sweeter than you know
Impossible

The day is short
The task is great
And I am idle

The day is short
The task is great
And I am idle

The mind is willing but the body resists
The fight is over but the pain persists

Tell me when I've had enough
Oh tell me when I've had enough
I've had enough
I've had enough

The day is short
The task is great
And I am idle