Almost

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1.
You never want to come You always have to go Why can’t we just wake up Together And have coffee? You’re always staying up When I go to lie down You come into the room Late at night and Turn the light off Then you just fall asleep You always want to say All of the things I really don’t We pass it back and forth We’re impatient And we’re hungry You‘re never speaking up You’re always looking down And when I try to ask You a question You can hear me But you don’t say a thing I’m always reaching out You’re always drawing in Do you think we could be close For a minute? Feel a heartbeat You’re always speeding up When we’re just standing still My ear against your chest I Hear a racehorse I hear thunder
2.
04:31
When I met Anna, she could charm  But I, myself impregnable Thought myself immune to it  The words she spoke and things she did I was unimpressed to say the least  And Michael was a friend of mine  With eyes so wide but not too bright  When Anna, she came into play She chewed him up, then walked away I rolled my my eyes, I'd heard before To expect these things from those like her So I called her my friend Anna At arm's length from my friend, Anna  I was only something new to her I graduated, left the state  And Anna, she could just not wait To travel north to visit me  I barred the door romantically And I felt so prepared to see her face And in one night I'd never seen  So many men fall to their knees And Anna, all the cause of it  The words she spoke, the things she did  To put me firm beneath her thumb  But damned if I'd be overcome So I turned away from Anna No goodnight to my friend Anna  By the time that I awoke, she had deserted me  The next time that I'd see her face  After a year, her wedding day  The groom a man near twice her age Their child only months away  I saved the date begrudgingly  When Anna came to speak to me I couldn't take her seriously  She asked if we could Keep In Touch  She'd said the same to everyone  It seemed like something she would do What a strange thing when she followed through  So I'd say hello to Anna  Once a day to my friend Anna  It was mostly just to pass the time  Who's to say Why anyone's inclined to tell a story  Surely there's a reason Anna would have been the one anointed Center in the grandest scheme  When I can't discern what she means in it   And that's how I think of Anna Nothing more than my friend, Anna When her husband called, what a surprise He told me she had taken sick With slim chance of recovering  The way she talked, it seemed to him That I could be her only friend  It would mean the world to see your face  I took a cab reluctantly And told the driver wait for me Approached their door, I feel the weight Before I knock, I hesitate And I had no desire to force a smile To know her illness, meet her child So I left her porch, I turned my back And hurried back into the cab I turned away from Anna  No goodbye to my friend Anna  Not a phone call or a note from her again So I turned away from Anna  No goodbye to my friend Anna  I sing the story of a girl, completed 
3.
I am the bits from when the bomb went off inside of me Over time I changed from dust into the air your breathe I heard a voice that begged "Please come home," And I said "No, thank you." I am the sentry in the back, I let you take the lead I am the eyes and ears of truth, watch what you say to me Son of the world, I made your middle name Nothing It says what you are to me Calculate currents and I welcome the windows down Once a snare, turned to a noose Most of the time I keep the lion in line Except for when I think of you I am the scribe, I sit inside and take the landscape in My pen spews only truth, don’t even question it And I recall what a sweet offer Then I wrote "No, thank you." Calculate currents and I welcome the windows down Once a snare, turned to a noose Most of the time I keep the lion in line Except for when I think of you I never tried to dodge collision or catastrophe I only tried to do the best with what would come to me I never thought that I could feel so small… Until I walked away from you Calculate currents and welcome the windows down While I fucking hang from a noose Most of the time I keep the lion in line Except for when I think of you
4.
I am I mean I think I was you as a young man So full of piss and spit And no one to let it out with So I tied the noose (Hey hey, hey hey) Then untied the noose (Hey hey, hey hey) So I tied the noose (Hey hey, hey hey) Untie the noose I caught a glimpse of me And saw a starving actress Inject my courage then I level with the carpet So I tied the noose (Hey hey, hey hey) Then untied the noose (Hey hey, hey hey) So I tied the noose (Hey hey, hey hey) Untie the noose "A holy war against my brother, St. Peter He's taking what he wants He's got money to burn And just a few years left My family thought that I could just be better than this." "A holy war against my brother, his daughter His son and his wife I've got nothing to learn, and nothing to lose" ...but what I meant to say was So I tied the noose (Hey hey, hey hey) Then untied the noose (Hey hey, hey hey) So I tied the noose (Hey hey, hey hey) Untie the noose
5.

Please say hi to the Spanish ladies They'll forever have my heart I always tried to keep up with them But I could never talk the talk On my mind All the time Convincing me to talk it out And give it one more try Wherever you go, I know you’ll find it in the end Wherever you go, I know you'll find an audience You always said I bring out the best in you in front of all your friends Wherever you go, I know you’ll find me in the end 
 It’s when I sweat on the hottest days I let my thirst control my thoughts I start to crave coca-cola That’s when I know things will come apart 
On my mind All the time Convincing me to talk it out And give it ten more tries 
 Wherever you go, I know you’ll find it in the end Wherever you go, I know you'll find an audience You always said I bring out the best in-- You have got so many friends! Wherever you go, I know you’ll find me in the end 
Wherever you go, I know you’ll find it in the end Wherever you go, I know you'll find an audience You really know I bring out the wretch in you in front of all your friends Wherever you go, you know I'll find you in the end 
You always said I bring out the best in you Say HI to all your friends! Wherever you go, I know you'll find me in the end
6.
04:23
Watching the clock Running the day down Turning it off Stay in one spot Eat when you're hungry You live in the dark What time'd you hit the hay last night? 'Cause you're not looking great Were you trying to catch some shut-eye? Do you ever get tongue-tied? It's on the tip of it now, still you're Searching for the word you can't find Caught in the fog You were a figure That cut through the clouds Looking at you Was salt on the wound it was the least you could do I had to say to you two times If there's an easy way out then Somebody's gonna take it You don’t deserve to be two-timed But you’ve been in love before And there’ll always be a next life Could it really hurt you this time? Could it be the— Alone in a drought You were a cool drop Into my mouth Try to beat the sun Can’t go it alone I'd pair with anyone I was wanting something else But I couldn’t put a name to it I was wanting something else I wasn’t sure that I could live without you Could it really hurt you this time? Could it be the one that sleeps beside you? Could it really hurt you this time? You were a thought Crossing my mind While I was out on the block When you came into view Sharpened my tongue It was the only thing to do Sharpened my tongue It was the only thing to do (You don't deserve to be two-timed) (I was born of something else)
7.
The sun cast my shadow on the pavement of your neighborhood I didn't know what i was looking for I was retracing footsteps you took some ten years ago I went out alone What was I supposed to say to you? High atop the hill, it seemed the tallest on the coast At least to me it was the steepest slope Following directions from the return address of an envelope A tiny, yellowed note What was I supposed to say to you? Then I came across a small tree, newly bearing fruit A theft that I could justify My mouth was dry, I needed to Remind myself you were far too young To see this tree in bloom You come in on cue "I don't know, If it wasn't for the time spent during adolescence Sending letters back east Would you have forgotten me? A former friend that Faded to the west Was not a cause for concern Vague promises to return Twisted my arm To pull me in Before I left You captured my violin Went to my parents Asking for their blessings In remembering me Haha, how flattering." Even though I know that You're not home There's a part of me that still hopes you'll be Somewhere up the stairs Sitting in your desk chair Covering envelopes in bits of tape and string Because if I don't forget you, Then you're not forgetting me What was I supposed to say to you? Feels like I barely knew you Really, what was I supposed to say?
8.
03:09
Take just a little bit more than you were given Doesn't seem such a slippery slope while you're still living You were upset to find it's not your call and after all You've got your whole life ahead of you You’ve got a whole lot of time Stay up a little bit later than you wanted Then you wake up, you're feeling like your insides are overflowing Think you'll try again tomorrow? I'm sure you'll sleep it off You know they day can't demand that much Lie just a little bit easier than you want to It's a bad habit, who's ever really gonna call you on it Don't think that they'll show up, but then they do I heard the crowd lose its shit over you You’ve got a whole lot of time Until you run out of it Sing just a little bit louder than you'd say it You're the sad sack that nobody else is gonna play with Watched it burn down to nothing while you stood behind the curtain Keep 'em lined up and waiting for you You’ve got a whole lot of time Until you run out of--
9.
End of the day But I still want to hang around End of the day Got nowhere to go I was thinking about Heading out, I don’t know Would you mind if I Tagged along? And that's all that you get The truth leaves you dumbfounded You walked away from your time being wasted on Highly replaceable me Nothing to say I know I tend to babble on Nothing to say But I’m all out of breath Hung up on you And it made you laugh And I know it’s wishful thinking that you’d Call me back Please be patient and Please be kind We are empty vessels We float together alone And that's all that you get The truth leaves you dumbfounded You walked away from a life almost wasted on Highly replaceable me All that you get Is a truth you don’t understand You walked away from a life almost wasted on Highly replaceable me All that you get Your fears are not unfounded End of the day in a bed softly breathing just Highly replaceable me
10.
I lie in darkness I lie awake Just thinking of you on your side of the bed Restless we grow As the fist morning light Crawls up to the ceiling, You sigh and say "This is fine." You close your eyes I stare straight ahead You toss and remember Lie still to forget That a new day is born As the nighttime subsides Just one more chance to collide I had to go But you stayed And then when you’re gone I remain You got your wish You kept my heart We fall asleep Together, apart

credits

released February 15, 2019

all music written by mike comite

co-produced and performed by mike comite and steve sopchak

guitar, bass, and voice performed by mike comite
drums performed by steve sopchak

engineered, mixed and mastered by steve sopchak

recorded in march and october of 2017 at the square studio in syracuse, ny (stevesopchak.com)

cover art "caught" by marinda martin (marindamartin.com)

cover lettering by julia nunes (julianunes.com)

"anna" is based on the short story "when i met anna, she" by dan forward (eunoiareview.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/when-i-met-anna-she/)

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Mike Comite is your Old Best Friend.

He lives in Brooklyn.

His second full-length album is out and it's called Almost. It sounds like almost.

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