Comfort in Doubt

by Sama Dams

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released 11 November 2014

Produced by Sebastian Rogers
Engineered by Ian Watts
Mixed and Mastered by Tony Lash
Recorded at the Magic Closet in Portland in February 2014
*Except Tiger, which was recorded live across the street at the Piano Fort on 6/14/13

All songs written and performed by Sama Dams
Saxophone on Dirty Work performed by Andy Rayborn

Executive Producers: Greg & Susan Adams, Joey Beardsley, Brenda Goodell, Adam Harney, Sarah Lightbown, Reggie Mace, Rachel Ogburn, Brett Peterson, Joy Peterson, Drew Puckett, and Joe Turbessi.

Special Thanks to our families, and also to Michael Blake, Catherine Feeny, Ben Hubbird, Daniel & Rachel Johnson, David O'Brien, Danah Olivetree, Paul Ramey, Todd Walberg, and anyone else we neglected to mention who has helped us along the way.

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Track Name: My Ears Are Ringing
Ooh my ears are ringing
Ooh my ears are ringing

Now we long for a change in weather
Tuesdays dot the scenery round your head
You’re a long way around the back stairs
California wasteland, touch the back of my bed

Down down - I’m your phantom
Down down - I’m your aura
Down down - I’m your cherry
Down down - firewalker

Ooh my ears are ringing
Ooh my ears are ringing

For the weight of the stranger days that we’ve been living
Must have found a way to eat through the walls
Fatten up the vermin damned to heaven
Woah - ten days behind the eight-ball

10 9 - I feel like crying
8 7 - who’s gonna count it down
6 5 4
3 2

I want to forget

Ooh my ears are ringing
Ooh my ears are ringing
Track Name: Dirty Work
I stick to my instincts
I follow my nose, this girl earns her wage
The numbers they pass
Watch you fall on your ass
Just to play in the game

Someone’s got to get the dirty work done
Someone’s got bleed them to the bone

My hands in your pockets
Can’t bother with you, got your money to burn
The carrot is green
And I got it between my legs for the squeeze

Someone’s got to get the dirty work done
Someone’s got bleed them to the bone

Roll up my sleeves put on my shoes
I’ve got four words for you
I
I don’t
I don’t love
I don’t love you
Stand behind please take a number
How may I direct your call
Stand behind please take a number
How
may
I direct
Your
Call
How may I direct your call


Someone’s got to get the dirty work done
Someone’s got bleed them to the bone
Someone’s got to get the dirty work done
Someone’s got bleed them to the bone
Track Name: Back Aways
You’re a stranger baited
Drawn to the house on the hill
To game for the razor’s slice
And to hell with the mill
You been wasting your hard-earned flesh on payment per pound
But I hate to turn you down

If I bought you a diamond ring
Would it cut you up deep?
If I change you enough
You might end up writhing in you sleep
Only you got the nerve to pull the strings I tie to your hands
But it’s not my turn to dance

I caught you behind your bluff, yeah
I knew that you would stay
Cause you and I go back a ways
No sense in forgetting what
A little time might change
But you and I go back a ways

I’ve been letting the skin fill in
Round the hole in your head
I’m feeling the flow
Just sucking down choices in your dread
When red heaven swallows the whole morning in rain
Oh you know I feel the same

Only you are the stranger
Who could be stranger than me
Strayed out for that one fat chance
To be all you can be
You don’t have the strength enough
For mind over man
Just run while you can
But you are my only friend

I caught you behind your bluff, yeah
I knew that you would stay
Cause you and I go back a ways
No sense in forgetting what
A little time might change
But you and I go back a ways
Oh yeah you and I go back a ways

(Let me down slow
Leave me alone)
Track Name: Maggie
You see
My body’s torn and tired from the day
Your blood
Fits like a glove in my veins

This isn’t how I thought it would be
Between you and me
We’re sailing separately
Will you come back to me

Maggie
This isn’t how I thought it would be
Maggie
This isn’t how I thought it would be

Oh moon
The silent mediator of our fall
Burns out
The fighting fire - we bare our bones

Eventually the house will fall
Split and talked to death by what we kept our own

Between you and me
We’re sailing separately
But that’s alright with me

Maggie
This isn’t how I thought it would be
Maggie
This isn’t how I thought it would be

No matter if you’re safe from harm
I’m lurking in the shadows where you are
Some physical remembrance of
A past you fear, the flesh and bones you’re made of

Maggie
This isn’t how I thought it would be
Maggie
This isn’t how I thought it would be
Track Name: Sawtooth
Words of laughter trickle from the sheets of this bed
Too new to crawl back untested
Baited by fallen sky she wept she wept she wept

One hand holds pieces of moon
One hand stays locked up in her room

Seems like you’ve been making peace with a monster
Oh so you like to sing to your stalker, your robber
Grazed from the stained hands cradling the head it tore away

Every little gift a kind of weapon
Every little fine line bound and broken
Every little lie is white and golden
Track Name: Ton Weight Down
Ton weight down
Can you feel it
Better than us for once
Ton weight down
Pretty handy
Get up and walk around

You go for miles and miles and what do you win
Nothing
Nothing

Parallel to the mattress
Floating and splayed in air
Beasts of hell, bride of incest
Reach out and touch her dangling hair
When will you take me out of here?

You go for miles and miles and what do you win
Nothing
Nothing
You drain the tree of life then bore yourself in
Nothing
Nothing

Ton weight down
Can you smell it
How do you make this right
Ton weight down
In an instant
How do you make this right

You go for miles and miles and what do you win
Nothing
Nothing
You go for miles and miles and what do you win
Nothing
Nothing
You go for miles and miles and what do you win
Nothing
Nothing
Track Name: Scout
Stop my hands to tell you one thing
To return for a minute
Wake you up while you’re still under
You’re still wading right in it
Guided by the weight that hangs you down
As you blow your poor mind’s eye open

Drive in cursive to the margin
But then return for a minute
Terrified by heights behind you
But to write what’s intended
Lighted by the fire that burns you down
As you blow your poor mind’s eye open

And you know
You’re only lost
As long as you say you’re not
It always breaks the same way

Underneath the cords I found you
And I’ll return in a minute
Washing out the last red handed stain
And the beat trapped within it
Waiting out to step on hollowed ground
With your gaping mind’s eye open

And you know
You’re only lost
As long as you say you’re not
And you know
You’re only lost
As long as you say you’re not
It always breaks the same way
Track Name: Cold Snap
I write to you in silences
My looks become my pen
An etch-a-sketch to break the ice
But froze me up again
And you take hold of me
Hold on to me in your periphery

Nothing like a cold snap
To bleed a purple heart
I read and write to break your hands
Blow the circuits, tip the cart
You’re much too close
You cook my throat
I’d rather go alone

You know that I don’t sleep at night
No medicine can starve
The cold that feeds the light
I didn’t waste my time
To burn you out of your hole
Come watch me work my show

We peel of the linens
You wrap me in the sun

I’ll hold on to you
Til you fit together again

We peel of the linens
You wrap me in the sun
We peel of the linens
You wrap me in the sun
Track Name: Tiger (Live)
I'm getting up before this begins
A little game that I never win
Kiss me sweet, the reason shoots through open doors in front of me
And then at night it wants let back in

She isn't home until she's in bed
Sine qua non - no word left unsaid
Kiss me sweet, she says the stories there could pave the streets
I sigh heavy to deny her
Kiss me sweet, the teeth to draw this bitter blood from me
You'll turn into a tiger
You'll turn into a tiger

An olive branch grew from my empty head
You took that chance to chew on all that I said
Kiss me sweet, your instinct stops before you understand
And leads the rest to fire
Kiss me sweet, and think of fifty ways to skin your man
You turn into a tiger
I love my lady tiger

Oh you understand enough brag
There's motion ahead of the ridge
I am caught up mid air with a circle of birds and your grin

And when you rest, I will sleep next to you
When you wake, I'll rub my eyes next to you
And when you run, I will run after you
We'll hunt for demons

Another swell
And the man outside is gone again
He was staring stepping up on every little thing
And the song was on the ropes
In the morning I was so afraid too sick to sing
And I guarded my front door with an iron pan
Til I saw the tail beyond the gate begin to swing
And the happy horror left of the man

Tiger calls to me among the demon's bloodied limbs
Tiger comes to me with boiling eyes
Tiger sings my soul will finally be born again
Tiger stalks me til my mouth is dry
Tiger grips my chest to give my breath back to the wind
And the secrets I was keeping
She's says, "Nothing worth repeating,
Quiet while I'm eating."

What did your troubles say, little one?
What made you turn away, little one?
I leave the rest for you, my little one
I saved the best for you, my little one.

Kisses sweet from lips forever stained with empathy
Track Name: Comfort in Doubt
Comfort in doubt
Her back was bent around
Run to our milkless mother
A curse for every lap
Her split tongue bathed me dryly, sighing
We could be a family again
We could be a family again

I saw the arc
We kept intentions strong
Lashed and entangled tight
Our eyes’ inverted lens
The coil of blue sky grew with light
I followed you to heaven again

For the right price
I’d grab another ride
Born briefly to the maw
She’ll swallow it herself
Turn warmly round her belly blindly
So that we can be a family again
We can be a family again