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released November 22, 2019

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Track Name: When I Lived on the Isle
Goodbye to the townhouse
Apartment in the woods
Saying Adieu to Alex
And moving to New York

Cabin pressure rose
As I got on the plane
I had bought an iPod
To keep me company

Those Manhattan dreams
That still occur in my sleep
Remind me of a time
I was truly happy
Happy!

Then, I wasn’t present
Full of anxiety
But did so much fun stuff
I was overlooking

School was awesome, I lost weight
Got to ride the subway train
Twenty blocks to Union Square
I walked

Visited by Alex
That dorm room was like a palace
We saw the Brooklyn Bridge
And felt like kings
But I was dieting!

I was so skinny!

Never knew it had been blissful
‘Til many ages later, ‘cause of
Yoga, therapy, and meditation…

I was overlooking happiness
I’m done with dwelling in my mess
It’s childish to think things are gonna change
If I don’t take responsibility
Reframe my mind and memories
I’ll always see the down side of things

I overlooked the greatest things
The love that was in front of me
The limbo that I thought it was instead
In my head the chemicals were wrong
But attitudes can overcome
Just see outside myself once in a while
If I had known, I would have smiled
If I had known, I would have smiled
When I lived on the isle...
Track Name: A World Beyond Electrons
Every day since you departed
The television show we started
Has been paused on our screen
Where we left off, on episode nineteen

And as I stare at the tube
Feeling remotely removed
From my platinum blond
There must be a world beyond electrons

You said, “I’ll be right back”
But then went into cardiac

And now I stare at the tube
Feeling remotely removed
From my platinum blond
There must be a world beyond electrons

Hearing a ghost calling my name
From deep inside the freeze-frame
A voice gives me some hope
And at all at once it’s easier to cope

‘Cause as I stare at the tube
I am no longer removed
From my platinum blond
I know there’s a world beyond

‘Cause as I stare at the tube
I am no longer removed
From my platinum blond
I know there’s a world beyond electrons

I know there’s a world beyond electrons
I know there’s a world beyond electrons
Track Name: Weather Machine
Vexed by the vortex
I was captive to the waves
Thoughts of commitment
Made her black dots dilate

This storm could not be chased
But I did not want to escape
Engulfed by the wind
And it suckered me in, suckered, yeah I’m a sucker

Spiraling into the precipitation
Depression feels so wrong
I’m a high strung low pressure system
When it rains, the tears never end
Where’s the fail-safe?
This weather machine, weather machine is broken

Regulation’s out the window
The thermostat is gone
Whatever the air blows in
Is what I have to live on

Spiraling into the precipitation
Depression feels so wrong
I’m a high strung low pressure system
When it rains, the tears never end
Where’s the fail-safe?
This weather machine, weather machine is broken

Vexed by the vortex
I was captive to the waves
Thoughts of commitment
Made these black dots dilate

Spiraling into the precipitation
Depression feels so wrong
I’m a high strung low pressure system
When it rains, the tears never end
Where’s the fail-safe?
This weather machine, weather machine is broken
Track Name: Andy Coleman Sic
My good friend was hanging with frat boys
And my roommate was steady with my ex-squeeze
So I was working the desk to distract myself
Whenever that “Andy Coleman” would ring

Flashback, 10-3-1969
On a blind date in college
The band was loud
And I was resigned

The man I was set up with
Knew everybody present, he
Was partying before I arrived
It was all a little unpleasant

I just wanted for the night to end
But I never thought I wouldn’t hear from him again

‘Cause my good friend was hanging with frat boys
And my roommate was steady with my ex-squeeze
So I was working the desk to distract myself
Whenever that “Andy Coleman” would ring

He’d call for other ladies
And I’d get them on the hall phone
Asking them, out on dates,
But nor was I alone
Yet despite those other people,
Our courtship wasn’t through
We had something viable
It wasn’t long before we knew

‘Cause our matchmaker had asked me
To give him another chance, she said
“It was just the circumstance that took away the romance”

Well, my good friend was hanging with frat boys
And my roommate was steady with my ex-squeeze
So I was working the desk, secretly hoping
That “Andy Coleman” would ring for me

Fast-forward, we’ve been together
Almost fifty years
I-accepted-his proposal and learned to spell his name
So our love would persevere

My good friend said bye to the frat boys
My roommate didn’t end up with my ex-squeeze
I married an extraordinary man
‘Cause Andy Koman gave me a ring
Track Name: Come Early
It's hot in June
And June's hot for me
And she gives me hell
Cause she likes to watch me sweat

We've got a date, she'll be wearing pearlies
I'm never late, but I won't come early

It's not just moods
She swings with me
On hardwood floors
With high heels on

We've got a date, she'll be wearing pearlies
I'm never late, but I won't come early

We've got a date, she'll be wearing pearlies
I'm never late, but I won't come early
Track Name: Sit Still and Be
She works hard not to feel bleak
Her beginning is the end of the week
When her son walks in the door,
She feels defenseless to the core,
‘Cause his stubble makes her mourn
His father’s... whiskered cheeks

Every moment of this life is like a tiny seed
You can cultivate the land, you can uproot the weeds
Repose on the seventh day, and watch the earth make way
While the stems spring forth like cherished memories
Sit still and be
Sit still and be

The two relax on the front porch swing
She sips a glass of wine while he comforts her and sings
Beneath reflections of the moon
She hums har-mony for the tune
Cause she’s consoled in her cocoon
While her husband... has his wings

Every moment of this life is like a tiny seed
You can cultivate the land, you can uproot the weeds
Repose on the seventh day, and watch the earth make way
While the stems spring forth like cherished memories
Sit still and be
Sit still and be

[INSTRUMENTAL]

Every moment of this life is like a tiny seed
You can cultivate the land, you can uproot the weeds
Repose on the seventh day, and watch the earth make way
While the stems spring forth like cherished memories
Sit still and be
Sit still and be
Track Name: Little White Dot
“Stay close to that white dot”, he said,
“When you’re in the blackness—do you know what that white dot is?”
“It’s hope,” he said, “When you’re in the white,”
“You must do everything you can not to go into the hole.

The picture of the yin yang he drew
Like the one on my necklace
It was a gift from a wise person
I’ll never forget his words from that day
Then the hospital closed
And I walked away with a memory

Spiraling into the precipitation
Depression feels so wrong
I’m a high strung, low pressure system
When it rains, the tears never end
Where’s the fail-safe?
This weather machine, weather machine…

Now I have found my bliss (This weather machine, weather machine is broken)
A sensation in the mist (Weather machine, weather machine is broken)
Not on my hard drive (Weather machine, weather machine is broken)
Blasting down the freeway (This weather machine, weather machine is broken)
I feel like I’m seventeen (Weather machine, weather machine is broken)
But a better kind of that past version of me (Weather machine, weather machine is broken)

‘Cause it matters where you come from
Your perspective is the big reveal
It tells a lot about you
The tricks lie in the deal, The tricks lie in the deal
The tricks lie in the deal
The tricks lie in the deal

Where’s the fail-safe?
Could there be a hopeful sun?
If it’s irreversible,
Wonder how it all came to be, from,

The shape of who I was
To a cubby in the sand
I wanted to change my life, by
Playing Superman

I left Carolina
I lost my faith in God
But thankfully, for my friend, I had,
A little white dot

“Stay close to that white dot”, he said,
“When you’re in the blackness—do you know what that white dot is?”
“It’s hope,” he said, “When you’re in the white,”
“You must do everything you can not to go into the hole.
Track Name: Crazy While
I left
Carolina
I won’t be back
This much I know

I spent most of my days in bed
Asleep in the spirit, not right in the head
I won’t be back
This much I know

Each moment I’m gone, I grow

I haven’t been home in a crazy while
It doesn’t make a difference who you are
Things will add up in time
My calculation says there’s not much change in the zones
But going east to west, I find the best parts of me are still unknown
(I haven’t been home in a crazy while)
I’m learning second by second
There’s more to me than seventeen square miles
(I haven’t been home in a crazy while)
I haven’t been home in a crazy while

I said
Goodbye waterfall
It’s time to find the current me
And what I believe
Track Name: Wares for Sale
Going to the bakery
Looking for refreshments
The hours posted on the sign read
“Monday closed, Tuesday maybe”

A gentleman said come in anyway
I can’t sell you anything
But you can see what we have on display

‘Cause it’s not just food
It’s souvenirs
It’s more than pastries
And elephant ears
There’s not a tart
That can measure up
There is no eclair
That compares to all our wares for sale

(That compares to all our wares for sale)
(That compares to all our wares for sale)

Walking down the aisles
Seeing what they had
I thought just how thirsty I was
And I needed something bad

The gentleman started chatting
‘Bout the instruments he made
And engaged in conversation I forgot why we came

‘Cause it’s not just drinks
It’s banjos and strings
It’s more than you’d guess
Not just lattes
And espressos
There’s no beverage
You can put in your cup
No soda pop I swear
That compares to all our wares for sale

He says, “I’ll tell-you about it all, and you’ll come back for everything”
He says, “I’ll tell-you about it all, and you’ll come back on Wednesday”
He says, “I’ll tell-you about it all, and you’ll come back for everything”
He says, “I’ll tell-you about it all, and you’ll come back--”

‘Cause it’s not just meals
It’s the shopping that heals
It’s more than the staff
Even more than I brag
There is no other building
That contains a better store
No inventory bigger than
Yours truly’s

‘Cause it’s not just antiques
And china and trinkets
Not just children’s toys
And old signs to enjoy
I feel there’s something mystic
My those price tags are artistic
There’s no other kind of flair
That compares to all our wares for sale
Track Name: In Publication
Social butterflies don’t live very long
But frequenting the dive, I introduced myself to everyone
Circadian rhythm shifted but no fatigue throughout the day,
This hypomanic songster attended a writer’s gathering

Shook hands with a producer
But soon went to the hospital
Because I wasn’t very lucid
But I got on his schedule

My bandmate put me out two thousand dollars
I was on anti-psychotics and all she wanted was narcotics

Then hey! Hey, hey, hey!
The studio moved to another space
Delay, delay, delay!
The producer wanted more compensation

Than we first agreed upon

Releasing the CD but feeling legally wronged
I refused to pay him anymore, then lawyers got involved
I made acoustic versions based on first drafts of those songs
And later had a rift with the engineer from that album

Realized that people matter
More than any kind of tune
Empathized with their attachments
To the work I had them do

Then hey! Hey, hey, hey!
I made them a peace offering
Hooray, hooray, hooray!
The producer decided to take

But hey! Hey, hey, hey!
The legal paranoia didn’t go away
Today, today, today!
I live in isolation, but I’m in publication!

Hey, hey, hey!
Track Name: By the Time I Was Through
Chelsee’s Coffee Shop is where I joined the circle jam
Jamming about Jesus overheard by a religious woman
Who asked me to her church, ‘bout half an hour from my house, a
Couple weekends later, I obliged and was inspired by the pastor’s mouth

Performing for the congregation became my regular
I learned about the sound booth and operated the projector
Praised for all I did but never felt it was enough because
Above and beyond is the way God loves
Above and beyond…

The holy dove descended, I got baptized in the bath
And made the children laugh at VBS sometime before that
Broke my back from dancing, went to Comprehensive Rehab
Got thrown a house warming party when I moved out to Springdale

A deacon once told me to teach the same things
“Agree to all the tenets and you can keep on coming”
I refused to sign the paper ‘cause my faith wasn’t aligned
They seemed to be the homophobic kind
The homophobic kind

Volunteered to stay until they got a replacement
Though I had a bought a drum kit and a bass to play with
We never had the worship band my co-leader envisioned
She founded a service in another town

A friend came out and helped me reconfigure our sound system
Organized the cables, and I cleaned up the room
The pastor quit his job and said he was done with preaching
‘Cause the numbers had dwindled to a few
And we got on bad terms too
Yeah, the numbers had dwindled to a few
By the time I was through
Track Name: Her Eyes Were Heather Grey
Wild, warm
Like the unbridled air of a summer storm
She was the one I’d been waiting for
Random talks in the backyard
And her face gleamed

Her eyes were heather grey, and as I saw them she whirled away
Very insistent we could get old before the day
But lost inside a moment, exchanging life stories
We huddled in a treehouse and pattered like the rain
Her eyes were heather grey

Being swept into her world
While we shared our memories
It relieved me to know I could unwind
in the calm of

Her eyes were heather grey, and as I saw them she whirled away
Very insistent we could get old before the day
But lost inside a moment, exchanging life stories
We huddled in a treehouse and pattered like the rain
Her eyes were heather grey

I will always remember those pinwheel shapes
How they opened with irises spinning like hurricanes
When she realized the feelings that we entertained
She stormed off into the rain

Her eyes were heather grey, and as I saw them she whirled away
Very insistent we could get old before the day
But lost inside a moment, exchanging life stories
We huddled in a treehouse and pattered like the rain
Her eyes were heather grey
Her eyes were heather grey
We huddled in a treehouse and pattered like the rain
We huddled in a treehouse and pattered like the rain
Track Name: Oh, What If He Proposes?
Where sleeps the meadowlark
Where flowers bloom in near pitch dark
Where butterflies retire and fireflies light up the lea
Where constellations drift
Where circumstance presents a gift
Oh, the wondrous serendipity

I thought, “Oh, what if he proposes?”
By the evening primroses
In the middle of the night, our love blossomed too
I thought, “Oh, what if he proposes?”
By the evening primroses

Where barnyard owls stir
Where petals every eve recur
Where crickets sing and couples fling through the night
Where dots adorn the atmosphere
Where yellow buds make souvenirs
Oh, the flourishes delight

You thought, “Oh, what if he proposes?”
By the evening primroses
In the middle of the night, our love blossomed too
You thought, “Oh, what if he proposes?”
By the evening primroses

“Oh, what if he proposes?”
“Oh, what if he proposes?”

You thought, “Oh, what if he proposes?”
(“Oh, what if he proposes?”)
By the evening primroses
(By the evening primroses)
In the middle of the night, our love blossomed too
You thought, “Oh, what if he proposes?”
By the evening primroses
Track Name: The Roanoke Reprise
I'm back at the star and all that I've seen
Has been an inspiration for me
And my journey will be closing tonight
Just as the neon burns to light

The town of Roanoke, oh Roanoke
I can see you down below
I love the sight in front of me
I've just gotten to see
The electric emblem come to life
She is well-wishing me goodbye
Oh Roanoke, Roanoke
The asterisk illuminates my drive
Track Name: Just Shy of a Couple Meters
Just shy of a couple meters (Just shy)
Just shy of a couple meters

We dropped our daughter off, at her friends’ to play
And headed to Greensboro, on the 23rd of May
It was already Wednesday, and we couldn’t spare a minute
But we had to stop for directions, at a chiropractic clinic

Arriving at the adoption agency just in time, our
Case worker took the clothes we brought, and soon called us inside

A beautiful room
With a beautiful bassinet
With a baby boy in the white outfit
She said he was a fussy eater
But he ate well for us, and now he’s
Just shy of a couple meters

(Just shy)
Just shy of a couple meters
Just shy of a couple meters

We got a phone call about, a week to ten days before
My wife hung up and told me, “I think our baby’s been born!”
On the 21st, we were, told we could come tomorrow
But I had surgery that, whole next day to follow

So we made an appointment and showed up just in time, our
Case worker took the clothes we brought, and soon called us inside

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