Trying Your Best: An Introduction

by Bridge Underwater

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  • This is a collection of highlights from the early Bridge Underwater albums. I've recorded a lot of songs in five years--not all of them pretty, many of them embarassing to me now--but these are the ones that I think best represent the early Bridge Underwater sound.

    All of these songs are pre-Feeling. This collection avoids the more experimental stuff. You'll have to dive into that on your own.

    Click on the individual song to find out which release it originally appeared on.

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released 20 December 2010

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Track Name: Love is Like (The Fish Song)
Love is like a fish
With wings flying over
All of the birds
That sing in the sky

I am like a little boy
Playing grown up
When I am all alone I cry
All I do is bang my head
Against the wall

I try to pretend
that I’m fine,
But I know.
I need you
To comfort me.

Please hold my hand,
And let me cry.
If I could stop playing
Games then I think

That I could be the
Person that I want to be.
But what the hell does that mean?
I don’t know.

I’m talking to myself again,
And it’s great.

I need you to comfort me.
Please hold my hand, and let me cry.
Track Name: Cherie
Chérie, won’t you wait for me?
Chérie, won’t you wait for me?

It’s not that I don’t want
You by my side.
Believe me that I need you
With these tears in my eyes.

Chérie, won’t you wait for me?

It’s not that I don’t need
You in my life.
It’s just that I don’t know
What to do at night.

These dreams they keep
On pouring into my head.
O, Chérie, baby, won’t you
Come on back to bed?
Track Name: Ambulances and Starships
I know that you love me
But you hurt me
When you want me to be
Someone else than my self
Because that’s all I want to be

O can’t you see
that I need to be
Free from all the chains
holding me down?

Listen to me, will you please?
I promise that I’ll try to please
If you just let me
Be the way that I want to be.

Listen to me will you please?
I promise that I’ll try to please
If you let me be my way
I promise that we’ll be together forever.

I know that you do mean well,
But I think that I need a star ship,
So I can fly away to a distant planet
Where I can be alone and sit on the rocks
And just cry about anything that I’d like.
Track Name: Lizard Love
My sad, brown shoes
Collect dust in your room
Where we danced and once cried
Thinking of each other’s lies.

I can’t move now
from this rock
Called curling tongue
and Lizard Love.

When I woke up
Angel-eyed on the floor
(I was) Drunk from the kisses
You gave to him in his yard

On a day when suns burn
brightly, sadly
Singing to the one I love.

I can’t loose you now.
I can’t say goodbye.

Now that I’m wrong
(My) Splintered soul (is) on the rug
Chasing all of the dreams
That we sowed in the seams

Of our glowing lights
up in the sky
That burnt and banged
into the night.

When your eyes pumped
Perfect blue across the room
I caught ill from the sight
Of your mind touching mine

In a cloud of cliché
teenage poems
With verbs that do not
bring it home.

I can’t loose you now.
I can’t say goodbye.
Track Name: Falling Thru the Now
The world is burning,
And I can’t seem to get away.
My feet are falling from the things
That you constantly say.

I feel it inside my hands now
Something I never had.
You are the one to be me.
I cannot be around.

Subconscious subduing me.
I feel it inside my skull.
Each step I take is tattered.
How am I here at all?

Here I am.
Track Name: Lost at Sea
Lost at sea for too many days
Floating on this big blue maze
All alone with these thoughts in my head
You don’t know if I’m alive or dead

I left you for the sea so long ago
I can say that that was a big mistake
Rocking back and forth every night
I look for land but it’s not in sight.

When I sleep I dream of you
And I hope that my dreams come true
I can see us holding hands
Laughing loudly and making plans

I wish I were on solid ground
No more rocking, no more rolling around
But all I have is the deep blue sea,
And it’s constantly laughing at me

It knows I’m tired. Yes, it knows I’m dead.
All I want to do is go to bed.
Back to my dreams that keep me company.
Back to thoughts that make me happy.

All I want to do is to go to bed.
All I want to do is to go to sleep.
All I want to do is to dream of you.
Track Name: Love You
Sometimes love hits you in the mouth.
Sometimes love hits you and knocks you down
Like a ton of bricks lying on your finger tips.
It cuts circulation until you cannot feel.

I’m searching for stars I can’t find.
You are the mountain I can’t climb.

Sometimes time keeps moving without me.
Sometimes time keeps making a fool out of me.
But time is just a word we place upon the absurd
Moments of the day that keep us hanging on.

I’m searching for stars I can’t find.
You are the mountain I can’t climb.
Track Name: Choo
If you want me to stick
Around, I will.
O, I really want you.
O, I really want you.

If you want me to walk
Around with you, I will.
O, I really want you.
O, I really want you.

If you want to go
Somewhere, I will with you.
O, I really want you.
O, I really want you.

If you need a friend
To hold your hand, I will.
O, I really want you.
O, I really want you.

Whatever it is you want,
Whatever it is just call on me.

If you want to
Talk it out, I will.
O, I really want you.
O, I really want you.

Let me show you how
I talk to the sky. Watch me.
O, I really want you.
O, I really want you.

Now lets not let life
Just pass us by. No.
O, I really want you.
O, I really want you.

Grades are nothing but
Numbers you leave behind.
O, I really want you.
O, I really want you.

If you stare long enough
At the sky, you’ll see
O, I really want you.
O, I really want you.

The great big naked eye
That hangs over me and you.
O, I really want you.
O, I really want you.

I really want you to be happy.
Track Name: Tools
Are you breathing?
Can you hear me?
Soul so restless
Mind so thoughtless

Where do we go
From this hole we
Dug so deeply?
Can’t we break free?

Yes, I love you,
But I’m hurting.
So I let go,
And turn off my mind.

There’s nothing
That we can hope for
But a peaceful death
to take us.

No, that’s not right.
Something’s wrong here.
Can’t we stop
This machine from ticking?

Words don’t matter
When you’re sick, dear.
Let’s lie down now.
It is coming.
Track Name: Sad Song
I can’t remember you
Now that I am getting old.
Nineteen years and I still don’t know
Where it is you lie in the ground.

The family talks about you
Like their wounds are really healed,
But deep down no cut will ever shut.
That’s why I cry when I think of you.

I will stay awake for you
If you decide to come on home.

Will you ever think of me
Like I think of you?
And if you do what will you say
About the person that I have become?

Life may be death and death may be life.
This is clear to me sometimes.

I will stay awake for you
If you decide to come on home.
Track Name: Trying Your Best
It would be nice
if my brother didn’t have to lie.
It would be nice
if we didn’t have to say goodbye.

It would be nice
if mama told me not to play with fire.
It would be nice
if my heart was open for hire.

It would be nice
if my bones were still operating.
It would be nice
if my mind was cooperating.

When I die I don’t think
that I’ll talk to you.
When I die I want my soul
to be shampooed.

How many moons
until I can be just who I want?
How many moons
until I can’t shake the final jaunt?

Now listen to me
I don’t mean to be preoccupied.
I was just thinking,
and this is what my brain did cry.

But the birds are still singing.
Outside my heart beats with every street.
That alone gives me reason to smile
For just one moment in the sun.