Tolerable Bliss

by James Ösel Thorpe

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released January 24, 2015

All songs written, produced and arranged by James Ösel Thorpe.

Musicians:
James Ösel Thorpe: Electric and acoustic guitars, lead and supporting vocals, bass (Push Me, Sweet Dream)
Nate Barnes: Drums
Paul Fowler: Keyboards, strings
Ben Reich: Bass (Virgil, Take A Break, Sweet Life, The Battle, Into The Light)
Alex Van Gils: Bass (Passive Aggression, Beautifully Or Otherwise, Turquoise Firelight)
Mary Kate McNally: Vocals (Turquoise Firelight, Sweet Life)
Jackie Chavarria: Vocals (Turquoise Firelight, Sweet Life)

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Track Name: Push Me
You don’t have to push me too far
to make me come around to you
please don’t you leave me alone
all I want is you

You’ve got my heart in your hand
reminding me how to be a man
I can feel the cold winter air
it doesn’t take me away no it brings me back here so…

Whatever you do with me
whatever this is going to be
whatever we need to see
is all going to be what sets us free

you don’t have to run too far
to find your way back to my arms
I always know right where you are
you’re right where you belong

you don’t have to tell me I’m wrong
but I want you to anyway
I know when I f@#$ up the song
won’t you sing with me anyway

You’ve got my heart in your hand
reminding me how to be a man
I can feel the cold winter air
it doesn’t take me away no it brings me back here so…

Whatever you do with me
whatever this is going to be
whatever we need to see
is all going to be what sets us free

You can’t hold on
to anything for too long

You don’t have to run too far
to find your way back to my arms
I always know right where you are
you’re right where you belong
(right here where you belong)
you’re right where you belong
(right now where you belong)
you’re right where you belong
(you’re always right where you belong)
you’re right where you belong
(you’re always right, where you belong)
Track Name: Passive Aggression
Your passive aggression ain’t fooling me
you’re not the only one who matters here, if only you could see
looking right through me
and I know (I know) no it’s not your fault
but if you don’t own your life
then what do you got?

I’m talking to myself just like everyone else
so I think it’s time to hang up and live life for myself

Passive aggression is a thing of the past
pissed off and insignificant, under the sky so vast
I’m all alone–– just me and the trees
so why am I so angry?
it’s just the breeze in the leaves

They’re talking to themselves just like everyone else
it’s time to tune in and live life for yourself

Live it for yourself, oh yeah
Live it for yourself, oh yeah

You are the wind in the trees singing Autumn Leaves
such a beautiful dream
You are the perfect landscape, you never stay the same–
changing colors in the pouring rain

Passive aggressive can be so slow
love is so hard, why not just let it go?
there’s always something that’s better than this
or so it seems until you see the twist

You’re talking to yourself just like everyone else
It’s time to take the time to live life for yourself
Track Name: Sweet Dream
I’m giving rise to the dream of impossible height
telling lies to the devil so that I can do right
Got a taste for the flickering light
by the time I catch up you’re already out of sight /

You dissolve in the morning light
as the air comes alive in a blue delight
the indigo clouds know to call your name
pure beauty with a splash of pain

all I’m asking is for a little belief
a house of mirrors never lets me see
we can go to infinity
but it hurts too good to be asleep

You were just a sweet dream gone with the day
something lingering that fades away
you were just a sweet dream gone with the sun
the closer I get, the faster you run

You’re easy on the eyes like you’re hard on the heart
things come together baby things fall apart
I’ll walk away when the time is right
but for now I’ve got the sense to stay and fight

Fantasy fades like a breath in the wind
back right here to see where breath begins
its soft touch caressing your lips
sending chills to my fingertips

All the beauty and the misery are just the display
and only from falling asleep do I know now
that I am awake

You were just a sweet dream gone with the day
something lingering that fades away
you were just a sweet dream gone with the sun
the closer I get, the faster you run
Track Name: Virgil
coming back from heaven
ended up in hell
ever since it’s been hard to tell
I’m climbing up because I think I fell
but sometimes it’s hard to tell…

I was fighting with an angry ghost
with foil and fire and a bitter smoke
and nothing inside
not even a lie…
I had a dream that I wasn’t asleep
felt my life dissolve like steam
and come raining down
from misty eyes…

Yeah! We are nothing but light!
So why can’t we just let it shine?!

I followed Virgil to the gates of hell
looked inside and I rang the bell
I’ve got nothing to lose not even the blues…
Abandon all hope y’all that enter here,
there’s nothing but past and future fears
it’s not happening now, no not right now!

Yeah! We are nothing but light!
So why can’t we just let it shine?!
‘cause you and I will never make it through the night…

I have been to the mountain top
rose with the sun and went ‘round the clock
and I can see for miles and miles and miles

Yeah! We are nothing but light!
So why can’t we just let it shine?!
‘cause you and I will never make it through the night…

We met in heaven
ended up in hell
sometimes it’s been hard to tell
keep on climbing ‘cause we think we fell
but sometimes it’s hard to tell
it’s like we’re under a spell…
Track Name: Beautifully Or Otherwise
Love
is such a good idea
what are sharper than the quills?
feel the quills pierce your heart
that feeling is just you
being torn apart

beautifully or otherwise...
beautifully or otherwise...

I’m here with a new ideal
my heart flowing over my hands
with our blood we’re all alone
manifest a throne

beautifully or otherwise…
beautifully or otherwise...
beautifully or otherwise...

When you lose your mind
feel the ground
and breathe the sky
look at the tiny wounds
what you make is yours to choose

beautifully or otherwise…
beautifully or otherwise…
beautifully or otherwise...
beautifully or otherwise...
Track Name: Turqouise Firelight
A turquoise firelight burned in the sky
we were watching the day turn to night
through the thunder and the sheets a pouring rain
somehow we both knew we'd never be the same...

I keep a lonely mind and trace of a smile
ask my broken heart to sit and stay awhile
I speak to the clouds who understand the blues
listen to the ground 'cause it always tells the truth

I don’t know, but I've been told
that the path of the heart is a dangerous road...
What treasures of the mind are too plain to see?
What shades of darkness are there hidden in the sea?

In the firelight the songs rose to the stars
as the constellations called from afar
through the thunder and those few drops of rain
somehow we all knew we'd never be the same...

I don't know, but I've been told
that the path of the heart is a dangerous road...

What treasures of the mind are just too plain to see?
what shades of darkness are there hidden in the sea?
What shades of darkness are too plain to see?
What shades of darkness are there hidden in the sea?
Track Name: Take A Break
you say you wanna take a break
but I was loving you for loving’s sake

Waking up late used to be right on time
cup of coffee and a cigarette, sign on the dotted line
the morning light is as warm as you were soft
but now the rays that come my way seem to get a little lost

you say you wanna take a break
things got too dang crowded, there’s so much at stake
but now I hope this is just a mistake
I was loving you for loving’s sake

The day is clear, just nowhere I gotta be
wish I wanted to play the guitar, wish I wanted to read
I’m alone, it just don’t feel that way
memories of a distant life are always on display

you say you wanna take a break
things got too damn crowded, there’s so much at stake
but now I hope this is just a mistake
I was loving you for loving’s sake

baby you’re fast, and I can be so slow
you wrote the book, got your own TV show
just can’t forget that the morning light fades away
heartbreak and sunlight make for a perfect day

you say you wanna take a break
things got too damn crowded, there’s so much at stake
but now I hope this is just a mistake
I was loving you for loving’s sake
Track Name: Sweet Life (You Have No Idea)
Gonna let the music heal my pain
let the rhythm wash over me and the beats drop like rain
maybe a harmony will say I love you
in a way I could never explain
you have no idea
you have no idea
how beautiful you are

This Sweet life… you’re so damn good to me
(Sweet life) trying to set me free
(Sweet life) what did I do right
(Sweet life) to deserve this sweet life

gonna let the blues tell me what to sing
got a beating heart in here and I want to let it ring
maybe the melody will speak to your heart now
with all the love it can sing
you have no idea
you have no idea
how beautiful you are

This Sweet life… you’re so damn good to me
(Sweet life) trying to set me free
(Sweet life) what did I do right
(Sweet life) to deserve this sweet life

gonna let the wind sing my song
the thunder is rolling in like it’s been here all along
maybe the melody was just waiting for you
and soon it too will be long gone
you have no idea
you have no idea
how beautiful you are

This Sweet life… you’re so damn good to me
(Sweet life) trying to set me free
(Sweet life) what did I do right
(Sweet life) to deserve this sweet life
Track Name: The Battle
Well I was stumblin’ all over my shoes
and she was mumblin’ all through her blues
ain’t got no time to lose
ain’t got no time to sing the blues

I got this feeling that I got to pursue
I got this feeling that I just can’t lose
throw my cards all on the table
all in for a fairy tale
Gimme all you got and more
I won the battle, but not the war

It was a one-shot deal on the line
one chance, one bottle of wine
can have it all or get nothing at all
either way, you know that I take the fall

I got a one-way ticket inside
Which way I’m going i just can’t decide
I think I’ve been here before
think I might want to look for the door
but what the hell am i running for
I lost the battle, but not the war

We marched all through the night
to the beat of the pale moon light
up above the stars fill the sky
down here I’m falling in line

it was a one shot deal on the line
One chance one bottle of wine
better to finish having begun
you know you’re not the only one
what the hell are we fighting for?
we won the battle, but not the war
Track Name: Into The Light
There is something so right
about saying goodbye
I already left you alone
you just turned on the light

Either we learn how to die
or we learn how to lie
I’m working overtime
trying to train my mind
to stay in line most of the time

We are up in the air
falling fast as we’re coming down
I guess the good news
is that there is no ground

Either we learn how to fly…
or we learn how to lie
it’s taking all of my time
trying to allow my mind
to be kind all of the time

So I’ll step into the light
instead of saying goodnight
set aside this foolish pride
and give you all of my mind

Either we learn how to cry
or we learn how to lie
I can see in your eyes
you know how
to be kind all of the time