Wilco

Art of Almost

No!
I froze
I can’t be so
Far away from my wasteland
I never know when I might
Ambulance
Hoist the horns with my own hands
Almost
Almost

I heard a faint olé
True love but
I had other ways to hurt myself
Like calling
I could open up my heart
And fall in and
I could blame it all on dust
The Art of Almost
Almost
Almost
Almost

I’ll hold it up
I’ll shake the grail
Disobey across the waves
Tomorrow
I’ll have all the love I could ever ache
And I’ll leave almost with you
All of almost
Almost

I Might

Was I wrong
Off all night long
So high
As the stinking sun
I came alive
Then I felt
Oh Uh Oh
Some guys
Have everything I know
It’s alright
I’ve done a lot of
Crawling around outside
(and I heard)
It’s alright

Your sno-cone
And it’s piss and blood
It’s in the cards
(oh, oh)
Get Well Soon
EVERYBODY!!
Do all lies
Have a taste?
Let it go
I don’t know oh...
A cow’s neck
Bad shave
In the low blow slo-mo
It’s alright
You won’t set the kids on fire
Oh but I might
HO

You come on
Sentimental
If the
Solar car’s coming
I’m home
The Magna Carta’s
On a Slim Jim blood
Brutha!
The sunk soul
With the coal clean toe
Is the mutha!
Yea. That’s right
When you gonna find out
I’m all inside
You still might

It’s all right
It’s all right

It’s alright
You won’t set the kids on fire
Oh but I might
HO

It’s all right
It’s all right

Sunloathe

I loathe
The sun
Sometimes I don’t
Know how to love
Anything
Myself

It’s hard
To recall
Hold on
To it all

I kill my memories
With a cheap
Disease

To the sails
That fail
To the bird and the whale
Move my misery
It’s all or nothing
I see

I don’t want to lose this fight
I don’t want to end this fight
Goodbye

I loathe
The sun
Someday I know
I’ll learn how to love
Anyone
Is enough

I don’t want to lose this fight
I don’t want to end this fight
Goodbye

Dawned On Me

I’ve been young
I’ve been old
I’ve been hurt
And consoled
Heart of coal
Heart of gold
So I’m told

I’ve been lost
I’ve been found
I’ve been taken
By the sound
Of my own voice
The voices in my head

I can’t help it if I fall in
Love with you again I’m calling
Just to let you know
It dawned on me

Every night is a test
To the east from the west
The sun rises and sets
That’s the sun at it’s best

I forget, then I know
I’d regret letting you go
Sometimes I can’t believe how dark it can be

I can’t help it if I fall in
Love with you again I’m calling
Just to let you know
It dawned on me
It dawned on me

So on
And so forth
And again
I will stop to begin
At the end

I can’t help it if I fall in
Love with you again I’m calling
Just to let you know
It dawned on me

Oh I can’t help it if I fall in
Love with you again I’m calling
Just to let you know
It dawned on me

Black Moon

I was always right
About the morning
Ok, I’m an old shoe
Danced above the blades
Never stopped crawling
Over the black dunes

And I’m waiting
For you
Waiting forever
Are you awake now too?

I am always one
Without a warning
Whole days
Reappear
Lift away
Past the gate
Desert keeps forming
Underneath the black moon

And I’m waiting
For you
Waiting forever
Are you awake now too?

Born Alone

I have heard the war and worry of the gospel
Ferried fast across the void
I have married broken spoke charging smoke wheels
Spit and swallowed opioid
I am the driver at the wheel of the horror
Marching circles at the gate
Mine eyes have seen
The fury so flattered by fate

Tonight I’d rather count the warm fuse internally
Subtract the silence of myself
I would rather choose the middle mind of mystery
Reverse a riddle for my health
I’ll unwind strange rinds overpowering
Toss the chimneys in the sea
I believe I’ve seen
The finger divine extremity

Please come closer to the feather smooth lens fly
Sadness is my luxury
Will you weather, join the cold, come before I die
More aware of it than me
The valves are blowing stone
The kids are unabashed
Loneliness postponed
Mine eyes deceiving glory
I was born to die alone
Alone

Open Mind

I would throw myself underneath
The wheels of any train of thought
Running off the rails or sail you through
The rogue waves of your brain

If I could bring a light to shine
Upon the dark and disobey
The night so young
But I still say we’re too old
For clichés

Oh I can only dream of the dreams we’d share
If you were so inclined
I would love to be the one to open up your mind

I could base my whole existence
Upon the cherry strands of your gold hair
I would ask almost insist upon
Treating you kind and fair

Oh I can only dream of the dreams we’d have
How our hearts would be entwined
If you would let me be the one to open up your mind

I’ll still be myself beneath
The banks unbroken beside the stream
Ready to return your thoughts unlearned
So it goes
So it seems

Oh I can only dream of the dreams we’d share
If you weren’t so defined
I would love to be the one to open up your mind
If you would let me be the one to open up your mind

Capitol City

Capitol city skyline photo
Skyscraper shines the sun so
Low in the sky
Secretaries at the hotdog vendors
Cabs honk at bicycle messengers
Rolling by

I can’t call with a subway token
Anyway the phones are all broken
I wish you were here
Better yet I wish I was there with you

You wouldn’t like it here
You should stay right there
Breathe in that country air
You wouldn’t like it here

Capitol towers radiator steam vents
Scream along with the clarinets and arguments
Echo down the hall
I can’t sleep, I can’t wake up
I’m shaken up maybe we should break up
I wish you were here
Better yet I wish I was there with you

You wouldn’t like it here
You should stay right there
Breathe in that country air
You wouldn’t like it here

Capitol city skyline photo
Picture postcard signed the moon so
Low in the sky
I can’t smile when my hearts still broken
Faraway, in love and unspoken
I wish you were here
Or I was there with you

Standing O

How can you tell
You’re under a spell
You’re compromised
You’re miles away
Slow

How can you know
When you’re aiming low
There’s nothing in your heart
Don’t feel it in your soul
No standing O O O

Maybe you’ve noticed I’m ashamed
Of anything that I’ve done
Maybe you’ve noticed I’m not the same
As almost anyone

Why can’t you see
You look funny to me
You trip and fall
I catch it all
O

How can you know
When you’re aiming low
You’re curling up
You’re crawling now
No Standing O O O

Maybe you’re saying no this time
Dance right around my bones
It’s o.k. I’ll be fine
I won’t follow you home

Instead I turn my mood on a dime
I’m finally off of my back
I come from a long, long line
I mope and I cry and attack
OW OW

How can you tell
You’re under a spell
Compromised
Miles away
No standing O O O

Maybe you’ve noticed I’m not afraid
Of everything that I’ve done
Maybe you’ve noticed I’m not the same
As almost anyone

Instead turn my mood on a dime
I’m finally off of my back
I come from a long, long line
I mope and I cry and attack

How can you tell
How can you tell

Rising Red Lung

I saw a rising red lung
Glisten under the sun
I wonder when it will pop
In the snow
If the melody’s a mistake
An embrace at the wake
How long does it take
For us to know

I want a wig that’s been blown
By something unknown
Buried under a mile
Of snow

I found a fix for the fits
Come listen to this
As intimate as a kiss
Over a phone
And it goes…

I found a fix for the fits
Come listen to this
It’s buried under the hiss
It glows
Like a powerful smile
A car radio dial
As intimate as a kiss
Over a phone
And it goes…

Whole Love

My gold marigolds attack
My black bed of roses
I’m going to bring ‘em all back
With hypnosis Ho

And I know that I won’t be
The easiest to set free
And I know that I won’t be the last
Cold captain tied to the mast

I recall you on the telephone
I recall when you get mad
I will still love you to death
And I won’t ever forget how

And I know that it won’t be
The easiest to set free
And I know that I won’t be the last
Cold captain tied to the mast

I’m on the other side
I’m satisfied
I’m a spirit dove
I’m looking for your love

I’m simple as a matter of fact
A punch in the nose don’t overreact
I will still love you to death
And I won’t ever forget how

And I know that I won’t be
The easiest to set free
And I know that I won’t be the last
Cold captain tied to the mast

And I know that I won’t be the one
To securely know when it’s wrong
But I hope I know when it’s past
And I hope I know when to show you my
Whole love
Whole love
Whole love
Whole love
Whole love
Whole love
Whole love
I won’t ever forget how

One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)

This is how I tell it
O’ but it’s long
One Sunday morning
O’ One son is gone

Against the weather dawning
Over the sea
My father said what I had become
No one should be

Outside I look lived in
Like the bones in a shrine
How am I forgiven
O’ I’ll give it time

This I learned without warning
Holding my brow
In time we thought I would kill him
O’ but I didn’t know how

I said it’s your God I don’t believe in
No your bible can’t be true
Knocked down by the long lie
He cried I fear what waits for you

I can hear those bells
Spoken and gone
I feel relief I feel well
Now he knows he was wrong

Ring ‘em cold for my father
Frozen underground
Jesus I wouldn’t bother
He belongs to me now

Something sad keeps moving
So I wandered around
I fell in love with the burden
Holding me down

Bless my mind I miss
Being told how to live
What I learned without knowing
How much more I owe than I can give

This is how I tell it
O’ but it’s long
One Sunday morning
One son is gone

The Whole Love

2011

The Whole Love

Credits + Notes

Produced by Jeff Tweedy with Patrick Sansone and Tom Schick
Recorded at The Loft in Chicago, IL
Engineered and Mixed by Tom Schick with Patrick Sansone and Jeff Tweedy
Assistant to the Engineer: Mark Greenberg
Studio Manager: Jason Tobias
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME
String Arrangement on Black Moon: Patrick Sansone

All songs written by Jeff Tweedy (Words Ampersand Music, BMI)
Stellar bridge assistance on Whole Love, Dawned On Me and Born Alone by Patrick Sansone

I Might features samples from the Stooges recording T.V. Eye
Produced under license from Atlantic Recording Corp. by arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group company.

Graphic Design: Jeff Tweedy and Lawrence Azerrad for LAD design, Los Angeles, CA

Album Artwork by: Joanne Greenbaum

Band Photos by Mikael Jorgensen and Austin Nelson. Photographed at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, in the exhibition Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective.

Wall Drawing 343A (Circle/Patrick), Wall Drawing 343B (Square/Mikael), Wall Drawing 343C (Triangle/Nels): On a black wall, nine geometric figures (including right triangle, cross, X) in squares.  The backgrounds are filled in solid white.
December 1980.  White crayon on black wall.
Private Collection, Switzerland, courtesy BFAS Blondeau Fine Arts Services.  First drawn by Joe Watanabe.  First installation: Gagosian Gallery, Venice, California.  On view at MASS MoCA thru 2032.

Wall Drawing 343D (Rectangle/John), Wall Drawing 343E (Trapezoid/Glenn), Wall Drawing 343F (Parallelogram/Jeff): On a black wall, nine geometric figures (including right triangle, cross, X) in squares.  The backgrounds are filled in solid white.
December 1980.  White crayon on black wall.
Courtesy of the estate of Sol LeWitt.  First drawn by Joe Watanabe.  First installation: Gagosian Gallery, Venice, California.  On view at MASS MoCA thru 2032.