Wilco

At Least That's What You Said

When I sat down on the bed next to you
You started to cry
I said maybe if I leave you’ll want me
To come back home
Or maybe all you mean
Is leave me alone

At least that’s what you said

You’re irresistible when you get mad
Isn’t it sad I’m immune
And I thought it was cute
For you to kiss
My purple black-eye
Even though I caught it from you
I still think we’re serious

At least that’s what you said

Hell is Chrome

When the devil came
He was not red
He was chrome and he said
Come with me

You must go so I went
Where every thing was clean
So precise and towering

I was welcomed with open arms
I received so much help in every way
I felt no fear
I felt no fear

The air was crisp
Like sunny late-winter days
Springtime yawning high in the haze
And I felt like I belong
Come with me

Come with me
Come with me
Come with me
Come with me
Come with me
Come with me

Spiders (Kidsmoke)

Spiders are singing in the salty breeze
Spiders are filling out tax returns
Spinning out webs of deductions and melodies
On a private beach in Michigan

Why can’t we wish their kisses good
Why do they miss when their kisses should
Fly like winging birds fighting for the keys
On a private beach in Michigan

This recent rash of kidsmoke
All these telescopic poems
It’s good to be alone

Why can’t they say what they want
Why can’t they just say what they need
Come clean, listen and talk
Hello private caller
ID blocked

The sun will rise, we’ll climb into cars
The future has a valley and a shortcut around
Who will wear the crown of drowning award
Hold a private light
On the Michigan shore

Fool me with a kiss of kidsmoke
From a microscopic home
It’s good to be alone

I’ll be in my bed
You can be the stone
That raises from the dead
And carries us all home

There’s no blood on my hands
I just do as I’m told

Muzzle Of Bees

There’s a random painted highway
And a muzzle of bees
My sleeves have come unstitched
From climbing your tree

When dogs laugh some say they’re barking
I don’t think they’re mean
Some people get so frightened
The fences in between

The sun gets passed from tree to tree
Silently
Then back to me
With a breeze blown through
Pushed up against the sea
Finally back to me

I’m assuming you got my message
On your machine
I’m assuming you love me
And you know what that means

The sun gets passed from sea to sea
Silently
And back to me
With a breeze blown through
Pushed up above the leaves
With a breeze blowing through
My head upon your knee

Half of it’s you
Half is me

Half of it’s you
Half is me

Instrumental Credits
Jeff Tweedy Vocals, Acoustic Baritone 12 String & Lead Guitar
John Stirratt Piano, Background Vocals
Glenn Kotche Drums
Leroy Bach Bass
Mikael Jorgensen Piano & Farfisa Organ
Jim O'Rourke Acoustic Guitar & Piano

Hummingbird

his goal in life was to be an echo
riding alone, town after town, toll after toll
a fixed bayonet through the great southwest
to forget her

she appears
in his dreams
but in his car, and in his arms
a dream could mean anything
a cheap sunset on a television set could upset her
but he never could

remember to remember me
standing still in your past
floating fast like a hummingbird

his goal in life was to be an echo
the type of sound that floats around
and then back down like a feather
but in the deep chrome canyons of the loudest Manhattans
no one could hear him
or anything

so he slept, on a mountain
in a sleeping bag underneath the stars,
he would lie awake and count them
but the great fountain spray of the great Milky Way
would never let him
die alone

remember to remember me
standing still in your past
floating fast like a hummingbird
remember to remember me
standing still in your past
floating fast like a hummingbird
a hummingbird
a hummingbird

Instrumental Credits


Jeff Tweedy Vocals
John Stirratt Electric Rhythm Guitar & Background Vocals
Glenn Kotche Drums
Mikael Jorgensen Piano
Jim O'Rourke Bass & Electric Lead Guitar
Frankie Montouro Hammer Dulcimer
Karen Waltuch Viola

Handshake Drugs

I was chewing gum
For something to do
The blinds were being pulled
Down on the dew
Inside out of love
What a laugh I was looking for you

The saxophones
Started blowing me down
I was buried in sound
And the taxi cabs were driving me around
To the handshake drugs I bought downtown
To the handshake drugs I bought downtown

They were translating poorly
I felt like a clown
I looked like someone I used to know
I felt alright
And if I ever was myself
I wasn’t that night

Oh it’s ok for you to say what you want from me
I believe that’s the only way for me to be
Exactly what you want me to be

Oh it’s ok for you to say what you want from me
I believe that’s the only way for me to be
Exactly what you want me to be

I was chewing gum
For something to do
The blinds were being pulled
Down on the dew
Inside out of love
What a laugh I was looking for you

The saxophones
Started blowing me down
I was buried in sound
And the taxi cabs were driving me around
To the handshake drugs I bought downtown
To the handshake drugs I bought downtown

Oh it’s ok for you to say what you want from me
I believe that’s the only way for me to be
Exactly what you want me to be

Exactly what do you want me to be

Instrumental Credits Jeff Tweedy Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitar John Stirratt Bass & Background Vocals Glenn Kotche Drums Leroy Bach Piano Mikael Jorgensen RMI Rock-si-chord Jim O'Rourke Electric Rhythm Guitar Tim Barnes Percussion

Wishful Thinking

Fill up your mind with all it can know Don’t forget that your body will let it all go Fill up your mind with all it can know What would we be without wishful thinking? Chambers of chains With red plastic mouths The inside of outside No one has found How to unring the bell It’s just as well The turntable sizzles The casting of spells The pressure devices Hell in a nutshell Is any song worth singing if it doesn’t help? Fill up your mind with all it can know Don’t forget that your body can let it all go Fill up your mind with all it can know ’Cause what would love be without wishful thinking? Open your arms As far as they will go Take off your dress An embarrassing poem was written when I was alone In love with you I shook down these lines To shine up the streets I got up off my hands and knees To thank my lucky stars that you’re not me What would we be without wishful thinking? What would we be without wishful thinking? What would we be without wishful thinking? Instrumental Credits Jeff Tweedy Vocals, Acoustic Baritone 12 String & Acoustic Guitar John Stirratt Bass Glenn Kotche Drums Leroy Bach Vibes Mikael Jorgensen Piano & Farfisa Organ Jim O'Rourke Korg CX-3 Organ

Company In My Back

I attack with love, pure bug beauty, curl my lips and crawl up to you I attack with love, pure bug beauty, curl my lips and crawl up to you And your afternoon And I’ve been puking I move so slow, steady crushing hand; holy shit! there’s a company in my back I move so slow, steady crushing hand; holy shit! there’s a company in my back Hide your soft skin; your sorrow is sunshine; listen to my eyes Hide your soft skin; your sorrow is sunshine; listen to my eyes They are hissing radiator tunes I move so slow, steady crushing hand; holy shit! there’s a company in my back I move so slow, steady crushing hand; holy shit! there’s a company in my back You learn so slow, old radiant beauty; I’ll curve my flight You learn so slow, old radiant beauty; I’ll curve my flight Under your bended knee And I will always die I will always die I will always die, so you can remember me I move so slow, steady crushing hand; holy shit! there’s a company in my back I move so slow, steady crushing hand; holy shit! there’s a company in my back There’s a company in my back Instrumental Credits Jeff Tweedy  Vocals, Acoustic Guitar John Stirratt  Bass Glenn Kotche  Drums, Hammer Dulcimer & Percussion Leroy Bach  Piano & Korg CX-3 Organ Mikael Jorgensen  Fenix Modular Synthesizer & Stylophone Jim O'Rourke  Acoustic Guitar

I'm A Wheel

hold on, you risk exciting me
once in Germany someone said nein
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine

hold back, don’t invite me
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine
once in Germany someone said nein

I’m a wheel
I will
turn you

I invented a sister, populated with knives

I’m a wheel
I will
turn on you

um,

I’m a wheel, I will
I’m a wheel, I will
I’m a wheel, I will
turn on you

turn on you turn on you turn on you turn on turn on…

Theologians

Theologians they don’t know nothing
About my soul
About my soul

I’m an ocean
And this emotion
Slow motion, slow motion

Illiterati lumin fedei
God is with us everyday
That illiterate light
Is with us every night

Theologians, oh they don’t know nothing
About my soul
Oh they don’t know

They thin my heart with little things
And my life with change
Oh in so many ways
I find more missing every day

Theologians

I’m going away
Where you will look for me
Where I’m going you cannot come
No one’s ever gonna take my life from me
I lay it down
A ghost is born
A ghost is born
A ghost is born

I am a notion
I am all emotion
I am a cherry ghost
Cherry ghost
Hey I’m a cherry ghost
Cherry ghost

Less Than You Think

Your minds a machine It’s deadly and dull It’s never been still and it’s will has never been free Lightly tapping A high-pitched drum   And as your spine starts to shine You shiver at your soul A fist so clear and climbing Punches a hole in the sky So you can see for yourself If you don’t believe me   There’s so much less to this than you think It’s almost gone The night is dissolving In a cup god lifts to toast the lightning Lightly tapping It’s high pitched and it hums Your spine starts to shine And you shiver at your soul A fist so clear and climbing Punches a hole in the sky So you can see for yourself If you don’t believe me There’s so much less to this than you think Instrumental Credits Jeff Tweedy Vocals, 6 String Acoustic Bass, Loops, Filters & Synths John Stirratt Acoustic Guitar, Loops, Filters & Synths Glenn Kotche Drums, Hammer Dulcimer, Loops, Filters & Synths Leroy Bach Acoustic Guitar, Loops, Filters & Synths Mikael Jorgensen Serge Modular Synthesizer Jim O'Rourke Loops, Filters & Synths

The Late Greats

The greatest lost track of all-time
The Late Greats’s “Turpentine”
You can’t hear it on the radio
Can’t hear it anywhere you go

The best band will never get signed
The Kay-Sette’s starring Butcher’s Blind
So good you won’t ever know
They never even played a show
Can’t hear ‘em on the radio

The greatest singer in Rock-n-Roll
Would have to be Romeo
His vocal chords are made of gold
He just looks a little too old

The best songs will never get sung
The best life never leaves your lungs
So good you won’t ever know
You’ll never hear it on the radio
You can’t hear it on the radio

2004

A Ghost is Born

Credits + Notes

Produced by Wilco and Jim O’Rourke Recorded at Sear Sound, NYC Engineered by Chris Shaw, mixed by Jim O’Rourke Assistant engineer: T.J. Doherty Additional engineering: Jim O’Rourke “Company in My Back,” “I’m a Wheel,” “Theologians,” and “Less Than You Think” (non-drone section) recorded at Soma E.M.S., Chicago, engineered by Mikael Jorgensen (Tim Iseler, assistant), with additional recording at Sear Sound, engineered by Jim O’Rourke mixed at Sear Sound by Jim O’Rourke mastered by Steve Rooke at Abbey Road, London All songs written by Jeff Tweedy except “Hell is Chrome” (Tweedy/Jorgensen), “Wishful Thinking” (Tweedy/Kotche), Theologians (Tweedy/Jorgensen/Girard), and “Less Than You Think” (Tweedy/Sitrratt/Kotche/Jorgensen/Bach/O’Rourke) Publishing: Tweedy – Words Ampersand Music, BMI Stirratt – Poeyfarre Songs, BMI Kotche – Pear Blossom Music, BMI Jorgensen – Jorgenstormusic, ASCAP O’Rourke – field code music, BMI Girard – chaoticgoodmusic, ASCAP All administered by Big Music. Bach – Come Here With That Music, ASCAP