Beck Hansen's Song Reader

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Song Preservation Society brings to life five tunes from Song Reader, a collection of twenty new songs by Beck released exclusively in sheet music form.

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released December 21, 2012

Featuring:
Ethan Glazer
Trevor Bahnson
Daniel Wright
Mateo Lugo
Nika States
Haggai Cohen Milo
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Nino Moschella

Produced by Daniel Wright and Nino Moschella

Recorded at Bird & Egg Studios

Photo and video by Nika States

Website and Documentation by Kaylin Macias

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Song Preservation Society Los Angeles, California

Song Preservation Society is Trevor Bahnson, Ethan Glazer and Daniel Wright.

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Track Name: Don't Act Like Your Heart Isn't Hard
Don’t act like your heart isn’t hard
And that the joker isn’t your card
Changing your tune as you put up your guard
And go whistling past a graveyard

You can change your mind
Like you’re changing your clothes
Through you dress in rags
And you turn up your nose
When it makes no sense
I will act like it does
And come to your defense
Though I have no weapons

So don’t act like your heart isn’t hard
And that the truth in your head isn’t dark
You can’t turn Tin Pan Alley into a boulevard
And go whistling past a graveyard

Don’t want the pretense of what love shouldn’t be
It will bore you to death before setting you free
To be just as good or bad as you are in the eye of a storm
We will both be sorry

You could hide your tears
Behind the façade of a thousand jokes
You thought I forgot
And then blame me for no longer laughing

Everyone’s cruel at times
When you’re not at your best
And you’re crossing the line
I’ll look past your mistakes
If you look past mine
And go stumbling past a gold mine
Track Name: Sorry
I’ve been hanging around again
Hang my head on the ground again
Turn my face to the wall
Turn my head to the wall

Nobody knows you when you’re feeling sorry
Nobody needs you when you’re feeling sorry
I’m sorry
I’m sorry

Used to be happy
Used to be laughing

Oh I’ve ben walking around again
Tongue-tied over the town again
Stranded out in the hall
Thrown right over the wall
Track Name: Please Leave a Light On When You Go
How fast can a heart shatter
Before you’re walking on splinters
Your head aches
Just to feel what it knows
Please leave a light on when you go

How can you fix something
That you can’t touch without hurting
The lesson you’ve learned
Is leaving you dumb
Please leave a light on when it’s done

Standing high above the flood line
Watching all your belongings go by

How can you see the ending
When you’re lost at the beginning
The day hides
All that the night left behind
Please turn a light on when it dies
Track Name: Just Noise
If you hear my heart breaking
And you don't know what it is
Don't be alarmed
It won't do you no harm
It's just noise
It's just noise
It's just noise
It's just noise

If you notice my hopes falling
As they scatter across the floor
Don't be concerned or startled
It's just noise
It's just noise
It's just noise
It's just noise

When I'm walking through the city
Looking for where my thoughts have run
Inside there's nothing working
No one knows what I've become

If you hear my wheels turning and you don't know where I've gone
Don't look outside
Don't bother with pride
It's just noise
It's just noise
It's just noise
It's just noise
Track Name: The Wolf Is on the Hill
The wolf is on the hill
The bird is in the briar
The thorn is on the rose
And your time is on the wire

Those days of grave concern
Have turned them selves to silence
While the winter fires burn
What was left of kindness
So hide what you have learned
Show off what you’ve squandered
And give yourself a turn
See how far from home you’ve wandered

The wolf is on the hill
The bird is in the briar
The thorn is on the rose
And your time is on the wire

Take apart circumstance
And set it on a fault line
An avalanche of the past
Locked inside a goldmine
And when you cannot stand
On the legs god gave you
The road has turned to sand
That your will has sunken into

The wolf is on the hill
The baby’s in the briar
The worm is on the rose
And your word is on the wire