Walking Under Ladders

by Bill Borman

supported by
/
  • Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

     name your price

     

1.
06:11
2.
06:57
3.
02:00
4.
5.
05:24
6.
7.
8.
03:23
9.
10.
11.
05:45
12.
04:06
13.
02:45
14.

about

This album covers a selection of songs I recorded between 2004 and April 2007. Some songs are more polished than others, since I was really still learning how to record and mix at this point.

If you've download newer material, you'll find that the quality here is generally lower and the lyrics a bit less mature, but there are a few gems on here.

credits

released April 1, 2007

Bill Borman
Jason Gardiner - Guitar on Time To Waste

tags

license

all rights reserved

feeds

feeds for this album, this artist

about

Bill Borman New Zealand

Someone like you.

contact / help

Contact Bill Borman

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Track Name: On Our Way
I've been losing touch with all the games they play
Things still change, I know, and things still stay the same
But I'll still be there
In spirit if not in soul
In part if not in whole

In the darkness, in the night she wakes
A brighter road she takes but still her fragile heart, it breaks
And I don't know what will be -
She's a mystery to me
But then I don't understand myself
Can't expect me to understand somebody else

It's just a fairytale babe
They're checking our records now, gonna take us all away
Keep our memories held in little boxes in prison cells
'Till one of us finds a better way x3

Don't know if I'd live
I don't know if I'd die
I dont know if I'd make it
'Cause I've never tried

Don't want to know when
I don't need to know why
I just want everything to turn out all right

And don't we all just need a reason to smile?
Yeah, a rainy day can change the world for a while
So give us a fragment of hope and we'll be on our way
On my way

Gotta live for today 'cause tomorrow I died
When I sat and watched as the world passed me by
Gotta move on and remember tomorrow
We hold ourselves back, caught up in our sorrow

And don't we all just need a reason to smile?
Yeah, a sunny day can change the world for a while
Track Name: All The Time
_________
Part 1
_________

Went to find all the answers
I came back just yesterday
How to love, how to live my life
How to hate, how to hope, how to pray

How to be, how to fall gracefully
How to get back up, how to change
How to be all the things that they want me to be
How to be all the things that I am


_________
Part 2
_________

Kill me now if I don't believe
Tell me now if I cannot see
Cause all the things that seemed so bright
Are seen now in residual light

And behind the mask of truth
I found all the things I already knew
Didn't change me, didn't change you

And now things are how they've always been
Calm, collected and unseen

And that's just the way that I wanted to be
Calm, collected and bittersweet


_________
Part 3
_________

And there's a time when you can see the folly in everything
When you realise you're more sober than anyone at this party

And all the things to come and been
Coalesce and shine a light on me
And give me just a moment to breathe
Yeah, give me just a moment to believe

And when the judgement comes
There's nothing else we could have done
But I'm
I'm still alive

They look for the writing on the wall
Turns out there's nothing there at all
But death is not so unknown
It happens all the time

______________________
Part 1 again, then...
______________________

Went to find all the answers
You came back just yesterday
How to love, how to live your life
How to hate, how to hope, how to pray

How to be, how to fall gracefully
How to get back up and go far
But don't be all the things that they want you to be
Just be all the things that you are


_________
Part 4
_________

And you can fall on me
I'll catch you if I can
But don't think that I know the way
I hardly even know who I am

One day when the ride was slowing
I forgot where I was going
But life is not so unknown
It happens all the time
It happens all the time
Track Name: New Roads
Let's get in my car and drive away
Find a new world with a place to stay
Sit on the roadside looking back the way we came
Think of what we've done, and how far we've come

Let's go on a road trip far away
Drive across country for days and days
Find a new world with a place to stay
Let's get in my car and drive away

Let's play the music we used to play
The sounds of mem'ries from long ago days
Talk about things we don't need to say
Take it all in and drive away

Plan the future, then throw it away
Stop at the sights and cities and bays
Take some photos for another day
When we're back at home and weather's grey

Let's get in my car and drive away
Find a new world with a place to stay
Sit on the roadside looking back the way we came
Think of what we've done, and how far we've come
Let's get in my car and drive away
Track Name: Walking Under Ladders
I don't care what you believe anyway
We're all gonna die tomorrow
We're all alive today
So why do we insist on falling out of favour with fate?
If we can choose, it's not too late

So tell me what you've seen
Cause we're only what we seem
And life is just a thought
And thought is just a dream

And I know
Cause we can feel it
Sometimes in the strangest dreams
And I know
They can see it
Sometimes when they look at you and me

Watching the ripples flow from the things we do and the places we go
Wondering if it's good cause I can't see my soul
Do you think you could come a bit closer?; your aura's a little bit faded today
I need to see what I should say to make it okay

Gonna break a mirror just to see if it'll make a difference
I've been walking under ladders all day
Keep waking up from dreams before I find out what they mean
And I remember just enough to know it's prob'ly not anything
And I know it's all wrong, but it's all right
As we slowly fade away into the night x2
As we slowly fade away until the sunrise

Gonna break a mirror just to see if it'll make a difference
I've been walking under ladders all day
Keep waking up from dreams before I find out what they mean
And I remember just enough to know it's prob'ly not anything
And I know it's all wrong, but it's all right
As we slowly fade away into the night

And I know they can see it
Sometimes when they look at you and me
Track Name: Time To Waste
They built a high-rise building over my old home
They send me leaflets in the mail, they won't leave me alone
I got sick of it all and called them up on the phone
They told me "that's the way it's meant to be."

Getting home, you're stoned, and it's quarter-past three
I heard you lost you job, why don't you take it out on me?
I'd love to give you all the answers
But I don't know

I meant to sign up for a better plan
But they told me never listen to the man
And all the good ones were taken even though I ran, anyway

Counting up my losses it I declared it fine
Yeah in the end it didn't seem so bad
I guess you never really miss what you never really had

They're going out for a one-night-stand supplied with drugs and contraband
Let us know that they're living for today
And when we come up come up with something new they'll have something new to hate
Watch the time and we'll be back by five, we'll only have a little less time to waste
Track Name: Let's Go Complain
Let's go complain about the bypass cause it's cool to be irate
And while we're at it I can write a list of all the other things I hate
Don't you burn that, it gives you cancer
Yeah I know, I've got all the answers
So hey, just listen to me

Don't you know it's all your fault the kids are dying overseas?
Haven't you seen the ads? All they need is a dollar twenty
They're gonna tell you all the facts and then retract them all away
I won't be surprised when they do it again

CHORUS
And I've been counting up the ramifications
Trying to avoid these difficult situations
I sure they'll try to blame it on me
And why does it always have to be
We're living life in a minor key?
I, I don't know why

And wouldn't it be nice if the best things in life were free?
But I'd be out of a job and you'd be out of copy-protected CDs
Come and give me your CV so I can tell you what you want to be
I'd help you out, but it's against my beliefs

CHORUS etc
Track Name: Same
Gonna slow down time
I'll help you change the world if you'll let me change my mind
I'll take you on a tour of the city if you like

Gonna read your mind
I figure it's the only way to find out what you're really like
Gonna build a machine to make realities of dreams
I've got all night

Went back in time to find a soul-mate
From my past lives
I couldn't see for all the others same as me
Realised we're all the same
Came back again
To see you
And me

CHORUS

Went to the future
Bought a robot to relate
He cleaned the house
His conversation was so great
But he fell apart one day
In an abstract and substantial way
And I realised
It's just not you

CHORUS (variation)
...

Gonna read your mind
Then I'll know that I'm saying all the right lines
Gonna build a machine to make realities of dreams
I've got all night
Track Name: May All Your Dreams Come True
Tracks of tape and invisible grooves
Music of magnets, transistors and tubes
Try to make it sound like I wanted it to
Music in my head beamed down to you

Stars in the skies above
Tell tales of unrequited love
Myths and ancient prophecies
Can't say what it all means to me

And they said that love would conquer all
As war rages on out in the world
And they told me that the fittest would survive
Well some of us shouldn't even be alive

Take another souvenir
To prove that we were really here
You don't wanna be like them rushing by
Running in circles and then they die

CHORUS
All things in time, my friend
You'll see the future, cause time never ends
You'll get your chances, and the best of luck to you
May all your dreams come true

And oh my friend there'll be other ways
We'll build those bridges another day
And I'd love to think that you could stay
As liquid hours melt away

(chorus)
Track Name: Outside The Asylum
And isn't it funny that we're all the same;
That we're all together alone in this place?
And isn't it funny we're all playing this game
On this rock out in space?

And there's fresh old news in the paper today
The world's heating up by degrees, they say
We've got to do more and we've got to do less
To make sure everything stays the same

So how about I do more and you can do less
'Cause failure is never quite as frightning as regret
And the world will spin longer, and we can be stronger
And the aliens we'll have met, they'll say...

CHORUS
I don't think it means as much as you think it does

And don't you feel so goddamn helpless
In a world where only the atheist can be truly selfless
And he isn't, anyway?
You've read the gossip in the magazines
You've thought "I wish that I could be
That naive"

And from the satellite I said
Isn't life more than wine and bread?
Falling in love gMm/r2?
And the patterns are there, if unclear, from up here
When the answers aren't over my head

(break)

When they pick me up from the satellite
Fly me away to the end of the night
Now facing the origin, all of us there
Infinitesimal dot, You Are Here
And I'll say...

CHORUS

And she always complains that he doesn't phone
And it's hard to find time to be with and alone
But now from afar, see how alone we are
Like Wonko the Sane, I'm outside the asylum
Untouched and untouchable - free.
Untouched and untouchable seen.
And all I can say is...

CHORUS
Track Name: Fly
Walking down the street on a summer's day
People inside, still afraid of the rain
Cause what's been before could come back again
Better to dream than to feel the pain

But they can read the future in a cup of tea, he said
"I can see everything and you can't see through me"
But I can see the cracks running through his beliefs
Standing on quicksand, afraid to flee

Lying in bed watching re-runs in my head
Of the past and all the things I prob'ly should have said
Plan out the future in elaborate schemes
Writing hopes on cardboard dreams

And so many of the things that I thought would be
Are scattered into dreams like entropy
Like rain. Like rain

CHORUS x2
You could be safe inside
Live out your life under clouded skies
But if I could fly
Build our wax wings for a moment of sunshine
Could die; well at least we tried
If they said it's not worth it they lied
And no-one can ask you to justify
Your heart

New dawn, older themes
Sailing ships of paper dreams
Back to the start; it's all the same
Like rain, it all evaporates again

And so many of the things that I thought would be
Are scattered into dreams like entropy
Like rain (like rain). Like rain

CHORUS
CHORUS (special -
They said it's not worth it. They lied
And don't you dare ask me to justify my heart)

CHORUS until "sunshine"
Track Name: Tell Me
They said the glass is half full, well I'm half awake
I guess you know the rules - it's all give and take
These days

Well I've been up at night walkin' 'round town
They're still fixing it up; it keeps falling down
Again

Everything gets just a little bit faster
They're putting up a lot of good questions to answer

And it's only half-past eleven
We've still got a lot of good answers to question


And I've been up at night, walkin' 'round town
Theyy keep fixing it up, it's still falling down
They seem to think we should be afraid
But I've weighted it up and I think I'll be okay

At least it seems that we're still free
So come on, tell me, what'll it be?
Before I wake from this lucid dream
Just like the other cliché things
And nevermore will I believe
That everyone says anything they mean


Light a candle, maybe love will light my way
Something exceptional on an otherwise ordinary day

And as the sky turns shades of grey
They tell their tales but I'm not sure what to say
It always seems to be the same

But don't think that I know
I've already been proved wrong although

Don't tell me you know the song
At least ninety-eight percent of us are wrong

Don't know if what I see is true
It lacks verisimilitude
But trust in me, I'll trust in you
I trust in serendipity
And there are subtle signs to see
But tell me, won't you tell me
What they mean?
Track Name: One Day
Maybe hope will find us
One day when we're not looking behind us
And maybe truth will find us
One day when this stigma doesn't bind us

Maybe love will find us
One day when when the sun shines upon us
One day when we're not looking only at ourselves

And maybe one day we will see
Maybe one day we'll believe
That everything we can conceive is possible

That that token's good enough to save
That the road looks good enough to pave
Can we let it take us all away

And can we ask for more
Than love and hope and an even score
In the end
When it all comes down to you and me and all our friends

When the road is unlit
You cannot see
And darkness replaces dreams
Just know, that you're still here and what will be will be

Maybe hope will find us
One day when we're not looking behind us
And maybe truth will find us
One day when this stigma doesn't bind us

Maybe love will find us
One day when when the sun shines upon us
And everything is right in the world
Track Name: And All The Rest
And all the rest is just a part of life
From the pain and strife, break away

And though there'll always be the "Wouldn't it be nice?"
It's good to see you here today

And though uncertainty is rife
And I don't really know what to say

It means a lot to me that you stopped by
Because I know that you've come a long way

And all the rest is just a part of life
That's why it says Have a Happy Day