Options - B​-​sides & Demos

by Glen Phillips

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Emberley Patience Everyone, support Glen and his new album the fans want it out!!!!!! Options will show you great fave tunes toned differently as always delivered perfectly as I am sure the new one will. Support all artist and the hard road we often forget they live to get it to us Favorite track: Fred Meyers.
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Tyler Keyes I've been keeping a close watch on Glen, finding rare tracks and alternate takes, and this album still surprises me. It brings me back through his career. Excellent setlist. Favorite track: Better Off Here.
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Hadleigh Ford I've been a fan of Glen Phillips since stumbling upon 'Little Heaven' in the soundtrack to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This current collection is full of superb songs and is a must! Favorite track: Darkest Hour.
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Here we go Falling out of ranks You're unafraid of consequence I'm faking it as if you hadn't guessed Heave ho Throwing out the past You will speak for optimism i can be the realist Slow down, hold on Oh you don't know what's to come You say, my love I should let you go But I'm watching you run Breaking down walls Making your waves Bearing your cross You're turning away but after it all You're always returning Always returning I recall rides & kettle corn Barkers in their boxes Hawking games nobody's ever won They'll spit you out Like water from a fountain And pretty as it looks my friend They'll use you 'til there's nothing left You have my trust You can move on if you must You'll still have us But it gets so hard Just watching you run Breaking down walls Making your waves Bearing your cross You're turning away but after it all You're always returning Always returning Every time you turn away You're always returning
2.
I had a lot that I thought I needed but I'd give it up for you, give you all I got It's time that I know it, Packed up and I'm going Back to where I came from The place I got my name from Though it won't be the same as it was in those years I'm better off here There's nothing wrong with the places I've been in Nothing better, they're just a little different But somethings missing, it wasn't really living Won't miss the rush, the complication I want the hush, the quiet inspiration It's my life and I know it I'm getting out and I'm going Back to where I came from Tlace I got my name from Though it won't be the same as it was in those years I'm better off here It can't be the same as it was in those years I'm better off here What did you want me to be It won't make a differance It's not important to me It won't make a differnance And you can have your little world But I'm finally clear I'm better off here I had a lot I thought that I needed Gave it up, now I'm leaving It's my life and I know it I'm getting out and I'm going Back to where I came from Tlace I got my name from Though it won't be the same as it was in those years I'm better off here It can't be the same as it was in those years I'm better off here
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Courage 03:46
At the start of the conversation I didn't have too much to say I was looking for some inspiration You just got in my way Took a shot at an easy target You were too stunned to say anything You were the unsuspecting martyr You were not the most dangerous game Bring my courage back now Bring it back to me I'm tired of being afraid of what I can't change Want to be living free Well it could be that I was mistaken Or maybe I deceived myself But it's hard to understand somebody Who doesn't want to understand himself There's an ocean of unlatched windows And a world of unlocked homes The only reason anybody still feels safe Is most people still knock on the door Bring my courage back now Bring it back to me I'm ired of being afraid of what I can't change I want to be living free I don't want to be a prisoner Bound by these chains Don't want to be a prisoner Want to be free agin Though we all return to dust There's a lot of us In an terrible rush to... By the end of the inquisition I was brought back from the brink Torquemada and a couple of friends got together All went out for drinks Left me here in this empty dungeon While they're living it up downtown As if they never even existed Doesn't make much difference now Bring my courage back now Bring it back to me Tired of being afraid of what I can't change And I want to be living free I don't want to be a prisoner Bound by these chains Slave to my fear I want to be free again Well some take the road to Damascus Some take the road to hell I'll take Highway One to the evergreens And everything will turn out well
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I've got gardens growing, got quiet days Clothes on my back, food on my plate I've got friends to help me if I call for them I don't need anything I don't have Ive got eyes to see this beautiful land And feet to take me where I want to stand if there's work to be done, there's these two strong hands I don't need anything that I don't have I don't need anything that I don't have Some years the rains don't come And some years floods clear out the plains But if those waters wash this town away I would still have enough if she was with me I've got a roof overhead, or the stars if I choose But I've no need to fly, I've got no itch to move I've got almost nothing, but I understand That I don't need anything that I don't have I don't need anything that I don't have
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Darkest Hour 03:59
If I lose my faith Just remind me, just remind me When my shadow's longer Stay beside me till it's brighter How easy I forget How beautiful to see once again In my darkest hour I will be freed When I close my eyes I hope to find you, I hope to find you When I leave my body I want to be ready, willing like you were I sat beside you then I felt the warmth as it left your hands In my darkest hour I will be freed I've been waiting so long That waiting was the end Let this sleeper awaken again In my darkest hour I will be freed
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Fred Meyers 03:20
I want to see you sometime Come find me I'll be home Just between the Costco And the Barnes and Noble Behind the mom and pop grocery That shut down in the nineties Like all the other locals They smashed the dreams of the hopeful I'm getting off track, sorry So like I said right in there It was the Frederick Meyers Sold everything from fruit to tires Check in with the doorman An old biker named Slim Just say you're here to see me And don't forget to tip him One hand must wash the other Each man must be a brother Band up and take cover We'll go dancing, set fires Tag buildings and slash tires Drive go-carts like Shriners Or just hang out at Fred Meyers Bring a lantern with you It gets dark in places Walk up the escalator To the section that was kidswear I'm at the back wall, left side Under a sign says Levi's Top bunk second row If I'm not in right then Ask around, somebody'll know 'Cause everybody knows me here One hand must wash the other Each man must be a brother Band up and take cover We'll go dancing, set fires Tag buildings and slash tires Drive go-carts like Shriners Or just hang out at Fred Meyers We'll go out babe, skateboarding Go looting, food hoarding Whatever you desire We could just stay in my bed at Fred Meyers One hand must wash the other Each man must be a brother Band up and take cover We'll go dancing, set fires Tag buildings and slash tires Drive go-carts like Shriners Or just hang out at Fred Meyers We'll go out babe, drink moonshine Or tip rubble on the east side Dig deep holes to China Or we could just stay in my bed at Fred Meyers Why don't we just stay in my bed at Fred Meyers
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Well it took five neighbors To get him in the hall And down the three flights of stairs Out the building's door I know that it's easy to say That it couldn't be worse But now she's in her apartment Alone for the first time since the last jerk And once you let them get to you It never washes off 'Cause they can smell the weak ones And just pick you off like a pigeon And each one is worse than the last one Until you're a professional victim You get everything backwards Learning how to survive You treat the little wounds first Let the big ones fester for life You've done it enough You would think that you know what you need But it doesn't get any better When you've got such an eye for the bad seed And once you let them get to you It never washes off 'Cause they can smell the weak ones And just pick you off like a pigeon And each one is worse than the last one Until you're a professional victim And if you take a look you can see the cracks In the story told where the logic lacks All the pretty girls and the stupid boys Make the same mistakes until they've got no choice And once you get the stink on you It never washes off 'Cause they can smell the weak ones And just pick you off like a pigeon And each one is worse than the last one Until you're a professional victim You're a professional victim
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The water's getting deeper and I can't feel my feet I keep on bailing buckets but it flows right back to me And everything is in its place, the children are asleep But the water's getting deeper And I can't feel my feet How am I gonna make time This is gonna take time Everything seems different, colors all look strange Light comes down in shafts here underneath the waves Everything is put away and the children are asleep But the water's getting deeper And I can't feel my feet How am I gonna make time This is gonna take time I am provider, but providence has been swayed And by design nothing is ever the same I thought that time had only one way to go I learned how to swim, but not to breathe underwater How am I gonna make time Oh, this is gonna take time How am I gonna make time I can't feel my feet
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The Eye 04:37
We're finally learning to fight We take to it well 'Til we are pure potential Imaginal cells You always were a wild one You like to bend the rules But baby when the time comes I might surprise you too You laugh like nothing can touch you The skies might open above you And when the rain pours down and the wind whips high This love is a hurricane You are the eye You are the eye I can't make a connection You don't trust it to hold So we cling to each other Through the battering storm Pain passes but slowly And pleasure gone too soon A copper manzanita We have to burn to bloom You laugh like nothing can touch you The skies might open above you And when the rain pours down and the wind whips high This love is a hurricane You are the eye I'll stop telling you what you want to hear Stop waiting for me to arrive We keep ripping apart the atmosphere But the change is what keeps us alive You laugh like nothing can touch you The skies might open above you And when the rain pours down and the wind whips high This Love is a hurricane You are the eye
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The Surface 03:42

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Alternate Universe is a collection of (mostly) previously unreleased demos and alternate versions of songs, as well as a couple b-sides. Enjoy.
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