Year of the Dragon

by Nathan Germick

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Nathan Germick is a producer, songwriter and co-creator of Germart. He was born in Northwest Indiana, where the sprawl of Chicagoland and the corroding remnants of the steel industry mingle with cornfields and outlet malls. Currently residing in Berkeley, CA, his debut solo release, “Year of the Dragon’, fuses live instrumentation and digital wizardry with highly personal songwriting and epic multi-layered arrangements.

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released July 2, 2007

Felipe (el Pipe) Ceballos: Live drums and percussion
Jenn Harper: Vocals: 1, 2, 4, and 8
Rob Gwin: Bass: 2, 4, & 8
Brian Mundy: Guitar: 6, 8, and 10. Synth Melody: 10.
Tom Lattanand: Guitar: 1 & 11
Isaac Epp: Violin: 9
Michael Diltz: Vocals: 6
Audio Angel: Vocals: 5
Nando Puche: Guitar: 9

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Track Name: Healing House
For too long
You’ve denied
What’s in your nature
Now you alone
Decide
Run from or towards the light

And I know
Who you are
And of your potential
Finding strength
In your wounds
There’s so much to offer

You’ll find your power
You’re high your power

(the words that you taught to me
will be rediscoverd
with a new sense of urgency
for the love of your children
the touch of your grandchildren
an impulse to travel
to new destinations)

The corrosives in you
Can’t dissolve your feelings
Your cocoon’s black and blue
But inside your healing

You’re opening up
You’re opening up
You’re opening up
You’re writing it down

I can see, your disease and I can not ignore it

You’ll find your power
You’re high your power

So long, we’ve waited
Welcome to Healing House

Build a new Life (responsibility)
Do not deny (responsibility)
Build a new Life (responsibility)
Do not deny (responsibility)
Build a new Life (responsibility)
Build a new Life (responsibility)

Before you die
Track Name: Afterglow
So long ago
I was told
To say no
But you
never tried
tried to hide
that’s a lie

Stop
Slow me down
Edges feel
Softer now
No, don’t explain
Hurts my brain, hurts my brain

Even though I know
You’re drunk and now
Won’t even notice how
The ghost of you appears each time
And kills a little of me
I will take this opportunity
To answer you honestly
But realize the conversations over

There’s comfort at the edges of extremes
Agendas of make believe
Maybe all we need right now’s
A little uncertainty
In all the fluctuations of our dreams
A moment of clarity
Is all it takes to realize it’s over

Face, what I know
To be true
Parts of me are
Just like you
And so, we share some realizations
We shed responsibilities
If this intoxication
May undermine our honesty
At least we shared a moment
Increased our sense of wonder
How wonder
How wonderful
Track Name: Epiphyte
The owl is watching the windowpane
Plastic eyes wings of macramé
Orchids neglected the bark’s bone dry
A dormant epiphyte

You can’t ignore it
The wall’s too thin
They’re breaking up once again
Suddenly they’re distracted by
Repeat and rationalize
That was just a lie

How could you believe it?

Taking back what belongs to you
Lock the door before you leave
One last look as you turn around
Turn around
But There’s nothing left for you now. . .

Just walk away and wander on
You wander on
Walk away
Come home

Water the roots of your wanderlust
Let the transition end
You’ll loosen up and then
Turn around and take all in

Colors pour down
Across the lines
Try to simplify
Focus your design
Slow as sundown
Take your time
Untangle the vines
That cling to you

Just walk away
And wander on
You wander on
Walk Away
Come home
Track Name: Bulldozer
It’s too late now
You already missed it
It’s already gone down
It’s already done

Don’t be surprised
It’s all predetermined
We program patterns
The program’s run

I want to know
Resistance to reason
Emotions have come back
I cannot control

Will I ever learn?
Will I ever listen?
Is this the road
I have to be on?
I want it.

Remembering love
The bite of a bee sting
Barefoot in clover
Unknown allergy

What’s the left of it now,
My beautiful bludgeon?
Your bulldozers caress
me into the ground

I want to know
Who listens to reason?
I’ll repave the road
I have to be on.

I want it.

When it all went down
It was so intimate
But we cut it off
like a tourniquet?
And I watched you drown
All our sunken sentiments
Are just fossils now
Of our own indifference.
Track Name: Slothboy
He’s a Slothboy
He’s a Slothboy

I’ve got moss growing on my belly
I’ve been hanging around here for days
No, I can’t move any faster
I can only poop when it rains

Swim Sloth Swim

He’s a Slothboy
He’s a Slothboy

I’ve got moss growing on my belly
I’ve been hanging around here for days
I get so very very tired
I can only poop when it rains

Swim Sloth Swim
Track Name: Hopeumentary
Feeling distant from it all
I resign to being unresolved
Disappointed anyhow
I’m all burned out

Embers, ashes
Falling down on
Circumstances
I can’t count on
There’s no one who can stop it
Oh so futile are my concerns
So much to learn
I can’t stand to watch it burn

Fighting’s useless
With blistered bruises
Singed and shattered
Try to salvage
Something good in this ending
Though impossible to discern
So much to learn
I can’t stand to watch it burn

It once was summer there
It once was beautiful
Where homegrown gardens were
Business as usual
Now all that’s left of it
Is the hope I can document it all
Someday, someday

Keep burning, burning on

You still have time
Track Name: Dragon
Far away on a mountain, mountain
Anxiety has been mounting mounting
Confidence has been flickering again
On and off again, on off again
How long will this torture drag on?
Has he forever lost it this time?
All hopes for rekindling are dwindling,
nothin’ can comfort his mind

One week ago in a nice office downtown
Not noticing all of his colors had worn down
His fire faded and he had meltdown
Now he’s back at home trying to light it again

Ooh… with a sigh he breathes rain
puddles form in the cave
Serpentine eyes grow cloudy (cloudy)
Heart beating slow
It’s too cold
It’s too cold

Dreams of warmth and fire dancing
Wanting it Wanting it Wanting it
On and off again
On and off again
He has been waiting for days
Sometimes the smoldering starts
and grumbles with a promising sound
but never a flame, never a flame

Eventually all expectations extinguish
A Water-logged impotence, languid, and listless
His eyes glazing over– opaque opalescence
A blinding reminder of how old he has grown.

Learning to be what I am
Itching inside this old skin
Desensitized, cold, and dead
These callous scales must be shed.

Immobilized and suffocating
Paralyzing shutters of shame
All sense of self collapses
Writhing around on the ground
Echoes in caverns crying: “I know I know
I know you want it now”

Scraping his back across sharp rocks knowing
He won’t feel a thing
Numb and trembling
Hearing the sound, the sound, the sound, the sound
Ripping scales torn off and fall and blow away

Tear right through the skin that you’re in
And feel yourself burst into flames
The struggle to
Unleash the new
Perpetually turning

Aound and around and around and around

Learning to be what I am
Itching inside this old skin
Desensitized, cold, and dead
These callous scales must be shed.

Exposed and vulnerable,
You shine like a halo

You want it too. . .
Track Name: Aurora
There’s no other way
It’s ending soon
It has to
Once solar winds have polarized
The storm will rise
Up Again

I was gone for a lifetime
Was it only a lifetime that I was away?
So good night, close your eyes and dream about dying
Insomnia’s sirens ring out and force you awake

Watch Aurora burn brightly
As the poles reverse, I lay down

Now, the compass your holding is pointing south
There’s no way out
So go outside and see with your own eyes
As life as we’ve known it is all
Washed away

Watch Aurora burn brightly
As the poles reverse, I lay down
Track Name: False Alarms
Sunlight on your neck
Warm wind blowing
Asking gently
How bad do you want it?’
She is waiting

Am I 14 now
Or am I 40
A waking dream that I can not remember
Ever having

So long to wait
For no false alarms
Don’t have to wait
For no false alarms

When we’ve lived see
The seeds we’ve planted
Rise and grow and gain their independence
Move on suddenly

Crawl back underneath
My piano
Listen as the soundtrack to your painting
Dissolves in echoes

So long to wait
For no false alarms
Don’t have to wait
For no false alarms