Dichotomy

by Mitch Gettman

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This album is for everyone who ever loved or hated me. It's for all the media who never gave a shit about me or my work. It's for the city in which I grew up. It's for all of the boys and girls who I went to school with and all of the teachers who told me to go to college. It's for all of my bosses past and present and all of my co-workers with them. It's for Pitchfork and Rolling Stone and NME and the Billboard Hot 100. It's for Katy Perry and MTV and all of the "music makers" living the high life while the rest of us die unknown. It's for all of the radicals and the protestors and everyone acting like nothing important is happening in the world today. It's for all of the politicians trying to lead us into the future through greed and envy and violence and lies and lust. It's for anyone who ever made a living trying to sell something. It's for every yuppie living on a hill and every bum you might find sleeping oh so soundly downtown on a stoop at 7AM in the dead of winter. It's for all of the haters and all of the lovers too and all of the health nuts shopping at Whole Foods and the junkies peddling, peddling, peddling down at 24th and Leavenworth. It's for anyone living or dead. It's for anyone who cares, anyone who will listen. It's for anyone, it's for everyone.

This album will not change history. It's not an album that your children will hear. It will likely be forgotten in a matter of weeks. But I'll still hear it. Will you hear me?

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released October 10, 2015

Recorded by Mitch Gettman & Jon Ochsner

Mixed and Mastered by Jeremy Garrett at Hidden Tracks Studios

All songs written and performed by Mitch Gettman

Copyright 2015

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Mitch Gettman Omaha, Nebraska

Mitch Gettman is an award winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist out of Omaha, NE. His songs are typically told from the view points of hopelessly romantic characters who deal with issues such as heartbreak, social disconnection, apathy, paranoia and the like. His latest album "Dichotomy" embodies these characteristics more than any of his previous work. Hear that and more here. ... more

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Track Name: 500 Centuries
I once knew this old captain
and he took me by the hand
and told me about oh so many things
at first it seemed like nothing
he was just sailin' long the sea
and then he said hey kid hop in with me
so I did what I was told
there was nothing to lose at all

500 centuries in my head
(and I don't think that I'll make it out alive)
500 centuries in my head
(and I don't think that I'll make it out this time)
When it's 500 rules you've gotta live by

We sailed for many miles
this old captain friend and I
we talked about the details of our lives
and when I finally saw that he meant no harm at all
I tell ya man I nearly started to cry
and the ocean was far and wide
there was nothing left to hide

500 centuries in my head
(and I don't think that I'll make it out alive)
500 centuries in my head
(and I don't think that I'll make it out this time)
When it's 500 rules you've gotta live by

Well that just about concludes this story
though there was no point at all
be loving to your friends for if they fall
expect nothing in return, trust your head and carry on
a man who walks alone is always strong
Track Name: All Good Things Must Die
Well I'm feeling my creation
I'm feeling like I'd rather know the rules
Well it might be a mistake and I
might regret what's forming of my tools
but everybody's changing,
everyone's all waking up sometimes
and everybody's aching but
all good things must die

When I'm feeling sentimental
it feels like I could almost cry
as it turns and spins around my head
like a fly that is trapped inside
but everybody's changing,
everyone's all waking up sometimes
and everybody's aching but
all good things must die

It's a strange thing to be living
when the past is all that makes up our time
and the future's lamination seems so old
that now it barely shines
but everybody's changing,
everyone's all waking up sometimes
and everybody's aching but
all good things must die
Track Name: Sometimes There's Nothing to Say, Sometimes There's Nothing to Do
I'm sitting here thinking 'bout nothin'
but wondering where you've been
I've been waiting around for a while
Asking myself these questions
and wondering what to do next
it's a thought I would like to forget

Sometimes there's nothing to say,
and sometimes there's nothing to do

I'm wishing I could be more honest
but there is nothing to tell
I am lost but I know my way
I know it's not kind to be quiet
you shouldn't worry about me
I'm aware of these steps that I take

Sometimes there's nothing to say,
and sometimes there's nothing to do

Watch that man!
Oh, I lost myself again
Hit the deck!
Oh, I lost myself again
Call that cab!
Oh, I lost myself again
Wash the sink!
Oh, I lost myself again
Call my friend!
Oh, I lost myself again
Hit my head!
Oh, I lost myself again

I know you're probably tired of this one
so I'm about to check out
but you can play it again if you want
I'm trying to let go of my demons
but keeps my angels in tact
it's a skill I would like to set

Sometimes there's nothing to say,
and sometimes there's nothing to do

Watch that man!
Oh, I lost myself again
Hit the deck!
Oh, I lost myself again
Call that cab!
Oh, I lost myself again
Wash the sink!
Oh, I lost myself again
Call my friend!
Oh, I lost myself again
Hit my head!
Oh, I lost myself again
Track Name: I Know, You Know, I Know
Lover, why don't you call
I'm alone you know
and I know, you know I miss you
Lover, why don't you call
I'm alone you know
and I know, you know I miss you
Sometimes you get caught up with things
then you don't know what you're missing
Your shadow has no color at all
And sometimes you'll take a good thing
and think that everyone's out to get you
but baby that's not true at all

Lover, why don't you call
I'm alone you know
and I know, you know I miss you
Lover, why don't you call
I'm alone you know
and I know, you know I miss you
I took my bike and sold it for cash
I was late on rent it was a gas
some things they are not funny at all
And I told you don't forget me
and you said I won't, James,
oh, I'm sorry
Oh, but I just smiled and laughed it off

Lover, why don't you call
I'm alone you know
and I know, you know I miss you
Lover, why don't you call
I'm alone you know
and I know, you know I miss you

You know I tend to mess things up with girls
they usually only like me for my curls
then they find out all my eccentricities
But there's something that I like about your face
and you know you share my grandma's name
it was Rose and she died when I was seven
I was only seven

Lover, why don't you call
I'm alone you know
and I know, you know I miss you
Lover, why don't you call
I'm alone you know
and I know, you know I miss you
Oh, I miss you
Track Name: Tomorrow Will Never Change
Today I lost my job
it just up and flew away
It didn't get me down
you know a lot of things,
they seem to like to change
but now I'm on my own
I guess I knew I always was
the things I love hurt me the most
What no one wants to do,
I'll do each day.
What no one wants to say,
I'll say and hope tomorrow
will never change
Track Name: Somebody's Messenger
Oh the riots are coming
up on starlet avenue
and everybody's going
all afraid that they might lose
and there's no way to be knowing
what to say or what to do
but the city keeps on growing
and the men have lost their blues
but the women are forsaken
and some unwanted
but they're much more than amused
by the risks that they have taken
and the feeling of self-refute

Everyone's a sinner
in this land of liberty
and no one knows who's right or wrong
but they're forced to wait and see
and every futurist's a historian
and the present is what we seek
but time it only moves us faster
the more we hear the more we speak
but if we could only be so honest
with ourselves perhaps we'd finally see
that everything we dreamed of all along
is all around us as we speak

I never meant to do you any harm
but I can see why you'd blame me
for every victim there's a suspect
though we may not all agree
with our position and fatality
you know we must have war to have our peace
no one said living was easy
so we slave until we're free
though it is often disappointing
you must know that there's a chance at some relief
but you will never know until you get there
and either way you'll always be
somebody's messenger
mmmmmmmmm
somebody's messenger
mmmmmmmmm
Track Name: Eden Won't Wait
Yesterday I found your name upon a postcard
marked with a stamp that showed a flashy-50's-rock star
and it was so unlike you
but now I don't think I'll get over it
no I don't think I'll get over it

So build it up and knock it down
Eden won't wait,
Eden won't wait
So build it up and knock it down
Eden won't wait,
Eden won't wait
Track Name: Still Young?
I asked you if you'd go to the concert with me
but you, you took me way too seriously
you acted like I'd offered you a wedding ring
but baby I'm just looking for some romance in my life
while I'm still young

You tell me that you hardly even know me
so I tried to sum my life up in a song
and when I sang it to you, you were laughing with your friend
oh maybe you were right and I was wrong
what have I done? am I still young?

Will you remember me
when you have settled down with some old man?
Will you remember at all?
Will you remember me and all the silly things
I did to impress you?
Will you remember me at all?

I'm not sure how much longer this can last
oh if you leave tomorrow do it fast
My heart has taken one too many blows
to make it through this year I'll need a miracle,
oh god, am I still young?

Will you remember me
when you have settled down with some old man?
Will you remember at all?
Will you remember me and all the silly things
I did to impress you?
Will you remember me at all?
Track Name: (I'm Just Happy) We Happened to Have Met
I am always amazed at the mistakes that I make
and at the people I'm reluctant to judge
but when you are around, there is nothing to fear
because my thoughts are too busy to budge
like the time that I asked to come see you
and you danced in the rain with regret
and I thought to myself, I'm just happy
we happened to have met

On the day that we own
when the air was so cold
but our passion was too new to die
and I held you so close, for to never let go
til it was rumored that I'd have to try
and I asked you if I could kiss you
and your eyes shined like innocent gems
and there was no one at fault,
we were just happy we'd happened to have met

When you told me your father
had seen through my soul
I was certain that we were so meant to be
so I cried to myself to overcome my joy
and to accept what I had to believe
And I lifted you up in the nighttime
and I accepted the weight put on me
because I want it like that and I want to
be happy that we met

When we lie on the ground
and your hand's on my chest
you say you can feel my heart beating
cause when you are around
and my hand's on your chest
well that's the only time I really am living
and you kissed my neck with a passion
but I was cursed so I couldn't kiss back
but it was just for one night
and after all, we were happy we met

And now things don't make sense
because they're moving too fast
but now I'm in it so I must keep up speed
but you my love are like nothing I've ever had
and no I don't want this night to be ending
because goodbye's always so sorry
so I'll spend what I can here with you
and hope that we'll meet again
but if we don't, I'll just be happy that we met
Track Name: Self Portrait
I am young oh but I've
done a lot with this time
some things good and others not
but I survived
I am here right now
til the dark horse makes his way
on past my house
until that day
I will sit and wait for you
so patiently
And there is nothing
in this world
that I would pass up one time
but maybe two times
to never fear
is to be holy in a land of mortal beings
And if you think
that I'm so cruel
well I'd tell you I am much more of a fool
I couldn't bring myself
to do wrong or impose harm on anything
But you are fair
and I'm perplexed
you know you stand out so much further
from the rest
but there's a lot
you've got to learn so won't you set out there
with me
And this is not
a moral song
it's not an anthem of what's right
and what is wrong
it's just a song
that I dreamed up so that you could sing with
me
Track Name: Everyone (Bonus Track)
Everyone wants to be so special
everyone wants to be like me
everyone is so disappointed
but I just wanna sleep
Everyone wants to have an opinion
everyone wants to agree
everyone is so superficial
but I just wanna sleep

Looking out my window I
notice the grass is green
waiting for my love to find me

Everyone wants to be so special
everyone wants to be like me
everyone is so disappointed
but I just wanna sleep
Everyone wants to have an opinion
everyone wants to agree
everyone is so superficial
but I just wanna sleep

Looking out my window I
notice the grass is green
waiting for my love to find me

Everyone

Looking out my window I
notice the grass is green
waiting for my love to find me

Everyone wants to be so special
everyone wants to be like me
everyone wants to live forever
but I just wanna sleep